For those taking in the Simien Open House and others venturing to New Iberia, Louisiana ...You are deep in the heart of Bayou Teche Country where I grew up! I offer a few stops to enjoy the day. But first things first - a wonderful Cajun lunch experience.
BON CREOLE LUNCH COUNTER
for the best Shrimp Po-Boy ever!
I always make a point of seeking out beautiful trees. Here's William Guion's Evangeline Oak photo. I call your attention to his blog The 100 Oaks Project.
It's Valentine's Day Weekend and could there be a more enduring symbol of love than the Evangeline Oak immortalized by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem about Evangeline and her long lost love Gabriel. It's a beautiful tree. Go see. Just 10 miles from Simien House.
The Jungle Gardens at Tabasco on Avery Island: Breathtaking blooms throughout the year along with phenomenal bird-watching opportunities.
Shadows on the Teche: Built in 1834 and set amongst moss draped ancient oaks. Take in the well-preserved home and gardens - operated by National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Enjoy a leisurely drive through the rolling hills of East Feliciana Parish
Clinton is 45 minutes from Baton Rouge and two hours from New Orleans
HISTORIC HUBBS HOUSE
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8
NOON - 3 PM
Creole Cottage on 7 Acres
New to the market・first time sold in about 100 years
Mature landscape with live oaks, magnolias and bamboo
along the historic "Road to Baton Rouge"
Hubbs House Property Information Packet
KING CAKE WILL BE SERVED
10799 OAK DRIVE, CLINTON, LA
Read More Here
Mature landscape with live oaks, magnolias and bamboo
along the historic "Road to Baton Rouge"
Laura Plantation is an extraordinary Creole heritage site. Through exhaustive research, the owners, my friends Norm and Sand Marmillion, were the first to present the intriguing history of Creole society and the unvarnished truth about the lives of slaves. Laura Plantation is at the top of my list for plantation tour recommendations.
A Painter Resurrects
Louisiana’s Vanished Creole Culture
Andrew LaMar Hopkins celebrates the rich contributions of
19th-Century New Orleans in his folk art style (and drag).
I am delighted to share this NYT article featuring my dear friend
Andrew Lamar Hopkins, aka Désirée Joséphine Duplantier.
I've known Andrew for 30 years now and have watched him "pay his dues" in the art scene. I'm so happy that my friend Elle Shushan recognized Andrew's remarkable and complex talent and will feature him in her extraordinary Winter Show booth at the Park Armory on January 24th. Thus, she is bringing Andrew to the world's stage!
Recently, I overheard Andrew tell a mutual friend that "I'm going to blow up!!" So I booked my travel not wanting to miss a moment of Andrew's career blowing up! Follow along with me. I'll have a front row seat covering this on my Instagram. See more of Andrew's work on his website.
And when Andrew makes his art debut in NYC, he is being showcased by a premier antiques dealer with a booth at the front entrance of the show. Congratulations Andrew! I will be cheering you on!
I treasure this photo from France, fall 2018
I'm at left next to Marie Victorie (sister of Baron de Pontalba), the Baron,
Susan Maclay of the Louisiana Museum Foundation, and Andrew Lamar Hopkins
We travelled to extend formal invitations for the Founders Ball and we gained the Pontalba's permission for an exhibition featuring their family's treasures for the Louisiana State Museum at the Cabildo. (Read more about the Baroness de Pontalba and the Rise of Jackson Square Exhibition and the family here.)
Here's another fabulous New Orleans
jewel box exhibit!
Historic New Orleans Collection
New Orleans Drawings of
Gaston de Pontalba, 1848–1851
I still get goosebumps thinking about when five years ago (while on my 2nd trip to their château), Charles Edouard, Baron de Pontalba, excitedly showed these drawings to me while I was visiting.
He had discovered Gaston's works just a fortnight before.
They are to be treasured!
Reconnecting the Pontalba family to Louisiana has been a highlight of my life!
The Pontalba family are guardians of our shared French Creole culture.
A few favorites ... presuming you already own Intimate Enemies.
I'm so glad to be her friend, and yes,
that's my courtyard! Get the backstory here!
Holiday Shopping Ideas:
Most precious new children's book - a classic already!
See more here: jeanetteweiland.com
THE EXHIBITION CATALOGUE!
CHASING THE BUTTERFLY MAN:
The Search for a Lost New Orleans Cabinetmaker,
1810-1825 by Cybèle GontarBE SURE TO SEE THIS AMAZING EXHIBIT
NOW AT THE CABILDO!
DRAG QUEEN BRUNCH
I LOVE POPPY!
Tag along with Poppy’s bevy of rollicking drag queens for an
unforgettable time. Stunning photos of glamorous divas vie with world-famous brunch dishes bringing a surprise with every turn of the page.
