The Captain's Journal

 

October 14, 2018

Re: This Week's Celebrations

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

This week The Knights of Sparta say:

-Happy Birthday to Spartan Duke, Andrew Herbert

-Happy Birthday to our beautiful Queen of Sparta for Last Carnival Season, Queen Grace Ciaston

-Happy Birthday to Spartan Officer's Lovely Wife, Trisha Carlson

-Happy Birthday to Spartan Ft. Lt. and Bal Masque Committee Chairman, Joe Trovato (who is also the Treasurer of Endymion)

Hope you all have a GREAT week............

Best,

(The "Getting Close to our Coronation" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 11, 2018

Re: This Week's Celebrations

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

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

Happy Birthday to The Queen of Sparta for 2015, Maddy (Clement) Brown

Happy Birthday to Sparta Family Members, Cherrie Scandurro

Happy Birthday to Spartan Duke, Andrew Herbert

We hope your celebrations are GREAT!!!!!!!!!

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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September 26, 2018

Re: Krewe of Alex Gala

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

For the second year in a row, The Knights of Sparta is one of the driving forces behind the Krewe of Alex Gala fundraising event to support the NF1 (Children's Tumor Foundation) in honor of Master Alex Larsen (Grandson of the Captain for Thoth and his wonderful Wife).

This is a great example of what Carnival Krewes can do when they band together for a good cause.

Attached is the flyer / reservation form for this event.

Please come and be with us for the afternoon of food and fun.  All donations are tax deductible...and will support needed research.

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

Sposorship Ticket Form

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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September 16, 2018

Re: Nyx Event is "A Crime"

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

Our wonderful Sister Krewe of Nyx is holding a Charity "Murder Mystery Evening" Fund Raising Event on Saturday, September 29th.........

All of the details are below..........and you can go to the following link to purchase tickets to this exciting evening....... https://501auctions.com/nyx

The Knights of Sparta certainly love our Nyx Sisters........and urge your support of this worthwhile event..........

Best,

(The "I Ain't Dead Yet" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta
email - captain@knightsofsparta.com

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Whodunit? That’s the big mystery as the Mystic Krewe of Nyx hosts a night of intrigue & philanthropy with its first Murder at the Masquerade Dinner and Fundraiser on Saturday, September 29th 2018, benefiting Hero Dogs Inc. – Service Dogs for America’s Military Heroes.

Hero Dogs, Inc., is dedicated to the well-being of our nation’s Veterans by teaming together heroes to form a dynamic team that can restore independence and improve the quality of life of a Veteran. 

The Krewe of Nyx is honored to support this important cause, as we know there is perhaps no greater way to say thank you to our military heroes than helping restore their lives and dignity through programs like Hero Dogs.

The list of suspects will gather SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29th 2018 at THE THEATRE at HARRAH’S CASINO for a murderous meal followed by a Silent ‘But Deadly’ silent auction and a ‘Not-Dead Yet’ LIVE auction!  The rustle of silks and feathers under muted conversation was probably the last thing heard by the tragically and unexpectedly deceased at the Billionaires’ Club Annual Masquerade Ball. With a mystery under each feathery façade, unmasking the killer may be quite a challenge. It’s up to you to determine which partygoer is guilty, bring this crime to justice, and save the party! Attend the Billionaires’ Club Annual Masquerade Ball and help get this soiree back on track by trading clues with your guests, gathering information, and solving the crime before the masked menace gets away! Get ready for a glamorous evening of mystery, intrigue, and murder.


We are thrilled to have WWL-TV's Sports Director Doug Mouton as our event emcee!

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September 3, 2018

Re: This Week's Celebrations

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

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

Happy Birthday to 2019 Sparta Maid, Katie Koppens.......

Have a wonderful Birthday.

