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Hansen's Sno-Bliz and the Story of the New Orleans Snowball - Episode #61

Hansen's Sno-Bliz and the Story of the New Orleans Snowball In today’s episode, we head over to Hansen's Sno-Bliz on Tchoupitoulas Street, in uptown New Orleans. We visit with Ashley Hansen, granddaughter of Ernest and Mary Hansen, and the current owner of Hansen's Sno-Bliz. Hansen's is the oldest snowball stand in the United States, and is currently open for its 79th season in 2018. In the 1930s, Ernest Hansen created the first machine to shave ice into the snowy powder essential for a...


New Orleans, the Founding Era - Episode #60

In today’s episode, we head over to the Historic New Orleans Collection in the French Quarter, and explore their newest exhibit, titled, New Orleans, the Founding Era. The exhibit is part of the tricentennial of New Orleans celebration and is a great way to envision what the city was like at the very beginning. It brings together a vast array of rare artifacts from the Historic New Orleans Collections holdings, and from institutions across Europe and North America to tell the stories of...


John Thomas Griffith, Rock n Roll Guitarist - Episode #59

John Thomas Griffith, Rock n Roll Guitarist Born in Texas, John Thomas Griffith lived in a handful of places before he landed in New Orleans. The son of an engineer, Griff fell in love with music at an early age. He was part of the 1980s punk band Red Rockers who had a hit with the single "China," before teaming up with Fred Leblanc, Paul Sanchez, and Paul Clement to form Cowboy Mouth. Today, John, Fred, Matt Jones, and Brian Broussard are Cowboy Mouth. As Fred likes to proclaim, "the...


The Myrtles Plantation - Episode #58

The Myrtles Plantation In this episode, Mark talks with Morgan Moss and Miss Hester Eby about the Myrtles Plantation. The Myrtles Plantation is said to be one of the most haunted homes in America. It has been featured on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, the Travel Channel and many others. Listen in as Mark, Morgan, and Miss Eby talk about General Bradford and the Whiskey Rebellion. You'll also learn about Cloe, the slave girl whose spirit roams the grounds even today. Along...


The Cemeteries of New Orleans - Episode #57

Cemeteries & Traditions in New Orleans In this episode, Mark talks with Sally Asher, author of The St Louis Cemeteries of New Orleans. Sally's book is a fascinating exploration into the lives of the people buried in some of New Orleans' most historic cemeteries. Listen in as Mark and Sally talk about why New Orleanians bury their deceased above ground. The two discuss the history behind the St. Louis cemeteries and describe what a second line is really about, plus the history of All...


Who Invented Mardi Gras?

Who Invented Mardi Gras? In today's episode, we tackle a controversial subject - who invented Mardi Gras? Mobile or New Orleans? My guest is Ted Flotte, with the Historic Mobile Preservation Society and Joe Cain Marching Society. Ted and I explore the history of Carnival and Mardi Gras in both Mobile and New Orleans. On today’s show, you’ll learn... All this and more on today's episode of the Beyond Bourbon Street podcast! Resources Recommended Reading Ann Pond: Cowbellion;...


Visit Louisiana Plantation Country - Episode #55

Louisiana Plantation Country - a Trip Along River Road In today's episode, we visit Louisiana plantation country. We'll travel along the stretch of river road from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. Along the way, we'll visit twelve plantations. On today's show, you'll get... Time Stamps 4:08 All the details of planning your visit to New Orleans Plantation Country 10:21 Should I bring children to visit the plantations? 12:38 Getting there 14:34 Where is New Orleans plantation...


Slavery in Louisiana - a Visit to Whitney Plantation - Episode 54

Slavery in Louisiana - a Visit to Whitney Plantation In today's episode, we learn about slavery in Louisiana. We visit Whitney Plantation, located in Wallace, LA 40 miles West of New Orleans. The Whitney is the only plantation whose primary focus is on the slaves who worked, lived, and died along this stretch of the Mississippi River. My guest today is Joy Banner, Director of Marketing at Whitney. Joy is also a native of the nearby community and is a descendant of the slaves at...


Bienville’s Dilemma and the Founding of New Orleans - Episode #53

Bienville's Dilemma and the Founding of New Orleans In the Spring of 1718, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville presided over a small ceremony on the banks of the Mississippi River and officially founded what we know today as the City of New Orleans. How did Bienville come to choose this site for New Orleans? What were the other options and how do those decisions impact New Orleanians today? In today's episode we explore Bienville's Dilemma with noted author and geographer Richard...


Preservation Hall - Episode 52

Since 1961, Preservation Hall has been the epicenter of traditional jazz music in New Orleans. In today's episode, we visit with Ben Jaffe, the band leader of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. After a visit to New Orleans on their honeymoon in 1961, Ben's parents Allan and Sandra Jaffe created Preservation Hall. Along the way, they helped ensure this original American music form would have a place to be celebrated and honored. Ben and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band carry on that...


