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Shake Your Trail Feather Update: Rain, Rain Go Away, But The Party Will Continue Either Way!!

10-19-17 Update: Still looking iffy on the weather, but looks like the morning bike ride and paddle trip are okay and will still go as planned. We want to let everyone know that if we can pull off playing music on the beautiful bank of the Teche, we will. If not, we will move the festivities into the covered area at the St. Bernard School and into the Gym. Special thanks to St. Bernard Elementary for providing us with this option! The Party will continue with the same schedule of activities, and we will make the most of it. Can’t let a little rain get in our way. See you at the Festival!!!

Updated weather forecast.

We will continue to monitor all weather conditions and bring you up to date information as it comes in. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more info.

Shake Your Trail Feather Festival Highlights (October 21st)

Pedal and Paddle to the Party – At this festival, your trip to the event can be as much fun as the event itself.  We are offering Bike Rides (25 and 40 mile excursions).  You can also combine your ride with a paddle in our 4.5 mile boat parade from Poche Bridge to the Festival grounds.  If you don’t have a touring bike and would like to rent one, contact the TRAIL Office at latrail.org.  For more information and registration for the bike ride and combined paddle/ride, go to Eventbrite and look for “Shake Your Trail Feather”.

Shuttle Service for the Paddle Boat Parade – This year we are offering a morning shuttle so you don’t have to hassle with transferring vehicles.  Here’s how it works.  You drop off your paddle boat behind the Poche Bridge Country Club between 8:00 and 9:00 where it will be guarded.  Then go park your vehicle at the festival at Parc des Ponts du Pont Breaux and hop on the shuttle bus to go back to Poche Bridge before the parade.  So, when you arrive at the festival in your boat, your vehicle will be nearby for easy loading.  The shuttle bus will depart from the Boat Launch area at the park.  Departure times are 8:30, 9:00, and 9:30.  The cost for this service is a mere $5.00.

Paddle To The Party – The Paddle Boat Parade is accompanied by our floating Cajun Barge Band for a good-time float down the bayou!!  The parade leaves Poche Bridge around 10:00 am and should arrive to the festival grounds around 12 noon just in time for the main stage to crank up.  Plan to be at Poche Bridge around 9:30 for put in and a safety briefing.  If you choose not to do the shuttle service, please plan to be dropped off with your paddle boat at the Poche Bridge Country Club parking lot by 9:30.  Parking at Poche Bridge will be limited, so we advise that you plan to have someone drop you off.  All boat riders must have a life vest, and will need to sign a safety waiver before entering the water.  There is no charge for the boat parade, but if you support our cause and love this event, feel free to feed the Tip Jar!

Music Highlights

The St. Bernard Student Musicians kick off the festival at 11:30 at the Heritage Tent

Sabra and the Get Rights play from 12 noon to 1:30 at the Main Stage.

Bonsoir, Catin plays from 2:00 to 3:30 at the Main Stage.

Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters play from 4:00 to 6:00 at the Main Stage.

Other Cool Stuff

Bayou Bird Costume Contest at the Main Stage at 3:30 pm.  Dress like a bird and shake your trail feathers!!

Raffle Drawing for the Festival Artwork (water color of wood ducks by Terry Palmer) at 5;00 pm.

Raffle Drawing for an awesome Wilderness Systems Tarpon 1200 Kayak donated by Pack and Paddle at 5:00 pm.

Heritage Tent Discussion on water flow management in the Teche/Vermilion watershed and how that management aids the boating and agricultural industries at 1:45 pm.

Heritage Tent Panel Discussion on recreational opportunities on both the Teche and Vermilion at 3:45 pm.

Also, lots of kids activities, artisans and informational displays!!

For more information and contacts, go to our Events Page

3rd Annual Fȇte-Dieu du Teche Eucharistic Procession down Bayou Teche on August 15

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Itinerary for Eucharistic Boat Procession Down Bayou Teche August 15, 2016 (Feast of the Assumption)

  • 8:00 a.m. Holy Mass in French with Bishop John Douglas Deshotel, D.D. at St. Leo the Great Church, Leonville
  • 9:00 a.m. Procession from St. Leo’s to Leonville boat landing
  • 9:30 a.m. Boat Procession departs
  • 10:20 a.m. Rosary and Benediction, Arnaudville
  • 11:45 a.m. Rosary & Benediction, Cecilia
  • 1:35 p.m. Rosary & Benediction, Breaux Bridge
  • 3:15 p.m. Rosary & Benediction, Parks
  • 4:45 p.m. Arrival @ Evangeline Oak, St. Martinville; Procession to Notre Dame de Perpetuel Secours for Benediction.
  • 5:00 p.m. Procession from Notre Dame to St. Martin de Tours Church for Benediction
  • 6:00 p.m. Procession down Main Street to Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel for Solemn Vespers & Final Benediction

*Confessions will be available at all stops along the Teche

 

Contact: Fr. Michael Champagne, CJC

fetedieuduteche@gmail.com

www.fetedieuduteche.org

(337) 394-6550

www.facebook.com/pages/Fete-Dieu-du-Teche

More Floating Docks Being Dedicated on July 24th and 25th!

