2018 Annual Meeting
April 5-7, 2018
New Orleans, LA
Charlie and Cynthia Chappuis
London and John Lyons
The annual meeting will be based at the Windsor Court Hotel, a 5 star New Orleans premier hotel located in the heart of the city. The academic sessions will be hosted by Louisiana State University and look most interesting. The combined program will include amongst other things, a hands on cooking class at the New Orleans School of Cooking as well as a tour of the World War II Museum. This along with great food and entertainment should make for a fabulous meeting.
Dear Fellow Members of the Surgeons’ Travel Club:
We are looking forward to seeing all of you at the Surgeons’ Travel Club meeting here in New Orleans in April. We think we have planned a meeting that should be enjoyable and educational. Here are a few highlights of the meeting:
The dates for the meeting this year are Thursday, April 5 through Saturday, April 7, 2018. Several of you had expressed an interest in experiencing many of the sights and sounds of New Orleans and the surrounding areas. As you know, our usual two and one-half day meeting
provides wonderful entertainment and learning opportunities, but we were not able to include all possible activities in which you may be interested. Our host hotel has offered to extend the group rate for three days prior to the meeting and three days afterward, so that from Monday, April 2 through Tuesday, April 10 th , you can book the hotel rooms at the group rate. We invite you to extend your trip and take advantage of other local attractions, which we have listed on the
Onto the meeting itself:
Our host hotel is a Five Star hotel tucked into a quiet corner of the Central Business District of New Orleans, The Windsor Court Hotel. It is near the Mississippi Riverfront, convenient to Canal Street, the French Quarter, the Arts and Warehouse District, galleries, entertainment, restaurants, and many other attractions. It is a beautiful hotel with excellent customer service and, for many New Orleanians, the Windsor Court is a “destination” in itself. After you check in on Thursday, please stop by the Hospitality Suite for refreshments after a long day of traveling. Our Thursday evening event is at the Windsor Court, with the Cocktail Party beginning at 6 p.m., followed by dinner. Each morning (including Sunday), there will be a Breakfast Buffet in the hotel.
Buses will transport the Surgeons to the academic program that will be held at the Louisiana State University, Isidore Cohn, Jr. Learning Center on Friday and at the new University Medical Center Building on Saturday morning. We think that John and London Lyons have done a terrific job of lining up interesting speakers who will both educate us and hold our attention. The buses will transport the Surgeons to meet our Companions on both days.
The Companion Program on Friday begins with a narrated driving and walking tour of the French Quarter. We will be treated to visiting two of the lovely French Quarter homes, which from the street appearances, do not appear to be overly exciting, but behind those closed doors, there are lovely homes, antiques and gardens. We will have light refreshments and a short discussion of antiques and jewelry at the famous MS Rau Antiques on Royal Street.
Friday at noon, the Surgeons and their Companions will meet at the Jax Brewery on the bank of the Mississippi River in order to enjoy lunch together before returning to the Windsor Court. We will be attending a “hands-on” class at the New Orleans Cooking School. We will both create and eat our masterpieces.
Friday evening is our “black-tie” event (including the wearing of any military uniforms or kilts as desired). Our formal group photo will be taken outside the doors of the Windsor Court at 6 pm sharp and we will then walk across the street to Restaurant August for cocktails, dinner, and a short presentation on the reasons for the founding of the marvelous World War II Museum in New Orleans.
The Companion Program on Saturday takes us through one of the most famous of the New Orleans “above-ground” cemeteries, followed by a narrated tour of the Garden District, with a ride along beautiful St. Charles Avenue. This will be followed by a visit and tour of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art, which houses more than sixty sculptures collective valued at $25 million.
We will all join forces again at the WWII Museum for lunch and entertainment by the World Renowned Victory Belles Singers (think ”Andrews Sisters”). Following lunch, we will tour the museum before being returned by buses to the Windsor Court. We will have time to change and perhaps have a slight rest before going to Commanders Palace Restaurant. Our cocktail party on the patio will include entertainment provided by Joe Simon’s Jazz Band, followed by dinner in the lovely Patio Room.
Each night, after returning to our hotel, you may find it enjoyable to saunter down to the Polo Lounge on the second floor of the Windsor Court where there is a pianist nightly in the evening and on weekends, a live Jazz trio after 9 pm.
Sunday morning will, as usual, be bittersweet, as we wish some of you goodbye and safe travels. We do hope that others will remain with us to enjoy some of the sights outlined on the following pages.
