Shake your trail feather Saturday in Breaux Bridge
One of IND Monthly's favorites, David Egan
Bayou Teche is one of the most beautiful, meandering waterways in South Louisiana. Its historic and cultural value to the region is close to the hearts of many, not the least of whom are the folks at the T.E.C.H.E. Project, a non-profit working to raise awareness of the waterway’s significance. T.E.C.H.E. Project recently announced a new venture, The Bayou Teche Paddle Trail, created in partnership with the National Park Service. But these efforts — not to mention, but we will, keeping the bayou free of debris through a satellite group called Cajuns for Bayou Teche — don’t come cheap.
That’s why you will attend a special musical fundraiser, Shake Your Trail Feather, on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the cumbersomely named Parc des Ponts de Pont Breaux. It’s in Breaux Bridge. Pont means bridge in French. The park is the location of the original bridge after which the city is named. That’s kind of cool.
The Bayou Teche Paddle Trail will be fêted at the event, along with christening of a kiosk depicting trail maps and local history, an improved launch for boats and kayaks and new restroom facilities. There will be a guided paddle trip in the morning along with food, beverages and activities for the kiddies.
Musical performances by Bonsoir Catin, David Egan and Roddie Romero & The Hub City Allstars will highlight the event. Shake Your Trail Feathers runs from noon to 6 p.m. and is free.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.