Greetings to our friends, members, and supporters,
All donations will be MATCHED dollar for dollar up to $5,000!
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.
Conni Castile, Executive Director
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
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
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!!
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
For more information contact Alan Broussard, Chairman, New Acadia Project Steering Committee (337) 349-9455.
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