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  • #21
    Nine of the 13 winners in the Youth Journalism Contest

    Monday, August 20, 2007

    Members of LOWA (Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association):

    Another annual conference has passed, and it was another huge success story. From the fishing trips, to the seminars (special thanks to Chris Ginn and Gerald Gaspard/Pure Fishing), to the meals, to the shooting event on Saturday, to the outstanding meal and fun banquet on Saturday night at the Holiday Inn
    Financial Plaza in Shreveport, it was a class act all the way.

    We had about half our active membership turn out for this series of events--a huge showing considering the majority of our members reside in the lower half of Louisiana, and most in the southeastern portion of the state.

    Nine of the 13 winners in the Youth Journalism Contest were present. This alone tells you how respected this contest has become since attending this conference was a major trip for most of them. Only three of the winners came from the Shreveport/Bossier area, the remaining six families had to make a substantial investment in time and money to attend this event for their kids. Most families brought extra family members to share in the thrill of the presentations.

    We all owe a huge debt of thanks to Chris and Vicki Holmes--they worked like draymen, and made it seem easy. When you consider they hauled signage, cooking gear, seminar materials, food, and more all the way to Shreveport, and then got every event started on time and supplied logistically, you can only stand in awe at their capable leadership, and organizational abilities.

    In addition, Vicki makes everyone else's job easy--from the large presentation checks to the EIC, to the certificates for the kids in the YJC, everything is ready and prepared and waiting on we committee members who have presentations to make. In other words, she does part of our job, too.

    If you aren't aware of it by now, Vicki was given a sliding scale on which the charge for the banquet room at the hotel, and the cost of the meals would come down according to the number of rooms we rented. The initial cost of renting the banquet room was $900.00. We rented enough rooms, and bought enough meals (there were some 115 people at the
    banquet) the scale came down to the minimum rental of $300.00 for the banquet facility. I don't have to tell you what a significant savings to our budget is effected by the reduction in cost by $600.00!

    Our annual board meetings went quickly and well, with excellent long-range plans for the future of LOWA, and the EIC and YJC contests.

    You will all be receiving copies of the minutes of the meetings, so I don't need to go into all that here--suffice it to say we will have probably even better attended meetings by moving the date forward into the fall (the fishing in the marsh is outstanding in the fall) and the ideas for increasing the awards for YJC will be examined by the appropriate committee with the idea of making the contest even more attractive to the kids and their parents.

    Please, if you get a chance, drop a note of thanks to the hotel, and the Shreveport Bossier CVB. Both organizations went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure we had an enjoyable and informative trip. I heard nothing but praise from the ladies over the spouses' trip on Saturday--they had a great time shopping and at lunch.

    Finally, be sure and thank Chris Holmes and his Superwoman wife, Vicki, for all they did. It was a great conference, and I can't wait for next year in Morgan City!

    Sincerely,

    Gordon Hutchinson
    Chairman of the Board
    LOWA


    P.S. I sent out the Youth Journalism Contest winner news release last week. Some of you requested the winning photos be sent again. They are attached along with the names and addresses of the kids below. If any of you need the full release with all the kids and their essay titles, let me know. We also have the essays as documents and can send them if you wish to reproduce them in your media outlets.


    Subject: RE: LOWA YJC

    Hi Gordon,
    Here's the winners, their schools and placements.

    Deb

    First Place Acadian Home Black & White
    Brittany Alane Barbay
    10 years old
    P O Box 2583
    St. Francisville, LA 70725
    225-635-6251
    School--Bains Elementary

    Michael Gronowski
    17 years old
    45551 N Hwy 936
    St. Amant, LA 70774
    225-675-5051
    School--St. Amant High School

    Gaia Burrage
    12 years old
    78 Live Oak Dr.
    Slidell, LA 70461
    985-781-9640
    School--Boyet Jr. High

    Robert Gallant
    17 years old
    306 Hunters Hollow
    Bossier City, LA 71111
    318-747-3487
    School--Airline High School

    Amy Weaver
    14 years old
    608 Poplar
    Metairie, LA 70005
    504-834-6212
    School--Monteleone Junior High
    Mandeville


    Deb Burst
    Deb's Freelance Writing
    22123 Rue Coquille
    Mandeville, LA 70471
    www.debswriting.com
    Home 985-892-8703
    Cell 985-630-0659
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    • #22
      levee.org

      levee.org
      Please join me in a short press conference as Levees.Org releases its second annual report card grading the US Army Corps of Engineers and the US Congress on flood protection for Greater New Orleans and nationwide.


      In conjunction with a class of Newman students, Levees.Org will also present a giant Thank You Card to young people of America for their volunteerism and generosity. In a specialized class taught by Ms. Lori Bush, the students have partnered with Levees.Org to learn first hand about supporting legislation that could have a direct impact on their lives.




      Saturday, August 25, 2007

      10am

      Art Gallery, Isidore Newman School

      1903 Jefferson Avenue

      Enter Henson Auditorium on Danneel Street

      Parking on Jefferson Ave or Danneel Street


      Levees.Org continues to push for passage of the 8/29 Commission, an independent bipartisan analysis of the flood protection failures in Greater New Orleans, named for the date that Hurricane Katrina struck. Senator Mary Landrieu D-LA has embraced the legislation and is committed to its passage.


      Click here for Senator Landrieu's statement on the 8/29 Commission released August 9, 2007.
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      • #23
        Be a Part of National Public Lands Day at

