Entergy helps ‘Light Up the Night’ at Pilgrimage _lowres

Photo provided by Lauren Field -- Entergy River Bend in West Feliciana Parish donated $5,000 to the West Feliciana Historical Society in support of Audubon Pilgrimage's Light Up the Night event held in March. Gathered, from left, are Lauren Field, 2015 Audubon Pilgrimage steering committee chairwoman; Kevin Dreher, of Entergy; and Mary Godke, 2014 Audubon Pilgrimage chairwoman.

Every third weekend in March since 1972, the West Feliciana Parish Historical Society’s Audubon Pilgrimage has commemorated artist and naturalist John James Audubon’s stay in St. Francisville, where he painted a number of his famous bird studies and tutored the daughter of Oakley Plantation’s Pirrie family in 1821.

Each year, Audubon Pilgrimage features a tour of private homes, state historic sites — Audubon (Oakley Plantation) and Rosedown — Afton Villa Gardens, historic churches and the Rural Homestead.

Light up the Night, a Saturday night soiree held during the Pilgrimage, was sponsored this year by Entergy River Bend.

As a title sponsor, Entergy donated $5,000 in support of the historical preservation efforts of the West Feliciana Historical Society.