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National Hurricane Museum & Science Center and America’s Wetland Discovery Center Join Forces.


National Hurricane Museum & Science Center and America’s Wetland Discovery Center Join Forces.

The National Hurricane Museum & Science Center (NHMSC) and America’s Wetland Discovery Center have merged to create a single new educational destination attraction planned for the lakefront of downtown Lake Charles.

The National Hurricane Museum & Science Center, as its name suggests, is a hybrid organization: part museum because it will chronicle the history and social meanings of hurricanes through collections and archives; part science center because it will use interactive and immersive educational experiences to explore the science and impacts of hurricanes as powerful forces of nature; and part university as it partners with NOAA, National Weather Service, Louisiana State University, McNeese State University and other educational institutions to train and intern hurricane professionals and the general public in the latest techniques and technologies for predicting, preparing for, surviving, and recovering from hurricanes. In addition the center will engage and motivate visitors to help restore and preserve Louisiana’s treasured wetlands. Wetlands are a vital first defense in protecting our environment and our natural and built resources from the devastating force of hurricanes and an important part of the overall eco-system.

What else is new?

1. L’Auberge du Lac Hotel & Casino --

a $365 million Las Vegas-style resort-casino recently added an additional 250 luxury rooms as well as a variety of upscale retail shops to its’ Lake Charles property. Contact L’Auberge du Lac at 866-370-7222 or visit them online at

2. Pinnacle’s latest full service resort --

Sugarcane Bay Resort & Casino--

located adjacent to its sister property, L’Auberge du Lac, Sugarcane Bay offers the atmosphere of a posh island getaway including a state-of-the-art dockside casino with approximately 1,500 slot machines and 50 table games; an upscale 400-guestroom hotel; an enticing mix of restaurants; a full-service spa and other amenities. Contact Carmen E. Gonzales,, at Pinnacle Entertainment.

3. Lake Charles Regional Airport --

Reaching the area has never been easier with the newly expanded 45,000 square foot Lake Charles Regional Airport scheduled to open mid-2009. The new $28 million facility will feature second level boarding at four gates plus traveler services and amenities such as a gift shop, concessions and five rental car counters. Contact Health Allen at 337-477-6051, ext. 204 or visit them online at

4. Downtown Lake Charles and the lakefront--

will be getting a makeover. With a new long-range Downtown Development Authority plan approved and funded, the first phase of the renovation is underway. Upgrades include: Ryan Streetscape and Lakefront Promenade, Gateway renovations on North Ryan Street and South Lakeshore Drive, as well as a floating South Park Marina. Contact Lori Marinovich at 337-491-1429.

5. Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu --

Already the largest Mardi Gras display in the south, the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu in Lake Charles has undergoine a major renovation. Additional mannequins in royal bejeweled attire have been added as well as several animated characters (activated by motion sensors as visitors tour the museum) which relate the story of Mardi Gras in Southwest Louisiana. Contact the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu at 337-430-0043.

6. Prien Lake Park --

Newly expanded and redesigned, the 29-acre Prien Lake Park in Lake Charles features walking paths with measurement markings, canoe and boat launches, a kids playground and a SprayGround water park, an Ampitheatre, two pavilions as well as numerous picnic areas and free Wi-Fi. Contact Jason Barnes at 337-721-3500 or via the web at

7. Adventure Cove --

The first barrier-free playground in the Lake Charles area, Adventure Cove, has opened. Built by community volunteers, this bright and colorful kid’s area provides access to children of all abilities. Contact Shelly Appleby at the City of Lake Charles at 337-491-1292.

8. Sam Houston Jones State Park --

has a new boardwalk and interpretive amphitheatre. Strategically built over a swamp area, the new addition allows for interpretation by rangers to multiple visitors in the actual environment being discussed. Contact Sam Houston Jones State Park at 337-855-2665.

9. Audubon Golf Trail - The Reserve at Westlake --

The latest addition to the Audubon Golf Trail, The Reserve at Westlake, a Dave Bennett-designed public course, has opened.. Contact Billy Casper Golf PR Specialist, Alex Behrend, at 703-761-1444, ext. 324.

10. More hotel rooms soon available --

In addition to the 4,500 rooms and suites currently available in the Lake Charles area, more than 1,800 additional hotel rooms are coming online by the end of 2010.