        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Rita McMurray
        > August 30,2007 (985) 624-4442
        > fntbleau_int@crt.state.la.us
        >
        > Calling All Volunteers!
        > Be a Part of National Public Lands Day at
        > Fontainebleau State Park on Sept 29
        > MANDEVILLE
        - Join us at Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville, for
        > National Public Lands Day on Sat., Sept. 29. Volunteers will be removing
        > Tallow Trees, which have multiplied at a tremendous rate since the loss of
        > thousands of native trees in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
        > Fontainebleau State Park will be the location for a large service project
        > on National Public Lands Day (September 29, 2007) from 8 am to noon. The
        > Tallow trees are using the natural nutrients from the soil making it
        > nearly impossible for the native trees to thrive. We will be making the
        > area ready for when other volunteers come later, in the fall, to plant
        > additional native trees.
        > Organizations, companies, and individuals that would like to volunteer
        > should register by September 24, 2007. Contact: Rita McMurray, (985)
        > 624-4442, fntbleau_int@crt.state.la.us
        > <mailto:fntbleau_int@crt.state.la.us> .
        > All person's under age 18, must be accompanied by an adult volunteer. The
        > first 800 pre-registered volunteers will receive a 2007 National Public
        > Lands Day poster
        >
        > Join us for National Public Lands Day on Sat., Sept. 29 as we work to make
        > the park into a great place to take a break and get back to nature. "My
        > dream is to have a forest of mature native trees here at Fontainebleau,
        > for the next generation to enjoy at their local state park." said Rita
        > McMurray, interpretive ranger.
        >
        > Standard day-use admission of $1 per person will be waived for all
        > pre-registered participants. Fontainebleau State Park is located on 2,800
        > acres on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. In addition to bird
        > watching, the park offers visitors camping, hiking and picnicking
        > opportunities.
        >
        > The park entrance is located southeast of Mandeville on US 190. Day-use
        > visitors can attend all park programs for the standard admission charge of
        > $1 per person. For more information call 1-888-677-3668 toll free or
        > 624-4443 in the Mandeville area.
        > <http://www.publiclandsday.org/involved/louisiana.cfm>
        >
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        >
        > Rita McMurray
        > Interpretive Ranger 2
        > Fontainebleau State Park
        > 62883 Hwy 1089
        > Mandeville, LA 70448-7304
        >
        > Phone (985) 624-4442
        > Fax (985) 624-4444
        > fntbleau_int@crt.state.la.us
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        • #24
          ZooMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park

          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
          August 25, 2007 ph. 985-792-4652

          ZooMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park September 1st
          MADISONVILLE
          - Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park are invited to an
          educational program - Fur, Feathers, Scales & Skins - presented by the
          Audubon Nature Institute's ZooMobile on Saturday September 1st at 1 p.m. The
          ZooMobile staff and volunteers will be under the oaks near Otis House Museum
          in the park's day-use area. The presentation will include live animals and
          other teaching models to provide visitors of all ages an enjoyable hands-on
          learning experience. What makes a mammal a mammal? Why does a bird have
          feathers? "Fur, Feathers, Scales & Skins" will explain these and many other
          questions as we learn about various living species in the animal kingdom.
          The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 - 61. Under
          age 3 or 62+ admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is
          located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish.
          The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River,
          and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free
          1-888-677-3247.
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          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
          August 25, 2007 ph. 985-792-4652

          Kids Fishing Clinic Set for September 8th at Fairview-Riverside State Park
          MADISONVILLE - Fairview-Riverside State Park will host a Kids Fishing Clinic
          on Saturday,
          September 8th from 9 a.m. until noon. This hands-on program was designed by
          the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and is intended for
          beginning anglers, ages 8 and older. A parent or guardian must accompany
          each participant. Participants should meet the park ranger at the pavilion
          in the day-use area of the park near Otis House Museum. The program will
          include how to operate and cast a spincast rod and reel, knot tying and the
          basic safety rules for fishermen. All supplies are included for the clinic.
          Pre-registration is required due to the limited class size.
          The fishing clinic is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 - 61,
          ages 3 and under or 62 + are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is
          located one mile east of Madisonville in St. Tammany Parish. The site
          includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte
          River, and Otis House Museum. To pre-register for the clinic call
          985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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          • #25
            ZooMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside

            ZooMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park October 20th

            MADISONVILLE - Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on October 20th are invited to an
            educational program - Animal Habitats - presented by the Audubon Nature Institute's
            ZooMobile at 1 p.m. The staff and volunteers will be under the oaks near Otis House Museum in the park's day-use area with a presentation on animal habits and habitats. Learn about where and how various animals live and how they survive in their habitat. Hands-on learning aids will be used to reinforce the program and live animals will be presented.
            The program is free with park admission of $1 per person over age 4. Children under 3 or seniors 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of
            Madisonville on Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic
            area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call
            985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
            September 12, 2007 ph. 985-792-4652



            Halloween Hayride & Hoopla 5:30 - 7:30 P.M. October 27th
            at Fairview-Riverside State Park
            MADISONVILLE - The staff invites visitors to take a hayride through the park grounds and enjoy the haunting trivia revealing Halloween's true traditions as the ride meanders through the campground and day-use areas. After the hayride, guests can bob for apples or make a "freaky flashlight". Flashlights will be furnished, but bring 2 AA batteries if you want to light it up! Hayrides will begin every half hour, last one being at 7 p.m. At 6:30, guests of all ages can enjoy storytelling as the Porta-Puppet Players present "Witch Class", an interactive puppet show about "Broomella" the witch with amnesia... The program is free with park admission of $1 per person ages 4 - 61. Children 3 and under or seniors 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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            • #26
              Northshore Volunteers Honored For Work to Restore Local

              Northshore Volunteers Honored For Work to Restore Local Park
              Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville one of eight nationwide locations recognized in national campaign


              BATON ROUGE – Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu announced Fontainebleau State Park is one of eight sites selected from thousands of public parks and other locations to receive a $1,000 grant from Toyota Motor Sales, USA to commemorate National Public Lands Day. This grant will be delivered by representatives from Toyota Motor Sales as they travel in the hybrid version of the Toyota Highlander.

              “We are grateful to the Boy Scouts and other volunteers who spend countless hours clearing debris at Fontainebleau State Park in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina," said Lt. Governor Landrieu whose office oversees the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and the Office of State Parks. “With the efforts of these young men and other, we are actively preserving our state parks and other public lands so that our citizens can enjoy the great natural resources Louisiana has to offer."

              Toyota will present the check to BSA Scoutmaster Davis Robertson at Fontainebleau State Park on Monday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m., a few days in advance of the actual National Public Lands Day, which takes place on September 29 this year. The grants will provide the work site with some additional support for this year’s efforts.

              CRT Secretary Angčle Davis said the State Parks department has made progress this year toward the Lt. Governor's twin goals of adding to the inventory of state parklands and upgrading public facilities at state parks. “The Office of State Parks recently took over the administration of Hodges Gardens and we are working to bring that park back to national prominence. Visitors are already experiencing the beauty of that site and will continue to do so, for years to come. Several State Parks sites participate in National Public Lands Day, making public lands accessible to residents and visitors to the state.”