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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August 29, 2018

Re: This Week's Celebrations

My Dear Friends

This week, The Knights of Sparta say:

1.  Happy Birthday to our Recording Secretary, Mike Diodene.......

2.  Happy Birthday to Spartan Officer's Wife, Bonnie Suthon.......

3.  Happy Birthday to Spartan Officer's Wife, Melinda Tonglet.........

We hope you all have wonderful Birthdays..............

Best,

(The "Let Them Eat Cake" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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August 22, 2018

Re: This Week's Celebrations

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

This week, The Knights of Sparta say congratulations to:

1.  2018 Maid, Lady Shannon Garrety, for being inducted into the National Society for Leadership and Success from Loyola University (see attached)

2.  Spartan Committee Chairman, Leon Benoit (who is also the Captain and First Lady's Son-in-Law) on his Birthday

3.  Former Spartan Maid, Meredith Clement, on her Birthday

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

Best,

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

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August 5, 2018

Re: This Week's Celebrations

My Dear Friends.......

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

1.  Happy Anniversary to our wonderful First Lady, Syd Mulnick (oh....I guess to The Captain, too).........
2.  Happy Birthday to Spartan Regular, Sal Mannino
3.  Happy Birthday to the First Lady of Mid City (and former Queen of Mid City), Danielle Haydel
4.  Happy Birthday to Spartan Ball Chairman, Mike Trupiano
5.  Happy Birthday to Spartan Ball Chairman, Spartan Float Builder, and Captain of The Krewe of King Arthur, Phil Fricano
6.  Happy Anniversary to the Captain Emeritus and First Lady Emeritus of Okeanos, Bal and Carol Mannino
7.  Happy Birthday to the Captain Emeritus of Okeanos, Bal Mannino
8.  Happy Birthday to Spartan Aide to the Captain, Steve Lightell (aka, Randy Watson)
9.  Happy Anniversary to Spartan Officer (a former Spartan King) and his lovely Wife (a former Queen of Iris), Henry and Bonnie Suthon

Wow...........a lot of celebrating....................

Best,

(The "How Did She Put Up with Me All of These Years" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 31, 2018

Re: Happy Birthday, J.C.

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

Today, The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy "Sweet 16" Birthday to Miss J. C. Miller (former Spartan Jr. Court Member, 2019 Spartan Maid, and future 2021 Spartan Queen).

Hope you have a wonderful day...........

Best,

(The "Love to See Young People Grow Up in Sparta" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 14, 2018

Re: This Week's Celebations

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

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

Happy Birthday to Fred Schulman (owner of Pearl's Place Bridal, where we purchase all of our Jr. Court Dresses.....and Grandfather of perennial Sparta Jr. Court Member, Silar Schulman)

Happy Birthday to Jean Vincent (Mother of Spartan Officer, Michael Vincent)

Happy Birthday to the First Lady of the Krewe of Argus, Micki Chehardy

Hope you all have a wonderful week.........

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 8, 2016

Re: This Week's Celebations

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

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

Happy Birthday to The Queen of Sparta for 2010, Katie (Mercer) Gill...........

Happy Birthday to Spartan Member (and Father to Spartan Officer, Jason Tonglet), Jerry Tonglet........

Please keep us informed of your special dates.......and we will pass them along.........

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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July 6, 2018

Re: Nyx Captain's Blog Continues..

My Dear Friends.......

The wonderful Captain of Nyx has published the latest addition of her "Captain to Captain" blog series.......and it is her interview with the secretive Consular of the Krewe of Druids.

A link to that article is provided below............please enjoy.......and our thanks to the Nyx Captain for her great journalism.........

Nyx Captain's Blog - Druids

Best,

(The "How Many Members Does Nyx Have?????" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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June 30, 2018

Re: This week's Celebrations

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

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

Happy Birthday to former Queen Mum and Royal Consort, Lisa Clement

Happy Birthday to Spartan Officer, Kenny Beck

Happy Birthday to King Sparta LXIII, Philip Brown

Happy Birthday to former Queen Dad, Greg Dutruch

Happy Birthday to The Queen of Sparta for 2016, Mandy Dutruch

Happy Birthday to Spartan Float Lieutenant, Mark Katz

Hope you all have a wonderful week..........

