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!

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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

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.