On Sunday, Dec. 10, Magnolia Mound Plantation's Creole Christmas and Holiday Fair will offer a step back in time to the early 1800s.
The day will be filled with performances reminiscent of the time, as well children's games and storytellers. The event, on the grounds at 2161 Nicholson Drive, runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The historic house will be open, as well as several outbuildings on the property including the overseer’s house, slave cabin and the open-hearth kitchen. There also will be demonstrations of various skills used during the 18th century, such as blacksmithing, caning and open-hearth cooking.
Musicians, singers and actors who are scheduled to perform include students from BR FLAIM (Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet School) who will be singing Christmas carols on the back porch of the historic house; Jim and James Linden Hogg, musicians who play folk and popular music of the early 19th century; Jerry Jenkins, who specializes in West African drum circle and instrumentals and storytelling; Robbie Wilson, a talented local actor portraying a “Gentleman of the Era” and master of ceremonies for the performances.
Also scheduled to take part are Opéra Louisiane singers Jessie Warren and Amy Stone, and Givonna Joseph, founder and director of the New Orleans-based OperaCreole and members of the group. The Louisiana Heritage Dancers and their musicians also will be performing during the day.
Oneal Isaac, well-known actor and storyteller, will entertain in the children’s area.
A wide variety of vendors will be selling art, metalwork, jewelry, wooden pieces, pottery, bath products, photography and more. Food and soft drinks will be for sale.
Magnolia Mound Plantation is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is renowned for authentic preservation and restoration. For information, call (225) 343-4955.