The Captain's Journal

 

May 23, 2017

Re: Happy Birthday CSIT

My Dear Friends.........

Today, The Knights of Sparta (and especially The Captain and First Lady) wish a very Happy First Birthday to our "CSIT" (Captain's Shadow in Training), Master Jaxon Carter Benoit..........

Jax Jax is enjoying the day with his parents, having spent several days with his grandparents (wonder who they could be) celebrating.......

All hail our future Captain's Shadow.........

Best,

(The "Love being a Carival Grandfather" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May 20, 2017

Re: Happy Birthday, Henry

My Dear Friends.........

The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to Henry Suthon (Spartan Officer and Parade Logistics Chairman)..........

Hope you have a "Sparterrific" Day !!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Still Much Older Than Henry" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Spart

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April 30, 2017

Re: This Week's Celebrations

My Dear Friends.........

This week, The Knights of Sparta salute:

1.  Spartan Officer, Louis Reese (Monday) on his Birthday.........

2.  Spartan Ex-Officio Advisor to the Board, Charley Hassinger (Friday) on his Birthday..........

Luckily, I am not as old as them !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  LOLOL..........

Hail to our Spartan Leaders on their special days.............

Best,

(The "Getting Older by the Minute" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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April 25, 2017

Re: Spartan Officer Wins Big Easy Award

My Dear Friends...........

The annual "Big Easy Awards" (New Orleans' version of the Tony Awards) were held last evening.........and we are very proud to announce that Mr. Kenneth Beck (Spartan Officer) won the award for "Best Choreographer" for his work on West Side Story.

Kenny is not only a well-respected attorney in the New Orleans area.........he is also (along with his lovely and talented Wife, Kimberly) the Artistic Director of The Jefferson Ballet Theatre (one of the talented dance companies that perform annually in our Sparta Bal Masque).

Sparta is very proud of our Officer..........and give him a rousing "Hail Kenny"......................

Best,

(The "Wish I Could Dance Like That" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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April 15, 2017

Re: Spartan Scholars Mark Their Mark

My Dear Friends...........

The Knights of Sparta are so proud of the scholars in our Spartan Family.  Here are a few examples of their outstanding accomplishments (and please send me more, if you have them, so I can spread the news):

Our Jr. Captain, Brandon Bogle, who is finishing the Engineering Program at Mississippi State University, has been honored to be one of only a handful of engineering students selected for a summer internship in engineering at the very prestigious Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in San Francisco, CA.  Brandon will be working through the summer on their project to improve HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) Filtration systems for nuclear reactors.

Former Spartan Maid (and Sister to The Queen of Sparta for 2015....and Daughter to King Sparta LXV), Meredith Clement, has been selected as Captain of the "Mock Trial Team" at prestigious  Rhodes College.....and will lead her team at UCLA in the upcoming National Mock Trial Competition.  She is also set to study abroad for three months at the London School of Bishkek in Kyrgystan this summer, where she will be working on her Russian Studies.

Finally, Bryon Garrety (Spartan Jr. Member...and son of Spartan Lt. Bryon Garrety) has been part of a research team at the University of Louisiana Monroe researching medical compounds to help fight cancer.  His team has discovered a naturally occurring sponge that has positive effects on breast cancer.  Way to go, Bryon.

We are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO proud of our Spartan Scholars.  Keep the good news coming in!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "I Think 1+1=2" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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April 12, 2017

Re: .Hope Floats Cancer Fund Raiser

My Dear Friends......

Hope Floats is hosting an event in Memory of Mr. John Lee (Late Father of Carrollton's Captain, Wayne Lee) with all proceeds benefiting
Cancer research at East Jefferson Hospital.

It will take place at the Thoth Den on Saturday April 22, 2017.  Tickets are $50 per person which includes
food and drink.  There will also be a great silent auction.

If you can attend please see (below) for information on purchasing tickets.  If you cannot and would like
to make a donation please let me know.

Syd and I hope to see you there.............

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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April 10, 2017

Re: Spartan VP on TV

My Dear Friends.........

This evening (on the 6 pm "News with a Twist") Spartan Vice President, Jason Tonglet, was interviewed in connection with our New Orleans' summer custom of wearing "seersucker" clothing. (link)

Way to go, Jason.............

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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April 10, 2017

Re: This Week's Celebrations

My Dear Friends.........

This week, the Knights of Sparta say Happy Birthday to Miss Michaela Reese (former Spartan Jr. Court Member, former Spartan Maid, and future Spartan Queen).

Hail to our Future Queen!!!!!!!!!!!!! and Happy Birthday on Thursday!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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April 2, 2017

Re: .Engagement in our Carnival Family

My Dear Friends............

Well.........wedding bells decorated in "foil" will soon be ringing............

The Knights of Sparta have learned that Miss Victoria Haydel (Daughter of Mid City Captain, Mike Haydel, and his lovely Wife, Danielle) has accepted the marriage proposal of her beau, Alex Kapesis........

Alex proposed last Thursday, on Victoria's Birthday........how romantic.........

Sparta and all of Carnival wish Victoria and Alex a wonderful life together............and Mike and Danielle have a wedding to plan!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Playing Cupid" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Spart

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April 2, 2017

Re: This Week's Celebrations

My Dear Friends........

This week, The Knights of Sparta wish...........

1.  A Happy Birthday to Anne Zoller-Kiefer (Former Queen of Mecca, Daughter of one of our late Captain Emeriti, Irv Zoller........and Mother / Grandmother to a number of Spartan Court Members including former Spartan Maid, Jennifer Jamieson, and Spartan Jr. Court Members, Chance and Triston Jamieson)...........

2.  Terenza Lightell (Wife of Spartan Member, Steve "Randy Watson" Lightell.......and Mother to Spartan Jr. Court Member, Ariel Lightell).......

We raise our Spartan Shields in salute and in a gesture of Happy Birthday to our Spartan Family Members..........

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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Apri; 1, 2017

Re: .Big Plans for Sparta 2018

My Dear Friends.........

The Knights of Sparta are pleased to announce the First Annual "Spartan Spartanaganza" After Parade Las Vegas Style Party......

This wonderful event will be held directly after our Street Parade on Saturday, February 3, 2018, in the "Theatre at Harrah's" on the second floor of the Harrah's Casino......and features 5 star cuisine, top shelf bar, Russian caviar, and imported French champagne.

Entertainment includes Bruno Mars........Katy Perry.......and One Direction (what a lineup !!!!!!!!!!!)

Tickets are very limited......and will be on sale for $350 per person (with a special "Meet and Greet the Stars" Package available for $1,000 per person).

Look for more information and ticket sales links in the near future...........

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Have a great rest of your April 1st.........................................

Best,

(The "Biggest Fool of All" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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March 28, 2017

Re: .One More Parade.........

My Dear Friends.......

Our good friend, Warren Serignet, has reminded us that there still is one more parade left to the season.........

St. Bernard Irish Italian Islenos Parade - Saturday - April 1 - 12 noon (Rain date is Sunday - April 2)
The St. Bernard Irish Italian Islenos Community Parade is one of the largest events in nearby St. Bernard parish. The parade starts at 12noon along the W. Judge Perez route in Chalmette - from Meraux Dr. down to Ventura and back! It consists of 53+ floats, 35+marching groups 1,500+ members and 350,000 pounds of produce! 
See parade route.

See ya in Da Parish, Dawlin...........

Best,

(The "Where Y'at" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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March 28, 2017

Re: .More Birthdays

My Dear Friends........

We have learned about several birthdays last Sunday that we omitted in our last email.......

1.  Former Spartan Maid, Jennifer Jamieson (who is also the Mother of Spartan Jr. Court Members Chance and Triston) had a Happy Birthday on Sunday........

2.  Carrollton Jr. Captain (we all know that he is the "real" Captain), Emerson Diebold, also celebrated his birthday on Sunday.....

We give our finest Spartan Salute to both..........

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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March 26, 2017

Re: .This Week's Celebrations

My Dear Friends.........

This week the Knights of Sparta send their best to:

1.  Our "Masked Captain", who celebrates his Birthday tomorrow (Monday)........

2.  Spartan Treasurer, Mike Carlson, whose Birthday is Thursday.......

Congrats to all.....and Happy Birthday...........

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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March 19, 2017

Re: This Week's Celebrations

My Dear Friends...........

It has been a little quiet lately...........however, celebrations are "heating up".........

This week we congratulate:

1.  Former "Royal Consort", Christian Olea (Wife of King Sparta LXI) on her Birthday.......

2.  Former Spartan Jr. Court Member and Maid, Erin Benoit (The Captain and First Lady's Youngest Daughter) and her husband, Leon Benoit (Spartan Committee Chairman) on their 11th Anniversary........

3.  Mid City Captain, Michael Haydel, on his Birthday........

Congrats to all...........

Best,

(The "Love to Celebrate" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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March 19. 2017

Re: JPAS Tarzan

My Dear Friends........

Spartan Officer, Kenneth Beck, is now directing and choreographing the JPAS production of "Tarzan"............

Performances are this coming Friday and Saturday........and it is a wonderful show........

Tickets are available at the JPAS ticket web site - JPAS Tarzan Tickets

Hope to see many of you there............

Best,

Dr. David M. Mulnick (The "Trying My Best Tarzan Yell" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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March 13, 2017

Re: Hope Floats Gala

My Dear Friends...........

OK.....you have not heard from me in a week.  That is because I was out of town (and many of you are probably glad for the respite from my emails).  However.........I'm back...........so here goes.

Attached (and below) you will find the flyer for the Annual "Hope Floats" Gala in memory of John J. Lee, Sr. (Father of our dear friend, and Carrollton Captain, Wayne Lee).  The Lee family puts on this event each year to raise funds and awareness for Cancer Care at East Jefferson Hospital.......and 100% of the profits go to that great cause.

I know that Syd and I will be there, as usual..........and we invite you to join us for this wonderful evening.

Hope to see you there............

Best,

(The "Trying to do My Part of Irradicate Cancer" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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March 2, 2017

Re: Walk for .Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America

My Dear Friends..........

Most of you know that The Knights of Sparta strive to help as many charities as possible.......

To that end, we pass along information on this year's "Walk to Help Cure Myasthenia Gravis" (see link below and flyer at the end of this message)
http://join.mgwalk.org/keebie22
One of our former Jr. Court Members, and former Maid, Erin Benoit (who is the Daughter of the Captain and First Lady) has Myasthenia Gravis.....and is helping on this event.

Awareness is the first key to a cure..........and we always try to keep everyone aware of events like this.......

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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March 1, 2017

Re: Final Weekend of Carnival

My Dear Friends.........

It has been such a whirlwind that I really don't know where I left off.........

I know that I reported on Thursday's Babylon Parade, Ball, and Supper Dance......so let's take up after that.......

Friday, I have the honor to narrate the Mid City Bal Masque at the Sheraton Hotel.  The "Fabulous Foiled Krewe" staged a wonderful production that highlighted all varieties of wine (a tribute to their King and Queen, who own Fantesca Winery).  Everything went perfectly.........and the evening was a rousing success.  Kudos to Captain Michael, First Lady Danielle, the Officers, the Court, and the Krewe of Mid City..........you were GREAT.......

Saturday (all day and all night) was, of course, Endymion.  I have the great honor to again work with the Court.......and they were just wonderful.  The parade was its usual glorious success........and the floats looked fantastic.  The crowds were huge.....and the Extravaganza was simply perfect.  Captain Ed, First Lady Peggy, all of the Officers, the Court, and the multitudes that make up our Krewe should be duly proud.  Hail Endymion.

Sunday saw Syd and I up and out early to join Mid City and Thoth at the stands at the Intercontinental.  I was honored to again narrate both parades........and they did not disappoint.

An aside is the fact that Caroline Lundgren (Granddaughter of Zeus Captain Emeritus, Phil Lundgren and his beautiful Wife, Maureen) reigned as Queen of Okeanos that morning.  We will look for her passing the reviewing stand next year, as she rides as returning Queen.

Mid City was its usual "Gleaming" spectacle........with the bright foil floats reflecting the sunlight......

Thoth was big....and beautiful......with its "Culinary Theme" done to perfection.......

Monday had Syd and I (along with a number of dear Carnival Friends) at the Orpheus Ball.  The parade was beautiful as it came into the Convention Center...........and the entire evening was just perfect.

Mardi Gras Day was begun on Napoleon......as we watched REX pass in parade.  I got my "wave" from REX again this year..........and the parade was vivid and beautiful.

Last evening, Syd and I (with a number of great Friends and Carnival VIPs) attended the REX Ball.  It is always a "slice of Carnival tradition" to be at REX.....and we loved it.  Then, it was off to "The Chophouse" with the "usual gang" of Barry and Michelle Orillion, Jack and Julie Jacob, Mike and Michelle Yenni, David Cook, and John and Shirley Tessitore to end Carnival with dinner.  We missed Mike and Danielle Haydel, who took their turn at being "a bit ill".........as many of us have done this Carnival Season.

In any event........from all of us at Sparta........to all of you...............

HAPPY MARDI GRAS..............and we'll do it again next year............

Best,

(The "Finally Got Some Rest Today" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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February 25, 2017

Re: Mayor's Ball, Druids, Nyx, Babylon, Mid City, abd Excalibur

My Dear Friends.............

So much going on........and it just keeps coming!!!!!!!

Wednesday saw Syd and I (in the very good company of Endymion Captain Ed Muniz and First Lady, Peggy) at the Annual Mayor's Mardi Gras Ball......

It was a wonderful evening.......and we were able to review both the Parades of the Ancient Druids........and Nyx from Gallier Hall.........

Druids saluted the Olympics (well........at least their version).......and it was great.  Fun, Fun, Fun..........

Nyx (led by Captain Julie Lea) was big and beautiful.  The Floats were bright and witty.....and the ladies were very generous.......

Hail to both Druids and Nyx for a wonderful evening..............

Thursday saw me with Babylon all day.  "The Jester Club" did their usual "triple header" of Parade, Bal Masque, and Supper Dance all in one night........and it all came off without a hitch.  I was honored to narrate their Parade and Supper Dance........and had a super time.

Today.....and tonight......Syd and I were with Mid City for their lavish Bal Masque and Supper Dance.....saluting all types of wine.  The tableau was joyous and musical..........and everything went off perfectly.

We also know that the great Krewe of Excalibur was able to get their Parade in this evening in Metairie..........and we salute them for the effort of rescheduling their parade from last Friday.  Hail Excalibur.........

And so............our Spartan Swords are raised to The Druids, Captain Julie and Nyx, Captain Jack and First Lady Birdie and Babylon, Captain Michael and First Lady Danielle and Mid City, and Captain Missy and Excalibur..........................as well as all of the Officers, Court, and Krewe of each organization.  Hail Carnival..............

Best,

(The "How Many More Days to Go"? Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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February 20. 2017

Re; Happy Birthday, Jason

My Dear Friends..........

One last email today (and thank you for your patience)...........to say Happy Birthday to Spartan Officer (and soon to be second time Dad), Jason Tonglet..........

Hope today is GREAT..........

Best,

(The Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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February 20. 2017

Re: Weekend Parades Abound

My Dear Friends...........

In the hope of not boring you too much.........I will sum up the past weekend's parades of the "Friends of Sparta" in one email...........

Friday...........
            Our Brothers and Sisters of Excalibur made the correct decision and postponed their parade until this week........Our hearts ache that they could not get their parade in on their usual evening...........but, we know that they will roll under clear skies..........Hail to Excalibur.........a tough decision, but the right one!!!!!!!!!

Saturday............
            Pontchartrain, Choctaw, and Freret all paraded during the day (before Sparta).......and we have gotten nothing but great reviews from their processions.......
            Pygmalion rolled just behind Sparta..........and Capt. Jack, Co-Captain "Lil" Jack, and the "Krewe of the Great Sculptor"  delighted the crowd with their usual wonderful procession...........Hail to all who share "Sparta Saturday".............

Sunday............
            Carrollton, King Arthur, and Alla all rolled under clear skies and with great crowds...........We salute Captain Wayne of Carrollton, Capt. Phil (celebrating his 40th year as King Arthur's Captain), and Captain John of Alla for bringing GREAT parades to the streets of New Orleans on Sunday.............

Best,

(The "Boy do I Need some Sleep" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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February 20. 2017

Re: Sparta is Spectacular

My Dear Friends...........

I have said it before.........and I will say it again........I am so very proud and honored to be the Captain of this wonderful organization........

Saturday's Sparta Parade was beautiful.......musical.........traditional........generous.......joyous......and every other adjective I could think of to describe WONDERFUL!!!!!!

I would not be honest (and I always try to be) if I did not tell you that this year was certainly a challenge.....with a large convention and the NBA in town over our weekend.............but the Officers, our Krewe, and all of the Members of our Spartan Family joined shoulder to shoulder to make this one of the best parades that we have every put onto the street........

The floats were packed (thanks to great local support), the bands were traditional and wonderful, the riders were generous to a fault, the crowd was cheerful, the King, Queen and Court were as regal as ever, and after parade party was simply fantastic.............what more can I say........

A very, very, very big thank you to our Officers, Officers' Ladies, our King, our beautiful Queen, our Court, our Spartan Members, and everyone in our Spartan Family for making 2017 truly a "year to remember".............

HAIL SPARTA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Luckiest Captain in Carnival" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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February 20, 2017

Re: Pontchartrain and Carrollton Bal Masques Terrific

My Dear Friends.........

Well...........the weekend is over.......and it was, to say the least, "packed".........

So.....let me catch you up on the happenings in "Carnival Land".......

Thursday evening saw Syd and I at Chateau Country Club for the wonderful Bal Masque of the Krewe of Pontchartrain.

The entire evening was great........and the "Krewe of the Super Grouper" stages a joyous and fun filled ball.

Congrats to Captain Sam......First Lady Kalma......The Officers, Court, and Krewe of Pontchartrain.  I guess (as Pontchartrain always says), they have not told us that Mardi Gras can begin...........so.......it's begun!!!!!!!!

Friday night Syd and I (and many of Carnival's Finest Folks) were honored to attend the wonderful Bal Masque of the Krewe of Carrollton at the Sheraton Hotel.

As always, Carrollton did not disappoint, as staged a beautiful tableau.....where "Juke Box Music" took center stage.

I could not think of a better way to spend the evening before my parade....other than to be with Carrollton.

Our Spartan Capes are unfurled in salute to the Captain (along with the Jr. Captain), the First Lady, the Officers, the Court, and the Krewe of Carrollton................Well done!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Really in the Thick of Carnival" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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February 15, 2017

Re: Thoth is Terrific

My Dear Friends...........

In all of the rush and craziness that is Carnival, I realize that I have neglected to report on last Saturday's wonderful Thoth Bal Masque staged in the Great Hall of the Pontchartrain Center.

As usual......Thoth did not disappoint, with a truly beautiful ball.........as "Haute Cuisine" took center stage.  The "Chefs of Thoth" cooked up a fantastic production........and the packed audience had a great evening.......

Our Spartan Swords are raised in tribute to the Captain, Officers, Court, and Krewe of Thoth........

Hail to the "Scribes of Egypt"..............

Best,

(The "Always Keeping You Informed on Carnival" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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Feburary 11, 2017

Re: Sparta is Spectacular

My Dear Friends..........

OK.....so it's 2:30 in the morning..........and I'm about 99% tapped out..........but, boy....am I happy!

Our Knights of Sparta Bal Masque this (I mean last) evening in the Great Hall of the Pontchartrain Center was as perfect as anyone could imagine........

A wonderful King, Queen, and Court.........astounding dance sequences........beautiful music and singing........fantastic acting......a GREAT after ball party......and delightful friends made the evening simply PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!

There are just too many people for the Officers and I to thank.........but, please know that you are in our hearts always.

I could go on forever.........but, I will just say that I am as proud now to be the Captain of this wonderful organization as I every could be!

HAIL SPARTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "why was it easier to do this when I was younger" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 29, 2017

Re: Sparta Court Luncheon

My Dear Friends..........

Today, the Ladies of Sparta took center stage at our wonderful Court Luncheon, to honor our 2017 Queen, Gabby Ciaston, and her Court.

Also on hand was our Returning 2016 Queen, Mandy Dutruch.  King Sparta LXV, Bruce Clement, and Returning King Sparta LXIV, Paul Brown also made short appearances at the beginning of the luncheon to wish the Court well and present flowers...........as did our Spartan Officers.

It was a very lovely and jovial event.......and everyone had a fantastic time.

Our thanks to First Lady, Syd Mulnick, for putting together such a great event........and to Spartan Officer, Michael Vincent, for all of the floral arrangements.

