Destrehan High School got more than just a big win against its up-the-river rival East St. John on Friday, Oct. 9. It also got a special visit from a special alumnus with a special gift.

Ed Reed, a 1997 Destrehan graduate and football standout who went on to win a national championship as a member of the Miami Hurricanes and a Super Bowl as a member of the Baltimore Ravens, returned to Destrehan to bestow upon his alma mater an NFL Golden Football.

The NFL has given golden footballs to all players who have played in a Super Bowl to pass along to their high schools and communities for their contribution to the Super Bowl history.

“I was once one of these kids on this football field,” Reed told the crowd. “And there were a lot of people in this community that helped out, that gave me a positive word, that pointed me in a positive direction.”

Destrehan went on to defeat East St. John 62-27.

Plantation to host Fall Fest

Not far down the river at 2646 La. Highway 44, Garyville, the historic San Francisco Plantation will host its second annual Fall Fest from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25. The event will feature more than 100 crafters, artists and chefs. There will be a petting zoo for the kids, pony rides, a bungee trampoline and more.

Charity craft show, jam

Poche Plantation, 6554 Louisiana 44, Convent, will host its annual craft show Oct. 24 and 25. The two-day charity event will feature hundreds of booths, delicious food, family entertainment, cooking contests, an antique auction and many other events.

Among the more unusual events is the annual Acoustic String Jam, which invites musicians — beginners, amateurs, professional players, single players or groups — with every acoustical instrument imaginable to join a giant jam session on the porch stages from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. All players receive a free food voucher, an event participant shirt and free admittance to the entire festival grounds just for bringing an instrument to play. Last year nearly 100 players gathered.

Poche Plantation Arts and Crafts Charity is a registered nonprofit organization. Funds raised from this event benefit charities within St. James Parish.

Lori Lyons reports on the River Parishes. Send information on news, events, accomplishments and story ideas to her at