Small Business Spotlight - Episode #51

Small Business Spotlight Today's episode of the Beyond Bourbon Street podcast is all about shopping local in New Orleans. It was inspired by Small Business Saturday and a desire to support some of the wonderful makers and business owners in the New Orleans. Have you ever wanted to purchase something to remind you of your visit to New Orleans? Are you looking for a gift for the holidays? Do you live in New Orleans and simply want to 'buy local?' In today's episode, we highlight three New...


Moving to New Orleans, Part II - Episode 50

Moving to New Orleans Have you ever thought about moving to New Orleans, but didn't know where to start? We're here for you! This is the 2nd of our two part series all about moving to New Orleans! If you missed the first part back in episode 48, check it out on our website, Apple Podcasts, or Stitcher. In today's show, I sit down with Chris Smith, one of the top realtors in New Orleans. Chris helped my wife and I find the perfect home for us when we decided to come back home to New...


Drink Dat - Where and What to Drink in New Orleans with Elizabeth Pearce - Episode 49

Drink Dat - Where and What to Drink in New Orleans Do you ever wonder where the locals go for a cocktail in New Orleans? On today's show, my guest, Elizabeth Pearce, helps answer that question for you! Elizabeth is a storyteller, a cocktail historian, and a New Orleanian. She is the presenter of the Drink and Learn Tour, and the author of two books about drinking in New Orleans. On today's episode, we explore New Orleans through its bars and its cocktails. We not only cover where to...


Moving to New Orleans, Part I - Episode 48

Moving to New Orleans Have you ever wanted to move to New Orleans? Wonder where to start and what you need to consider? This is the episode for you! In today's show, I sit down with three people who made the leap and moved to New Orleans. Jennifer is a married mother of two young boys. She and her husband Andrew made the move in 2016 and are enjoying raising their kids as New Orleanians. Terry and his wife Deah could have moved anywhere they wanted. After a bit of reflection,...


Halloween in New Orleans - Episode #47

Halloween in New Orleans What better place to enjoy Halloween than in America's most haunted city? Today, we'll be talking about the many fun ways to enjoy Halloween in New Orleans. On today's episode Mark is joined by Brian Kern, who puts on the Carnival-style Krewe of Boo, and by Sidney Smith, owner of Haunted History Tours. You'll learn all about the Krewe of Boo, including how you can take part as a rider, enjoy the parade along the route, or attend the after-party in your favorite...


Exploring the Bayous, Lakes, and Trails Beyond New Orleans

Exploring the Bayous, Lakes, and Trails Beyond New Orleans Today’s show is the first one where we venture beyond New Orleans! We’ll be traveling to the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain, where we’ll focus on the outdoors. Come along as I explore Cane Bayou by kayak with Chad Almquist and Matt May of Canoe and Trail Adventures. Have you ever wondered what it was like to paddle along a Louisiana bayou? Want to see wildlife including turtles, heron, and the occasional alligator or snake up...


Solo Travels to New Orleans - Episode #45

Solo Travel to New Orleans Have you ever wanted to travel to New Orleans by yourself? If so, today's episode is for you! Join Mark and his guest, Lorrie Shaw, as they discuss the ins and outs of exploring New Orleans on your own. The two cover all you need to know, including.... Along the way, you'll find plenty of insider tips to make the most of your New Orleans experience. All this and more in this episode of Beyond Bourbon Street! Thank You! A special thanks to Lorrie Shaw for...


Baseball in New Orleans, Past and Present - Episode #44

New Orleans has never had a major league baseball team, but it does have a rich history with the national past time. Join Mark and his panel of guests as they explore the rich history of baseball in New Orleans from its earliest days through today. Today’s guests include… * Tim Grubbs, announcer for the Baby Cakes and Director of Team Travel * Ron Swoboda, announcer for the Baby Cakes, and former major league baseball player known for “the Catch” in the 1969 World Series. * S. Derby...


Movies and TV Filmed in New Orleans - Episode #43

Today's episode is about one of our most-requested topics: movies and television filmed in New Orleans! Do you know which was the first film made in New Orleans? How about the fact Elvis, James Dean, and Roger Moore all appeared on the silver screen in movies made in the Crescent City? In this episode we visit with Jonathan Ray, tour guide and owner of New Orleans Movie and TV Tours. Join us as we discuss the earliest days of film in New Orleans. We make our way through time and the...


18 Fun Facts About New Orleans - Episode #42

18 Fun Facts About New Orleans On this episode of Beyond Bourbon Street, we dive into 18 fun facts about New Orleans, its history, and the people who call it home. What do ice, dental floss, and pharmacies have in common? How about opera and the game of craps? The Superdome and the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway bridge? Next, we talk about some of the interesting New Orleans characters you've never heard of. Along the way, you'll learn surprising facts about the Crescent City and find ways...


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