Best,

(The "Tried to Stay for the Luncheon, but The Ladies Booted Me Out" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 24, 2017

Re: Trunk Show

My Dear Friends.........

We have received the following (see below) from our good friend, Sarah Twilbeck, and Charlie Johnson's Store on Williams Blvd. in Kenner.........

Please check it out...........

Best,

The Captain)

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Attention ladies of Carnival we at Charlie Johnson's would like to invite you to attend our Jovani trunk show this Friday Saturday and Sunday at our store at 3116 Williams Boulevard Kenner Louisiana 70065 we have a large assortment of Jovani's new line formal dresses in various sizes so please come and check out our formal dresses for glamorous occasions if you have any questions please feel free to call us at 504-442-1955

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January 21, 2017

Re: .King Arthur "Gets Right Back to Where They Started From"

My Dear Friends..........

This evening the Krewe of King Arthur staged their 40th Anniversary Bal Masque in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

I was honored to be the Narrator for the evening and, along with Syd, Spartan Officers and Ladies Michael and Jean Vincent....Henry and Bonnie Suthon.....and Mike and Trisha Carlson (and many of Carnival's finest folks), had a wonderful time.

Their Ball was beautiful........the costumes were fantastic......the food was great.......and the music (provided by Midnight Special....and very special guest performer, Maxine Nightingale) was "rock'in"........

The Knights of Sparta salute Captain Phil Fricano on his 40th year as founding and continuing Captain of King Arthur.  We also brandish our Spartan Swords in salute to the Officers.....Court....and Krewe of King Arthur.

You look GREAT at 40 !!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Really Into the Season Now" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 20, 2017

Re: Happy Birthday to the Queen

My Dear Friends.........

Today.....The Knights of Sparta say "Happy Birthday" to our most Royal....Imperial....and Regal Majesty........The Queen of Sparta for 2017.........Miss Gabrielle Bernadette Ciaston (or....as her Court Advisors know her.......Queen Gabby).........

We hope you have a wonderful day, Your Highness..........

Best,

(The "Love those Royal Birthdays" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 19, 2017

Re: Hardy App

My Dear Friends......

Our good friend, Arthur Hardy, has sent us the following information (see attached) about his new Phone App..........

Way to go, Arthur........

Best,

(The "Keeping in Touch with Carnival" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 15, 2017

Re: Pygmalion Visits Jade Empire

My Dear Friends..........

The Knights of Sparta congratulate the Krewe of Pygmalion for staging a wonderful Bal Masque last evening in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel......

We know that Captain Jack, First Lady Sissy, Co-Captain "Lil" Jack, First Daughter Elizabeth (who, incidentally, will be their 2018 Queen), The Officers, Court, and Krewe of Pygmalion are proud of their wonderful presentation.

Sparta hails of "Krewe of the Great Sculptor"........and we wish them a great parade, too.........

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 13, 2017

Re: Walk for .Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America

My Dear Friends..........

Most of you know that The Knights of Sparta strive to help as many charities as possible.......

To that end, we pass along information on this year's "Walk to Help Cure Myasthenia Gravis" (see link below)
http://join.mgwalk.org/keebie22
One of our former Jr. Court Members, and former Maid, Erin Benoit (who is the Daughter of the Captain and First Lady) has Myasthenia Gravis.....and is helping on this event.

Awareness is the first key to a cure..........and we always try to keep everyone aware of events like this.......

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January12, 2017

Re : Pearl's Place Trunk Show

My Dear Friends..................

Our very dear friends at Pearl's Place Bridal are having a huge trunk show of gowns....just in time for Carnival Season........

Please see the information and link (below) for details.......

Pearl's Place does a wonderful job for Sparta.......and we are honored to pass this information along.......

Best,

(The "Wonder What Size I Wear" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta
email - captain@knightsofsparta.com
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Trunk Show of wonderful gowns at Pearl's Place - Go to Facebook link (below) for details.......

https://www.facebook.com/pearlsplacebridal/?pnref=lhc

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January 10, 2017

Re: This week's Celebrations

My Dear Friends........

Busy weekend.......and I am a bit late with this week's celebrations......

In any event.......On Sunday last we wished a very Happy Anniversary to King Sparta LXIV, Paul Brown...and his lovely Wife, Pam.......

Hail to the Royal Couple..........

Please keep us informed on any upcoming special events in our Carnival Family..........

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 8, 2017

Re: Orpheus 13th Night Celebration was Wonderful

My Dear Friends..............

This evening Syd and I (in the good company of Spartan Ft. Lts. Mark Katz, Charley Hassinger, who is also an Orpheus Officer, and Joe Trovato.....with the lovely Candy Trovato, also) were honored to attend the Annual Orpheus 13th Night Celebration at The Mansion of Mardi Gras World.

We saw so many good Carnival Friends.........had great food........and a ton of fun........

We hail Captain Sonny, The Officers, the great Krewe of Orpheus.....and their "kick off" to Carnival.........

Best,

(The "Tired, but Happy" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 8, 2017

Re: JBT has Flawless Snow Queen Performances

My Dear Friends........

The Knights of Sparta salute and congratulate The Jefferson Ballet Theatre on their performances (last evening and this evening) of The Snow Queen Ballet........

The productions were fabulous.......with beautiful music, exquisite choreography, and flawless dancing.

The ballet was choreographed and staged by Spartan Officer (and lovely and talented Officer's Wife), Kenneth and Kimberly Beck (with Kimberly also dancing the Title Role).....

We can't wait for JBT's annual performance in our Bal Masque.....

Hail to The Jefferson Ballet Theatre.........

Best,

(The "Wonder who that Ballet Narrator was" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 6, 2017

Re: Happy Carnival Season

My Dear Friends..........

Well..........I have my first piece of King Cake today...........so that must mean that it's King's Day.....the Official Start of the Carnival Season.........

The Annual King's Day Celebration at Mardi Gras World was held this morning.......with representatives from all of the krewes presenting decorated tables for Carnival's "Kick Off"......

You know that I try to avoid "superlatives"............so I will just say the The Knights of Sparta's table was certainly "one of the best" there (see picture below)....Including "Cirque du Soliel" music playing..........

 

My thanks to Henry Suthon, Jason Tonglet, Mike Diodene, Michael Vincent, Charley Hassinger, and Mark Katz for representing Sparta today........You all make the Spartans proud!

Happy Carnival Season to all.....................

Best,

(The "It's My Time of Year" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 3, 2017

Re: Phunny Phorty Phellows

My Dear Friends.........

The Knights of Sparta are, once again, getting together to view the Phunny Phorty Phellows Parade (the first official parade of the Carnival Season) this Friday (King's Day).

Anyone who wishes can meet at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot of The Whitney Bank (Willow St., just off Carrollton Ave. behind the Little Tokyo Restaurant).  The "parade" (one street car) pulls our of the Willow St. Streetcar Barn at exactly 7:00 p.m.....and takes about 1 minute to pass!

Anyone who wishes can then meet at New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood on St. Charles Ave. for a bite.

Spartan Vice-President, Jason Tonglet, will be heading up the group this year....due to my commitment with The Snow Queen Ballet that evening.

Have fun.............and Happy Carnival !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

Best,

(The "Wish I Could be in Two Places at One Time" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 1, 2017

Re: This Week's Celebration

My Dear Friends...........

Today.....The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to Debbie Brown (Daughter-in-Law of the Captain and First Lady).........and Leslie Reese (Mother of Spartan Jr. Court veteran, Maid, and Future Queen, Michaela Reese).......

Also Wednesday we say Happy Birthday to Spartan Duke, Matthew Hedrick IV......

Hope all have a great first week of 2017..........

Best,

(The "Happy New Year" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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December 28,2016

Re: .Time to Get Your Tuxedos Out

My Dear Friends..........

This is another entry from the "Shameless Commerce Branch" of Sparta.........

Our good friend, Mel Grodsky....owner of Tuxedos to Geaux.....has gotten in some "wild" new tuxedos just in time for the Carnival Season.  Mel always does his best for all of us in Carnival.......and we certainly recommend that you visit him and see the great new tuxes that he has.

I just got my new 2017 "over the top" tux........and I love it.........

Please see below for Mel's information.......

Remember.........It's almost "King's Day"..........

Best,

(The "Putt'in on the Ritz" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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December 28, 2016

Re: Nyx Helps Those with Autism

My Dear Friends...........

Our dear Sisters of the Krewe of Nyx have a wonderful fund raising event coming up to help those with autism on January 21, 2017......

Please see (below and attached) for all of the details of this great evening.......

The Knights of Sparta urge all of you to support Nyx and the great work they are doing to help curb autism.....

Best,

(The "Still Waiting to Catch my Purse" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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December 26, 2016

Re: .This Week's Celebrations

My Dear Friends.........

Well........we are "back in the saddle again" with this week's celebrations.......

1.  Christmas day saw the Birthday of former Spartan Jr. Court Member / former Maid, Piper Bogle (who also happens to be the Mother of Sparta's Jr. Captain....and the Daughter of The Captain and First Lady)

2.  Tuesday is the Birthday of King Sparta LXIV (our Returning King), Paul Brown

3.  Friday will see the Wedding of The Queen of Sparta for 2015, Maddy Clement (who also happens to be the Daughter of our 2017 King, King Sparta LXV - Mr. Bruce Clement....and the Lovely Royal Consort - Mrs. Lisa Clement) to Sean Brown (who also happens to be the Son of our 2015 King (yes....Maddy's King), King Sparta LXIII - Mr. Phillip Brown (who also happens to be the Brother of King Sparta LXIV, Paul Brown - see above)........WOW, it's getting complicated keeping the families straight.......but, it's wonderful !!!!!!!!!

4.  Saturday is the Birthday of Spartan Officer (Louis Reese's) Wife, Tara Reese (who also happens to be the Mother of Spartan Jr. Court Members, Max and Maylee Reese...........and Daughter-in-Law of Paul Brown (the aforementioned King Sparta LXIV - above - and his lovely Wife, Pam)......and the Sister-in-Law of the aforementioned King Sparta LXIII above - and his lovely Wife, Janet)...........and Aunt to former Spartan Maid and Future Spartan Queen, Michaela Reese..........OK, I gotta stop because I'm getting dizzy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We wish all a great week of celebrations !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Still Confused, but Happy" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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December 24, 2016

Re: Happy Holidays from Sparta

My Dear Friends.........

Well............the Holidays are here........and The Knights of Sparta wish all of our Members, Court Member, Family Members, and Carnival Friends a very, very Merry Christmas and/or Happy Chanukah............

Of course, we wish you all plenty of presents from Santa and/or eight nights of great gifts.........however, we know you will not forget the deep religious meaning of each of these joyous holidays.

Christmas is not just Santa and presents.........it is the birthday of Jesus, the foundation of all Christian religions.  What a beautiful and wonderful day to celebrate the creation of your faith.

Chanukah, likewise, is not just eight nights of gifts and lighting candles........it is the commemoration of a struggle against tyranny and the securing of religious freedom from the Jewish People and all peoples.

And so.......trim your trees, light your candles, exchange your presents, feast on all of the holiday goodies, and keep the "spirit of the holidays" in your hearts............

Again.........a very Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah from The Captain, Officers, Court, and Members of The Knights of Sparta.

P.S.........Eat, drink, and be merry........for tomorrow we get back to planning for Carnival !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Happy to Celebrate the Holidays" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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December 23, 2016

Re: Mardi Gras Guide is Out.........

My Dear Friends...........

Carnival's great friend, Arthur Hardy, has released the 2017 installment of "The Mardi Gras Guide".......and it is wonderful (got mine today).

Distribution has begun.......and I know that Barnes and Noble has them.

Remember........there is still one day of shopping left before Christmas / Chanukah........and "The Mardi Gras Guide" makes the best "stocking stuffer" I could imagine for any Carnival enthusiast........

Thanks, Arthur, for putting Carnival in prospective for us all........

Best,

(The "Don't Bother Me while I'm Reading the Guide" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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December 23, 2016

Re: This Week's Celebrations

My Dear Friends..........

This is actually this past week's celebrations.......because my Family and I just returned from a week in Branson, MO....and it was fantastic.  Dinner shows, zip lining....extreme go carting.....cave exploration....canyon hikes........and I'm still in one piece (almost)!  Guess I'm not that old after all!!!!!!

Well.......in any event.....The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to our First Lady, Syd....who celebrated her birthday in Branson on Tuesday.

Happy Birthday from Sparta.......and especially from The Captain!

Will be back in the groove on Sunday with all of next week's celebrations.........

Best,

(The "Going Upstairs to Put on Some "Icy Hot" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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December 16, 2016

Re: Nyx Helps Stamp Our Autism...........

My Dear Friends........

We pass on the following information for our wonderful "Sister Krewe", Nyx.  We feel that this is a very worthwhile event.....and all for a great cause.....

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, the Mystic Krewe of Nyx will host Corsets & Cowboys, a
fundraiser benefiting The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans. The event will be at Generations Hall from 7:00pm-10:30pm. On Saturday, January 21, 2017, the Mystic Krewe of Nyx will host Corsets & Cowboys, a fundraiser benefiting The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans. The event will be at Generations Hall from 7:00pm-10:30pm.  Please see the link (below) for all of the information for this great event.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/corsets-cowboys-a-benefit-for-autism-presented-by-the-mystic-krewe-of-nyx-tickets-28454023751

Hail Nyx.........Let's help them beat autism !!!!!!!!!

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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December 8, 2016

Re: .Jefferson Ballet Theatre Presents The Nutcracker

My Dear Friends..........

Spartan Officer, Kenny Beck, and his lovely and talented Wife, Kimberly are the Artistic Directors of The Jefferson Ballet Theatre (one of the wonderful dance companies that perform in our Sparta Bal Masque each year).

JBT is presenting "The Nutcracker", a holiday tradition, this weekend.

Please see (below) for all of the information on the performances.

Best,

(The "Wish I Could Dance Like That" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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December 4, 2016

Re: This Week's Celebrations

My Dear Friends..........

This week The Knights of Sparta say............

Happy Birthday to The Queen of Sparta for 2009, Miss Megan Ducote........

and

Happy Birthday to Spartan Officer and Webmaster, Ron Kogos.....

Hail to you both from Sparta........

Best,

The Captain

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December 1, 2016

Re: New Starting Point for Sparta Parade

My Dear Friends..........

Over the past few years......the crowds on Napoleon Ave. (where the Knights of Sparta Parade begins) have been steadily growing.  Because of the many people who line Napoleon now....and the fact that many of them stretch back to the intersection of Napoleon and Magazine....we have decided to push the starting point of our Parade back to the intersection of Napoleon and Magazine.

The remainder of our route will be unchanged from previous years........we will simply have a few more blocks on the "front end" of the parade route in order to have the entire parade pass everyone lined up on Napoleon.

Our revised parade route will be reflected in the Mardi Gras Guide, the newspapers, and on our Web Site.

Hail Sparta............

Best,

The "Will be on the Horse for a Few More Blocks" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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November 30, 2016

Re: Centurions Hold $10-K Raffle

My Dear Friends..........

Our good friends, Capt. Norman and the Krewe of Centurions, will hold their Annual $10,000 Raffle Friday evening at the Jefferson Orleans South - 2536 Edenborn - Metairie, LA  70002.

Tickets and information can be obtained through Capt. Norman Bourgeois - 504-736-0201.

Hope to see you there.........but remember........I'm winning the $10-K (Hahaha).........

Best,

(The "Hope I'm Lucky" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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November 30, 2016

Re: 🎅Krewe of Boo Holiday Party🎄

My Dear Friends...........

Our good friend, Brian Kern, and The Krewe of Boo, have sent us the email invitation (see below).......

Always like to support our friends.........

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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November 29, 2016

Re: Another Spartan Birthday

My Dear Friends............

Today, we must add one of our wonderful Scepter Bearers, Miss Sophia Hodgson, to our Birthday wishes.......

Hope you have a wonderful day, Sophia.....

Best,

Dr. David M. Mulnick Knights of Sparta

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November 28 , 2016

Re: This Week's Celebrations

My Dear Friends........

This week (as a matter of fact, today) we wish Regina Diodene (lovely Wife of Spartan Officer, Mike Diodene) a very Happy Birthday........

Let Mike take care of the baby today........and you take the day off !!!!!!!!!!!

Remember to inform me of birthdays, anniversaries, etc. to that I can pass them along to the Carnival Community........

Best,

(The Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta
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November 24, 2016

Re: .News from The Krewe of Boo.......

My Dear Friends.........

As always, The Knights of Sparta pass along to you news of our Brother / Sister Halloween Parade.....The Krewe of Boo (see below)......

Hope they have another great procession in 2017..........

Best,

(The "Always Frightening" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

The BOO! Krewe: Early-Bird Special

Make an investment in fun and save big bucks when you reserve your spot in the 2017 Krewe of BOO! before December 31st. 

The Krewe of BOO! parade rolls at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 21st, the weekend before Halloween weekend. Membership is now open, and Chief Spookster Brian Kern is offering a special early-bird discount for those who sign up before December 31st.

 

LOTS O LOOT
Throws & Souvenirs

 

CRAZY COSTUMES
Friends & Fun

 

ROLLING PARTY
Parade & Floats

 

Chief Spookster, Brian Kern
with Krewe King, Morten Andersen
& Krewe Queen, Trixie Minx

 

 

 

*New Orleans' Official Halloween Parade*
Copyright © 2016 Krewe of BOO! All rights reserved.
www.kreweofboo.com

Our mailing address is:
5500 Prytania Street #336 • New Orleans LA • 70115

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November 13, 2016

Re: This Week's Celebrations....and more

My Dear Friends...........

This week, The Knights of Sparta congratulate:

1.  Long-standing Spartan Jr. Court Member (and future Spartan Maid), Alyssa Brown (Granddaughter of The Captain and First Lady) on her Birthday........

2.  Spartan Committee Chair, San Nicholas, on his Birthday.......

3.  Spartan Committee Chair and Agent for many of our Parade bands, Warren Serignet, who we have learned will reign as Emperor of Corps de Napoleon this year..........Hail to the King......

Our Spartan best to all of our celebrants..........

Best,

(The "Any Celebration is Great" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

November 11, 2016

Re: Centurions Holds $10-K Raffle

My Dear Friends..........

Our dear friends, Capt. Norman.......and the great Krewe of Centurions will hold their annual $10,000 Raffle on December 2nd.

This is a wonderful event...........and you have a chance at a BIG payoff.............

Syd and I already have our ticket.......and we certainly encourage everyone to support our Brother / Sister Krewe.......

Hope to see you there...........

See (below) for information..........

Best,

(The "I'm Going to Win the $10-K" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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November, 11, 2016

Re: Pygmalion Coronation was Great

My Dear Friends..........

I have several emails to get out to "catch up" from being in Scandinavia for a week with the Jr. Captain........

So........Let's get started............

Although I was out of the country.......Syd (along with many of Carnival's finest folks) attended the Coronation of the great Krewe of Pygmalion.

All reports indicate that they put on a wonderful Coronation.......and everyone there had a great time.

Hail to the "Krewe of the Grand Sculptor".................

Best,

(The "Hate to Miss any Carnival Event" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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November 10, 2016

Re: Dawn Busters Annual Turkey Fry Fundraiser

My Dear Friends........

Once again, the Dawn Busters (an organization that is allied with the wonderful Krewe of Carrollton) is having their "Fried Turkey Sale" for Thanksgiving.

Please see the attached letter and flyer.  The Knights of Sparta encourage your support of this great event..........and the turkeys taste GREAT, too.

Please make sure, when you order, that you specify that you want credit given to The Krewe of Carrollton (KOC at the top of the order form)..........

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Turkey Fry Flyer PDF

Turkey Fry Letter PDF

Best,

(The "Gobble, Gobble" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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November 10, 2016

Re: This Week's Celebrations

My Dear Friends........

Mercifully....you have not heard from me this past week......because I just returned last evening from a week in Copenhagen and Stockholm visiting The Jr. Captain (my Grandson, Brandon).  He sends his regards to all....and will see you all for the Carnival Season, when he gets home.

Now.......down to business........

Today, we say a very Happy Birthday to Spartan Costume Creator Extraordinaire........Sally Hedrick (or....as we know her, Saint Sally).

We also wish a very Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Robin Dutruch (the Queen Mom of former Spartan Queen, Mandy Dutruch).

Our Spartan Swords are raised in salute to these lovely ladies.  Happy Birthday.......

Best,

The "Lots More Emails to Send" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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November 1, 2016

Re: Sparta Royal Culinary Tour Continues

My Dear Friends..........

