The Great Lakes Timber Show will be part of the 30th Lumberjack Festival Friday-Saturday in Springhill.

Events at Frank-Anthony Park on Church Street will begin at noon on Friday and continue through Saturday.

The master lumberjacks performing in the show have been seen on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports,” ESPN, ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and NBC’s “Today” show and covered by The Associated Press and USA Today. Hailing from Escanaba, Mich., the lumberjacks will put on four shows each day featuring chainsaw carving, axe throwing, antiques logging tools, modified chain sawing, and log rolling.

In addition to the Great Lakes show, there will be live entertainment on the outside stage and the annual car, truck, motorcycle and tractor shows. The annual parade will roll at 10 a.m. Saturday. The festival will close with a headliner concert by Brandon Ratcliff, son of Suzanne Cox Ratcliff of the Grammy-winning Cox Family.

The Lumberjack Festival is sponsored in part by a grant from the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Commission.

Admission is free.

For more information, call (318) 539-3292.

Shutdown closes refuges

The federal government shutdown has forced most refuges within the Southeast Louisiana Refuge Complex — including Bayou Sauvage, Bayou Teche, Big Branch Marsh, Bogue Chitto, Breton, Delta and Mandalay — to temporarily close to the public.

Public access to the properties is prohibited, and fish and wildlife management activities and public programs are canceled. This includes the closure of all hunting and fishing seasons on the national wildlife refuges.

Stomp next week in N.O.

Retired steamboat Captain Clarke “Doc” Hawley will open Steamboat Stomp, New Orleans’ newest traditional jazz festival, with a lecture at The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., at 4:45 p.m. Friday.

Hawley will shed light on the history of the steamboats and their influence on jazz. The presentation will be followed by live performances on two stages aboard the Steamboat Natchez, one of the last authentic steamboats still operating in the United States. Registration is $65 per person and includes the lecture plus admission to the steamboat concerts and the option to take as two-hour cruise along the Mississippi River.

The stomp is a three-day French Quarter celebration with events aboard the Natchez, at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel and at the Williams Research Center.

Friday night’s featured artists include Duke Heitger and the Steamboat Stompers, Banu Gibson, Dukes of Dixieland, Yerba Buena Stompers and Butch Thompson and Friends.

The festival emphasizes the historical and cultural significance of jazz on the Mississippi River through a weekend of live performances in traditional venues.

Registration is open for Friday’s lecture and concerts as well as other Steamboat Stomp programs. Participants can register online at

For more details, call (800) 365-2628.

Visit the chimps

The next Chimpanzee Discovery Day will be Saturday, Oct. 19, at Chimp Haven in Keithville near Shreveport.

The public event will be part of the chimp sanctuary’s Fall Festival, which runs 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Vistors will be able to see the chimp residents, including the newest additions from the New Iberia Research Center.

For more information, call (888) 98chimp (24467).


Bearfest in Tallulah

An auto show, parade, music, live animals and more are in store for Teddy’s Bearfest 2013 Saturday at the courthouse square in Tallulah.

Also planned are arts and crafts, children’s games and activities and a raffle. Admission is free. For more information, call (888) 744-8410.


Cruise for a cause

Alternatives Living, Inc. will host its third annual Costume Cruise fundraiser aboard the Creole Queen Paddlewheeler 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.

The evening includes live entertainment by New Orleans singer-songwriter Naydja CoJoe, along with a silent auction, costume contest, food and hors d’oeuvres, open bar, raffle prizes and more, as the boat cruises in the moonlight down the Mississippi River.

Proceeds benefit homeless and at-risk individuals and families. Limited tickets are available for $75 per person and can either be purchased online at or by calling (504) 400-3580 or (504) 899-4461. Sponsorship opportunities are also available and donations of any size are accepted.

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