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Contents Plantation Weddings ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~5 New Trends in Cakes~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Getting in Shape~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Financial Planning for the Family~~~~~~~~ 18 Baby Burp’s Birth Online~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 22 Listings Fairs & Festivals ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 31 Entertainment ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 32 Boat Launches ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 28 Plantations ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 29 Historic Churches ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 33 Dining ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 34 Map of the River Parishes~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 20-21

The River Parishes Magazine, C’est La Vie Publisher ~ J. Kennon General Manager/Managing Editor ~ Stephen Hemelt Advertising ~ Monique Narcisse • Christine Browning • Regina Burrell • Jennifer Glidden • Barbara Eckert Contributing Writers ~ Ryan Arena • Monique Roth Graphic Designer ~ Allison Ezidore 116 Newspaper Dr., LaPlace, LA 70068 • 985-652-9545

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Plantation Weddings San Francisco Plantation
in Garyville, pictured above, is experiencing a $1.3 million renovation this summer, which officials say will only enhance its appeals for parties and weddings. At left, a couple ties the knot in front of a historic oak tree at Destrehan Plantation. (Photos submitted)

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River Parishes provide perfect backdrops for big day BY STEPHEN HEMELT L’OBSERVATEUR

Those in the River Parishes have long known the beauty that shines when some of the area’s historic plantations serve as backdrops to modern-day weddings. As the rest of the world catches on to these unique venues, planning for such occasions has become a long-term process. Nancy Robert has served as executive director of Destrehan Plantation for more than a quarter century and said the venue has never been as

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A bride and groom pose for pictures in the barn Destrehan Plantation. The barn is a building saved by plantation officials from across the river in Lucy, where it was a one-time part of Glendale Plantation. (Photo submitted)

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popular for weddings as it is right now. “We’ve got 40 weddings planned in 2014, and we have already got about 20 booked in 2015,” Robert said in early May. “We get a lot of destination weddings — people from out of state. In fact we had one wedding from Scotland last year, and they brought in 80 people. All the people were from all around the world.” Robert said the plantation, located at 13034 River Road in Destrehan, is already booked for March, April and May 2015. “We’ve got people right now asking for 2016, and a couple of years ago we would think that is a little bit overdoing it, but now we know if they want a March wedding, they’ll have to book it now.” Several River Parish plantation caretakers said the global appeal of Southern-Style weddings is growing quite popular for those who seek destination events, where the couple and the majority of the guests are from out of town.

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Brides are seeking the historical and timeless backdrops that only authentic plantations can provide. Robert said many brides are drawn to Destrehan Plantation’s atmosphere, grounds and barn, a building saved by plantation officials from across the river in Lucy, where it was a one-time part of Glendale Plantation. “We actually had to deconstruct it, move it piece by piece and reconstruct it,” she said. “We put a lot of money into it with a new roof, new floors, a nice full-size kitchen, rest rooms and climate control. So it’s really a unique building.” Destrehan is run by a non-profit organization, and all proceeds after expenses are reinvested in the location. The plantation’s master plan eventually calls for the construction of bed and breakfast cottages for brides who are looking for a place to get dressed before the wedding or stay after. “I think the idea that we are always trying to improve and add more things are the things the locals see,” Robert said. One plantation already in the throes of a major renovation is San Francisco Plantation
in Garyville.

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San Francisco Plantation is seen from the side. (Photo submitted)

The $1.3-million effort began May 4 and is expected to be complete Sept. 1. Renovations of the national historic landmark focus on the exterior of the home, including a leveling of the house and improving the grand galleries, which adorn half of the second floor. The home will be closed through Sept. 1. The sales office, however, is open to make reservations for future home tours, parties and especially weddings. Located at 646 River Road, San Francisco boasts a brightly colored main house in a Creole design that, according to General Manager Kim Fontenot, is the perfect backdrop for pictures. The grounds and the house, according to Fontenot, attract brides from the region and beyond looking for a classic venue for their big day. “The oaks are a couple of hundred years old,” she said. “We have a beautiful area with a little gazebo that has a natural aisle to come up between the big oak trees. Most of our brides get married right there. “We have the beautiful 6000-foot pavilion, known as the Sugar Mill Pavilion, that we host receptions in. It

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A bride poses on the porch of San Francisco Plantation
in Garyville. (Photo submitted)

is open air but we do have doors and there is a stage. It is a barn and it was original to the plantation. It is very romantic, and there are seven acres of green, lush foliage and grounds.” The venue has recently hosted destination weddings with couples from California and Pittsburgh. As to be expected, spring time is busy, as well as fall. “I would call a year in advance (for a wedding date,)” Fontenot said. For those seeking wedding locations on more of a last-minute approach, she doesn’t suggest giving up on a River Parish plantation experience. “Sometimes, though, weddings do get cancelled so it is always good to check and ask if we do have that date available,” Fontenot said. Plantation weddings in the River Parishes have long caught the eyes of celebrities seeking a postcard location for their “I Do’s” but cable television has recently joined in the craze, as well.