Please remember.......

Our next "Tour Stop" will be.............

Monday - November 7th.......”Kooza”
Clown around on the west bank at....
"Cafe Ditali's" - 1650 Manhattan Blvd - Harvey, LA

(R.S.V.P.  PLEASE)

Hope to see you there.................

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 30, 2016

Re: Great Wedding Venue

My Dear Friends........

In telling you about Steve and Terenza's wonderful wedding last evening.......I also should mention the venue for the wedding and reception.......The Tchoupitoulas Plantation.

Many of you know that the wonderful Mercer Family own and operate the Plantation......and that they have already had two Spartan Queens......and have two more to come!

I could not think of a more beautiful venue for a wedding (OK......that's a blatant plug).......but, it also happens to be true.  The food and beverages were simply wonderful......and the staff (including many Mercer Family Members.....and Future Queen, Callie) were as attentive as attentive could be.

Hail to the Mercers........and to Tchoupitoulas Plantation (how long did it take me to memorize that spelling???????)

Best,

(The "Wedding Crasher" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 30, 2016

Re: .Wedding Bells for Spartan Family Members

My Dear Friends........

This evening The Knights of Sparta congratulate Spartan Member (and Court Father), Steve Lightell.....and his beautiful Bride, Terenza Swims Lightell (long time Spartan Family Member) on their wonderful wedding.

Sparta and all of Carnival wish Steve and Terenza (along with Lady in Waiting, Ariel.....their daughter, and Milo the Dog.....their "four legged son") a wonderful future together.

Hail to our Spartan Bride and Groom...........

Best,

(The "I Always Cry at Weddings" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 23, 2016

Re: Sparta Royal Culinary Tour Continues

My Dear Friends..........

Please remember......

Our next "Tour Stop" will be our "Post Coronation Stop"......THIS TUESDAY

Tuesday – October 25th…..”Love”

            Walk across Abbey Road with the beatles at... “The Piccadilly Cafeteria" –
2609 Jefferson Highway – Metairie, LA             (R.S.V.P.  PLEASE

AGAIN.........REMEMBER THAT THIS STOP IN ON TUESDAY.......NOT MONDAY

Hope to see you there.................

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 23, 2016

Re: Carrollton Coronation is Wonderful

My Dear Friends...........

Yes, I know that it is late..........however, if I do not put this out this evening....I know that great Captain of the Krewe of Carrollton will never forgive me.......

This evening Syd and I (in the good company of many of Carnival's finest folks) attended the Coronation for the wonderful Krewe of Carrollton at the Pontchartrain Center.  it was, indeed, a pleasure for The Knights of Sparta to share our Coronation weekend with Carrollton...and we look forward to a long and happy "one, two weekend punch" in the future.

Carrollton staged a beautiful presentation of their Court......and everything went off like clockwork.

Our Spartan Swords are raised in salute to the Captain, First Lady, Officers, Court, and Krewe of Carrollton.  You really know how to throw a party..........

Best,

(The "Need Some Rest After This Weekend" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 22, 2016

Re: Sparta Coronation was Spectacular

My Dear Friends..........

Am I a bit tired..............yes

Am I thrilled with last night's Sparta Coronation.............you bet!!!!!!!!

I could not be more happy or proud of my krewe and the way that our Coronation turned out last evening.  We had a wonderful crowd of very, very happy people (thanks to all of your fantastic folks who supported us)........the most beautiful venue and ballroom I could imagine (thanks to the very hard work of our Officers and Members).......rock'in music (thanks to Midnight Special).......and a presentation that was perfection in motion (thanks to our wonderful Court).

A special thanks goes not only to our Officers..........but, a million times over to our Coronation Chairman, Michael Vincent, who pours his heart and soul into this event (as, of course, do all of our Officers for their events, etc.).........Thanks, Michael.

We also hail our King and Queen (Bruce Clement and Gabby Ciaston), who are as noble and wonderful a set of rulers as any krewe could wish.......and their great Court.  You were, as I said before, perfection.

Onward and upward to our future Spartan events...................HAIL SPARTA!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Very Happy, But Not Getting Any Younger" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 4, 2016

Re: Sparta Royal Culinary Tour Continues

My Dear Friends..........

We had a great time last evening at Palm Too in Chalmette.........

Our next "Tour Stop" will be our "Post Coronation Stop"......

Tuesday – October 25th…..”Love”

            Walk across Abbey Road with the beatles at....

            “The Piccadilly Cafeteria" – 2609 Jefferson Highway – Metairie, LA            
(R.S.V.P.  PLEASE)

AGAIN.........REMEMBER THAT THIS STOP IN ON TUESDAY.......NOT MONDAY

Hope to see you there.................

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 3, 2016

Re: This Week's Celebrations

My Dear Friends...........

This week......The Knights of Sparta salute:

1.  Spartan Officer, Michael Vincent, whose Birthday was yesterday........

2.  Iris General Chairman, Billy Danflous, whose Birthday was also yesterday..........

3.  Spartan Duke, Danny Pitre, whose Birthday is tomorrow.......

We hope that your special days are GREAT!!!!!!!!

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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September 26, 2016

Re: Another Birthday this Week

My Dear Friends........

We have just learned that one of our Royal Escorts......Mr. Thomas Hodgson....will also celebrate his Birthday this week (Sept. 30).

This is the second year in a row that Thomas and his beautiful Sister, Sofia, will be in our Spartan Court...........and last year their Dad, Robert Hodgson, reigned as Endymion 30th.......What a year!

Happy Birthday to Thomas........You make us proud!

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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September 26, 2016

Re: Spartan Directs West Side Story at JPAS

My Dear Friends.........

The Knights of Sparta are honored to have Spartan Officer, Kenny Beck, both direct and choreograph the current JPAS production of "West Side Story"........

The show has gotten "rave reviews" from all of the local media, including WYES's "Steppin Out" and NOLA.com.

The final 3 performances will be this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday........

You can check out the JPAS web site (see link below) for details about this stunning production.........or call Kenny to see if we can get a group together to have an evening with the Jets and Sharks of "West Side Story".........504-319-7920.......

http://www.jpas.org/

Hail to Officer, Kenny Beck.........and Hail West Side Story...........

Best,

(The "I Like to be in America" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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September 25, 2016

Re: .This Week's Celebrations

My Dear Friends.........

Another Sunday.....and another week of Mardi Gras Celebrations to note:

* Today, we say Happy Birthday to our Spartan Narrator and Vocal Soloist, John Skidmore

* Thursday, we wish a very Happy Anniversary to Spartan Officer and his lovely Wife, Kenny and Kim Beck

* Saturday, we wish a Happy Birthday to Spartan Royal Escort, Max Reese

Please keep us informed of your special days......and we will pass them along on Sundays.......

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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September 19, 2016

Re: .Krewes for Karnival's First Responders Gala

My Dear Friends.........

A final reminder that the Annual Krewes for Karnival's First Responders Gala will be this Thursday - September 22, 2016 - at Fulton Lanes in Fulton Alley (next to Convention Center Blvd.)

You can also bid on some of the wonderful silent auction items at the following web site:

To register to bid in the Silent Auction go to 
www.501auctions.com/finkrewesforkarnival

Click on the Register link and it will take you to the registration page. Fill out all the information, click on register and you can begin bidding.

If you still wish to purchase tickets early (they are $40 early and $50 at the door), call Charley Hassinger (one of Sparta's representatives to KFKFR and one of the Event Chair people) at 504-214-0788.

Hope to see many of you there on Thursday............

Best,

(The "Always Civic Minded" Captain) The Knights of Sparta

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September 13, 2016

Re: Royal Culinary Tour Continues

My Dear Friends..........

We had a fantastic turn out for our Spudley's Tour Stop last evening...........

Our next stop on the Knights of Sparta Royal Culinary Tour will be:

Monday - October 3rd…..”O”

            Tropical waters call to you at.....
            “The Palms Casino and Restaurant” – 8001 W. St. Bernard Hwy - Chalmette, LA  (R.S.V.P.  PLEASE)

We hope to see you all there.............

Best,

(The "Can't Wait for the Steak Special" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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September 12, 2016

Re: Additional Royal Birthdays

My Dear Friends........

The Knights of Sparta cannot forget that today is the birthday of our beautiful 2017 and 2018 "Queen Mum", Maryann Ciaston.

The Knights say, "Wszystkiego najlepszego z okazji urodzin" ("All the Best on Your Birthday"....in Polish) to Maryann.

Don't worry.........she can translate it !!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday, Queen Mum..........

Best,

(The "Bet You Didn't Know that I Spoke Polish" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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September 11, 2016

Re: This Week's "Royal" Celebrations

My Dear Friends...........

This week The Knights of Sparta wish a.............

1.  Very Happy Royal Birthday (today) to our 2017 King, King Sparta LXV, Bruce Clement.........

2.  Very Happy Royal Birthday (Friday) to former (twice) King of Saturn (who will also reign as King of Sparta in several years), Brian Plauche........

The Spartans "Raise our Swords in Salute" to our Royal Friends............

Best,

(The "Certainly Now Royal" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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September 10, 2016

Re: .Royal Culinary Tour Continues

My Dear Friends..........

Our Royal Culinary Tour continues this Monday........

Our next stop will be:

Monday – September 12th …..”Varekai”
            Stroll through the forests of Ireland at….
            “Spudley’s Super Spuds” – 2609 Harvard – Metairie, LA   (R.S.V.P.  PLEASE)

We hope to see you there...............

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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September 7, 2016

Re: .Krewe of Boo....... 

My Dear Friends.............

Our good friend, Brian Kern, and the Krewe of Boo have sent out the following email (see below).........

Of course, we urge your support of this wonderful organization......

Best,

(The "Happy Halloween" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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Ride through the French Quarter on a Halloween Float!

Join the the Krewe of Boo Halloween parade! We roll on Saturday, October 22nd through the French Quarter and end in the Warehouse District at theHowlin' Wolf for the Monster Mash costume party featuring Dumpstaphunkplus Sexual Thunder. Click here for more information.



Copyright © 2016 Krewe of BOO!, All rights reserved.

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September 6, 2016

Re: Krewes for Karnival's First Responders Gala

My Dear Friends.........

This year the Annual Krewes for KOPs Gala has taken on a new identity.  It is now the Krewes for Karnival's First Responders.....and will benefit not only the NOPD, but the NOFD and NOEMS, too........

The Gala this year will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2016, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Fulton Alley Lanes, 600 Fulton Street, NOLA, 70130. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 day of the event. They will have beer, wine, food, live music and bowling!

You can visit their web site - http://krewesforkarnival.com/about-us/ - for any information

We hope to see all of you at the Gala........

Hail Carnival !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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September 5, 2016

Re: Royal Culinary Tour Continues

My Dear Friends..........

Our Royal Culinary Tour continues next week........

Our next stop will be:

Monday – September 12th …..”Varekai”
            Stroll through the forests of Ireland at….
            “Spudley’s Super Spuds” – 2609 Harvard – Metairie, LA   (R.S.V.P.  PLEASE)

We hope to see you there...............

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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September 1, 2016

Re: .Almost Missed a Birthday

My Dear Friends..........

Today, The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to Melinda Tonglet (Wife of Spartan V-P, Jason Tonglet....and Mom to just-turned one-year-old Future Spartan Member, Jackson)........

Have a great birthday, Melinda...........You got a great birthday present last year !!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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August 28, 2016

Re: This Week's Celebrations

My Dear Friends..........

This week The Knights of Sparta congratulate our Spartan Family Members for the following:

1.  The Birthday of Spartan Officer, Mike Diodene
2.  The Birthday of Spartan Officer's Wife (and reigning Queen of Iris), Bonnie Suthon

We raise our Spartan Swords in salute to Mike and Bonnie..........

Please keep me posted on all of your important dates so that I can share them will all..............

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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August 27, 2016

Re: Spartan Soiree Soars

My Dear Friends............

What an evening................

Our Spartan Soiree was an overwhelming success......with a beautiful venue, great food, wonderful music, a capacity plus crowd, fantastic auction items and prizes, and more fun than the room could handle..........

Thanks, of course, goes to our Soiree Chair People, Mike and Trisha Carlson, Co-Chairs Louis and Tara Reese and Denis Hoerner, our Spartan Officers and their Ladies, all of our Members and Friends that help bring in the great prizes and auction items..........and especially to all of you who supported this wonderful event and the good that it helps us accomplish with our charity honorees each year.

I am a tired, but very happy Captain.......and duly proud of my krewe for the success of the Soiree...........

Hail Sparta...........

Best,

The "Very Proud" Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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August 2, 2016

Re: This Week's Sparta Celebrations

My Dear Friends..............

This week we celebrate:

1.  The Birthday of 20 year Spartan Veteran.......and Father of two Jr. Court Members this year.......A.C. Liles...........

2.  The Birthday of former Spartan Maid (and Sister to The Queen of Sparta for 2015.....and Daughter of King Sparta LXV)......Meredith Clement

3.  The Birthday of Sparta Ball Committee Chairman (and Husband of for Spartan Jr. Court Member / Maid / Youngest Daughter of the Captain and First Lady..........and Father to the Future Captain's Shadow)......Leon Benoit..........

We love to salute Spartan Celebrations..............Happy Birthday to All...........

Best,

(The "Already Working with Jaxon on His Spartan Swordsmanship" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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August 16, 2016

Re: .This Week's Celebrations

My Dear Friends............

Time for another "Mid-Week" rundown of special occasions for our Spartan and Carnival Family Members.........

This week we wish a...........

Very Happy Anniversary to Spartan Officer and his lovely Wife, Ron and Kathy Kogos..............

and....Happy Birthday to the beautiful Wife of the Captain of Thoth, Cindy Larsen...........

Hail to our celebrants..........Have a great week............

Best,

(The "Happy to Celebtrate any Wonderful Occasion" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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August 15, 2016

Re: .Sparta Culinary Tour Off to Great Start

My Dear Friends..........

This evening kicked off our 2016-17 Sparta Royal Culinary Tour........and it was wonderful.......

A crowd of happy folks met at Panda King for an evening of great food and wonderful company.......

Don't forget that our next tour stop will be:

Tuesday – august 30th….."SALTIMBANCO"
THE THRILL THAT is Italy comes alive at….
            “The Happy Italian” – 7105 Jefferson Hwy. – Harahan, LA   (R.S.V.P. PLEASE)

We hope to see you all there..................

Best,

(The "Sparta Loves to Dine Out" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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August 11, 2016

Re: Our Friends at Amici have Another Dinner

My Dear Friends..........

Our Carnival Friend, Pygmalion Captain Jack Rizzuto, and his staff are having another dinner at his great restaurant, AMICI.........

Below are the details.......

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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August 7, 2016

Re: Almost Flubbed on a Birthday

My Dear Friends............

The "Gods of Mardi Gras" would frown upon this lowly Captain if he forgot to tell you that this week also brings another Birthday to The First Lady of Mid City......Danielle Haydel........

We wish Dani the very best for a wonderful birthday......and hope that Mike got her a GREAT present.........She deserves it........

Best,

(The "Love those Presents Wrapped in Foil" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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August 7, 2016

Re: Birthdays and Anniversaries Abound

My Dear Friends...........

So many wonderful occasions this week.........so I will give you a "weeklong" listing..........

This week The Knights of Sparta wish..............................

*Bal and Carol Mannino (Captain Emeritus and First Lady Emeritus of Okeanos) a very Happy Anniversary........and Happy Birthday also to Bal

*Mike Trupiano (Former King of King Arthur and Spartan Bal Masque Committee Chair) a very Happy Birthday

*Phil Fricano (Captain of King Arthur.....Spartan Float Builder Extraordinaire.....and Spartan Bal Masque Vice-General Chairman) a very Happy Birthday

*Steve Lightell (Spartan Member.....Jr. Court Father.....Fish Fry Committee Member.....and "Randy Watson Look Alike Award Winner") a very Happy Birthday

*Henry and Bonnie Suthon (Spartan President and Wife...who is also the reigning Queen of Iris) a very Happy Anniversary

*Ricky Spencer (Spartan Member...Former Duke.....and Grandson of the Captain and First Lady) a very Happy Birthday

Quite a week for Spartan celebrations, don't you think..............

Hail to all............

Best,

(The "Love a Reason to Celebrate" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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August 6, 2016

Re: Happy Anniversary to The First Lady

My Dear Friends.........

Today The Knights of Sparta (and especially their Captain) wish a very Happy Anniversary to our First Lady, Syd Mulnick...........

I guess that means that it's the Captain's Anniversary, too.........

I have no idea how this wonderful woman has put up with me throughout all of these years......three children....and now five grandchildren?  However, I am very, very glad that she has.........

Hail to our First Lady..........and Happy Anniversary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Exceptionally Lucky to have my Wife" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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August 6, 2016

Re: Sparta Announces Royal Culinary Tour

My Dear Friends.........

It is with great pride that The Knights of Sparta announce their 2017 Royal Culinary Tour.........

Please see the attached letter and schedule (also below) for all of our tour stops.......

Our first stop will be:

Monday – August 15th….."KA"
            JOURNEY WITH BRAVE TWINS ON A WONDROUS ADVENTURE at….
            “The Panda King Buffet” – 925 Behrman – Gretna, LA   (R.S.V.P.  PLEASE)
          7:00 p.m.

We hope to see you all there................

Hail to our King, Queen, and their Court.........Hail Sparta..............

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

........................................................Tour info.................................................

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July 31, 2016

Re: .Last July Birthday

My Dear Friends...........

July has certainly given us a lot of Spartan Birthdays..........

Today, on the last day of the month, we say Happy Birthday to Sean Brown.......wonderful member of our Spartan Family, proud pilot in our armed forces, and fiancée of former Spartan Queen (and daughter of King Spartan LXV) Maddy Clement.......

Happy Birthday, Sean..........

Best,

(The "On to August Birthdays" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 25, 2016

Re: Another New Spartan

My Dear Friends............

The Knights of Sparta.....and especially Spartan Officer, Mike Diodene, and his wife, Regina, are very, very pleased to announce the arrival of Master Alonzo Nelson Diodene IV........

Born today - July 25, 2016 - 8lbs, 4 oz - 21 inches

Mike IV (sounds like the LSU Tiger already) and Mom are doing great.........

Hail to our newest Spartan !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Mike Finally Got a Boy" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 22, 2016

Re: Wow....Another July Birthday

My Dear Friends..........

This week we say Happy Birthday to the First Lady of the Krewe of Argus, Micki Chehardy.........

You could not find a more beautiful and charming lady in Mardi Gras.........

Happy Birthday, Micki..............

Best,

(The "Love our Jefferson Krewes" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 15, 2016

Re: I think the World was Born in July

My Dear Friends............

Yes.........even more Spartan Birthdays today........

We say Happy Birthday to Jean Vincent, Mother of Spartan Officer, Michael Vincent, and indispensable part of our Spartan Family.

We also wish a Happy Birthday to Spartan Committee Chairman, Fred Schulman.

July is certainly one "Happy Birthday, month...........

Best,

(The "Love to Celebrate" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 14, 2016

Re: Yes, July is Birthday Month

My Dear Friends............

Today, The Knights of Sparta say Happy Birthday to very involved Spartan Member, Jerry Tonglet............

Jerry, and all three of his boys, including Spartan Vice-President, Jason, ride every year.......and Jerry is very involved in several of our events, such as the Fish Fry and Golf Tournament.

Hail to a true Spartan..........and Happy Birthday.........

Best,

(The "I'm his Fishing Buddy" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 10, 2016

Re: Another Royal Birthday

My Dear Friends............

32 years ago today, as we moved into our home in Metairie, we noticed our neighbors putting a sign in their yard saying "It's a Girl"..........

We found that it was the Strain /  Mercer Family.....and that we had known them for a number of years, but did not know that they were going to be our new neighbors........

How could be have known, however, that they would become such an integral part of Sparta over the years..........

That baby girl born 32 years ago today, is Queen Katie Mercer......the first of 4 Mercer Queens (Queen Katie, Queen Keri, and future Queens Kalli, and Krissi)..........

The Knights of Sparta say, Happy Birthday, Queen Katie.................You are wonderful.............

Best,

(The "Hail to our Perennial Royal Family, the Mercers" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 9, 2016

Re: July Seems to be Birthday Month

My Dear Friends.........

Today, The Knights of Sparta say Happy Birthday to former Queen, Stacy Whitlow............

Once a Spartan Queen.........Always a Spartan Queen.......

Happy Birthday, Queen Stacy........See you at the Bal Masque.........

