Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mid-May Happenings

Commencement:  (n) beginning; start.  This Friday night when West Feliciana High School holds its commencement, 139 young people from our community will celebrate the beginning of the next chapter of their lives.   We wish them well in their future endeavors and congratulate the parents and teachers who have helped them along the way.  Congratulations, Class of 2010!


Good Morning, St. Francisville!

Don’t forget that the place to be this Friday morning is Parker Park in downtown St. Francisville.  That’s where WAFB Channel 9’s Morning Show crew will be – live!  Matt, Jeanne, Diane, Johnny and Greg will arrive in their “Road Show” RV and start the show promptly at 5 am.  There will be cheerleaders from the Middle School and the High School, and some of the children from Bains Lower Elementary’s new Literacy Garden.  WAFB’s Assistant New Director Jolene Reilly has been working hard on getting the stories and guests lined up, and you won’t want to miss this.  The BirdMan will be there with coffee to help you wake up so come out and join the crew from Channel 9 and give them a warm West Feliciana welcome.


Black Bear Conservation Celebrates!

On Friday, May 14 at Hemingbough, the Black Bear Conservation Coalition celebrates 20 years of black bear restoration.  This celebration will include a silent auction with artwork from Murrell Butler, CC Lockwood and many other talented artists, a golf package, a National WWII Museum package and other “bearly” believable items.  Master of ceremonies is Leo Honeycutt.  To purchase tickets phone 225-763-5425.


Music at The Mag

This Friday, the Fugitive Poets perform on the screened porch at The Mag beginning around 7 pm.  Friday, May 21, is United We Jam; and on Friday, May 28, the Delta Drifters will be rocking the house.


Community Market Day

St. Francisville Main Street and Arts For All are opening Parker Park every month on the Third Saturday from 9am until 1pm for Community Market Day.  Saturday, May 15, the market will feature locally grown produce, organic lettuce, sprouts, onions, greens, homemade mini pies, vegetables, bread, quilts, dresses, photographs, jewelry, soaps, canned goods and so much more.  Kevin Johnson will play music in the gazebo between 10 am and noon.  Come spend the morning in Parker Park.  For more information, call either Lynn at 635-3665 or Laurie at 635-3873.  The Community Market is brought to you by St. Francisville Main Street and Arts for All.


Spring Garden Stroll

Experience four unique local gardens at this self-guided garden tour in historic St. Francisville on Saturday, May 15, from 9 am until 1 pm.  Highlighted this year are the gardens of Melissa Higgins on Ferdinand Street; Tom and Susie Tully right next door; Mitch and Julie Brashier’s on Royal Street; Buddy Metz’s form on Stirling Road off of Bains Road; and Imahara’s Southern Gardens on Mahoney Road.  Advance tickets ($10) are available at the West Feliciana Extension Office or on the day of the tour, at the tour headquarters at Town Hall.  All proceeds of the tour go to local 4-H scholarships and our local Farmer’s Market.  Ticket holders are eligible for door prizes and admission to other local attractions.  For more information, phone 225-635-3614 or email


Tea and Sensibility

Also on Saturday, May 15, from 10 am until 4 pm, Audubon State Historic Site presents this spring gala.  Visitors will get a chance to experience life for the wealthy during the Empire, or Federal, period which was from 1790 to the 1820s.  Focusing on Jane Austen’s guidelines for social etiquette, visitors will learn about what was in fashion, English tea traditions, a woman’s role in society, favorite games and dances of the period and so much more.  For information, call 225-635-3739.


Lost Arts at Rosedown

Every third Saturday of the month, Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site presents demonstrations of the “Lost Arts” of the 19th century.  On May 15 from 11 am until 3 pm, the program will feature the “lost art” of medical practices of the 19th century.   For more information, phone 225-635-3332.


Meanwhile, Back at Café du Monde . . .

This unique, festive food story/monologue event about the second universal language – food – and how our lives revolve around it will premiere at The Myrtles Plantation on Sunday, May 16.  The event begins with a cocktail party at 5:30 pm with music by Steve Bing and The Bayou Hot Shots with showtime at 7:00 pm.  Created, directed and produced by Peggy Sweeney-McDonald, originally from Baton Rouge, tickets can be purchased by calling 800-809-0565.  Ticket price is $55 and includes 2 drinks (beer or wine), cocktail buffet with heavy appetizers, dessert and the show.  A portion of the tickets will benefit the West Feliciana Parish TRIAD Program for the Elderly.


West Fel Classic

Memorial Day weekend will see the annual West Feliciana Memorial Classic bike race and festival.  Races will be on Saturday and Sunday, and out at the West Feliciana Sports Park on Sunday there will be a festival atmosphere.  Bike hockey, bike safety, bike accessories will all be highlighted.  More details next week!


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