              Boy Scouts of America Troop 100 from Ponchatoula and Fontainebleau State Park were selected for their dedication in preserving the indigenous flora and fauna of Lake Pontchartrain’s north shore. Local volunteers, in addition to the scouts, will roll up their sleeves and devote their day to clean up at the park. Volunteers will be removing Tallow Trees, which have multiplied at a tremendous rate since the loss of thousands of native trees in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

              “National Public Lands Day would not be success that it is today without volunteers like those who help out at Fontainebleau State Park, says Robb Hampton, Director of National Public Lands Day. “Last year we reached a monumental participation of 100,000 volunteers nationwide, and we are expecting to increase this by an additional 10,000 this year with the support of efforts like these.”

              National Public Lands Day is sponsored by the National Environmental Education Foundation, with support of nine federal agencies, The event continues the legacy started by the Civilian Conservation Corps, which enrolled 3 million Americans to maintain and improve public lands during the Great Depression.
              Other sites receiving grants from Toyota include the Appalachian Trail in Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina, Kudzu Coalition in South Carolina, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia, Florida Air National Guard and the Jupiter Inlet Natural Area in Florida and Cumberland Falls State Resort Park in Kentucky. The final event award will be given at a signature event at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, in Washington D.C. on National Public Lands Day.

              Every year since 1995, on the last Saturday in September, thousands of Americans participate in the largest coast-to-coast volunteer effort to restore public lands. Participation in National Public Lands Day cleanups give Americans an annual chance to make public lands in local communities safer, prettier, and more desirable. This year, the theme of National Public Lands Day focuses on invasive weeds and pests.

              Those who would like to be a part of this annual effort still have time participate by registering to get involved at Fontainebleau State Park. For more information, contact Rita McMurray at 985-624-4442 or see a list of NPLD sites, activities, contacts, and downloadable photos from past events in the Media Center section of www.publiclandsday.org.
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              • #27
                Louisiana Sportsmen Help Hook a Cure

                Louisiana Sportsmen Help Hook a Cure
                For Cystic Fibrosis!


                HOOK-A-CURE Fishing Rodeo

                Saturday, October 13, 2007
                Breton Sound Marina
                Benefiting the Louisiana Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

                Louisiana is the sportsman’s paradise and known for throwing great parties and the Louisiana Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is teaming up with huntnfish.com to help improve the lives of over 30,000 children and young adults across the U.S. that are living with cystic fibrosis (CF). The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) is proud to announce the third annual Hook-A-Cure Fishing Rodeo taking place at Breton Sound Marina on Saturday, October 13, 2007.

                You can help make this benefit rodeo a success by joining us for some great fishing and a fantastic angler’s party while helping to improve the quality of life for everyone affected by CF. Anglers of all ages and skill level are invited to participate for a donation of $30 (adult) and $15 (children under 18) and the donation is 100% tax deductible! You can request a brochure or register by phone (504-455-5194) or e-mail amills@cff.org.

                After a day of fishing Anglers will enjoy food, music and fun while the catch is weighed in. Prizes will be awarded in several categories including Redfish – over and under 27”, Speckled Trout, Sheepshead, Flounder and Drum as well as a special prize for the child’s redfish with the most spots. The grand prize for our “Master Angler” is a pair of American Airline tickets! Fishing is from Safe Light until 2 pm. Weigh-in will be from noon-2 pm. All anglers must be registered before they begin fishing and all fish must be weighed by 2:00 p.m.! Anglers can register at Breton Sound Marina from 6am until 8 am the day of the rodeo.

                If you can’t make it to Breton Sound Marina, you can make a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For more information on the Hook-A-Cure Fishing Rodeo, sponsorship opportunities and how you can become involved, please contact Ashley Mills with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 504-455-5194.

                Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a complex, genetic disease that affects about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. Since the founding of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) in 1955, life expectancy for those affected by the disease has increased from childhood to 37 years of age and is rising rapidly. As well, many of those affected are living normal, active, quality lives, thanks to the research and development of highly effective pharmaceuticals and treatments.

                The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation puts close to 90% of every dollar raised directly into research to defeat CF. CFF was ranked as one of the nation’s top ten “charities you can trust” in the most recent poll by the Wall Street Journal’s Smart Money. You will be giving your support to one of the most respected charities in the United States.


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                • #28
                  Old West Florida Day at Audubon State Historic Site

                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Tonya Nicolosi
                  Oct. 2, 2007 1-888-677-2838


                  Old West Florida Day at Audubon State Historic Site

                  ST. FRANCISVILLE -- Visitors of all ages are invited to Audubon State Historic Site during the Old West Florida Day program on October 13.
                  From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can see demonstrations of early 1800s crafts. The program also include flintlock musket demonstrations, camp life talks, and talks on the clothing of the day.
                  "Old West Florida Day is a new program for the park reflecting the changing interests of our visitors." said John House, Manager of Audubon S.H.S. " West Florida is sometimes referred to as the 14th American Colony or the lost colony of the American Revolution. The unique history of the Florida Parishes of Louisiana and the briefly lived Republic of West Florida is often overlooked."
                  Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Oakley House and its lush natural settings are open daily for tours throughout the year. The park includes an Interpretive Center, Oakley House, slave cabins, gardens, kitchen, trails, picnic area and picnic pavilion.
                  Audubon SHS is located north of Baton Rouge near St. Francisville on La. 965 in West Feliciana Parish. The fee is $2 per person with children (12 and under) and seniors (62 and over) admitted free. For more information, call 1-888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739 in the St. Francisville area.
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                  • #29
                    Halloween Hayride &amp; Hoopla 5:30 - 7:30 P.M. October 27t

