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  • #41
    Louisiana's ORIGINAL Sportsmen's Show Returns to

    Louisiana's ORIGINAL Sportsmen's Show Returns to
    Gonzales, Louisiana



    GONZALES (JANUARY 23, 2008)…..The 29th Annual Louisiana Sportsmen's Show and Festival returns to the Lamar-Dixon Center Thursday, March 6 through Sunday, March 9, 2008. This is Louisiana's ORIGINAL sport fishing, hunting and boat show offering the general public the largest and newest selection of sport fishing gear, boats and hunting equipment at special Show prices.

    Founder Bob Del Giorno said “We are so excited to hold the event in such a strategic location. The Lamar Dixon Center is only fifteen minutes from Baton Rouge and less than an hour from New Orleans. Ascension Parish and adjacent areas are home to many of our area’s most avid sportsmen. This strategic location is a real asset and the outdoor space at the Lamar Dixon Center has allowed the Sportsmen’s Show to grow into a true festival of hunting, fishing, music, and food. The Show now offers live music, an outdoor cooking area featuring famous Louisiana restaurants, and many new family oriented, hands-on activities. Kids love the show.”

    The heart of the Sportsmen’s Show will always be hunting and fishing. This year’s show will feature hundreds of booths filled with everything for outdoor pleasure including the largest and newest selection of sportfishing, boat, and hunting equipment from national manufacturers. With something for everyone who loves the outdoors, the Sportsmen’s Show creates one of the biggest market places for all services and products related to Louisiana’s great outdoors.

    Del Giorno noted that interest in guided hunting and fishing adventures has grown tremendously among Louisiana sportsmen, and that interest is reflected in the show’s exhibitors. “The show offers a unique chance for sportsmen and women to personally meet dozens of fishing guides and outfitters who can plan trips in Louisiana or around the world,” said Del Giorno. “Anyone planning a guided outdoor vacation will find tremendous resources at this year’s show.” A number of Louisiana Tourist Commissions will also be on hand, providing information on outdoor activities across the state along with free maps, brochures, and other information.

    Del Giorno noted that the new location will make it easy for show attendees to tie in a visit to the new Cabela’s store in Gonzales with a visit to the Sportsmen’s Show and Festival. “We’re excited about the new Cabela’s,” said Del Giorno. “The Sportsmen’s Show is a very different environment with different equipment and exhibitors, but the two venues together offer a day of hunting, fishing, and family fun unlike anything Southeast Louisiana has ever seen before.” The Show will include a drawing for a $1,000 Cabela’s gift certificate.

    Admission for the Louisiana Sportsmen’s Show and Festival is just $8 for adult and $5 for children.

    For Show credentials or media interviews, contact Don Cooper (504-339-3899) or Bob Del Giorno (504-464-7363).



    Directions

    The Lamar-Dixon Center is located off of I-10 at 9039 St. Landry Road in Gonzales. To reach the facility:



    Take I-10 to Gonzales, LA

    Exit I-10 at Cabela’s – (Exit 177 - LA Hwy 30)

    Left onto St. Landry Road
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    • #42
      The Marsh Boardwalk Returns With A Weekend Of Interpret

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Rita McMurray
      Jan. 29, 2008 (985) 624-4442

      THE MARSH BOARDWALK RETURNS WITH A WEEKEND OF INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS SET FOR FEBRUARY 22, 23 & 24 AT FONTAINEBLEAU STATE PARK

      MANDEVILLE - Visitors of all ages are invited to attend a variety of interpretive programs on February 22, 23 and 24 at Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville. The marsh boardwalk was badly damaged by the hurricanes and has bean repaired.
      Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, participants will walk with Interpretive Ranger Rita McMurray to the Marsh Boardwalk for Dark Secrets of the Marsh, a program that focuses on the nighttime behavior of animals that inhabit the brackish marsh. Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Interpretive Ranger Richard Scott will begin a Primitive Woodworking demonstration on the use of a froe for splitting wood; the use of a shaving horse and drawknives for shaping wooden objects; and whittling with a pocketknife. Visitors will be able to watch Scott throughout the day as he creates various wooden items. Also at 10 a.m., visitors can meet Interpretive Ranger Steven Welsh at the fishing pond for Wonders of Wetlands, a one-hour program discussing the erosion control efforts underway along Lake Pontchartrain's north shore. Fish and other marine life will be collected with scoop nets from the fishing pond and identified.
      Then at 11:30 a.m., visitors can join McMurray for Can I Eat That?, a 30-minute walk-and-talk on the edibility of plants that can be found along part of the nature trail.
      A guided nature trail walk will begin at 1 p.m., with Welsh leading participants through the park's forest, identifying the flora and fauna encountered on the trail and discussing some of the "fun" facts about the plants on the nature trail. The walk will last approximately one hour and participants should wear comfortable shoes. At 3 p.m., McMurray will take visitors for a walk to the Boardwalk for Marvels of the Marsh, to explore the uniqueness of the marsh from the boardwalk trail. Participants will collect fish and other marine life with a scoop net from the boardwalk. Species samples will be identified and released. Beginning at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nature: A Closer Look will encourage participants to make a more observant, intense look at nature. At 1 p.m. Visitors can take a History Tour to learn about the history of Marigny's Fontainebleau Plantation, walking along the main road to discuss the brick kiln and purgery ruins and, then, to the lakefront for information on the slave bell. "Louisiana is home to a variety of wildlife species, and a great deal of history" said Interpretive Ranger, Rita McMurray. "The expanded interpretive staff at Fontainebleau wants to share it with our visitors." Fontainebleau State Park is located on 2,800 acres on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. In addition to birdwatching, 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 624-4442 in the Mandeville area.
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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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      • #43
        The Marsh Boardwalk Returns With A Weekend Of Interpret

        > FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Rita McMurray
        > Jan. 29, 2008 (985) 624-4442
        >
        > THE MARSH BOARDWALK RETURNS WITH A WEEKEND OF INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS
        > SET FOR FEBRUARY 22, 23 & 24 AT FONTAINEBLEAU STATE PARK
        >
        > MANDEVILLE - Visitors of all ages are invited to attend a variety of interpretive programs on February 22, 23 and 24 at Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville. The marsh boardwalk was badly damaged by the hurricanes and has been repaired.
        > Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, participants will walk with
        > Interpretive Ranger Rita McMurray to the Marsh Boardwalk for Dark
        > Secrets of the Marsh, a program that focuses on the nighttime behavior
        > of animals that inhabit the brackish marsh. Beginning at 10 a.m. on
        > Saturday, Interpretive Ranger Richard Scott will begin a Primitive
        > Woodworking demonstration on the use of a froe for splitting wood; the
        > use of a shaving horse and drawknives for shaping wooden objects; and
        > whittling with a pocketknife. Visitors will be able to watch Scott
        > throughout the day as he creates various wooden items. Also at 10
        > a.m., visitors can meet Interpretive Ranger Steven Welch at the
        > fishing pond for Wonders of Wetlands, a one-hour program discussing
        > the erosion control efforts underway along Lake Pontchartrain> '> s
        > north shore. Fish and other marine life will be collected with scoop
        > nets from the fishing pond and identified. Then at 11:30 a.m.,
        > visitors can join McMurray for Can I Eat That?, a 30-minute
        > walk-and-talk on the edibility of plants that can be found along part
        > of the nature trail. A guided nature trail walk will begin at 1 p.m.,
        > with Welch leading participants through the park> '> s forest,
        > identifying the flora and fauna encountered on the trail and
        > discussing some of the "fun" facts about the plants on the nature
        > trail. The walk will last approximately one hour and participants
        > should wear comfortable shoes. At 3 p.m., McMurray will take visitors
        > for a walk to the Boardwalk for Marvels of the Marsh, to explore the
        > uniqueness of the marsh from the boardwalk trail. Participants will
        > collect fish and other marine life with a scoop net from the
        > boardwalk. Species samples will be identified and released. Beginning
        > at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nature: A Closer Look will encourage
        > participants to make a more observant, intense look at nature. At 1
        > p.m. Visitors can take a History Tour to learn about the history of
        > Marigny's Fontainebleau Plantation, walking along the main road to
        > discuss the brick kiln and purgery ruins and, then, to the lakefront
        > for information on the slave bell. "Louisiana is home to a variety of
        > wildlife species, and a great deal of history> "> said Interpretive
        > Ranger, Rita McMurray. "The expanded interpretive staff at
        > Fontainebleau wants to share it with our visitors." Fontainebleau
        > State Park is located on 2,800 acres on the north shore of Lake
        > Pontchartrain. In addition to birdwatching, 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 624-4442 in the
        > Mandeville area. ###
        >
        >
        > 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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        • #44
          Louisiana State Parks Reservations System

          Louisiana State Parks Reservations System
          to be Temporarily Unavailable

