Zydeco Cajun Prairie Cultural & Architectural Tour - May 31 - June 2, 2019
May
31
to Jun 2

Zydeco Cajun Prairie Cultural & Architectural Tour - May 31 - June 2, 2019

Join Preserve Louisiana with host Peggy Sweeney-McDonald for our 4th Cultural and Architectural tour as we head down the Zydeco Cajun Prairie trail from Rayne to Crowley with stops in Robert’s Cove, Branch, Church Point and Richard, Louisiana. Charming French Acadian natives will be our guides through the Grand Opera House, the Historic Moto Co./City Hall, the Historic Rice Theatre, La Vieux Presbytere and the Maison Daboval House. We will experience the German Heritage Museum, Mouton’s Music Store where French accordians are made, see the world famous Rayne Frog Murals and even stop by a Cajun Mardi Gras Costume shop. Our taste of Acadia will include lunch at Chef Roy’s Frog City Cafe and Kelly’s Landing with our dinners in Lafayette at Prejean’s Cajun Restaurant featuring Cajun Music on Friday night and Ruffino’s on the River Saturday evening while enjoying the Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde… live show with local foodies. Don’t miss out on this adventure full of Louisiana history, cuisine and fun in Acadia Parish USA!

Pricing:

Doubles: $1,240.00 Singles: $750.00

Price includes all tours, meals including glass of wine or beer with dinner, transportation, snacks and bottled water.

For more information and complete agenda call Peggy Sweeney-McDonald at 225-387-2464 or cell: 310-709-2851

Our Preserve Louisiana Group in October, 2018 at the Steel Magnolia House for a tour and mint julep party!

Our Preserve Louisiana Group in October, 2018 at the Steel Magnolia House for a tour and mint julep party!

Here’s what some of our Steel Magnolia tour attendees said about our last trip to Natchitoches, Louisiana:

“My friends and I traveled from Oklahoma for the Preserve Louisiana 'Steel Magnolias' tour. The PL staff was extremely hospitable, warm and welcoming. We laughed and cried throughout the weekend, and our hearts were changed forever by the visit to the plantations. Preserve Louisiana put on a first-class trip and we will definitely be back for more!" – Stephanie O’Hara

“It was a very nice trip and I got my money's worth!  The tour took a lot of planning and was well executed. All of the people who greeted us at our destination were very warm, friendly and treated us as though we were diplomats visiting from another country. They are very proud of their historic city and it showed!  My favorite experience was visiting Melrose and meeting the Creole locals.  I especially enjoyed the lunch in the barn prepared by the Creole couple and found it to be the best food I had on the trip. Great job Peggy and Fairleigh!” – Claudia Golden

 


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Blues Lagniappe - How the Juke Joints Shaped the Blues
Apr
11
6:00 PM18:00

Blues Lagniappe - How the Juke Joints Shaped the Blues

Preserve Louisiana, The Baton Rouge Blues Foundation, Forum 35 and Dialogue on Race Louisiana invite you to Blues Lagniappe!

Panelists Kevin McQuarn (Owner of the Robin Hood Bar Juke Joint), Kathe Hambrick (Director of Interpretation and Curator for the West Baton Rouge Museum’s Sugar Shack Juke Joint), award winning blues performer April “Sexy Red” Jackson, and facilitator Maxine Crump (Executive Director of Dialogue on Race Louisiana), will discuss “How Juke Joint Shaped the Blues.”

Following the lecture, join us in the Rose Garden for signature cocktails, appetizers and the Blues Piano tunes of legendary Henry Gray.

Special thanks to Lamar Corporation for their support of this project. 

Members - Free (registration required)

Non-Members - Free (registration required)

Note: This event sold out last year. Advanced registration is REQUIRED and limited to 100 people.

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Roaring Red stick Soiree
Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

Roaring Red stick Soiree

 

Friends of City Park & Red Stick Croquet Club

                             Presents

                Roaring Red Stick Soiree

          Saturday April 6th 2019   7-10 p.m.

                   Baton Rouge Gallery

                 1515 Dalrymple Drive

        Great Food... Live Music...Celebrities

                      Tickets $25 or 5 for $100

                          Checks payable to:

             Friends of City Park Baton Rouge

                        Tax ID # 06-1717205  

              David Addison adavidg@bellsouth.net

                  Croquet Info: 225-926-3181

PURCHASE TICKETS

 

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Heritage Lecture: Revolving Funds with the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

Heritage Lecture: Revolving Funds with the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation

Join Preserve Louisiana in welcoming Brian Davis from the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation.

