Grand Re-Opening of The Landing at Behrman Place

Grand Re-Opening of The Landing at Behrman Place

Grand Re-Opening of The Landing at Behrman Place

Welcome Home!

We are thrilled to announce that the Grand Re-Opening Weekend of The Landing at Behrman Place in New Orleans was a huge success and a perfect homecoming celebration for our residents, staff and friends.

In late August 2012, President Obama declared major disaster areas in Mississippi and Louisiana as Hurricane Isaac had arrived, exactly 7 years after the destructive Hurricane Katrina.

The residents, managers and staff of The Landing were prepared for Isaac and hunkered down together, in the comforts of home, and rode out the storm.
After a somewhat exciting night of food and games, we eventually lost power so we resorted to games by candle light and personal meals delivered to each resident’s room. We hung in there and hoped and prayed that all would be OK, after assessing the water and wind damage it was apparent that we would need to move out all of our residents and temporarily close our doors.
5 Months Later, after months of redesign and restoration, we celebrated by bringing home all of our beloved residents! But in proper New Orleans fashion, we had to plan a big party! Our Grand Re-Opening Open House Weekend truly embraced our theme of “A Taste of New Orleans”. From shrimp cocktail with remoulade sauce and muffuletta skewers as featured appetizers, chicken and sausage jambalaya, red beans and rice, po-boys, and a full crawfish boil (spicy or mild!) as the main dishes, the food created quite a buzz in the dining room. And since we always save room for dessert, guests were treated to bananas fosters, warm beignets with powdered sugar and of course, café au laits. Live jazz music complemented the menu, along with dancing and lots of laughter.

A surprise performance by Irma Thomas, the “Soul Queen of New Orleans” was like the icing on the cake! She sang two of her most famous hits acapella, and had our residents shaking in their seats!

Our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Sunday was very memorable and meaningful, especially to our residents who are so happy to have returned home to the Landing. The Belle Chase Young Marines performed the Presentation of Colors and Landing resident Clyde James sang the Star Spangled Banner. We were also thankful to have Jackie Clarkson, President of the New Orleans City Council and Ron Loesel, Director of Special Projects for Councilwoman Palmer in attendance. Krystan Hosking of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce brought the traditional “big scissors” to officially perform the ribbon cutting!

The Grand Re-Opening Weekend wrapped up with staff, guests, and residents participating in the “Second Line”, a New Orleans traditional dance known as “the quintessential New Orleans art form”. We invite you to enjoy our photos from the event on our Facebook pageLaissez les bons temps rouler!

CEO May and CFO Quintin enjoying a Taste of New Orleans buffet during our Grand Re-Opening Weekend.

*This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living