          BATON ROUGE - The Office of State Parks is announcing that there will be a temporary break in services through the Central Reservation System, during an upgrade of the Reserve American software system. Beginning at midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 20, through 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5, no reservations will be taken either through the Baton Rouge-based Call Center or on ReserveAmerica.com. All computer-based reservation functions will be off-line during an software upgrade that will provide enhanced park maps and reduce the minimum advance reservation window from 48 to 24 hours, in addition to increased reservation capabilities and improved customer service resources. During the upgrade, customers will be able to phone the parks, directly, to check availability and hold a facility with a non-refundable credit card payment for the date of arrival only. Once the guest arrives at the park, the stay can be extended with additional payment. Following is a listing of the parks with reservable overnight facilities:
          Bayou Segnette (888-677-2296) cabins, campsites, group camp, meeting room, group pavilions
          Chemin-A-Haut (888-677-2436) cabins, campsites, group camp, meeting room, group pavilions
          Chicot (888-677-2442) lodges, cabins, campsites, group camp, meeting room, group
          pavilions
          Cypremort Point (888-867-4510) cabins, group pavilions
          Fairview-Riverside (888-677-3247) campsites, group pavilion
          Fontainebleau (888-677-3668) lodge, campsites, group camps, group pavilions
          Grand Isle (888-787-2559) campsites
          Jimmie Davis (888-677-2263) lodges, cabins, campsites, group camp, group pavilion
          Lake Bistineau (888-677-2478) cabins, campsites, group camps, lodge, group pavilions
          Lake Bruin (888-677-2784) campsites, group pavilion
          Lake Claiborne (888-677-2524) cabins, campsites, group pavilion
          Lake D'Arbonne (888-677-5200) cabins, lodges, campsites, group camp, meeting room, group
          pavilions
          Lake Fausse Pointe (888-677-7200) cabins, campsites, meeting room, group pavilions
          North Toledo Bend (888-677-6400) cabins, campsites, group camp, meeting room, group pavilions
          Poverty Point Reservoir (800-474-0392) lodges, cabins, campsites
          St. Bernard (888-677-7823) campsites, group pavilion
          Sam Houston Jones (888-677-7264) cabins, campsites, group pavilions
          South Toledo Bend (888-398-4770) cabins, campsites, meeting room
          Tickfaw (888-981-2020) cabins, campsites, group camp, group pavilions

          The Central Reservation Center was established, in the Baton Rouge office, in 2000. In May 2006, Louisiana State Parks began offering online reservations, through ReserveAmerica.com for all cabins, lodges, group camps, campsites and pavilions. For more information regarding Louisiana State Parks, visit www.lastateparks.com. ###
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          • #45
            Outdoorsman Grits Gresham Dies at 85

            As Reported by the National Shooting Sports Foundation:

            Outdoorsman Grits Gresham Dies at 85

            Grits Gresham, noted outdoorsman, writer, author, and television personality, died on February 18, 2008, in his hometown of Natchitoches, Louisiana, at the age of 85.

            Gresham served as field host and producer for "The American Sportsman" television series on the ABC network, host of "Shooting Sports America" on ESPN, was shooting editor of Sports Afield magazine for 26 years, and was published in such wide-ranging magazines as Sports Illustrated and Gentleman's Quarterly. He authored eight books, but may be best known for his role in the series of commercials for Miller Lite beer. Gresham was the fisherman among the athletes who made "Tastes Great, Less Filling" marketing buzzwords for more than a decade.

            Grits traveled the world for his work, and he particularly enjoyed his many trips to various African countries as well as fishing and hunting in South America. . He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII.

            A tireless worker for conservation, he was one of the first public voices bringing attention to the loss of wetlands along the Louisiana coastline, an area where he did much of his graduate work while at LSU.

            Gresham's books include "The Complete Book of Bass Fishing," "Fishes and Fishing In Louisiana," "Fishing and Boating in Louisiana," "The Sportsman and his Family Outdoors," The Complete Wildfowler," "Grits on Guns," and "Weatherby: The Man, The Gun, The Legend."

            One of Gresham's proudest moments as an outdoor journalist came during an interview with President Ronald Regan. The President shared with Grits a story no one in the national media had heard, that when he was a broadcaster in Des Moines, Iowa, Regan had used a Colt pistol to save a nurse from a mugging on the street. After the story broke, the nurse came forward and confirmed the tale, although she did not know until then that the young man who had saved her with a gun so many years before had turned out to be the famous actor and United States President.

            Born Claude Hamilton Gresham, Jr. on June 21, 1922, in Spartanburg County, SC, Grits was the fourth of five children of Claude H. Gresham and Belle Hill Gresham . He attended Blue Ridge School for Boys, the University of North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Yale and received his B.S. and M.S. from Louisiana State University.

            Gresham's many awards include the Winchester Outdoorsman of the Year, Alumnus of the Year in the LSU School of Forestry and Wildlife Management; induction into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and LSU Hall of Distinction; awards for excellence in writing and contributions to conservation from the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Northwestern State University.

            At the 2006 SHOT Show, the National Shooting Sports Foundation recognized Gresham with its Lifetime Achievement Award and at that time established, with the Professional Outdoor Media Association, the POMA/NSSF Grits Gresham Communicator Award, the recipient receiving a bronze replica of Gresham's trademark hat.

            Arrangements are being made through the Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home, at (318) 357-8271, www.blanchardstdenisfuneralhome.com.

