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A Fall Luncheon

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A Fall Luncheon in Old Metairie
In celebration of The New Orleans Town Gardeners’ 65th birthday

Photos by Linda Reese Bjork
Now that the weather is finally getting cooler, what better way to entertain than to have a luncheon for the girls in your garden club – especially when it’s the club’s 65th-birthday! The party was for all ages, from 30 to 90. (Which reminds me of the most important advice that icon Sunny Norman gave me: The way to stay young is to have young friends and friends of all ages!)

Front door pieces by Melissa Hayley greeted guests. Tables were set up in the garden. Cyclamen in antique cache pots accented floral tablecloths. Lunch was served after a special program created by Harriet Nelson, Flora French and Adelaide Benjamin touting the amazing projects of The New Orleans Town Gardeners!

The dining room table was beautifully set with an Italian Point de Venise lace cloth topped with beautiful silver serving pieces, a flower arrangement created by Mary Funderburk and lunch created by Epsie Hennessey. Who could have a birthday party without a cake? This one was created by Maurice!

The New Orleans Town Gardeners have been instrumental in many civic projects that have benefited our city, including: spearheading the funding and beautification projects at Lee Circle and at Jackson Square; funding the Garden Library,now housed at Tulane University; and funding the Edible Schoolyard at Samuel J. Green Charter School. We are now involved with the Grow Dat Youth Farm at City Park and are creating a new fundraiser, “The Heart of the Park,” which will raise funds for the preservation of the oak trees at City Park as well as for projects of the club.

Happy 65th birthday!

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Adel Jenness Weds Dr. Charles Hesse

November 12, 2016
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World War II was raging and everyone was doing their part to make the officers who were stationed in New Orleans and their wives feel comfortable. The New Orleans Country Club, and many others, invited officers to their dances on the weekends, and Adel Jenness volunteered to help find housing for those stationed here by helping with one of the dances at the Patio Royal (now Brennan’s). She was having her picture taken for the Society section of the paper when Dr. Charles “Chuck” Hesse, a Major in the veterinary corps in the Army, noticed how beautiful she was. As she was dancing with her date, Chuck asked to cut in. He was a wonderful dancer, so they danced the rest of the night! He asked her for a date but she refused because she had just met him. She was with her family at their country house in Mississippi, and he asked if he could come and meet her family. Her mother and father loved him. Adel and Chuck dated exclusively, and on one of their dates at Arnaud’s he asked her to go with him to Chicago; she replied that she didn’t go on trips with single men. He explained that he wanted her to marry him.

They were married 10 weeks after they met at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church with a small reception at the Jenness’ home on Vincent Avenue in Metairie.

Adel’s dress was created by the dressmaker of the day and her flowers were gigantic orchids. They honeymooned at the Palmer House in Chicago and then went on to meet his parents in Columbus, Ohio.

Adel and Chuck were married for 54 years. Chuck died in 1996 and Adel is right here in New Orleans in her own home, and is as charming and beautiful as ever at 97 years young.

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