Thursday, August 16, 2012

Louisiana's Rhapsody in Green Featured a Second Line

Louisiana's reports that revelry beckoned for "Rhapsody in Green," the 100th anniversary gala of the Girl Scouts Louisiana East.

"Rhapsody in Green" was formatted as food, live music, cocktails and a silent auction. For the floral fillip, there were topiary centerpieces shaped in the Girl Scout trefoil logo with "100" written in daisies, the Girl Scout flower.

Numbers of all kinds were offered during the course of the silent auction that included Jet Blue airline tickets, jaunts to Disney World and Mexico, and art work, among other coveted items. Bidding was live toward the end of the evening for a Girl Scout-decorated umbrella with the winner, Linda Law Clark, hoisting her new prize to lead a second-line.

A Second Line is a tradition in brass band parades in New Orleans, Louisiana. The "main line" or "first line" is the main section of the parade, or the members of the actual club with the parading permit as well as the brass band. Those who follow the band just to enjoy the music are called the "second line."

Among those making "Green" their scene were mistress of ceremonies Nancy Parker and husband Glen Boyd, state Rep. Austin Badon with Therese (a Girl Scout board member), Girl Scouts Louisiana East CEO Jackie Alexander, Robyn Merrick, City Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson (a Girl Scout alumna), and Betsy Stoner, volunteer gala chairwoman, and Roland Mullin.