San Francisco Plantation recently hosted a bride who is the granddaughter of the Duck Dynasty patriarch, and Destrehan Plantation was featured on an episode of TLC’s Four Weddings. The show allows four brides to be guests at each other’s weddings to decide which is best. The brides score each other’s big day with the highest score, earning the winner a honeymoon vacation prize. “(Our bride) actually won for best venue and best overall experience,” Robert said. “She brought in all kinds of different stuff, and it was really unique. We were really happy for that exposure and also that she won and was given rave reviews for everything.” Not every wedding comes with the national following of a cable TV audience, but with some planning and a chance to make a centuries-old location uniquely your own, there may be no better place to get married then a plantation home in the River Parishes. Just remember to start planning now.

The sweet science Trends allow today’s brides (and grooms) to have their cake and eat it too BY MONIQUE ROTH L’OBSERVATEUR

Brides-to-be planning their wedding have many details to agonize over, but planning the sweetest part of their big day shouldn’t have to be one of them. The wedding cake is a major, and tasty, centerpiece of any wedding, with many pictures and toasts planned around the cake table. Although the wedding cake itself has been a mainstay throughout the years, trends in the appearance of the cake continue to change. Cherie Carbo Berget, a native of Reserve who owns Nola Belles bakery in Metairie, said she has noticed a few trends lately in the appearance of wedding cakes. She said the shabby chic look is popular among

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brides lately, including cakes that feature lace and texture, such as ruffles. “Natural elements are becoming more popular too,” Berget said. She recently did a cake that had pinecones on it and another one that was decorated with fresh lavender. Berget said another theme brides like to incorporate in their wedding day cakes are bringing the old in with the new. For example, she has done several cakes recently that featured broaches. She said sometimes the antiquelooking broaches are newly bought, but other times the featured broaches belong to a bride’s grandmother or family member. And as always, Berget said, wedding cakes that bling continue to be a popular choice among brides. As far as the groom’s cake goes, Berget said brides continue to focus on having the cake represent something the groom really enjoys, such as a sports team, superhero or hobby like guitar or golf.

Top tier Did you know?

A popular theme brides incorporate in their wedding day cakes is bringing the old in with the new. Many cakes feature flowers, touches of the outdoors or even hobbies enjoyed by the wedding couple. (Photos by Cherie Carbo Berget)

Berget said she’s noticed a lot of brides seem to be doing away with the tradition of freezing the top tier of their wedding cake until their one year anniversary. “I find a lot of brides just want to cut a little chunk or have the top tier recreated for their anniversary,” Berget said.

As far as the groom’s cake goes, brides today focus on having the cake represent something the groom really enjoys, such as his favorite sports team, superhero or hobby. (Photo by Cherie Carbo Berget)

Cake pulls Did you know?

The history of cake pulls can be traced back to Victorian times. Originally called “ribbon pulling,” a bride would place tiny charms of fortune in the wedding cake for her friends. Still popular with Southern brides, sterling silver charms are placed inside the cake and attached to ribbons or bracelets, and friends of the bride are invited to pull a charm from the cake before it’s cut. Berget said when she gets calls from brides planning a destination wedding to New Orleans, she will ask them if they will have cake pulls. She said the brides never know what she is talking about. Cake pulls really are a Southern tradition!

Groom’s cake Did you know? The tradition of the groom’s cake can be traced back to the Victorian era in England, when, in addition to the main wedding cake, there was a groom’s cake and a smaller bride’s cake. At the end of the wedding, the cakes were sliced and served to the groomsmen and bridesmaids. The groom’s cake tradition eventually made its way to the United States, and its popularity has endured, especially in the tradition-loving South. Many brides find the groom’s cake appealing because it’s a way to give the groom special recognition on a typically bride-centric day. Legend has it if an unmarried woman sleeps with a slice of the groom’s cake under her pillow, she will dream of her future husband.

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“You want to have a nice backside when you put on that wedding dress.”

Chrissy Carter Cifuentes New bride

All brides want to make quite an entrance when they walk through the door in their wedding dress. LaPlace native Chrissy Carter Cifuentes executed a strict workout plan so her big day lived up to the hype. (Photo submitted)

“When you work out, those endorphins kick in. It’s such and emotional time and those workouts tighten up your mind along with your body.”

Chrissy Carter Cifuentes began her weight loss quest in late 2012 and went on to drop 30 pounds over the next few months. In July of 2013, she was engaged to Luis Cifuentes, with their wedding date slated for March 1 of this year. (Photo submitted)

Wedding present for yourself: Take time to look your best BY RYAN ARENA L’OBSERVATEUR

LAPLACE — When it comes to weddings, every bride or groom wants to look his or her best. But what’s the best way to get there? For LaPlace native Chrissy Carter Cifuentes, the journey began long before her engagement last July.

