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Chick-fil-A Night

Please join us at
Chick-fil-A
(I-10, Louisiana Avenue Location)
on
Thursday, February 23rd
anytime from
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
for supper!
Based upon the evening sales (dine-in or drive-thru), Chick-fil-A will make a donation to the
SBS Paddle Club who will use these funds to support their chosen service project:
The Teche Project

House Concert – celebrating Valentines Day – benefiting The TECHE Project

2017 Volunteer of the Year

We are proud to announce our 2017 Volunteer of the Year, Chad Markerson. Chad was born and raised on the Bayou Teche in Franklin, Louisiana. He has many fond memories growing up on the Teche. Since he was 5 years old he would crank up his grandmothers 2 horse Evanrude and go for boat rides. As he got older, the boat engines got a little bigger as Chad began to enjoy fishing and hunting. Chad is currently fixing up that same boat to give to his nephew.

When his mom and dad were not particularly getting along, Chad’s dad would put him in the boat to go and stay at the camp. The next day at school, wearing his mud boots, Chad would puff out his chest and brag about getting to school by boat. It was a long time before Chad understood that “being in the dog house” was a bad thing. To this day Chad, wearing his mud boots, will puff out his chest and slide up to a bar stool at Lil’s because it’s still more fun when you get there by boat.

Chad has found his way back to the Bayou Teche and lives between Breaux Bridge and Parks. Chad owns his own Pest Control Company where he is a dedicated beekeeper. Chad has a great appreciation for living on the Bayou and it doesn’t take much to coax him into a boat ride. In fact, anyone who has been on a boat ride with Chad knows his dedication to “keeping it clean”. If approaching a floating tire, refrigerator, or bag of trash he gives an impromptu rant on the lackings of humanity. In the small spaces between explicatives there is no room for doubt that Chad is passionate about keeping the Bayou Teche clean. So don’t wear your good shoes in the boat with Chad. You may be sharing the boat with old bottles, broken ice chests, and slimy trash.

-From all of us at the TECHE Project Thank you for everything you do to keep our beautiful Bayou Teche Clean!

2017 TECHE Project Membership Banquet

Saturday, January 28th

6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Sliman Theater

129 East Main Street

New Iberia, Louisiana

 

BOATS of the BAYOU

 

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Presentation by Dr. Ray Brassieur and a short film entitled In The Mind of the Maker by C.E. Richard

Local wooden boats including Teche Craft will be on display. An aluminum pirogue crafted by Jimmy Gravois will be raffled.

 

All Current Members Free

Not a Member? Join at the door!

Food, beverages, and entertainment provided

 

 

 

TECHE Project Recipiant of Louisiana’s 2016 Cox Conserves Hero Award

Baton Rouge (Nov. 3, 2016) — Cox Communications, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land, presented $20,000 through their Louisiana’s 2016 Cox Conserves Hero program which honors volunteers in Cox’s service areas in Acadiana, Baton Rouge and New Orleans who are creating, preserving or enhancing outdoor spaces. 
  
Finalists Barrett Kennedy and wife Peggy, advocates for Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, present a check for $5,000 to Dane Thibodeaux of the TECHE Project to continue the mission to enhance the nationally recognized Bayou Teche Paddle Trail.
 
The Cox Conserves Heroes program was created through a partnership between The Trust for Public Land and Cox Enterprises, the parent company of Cox Communications. Cox Conserves Heroes takes place in Arizona, California, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington.

Shake Your Trail Feather (October 22nd)

 

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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! 

 

Jimmy Gravois Reunion

Watch this heartfelt video of on of our own Jimmy Gravois reunite with the paramedics that saved his life after a near fatal boating accident. We are so grateful for the men that found him and their quick action to call 911. We appreciate the hard work by the paramedics to make sure that Mr. Jimmy was okay and comfortable on the way to the Air Med. We love you Jimmy! We wouldn’t be the same without you.

Cox Announces Finalists for Louisiana’s 2016 Cox Conserves Heroes Awards Program

 
Public asked to vote; $20,000 to be donated to environmental nonprofits
 
Baton Rouge (Aug. 31, 2016) — Cox Communications, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land, today announced Barrett Kennedy, Rory McCracken and Libby Nehrbass as the finalists for Louisiana’s 2016 Cox Conserves Heroes program. Voting is open through September 21 at CoxConservesHeroes.com.
 
The program honors volunteers in Cox’s service areas in Acadiana, Baton Rouge and New Orleans who are creating, preserving or enhancing outdoor spaces.  A total of $20,000 will be donated to environmental nonprofits on behalf of the winner and finalists.
 
