LT. GOV. LANDRIEU AND TOWNS ACROSS LOUISIANA INVITE YOU TO VISIT THEIR MAIN STREETS THIS NOVEMBER -- 11/06/2007
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LT. GOV. LANDRIEU AND TOWNS ACROSS LOUISIANA INVITE YOU TO VISIT THEIR MAIN STREETS THIS NOVEMBER
Louisiana Main-To-Main: A Cultural Roadshow Showcases Revitalized Downtowns In Cities From Natchitoches To Plaquemine
(Baton Rouge, LA) - Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu invites the public to spend November visiting the 22 Louisiana towns participating in the second annual Louisiana Main-to-Main: A Cultural Road Show. The statewide series of art walks, music concerts, craft fairs and festivals is designed to foster economic development and historic preservation in towns with traditional downtown main streets while displaying the rich and diverse cultural assets that make our state and its communities unique.
"Whether it's a Cajun Music in Abbeville or the Festival of Lights in Natchitoches, the Louisiana Main-to-Main program is designed to encourage weekend travelers to get on the road and experience life in our historic main street communities," Lt. Governor Landrieu said. "Our Main Street festivals are more than a celebration of our culture and history. Last November, they generated more than $6 million in revenue for participating communities."
"Heritage tourism is a growing tourism trend," said Angele Davis, Secretary of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. "Our Main Streets offer a wide variety of family-friendly celebrations."
Louisiana Main-to-Main is funded and administered by the Louisiana Main Street Program, a division of the State Office of Historic Preservation in the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. Additional support is provided by a grant from First Lady Laura Bush's national nonprofit Preserve America. Main Street promotes the revitalization of small town historic commercial districts in association with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The following are Main Street Communities: Abbeville, Bastrop, Bogalusa, Clinton, Columbia, Crowley, Denham Springs, Eunice, Franklin, Hammond, Houma, Minden, Morgan City, Natchitoches, New Iberia, New Orleans, New Roads, Opelousas, Plaquemine, Ponchatoula, Ruston, Springhill, St. Francisville, St. Martinville and Winnsboro.
Community locations, specific events details, and community contact information can be found on our website www.louisianamaintomain.org. Attached is an abbreviated listing of events by city and date.
Taste of Vermilion and If Headstones Could Talk. Masonic Cemetery Tour.
Jazz & Jambalaya Dinner and Jazz Under the Stars. Live music by the Equinox Jazz Orchestra.
Art 'Round the Square: art exhibits, guided historic restoration tour, and live music by Zydeco Players, Bayou Blasters, Mary Herget, and The Dulcimer Players.
Blues and BBQ on the Ouachita: BBQ Cook-off and live music by Bobby Rush, Delta Blue, and Po Henry and Tookie.
Remember When Veterans' Day Concert featuring the St. Joseph Orchestra.
Cajun Music Superstars and Music at the Liberty Theatre: Cajun Songwriters' symposium & performances by David Greely, Terry Huval, D.L. Menard, and Kira Viator with the Jambalaya Cajun Band.
Fall Frenzy: RV camping, tailgating party, 5K walk/architectural history tour, art, children's scavenger hunt, live music, and extended shopping hours in the Main Street district.
Blues and BBQ on the Bayou: Authentic Cajun wedding and live music by the LaFourche Cajun Band, Yowcha Band, and Blackened Blues.
The Red Dot Tour: Civil War encampment, shopping trail, architectural history tour, Eat Main to Main, and a Louisiana Crossroads Performance by Jo-El Sonnier and Friends at the Sliman Theatre.
Antiques Trade Days and Craft Fair: Outdoor festival featuring antiques, collectibles, arts & crafts, a petting zoo, and live music for the entire family.
O.C. Haley Boulevard, New Orleans
Make a Joyful Noise Gospel and Arts Festival: collaboration with Central City choirs at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center showcasing religious heritage in the community, arts, and crafts.
The Sprit of St. Francisville, 200 Years: Book signing and exhibition, downtown Birthday Sale, quilt show, live music, movie night featuring The Reaping , and School Days, and an Open House at the Julius Freyhan School.
Louisiana Crossroads presents Jo-EL Sonnier & Friends.
Agriculture, Archeology, and Atchafalaya- A Triple-A Road Show: Experience Atchafalaya Home School Day, Archaeology Series on the Chitimacha Indian Tribe, Indian Mounds and Culture, and a Veterans' Day Tribute.
Kevin Naquin, The Ossun Playboys, Wilson Savoy, and The Pine Leaf Boys play at the Liberty Theater.
St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans
Chalk It Up to St. Claude: sidewalk chalk art competition, neighborhood oral history collection, gallery openings, arts, crafts, and music.
Shades of Praise Gospel Choir and Whitewing Allstar Show.
Fire and Ice Festival: Christmas Open House, Artist's Studio Crawl, Christmas tree lighting, snow activities, holiday movies, music by Linnea Fayard and Friends, and a visit from Santa.
Holiday Open House, "Flower Power", displays by local artists, and live music in the Range Antique District.
French Friday on Main Street: Zydeco music and Cajun-French food.
Ann Savoy and the Savoy Family Band, Jason Savoy and his Boogie Woogie Piano, and Peppy Carmello with Lisa and Mitch Reed at the Liberty Theater.
Bonnie and Clyde: Hollywood Wannabe Molls & Gangsters Costume Contest, bank robbery reenactment, and movie screening.
Kick-off to the annual December Festival of Lights: Holiday Open House shopping, activities for children and adults, the Christmas Belles and Santa Claus, live music, and fireworks.
New Orleans, North Rampart Street
RampART: Artists and musicians displaying various traditional and cultural arts in Armstrong Park, N. Rampart Street
New Orleans, Oak Street
New Orleans PoBoy Preservation Festival: live music, PoBoy Contest, arts and crafts, Kids World, and "Our Loaved Legacy"-- A History of the New Orleans Po-Boy.
Agriculture, Archeology, and Atchafalaya- A Triple-A Road Show: The Flood of 1927 Remembrance and Watercolors and Acrylics Exhibition.
Tasting and Shopping on the Teche: Wine and Cheese Tasting, silent auction, extended shopping hours, and live music.
Agriculture, Archeology, and Atchafalaya- A Triple-A Road Show: Watercolors and Acrylics Exhibition.
Children's Louisiana Winter Wonder Land, holiday window trimming competition, district-wide art and historic photography exhibits, and live music by Invisible Cowboy.
Christmas Parade and fireworks display.