Best,

(The "Love Our Royals" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 7, 2016

Re: Birthdays Galore

My Dear Friends.............

Every year we add more and more Spartan Birthday's to our happy list.

We have just learned that today is also the Birthday of Lady Monica Rodriguez, 2017 Spartan Maid.........

Hail to our incoming Maid.......and Hail to all of our Court Members.......

Have a great Birthday, Lady Monica.........

Best,

(The Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 7, 2016

Re: Spartan Birthdays Keep on Coming

My Dear Friends............

Today, The Knights of Sparta say "Happy Birthday" to a duo of great Spartan Family Members..........

First.......the beautiful Queen of Sparta for 2016, Mandy Dutruch...........

Second.......to Spartan Ft. Lt., Mark Katz.......

I think that Mark is "just a bit" older than Mandy...........but, they are both celebrating in a grand manner........

Happy Birthday to our Queen and Lieutenant............

Best,

(The "OK...I'm Older Than Mandy, Too) Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 6, 2016

Re: Best of New Orleans

My Dear Friends...........

It's again time for Gambit's "Best of New Orleans"...............and, we always want to support those who do so much for our Krewe.

This week, we ask that you go to the link (below) and show your support for our Spartan Friends at Pearl's Place Bridal and Formal........

Fred, Elaine, Jordan, Jessica, and Courtney (not to mention Spartan Jr. Court Member, Silar....and future Spartan Jr. Court Member Sawyer) always do their best for Sparta and the entire Carnival Community....and we ask that you vote for them in Gambit's Survey as the "Best Bridal Shop".  For those who need formal dresses and gowns......we also urge you to check out Pearl's Place.........

http://gambit.secondstreetapp.com/l/Gambits-Best-of-New-Orleans-2016

If you have a business, etc. that needs our Spartan and Carnival votes.....please contact me.......

Hail to Pearl's Place......

Best,

(The Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 5, 2016

Re: Birthdays, Birthdays

My Dear Friends...........

Today, we wish a very Happy Birthday to 2 "VIS's" (Very Important Spartans)..............

First, Spartan Officer, Kenny Beck is a year older today........

Second, King Sparta LXIII (and recent newlywed), Phillip Brown celebrates another birthday today.........

We wish these 2 great Spartans a very, very Happy Birthday...........

Best,

(The "At Least I'm Not a Year Older Today" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 3, 2016

Re: Happy Anniversary, John and Piper

My Dear Friends.............

Today, The Knights of Sparta say Happy Anniversary to former Spartan Maid and her Spartan Ball Committee Chairman Husband, Piper and John Bogle..........

Of course, they are also responsible for Sparta's Jr. Captain, Brandon................

Captain Dad, First Lady Mom, and all of Sparta say, Happy Anniversary John  and Piper...........

Best,

(The "Love my Kids" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 1, 2016

Re: Family Portraits

My Dear Friends............

We have received the email (see below) from our wonderful professional photographer, Darryl Schmitt.....

Sounds like a great idea for you "photogenic" family...........

Best,

(The "Shutter Bug" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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June 30, 2016

Re: Happy Birthday Royal Consort / Queen Mum

My Dear Friends...........

Today, we celebrate the Birthday of a very special member of our Spartan Family.........

Royal Consort to His Majesty (incoming King Sparta LXV).......Queen Mum to The Queen of Sparta for 2015.......Mum to 2 former Spartan Maids......soon to be Royal Mother-in-Law......and very, very active member of the New Orleans Carnival Community, Lisa Clement........

We stand in Spartan Salute to Lisa.............Have a GREAT Birthday.............

Best,

(The "Haill to our Royal Families" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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June 29, 2016

Re: Centurions Holds Event for Charity

My Dear Friends..........

We have learned that the "Ladies of Centurions" are having a "Bonco Night" on July 9th.  It is for both men and women and helps them to pay for the float that they sponsor for the adults from Magnolia school each year.  This is a very worthwhile event........and it would be great if they could have a wonderful turnout.

You can contact Fay Bourgeois at 504-583-5959 or email Bourgeois2125@yahoo.com for information.

Hail to Centurions.........

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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June 25, 2016

Re: Spartan Weddings Abound

My Dear Friends.........

Today, The Knights of Sparta say, "Happy Wedding Day" to two special Spartan Couples.

First, we send out best to King Sparta LXIV, Phillip Brown, and his Bride, Janet Ahern.  They will celebrate their wedding today in New Orleans.

Also, to Spartan Family Member, Betsy Lott, and her Groom, Adam Plowman, who will marry today in Picayune, MS.

We raise our Spartan Swords in salute to the happy couples.

Best,

(The "Marrying Sam" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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June 20, 2016

Re: .Happy Birhday to our Twins

My Dear Friends..........

Over the weekend, Rey Jr. and Sandra Olea (or, as they are called in Sparta......"The Monkeys") celebrated their 7th Birthday.......

It is hard to believe that King Rey and Christian have had those wonderful kids for 7 years now.......

Happy Birthday to the Royal Twins!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Uncle Dave" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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June 18, 2016

Re: Happy Birthday to The Jr. Captain

My Dear Friends..........

The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to our Jr. Captain, Brandon Bogle.

Brandon is spending the summer working with an engineering firm in Starkville, MS.........and will be returning to Copenhagen, Denmark again this fall (he spent last fall at The Technical University of Denmark) to continue his work in mechanical engineering.

Hail to The Jr. Captain............have a great Birthday Weekend............

Best,

(The "Wonder Who His Grandfather Is" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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June 14, 2016

Re: Mardi Gras Journal Entry....BOO!!!!

My Dear Friends.............

We have received the following message from our good friend, Brian Kern, and the Krewe of Boo..........

Sparta is always glad to pass on news from our Brother and Sister Krewes......and Boo is a real hoot!!!!!

Hail to The Krewe of Boo..........

(see below)

Best,

The "Trick or Treat" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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Dear Krewe of BOO! Friend,

This year is will be my fourth year staging the Krewe of BOO! Parade. I am inviting to join in what is quickly becoming one of New Orleans greatest events. This year we will roll on Saturday, October 22, 2016 through the French Quarter and Warehouse District. Membership dues are only $500 (Regular dues are $600) if you join before the end of this month. Please visit www.kreweofboo.com/membership for more details. I promise you will be entertained and have a great time. Check out this video from last year's parade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEukZC4WoOg 

Call me (504.669.7655) or email me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Brian Kern, Chief Spookster
Krewe of BOO!
5500 Prytania Street #336
New Orleans, LA 70115
504.669.7655

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June 14, 2016

Re: Happy Birthday to the Shadow's Mom

My Dear Friends...........

The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to former Spartan Page, Lady in Waiting, and Maid (and Mother of the "Heir Apparent" to the title of Captain's Shadow), Erin Benoit...

Also........I think she is somehow related to the Captain and First Lady.............

Happy Birthday, Erin !!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Just Call Me Dad" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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June 11, 2016

Re: Sparta Open a Rousing Success

My Dear Friends.............

Nothing succeeds like success.........and today the First Annual "Spartan Open" Golf Tournament was that.....and much, much more.

A few raindrops could not dampen the spirit of our teams....and our spectators....as they "hit the links" for the day.

Wonderful play.....a crowded field of teams.....fantastic food.....fun music.....and great prizes made for a completely satisfying outing.

We must thank our great Spartan Officers......their Ladies.....our Spartan Workers....and everyone who attended for making our inaugural tournament "The Best".

A special thank you also goes to our super Tournament Chairmen, Jason Tonglet and Mike Diodene, who brought the Spartan Open from an idea in their heads, to spectacular fruition.  Hail to Jason and Mike.............

Don't miss next year's Spartan Open....which will be bigger and even better (if that is possible)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "My Handicap is My Game" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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June 9, 2016

Re: .Happy Birthday, Kathy

My Dear Friends............

The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to Kathy Kogos, Wife of Spartan Officer, Ron Kogos.........

Kathy and Ron have been involved in Sparta almost as long as I have.........and that's a long, long time!

Have a wonderful Birthday, Kathy.............

Best,

(The "We Were All So Young When We Joined Sparta" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May 28, 2016

Re: Captain's Shadow Comes Home

My Dear Friends..............

I promise that I am not the kind of Grandfather who will bore you with pictures day after day..........so, I will give you this final update on the Shadow's progress, and then enjoy my little fellow in blessed silence.

Jaxon and Mom both came home from the hospital yesterday.......and (along with Dad) are doing well.......

cj1

cj2

The Knights of Sparta say, "Hail to the Captain's Shadow"...............

Best,

(The "Isn't He Great" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May 23, 2016

Re: .Greet the New Captain's Shadow

My Dear Friends..............

Today, the Knights of Sparta.....and especially The Captain, First Lady, Jr. Captain, and their entire Family.....welcomed a new member of our Spartan Family into the world.

Jaxon Carter Benoit......."Heir Apparent" to the title of "Captain's Shadow" arrived at 12:33 p.m.......measuring 20 inches....and weighing 6 lbs., 3 oz.

Mom (and former Spartan Page, Scepter Bearer, Lady-in-Waiting, and Maid) Erin Mulnick Benoit......and Dad (Spartan Committee Chair) Leon Benoit are GREAT......and so is Jaxon.

We all say............Hail to the Captain's Shadow.  Now, he just has to be big enough to carry a sword!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Bust'in His Buttons with Happiness" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May 20, 2016

Re: Pearl's Place Hosts "Trunk Show"

My Dear Friends..............

Our very good friends, Fred, Elaine, Jordan, and Courtney Shulman (of Pearl's Place Bridal on Severn Ave. in Metairie) are having a wonderful "Trunk Show" for Designers Stephen Yearick and Ysa Makino (see below)

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We are beyond excited to announce we are having a Stephen Yearick & Ysa Makino Trunk Show May 20-27! This is the first time these amazing gowns will be in Louisiana! Call to make an appointment! 504 885-9213

Pearl's Place's photo.
Pearl's Place's photo.

Pearl's Place's photo.

Pearl's Place provides all of the wonderful dresses for our Jr. Court each year.......and also dresses for many of our Maids.

This seems like a great opportunity to get a "head start" on Carnival fashions for the 2017 season.

Hail Pearl's Place...........

Best,

(The "I'd Never Fit Into Those Gowns" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May, 20, 2016

Re: Happy Birthday, Prez

My Dear Friends...........

Today, The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to our President (and former King of Sparta).........Henry Suthon..........

Hope you have a great Birthday, Henry.

Best,

(The "Definitly Older Than Henry" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May, 2016

Re: Happy Birthday, Edye

My Dear Friends............

Today, The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to Mrs. Edye Skidmore (Director of the Edye Cook Dance Company...Award winning dance ensemble from Ohio, who perform in our Bal Masque each year.......and Sister of our Captain).

The year go by........but, she never will be as old as her brother!

Happy Birthday, Edye............

Best,

(Them "Big Brother" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May 15, 2016

Re: Fish Fry Simply Fantastic

My Dear Friends.............

It's one of those nights when I just sit back and bask in the success of another Spartan Event............

Our Annual Fish Fry was not only a "sell out", with over 200 in attendance.........it was also an overwhelming success!

Everything was perfect.........and every guest had a great time..........

I thank all of our wonderful Officers, Officers' Ladies, Spartan Workers, and Friends for making today simply fantastic..........

Hail Sparta !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Southern Fried" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May 11, 2016

Re: Wednesday, Graduation Announcement Day

My Dear Friends.............

We have been informed of another graduation this week......and certainly wish to pass on our good wishes....

We salute our upcoming 2017 Maid, Lady Sophia Epling, who is graduating from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology....and will be continuing her education, working toward a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree......

Please keep us informed of any upcoming graduations so that we can pass along the good news...........

Best,

(The "March Processional" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May 11, 2016

Re: Wednesday, Graduation Announcement Day

My Dear Friends.............

Another Wednesday........and another announcement of Spartan Grads.........

This week we salute Tyler Dutruch (Spartan Committeeman, and Brother of 2016 Spartan Queen, Mandy)....who will graduate this month with his Master's Degree from Louisiana State University.....

Please keep us informed of any upcoming graduations so that we can pass along the good news...........

Best,

(The "March Processional" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May 10, 2016

Re: Chappy and Starr Open New Restaurant.....

My Dear Friends.............

Spartan "Former Queen Dad and Mum", Chappy and Starr Chapman (who also reigned as Former King and Queen of Iris) have opened a wonderful new restaurant in Waveland, MS.

Please check out the link (below) or details.

http://www.wdam.com/story/31919188/chappy-chapman-opens-caribbean-themed-eatery-in-waveland#.VzFVHS4Rkus.email

We can't wait to try it........and hope tht you all get there soon, too.

Hail to Chappy's "Rum Kitchen" !!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Let's Eat Jamacan, Man" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May 5, 2016

Re: Happy Birthday, Charley

My Dear Friends...........

Today, The Knights of Sparta wish Charley Hassinger (Ex-Officio Board Advisor and Spartan Duke) a very Happy Birthday..........

We won't say just how old he is........but, be assured that it is somewhere between 40 and Methuselah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday, Charley!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "At Least He's Not as Old as Me" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May 4, 2016

Re: Wednesday, Graduation Announcement Day

My Dear Friends.............

Another Wednesday........and another announcement of Spartan Grads.........

This week we salute Spartan Duke, David Herbert (or, formally, John David Rodric Herbert III)....who will graduate this month from Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies.....

Still waiting to hear of David's choice for college.........but, we know it will be a great one..........

Please keep us informed of any upcoming graduations so that we can pass along the good news...........

Best,

(The "Cap and Gown" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May 1, 2016

Re: Happy Birthday, Sarge

My Dear Friends............

The Knights of Sparta wish Spartan Officer, First Sgt. Louis Reese, a very, very Happy Birthday.........

Way to go, Sarge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Hail to our Military" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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April 27, 2016

Re: Wednesday is "Graduate Day"

My Dear Friends.........

Sparta has designated Wednesdays as "Graduate Days" for the Carnival Community.

For the next month, we will honor our 2016 Graduates in our "Journal Entries"...........so please tell us of any Graduates that we should mention........

This week.......The Knights of Sparta honor:

1.  Justin Tonglet (Spartan Member and former Duke), who will receive his Master's Degree from LSU

2.  Shannon Garrety (Spartan Family Member), who is graduating from St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School in Baton Rouge....and will be attending Loyola University in the Fall on a Presidential Scholarship.

We brandish our Spartan Swords in salute to all of our graduates..............

Best,

(The "Phi Beta Kappa" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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April 27, 2016

Re: Sparta Officers' Dancers Perform

My Dear Friends...........

May is a busy month for Sparta.  We have our Catfish Fry.......and also The Jefferson Performing Arts Society, including members of The Jefferson Ballet Theatre (one of the wonderful dance ensembles that perform at our Bal Masque....and under the direction of Spartan Officer and Officer's Lady, Kenneth and Kimberly Beck) will present their Spring Performance - "A Mid-Summer Nights Dream).

Please see below for information on this wonderful performance........or go to http://www.jpas.org for tickets........

Best,

(The "Always Dreaming" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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April 22. 2016

Re: Sparta Hailed at Jazz Fest

My Dear Friends.........

Please see below for Spartan Ft. Lt., Bryon Garrety's, Jazz Fest tribute to The Knights of Sparta...........

Hail Bryon............Hail Sparta !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Hail to the Red, Gold, and Green" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta


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April 21, 2016

Re: It's Spartan Graduation Time

My Dear Friends............

Please see below for the graduation announcements for Spartan Family Members:

1.  Erin Patin - The Queen of Sparta for 2012

2.  Sean Mercer - Longtime Spartan Family Member....and Brother to 2 Former, and 2 Future Spartan Queens

3.  Victoria Haydel - Spartan Family Member, and Daughter of Mid City Captain and First Lady, Mike and Danielle Haydel

The Knights of Sparta are very, very proud of our Graduates..........

Please forward any graduation information to The Captain so that we can share the joyous news will all...........

Best,

(The "Pomp and Circumstances" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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April 21, 2016

Re: Happy Passover from Sparta

My Dear Friends............

Tomorrow (at sundown) begins the Jewish Holiday of Passover.

Passover celebrates the liberation of the Jewish People from bondage in Egypt, and tells the story of Moses and the Exodus.

In celebrating Passover, however, we also hope for the day to come when all people will be free and conflict will come to an end.

In that spirit of peace, The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Passover to all of our Jewish Members, Family Members, and Friends........

Best,

(The "Let My People Go" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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April 13, 2016

Re: Happy Birthday, Lady Michaela

My Dear Friends........

Today, The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to 2016 Spartan Maid (and future Queen), Michaela Reese..........

Happy Birthday, Lady Michaela.........

Best,

(The "Can't Wait Till She's Queen" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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April 12, 2016

Re: Midnight Special Plays for Charlie's Saints

My Dear Friends...........

Midnight Special Band (the Official House Band of The Knights of Sparta) will be playing at a Charlie's Saints Party that anyone can attend......

Please see the details (below)......

Hail Midnight Special...........

Best,

(The "Always Rock'in" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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April 10, 2016

Re: Sparta Walks in "Great Strides"

My Dear Friends..........

Once again, The Knights of Sparta will participate in the "Great Strides" Walk for Cystic Fibrosis........

Henry Suthon is also again heading up the team......

Please see below for information on joining the walk.......or contact Henry - h.suthon@ieee.org - for more information

Hail Sparta............

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta
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Register--> link <--for the Knights of Sparta team

Event details:
Join The Knights of Sparta Great Strides Team
Audubon Park Shelter 10
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Check in: 8 AM
Walk Starts: 9:30 AM

About the walk:
Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest national fundraising event.  Each year, more than 125,000 people participate in hundreds of walks across the country to support the Foundation’s mission to cure cystic fibrosis. The funds raised from Great Strides helps provide people with CF the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.
Join your favorite Mardi Gras krewes as they lead Great Strides walkers in a New Orleans style stroll along Audubon Park’s paved trail path. Plant a rose in Ariel’s Rose Garden, enjoy music, activities for children, snacks, a raffle with incredible prizes and much more. Great Strides is fun and family-oriented!
The 2016 goal of Great Strides is to raise $43 million nationwide to help support for CF research, education and care as part of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s mission to find a cure for all people with CF. In 2015, Great Strides walks in the Greater New Orleans area attracted over 1,000 participants, recruited close to one hundred fundraising teams and raised over $210,000.
About the CF Foundation:
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Foundation funds more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. Based in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease. For more information, go to www.cff.org.

Thanks!!

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http://louisiana.cff.org

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April 7, 2016

Re Birthday's Abound in Sparta

My Dear Friends............

Another Spartan Birthday has come to our attention.......

Chris Ycaza (Spartan Duke...and General Manager of the world famous Broussard's Restaurant in the French Quarter) is celebrating his birthday today.

Hail, Chris.  Have a great day............

Best,

(The "Always up for Broussard's Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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April 7, 2016

Re: Jesuit Goes "On the Town"

My Dear Friends.........

The Knights of Sparta always love to urge support for those who support us.....and Jesuit High School is certainly no exception.

The Jesuit JROTC Band not only entertains at our Bal Masque, but always leads off our wonderful Parade.

Also, many of the Jesuit "Phils" Dramatics Club members have acted and danced in our Bal Masque.

AND.......our own Officer, Kenneth Beck, is the Choreographer for their upcoming Production.

And so...........we urge everyone to support the Jesuit "Phils" and attend their great performances of "On the Town" this weekend and next weekend.

Information can be seen below for this outstanding show.

Hail to the "Phils"

Best,

(The "New York, New York" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta
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April 7, 2016

Re: Happy Birthday "T"

My Dear Friends.............

Today, The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to Spartan Family Member, Terenza Swims.......

Have a great Birthday, "T"............

Best,

The Captai) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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March 30, 2016

Re: Happy Birthday Mike

My Dear Friends............

Today, The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to our Treasurer / Membership Secretary.....Mike Carlson.......

We hope that Mike has a wonderful day...............

Best,

(The "Know How Those Birthdays Add Up" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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March 26, 2015

Re: Happy Birthday to the "Foiled" Captain

My Dear Friends..............

This weekend, The Knights of Sparta and all of Carnival say, "Happy Birthday" to the great Captain of the Krewe of Mid City.....Mike Haydel.........

Hope you birthday shines like the Mid City Floats...............

Best,

(The "Foiled Again" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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March 6, 2016

Re: .Happy Birthday, Tina

My Dear Friends............

Today, The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to Tina Schwander, Wife of Thoth President, Walter Schwander.

Have a great day, Tina.........

Best,

The Captain of the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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March 5, 2016

Re: Happy Anniversary Mike and Trisha

My Dear Friends...........

