St. Mary Parish to celebrate 200th anniversay; July bash set in Patterson, October events here
St. Mary Parish became a parish in 1811 and two celebrations are scheduled to commemorate this anniversary.
St. Mary Parish President Paul J. Naquin, Jr. said one will be in Patterson on July 9 and one in Franklin on October 14-16.
The events promise summer fun at Kemper Williams Park this month and make October an exciting month in Franklin with two other major events on tap.
The first event being organized is a birthday bash Saturday at Kemper Williams Park from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Music, food, kids’ activities, a birthday cake and fireworks will complete the day.
Flashback, an eight member band playing old school rock and roll and blues, will play from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Johnny Chauvin and the Mojo Band will play from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Johnny Chauvin and the Mojo Band describe themselves as Louisiana’s coolest Zydeco band. Their sound is a lot like gumbo: a mixture of R&B, rock and roll, soul — cooked up with that Zydeco spice that’s guaranteed to make you move your feet.
Hot dogs and hamburgers, fried fish, jambalaya, poboys, corn chip pies and snowballs will be available for purchase as well as soft drinks and beer. Admission is free.
A brief ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. to highlight some of St. Mary Parish’s earliest residents and history and the presentation of a birthday cake. Fireworks will start immediately following Johnny Chauvin’s performance.
In conjunction with the birthday celebration, St. Mary Parish will be sponsoring its second annual Spring into Wellness event from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This will be held in the same area as the other activities.
Activities for the Wellness Day include face painting, a coloring contest, free fruit bags, silent auction, children’s bingo and golf putting contest, money raffles, a school supply basket raffle, healthy eating and physical activity promotion and other activities.
If you have questions or would like to participate in the Wellness Day or Birthday Bash, contact Tammy Doucet at 828-4100, ext. 504 or Carrie Stansbury at (985) 395-4905.
In Franklin, bracketing the anniversary celebration, the second Tour du Teche paddle race is set for Oct. 7-9.
The 130-mile race along the entire length of Bayou Teche begins in Port Barre Friday morning and ends at Berwick on Sunday.
Paddlers and their road crews will be stopping Friday night in St. Martinville, and in Franklin Saturday night.
Locally, a group of citizens has been organizing a special day to welcome the racers including music and other activities. More details will be announced as plans are finalized.
The celebration recognizing St. Mary Parish’s history will be held October 14-16 in Franklin with a Tour of Homes, Cemetery Tour and performance by Techeland Arts Council. This weekend will highlight the history and the people of our parish.
The cemetery tour, now entering its second year, was created by Pam Heffner in 2010 with help from other local citizens. It features a fascinating voyage through time as Franklin’s history is retold by the markers in its historic graveyard, and live actors recreate some of the area’s prominent members.
The St. Mary Landmarks Society’s tour of homes will feature historic properties in the area open for viewing for the first time in many, many years. More details to follow.
Techeland Arts Council will premiere No Hitchin' a years-in-the-works live production based on the history and folk tradition of the area. Schedules will be announced.
By the weekend of Oct. 29, the Franklin Merchants’ Association will hold its 12th Harvest Moon Festival, a family event that has grown by leaps and bounds. It’ll be held that Saturday. Again, more details will be forthcoming.