Doors open at 6:00 PM for appetizers and wine before the lecture.

We’ve all seen them in our cities and towns and on the edge of fields - abandoned historic buildings covered in vines and broken windows. With little hope of improvement, they often deteriorate to the point of collapse or are demolished, leaving voids in our history.


The Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation (“LTHP”) a statewide revolving fund program in 2015 to save endangered historic buildings and sites. The nation’s first revolving fund program began in 1958 when Historic Charleston Foundation began an effort to save six blocks of that historic city. That program helped transform Charleston into a vibrant city with one of the strongest tourism industries in the nation. Today, approximately 65 preservation organizations operate similar programs on a local and state-wide level. Collectively, these programs have saved thousands of historic buildings, increased surrounding property values and revitalized communities.

Preservation organizations like LTHP use their revolving funds to acquire historic buildings through donations, purchase or options. These distressed properties are stabilized, marketed and sold with protective covenants, which will insure their historic character is maintained for generations to come. The new owners then rehabilitate the buildings so they may be used and appreciated once again.

Members - Free

Non-members - $10

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Celebrate Valentine's at the Mansion!
Feb
13
to Feb 14

Celebrate Valentine's at the Mansion!

Earl and Blanche Long invite you to Love Letters at the Old Governor’s Mansion on February 13th and 14th. Following a welcome by the Long’s to the Mansion, Peggy Sweeney-McDonald and Scott Jefferson, along with director Perry Martin will present A.R. Gurney’s award winning play, Love Letters (presented by Dramatists Play Services, Inc. of New York) on Wednesday, February 13th and Thursday, February 14th, 2019. The show will benefit Preserve Louisiana. Doors will open at 6:45 PM and the show starting at 7:30 PM. There will be a cash bar before the show with champagne and desserts served during intermission.

 

Lynda and Cliff Normand, long time docents of the Old Governor’s Mansion, will play Earl and Blance Long and share tales of the Governors who resided in the Mansion. Sweeney-McDonald and Jefferson first performed Love Letters twenty-five years ago in New Orleans after appearing in the Tennessee Williams play, Summer and Smoke the same year.  In 2012, Jefferson appeared in Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde… the popular food monologue show created by Sweeney-McDonald.  Jefferson’s food story also appears in the book authored by Sweeney-McDonald which was published in 2012 by Pelican Publishing. They are excited to reunite and reprise their Love Letter roles for these special Valentine’s Day performances.

Tickets are $30.00 ($25 for Preserve Louisiana members) and include champagne, bites and sweets during intermission. Limited seating/advanced purchase recommended.

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Something Old, Something New
Jan
17
6:00 PM18:00

Something Old, Something New

You are cordially invited.... to crash this wedding!! 

This event is designed to allow the bride and her entourage to visit the Old Governor's Mansion as a guest at a real wedding reception.  Sample delicious foods from our deluxe caterers.  Sip on a refreshing "Something Blue" martini.  View new trends while watching our mock "Bride & Groom" dance their spotlight dance, cut the cake and toss the bouquet!

Tickets - $10 online until noon January 17th or $15.00 at the door

 

Hosted by: Weddings by Allie, LLC & The Old Governor's Mansion & Preserve Louisiana

The first 50 brides will receive a special tote bag with all the vendor information!

*Vendor space is available but very limited ~ please contact Allie at weddingsbyallie@yahoo.com for more information.

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Heritage Lecture: Margaret Stones and the Native Flora of Louisiana; 1976 to 2018 and Beyond
Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

Heritage Lecture: Margaret Stones and the Native Flora of Louisiana; 1976 to 2018 and Beyond

Join author, Randy Harelson as he discusses his book Margaret Stone and the Native Flora of Louisiana; 1976 to 2018 and Beyond.

Randy Harelson with the Friends of Margaret Stones helped LSU Press develop a brand-new special edition folio of the Native Flora of Louisiana.  Stones, a world-famous botanical artist, created 226 full-color watercolor drawings of wild plants from 1976 through 1991.  Randy will tell the story of the artist, LSU, and the community that rallied to support the project over 40 years.