Please keep us informed of important dates and celebrations in "Carnival Land" and we will pass them along................

Best,

(The  "Lots of Celebrations this Week" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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June 13, 2018

Re: Nyx Captain's Blog

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

Like Sparta, The Krewe of Nyx has a very interactive web site........and their Captain (my friend, Julie Lea) has begun a wonderful blog within their site.

Sparta is honored that we have been included in that blog under her "Captain to Captain" series.

Below is a link to her article.

https://kreweofnyx.blog/julie-lea-nyx-captains-mardi-gras-blog-series-captain-2-captain-blog-2/

It is wonderful to note how so many Carnival organizations work "hand in hand" and support each other throughout the year.

Hail Nyx...........

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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June 11, 2018

Re: This Week's Celebrations

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

A lot happening last...and this week.........

Here are Sparta's "Congrats":

1.  Happy Birthday to Kathy Kogos, Wife of Spartan Officer Emeritus, Ron Kogos........

2.  Happy Birthday to former Spartan Jr. Court Member and Maid, Erin Benoit (Daughter of the Captain and First Lady.......and Mother of upcoming Captain's
            Shadow, Jaxon Benoit)

3.  Happy Wedding to Victoria Haydel (Daughter of The Captain and First Lady of Mid City, Mike and Danielle Haydel, who will soon be
            Mrs. Alex Kapesis)

4.  Happy Birthday to The Jr. Captain of Sparta, Brandon Bogle (Son of former Spartan Jr. Court Member and Maid, Piper Bogle...and Grandson of The
            Captain and First Lady........who is spending his second summer at a fellowship at the Lawrence Livermore National Nuclear Laboratory outside of            San Francisco)

Our "Spartan Best" goes out to all.............

Best,

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

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June 11, 2018

Re: Sparta Catfish Fry Rocks

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

This past Saturday, The Knights of Sparta held their Annual Catfish Fry...........and it was GREAT!!!!

Superb food, great raffle prizes, music, and fun were the watchwords of the afternoon, as a wonderful time was had by all.

Our thanks to all of our Spartan Officers and Ladies, our "Fry Team", and everyone else who made the day such a success.

We are looking forward to our next great event..........our SPARTAN SOIREE, which will be held at Chateau Country Club in August.  Look for all of the information on this great event coming this week.....................

Again, thanks to all who were with us at the Catfish Fry..........

Best,

(The "Love all of our Spartan Parties" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May 21, 2018

Re: Spartans Take Crawfish Cookoff Trophy

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

Several months ago several of our Spartan Officers brought up the fact that St. Clement of Rome Church was holding a "Crawfish Cookoff" and that we could enter to support St. Clement (Spartan Jr. Court Member, Maylee Reese, Daughter of Spartan Officer and Wife Louis and Tara Reese, attends St. Clement),  get our name out to the community, and have a fun day.

Well.....to make a long story short............we entered and SPARTA WON THE COOKOFF AND TOOK HOME THE WINNER'S TROPHY !!!!!!!!!

A big "thank you" to our "Cookoff Team" (see pictures below of our team and the trophy)
Louis Reese - Team Captain
Charley Hassinger
Bryon Garrety
Chris Ycaza
Chris Dalton
Steve Lightell - Crawfish Cook'in Legend and Head Crawfish Chef (with his "secret" family recipe)

And............if you think we boil great crawfish........Don't miss our Annual Catfish Fry for the BEST catfish in town - Saturday, June 9th (see attached flyer invitation)...........Our trophy will also be on display!!!!!!

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

Best,

(The "Bummed that I was Out of Town for the Crawfish Cookoff" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May 21, 2018

Re: This Week's Celebrations

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

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

Have a GREAT Birthday, Henry.........

Best,

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

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May 12, 2018

Re: Happy Mother's Day from Sparta

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

Growing up in Ohio........I watched a local children's television show (black and white, of course, in the 1950s) called "The Captain Penny Show".