            In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Gresham Collection at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, 321 Bienville Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457, or in the name of Grits Gresham to the Alzheimer's Association.
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            • #46
              Fairview-Riverside State Park presents "Skeletons, Skin

              Fairview-Riverside State Park presents "Skeletons, Skins, & Scat...What animal is that?" on March 1
              MADISONVILLE - Park guests of all ages are invited to enjoy a nature program, "Skeletons, Skins, and Scat...What animal is that?" at Fairview-Riverside State Park on March 1st from 10 until 11 a.m. The presentation will be under the oaks near Otis House Museum in the day-use area of the park. Learn about the abundance of nature at the park with hands-on learning aids. Explore the teeth and claws of the alligator or handle a replica coyote skull. The Interpretive ranger will discuss characteristics of these mammals, birds and reptiles.
              The program is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors aged 62+ or children under 3 admitted free of charge. The site also includes camping, a day use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River and Otis House museum. Call 985-792-4652 locally for more information or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
              February 21, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

              Fairview-Riverside State Park to host A Porcelain Panorama
              MADISONVILLE: Fairview-Riverside State Park will host a Porcelain Panorama on March 8th from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The art of porcelain painting, a popular activity during Victorian times will be presented at Otis House Museum. St. Tammany Porcelain Art Club members will demonstrate painting techniques throughout the day and offer completed pieces for purchase. Club president Christy Lassalle will conduct a lecture demonstration at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1:00 pm. featuring the step-by-step process to create beautiful porcelain painted pieces.
              The program is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors aged 62+ or children under 3 admitted free of charge. The site also includes camping, a day use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River and Otis House museum. Call 985-792-4652 locally for more information or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
              February 21, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

              Fairview-Riverside State Park to host an Easter Traditions Program
              MADISONVILLE: Fairview-Riverside State Park to host Easter Traditions program March 22nd at 2 p.m. Join the staff for traditional Easter egg hunts and rolling contests, participants will be divided into three age groups, 5 and under, ages 6-8, and 9 and older. After the children's activities, visitors of all ages are invited to learn the Louisiana custom of "egg pocking".
              The program is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors aged 62+ or children under 3 admitted free of charge. The site also includes camping, a day use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River and Otis House museum. Call 985-792-4652 locally for more information or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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              • #47
                La. Sportsman Show

                La. Sportsman Show
                LSU Star Jacob Hester Signs Autographs Opening Night



                LSU running back Jacob Hester will be in attendance at the Louisiana Sportsmen’s Show and Festival to sign autographs for fans on opening night of the Show. Hester will appear at a special “Purple and Gold Crawfish Boil” from 6pm – 8pm on Thursday, March 6th.



                Other Show highlights include:

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


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



                Dates/Times ............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



                Download a Zip archive of promotional photos here:



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                • #48
                  New Cabins at Fontainebleau State Park to Open On April

                  New Cabins at Fontainebleau State Park to Open On April 4
                  MANDEVILLE - Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu announced today that, effective March 10, the Office of State Parks will begin taking reservations on the new cabins at Fontainebleau State Park. Reservations can be obtained online at ReserveAmerica.com or by calling the Office of State Parks Reservation Center at 1-877-226-7652, for overnight stays beginning Friday, April 4.
                  "We have managed a significant investment in state parks of more than $35 million - building new cabins, camp sites, and facilities across the state. Today, Louisiana has one of the best state park networks in the country," Lt. Governor Landrieu said. "The new cabins at Fontainebleau State Park are a great investment. They're a great resource for the community, adding to our quality of life, and they also provide an economic boon by offering more facilities for overnight visitors."
                  The style of the cabins echoes the fishing camps that lined the shore of Lake Pontchartrain from the 1930s until the 1970s, and the visitor center recalls the look of the sugar mill that once operated on Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville's Fontainebleau plantation.
                  According to Culture, Recreation & Tourism Secretary Dawn Romero Watson, the additional cabins offer an attractive overnight alternative to Northshore-area visitors. "We are certainly pleased to be able to open these cabins to the public," says Watson. "Fontainebleau is one of our most popular sites, and the cabins will only enhance that reputation with our guests."
                  Each of the 12 new cabins will offer overnight accommodations for up to eight people, and will rent for $90 per night. The cabins, located over the waters of Lake Pontchartrain, include a full kitchen, living room and dining area, bathroom and a lakeside porch. A new 300-foot fishing pier and attached pavilion will offer day-use visitors additional options for enjoying the beach area. The visitor center consists of a nature area, meeting room and outdoor classroom and will be located near the sugar mill ruins. The total cost of the project was $10.47 million.
                  "Like everything else in the New Orleans area, Hurricane Katrina did delay this project," says Dr. Stuart Johnson, Assistant Secretary for the Office of State Parks. "But we are thankful for the support of the legislature, to allow us to complete these much-needed improvements and additions to the park and provide even more outdoor recreational opportunities to our visitors and our state's citizens."
                  Fontainebleau State Park is located off U.S. 190 in Mandeville on 2,800 acres on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, offering a beautiful outdoor setting for camping, hiking and picnicking opportunities. For more information on Fontainebleau State Park or any of Louisiana's State Parks, visit www.lastateparks.com.
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                  • #49
                    Fairview-Riverside State Park to host an Easter Traditi

                    Fairview-Riverside State Park to host an Easter Traditions ProgramMADISONVILLE: Fairview-Riverside State Park to host Easter Traditions program March 22nd at 2 p.m. Join the staff for traditional Easter egg hunts and rolling contests, participants will be divided into three age groups, 5 and under, ages 6-8, and 9 and older. After the children's activities, visitors of all ages are invited to learn the Louisiana custom of "egg pocking".
                    The program is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors aged 62+ or children under 3 admitted free of charge. The site also includes camping, a day use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River and Otis House museum. Call 985-792-4652 locally for more information or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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                    • #50
                      Annual Civil War Reenactment Scheduled