Randy Harelson is an artist, writer, horticulturist and educator originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has lived in New Roads since 2006.

Doors open at 6:00 PM for refreshments and lecture begins at 6:30 PM

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Holiday Festival of Lights: Cajun Night Before Christmas
Nov
30
5:00 PM17:00

Holiday Festival of Lights: Cajun Night Before Christmas

Join Preserve Louisiana at the Old Governors Mansion for our Cajun Night Before Christmas for the Festival of Lights in Downtown Baton Rouge! Meet and take pictures with Papa Noel and the Frozen Princesses - Elsa and Anna. The Cajun Night Before Christmas will be read by our storyteller - Cleona Parisi and the book and mini-ornaments by Pelican Publishing will be available for purchase. Author Peggy Sweeney-McDonald will be signing her Coffee Table/Cookbook, Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde… Life Stories About Food. Bring your kids and join the festivities!

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YELP, INC.'S WORLDY EATS TO BENEFIT PRESERVE LOUISIANA
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

YELP, INC.'S WORLDY EATS TO BENEFIT PRESERVE LOUISIANA

Join Yelp, Inc. for an unforgettable evening filled with ethnic eats, sips and entertainment represented by local restaurants and businesses. The festivities ignite on Thursday, November 15th from 7:00-10:00pm to celebrate the 3rd Annual Yelp's Worldly Eats event. 100% of the funds raised from the event will benefit the Preserve Louisiana organization. This year's focus will be on the history and rise of ethnic cuisine in the capital city. The suggested donation is $20 per person (through Preserve Louisiana's website) or $25 per person at the door (depending on availability). We hope to see you at this fun-filled community to take place at the historic Old Governor's Mansion.  This event is for age 21 and up only.

This YELP event sells out each year so ticketing highly recommended.

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Lagniappe Lecture: Ghost Stories of Louisiana
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Lagniappe Lecture: Ghost Stories of Louisiana

Join us on All Saints Day / Dia de los Muertos as we hear about hauntings of Louisiana. Facilitator Karen Kaprowski-Stout will delve into how paranormal stories can engage people in history, and we’ll hear about first hand accounts of paranormal experiences at the Myrtles Plantation and San Francisco Plantation. Audience participation will be encouraged! Share your stories!

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Preserve Louisiana Tour: Steel Magnolias - Natchitoches, Louisiana
Oct
26
to Oct 28

Preserve Louisiana Tour: Steel Magnolias - Natchitoches, Louisiana

Join Preserve Louisiana on our 3rd Architectural & Cultural Tour hosted by Peggy Sweeney-McDonald creator of Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde... as we journey to the beautiful  "Steel Magnolias" town of Natchitoches, Louisiana on Friday, October 26th thru Sunday, October 28th.  Established in 1714, Natchitoches (Nack-a-tish) retains its European flavor through the architecture, heritage and lifestyle. At the heart of this National Historic District lies Front Street, a brick thoroughfare where wrought iron balconies, restaurants and shops face the Cane River Lake. This year Natchitoches celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Steel Magnolias film that brought international attention to this lovely town. We will visit the film locations, including a tour of the Steel Magnolia "Home" with a mint julep on the front porch with owners Dan and Desiree Dyess.  We will also tour Oakland Plantation, Melrose Plantation,  Fort St. Jean Baptiste Museum, the downtown historic district, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and more. Dining will include breakfast each morning at the Chateau St. Denis in the heart of downtown, lunch at the famous Lasyone's Meat Pie Restaurant, Friday evening dinner at Mama's Oyster House, a catered lunch on Saturday in a rustic barn at Melrose Property and dinner Saturday night at Merci Beaucoup downtown while enjoying local personalities sharing their food stories in the Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde... show. 

Tour price includes two night stay at Chateau St. Denis, transportation on luxury coach bus, all meals, snacks and tours. 