Baton Rouge’s Barrett Kennedy comes from a family with a strong commitment to community service. He is a state advocate for Leave No Trace Behind, a group that teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Through this work, he teaches people of all ages, particularly children, the importance of respecting their surroundings and preserving public land. His nonprofit of choice is The Teche Project.
 
Baton Rouge’s Rory McCracken is passionate about Louisiana’s gulf and its marine life. At only 17, he’s spent nearly half his life leading the charge to conserve and protect. He’s designed t-shirts and written books to raise awareness, as well as donated the proceeds to help benefit restoration and conservation efforts. One beneficiary of his support is Audubon Louisiana’s Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue program. His nonprofit of choice is Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF).
 
Lafayette’s Libby Nehrbass is an advocate for coastal restoration. She’s participated in more than 30 volunteer events and volunteered more than 240 hours to help plant dune grass, participate in marsh plantings and support forest restorations. She travels across the state to the different types of coastal habitats that all require different methods of restoration. She’s personally planted more than 10,000 plugs of dune grass in Cameron Parish. Her nonprofit of choice is Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.
 
Patrick Armstrong, Matt Thomas, Bart Everson and Jenga Mwendo are Louisiana’s previous Cox Conserves Heroes. Combined these volunteers have removed nearly 10 tons of litter from New Orleans’ public outdoor spaces, preserved Baton Rouge’s lake system, created a non-motorized transportation trail and transformed an overgrown lot into a beautiful centerpiece for the community.
 
The Cox Conserves Heroes program was created through a partnership between The Trust for Public Land and Cox Enterprises, the parent company of Cox Communications. Cox Conserves Heroes takes place in Arizona, California, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington.
 
For more information, visit CoxConservesHeroes.com or Facebook.
 
Social Media: #CoxConservesHeroes and #CoxConservesHero

Boat Procession Cancelled

 

***BREAKING***
Due to heavy rains causing Bayou Teche to swell, the boat part of procession is now cancelled. The Bishop will be in Leonville for Mass at 8 am as long as roads are open which they are expected to be. Exposition and Rosary as normal at scheduled times along with confessions as planned, but in the Churches (St. Francis Regis, St. Joseph, Borel Center, St. Joseph in Parks, Notre Dame, Etc. Foot procession at end in St. Martinville pending no rain.

Fr. Michael Champagne, CJC
Community of Jesus Crucified

First Trailhead on the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail

First Trailhead on the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail

The first Bayou Teche Paddle Trail trailhead will be opened to the public on August 18th, at 11:00 a.m. during a Dedication Ceremony at Parc du Ponts in downtown Breaux Bridge (100 St. Bernard Street).

The paddle trail is the centerpiece of The TECHE Project’s EXPLORE It, one three facets of TECHE Renaissance vision that builds a nature-based economy on the Teche corridor. “The trailhead is the beginning of infrastructure that supports the paddle trail and builds heritage tourism through low-impact recreation,” says Brent Miller, Grant Administrator and Council Member with The TECHE Project, the organization managing the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail. “We are working hard to put a trailhead in each Trail Town along the Bayou Teche and Lower Atchafalaya River.” In January 2015, the non-profit organization successfully applied to get Bayou Teche Paddle Trail added to the National Water Trails System, a first for Louisiana. Designation as a national water trail placed the Teche in an elite group of rivers across the nation.

The new trailhead increases access for paddlers and provides such amenities as restrooms, water fountains, and places to lock up boats. By situating the trailhead in the downtown area, paddlers have walking access to provisions, lodging, restaurants, and dancehalls. “This trailhead facility is a welcome addition to the City of Breaux Bridge, and we are excited to be a partner in building the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail”, says Breaux Bridge Mayor Ricky Calais.

The trailhead was supported by a grant from the Federal Highways Administration’s (FHWA) Recreational Trails Program administered through the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism (DCRT). According to Michael W. Domingue, the FHWA Recreational Trails Program Administrator for Louisiana, “This outstanding National Paddle Trail provides a unique opportunity for recreationalists to explore the beauty and culture of south Louisiana by way of a water trail. The TECHE Project has done a great job of showcasing Bayou Teche and providing access to it for the people of Louisiana and our many visitors.” Other partners that worked to make this trailhead a reality include St. Martin Parish Tourism, Angelle Architects, Edward Cazayoux, The City of Breaux Bridge, TRAIL, and Nature’s Link.  

More information about the dedication and the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail can be found at www.techeproject.org or by calling 337-441-BYOU(2968).