Thursday, May 15, 2008


Continuing on my soapbox of “stay-cations” for this summer, here are a few more options:


West Feliciana Historical Society Museum

This is the best place to start a visit in our parish because the exhibits tell the story of West Feliciana.  There you can see the flags that once flew over the parish that are now flying from the beams.  A short video will give you an introduction to the West Florida Rebellion and the Reluctant Americans.  The history of Bayou Sara with the photos of the grand homes, the families, the businesses and then the flood that washed it all away can be seen right here.  An actual portion of bousillage taken from a home here, old tools and hardware, a display on the vernacular architecture, the railroads, John James Audubon, and miniatures of different rooms found in homes and country stores are all within these walls.  And it’s free!  There is no charge to visit the museum, but the knowledge and understanding of our past that you take with you are priceless.  Hours are 9 am till 5 pm, seven days a week.


Historic Homes

Here in the information center at the museum we have framed pictures of all the houses that are open for tours, and when a visitor asks which of the homes we would recommend, we always point to these pictures and say we’d recommend them all!  All of them are different in architecture and unique in their histories.  Prices range from $2 to $10 and most have lower prices for children under 12.  They are open from 9 am until 5 pm, but usually the tours begin at 10 am and the last tour is at 4 pm.  For a complete listing of the homes, visit our website at


More ideas next week, but here’s what’s going on around town this week:



Congratulations to all of the graduates from West Feliciana High School and the area universities.  We welcome their visiting relatives to town and hope their futures are successful.  Graduation is scheduled for Friday, May 16.


Music at the Mag

Friday, May 16 – A Band Named Sue; Sunday, May 18, The Creole Zydeco Farmers at 5:30 pm with a $10 cover.  Doors open at 5.


Zydeco Dance Lessons

These free dance lessons are offered every Thursday night at 7:30 pm at The Magnolia Café.


Spring into Louisiana’s History

On Saturday, May 17 from 10 am until 4 pm, Audubon State Historic Site invites you to get a glimpse of Louisiana history with this program that uses Louisiana’s state historic sites to help visualize the state’s timeline.  Learn why our historic sites are important and how they vary covering prehistory of Native Americans, to early European Settlers, to the Civil War and more.  For more information, please call 635-3739.


Lost Arts Saturday

Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site offers demonstrations of the “lost arts” of the 19th century every third Saturday of each month.  The May program will feature the “lost art” of medical practices of the 19th century and is set for this Saturday, May 17.  For more information call 635-3110.


Walk or Run for Alzheimer’s

Scruffy’s 3rd Annual 5K Trail Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk at The Bluffs to benefit Alzheimer’s Services of the Capitol Area will be held on May 17 at 9 am.  Walkers and runners will enjoy the scenic route through the woods, swamp and desert-like terrain.  Prizes will be awarded to both male and female winners in various age categories.  Following the race, participants will enjoy free food and beverages provided by the many generous sponsors.  For more information, contact Will Lord at 634-5222, ext. 171 or by e-mail at


Farmers Market

The 2008 season of the Farmers Market opens on Thursday, May 22 at the 4-H barn.  The market is open from 1 pm until 5 pm and features locally grown produce.  Come out and support your local farmers, and this year, bring your own re-usable canvas bags to take your fresh pickings home in.


Vibes in the Ville

At Parker Memorial Park on Saturday, May 24 at 6 pm, Vibes in the Ville presents Delta Drifters in a free concert.  This event is produced by St. Francisville Main Street and Arts for All and is sponsored by the Bank of St. Francisville.


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