Corridor des Arts is an art and culture trail following the highways and byways connecting the colorful Louisiana towns of Sunset, Grand Coteau, Arnaudville, Cecilia, and Henderson. Original art purchases are sale tax free within designated Louisiana Cultural Districts found along the corridor.
Tom's Fiddle and Bow hosts its monthly JAMbalaya Acoustic Music Jam 1-3 p.m., every first Sunday of the month. Bring a dish and instrument and enjoy the company of Tom and his lovely spouse Lori Henderson, artist extraordinaire. 204 Fuselier St., Arnaudville.
La Poste cultural gift emporium in Arnaudville opens its doors every third Sunday for a monthly Leave-No-Trace Potluck and Old-Time Song Swap(folk, country, bluegrass, and cajun music jam).
The Leave-No-Trace Potluck experience means, bring your own (non-disposable) fork and plate, so there's no garbage, and take your dishes home to wash when you leave. 153 Fuselier St., Arnaudville.
LAMA (Louisiana Metalsmiths Association) 2017 Conference sets the fires blazing throughout the grounds of the NUNU Arts and Culture Collective March 11 -12. Featured demonstrators are Arkansas' Blacksmith Daniel Casey and Rocky Mountain treasure Wayne Phifer.
The conference is for members only, but at 2 pm on both days, public auctions take place that allow anyone to participate in bids on a wide variety of hand-wrought metal works. All money from the auctions go to support the association.
LAMA is dedicated to the sharing and perpetuating the knowledge and skills of metalsmithing. If you are interested in learning more about becoming part of the pounding partnership of artisans, visit lama-blacksmith.org
The Think Arnaudville "Ici en parle français" Arnaudville area inventory program goes thrifting. Meet Girley Olivier and Shirley Taylor, two of many native French speakers at the St. Theresa Thrift Store in Arnaudville. Meet them every Wednesday along with many other just as charming native speakers.
To be part of the Arnaudville area "Ici en parle français" inventory contact Arnaudville Chamber of Commerce Director Huey Wyble at 337-754-5316.
Opportunity knocks for area poets - published and aspiring - when Festival of Words presents on March 11, a "Masterclass/Workshop with Louisiana Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque" at his Churchpoint home.
From 12:30-4:40 p.m. explore "The Poem as Collaboration with Song, Story, Spirit, History, Prayer, and More..." Participating writers will be guided through a hands-on set of exercises using music, song lyrics, paintings, and other prompts. No previous writing experience is required. Writers are urged to bring copies of "Where I Waited" with them as it will be referenced and it might provide a possible template from which to enter into the work generated by the workshop.
This is not a critique workshop but writers will be given time to share with the other writers the material that is beginning to shape itself as a poem. The workshop will emphasize preliminary drafts and discovery rather than finished poems.
Bourque is professor emeritus in English from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, a former Louisiana Poet Laureate, the recipient of the 2014 Louisiana Book Festival's Writer Award, and is the recipient of the James Rivers Award from the Center for Louisiana Studies, ULL
Bourque is long honored for his contributions to Louisiana Literature and Culture. His ten poetry publications include "Plainsongs," poems set in the Marais Bouleur, and his later works, "Megan's Guitar and Other Poems from Acadie," poems in the voices of the historical figures of the two largest Cajun migrations into Louisiana, "if you abandon me, comment je vas faire, An Amédé Ardoin Songbook," and Where I Waited (poems in the voices of four pioneer figures in early Louisiana traditional music. He is also the founder of the Améde Ardoin Project, a social justice project to create a public commemorative for the iconic traditional Louisiana Creole musician.
The suggested $100 donation per participant will benefit the ongoing work of Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective, which along with an annual literary festival, it sponsors monthly Last Wednesday open mic gatherings at Chicory Coffee Shop in Grand Coteau.
You may register online at festivalofwords.org or by calling Patrice Melnick at (337) 254-9695.