We have included an RSVP form, which we would love for you to return to us. This will allow us to confirm our reservations at the restaurants and tours. We will all be thrilled to see each of you. We expect you to learn the New Orleans famous saying; “Laissez les bon temps rouler” – and we expect you to carry it out!!!
Charlie, Cynthia, Faith, London, and John
New Orleans and the Surrounding Area - Things to Do:
1. Travel to New Orleans: It's easiest to fly into the New Orleans International Louis Armstrong Airport (MSY) and take a shuttle, a taxi, an Uber, or a Lyft to the hotel. There is no "hotel shuttle" directly to the Windsor Court. The fee is generally $18.00 for a Shuttle or $34.00 for a Taxi for the 15 mile (19 minute) ride.
2. The Windsor Court Hotel has 316 sleeping accommodations, over 250 of which are magnificent suites. There is 24-hour room service available. You can make your reservations (including extended stay reservations) by calling the hotel (1 800-928-7898).
By going to their group reservation link , which is listed on our Surgeons' Travel Club web site.
By going to the hotel's website: windsorcourthotel.com and entering the promotion code SURGEONSTC
The Windsor Court Hotel offers several forms of entertainment in the hotel itself:
High Tea is wonderful and is served on Thursday and Friday at 2 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm in Le Salon on the first floor of the Hotel (call 504-596-4773 or book online). It is really worth it!!
The Windsor Court Spa was voted The Top Hotel Spa in New Orleans by USA Today Best List. Enjoy the Health Club, outdoor pool and patio, sauna, massages, facials, and body treatments.
The Hotel is centrally located between two shopping districts (The Shops at Canal Place and The Riverwalk Shopping District). Within blocks you can visit the galleries and quaint shops of the Warehouse District. The French Quarter is a short walk or cab ride away.
The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and the Audubon Insectarium are both a short walk from the Windsor Court Hotel.
Harra's Casino is directly across from the front door of the hotel and is open 24-hours a day.
Just to list a few of the other opportunities for entertainment around New Orleans, we will mention: Swamp Tours, River Boat Tours, Mardi Gras World Tours, Hurricane Katrina Tours, Art Tours (please consider the Contemporary Arts Center, which is fairly close to our hotel, and the New Orleans Museum of Art).
Two aspects of Louisiana and New Orleans are frequently asked about: Plantations and JAZZ. Here are some personal recommendations:
Three of the most exceptional plantations are relatively close to one another and are within one hour from New Orleans.
1. Laura Plantation - a unique French Colonial Plantation (non-antebellum); historically immersive and interactive; more like a museum than just a "home-tour"
2. Oak Alley -iconic and romantic, with beautiful grounds and many stately 300-year-old oak trees, the site of many movie sets and very close to the Mississippi River
3. Whitney - recently restored and expanded, the only plantation focusing on slavery in the United States
4. Nottoway, an hour and a half from New Orleans, on the river, is the largest and expansively restored antebellum plantation, where overnight stays can be arranged
Great Jazz Music awaits you in New Orleans! While you may encounter it on almost every street corner during certain times of the year, here are a few suggestions outside of the French Quarter itself and the Polo Lounge in the Windsor Court Hotel:
1. Jeremy Davenport, a premier jazz trumpeter trained by Ellis and Wynton Marsalis, plays with his band at the Ritz Carlton Hotel Wed-Thurs 5:30-9:30 and Fri-Sat nights from 9 pm-1 am (921 Canal Street)
2. The "locals" Bourbon Street is the bohemian Faubourg-Marigny area of New Orleans. This area was once a creole plantation itself. On Frenchman Street, great jazz venues include The Blue Nile, 30degrees/90degrees, Snug Harbor, and Maison. Buffas on the corner of Burgundy and Esplanade is another very casual jazz club and bar with a good bar menu and a lively Sunday brunch
Please remember to go in groups and to be alert to any potential "bad actors".
This is a safe area most of the time, but keep your guard up!
If you wish a "private touch" for any of the tours or places mentioned, you can always ask the hotel concierge or work with the tour group that arranged all of our group transportation and companion tours. This is a company owned by Diane Lyons, the mother of our member, John Lyons. Call Michelle Smith at 504-524-1227 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. They can arrange wonderful door-to-door tours for VERY small groups, structured the way you want your tour to be.
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