                    Halloween Hayride & Hoopla 5:30 - 7:30 P.M. October 27th
                    at Fairview-Riverside State Park
                    MADISONVILLE - The staff invites visitors to take a hayride through the park grounds and enjoy the haunting trivia revealing Halloween's true traditions as the ride meanders through the campground and day-use areas. After the hayride, guests can bob for apples or make a "freaky flashlight". Flashlights will be furnished, but bring 2 AA batteries if you want to light it up! Hayrides will begin every half hour, last one being at 7 p.m. At 6:30, guests of all ages can enjoy storytelling as the Porta-Puppet Players present "Witch Class", an interactive puppet show about "Broomella" the witch with amnesia...
                    Enter a carved pumpkin the contest (call for details) and enjoy a demo of how to use stencils to create fantastical, freaky, funny or grotesque designs in real or foam pumpkins that can be kept year after year. The program is free with park admission of $1 per person ages 4 - 61. Children 3 and under or seniors 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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                    • #30
                      Celebrating the Bicentennial

                      St. Francisville Press Release
                      Main Street Program - 225.635.3873


                      ST. FRANCISVILLE
                      CELEBRATES BICENTENNIAL

                      By Anne Butler


                      The quaint little Mississippi River town of St. Francisville, LA, has always been a happy marriage of residential and commercial structures, its gingerbread-trimmed Victorian dwelling houses co-existing shoulder-to-shoulder with vibrant small businesses, houses of worship, schools and other structures. Thus it is no surprise that its 200th birthday celebration this month should be just such a mixture, an appreciation of the past joined with enjoyment of the present and anticipation of the future.


                      Highlight of the bicentennial observation will be an Open House on Sunday, November 11, at Julius Freyhan School just off Royal St. in St. Francisville. A splendid sturdy brick structure overlooking the Mississippi River, it was opened in the early 1900s as the first public school in town, its construction funded initially by a bequest in the will of one of the area’s earliest Jewish immigrants, Julius Freyhan. Freyhan had arrived in this country a penniless peddler in the 1850s and prospered sufficiently as a supply merchant to the cotton empire that he was considered one of the wealthiest men in the state at the time of his death.





                      For half a century the Freyhan School educated several generations of St. Francisville students, some even riding horseback from the surrounding countryside to attend classes, from which they were dismissed early on stormy days to get home safely before the creeks swelled with rainwater and became impassable. Other country students caught the train carrying cotton and passengers to the riverport beneath the school’s hilltop location, and one intrepid fellow even rowed across the Mississippi River every day for class. Today the alums of J. Freyhan School gather monthly in ever-dwindling numbers to share memories, and many of them will be present in person for the Open House November 11 in “their” school.

                      In addition, the dynamic director of St. Francisville’s active Main Street Program has enlisted the help of her talented videographer son to record for posterity oral histories related by a number of the earliest students, some now in their 90s. Elderly couples like the Bill Plettingers, married more than 70 years; brothers Ingram and Barrow Norwood of the early pioneering family of Barrows at Highland Plantation; historian Elisabeth Kilbourne Dart who has spent a lifetime carefully recording the history of the area and spearheading its proper preservation; Lucille Leake with whom the idea for the popular spring pilgrimage originated, and who insisted the children of the town learn to swim; the Temple family with their involvement in every aspect of local education as teachers and principals and school board members for generations; and a number of retired teachers and now-elderly students whose lives centered around Freyhan School---Laurie Walsh and son Shane have taped interviews of their fascinating recollections. These will be continuously shown during the Freyhan School Open House and will be preserved in the permanent collection of the museum planned for the future in the building. There will also be an accompanying display of vintage B&W photographs.






                      Though it has not been used as a school for more than 50 years, the Freyhan School building retains its historic charm, the third-floor auditorium with ceiling of patterned tin and the impressive wooden archways and moldings crying out for restoration. Now the non-profit Freyhan Foundation plans to preserve the structure as a community cultural center and museum with exhibits interpreting early education in the area as well as the significant contributions of its 19th-century Jewish community. The public is invited to see what all the excitement is about at the bicentennial Open House at the school, where they will also be treated to a concert by the wonderful Community Choir, strong voices drawn from a variety of local church choirs, blues bands and other musical groups. The West Feliciana High School ROTC will honor local veterans of wars both past and present at the event to mark Veteran’s Day.

                      The bicentennial weekend commemorates St. Francisville’s founding 200 years ago as John H. Johnson laid out the little village on a narrow finger-ridge overlooking the Mississippi River. It soon became the cultural and commercial center of the rich surrounding plantation country. Today this charming Main Street Community, listed as an extensive National Register Historic District, is still very much alive and still the center of life in the area, its 200 years being celebrated by the debut this weekend of a book covering the life and times of the little town. The Spirit of St. Francisville has text by local author/historian Anne Butler and images by prize-winning Louisiana photographer Darrell Chitty, their words and superb full-color photographs capturing the very soul of the place and its people over the years. On Friday, November 9, at 6 p.m. the author and photographer discuss the book, sign autographs and show full-size images in 1819 Old Market Hall on Royal St. in St. Francisville, hosted by the West Feliciana Historical Society. On Saturday, Nov. 10, they sign books at Backwoods Gallery.





                      Also on Saturday, November 10, the wonderful array of little shops in downtown St. Francisville, many in restored 19th-century structures, host special Birthday Sales, and shoppers can have cards stamped to be eligible for a birthday present of their own. The Feliciana Stitchers hold a Quilt Show and Sale in downtown Parker Memorial Park on Commerce St. beginning at 9 a.m. At Birdman Books and Coffee, Arts at the Market showcases a month-long exhibit of members’ creations.


                      The rolling hills and picturesque plantations of the Felicianas as well as the Victorian streetscape of downtown St. Francisville have long been favored by Hollywood for movies, beginning with such early classics as Otto Preminger’s “Hurry Sundown” and dashing Jeff Chandler in “Band of Angels.” Most recent production, “The Reaping” starring Hilary Swank, will be screened Saturday evening at the 4-H Barn as St. Francisville Main Street kicks off its annual autumn outdoors movie series, this year showcasing popular productions filmed on location in the area; the high school International Club provides concessions, viewers should bring lawn chairs or blankets, and admission is one canned good for the Food Bank. The bicentennial weekend also promises live musical entertainment at several venues; the popular Delta Drifters will be at Magnolia Café beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, while at 7 p.m. Saturday evening Dylan Sneed performs at Birdman Books and Coffee, and Cypress Grill also has live music.





