Three more events to observe Black History Month are scheduled in the next week, beginning with Saturday’s program on “African and Caribbean Influence in Southern Antebellum Cooking” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the old kitchen at Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site in St. Francisville.

Printed recipes of the dishes will be given during the down-hearth cooking demonstration. A special exhibit honoring historic African-American figures also is ongoing in Rosedown’s gift shop conference room.

Also, look for:

  • “Coffee and Conversation,” a 6 p.m. Monday program at Baker City Hall featuring a program on the Tuskegee Airmen, led by historian and pilot Albert Rutherford. Conversation leaders will be Donald Britton and City Councilman Charles Vincent.
  • “Black History is Our American History,” a 7 p.m. Feb. 23, program sponsored by the Zachary Community School District at Northwestern Middle School’s theater. Actor and storyteller Oneal A. Isaac will portray Frederick Douglass, and students will present other performances.

Journey Stories continue

The Smithsonian Institution’s “Journey Stories” exhibit continues daily at the West Feliciana Historical Society’s museum in St. Francisville, and “Feliciana Filmmakers,” a related program at 10 a.m. Saturday at the museum will have Bains Elementary and West Feliciana High School students presenting their local oral history projects.

Green Festival debuts

The Feliciana Green Festival will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 25, at the West Feliciana Sports Park. A mustard greens cooking contest ($250 entry fee) is the highlight of the event, but activities also will include a family-style bike ride, food and beverages, an auction, a bungee jump, rock wall, an inflatable space walk and face painting.

All proceeds go to local charities, including the food bank. For more information, contact Z. David DeLoach at (225) 933-9585 or email at

Wilson parading

The village of Wilson’s Mardi Gras parade is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, with “Let the Good Times Roll” the parade theme.

Writers conference nears

Tickets are available for the sixth annual Celebration of Writers and Readers on Feb. 25, sponsored by the Friends of the West Feliciana Library at Hemingbough Conference Center in St. Francisville.

Tickets may be purchased at the West Feliciana Parish Library. Call (225) 635-3364.

Art lessons

Arts for All in St. Francisville has arranged for artist Barry Galloway to give drawing lessons in St. Francisville. Those interested do not have to have any experience in art, just a desire to improve their drawing skills. The six weeks of lessons will be March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 1 and 15 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays at the Arts for All Studio, 11911 Ferdinand St. The cost is $20 per lesson or $90 for all of the sessions.

Anyone interested in signing up for these lessons may see Lynn Wood at the Birdman Café in St. Francisville or call (225) 721-1296.

To submit news about Baker, Zachary and the Felicianas, call James Minton at (225) 775-7005; fax: (225) 774-6485; email: Deadline: noon Wednesday.