St. Landry Parish, LA

St. Landry Parish, LA

St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission | 337.948.8004 | www.cajuntravel.com

Here in the heart of Cajun Country, we host a wide range of events and activities for residents and visitors alike. Enjoy your stay in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. This printable listing of events was generated on www.cajuntravel.com!

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  • Mar 02, 2018

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    337-351-3043
    855 Napoleon Ave.
    Sunset, LA 70584

    Open House at The Gallery

    Every month, Ted Bertrand, features the works of a fellow artist. To kick things off, Ted invites everyone to the gallery for an open house with refreshments, live music, and a sneak preview of the new artwork. 

    Join Ted and area artists every first Friday of the month at Artworks by Ted Bertrand. Bertrand is known for his impressionistic scenes of the south and is inspired by the beauty of old Acadian style homes, cotton gins, grain bins and other structures that exemplify this area. The gallery is housed in the historic Bank of Sunset & Trust Company building, originally built in 1906, and also features the work of Anne Matt.

    Art Works By Ted Bertrand | 5:30pm-8pm | Free Admission

    337-351-3043
    855 Napoleon Ave.
    Sunset, LA 70584

  • Mar 11, 2018

    337-948-8004
    978 Kennerson Rd.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Bringing Amédé Home

    On March 11, 2018, nearly 500 music fans, locals, and Ardoin family descendants welcomed Amédé Ardoin home. 

    Bringing Amédé Home was a symbolic ceremonial event for an iconic Louisiana musician, Amédé Ardoin. The ceremony featured a candlelit Remembrance Vigil, a Bal du Dimanche après-midi (Sunday afternoon house dance), and the unveiling of the Amédé Ardoin Commemorative, a forged steel statue of the legendary accordionist, made by sculptural artist, Russell Whiting. 

    Folk artists, musicians, and relatives of Amédé Ardoin participated in the March 11th event. Local music expert, Herman Fuselier, was the Master of Ceremonies, and microbrewer, Bayou Teche Brewing commemorated the event with a keg of craft beer. 

    Ardoin was one of the earliest musicians to record his la la style of Creole music in the 20s and 30s and is widely regarded as the bedrock of today’s Cajun and Creole music. Inspired by the Ardoin family’s efforts to “bring him home” from his burial place in an unmarked grave at the Central Louisiana Hospital in Pineville, the Amédé Ardoin Project Committee formed with the purpose of symbolically bringing him home through this public memorial. 

    The memorial, a 1,500 lb. steel statue, displays Ardoin standing high atop his most cherished item, his accordion. In his right hand he holds out a bronze lemon, a reference to Ardoin's practice of carrying a lemon in his pocket for his singing voice. The Amédé Ardoin Commemorative is available for viewing at the St. Landry Parish Visitor Information Center in Opelousas, Louisiana. The center is located on Interstate 49 at Exit 23. 

    The Amédé Ardoin Project Committee will continue their efforts with an environmental project and a Louisiana music education initiative. For more information about the Committee please call, 337-351- 4406. 

    For more information about The Amédé Ardoin Commemorative, please call The St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission (SLPTC) at 337-948-8004. For a media contact, please ask for Caitlin Bussey.

    SLPTC is the official destination marketing organization tasked with the purpose of promoting tourism in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana.


    St. Landry Parish Visitor Center | 4pm till | No Admission 

    337-948-8004
    978 Kennerson Rd.
    Opelousas, LA 70570