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“I started losing weight when I graduated college,” said Cifuentes, who majored in broadcasting and is known in the area for her on-stage performance art. “I was starting a new life and I wanted to change my lifestyle.” Cifuentes began her weight loss quest in December of 2012 and went on to drop 30 pounds over the next few months. In July of 2013, she was engaged to

Luis Cifuentes, with their wedding date slated for March 1 of this year. With a wedding day now in her sights, Cifuentes was not about to rest on the weight-loss success she had already achieved. “It became about trying to tone up,” she said. “Like any bride does, I wanted to look the best I’ve ever looked.” Maintaining a proper diet, she said,

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was necessary, something she began during her initial guided her through that — followed by leg lifts and squats drive to lose weight. — where Britney usually gave way to Lady Gaga. “A lot of people think that if I go work it off at the Squats, she said, are “absolutely the key.” gym, I can eat whatever I want, but that’s a lie,” said “You want to have a nice backside when you put Cifuentes, adding one of on that wedding dress,” she the most impactful dietary said with a laugh. changes was wiping out diet She also incorporated sodas. “What you eat before lunges with weights and and after workouts is really crunches, which she said important.” an exercise ball helps with Cifuentes said her pregreatly. workout meal of choice is a “I don’t have a six-pack, by bowl of Cheerios with sliced any means,” she said, “but bananas, while after the my stomach flattened out workout she opts for a small quickly.” sugar-free smoothie. She generally made it to “It sounds funny, but (the the gym three to four times Cheerios and bananas) give per week, each day investyou so much energy to keep ing 45 minutes to an hour of going,” she said. high-intensity workouts. She joined a gym when it In many ways, Cifuentes came time to tone up and said it provided an escape early on was taught the ropes from the hectic day-to-day Following college, Chrissy Carter Cifuentes decided to by a personal trainer. workload that comes with “What I learned was that get healthier and in better shape. wedding planning. it’s not all about cardio,” she “To be able to go and get said. some ‘me time’ was really a boost,” she said. “And when “Weight and resistance training is more important.” you work out, those endorphins kick in. It’s such and Cifuentes began her pre-wedding workouts with 15-20 emotional time and those workouts tighten up your mind minutes of cardio — her Britney Spears songs often along with your body.”

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Fit tip: Try what already worked


or LaPlace native Kate Abreo Mendelson, getting into ideal shape for her wedding last October meant taking an eye to

the past. “I just tried to remember the most fit I’ve been in my life and what I did at that time,” said Mendelson, a St. Charles Catholic alumna. Mendelson, a teacher and vocalist whose credits include having performed as part of the National World War II Museum’s singing trio “The Victory Belles,” counts running as one of her main “get fit” activities and incorporates some weight training along with it. Once it came time to get serious, she bumped her running regiment from two times a week to four. Diet wise, she said the first thing

anyone should look to do is to cut out soft drinks. “Really, if you switch to water, that’s five pounds right there,” she said. Most of all , she said that keeping realistic expectations is of great importance, so a bride-to-be isn’t discouraged by a goal too difficult to meet. “If you try to do too much over a short time, you risk crashing and giving up,” she said. “Don’t stress. Planning a wedding puts enough on your plate.” The good news is, once one meets their ideal shape, things tend to get easier. “Once you’re in shape, it’s just a matter of maintaining,” she said. “It’s less difficult to stay in shape than it is to get in shape.”


— By Ryan Arena

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Identify your financial Expert says it is important to be ‘very specific’ with target BY MONIQUE ROTH L’OBSERVATEUR

Starting a new life together with a spouse or adding a new life to a family by having a child often means huge changes in one important area of life: finances. Robert Hymel Jr., a financial advisor at Edward Jones in LaPlace, said financial planning, no matter the subject, has three important steps: identify the goal, determine how you will achieve the goal and track your progress. Learning to manage money as a couple or starting saving accounts for a baby’s college fund isn’t always fun, Hymel

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goal, plan to get there said, but tackling it early on and planning can minimize stress. “The unknown is what stresses people out,” Hymel said. Whether the goal is saving for a home as a couple or starting a college fund, Hymel said it is important to get very specific about the goal you are setting, because the only way to get where you want to be is to have a specific goal. Once the goal is set, it is important to determine how you will achieve it. Hymel said people he advises often feel as though some of their financial goals are not achievable until it is all set out on paper and they see how saving each month can really add up in the end. Hymel also advises tracking progress on the goal, as adjustments may need to be made over time. Finances are an important part of any marriage or family, and by regularly communicating and working together, a solid financial future can be established for any couple or family.