11. Wetland Walkway --

The much visited Wetland Walkway, located on the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, has been completely re-built and recently re-opened. This one and-a-half mile long, fully handicap accessible circular route allows visitors to delve deep into the marsh. Additionally, the Blue Goose Trail (just north of the Wetland Walkway on the refuge) features a newly paved hiking path that will take you right to the edge of Calcasieu Lake. Visit them online at

For more information contact the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, 1205 N. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601; 800-456-7952 or 337-496-9588, Fax 337-494-7952, or go to web site

Creole Nature Trail -- Many Projects Planned

Both visitors and wildlife are coming back to the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road. The re-opening of the Wetland Walkway at Sabine National Wildlife Refuge is the latest triumph for the area, but more are in the pipeline.

Another grant from the Federal Highway Administrations competitive National Scenic Byways grants has provided funding to build a walkway and observation tower at Pintail Drive on Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge. In addition to re-building efforts and due to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding obtained by the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Creole Nature Trail is also in the process of compiling a new promotional video to attract visitors, and visitor dollars, to the area.

The Creole Nature Trail National Scenic Byway District board is moving forward to secure land and obtain funding for a center in Cameron Parish which will be associated with the National Hurricane Museum and Science Center located in Calcasieu Parish. The Cameron Parish facility will memorialize the losses sustained due to Hurricane Audrey in 1957 and Hurricane Rita in 2005, and will be yet another reason for persons to visit the Creole Nature Trail. According to Faulk, “We feel that it is important that the first pearl in the string for the National Hurricane Museum and Science Center be based in Cameron Parish as the devastation of Hurricane Audrey was the reason for the initial project.”

Complete information on the Creole Nature Trail, including downloadable mp3 audio tours, can be found at The “Trail News” section of the site provides the latest information and status of facilities located along the trail.

For more information or to find out how you can become involved in the Creole Nature Trail, please contact the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-456-7952 or visit

Donation Makes “Alligator Crossing” signage possible on the Creole Nature Trail

Through the generosity of a group of Japanese engineers that toured the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road in 2004, the distinctive alligator crossing signs–lost in Hurricane Rita–have been replaced.

Representatives of the Hokkaido, Japan Scenic Byways program toured the Creole Nature Trail in 2004 in an effort to learn from the success of the America’s Byways program. The Hokkaido team was most impressed by the warm welcome and hospitality with which they were greeted at every stop along the trail. “What we love the most in Lake Charles are the kind people there,” said Chigako Yamamoto, member of the 2004 Scenic Byway team from Hokkaido.

When Hurricane Rita hit Southwest Louisiana, the Creole Nature Trail was devastated, including total loss of all trail signage. Team members of the Hokkaido group immediately inquired about the trail and what they could do to assist in recovery. Ultimately, the Hokkaido team sent $1,000 to the Creole Nature Trail to reprint the “Alligator Crossing” signs with which they had been fascinated on their trip. Thanks to the Hokkaido Scenic Byways donation, these distinctive signs were installed in late January 2008 and signal yet another step forward in the on-going recovery of the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road.

For more information, please contact the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-456-7952 or visit


Where to Eat

Mélange Restaurant

Deflation Dinner Menu: Enjoy a prixe fix dinner in the hotel’s signature restaurant, Mélange, for only $29.  New Menu, Same Chef: As seen in Gourmet’s current issue, Executive Chef Matt Murphy has some new items on the menu including Lobster Mac ‘N Cheese, a twist on a classic comfort food dish. Prices range from $9 - $48.
Zydeco Brunch: Listen to the sounds of Cajun Zydeco music during the hotel’s classic Sunday brunch presentation. $44
VIP Seating: Choose the Jazz Table, Chef’s Table, Cheater’s Booths or Wine Room for your next gathering. 

On Trois Lounge

Jeremy Davenport: With a new CD launched in July, Davenport takes the stage every Thursday through Saturday to entertain visitors and guests.  Davenport was one of People Magazine’s “Top 50 Bachelors” and has appeared in GQ, Travel + Leisure, Southern Living and Elle to name a few.
The Ritz-Carlton Bar Experience: Four hundred submissions resulted in signature cocktails and food items that every Ritz-Carlton worldwide will offer in their lounges. Sample a Blackberry Caipiroska, Sidecar, Sparkling Negroni or The Ritz-Carlton Martini along with Crab Cakes, Mini Black Angus Beef Sliders or Crawfish Quesadillas. Prices range from $8.50 to $14.50. 

