Wednesday, August 25, 2010

White Linen Night

This Saturday, August 28, is the third annual White Linen Night in downtown St. Francisville. Beginning at 5 pm, this annual event has grown in popularity . . . probably because it is the last fling of the summer for most of us! Produced by the St. Francisville Main Street Merchants, this event is sponsored by The Highlands Bank, The Bank of St. Francisville, the Town of St. Francisville, Entergy - Riverbend Station, and the St. Francisville Chamber of Commerce.

Parking is provided at four convenient locations - Hillcrest Gardens & Gifts on Commerce Street; the West Feliciana Courthouse on Ferdinand Street; St. Francisville Town Hall; and the St. Francisville Post Office. Leave your car at one of these convenient locations and hop aboard The Highlands Bank trolley. The trolleys will run continuously throughout the downtown area and will be manned by volunteers who will provide helpful information and maps showing locations of all participating shops.

Here's a rundown of the participating merchants, artists and restaurants:

Hillcrest Gardens & Gifts will feature a trunk show of Kameleon Jewelry. Get a free gift with purchase of any Kameleon item. Emily Branton is the featured performer, and food will be provided by Sonny's Pizza.

Avondale Antiques will highlight pottery by Craig Roth and music by The Baldwin Sisters.

Trends Salon will host an Artist Open House and a display from Patrick's Fine Jewelry. There will also be a drawing for a pearl Fleur de Lis necklace. Music is by Steve Judice, and the talented artists will provide refreshments, too.

The Wine Parlor at the St. Francisville Inn will display photography by Jill Moore and music by The Fugitive Poets. Food will be provided by the St. Francisville Inn.

Backwoods Gallery will have an exhibit by Krista Roche and food by the Magnolia Cafe.

St. Francisville Town Hall will host Busy Bee, Toodles by Nadia, Compass Rose, Wild Bunch Farms, and B3 Designs. The Boy Scouts will be selling bottled water.

R. Ladnier Jr. Photography will have a presentation of portraits, and photographs of historical sites for sale. Food will be provided by Heirloom Cuisine.

Miller's on Main and The Massage Clinic will host music by the Spencer Family Band. Michael Miller will, of course, show off his pottery.

The West Feliciana Parish Library will feature Margie Blake and her beautiful stained glass. Hill Country Smokehouse will provide the refreshments.

The West Feliciana Parish Historical Society Museum will have a book signing by local author Anne Butler. Food will be by Que Pasa Mexican Restaurant.

Old Market Hall will be the site of an artist open house featuring Sherri Corbin, Holly Fant, Linda Thompson, and Sonny & Debra Hood. The Hoods will also perform gospel music, while refreshments will be provided by the artists.

Harrington Gallery celebrates its 34th Anniversary with music by Kevin Johnson and food by Heirloom Cuisine.

Grandmother's Buttons celebrates its 25th Anniversary with champagne and cake, and by introducing a new line of deluxe antique buttons, set in Sterling Silver, of course! Entertainment is by Nancy and Joe Roppolo while food is provided by Audubon Cafe.

The Painted Bench, Emily Fruge, Susan Rodrigue and Plantation Dolls will be set up at the corner of Ferdinand and Feliciana Streets, near the public restrooms.

The Shanty Too will feature Gourmet Food samplings and adult beverages. Featured artists are Todd Koester - Potter, and Diane Christopher - Picasseaux Artist. Lynn Brossett will entertain, and Eight Sisters will be serving tastes of their specialties.

Green Door Productions highlights an art exhibit by Laura West and others, drawings for 10 aromatherapy buckwheat groat neck pillows, and Interior Design Displays. Refreshments will be provided.

St. Francis Art & Antiques will have an open house, with food provided by the OxBow Restaurant.

Bohemianville Antiques will also feature an open house, with music by the Laughing Lizards. Refreshments will be provided.

BirdMan Coffee & Books presents the Arts for All Young Peoples' Exhibit. Other featured artists include Suzanne Holland, Sherri Kohlert and LesAnn Kirkland. Refreshments will be provided.

Sage Hill Antiques & Gifts will be introducing the new line of limited edition collectible charms and chains by Pure Sanctuary Jewelry, and will have samples and cookbook signing of "adJUSTed FOR YOU II" by Dana Hotard. Music will be provided by Kim Smith, with food by Heirloom Cuisine and Wine Glace'.

The Blue Room will be open and offering light refreshments.

As with most events, there may be some changes in the schedule, and while every precaution has been taken to include all of the merchants, musicians, artists and restaurants, some may have accidentally been left off. Please accept our apology in advance.

So as you can see, White Linen Night promises to be a night full of fun, food and music. See you on the Trolley!

Kitty Martin, LCTP
Executive Director
West Feliciana Parish Tourist Commission
800-789-4221 or 225-635-4224