Due to continued concerns regarding the surge of COVID-19 cases, The TECHE Project has decided to limit this year’s annual festival to the Paddle Parade. We will have a lunch service at Parc des Ponts from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., so plan to come welcome the paddlers at noon (if you’re not paddling yourself) and partake in great food and libations. There will also be a free raffle for those who can show they are vaccinated. Gift certificates to popular restaurants and other great items will be raffled at 1 p.m.
For those who wish to take part in our two-hour fun and whacky parade from the Poche Bridge Country Club to Parc des Ponts, please register on Eventbrite. Tickets will be limited, so register early. Tickets are $10 and include the annual Festival Pin. We will have two bands (Amis du Teche and the UL Cajun Band Ensemble) accompanying the paddlers on floating, decorated barges! A pre-paddle shuttle is also available for $5 at the door. Wear feathers and dress up your mask ’cause we will give out prizes for the Best Bird Mask!
For more information about the Paddle Parade, click here.
Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, The TECHE Project has decided to put planning for the full Shake Your Trail Feather Festival on Oct. 16 on hold. We will make a decision to cancel, postpone or move forward with the event by September 24. We do, however, plan to hold the Paddle Parade from Poche Bridge to Breaux Bridge, as we believe that the paddling aspect of the event can be accomplished in a safe manner with masks and social distancing. Registration for the Paddle Parade is $10 via Eventbrite. Please check our website and social media for more updates on this event in the coming weeks.
The TECHE Project recently installed 16 information kiosks for the Bayou Teche and Lower Atchafalaya River communities in St. Landry, St. Martin, Iberia and St. Mary parishes. The kiosk exhibit in Jeanerette City Park inspired musician Wayne “Blue” Burns to make a significant donation to the Jeanerette Museum.
Burns, a Grammy winner and acclaimed bass guitarist, will donate his bass guitar to the museum on August 11 at 11 a.m. The event is open to the public.
“Name any instrument and he can play it, and being a Grammy winner proves it,” said Elridge Little, a drummer and childhood friend of Burns since the 1960s.
Wayne Burns was born in Jeanerette and is the son of the late Frank and Vera Burns. He has played and traveled with various bands since the age of 14, including in all 50 states, as well as countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.
Burns has performed with Ernie K. Doe, The Larks, Betty Wright, Buckwheat and Hitchhikers, Lil Buck Senegal, Jude Taylor and Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas. Burns’ proudest moment came in 1982 when he played bass for Clifton Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band and won the Grammy for the master-piece album “I’m Here.”
Burns is married to Pearlie Senegal Burns and they have three children, Wayne Jr., Jill Burns Bruno and Umea Burns. Burns is deeply grateful for all the opportunities and experiences he has enjoyed in the music industry. He is thankful to all the people in all the cities and countries that have welcomed him and his bass guitar.
“I’m elated for the museum to receive the donation from a living legend,” said Mona Stansbury, secretary of the museum’s board. “Mr. Burns’ guitar will be displayed in the museum’s music room.”
With amenities along the Bayou Teche National Water and Paddle Trail nearing completion, The TECHE Project has created new maps for those wanting to paddle the trail. Maps are available for each of the four parishes along the trail: St. Landry, St. Martin, Iberia and St. Mary. Safety information and paddling tips are located on the back of each map.
This project was funded in part by a grant from the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area. Maps are available at tourist and visitors’ centers in each parish, on our website HERE and Pack and Paddle. The maps are free and also downloadable and printable.
Join us at our Annual Membership Banquet being held outdoors at the beautiful Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site in St. Martinville. Registration will be from 11:30 a.m.-noon and the banquet from noon-3 p.m.
Justin Lemoine with the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area will speak about “Capitalizing on our Water Culture” during our lunch service, and Amis du Teche will be playing on the porch during the social. We will have food from Preservation in New Iberia and beer from Bayou Teche Brewing, along with a silent auction.
All members are invited to come for FREE. Not a member? You can join that day, with membership levels starting at just $20!
Do you want to see Bayou Teche become a cleaner and healthier waterway? Sure, the bayou is great for paddling and boating, but what about swimming and fishing? If The TECHE Project had its way, we would have Bayou Teche removed from the state’s “impaired waterways” list and cleared for all activities. We need your help to make that happen, though!
We are participating in the Community Foundation’s SOLA Giving Day for the first time this year. Any amount you can contribute now through May 6 will go toward our efforts to CLEAN UP BAYOU TECHE.
Early giving is happening now, and the BIG DAY is May 6. Please take a moment to donate to our efforts—large or small—and make your mark on Bayou Teche.
Ages 5-8 First Place
As my skin slithers
My long split slick tongue hisses, kisses
and breathes in the Teche.
Ava Gauthier, 8 years old
Ages 5-8 Second Place
My Spikey Friend
I have teeth so sharp
I am green, love to scare
Splash, splash, splash in the bayou
Harriet Bass, 5 years old
Ages 9-12 First Place
I live in water
My teeth like sharpened razors
With rough, scaly skin.
Tracy Lancon, 10 years old
Ages 9-12 Second Place
The Cypress Tree
Near the bayou’s shore
Wind swaying in my branches
A bright summer day.
Carter Prudhomme, 9 years old
Ages 9-12 Third Place
In bayou’s waters
I quack for babies to follow
Paddling shallow water
Laila Delahoussaye, 9 years old
As our Information Kiosks go up along Bayou Teche and the Lower Atchafalaya River at each of our dock sites, you’ll find music-related information tied to the area on one side of the kiosk. It references a playlist of Bayou Teche music, which can be found below. Have a listen to the “sounds of the Teche” to enhance your experience as you explore the Bayou Teche National Water and Paddle Trail and Bayou Teche Byway.