The Spa

Green, Monsieur and Indigenous Treatment Menus: The spa’s newest menu options include eco-friendly spa services as well as a men’s only treatment line and indigenous treatments like the Café au Lait or Voodoo Love service. Prices start at $55.

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans is situated on world famous Canal Street on the edge of the French Quarter. The hotel offers a sense of place, incorporating the best that New Orleans has to offer from classic culina ry creations and libations to live jazz. Originally opening in 2000, the hotel was shut for fifteen months post-Katrina to undergo a $150M historic renovation and restoration. Since reopening in December of 2006, the hotel has garnered dozens of accolades and it has reclaimed its title as the Crown Jewel of the Crescent City. The Rit

information, please go to or call (800) 241-3333.

Spring Forward With the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

Mardi Gras has passed and spring here, so it must be festival season in New Orleans! From French Quarter Festival and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival to the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, Essence Music Festival, Tales of the Cocktail and Satchmo Summerfest, visitors can enjoy the best of the Big Easy.

The Davenport Lounge has added an exclusive new night of entertainment every Wednesday featuring Jeremy Davenport. M bistro is planning to provide a luxurious Easter Feast like no other while The Ritz-Carlton Spa, New Orleans has Crescent City Classic runners covered with a variety of offerings. See below for all of the events happening in and around the hotel.

Bites, Barrels and Jazz – Wednesday Nights in the Davenport Lounge
The Davenport Lounge is proud to offer a new one of a kind Wednesday night experience. Every Wednesday night, the lounge will be buzzing with live jazz from Jeremy Davenport (5:50 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.) and a special food and drink menu, featuring small bites and tasting size portions of small batch American Whiskey’s and Wines. This unique Wednesday night offering provides guests with the opportunity to taste and experience new flavors, all while enjoying music from one of New Orleans’ favorite entertainers.

Paris Without the Jetlag Package
Deluxe Room Accommodation
Two (2) Welcome Cocktails
$29.00 Overnight Valet Parking
Rates Starting at $199.00

Peter Cottontail Tea
Guests of all ages are invited to join us in the Davenport Lounge for a special Easter celebration featuring an appearance by Peter Cottontail. Children will enjoy cookie decorating, an Easter Egg Hunt with Peter Cottontail and other special treats.

New Orleans Wine & Food Experience: In 1991, a group of local wine and food professionals had a vision of creating a series of events to raise money for charity. The five-day festival brings together world-renowned winemakers, celebrated chefs and industry insiders.

Tales of the Cocktail: New Orleans is the “home of the cocktail” so it seems only fitting that this internationally acclaimed festival of cocktails, cuisine and culture would be held in New Orleans.

For more information contact The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
921 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70112
Direct: (504) 670-2817
Hotel: (504) 524-1331
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The hotel is situated on the edge of the French Quarter, in walking distance to area attractions and the historic streetcar line.

For more information on the Reconnect, Road Warrior, Non-Stop Luxury, Crescent City Comeback or Bring Back the Big Easy room packages, go to The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans is located at 921 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70112. For information or to make a reservation, please call 1-800-241-3333 or visit

Voluntourism, Eco-Voluntourism, Mancations and Girls Getaways at the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans:

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans offers room packages that combine "volunteer" efforts and "tourism," referred to as voluntourism. The package prices start at $430 and allow travelers to learn more about the city and give something back at the same time. The packages are called the Crescent City Comeback and A Night of Jazz.

For those looking to do the right thing ecologically, they can book the Bring Back the Big Easy package and a donation will be made to Operation Sudden Impact (OSI), an organization that is committed to planting trees to renew the landscape and decrease the carbon levels. Celebrities and CEO's are booking eco-voluntourism and voluntourism packages to give something back to this world class city. If a mancation or a girls getaway is more your style, then the Sportsman's Paradise or Steel Magnolia Sojourn packages are the way to go. Prices start at $1,100, but the experience lasts a lifetime. Experience everything that New Orleans has to offer, thanks to these unique packages, all of which will make you fall back in love with New Orleans.