Port Barre (2)St. Martinville 1The Center For Lousiana Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the TECHE Project are celebrating the installation and dedication of 2 more Bayou Teche Paddle Trail floating docks on  July 24th and 25th.  The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for St. Martinville will be held at 2 pm on July 24th at 122 Evangeline Street (just downstream from the Evangeline Oak).  The ceremony for the Port Barre dock will be held at 10 am at 227 Bayou Drive (site of the Port Barre Boat Launch).  We invite you to come join Mayors Thomas Nelson (St. Martinville) and Gil Savoy (Port Barre) as they cut the ribbons to officially open these beautiful new Bayou Teche Taddle Trail Docks!   Geaux Paddle!!

Sponsor a Trash Receptacle to Keep Bayou Teche Beautiful

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The TECHE Project is partnering with Nature’s Link Wellness Center in Breaux Bridge and Project Front Yard- St. Martin Parish to install permanent trash receptacles along the Bayou Teche Watershed. For a $300 sponsorship, we will attach an engraved plaque with your name, your business name, or a name in memory of a friend or family member. This is a wonderful way to help Keep the Bayou Teche clean. If you are interested please click here  or you can contact Kristine Devillier natureslink@cox.net

Floating Dock Ribbon Cutting in Loreauville June 30 FHWA Grant Funds National Paddle Trail Improvements

The Center for Louisiana Studies (CLS) at UL Lafayette is celebrating completion of four floating kayak/canoe docks on the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail in the communities of Port Barre, St. Martinville, Loreauville, and Charenton. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held June 30 in Loreauville at 10am, at the site of floating dock, 119 Bridge Street, Loreauville, LA.

The Federal Highways Administration’s Recreational Trails Program, administered through the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, funded the installation of the docks. “As part of the original group who created the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail, it’s very satisfying to bring bayou access to areas where none existed and encourage locals to get on the water and enjoy the beauty and peace of the Bayou Teche,” says Jennifer Ritter Guidry, the principle investigator for the grant and Assistant Director for Programming and Special Projects at CLS.

The Loreauville dock was installed last summer and Mayor Brad Clifton has seen increased traffic into his community as a result. “The dock will be one of the features in our planned Memorial Park for former Mayor Al Broussard. When completed, the trailhead park will be a wonderful destination for visitors and local folks to enjoy,” notes Clifton.

The Bayou Teche Paddle Trail is Louisiana’s only National Water Trail, and one of only 21 nationally recognized water trails in the nation. Designation as a National Water Trail places the Teche in an elite group of waterways, and will increase recreational tourism for the fifteen communities and four parishes along the 130-mile bayou. Eventually, the Bayou Teche Paddle trail will have 15 official access points for paddle trips, ranging from seven miles to the full 130 miles. The TECHE Project, anon-profit organization, serves as the manager of the National Paddle Trail and works with local communities, and parish and state governments to develop a first-class paddle trail. Patti Holland, Council Member with the TECHE Project, says, “Installation of the four docks compliments the full-service dock and trailhead located in Breaux Bridge. Having these five access points at miles 0, 34, 49, 64, and 91 really helps move us toward our objective of having a paddle trail dock in all of the Bayou Teche trail towns. We thank UL Lafayette for their hard work to get the four beautiful docks on the water!”

Mark your calendars for ribbon cutting ceremonies at each site:

Loreauville: 10am on June 30

St. Martinville:10am on July 24

Port Barre:10am on July 25

Charenton:10am on August TBA

We invite everyone to join the university and the TECHE Project to celebrate increased access for paddlers and other non-motorized recreational watercraft along the scenic and historic Bayou Teche.

More information about the ceremony and the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail can be found at http://www.louisianastudies.louisiana.edu and at www.techeproject.org or by contacting Jennifer Guidry at 337.482.1320 or clspresents@louisiana.edu.

The New Acadia Project/Projet Nouvelle Acadie needs your vote!

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LOREAUVILLE, La. –The New Acadia Project/Projet Nouvelle Acadie needs your vote!

The project’s video has been accepted as a contestant in USA Today’s (Gannett Publishing): “A Community Thrives” initiative category “Arts & Culture.”

Based on the videos that receive the most votes, judges will award three grants in each category, two for $50,000 and one for $100,000. Watch the video and vote for the New Acadia Project. The voting period is April 12 – May 12, 2017.

Voters must be US residents and over the age of 13. Once signed in, each voter can vote once per day during the voting period. Click here to view the video and vote.

