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.