Stress Reduction:

Relax tired, aching muscles after a long day's sojourn. Choose a Relaxing Swedish Massage, a Thai Massage, a Hydrotherapy Bath, a Prada Facial or a signature treatment like the Marie Laveau Voodoo Love or Café au Lait Detoxifying Massage. With over one hundred treatments, the city's largest and most award-winning day spa and fitness center has something for everyone. The spa and fitness center are open seven days a week. Does airline travel have you down? Since airlines rarely provide meals and airport fast food restaurants don't provide many dietary options, order a Ritz-Carlton Flight Bite. With longer travel times becoming the norm, take the stress and worry out of finding your next meal. Order the St. Charles (Garden Melt Sandwich), the Bayou (Muffuletta Half Sandwich), the Vieux Carré (Grilled Sirloin Burger) or the Streetcar (New Orleans Smoked Turkey Club Sandwich) a day before departure. Are you tired of carrying your luggage through security over and over again or losing it once you turn it over to the airlines? A day prior to checkout, request a Ritz-Carlton standard service, Luggageless Travel. A bellman will ship your luggage, making the airport check-in process a breeze while easing your lost luggage woes. To further ease your stress, the hotel offers a Sleep Concierge service along with an in-room bath menu as lagniappe, Cajun French for "a little something extra.'

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Maryland operates 66 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, The Middle East, and Africa. Over 30 projects are under development around the globe with future openings including Sanya, Dublin, Beijing, Dallas and Denver which opened August 15, 2007. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which recognized outstanding customer service.

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans is located at 921 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70112. For more information or to book a reservation, call 1-800-241-3333 or visit

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans is located at 921 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70112.

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans Will Ease Your Travel Woes With Luggageless Travel, Flight Bite Meals, Ritz-Carlton Bedding and Spa Services

With stricter regulations, airline travel has become a stressful endeavor. Whether travelers are coming to New Orleans to celebrate the 4th of July, partake in the annual Coco Cola Essence festival or visit the city on business, they will be able to seek respite at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.

SHIP: Luggageless Travel

Tired of carrying or rolling your luggage only to go through security over and over again? Prior to checking out of the hotel, request a Ritz-Carlton standard, luggageless travel. A bellman will ship your luggage, making the airport check-in process a breeze. Bags can be shipped for next day delivery. Guests can dial extension 14600, 24-hours prior to departure, to make the necessary arrangements with a bellman.

SNACK: Flight Bite

Since airlines rarely provide meals and airport fast food restaurants don't provide many options, order a Ritz-Carlton Flight Bite. With longer travel times, especially during the holiday season, take the worry out of finding your next meal. Choose the St. Charles (Garden Melt), the Bayou (Muffuletta Half Sandwich), the Vieux Carre (Grilled Sirloin Burger) or the Streetcar (New Orleans Smoked Turkey Club). Guests can dial extension 13500, 24-hours prior to your departure from the hotel, and place your order.

SINK: Ritz-Carlton Bedding

Sink into a plush, luxurious Ritz-Carlton bed after a long day of traveling. Enjoy the same relaxing sleep experience at home. Order everything from the double pillow top mattress to the pillows, linens and blankets. Guests can dial extension 14800 to reach the hotel's signature shop to place an order that will be shipped directly to your home or place of business.

SOOTHE: Spa, Salon & Fitness Center

Relax tired, aching muscles after a long day's sojourn. Choose a Relaxing Swedish Massage, a Thai Massage, a Hydrotherapy Bath, a Prada Facial or a signature treatment like the Marie Laveau Voodoo Love or Café au Lait Detoxifying Massage. With over one hundred treatments, the city's largest and most award-winning day spa and fitness center has something for everyone. The spa is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. For those who enjoy the stress relief that only comes from vigorous exercise, the spa's new fitness center features a cardiovascular room as well as a free weight area and it is open seven days a week as well. Guests can dial extension 18600 to reach the spa front desk and book one of the spa's relaxing, invigorating or detoxifying spa or salon services.

"We hope that guests will enjoy their stay at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans and that we can alleviate the stress of traveling this holiday season," says General Manager Myra deGersdorff.

For more information contact The Ritz-Carlton toll free reservations at 1 (800) 241-3333, your travel consultant or visit The Ritz-Carlton Spa, New Orleans is located at 921 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70112.