                      ANNUAL CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT SCHEDULED
                      FOR MARCH 29 & 30 AT PORT HUDSON SHS
                      For More Information Contact:
                      Steve Ramke
                      225-654-3775
                      ZACHARY - Port Hudson State Historic Site near Zachary will host the annual reenactment of the siege of Port Hudson on Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30.
                      Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. both days, visitors will have access to volunteer reenactors in Union and Confederate campsites staging typical activities of the assault. Soldiers dressed in authentic reproduction uniforms will be on hand to answer questions pertaining to the siege in the summer of 1863. Three branches of service -- artillery, cavalry, and infantry -- will be portrayed, as well as cooks, laundresses and sutlers.
                      "Visitors of all ages are invited to witness this portrayal of Civil War life," said Gregg Potts, site manager. "Port Hudson's annual reenactment highlights a pivotal time in U.S. history that changed our nation forever."
                      Scheduled events for the weekend:
                      Saturday, March 29
                      9 a.m. Park opens
                      10 a.m. Cavalry Demonstration in Main Field
                      10:30 a.m. Pine Needle Basket Forum behind Museum
                      11 a.m. Artillery Demonstration in Main Field
                      11:30 a.m. Infantry Demonstration in Main Field
                      Noon Duel in Main Field / Lunch with Zachary High Band
                      1 p.m. Civil War Dance Class behind Museum
                      2 p.m. Battle in Main Field
                      3 p.m. Medical Demonstration at Museum Foot Bridge
                      3:30 p.m. Civil War Baseball game in Main Field (visitor participation)
                      5 p.m. Park Closes

                      Sunday, March 30
                      9 a.m. Park opens
                      9:30 a.m. Flag Raising
                      10 a.m. Reenactor Church Service at Museum Cannon Platform
                      11 a.m. Cavalry Demonstration in Main Field
                      11:30 a.m. Infantry Demonstration in Main Field
                      Noon Duel in Main Field / Lunch with Zachary High Band
                      12:30 p.m. Artillery Demonstration in Main Field
                      1:30 p.m. Battle in Main Field
                      2:30 p.m. Medical Demonstration at Museum Foot Bridge
                      3 p.m. Civil War Baseball game in Main Field (visitor participation)
                      4:30 p.m. Flag Lowering
                      5 p.m. Park Closes
                      * All day (both days) - interpretive demonstrations at camp site next to museum tower.
                      * Cold drinks and Concessions are on sale by the Zachary High School Band.
                      * Visit the Union or Confederate campsites at your leisure.
                      * Living History Demonstrations provided behind Museum throughout the weekend.
                      * Picnic Area available across the large field.
                      * Visit the Sutlers to purchase authentic reproduction Civil War merchandise.
                      The main reenactment battles begin at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Port Hudson SHS is the site of the longest genuine siege in American military history. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974, the site is host to Civil War reenactments and living history events throughout the year.
                      There will be no admission fee for this event. The Zachary High School band will be on site to provide concessions for sale or visitors can bring their own picnic lunches. The site is located on US 61 near Zachary, about 15 minutes north of Baton Rouge.
                      For more information, call 1-888-677-3400 toll free or 654-3775 in the Zachary area.
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                      • #51
                        ZooMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park

                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
                        April 6, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

                        ZooMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park April 12
                        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 April 12th 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
                        April 6, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

                        ZooMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park May 3rd

                        MADISONVILLE - Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on Saturday, May 3rd 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 aged 4- 61. 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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                          Audubon State Historic Site Presents A Heritage Food Fe

                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Tonya Nicolosi
                          April 5, 2008 1-888-677-2838

                          AUDUBON STATE HISTORIC SITE PRESENTS A HERITAGE FOOD FESTIVAL

                          ST. FRANCISVILLE -- Visitors are invited to Audubon State Historic Site in St. Francisville for the program "A Heritage Food Festival" on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. until 4 pm. The rich history of Louisiana's cooking traditions will be showcased in this unique one-day program. Cooking methods, traditions, and even foods from the Frontier Era through the plantation era at Oakley Plantation will be featured. Visitors can experience history by tasting food as it was prepared by plantation slaves, over the fires of the first European settlers, or in the camps of the native americans. "Interactive Living History events such as these give the visitor a chance to get a glimpse of a bygone era. They provide a hands on fun experience for both families and those with an interest in Louisiana's rich cultural heritage." said John House, Historic Site Manager at Audubon State Historic Site.
                          Audubon SHS is the setting for the 200-year-old Oakley House, temporary home and inspiration to the artist naturalist John James Audubon in 1821. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Oakley House and its lush natural settings are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for tours throughout the year. The $2 admission to the historic site includes the plantation house tour, museum, nature trails, and much more. Children (12 and under) and senior citizens (62 and older) are admitted free. Audubon SHS is located 30 minutes north of Baton Rouge near St. Francisville on La. 965 in West Feliciana Parish. For more information call Audubon State Historic Site at 1-888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739 in the St. Francisville area. ###


