Dear Tourism Supporter,
As we adjust to the fall routine of school, football season and look forward to festivals, make note of what's going in St. Landry Parish and include it in your itineraries.
DON'T MISS -
7 Mile Yard Sale on Saturday, September 28
From 7am-4pm shop the vendors along Highways 93 & 182 in Arnaudville, Grand Coteau and Sunset
What's old is new....DIY (do it yourself) is in so find some furniture, kitchenware or jewelry and spruce it up to add some flair and variety in your home or make a unique gift for someone.
For booth space call 337-945-9188
|Plan your fall weekends - here's what's coming up:|
Sept 28th - 7 Mile Yard Sale - Arnaudville, Grand Coteau, Sunset
Sept 28th - Special Hank Williams, Sr. 90th Birthday Tribute
Oct 4-5 - 9th Annual Opelousas Spice & Music Festival
Oct 10-12 - 11th Annual Melville Atchafalaya Catfish Festival
Oct 11-13 - Washington Semi Annual Antique Fair & Yard Sale
Oct 26 - 2nd Annual Sweet Dough Pie Festival, Grand Coteau
TOUR du TECHE IV
Registration for Tour du Teche IV, a three-day race for kayaks and canoes down Louisiana's lush Bayou Teche, is open until 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13. The 135-mile race is Oct. 4-6 with pre-race events at Port Barre, La., on Thursday, Oct. 3.
Entry fees per paddler are $125 for Racers and $80 for Voyageurs, $60 for one-day races. Tour du Teche is a non-profit dedicated to promoting the low-impact recreational use, protection and appreciation of Bayou Teche.
For more information go to www.tourduteche.com or call Executive Director Nicole Patin at (337) 789-0319.
MUSIC & MARKET FALL SERIES
Music & Market happens from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Fridays, with music beginning at 6:00 p.m. Concert-goers are welcome to bring lawn chairs for seating. Because beverages sales for the concert series go towards event expenses, ice chests will not be allowed.
September 20 - Connie G and Creole Soul (R&B/Variety)
September 27 - Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band
Courthouse Square (Zydeco)
October 11 - Wallace Trahan & Rice and Gravy (Cajun)
October 18 - Louisiana Red - Courthouse Square/ Fait â la Main -Made by Hand) (Variety)
October 25 - Rusty Metoyer and Zydeco Krush (Zydeco)
November 1 - Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble (Zydeco)
Unless noted elsewhere, the FREE concerts are held at the Farmers Market Pavilion next to Le Vieux Village at 828 E Landry Street, Opelousas.
Call 800-424-5442 for more information
NEWS & UPDATES
This Thursday, watch What's Cookin? on KDGC-TV to see a cooking demonstration by the Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve. Every Saturday, the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center at the Park features demonstrations, music, crafts - all representative of our culture and heritage. We are honored to have a National Park in Eunice so if you haven't visited yet, please take the children and spend a Saturday afternoon.
Live Music for $5
Friday, September 13 - Clay Cormier and The Highway Boys
doors open at 7pm, show at 9pm
Sunday, September 15 - Louisiana Blues
doors open at 3pm, show at 5pm
Location: La Place de Chauntecler, 238 Napoleon Ave, Sunset LA 70584
Contact: Patrick Cravins 337-250-8780
till October 31 - "Louisiana - 200 Years of Taste"
Volunteer in the Park, Charles Seale, announces the opening of the exhibit "Louisiana- 200 Years of Taste" at the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center, Eunice, which is part of the Jean Lafitte Acadian Cultural Park and Preserve. The exhibit which documents the history of cooking from region to region throughout Louisiana was assembled by and on loan from the Southern Food & Beverage Museum in New Orleans.
The people of Louisiana- the Native Americans, the Europeans, and the Africans- together melded their raw materials, their techniques, their labor and their spirit into a unique cuisine. The food of Louisiana is arguably the only true cuisine that has developed in the United States. Statehood clarified and defined Louisiana so that the foods and foodways were identified with the state and at the same time became part of our identity.
Tuesday-Saturday 9:00-5:00 210 West Park Avenue, Eunice
Prairie Acadian Cultural Center
till September 30 - Tony Cutrera Art Exhibit
The work of Tony Cutrera, a native of Opelousas who grew up on Church Street, will be on showcase at the Opelousas Museum & Interpretive Center.
Cutrera graduated from A.I.C. (now Opelousas Catholic) then attended The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, (then S.L.I.) earning a BA degree in art. Upon completion of his studies, he settled in Lafayette and became the Advertising and Marketing Director for a large department store. Besides his love of art, he dabbles in the music industry and continues to play as a bassist for the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra in Lafayette.
Most of the images remind viewers of the "joie de vivre" Louisiana spirit and are painted mostly in watercolor. To view more of Cutrera's work, please visit his Facebook page and go to his exhibit. He often says that "where ever I cast my gaze it's like looking at a picture postcard."
315 North Main Street, Opelousas
Live Music - Every Saturday
Cajun Jam Session
Pure enjoyment of Cajun music with the Savoy family. Participate with your own instrument, watch or supply some boudin and cracklins. Come for a musical experience like no other.
