Lunch honors pilgrimage committee, many volunteers _lowres

Photo provided by Lauren Field -- Members of the Audubon Pilgrimage Steering Committee, West Feliciana Historical Society Board and numerous volunteers and organizers of the 45th annual event gathered Feb. 27 at the home of Belton and Dare Didier for an appreciation luncheon. Attending, from left, were Dare Didier, Lynn Leak, Pilgrimage Chairwoman Susie Tully, Beth Smith, Heather Spillman and Brittany Leak.

The Audubon Pilgrimage Steering Committee, West Feliciana Historical Society Board, coordinators of the Pilgrimage Tour of homes and gardens and numerous volunteers and organizers of the 45th annual Pilgrimage — scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday — were apprised of event developments and thanked for their dedication to the event by Pilgrimage Chairwoman Susie Tully on Feb. 27 during a luncheon at the home of Belton and Dare Didier, of St. Francisville.

Tully expressed appreciation for everyone’s efforts in making this year’s pilgrimage a success.

Lynn Leak, who headed the luncheon, organized a menu of penne and Gouda cheese pasta, strawberry spinach salad, homemade bread sticks and fresh fruit accompanied by a wide array of handmade desserts.

The 2016 Audubon Pilgrimage tour includes four private homes, two private gardens, Audubon (Oakley) and Rosedown Plantation state historic sites, three 19th-century churches in St. Francisville and St. Mary’s church in Weyanoke, as well as the Rural Homestead with its demonstrations of pioneer life.

Daytime pilgrimage features are from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

An Audubon play will be performed at 5:30 p.m. Friday and several times on Saturday in Temple Sinai.

Nighttime activities will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and include “old time” hymn singing at the United Methodist Church, graveyard tours at Grace Episcopal Church cemetery, with the last tour beginning at 8:15 p.m., and a wine and cheese reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Bishop Jackson Hall, featuring dancers wearing vintage costumes and models wearing 1820s Pilgrimage costumes.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, the Light Up the Night soiree will feature music, dancing, dinner and drinks.

For tickets and tour information, call (225) 635-6330 or (225) 635-4224, visit westfelicianahistoricalsociety.org or email wfhistsociety@gmail.com.