Tulane University graduate Katy Danos has worked in the interior design field for 25 years in both New York City and New Orleans. As a co-owner for Hazelnut, she shares Batt’s love of antiques, art, and all things Big Easy style. This is her second collaboration with Batt.
10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 6
Pontchartrain Beach: A Family Affair
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Pontchartrain Beach: A Family AffairBryan Batt grew up amid the rides and attractions of Pontchartrain Beach amusement park founded by his grandfather Harry Batt Sr. While clearing out his mother’s estate Batt uncovered a treasure trove of unpublished photographs and memorabilia from the iconic beachfront attraction. With these ephemera as a focal point, Batt began collecting reminiscences from celebrities, former employees, and frequent park-goers. Batt and Danos have created a snapshot of time and place filled with candid moments with musical stars, tales of beauty pageants, and photographic traces of the exciting rides and attractions that drew families from throughout the region. It will be a treasured keepsake for those who visited the regional attraction over the years.
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