The West Baton Rouge Museum is preparing for several events in November, beginning Nov. 8 with the opening of “Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Paintings.”

Thomas Cole was a painter and founder of the Hudson River School who is best-known for his landscape paintings of untamed America in the 1820s to 1840s.

The exhibit is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and will be on display until Jan. 7.

On Nov. 9, the museum is partnering with the Manship Theatre to commemorate the centennial of World War I by presenting the dance performance “In Flanders Fields” at the museum.

The performance interprets the famous poem that elevated the red poppy flower to symbolize the veterans and lost lives of that war.

Then on Nov. 15, the museum will partner with the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area and Audubon Historic State Park to present “Wild Land: Meet John James Audubon.”

Storyteller and author Brian Fox Ellis will present his one-man performance recalling Audubon’s journey to paint the birds of America.

All events are free and open to the public.

Fall Fest vendors sought

The group We Are the Difference is seeking vendors for its Fall Fest/Gumbo Cook-Off on Nov. 1.

The Fall Fest is at the Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event provides residents with an opportunity for residents to sell their homemade items. In addition to a gumbo cook-off, the group is sponsoring its second annual bake-off, with separate categories for adults and children.

Veterans Day in Port Allen

The city of Port Allen is gearing up for a host of patriotic campaigns in conjunction with its 10th annual Veterans on Parade, which is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in downtown Port Allen.

The city is asking residents to donate supplies to the “Fill a Float” campaign; the donations will be sent as care packages to troops stationed overseas.

Blue Star Mothers of Louisiana Chapter 1 has a list of items and supplies it would like included in the care packages. The list can be found at or

Donations can be dropped off at the West Baton Rouge Tourist Information and Conference Center during regular hours, seven days a week. A special float will be filled for the Nov. 9 parade.

Residents can also “Fill a Float” with the names of loved ones or friends — past and present — who have served in the military by sending an email to or by calling (800) 654-9701. There is space for 300 names. If one float is filled, names will be added to a second float.

The city also is holding a “Show Your American Pride” contest, during which Port Allen residents can show their patriotism in honor of veterans by decorating their homes and offices.

The contest will consist of two categories: residences and businesses. The best in each category will be announced and awarded at a special ceremony in front of the West Baton Rouge Courthouse following the Veterans on Parade.

For information, contact Councilman Garry Hubble at (225) 802-6006.

Submit news to Terry Jones by phone, (225) 326-6627; fax, (225) 344-0099; or email,