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The Baby Burp LaPlace mother starts business online as marketplace for baby/mommy products

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Kaden, left, and Grace pose on opposite ends of their mother Amy Lingawi, who recently launched (Staff photo by Monique Roth)

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Sometimes ideas are sparked in the strangest of circumstances, which is exactly what happened to Amy Lingawi. Originally from Texas, Lingawi lives in LaPlace with her husband Shawn and two children, Kaden and Grace. When Hurricane Isaac’s floods devastated Lingawi’s home, she turned to Etsy, an online marketplace, to purchase items to fill and decorate her house. Being a customer on Etsy inspired Lingawi, and soon was born. The Baby Burp is an online marketplace, similar to Etsy, where buyers can purchase baby/mommy-related items such as cloth diapers, organic products, clothing, holiday items, nursery bedding and accessories. All of the unique, often hand-made items are offered by individual sellers through the site. Lingawi said what sets her site apart are the unique products created by moms. “I call them mompreneurs,” Lingawi said with a laugh. “A lot of the moms who sell on the site have filled out applications for Shark Tank.” Shark Tank is a popular television show that features entrepreneurs pitching their ideas to investors in hopes

of selling off percentages of their business for money. Lingawi said her site offers customers the opportunity to purchase items that aren’t sold in big box stores, all while having the chance to support small businesses. For the site’s October launch, Lingawi contacted sellers on Etsy and asked them to join her site. She now features vendors from across the country and has had international success hosting vendors from New Zealand and Europe. Vendors are paid right away through the site, with Lingawi collecting a commission from each sale. Lingawi said she is continuing to work on her site, which includes a blog, and hopes to further customize it with a new look sometime this month. She said she’s noticed the site’s sales and views are picking up, and the next step is to continue promoting the-

A screen shot of shows off the website’s options that mothers and mothersto-be are taking advantage of in greater numbers. The site was launched by LaPlace resident Amy Lingawi. (Staff photo by Monique Roth.) and deciding whether to add a wholesale component to it. According to Lingawi, longterm plans include growing

the site to a level where she can donate a portion of the proceeds to benefit a charity focusing on a mother or child issue, such as single mothers

or adoption. For more information, to purchase items or check out the blog, visit thebabyburp. com.

Amy Lingawi, originally from Texas, lives in LaPlace with her husband Shawn and two children. When Hurricane Isaac’s floods devastated their home, she went online to purchase items to fill and decorate her house. Being an Internet customer inspired her to develop (Staff photo by Monique Roth.)

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Boat Launches Bayou Gauche Boat Launch Located at the end of Louisiana 306 at Bayou Gauche

Carre Spillway Levee at Lake Pontchartrain

Reserve Canal Boat Launch Located on Airline Highway between Louisiana 3179 and Louisiana 53

Fisherman’s Wharf (Bayou Gauche) Blind River Boat Launch Located on Airline Highway between Gramercy and Gonzales

Bonnet Carre Spillway Launch (Norco) Located on Airline Highway. at East Levee Spillway

Brazen Canal Boat Launch Located at the end of Louisiana 644

Des Allemands Boat Launch Located under the U.S. 90 bridge on the east side

Located on Louisiana 306 at Bayou Gauche

Hahnville Boat Launch Located at the intersection of Louisiana 3127 and Louisiana 3160

Located off of Interstate 55, exit 7

39050 La. 942, Darrow 225-473-4445 Tours of the home and grounds take place Wednesday through Sunday, noon-5 p.m. $20 per person, children 12 and under get in free Features: The meticulously restored property also serves as a high-end bed and breakfast and is available for special events.

Pier 90 Located on U.S. 90 between Luling and Jefferson Parish

Fred’s Boat Launch Located at the end of Louisiana 643 in Pleasure Bend

East Guide Levee Launch (Norco)

Peavine Boat Launch

Located at the end of the East Bonnet

Located at the end of Peavine Road

Tours with costumed interpreters, demonstrations of crafts and special exhibits are featured daily. Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Features: Tour groups welcome, gardens, gift shop, costumed guides, slave cabins, demonstrations, motor coach parking, handicap accessible.

Evergreen Plantation 4677 La. Hwy. 18, Edgard 985-497-3837 National landmark of 37 buildings, 22 slave cabins, cultural history tour and alley of 100 moss-draped oaks. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Features: Tour groups welcome, gardens, slave cabins, motor coach parking.

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens

Moll Canal Boat Launch Located off Louisiana 3127 in Edgard

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Ruddock Boat Launch

Bocage Plantation


Destrehan Plantation 13034 River Road, Destrehan 985-764-9315

40136 La. Hwy. 942, Darrow 225-473-9380 Grand antebellum estate displaying Southern splendor of “The Sugar Place.” Sixteen rooms filled with period antiques and Louisiana artwork. Hours: Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Features: Tour groups welcome, gardens, gift

shop, costumed guides, on-site restaurant, motor coach parking, handicap accessible.