Quotes from our attendees from the February 2018 - Cajun Land Tour:

"This was our 2nd tour with Preserve Louisiana. Our favorite was the Saturday night Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde dinner at Antique Roseville.  Peggy and the Preserve Louisiana staff did an excellent job as usual and we look forward to future tours with them." – Vic Lefeve

"The personal attention bestowed on us by Paul Allain and his wife and Linda Freyou at Antique Roseville was amazing.  Also having the historian at Tabasco lead our tour presentation was great.  We really liked the historical information provided.  The size of the group was just right." – Debra and Mike Minkus

"Our favorite part of the tour was the speakers for the Meanwhile, Back at Café du Monde… dinner at Antique Roseville and the tour of Linda Freyou’s home." -  BJ and Paul Arceneaux

For more information, pricing and registration call Peggy Sweeney-McDonald at 310-709-2851.  Registration will begin July 26th.

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Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... Life Stories About Food
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... Life Stories About Food

 

A unique, festive monologue event about the 2nd universal language - FOOD, and how our lives revolve around it.  Creator/Author Peggy Sweeney-McDonald will emcee the show with food stories by Crawfish Extravaganza Hosts - Alice and Bobby Dupre, President and CEO of Dialogue on Race Louisiana - Maxine Crump, Author of Yellow Jack - Rene Uzee,  The Cake Ball Queen/Owner of Brew Ha Ha - Gabby Loubiere Higgins, and Preserve Louisiana Executive Director - Fairleigh Jackson.

The cast of Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... at Dunleith Plantation for the Preserve Louisiana Natchez Cultural Tour (from left to right) James Fox-Smith, Fairleigh Jackson, Lynn Taylor and Peggy Sweeney-McDonald

The cast of Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... at Dunleith Plantation for the Preserve Louisiana Natchez Cultural Tour (from left to right) James Fox-Smith, Fairleigh Jackson, Lynn Taylor and Peggy Sweeney-McDonald

Enjoy refreshments before the show with a cash bar for wine and beer. 

Doors Open at 6:30pm with the show beginning at 6:45pm. 

Tickets Members: FREE| Non-members: $10.00

Preserve Louisiana Members - Free

For more information about the Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... show and book by Pelican Publishing check out the website at meanwhilebackatcafedumonde.com

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Aug
30
6:30 PM18:30

42nd Annual Preservation Awards

Join us for our annual Preservation Awards to celebrate successful cultural and architectural preservation projects completed around our state. This year's event will be held at the Mansion and we will celebrate Huey P. Long's 125th birthday!

For more information on our award recipients, click HERE.

Members: $75 | Non-members: $85

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May
10
6:00 PM18:00

Heritage Lecture: The Fonville Winans Cookbook

Although Fonville Winans is internationally recognized for photographing Grand Isle’s Depression-Era Cajuns and Baton Rouge brides and debutantes, he was also as an excellent cook. Fonville’s daughter-in-law, Melinda Winans, recently collaborated with Cynthia Nobles, cookbook author and editor for LSU Press, to publish Fonville’s biography and over 100 of his original recipes. Join us as we sample recipes from the new cookbook and learn more about the fascinating life and photographic works of Fonville Winans.

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Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

Lagniappe Lecture: Blues Lagniappe

Preserve Louisiana, The Baton Rouge Blues Foundation, Forum 35 and Dialogue on Race Louisiana invite you to Blues Lagniappe!

Panelists Joyce Jackson (blues historian), artists Lil Jimmy Reed and Harvey Knox, and facilitator Maxine Crump (executive director of Dialogue on Race Louisiana), will discuss the history of the Blues in Louisiana and specifically its roots in race dynamics during the time of its origin.

Following the lecture, join us in the Rose Garden for signature cocktails and the tunes of Harvey Knox & Friends.

Special thanks to Lamar Corporation for their support of this project.

This event is SOLD OUT! 

Please join us for the after party with Lil Jimmy Reed at Driftwood Cask & Barrel at 9:30 pm.

 

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Mar
15
6:00 PM18:00

Lagniappe Lecture: The Irish in Louisiana

Join us for our latest Lagniappe Lecture on Irish culture and history in Louisiana. Guests will be welcomed by the traditional Irish sounds of Kitchen Session of Baton Rouge, and the evening begins with a lecture on the history of the Irish in Louisiana. Dr. Laura Kelley, historian and author of The Irish in New Orleans, will discuss the history of the Irish in the region from ‘Bloody’ O’Reilly in the 18th century to the Irish-dominated politics of the 20th century. Following the lecture, guests are invited to experience and enjoy Irish music by Surf Vibes and dancing by Muggivan School of Irish Dance, food generously provided by the Louisiana Culinary Institute, and spirits provided by Happy's Irish Pub in the Rose Garden of the Old Governor’s Mansion. 

