Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Silent Auction

Grace Episcopal Church is holding a silent auction which began February 21 and runs through March 28.  Everyone in the community is invited to come and placed bids on the items which are on display from 9 am until 5 pm everyday of the week in Jackson Hall.  Offerings range from gourmet dinners in private homes, crawfish boils, hunting & fishing trips, paintings, overnights, jewelry, pottery and much more.  The winners will be announced at coffee hour on Sunday, March 28.  All proceeds will be used to build a church in El Carmen, Honduras.


Live Music at The Mag

Bands start playing around 7 o’clock on the screened in porch at The Magnolia Café.  Friday, March 12 – Will Westley; Friday, March 19 – Flatbed Honeymoon; Friday, March 26 – Delta Drifters


Easter Egg Hunt

On Saturday, March 13, area children and their parents are invited to spend a day at Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site celebrating spring with a Nineteenth-Century Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds of the plantation.  Interpretive Ranger Sasha Traña will greet participants and lead the Easter Egg Hunt, which will begin promptly at 1 pm, with participants meeting in the carriage court in front of the plantation Main House.  Prizes will be awarded to the children finding the special “Rosedown” Easter Eggs.  Following the Hunt, nineteenth-century games will be featured.  Participating children are encouraged to bring their own Easter baskets.   For more information, call 225-635-3110.


Nature Saturday at Audubon

Get outside and enjoy a beautiful weekend when Audubon State Historic Site presents Nature Saturday on March 13.  At 10 am and again at noon, visitors can participate in an Animal Discovery program which introduces them to a few of the site’s resident creatures.  At 1:30 pm and again at 2:30 pm, visitors will have the opportunity to go on a guided nature walk around the park led by one of the site’s park rangers.  There, they will discover the different plants and habitats found within the park.  For more information, call 225-635-3739.


Colonial St. Francisville

Old West Florida “Colonial St. Francisville” will be the featured program on Sunday, March 14, at Audubon State Historic Site.  At noon and 2 p.m., there will be a talk on the towns of St. Francisville and Bayou Sara during the years leading up to the West Florida Rebellion.  These talks by a park ranger will introduce the visitor to one of the states oldest and most colorful cities.  This is part of a series of programs celebrating the Bicentennial of the West Florida Republic.  For more information call, 225-635-3739.


Tuesday Concert at The Mag

A special concert will be held at The Magnolia Café on Tuesday, March 16, featuring Chuck Prophet.  Tickets are $20.


Lost Louisiana: Places Of Worship

Grace Episcopal Church is one of the five churches featured in the new special Lost Louisiana Places of Worship premiering Wednesday, March 17 at 7PM on the six-channel LPB network. The special also airs Thursday, March 18 at 9PM.  Produced by Louisiana: The State We’re In producer and managing editor Charlie Whinham, the Lost Louisiana team traveled around the state to find historic and unusual churches. The other churches featured in the special include the Madonna Chapel in Bayou Goula, the St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Thibodaux, Summer Grove Baptist Church in Shreveport and Touro Synagogue in New Orleans.


St. Paddy’s Day Party & Fundraiser

Everyone can be Irish, and usually are, are Wednesday, March 17, as The Blue Room celebrates St. Patrick’s Day.  Live entertainment by The Circuit Breakers is set for 7 pm until 10 pm.  There is a $5 cover at the door, and all proceeds from green beer sales and the cover charge to the Elm Park Youth Rodeo Club.  There will also be a silent auction!  For more information, contact Meg Daniel at 241-1402 or call The Blue Room at 635-4998.


More Pilgrimage News

One of the properties on the Audubon Pilgrimage tour was unintentionally left off in earlier postings.  St. John’s Episcopal Church in Laurel Hill will be open for visiting during the weekend of March 19 through the 20th.  Other sites include Oakley House at Audubon State Historic Site; Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site; Afton Villa Gardens; Butler Greenwood; Cabildo; Laurel Hill; Barrow House; and the three churches in the St. Francisville Historic District – Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church; United Methodist Church; and Grace Episcopal Church.  The Rural Homestead on the corner of Highways 66 and 61 will also be open with volunteers demonstrating skills they learned growing up in rural West Feliciana Parish.  For more information or to purchase tickets - $30 good for all three days of the Pilgrimage – call 635-6330.


Friday Night Activities

As an added event during the Audubon Pilgrimage, there will be night time activities on Friday, March 19.  A 6:15 pm there will be a reenactment of the West Florida flag ceremony.  David Norwood will be the narrator, as Governor Claiborne, West Florida Statesmen, and troops lower the lone star flag and raise the American flag.   The ceremony will take place at Grace Church before the start of the cemetery tour which begins at 6:30 pm.  There will also be a wine & cheese reception at the West Feliciana Historical Society Museum, hymn singing at the United Methodist Church, and Royal and Ferdinand Streets will be lined with luminarias.  Tickets to all Friday night entertainment are $15.


Light Up the Night

Food, drinks and dancing under the stars at Parker Park will be the way to go on Saturday, March 20.  This annual addition to Pilgrimage weekend has grown in popularity and is a definite don’t miss.  Tickets are $40 and include an open beer/wine bar, fabulous buffet dinner, and live music!  For more information or to make your reservation, call 635-6330.


2010 Lewis Symposium

On Saturday, March 27th, the Reverend Daniel Smith Lewis, Rector of Grace Church from 1839-1869, will be remembered with a seminar.  At 5:00 pm there will be a Wine, Cheese and Hors D'oeuvres Reception in Bishop Jackson Hall, followed by guest lecture at 6:00 pm in the church.   Guest speaker will be The Very Reverend Doctor Justyn Terry, Dean and President of Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA.  Dr. Terry is a well-published author, Professor of Systematic Theology, and Seminary Dean.   Please make arrangements to attend this great event.  RSVP by 3/20/2010: 225-635-4065.


Chamber Music Series

Following the Lewis Seminar , the last in the St. Francisville Symphony Association’s 2009-2010 Chamber Music Series will take place on Saturday, March 27 at 8 pm at Grace Episcopal Church in St. Francisville.  This concert will feature the musicians of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra.  Tickets are $20, and children under 18 accompanied by a paying adult will receive free admission.  Tickets are available at the Bank of St. Francisville or by calling BRSO at 2255-383-0500.



The Carriage House Restaurant is hosting an American Cancer Society Benefit on Monday, March 29, featuring GingerSnapp, The Queen of St. Francisville.  This night of dinner and entertainment will also feature a silent auction.  Tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple.  There will be a cash bar from 6 pm until dinner is served at 6:30 pm.  For ticket information, call Matthew Green at 721-3668 or Beth Pace at 635-6278.

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