Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Construction and Traffic

Because of all the construction on Highway 61 and all the events we have this month, please know that traveling through the parish will take a bit longer.  Add to that the rodeo traffic, and it could be a nightmare!  With a little preparation and a lot of patience, things should go much smoother.


Farmer’s Market

Last week I got some pumpkins, and there were many to choose from and in all sizes.   There was still okra, potatoes, eggplants and bell peppers, and more vegetables.  One farmer even had sweet potatoes!  There were cut flower arrangements as well as plants for your garden.  The Farmer’s Market is open every Thursday from noon until 5 pm at the old 4-H Barn on Wilcox Street – and they’ll be there until the first frost!


Live Music at The Mag

Each Friday the Magnolia CafĂ© offers live music on the screened porch.  October’s line up includes:  October 2 – 5D Band; October 9 – Kristin Diable; October 16 – United We Jam; October 23 – Signs; and October 30 – Delta Drifters.  There are also two Saturday night ticketed performances:  Saturday, October 17 – Captain Legendary Band; and Saturday, October 24 – Lee Barber & the Broken Cup Band.  Each of these Saturday performances have a $10 cover charge.


Did you Know: 19th Century Schooling

On Saturday October 3, from 11 am - 2 pm, at Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, the interpretive staff will present this program which will discuss the schooling and methods used during the nineteenth century.  For more information call 888-376-1867 toll free or 635-3110 locally.


Nature Day at Audubon State Historic Site

Saturday, October 3, is Nature Day at Audubon State Historic Site, and the interpretive staff has a full day of outdoor programs scheduled.  Here’s the list:

Ecosystem of Audubon State Historic Site at 10am:  This one-hour program will focus on one of the many ecosystems found at ASHS. Guests are invited to explore the nature around the park, and learn about how the different habitats and creatures interact with each other.

Tree Identification Walk at 11am:  This program focuses on a more specific aspect of nature, and allows guests to Audubon SHS the chance to learn about the forest that surrounds them.  The identification walk covers the park and discusses many of the important and significant trees found here.

Guided Nature Hike at 1:00 pm and again at 3:00pm:  A short hiking tour of Audubon SHS.  The hike focuses on the naturally forested area surrounding the plantation home as well as the original paths, which John James Audubon would have used during his stay at Oakley in 1821.  The program allows guests a chance to observe the natural beauty, which surrounds the home. 

Plants and Animals of Oakley at 2pm:  This program invites guests to interact with the animal and plant life surrounding Audubon SHS.  There will be hands on animal demonstrations as well as introductions to the plants that one should be most aware of when hiking the grounds at Audubon SHS. An admission fee is charged. For more information call Audubon State Historic Site at 1-888-677-2838 or 225-635-3739.


Angola Prison Rodeo

Every Sunday in October you can enjoy “The Wildest Show in the South” and/or a day of shopping for arts and crafts. The rodeo features bull riding, bareback riding, the wild horse race, barrel racing, bull-dogging, wild cow milking, rodeo clowns and more, in a recently expanded arena.   Gates open 9:00 am for the arts and crafts show, and the rodeo starts at 2:00 pm.  Ticket cost $10 each and can be purchased before the rodeo by calling 655-2042 or 655-2041.  Tickets for just the hobbycraft event are also on sale.  During the Rodeo, the Prison Museum will be open from 9 am until 7 pm, and there will be booths on the rodeo grounds selling t-shirts and other items from the Museum Gift Shop.  For more information call (225) 655-2607 or visit


Garden Talk

On Sunday October 4 at 10:30am, Audubon State Historic Site offers this program which introduces the different plants found in the gardens of Audubon SHS.  The talk covers the history and origin of the plants as well as their uses both modern and historic. An admission fee is charged.  For more information call Audubon State Historic Site at 1-888-677-2838 or 225-635-3739.


Life in a Slave Cabin

Also on Sunday, October 4, this hour long program is held at Audubon State Historic Site's original slave cabins and allows guests to have a better understanding about what life was like for slaves on a plantation.  This program starts at noon and covers family life and customs as well as discussing housing accommodations, rations, etc.  An admission fee is charged. For more information call Audubon State Historic Site at 1-888-677-2838 or 225-635-3739.


 Cooking in Slave Cabin Row

This program is set for Sunday, October 4 at 1:30pm, and invites guests to Audubon SHS to observe the types of cooking used by slaves for themselves. The program will discuss not only what slaves ate and how they cooked it, but also the differences between their meals and that of the owner of the plantation.  An admission fee is charged.  For more information call Audubon State Historic Site at 1-888-677-2838 or 225-635-3739.