Savoy Music Center, 4413 Hwy. 190 E., Eunice
337-457-9563 | 9am-12pm
Rendez-vous des Cajuns
September 14 - Chris Miller & Bayou Roots
September 21 - The Grand Coteau Playboys with Henry Hample and August Broussard & Friends
September 28 - Special show--Hank Williams, Sr. 90th Birthday Tribute
Bring your dancing shoes to this live radio show, featuring live music in a family friendly environment hosted in French. The entire family is welcome, so make this event your Saturday night plan.
Liberty Theatre, 200 Park Ave., Eunice
337-457-7389 | www.eunice-la.com
Old Fashion Fais-do-do Dance
September 14 - Chris Himel & Outbound
September 21 - Kyle Huval & the Dixie Club Rambers
September 28 - Cajun Heat
Come out and support our local musicians and listen to live music. Also, camp with us and receive 2 FREE tickets into the dance! Call now and book your RV site or cabin! Must be 18 to enter into the dance.
Lakeview Park & Beach, 717 Veteran Memorial Highway, Eunice
337-457-2881 | www.lvpark.com
Monthly Ongoing Events
FOURTH WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH
Cinema Francaise - September 25 - Les Choristes (a 2004 film about the power of positive influence)
NuNu's Arts & Culture Collective, 1510 Bayou Courtableau Road, Arnaudville. 7pm. A new monthly gathering to promote Louisiana French culture and language. Watch a feature-length French film with English subtitles and a brief introduction to the film. Participate in a short discussion after the film. No charge. 337-754-7724, www.nunucollective.org
THIRD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH
La Table Francaise-Eunice
Cafe' Mosaic, 202 South 2nd Street, Eunice. 9am. Grab a cup of coffee with us and share conversation and fun with other French speakers. 337-546-6276
LAST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH
La Table Francaise -Arnaudville
NuNu's Arts & Culture Collective, 1510 Bayou Courtableau Road, Arnaudville. 9am-12pm. Grab a cup of coffee with us and share conversation and fun with other French speakers. 337-754-7724, www.nunucollective.org
LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH
La Table Francaise - Opelousas
Whiteville School House in Le Vieux Village, 828 East Landry, Opelousas. 8:30am-9:30am. Grab a cup of coffee with us and share conversation and fun with other French speakers. 337-948-6263
Weekly Ongoing Events
EVERY WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY
Live Thoroughbred Horse Racing
Come out and enjoy this fast-paced competition in the first entertainment complex in America designed to combine horse racing and casino gaming. Post time is at 5:40pm.
Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino, 2235 Creswell Ln., Opelousas
337-594-3000 | 866-472-2466
Les Courdre Points Quilting Circle
Join the group of Cajun French speakers keen on quilting en francais to keep these two aspects of local culture alive and well. All skill levels welcome!
NuNu's Arts & Culture Collective, 1510 Courtableau Hwy. 93, Arnaudville
337-754-7115 | 1:30pm-3:30pm
Le Cafe' Cajun
Help to preserve our heritage in our corner of Southwest Louisiana. Learn, practice and improve your Cajun French skills. Du Café et du discutation, tout en français! (Coffee and casual conversational Cajun French - No English Allowed!) Hosted by the Cajun Prairie Chapter of OLLI at LSU Eunice.
Acadian Culture Center
Local artisans, musicians and more show off their skills with demonstrations of music, dancing, quilting, and more. Practice your Cajun two-step with the assistance of an expert volunteer, watch scrap fabrics become a beautiful quilt, see a foodways demonstration, or sit back and enjoy the music.
337-457-8499 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
EVERY TUESDAY, THURSDAY, & SATURDAY
Farmers Market in Opelousas
Discover bounties of homegrown fruits, vegetables, preserves and jellies and more. Handcrafts items and other art are also available.
925 E. Landry St., Opelousas
EVERY WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY
Farmers Market in Eunice
Choose from seasonal garden vegetables, fruits, jellies, sweet dough pies, honey, breads and other locally made products. Arts and crafts may appear from time to time as vendors are available.
Corner of 2nd St. and Park St., Eunice
Wednesday 3pm, Saturday 10am
Farmers Market in Washington
Select from seasonal fruits and vegetables, homemade jams and jellies, natural soaps, baked goods, holiday items when applicable, hand painted cards, fresh eggs, chemical free laundry detergent and much more. Artists are available on select Saturdays with local art for sale.
New vendors always welcome-only regulation is that you make or produce the product yourself. FREE to participate.
Having more vendors will attract more customers and make it worthwhile for the vendors to turn out. Look around your yard and garden and see if you have something to offer. We would like to work with a youth group of some kind who are fundraising for their projects.
Corner of Main St. and Hwy. 103, Washington
For more information on parish events call the St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission at 337-948-8004 or visit www.cajuntravel.com. Updates are posted on Facebook at St. Landry Parish-It's Gumbo for Your Soul and Twitter @StLandryParish. Videos are online at www.youtube.com/StLandryParish.
Your partner in tourism,
St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission