Haynesville, which bills itself as the “Butterfly Capital of Louisiana,” will celebrate the colorful, fluttering insects next weekend.

The 13th annual Haynesville Celebration of Butterflies takes place Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Claiborne Parish Fairgrounds.

The day begins with a 9 a.m. parade, followed by speakers, entertainment and children’s activities in the afternoon and country, bluegrass and gospel music starting at 6:30 p.m. The event closes at 8:30 p.m.

Among the speakers are horticulturist Greg Grant, biology professor Charles Allen, James Dean of the Louisiana Bayou Bluebird Society and bromeliad grower Michael Seal.

Other features of the festival are a butterfly plant sale, books, T-shirts, community art and photography exhibits, craft and food vendors, take-home butterfly towers, a nature photography contest and a container gardening contest.

Admission is $3, adults; $1, children 6-18; free, children under 6.

Haynesville is located on U.S. 79, about 90 minutes from Shreveport, near the Arkansas border.

For more information, call (318) 624-1929.



In New Orleans

Go behind the scenes during Hidden Treasures at the Louisiana State Museum beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14.

The tour of the museum’s vast collection of portraiture and photography takes place at the museum’s Collections Facility, 1000 Chartres St. Curator of Visual Arts Tony Lewis leads the tour, which will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.

Tickets are $15, general ad-mission; $10, Friends of the Cabildo members. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Call (504) 523-3939.

Two new movies have opened at the Entergy IMAX Theatre, 1 Canal St. next to Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon plays at 5:15 p.m. each day and show times for Lions 3D: Roar of the Kalahari are 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

Scales and Ales, a party benefiting turtle rehabilitation at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, is scheduled for 8 p.m. Sept. 16. The casual, after hours party offers music, food and drinks. Tickets start at $35.

The Audubon Zoo’s Cool Zoo, a water playground for children will be open through the end of September. An additional $5 fee is charged for access to Cool Zoo.

The zoo is located at 6500 Magazine St.



Remembering 9/11

The South Louisiana Community Orchestra will present a Patriot Day Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Regional Military Museum, 1154 Barrow St. in Houma.

Admission is $6, with a portion of the proceeds going to the museum.

The cities of Vidalia, Ferriday and Natchez, Miss., along with the Natchez Opera Festival, Inc. are getting together for Miss-Lou Celebrates America, a free concert of patriotic music. The concert starts at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Vidalia Amphitheater.

Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and join in the tribute to the terrorist at-tack victims and their families on the 10th anniversary of the tragedies.

Festival in Lake Charles

Boozoo’s Labor Day Festival takes place on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

There will be zydeco music, food and more.

For more information, call (337) 438-3482.

Coming to life

The Biedenharn Museum and Gardens in Monroe will again host a Living Fountain event Sept. 16 and 17. Visitors can watch as a “statue” of a beautiful woman comes of life as jets of water appear from her fingertips and a shimmering halo of water cascades from the crown of her head.

The choreographed display was performed two years ago, and the museum said it has received many requests for an-other event.

Times are 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. both days. Admission is $5 and gates open 45 minutes prior to each performance.

The Biedenharn is located at 2006 Riverside Drive.

For more information, call (318) 387-5281.




Louisiana Travels is a bi-weekly column about travel destinations and events in Louisiana. Email items for Louisiana Travels to travel@theadvocate.com or jbergeron@theadvocate.com or mail to Judy Bergeron, News Features assistant editor, The Advocate, 7290 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810.