Advocate file photo by HOWARD ARCENEAUX -- Artist Judith Braggs, seen attending the Jackson Assembly in April, will be the featured artist at the 14th annual Yellow Leaf Arts Festival slated for Oct. 29-30 at Parker Park, downtown St. Francisville.

As temperatures begin to cool and leaves begin to fall, the excitement of autumn is in the air with a host of things to do and see in the Felicianas.

From spooky tours to art festivals and outdoor community events, the next few months are packed with plenty to do.

Grab a calendar and make plans to attend one of the many events in the area.

Fall Festival

Silliman Institute will host its annual fall family festival from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 27. The event features carnival booths, a silent auction, games, activities and food.

Parents are asked to send two bags of candy with each student by Monday to help keep expenses low.

Also, a $10 donation equates to 25 carnival tickets, which are available at Silliman Elementary or in the SI business office. Proceeds from the festival will go toward classroom wants and needs.

Volunteers are needed to set up, clean up and work concessions or booths at the event. Visit and download a form to participate.

Wild hog, wild game cook-off

A wild hog and wild game cook-off will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Oct. 29 at Danny’s 2 Go, 6430 La. 19, Ethel.

Part of the event includes a largest wild hog contest, which began Sept. 1 and ends Oct. 28. Participants must call Danny's 2 Go at (225) 683-9256 to set up a weigh-in time; the winner will be announced at the cook-off.

Everyone is invited. Tickets are $10 for adults, and children aged 12 or younger will be admitted free with adult supervision. All attendees will receive a wristband upon entering the gate.

For details, call Diane at (225) 634-7470, Audrey at (225) 634-7155 or Danny's 2 Go.

Free seminar on stress

A free stress and depression workshop for flood survivors, based upon the stress management program "The Battle Behind My Eyes," is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Fellowship Hall at Zachary United Methodist Church, 4205 Church St.

Residents affected by flooding in Baker, Zachary and the Felicianas are encouraged to attend.

Johnny Arceneaux, founder of Growth Quest, which is based in St. Francisville, will share his personal battle against depression and stress, leading him to develop the "Battle Behind My Eyes" program in order to heal himself as well as help others.

An author, motivational speaker and instructor, Arceneaux also works as the administrator for the Baton Rouge Community College Jackson campus in East Feliciana Parish.

To reserve your seat, call the Rev. Chris Roberts, a pastor at ZUMC, at (225) 654-2389, or email

Cowboy Night

A celebration of literature and art will highlight singers, songwriters, poets and storytellers of the old West from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the West Feliciana Parish Library, Burnett Road, St. Francisville.

CLA's camp cook will provide some light grub for those attending.

Yellow Leaf Arts Festival

The 14th annual Yellow Leaf Arts Festival, committed to artists creating handcrafted work and original Louisiana music, is slated for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 29-30 in Parker Park, downtown St. Francisville.

Featured artist Judith Braggs will be joined by over 50 artists displaying their work while bands and musicians perform both days.

Special musical guest, guitarist Verlon Thompson, is scheduled to perform as well as The Fugitive Poets, The Wilder Janes, The BirdHouse Band, Longleaf (a "newgrassical" quintet from Baton Rouge), Ameal Cameron, Avery Landrum, Dorothy LeBlanc and Nancy Roppolo.

October Village Fest

The Wilson Community Youth Organization is hosting an October Village Festival from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at First Baptist Church of Wilson, 6315 La. 68.

Families are invited to attend and youth encouraged to wear costumes. Plenty of treats, fun activities and games will be featured.

Call Debra Thomas at (225) 719-1143 for details.

Battlefield Ghost Stories

Port Hudson State Historic Site, 236 U.S. 61, Jackson, will host Battlefield Ghost Stories at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Oct. 30.

Visitors can take a guided tour to Fort Desperate while hearing about some of the reported paranormal incidents that occurred within the park's buildings and on the grounds surrounding the battlefield.

For information, call (225) 654-3775.

Pastor appreciation

The 25th pastoral celebration, honoring the Rev. Milton Coats, pastor of Magnolia Full Gospel Baptist Church, 7910 U.S. 61, St. Francisville, and his wife, Rose Coats, will begin at 2 p.m. Oct. 30.

Guest speaker will be the Rev. Mark Ellis, pastor of United Christian Faith Ministries in Baton Rouge. The community is invited.

Garden Party

Friends of Rosedown — whose mission is to provide the state with financial and other support in connection with the operations and maintenance of Rosedown State Historic Site — will host their annual garden party at 4 p.m. Oct. 30 at Rosedown in St. Francisville.

The annual event celebrates donors, gifts and acquisitions. Cost to attend is $75 per person. Other donations accepted. To get tickets or to donate, visit

Trick or treat

West Feliciana Parish youth are invited to trick or treat down Main Street from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31.

Children also are invited to visit stops along Commerce, Ferdinand and Royal streets during Halloween.

Send news and events for East and West Feliciana parishes to Stacy Gill at by Sunday or call (225) 993-0066.