Jazz Fest New Orleans 2014 Chat Noir Poster & Tees Sunday, Jan 12 2014 

Each year I design something for New Orleans Jazz Fest and have a large collection of designs on shirts and posters. I stayed with the Chat Noir Theme having gotten a lot of good reviews of that design so here is 2014 Chat Noir Jazz fest, shirts and posters sold world wide on the web by Fig Street Studio

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Jazz Fest New Orleans 2014 Chat Noir Print
Jazz Fest New Orleans 2014 Chat Noir Print by figstreetstudio
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Weddings Made Easy Tuesday, Dec 31 2013 

After 20 years of performing weddings I have developed a lot of good advice for couples beginning to plan on getting married. Over those years I have done over 2,000 weddings give or take 100 more. Most of that advice can be found on a blog I keep at Blogger. It is not organized well but there is the search function to find things. I will try this year to use WordPress in a more organize fashion, beginning with the post on the Wedding Planning Checklist. That needs to be the first step. Along with getting a notebook or binder to keep you information in one place. Remember too it is a couples effort, not a one person activity, but one can be the lead information gatherer as long as the information is shared. Go to my blog and get the list now to print out and use.


2013 in review Tuesday, Dec 31 2013 

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 48 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Crescent 20 train from New Orleans to Philadelphia Monday, Jul 1 2013 

Swamp SunsetTook the Crescent in June to visit family. Really a nice ride. A little boring at times but fun to do. Looking forward to the return after several short rides here in the north east. I’ll be better prepared with a better camera on the return trip. I was prepared for the trip by reading several forums and blogs. Packed a little food and water, as the food on a train is expensive. Had a good book to read. A must on a long ride. Packed well for carry on  so all went well. Sleeping in the chair takes effort but can be done. rest room got a little messy at times but cleaned up at several of the longer stops. Biggest issue for me was a lady who talked loud on her cell phone most all trip to late at night, really, really loud and really long. I believe the train atendent talked with her as the next morning she spoke lower but still was on the phone the whole trip.  Most everyone else were quiet and friendly but I know that lady’s business well from her loud phone calls. Several seats away. Videos here- http://youtu.be/Ss5s2LyIHhY

Who Owns Who Dat? Tuesday, Oct 30 2012 

Who owns ‘Who Dat’ may be answered

  • wwltv.com

Posted on October 29, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Updated yesterday at 8:06 PM


NEW ORLEANS   WWL TV October 29, 2012  – During the Saints’ Super Bowl run, the issue caused an uproar among fans: who owns “Who Dat?”

Now, small businesses that were sued over use of the phrase say they have the answer, after all of the parties are now settling their lawsuits.

This week, on the eve of trial, all of the remaining parties, including Monogram Express, Storyville and Who Dat Yat Chat, settled their lawsuits with Who Dat, Inc. over who owns the trademark to the phrase “Who Dat.”

“The problem was during the whole time they told us we couldn’t sell things, it was in the prime of the Superbowl. So, it really hit us really hard financially,” said Keith Moody, owner of Monogram Express.

The NFL first sparked the controversy after they started seeing ‘Who Dat’ t-shirts coming from Monogram Express. It was after that that Who Dat, Inc. got involved.

‘I’m from the Lower 9th ward, I’ve been using the term ‘Who Dat’ since I was a toddler,” said local attorney Darleen Jacobs.

She owns a still-shuttered diner in Violet. She had originally named it Who Dat Yat Chat, but when Who Dat, Inc. sued over it, she had to take the rest of the sign down, but not anymore.

“The net effect of the settlement is that nobody owns Who Dat,” Jacobs said.

New Orleans Justice of the Peace Weddings Tuesday, Apr 5 2011 

New Orleans  does not have Justices of the Peace as they were no longer needed when the city courts system was created. Justices of the Peace evolved from history in England and was instituted in America, George Washington was a Justice of the Peace in Virginia. Louisiana does have active Justice of the Peace courts mostly in rural Parishes.  Historically the JP was used to conduct civil weddings for people who did not want to be married in a church. Generally the marriage ceremony is short just to comply with the law and some couples later on get the marriage blessed by the church. A JP can perform longer ceremonies if they like but most prefer just to do a short civil ceremony. Jerry Schwehm served as Justice of the Peace for several years north of New Orleans and performed many civil ceremonies over the last  20 years. He does weddings in New Orleans both short civil or religious. He can be contacted at his home page: http://www.figstreet.com/weddingswlope He will meet you at your location or you can meet him at his office in Pearl River, La. to get married. You need a Louisiana marriage license.

The Daughter of the Ghost In Pirates Alley Wednesday, Mar 23 2011 

Some years after the Battle of New Orleans it was discovered that Marie Angel Beauchamp did escape the city to the New Orleans North Shore. There she was with her child in Mandeville and her cover story was simply her husband was killed in the battle of New Orleans. She stayed there in a cottage offered to her by the Marigny family. Raising her daughter with no full knowledge of her father Reniald Hicks, former cabin boy, privateer, and missing. The child was full of inquiry, wanting to know of her heritage, father, history of the city of her conception. Loving the full grown pines in the woods surrounding her cottage, the beautiful Lake Pontchartrain, the boats coming too and from the city.

