Bourbon Street in your backyard

Experiential events designer Therèsa Fernand brings The Big Easy to Ridgefield with “A Night in New Orleans” on June 8.

Escape to Bourbon Street – even if only for an evening.

“A Night in New Orleans,” a multisensory celebration of the city’s culture and cuisine, is bringing the 1920s Big Easy up to Ridgefield June 8.

Guests will savor a menu of Creole delicacies, drawing on European influences, along with flavorful Cajun dishes, such as oyster “po-boy” sandwiches and the city’s famous beignets – New Orleans-style fried dough, lightly topped with powdered sugar – for dessert.

And no trip to Bourbon Street would be complete without a bourbon tasting – along with specialty cocktails such as “Hurricane” and “Sazarac.”

The hot sounds of Dixieland jazz and Louisiana Zydeco – an exotic blend of French accordion music and Afro-Caribbean beats – will fill the air, with a live performance by New York City talent, The Hot Jazz Jumpers, and swing dances by DFX Dancers.

When guests break from dancing, they will be able to have their fortunes told by Marie Nugent, an artist channeling “Voodoo Queen”: the renowned Mistress Marie Laveau, a 19th-century Louisiana Creole and voodoo priestess. Or, they can chat with Connecticut “Yankee” Mark Twain, a former steamboat pilot that worked along the Mississippi River before becoming a published author and moving north to New England.

Therèsa Fernand, a designer of experiential events, an evidential medium and a self-proclaimed “anamorphic catalyst,” is hosting the magical evening. For the full experience, guests are encouraged to dress in period-style clothing.

“A Night in New Orleans” will run from 7:30 to 11 p.m. June 8 from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Lounsbury House, at 316 Main Street in Ridgefield.

For tickets, click here or call 914-500-7195. For more, visit

– Danielle Renda


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