Iberville Suites Hotel

March 2007 signaled the reopening of The Iberville Suites and the addition of two hundred and thirty rooms to help meet the City's growing demand for room inventory, truly a suite success! The hotel is part of The Ritz-Carlton Hotels of New Orleans complex, which includes The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans (452 rooms), The Maison Orleans (75 rooms) and The Iberville Suites (230 rooms). The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans and Maison Orleans reopened on December 4, 2006 after a fifteen month, $100M renovation and restoration effort.

The Iberville Suites originally opened on February 14, 2001 at 910 Iberville Street in the French Quarter. Closed since the storm (18 months), the entire hotel, including all 230 suites, has been renovated. The grand lobby is adorned with fine antiques, fresh flowers and spectacular art, all of which was purchased at local estate sales and art auctions. The entire hotel has an elegant residential-style setting. Each room at The Iberville Suites features distinct living and sleeping areas, like most all-suites hotels. However, the décor, amenities and superior service offered at The Iberville Suites are what set it apart from typical limited service hotels. With all the grace and charm of old world New Orleans and all the modern world amenities guests require such as high-speed Internet access, dual-line phones, an in-room safe, a wet bar, a mini refrigerator, a coffeemaker and two televisions, the hotel offers the best of both worlds. Unlike other suites products, the hotel offers valet parking, laundry service, room service and meeting space for everything from corporate meetings to intimate receptions. Additionally, a newly installed elevator on The Iberville Suites' lobby level allows direct access to the spa, restaurant and lounges at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.

The Iberville Suites was originally designed as a hotel-within-a-hotel concept, fully housed within the main hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans. It is managed by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. and shares the same magnificent building as the "Crown Jewel of the Crescent City-- a title that was given to The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans when it first opened in 2000. With a lower price point than the main hotel; guests of The Iberville Suites enjoy the best all-suites product in the City, featuring Ritz-Carlton trained staff, access to Ritz-Carlton services and a prime French Quarter location. Situated one block from Canal Street and one block from Bourbon Street, area attractions are within walking distance. For families, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and IMAX Theatre are just steps away while adults can stroll the streets of the French Quarter to discover unique boutiques, art galleries and antique dealers. Located only minutes from the convention center, cultural landmarks, museums and the airport, The Iberville Suites is ideally situated for both the business and leisure traveler.

The Iberville Suites is referred to as "golden" since it is the hotel where Halle Berry stayed when filming Monster's Ball, the movie for which she garnered a golden Academy Award. We promise to make each of our guests stay memorable, if not golden.

For more information on The Iberville Suites, call reservations at (866) 229-4351 or go to web site To book a meeting at the hotel, contact Group Sales Manager Renee Parks at (504) 670-2836 or via e-mail to The hotel is located at 910 Iberville Street on the edge of the infamous New Orleans French Quarter.

What to See & Do

Bayou Oaks City Park Golf
New Orleans City Park is proud to announce the new championship level golf course, named the South Course, is open for business. For more information or to book a tee time, please visit Also, please spread the word: The Grill restaurant in the new clubhouse is open daily for breakfast and lunch. You don't have to golf to enjoy the delicious food and cocktails.

Long Time Road Closure within New Orleans City Park
Part of the road encircling New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) will be closed for more than one year. NOMA will be addressing damages to the basement of their building caused by Hurricane Katrina. The southwest quadrant of the circular roadway will be closed. Signs have been erected to direct vehicular traffic during the closure. Anseman Avenue will be turned into a two-way drive between Dreyfous Drive and Victory Avenue. Dueling Oaks Drive will be a one way in the direction of NOMA.

Exercise for FREE in City Park
HIIT Classes with lululemon: Tuesdays through August at the Peristyle.

Free Zumba Classes: Saturdays through December at the Peristyle
New Orleans City Park, 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124

New Sculpture in New Orleans City Park

New Orleans City Park is honored to display a new sculpture that is located on Roosevelt Mall near Tad Gormley Stadium. Created by artist Michael Dunbar, Jendiva is welded steel and measures 11 x 9 x 8 feet.

