Unveiling ceremonies for the Franklin and Patterson Kiosks took place on April 10th and April 12th! David Dahlquist with the TECHE Project has been working hard to install these beautiful informational kiosks along the bayou. To date, there are 4 kiosks installed in Port Barre, Breaux Bridge, Franklin and Patterson. Work on kiosks in Parks, St. Martinville, and Charenton is underway. Special thanks go out to all of the sponsors who have helped make this project a reality!
The TECHE Project was honored to have hosted boat tours for more than 60 ticketholders of the annual Books Along the Teche Literary Festival in New Iberia on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Tour participants came from Germany, many states around the country, and our local area.
As he has provided in previous years, Dane Thibodeaux, a TECHE Project Council member of Breaux Bridge narrated three 1 ½ hour tours with his knowledge and creativity about some of the local authentic sites which American author James Lee Burke highlights in his 22 novels featuring detective Dave Robicheaux.
The numbers of passengers for this year’s Festival boat tours tripled over that of previous years. The tours would not have been possible without the generous donation of time, boats and fuel provided by Captain Jude Desormeaux, Mike Parich Jr., and Craig Brodie. And high appreciation goes to the Festival volunteers who helped with all aspects of the Bayou Teche boat tour event.
March 15, 2019, New Iberia, LA – The TECHE Project awarded the first-place prize of $1,000 to a beckoning painting of the Bayou Teche created by Chis Willey in this week’s Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Competition. Her painting features the Teche with natural and beautiful lighting and color affects. The award was presented at the standing-room-only Friday evening Awards Ceremony and Fine Art Sale held at the Shadows Visitor Center.
The fifth annual Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Competition included nearly 30 artists selected among a record number of 73 applicants from 19 states. During the Plein Art week, artists paint on-site landscape and townscape scenes from around Iberia and surrounding parishes.
Jerome Weber, lead organizer for the week-long event, is clearly pleased, “Painting sales and awards for the artists during this event have totaled nearly $30,000. More importantly, the quality of the art and the enthusiasm of the artist for the richness of our region is growing each year. The artists genuinely want to return next year.”
The winning artist for the scene from the Bayou Teche, Chris (Christina) Willey, has an MFA in Illustration from Syracuse University and a BFA in Drawing/Painting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a full-time painter and Professor Emeritus of Art from the University of Central Missouri, where she taught for 22 years. Willey has had numerous solo shows and conducted workshops in United States, France, and the Netherlands.
She has acquired signature status in the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society, MidAmerica Pastel Society, and the International Society of Acrylic Painters. She has won over 60 awards in many international, national and regional juried shows, including several Best of Show and Gold. She has been juried into Plein Air events around the country including Telluride, CO; Rockport, TX; and Mountain, Maryland. Her art is held in several private and corporate collections in the U.S., Netherlands, and France.
Visit her website at www.chriswilley.com.
The first-time $1,000 prize for the best painting of the Bayou Teche is presented by The TECHE Project with generous contributions by Margaret and Jeff Simon along with Mary Ubiñas-Dahlquist and David Dahlquist. The jurors for this painting category—Conni Castille, Paul Schexnayder, and David Dahlquist–reviewed over 20 paintings of the Teche in selecting the original work created by Chris Willey for first place.
The TECHE Project has partnered with the Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Painting Competition to recognize the Bayou Teche as an amazing source of inspiration and scenery for highly accomplished painters from around the United States. The Plein Competition takes place March 9 through 15. Throughout competition week, artists paint throughout seven parishes in the Acadiana region that includes a variety of viewscapes and a special painting category for scenes of the Bayou Teche has been added for this year’s competition.
The TECHE Project; Margaret and Jeff Simon; and Mary Ubinas-Dahlquist and David Dahlquist will award a $1,000 first place award for the winning Bayou Teche painting.
The public awards ceremony and fine arts sale will occur Friday, March 15, 2019, 6:30PM at The Shadows Visitor Center, 320 E. Main Street, New Iberia, LA. The event is free and open to the public.
Check out www.shadowsontheteche.org/public-plein-air-events for more information.
