Arnaudville Experiment continues to take hold
Houses destined for the bulldozer are part of a future Arnaudville guest house development and land/building reuse initiative financed by the business partnership of Tony Adrian and Matt Henrich.
Les Deux Mondes (The Two Worlds) guest houses is under development along a strip of Bayou Teche frontage within the 200 block of Front Street.
Adrian said the idea to purchase dilapidated houses came from architect Eddie Cazayoux, who promotes the reuse and incorporation of what already exist, rather than always using only new. Less new wood cut, less environmental impact.
Adrian knows first hand about environmental impact, as he and his wife Marie Bossard live in a Cazayoux designed house that requires no electrical use.
NUNU Arts and Culture Collective membership provides Adrian and Henrich with design and marketing assistance. Color schemes, interior layout and landscaping plans are all in development. Back porches shall face the bayou.
Of the seven 20th Century wood structures, three and two will be connected by dogtrot additions, resulting in five separate units. “The guest houses will be energy efficient and rented to long-term and short-term guests,” Adrian said. “We will first replace all the roofs, repair exterior walls and paint them all one color. We will then complete one unit at time. The first unit should be ready by early 2015.”
Every Thursday – 1:30 p.m., Les Coudre Points, quilting “en français.” Si vous êtes débutant ou si vous souhaitez faire fonctionner à nouveau, rejoignez-nous. (If you are just starting or wish to get working again, join us.) No cost. For more information call 337-754-7115.
First Weekend – Second Sunday – Contra & Squares on summer break. Returns September 14.
First Wednesday – 9:30 a.m., Aug. 6, Demi Tasse Short Story Club discusses “The Bear Came Over the Mountain,” by Alice Munro, 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature recipient. Short story club a Bouki Books sponsored event. Open membership.
Third Friday – 7 p.m., August 15, Pot Luck social. À la bonne franquette. Join us for the best party in town. Meet Deux Bayous featured artist Shirley Gauthier. Dance to the sounds of Byron Boudreaux’s Pot Luck Band. Visit with friends and make new ones. Cost is your favorite dish for contribution to communal dinner.
Fourth Wednesday – 7 p.m., August 27, Cinéma Français. Monthly French language (with English subtitles) movie night. Bring your favorite snacks and refreshments.
Last Saturday – 9 a.m.-noon, August 30, La Table Française. Popular Francophone gathering. Coffee and homemade treats served alongside fun topics encouraging group conversation. A true cultural immersion experience. No cost.
Bouki Books hosts reading clubs
Bouki Books, NUNU Arts and Culture Collective’s literary partner, welcomes readers interested in book club participation.
Tasse Café, NUNU’s rural version of a coffee shop/bookstore offers Wifi access and comfortable seating as invitation to area residents.
This month, members of the Demi Tasse short story club meeting 9:30 a.m., Aug. 6 (first Wednesday). The story selection is “The Bear Came Over the Mountain,” by Alice Munro, 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature recipient.
Amédé Ardoin memorial fund introduces veillées
Many unique ideas tend to surface when there is a need to fund raise, but in the vein of Creole traditions – veillées (vay-yeas) may well be the best idea yet.
Think informal gathering of neighbors, friends for an afternoon or early evening visit. Nothing very involved. Expense can be minimum. Some coffee and cake is always nice, or wine and cheese if you prefer.
Join supporters of the “Bring Home Amédé Ardoin” campaign, 6 p.m., Aug. 7 at Vermilionville for the first “Une Veillée avec Amédé,” and learn how you too can host une veillées.
Ardoin grew up in the Eunice-Basile area. He was beaten in a racial assault sometime late in his life and spent the last six months of his life as Case 13387 at the mental institution in Pineville, where he died in 1942. The same medical index card that lists his case number indicates he was buried in an unmarked grave in the “Negro section” of the graveyard at the hospital.
Legendary Cajun fiddler Dennis McGee, his friend with whom he played and recorded, called Ardoin’s “Une chanson vivant,” a living song.
A portion of the proceeds from “if you abandon me – comment je vas faire: An Amédé Ardoin Songbook,” poems by former Louisiana Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque, are dedicated to the memorial fund.
The Ardoin songbook is available for purchase at Bouki Books, located in the NUNU Arts and Culture Collective.
“Word Crawl” gathers speed
Time remains for writers, poets and heralds of words to join the September 13 Lafayette Downtown Art Walk as participants in a Festival of Words fundraiser.
A minimum of $100 – gathered through contributions – reserves you a place for reading or reciting your works. At the same time you are supporting the continuation of a festival dedicated to literary appreciation and inspiration.
Festival of Words brings established authors from all over the world to Acadiana to give public readings and writing workshops in community centers and public schools. The 7th Annual Festival of Words is Nov. 7-9.
The deadline for fund raising is Aug. 15.
For more information visit: festivalofwords.org or call Clare Martin at 337-962-5886.
Festival of Words is a partner of NUNU Arts and Culture Collective.
Degrees of Separation
An Exchange in Culture
Ongoing exchanges resulting from the NUNU/Articulteurspartnership tackles visual and literary arts – this fall when the first Degrees of Separation Exhibition opens in Marfa, Texas.
by Brian Baiamonte
Breton and Louisiana photographers inspire new paintings and multimedia works, by both Breton and Louisiana visual artists. Photographs and new visual art are then shared with Breton and Louisiana writers to produce new literary works, also part of the exhibition.
Following Marfa, this first exhibition travels the United States and France. Meanwhile, other
by Myriam Jégat, “Kilmakilloge”
photographers, visual artists and writers are invited to join in future exhibitions thereby creating an ebb and flow of participation in new collaborative exhibitions.
The NUNU Arts and Culture Collective/Les Articulteurs partnership was formed in 2012 and has so far resulted in the production of Bayoust, a new brew by Bayou Teche Brewing (Louisiana) and Brasserie La Bambelle (Breton); and the creation of new melding of music and performers, Bayous de Vilaine, a product of Gallo Gumbo (Breton) and Pen Feral (Louisiana).
by John Slaughter, “Rain Marfa, Texas”
by Frank McMains
Sponsor Gallery: Ann Connelly Fine Art, Baton Rouge. Fore more information visit: degreesofseparation.org