Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Bridge Closed, Businesses Still Open

While progress on the Hwy. 61 bridge is continuing, please note that D’John’s Restaurant and the Vintage Store are still open for business.  A special thanks to the Sheriff’s Department and the Chamber of Commerce for clearing the way for us to still visit these local businesses.


Music at the Mag

Kevin Ford is back at The Mag so things are really hopping over there!  Friday night, February 29, Delta Drifters perform, and on Sunday, March 2 at 7 pm there will be a special show featuring Paul Cebar and The Tomorrow Sound with special guest, Chris Cole.  Paul is from Milwaukee, and his music is a mix of Pan-African Calypso, Caribbean Funk.  The band has lots of percussion and horns, and Kevin promises it will be a very special evening.  There is a $10 cover.


The Mag goes Cajun

Starting next Thursday, March 6, The Mag will be offering free Cajun – Zydeco dance lessons every Thursday night at 7 pm.  And the first Sunday evening of each month, there will be a Cajun dance band so that everyone can show off their new moves!


Afton Villa Gardens

This Saturday is opening day for Afton Villa Gardens.  Open seasonally until June 30, the gardens are a true labor of love.  Camellias, sweet olive, hydrangeas, azaleas and thousands of tulips and flowering bulbs such as daffodils treat your senses to the sights and smells of spring.  For more information call 225-635-6773.


Cooking in the Old Kitchen

On Saturday, March 1 at 11 am, Rosedown State Historic Site’s Interpretive Ranger Sasha TraƱa and Living History Presenters Barbara Bryant and Stella Pitts will demonstrate 19th century down-hearth cooking in Rosedown’s Old Kitchen.  Using 19th century recipes with period and reproduction cooking equipment, featured recipes will be taken from the original Turnbull-Bowman Family Papers.  For more information call 635-3110.


BR Symphony Music Series Returns

The good folks at the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra will be back with their Chamber Music Series on Saturday, March 8 at 8 pm.  The performance will be held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church on Catholic Hill.  Tickets are available at the Bank of St. Francisville or by calling BRSO 225-383-0500.


Native American History

If you’ve ever wondered what this is, you can find out on Saturday, March 8 at 11 am at Rosedown State Historic Site.  You see, Native Americans inhabited this region before the European settlers arrived and made their own tools from stone.  Join Interpretive Ranger James Smith as he demonstrates the art, now known as Flint Knapping, which allowed Native Americans to make many of their own tools.  For more information call 635-3110.


Easter at Rosedown

Hard to believe that Peter Cottontail will be hopping down that bunny trail in just 4 weeks, but the folks over at Rosedown are ready for him because Easter was an important holiday at Rosedown in the 1800s.  On Saturday, March 8 from 1 pm until 3 pm, children can participate in an old-fashioned Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds of the plantation.  After the hunt, children can enjoy playing 19th century games. Prizes will be awarded to the children who find the special “Rosedown” eggs.  For more information call 635-3110.


March Music at The Mag

Friday, March 7 = The Feliciana Band; Friday, March 14 – Bring It; Sunday March 16 – Sarah Borges and The Broken Singles; Friday, March 21 – A Band Named Sue; Friday, March 28 –Delta Drifters; Saturday, March 29 – David Morgan.


Saturday Soiree

For the last two years during the Audubon Pilgrimage, the Historical Society has produced a separate fund raiser on Saturday night.  This street dance has been so popular that it has become an integral part of the Pilgrimage weekend.  Plans for this year’s Light Up The Night event are shaping up to be the best yet!  Something Blue will perform great dance music so we’ll all be “cutting the rug” on Prosperity Street.  Tickets are $40 a person and include food, beer and wine, soft drinks and a great time.  Call 635-6330 to make your reservation.


Pilgrimage Schedule of Events

Tickets can be purchased now for the Audubon Pilgrimage which will be held the weekend of March 14 through the 16.  Private homes on tour this year include Live Oak, Hillcroft and the Brasseaux House.  Tickets for daytime tours are $30, are good for all three days of the Pilgrimage and include tours of the three private homes as well as:  Oakley House, Audubon State Historic Site; Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site; Afton Villa Gardens; the three 19th century churches in the Historic District; the Rural Homestead; and the Antique Show & Sale held in the historic buildings of Jackson Hall, the Masonic Hall, and Old Market Hall.  Throughout the weekend, children in 1820’s costumes will be performing authentic dances and a maypole dance.


Separate tickets can be purchased for the Antique Show & Sale only for $10.  Tickets for evening entertainment on Friday are $15 each and include the following:

7 – 9 pm = Graveyard Tour at Grace Church

6 – 8 pm = Robust Hymn Singing at the United Methodist Church

6 – 8 pm = Wine & Cheese Reception at the Historical Society Museum


For a complete listing of all Pilgrimage events, visit  Tickets can be purchased at the Historical Society Museum or by calling 635-6330.

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