The Progressive’s Weekend: 12/7 – 12/9


Past policies, beyond bickering and right at the doorstep of our inner child, this is The Progressive’s Weekend!

Run-offs and endorsements, investigations and speculations, awards nominations and controversies – all make for the first full week in December 2018. The cold air goes from nippy to brisk in a flash, sometimes bringing the sweat even depending upon just how the region wants to treat us that day.

Each day is another day to be progressive, unapologetically and uniquely so, moving forward with passion and compassion, with empathy and morality, across the spectrum when possible. We remember the good with the bad of those lost, keeping perspective on the human spirit that binds us all. Well, most of us, anyway. Of course, hearts and minds take time to change and evolve, some longer than others, some never. But we press on, making the argument for our better angels – so to speak.

If I’m done waxing poetic, it might be time for some events. Put down the fortune cookies, sir, and get with the program.

Layers –  Treo, 12/7 from 8 PM to Midnite

Get comfy at Treo with moody music to chill out to. Billed as an “atypical intro to Fall in New Orleans,” alternative R&B and cozy remixes will fill the air with $5 cocktails and a free welcome shot with Jameson. Be sure to grab your tickets at the hyperlink provided, and prepare for some Chill without the Netflix.

STEM Fest – Joe Brown Park, 12/8 from 9 AM to Noon

Celebrating 5 years of serving kids in the area, STEM NOLA presents STEM Fest, a fun and family-friendly event of innovation, creating, and making. Meet professionals and participate in the hands-on building of projects ranging from hydraulics and chemistry to robotics and wind power. Be sure to pre-register attend at the hyperlink listed.

Big Treesy Giveaways – 2829 Gentilly Blvd, 12/8 from 8 AM to 11 AM

Presented by Entergy and sponsored by the Apache Foundation, The Big Treesy Giveaway is hosted by the NOLA Tree Project and New Orleans Parks and Parkways to spread awareness and love of the local environment, with a focus on planting and adopting trees. 1 free tree per resident, tree planting workshops available with a Plaquemines Parish citrus tree sale included. A green time for all.

Louisiana Steam Train Association Christmas Party – LASTA Yard, 12/8 from 2 PM to 4 PM

In Jefferson, LA, at the LASTA Yard across from Ochsner Hospital, will be the Louisiana Steam Train Association X-Mas Party for members. Not too much more information is given, but the weekend after will see a Santa’s North Pole Train event, featuring a train ride, movies, and more. For enthusiasts of a classic manner of travel, this could be a blast. Be sure to gain your membership here.

Every weekend is a progressive weekend. Every day is full of moments that allow us to move forward and grow. And, as we say here at Big Easy Magazine, values are not meant to simply be spoken about but lived out.


Bill Arceneaux is the lead content writer for Big Easy Magazine. In addition to this, he has been an independent writer and film critic in the New Orleans area since 2011, working with outlets like Film Threat, DIG Baton Rouge, Crosstown Conversations, and Occupy. He is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association and is Rotten Tomatoes approved. Be sure to check out his film reviews and other articles here.

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