In celebration of the “rescue” of the Magnolia Mound Plantation site 50 years ago, a May Fair will be held May 1.
The 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on the plantation grounds at 2161 Nicholson Drive in Baton Rouge and will feature musicians, singers and actors portraying those who lived, worked and entertained in the early 19th century.
As a component of the fair, an awards ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. in the Visitors Center to recognize those organizations that played extraordinary roles in the development of the Magnolia Mound site. To be honored are:
The Junior League of Baton Rouge: Construction of the restoration kitchen, research and compilation of “The Magnolia Mound Kitchen Book, Being a A Compendium of Foodways and Customs of Early Louisiana, 1795-1841,” which is now in its fourth printing, and hundreds of hours as volunteer kitchen docents
The East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners Association: Restoration and continued care and maintenance of the kitchen garden
The McMains Foundation: Ongoing financial support of the kitchen garden
Volunteers docents: Rosemary Lane, kitchen docent for 25 years; John Turner, kitchen docent for 15 years; Debbie Corbo, Master Gardener for 10 years; Diane Finley, house docent for 10 years; Samantha Cook, education docent for 5 years.
Visitors are encouraged (but not required) to wear costumes of the early 19th century (circa 1800-1820).
Among those scheduled to perform are Elizabeth Miller, principal oboist for the Monroe Symphony Orchestra and oboist with Opéra Louisiane and the Louisiana Sinfonietta; Scott Miller, bassoonist for the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, Opéra Louisiane and the second bassoonist for the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra; 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, instrumentals and storytelling; Robbie Wilson, a popular local actor portraying a “Gentleman of the Era”; mezzo-soprano Alisah Rosa; tenor Travis Richter; cellist Raudol Palacios and violinist Randy Manning.
The Baton Rouge Symphony and Opéra Louisiane will be on hand at informational booths.
A wide variety of vendors also will be selling their wares at the fair.
For more information, call (225) 343-4955.