Sometimes known as the “Louisiana City of Murals,” but most popularly known as the “Frog Capital of the World,” Rayne hosts their annual Frog Festival. It’s a big shindig with a lot of music and frogs. And people. In addition there will be a beauty pageant, a fitness frog run, poker run, some unicycles, arts & crafts, a grand parade, and a ton of live music from Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie, Jackie Callier/Ivy Dugas & Cajun Cousins, John Conlee, Chubby Carrie, Drew Zaunbrecher, Jamie Bergeron & The Kickin' Cajuns, Bucky Covington, and more. It all goes down Nov. 12-14 in Rayne under the cover of the 20,000 sq. Festival Pavilion.
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.