A world champion woodcarver from Terrebonne Parish has a new masterpiece in the middle of his living room. Curtis Fabre has finished work on a life-sized bald eagle, a project that he started eight years earlier.
When you step inside Preservation Hall, you can feel the old wooden floor sag beneath your feet. And the room is dimly lit with walls that haven’t been painted in decades. There is something else that hasn’t changed – traditional New Orleans jazz music.
A small museum in the Louisiana city of Opelousas introduces visitors to Creole. Rebecca Henry, who founded the Creole Heritage Folklife Center, explains that finding Creole is all about connecting with the lifestyle of ancestors.
The whooping crane, Louisiana’s rarest and largest bird, is making a comeback. After completely disappearing from the state in the 1950′s, a decade-long effort to reintroduce the big white birds in working.
In a state full of bayous and marshes, a hiking trip to Louisiana waterfalls was too good to pass up. There are actually several waterfalls along hiking trails in the J.C. Sonny Gilbert Wildlife Management Area, formerly known as Sicily Island Wildlife Management area.
These two old churches with their twin steeples are among the oldest wooden structures in the southeastern Louisiana city of Ponchatoula. But after sitting mostly unused for decades, the buildings have been transformed into a new creative arts center.
A Cajun two-step is irresistible for some of the couples at this Saturday morning jam session in the Gueydan Museum. The museum is located on Main St. in a 1902 Bank Building. For the past few months, Gueydan has been showing off its deep roots in Cajun Music.
The Toledo Bend Reservoir on the Louisiana-Texas border has two state parks. At the southern end, the South Toledo Bend State Park attracts families who like to fish, camp and ride a 4-wheeler through the hills.
It was once the site of the largest cypress sawmill in the United States and maybe even the world. Now, you can learn about that huge operation and the disappearance of Louisiana’s giant cypress trees at a state museum in Patterson.
It’s very green, extremely fast growing and it’s gaining in popularity with home gardeners and sustainable manufacturing. That plant is bamboo, and it has found a home in the rolling hills of Washington Parish.