After stumbling upon an unmanned camera during her sophomore year at NYU, Lacy Davillier devoted her studies to the photographic arts, earning a BFA in studio art with a focus on photography and graphic design. She found that the peace and seclusion of the dark room proved a welcome respite from the din of city traffic, the pressures of school, and the monotony of sunlight. The young yet experienced photographer now specializes in contemporary photography, chronicling weddings, maternity moments, and celebrating families on location or in her studio. This picturesque space on historic Canal Street, with its wood floors, original doors, and classic New Orleans porch, serves as a romantic backdrop for any manner of shoots, and is fully stocked with toys and organic juices for clients’ kids. Lacy also performs a variety of graphic-design services as well as photograph-restoration work.
"What do you want to create?" That is the question posed to each of New Orleans Paint N Party's visitors. During the studio's energetic parties, local artists teach visitors to put brush on canvas, creating colorful projects such as streetcars and city skylines. The staff keeps it simple. They greet each visitor with a presketched canvas and a trove of supplies, including brushes and paints. New Orleans Paint N Party also invites its customers to bring along food and potable beverages; they'll even supply the wine opener, ice bucket, ice pick, and drinking glasses.
A hip-limbering hula-hoop-style class, hooping offers a low-impact way for exercisers of all fitness levels to strengthen cores while potentially burning about 500–800 calories per hour. Choose from three separate classes: the 45-minute basic hooping class, which teaches fundamental moves; the 50-minute hoopilates workout, which synergistically combines Pilates and hula hooping; and the 30-minute cardio hoops class, which is a high-energy cardio class that will engage even the most languid of abs. Hula hoops are also provided for in-class use, so there’s no need to cobble one from old timey wagon wheels.
Adventure Quest Laser Tag feeds fun glands in a futuristic facility that houses a 6,000-square-foot, multi-level Mayan-ruin laser-tag arena that provides ample obstacles to duck and dive behind while avoiding the crosshairs of fellow competitors' phasers. You can also choose a session of bumper cars, in which children learn the tenets of seatbelt safety and the lifelong importance of owning a superabundant bumper, or cosmic golf, with nine holes of ancient obstacles illuminated by black light. Adventure Quest Laser Tag provides a customizable day of family fun, supplanting wrestling sessions for the remote control, greased-up chicken-chasing races, and greased-up wrestling sessions against remote-hoarding chickens.
The journey begins with stunning views of the French Quarter, as the 24-foot paddlewheel punches through river with diesel-electric force. The tour narrator will point out noteworthy landmarks along the way, while also disclosing local river lore, vessel information, crock-pot recipes, and river history. Disembark and change out of pedestrian threads and into something more heroic during the hour-long Chalmette Battlefield tour. The 45-minute tour, provided by the National Park Service, includes the highlights of battlefield topography and a history of the Battle of New Orleans and its impact on the War of 1812. There will also be a visit to the Chalmette Monument and a tour of the historic Malus-Beauregard House, which is older than yo mama jokes at 170 years of age. Although tempting, re-creating one of commanding officer Andrew Jackson's 13 duels is not recommended. After the land portion of the tour, reboard the Creole Queen for the return journey, making sure to explore any of her 190 feet that you may have missed during the ride in. In all, about 1.5 hours will be spent on the water journey, and an hour will be spent on land.