Marie was careful what she was told. Her father a sailor and fought in the Battle of new Orleans never returned to her so they left for friends in Mandeville to avoid any social stigma. She seems to love the boats. They would bring building material, vegetables, and goods from the North Shore to New Orleans and she wanted so much to travel back to the city on one. She would watch the Lake in the evening in wonder.

{ For more on the back story see:  http://bingoman.wordpress.com/2009/03/26/the-ghost-in-pirates-alley/}

Copyright 2011, “The Daughter of Pirates Alley Ghost”  JK Schwehm

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Notes From A Cajun Wedding Thursday, Jan 13 2011 

New Orleans is a favorite spot for weddings. Tradition has it South Louisiana could really put on a celebration for a wedding out doing even Mardi Gras.

Harnett T. Kane, a New Orleans journalist and author of, “The Bayous of Louisiana”, published in 1943 by Bonanza Books of New York,  wrote, “The more I saw of this place and people, (Louisiana)  the more I came to appreciate them.”

Mr. Kane once attended a Louisiana wedding and found: “Only one other South Louisiana institution can match the Mardi Gras in its semiregulated horseplay, and that is the French-style charivari.”

Kane said he was once surprisingly invited while visiting in Cajun Country to a charivari. A hurried man knocked at his door and asked if he wanted to see a charivari. On the way Kane was told that an old businessman after his first wife passed away married a young girl, and had returned with her from a private wedding in New Orleans. As usual a charivari developed spontaneously by men in the community. Kane said they stopped in a crowd on the road a short distance from the couple’s home. A loud procession went to the couple’s house but the noise grew louder upon reaching the home. For about 2 hours, the charivari noise went on out side the house. The rules were the group had to be invited in, the noise would go on until the invitation was given.

One man knocked the door of the old businessman’s home. After several discussions the husband came out. He knew the rules; there would be no end to it until the bride as well as the groom joined in the charivari. Reluctantly the husband fetched the bride.

They were urged to kiss and the husband then asked the question expected by the crowd. “Quoi vous voulez, mes bons hommes?” (What do you want, gentlemen?) The leaders of the charivari group, told him they wanted wine, beer, cake, sausage, cheese and whatever available, and they’d even wait for him to go get more food. “Entrez!” called the leaders. Thus the charivari begins. For the next hour music played, food was eaten and toasts made. “Que le Dieu benit les maries!” (May God bless the married ones.) “Que le Dieu benit les noces!” (May God bless the nuptials.) Eventually charivari ended and the couple left in peace. Only one celebration per marriage is allowed but for a Cajun any reason is good enough for an another party.

For further reading on Louisiana Cajun Customs of marriage and the actual marriage celebration see: Pouponne et Balthazar: Nouvelle Acadienne by Mme. Sidonie de la Houssaye; Librairie de l�Opion, Nouvelle-Orleans: 1888 a retelling of the “Evageline” story by a Louisiana Creole author of the time period. See also Cajun Country by Barry Jean Ancelet, et al. Paperback / Published 1991 ISBN: 0878054677.

Traditions are still made in many weddings in New Orleans and the local favorite Pirates Alley wedding tradition first thought to be done by a local pirate who now haunts the Alley. You can have one too, just contact Jerry Schwehm at http://www.figstreet.com/weddings

Buy Local Made In USA Art Wednesday, Jan 12 2011 

While Christmas shopping last year I went into several places that sell art, frames, prints, and art supplies. I spoke to several people there who were buying some art. They said the prices were good and they could use the art to decorate their home. I asked if they considered buying from an artist and they all said the prices would be too high?? I informed them about buying American art from American artists. Then about my art, made, painted, done all in America by a local guy, me. My prices went from $10 and up with framed prints at $50 and up. I also have canvas prints from $150 and up. They were surprised. I think the big stores just brain wash people into thinking the art they sell is cheap when most local artists have very reasonable prices. Unique and limited edition art that could increase in value.  I urge each of you reading this to buy local. Buy American art,  buy here in the USA and avoid those cheap prints done in China. We need to support local art. It is reasonably priced, helps the economy and local people.  See my art at the below links and help a local artist in America.

How To Save Money, Frame Your Print Yourself

After years of selling my art I have learned a few tricks to getting good looking frames at a reasonable cost. Too often clients tell me they love the inexpensive prints I sell but having them framed is expensive. I tell them, ” get the frame first.” Many art and craft stores have seasonal frame sales. Frames come in standard sizes, 8×10 and 11×14, some have mats in them too. I have been able to find 11×14 frames with a mat for as low as $15 on sale at many discount, import, and crafts stores. I also find “postcard size” collage frames 4×6 with one, two, or more places to put a 4×6 print in them. Clients can also use the greeting cards I sell 5×7 as small prints framed with a mat.

First shop for a nice frame knowing what size prints are available, 4×6, 5×7, 8×10, 11×14. Be sure to know when the sale goes on and look for a frame with a mat. I also get discounted pre-framed prints and remove the store bought print and put in its place my prints. Above is a photo of an off size painting I did for my daughter, framed in a frame I found at a discount store with an existing food print at half price. The painting fits perfect into an existing frame and was $12.

Framing a print need not be costly when you keep in mind to get prints to fit a standard frame. Look for frames first, on sale, then frame your print yourself.

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