Where else but Louisiana could one see Boudin: The Traveling Exhibit.
The latest documentary project from the Southern Foodways Alliance, the exhibit takes a look at the beloved Cajun combination of pork, rice and spices. Its current location, where it will be on display through Sept. 9, is the St. Landry Parish Visitor Information Center, Exit 23 on I-49 in Opelousas.
This exhibition is more than just food photos. The SFA has compiled oral histories of boudin makers including Robert Cormier, Patsy Frey and John Saucier. Close to 50 of these oral histories are now available online.
Over in Thibodaux, oysters, particularly those harvested in Terrebonne Parish, are in the spotlight in Celebrated Houma Oysters: The History of the Cenac Family and the Early Oyster Industry in Terrebonne Parish.
The exhibit is an Ellender Memorial Library Archives Project by archivist Clifton Theriot.
The exhibit tells of Frenchman Jean Pierre Cenac, who immigrated to New Orleans in 1860, and soon moved to Houma. In the late 1800s Cenac and his sons delved into the oyster industry and operated several businesses that either processed, packed and/or shipped fresh oysters to locations in the U.S. and Mexico.
The exhibit, in the Archives & Special Collections department of Ellender Memorial Library on the Nicholls State University campus, will run through December. Hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and until 9 p.m. on Tuesdays.
ON THE INTERNET:
Red Stick on the go
The Baton Rouge Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has launched a mobile-optimized version of its website, http://www.visitbatonrouge.com.
Visitors to the site can view events and find restaurants and attractions in and around Baton Rouge.
News from Audubon
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans is hosting a party to thank thousands of its closest friends, its members.
Audubon Nature Institute members are invited to peek behind the scenes of the aquarium at SEAlabration, a free party for 30,000 ANI members. The annual event will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3 at the Aquarium, 1 Canal St.
While SEAlebration is a free party for Audubon members, all are invited to become a member and enjoy the festivities. Membership booths will even be open the night of SEAlebration, so guests can sign up right at the entrance and join the party.
SEAlebration visitors will have opportunities not offered during regular public hours, including views from the top of the Caribbean Reef and Gulf of Mexico exhibits and an invitation for an up close meet and greet with some of the Aquarium's most popular residents. Attendees are also invited to talk with divers, meet the penguin keepers, and enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at where meals are prepared for all the animals.
Attendants also can watch Disney's animated musical comedy Tangled free of charge at Entergy IMAX Theatre.
Also, the Aquarium and the IMAX Theatre have extended their summer, seven-day-a-week schedule through Sept. 5. The attractions normally are open Tuesday-Sunday.
In addition, children will receive free admission with one paying adult to the Audubon Insectarium, 423 Canal St., on Tuesdays, Aug. 2 and 9.
Over at the Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., it's chick time.
Several hatchlings have appeared in the Audubon Aviary, including Emerald Doves, Luzon Bleeding-hearts, Nicobar Pigeons, Collared Finch-billed Bulbuls, Golden-breasted Starlings, Scarlet Ibises and the rare Blue-crowned Laughingthrush.
Also, the flamingo flock at the front gate has some new little ones.
ON THE INTERNET: http://www.AudubonInstitute.org
Parks changing schedules
The Office of State Parks is changing its operating hours to five days per week at State Historic Sites. The changes to the operating schedule will allow previously closed State Historic Sites to reopen.
Effective Monday, Aug. 1, State Historic Sites will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Centenary State Historic Site and Marksville State Historic Site, two previously closed sites, also will reopen that day.
In July 2010, budget cuts prompted the closure of these sites, along with Fort Jesup State Historic Site and Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site. Fort Jesup reopened in November 2010, through a cooperative agreement with the Town of Many, Sabine Parish and the Sabine River Authority. Plaquemine Lock reopened in January through a similar agreement with the city of Plaquemine and Iberville Parish.
The parks also are adjusting swimming pool schedules at sites around the state to ensure that visitors receive certified lifeguard supervision at pools through the end of the summer season.
The end-of-summer schedules for State Park pools are:
• Bayou Segnette, Westwego: The pool will continue its normal schedule through Labor Day weekend and will be open on Labor Day. Visitors should note that the daily capacity of the wave pool will depend on the number of lifeguards on duty.
• Chemin-A-Haut, Bastrop: The pool remains closed due to construction.
• Chicot, Ville Platte, and
Lake D'Arbonne, Farmerville: The pool will continue its normal schedule through Aug. 14, after which the pool will be open only on weekends and on Labor Day.
• Lake Bistineau, Doyline, and North Toledo Bend, Zwolle: The pool will continue its normal schedule through Aug. 7, then open on weekends only and on Labor Day.
• St. Bernard, Braithwaite: The pool will continue its normal schedule until Aug. 14, after which the pool will be closed for the rest of the year.
State parks with designated beach swimming areas include: Bogue Chitto State Park near Franklinton; Cypremort Point State Park east of Franklin; Jimmie Davis State Park in Chatham; Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville; Lake Bistineau State Park near Doyline; Lake Bruin State Park in St. Joseph; Lake Claiborne State Park in Homer; Poverty Point Reservoir State Park in Delhi; and South Toledo Bend State Park near Anacoco.
All beach areas are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, but do not have lifeguard supervision. Standard day-use admission of $1 per person provides beach access.
ON THE INTERNET: http://www.LaStateParks.com
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