He would always end each show with the same saying...........

"You can fool some of the people all of the time.........and all of the people some of the time.........but, you can't fool Mom........she's pretty nice....and she's pretty smart........so do what she says......and you won't go wrong".

Well...........that's the way The Knights of Sparta feel about all of the Moms in Carnival Land.

We wish each and every one of you a very, very Happy.....and Well Deserved....Mother's Day !!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Wish I Still had My Mom with Me" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May 7, 2018

Re: This Week's Celebrations

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

1.  Congratulations to Miss Alyssa Maria Brown (former Page, Scepter Bearer, Lady in Waiting, and Jr. Maid.........and 2019 Maid.........who is also the Granddaughter of The Captain and First Lady) for being selected a "Prom Queen" at the recent East Jefferson High School Prom.  Way to go, Alyssa.

2.  Happy Birthday to Mike Haydel, Jr. (son of Mid City Captain, Mike Haydel, Sr. and First Lady, Danielle).  Hope you have a wonderful birthday.

Keep me posted on all of you celebrations so that we can pass them along.

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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May 3, 2018

Re: .This Week's Celebrations

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

This week The Knights of Sparta celebrate not one........but two Member Birthdays........

We say Happy Birthday to Louis Reese........and Happy Birthday to Charley Hassinger.......

Hope you both have a GREAT week...........

Best,

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

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April 14, 2018

Re: Broadway Comes to Jesuit

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

Syd and I have just returned home from undoubtedly the best high school musical production that we have ever attended.

This evening we took in Jesuit High School's Philelectic Society's presentation of "Fiddler on the Roof", under the direction of former Sparta Bal Masque Actress (and Dramatics Director at Jesuit), Kate Arthurs-Goldberg........and Choreographed by Sparta's own Officer, Kenneth Beck.  Also in the cast were many of the dancers and actors that you have seen in our Spartan Bal Masque in recent years.

When I say that this was the best high school musical production that I have seen...........I am not giving it enough credit.  It was magnificent.  In my opinion, this evening presentation rivaled some professional productions that I have seen.  If you treat yourselves to attending, you will not believe that these are high school students!

There are still performances tomorrow.....and next weekend............and I highly recommend that you catch one..........

Best,

The "Ultimate Theater Critic" Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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April 13, 2018

Re: Happy "Royal" Birthday

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

Today, The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to Miss Michaela Reese.

Michaela has been a long-time Jr. Court Member.......and a Maid.......and is in line to be The Queen of Sparta.

Now.......we are, of course, very secretive about our Royalty..........but we can give you a hint that she will be Queen some year that falls between 2018 and 2020.........so you figure it out!  Incidentally.........our upcoming Carnival is the 2019 Season!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday, Michaela!!!!!!!!!

Best,

The "Not too Secretive" Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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March 29, 2018

Re: Holiday / Holy Day Wishes from Sparta

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

This is usually a beautiful season for both the Christian and Jewish Religions, with Good Friday and Passover falling close to each other most years.

However, this year is particularly wonderful in that Good Friday and Passover coincide tomorrow.

The Knights of Sparta wish our Christian Members and Friends a blessed Good Friday........and our Jewish Members and Friends a very good Passover.

On these beautiful occasions it is nice to pause to reflect on how fortunate we are to be free to worship as we choose......and to be able to respect all religions and beliefs.

Have a great Holiday / Holy Day Season...........

Best,

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

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March 26, 2018

Re: This Week's Celebrations

My Dear Friends........

Strangely enough.......we are still experiencing some email problems with our Sparta server........however, in the interim (until we solve those problems) I can send emails through my "cox" server.......so here goes......

This week we say:

1.  Happy Birthday to Spartan Duke, Richie Borne
2.  Happy Birthday to Mid City Captain, Mike Haydel
3.  Happy Birthday to Carrollton "Jr. Captain", Emerson Diebold
4.  Happy Birthday to former Spartan Maid, Jennifer Jamieson
5.  Happy Birthday to "The Masked Captain of Sparta"
6.  Happy Birthday to Spartan President, Mike Carlson
7.  Happy Birthday to the "First Daughter" of Mid City, Victoria Haydel
8.  Happy Anniversary to former Spartan Maid (and Daughter of the Captain and First Lady of Sparta), Erin Benoit....and her Husband, Leon

We hope everyone has a great week of celebrations..........

**ALSO.......The Knights of Sparta want to announce that our wonderful "ANNUAL FISH FRY" is scheduled for Saturday, June 9, 2018 at The Metairie Lions Hall - Watch for all of the details, which will be sent out very soon..........

Best,

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

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January 14, 2018

Re: So Many Carnival Happenings......

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

Wow...........this has been a very busy week.........

1.  Last week Spartan Former King, Paul Brown, and his Lovely "Royal Consort", Pam, celebrated a wedding anniversary............congrats.......

2.  Last Friday, I was honored to narrate the wonderful Bal Masque of the great Krewe of King Arthur, in the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel.  Also on hand for the evening's festivities were Committee Chairmen, and Spartan Officers, Mike Carlson, Michael Vincent (and their lovely Ladies, Trisha and Jean)....and Spartan Committeemen, and Spartan Dukes, Brian Plauche and Richie Borne.  The evening, highlighted by a fantastic Ball, great food, a performance by Taylor Dane, and a lot of fun.........was super.  Hail to Capt. Phil, the Officers, the Court, and the Krewe of King Arthur!

3.  The past Saturday the beautiful Krewe of Iris staged their lavish Bal Masque in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Hotel.  Beautiful costumes, a wonderful Ball presentation, and a great supper dance were key factors in making the evening very, very memorable for court, krewe, and guests alike.  Our Spartan Swords are raised in salute to our Sisters of Iris..........Well done!

4.  Today was the wonderful Court Luncheon for the Ladies of The Knights of Sparta at Chateau Country Club.  A capacity crowd, great food, wonderful conversation, and a convivial atmosphere won the day.  Our congratulations to our beautiful Queen, Miss Grace Ciaston, who reigned over the afternoon.  Also our thanks to First Lady, Syd, for chairing the event........and to Spartan Officer Michael Vincent, and his lovely Mother, Ms. Jean, for the beautiful decorations and flowers.  What a day for the Spartans!

Everything Carnival is coming quickly.........so stay tuned for all of the fun!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Running Out of Time Till Carnival" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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January 9, 2018

Re: A Future Queen for Mid City

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

Today, The Knights of Sparta say congratulations to "Captain PawPaw" (aka, Mid City Captain, Mike Haydel), "Granny Dani" (aka, Mid City First Lady, Danielle Haydel), Stephen Haydel (Mid City Officer, Captain's Son, and New Dad), and the lovely Kennedy (New Mom).........of the birth of "Future Mid City Queen", Hensley Alaina Haydel (7 lbs, 11 oz).

Hensley, Mom, Dad, Captain PawPaw, and Granny Dani are all doing well..............and VERY HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hail Mid City...........and Hail Mid Baby !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "When is She Going to be in Sparta's Court" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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December 22, 2017

Re: Mardi Gras Guide Out

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

I just received my copy of Arthur Hardy's "Mardi Gras Guide", which means that it should be out in stores just in time for Christmas.

What a wonderful Christmas gift for any Carnival enthusiast.............

We, of course, love Arthur and all of the work that he does each year on behalf of Carnival.........so get you Mardi Gras Guides now, and make someone's Christmas very merry, indeed..........

Best,

(The "Already Read it Cover to Cover" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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December 20, 2017

Re: Happy Birthday to The First Lady

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

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

How you put up with our Captain all of these years we'll never know!

Happy Birthday............