For almost four decades, Michael Dunbar has worked continuously as a professional sculptor, building monumental, abstract works of art in steel and bronze. Dunbar's pieces are both imaginative and functional. Concepts of time, distance, and space run concurrently throughout Dunbar's body of work. These concepts take a formal expression through the meticulous precision and connection of arcs, planes, and beams. Dunbar's work often conjures imagery of mechanical objects used to move and measure the earth, explore sky & space, and transport across vast distances. Forms are balanced to imply a sense of movement - as if they are at rest, waiting to be turned on or caught and frozen in the midst of action.

Dunbar creates model versions, which he refers to as 'Machinist Studies,' and courtyard sized versions of the monumental scale pieces. Dunbar was recently profiled in the Art & Antiques September 2016 issue.

Jendiva is gift from Michael and Susie McLoughlin.

For more information about the artist, please visit

City Park is distinguished by its large menu of sports and recreational activities, attractions for children, and its natural beauty. City Park has a special place in the hearts of generations of New Orleanians and is a must visit for visitors to the city. As a popular place to picnic, play a favorite sport, wander through its gardens or take a boat ride- the Park receives millions of visitors each year. It is located in the heart of the city and is the largest recreation area for the entire metropolitan area. Attractions include: City Putt, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Storyland fairytale playground, the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, and numerous athletic venues. The 1,300 acres of parkland provide enjoyment for young children playing on our playgrounds and walkers, joggers, and bicyclists winding through the Park's streets and trails.

Location: New Orleans City Park, 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124

The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) Collaborates with Le Petit Theatre

Two French Quarter legends have created a program to offer a new experience to tourists and locals. The Historic New Orleans Collection will showcase a series of short films about Louisiana’s rich history and culture during free daily screenings at Le Petit Theatre.

Vieux Carré Matinées will be shown at the conclusion of a guided tour of the theatre for visitors between Tuesday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The collaboration was formed to showcase both organizations and to encourage more visits to Le Petit Theatre on Jackson Square and The Collection at 533 Royal Street. The collaboration also allows The Historic New Orleans Collection to publicize its bond with the French Quarter landmark. A plaque will be dedicated to the Williams family at Le Petit Theatre’s premises explaining the relationship that The Collection’s founders General Kemper and Leila Williams had with the Theatre in the 1960’s.

Tours of Le Petit’s main stage, courtyard, and lobby will be provided by volunteers before each film begins in the Muriel’s Cabaret Theatre.

About Le Petit Theatre

93-year-old Le Petit Théâtre duVieux Carré is the oldest continuously operating “little” community theatre in America. For ticket information, visit 616 St. Peter Street on the corner of Jackson Square in New Orleans, call 504-522-2081, or go to

About The Historic New Orleans Collection

Founded in 1966, The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to the history and preservation of the city, the state of Louisiana, and its neighboring Gulf Coast region. For more information, visit 533 Royal Street, call 504-523-4662 or go to <

Louisiana Nature Center

At the Louisiana Nature Center (Joe Brown Memorial Park on Nature Center Drive, New Orleans) you'll find more than “just a walk in the woods.” Opened in 1980 and recognized as one of the top five urban nature centers in the country, is a natural science museum; peaceful nature preserve with fine walking trails in the middle of a city; a place to check out the sights and sounds of Louisiana in a 7400 square foot Interpretive Center - filled with live animals and educational displays; naturalist-conducted programs about birds of prey, reptiles, mammals, the state’s wildlife; and trails that lead to a bottomland hardwood forest. And, at the Judith W. Freeman Astronomy Center (open weekends), you can explore and discover using supplied binoculars, field guides, dip nets and magnifying lenses; glimpse a butterfly or hummingbird; admire wildflowers; touch a snake, alligator, rabbit or opossum; enjoy lunch at the picnic area; make a craft inspired by nature; and take home a special book, birdhouse, or science toy from the gift shop.     

For further information, call 504-246-5672 or check web site


Davis Home Place offers free tours

Almost every one loves visiting old homes. And the Davis Home Place at 804 Wilkinson St. in Shreveport is sure to delight young and old. Owners Terry and Marsha Gill offers free tours of their home which has been lovingly restored to its original grandeur.

When the home was built in 1916, Line Avenue, now a major thoroughfare, was still a dirt road. The house is made of cypress and contains many amenities of the time such as working transoms, push button lights, high ceilings and pocket doors. It boasts furnishings from the estate of A. J. Ingersol, one of the South's major cotton buyers, and his wife, Effie Dalzell, daughter of Rev. William Dalzell, first rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Rev. Dalzell, also a medical doctor, was one of the heroes of the 1873 yellow fever epidemic in Shreveport, opting to risk his own life to stay in the stricken city rather than flee.

