We had a blast! Pitot House Life on the Bayou Heritage Fair special thanks.
Last Saturday, artisans brought traditional crafts and activities typical for the 1800's and 1900's back to the Pitot House on the banks of Bayou St. John, delighting of our many guests. Thank you to the following people and groups who made our day very special with their contributions to our event:
Plauche's Battalion of French Solidiers militia muster re-enactment
Grayhawk Perkins Native American Cultural Presentation
Louisiane Vintage Dancers demonstrations and dance lessons
Songs and demonstrations by the New Orleans Quarter Shanty Krewe
Native American crafts by: Paige Chaisson, Alligator jewelry; Lora Ann Chaisson, Houmas basket weaving; Jessica Parfait, Native American beaded jewlery; Lanor Curole, traditional plant medicines and healing practices
Dwayne Broussard making pieux fence pickets; Greg Arceneaux, period furnishings; Ernie Savoie, Louisiana Traditional Boat Builders
Hand crafts by Suzy Glazer Lazarus, pottery; Mary Cooper, caner; Brenda Benoit, indigo dying; Yvonne Leslie, calligraphy; Ann Deemer, hand quilting, Lena Kolb, weaving; Elizabeth Landis, children's 1800's period games.
Funding for all artisan appearances is made possible by a grant from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.
Thank you to the following sponsors: Peter S. Gambel, Elizabeth M. Landis, Harry G. and Mary Ann Barkerding Foundation, Michael Valentino (Hotel Management of New Orleans, LLC); and contributors: Fountain Services of Louisiana, Thomas and Lynn Long Corporate Communications, Paulette Hurdlik with Culture Thirst, and the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, Marlin N. Gusman.
And huge thanks to Pitot House Life on the Bayou Heritage Fair co-chairs, Mary Ann Barkerding and Mary Lou O'Keefe (and their husbands, respectively, Harry and Michael!), all of our volunteers, too many to name, and Louisiana Landmarks Society board and staff.
L to R: Mary Lou O'Keefe and Mary Ann Barkerding
We hope to see you at next year's Pitot House Life on the Bayou Heritage Fair!