Weather in South Louisiana is ever changing and unpredictable to say the least, much like the events at the Northshore Harbor Center. In a week’s time beginning on January 18, temperatures fluctuated from a warm, sunny 60 degrees to a sleet-and-ice misery where roads were closed, and people were advised to stay home. However, things were just getting warmed up at the Harbor Center; “The show must go on” is a phrase taken very seriously by the staff at the Harbor Center. Beginning January 17th and ending January 27th, the Northshore Harbor Center, just like weather in the South, underwent a series of drastic transformations, hosting a variety of completely different events with one fabulous crew making it all look seamless. Here is a sneak peek at what really goes on “behind the scenes” at the Northshore Harbor Center.
The whirlwind week started as the Krewe of Slidellians Bal Masque, the first of four elegant balls that the Harbor Center hosts in January and February, kicked off Mardi Gras season. This elaborate event featured all of the pomp and circumstance that you would expect from a Mardi Gras Ball. The Tableau included dukes and maids who represented many of the community’s non-profit organizations. The highlight of the evening was the grand unveiling of King and Queen Samaritan LXIV, who exemplify the spirit of community giving. The room was dressed to the nines in elegant red and gold décor, including a lovely ceiling swag, beautifully laid tables, a generous dance floor, and a beautifully decorated stage. Approximately 450 attendees experienced the majesty of the Tableau, dined on Patton’s Catering’s finest cuisine, danced to the sounds of Michael “Soulman” Baptiste, and enjoyed a fantastic night out.
When the last dancer called it a night, the real transformation began. The Harbor Center staff, consisting of approximately 13 full and part-time employees, worked diligently to reconfigure the ample space to serve as a functional meeting space for a local investment organization, just a few days after the bal masque. The room was set perfectly and the Harbor Center gained another happy client.
The day following the investors’ meeting, it began to sleet, but the business community didn’t let bad weather keep them from the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce’s annual installation banquet, Starry Starry Nights in the East. In a little over 24 hours the banquet hall was transformed again into another elegant masterpiece for East St. Tammany’s leaders to enjoy. Featuring music and dancing, the party was a delight to all, and offered the opportunity to congratulate many area businesses on their success in the past year. The night ended with a careful drive home since many roads were closed due to icy conditions, but for the turnaround staff at the Harbor Center the flurry was just beginning.