The TECHE Project Celebrating 10 years!

As we enter our 10th year of work on the Bayou Teche, now more than ever, is the perfect time to join and support our organization. In the next two years, we plan to launch more floating docks; install informative “orientation kiosks”; publish a new paddle trail guide, and expand our educational programs.

We invite you to take a look at our accomplishments from 2017.

Thank you,

 

The TECHE Project Awarded $90,000 for Bayou Teche Improvements

More Towns and Cities on the Teche will have new paddling docks and launches.

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Franklin, LA, March 3, 2018:  The TECHE Project has been awarded an $89,908 Federal grant through the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) for the installation of new canoe/kayak docks/launches in towns and cities along Bayou Teche from Port Barre all the way to Berwick.

Michael W. Domingue, who administers RTP for Louisiana within the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism under Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, made the announcement at Oaklawn Manor near Franklin, LA before a group of approximately 100 supporters of this important waterway.  RTP is a Federal program drawing funding from taxes levied on fuel sales for recreational vehicles and is administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

The docks will be like those recently installed in Port Barre, Breaux Bridge, St. Martinville, Loreauville and Charenton.  The grant will also fund the installation of large exhibits designed to orient water users and pedestrians to the geography of the Bayou Teche and the unique stories of each of the 15 communities located on the Bayou Teche.

The Bayou Teche is often described as Louisiana’s most historic and culturally significant waterway.  The Bayou and its downstream extension via the Lower Atchafalaya River hold the prestigious designation as a National Water (Paddle) Trail.  This designation made by the U. S. of Interior in 2015 is only one of 21 such water trail recognitions issued across the United States and the only one ever granted in Louisiana.

The TECHE Project, the all-volunteer non-profit management organization for the Bayou Teche National Water Trail, leads programs and produces events to Embrace, Explore, and Enrich this important natural, historic, scenic, cultural and recreational resource.  Patti Holland, the author of this successful grant application emphasized the importance of the award: “The Bayou Teche is one of Louisiana’s most important resources and this grant will help to assist towns, businesses, and property owners in realizing the vast potential the Teche offers.  This will further connect and support all interests along our 135-mile wonderland of the South!”

The next steps for implementing the grant involve securing appropriate permits and arranging for the dock fabrication and installations.  Actual installations are expected in the next 12 to 18 months.

For media contact:
Contact: Conni Castille, Executive Director
Phone: 337-277-5292
connicastile@gmail.com
or
Patti Holland, Council Member
Phone: 337-277-4645
howldogfarms@gmail.com

The TECHE Project
PO Box 165
Arnaudville, LA 70512

Rescheduled Membership Banquet

Annual Banquet

Franklin, La at the Oaklawn Manor, thanks to former Governor Mike Foster.

Theme: Sugarcane Families

Heavy hor ‘d oeuvres and selected deserts, ALL made with raw Louisiana cane sugar.

Guest Speaker: Donna McGee Onebane, author of The House That Sugarcane Built: The Louisiana Burguières

Current Members: Free

Become a member: HERE

Physical Address: 3296 E Oaklawn Dr, Franklin, LA 70538

The TECHE Project Annual Banquet— (Saturday, January 27) —Postponed

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Due to a forecast of rain and thunderstorms for this Saturday, the TECHE Project Council is postponing our Annual Banquet event scheduled for Saturday at Oaklawn Manor, Franklin, LA.  We are working with Oaklawn Manor representatives now to set a date for rescheduling the event—Please look for future announcements.

Since Banquet event activities will occur outdoors, we felt your safety and comfort is most important. We regret needing to make this decision and the inconvenience. Please plan to attend when we have a backup date announced.  Thank you very much.

2018 Membership Banquet

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Franklin, La at the Oaklawn Manor, thanks to former Governor Mike Foster.

Theme: Sugarcane Families

Heavy hor ‘d oeuvres and selected deserts, ALL made with raw Louisiana cane sugar.

Guest Speaker: Donna McGee Onebane, author of The House That Sugarcane Built: The Louisiana Burguières

Current Members: Free

Become a member: HERE

Physical Address: 3296 E Oaklawn Dr, Franklin, LA 70538

Wildlife Management Workshop

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This year’s workshop will take place at the Bayou Teche Brewing Company in Arnaudville, from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm, on Saturday, January 13, 2018. The workshop is held just in time to get your wood duck nest boxes installed for the spring nesting season and the location at the Bayou Teche Brewery is optimal as the brewery owners raise wood ducks along Bayou Teche themselves. The workshop ends at noon, but plan to stick around the brewery for Saturday afternoon music (Bobby Michot and the Coulee Jumpers), food, and tasty brew. It’s always a fun time!

For More Information

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Support for The TECHE Project—GIVING TUESDAY

Greetings to our friends, members, and supporters,

Next Tuesday, November 28, is recognized as #GivingTuesday—a special day for giving to charitable foundations and non-profit organizations such as The TECHE Project.

All donations will be MATCHED dollar for dollar up to $5,000!

*Expires December 31, 2017

Many of you have recently received a letter request from me urging your support.  The contributions we’ve received in the last week alone suggest just how relevant the programs of our organization are to the people who feel the Bayou Teche is so special and important.

The Bayou Teche is Louisiana’s most historic bayou.  It is also the only nationally-designated Water Trail in Louisiana—one of only 22 such national treasurers designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

But I suspect you know this already and appreciate how much the Bayou Teche means to the thousands of people who live nearby and in the 15 communities along the Teche.  I know you get it because you’ve supported The TECHE Project—the volunteer-based, non-profit stewardship and management organization for the Trail.  And, thank you very much for your support.

Here are several apparent good trends for the Bayou Teche:

  • Use and appreciation of the benefits of the Bayou Teche and the National Water Trail designation are growing.
  • More and more communities and businesses are realizing the varied benefits of the Teche.
  • More projects to improve accessibility and information delivery are in the works.

Downward (not so good) trends:

  • The availability of public funding to develop recreation amenities and program services is dropping very fast and the future of state and federal support is all in doubt.
  • The operating budget of The TECHE Project is under rapidly emerging challenges to meet the ongoing and new demands for services provided by The TECHE Project.

As you can see, trend lines are moving in two diverse directions.

More than ever, The TECHE Project needs your financial support.  In the next two years, we plan to launch more floating docks; install informative “orientation kiosks”; publish a new paddle trail guide, and expand our educational programs.

In other words, your support and our efforts to enrich the resources of the Teche, help people explore its wonders, and assist communities to embrace all that our wonderful bayou offers.

Ways in which you can manifest your financial support for The TECHE Project include:  

  • Consider moving up a membership level, i.e. single to family if appropriate.
  • Make sure your membership is renewed and up-to-date.
  • During the holiday season give your friends, business associates or employees gift memberships.
  • We now have five new one-time donation levels ranging from $101 all the way to $5,000+.  Consider an end of the tax year donation which is tax deductible!
  • We have unique merchandise exclusive to The TECHE Project—more holiday gift giving opportunities.
  • Take advantage of a special opportunity provided by AmazonSmile where Amazon donates 0.5% of your entire purchase to The TECHE Project.  Think about this for your holiday gift shopping!
  • Incorporate The TECHE Project in your long-range estate planning.

For the members of The TECHE Project Council and our affiliates, I urge you to take advantage of these opportunities.  Your support is needed as much as ever.  And Giving Tuesday is the perfect day for you to go to our website and go above and beyond your current level of support for The Teche Project.

Above all, we wish you the very best for the rest of 2017 and the new year.

Sincerely,

Conni Castile, Executive Director

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

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