Monday, January 19, 2015

What's coming up in St. Francisville, La. - Jan., 2015

St. Francisville, La., "Happenings Newsletter" -  Entertainment, Festivals and Events.

 HAPPENINGS: The newsletter to discover what's happening in St. Francisville and West Feliciana Parish.  Periodically articles from the "Friends of St. Francisville" blog will be added to this newsletter.  Following these article introductions you will find the most updated news on upcoming local events.  A good source to find updates on festivals can also be found on the St. Francisville Festival website.

What’s coming up in St. Francisville

Happy New Year to All, we are excited about 2015 and hope you will come and enjoy St. Francisville.


Music at The Mag    Friday – January 16 – Gary Bello

                                       Friday –January 23 – Henry Gray

                                       Friday- January 30 – Delta Drifters



THE BAROQUE CONCERTO – January 16th at 7pm at Grace Episcopal Church.

Tickets can be purchased at the Bank of St. Francisville or by calling BRSO ticket office 225-383-0500 or at the door.


West Feliciana Parish Tourism THINK TANK 2014 - An Opportunity for Public Input

In the Fall of 2014 the West Feliciana Parish Tourist Commission (WFPTC) began an endeavor

to improve its strategy to attract visitors of all types with an overall goal of increasing

occupancy throughout the calendar year and improving the economic impact of tourism in the


This endeavor began with a series of charrettes (think tanks) targeting specific stakeholder

groups and will end with a community charrette open to the public. Information gathered at

all charrettes will form the basis for the WFPTC Strategic Plan.

A public charrette will be held on Tuesday January 27th, 2015 at the West Feliciana

Library between 4pm and 6pm. Members of the WFPTC, along with Tourism Executive

Director, Laurie Walsh, will be on hand to facilitate discussion. We are excited about this

process and look forward to your input. The meeting will be an open format allowing you to

drop by anytime between 4pm and 6pm at your convenience.

For any additional information please call Laurie Walsh 225 635 4224 or




Book Discussion with Moira Crone’s The Ice Garden

Readers, join in on the discussion of the exciting novel, The Ice Garden, which will be via Skype with the author Moira Crone.  Moira is a participant in our upcoming Writers & Readers Symposium.  The West Feliciana Parish Library has a list of discussion questions for you to consider as you read the book.  West Feliciana Parish Library


ARTS FOR ALL – “IT TAKE TWO TO TANGO” Art Show – February 15th

ARTS FOR ALL invites all to participate in our annual Art challenge, exhibit, walking parade and pot luck event!   There is nothing else like it anywhere!!

“It Takes Two to Tango”

ART SHOW!    February 15th, 2015

Arts For All Studio on Commerce St. in St. Francisville

The challenge this year is to collaborate with another artist, OR ARTISTS:  visual, written word, music, clay, etc.  to create one work.   The exhibit  will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, February 14th, 2015 from noon until 4:00 at which time we will proceed in our annual “crazy fun walking parade”  to BirdMan for a potluck dinner!  Info at  or call Lynn at 225-721-1296    ALL ARE WELCOME!! 




The committee is excited to announce the 2015 featured authors for the Writers and Readers Symposium, award winners all: California mystery writer Abigail Padgett whose most recent book is set in St. Francisville, New Orleans novelist and short story writer Moira Crone, Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Hayman, and the gifted photographer/writer Richard Sexton whose latest release explores and illustrates with dreamy images the Creole connections of New Orleans with the Latin Caribbean. Moderating this day-long program of individual and panel discussions with audience participation will be Carolyn Thornton; authors mingle with guests during lunch and will have autographed books available for purchase.

Ava Hayman will teach a poetry workshop for Bains Elementary students on Friday, February 20, and she joins Abigail Padgett in presenting a writers’ workshop for more mature aspiring and professional authors the following week in a stimulating plantation setting. Other monthly programs leading up to the Writers and Readers Symposium are planned as well, the first being a free community Folk Music Open Mic at Hemingbough Sunday, October 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. (contact Dramatic readings and memoir readings will follow in December and January.

Tickets for the Writers and Readers Symposium: A Celebration of Literature and Art, will be available beginning in November, and those interested are encouraged to reserve early. For information on the photography exhibit and free monthly community events, contact Darlene Reaves (; to volunteer, to engage speakers for book clubs and other organizations, and for additional information, contact Dr. Olivia Pass (


WRITERS WORKSHOP – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 28   9AM-4PM  at Butler Greenwood Plantation


Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Leavell Hayman and award-winning novelist Abigail Padgett join forces to help existing and aspiring writers hone their writing skills.  Both writers will lead participants in writing activities and exercises.  Writers are invited to bring samples of their work for critiquing.  This workshop is designed to help participants identify, polish and (for works in prose) ultimately learn how to get their stories published.   Beginners are especially welcome!       Lunch is provided , limited to 20 persons   $125.00.  For additional information contact Dr. Olivia Pass





History Mythbusters at Rosedown SHS: January 12-25, 2015, 9 am-5 pm. Guides at historic houses frequently relate certain stories which have become standard features in tours. Many of these stories have no basis in fact, but are accepted by the visiting public as truth. For this program, several of the more common myths will be debunked as Rosedown' s interpretive staff relates the truth behind these myths, and the research debunking them.


Black History Month Display at Rosed own SHS: Month of February, 10 am-4 pm. In celebration of Black History Month, Rosedown will mount a display in the gift shop conference room honoring the lives and accomplishments of African-Americans. The exhibit will feature pictures, brief biographies and music of African-Americans who had an influence on history. For more information call 888.376.1867 toll free or 635.3110 locally.


Garden Tour Fridays at Rosedown SHS: February 6, 2015, 10 am. A guided walking tour of the historic Rosedown Gardens and Outbuildings. Program occurs every first Friday of each month. For more information call 888.376.1867 toll free or 635.3110 locally.

African and Caribbean Influence in Southern Antebellum  Cooking at Rosedown  SHS: February  14, 2015, 11 am -2 pm.  In recognition/celebration  of Black History Month, State Parks Staff will discuss and demonstrate the tremendous influence of African and Caribbean peoples to the cooking heritage of the Antebellum South.  Visitors will receive printed menus and recipes of all dishes prepared during this demonstration, highlighting the specific African and Caribbean influences in each recipe. For more information call 888.376.1867 toll free or 635.311 O locally.


Enslaved Life at Rosedown: February 28, 2015, 11 am. An overview of the history of African-American enslavement, specifically in Louisiana, followed by a more detailed look into enslaved life at Rosedown. The layout of the plantation, including outbuildings, home sites, work areas and fields will be discussed. Also discussed will be the duties and accomplishments of the inhabitants of Rosedown, including a walking tour of outbuildings on the grounds. For more information call 888.376.1867 toll free or 635.3110 locally.

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