Laura: A Creole Plantation 2247 La. Hwy. 18, Vacherie 225-265-7690 Award winning tours focusing on Creole plantation women, slaves, and children. Visit mansion, gardens, and slave cabins. Hours: Daily 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Features: Tour groups welcome, gardens, gift shop, slave cabins, motor coach parking.

Oak Alley Plantation 3645 La. Hwy. 18, Vacherie 225-265-2151 Built in 1839 and famous for its alley of 300-year-old oak trees, this National Historic Landmark is recognized for having one of the most spectacular settings in the entire Mississippi Valley. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Features: Tour groups welcome, gardens, gift shop, costumed guides, demonstrations, on-site restaurant, motor coach parking, accommodations.

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225-715-9510 One of the last plantation homes to be built on the majestic Mississippi River, this National Register of Historic Places offers daily tours, a B&B and RV park. Tour time: 10 a.m. Features: Tour groups welcome, gardens, gift shop, on-site restaurant, motor coach parking, handicap accessible, accommodations.

Ormond Plantation 13786 River Road, Destrehan 985-764-8544 Established in 1789, Ormond Plantation is billed as the oldest French West Indies-style Creole plantation on the Mississippi. Features: Ormond Plantation is currently open as both a bed and breakfast and for private parties. Tours are available MondayFriday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tour groups welcome, gardens, gift shop, costumed guides, demonstrations, on-site restaurant, motor coach parking, accommodations. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Friday for lunch 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Poché Plantation 6554 La. Hwy. 44, Convent

Hours: Daily 9:40 a.m. to 4 p.m. Features: Tour groups welcome, gardens, gift shop, costumed guides, slave cabins, motor coach parking.

Fairs & Festivals

St. Joseph Plantation 3535 La. Hwy. 18, Vacherie 225-265-4078 This authentic Creole plantation offers the opportunity to explore original slave cabins and view exhibits about early plantation life. Tours are provided by de­scend­ants of the original owners. Hours: Tours on the hour. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (October through March); 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (April through September) Features: Tour groups welcome, gardens, gift shop, slave cabins, exhibits, motor coach parking, handicap accessible.

JUNE 8 Ormond Civic Association and the Jerusalem Shriners will host the first St. Charles Parish Crawfish Cook-Off Festival, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Shrine Center at 1940 Ormond Blvd. in Destrehan. The 18th annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival will run from 11 a.m. until the park closes in Louisiana Square on Railroad Avenue in Donaldsonville. This year’s festivities are set to include choirs from the regional area, along with the River Road African American Museum Sign Language Ensemble. JUNE 14

San Francisco Plantation 2646 La. Hwy. 44, Garyville 985-535-2341 Located on the East Bank of the Mississippi River right off Interstate 10. A $2 million restoration brought this exquisite home back to its original grandeur.

JULY 3 St. Charles Parish Independence Day Celebration, 6 – 9 p.m., West Bank Bridge Park, 13825 River Road, Luling St. John Parish Independence Day Celebration, 6 – 9 p.m., St. Peters Church in Reserve and on the West Bank JULY 4

call 800-542-7520. JULY 12 Christmas in July, starting at 10 a.m., Historic Downtown Ponchatoula. The historic downtown district will be all decked out in red, white and blue. For more information call Tangipahoa Tourism at 1-800-617-4502. JULY 18-19 Swamp Pop Musical Festival, 5 p.m., Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. Music festival featuring tSwamp Pop & South Louisiana Music benefiting Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Drenched New Orleans 5K, 10 a.m. – noon, Zephyr Field, 6000 Airline Drive, Kenner. Drenched New Orleans 5K is a family fun run, water fight and summer party. The event benefits Mission To Hear Foundation.

Bucktown Bash and Blessing of the Fleet, noon – 8 p.m., Metairie “Bucktown,” Louisiana. Bucktown Bash and Blessing of the Fleet, a tradition in Lake Pontchartrain returns with live music, arts and crafts, food and activities for kids. Admission is $5 for adults and children 12 and younger are free

Junior Choupique Rodeo, St. James Boat Club. For more information call 225-8698966.

JUNE 20-22

JULY 7-18

AUGUST 17-23

Louisiana Catfish Festival, St. Gertrude Catholic Church, 17292 LA Highway 631, Des Allemands

Native American Exhibit, Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, 13143 Wardline Road, Hammond. Storytelling, hands-on activities and games. For further information or to make group reservations,

During the week of August 17 – 23, all women names Laura will receive free admission to Laura Plantation, located at 2247 River Road in Vacherie. For more information call 225265-7690.


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Pups In The Park, 11 a.m., U.S. Highway 51 Park, LaPlace. For more information call Raj Pannu at 504-417-3282.


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Entertainment Airboat Tours by Arthur Matherne 4262 U.S. 90, Des Allemands 800-975-9345 Thrilling airboat tours through swamps, marshes and bayous for six to 15 passengers with a USCG licensed captain.