                      Thanks to the longtime efforts of the dedicated West Feliciana Historical Society as well as some thoughtful zoning regulations and a vibrant, committed Main Street program, nearly all of downtown St. Francisville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an architecturally significant historic district that remains very much alive today, and it is most appropriate that its bicentennial celebration has been timed to coincide with the statewide Main To Main activities highlighting Louisiana’s incredibly varied array of Main St. Communities. THE SPIRIT OF ST. FRANCISVILLE 200 YEARS and Main To Main activities are made possible in part by grant funding from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and Preserve America, as well as the local Main St. program and historical society.


                      The St. Francisville area has much to offer visitors year-round, most especially in the fall when the Angola Rodeo enlivens every Sunday in October and the Tunica Hills with waterfalls and brilliant fall color beckon outdoorsmen. Every weekend there are art festivals, garden symposiums and other special events (see www.stfrancisvillefestivals.com). Six spectacular antebellum plantations are open for daily tours: Rosedown and Audubon State Historic Sites, The Myrtles, Greenwood, Butler Greenwood and The Cottage; Catalpa is open by reservation, and Afton Villa Gardens opens seasonally. Picturesque 19th-century structures throughout downtown St. Francisville are filled with an eclectic selection of little shops, and reasonably priced meals are available in a nice array of restaurants. Some of the state's best Bed and Breakfasts offer overnight accommodations ranging from golf clubs and lakeside resorts to historic townhouses and country plantations; a modern motel has facilities to accommodate busloads. Recreational opportunities abound in the Tunica Hills, with excellent hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, golfing and horseback riding, in addition to the superb birdwatching. For online coverage of tourist facilities and attractions in the St. Francisville area, see www.stfrancisville.us, www.stfrancisville.net, or www.stfrancisvilleovernight.com; or telephone (225) 635-3873 or 635-6330.
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                        New Orleans Boat Show Jan.9-13, '08

                        WHEN

                        January 9 – 13, 2008
                        Wednesday – Friday 5PM – 10PM
                        Saturday 11AM – 10PM
                        Sunday 11AM – 6PM

                        WHERE
                        Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
                        900 Convention Center Boulevard
                        Halls H, I & J
                        New Orleans, LA 70130

                        ADMISSION
                        Adults – $9.00
                        Adult 2 Day Admission - $ $15.00
                        Youths - $5.00 (13-15 accompanied by an adult)
                        Children 12 and under admitted free
                        Discount coupons good for $2.00 off adult weeknight’s admission distributed to area boat dealers and inserted in all New Orleans Boat Show print ads.
                        Tickets are available at the door or visit www.neworleansboatshow.com to purchase tickets in advance on line.

                        More info: WHEN

                        January 9 – 13, 2008
                        Wednesday – Friday 5PM – 10PM
                        Saturday 11AM – 10PM
                        Sunday 11AM – 6PM

                        WHERE
                        Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
                        900 Convention Center Boulevard
                        Halls H, I & J
                        New Orleans, LA 70130

                        ADMISSION
                        Adults – $9.00
                        Adult 2 Day Admission - $ $15.00
                        Youths - $5.00 (13-15 accompanied by an adult)
                        Children 12 and under admitted free
                        Discount coupons good for $2.00 off adult weeknight’s admission distributed to area boat dealers and inserted in all New Orleans Boat Show print ads.
                        Tickets are available at the door or visit www.neworleansboatshow.com to purchase tickets in advance on line.

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                          Celebrating Christmas 1885 - 1935 at Otis House Museum

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                          November 21, 2007 985-792-4652
                          Celebrating Christmas 1885 - 1935 at Otis House Museum Dec. 8th - 30th
                          MADISONVILLE
                          - Visitors at Fairview-Riverside State Park are invited to tour Otis House Museum Dec. 8th - 30th to enjoy seasonal decorations and learn Christmas customs, lifestyles, and history from the Victorian era through the Depression years. In the parlor, a tree featuring hand-made ornaments, candles and strings of popcorn will be displayed. In the breakfast room, learn how technology brought new items that changed holiday celebrations. On the evening of December 8th (only) the museum will be open from 5:30 until 8:00 p.m. for candlelight tours. Patrons and guests are welcome to enjoy the ambiance of the seasonal decor along with cookies and wassil in the kitchen after the tour. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. Otis House tours, $2.00 per adult, seniors 62+ and children 12 and under admitted free. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, tours 9:00 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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                          Victorian Tree Trimming Workshop offered at Otis House Museum Dec. 15

                          MADISONVILLE - The staff of Otis House Museum offers a Victorian tree-trimming workshop for children on Dec. 15th from 10 a.m. until noon. Children are invited to create ornamental paper cones, boxes and sugar-plum cases like those used to decorate Victorian Christmas trees. During the workshop, children will learn how trees were decorated before electricity and store bought trimmings existed. Please call to register groups of 10+.
                          The program is free with park admission of $1.00 per person, seniors 62+ or children under 3 admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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                            B&amp;B’s IN ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA, OFFER PERFECT POST-HOLID

                            St. Francisville Press Release
                            Main Street Program - 225.635.3873

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                            Administrator

                            B&B’s IN ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA, OFFER PERFECT POST-HOLIDAY HIDEAWAY

                            by Anne Butler
                            Ever since the closing days of the 18th century, when a rude shantytown sprang up to accommodate the needs of the flatboatmen traversing the Mississippi River on their way south to New Orleans, the St. Francisville area has provided facilities for travelers. By the early 1900's, fashionable steamboat passengers would disembark there for magnificent multi-coursed meals at its fine hotels, expecting and receiving accommodations to equal the elegance of the floating paddlewheeled palaces upon which they had arrived.


                            In the 20th century, the St. Francisville area became one of Louisiana's favorite tourist destinations, with its resplendent restored antebellum plantation homes and glorious gardens. As Baby Boomers approached retirement age, the area promoted a different kind of travel opportunity, emphasizing the unmatched recreational activities offered by the surrounding Tunica Hills, with unsurpassed hiking along peaceful meandering paths or steep rugged trails to waterfalls, horseback riding in unspoiled wilderness areas, birding unchanged since the huge population of both migratory and resident birdlife inspired artist John James Audubon in the 1820s, golf along the Thompson Creek blufflands and biking with many levels of difficulty.