Best,

(The "Glad I Didn't Forget Her Special Day" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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November 28, 2017

Re: This Week's Celebrations

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

This week, The Knights of Sparta wish a very Happy Birthday to:

1.  Regina Diodene - Lovely Wife of Spartan Secretary, Mike Diodene
2.  Sophia Hodgson - Former and Future Spartan Court Member
3.  Christina Hoover - Former and Future Spartan Court Member

Hope you Birthdays are GREAT.............

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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November 26, 2017

Re: Jefferson Ballet Theatre Presents "The Nutcracker"

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

This year, The Jefferson Ballet Theatre (under the direction of their Artistic Directors, Spartan Officer Kenneth Beck, and his lovely and talented Wife, Kimberly Matulich-Beck) will again present "Der Nussknacker" (The Nutcracker) in Gretna........

Their performances last year were an overwhelming success.......and we know that they will again be a bit hit.........

Performances will be December 8, 9, 10, 16, 17..........

An "aside" to the December 8th performance is in inclusion of a "Certain Carnival Captain.....who shall remain nameless" in a "featured role" (OK......not so featured.......but, it does move the plot along)............

Please see below for all of the information on performances and ticket sales.......

What a wonderful way to celebrate the Holidays.........especially for the younger folks...........

Best,

(The "Hope I Don't have Two Left Feet" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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November 18, 2017

Re: Thoth....Terrific

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

Several weeks ago The Great Krewe of Thoth was dealt a disappointment, when our "non-hurricane" caused an (in my opinion) "all too soon" call for a city curfew on the evening of their Coronation.  However, did Thoth let that stop the good time?????????  Certainly not!!!!!!!

This evening, the "re-scheduled" Coronation took place in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Hotel........and it was perfect!

King, Queen, Court, Food, Music, Great People, and Fun highlighted the evening.........proving that "You Can't Keep a Great Krewe Down"!

The Knights of Sparta raise our swords in salute to The Captain, Captain's Wife, Officers, King, Queen, Court, and Krewe of Thoth.

Egypt would be proud!

Best,

(The "Happy Thanksgiving to All" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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November 15, 2017

Re: Sparta Officer Home

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

The Knights of Sparta welcome home our Secretary, Mike Diodene, who has been deployed for the past weeks to Puerto Rico with the Army, helping with the massive cleanup efforts.

We are so proud of Mike (and also Officer, Louis Reese, who serves with the Air Force) for their dedication to our Country.

The "Red, Gold, and Green" (Sparta's Colors) salute the "Red, White, and Blue".................

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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November 12, 2017

Re: Sparta Shines at Cookoff

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

Yesterday, under the wonderful direction of "Sparta Chefs", Mike Carlson and Chris Ycaza, The Knights of Sparta Jambalaya-Gumbo Cookoff Team:
Charley Hassinger, Mike Carlson, Chris Ycaza, Lee Merritt, Dave Mulnick............wowed the crowd at The First Annual De La Salle Jambalaya-Gumbo Cookoff.

Chef Mike's Jambalaya took "2nd Place" overall.........and Chef Chris' Gumbo was a crowd favorite.........as our team helped to spread the good name of Sparta around the community.

We were also glad to see Spartan Officer, Denis Hoerner.......Spartan Members David Courcelle and Etienne Devlin........and former Spartan Maid, Jennifer Schwertz-Ohrin, her husband, David (and their wonderful new daughter).

Photos from the day are on our Photo gaallery...........enjoy.

We brandish our Spartan Swords in honor of our great Spartan Cookoff Team..................HAIL SPARTA !!!!!!!!!!

Best,

(The "Give Me Another Bowl of Gumbo and Plate of Jamalaya" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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November 8 2017

Re Sparta Coronation Pictures on Darryl Schmitt's Web Site

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

All of the wonderful pictures from our 2018 Sparta Coronation are now on Darryl Schmitt's Web Site.

Attached are the instructions for viewing and ordering.

Enjoy.............and a big THANKS to Darryl..........

