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Stacy Gill

The Friends of the West Feliciana Parish Library are pre-selling tickets for the Christmas Tour of Homes event throughout October. Attendees can pre-order tickets at a reduced price of $20, and once tickets arrive, purchasers will be notified.

To purchase, visit the West Feliciana Library, 5114 Burnett Road, St. Francisville, and leave cash or a check, along with your contact information, or mail a check payable to the Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 1962, St. Francisville, LA 70775. Name, phone number and/or email information is mandatory. Save $5 by ordering in advance.

The Christmas Tour of Homes event is slated for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

Garden party planned

A garden party acknowledging gifts and acquisitions will be hosted by the Friends of Rosedown at 4 p.m. Sunday at Rosedown State Historic Site, 12501 La. 10, St. Francisville.

The cost to attend is $60 per person and includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Heirloom Cuisine. Tickets can be purchased through Oct. 16. Visit for tickets.

Church to honor pastor, wife

Magnolia Full Gospel Baptist Church, 7910 U.S. 61 North, St. Francisville, will host Raise the Praise, a pre-anniversary musical honoring the Rev. Milton and Rose Coats beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21.

The celebration will feature a performance by musician-evangelist Beverly Crawford.

Also, the 24th annual appreciation service honoring the Coatses will begin at 8:20 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 25.

The guest speaker will be the Rev. Ronald Hardy Sr., of Faith, Hope and Love Worship Center in Baton Rouge and St. Francisville.

For information, call Linda Coats at (225) 654-7154.

Garden symposium set

West Feliciana Parish will be abloom during the 27th annual Southern Garden Symposium slated for Oct. 23-24 at venues including Afton Villa Gardens, Hemingbough, Jackson Hall at Grace Church, Rosedown Plantation, Temple Sinai, Underwood Cottage, United Methodist Church and Wildwood Plantation. Friday’s highlights include workshops on floral design, shade gardening, bizarre botanicals and more. Lectures will continue on Saturday with programs on landscape design, native gardening and plant sourcing.

Guest speakers will be LSU Agricultural Center’s Allen Owings, award-winning floral designer Scott Hasty and author Larry Mellichamp.

Over the years, proceeds from the Southern Garden Symposium have funded numerous projects including scholarships in the School of Landscape Architecture at LSU, a revitalization project for historic Ferdinand Street in St. Francisville, sponsorship of the kitchen garden at Audubon State Historic Site (Oakley House), funding for plantings and benches at Rosedown State Historic Site and others.

Workshops and programs are selling out. Participants are encouraged to visit to learn more and print and mail a registration form. Call (225) 635-3738 for information.

Yellow Leaf Festival slated

The annual Yellow Leaf Arts Festival is scheduled for Oct. 24-25 at Parker Park, at Commerce Street and Burnett Road in St. Francisville.

The festival will feature a display and sale of arts and crafts from area artisans, artists, and craftsmen and -women. Visit stfrancisville, email birdman or call (225) 635-3665 to learn more.

Spooky stories scheduled

From Oct. 26 through Nov. 1 at Rosedown Plantation in St. Francisville, Funeral and Soul Stories will be presented from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, commemorating the anniversary of Daniel Turnbull’s death on Oct. 30, 1861. The house will be dressed in full mourning attire, and Turnbull’s casket will be on display in the music room.

Throughout the week, funeral and mourning superstitions and practices will be discussed. Then on Oct. 29, the 4 p.m. tour will include Soul Stories, first-person portrayals of Bowman and Turnbull family members. For information, call (225) 635-3332.

Send news and events for Around West Feliciana to Stacy Gill at sgill@the by 3 p.m. Fridays or call (225) 993-0066.