For the last 37 years visitors from all over the country and the world have visited St. Francisville and West Feliciana Parish for the annual Audubon Pilgrimage. There are many, many people who work year round, behind the scenes to make this event as successful as it is. The Historical Society board, and especially their faithful go-to person Helen Williams, and the Pilgrimage Steering Committee spend countless hours planning. The home owners who graciously open their homes to the public have made sure that everything is in tip-top shape from the widow’s walk at Hillcroft to the newly painted picket fence at the Brasseaux House.
There are between 300 to 400 community volunteers to assist in this weekend’s activities, from parking cars at the sites to making shingles and cornbread at the Rural Homestead. Our two State Historic Sites – Oakley and Rosedown – have been great partners over the years, and their staffs need to be commended for the great job they do year round. The Town of
Pilgrimage Schedule of Events
Now that I’ve rambled on about the Pilgrimage, here are the details. Tickets can be purchased now at the
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
6 – 8 pm = Wine & Cheese Reception at the Historical
Don’t forget that on Saturday night, there will be the third annual Saturday Soiree. This year’s event will again be held on
For a complete listing of all Pilgrimage events, visit www.audubonpilgrimage.info. Again, tickets can be purchased at the
At the Mag
Live music this Friday, March 14- Bring It; and on Sunday, March 16 - Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles with Special Guests The Fugitive Poets. Sarah is from
Remember that free Cajun -Zydeco dance lessons again this Thursday night taught by super instructors Ned Piper and his lovely partner Ms. V.
Easter Brunch at Varnedoe’s
Yes, it’s that time again and Varnedoe’s Carriage House at The Myrtles Plantation is offered a wide assortment of buffet items, such as Pontchatoula Strawberry Salad, Stewed Shrimp and Smoked Gouda Grits, Herb and Peppercorn Crusted Beef Prime Rib, Plantation Farmer’s Omelot, White Chocolate Bread Pudding and so much more! For a completely listing of this mouth watering menu, visit their website at www.varnedoes.com. The brunch buffet is priced at $25 for adults, $12 for those 10-13, $8 for ages 9-2, and tykes under age 2 eat free. Make your reservation on the website or call 635-2635.
Heirloom Cuisine and The Glynns
Heirloom Cuisine, LLC is a local catering company, based in St. Francisville. Award winning Chefs Jason Roland and Richard "Bingo" Starr (both formerly of the
7th Annual Audubon Country BirdFest
This birding event has continued to grow in popularity, and this year will take place on the weekend of April 4 – 6. Field trips will feature our most popular sites - Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge and wildlife artist Murrell Butler’s Oakhill Plantation in addition to four outstanding private properties – Beechwood Plantation, Hollywood Plantation, Woodhill Farm, and Wyoming Plantation. Birding tours will also be held at Audubon State Historic Site at Oakley Plantation, the Mary Ann Brown Nature Preserve, and along the shores of the
Audubon Nature Day At
As part of the Feliciana Nature Society’s Audubon Bird Fest, this site will focus on nature and how the naturalist artist, John James Audubon interacted with his surrounds at Oakley in 1821. Guest speakers, demonstrations, presenters, walks and talks are included with this program. Friday, April 4, will feature a school program open to all schools from 9 am – 1 pm. For more information, please call 888-677-2838 or locally 635-3739.
That’s all for this week. Enjoy the Pilgrimage this weekend!