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Seventh Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show set April 21-23

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Contact: Roger Stouff (webmaster@banner-tribune.com)

 
Wooden boat owners and enthusiasts will gather along historic and scenic Bayou Teche in downtown Franklin, Louisiana for the seventh Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show set for April 21-23.

This year’s show is the seventh event. The 2015 BTWB would have been the sixth, but severe weather prompted cancellation. It was then held in 2016.

“It’s an idea that grew out of a breakfast table discussion at a local diner and has taken on a life of its own,” said co-organizer Roger Stouff. “We’re truly astounded at the growth and participation.”

Stouff, Gary Blum and Larry Couvillier began with 12 boats, half of which belonged to themselves, and the rest from both local residents and owners outside of St. Mary Parish. By the fifth show participation had quadrupled, with boat owners from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama and more in attendance.

The BTWBS has become one of the fastest-growing venues for wooden vessels both antique and modern in the Southeast, but has managed to remain a laid-back event held in conjunction with the Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival, both set along Parc sur la Teche in Franklin. “There’s nothing else like it,” Stouff said. “Gary, Larry and I started all this to share our love of wooden watercraft with this community, people who might never have seen these vessels and their outstanding craftsmanship. We’ve succeeded beyond our wildest expectations.”

Past shows have featured hand-crafted Cajun skiffs and bateaus of cypress, wooden sailboats, classic Chris Craft, Garwood, Correct Craft, Lyman and Thompson runabouts, cypress pirogues and dugouts as well as many other varieties of boats from various regions of the United States and abroad. “It’s astounding to see the variety,” Stouff said. “It really makes you realize how much the history of much of the world has been molded by vessels made of wood, far longer than boats and ship have been constructed of any other material.”

The show begins Friday, April 21, at 5 p.m. and continues through Sunday at about noon. Saturday is typically the best day to see the most boats, as many of our out-of-town and out-of-state guests arrive Friday afternoon and depart Sunday morning.

Bayou Teche has recently been named an America’s Scenic Byway and part of the National Park Service Water Trails System.

Visit the BTWBS website at www.techeboatshow.com.

Condolences

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Our condolences go out to the family of TECHE Project Member and Active Volunteer, Janet Abshire, who passed away last Saturday.  Janet was a native of New Iberia, and although she moved away for many years, she never stopped loving the Bayou that she called home.  Janet and her husband Joey became members with the TECHE Project at the beginning while still living in Texas.  When Joey retired, they moved back home to ultimately settle on Bayou Teche in Parks.  At that point, Janet jumped into TECHE-Project volunteerism with both feet.  In the 2 years that she was back home, she served on the planning committee for the Shake Your Trail Feather festival, did bayou clean ups, worked the annual members banquet, manned our outreach table several times, and joined the wood duck mile-marker program.

All of us at the TECHE Project will miss Janet’s “go for it” spirit, and her enthusiasm for the Bayou she grew up near and loved so much.

Dave Robicheaux’s Hometown Literary Festival

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The world-famous literary Dectective Dave Robicheaux, created by author James Lee Burke, is coming home to Iberia Parish, Louisiana with his second festival. The official  Dave Robicheaux’s Hometown Literary Festival: Celebrating Storytellers from Iberia & Beyond will be held March 31 – April 2, 2017 predominately in New Iberia’s historic district, but will also include events around Iberia Parish. Various venues will celebrate literature and its impact on the area’s culture with storytelling, workshops, readers theatre, music, bourré lessons and tournament, Dave Robicheaux tours, a 5K run and food, food, food.

Anyone who is familiar with James Lee Burke and his fictional character, detective Dave Robicheaux, knows of New Iberia and our fascinating blend of heritage, hospitality and history. Burke spent his summers in New Iberia with relatives, playing and fishing in the many water holes that populate the area. His family’s hometown is clearly very dear to him, as evidenced by the prominent part that his fictionalized version of New Iberia plays in each of his novels.

Please check back for additional FREE events that will be added to the schedule. We will announce them on our Facebook page so like us at Dave Robicheaux’s Hometown Literary Festival for the latest.

Please note that James Lee Burke will not attend this event as he will be out of state during the Festival.

http://daverobicheauxliteraryf estival.com/events/

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Upcoming events! 

The next couple months the TECHE Project will be working with folks up and down the Bayou Teche to bring you a world class paddle trail. These events coming up can use enthusiastic volunteers to help spread the mission of the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail!

March 18, Extreme Makeover: Veterans Home Edition Part 1, Breaux Bridge.
March 25, Dragon Boat Festival, New Iberia
March 25, Top of the Teche Spring Cleanup
March 25, Pack and Paddle’s Bayou Teche Paddle Series Loreauville – New Iberia
April 1, Top of the Teche, Tour du Teche race, Leonville – Arnaudville.
April 1, Loreauville Family Fun Day
April 2, Dave Robicheaux’s Hometown Literary Festival, New Iberia
April 8, Extreme Makeover: Veterans Home Edition Part 2, Breaux Bridge
April 21, Cycle Zydeco, Breaux Bridge
April 23, Earth Day Celebration, Vermillionville, Lafayette

If any of these events spark your interest PLEASE let us know how you would like to help!

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!