Today....The Knights of Sparta wish Spartan Treasurer, Mike Carlson...and his lovely Wife, Trisha....a very, very Happy Anniversary...........

Enjoy the day together...............

Best,

(The "Old and Happily Married" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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March 4, 2016

Re: John Lee Cancer Benefit

My Dear Friends............

Many of us remember John Lee (Father of Carrollton Captain, Wayne Lee)............

After Mr. John died of cancer in 1996, the John J. Lee, Sr. Memorial Benefit was created each year to fund cancer research.

This very worthwhile event will be held this year on Saturday, April 2, 2016.

Please see the information (below) for details.

The Knights of Sparta certainly encourage you to support with great event.......and the Lee Family.

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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February 28, 2016

Re: Spartan Officer on the Mend

My Dear Friends..............

Spartan Officer and Event Chairman, Michael Vincent, had a bit of elective surgery today.....and is doing very well.

He is up, drinking, and eating, and should be released into the good care of Mom, Jean Vincent, later this afternoon.

I know that you all join us in wishing Michael a very speedy recovery...........

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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February 8, 2016

Re: .Mid City "Wrapes our Wishes in Foil"

My Dear Friends..........

Sunday saw me "out and about" again, as I had the honor to narrate 2 parades from their Official Toasting Stand at The Intercontinental Hotel.......

First......Mid City rolled under bright and beautiful skies....and with huge crowds........

As always, Mid City's procession was whimsical and joyous...........and went off without a hitch......

A "Spartan Salute" to the great Captain, First Lady, Officers, Court, and Krewe of Mid City.........You make "Sunday Shine"

Best,

(The "Give me a Mic and Let the Parade Roll" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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February 8, 2016

Re: Endymion Turns 50".......

My Dear Friends............

Just think..........50 years.......and Endymion has grown from a small, neighborhood krewe to the "spectacle" that it is........

I was at "The Dome" for 8 a.m. on Saturday.......and we did not get home till 4 a.m. on Sunday.  What a day.......

This year, on our 50th Anniversary, Endymion celebrated all of their parades for the past 5 decades......and it was awesome!

Continued updated lighting, sound systems, new and/or refurbished floats, great bands, more throws than can be imagined, a million people in the streets, and that certain "Endymion Flare" made for a magical parade.......

Of course, 22,000 people in the Superdome listening to Stephen Tyler and Pitbull doesn't hurt, either...........

Captain Ed, First Lady Peggy, the Officers, and the Krewe of Endymion have made an indelible mark on Mardi Gras for the past 50 years.  I can't wait to see what the next 50 years have in store..........

Best,

Sparta Captain and- Very Proud Board of Directors Member of Endymion

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February 8, 2016

Re: .Iris Parade Rolls

My Dear Friends...........

The Knights of Sparta must give a "shout out" to the great Krewe of Iris that rolled through the streets on Saturday afternoon.......

Not only are they dear friends of our organization.........but, their 2016 Queen, Bonnie Suthon, happens to be the Wife of our Spartan President, Henry Suthon.

While I was a bit preoccupied with Endymion preparations..........many Spartans were in the crowd for the Iris Parade, and report that it was spectacular.

We flourish our Spartan Capes to the beautiful Captain, Officers, Queen, Court and Women of Iris.........

What a great day for the ladies...........

Best,

(The "Dissapointed that I Never get to see Iris" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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February 8, 2016

Re: Mid City Makes Wishes.....

My Dear Friends..........

Friday found us, as always, with Mid City at the Sheraton for their wonderful bal masque........

Wishes dominated the evening, as the "Friends of Foil" presented their tableau entitled, "Champagne Wishes and Foil Wrapped Kisses".  I had the honor, as always, to narrate for the evening.

Their ball was spectacular..........with beautiful costumes, great music, and a very well rehearsed court.  Of course, the supper dance after the ball was wonderful...with both Louisiana Spice and The Boogie Men providing the music.

I guess that the only thing to say is..............."Hail Mid City"....................

Best,

(The "Getting Tired just Writing about it" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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February 8, 2016

Re: Babylon was Brilliant

My Dear Friends...........

Well......I finally got more than 2 hours of sleep last night for the first time in a week..........and it's time to chronicle the second weekend of the parade season.

Thursday saw Syd and I at the Marriot Hotel for the annual "Babylon Marathon"........Rehearsal, lunch, parade, bal masque, and supper dance in one day (and night).

The Knights (of Babylon, that is) were, as always, spot on with a beautiful parade, a very traditional and lovely Ball, and a joyous Supper Dance.  I had the honor of narrating the parade and supper dance, and be a committee chairman for their ball.  I am always fascinated by the wonderful differences in each krewe...and the traditions that they evolve over the years......and Babylon certainly knows how to do Carnival.......

The Knights of Sparta "tip our Spartan Helmets" to the Men of Babylon........Nebuchadnezzar would be proud......

Best,

(The "I'm Only Getting Started" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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Febuary 4, 2016

Re: Nyx Celebrated their 5th Birthday

My Dear Friends..........

We next were treated to the beautiful parade of the Krewe of Nyx.........

Please don't think Nyx took the jabs of Druids without a bit of retaliation.  We saw some "card carrying pseudo-Druids" at the front of the Nyx procession having a bit of their own fun at the Druids' expense.....and it was great!

The Ladies of Nyx took to the streets to celebrate their 5th year of parading.....and everything associated with "5".  Huge floats.....more riders than one could count.....great bands.....throws, throws, throws......and the "sign of the purse" greeted the crowds.....and their parade was wonderful. (Yes...Syd and Peggy both got their purse throws).

A "shout out" to Endymion Captain's Daughter, Margie Muniz Koerner, who was having a blast on Float #22.................

Captain Julie (accompanied by a certain Nyx / Sparta Float Builder...who will remain nameless, but looked a lot like Phil Fricano) also looked radiant and, we are sure, was more than elated by her wonderful parade........

All in all the Ladies of Nyx "lit up the night" with a wonderful parade........

We "Stand at Spartan Attention" to hail Nyx..............

Best,

(The "Don't have Anything to go with the Purse I Caught" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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Febuary 4, 2016

Re: Druids Try to "Bw Good"

My Dear Friends..........

Last evening Syd and I (in the good company of Endymion Captain Ed and Peggy Muniz and Parish President Mike and Michelle Yenni...) attended the Mayor's Mardi Gras Ball at Gallier Hall.  We were also with many of our dear Carnival Friends.........

We, of course, took to the stands to see the parades......and were first "graced" by the wonderful parade of The Ancient Druids........

As their float signs said, the "Followers of the Golden Acorn"  tried their best to "Be Good".........or at least until half way through their parade....when they finally exclaimed, "*$&(#  this Stuff".......and proceeded to hit the City, and a certain lady's organization (whose name I shall "nix"....or is that "nyx") with a few very funny and harmless jabs.  I was also pretty sure that I saw a certain Spartan Vice-President (who shall remain unnamed) in their Druid ranks.......

All in all, The Druids staged a very jovial and lighthearted parade...and it was "Old Time Carnival" at its best.........

Hail to the Arch Druid and the Men of Druids..........You never take Carnival or yourselves too seriously (which is the way it should be)..........

Best,

(The "Where can I get one of those Pointy Druid Hats" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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Feburary 1, 2016

Re: King Arthur Delights the Crowds

My Dear Friends..........

The jovial Krewe of King Arthur also rolled on Sunday afternoon.......and their parade was spectacular.

Beautiful floats (wonder who their float builder is ????), great bands, and a multitude of throws greeted the throngs of people in the streets as the great "Ruler of the Arthurian Legend" rolled through the streets.

Hail to King Arthur.........The sword has truly been pulled from the stone....and you ruled the parade route.............

Best,

(The "How Many Parades Can You See in a Weekend" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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Feburary 1, 2016

Re: Carrollton Get a "Boot" out of Their Ride

My Dear Friends.............

Beautiful weather and huge crowds greeted the "Men of Carrollton" as their parade rolled through the New Orleans streets yesterday afternoon.

In addition to the beautiful floats and great bands that graced their parade.......Carrollton also introduced a new throw......The Carrollton White Shrimp Boot, which was a hit with the crowd. (I know that Syd caught hers....and loves it).

It is amazing that Carrollton has been rolling for over 90 years.......and there is no end in sight to their great processions........

Hail to Carrollton......one of Mardi Gras oldest and greatest parades.........

Best,

(The "Need a Shrimp Boot for my Other Foot" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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Feburary 1, 2016

Re: Pygmalion Caps of a Wonderful Evening

My Dear Friends..........

The Knights want to salute our Brothers and Sisters of the Krewe of Pygmalion....whose parade finished off a great "1 - 2" parade punch on Saturday evening.

Huge crowds greeted the "Krewe of the Great Sculptor" as beautiful floats and great marching units delighted the people of New Orleans as Pygmalion rolled by.

We raise our Spartan Shields high in salute to the wonderful krewe that shares our evening.

Hail Pygmalion.........

Best,

(The "First Weekend of Carnival Loving" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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Feburary 1, 2016

Re: Pontchartain Rolls.....

My Dear Friends..........

Saturday afternoon featured the wonderful parade of our Brothers and Sisters of the Krewe of Pontchartrain.

The "Super Grouper" Parade always features witty floats, great bands, and loads of fun.......

We salute Pontchartrain with a wave of our Spartan Swords........

You looked great !!!!!!

Best,

(The "Love Dat Krewe by the Lake" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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Feburary 1, 2016

Re: Sparta Saturday

My Dear Friends............

Perfection..............Thy name is Sparta !!!!!!!!!!!!

Our parade on Saturday evening was spectacular........with everything......Floats, bands, riders, horses, flambeau, court, chairmen, crowds, etc. coming together to make one of the greatest parades in Sparta history.............

Of course it would take hours to thank everyone that contributed to our success..........but, please know that we cherish your commitment to our krewe....and thank you from the bottom of our hearts...........

Also....the packed "Spartan Spree After Parade Party" (with over 550 in attendance) was another hit of the evening.

The Officers (who all work so very hard) and I want to again thank everyone involved in our success......and invite you all to be with us again next year for more traditional Carnival fun...........

HAIL SPARTA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Really Tired, but Extremely Happy" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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Feburary 1, 2016

Re: Excalibur Takes to the Streets

My Dear Friends............

On Friday evening our Brothers and Sisters of the Krewe of Excalibur rolled through the streets of Metairie to the delight of the crowd........

Reports are that the parade was spectacular with beautiful floats....great bands.....and an exuberant krewe......

Hail Excalibur..........Once again, you have pulled the sword from the stone to achieve greatness..........

Best,

(The "Trying to be like Lancelot" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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Feburary 1, 2016

Re: .Friday belonged to Carrollton

My Dear Friends..........

Friday night, in the Grand Ballroom of the New Orleans Hilton, The Krewe of Carrollton staged their lavish bal masque and supper dance.

"A Krewe for all Seasons" was the theme.....as great costumes and a wonderful Court highlighted the evening.

Syd and I, along with many of Carnival's finest folks, were treated to a night of Mardi Gras Merriment...as Carrollton put on a great show......

All hail the Captain, First Lady, Officers, Court, and Krewe of Carrollton.  You are, indeed, a Krewe for all Seasons.......

Best,

(The "Well Seasoned" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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Feburary 1, 2016

Re: Pontchartain Ball is Perfection

My Dear Friends................

Just coming up for air after a whirlwind weekend of Carnival........and I know that you all have been "waiting with great anticipation" for my missives........LOLOL.......so, let's  begin...........

Thursday evening Syd and I were honored to attend the wonderful bal masque for The Krewe of Pontchartrain, at beautiful Chateau Country Club.

Capt. Sam and the "Krewe of the Super Grouper" staged a superbly entertaining tableau..........

Complimenting the evening.........we enjoyed delicious food, heard wonderful music, and had the chance to spend time with great Carnival friends.

Our Spartan Swords are raised to the Captain, First Lady Kalma, the Officers, Court, and Krewe of Pontchartrain.  May the Grouper keep swimming through Mardi Gras for years!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Just Throw Me in the Lake" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 27, 2016

Re: The Rain in Spain....Can Stay There !!!!!

My Dear Friends............

We have now received the "Official Weekend Weather Report" from our "Chief Spartan Meteorologist", Bruce Katz, of FOX 8 Weather.

Well........there, indeed, may be "Rain in Spain"..............but not on the streets of New Orleans for the Sparta Parade (and, we are very happy to hear, not for any of the other wonderful "First Weekend" parades).

All of Sparta is celebrating.......and we wish our Brother and Sister Krewes a safe and happy ride, too..............

Hail to the weather...................Hail Sparta !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "High and Dry" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 24, 2016

Re: New Spartan Member / Court Member on the Way

My Dear Friends...........

Just got this picture from Spartan Officer, Mike Diodene....his beautiful Wife, Regina....and the Kids...........

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The Knights of Sparta congratulate the Diodene Family.......................WONDERFUL NEWS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 24, 2016

Re: Pygmalion's Perfect Production

My Dear Friends...........

We may have been a bit tired......however, after Thoth, Syd and I found our way to The Sheraton Hotel to finish the evening with the wonderful Krewe of Pygmalion.......who held their annual Bal Masque in the grand ballroom.

When we arrived the party was in full swing........with two bands "rock'in" the After Ball Party.  Our "Mardi Gras Chronicler", Mid City First Lady Danielle Haydel, had kept us appraised of their beautiful Bal Masque with picture texts throughout the evening.........and we could tell that the ball went off without a hitch.

Of note is that the lovely, Elizabeth Rizzuto, daughter of Pygmalion Captain Jack, First Lady Sissy, and sister of Co-Captain "Little" Jack, was a Maid of the Court this year......and she was simply radiant.

We flourish our Sparta Capes in salute to Captain Jack, First Lady Sissy, Co-Captain "Little" Jack, wonderful Maid, Elizabeth, the Officers, Court, and Krewe of the great sculptor, Pygmalion........It was a fantastic evening.........

Best,

Dr. David M. Mulnick (The "Now I'm Really Tired" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 24, 2016

Re: Thoth Takes Flight

My Dear Friends...........

Last evening Syd and I (along with Spartan President, Henry Suthon and his lovely Wife, Queen Bonnie) were on hand as the Krewe of Thoth staged their lavish Bal Masque in the Great Hall of The Pontchartrain Center with the theme "Things with Wings"........

Beautiful costumes, great music, a witty (as always) krewe skit, a beautiful Court, and a very well produced tableau highlighted the evening as krewe of "The Egyptian Scribe God" delighted their capacity audience.

Of course, the party (or I should say parties....for Thoth has bands, food, libation, and fun in virtually every room of The Pontchartrain Center) was great.....

The Spartan Legions raise our swords high in salute to the great Captain, Captain's Wife, Officers, Court, and Krewe of our Egyptian Brother of Thoth..........Your "wings" certainly carried you to great heights last evening.

Hail Thoth...............

(The "Couldn't Fly Right Now if I Tried" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 23, 2016

Re: Sparta Wins the Tony......

My Dear Friends............

Are we tired..............yes.........

Are we happy...........you bet your life !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our Sparta Bal Masque last evening was "one for the ages".............

The Scenery..........the music.......the costumes......the entertainment......the party......and, most of all, the wonderful King, Queen, and Court made for an evening of perfection.........

There are so many people to thank that I could go on for hours...........but, please know that you are appreciated.........

The Officers and I (and the First Lady and Officers' Ladies) thank everyone who was with us..........and invite you back next year for more Spartan Sensationalism.....

Excellence..........thy name is SPARTA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Very Tired, but Extremely Happy" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 20, 2016

Re: Happy Birthday to Sparta Twins

My Dear Friends..........

Today........The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to Spartan Returning Maid, Gabby Ciaston...and her Twin Brother, Gus...........

Now.........there are some BIG things coming up in the next several years for the Ciaston Family and Sparta............but, that will be left for another Journal Entry !!!!!

For now....however.....Sparta sends out a very heartfelt......Happy Birthday............

Best,

(The "Best Kept Spartan Secrets" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 17, 2016

Re: Endymion Queen Kicks up her Heels

My Dear Friends.........

It was a busy evening for Syd and me......as we (after everything else we attended tonight) finally met up at the Queen's Party for Endymion.

Endymion's Queen this year is, of course, the beautiful Miss Jamie Hanzo (Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim (Michelle) Hanzo.....and Granddaughter of Endymion's Captain Ed Muniz and his lovely Wife, Peggy)........

As I pointed out in an earlier email.....the King of Endymion this year is none other than Robert Hodgson (Father of 2 Spartan Court Members this year).

What a wonderful evening......and what a radiant Queen.........

Hail Jamie !!!!!!!!!!!!!  Hail Robert !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

Sparta Captain (and Proud Board of Directors Member) Endymion

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January 17, 2016

Re: Hail to Excalibur

My Dear Friends............

The Knights of Sparta also salute our good Carnival friends of Excalibur, whose bal masque was held this evening at The Pontchartrain Center.....

We know that they staged an absolutely wonderful ball.........and raise our Spartan Swords high in tribute to their Captain, Co-Captain, Officers, Court, and Krewe.

Hail Excalibur...........

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 17, 2016

Re: King Arthur takes us to Camelot

My Dear Friends...........

This evening (in the very good company of Spartan Officers Mike Carlson and Michael Vincent....and the lovely Mrs. Jean Vincent) I attended the beautiful Bal Masque of the Krewe of King Arthur.......and I was honored to be the narrator for the evening.  Please note that I did not leave The First Lady of Sparta at home....for she was attending the beautiful wedding of former Spartan Queen, Laura Chapmen (congratulations Laura and Farris).

King Arthur staged a lavish Ball at the Fredrick Sigur Center in Chalmette........where elegant costumes, huge plumed shoulder pieces, triumphal music, and a joyous presentation highlighted the evening.

We raise our Spartan Shields in salute to wonderful Captain Phil, the Officers, the Court, and the Krewe of King Arthur.  The Arthurian legend is alive and well in your capable hands...........

Best,

(The "Still Trying to Pull the Sword from the Stone" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 15, 2016

Re: Argus is Dazzling

My Dear Friends............

This evening Syd and I were honored to attend the lavish Bal Masque for the wonderful Krewe of Argus.........

Brilliant costumes.....great food......an upbeat and musical presentation......and more confetti then I have ever seen highlighted the evening.....as Argus staged their annual ball in the Great Hall of The Pontchartrain Center.

We brandish our Spartan Capes in salute to Co-Captains Lawrence and Rob, their lovely Co-First Ladies, Grand Marshall Bob Breck, the Officers, the Court, and the Krewe of Argus........What a night !!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Glad I Don't Have to Sweep up all of that Confetti" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 15, 2016

Re: Arthur Hardy Signs Guides

My Dear Friends...........

Our good friend, Arthur Hardy (Carnival Historian and Author) has given us the following information:

Saturday, January 16, he will be signing copies of his 40th Annual Mardi Gras Guide at two Winn Dixie stores; from 11 AM-1 PM uptown at 5400 Tchoupitoulas and from 2 PM-4 PM at 401 N. Carrollton in Mid City.

So............stop in.......grab your copy the "The Guide".....and get it signed by the Author.............

Hail Arthur...............

Best,

The "Got My Copies Early" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 15, 2016

Re: Cool Carnival Shirt

My Dear Friends........

I have told you about this previously........but, I was in our good friend, Mel Grodsky's shop - Tuxedos to Geaux in Metairie - yesterday.....and this great new Carnival Shirt again just really impressed me.

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Mel says that it is selling so well he has re-ordered and just gotten in what may be his last order before Mardi Gras is over..........

It is available in both Men's and Women's styles.........and in all sizes..........

I have mine..........and it is really sharp........

Best,

The "Always Well Dressed for Carnival" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 13, 2016

Re: .Sparta Court Luncheon

My Dear Friends............

We congratulate our First Lady, Officers' Ladies, and Ladies of our Court and Spartan Family on a beautiful Court Luncheon last Sunday at Chateau Country Club.

A wonderful turn out, great food, and convivial atmosphere made for a perfect day for the Ladies of Sparta...........

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Hail to our Queen and Court........You certainly know how to have a great afternoon............

Best.........

(The "I Wasn't Invited" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 13, 2016

Re: Sparta Shines at King's Day Celebration

My Dear Friends..........

Things have certainly been moving a lightning speed this Carnival Season.....and I have several "Journal Entries" to post that should have been posted by now.

First........The City's Annual King's Day Celebration was held at Mardi Gras World on January 6th, and The Knights of Sparta's table display was fantastic (each krewe creates a table display...which is really great to see).