Author Alexandra Kennon weaves classic offerings of
Creole grande dames with contemporary neighborhood staples
for a guide through the Crescent City's culinary soul.
THE BOOK! I CALL THIS THIS THE BIBLE!
Creole and Acadian Furniture, 1735-1835
by Jack D. Holden, H. Parrott Bacot, and Cybèle T. Gontar
PRESERVATION RESOURCE CENTER'S
Building on the Past:
Saving Historic New Orleans
THE BARONESS DE PONTALBA AND THE RISE OF JACKSON SQUARE EXHIBITION
JOIN ME: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13
I encourage you to revisit it,
or see it for the first time...
Meeting the Pontalba family and reconnecting
them to Louisiana has been a highlight of
my life. Fate! Read more here.
Sunday marks the last day at the Cabildo,
and what an extraordinary year it's been!
I feel so fortunate to have reconnected New Orleans with the descendants of one of the most prominent founding families.
Please join Andrew Hopkins and me for a final walkthrough,
this Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2PM
at the Cabildo
If you're a Friends of the Cabildo or the Louisiana Museum Foundation member, admission is complimentary.
(If not, please consider joining to support these organizations.)
Otherwise expect a nominal entrance fee.
With this final walkthrough, Andrew and I will be sharing stories and reminiscing the highlights of the last few years that have involved the remarkable Pontalba family, who today live in their family chateau in France, where their ancestors have been living since 1805.
Afterwards, come by at 4PM:
cocktails in my courtyard
Join me in a toast to
Charles Edouard and Isabelle,
Baron and Baroness de Pontalba
and their son Pierre....
without them none of this
would have ever happened!
(The Pontalba's are in France & not attending)
In order to prepare properly, please let me know if are coming by Friday, October 11. RSVP here!
A Few Memories!
Reconnecting the Pontalba Family to Louisiana has been a highlight of my life.
A Few Spots REmain - Tour Features Rare Opportunity to View Maison Chenal & Preview Butterfly Man Exhibition
For those not interested in taking the bus tour from New Orleans, reduced rates are available. Call the Louisiana Museum Foundation Office: 504.558.0493.
Along Bayou Chenal, in a corner of a parish near Baton Rouge, Jack and Pat Holden tend to an unrivaled tribute to the Acadian and Creole ways of life.
by CJ LOTZ, August/September 2019
Jack and Pat Holden's incredible story is beautifully told in this month's issue of Garden and Gun Magazine. Since the article was written, the Holden's decided to sell the estate with the hope of keeping intact their historic collection, period buildings and land for future generations. We call it the Tout Ensemble. Read more here.
We are also grateful to Ande' Moreau and Louisiana Public Broadcasting, and to Ruth Laney and our friends at Country Roads Magazine for their thought provoking news stories. Please allow 4 seconds for video to load to correct story.
In Pointe Coupee Parish, Pat and Jack Holden’s lovingly created tribute to life in colonial Louisiana is up for sale.
BY RUTH LANEY
“WE’RE INTERESTED NOT IN THE GRAND, TARA HOUSES
BUT IN THE MORE VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE,
THE CREOLE FRENCH EXPRESSION OF
THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED THERE,” SAID PAT.
ADDED JACK, “THE ANTEBELLUM PERIOD HAS BEEN DONE.”
Preserve our Louisiana History
We appreciate your spreading the word to potential buyers to keep this intact, ideally as a museum or research center.
BECOME AN AMBASSADOR OF MAISON CHENAL:
Please like our Friends of Maison Chenal Facebook Page.
See more on my website: Maison Chenal Page, and Blog!
Friday, August 30
Celebrate the Launch of
Poppy Tooker's Newest Cookbook!
DRAG QUEEN BRUNCH!
BUY THE BOOK!
Saturday, September 7
COUNTRY ROADS SUPPER CLUB:
THE PONTALBA EXPERIENCE
Remember that time when Edwin Edwards dined at Versailles...
This is THE CABILDO! JOIN ME!
HERE'S ONE FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS!
Be sure to make your reservation now as
Country Roads Supper Club events sell out quickly.
See this blog post for more information!
Saturday, September 14
HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR
Louisiana Museum Foundation
Tour fabulous private homes and gardens in Pointe Coupée Parish including the Foremost Colonial French Collection of Architecture, Art and Furnishings in the world - the Holden Collection. Narration along the route by Eugene D. Cizek, FAIA. Emeritus Professor, Tulane University.
Within the Holden Collection, you’ll view a key Butterfly Man armoire to be featured in the upcoming exhibition,“Chasing the Butterfly Man.” Cybele Gontar, curator and decorative arts expert PhD candidate, American Art, City University of New York, The Graduate Center, will preview the exhibition, and the endless fascination for this mysterious cabinetmaker.
For tour details click the link below.
Limited Availablity - Book Now!
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