Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Taste of Home Tuesday ~~ White Linen Night

Shakin' things up a bit today. Instead of a Tasty Tuesday recipe, I thought y'all might enjoy a glimpse of Louisiana life for a change. It seems like only the bad stuff about our beloved state is featured in national news [think Hurricane Katrina -- we just observed the five-year anniversary of that terrible storm -- and the BP oil spill], so here's a peek at some of the awesomeness that is Louisiana.

If you want more info/photos like the lovely one here, there's loads of info. on every state at to soak up. 

I had the pleasure of attending the third annual White Linen Night in St. Francisville, LA this past weekend. It was a wonderful event full of offerings from area artists, artisans, musicians, chefs, antique sellers, etc. Citizens turned out in the cool afternoon and night to enjoy their neighbors' company and displayed wares up and down the main streets. There were even trolleys for those whose feet got tired of walking along the cobblestones!

Heck, why am I trying to explain the event when I have photos available?

Tell me, does your city, town, village, neighborhood host community events to bring people together? What's it like?

Lynn Wood's Birdman Cafe'. (A great place for soft serve ice cream, breakfasts, dreamy coffee conconctions, homemade pastries and goodies, book-browsing, art lessons & displays...)

The side porch at Birdman Cafe. Doesn't it just whisper, "Come, sit a while and relax?"

Suzanne Holland's "Tuttie Lou Designs" specializing in vintage fabric creations. Check out her blog, etsy shop & site! I lurve the lavender-filled vintage linen sachets.

Artist Starline Kershaw ( [I had to have one of her custom fleur de lis paintings!]

Friend Les Ann Kirkland of Black Branch Beading. (Oh, she's gonna hurt me for this picture!) Lovely handmade jewelry of the finest materials. She's also a poet and artist. 

Airhouse Pottery by Michael Miller. (


DON'T MISS ST. FRANCISVILLE'S 8TH ANNUAL YELLOW LEAF ARTS FESTIVAL - October 30-31 at Parker Park from 10am - 5pm. Over 50 artists. Same day/time -- Mag Music Festival at the 3-V Tourist Court. {A renovated motor court of old where Bonnie & Clyde once hid out. Great place to stay, as is friends Patrick & Laurie Walsh's St. Francisville Inn.} Shout out to by the owners of Eight Sisters Restaurant.


Tere Kirkland said...

Can you believe I've never been to St. Francisville? I need a vacation!

Sharla said...

Looks like a wonderful place to play!

Kittie Howard said...

Looove St. Francisville. One of my favorite haunts. During the Civil War fighting stopped to bury a soldier from the town who had died (forget which side as soldiers from SF fought on both sides, ie, LA maintained a rep in congress in Washington during the war because pockets of West Feliciana and other parishes favored the union). At the gathering afterwards Union and Confederate soldiers mingled. But at the appointed time, the sides separated and resumed fighting.

More recently, General Robert Barrow, a legend in the USMC and a SF native, died. The entire town came out, lined the street for a final farewell. The service was at the small Episcopal church there.

Deb Shucka said...

You've made me wish I was there. Why White Linen Night? I love the name.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Tere - You need to rectify that immediately. :) It's a great great place for writers. Talk about beautiful!

Tis, Sharla. My fav.

Kittie - That's part of what I love; the rich and colorful history. They do a great job honoring their military heroes too. Have you seen the memorial in Parker Park? Thanks for sharing the great info.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Hey, Deb. You and a certain yoga & writing friend should plan to come to next year's event. Most of the strollers wore white linen or cotton, and the little white lites were shining among the moss-covered oaks. Lovely.

Melissa Marsh said...

I loved Louisiana when I was there - I think it was back in 1994. Gorgeous place!

Diane said...

Gorgeousness all over Louisiana! :O)

patti said...

Sniff. Missin' my homeland.

A displaced Southerner.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Melissa - Come back and visit!

Thanks, Diane. It really is. :)

Sending Louisiana hugs to you, Patti.

Hilary said...

It sounds and looks like an awfully fun time. Thanks for sharing.

john bord said...

Small town festivals are so much fun and there are so many different ones.
I help put together a small one at a neighboring town. It is about one of my passions, railroading and model railroads. People come from neighboring towns for the food, fun, crafts and a good time in a small town.

There are so many good things that happen as you have shown. Most of all is to meet new people and renew acquaintances.

I had my bad days in Bayou country but I also had more great ones. couple of train rides down there when they were still running passenger trains.... before Amtrak. Adventures in the outback and getting lost in the woods.

thanks for the journey.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Hilary - Wish I had your photo skills when I'm in a colorful place like that festival!

John - Your railroad fest sounds like a great thing. Glad you get to help work on it. Thanks for visiting.

Lola Sharp said...

Looks delightful, fun, yummy. :)

That last house? Dreamy!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Nice to meet you.


Angie Ledbetter said...

Love your name, Lola. (It was my grandmother's nickname for her real name - Elora.) :) The last pic is my friends' St. Francisville Inn B&B. Lovely, great breakfast, a little pool -- all within walking distance of attractions/shopping. It really is a great place for writers to visit and stay. Prices totally reasonable.

Thanks for visiting back!

Jessica Nelson said...

Community events, what are those? Hahaa, just kidding. I don't usually go but yours looks fun. ;-)

Ellen Kennon said...

What a great summary of a wonderful evening (I was there and live in St. Francisville)! I was so busy enjoying all the great food and drink I missed some of the talented artisans you shared. Thank you! (One little correction. This was our third annual White Linen Night)

Marguerite said...

Looks like a great time! I love the Birdman Cafe, your friend's, B&B. and that sunflower painting is gorgeous. Might just have to take a ride, one day!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Jessica - T'was!

Thanks, Ellen, and I've made the correction. Are you the previous owner of ShadeTree B&B? If so, I stayed there several times long ago, and it was always marvelous. :)

Marguerite - DO plan a trip soon, and I'll meet you there! You ought to be ready for something besides some CAJUN DELIGHTS! hehe

sage said...

i have only been in New Orleans-I think I'd like to explore Louisiana (in the winter). nice photos

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

I love soft serve ice cream! Actually most ice cream I delight in.

Stopping by from the BBQ blog party. Nice to meet you.

Pseudo said...

One day I hope to make it to your state...

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