                            With the devastating hurricanes of 2005 came further changes in tourism demographics, with fewer national and international travellers visiting Louisiana. The St. Francisville area has addressed these new challenges by emphasizing to state and regional visitors the pleasures of the peaceful getaway, especially welcome after frantic holiday activities. Many of the Bed & Breakfasts in the area offer gift certificates, which are coveted Christmas, New Year’s and Valentine’s gifts. Says St. Francisville Main Street Director Laurie Walsh, herself a B&B owner, “Much of our national travel comes through New Orleans, and it’s just not back yet, so we are particularly pleased to welcome so many overnight guests coming from the Louisiana area and our neighboring states, guests who are simply looking for a quiet respite or perhaps a romantic hideaway. Our B&Bs are so varied that guests can find exactly what they are looking for right here in St. Francisivlle. We can also handle corporate traffic.”






                            The area does indeed have a wonderful variety of accommodations. There is a modern full-service motel, the recently renovated Best Western St. Francis Hotel on the Lake, with rooms enough to accommodate entire bus loads of overnight guests. There are accommodations at conference centers like Hemingbough, with facilities for large groups, weddings, conventions and concerts in a lovely lakeside setting, and overnight rooms in a replica of the garconniere at Uncle Sam Plantation as well as individual cabins. At the other extreme are several suite-apartment facilities and the dozen tiny detached efficiency units downtown known as the 3-V Tourist Courts, reminiscent of the fabulous forties' automobile age.

                            There is also the The Lodge at The Bluffs on Thompson Creek, Feliciana's first golf resort. Its tastefully decorated suites feature living rooms and bedrooms, wet bars and verandas, plus full business facilities, and there are restaurants on the grounds as well as a pro shop. The spectacular golf course at The Bluffs was designed by golf great Arnold Palmer.

                            In the midst of St. Francisville's Historic District, within easy walking distance of all the attractions in town, are such B&B's as the well-established and beautifully appointed Barrow House and Printer's Cottage on Royal St.,Wisteria with back lawn exhibiting how this little town was built high on a narrow ridge, and Shadetree with its eclectic elegance perched atop a hill overlooking the river. The Wolf-Schlesinger House, aka St. Francisville Inn, is a real European-style country inn right in the center of town, with overnight rooms overlooking a rear landscaped courtyard, a popular wine parlor and displays of mesmerizing digital images of birdlife and local scenes done by the creative owner; the outstanding breakfast buffet here is open to the public.

                            In the countryside around St. Francisville, B&B guests glory in the historic ambiance of some of the area's most interesting antebellum plantation homes. Butler Greenwood Plantation accommodates guests in charming cottages scattered across the extensive oak-shaded grounds, some along the banks of the duck pond and others perched at the edges of steep wooded ravines. The Myrtles has elaborately furnished guest rooms in the main house as well as outbuildings, and the appearance of the resident ghost just might (no guarantees) be an added attraction in what is billed as "America's most haunted house." The Cottage Plantation, which hosted Andrew Jackson on his way home from the Battle of New Orleans, offers overnight stays in the historic main house, an attached wing and one well-equipped pond-side private cottage, with bountiful breakfast in the plantation’s formal dining room. These three plantations date from the 1790's.

                            There is a B&B on the spacious grounds of rebuilt Greek Revival Greenwood Plantation as well, providing overnight facilities in a separate two-story structure across the reflecting pond from the magnificent main house. In all of these countryside B&B's guests enjoy the experience of plantation living while still remaining easily accessible to St. Francisville's shops and restaurants, and tours of the historic main houses serve to enhance the pleasure of the night's stay there.

                            Lake Rosemound Inn overlooks a huge lake not far below the Mississippi state line, and the guests there have access to fishing and a sandy beach as well as a help-yourself ice cream parlor. A full-service campground, Green Acres, has hook-ups for those traveling in recreational vehicles.

                            Among the extras at certain of these lodgings are restaurants, swimming pools and tennis courts, recreational lakes for fishing, bridal suites with all the trimmings, functional fireplaces and hot tubs, full plantation breakfasts or in-room kitchens, nature trails and guided bird walks, championship golfing, and either the conviviality of sharing experiences with other guests at joint meals in common rooms or the complete peace and privacy of individual cottages sheltered by overhanging live oaks with only the birds for company.

                            Whatever suits a visitor's taste, the St. Francisville area has just the right type of lodging to enhance the enjoyment of a visit and ensure the experiencing of life there to the fullest. An excellent way to select the perfect accommodation is to examine the online websites for individual facilities; most B&B's have detailed homepages linked to the local B&B organization's page at www.stfrancisvilleovernight.com, or to the St. Francisville tourism page at www.stfrancisville.us.

                            Located on US Highway 61 on the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge, LA, and Natchez, MS, the St. Francisville area remains a year-round tourist destination. Six historic plantations-Rosedown and Audubon State Historic Sites, Butler Greenwood, the Myrtles, the Cottage and Greenwood-are open for daily tours, while Catalpa Plantation and Afton Villa Gardens are open periodically. Reasonably priced meals are available in a nice array of restaurants in St. Francisville, and eclectic shops fill restored 19th-century structures throughout the historic downtown area. The scenic unspoiled Tunica Hills region surrounding St. Francisville offers excellent biking, hiking, fishing, birding, horseback riding and other recreational activities. For online coverage of tourist facilities and attractions in the St. Francisville area, see www.StFrancisville.us, www.StFrancisville.net, or www.StFrancisvilleOvernight.com, or telephone (225) 635-3873 or 635-6330.





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                              New Orleans Boat Show Jan 9-13 '08

                              Tickets on Sale
                              General admission tickets

                              Purchase general admission tickets to the New Orleans Boat Show.

                              "Your ticket includes a 1 year subscription to Yachting, Motorboating, SportFishing, Boating
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                              WHY BUY FROM A CERTIFIED DEALER?
                              A new boat is an investment that will bring you and your family years of fun. Be sure to buy it from a dealership that has invested in making sure you will enjoy every one of those years. Choose a Marine Industry Certified Dealership.

                              Marine Industry Dealership Certification is a voluntary program. Dealerships that earn certification have made a commitment to your complete satisfaction. They must demonstrate, to a third party reviewer, that they meet or exceed program standards in key areas, including customer service, employee satisfaction, facility and business practices. They also pledge to post and abide by a Consumer “Bill of Rights” that ensures fair and equal treatment for every single customer. And to confirm their dedication, they are reexamined annually.

