Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Audubon Nature School Day

Area schools are invited to Audubon State Historic Site to experience Audubon Nature School Day on Friday, April 3. From 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., area schools can experience the wonder of nature, as it exists in the Felicianas.  Interactive stations will be set up providing classes with opportunities for hands-on learning. The stations vary from nature walks to crafts to outdoor experiences with both the plant and wild life of the area. All schools wishing to participate in this special program must pre-register with the site. Admission for pre registered school groups is free.  For more information, call 1-888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739.


Thinking Green

Audubon State Historic Site invites all to experience Audubon Nature Day “Thinking Green” on Saturday, April 4.  From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. visitors can learn about nature as well as how they interact with the natural environment.  Interactive stations will be set up providing classes with opportunities for hands-on learning. The stations vary from nature walks to crafts to outdoor experiences with both the plant and wild life of the area. Entergy, Demco, and Whole Foods Market are just some of the booths on hand to promote a greener tomorrow.   For more information, call 1-888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739.


Audubon Country BirdFest

This premier event sponsored by the Feliciana Nature Society will showcase the beautiful and abundant bird life on Saturday, April 4, with a wide array of birding field trips into spectacular wildlife areas and privately owned properties.  They will also host the ever popular canoe trips into Cat Island National Wildlife Preserve.  For more information and tickets, visit


Symphony Spring Concert

The St. Francisville Symphony Association is offering its Spring Concert on Saturday April 4 at 8:00 pm.  The Baton Rouge Symphony Chamber Ensemble, Timothy Muffitt, Music Director, and David Torns, Conductor, will be playing selections from Constantides, Prokofiev, and Schumann.  The concert will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in St. Francisville.  The beauty of the music is enhanced by intimate setting with superior acoustics and easy parking.  Tickets are available at the Bank of St. Francisville or at the door.


Live Music at The Mag

Every Friday the Magnolia CafĂ© features live musical performances on the porch starting at 7 pm.  This month’s lineup includes:  April 3 – Voodoo Chili; April 10 – John Lisi;  April 17 – 5 D Band; and April 24 – Delta Drifters.


Flintnapping at Rosedown

On Sunday, April 5, at 11 am, 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. Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site offers this program every second Saturday, January through June.  For more information call toll free 888-376-1867 or local at 635-3110.


Livestock of Oakley Plantation

On Saturday, April 11, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Audubon State Historic Site presents this program which will include talks about the different types of livestock on the plantation as well as the impact that these animals had on the plantation home.  For more information call 888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739 locally.


Easter Sunrise Services

Hemingbough will again be the site of Easter Sunrise Services on Easter Sunday, April 12, at 7 am sharp.  For more information, call 635-6617.


Easter Lunch

The Oxbow Restaurant is offering a special Easter Lunch on Sunday, April 12 from 11:30 am until 2 pm.  To make reservations, phone 635-6276.


Antique Auction

The Bayou Sara Auction Depot will hold its monthly auction on Friday, April 17 at 6:30.  Photos and additional information can be found on


Spring Garden Stroll

Louisiana Master Gardeners of the LSU AgCenter invites you to experience four unique local gardens at this self-guided garden tour set for Saturday, April 18 from 9 am until 1 pm.  The farms of Buddy Metz and Lloyd Lindsey will be featured as well as the gardens of Tina Reid at Coyote Creek and Michelle & Craig Roth at Avondale.  Tour tickets are $10 and may be purchased on the day of the tour at the tour headquarters which happens to be St. Francisville Town Hall.   All proceeds of the tour go to local 4-H scholarship and local farmer's market.  Ticket holders are eligible for door prizes and admission to other local attractions.  For more information call 225-635-3614 or email  This event is sponsored by the Feliciana Horticultural Association, Ins-N-Outs Nursery, and The Myrtles Plantation.


Annual Spring Rodeo

The Wildest Show in the South returns on the weekend of April 18 and 19 when Angola Prison hosts its annual Spring Rodeo.  Gates open from 9 am until 5 pm, and the rodeo begins at 2 pm.  There will be a full day of fun for all with food, music, hobby crafts, kiddie land and photos with the Angola bloodhounds.  For advanced tickets, call 655-2607 or 655-2030.


Lost Arts of the Nineteenth Century

On Saturday, April 18, visitors are invited to come to Rosedown, to learn about nineteenth-century arts and activities.  Presented by Rosedown Interpretive Ranger James Smith, this series of monthly programming is intended to introduce and demonstrate various historic arts, activities and crafts that are little seen today.  The "Lost Art" that will be presented this month is the shaving horse.  During the program, Smith will explain to visitors the origins, history and use of the shaving horse in shaping wood pieces into tool handles, rounded chair pieces, canes, staffs and more.  Also discussed will be how the craft has evolved over time.  Smith will be presenting demonstrations of the shaving horse at the Old Garden Barn on the Rosedown grounds.   The program will be held between 11 am and 3 pm.  For more information, call 225-635-3110.


Antique Roses Seminar

Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site kicks off the Spring and Summer gardening seasons with a Horticultural Seminar held on the plantation grounds.  On Saturday, April 18, Site Manager Patricia Aleshire will present a seminar on "Antique Roses."  The lecture session will present a slide introduction and discussion of the historical background of numerous varieties of heirloom roses, as well as the care needed for these beautiful plants to thrive in a southern garden.  Following the lecture, Aleshire will lead a walking tour through selected areas of Rosedown's historic gardens to view various antique rose varieties on site.  The program will begin at 10 am in the Rosedown Conference Room.  As a special "Free Day in the Park" program offered by the Office of State Parks, admission fees are waived for the day.  For more information, call 635-3110.


Ecology at Audubon SHS

On Saturday, April 18 from 10 am until 4 pm, the interpretive staff at Audubon State Historic Site presents the Ecosystem of Oakley Pond. This program will discuss the different ecological life cycles found on the plantation and will be highlighted by the use of turtles, frogs, snails and fish.  For more information call 888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739 locally.


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