“Native Waters” nominated for regional Emmy Award!

Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s documentary “Native Waters: A Chitimacha Recollection” has been nominated for a 2011 Suncoast Emmy Award. The show was nominated in the category of Documentary-Cultural. The winners will be announced on Dec. 3 at ceremonies in Miami. The documentary tells the story of Native Americans, the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana, who were among the first people to inhabit Louisiana some 8,000 years ago in the Atchafalaya Basin of Louisiana. Directed and produced by award-winning LPB Senior Producer Tika Laudun, this documentary was written and narrated by Chitimacha tribal member Roger Stouff and co-produced and written with Charles E. Richard, the Joseph P. Montiel Endowed Professor and Director of the Center for Moving Image Arts at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. LPB’s Rex Fortenberry was the photographer and editor for the program. Special assistance was provided by Chitimacha Cultural Director Kimberly Walden.

Proud…And Not So Proud

Really now. I don’t know if I can stand it.

Twice. Twice in as many weeks, this community has made me so dang proud I could just burst with delight.

Last weekend’s “Voices of the Past” celebration of the 200th birthday of St. Mary Parish came on the heels of the Tour du Teche paddle race the weekend before. I thought the TDT was going to be a tough, tough act to follow.

I was wrong.

We flat out blew them away last weekend. Again.

Techeland Arts Council opened the weekend with the premiere of “No Hitchin’” and its inaugural performance, “What A Ride!” Shows were also held Saturday and Sunday.

St. Mary Landmarks presented its second “Sweet Remembrances” cemetery tour on Saturday and rebooted Tour of Homes on Sunday.

In all, it made for a grand weekend for locals and visitors alike.

This year’s cemetery tour featured over 25 graves including the 1926 carnival monarchs, Teddy Roosevelt’s hunting pal, Crawford Rose, participants of the Dreher-LeBouef murder trial and execution resulting in the first woman executed in Louisiana and the documented owners of Last Island, the Voisin Family. Grevemberg House Museum was in mourning. Three historic churches were open . . . → Read More: Proud…And Not So Proud

This Community Rocks!

In a word: Bravo!

Friends and neighbors, I have never been more proud of this community. Ever.

Last weekend’s second annual Tour du Teche paddle race was not only a fabulous success in its own right, but we in St. Mary Parish showed exactly what we are capable of when we put our minds and hearts and work into it.

The race began in Port Barre Friday morning and paused in St. Martinville that night. Saturday morning they got up and took off for Franklin, facing a more than 15-mph wind and rafts of water lilies that defy description.

In Franklin, we were ready.

We had volunteers to spare. We had music and dancing. Great food, great hospitality and terrific support.

This is what I’ve longed for all these years.

Make no mistake: Franklin flat out blew them away.

Listen to what Nicole Patin, executive director of TdT said in our feature in the Banner-Tribune today:

“Franklin set a high bar as far as throwing a party and helping the race to run smoothly.”

And co-organizer Ken Grissom said, “Franklin’s finish line will serve us as a model. Everything was in walking distance, the music was available but not . . . → Read More: This Community Rocks!