The Iberville Salute to Veterans will feature some new twists this year, including special performances and the collection of supplies to send to the troops overseas.
The event kicks off with pre-ceremony and activities at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Iberville Veterans Memorial on Railroad Avenue in Plaquemine, followed by the ceremony at 4:30 p.m.
Featured events this year include patriotic music performances by the Iberville Math, Science and Arts Academy Orchestra, a rifle drill by the Plaquemine Senior High JROTC, and songs from the Rev. Greg Daigle, the Unique Visions Gospel Chorus, Jasmyn Green and many more.
Photos of another 120 veterans will be added to the Iberville Wall of Veterans, which now includes more than 2,000 veterans, and a ascending patriotic light show will end the ceremony.
Needed items for the care packages will be collected by St. John Interparochial School fourth and fifth graders at the event. For more information about the collection of items for the military, call St. John School at (225) 687-3056.
In Brusly, the town will commemorate Veteran’s Day with a special reception at noon at Brusly Town Hall. All veterans are invited to attend, and the reception is also open to the public as well.
Annual school rodeo
The Pointe Coupee Parish High School Rodeo will rope its way into the New Roads Multi-Use Center this weekend.
The three-day event will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Junior high and high school cowboys and cowgirls will compete in 12 official events of the National High School Rodeo, which include cutting, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing and calf roping.
The event is geared for children ages 2 through 10 years old. Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Children under 3 years old will be admitted free.
The West Baton Rouge Museum will be opening a new exhibition on Saturday titled, “Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting.”
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 Sunday, the museum will open early to host a special World War I commemorative program before the Veterans on Parade event.
Mina Estrada, choreographer/dance artist from the Manship Theatre, will premiere a new site-specific piece, “We Shall Not Sleep.”
The performance borrows its title from “In Flanders Field,” a poem written by Lt. Col. John McCrae during World War I.
And on Nov. 12, the museum will hosts “Wine and Wild Land,” an evening of Louisiana landscape painting with renowned local artist, Anita LeJeune, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Attendees will get to enjoy a glass of wine while they create their own masterpieces under expert guidance of one of the community artists recognized by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.
The event is free, but seating is limited. To register, call (225) 336-2422, ext. 15.
Submit news to Terry Jones by phone, (225) 326-6627; fax, (225) 344-0099; or email, email@example.com.