Please join us on February 2nd from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Little Flower Auditorium in Arnaudville (102 Pine St.) for our Annual Membership Banquet. Doors open at 5:30, and you don’t have to be a member to attend. There will be a $20 membership fee for those who are not currently members. The banquet will have live music, dinner, libations, and a guest speaker (David Walther with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) discussing the Mississippi Rivers and Tributaries Corps Project and how water is moved from this mighty river through the Athafalaya River and into the Teche-Vermilion watershed. There will also be a silent auction to raise funds for the TECHE Project’s mission to create a Bayou Teche Renaissance through raising awareness of the ecological, recreational and cultural values of the Bayou Teche Corridor.
Also, as part of the banquet, there will be an free afternoon guided tour of the Teche-Vermilion Fres Water District Pumping Station in Krotz Springs! This amazing tour is available through registration only and is limited to 30 people, so please contact Patti Holland (337-277-4645) firstname.lastname@example.org to register before the end of the day on January 27th. Transportation from the Little Flower auditorium will be provided by the Tech-Vermilion Fresh Water District at 3:30 and you will be delivered back to the event location at 5:30 in time for the banquet.
We hope you can make it to this entertaining and informative event!
Thanks, The TECHE Project Council
Paddle to the Party – The paddle trip is currently scheduled for 10 to 12 from Poche Bridge to the festival grounds at Parc des Pontes (St. Bernard School). You do not need to register as this is a free event. The TECHE Project will have a tip bucket if you feel inclined to share your love for what we are doing on the bayou. Please bring a life vest and plan to be at Poches by 9:30 to check in and hear the safety briefing. We have a shuttle bus that will leave from the festival at 9 am. You can drop off boats at Poches Country Club, send driver to the Festival grounds to park car behind Cemetery and jump on the shuttle by the boat launch. Shuttle cost is $5, but well worth the price because your vehicle will be waiting to load up after the float trip! If you want to rent a boat for this event, Contact Bayou Teche Experience.
Rain Contingencies – The weather is up in the air (Our powers are combining to make the rain go away), but not to worry cause the party will go on rain or shine! The nice folks at St. Bernard School have offered us the use of the covered pavilion and gymnasium, so come out to pass a good time and show your support, especially if it rains. If it looks like only rain in the morning, we may delay the float trip. We will keep you posted on that.
Thanks and see you at the fest! TECHE Project Council
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!!!
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!
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
The 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!!
Come Join Us For The 5th Annual Shake Your Trail Feather Festival
A Celebration Of The Bayou Teche Paddle Trail
On October 22, 2016, the TECHE Project will host the Shake Your Trail Feather Festival in Breaux Bridge at Parc des Ponts de Pont Breaux. The festival will begin at 11:30 am and run until 6pm. The festival gets kicked off with a set by the St. Bernard School children (11:30 to Noon). Additionally, musicians Sabra and the Get Rights (Noon to 1:30 pm), Sweet Cecilia (2:00pm to 3:30pm), and The Pine Leaf Boys with special guest Roddie Romero (4:00 pm to 6:00 pm) will play on the circa 1860 bridge moored on the bayou bank. The Heritage Stage will include interviews with naturalists on the ecology: flora and fauna of the Bayou Teche Watershed, and live animals will be on display.
Cajun Paddle will be partnering to host a “Paddle to the Party”. Kayaks and canoes will paddle 2 hours from Poche Bridge to the park with a floating band escort (10:00 am to Noon). TRAIL is partnering to host the “Trail Feathers” bike event (7:00 am to 10:00 am), which has 3 different bike routes, and they all have an option to peddle and paddle with the Cajun Paddle crew. Bike/paddle ride can be registered via Eventbrite. We encourage folks to come adorned in feathers and compete for the Best Bird Prize! There will be artisans, several kid’s activities, face painting, food and beverages, and a kayak donated by Pack and Paddle will be auctioned (5:00 pm). More information on our events page. Contact Patti Holland (337-277-4645) with qustions.
Proceeds from the festival go toward building the National Bayou Teche Paddle Trail, so come join the fun, and Shake Your Trail Feathers for a good cause!