                              Your Marine Industry Certified Dealership will help you choose the right boat for your lifestyle and your needs, maintain your boat and provide service when you need it.

                              Marine Industry Certified Dealers at the 2008 New Orleans Boat Show.

                              Cypress Cove Boating Center, N13, N22 & O13
                              MarineMax, M19
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                              Discover Boating Center!
                              Do you have questions about what boat is best for you? Or even how to get started in boating? The Discover Boating Center is your one-stop resource for boating information and advice.

                              Staffed by industry experts who can answer all your questions and set you on a course to choosing a boat that will give you and your family years of enjoyment, the Discover Boating Center is here to help you become a boater. Visit us at the New Orleans Boat Show.

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                                Camellia Blooms Show at Otis House Museum January 26

                                Ann Durel
                                January 5, 2008 985-792-4652

                                Camellia Blooms Show at Otis House Museum January 26 MADISONVILLE -Local garden clubs will display old-fashioned varieties of camellias. The general public is encouraged to share camellia blooms in this display by contacting Otis House Museum at 985-792-4652. Please bring your bloom in on Friday the 25th between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If known, provide the common name, scientific name, and year introduced to the United States. This special event will take place on Saturday January 26th from 10 am until 4 pm.
                                Otis House Museum is located inside Fairview-Riverside State Park one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. The program is free with Otis House tour, $2.00 per adult, seniors 62+ and children 12 and under admitted free. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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                                  Camellias In The Country - Wintertime Color In St. Fran

                                  St. Francisville Press Release
                                  Main Street Program - 225.635.3873

                                  Camellias
                                  Anne Butler
                                  Press Release, Anne Butler, writes . . .


                                  CAMELLIAS IN THE COUNTRY - WINTERTIME COLOR IN ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA By Anne Butler


                                  The post-Christmas let-down period provides the perfect respite for taking a breather in the country, and it is fortunately this very time when the glorious antebellum gardens of the St. Francisville, Louisiana, area are at their peak of camellia bloom. Thus the Feliciana Nature Society joins with Rosedown Plantation Historic Site and the Main Street program to host the fourth annual Camellias in the Country celebration February 8 and 9, 2008.
                                  The two-day event opens on Friday evening, February 8, at 6 p.m. at the historic Old Market Hall on Royal St. in St. Francisville, with a camellia show that draws prize blossoms from the finest gardens of the Felicianas, appropriately combined with a fascinating workshop on the technique of waxing the blooms to preserve their beauty forever. Following the demonstration, an informal reception gives participants ample opportunity to admire the blossoms while enjoying wine and cheese.

                                  Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, the visitor center at Rosedown State Historic Site, LA 10 and US 61 in St. Francisville, hosts a morning session focusing on camellia care including effective methods of combating disease and coping with common insects, as well as demonstrations of the propagation technique of air layering. After lunch at the popular nearby Audubon Café, Rosedown’s horticulture expert Patricia Aleshire leads a walking tour of Rosedown’s exquisite antebellum gardens, which include many of the South’s best heirloom and contemporary camellia specimens.

                                  Registration fee of $20 includes all activities as well as the evening reception and Saturday lunch, with proceeds benefitting projects of the Feliciana Nature Society. Information is available by telephone at 888-376-1867 or 225-635-3110, or online at www.audubonbirdfest.com.

                                  The event is a natural for the St. Francisville area, long noted for its glorious gardens. Beginning in the 1830’s as the great cotton mansions were being built and their grounds landscaped, gardening became the passion of plantation mistresses. This passion was happily combined here with a fortuitous climate, rich river bottomland soil, unlimited labor and the funds to indulge every whim. A number of magnificent 19th-century gardens pay tribute even today to this early devotion to natural beauty.


                                  Rosedown Plantation, of course, heads the list with its 28 acres of formal gardens conceived by Martha Barrow Turnbull on her 1835 wedding trip to the Continent. Only such expansive yet orderly grandeur as she witnessed at Versailles and the other great gardens of Europe could adequately complement the fine plantation home she and her wealthy cotton-planter husband were building. In her garden diary which spans 60 years, Martha Turnbull recorded the development and expansion of her gardens flanking the oak alley leading to the Rosedown house.

                                  A remarkable horticulturist, Mrs. Turnbull was one of the first to import camellias to the South in the 1830’s, turning her gardens into an early proving ground for the exotic flora of the Orient. At a time when only royalty or Southern planters could afford camellias, she set out seedlings which today tower over 25 feet tall, some over a century and a half old, testament to Martha Turnbull’s gardening secrets—plenty of water enriched with guano for the camellia plants during the summer, rooting in sand mixed with rich woods earth and a little cow manure, mulching with leaves to keep out the summer’s heat. These ancient camellias fill the Rosedown gardens with a colorful profusion of blossoms in many different shapes and hues, the bloom lasting through the winter and into early spring.



                                  Natives of the Orient and Far East, camellias were initially carried to other lands by missionaries and early medical men, travelling first afoot and then across the seas. Trade with the Orient, opened in the early 1500’s by the Portuguese and their Black Ships, proved lucrative, leading to the formation of trading companies dealing in spices, silks, porcelains and other treasures. The medical officers of these trade companies were often the first to study native plants of the Far East, initially for their medicinal propensities, then introduced the botanical oddities back home.



                                  A camellia japonica specimen collected in China in 1677 by a physician with the East India Company introduced the plant to England, and camellias by the early 1700’s became popular ornamental shrubs there. Toward the close of the 18th century the first camellias were brought to the United States, established in the Northeast as important greenhouse plants. It was from a nursery in New York that Rosedown first ordered camellias, and subsequent specimens were ordered from Philadelphia. The wonderfully ornamental plants thrived outdoors in the Southern climate, and became the staple of the winter garden throughout the region.

