Thursday, September 27, 2007

Sept. 27-30

It’s a busy time in West Feliciana and with so much to tell you, I’ll skip the introduction and go right to the heart of things. Here’s what’s happening this weekend and next:

Second Anniversary Celebration
Cypress Bar & Grill celebrates their second year, with live music featuring David Morgan & Chris LeBlanc, starting at 7pm on Sunday, Sept 30. For more information call 225-784-0992

Farmers’ Market
Yes, they’re still there every Thursday from 1 pm until 5 pm with the fresh produce from their gardens. I’m hoping to see pumpkins this week because I have a great recipe for “Dinner in a Pumpkin” that is now a family tradition. Come out and support our local farmers!

Listen and Speak Up
West Feliciana Parish residents are invited to attend a meeting Thursday, September 27 at 7 p.m. at Hemingbough with the consulting firm chosen to assist in planning the parish’s future development.
Residents will be asked to share their ideas on the parish’s future, according to the Center for Planning Excellence, which is helping the Police Jury with the master plan process. The Police Jury hired Fregonese Associates in July to develop the plan, which will address issues such as housing, transportation and economic development and provide a guide for future growth and development. Here is your chance to be a part of West Feliciana’s future.

Live Music
Fat Mama’s at The Bluffs = Friday, September 28 – Run Jane Run; October 5 – Eric Baskin
The Mag = Friday, September 28 – Delta Drifters; October 5 – Gary Bello

Music and Workshop
This Saturday night at BirdMan Dylan Sneed will sing his original songs and wow us with his guitar! 7:00 ~ there is a $5 cover for this event, students, $3. Also, Dylan's songwriting workshop at the BirdMan is Saturday afternoon: noon until 5. There are still spaces left and the fee for the workshop is $50, $30 for students. This fee includes the performance that evening . . . what a deal!

News from Varnedoe’s
Just a reminder that starting October 1, Varnedoe's will be open for a buffet lunch and a la carte dinner service on Mondays. The restaurant will also be serving a Buffet Supper after the Rodeo on Sundays ($15) until 9pm.

And they win again! Chefs Scott and Eric competed in the Baton Rouge Culinary Classic at the Holiday Inn Select where there were over 8 categories and 160 entries. At least 250 guests were present to sample competing dishes while a panel of 20+ judges awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in each category. Scott entered 4 categories and won a medal in each category ~ 3 silver medals for the Poultry, Soup, and Louisiana Nouvelle categories and a bronze for the Seafood category. Eric won a GOLD medal in the bread category and a silver in the Beef/Veal category. Best of all, Varnedoe's, as a business, was a top winner last night bringing home a total of 6 medals!!! Go by and let the guys know how proud you are to have them in St. Francisville!!

Share Life – Give Blood
Another reminder . . . the Bank of St. Francisville and OLOL Blood Center will hold a Replacement Blood Drive for Terry Osterberger on Tuesday, Oct 2, 1:30-6:00pm in the Bank of St. Francisville Parking Lot. For more information, call Lucy at 784-3235.

Archaeology Week
Hear about the findings from the dig at the site of West Feliciana’s only sugar mill on Thursday, October 4 at Old Market Hall on Royal Street. In conjunction with Louisiana Archaeology Week, the West Feliciana Parish Tourist Commission, West Feliciana Historical Society and St. Francisville Main Street will host a Wine and Cheese Reception that will feature a discussion of the recently completed Archaeological Investigations of the Star Hill Sugar Mill Site.

Digging Up the Past
Many artifacts from the 1800s have been found at Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site so on Saturday, October 06, from 11:00 am - 3:00pm is devoted to learning the art of the archaeologist. Visitors will learn how archaeologists find historic artifacts, by participating in an archaeological “dig.” Participants will be shown the proper way to excavate, and record their findings by drawing their “dig site” and the artifacts found. This program is being held in conjunction with Archaeology Week. For more information call 635-3110.