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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November 5, 2017

Re: This Week's Celebrations and Remembrances

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

This week, The Knights of Sparta say:

1.  Happy Birthday to our Official Costumer, Sally (Saint Sally) Hedrick
2.  Happy Birthday to our Former Queen Mum, Robin Dutruch
3.  Get well quickly to Spartan Member, Etienne Devlin, who had surgery this past week
4.  Get well quickly to Spartan Family Member, Ken (Uncle Kenny) Hassinger, who had surgery this past week

As always, we keep all of our Spartan Family close....and in our thoughts........

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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November 5, 2017

Re: Pygmalion Coronation

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

Last evening Syd and I (in the very good company of many of our Carnival Friends) attended the lavish Coronation for the wonderful Krewe of Pygmalion.  I was also honored to be the narrator for the evening.

The Coronation was held in the Armstrong Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel.........and the "Krewe of the Great Sculpture" made the room look simply beautiful.

The presentation.......the food......and music......and the camaraderie were great.........

A special feature of the evening was the fact the Elizabeth Rizzuto, the beautiful Daughter of Pygmalion Captain, Jack P. Rizzuto and his lovely Wife, Sissy......and Sister to Pygmalion Co-Captain, Jack J. Rizzuto, is reigning as Queen this year.  What a "Family Affair".

The Knights of Sparta "tip our Spartan Helmets" to the Captain, First Lady, Co-Captain, Officers, King, Queen, Court, and Krewe of Pygmalion.

Well done!!!!!!

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 29, 2017

Re: This Weeks' Celebrations

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

This week, The Knights of Sparta want to wish Spartan Member, Steve Lightell, and his lovely Wife, Terenza (who are also the Parents of Spartan Jr. Court Member, Ariel), a very Happy Anniversary........

Remember to keep me informed of "Special Days"....and I will pass them along...........

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 29, 2017

Re: Carrollton Coronation Very Cordial

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

Last evening Syd and I, in the very good company of many of New Orleans wonderful Carnival VIPs, took in the Coronation Ball for the great Krewe of Carrollton in the Armstrong Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel.

A wonderfully numerous Court..........eye-catching scenery.......great food........swinging music........and a joyful atmosphere highlighted the evening.

As always, Syd and I were honored to be included in Carrollton's festivities..........

We brandish our Spartan Swords to honor the Captain, First Lady, Officers, Court and Krewe of Carrollton.............One of Carnival's oldest and most respected organizations..........

Best,

The Captain

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October 28, 2017

Re: Sparta Scramble Golf Tournament Results

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

When Sparta puts on a golf tournament……..they stage an event worthy of Augusta National…….

Today, the Knights held their 2nd Annual “Spartan Scramble” Golf Tournament at Grand Ridge Golf Club in Luling, LA……..and it was spectacular.

The weather was brisk and sunny…….the course was beautiful and challenging….the players were skilled and in good spirits……and the food (cuchon de lait with all the trimmings) was simply delicious.

Our thanks to the great efforts of our Tournament Chairman, Jason Tonglet…….Co-Chairman, Mike Diodene………and also Spartan President, Mike Carlson….who all worked so hard to bring off this sensational day.  Also, a big thanks to our other Spartan Officers and Ladies, who worked so hard today at the Tournament, and during the run-up to the event by getting sponsors, gift items, etc.

We think that everyone who participated was a "winner"........but, here are the "Official Results":

*Winning Foursome - Mike Carlson, Adam Cart, Steve Pixberg, Tony Twilee

*Longest Drive Winner - Gavin Kenning

*Closest to the Hole Winner - Scott Rickert

*Chipping Contest (Across the Lake and into the Boat) Winner - Tony Twilee

*$20,000 Hole in One Winner - None this year.........Better Luck Next Year!

Give Sparta a "Championship Round” for a perfect tournament.

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

October 22, 2017

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Re: Iris Coronation Dazzles

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

This evening Syd and I (in the very good company of Captain Ed and Peggy Muniz of Endymion....Spartan Officer, Henry Suthon, and his lovely "Former Iris Queen" Wife, Bonnie.....and so many of Carnival's finest folks) were honored to attend the Coronation of the beautiful Krewe of Iris in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Hotel.