                                  By the 1840’s the formal and sunken gardens at Butler Greenwood Plantation were being brightened by camellias in many hues. Amid the boxwood parterres beside the 1790’s plantation house, more than 150 camellias were planted under direction of the Irish gardener to complement the lovely Victorian summer house, and there were also large numbers of camellia sasanquas and tea plants, all in the same family. The extensive gardens at Rosedown State Historic Site and Butler Greenwood Plantation, both of which were painstakingly recorded by experts of the Historic American Buildings Survey projects during the Depression, are open for tours daily. The Cottage Plantation has dozens of ancient camellias coloring its extensive landscaped lawns through the cold winter months, and other plantations in the area which may be visited daily, The Myrtles, Greenwood and Oakley at Audubon State Historic Site, also feature smaller groves of japonicas.

                                  Another magnificent antebellum garden in the St. Francisville area, which is open seasonally, is Afton Villa, where the landscaping is all that remains of the flamboyant mansion built in the 1850’s and burned in the 1960’s. What could have been a heartbreaking site has been turned into a garden spot of breathtaking beauty, where flowering vines clamber across the crumbling brick ruins, and masses of bulbs--- thousands and thousands of jonquils, daffodils, narcissus, tulips and others—brighten the terraced lawns in early spring. Formal parterres are set off with ancient camellias, and here, as at the other antebellum gardens, there seems to be a happy marriage between the japonicas and the moss-draped live oaks providing just the right amount of filtered sunlight and shade for a perfection of performance.

                                  In the historic little 19th-century rivertown of St. Francisville, where the entire downtown area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, there’s hardly a Victorian house without its prize camellia blooming through the winter. The tourism information center, right on the main street of town (Ferdinand St.), has free walking tour maps and information.

                                  Located on US Highway 61 on the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge, LA, and Natchez, MS, the St. Francisville area has much to offer visitors year-round, especially in the winter when the camellias add bursts of color to gardens in town and on the early plantations. Six spectacular antebellum plantations are open for daily tours: Rosedown and Audubon State Historic Sites, The Myrtles, Greenwood, Butler Greenwood and The Cottage; Catalpa is open by reservation, and Afton Villa Gardens opens seasonally. Picturesque 19th-century structures throughout downtown St. Francisville are filled with an eclectic selection of little shops, and reasonably priced meals are available in a nice array of restaurants. Some of the state's best Bed and Breakfasts offer overnight accommodations ranging from golf clubs and lakeside resorts to historic townhouses and country plantations; a modern motel has facilities to accommodate busloads. Recreational opportunities abound in the Tunica Hills, with excellent hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, golfing and horseback riding, in addition to superb birdwatching. For online coverage of tourist facilities and attractions in the St. Francisville area, see www.stfrancisville.us, www.stfrancisville.net, or www.stfrancisvilleovernight.com; or telephone (225) 635-3873 or 635-6330. For special events and activities, see www.stfrancisvillefestivals.com.






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                                    The 29th Annual

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                                    The 29th Annual
                                    Louisiana Sportsmen's Show and Festival


                                    Dates ...................... March 6 – 9, 2008



                                    Location ................. Lamar-Dixon Center, Gonzales, LA



                                    Hours ......................

                                    Thursday, March 6th 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

                                    Friday, March 7th 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

                                    Saturday, March 8th 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

                                    Sunday, March 9th 10:00 am - 6:00 pm



                                    General Admission ...$8.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Kids



                                    Media Contact ........Bob Del Giorno (504) 464-7363 Don Cooper (504) 339-3899

                                    www.lasportsmenshow.com



                                    Theme .....................Deep South's ORIGINAL Sportfishing, Boat & Hunting Show



                                    FEATURING............Now in its 29th year, Louisiana’s ORIGINAL hunting, fishing, and boating show returns starting March 6. Highlights of this year’s show include:



                                    Five hundred fishing and hunting booths and boat displays with special Show prices



                                    Special Events Include

                                    The Dockdogs Big Air™ Competition
                                    Freestyle Motocross Thrill Show
                                    Daily Skeet Shooting Demonstrations
                                    Live Bluegrass and Cajun music on the outdoor stages
                                    Outdoor Food Festival featuring Drago’s, Galatoires, Outback Steak House, and others
                                    Vacation Planning with local and national Outdoor Guides and Outfitters
                                    Family entertainment area with midway and thrill rides
                                    And much, much more
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                                      Victorian Valentine Workshop at Otis House Museum on Fe

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                                      January 10, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

                                      Victorian Valentine Workshop at Otis House Museum on Feb. 10 MADISONVILLE - Otis House Museum is offering a Victorian Valentine workshop on Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. Children, ages 7+ are invited to learn about different types of valentines and their origins. Examples of vintage mechanical valentines from the early 1900's will be on display as well as a replica sailor's valentine. After learning about the various valentines, participants can create their own unique Victorian Valentine. Please call to register groups of 10+.
                                      The workshop is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors 62+ and children under 3 are admitted free of charge. Otis House Museum is located inside Fairview-Riverside State Park, one mile east of Madisonville in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information or to register call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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                                        Victorian Valentine Workshop at Otis House Museum on Fe

                                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
                                        January 16, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

                                        Victorian Valentine Workshop at Otis House Museum on Feb. 9 MADISONVILLE - Otis House Museum is offering a Victorian Valentine workshop on Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. Children, ages 7+ are invited to learn about different types of valentines and their origins. Examples of vintage mechanical valentines from the early 1900's will be on display as well as a replica sailor's valentine. After learning about the various valentines, participants can create their own unique Victorian Valentine. Please call to register groups of 10+.
                                        The workshop is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors 62+ and children under 3 are admitted free of charge. Otis House Museum is located inside Fairview-Riverside State Park, one mile east of Madisonville in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information or to register call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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                                          Scrapbook Traditions Workshop At Otis House Museum Febr

                                          January 18, 2008 985-792-4652

                                          Scrapbook Traditions Workshop At Otis House Museum February 16
                                          MADISONVILLE - A Scrapbook Traditions workshop is being offered at Otis House Museum on February 16th from 10 am until noon. Scrapbooks of the 1800's, like those of today, featured pictures and decorative snippets that held importance to the owner. Vintage scrapbook owners are encouraged to share their memories for this special event. This program will highlight construction differences of then and now and welcome visitors to assemble their own scrapbook page. Call 985-792-4652 to register and receive a supply list. The program is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors 62+ and children under 3 are admitted free of charge. Otis House Museum is located inside Fairview-Riverside State Park, one mile east of Madisonville in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information or to register call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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