Cajun Pride Swamp Tours 110 Frenier Road, LaPlace 800-467-0758

Tour the famous Manchac Swamp for a unique journey back to the early days of Louisiana bayou and swamp explorations.

Cajun Village 6486 La. Hwy. 22, Sorrento 225-675-2782 A collection of unique shops and galleries featuring Louisiana artists and products set up in cabins that look like they were pulled straight out of the swamp.

Crazy Bout History Tours 225-869-8148 Tours are culturally and historically designed to entertain and educate.

German Coast Farmers Market East Bank Saturday market, Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Road, Destrehan, 8 a.m.-noon West Bank Wednesday market, St. Charles Plaza, 12715 U.S. 90, Luling, 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Plantation Country Airboat Tours 1757 Hwy. 3127, Boutte 877-247-2628 Airboat and plantation tours of beautiful, private fresh water or ancient cypress swamp. Hotel pick-up available. Located 24 miles from New Orleans.

Pleasure Bend Nature Tours 117 Rue St. Martin, Vacherie 225-265-7611 Pontoon boat ride with a USCG licensed operator on beautiful Lac Des Allemands and canals provide views of southern Louisiana’s pristine beauty.

St. Charles Parish Planetarium 105 Lakewood Drive, Luling 985-785-8471 Offering a three-dimensional portal to the universe by viewing over 110,000 stars with the latest digital technology.

Historic Churches Lutcher Methodist Church

Manresa House of Retreats

2347 Texas St., Lutcher 225-869-5248 Built in 1901

5858 La. Hwy. 44, Convent Built in 1836 This is a private retreat but can be viewed easily from the road.

Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church and Cemetery 13281 La. Hwy. 644, Vacherie 225-265-3953 Built in 1894

Riverland Christian Center 123 Redemption Way, Reserve 985-536-4717 Built in 1937

St. Charles Borromeo Church and Cemetery 13396 River Road, Destrehan 985-764-6383 Built in 1921

St. James Catholic Church

St. John Theatre

and Cemetery 6613 La. Hwy. 18, St. James 225-265-4225 Built in 1930

115 W. 4th St., Reserve 985-536-6630

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church & Cemetery

985-497-3412 Built in 1920

St. Joseph Catholic Church 2130 Rectory St., Paulina 225-869-5751 Built in 1921

St. Mary Catholic Chapel Mission Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel 21750 La. Hwy. 44, Union Built in 1875

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church 6476 La. Hwy. 44, Convent 225-562-3549 Built in 1833

St. Philip Catholic Church 1175 La. Hwy. 18, Vacherie 225-265-4085 Built in 1921

2361 La. Hwy. 18, Edgard

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St. John Parish 3LJ’s Cafe 4293 Main St. (U.S. Highway 51), LaPlace 985-359-0380


Buddy B’s 2788 River Road, Garyville 985-535-3663

Cajun Persuasion

LaPlace 985-652-7250

El Mexicano 1036 W. Airline Hwy., LaPlace 985-652-4250

502 Belle Terre Blvd., LaPlace 985-359-1988

Frenier Landing Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Chili’s Grill & Bar

113 Dottie Lane, LaPlace 985-224-2178

1820 W. Airline Hwy., LaPlace 985-652-1227

1036 W. Airline Hwy., LaPlace 985-651-7888

504-430-1194 • 504-858-8432

Chung’s Havenely Sweets

Bailey’s Andouille

607 Belle Terre Blvd., LaPlace 985-359-7987

513 W. Airline Hwy., LaPlace 985-652-9090

Connie’s Grill

Belle Terre Country Club 111 Fairway Drive, LaPlace 985-652-5000

Best Wok Chinese Restaurant 530 Belle Terre Blvd., LaPlace

McDonalds 1608 W. Airline Hwy, LaPlace 985-652-2600

McDonalds 1616 W. Airline Hwy., LaPlace 985-652-4822

New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co.

Pier 51 Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar 3017 U.S. 51, LaPlace 985-651-0300

PJ’s Coffee 1808 W. Airline Hwy., LaPlace 985-764-7573

1462 La. Hwy. 44, Reserve 985-536-3027

Frostop Drive-In Restaurant

Donut Hole

411 E. Airline Hwy., LaPlace 985-652-6361

421 W. Airline Hwy., LaPlace 985-651-4001

Gator’s Den

Dragon Garden

Old Highway 51 South, Manchac 985-386-7902

Pro Stylez Sports Bar & Grill

Hoof Daddy’s BBQ & Grill

150 Belle Terre Blvd., Ste. F, LaPlace 985-359-1880

140 Belle Terre Blvd., Ste E.,

1173 E. Airline Hwy., LaPlace 985-359-1677

Hibachi Supreme Grill 1721 W. Airline Highway, LaPlace 985-652-5233

Huddle House 4325 Hwy. 51, LaPlace 985-651-1800

Jacob’s Andouille 505 W. Airline Hwy., LaPlace 985-652-9080

Kobe Japanese Steak and Sushi 506 Belle Terre Blvd., LaPlace 985-652-8880/652-8853