The Gills also have on display Mary Montgomery Davis' wedding dress, A.J. Ingersol's pocket watch, Effie Dalzell's opera glasses and much more.

Call 318-221-3881 today to schedule your tour of this enchanting home. Artisans from throughout the Ark-La-Tex will be selling everything from fabulous jewelry and great photography, to delightful stuffed animals and a great variety of delectable gourmet treats at this year's Holiday Market.

The Holiday Market is the perfect complement to ICE! A Red River Revel Holiday Event. In its inaugural season, ICE! had more than 21,000 skaters and more than 40,000 spectators! As a result of this success, artisans from throughout our area are flocking to this year's Holiday Market which will be open for five consecutive weekends beginning the Friday after thanksgiving.

Sci-Port Discovery Center

The world's only open-access interactive laser space planetarium has opened on the banks of the Red River in Shreveport, Louisiana at Sci-Port Discovery Center. This hands-on science center will have some of the most amazing exhibits that can't be found anywhere. Visitors can create their own astronomy experiences at five computerized “Navigation Stations,” in this 25,000-square-foot, $11.6 million Space Center which expands the hands-on math and science entertainment center into a 92,000-square-foot attraction. The Space Dome Planetarium is adjacent to a two-story lighted Foucault Pendulum, Solarium with Sundial, rooftop observatory, and 90 hands-on astronomy, space science, and applied mathematics exhibits. 

Live programs, space shows, and interactivity in the Space Dome Planetarium are included in the general admission fee as part of the whole Sci-Port experience. One type of interactivity provides five computerized “Navigation Stations” where visitors control the action on the planetarium screen with desk-like kiosks outfitted with pushbuttons and touch screens. Teams will work together to dock a shuttle at the International Space Station or discover the position of the stars on the day of their birth. “This Space Dome Planetarium is much like having the universe at your fingertips,” said Najjar. “The openness to wander freely under the dome, participate in a program, or just contemplate the heavens will be available to everyone.”

Sci-Port’s Space Center exhibits are complemented by a full range of demonstrations and hands-on workshops for visitors of all ages. Curriculum-based school programs will include all grade levels, with an emphasis on middle school through college. New programs will also be unveiled in the science center’s original Discovery Areas, featuring newly refurbished exhibits exploring the Red River, physiology, technology, physical science, and children’s science.                                                            

Other Sci-Port Space Center features include:

--The 32-foot-long, lighted Foucault Pendulum that rings individual chimes, set on the circumference of a circle, which “turn” into the pendulum’s swinging path.  The fascinating-to-watch concept proves that the Earth rotates.

--The Solarium with Sundial combines scenery with science – an elevated view of two cities, Shreveport and Bossier City, the Red River that separates them; and a unique 20-foot sundial that also functions as a skylight.

--60 interactive astronomy and space science exhibits that are presented in clustered themes, including Exploring Space, The Solar System, The Sky, Flight, and Deep Space. 

--The Rooftop Terrace and Observatory’s Hydrogen Alpha and White Light Telescopes, safely viewing spots, prominences, the corona, and the photosphere of our Sun.

--30 hands-on applied math exhibits in two clusters - Go Figure and Measure Up - that focus on measurement, logic, and statistics. 

 The Sci-Port's original building, which includes 200 interactive science exhibits, Louisana's only IMAX Dome Theater, a gift shop and cafe, have been completely refurbished. Since opening in November 1998, Sci-Port has served more than 200,000 visitors a year with daily-changing public and school programs, IMAX films, exhibitions and community events—plus teacher workshops, camp-ins, birthday party programs, guest speakers and traveling science carnivals. Of these visitors, 80,000 per year have been students and teachers who have used Sci-Port as a curriculum-rich laboratory for maximizing student preparation for standardized assessment tests now required as part of No Child Left Behind. 


Sci-Port is located at 820 Clyde Fant Parkway on the Downtown Shreveport-Bossier Riverfront. For hours, price and program information, or to arrange a student or group visit, call toll-free 877-7224-7678 or check web site

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