Candidate Forum #2
The Greater St. Francisville Chamber of Commerce invites you to “Save The Date!” On Monday, October 8 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. the Chamber will hold the second forum for candidates for public office in West Feliciana Parish. The event will be held at the First Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall (corner of Highways 61 and 10) so please mark your calendars! More details to follow.

Olde West Florida Day
Learn about life in Old Spanish West Florida and find out about the 1810 Rebellion time period of when the local colonists successfully fought against the Spanish Government. This program will feature living history crafts demos, costume talks, black powder demonstrations and much more. It’s all at Audubon State Historic Site, Oakley Plantation on Saturday, October 13 from 10 am until 4 pm. For more information, please call 635-3739.

Young Life FUN-draiser
The annual fall fundraising event for Young Life of West Feliciana will be October 14, 5 - 7 p.m., at The Glynns. It is going to be a fun night as adults are given a chance to be kids again! In addition to fun, food, and entertainment, the mission and vision of YLWF will be shared. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling - 634-7590 or emailing Young Life Director, Dan Vander Woude at

CC Lockwood at the Library
The West Feliciana parish Library will host C. C. Lockwood on Thursday, October 18 at 6 pm. Hear the author/photographer discuss his latest book which will be available for purchase (check or cash only, please). Gift wrapping is available and for more information, call the friendly folks at the Library at 635-3364.

More Music
The St. Francisville Symphony Association announces its 2007 - 08 Chamber Music Series featuring the musicians of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. The first of the concerts is scheduled for Saturday, October 20 at 8 pm at Grace Episcopal Church. Other concerts are set for December 7 at 7 pm at Grace Church with a dessert reception, and on March 8, 2008 at 8 pm at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Season tickets are on sale now at the Bank of St. Francisville or by calling BRSO at 383-0500. All three concerts costs only $50 for adults, $40 for senior and student admission.

There are more events in October so stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Sept. 21-28

Here’s what’s happening in West Feliciana:
Magnolia Café = Friday, September 21 and 28 – The Delta Drifters
Fat Mama’s at The Bluffs = Friday, September 21 – Eddie and Steve; September 28 – Run Jane Run
If you want to see both venues, remember that bands start playing at Fat Mama’s at 5:30 pm and at The Mag at 8 pm.

Go Saints!
The West Feliciana High School Saints will play their first home game this Friday, September 21 at 7:00 pm against Catholic High of Pointe Coupee.

Third Weekend
Avondale Antiques at 5877 Commerce Street has just returned from a buying trip from the North-East coast. They specialize in 18th and 19th Century American and English Antiques and are only open the third weekend of each month. On Friday through Sunday of this month, September 21-23, they will show and have available many tables - Tilt top, drop leaf, farm & Pembroke – and chairs including a pair of continental, needle point, upholstered, walnut arm chairs; heavily carved mahogany, cherub embellished corner chair. Also featured are Oriental Rugs, large and small, a pine Welch dresser, paintings, brass, copper, china, baskets, and much more. Craig says that everything is at very reasonable prices. Call them at 225-721-2753.

BirdMan Coffee and Books
You are invited to a screening of a film, "The Art of the Storm" on Saturday evening, Sept. 22nd at 7:00. Lori Gordon says the following: "The title of the film is 'The Art of the Storm', and it follows the lives of several Mississippi Gulf Coast artists as we struggle to rebuild our lives and resume our careers after Hurricane Katrina. It tells the story of a group of people from Minneapolis who reached out to the arts community, offering venues and free shipping for our work for months at a time. I will be present and available to answer questions after the film is shown. The documentary is just under an hour long."
New at Varnedoe’s
Starting October 1, Varnedoe's will be open for a buffet lunch and a la carte dinner service on Mondays. Additionally, Varnedoe's will be serving a Buffet Supper after the Rodeo on Sundays ($15) until 9pm.

