November for most in West Feliciana is a month for giving thanks and for remembering as the days shorten, the weather cools down and thoughts naturally turn to family and friends.

Many of us are busy with holiday preparations now that the Thanksgiving holiday is just three weeks away. But there is another day set aside in November as well, Veterans Day, Nov. 11, originally called Armistice Day.

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of November, the eleventh month of the year, in 1918, hostilities ceased, ending World War I. The following year, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. This day was set aside to remember and honor the veterans of WWI. In 1954, the name of this day of remembrance was changed to Veterans Day, and President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation.” Since then, Nov. 11 has been observed as a day when the nation remembers all American veterans of all wars.

Veterans Day Program

Each year, West Feliciana Parish Schools present a Veterans Day Program. Superintendent of Schools Hollis Milton, the administrators, faculty, staff and students invite the public to join them for this program.

This year, the program begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the West Feliciana High School auditorium on the campus of West Feliciana High School, 8604 U.S. 61, St. Francisville. Refreshments will be served in the band room at the conclusion of the program. Parking will be available in the student parking lot next to the auditorium. Those attending who wish to have their children or grandchildren attend with them should provide their names so arrangements can be made.

For additional information, contact Emma Uhle at the West Feliciana Parish School Board Office, (225) 635-3891, ext. 117 or UhleE@wfpsb.org

Baroque, Christmas concerts

The second concert in the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series titled “The Baroque Sonata” will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at Grace Episcopal Church, 11621 Ferdinand St., St. Francisville.

Plans are also underway for the annual Christmas Concert and Dessert Reception to be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at Hemingbough, 10101 La. 965, St. Francisville. This third concert in the series will again feature the BRSO brass and percussion ensemble under the direction of David Torns. This concert is a local favorite and is a great way to begin the holiday season. The performance will include popular Christmas music.

The St. Francisville Symphony Association will provide a homemade dessert buffet following the concert. Individual tickets for each concert are $25 and may be purchased at the Bank of St. Francisville, 5700 Commerce St.; by calling the BRSO Ticket Office at (225) 383-0500; or at the door the night of the concert.

Christmas tour of homes

Tickets for the Christmas Tour of Homes are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event, with proceeds going to Friends of the West Feliciana Parish Library. Advance tickets may be purchased online at wftourofhomes.bpt.me or from members of the Friends of the West Feliciana Parish Library, or in person at the West Feliciana Parish Library at its new facility, 5114 Burnett Road. On the day of the tour, tickets will be available at the Bluffs Clubhouse or at homes on the tour.

For information, contact Pat Heurtin at (225) 784-2731 or patheurtin@aol.com.

Steamboat schedule

The two Mississippi River steamboats that dock at the Old Ferry Landing, at the foot of Ferdinand Street, will be docking three more days in November, and passengers will tour St. Francisville by bus and on foot.

The American Queen will dock from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 17. The Queen of the Mississippi will dock at 8 a.m. without an announced departure time on Nov. 19. The American Queen will again dock from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Nov. 26. For additional information, call the West Feliciana Parish Tourist Commission at (225) 635-4224, email westfelicianatourism@gmail.com, or visit www.stfrancisville.us.

Abigail Padgett discussion

This free community event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the West Feliciana Parish Library, 5114 Burnette Road, St. Francisville. Join the discussion of mystery novels by Abigail Padgett. Her most recent novel, “An Unremembered Grave,” takes place in a “spooky Louisiana.”

The discussion will be led by local author Anne Butler. This event is hosted by A Celebration of Literature and Art. Refreshments will be provided.

For additional information, contact Darlene Reaves by phone at (225) 588-0465 or email dayreaves@bellsouth.net.

Photos sought for exhibit

Photographers are invited to use their talent for photography as well as their imagination and creativity to make the connection between literature and art. A juried photography exhibit, A Novel Image, is to be held Feb. 21 at Hemingbough in conjunction with the Writers and Readers Symposium: A Celebration of Literature and Art.

Those interested are to submit a digital image to Darlene Reaves by Dec. 15. Photographers may enter up to 3 images.

Photographers selected to have their work in the exhibit will be notified by Jan. 5.

Email Darlene Reaves at dayreaves@bellsouth.net or call (225) 588-0465.

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