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Loyola celebrates White Linen Night

Loyola press release - July 30, 2010

Loyola joins the city as they celebrate art, music and a love for New Orleans through a White Linen Night after party for Loyola alumni and friends.

New Orleans’ historical White Linen Night will be held Saturday August 7 from 6 – 9 p.m. Following the art-crawl in the historic Warehouse District, Loyola alumni and friends are invited to escape the heat for the “Loyola in Linen: A White Linen Night Affair” after party.

The event will be held from 8 - 10 p.m. in the Atrium Sculpture Garden of the Renaissance Arts Hotel New Orleans, at 700 Tchoupitoulas St. Admission is $20 per person and features a sampling of New Orleans’ appetizers, unlimited "white beverages" including white wine, white cranberry juice, and sparkling water and live entertainment provided by talented Loyola musicians. To RSVP, visit the Loyola alumni Web site at http://alumni.loyno.edu/linen10 and register by Friday, Aug. 6.

The 16th Annual White Linen Night, presented by the New Orleans Arts District, will take place between the 300-800 blocks of Julia Street where over 20 galleries will open their doors to the strolling crowd of linen. While roaming from gallery to gallery, participants will see some of the city’s finest art offerings while sampling authentic New Orleans cuisine and enjoying live music.

The tradition of wearing white linen in New Orleans dates back to the years before air conditioning, when people wore white linen clothing to soften the effects of the summer heat. Men wore white suits and women wore white dresses to reflect, rather than absorb, the sun’s rays.

This tradition is revisited every summer in the city’s Warehouse Arts District on the first Saturday evening in August in the form of White Linen Night. Art lovers who get into the true spirit wear white outfits and white hats as they stroll leisurely along Julia Street and adjacent streets for this night of celebration.

For more information about the “Loyola in Linen: A White Linen Night Affair” event, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (504) 861-5454 or alumni@loyno.edu.