Country Mardi Gras comes to town; and other Around Acadiana items for Jan. 26, 2016 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Billy Gunn, clockwise from top left, Richard Burgess, Lanie Cook and Marsha Sills

The Lafayette Science Museum and Cité des Arts will hold their third annual Steampunk and Makers Fair at 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Lafayette.

At the Lafayette Science Museum, 433 Jefferson St., the first and second floors will showcase the work of local industry leaders, inventors, technology enthusiasts and students and teachers. Cité des Arts, 109 Vine St., will house artistic innovations with live performances, crafts and art on display.

Events also are planned in Parc Sans Souci.

The fair is free and open to the public. For information, visit www.lafayette

Kaliste Saloom closure

Starting Tuesday, the northbound outside lane of Kaliste Saloom Road at Evangeline Thruway (near the Hugh Wallis Road intersection) will be closed for the next month.

The closure, for intersection improvements, is expected to last at least through Dec. 4.

Main Street entertainment

Shadows on the Teche offers a Civil War encampment this weekend, and its neighbor, the Iberia Parish Main Library, will feature a children’s book festival Saturday.

The encampment features skilled re-enactors who will demonstrate the lifestyle of a soldier: marching drills, camp life and artillery firing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Regular admission to the Shadows will apply both days.

The Main Library will hold a storytelling marathon from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for its Stories on the Steps: A Mini Children’s BookFest. The festival features authors Vicky Branton, Sherry Broussard, Daphne Thomas and Susan Garcia.

Fall craft show at Drexel

The Katharine Drexel Elementary Parent Teacher Organization will hold its fall craft show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the school courtyard, 409 St. DePorres St., in Broussard. The family-friendly event will feature local vendors.

Admission is free. For information or to become a vendor, contact Rachel Granger at or (337) 521-7650.

Historic Louisiana church

Cardinal Gerald Cyprien Lacroix, archbishop of the Diocese of Quebec, will celebrate the St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church’s 250th anniversary Mass at 7 p.m. Nov. 11, closing out the yearlong celebration of the church’s anniversary.

A reception will follow in the parish presbytere and Maison de Tours in St. Martinville.

The St. Martinville church, one of the oldest Catholic churches in the United States, was founded in 1765 by a group of Acadian exiles who arrived that same year.

The public is invited, though tickets must reserved in advance due to limited seating in the church. To reserve a ticket, call the church office at (337) 394-6021.

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