LaPlace Southern Kitchen

Popeye’s Fried Chicken 1603 W Airline Hwy., LaPlace 985-652-3030

Rotolo’s Pizzera

406 Belle Terre Blvd., LaPlace 985-359-1032

Rotolo’s Pizzeria 3503 W. Airline Hwy., Ste. B, Reserve 985-536-3503

Ruby Garden Chinese Restaurant 3101 U.S. 51, LaPlace 985-653-8700

Sicily’s Pizza 214 Belle Terre Blvd., LaPlace 985-652-7010

Sonic Drive Inn 100 Ormond Blvd., LaPlace 985-652-3168

975 Cambridge Dr., Ste. B, LaPlace 985-359-1929

Spectacular Tubers

Level III Sports Bar & Grill


1400 W. Airline Hwy., LaPlace 985-359-1860

34 ~ c’est la vie

4297 U.S. Hwy. 51, LaPlace 985-652-5171

1338 W. Airline Hwy., Ste. 7A, LaPlace 985-653-6731

Chinese King

Aloisio’s Bakery


542 Belle Terre Blvd., LaPlace 985-653-3323

357 Belle Terre Blvd., LaPlace 985-652-8700

c’est la vie ~ 35



2701 W. Airline Hwy., LaPlace 1900 Hwy. 51, Ste. B, LaPlace 985-479-7827 985-652-9699

Café Perique

Turn Arounds

3409 La 3125, Paulina 225-869-3333

1107 E. Airline Hwy., LaPlace 985-224-2818

Waffle House 4304 Hwy. 51, LaPlace 985-651-6111

Wayne Jacob’s Smokehouse 769 W. Fifth St., LaPlace 985-652-9990

St. James Parish Aunt Ellies 1934 Main St., Lutcher 225-869-4088

234 East Main St., Gramercy 225-869-1774

The Creole Cafe

China King 849 N. Pine St., Gramercy 225-869-2000

Chuck Lee’s Chinese Kitchen 10560 Hwy. 70 W., St. James 225-473-3050

Creole House Cafe 3409 Hwy. 3125, Grand Point 225-869-3333

DJ’s Grille 21060 La. Hwy. 20, Vacherie 225-265-7600

Golden Grove Restaurant 935 La. Hwy. 641, Gramercy 225-869-1212

Hymel’s Seafood Restaurant 8740 La. Hwy. 44, Convent 225-562-7031

Jenny’s Overstuffed Poboy & Chicken Shop 114 N. Airline Hwy., Gramercy 225-869-0899

Nobile’s Restaurant & Bar 2082 W. Main, Lutcher 225-869-8900

Oak Alley Restaurant 3645 La. Hwy. 18, Vacherie 225-265-2151

Paradise Smoothie 10850 Hwy. 3125, Ste. C, Gramercy 225-258-4448

Pizza Hut 1665 La. Hwy. 3125, Gramercy 225-869-6151


Grand Point Truck Stop & Casino

982 La. Hwy. 3125, Gramercy 225-869-6060

3415 La. Hwy. 3125, Paulina

Rajun Cajun Grill 22170 Louisiana Hwy. 20, Vacherie 225-265-3161

Sandwich World 10800 Hwy. 3125, Gramercy 225-869-3894

Sonic Drive In 852 N. Pine St., Gramercy 225-869-5666

Hot Wingz to Go

Dot’s Diner

2345 W. Main St., Gramercy 225-869-3008

12179 U.S. Hwy. 90, Luling 985-785-6836

St. Charles Parish

El Gato Negro

Anita’s Smokin’ Steak Burgers

3001 Ormond Blvd., Ste. 1, Destrehan 985-307-0460


13145 U.S. 90 Ste. B, Boutte 985-785-2220

El Mexicano

Bamboo Garden

12715 U.S. Hwy. 90, Ste. 140, Luling 985-785-7694

Mizu Japanese Restaurant

13491 U.S. 90, Ste. 6, Boutte 985-785-9929

Bei Jing 12895 U.S. 90, Ste. D, Boutte 985-331-8885

Breeze Cafe 124 Longview Drive, Destrehan 985-764-8800

Boulevard Bistro 1950 Ormond, Ste. B, Destrehan

Buster’s Grill 10405 Airline Hwy., St. Rose 504-472-0771

Cafe Ormond 1974 Ormond Blvd., Destrehan 985-725-0741

Cajun Kitchen 13322 U.S. 90, Boutte, Ste. Q 985-785-2405

Cashio’s Food Villa and Deli 13572 River Road, Destrehan 985-764-9389

Cheeburger Cheeburger 10326 Airline Dr., St. Rose 504-461-9805

Chow’s Garden 1974 Ormond Blvd., Ste. I, Destrehan 985-725-2469 / 985-725-2488

Cucina Bon Creole At Cypress Lakes Country Club 10 Villere Dr., Destrehan 985-764-6868

