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A Celebration for the Senses

On opening day in New Orleans, Patti Adams, flutist for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, told her husband, percussionist Jim Atwood, why she loves New Orleans. “It celebrates the senses on a daily basis. It’s so interesting to live here.”

Jim agreed. “New Orleans is a great place if you like art, architecture, history, food, or music.”

“And great people!” Patti chimed in. “It’s filled with great, interesting, wonderful, loving people. And that’s what life’s all about.”

The MobileBooth East staff couldn’t agree more.

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StoryCorps last visited the great city of New Orleans in May of 2006, just 8 months after devastating Hurricane Katrina slammed the southern coast of the United States. Now, five years later, the MobileBooth has returned for 5 weeks of recording, hoping to collect 150 stories of all varieties. The MobileBooth is parked outside of the National World War II Museum until April 17th. We are happy to be partnering with WWNO, Common Ground, Los Isleños Heritage and Cultural Center, Mid-City Neighborhood Organization, Edible Schoolyard, Puentes New Orleans, and the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies, among many others.

One thing has already been made abundantly clear since we arrived: People love this city! Whether they are native New Orleanians, transplants, or visitors, no one can seem to get enough of all the city has to offer, including myself!

New Orleans is still in the process of rebuilding, and although far from finished, the love for NOLA remains and grows stronger by the day. As one participant remarked, “When you love a place, it’s pretty hard to leave it. Whether you were born here, or whether you just come here and love it. [...] I see there’s hope again. It’s starting to look like the old New Orleans and feel like the old New Orleans. It’ll never be the same, but it’s getting that life back that had been missing since the Hurricane.”

Simply put, she continued, “It’s the greatest place on earth.”



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  • What a place to ring in the spring. Rebirth!

    Comment from Whitney on April 4, 2010 at 2:29 pm - Reply to this Comment
  • “The moonlight on the Bayou…a Creole tune that fills the air. I dream…of Magnolias in bloom and soon I’m wishing that I was there.” Being in the Crescent City has been magical. I had no idea how much I missed New Orleans until I came back for this stop.

    Comment from Jeremy on April 2, 2010 at 8:35 am - Reply to this Comment

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