WHAT: Gayle Breaux Smith’s presentation, “Footsteps in Time,” will highlight the journey of the Vincent Brault family on its 350-year trek from France through Nova Scotia then Massachusetts to finally arriving in Louisiana.
WHEN: Noon, Wednesday, Sept. 10
WHERE: Capitol Park Museum is located at 660 N. Fourth St., Baton Rouge
DETAILS: Free and open to the public. Bring your lunch and stay as long as your schedule permits. Smith was born in New Iberia and grew up along Bayou Teche in Cajun Country. Her ancestral roots include the surnames Boudreaux, Bourgeois, Breaux, Dugas and LeBlanc, with French ancestors dating from 1631.
WHAT: Oldies But Goodies Fest & Smokin’ Oldies BBQ Cook-Off
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 12, through Sunday, Sept. 14
WHERE: West Baton Rouge Tourist Information & Conference Center grounds, 2750 N. Westport Drive, Port Allen
DETAILS: There will be a BBQ Shrimp Contest on Friday night, followed by the barbeque cook-off on Saturday. It will benefit The Dream Day Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Food and drinks will be sold on-site. On Sunday, the Oldies But Goodies Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The day includes a Poker Fun Run to benefit St. Jude at 10 a.m. There will also be an antique car display, music, dance lessons, crafters and food, along with jitterbug, hula-hoop, twist and crazy hats contest.
WHAT: Ron Chapman will speak on his publication, “Battle of New Orleans: But for a Piece of Wood,” which focuses on the British campaign for the Gulf as they tried to take New Orleans. Presented as The Foundation for Historical Louisiana’s monthly Heritage Lecture.
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. A reception starts at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd., Baton Rouge
TICKETS & REGISTRATION: $10; free for FHL members. fhl.org or (225) 387-2464
DETAILS: Chapman, a history professor at Nunez Community College in Chalmette, brings to light many misconceptions in American history surrounding the Battle of New Orleans, namely that the battle was a sweeping victory and was of little consequence as it occurred after the signing of the Treaty of Ghent that ended the war. The Battle of New Orleans took place in January 1815. Chapman’s book establishes “the magnitude of the potential loss for America had Jackson failed and emphasizes just how close the British came to winning this decisive conflict.” Chapman has been writing about Louisiana history for more than 28 years and was awarded the 2011-12 Preservation Award from the Louisiana Colonials, the Meraux Endowed Professorship and the Nunez Community College Excellence in Teaching Award. Calandro’s Select Cellars and Fine Wines will host the reception.
TOP HAT SOIRÉE
WHAT: Fundraiser for the Lauren Savoy Olinde “LSO” Foundation to support efforts in prevention and awareness of skin cancer
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19
WHERE: Baton Rouge Gallery, BREC City Park, 1515 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge
DETAILS: Top Hat Soirée is a festive cocktail party, which will feature live music by Louisiana American Idol participant Michael Liuzza and Café au Lait, cocktails, local fare from some of the area’s finest restaurants, silent auction art pieces and a preview of the Foundation’s 2015 initiatives. Festive hats and headwear are encouraged. The LSO Foundation, an affiliate of Cancer Services, is a nonprofit that was created in memory of Lauren Savoy Olinde, an inspirational young woman who lost her battle with melanoma at 27. The LSO Foundation implements projects that bring immediate prevention and awareness of skin cancer to the local area.
WHAT: Food drive honoring Trevor Sims
WHEN: Throughout September
WHERE: Caliente Mexican Craving, 1072 Lee Drive in Baton Rouge, and 14455 Wax Road in Central.
DETAILS: Drop off canned goods at the locations to continue the legacy of Trevor Sims, who was known for his courage and desire to help the less fortunate while he faced adversity himself. He started Trevor’s Wish, a food drive to benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank because “nobody should have to be hungry.” Children who donate during the drive will receive a free scoop of ice cream.