Doors open at 6 pm and the lecture begins promptly at 6:30. Entertainment to follow. 

Preserve Louisiana members are $25; non-members are $35.

Many thanks to The Lucky Law Firm for their support of this event!

 

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Feb
25
4:00 PM16:00

Louisiana Hip Hop History & Dance Workshop (intermediate/advanced)

Preserve Louisiana has partnered with Of Moving Colors to bring a new style of dance to a historic landmark. Master classes will be taught by company dancer, Julian Guillory. The hip hop workshop will be held in the East Room of the Old Governor's Mansion.

For more information, visit www.OfMovingColors.org/comingup or email tellus@ofmovingcolors.org. 

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Feb
25
2:00 PM14:00

Louisiana Hip Hop History & Dance Workshop (beginner)

Preserve Louisiana has partnered with Of Moving Colors to bring a new style of dance to a historic landmark. Master classes will be taught by company dancer, Julian Guillory. The hip hop workshop will be held in the East Room of the Old Governor's Mansion.

For more information, visit www.OfMovingColors.org/comingup or email tellus@ofmovingcolors.org. 

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Feb
16
to Feb 18

Preserve Louisiana Tours: Cultural & Architectural Tour to Cajun Land in New Iberia, La

Come travel, tour and taste the Cajun delicacies of New Iberia with Preserve Louisiana and host, creator and author of Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde… Life Stories about Food, Peggy Sweeney-McDonald, for its second Cultural & Architectural Tour to Cajun Land on Friday, Feb.16 to Sunday, Feb.18, 2018. For more information, visit Preserve Louisiana Tours here.

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Jan
25
6:00 PM18:00

Lagniappe Lecture: This History of Gay Carnival

Join us and Louisiana State Museum Curator, Wayne Phillips, as we explore the history of gay carnival through the artifacts of the Louisiana State Museum collection. Past Kings and Queens of Apollo Baton Rouge will join us in full costume, we'll dance to the tunes of the Nick Abraham Quintet, and enjoy festive signature cocktails.

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Jan
24
6:00 PM18:00

Something Old, Something New rescheduled to Wednesday, January 24

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Brides and brides-to-be, come crash this wedding reception at the Old Governors Mansion. Bring your entire entourage and enjoy food, music, vendors, interactive bridal games and a mock wedding to win some great prizes. You will also have a chance to win a Honeymoon from Nanette Hoyt of House of Travel. 

Cost before Jan. 24 is $10 and $15 at the door.

 

Call 225-387-2464 for more information.

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Jan
11
6:30 PM18:30

Heritage Lecture: An Architecture Apart: The Significance of Separate African American Spaces

During the Jim Crow era, the separation of facilities for blacks and whites led to the creation of African Americans schools, theaters, commercial buildings, and whole commercial districts. These separate spaces were vibrant centers of learning, social life, and commerce. Many times, the resulting architecture was a testament to excellence achieved in the face of social and economic barriers. When integration lifted the restrictions on other spaces, it brought a certain degree of obsolescence to these African American local landmarks. In the years since, many African American structures have been left vacant; their histories silenced behind boarded doors and windows.  

Join us for a lecture with Laura Blokker, Assistant Director and adjunct lecturer for the Tulane School of Architecture's Master of Preservation Studies program. Blokker will discuss the stories of some significant African American buildings and the roles of these building in the future of Louisiana. 

Refreshments will be served by Calandro's Fine Wines and Spirits at 6 p.m. and the lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.

Active Preserve Louisiana members are FREE and non-member registration is $10. 

                                       Lincoln Theater in Baton Rouge

                                       Lincoln Theater in Baton Rouge

 

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Nov
2
7:30 PM19:30

Preserve Louisiana's 19th Annual Gala at the Old Governor's Mansion: Opening Night

Preserve Louisiana's VIP Preview Party and Lost and Found Theatres of Louisiana Exhibition begins at 6:30 p.m.. The Gala Party will open for general admission at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are now available here.

35 and under: $75

Members: $100

Non-members: $125

VIP (toast and first to view new exhibition): $250

For more information about the gala, sponsorships and host committees, please contact Preserve Louisiana's Executive Director Fairleigh Jackson at Fairleigh@Preserve-Louisiana.org

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