About NAP
NAP is a privately funded multi-discipline project led by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Anthropology Department to locate the lost encampments that served as the original home of the Acadians who arrived in South Louisiana in 1765. These Acadians who arrived in a destitute condition are the ancestors of the Cajun people. In these encampments are also scores of burials that were documented by the priest serving the colony but have been lost over time. This project will not only help solve many mysteries about the Cajuns but also has the potential to bring quality tourism to the village of present-day Loreauville and all of Acadiana including the Bayou Teche. The New Acadia Project fundraising is led by the New Acadia Project Steering Committee that also serves as an advisory panel to the archaeology team.

You can learn more about NAP on their Facebook and website.

For more information contact Alan Broussard, Chairman, New Acadia Project Steering Committee (337) 349-9455.

GR8 PFY

 

Project Front Yard is hosting GR8 Acadiana Cleanup, an eight day community “Festival of Service” from April 1-April 8. Project Front Yard is a regional effort, Lafayette Parish came up with the 8 day of “Festival of Service” idea and designated each day to focus on different aspects of Project Front Yard. As a partner in PFY St. Martin Parish is mirroring the eight day festival within our community;

April 1-Commuinty Beautification, encouraging yard work at home and public spaces. Please share your work, or work of others you admire on our facebook page. #SOCIALGOODDAY

April 2- Enjoy Parks/Docks along the Bayou Teche. Get out and paddle, or enjoy a picnic on the Bayou. #BAYOUDAY

April 3- Signs are litter, remove illegal signs from R-O-W and public land. #ILLEGALSIGNDAY

April 4- Project Harvest/Planting Project. Encourage others to plant, especially fruit trees and vegetables. #PLANTINGDAY

April 5- Waste Free Lunch, can you eat lunch without generating waste needing to be disposed of? Let’s try! #WASTEFREEDAY

April 6- Embrace This Space, if there is a space you or your organization out like to adopt and improve, please do so. #BEAUTIFICATIONDAY

April 7- Promote or even contribute public art. #PUBLICARTDAY

April 8- Extreme Makeover: Veteran’s Home Edition #VOLUNTEERDAY

#GR8AcadianaCleanup #ProjectFrontYard #FestivalofService

Seventh Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show set April 21-23

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Contact: Roger Stouff (webmaster@banner-tribune.com)

 
Wooden boat owners and enthusiasts will gather along historic and scenic Bayou Teche in downtown Franklin, Louisiana for the seventh Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show set for April 21-23.

This year’s show is the seventh event. The 2015 BTWB would have been the sixth, but severe weather prompted cancellation. It was then held in 2016.

“It’s an idea that grew out of a breakfast table discussion at a local diner and has taken on a life of its own,” said co-organizer Roger Stouff. “We’re truly astounded at the growth and participation.”

Stouff, Gary Blum and Larry Couvillier began with 12 boats, half of which belonged to themselves, and the rest from both local residents and owners outside of St. Mary Parish. By the fifth show participation had quadrupled, with boat owners from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama and more in attendance.

The BTWBS has become one of the fastest-growing venues for wooden vessels both antique and modern in the Southeast, but has managed to remain a laid-back event held in conjunction with the Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival, both set along Parc sur la Teche in Franklin. “There’s nothing else like it,” Stouff said. “Gary, Larry and I started all this to share our love of wooden watercraft with this community, people who might never have seen these vessels and their outstanding craftsmanship. We’ve succeeded beyond our wildest expectations.”

Past shows have featured hand-crafted Cajun skiffs and bateaus of cypress, wooden sailboats, classic Chris Craft, Garwood, Correct Craft, Lyman and Thompson runabouts, cypress pirogues and dugouts as well as many other varieties of boats from various regions of the United States and abroad. “It’s astounding to see the variety,” Stouff said. “It really makes you realize how much the history of much of the world has been molded by vessels made of wood, far longer than boats and ship have been constructed of any other material.”

The show begins Friday, April 21, at 5 p.m. and continues through Sunday at about noon. Saturday is typically the best day to see the most boats, as many of our out-of-town and out-of-state guests arrive Friday afternoon and depart Sunday morning.

Bayou Teche has recently been named an America’s Scenic Byway and part of the National Park Service Water Trails System.

Visit the BTWBS website at www.techeboatshow.com.

Condolences

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Our condolences go out to the family of TECHE Project Member and Active Volunteer, Janet Abshire, who passed away last Saturday.  Janet was a native of New Iberia, and although she moved away for many years, she never stopped loving the Bayou that she called home.  Janet and her husband Joey became members with the TECHE Project at the beginning while still living in Texas.  When Joey retired, they moved back home to ultimately settle on Bayou Teche in Parks.  At that point, Janet jumped into TECHE-Project volunteerism with both feet.  In the 2 years that she was back home, she served on the planning committee for the Shake Your Trail Feather festival, did bayou clean ups, worked the annual members banquet, manned our outreach table several times, and joined the wood duck mile-marker program.

All of us at the TECHE Project will miss Janet’s “go for it” spirit, and her enthusiasm for the Bayou she grew up near and loved so much.