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I want to thank:
President, Henry Suthon - Vice-President, Jason Tonglet - Secretary, Mike Carlson - Event Chairman, Michael Vincent - King's Day Chairman, Charley Hassinger - and Jr. Captain, Brandon Bogle for being with me at this wonderful event.

a "Tip of our Spartan Helmets" to King's Day.....and our Spartan participation.........

Best,

(The "Always Tries to Put on a Good Show" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 10, 2016

Re: "Endymion Crowns 50th Monarch"

My Dear Friends...........

This evening found Syd and I at the Convention Center for the Annual Coronation Ball of Endymion........

I say every year that Endymion's Coronation gets better........and every year I mean it !!!!!!!!!!!

Let me give you some of the highlights:

1.  This is not only Endymion's 50th year....but, also the 50th year that it has been led by its one and only Captain, Ed Muniz.  Ed was duly honored this evening for this wonderful milestone.

2.  Ed and Peggy's youngest Granddaughter, the beautiful Miss Jamie Hanzo, reigns as Queen this year......and she literally "lit up the room" with her beauty and charm.

3.  An unbelievable coincidence is that, by the luck of the draw, Endymion's 50th Monarch is none other than Mr. Robert Hodgson.....whose two children, Sofia and Thomas, are a Lady in Waiting and a King's Guardsman in our 2016 Sparta Court.  Who would have thought that we would have such Royalty share in both Endymion and Sparta this year.  We congratulate Robert's beautiful Wife, Isabel, also.  It's going to be a busy Carnival for the Hodgsons !!!!!!!!!!!!

4.  We also salute Endymion's Grand Marshall, Mr. Doug Thornton.......long time Manager of the Superdome (Endymion's Home).....who was on hand to light up the newest Endymion Float to grace the streets of New Orleans......"Club Endymion", depicting the Superdome (which becomes "Club Endymion" every Saturday before Carnival Day).  Congratulations, Doug..........

5.  Wonderful music by The Yat Pack, Party on the Moon, and Jessie's Girls..........a sensational Coronation presentation........and an unbelievable indoor parade also highlighted the evening.........

It is very easy to see why Endymion is, as always, "Mardi Gras at its Best" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hail Captain Ed, Ms. Peggy, the Officers, the Court, Beautiful Queen Jamie, Lucky King Robert, and the Krewe of the God of Youth.  All we can say is WOW !!!!!!

Best,

Sparta Captain (and Proud Board of Directors Member of Endymion)

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January 10, 2016

Re: Iris "Just Wants to Have Fun"

My Dear Friends.........

Friday evening Syd and I (along with many of Carnival's Finest) were honored to attend the Bal Masque and Supper Dance of the wonderful Krewe of Iris.

This year was the first year that Iris staged their Ball at the New Orleans Hilton......and they certainly made the most of their debut at their new Downtown venue with their witty theme, "Iris Just Wants to Have Fun".........

A beautiful set...wonderful music....innovative Krewe skits......a grand Court......and a well orchestrated tableau made the evening a very special one.

Their lavish Supper Dance, following the Bal Masque, was equally impressive.

Perhaps the most delightful part of the evening (especially for the Spartans in attendance) was the fact that the beautiful and charming Wife of our Spartan President, Mrs. Bonnie Suthon, reigned as Queen this year.  Queen Bonnie was simply spectacular.....and her Husband, Henry, was "busting his buttons" with pride.

The Knights "tip our Spartan Helmets" to the wonderful Captain (who was unbelievably beautiful in her dazzling costume), the Officers, the Court, the Ladies of Iris..........and especially to Queen Bonnie.......for a great Carnival experience.

Best,

(The "Just Loves to Have Fun" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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Janurary 7, 2016

Re: Winter in Italy at Amici Ristorante

My Dear Friends..........

Our good friend, and Captain of the Krewe of Pygmalion, Jack Rizzuto (who is also the owner of Amici Ristorante) is having another special night at Amici (see below).

We hope to see many of your there.......so make your reservations...........

Best,

(The "Gotta Monja" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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Janurary 6, 2016

Re: HAPPY CARNIVAL !!!!!!!!!!!

My Dear Friends..........

Today, of course, was the first day of the Carnival Season............and so..........The Knights of Sparta wish all of our Members, Family Members, and Extended Family Members a HAPPY CARNIVAL SEASON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have a piece of King Cake and get ready for the bal masques and parades !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Had My First Piece of King Cake Today" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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Janurary 5. 2016

Re: Happy Birthday to the Captain's Aide

My Dear Friends...........

Today, The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to our "Aide to the Captain" (and former Herald and Jr. Duke), Matthew Hedrick, IV........

Matt has grown up in Sparta........and, we are sure, will be with us for decades to come..........

Happy Birthday, Matthew................

Best,

(The "Well Assisted" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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December 28, 2015

Re: New Mardi Gras Shirts

My Dear Friends..........

Our good friend, Mel Grodsky, owner of Tuxedos to Geaux in Metairie and just gotten in a shipment of new Mardi Gras shirts....and they are really cool

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I got mine today........and love it.

So.........in case you are interested........Sizes range from S to 5X for men - S to 3X for ladies........

Mardi Gras is right around the corner.......and I'm getting ready!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Always Well Dresses" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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December 27, 2015

Re: Wedding Bells are Ringing

My Dear Friends............

We have received wonderful news from Iris Officer, and thrice Queen, Bea Cottingham..........

On Christmas, Bea's beau (and Sparta Committee Chairman), Frank Young, "popped the question" and she said "YES".................

All of Carnival could not be more happy for Queen Bea and Frank..........

Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials.............

 

Best,

(The "Maybe They Will Ask Me to be Ring Bearer" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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December 27, 2015

Re: .Happy Royal Birthday

My Dear Friends.............

Well.......Carnival must be close at hand because:

1.  Christmas is over

2.  It's the King's Birthday !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, The Knights of Sparta and all of Carnival wish His Highness, Paul Brown, King Sparta LXIV, a very Happy Birthday today..........

Hail to the King!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Getting Older Every Minute" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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December 24, 2015

Re: Merry Christmas from Sparta

My Dear Friends...........

At this festive time of year.....we see a number of billboards that read, "Keep Christ in Christmas".  This is an important sentiment......

Yes, Christmas is about Santa, presents, carols, and eggnog......and, we think that is wonderful.  However, it is important keep in mind that Christmas is not a secular holiday.

For those of the Christian Faith....it is one of the most holy and blessed days of the year.....for it celebrates the birth of Christ, the central figure in Christianity, who will bring peace to the world.

And so.....in the spirit of that peace.....The Knights of Sparta wish all of our Members, Families, and Friends. who celebrate the beauty of this most religious of holidays, a very Merry Christmas........and a season of joy and love.

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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December 22, 2015

Re: Sparta Shines in the Nutcracker

My Dear Friends..........

The Knights of Sparta "toss bouquets" to two of our own for brilliant performances in the Jefferson Performing Arts production of "The Nutcracker" last weekend.

Dancing one of the lead roles as "Clara" was former Spartan Jr. Court Member (and future Spartan Maid and Queen) Sophia Zollinger......Daughter of Jeremy and Karen Zollinger, and niece of Spartan Officer Kenny Beck and his beautiful Wife, Kimberly.

And....speaking about Kimberly Matulich-Beck......her wonderful ballet talents were also on display, dancing one of the other lead roles as The Sugar Plum Fairy.  Look for Kim to "wow" the audience again at the Knights of Sparta Bal Masque this year.

As usual.....Sparta talent overflows......and we are very, very proud of both Sophia and Kimberly.

Hail the Ballet..........Hail Sparta...........

Best,

(The "Toe Tapping" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of

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December 20, 2015

Re: Happy Birthday to The First Lady

My Dear Friends..............

The Knights of Sparta and all of Carnival wish a very Happy Birthday to The First Lady of our organization, Syd Mulnick......not overlooking the fact that she is, indeed, my First Lady.

I can tell you first hand that she has had a wonderful Birthday.

Best,

The Captain

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December 17, 2015

Re: Have a Mary Christmas

My Dear Friends........

I have heard from Brandon Mary (one of the wonderful Captains Emeriti of Babylon)........

Many of you know that Brandon has, for many years now, lived in Australia......and is settling into new digs in Perth......

He and the girls are great......and they are getting soooooooooo big!

Brandon sends his best to all of us........and hopes that we all have a "Mary Christmas" !!!!!!!

Of course, all of Carnival wishes the same for our "Aussie" friend............

Best,

(The G'Day, Mate Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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December 15, 2015

Re: Tuedos for Christmas

My Dear Friends..............

The Knights of Sparta always try to help those who help us........and Mel Grodsky of Tuxedos to Geaux certainly well fits into that category........

Mel has asked us to remind you that Carnival will be "right on the heels" of the Holidays........and a tuxedo or tails is a great holiday gift for any gentleman involved in Mardi Gras.

Please see his flyer (below).......and have a great holiday season.

Best,

(The "Always Well Dresses" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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TAILS (COMPLETE OUTFIT) - $249.00
TAILS (COAT AND PANTS ONLY) - $199.00

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December 12, 2015

Re: Happy Birthday Queen Holly

My Dear Friends...........

Today, The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to former Queen, Holly Whitlow.........

Have a wonderful day............

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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December 11, 2015

Re: Mid City First Lady Shines

My Dear Friends..........

The Knights of Sparta and all of Carnival salute Mrs. Danielle Haydel, the First Lady of the Krewe of Mid City, upon her assuming the position of "Director of the Louisiana Transplant Nurses Society".

Danielle has garnered many accolades in the past for her professional skill........and we are proud of her for this wonderful accomplishment.

Goes to show you............The First Lady of Mid City will never be "foiled" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Look at Him Shine in the Sun" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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December 11, 2015

Re: Allison Hedrick Sings like an Angel

My Dear Friends..........

The Knights of Sparta congratulate Miss Allison Hedrick (who has grown up in Sparta as a Jr. Court Member....and future Sr. Court Member) on being selected to sing the "Ave Maria" solo at her school's holiday assembly at Mt. Carmel.  That honor is usually reserved for upper class singers, however, our 8th grade diva did a marvelous job last week.

She has also been tapped to reprise her solo at the Christmas Eve Vigil Mass (4 p.m.) at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Tulane Ave.

Sparta, and all of Carnival, give a "standing ovation" to our wonderful Allison..........

Too bad this is the last year for "American Idol".................

Best,

(The "Always on Key" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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December 8, 2015

Re: .Breakfast with Santa

My Dear Friends............

Many of us know that the great Captain of the Krewe of Carrollton (and many Carrolltonians) are also involved with the Metairie Lions Club.

This year, as in years past, the Metairie Lions will hold their "Breakfast with Santa" on December 12th, to benefit their Lions' Charities.

This is a wonderful way to kick off the Holiday Season with the kids.......and urge you to be with them.

Please see below for all of the information.

Ho, Ho, Ho.....................

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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December 6, 2015

Re: Happy Birthday, Ron

My Dear Friends..........

Next to this aging Captain.....the longest serving Spartan Officer is my dear friend, Ron Kogos.......our great Webmaster.

Today, The Knights of Sparta say, "Happy Birthday, Ron" !

Hope you have a wonderful day.................

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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December 5, 2015

Re: Happy Birthday, Queen Megan

My Dear Friends..............

The Knights of Sparta wish a very, very Happy Birthday to former Queen, Miss Megan Ducote.

Have a great day, Queen Megan.............

Best,

The Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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November 30, 2015

Re: Happy Birthday to Spartan Herald, Chance

My Dear Friends...........

The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to our Spartan Herald, Chance Jamieson...........

Many of you will remember Chance's Grandfather, former Captain of Mecca, Spartan Parade Captain Emeritus, and former Sparta Ball General Chairman, Irv Zoller.  It was through the efforts of Irv, and then Spartan Captain, Charles Andrews, that we have a wonderful parade on the first Saturday evening of the Carnival Parade Season so that Chance (and all of the Spartans) can ride.........

Happy Birthday, Chance.........Grandpa would be proud !!!!!!!!!!

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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November 28, 2015

Re: Happy Birthday, Regina

My Dear Friends..........

Well....most of you probably wonder why you have not been "bothered" by my emails for the past week.  It is because Syd and I spent the week...and Thanksgiving with my Sister, Edye, in Ohio.  Many of you will remember that Edye has one of our wonderful dance companies that add so much to our Bal Masque every year.

I am, however, back now....so here goes..............

The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to Spartan Officer's Wife, Regina Diodene today.  We know that Mike will do all that he can to give her the great birthday that she deserves.

Also, Sparta hopes that you all had a super Thanksgiving.  What a wonderful time of the year for all of us....and our families.  Happy Holiday Season from Sparta!

Much more to come..............

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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November 14, 2015

Re: Carrollton's Coronation is Carefree

My Dear Friends...........

This evening Syd and I (in the wonderful company of many of Carnival's finest folks) attended the lavish Coronation of the Krewe of Carrollton, which was staged in the Grand Ballroom of the New Orleans Hilton Hotel.

Carrollton's Court was, as always, simply grand..........and the presentation went off without a hitch.

Great food, rock'in music, and convivial conversation topped off the evening.

The Knights of Sparta raise our Sparta Swords in salute to the wonderful Captain, First Lady, Officers, Court, and Krewe of Carrollton.  The "Men Behind the Mask" should be proud this evening.............

Best,

(The "Only Slightly Taller than Carrollton's Captain" Captain) and the fficers of The Knights of Sparta

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November 11, 2015

Re: .Happy Birthday, Queen Mum

My Dear Friends............

Today, The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to our Queen Mum for 2016, Mrs. Robin Dutruch.

Not only is she a beautiful person........but also, her efforts (of course, along with Queen Dad, Greg's) have given us our lovely 2016 Queen, Mandy !!!!!!!

And so.............Happy Birthday, Robin.  Hail to the "Queen Mum"

Best,

(The "Love to Flatter our Royal Families" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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November 10, 2015

Re: Happy Birthday "Saint" Sally

My Dear Friends............

The Knights of Sparta, and all of Carnival, wish a very Happy Birthday to our wonderful Spartan Costumer, Sally Hedrick..........

Have a great Birthday, "Saint" Sally..............

Best,

(The "I Know My Costume is Gonna Fit" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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November 7, 2015

Re: Mid City Coronation a Sensation

My Dear Friends............

This evening Syd and I (in the good company of Spartan President, Henry Suthon, and lovely "Queen of Iris" Wife, Bonnie), along with many of Carnival finest folks, attended the lavish Coronation for the Krewe of Mid City.  I also had the honor of narrating for the evening.

Never to be "foiled", Mid City held a wonderful event....with a grand King and Queen (Her Highness being the niece of Mid City Captain and First Lady, Mike and Danielle)......a fantastic Court......great food.....wonderful music..........and great socialization.

A special "Tip of our Spartan Helmets" to new Mid City Officers, Adam Laurie....and Stephen Haydel.............and to Mid City President, Eric Baird, on his 10th Anniversary in that position (for which his Wife flew in from Amsterdam to surprise him).

A "Flourish of our Spartan Capes" to Captain Mike, First Lady Danielle, The Officers, Court, and Krewe of Mid City...........May your foil shine on........

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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November 5, 2015

Re: Sophia is Clara in The Nutcracker

My Dear Friends..............

We have received the exciting news that Sophia Zollinger (former Lady in Waiting of Sparta.....and future Maid and Queen of Sparta) will be dancing the lead role of "Clara" in the JPAS production of "The Nutcracker" this year.

Sophia is the Daughter of Spartan Family Members Jeremy and Karen Zollinger.....and Niece of Spartan Officer and Officer's Wife Kenny and Kim Beck.

Please read below for Karen's email about details of this exciting performance.

Sparta and all of Carnival say "break a leg" to our budding star, Sophia...........

Best,

(The "I'll Certainly be There" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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Good afternoon! Many of you have asked for more information about Sophia’s performance as “Clara” in the JPAS Nutcracker. She dances the role of Clara, the lead child’s role, during the Sunday, Dec. 20, show at 2 p.m. (another child is Clara for the Saturday night show). The performance will be in the new Jefferson Parish performing arts theatre on Airline Highway. Tickets may be obtained at the JPAS website – jpas.org. You can select your seats and print tickets at home! This is a new production with new sets, new choreography and a flying sleigh! She will be excited to see you there!
Thank you!
Karen*

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October 30, 2015

Re: BOO to You

My Dear Friends.............

The Knights of Sparta wish all of you a "Spooktacular" Halloween......even though those of us who are involved with Carnival have no idea what it is like to dress up in costumes and pretend that we are someone else for one day..........LOLOL...........

But seriously, Halloween (like Carnival) gives us the chance to have fun.....just for the sake of having fun.

So.............Let's celebrate the child in all of us......and have a great Halloween!!!!!!!!!

BOO.................

Best,

(The "Trick or Treat" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 25, 2015

Re: Spartan Culinary Tour Continues

My Dear Friends.............

Our next stop on the "Tony Award Winning Tour" will be:

Monday – November 2nd…..”My Fair Lady”
            Oh.....Wouldn't it be Loverly.......TO BE at....
            “The Piccadilly Cafeteria" – 2609 Jefferson Highway – Metairie, LA
            (R.S.V.P.  PLEASE)

Hope to see you all there............

Best,

(The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 25, 2015

Re: Pygmalion Coronation Shines

My Dear Friends...........

Coronations continue to abound, as the wonderful Krewe of Pygmalion staged their lavish Coronation in the Armstrong Ballroom of the New Orleans Sheraton Hotel this evening.

Captain Jack (and Co-Captain "Little" Jack) had the evening well in hand.........directing a great presentation.

Delicious food.....wonderful music.....and tons of fun also highlighted the evening............as Pygmalion danced the night away.

An additional highlight of "The Great Sculpture's" year is the fact that "First Daughter", Elizabeth Rizzuto, is a Maid in their Court........and looked as dazzling as ever.

A "Tip of our Spartan Helmets" to the Captain, Co- Captain, First Lady, First Daughter, Officers, Court and Krewe of Pygmalion.

Hail to the "Krewe of the Great Artisan".....................

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 25, 2015

Re: Thoth is "Top Notch"

My Dear Friends..........

This evening Syd and I, along with a capacity crowd and many of Carnival's finest people, were honored to attend the Coronation for the great Krewe of Thoth at the New Orleans Hilton.

The omnipotent Scribe God of Egypt was, as always, a wonderful host.....and a consummate producer......directing a flawless Coronation presentation, a wonderful banquet, and a "rock'in" party.

Our Spartan Swords are held high in salute to the Captain, Captain's Wife, Officers, Court, and Krewe of the Ibis God........

And.....as their Captain is known to say............HAIL THOTH !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 22, 2015

Re: Sparta Cronation Pictures on Darryll Schmitt Website

My Dear Friends............

Official Spartan Photographer, Darryl Schmitt, has informed us that the pictures from our wonderful Sparta Coronation are now up on his web site.

Here's what to do:

1.  Go to http://www.darrylschmittphotography.com
2.  Click on "view and order"
3.  Click on "Sparta"
4.  Put in your email address
5.  Enjoy................

Ron Kogos has also put the Coronation Rehearsal pictures on the "photos" page of our Sparta Website.

We have also learned that the pictures from the Iris Coronation are up on Darryl's webiste...........

Enjoy the view.................

Best,

The "Shutterbug" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 19, 2015

Re: Spartan Culinary Tour Continues

My Dear Friends.............

This evening we had a wonderful crowd at our Royal Culinary Tour Dinner at "The Palms" Restaurant..........

We, of course, honored King Paul and Queen Mandy (after their wonderful Coronation).......and also took time to honor Iris Queen, Bonnie Suthon (Wife of Spartan President, Henry Suthon).

Our next stop on the "Tony Award Winning Tour" will be:

Monday – November 2nd…..”My Fair Lady”
            Oh.....Wouldn't it be Loverly.......TO BE at....
            “The Piccadilly Cafeteria" – 2609 Jefferson Highway – Metairie, LA
            (R.S.V.P.  PLEASE)

Hope to see you all there............

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 17, 2015

Re: Sparteriffic Coronation

My Dear Friends.............

OK..........here he goes again writing about what a wonderful Coronation Sparta held this evening...............

Well.........You're right!!!!!!!!!  It was wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!

We had.......A fantastic Court.......a "full house" of great guests......rock'in music.....delicious food......a brilliant returning King and Queen........and a King and Queen for our 2016 year that "lit the place up" with their regal enthusiasm..........

