A pair of white swans have made the reflection pond at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens in Darrow their new home.
"This male and female spend their days gliding through water and frolicking with the ducks," according to a news release. "But these poor love birds have no names."
Help name the swans and you will be entered to win an overnight stay at The Inn at Houmas House, dinner for two in the Carriage House Restaurant, mansion tour tickets for two and a Houmas House coffee-table book
Entries are due by Feb. 10; a winner will be announced on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.
To enter, visit houmashouse.com/swans.
Cuban stories, photos sought
The Jeanerette Museum is collecting photographs and brief stories of Cubans who resided in Jeanerette.
“Cuban families immigrated to Jeanerette to begin a new life in the United States during the early 1960s,” says Gail Garcia, chairman of the Jeanerette Museum Board of Directors. “The museum is currently collecting the photos and stories of these people that became citizens of our community for future generations. We are also asking residents who went to school, worked with or remembered these citizens to send in their memories."
The stories and photos will become a part of the museum’s collection. The items also may be used for future history presentations, roundtable discussions and pamphlets.
“Many of the Cuban-Americans in our area worked in the sugar industry," Garcia says. "Our museum focuses on the sugar and cypress industries that helped to shape our city. We hope that this project will shine light on the accomplishments of our citizens.”
Items to be shared for the museum’s collection can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to Jeanerette Museum Cuban History, P.O. Box 1011, Jeanerette, LA 70544 by Wednesday, Jan. 31.
Wedding photos wanted
Were you married at Jefferson Island's Rip Van Winkle Gardens in New Iberia between 2012 and 2017?
The attraction is holding a contest for bridal photos. Entrants can submit their best three to five wedding photos for a chance to win one of three prizes. Email the photos (in jpeg format) by Feb. 15 to email@example.com.
The first-place winner will receive a one-night stay for two in one of the island's bed-and-breakfast cottages (based upon availability) plus tickets to tour the Joseph Jefferson House and Gardens.
The second-place winner gets lunch for two at Café Jefferson (cocktails not included) plus tickets to tour the house and gardens.
The third-place winner will receive tickets to tour the house and gardens, plus 20 percent off one item in the gift shop (does not apply to sale items).
With permission from the photographer, the facility will post the wedding photo(s) of their choosing on the new Rip Van Winkle Gardens website.
There are still spots available on an April 8-14 seniors' trip to Miami and Key West, Florida.
For more information, call Leslie Tassin at (225) 769-5872 or visit grouptrips.com/louisianatravelers.