Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Live Music at the Mag

Friday, February 6 – Chris Cole; Sunday, February 8 – The Iguanas (special cover charge); Friday, February 13 – Will Westley Band.


West Florida Bicentennial

For those who are interested in being a part of the planning for the Bicentennial of the West Florida Rebellion, there will be a meeting on Wednesday, February 4 at 10 am at Audubon State Historic Site – Oakley House.


Camellias in the Country

The Feliciana Nature Society will host this two-day event for the fifth year and it all kicks off Friday evening, February 6, with a wine and cheese reception at Old Market Hall at 6 pm, followed by a program featuring Chef John Folse.  He’ll be making Camellia Wine from a recipe supplied by Anne Butler of Butler Greenwood Plantation.  Space is limited so please make your reservations now. On Saturday, February 7, a morning session with Rosedown Horticulturist Patricia Aleshire focuses on camellias, followed by a demonstration of the proper methods for planting new camellias and pruning established camellias. Lunch at a local restaurant will be followed by an extensive walking tour throughout Rosedown’s historic gardens to view some of the best heirloom and contemporary varieties of camellias on the grounds. $10.00 fee covers wine & cheese reception and a program featuring Chef John Folse on Friday. A $25.00 fee for program and lunch on Saturday. Proceeds benefit projects of the Feliciana Nature Society. For more information call 1.800.488.6502 toll free or local 635.3110 or visit www.audubonbirdfest.com.


Watch Tonight for More on Camellias

Don’t forget to watch tonight, February 3, the 5 o’clock broadcast on WAFB-TV as our own Anne Butler will be assisting Chef John Folse and Paul Gates during the cooking segment.  They will be making . . . Camellia Wine!!!!


Photography Exhibit at BirdMan

This Saturday, February 7, from 1 pm until 4pm, there will be an opening reception for the photography exhibit by Ken Stewart, Salongo Lee and Leon Hollins.  You may have seen their wonderful photography at the Yellow Leaf Arts Festival.  BirdMan is the place – come by and meet the artists and enjoy complimentary refreshments!  The exhibition will run through March 15.  For more information, phone 635-3665.


We’re Cooking Now

On Saturday, February 7, our two State Historic Sites will be offering cooking demonstrations.  Audubon SHS will feature Cooking on the Plantation from 10 am until 4 pm.  This program compares and contrasts cooking for the plantation “Big House” with the cooking done by slaves for themselves on a plantation.  Rosedown’s Historic Down-Hearth Cooking will run from 11 am until 3 pm featuring recipes taken from the historic Turnbull-Bowman Family Papers.  For more information on these programs, call Audubon SHS at 635-3739 and Rosedown SHS at 635-3110.


Civil War Encampment

The weather will be warmer this weekend for the historical re-enactors who will be camping out this weekend, February 13 -15, at Rosedown State Historic Site.  During the Civil War, Union Soldiers occupied the grounds at Rosedown and also ravaged the house for supplies and luxuries.  On this particular weekend, the 7th Louisiana will set up camp at Rosedown, perform drills, cook, play music, sew and all other sorts of things.  Visitors will have the opportunity to observe what a soldier’s life was like on an occupied plantation during the war and also see how the Turnbull-Bowman family endured the period of Union occupation on their plantation.  For more information, call 888-376-1867 or 635-3110.


Antique Auction

Bayou Sara Auction Depot has scheduled its next auction for Friday, February 13 at 6:30 pm.  Be one of the lucky ones to take home one of the many offerings of antiques, estate merchandise or home furnishings.  Photos and additional information can be found on the website, www.Bayou-Auction.com  or by calling 225-241-2200.  Bayou Sara Auction Depot is located at 11429 Ferdinand Street in the old Bayou Sara Train Depot next to Que Pasa.


Victorian Lady’s Workshop

On the other end of the spectrum, Audubon State Historic Site will feature this program on Friday, February 14 from 2 pm until 4 pm.  A Victorian Lady’s Workshop will present the crafts that a typical lady of Victorian times might have learned through tutors, teachers or life experience.  Included in the class will be an introductory presentation on the Victorian lady, then classes on tatting, potpourri making and sachet making.  For more information, call 888-677-2838 or 635-3739.


Don’t Forget Valentines Day

Make your reservations now for a special dinner for you and your sweetheart.  The Carriage House Restaurant at The Myrtles will offer a main seating at 5:30/6 pm and a late seating at 7:30/8 pm, special dinner menus and a complimentary class of Carriage House Wine or Champagne with entre.  For reservations, call 635-6278.  The OxBow Restaurant is also taking reservations for this special day at 635-6276 and will be serving their renowned Louisiana cuisine.  Ah, love!


Celebration of Readers and Writers

The West Feliciana Parish Library and the Friends of the Library will host its third annual symposium on February 28.  This event recognizes outstanding regional authors and provides a forum for discussion of their works.  This year’s writers include:  James Wilcox, the author of nine novels; Danny Heitman, an award-winning columnist and author of A Summer of Birds; Pamela Binnings Ewen, a retired lawyer and author of two novels; Reggie Scott Young, an Association Professor of English at UL-Lafayette; and Charles Elliot, prolific author, scholar, film director and history faculty member at Southeastern Louisiana University.  For more information, call the Library at 635-3364.


Felicianas Powwow

The first ever Native American Powwow will be held on Saturday, February 28 from 10 am until 6 pm at the Centenary State Historic Site in Jackson.  Activities begin at noon so come out to enjoy something you just don’t see every day!  There will be Native American dancing, crafts and foods, storytelling and other demonstrations.  A small admission will be charged -- $5 for adults and $3 for children.  For more on this unique cultural experience, contact Dr. Susan Dardard at 635-4555 or DrSusan@DrSusanDardard.com.


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