It was truly a wonderful evening with a fantastic Court......great food, swinging music, and pleasant conversation.

We always feel so fortunate to be a part of Iris.........and, even though it was after dark....the krewe of the "Goddess of the Rainbow" shown as brightly as the brilliant sun.

We "tip our Spartan Helmets" in salute to the lovely Captain, General Chairman, Officers, Court, and Ladies of Iris.  You put on quite a show!

Best,

(The "What a Full Weekend" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 21, 2017

Re: Sparta Coronation a "Crowning" Success

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

I am sure that there are times when a Captain feels frustrated, out of sorts, and disappointed.  That is certainly NOT the case this evening!

Our Sparta Coronation was sheer perfection............and we had the time of our lives......

Our wonderful King and Queen lit up the evening with their regal spender.....and their Court was the epitome of grace and charm......

The decorations were worthy of a spread in "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous".......the food was delicious....music was "rock'in".....and the entire evening was perfect.......

Our thanks must go out to the wonderful Officers of Sparta and their Ladies.....who worked so hard to insure our success........and, most of all, to our Coronation Chairman, Michael Vincent.  The hours, days, weeks, and months that he spends each year on our events are hard to imagine......and we would not be Sparta without him.  Thanks, Michael.

The Knights, however, will not "rest on our laurels"..........for we have numerous upcoming events.  This Captain is just simply too tired this evening to enumerate them.  Stay tuned tomorrow for more email about things to come.

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

Best,

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

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October 15, 2017

Re: This Week's Celebrations

My Dear Friends........

This week, The Knights of Sparta say Happy Birthday to:

-Our beautiful 2018 Queen - Miss Grace Ciaston

-KOS Ball Chairman, Ft. Lt., and Treasurer of the wonderful Krewe of Endymion, Joe Trovato

We hope you have a GREAT week of celebration........

Best,

(The "Why Can't I Have a Birthday Every Week" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 8, 2017

Re: This Week's Celebrations

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

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

1.  Happy Birthday to Queen Maddy Clement Brown.......

2.  Happy Birthday to Spartan Family Member and Centurions VIP Cherrie Scandurro...........

3.  Happy Birthday to Spartan Duke, Andrew Herbert.......

We hope your "special days" are GREAT..........

Best,

(The "Let's Have Some Birthday Cake" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 6, 2017

Re: Thoth Coronation Rescheduled

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

For those of you who were planning to attend the Coronation of The Great Krewe of Thoth tomorrow (Sat.) evening.......That event has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 18, 2017.

The Mayor has imposed a 6:00 P.M. curfew for the city on Saturday, which made the Coronation an impossibility for tomorrow evening.

Our hearts are with our Thoth Brothers, but we know that they will shine as brightly as ever on November 18.

Hail Thoth............

Best,

The "Can't Keep a Great Krewe Down" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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October 2, 2017

Re: This Week's Celebratnions

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

This week, The Knights of Sparta say:

1.  Happy Birthday to Spartan Officer, Event Chairman, and King Spartan XLIV and LVII, Michael Vincent........

2.  Spartan Duke, Danny Pitre........

3.  Iris General Chairman, Billy Danflous..........

4.  Owner of Pearl's Place (Spartan Official Bridal and Formal Gown Shop),  Elaine Schulman........

We hope you all have a GREAT week............

Best,

The "Keep Those Celebrations Coming" Captain) and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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September 29, 2017

Re: This Weekend's Celebrations

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

This weekend, The Knights of Sparta say:

1.  Happy Anniversary to Spartan Officer, Kenny Beck, and his lovely Wife, Kimberly.......

2.  Happy Anniversary to Spartan Family Members, and former King of Endymion, Thomas Hodgson.....

Hope you have great celebrations.......

Best,

The Captain and the Officers of The Knights of Sparta

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