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                            English Paper Piecing Workshop set for

                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
                            April 9, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

                            English Paper Piecing Workshop set for April 12 at Otis House Museum

                            MADISONVILLE - Join the staff of Otis House Museum in Fairview-Riverside State Park on Saturday, April 12th from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. for a quilting workshop on English paper piecing. During this beginner class, methods used for creating geometric quilt designs from paper piecing will be introduced to complete a Grandmother's Flower Garden pattern. Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch and needlework supplies. A supply list will be given at registration, which is required.
                            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. To register or for more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
                            April 9, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

                            ZooMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park April 12
                            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 April 12th 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
                            April 6, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

                            ZooMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park May 3rd

                            MADISONVILLE - Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on Saturday, May 3rd 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 aged 4- 61. 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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                              Local civil war history honored in June...

                              St. Francisville Press Release
                              Main Street Program - 225.635.3873


                              War Stopped
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                              Local civil war history honored in June...
                              THE DAY THE WAR STOPPED
                              -IN ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA

                              by Anne Butler


                              Up the steep hill they trudged, sweating in the sticky June heat, staggering under the weight of the coffin, the white flag of truce flying before them in the hot summer sun. The guns of their federal gunboat, the USS Albatross, anchored in the Mississippi off Bayou Sara, were silent behind them as the ship’s surgeon and two officers struggled toward St. Francisville atop the hill.

                              The procession was not an impressive one, certainly not an unusual event in the midst of a bloody war, and it would no doubt have escaped all notice but for one fact--this was the day the war stopped, if only for a few mournful moments, and the lovely little rivertown of St. Francisville invites the public to join in commemorating the events 145 years ago on the weekend of June 13-15.

                              In June 1863, the Siege of Port Hudson was pitting 30,000 Union troops under Major General Nathaniel P. Banks against 6,800 weary Confederates under Major General Franklin Gardner, fighting over the all-important control of traffic on the Mississippi River. Port Hudson and Vicksburg were the only rebel strongholds left along the Mississippi, and if the Union forces could wrest from them control of the river traffic, they could cut off supplies from the west and completely surround the Confederacy. Admiral David Farragut had attempted to destroy Confederate cannons atop the bluffs from the river, but of his seven ships, four were turned back, one was completely destroyed, and only his flagship and the USS Albatross passed upriver safely, leaving ground troops to fight it out for nearly another month.

                              Lt. Commander John E. Hart, the federal commander of the Albatross, had just the week before posted a touching letter to his wife, left behind with their young son Elliott in Schenectady, New York. Praising his little boat for getting through the fearsome firing from the batteries atop the bluffs at Port Hudson, Commander Hart promises after the war to take his wife on a trip down the river to see the famous battlefields. As he writes he can hear the cannons booming to the south, but his attentions are on more immediate matters…how many blackberries his crew have had to eat lately, and how when a “jolly good cow” is spotted, he sends a sailor ashore with a pail, chuckling how some rebel farm folk will be surprised when “old Brindle comes home at night and ain’t got no milk for them”…how hot it is, and how long since he has seen ice, and how he would love a glass of cool claret and water.


                              Even in the midst of war, there are mundane little touches of life scattered through the letter from Hart to his beloved wife…the mockingbirds singing around the boat, the little puppy he’d put ashore at Plaquemine to be raised, the shipboard litter of kittens. After perilously running through the Grand Gulf batteries on the river to the north, Hart writes that the Admiral signalled, “How many killed?” And he answered none. The Admiral signalled, “How many wounded?” And he answered none. And just then Kitty, ship’s mouser, produced kittens which Hart insisted become part of the official report…important to note the wartime births as well as the all-too-frequent deaths.

                              A respected naval officer, Commander Hart would have even more lasting impact through his death, which occurred as the Albatross lay at anchor near Bayou Sara, just below St. Francisville. Masonic and naval records list Hart as having “suicided,” died by his own hand “in a fit of delirium.” It had been surmised that perhaps he suffered from dementia induced by yellow fever, for a mere four days earlier his cheerful letter home hardly seemed to exhibit despair, but the surgeon’s log implicates debilitating dyspepsia, perhaps combined with depression.