I want to thank all of our Spartan Family Members and Friends who made this evening possible.......and especially the "Best Officer Corps" in Carnival, the Officers of The Knights of Sparta, who....along with their Ladies...work so hard to bring off our fantastic events.

Also......for this great evening......we all owe a debt of gratitude to our Coronation Chairman, Michael Vincent, who pours his heart and soul into so many of our events.  Simply put.........."Great Job, Michael"..............

As I have said before.........It is nights like this (and we have so many of them) that make me so proud to be a Spartan..............

Hail Sparta !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Gonna Try to Get Some Sleep, Cause I'm Not as Young as I Used to Be" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 15, 2015

Re: Happy Birthday Future Queen Grace

My Dear Friends........

Today, The Knights of Sparta wish Returning Maid, Grace Ciaston (who also is a Future Queen of Sparta) a very, very Happy Birthday.......

Have a wonderful B-Day, Grace.............

Best,

(The "Another Year Older" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 15, 2015

Re: Lemonata Dinner at Amici

My Dear Friends..........

Last evening Syd and I (in the very good company of Spartan Ft. Lts. Charley Hassinger, Joe Trovato, and Joes Lovely Wife, Candie) attended the Lemonata Dinner at Amici  Ristoante on Magazine St.  Many of you may remember that Amici is owned by Sparta's good friend (and Captain of the great Krewe of Pygmalion) Jack Rizzuto and his Brother.

Also in attendance were Spartan Maid's Parents, Richard and Kellie Barnes, and many other Carnival VIPs from Krewes such as Endymion, Pygmalion, Mid City, Orpheus, Allah, and Morpheus.  When there is good food to be had......Carnival is there...........

Dinner was based around the Italian libation "lemonchello"......and it was simply fantastic.........

Amici offers these special dinners a various times throughout the year.........and will be hosting the next in the series in January.  Stay tuned for more details on this culinary delight.

Hail Amici..............

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 14, 2015

Re: Happy 30th Andrew

My Dear Friends...........

The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to Spartan Duke, Andrew Herbert...........

Happy 30th, Sir Duke..............

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 13, 2015

Re: Mardi Gras Guide Previews Cover

My Dear Friends.........

Mardi Gras historian extraordinaire, and all around Carnival VIP, Arthur Hardy, today gave us a preview of the wonderful cover of the next issue of the "Mardi Gras Guide".....which is the 40th Anniversary Edition.

Please see below and attached for wonderful art work............and, who's that good looking fellow in the upper left hand corner??????

Hail to "The Guide".............

Best,

(The "Can't Wait to Read the Next Issue" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 13, 2015

Re: Krewe of BOO! Rolls in 11 days!

My Dear Friends.......

Please see below for information on the upcoming parade for our good friends........The Krewe of Boo..............

Sounds like a "hauntingly" good time.

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 13, 2015

Dear Friends,
We roll in less than 11 days and we want you to join the Krewe of BOO!

This Krewe of BOO! made Travel + Leisure's list of the "10 Best Things to do in the South This Halloween"

We are also proud to announce the lineup for our annual after-parade costume party, the Monster Mash... FunkiFIYA is stacked with some of the funkiest players that New Orleans has ever produced, including Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Tony Hall (Dumpstaphunk), June Yamagishi (Papa Grows Funk), Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Big Sam (Big Sam's Funky Nation) and Khris Royal (George Porter Jr) plus DJ OttO, who will keep everyone grooving late into the night. Click here to purchase tickets.

Non-riders can join in the fun also! We have several events planned including a luncheon at Galatoire's on Friday and our Football Hangover Party at Manning's on Sunday. To learn more about our events visit: www.kreweofboo.com/membership 

We're on a roll! 

Brian Kern, Captain 
Krewe of BOO!
(504) 669-7655

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October 12, 2015

Re: Happy Birthday Cherrie

My Dear Friends..........

Spartan (and Centurions) Family Member.....and all around Carnival VIP, Cherrie Scandurro, is celebrating her Birthday today............

The Knights of Sparta, and all of Carnival, wish Cherrie a very, very Happy Birthday !!!!!

Best,

(The "Blow Out the Candles" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 8, 2015

Re: Krewe of Pontchartrain Fund Raiser

My Dear Friends..........

We have heard from the Captain of the great Krewe of Pontchartrain that their krewe is holding what sounds like a fun fund raiser...........

 See attached for more details and reservations........

 I know that Syd and I will certainly be there..........and we urge all of you to support this wonderful event and joins us........

 Best,

(The "Roll the Ball and Pass the Vino" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 7, 2015

Re: Sheraton Dedicates Meeting Rooms

My Dear Friends............

 This evening Syd and I (in the very good company of Endymion Captain and First Lady, Ed & Peggy Muniz) attended a lavish reception at the New Orleans Sheraton Hotel in honor of the dedication of their 8th Floor Meeting Rooms, named after some of the wonderful Carnival Krewes of New Orleans.

 Rooms have been named for (and were represented at the reception by)........and I know that I will forget some of this, so please forgive me:

 1.  Endymion (Captain Ed and Peggy Muniz.....and many Endymion Board Members)
2.  Orpheus (Captain Sony Borey....and many Orpheus Board Members)
3.  Mid City (Captain Mike Haydel)
4.  Bacchus
5.  Iris
6.  Muses
7.  Rex
8.  Zulu
9.  Proteus (Captain Noel Johnson)

It was a lovely evening........and a great honor for the above krewes to have rooms named for them.

Best,

Captain of Sparta (and proud Board Member Krewe of Endymion)

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October 4, 2015

Re: Spartan Birthdays Abound

My Dear Friends...........

The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to:

Perennial Spartan Court Member, and Jr. Duke, Max Reese...........

Long Standing Spartan Duke, Danny Pitre............

Time to celebrate..............

Best,

(The "Let's Have some Birthday Cake" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 4, 2015

Re: Iris Rules the Evening

My Dear Friends..........

I find myself in a bit of a different situation this evening......for I usually tell you about the adventures of our Spartan Members, and their Lovely Ladies.   However, tonight the Ladies owned the evening........as Iris staged their lavish Coronation.

Reigning as The Queen of Iris this year is long time Iris Member, Bonnie Suthon (who also happens to be the Wife of Spartan President, Henry Suthon.....or should I say tonight that he is her husband !!!).

Also in Queen Bonnie's Court are long time Iris Member, Maid...Trisha Carlson (who also happens to be the Wife of Spartan Treasurer, Mike Carlson.....or, again, should I say that he is her husband !!!).....and long time Iris Member, Maid....Megan Beach (who also reigned as The Queen of Sparta for 2013).  They....and the entire Iris Court were simply beautiful...........

Syd and I were honored to be in attendance this evening to view the wonderful presentation......sample the great food.....listen to the "rock'in" music....and rub elbows with many of Carnival's finest folks (not the least of which were many Spartan Family Members....including Officers, our Reigning King Phillip, and our Incoming King Paul......there to support Bonnie, Trisha, Megan, and the entire Iris Court).  WOW....what a night..........

We also got the change to be led in a rousing version of "Happy Birthday" by the lovely Captain of Iris....sung to her Husband (and Iris General Chairman), Billy Danflous.  Happy "Big 4-0", Billy.......................

Now........how about some pics of the beautiful and proud Iris Court Members........

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                Queen Bonnie                                Queen Bonnie & Henry                         

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            Maid Trisha & Mike                          Maid Megan                                       

  Hail to the beautiful Captain........the Officers............the Court.............and the Krewe of Iris.......and especially to our Iris/Sparta Connection.  The Spartans just love those Ladies of Iris!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 3, 2015

Re: Centurions Have a Great Evening

My Dear Friends.........

Last evening Syd and I (in the great company of Mary Strain.....Spartan Royal Grandmother) attended the wonderful $10,000 Raffle for the great Krewe of Centurions.  We were delighted, also, to spend the evening with many, many Carnival Friends...........

No.......we did not win the $10,000...........however, the fun and camaraderie of the evening was worth much more.

The $10-K was held at the Cedar Grove Tchoupitoulas Plantation........which is, as many of us know, owned by Spartan (and Centurion) Royal Family, The Mercers.

When "The Plantation" hosts a party.............the "really host a party".  Great food......fun music......beautiful ambiance......and a wonderful welcoming feeling.

Centurions, too, went "all out" to make the evening exciting and enjoyable..........

Our Spartan Helmets are tipped to Captain Norman........First Lady Barbara.......The Officers.......and the Krewe of Centurions.  It certainly was a night worthy of
$10-K.............

Best,

(The "Still Wish I Would Have Won" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 2, 2015

Re: Final Reminder about Centurions $10-K

My Dear Friends..........

The Knights of Sparta want to remind everyone that the $10-K Raffle for our wonderful friends, the Krewe of Centurions is this evening...........

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Tickets will be available at the door..........

We hope to see you there..........

Best,

(The "Already Have My Lucky Ticket" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 1, 2015

Re: Happy Birthday Sparta XLIV & LXII

My Dear Friends..........

The Knights of Sparta wish (tomorrow) a very, very Happy Birthday to both King Sparta XLIV and King Sparta LXII...........and that will be an easy task, since they are one in the same!

Yes.......tomorrow is Michael Vincent's Birthday.  Besides being a twice former King of Sparta....Michael is Sparta's Coronation, Spartan Room, and Spartan Spree Chairman.

Have a great birthday, Your Highness..................

Best,

(The "Big Brother" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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September 29, 2015

Re: .Happy Anniversary Kenny and Kim

My Dear Friends......

The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Anniversary to Spartan Officer, Kenny Beck, and his lovely and talented Wife, Kimberly.

Many, many more happy years to you both.............

Best,

(The "I was even the Best Man at the Wedding" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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September 25, 2015

Re: Slidell Mixed Media Exhibition

My Dear Friends............

This evening Syd and I were pleased to attend the Opening Reception for the Slidell Mixed Media Exhibition at the Old City Hall in Slidell.

Sparta former King, Carson "Frenchie" Cheramie, was honored by the selection committee to have 3 of his beautiful hand crafted wooden pieces on display at the exhibition.

Spartan Family Member, Lee Yood, also had several pieces of her ceramic art on display.

Also in attendance were Bruce and Lisa Clement, Father and Mother of our Reigning Spartan Queen, Madeline Clement.

It was a wonderful event and will be open to the public through next month.

Hail to the artists of Sparta..........

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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September 24, 2015

Re: ♥♥♥♥Royal Engagement ♥♥♥♥

My Dear Friends..........

It is my honor and pleasure to pass along the news that our reigning Spartan King (Phillip Brown - King Sparta LXIII) has become engaged to his now Fiancée, Miss Janet Ahern.

His Majesty revealed the wonderful news this evening.........and allowed me to share their joy with all of you.

Sparta and all of Carnival wish Phillip and Janet a wonderful life together...........

Best,

(The "Listening for the Wedding Bells" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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September 24, 2015

Re: Krewes for Kops

My Dear Friends..............

This evening Syd and I (in the good company of numerous Spartan Officers, Court Members, and a veritable "who's who" of Carnival Regulars) attended the Krewes for Kops Benefit at Fulton Alley In New Orleans.

It was a wonderful evening......and a great chance to catch up with all of our Carnival Friends.

Kudos to the Steering Committee for Krewes for Kops (which included our own Charley Hassinger as Sparta representative on the KFK Board....and KFK Chairperson, Kellie Barnes..... Officer of Orpheus and Mother of Spartan Maid, Madeline).  They did a bang up job.........

It was great to see so many Mardi Gras people come together to help our Police..........

Carnival Rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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September 24, 2015

Re: Amici's Lemonata Dinner

My Dear Friends............

Our good friend (and Captain of the great Krewe of Pygmalion), Jack Rizzuto....as many of you know....is also the owner of Amici Italian Ristorante on Magazine St.

Amici is hosting a "Lemonata Dinner" on Wednesday, October 14, 2015........and it sounds great!

Please see attached and below for details of this exciting evening.........

........and remember........You gotta "MONGIA before you MARDI GRAS"............

Best,

(The "Pasta Loving" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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September 21, 2015

Re: New Spartan Family Member

My Dear Friends...........

The Knights of Sparta, and all of Carnival, want to congratulate Paul and Kristen Marshafava on the birth of their new son, Matthew.......

The Marshafavas have been a very big part of Sparta for many years........and Paul is the wonderful graphic artist that does our float signs each year for the parade.

Hail to our "Newest Spartan", Matthew..........

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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September17, 2015

Re: Spartan Officer on the Mend

My Dear Friends...........

Spartan Web Master and Internet Commerce Chairman, Ron Kogos, underwent planned shoulder surgery today.....and I am glad to report that he is home now and under the good care of his lovely Wife, Kathy....and daughters Karen and Katie.........

I know that we will all keep Ronny in our thoughts and prayers for a very speedy recovery.......and it looks as though that certainly will be the case.

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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September 16, 2015

Re: Congrates to the Mercers

My Dear Friends...........

I have been remiss in my literary duties...........

I have neglected to inform Mardi Gras Land about the nuptials, last weekend, in one of our most prominent Spartan Families........

Last Saturday was the wedding of Joey and Elizabeth Mercer, Son an now Daughter-in-law of Joey and Jill Mercer.....Spartan Royal Family Extraordinaire.......

We know the great joy that this wedding has brought to the Mercers (not to mention Spartan Royal Grandmother, Mary Strain).

Sparta and all of Carnival wish Joey and Elizabeth a wonderful life together..........

Best,

(The "Here Comes the Bride" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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September 15, 2015

Re; Krewe of Boo Holds Meeting

My Dear Friends...............

Please see below for information about the membership meeting for our good friends at the "Krewe of Boo".........tonight...........

BOO !!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

 

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tonight as we announce our new King and other exciting news about
Krewe of BOO! 2015

 

 

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September 13, 2015

Re: Soiree Success

My Dear Friends.............

Home from our wonderful Spartan Soiree...........and the only words for this evening are "total success"............

We had a huge crowd......great food.....wonderful music......a fantastic silent auction......a stupendous raffle......and more fun and camaraderie than could be imagined.

Thanks certainly go to all of our great Officers and their Ladies...........but, especially to our Soiree Committee - Denis Hoerner and Casey Gonzales who were in charge of the auction tables..........Louis and Tara Reese who were in charge of the raffle........and our super terrific Raffle Chair Couple - Mike and Trisha Carlson.  What an effort they put forth.

Of course, we also thank the many businesses and individuals who donated items to our evening.  You honor us with your generosity.

And............a great big thank you to all of you who supported this event.  We are humbled to think that so many of you care enough to support our efforts to underwrite the season for our Prince and Princess representing the Cystic Fibrosis Community.

Again......thanks to everyone who made this evening happen..............

Hail Sparta !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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September 3, 2015

Re: Centurion's Annual $10K Raffle

My Dear Friends............

Our good friends, the wonderful Krewe of Centurions, are holding their Annual $10,000 Raffle on October 2nd.

The Knights of Sparta urge all of our Carnival friends to support Centurions in their efforts.

Tickets to the event (and a chance at $10,000) are $100 each.

For information and/or tickets please contact Centurions'' Captain

Norman R. Bourgeois, Jr.
Metal Fusion, Inc.
(504)736-0201 Ext. 314
NBourgeois@kingkooker.com

Good luck to all..................

Best,

(The "Already Have My Ticket" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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September 1, 2015

Re: Iris Officer on the Mend

My Dear Friends............

We have just learned that Doris Bruno (Lovely Officer in the Krewe of Iris) had knee surgery several weeks ago......and is rapidly on the mend.

We all say, "Get Well Soon, Doris"..................

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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September 1, 2015

Re: Happy Birthday to the "New Mom"

My Dear Friends........

Now that Melinda Tonglet (the lovely Wife of Spartan V-P, Jason Tonglet) has celebrated the "Birth Day" of little Jackson...........she, today, celebrates her own Birthday..........

Sparta and all of Carnival say Happy Birthday to Melinda............Although, she has already received her 7 lb. 12 oz. Best Present Ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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August 31, 2015

Re: .Happy Birthday Bonnie

My Dear Friends............

The Knights of Sparta wanted to wish the 2016 Queen of Iris a very Happy Birthday.........however, we do not yet know who she is..........

Luckily, Bonnie Suthon, the Wife of Spartan President Henry Suthon, shares the same Birthday.........so we can wish her a Happy Birthday, too.

We are sure that Bonnie is honored to have the same Birthday as the beautiful Iris Queen..............

Happy Birthday to them both !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "What a Coincidence" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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August 29, 2015:

Re: Happy Birthday, Mike

My Dear Friends.........

Today, The Knights of Sparta and all of Carnival wish a very Happy Birthday to Spartan Officer, Mike Diodene..........

We know that 10 years ago Mike got a very unwelcomed Birthday Gift..........but he, Sparta, and Carnival weathered the storm......and are all stronger than ever.

Happy Birthday, Mike..............

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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August 25, 2015

Re: Our Newest Spartan

My Dear Friends...........

It is said that, "Joy shared is joy twice over.....and Sorrow shared is sorrow halved".........Well......Get ready for "joy twice over"..........

Today, Spartan Vice-President Jason Tonglet...and is lovely Wife, Melinda...welcomed into the world our newest Spartan, Master Jackson Gerard Tonglet (7 lbs, 12 oz).  Mom, Baby, and even Dad are doing well.............

We hear that he has already applied to ride this year.............but, maybe Mom and Dad will have him wait just a bit.................

Sparta and all of Carnival say........Hail to the entire Tonglet Family.........

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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August 22, 2015

Re: Thoth Summer Dance

My Dear Friends..........

This evening the great Krewe of Thoth held their Annual Summer Dance at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans..........

It always seems that the excitement of the coming Carnival Season begins with Thoth's Summer Dance.  Carnival Regulars from so many krewes come together.....and begin to talk about the season to come and plans that have been made.

As always, Thoth put on "one heck of a show".....and a great time was had by all.

Hail to the upcoming Carnival Season..........and Hail Thoth..............

Best,

(The "Ate to Many Finger Sandwiches, as Usual" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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August 19, 2015

Re: .Sparta Jr. Captain Present Engineering Plan

My Dear Friends.........

Many of you know that our Jr. Captain, Mr. Brandon Bogle, has spent his summer working with the Engineering Department of Gulfport, MS.

Yesterday, after a great deal of work over the summer, he presented an engineering plan for over 80 miles of sidewalks to the Gulfport City Council.  His presentation was covered by the television media, and can be viewed at the following link.

http://www.wlox.com/story/29828240/gulfport-council-members-list-to-proposal-for-pedestrian-sidewalk-master-plan

Next week Brandon leaves to spend his fall semester of engineering study at The Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen.

The Knights of Sparta.....all of Carnival....his family......and especially his Spartan Grandparents are duly proud of our Jr. Captain.....and wish him a wonderful fall semester..............

Best,

(The "Very Proud Grandfather" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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August 11, 2015

Re: Happy Anniversary, Henry & Bonnie

My Dear Friends...........

The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Anniversary to our President and his lovely Wife, Henry and Bonnie Suthon.............(Yesterday)........

Henry and Bonnie had their first date at a Sparta function........and the rest is Spartan History.............

All the best for a great year to come (although we can't tell you about all of the excitement of their upcoming Carnival Season....because it's a secret).  More will certainly be forthcoming on that.............

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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August 11, 2015

Re: Krewes for Kops

My Dear Friends..........

A reminder.................

The Knights of Sparta are very proud to, again, be one of the sponsor krewes for the "Krewes for KOPs Benefit" this year.

We urge all of you to join us, and all of our Carnival Brothers and Sisters, at this year's gala..........

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See you there.................

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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August 6, 2015

Re: Happy Anniversary to the First Lady

My Dear Friends.............

The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Anniversary to the lovely and charming First Lady of our Krewe.

Wait......that's my Wife, Syd.....which means it's my Anniversary, too.........

In any event....she has put up with me all of these years.........so.......Happy Anniversary, Syd.............

Best,

(The "Very Happy to be Married to my Wife" Captain) of The Knights of Sparta

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August 4, 2015

Re: Sparta Prince Forges the Way

My Dear Friends...........

We have heard from the Bordelon Family that our 2016 Prince, Nicholas Bordelon, is one of the first Cystic Fibrosis patients to be put on a new medication for CF that was just approved by the FDA on July 2nd.

Prince Nicholas is now taking "Orkambi", which is a combination medication designed to treat CF at the root of the problem, on the genetic level.

We wish our Prince (and all who have CF and might benefit from this and future breakthroughs) a wonderful future.

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 25, 2015

Re: Happy 50th Anniversary to a Wonderful Couple

My Dear Friends..........