Plantation Crafts

Continuing with the slave experience at Audubon State Historic Site, this hour long program invites the guests to observe one of the many period handcrafts, which would have been done by a slave on a plantation.  These crafts would be some of the same skills from which the plantation itself would have been built.  It begins at 3 pm on Sunday, October 4.  An admission fee is charged.  For more information call Audubon State Historic Site at 1-888-677-2838 or 225-635-3739.


1779 in Baton Rouge

On September 21st, 1779 the Spanish General Bernardo Galvez along with American troops captured the British military post and garrison at Baton Rouge ending British control of the Mississippi Valley and river. This was the largest battle in the American Revolutionary War fought in Louisiana.  Today this largely forgotten battle is remembered at Audubon State Historic Site.  This year will actually mark the 230th anniversary of the event, and this program on Saturday October 10, from 10am-4pm, will begin the series of programs held at Audubon to commemorate the movement of West Feliciana from Spanish Territory to the West Florida Rebellion of 1810. Visitors can experience the sights and sounds of 1779 through seeing the soldiers' camps, a musket demonstration, talks and much more.  An admission fee is charged. For more information call Audubon State Historic Site at 1-888-677-2838 or 225-635-3739.


Movie Under the Stars

The St. Francisville Main Street Program will once again have movie night at Parker Park on Friday, October 16, and this one is in 3-D!  Coraline is the feature, and 3-D glasses will be given out.  The Women’s Service League will be selling concessions.  Admittance is a canned good for the West Feliciana Food Bank.  The movie starts at dark!


Southern Garden Symposium

This year marks the 21st year of the Southern Garden Symposium which attracts garden enthusiasts from across the South and will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 16-17.  The symposium will begin with a series of workshops on Friday, October 16. Attendees may select two of the following:

A Colorful Season – Mr. Joe Smith

Spice Up Your Garden with Heat-Loving Plants – Dr. Jeff Kuehny

Azaleas A to Z – Mrs. Margie Jenkins & Mr. Buddy Lee

Gardening Through the Seasons – Dr. William Barrick

The $60 cost per person for the Friday workshops includes lunch at Afton Villa Gardens.  On Friday evening, the speakers will be honored at a special gala at Greenwood Plantation. This cocktail buffet is open to all Symposium participants and their guests, $45 per person.


Saturday lecture programs will take place at the beautiful setting of Hemingbough in St. Francisville.

The program will include:

Forget Plants: Start with Design – Mr. Tres Fromme

Historic Plants for Today’s Gardens – Ms. Peggy Cornett

Slow Gardening: Getting the Most Out of Your Landscape – Mr. Felder Rushing

The day will conclude with afternoon tea at Brasseaux House. The $60 cost per person for the Saturday symposium includes all lectures, lunch at Hemingbough, and tea at Brasseaux House.


The Southern Garden Symposium welcomes groups and individuals who wish to travel to St. Francisville for this special event. For a brochure or information regarding overnight accommodations, visit; call Lucie Cassity, 225-635-3738; or write to the Southern Garden Symposium, P. O. Box 2075, St. Francisville, LA 70775


Yellow Leaf Arts Festival

Arts for All of St. Francisville sponsors this unique, original festival which will be held in the tree covered Parker Park from 10 until 5, Saturday, October 24, and Sunday, October 25.  The Yellow Leaf Arts Festival celebrates our small, intimate atmosphere and love of art and artists!  Stroll around the park to find authentic art - from paintings to pottery, sculpture, mixed media, metal, jewelry and more.  This weekend is a wonderful mix of art, music, poetry and nature.  Musical performances include the West Feliciana Parish children’s chorus, The Mosspickers, The Laughing Lizards String Bank, Kim Smith, Karuna Spoon, Lee Barber and the Broken Cup, Nancy Roppolo’s songwriter circle, Dylan Sneed with Judd and Maggie, and The Fugitive Poets.  For more information call Lynn at 721-1296 or email her at


Methodist Church Folk Choir

You are invited to join the United Methodist Church Folk Choir for an evening of gospel, country and folk music on Sunday, October 25.  The Methodist Men will serve a pancake supper at 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall on Felicity Street, and the Folk Choir will present music in the Sanctuary starting at about 6:15 pm.  All donations will benefit the Highway 61 property fund.


Halloween Extravaganza at The Myrtles 

For a real Halloween treat, take a guided tour through “One of America’s Most Haunted Homes,” The Myrtles Plantation, circa 1796.  It’s a Halloween Experience like no other!  Tours will be ongoing from 6 until 10 p.m. on Friday, October 30th and Saturday, October 31st.   Admission is $10 per person, and tickets will be sold at the door.  Food and beverages by The Carriage House Restaurant will be available throughout the weekend event for indoor dining, or choose from hamburgers, BBQ chicken, pizza and concessions in The Courtyard.  For additional information, call 800-809-0565 or email


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