                              Hart was a Mason, and aboard his ship were other officers also “members of the Craft,” desirous of burying their commander ashore rather than consigning the remains to the river waters. A boat was sent from the Albatross under flag of truce to ascertain if there were any Masons in the town of St. Francisville. It just so happened that the two White brothers living near the river were Masons, and they informed the little delegation that there was indeed a Masonic lodge in the town, in fact one of the oldest in the state, Feliciana Lodge No. 31 F and AM. Its Grand Master was absent, serving in the Confederate Army, and its Senior Warden, W. W. Leake, was likewise engaged. But, according to Masonic correspondence, “Brother Leake’s headquarters were in the saddle,” he was reported to be in the vicinity, and he was soon found and persuaded to honor the request. As a soldier, Leake reportedly said, he considered it his duty to permit burial of a deceased member of the armed forces of any government, even one presently at war with his own, and as a Mason, he knew it to be his duty to accord Masonic burial to the remains of a brother Mason without taking into account the nature of their relations in the outer world


                              The surgeon and officers of the USS Albatross, struggling up from the river with Hart’s body, were met by W. W. Leake, the White brothers, and a few other members of the Masonic lodge. In the procession was also a squad of Marines at trail arms. They were met at Grace Episcopal Church by the Reverend Mr. Daniel Lewis, rector, and with full Episcopal and Masonic services, Commander John E. Hart was laid to rest in the Masonic burial plot in Grace’s peaceful cemetery, respect being paid by Union and Confederate soldiers alike. And soon the war resumed, Lee’s northern invasion turned back at Gettysburg July 3, Vicksburg falling July 4, and Port Hudson finally surrendering July 9, all in one catastrophic week.

                              But for one brief touching moment, the war had stopped at St. Francisville, and this moment will be marked the weekend of June 13, 14 and 15th. The commemorative events begin on Friday, June 13, at 7 p.m., with graveside histories in the peaceful oak-shaded cemetery at Grace Church, and an important presentation by Professor Chris Pena of Nicholls State University. A widely recognized Civil War researcher and author, Professor Pena has delved deeply into the events surrounding
                              The Day The War Stopped and will provide fascinating newly unearthed details regarding Commander Hart’s death and St. Francisville’s role in the war. His talk will be followed by an Open House and presentation of lodge history at the historic double-galleried Masonic Lodge just across Ferdinand St. from the graveyard at 8 p.m.

                              On Saturday, June 14, a lively parade travels along St. Francisville’s historic main street beginning at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at the Masonic Lodge from 11 to 12:30. Visitors will be pleasantly transported back in time during the afternoon, as Grace Church and its parish hall next door are the scene of a concert of antebellum period music and vintage dancing from 11:30 to 1:30. At 1:30 commences the very moving dramatic presentation showing Commander Hart’s young wife in New York as she reads his last letter to their small son and then receives the terrible news of his death. This is followed by the re-enactment of the burial of Hart, with re-enactors in the dignified rites clad in Civil War uniforms accurate down to the last button and worn brogan. Taking leading roles in this ritual, amazingly, are W.W.Leake’s great-great-grandson Robert S. Leake, as well as Frank Karwowski, member of Commander Hart’s Masonic lodge, St. George’s in Schnectady, New York, and Shirley Ditloff who now operates a popular B&B in W.W. Leake’s Royal St. townhouse.

                              During the afternoon on Saturday, Oakley Plantation in the Audubon State Historic Site offers special related programs, including a Civil War encampment, complete with tents and authentically clad re-enactors, which may be visited from 2:30 to 5. At 3 a lecture on the history of the Civil War in West Feliciana will be presented, followed by black powder and musket demonstrations at 3:30 and at 4 a demonstration of Civil War costumes.


                              On Sunday, June 15, Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site from 1 to 3 presents a program on Civil War medical techniques and their all-too-often conclusion, period burial customs. At nearby Locust Grove State Historic Site, a talk from 1 to 3 focuses on Jefferson Davis’ young bride, Sarah Knox Taylor Davis who succumbed to yellow fever on their honeymoon visit to his sister’s plantation in West Feliciana, at her gravesite, and a gravestone rendering class will utilize some of the historic headstones in this peaceful little graveyard.

                              All of these activities are free and open to the public.Among sponsors are St. Francisville Overnight! (Bed & Breakfasts of the area), the Feliciana Lodge No. 31 F and AM, Grace Episcopal Church, and St. Francisville Main Street.

                              Visitors will find fascinating little shops and restaurants, many of them located in restored 19th-century structures, throughout downtown St. Francisville, which boasts an extensive Historic District listed on the National Register, and a wonderful assortment of Bed & Breakfasts as well as a modern motel. Six restored historic plantations are open daily for tours—Rosedown Plantation and Audubon State Historic Sites, Butler Greenwood Plantation, The Cottage Plantation, Greenwood Plantation and The Myrtles; Catalpa Plantation is open by reservation, and Afton Villa Gardens is open seasonally. The surrounding Tunica Hills region offers a wide array of recreational opportunities, from birding and biking to horseback riding and hiking.

