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 $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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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.  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 Fairfield Inn by Marriott, 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. 

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 and pricing call Peggy Sweeney-McDonald at 310-709-2851.  Registration will begin July 26th.

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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. 

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                                       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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Sep
28
6:00 PM18:00

Lagniappe Lecture: German Culture in Louisiana

Preserve Louisiana will host a Lagniappe Lecture on German Culture in Louisiana at the Old Governor’s Mansion on Thursday, September 28 at 6:00 pm.

The evening will begin with a lecture on the history of Germans in the New Orleans area. Daniel Hammer, Deputy Director of the Historic New Orleans Collection, will discuss the establishment of a German colony in Louisiana in the 1720’s. Hammer will incorporate objects and documents held at The Historic New Orleans Collection to explore the history of Germans in Louisiana during the 19th century. His lecture covers the influence of German culture inNew Orleans; the impact of WWI on the local communities; and the challenges of preserving an archival collection with conditional, language, paleography and obscure limitations.

Following the lecture, guests are invited to experience and enjoy German-Louisiana music, dancing, and food, provided by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and beer tastings in the Rose Garden of the Old Governor’s Mansion.  The lecture begins at 6 p.m. and the tastings will be served at 7 p.m.

Please click the button below to register.

Members:$25

Non-members: $35

 

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Program cover for the first family evening of the Quartet Club of New Orleans, held at Grunewald Hall on Saturday, May 31, 1884, Professor J. Hanno Deiler, conductor. Courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection, acc. no. 97-5-L

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Sep
14
6:00 PM18:00

Heritage Lecture: Mike the Tiger

Preserve Louisiana presents Heritage Lecture on Mike the Tiger: The Tradition Continues with author, professor and Director of the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine, David G. Baker, at the Old Governor’s Mansion on Thursday, September 14 at 6:00 p.m.

Preserve Louisiana will host its September Heritage Lecture on Mike the Tiger: The Tradition Continues with Mike the Tiger’s most recent veterinarian and author, David G. Baker at the Old Governor’s Mansion on Thursday, September 14 at 6:00 p.m.

Baker will present  the Civil War origins of Louisiana State University’s mascot and “fighting tiger” tradition, as well as behind-the-scenes anecdotes chronicling each of the six Mikes to the present age of social media. Baker will discuss the early representations of the live mascot, the history of the mascot program and the late Mike VI with hopes of introducing the next Mike.

Refreshments from Calandro’s Fine Wines and Spirits are served at 6:00 p.m. and the lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Heritage Lectures are sponsored in part by Watermark Baton Rouge.

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