The Arts Council of Pointe Coupee will open its 2015 performance series at 7:30 p.m. April 17 with local vocalist Robert “Deacon Bob” McDonner at the Poydras Center in New Roads.

McDonner, accompanied by pianist Mary Bresowar, will perform “Memories of Love,” a selection of sacred, folk, Broadway and popular songs.

Tickets to the performance can be purchased in advance at Roy’s Jewelers and the Therapy Center, or by calling the council’s Executive Director Gale Roy at (225) 638-6049 or (225) 718-1574.

The 2015 Performance Arts Series is sponsored, in part, by a grant from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation.

But first, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Arts Council will host an April Calling All Artists activity featuring St. Francisville artists Kelly and Kathryn Ward, who will share their personal art stories. The CAA activity will take place in the Arts Council’s annex room at the Poydras Center.

“We are planning to bring about five pieces to show and discuss including some of my found material sculptures and some of Kathryn’s paintings,” Kelly Ward said. He is sometimes referred to as the “bone guy” because of his use of bones and other found materials in his pieces.

The event is free and open to the public.

Civil War Cooking Class

The West Baton Rouge Museum still has a few open spots left for its April 21 Civil War’s End Cooking Class, which will take place at the museum from 10 a.m. until noon.

Participants will work with cooks Gayle Smith, a living history food historian, and West Baton Rouge Museum teacher Linda Collins.

Both women will demonstrate open-hearth cooking techniques using substitute ingredients in place of butter, sugar, meats and many vegetables to prepare a menu reflecting wartime shortages on the southern home front.

Space is limited to 10 participants. To reserve a spot, call (225) 336-2422, ext. 15.

Market on the Mill

The city of New Roads will once again host its three-day spring shopping extravaganza Market on the Mill from Thursday through Saturday.

The event will take place at the historic cotton mill located three blocks north of Main Street, off Oak Street.

The event, in its fourth year, will spotlight a variety of local vendors, craftsmen and artisans selling antiques, fine gifts and hand-crafted items. Architectural pieces, collectibles and country furniture also will be on display.

This year’s event will feature a special preview party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. The preview party costs $25 and will include a style show, live music, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Church hosts festival

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church will host its annual family festival on Sunday. Barbecue chicken dinners will be on sale for $7 a plate from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and there will be a raffle for $1,000. The festival also will feature face painting for children.

For more information, call the church parish office at (225) 625-2438.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier online version of this story had the wrong days for the Market on the Mill spring shopping event. The Advocate regrets the error.