                              For additional information on the St. Francisville area, telephone 225-635-4224, 225-635-3873 or 225-635-6330; online www.stfrancisville.net. For additional information on The Day The War Stopped, see www.daythewarstopped.net.
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                                ZooMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park May 3

                                Lori Barnes
                                May 1, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

                                ZooMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park May 3rd MADISONVILLE - Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on Saturday, May 3rd 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 aged 4- 61. 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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                                  Audubon Institute's Wetland Express Visits Fairview-Riv

                                  Audubon Institute's Wetland Express Visits Fairview-Riverside State Park May 31st

                                  MADISONVILLE - Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on May 31st are invited to an educational program - Wetlands Express - presented by the Audubon Institute 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 Louisiana's most important resource...our wetlands. Hands-on learning aids will reinforce the program and live animals will be presented.
                                  The program is free with park admission of $1 per person, children under 3 and seniors aged 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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                                    Audubon Institute's Wetland Express Visits Fairview-Riv

                                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
                                    May 20, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

                                    Audubon Institute's Wetland Express Visits Fairview-Riverside State Park May 31st
                                    MADISONVILLE - Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on May 31st are invited to an educational program - Wetlands Express - presented by the Audubon Institute 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 Louisiana's most important resource...our wetlands. Hands-on learning aids will reinforce the program and live animals will be presented.
                                    The program is free with park admission of $1 per person, children under 3 and seniors aged 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: Lori Barnes
                                    May 21, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

                                    Kids Fishing Clinic Set for June 21st at Fairview-Riverside State Park MADISONVILLE - Fairview-Riverside State Park will host a Kids Fishing Clinic on Saturday, June 21st 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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                                      Audubon Institute's Wetland Express Visits Fairview

                                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
                                      May 20, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

                                      Audubon Institute's Wetland Express Visits Fairview-Riverside State Park May 31st

                                      MADISONVILLE - Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on May 31st are invited to an educational program - Wetlands Express - presented by the Audubon Institute 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 Louisiana's most important resource...our wetlands. Hands-on learning aids will reinforce the program and live animals will be presented.
                                      The program is free with park admission of $1 per person, children under 3 and seniors aged 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: Lori Barnes
                                      May 21, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

                                      Kids Fishing Clinic Set for June 21st at Fairview-Riverside State Park MADISONVILLE - Fairview-Riverside State Park will host a Kids Fishing Clinic on Saturday, June 21st 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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                                        Audubon Institute's Wetland Express Visits Fairview

                                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
                                        May 28, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

                                        Audubon Institute's Wetland Express Visits Fairview-Riverside State Park May 31st

                                        MADISONVILLE - Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on May 31st are invited to an educational program - Wetlands Express - presented by the Audubon Institute 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 Louisiana's most important resource...our wetlands. Hands-on learning aids will reinforce the program and live animals will be presented.
                                        The program is free with park admission of $1 per person, children under 3 and seniors aged 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: Lori Barnes
                                        May 28, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

                                        Kids Fishing Clinic Set for June 21st at Fairview-Riverside State Park
                                        MADISONVILLE - Fairview-Riverside State Park will host a Kids Fishing Clinic on Saturday, June 21st 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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                                          Fort Pike State Historic Site hosts Living History

                                          Press Release


                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Chris J. Gagné
                                          June 16, 2008 504-255-9171
                                          fortpike_int@crt.state.la.us


                                          Fort Pike State Historic Site hosts Living History
                                          Slidell Battery’s Spaight's Battalion will demonstrate life during the mid 1860s

                                          NEW ORLEANS - Fort Pike State Historic Site will be hosting a living history weekend on Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
                                          The Slidell Battery’s Spaight's Battalion will set-up camp at Fort Pike State Historic Site and demonstrate and discuss the different types of cannons, rifles, handguns and ammunition used, and the purposes and uses for the different types of swords and sabers used during the Civil War-era.
                                          Visitors will also be able to learn about the basic life of the Civil War-era soldier, from the different types of camps and who used them, to the various flags of that time and their meanings, to civilian dress of both men and women. Also demonstrated will be some of the manners and customs of that time, along with some household goods and practices, such as open-fire cooking.
                                          Spaight’s Battalion is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to portray the life of citizens and soldiers during the Civil War, as well as to promote and stimulate interest in all aspects of military and civilian life during that time. Their goal is to educate the public on the historical significance of the era, and to honor the memory of the men and women who served and struggled during that period.

                                          Guides in period costumes will conduct Tours of Fort Pike, including information on the history of the Fort and surrounding area. Admission to the site is $2 per person; free for children age 13 and under and for adults age 62 and over. Veterans are admitted free, with their State Park permit. Fort Pike SHS has a picnic pavilion, picnic tables, barbeque grills and recreation area as well as a boat launch, to enhance a visit to the site. Newly renovated restrooms, which are handicap accessible, also are available to visitors.
                                          Fort Pike was the first of the Third System fortifications, built between 1816 and 1867. The fort, along with nearby Forts Jackson and St. Philip, defended the city of New Orleans from nautical assaults. From a staging area during the Seminole Wars to a hard-fought strategic outpost for the Union during the Civil War, Fort Pike has played a integral part in Louisiana’s military history. Fort Pike State Historic Site, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, is located on U.S. 90 (27100 Chef Menteur Highway) just south of the Rigolets Bridge. For more information on Fort Pike State Historic Site, visit http://www.lastateparks.com or call 888-662-5703.
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