Share Life – Give Blood
The Bank of St. Francisville and OLOL Blood Center will hold a Replacement Blood Drive for Terry Osterberger on Tuesday, Oct 2, 1:30-6:00pm in the Bank of St. Francisville Parking Lot. For more information, call Lucy at 784-3235.

The Myrtles’ Update
The Myrtles Plantation will be offering a special 6pm Mystery Tour ($10) on Sundays in October. The regular Mystery Tour schedule of Friday and Saturday nights at 6, 7, and 8 will remain in place, except for the Special Tours the weekend before Halloween. Tickets for the regularly scheduled Mystery Tours may be purchased in advance on 800.809.0565 or 225.635.6277.

Annual Halloween Extravaganza
The Myrtles’ Annual Halloween Extravaganza will go off on Friday the 26th, Saturday the 27th, and, of course, Wednesday the 31st at 6pm. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis (cash or check) at the Front Gate, and the tours will be continuous until Midnight. Varnedoe's will be serving an a la carte dinner in the Restaurant as well as providing Jambalaya, Red Beans and Rice, and beverages on the Courtyard. Please call 225.635.6277 or 800.809.0565 or225.635.2635 with questions, to schedule a Private Tour, to make a reservation or purchase a ticket.

Audubon Fall Festival to Benefit St. Jude
This new event will be held the weekend of October 26 - 28, 2007 at the West Feliciana Parish Sports Park. The sole purpose is to raise money for St. Jude. If you are willing to volunteer in any capacity or want to participate in any of the events, call 225-635-0005 or 225-721-1624 and leave message. For up to date info, visit This is a family event and will be fun for all.

There are many other events coming up in October so stay tuned.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Sept. 14-17


Magnolia Café = Friday, September 14 – Gary Bello; September 21 and 28 – The Delta Drifters

Fat Mama’s at The Bluffs = Friday, September 14 – Three Blind Mice; September 21 – Eddie and Steve; September 28 – Run Jane Run

Bands start playing at Fat Mama’s at 5:30 pm and at The Mag at 8 pm so you can see both venues!

Birdman Coffee and Books - Two Guys and Ten Instruments will be back this Saturday, Sept 15th at 7:00 p.m. We really enjoyed Randy Walsh and Garret McCutcheon when they played here last time!! There will be a $5 cover for this event.

How the Other Half Lived

September 14 and 15 at Audubon State Historic Site presents this program for visitors to learn about the history of the slaves that worked on Oakley Plantation. Discover how important the role of archaeology is to this history and see through demonstrations and displays about what slaves ate, where they slept and get a glimpse into the hardship of life on a cotton plantation. 9:00AM - 1:00PM Friday and 10:00AM- 4:00PM Saturday. Please note that Friday is a school program. For more information, please call 635-3739.

Lost Art Saturday

Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site features the “Lost Art” of quilting on Saturday, September 15 from 11 am until 3 pm.

Birds, Botany and Butterflies

The Bluffs will host the Feliciana Nature Society’s nature walk on Saturday, September 15 from 9:30 am until 11:30 am. Meet at the Cottage (across from the new Clubhouse) for a guided walk along the three-mile nature trail at The Bluffs Country Club and Resort. Admission is free, and you are advised to bring bottled water, binoculars, and insect repellant! Light refreshments will be provided at the end of the walk. No pets, please. For more information, visit

Antique Cars

The Baton Rouge Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America will be visiting West Feliciana Parish on September 14 and 15. Fifty cars are expected to cruise our beautiful country roads, visit some of our historic sites, shop in our stores and eat in our restaurants.

Baton Rouge Visitors’ Guide

If you are interested in being a part of a special West Feliciana section in the official visitors’ guide of the Baton Rouge Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, please let me know. Leila Blumberg is the ad representative organizing this section so don’t be surprised if you get a call from her. If you have any questions about this co-op, please give me a call at 635-4224.

That’s all for this week. If you have something you’d like to share or if you know someone who’d like to know what’s happening, let me know. Have a great week and remember to turn on your headlights when you turn on your windshield wipers . . . it’s the law!