Spectacular Tubers 1665 Hwy. 3125, Gramercy 225-869-5600

Taylor’s Express Truck Stop 964 La. Hwy. 3125, Gramercy 225-869-1734

36 ~ c’est la vie

El Paso Mexican Grill 12895 U.S. Hwy. 90, Ste. A, Luling 985-331-1984

Frostop 3001 Ormond Blvd., Ste. H, Destrehan 985-725-1116

Grand Café 500 Willowdale Blvd., Luling 985-308-1640

Grumpy’s 14984 U.S. 90, Paradis 985-785-2083

Happy Gardens II 15264 U.S. 90, Paradis 985-785-3888

Hong Kong 3001 Ormond Blvd., Ste. D, Destrehan 985-725-9099

The Howling Pepper 109 St. Rose Ave., St. Rose 504-466-1944

IHOP 14099 Hwy. 90, Boutte 985-308-0013

Iron Gate 13299 U.S. 90, Boutte 985-308-0013

Jas Café 307 Paul Maillard Rd., Luling 985-785-0200

Julie’s Restaurant

Daddy’s Fried Chicken

15805 River Road, Hahnville 985-783-6349

15683 River Road, Hahnville 985-783-6743

Little Tokyo

Mariano’s Italian Eatery 12371 Highway 90, Ste. A, Luling 985-785-7777

3009 Ormond Blvd., Destrehan 985-725-1021

12715 Hwy. 90, Ste. 190, Luling 985-785-8168

Mrs. Snowman 110A Lakewood Dr., Luling 985-331-1411

Ormond Plantation Restaurant 13786 River Road, Destrehan 985-764-8544

Palmetto’s Restaurant 10405 Airline Hwy., St. Rose 504-472-0771

Pizza Hut 12439 Hwy. 90, Luling 985-331-8380

P.J.’s Coffee of New Orleans 150 Ormond Center Court, Ste. T, Destrehan 985-764-7573

Popeye’s Famous Fried Chicken 116 Longivew Drive, Destrehan 985-764-1231

Popeye’s Famous Fried Chicken 13210 U.S. 90, Boutte 985-785-1377

Portside Restaurant 11698 River Road, St. Rose 504-5469-3111

Rotolo’s Pizzeria 150 Ormond Center Court, Destrehan 985-725-2411

Sailfish Food and Spirits 12287 U.S. 90, Luling 985-308-0712

Destrehan Donuts

13371 U.S. 90, Ste. A, Boutte 985-331-0887

Shovel Heads Bar & Grill

1974 Ormond, Ste. D, Destrehan 985-764-0050

Lovecchio’s Deli

140 I-310 Service Rd., St. Rose 504-468-9007

29 Apple St., Norco 985-725-5683

c’est la vie ~ 37

Southern Latte Cafe



Waffle House

50 Wade St., Ste. 1, Luling 985-308-1472

Sub Express

Sushi Cafe

Sonic Drive In

26 Apple St., Norco 985-764-9922

13899 River Road, Ste. A, Luling 985-308-1003

10384 E. Airline Hwy., St. Rose 504-467-1522

12557 U.S. 90, Luling 985-331-0099


Take Away Donuts

613 Paul Maillard Road, Ste. 200, Luling 985-331-2257

13441 Hwy. 90, Boutte 985-785-6499


St. Rose Driving Range & Sports Bar 10362 Airline Dr., St. Rose

14130 U.S. 90, Boutte 985-785-9818

1972 Ormond Blvd., Ste. E-2, Destrehan 985-764-1818


Tod’s Catering

(located inside WalMart) 13001 U.S. 90, Boutte 985-331-1786

2180 S. Albert St., Lutcher 225-869-7000


124 Longview Drive, Destrehan 985-764-1147

12715 U.S. 90, Ste. 120, Luling 985-785-3999

Subway 12609 Airline Drive, Destrehan 985-725-1108

Subway 1955 Ormond Blvd., Destrehan 985-725-9444

Subway 15632 River Rd., Norco

38 ~ c’est la vie

Taste of Toyko

Wingzzz 613 Paul Maillard Road, Ste. 400, Luling 985-308-0743

Zydeco’s II 13228 U.S. 90, Boutte 985-308-1058

Trey Wah (Chinese)

Two Sisters Bakery 100 Melonie St., Ste. E, Boutte 985-308-0280

Voodoo Grill 100 James Drive East, St. Rose 504-464-1880

Waffle House 14173 U.S. 90, Boutte 985-758-6499

c’est la vie ~ 39

40 ~ c’est la vie

C'est la vie 2014  
C'est la vie 2014