Wednesday, March 5, 2008


Music at The Mag

Friday, March 7 – The Feliciana Band; Friday, March 14 – Bring It


Dance Lessons

Starting this Thursday, March 6, The Mag will offer free Cajun-Zydeco dance lessons at 7 pm.  The lessons will start with beginner waltz and will be taught by Ned Piper and his partner Ms. V.


New at Varnedoe’s

In addition to the daily lunch buffet for $10 per person which includes beverage, you can now order from the daily salad menu.  EntrĂ©e salads vary in cost and can also be ordered with a cup or bowl of soup.  Varnedoe’s Carriage House has now been serving up great food for just over two years and is looking forward to another great year in St. Francisville.  They have expanded their catering capability with a new mobile catering kitchen.  There’s lots more planned so stay tuned!


BR Symphony Music This Saturday

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 still available at the Bank of St. Francisville or by calling BRSO 225-383-0500.


Native American History

On Saturday, March 8 at 11 am at Rosedown State Historic Site, join Interpretive Ranger James Smith as he demonstrates the art of Flint Knapping, which allowed Native Americans to make many of their own tools from stone.  For more information call 635-3110.


Easter at Rosedown

On Saturday, March 8 from 1 pm until 3 pm, children can participate in an old-fashioned Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds of Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site.  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.


Rouge Roubaix Bike Race

The beautiful and scenic roads around West Feliciana parish and southern Mississippi will challenge a couple of hundred or more bicyclers as they race in Raisin’ Cane’s Rouge Roubaix.  It’s a grueling 100 mile journey for the contestants which begins at the Quality Inn on the Lake on Hwy. 61 and ends at Que Pasa on Ferdinand Street.  The race begins at 8 am and will probably end around 1 pm.


Saturday Soiree

This street dance has been so popular that it has become an integral part of the Pilgrimage weekend.  Light Up The Night will be held on Saturday, March 15 at 7 pm, and Louisiana’s hottest variety dance band, Something Blue, will perform 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.


Audubon BirdFest

This annual event showcases the beautiful and varied bird population of the Felicianas.  Held on the weekend of April 4 – 6, guided tours in Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge are always popular.  Other properties that will feature birding tours include Beechwood Plantation, Hollywood Plantation, Woodhill Farm, and Wyoming Plantation.  Featured speaker for the welcome reception on Friday night, April 4, is Danny Heitman, columnist for the Baton Rouge Advocate and author of A Summer of Birds:  John James Audubon at Oakley House.  For a complete listing of events and tours, visit or


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