Ferry Schedule Update
Kevin Reed with DOTD reports that the ferry is only operating during daylight hours because of the low water. He tells me that the ferry’s first run is at 6:15 am and the last load is at 5:15 pm. Hopefully, the river level will rise but he also reports that if the river gets lower, they will have to shut the ferry completely. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen!
Live Music at The Mag
Friday, November 28 – Delta Drifters
OxBow and Thanksgiving
The OxBow Restaurant will be open and serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from 11:00 am until 2:30 pm on Thanksgiving Day. Make your reservations by calling 635-6276.
Restaurants Open Friday
All of our local restaurants will re-open for business on Friday after Thanksgiving, so if you don’t feel like turkey again, you’ll find plenty from which to choose!
Christmas at Rosedown
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site will be all decked out in her Christmas finery throughout the month of December. The Main House and Nina’s Wing will be dressed in historic, early to mid-19th century style Christmas décor, consisting of natural greenery garlands, fruit and nut displays, cypress and cedar wreaths, and potted poinsettia blooms. For more information, call 888-376-1867 toll free or 635-3110 locally.
A Colonial Christmas
Oakley Plantation House will be trimmed in the style of the 1800’s, for Audubon State Historic Site’s A Colonial Christmas Experience on December 5 and 6. School groups are invited to visit on Friday, December 5 from 9 am until 1 pm, to enjoy the holiday decorations and watch as a period meal is prepared by costumed staff in the outdoor kitchen of Oakley House. In addition, various hands-on craft demonstrations will be located throughout the park. From 10 am until 4 pm on Saturday, December 6, visitors can see a plantation Christmas dinner setting and rooms decorated for the holiday season. The plantation kitchen will feature the day’s meal being prepared over an open hearth, and costumed staff will explain how the holiday celebration differed from what is traditional in modern times. For more information, call 888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739 locally.
As an added feature of A Colonial Christmas, candlelight tours of Oakley House will be given from 6 pm until 8 pm on Saturday, December 6. During the tour there will be live colonial music and traditional holiday snacks such as roasted chestnuts, fig puddings and wassail will be served. At 6 pm, the vintage Dancers will perform dances of the early 1800’s. The $2 adult admission to Audubon SHS includes the site video history presentation, the plantation house tour and all special programs. Children, 12 and under, and senior citizens, 62 and older, are admitted free.
Christmas in the Country Begins!
Events begin on Friday, December 5 at 5:30 pm as the First Baptist Church Children’s Choir will sing on the front porch of Town Hall. That is followed, as always, at 6 pm with Mayor Billy D’Aquilla lighting the Town’s Christmas Tree. Afterwards there will be a reception in Town Hall where a special visitor – he likes to wear red trimmed in white fur! – is waiting to hear your Christmas wish.
White Light Night
Fresh Wreath Sales
The Women’s Service League will again be selling their fresh wreaths beginning on Friday, December 5 at 1 pm, and throughout the Christmas in the Country weekend. They will also have their popular Plantation Country Cookbook on sale and already wrapped to place under your tree.
Grandmother’s Buttons Annual Event
GB’s annual Warehouse Sale of discontinued jewelry will once again be held the Saturday of Christmas in the Country, December 6, from 9 am till dark. Thousands of pieces of jewelry reduced to below-wholesale prices will be available, and because of this year’s economic uncertainty and the consumer’s desire for affordable goods, the Grandmother’s Buttons ladies are working hard to make this the largest and best sale ever!
A Musical Christmas
Throughout Saturday there will be local choirs performing at different sites throughout St. Francisville. At the Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, at 9:30 am – Bains Elementary Chorus; at 10:30 am – WFHS Spanish and Latin Club; and at 11:00 am – WFHS Choir. On the front porch of the
That’s the theme of this year’s Christmas in the Country annual parade where Miguel Pate, our very own Olympic athlete will be the Grand Marshal. The parade is scheduled to begin at 2 pm on Saturday, December 6, and travel down Ferdinand and
Also on Saturday, December 6, there will be a Community Sing-Along at 6 pm at the
St. Francisville Transitory Theatre
Christmas would not be complete without the special performances by this local and very talented group of individuals. This year they will give up two Christmas stories: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. Performances are scheduled for 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday, December 6, and 7:30 pm on Sunday, December 7, at Old Market Hall on
Library Tour of Homes
The Friends of the West Feliciana Parish Library will feature some beautiful contemporary homes in our area on their annual Library Tour of Homes. This event will take place on Sunday, December 7, from noon until 5 pm. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Library before and on the day of the tour.
Christmas in the Country Schedule
While I’ve highlighted some events, there are so many things going on during the weekend of December 5 through December 7. For a complete schedule, visit www.stfrancisvillefestivals.com for all the times and events, or visit the