Today, The Knights of Sparta (and all of Carnival) wish a very, very happy 50th Anniversary to the Great Captain and First Lady of the Krewe of Endymion, Ed and Peggy Muniz.

It is incredible to know that the same year they began their lives together, they were planning the first Endymion Ball and Parade (this season, of course, is Endymion's 50th Anniversary, too).

50 years.......3 wonderful children......3 great son-in-laws.....4 fantastic grandchildren.....1 soon-to-be grandchild-in-law......and the biggest Carnival parade in history later....................Ed and Peggy are still going strong !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hail to an unbelievably great couple......................

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 24, 2015

Re: Krewes for Kops

My Dear Friends..........

The Knights of Sparta are very proud to, again, be one of the sponsor krewes for the "Krewes for KOPs Benefit" this year.

We urge all of you to join us, and all of our Carnival Brothers and Sisters, at this year's gala..........

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See you there.................

Best,

Dr. David M. Mulnick (The Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 24, 2015

Re: Knight at the Zephyrs

My Dear Friends...........

Over 40 Spartans and Spartan Family Members met last even to attend our Annual Knight at the Zephyrs game.

A wonderful time was had by all (in spite of a bit of warm weather until the sun went down).

We thank Charley Hassinger for chairing this great event......and we can't wait till next year's game.

You can check the "photos" section of our web site - www.knightsofsparta.com - for the pictures, which should be posted soon.

Best,

(The "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 10, 2015

Re: Happy Birthday Queen Katie

My Dear Friends..........

The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to our Former Queen, Katie Gill (née Mercer) (The Queen of Sparta for 2010).......

We wish our "California Queen" a wonderful day...........

Best,

(The "I Remember the Day She was Born" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 8, 2015

Re: .Where Did all of these Brithdays Come From

My Dear Friends.........

The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to Ft. Lt. and Spartan Soiree Committee Member, Mark Katz.......

Mark, as always, spent his Birthday working diligently on securing some great items for the Soiree (coming up on Sept.), and also having fun with his family.

Hail....Mark............

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 7, 2015

Re: .Royal Family Birthdays

My Dear Friends..............

Well........Not only was yesterday the Birthday of our 2016 "Queen Dad", Greg Dutruch...........but, 26 years ago he also received a belated birthday gift on this date.....The birth of our 2016 Queen.

Yes.....Today is Queen Mandy's Birthday..........................

And.......we must not forget to mention "Queen Mum", Robin Dutruch's part in all of this.........

In any event.........it is a wonderful several days for our "Royal Family"...............

Happy Birthday to Greg and Mandy...........

Best,

(The "Time to Blow Out the Candles" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 6, 2015

Re: More "Best of New Orleans"........

My Dear Friends...........

We have also heard from Chappy and Starr Chapman (Former King Dad and Queen Mum to Sparta Queen Laura Chapman....and Former King and Queen of Iris) that Chappy's Restaurant has been voted one of the top three new restaurants in New Orleans by the readers of Where Yat Magazine.  I know that Syd and I love it, too.....

Of course, you can also cast a vote in "Best of New Orleans" for their fine restaurant...........

And....while we are at it.....our good friend (and Captain of the Krewe of Pygmalion) Jack Rizzuto, owns and runs Amici Italian Restaurant, another of our favorites.  Sounds like a vote for "Best Italian Restaurant" to me....................

If you have a business in the running, etc.......please tell me and I will pass it along..............

As far as "Best Mardi Gras Parade"...........well..........you'll have to tackle that one on your own.  There are certainly many worthy candidates..........

More, I am sure, to come.................

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 6, 2015

Re: Best of New Orleans

My Dear Friends............

Our good friends, Fred and Elaine Schulman (owners of Pearl's Place Bridal....where Sparta orders many of the gowns for our Court) has sent us a reminder about Gambit's "Best of New Orleans" voting (see below)...........

If you have the time....and the inclination.....please give them your vote (and vote for your other favorite New Orleans businesses and people).........

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta
email - captain@knightsofsparta.com

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Ok,

It is that time of the year.  Help us and your friends by voting for us and your other friends.    I hope that you will give us a vote at Pearl’s Place, we have won a number of years but last year???  So vote for your friends and places, please.

Thanks,

Fred and Elaine

http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambit/BestofPromotionalPieces/Page

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July 5, 2015

Re: Happy Royal Birthday

My Dear Friends...........

All hail.....the Royal Birthday of His Reigning Majesty.....King Sparta LXIII, Mr. Phillip Ray Brown............

Now........we all know that our reigning King can't wait to pass the crown along to his "big brother" this year............but, he is making the most of his continuing reign while it lasts..........and celebrating his Royal Birthday is certainly on the list............

Happy Birthday, King Phil................

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 5, 2015

Re: .Happy Birthday, Kenny

My Dear Friends.......

Today, we wish Spartan Officer, Legal Chairman, and Costume Chairman...Kenny Beck....a very Happy Birthday..........

You also know, from my many emails, that Kenny and his lovely and talented Wife, Kim, are the Artistic Directors of the Jefferson Ballet Theatre, one of the fantastically talented dance companies that take part in our annual Knights of Sparta Bal Masque.

Sparta and all of Carnival say Happy Birthday, Kenny.............

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 3, 2015

Re: Happy 4th from Sparta

My Dear Friends......

Old joke............Question - "Do they have the 4th of July in France".............Answer - "If not....what comes after the 3rd" !!!!!!!!!!

The "bottom line" is that everyone has a "4th of July".......however, in America we have "Independence Day" that we celebrate on the 4th of July.

And.....we make a bit of a big deal out of it.........and well so.  I will be the first to say that our country is not perfect..........but, it sure beats anywhere else in the world!!!!!!!!!!  We have our freedom, our Constitution, our assurance of liberties, and a way of live that still makes us the envy of every other country.

So......we celebrate our freedom every 4th of July.........and set aside that day to show our love for the Red, White, and Blue.

Therefore, we say......Happy 4th of July from The Knights of Sparta to all of our Members, Families, and Friends.  We are glad to be Americans.....and very glad that all of you are here to celebrate with us............

Best,

(The "Yankee Doodle Dandy" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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June 26, 2012

ReSave the Dates for the Krewe of Boo

My Dear Friends..........

Our good friends at the Krewe of Boo have sent this email reminder (below).......

Hail to "Boo".............

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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June 1`7, 2015

Re: .Happy Birthday, Jr. Captain

My Dear Friends............

The Knights of Sparta wish a very, very Happy 19th Birthday to our Jr. Captain, Brandon Bogle.

Brandon is spending the summer working for his Father at the City of Gulfport.....and will be spending his fall semester on special scholarship studying engineering techniques at the Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen.

Hail to our Jr. Captain and, again, Happy Birthday.........

Best,

(The "Wonder Who His Grandparents Are" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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June 15, 2015

Re: Sparta Year Off to a Great Start

My Dear Friends...........

Yes, our Spartan year is certainly off to a great start.........

This evening over 40 Spartans and friends attended our first "Family and Friends Dinner" at "Wood" Pizza in the Warehouse District.

The pizza was great.......and the company was "The Best"..........

Hail to King Paul, Queen Mandy, their Court, and all of our Spartan Family...............

Best,

(The "Here We Go for 2016" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May 20, 2105

Re: Sparta Birthdays Abound

My Dear Friends..........

The Knights wish a very, very Happy Birthday to our President, Henry Suthon.........

We hope that he has a "Spartariffic" Birthday.......

Hail to the Prez...............

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May 19, 2015

Re: Sparta Fish Fry Fantastic

My Dear Friends............

What a Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our Annual Knights of Sparta Fish Fry was an overwhelming success..........

A capacity crowd.........Great food.........Wonderful prizes..........and fun, fun, fun....made for a perfect afternoon.

My profound thanks to our Spartan Officers, Officers' Ladies, Ft. Lts., Fry Team, Dessert Makers, etc. etc. for their efforts.

Also......my thanks to our Court Members who came out in droves to be with us.  2016 is shaping up to be another GREAT year for Sparta.

Check our web site soon - www.knightsofsparta.com - for all of the pictures from the "Fry"..............

Hail Sparta............

Best,

(The "Full to the Hilt on Catfish" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May 16, 2015

Re: Sparta Walks for Cystic Fibrosis

My Dear Friends..........

This morning a large contingent of Spartans (and also several Iris Members in our ranks) turned out to walk in the Cystic Fibrosis "Great Strides" fundraising walk.

We were also joined by our incoming "Prince", Nicholas, and his family.

It was a wonderful day.......and everyone had a great time.

My thanks to Spartan President, Henry Suthon, and his lovely Wife, Bonnie, for chairing this event for Sparta......and to all who walked and/or supported us.

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The picture (above) shows some of our group of walkers...............

Best,

(The "Tired, but Proud" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May 15,2015

Re: More Spartan Grads

My Dear Friends..........
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2015 Spartan Maid, Lady Samantha Vogt, will graduate Saturday May 16th from St. Scholastic Academy with honors.

She will be attending LSU in the fall as the recipient of the Tiger Excellence Award.

The Knights raise our Spartan Swords in salute to our wonderful Maid.....and graduate !!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Phi Beta Sparta" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May 14, 2015

Re: .Sparta Supports Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

My Dear Friends...........

As noted in our previous emails, Saturday is the "Great Strides" Walk to benefit The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

We have a very significant walking team representing The Knights of Sparta........and we would love for any of you to sponsor us at any level.

If you wish to donate (sponsor one of our walkers.......like the Captain, for instance)....simply go to the link below:

http://fightcf.cff.org/site/TR/GreatStrides/70_Louisiana_New_Orleans?team_id=38697&
pg=team&fr_id=3353

Scroll down the page till you find the Spartan Walker that you wish to sponsor.....and click "donate" next to their name.  You will be guided through the very quick donation process.

Hail to all of our Spartan Walkers.......and thanks for helping us support work to stamp out CF..........

Best,

(The "Got My Walking Shoes On" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May 12, 2015

Re: Did Ya Miss Me????

My Dear Friends.........

Just when you think nobody reads what you send out.......you get surprised!

I have received several emails asking why I have not put out any "Journal Entries" over the past several days.  Guess some of you miss all of the "*(#&$)_#" that you get from me..........

Well......don't worry......I have spent the past 4 days in Ohio meeting my new "Great Nephew", Alonzo Jax.  Daddy Jack and Mom Keeli (you may remember my Niece Keeli as one of our Ohio Bal Masque Dancers and Actors for many years) are the proud parents of little Alonze.....and Uncle Dave had to welcome him into the family..........

In any event.........several emails will follow.........so get ready to hit "delete" again!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Thanks for the Love" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May 8, 2015

Re: Sparta at the Ballet......

My Dear Friends..........

Please see below for information about the Jefferson Ballet Theatre's performance of Swan Lake.........

JBT, of course, is under the artistic direction of Spartan Officer, Kenneth Beck, and his lovely and talented Wife, Kimberly......and JBT dancers have performed for many years in our Knights of Sparta Bal Masque.

Performances are on Friday, May 15, and Sunday, May 17 (However, we urge you to attend Friday's performance......because we certainly want to see you at our Sparta Fish Fry on Sunday......)

Purchase Swan Lake Tickets Here

See you at the ballet.............

Best,

(The "Can't Dance Like that Anymore" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May 5, 2015

Re: Cinco de Charley

My Dear Friends..........

The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to Spartan Duke and Ft. Lt., Charley Hassinger (wonder if his Birthday is on Cinco de Mayo every year????)

Have a margarita on us, Charley..............

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May 3, 2015

Re: N.O. Jr. Philharmonic Performance

My Dear Friends...........

All of Sparta salutes the talented young performers that were selected to take part in today's annual recital of the best in local artistic talent presented as the Jr. Philharmonic Performance at Tulane's Dixon Hall.

The Knights of Sparta were also honored to sponsor the post performance reception to honor the artists.

Among those chosen by audition to perform today were several dancers from the Jefferson Ballet Theatre, under the direction of Spartan Officer and Lady, Kenny and Kimberly Beck.  These wonderful dancers have been among those to perform in our Spartan Bal Masque.

Representing Sparta at the performance were Kenny and Kimberly Beck, Henry and Bonnie Suthon, Syd and yours truly.

A "Tip of our Spartan Helmets" to the very talented youth of our area.

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May 3, 2015

Re: Spartan Family Members Shine

My Dear Friends..........

The Knights of Sparta wish to salute our Spartan Member and his lovely wife, Gerard and Bonnie Tonglet ( who also happen to be the Parents of Spartan Officer, Jason Tonglet, and his lovely wife, Melinda).

Gerry and Bonnie were today awarded the Order of St. Louis IX Medallion by the Archdiocese of New Orleans in a ceremony at St. Louis Cathedral.

The Order of St. Louis IX award was established by the Archdiocese of New Orleans almost four decades ago to honor members of the laity who have dedicated their lives to helping the Church.

Sparta is very proud of the wonderful dedication that the Tonglet Family Members have, not only to our Krewe, but to the community and church.

Hail to our Spartan Family Members.............

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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April 23, 2015

Re: More Sparta Graduation Wishes

My Dear Friends..........

The Knights of Sparta wish to congratulate Tyler Dutruch (now why is that name familiar?........Oh, yes.....he is the Brother of 2016 Spartan Queen Mandy Dutruch) on his upcoming graduation from LSU.

Yes......the "Purple and Gold" runs deep in the Dutruch Family. (Wonder what our 2016 Bal Masque colors are????????)

Hail to our Spartan Graduate.

Please keep your graduation notices coming so that we can pass them along to Carnival-ville.................

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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April 22, 2015

Re: Sparta Court Members Shine

My Dear Friends.........

Several "Hail Sparta" shout outs to Jr. Spartans........

1. Our Junior Captain, Mr. Brandon James Bogle, was nominated, accepted, and given a full scholarship to spend his Fall Semester studying engineering techniques at the Technical Institute of Denmark in Copenhagen. We say, "Måde at gå Jr. kaptajn" (Way to go Jr. Captain)............

2. Jr. Duke, Master James Virga IV, has received a scholarship to Rummel High School, where he will start the 8th Grade in the Fall. Great work, J.J........

Please keep me informed of special events, etc. that involve our Spartan Family and Carnival Family Members so that I can pass them along........

Best,

The "Very Proud of our Jr. Spartans" Captain of The Knights of Sparta

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April 17, 2015

Re: Krewe of BOO! Reception - Thursday, April 23rd at the Ole Saint

My Dear Friends...........

We have heard from our friend, Brian Kern, that the Krewe of Boo is having a party.........

Please see below for information.........

The Knights of Sparta certainly wish "Boo" a great year.........

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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April 14, 2015

Re: Sparta Friend and His Restaurant Shine.....

My Dear Friends...........

We have heard from our good friend, Jack Rizzuto (Captain of the Krewe of Pygmalion.....and Owner of Amici Ristorante) about a special dinner and wine pairing that Amici is offering........(see below)

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Amici Ristorante & Bar, located at 3218 Magazine Street, will host a wine pairing dinner on Friday, April 17 starting at 7 pm featuring guest chef Jasper Mirabile Jr. of Jasper’s located in Kansas city, and Amici executive chef Chad Matrana. The five-course menu was crafted by the duo and will include wine pairings with each selection. Additionally, chef Mirabile will conduct a mozzarella making demonstration. Cost to attend the dining soiree is $85 per person – plus tax and gratuity – and seating is limited. Advanced reservations are required by calling, 504.300.1250.

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We hope that all of you "gourmets" and "oenophiles" will take advantage of this wonderful evening..........

Hail Amici....................

Best,

(The "Wish I Could Drink Wine" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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April 13, 2015

Re: .Knights of Sparta Support New Orleans Jr. Philharmonic

My Dear Friends.............

This year, The Knights of Sparta will again underwrite the reception for the May performance of The New Orleans Jr. Philharmonic:

Sunday, May 3rd, 2:00 pm Dixon Hall
Tulane University Free Admission
Reception to follow!
Please see the attached invitation for more information.

This performance, as always, features many of the most gifted young musicians and performers in the New Orleans area, including dancers from The Jefferson Ballet Theatre (directed by Spartan Officer, Kenneth Beck, and his lovely and talented Wife, Kimberly).

We hope that you will join us at this wonderful free concert and informal reception.

Best,

(The "Musical" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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April 13, 2015

Re: Sparta Needs Walkers for Cystic Fibrosis "Great Strides"

My Dear Friends..........
The Knights of Sparta have, since 1981, supported the efforts of The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through our yearly sponsorship of our Prince and Princess....and other ongoing support for their activities.  We are, this year, participating in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Great Strides walk to raise funds for cystic fibrosis, and I invite you to join our team.
This event will take place:
Saturday - May 16, 2015 - Audubon Park - 9:00 a.m. Registration, 10:00 a.m. Walk
Henry Suthon (Sparta's President) is heading up the team.  You can contact him - president@knightsofsparta.com - for any additional information.
Also, it's so easy to sign up -- just follow the link below to visit my Great Strides home page and click on "Join My Team!" Then, follow the step-by-step instructions to register for the walk and begin your fundraising campaign.  Our team name is - Knights of Sparta
Link to join Knights of Sparta Great Strides Walking Team
Also.....If you can't participate by walking.....you can sponsor a team member to "help the cause".
The website makes fundraising easy, with tips and tools to monitor your progress and easily invite people to support your efforts! I'm also available to assist you in your fundraising, so please don't hesitate to contact me with questions at any time.
Joining Great Strides is a simple and effective way for you to show your support for this important cause. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those with CF. Once again, thank you helping to "add tomorrows" for people with CF, and welcome to my team!
Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's largest national fundraising event, with tens of thousands of people coming together at walks across the country each year to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis. Great Strides walks are family-friendly events with food, fun, and music.  Join me at our local Great Strides walk. 
Your participation will help fuel lifesaving research and medical programs that make a difference for people living with the disease.  
Real progress has been made in the fight against CF, but the lives of young people with the disease are still cut far too short. We need your support to help find a cure.

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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March 17, 2015

Re: .Happy Birthday to Another "Royal Consort"

My Dear Friends.........

Today seems to be the day for "Royal Consort" Birthdays.......

The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to former "Royal Consort", Christian Olea.........also, Mom to future twin Sparta Court Members...........

The Happy Birthdays just keep coming in Sparta............

Best..............

"Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat"
The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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March 17, 2015

Re: Happy Birthday, Royal Consort

My Dear Friends.........

Today, we wish a very Happy Birthday to our 2016 "Royal Consort" (aka....Wife of the King), Pam Brown...........

Pam is not only the Wife of our 2016 King......She is the Mother-in-Law of our 2015 King.....Mother of one of our Spartan Officers.....and Grandmother to many Jr. Court Members and Future Queens..........WOW.......

Happy Birthday to a true "Spartan Matriarch"............

Best..............

"Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat"
The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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March 15, 2015

Re: Parades Never End

My Dear Friends..........

In New Orleans....any excuse for a Parade is a good excuse.

It was a beautiful weekend....and our Spartan Officers, Officers' Ladies, and Family Members were "out in force" for a number of parades.

Saturday saw "the gang" at the St. Patrick's Day Parade on St. Charles.......and the St. Joseph's Day Parade in the Quarter.

Today brought the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Metairie.

It was wonderful to see so many of our Carnival friends both in the parades....and in the crowd.

And still.....there are several parades this week..........

As usual.....in New Orleans.....we "Roll On"...and "March On"..........

See you at the parades............

Best..............

"Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat"
(The "Just Can't Get Enough of the Parades" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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March 7, 2015

Re: Sparta Helps N.O. Jr. Philharmonic

My Dear Friends.........

Tomorrow (Sunday) is the next performance by The New Orleans Jr. Philharmonic........

-Sunday, March 8, 2015   2:00 pm, Dixon Hall Auditorium ,Tulane University-

The Knights of Sparta support our young artists to the hilt.....and we are underwriting the refreshments for this wonderful concert.

We hope that many of you will wish to attend this free concert.....and enjoy both the music and the refreshments Sparta will be providing.

Once, again, The Knights of Sparta "give back" to our community............and we hope to see you there.......

Hail to our Jr. Philharmonic.....and Hail Sparta..........

Best..............

"Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat"
(The "Conductor's Baton in Hand" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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February 20. 2015

Re: Happy Birthday V.P. (a.k.a. Dad)

My Dear Friends..........

The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to our Vice-President, Jason Tonglet.

Jason has several things to celebrate......Of course his Birthday....But also the fact that he and his lovely wife, Melinda, will be bringing a future "Spartan" into the world........

Yes...It's going to be a boy........

Hail "Dad" Jason on this Birthday........

Best..............

"Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat"
The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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