Thursday, December 10, 2009


Ferry Is Now Open
The ferry is back operational as of noon today, Thursday, December 10.  For the status of the ferry, please visit

Angola Museum Open House
You are invited to join the LA State Penitentiary Museum staff in celebrating Christmas at the annual open house to be held on Friday, December 11th from 10 am until 2 pm.  The theme of the day will be good food, good sales, and good fellowship!  They will also be offering a special on t-shirts of buy one, get a second one at half price, and sweatshirts with hoods are reduced from $25 to $20.

Studio Pottery Sale
Michael Miller invites you to join him at his studio in Weynoke for his Annual Pottery Sale, this weekend.  Saturday, December 12, his hours will be 10 am until dark, and on Sunday, from noon until dark.  To get to his studio, take Angola Road (hwy. 66) for 11 miles.  Turn right on Ouida Irondale Road, take the first right and follow this road – and the signs – to the studio.

Music at the Magnolia Café
Live music is offered each Friday, and the lineup for the rest of this month is:  Friday, December 11 – 5-D Band; Sunday, December 13 – The Derailers ($15 cover, 7 pm); Friday, December 18 – Feliciana Band.

Open Hearth Cooking
This Saturday, December 12, from 10 am until 4 pm, the interpretive staff at Audubon State Historic Site will be demonstrating open hearth cooking.  They will present the different methods used to prepare and cook foods in the 1800’s.  Guests will also learn the different types of foods which would have been served to the Big House during this time period.  A small admission fee is charged, and for more information, call 225-635-3739.

Old West Florida
This program at Audubon State Historic Site explores the unique and rich history of the Felicianas, from Spanish Colony to early statehood.  Activities may include black powder weapons demonstrations, costume talks, period crafts, and more.  A small admission fee is charged, and for more information, call 225-635-3739.

More Open Hearth Cooking
Rosedown State Historic Site will also be giving demonstrations of down-hearth cooking but on Saturday, December 19 from 11 am until 2 pm.  Using 19th century recipes and reproduction cooking equipment, they will feature recipes taken from the historic Turnbull-Bowman Family Papers.  For more information, call 225-635-3110.

Christmas at Rosedown
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site will be ringing in the Christmas season on December 19 and 20, with the seventh annual “Christmas at Rosedown” event.  Throughout the weekend, visitors will see the Main House decorated in nineteenth-century style as site staff relate stories of Christmas traditions at Rosedown that were passed down through the Turnbull and Bowman families.  Each day, costumed living history presenters from around the area will be displaying numerous 19th century crafts demonstrations and activities.  Among the demonstrations scheduled for this season’s celebration will be down-hearth cooking, candlemaking, spinning, quilting, medical arts and basket weaving.  Also featured will be period dancers, musicians and carolers.  In addition, children of all ages can enjoy hayrides and have a photo taken with “Father Christmas.”  Each day’s activities will culminate with a marshmallow roast.  As a special gift to visitors, garden admission is free, and fees for the main house are being reduced to $5 for the “Christmas at Rosedown” event.  The site will be open between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm.  For more information, call 225-635-3332.

News from our Neighbors
The 4th Annual Ebenezer Scrooge Reindeer Race will be held on Saturday, December 12 at 3 pm in Historic Downtown Jackson on Charter Street.  Nine racing teams compete in a zany and unconventional race for trophies and “bragging rights” in the Felicianas – East Feliciana Sheriff, The District Attorney, teams from the Towns of Jackson, Clinton, Norwood, Slaughter and St. Francisville, and teams from Jackson and Clinton High Schools.  Little elves have been busy making delicious home-made goodies like pumpkin bread, chocolate chip cookies, pound cake, brownies and sausage cheese balls for sale.  Hot chocolate and mulled apple cider will also be available.  For more information, call 225-634-7951 or visit

The Perfect Gift
If you have been searching for just the right gift for those special people on your Christmas list, get a gift certificate.  All of our Bed & Breakfast inns, hotel and lodge offer gift certificates.  The restaurants and gift shops have gift certificates available, too, so don’t fret about not having the right gift.  Get a gift certificate from our local businesses, and you will be appreciated all year long!

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