Designer Farmhouse

Sleek lines, outdoor views and handsome finishes update a family house in St. Francisville

The exterior’s simple architecture and metal roof are designed to blend into the setting. A contemporary dining table and chairs straddle the line between indoors and outdoors on the patio. Vertical lines in the kitchen’s backsplash, cabinetry, lighting, hardware and barstools create the impression of greater ceiling height. The backsplash framing the views of the grounds mixes marble with strategically…

Knowledge of Place

Biologists Amy and Kelby Ouchley live their life’s work in Union Parish

The couple explores Pasaw Island. Amy and Kelby Ouchley noticed negative effects of the navigational project 20 years ago. In 1890, the Tributary and its cargo of 300 cotton bales caught fire on this sharp bend of Bayou D’Arbonne. In 1890, the Tributary and its cargo of 300 cotton bales caught fire on this sharp bend of Bayou D’Arbonne. Show…

On The Hunt

For many, hunting is synonymous with Louisiana culture. But there’s hunting, and then there’s upland hunting. James, Jerry and Jim Marcantel — along with special help from bird dogs Sugar and Hank — take us on the hunt for quail and woodcock.

Beneath the tall loblolly pines near the Ouiska Chitto Creek in Allen Parish, two dogs hunt to the tune of electronic birdsong. Their orange tracking collars chirp in intervals, first from one dog, then from another, until, briefly, the birdsong harmonizes. An occasional pant and loll of pink tongue, a flash of fur and Sugar and Hank’s paws drum down…

Texas Chic

A weekend jaunt to the Dallas Arts District is a must for culture seekers

The Thompson Dallas rooftop pool Casablanca Bar & Lounge The Dallas Museum of Art Art and architecture lovers in search of a city break should look no further than skyscraper-peppered Dallas, which boasts an enormous urban arts district. Weighing in as one of the largest in the nation, the artsy expanse stretches for 19 contiguous blocks, occupying some 68 acres….

Cymbal-ism

Broussard-based designers Roz LeCompte and Collin Galyean drum up jewelry with a strong musical lineage

At A Glance Hometown Dallas, Texas (Collin), and Broussard, Louisiana (Roz) Age Collin is 46, Roz is 44 Occupation Jewelry designers Web secondlinejewels.com @secondlinejewels   When Phil Collins and his band Genesis need another batch of designer dominoes for the merch tables on their lavish and long-awaited The Last Domino? reunion tour, they don’t realize the vendor supplying these custom…

Electric Art

Monroe artist Don Cincone’s vibrant paintings are born of memories

Mama Sally’s House, Summertime Don Cincone Madonna With Baby Bell Ringers For over six decades, Monroe artist Don Cincone has been on a remarkable journey that has taken him from a sharecropper’s cabin in Richland Parish to San Francisco, New York’s fashion district, movie sets in Hollywood, down to Mexico and back to his native rural North Louisiana. During that…

What’s the Truth Behind Haunted Louisiana?

Louisiana has long been accused of being the most haunted state in America. New Orleans alone can nab that title in the city category with its haunted hotels, former slave markets and voodoo sites. ¶ But what are the truths supporting these tales of haints, the reality behind what ghost tours and Hollywood enjoy sharing?

The Myrtles For years, owners have marketed The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville as “America’s most haunted house.” Several apparitions apparently haunt The Myrtles, but the most famous is Chloe, an enslaved woman who purportedly had her left ear removed when she was caught eavesdropping on a business conversation between the owner, Clarke Woodruff, and area residents. To further the…

Grape Expectations

Louisiana isn’t known for good wine but two Ouachita Parish couples are crushing that notion with patience — and thoughtful blends

Savannah Ray left her home in Ouachita Parish one weekend and returned with a dream. Her husband, Michael, says, “She went to Sonoma Valley and thought it was pretty.” With timing that comedians spend years honing, he gestures toward one block of Thirsty Farmer Winery & Vineyard, a quarter-acre in the family’s backyard in Calhoun. “This is what ‘pretty’ led…

Candle with Care

Tourism veteran-turned chandler Chad Boutte keeps his creativity lit in Franklin

At A Glance Hometown | Charenton, Louisiana Age | 49 Occupation | Candlemaker, shop owner, Fifolet Candle Makers Web | fifoletcandles.com   Blink and you’ll miss the small, knee-high roadside “Candle Shop” sign out front. But off the main road, behind Frankin’s two-story Greek revival wonder known as the Shadowlawn house, on a slope of green that yawns right into…

Passing it On

Master palmetto basket maker Janie Verret Luster of Terrebone Parish teaches a tribal craft nearly lost to the people of the United Houma Nation

Baby Basket With assimilation and time many of Louisiana’s Native American folkways faded into history. Handmade tribal crafts gave way to mass-produced items purchased at local box stores. But somewhere deep in the DNA of tribal members, the old ways remain and now an ancient but long-forgotten method of basket weaving among South Louisiana’s Houma Indians has been revived and…

Coming Home

A New Orleans couple builds their new dream house on Bayou St. John with respect to the area’s history

The Bayou St. John area (officially Faubourg St. John) in New Orleans is known for its historic residences. Pitot House, the Old Spanish Custom House and The Sanctuary, all facing the bayou, are among the architecturally and culturally significant properties. So, when, Tania Hahn and Melissa Warren became the first homeowners to build a new house on Moss Street in…

Double the Music and Double the Fall Festival Fun

The popular Festivals Acadiens et Créoles in Lafayette brings the fest to the people twice in one year

2022 Pine Leaf Boys, Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, Scène Ma Louisiane, Girard Park, Lafayette, March 19: Chris Segura, Thomas David, Drew Simon, Wilson Savoy, Jean Bertrand travel-03 It’s an Acadiana tradition about to hit its golden anniversary. And even though it hit a speedbump during the pandemic, Festivals Acadiens et Créoles has returned. Twofold. The annual fall festival, which turns…

Traveling Around Louisiana

Fall is descending across Louisiana and cities and towns across the state are welcoming the harvest season with a variety of events. Whether you’re looking to enjoy the great outdoors under cooler temperatures or celebrate one of the state’s many unique foods or cultural activities, there’s plenty to do in the months of September and October.

Food festivals abound, highlighting BBQ, Food Trucks, German food and drink, gumbo, gratons and more. Meanwhile fall festivals celebrating pumpkins, sugarcane, and wooden boats bring families together for good times while celebrating local culture. Carnival rides and haunted houses round out more activities available to Louisiana’s residents and visitors looking for thrills this season. Plan out your weekends now and…

Classic New Orleans with a Twist

Mia and Minor Jahncke looked to architect Davis Jahncke to build a house that seamlessly combines classic period details with a contemporary edge

Architectural watercolors by Jim Blanchard of Davis Jahncke projects are displayed gallery style in the family room. French doors lead to the back porch and yard, where Minor designed the landscaping. The spacious kitchen features a large island and an entre wall of built-in storage and a hidden pantry (not shown). Abstract painting, Allison Stewart. The spacious kitchen features a…

Freedom of the Press

Printmaker Kate Tucker celebrates native species and folklore in rural north Louisiana

With one bare foot steering the large silver press wheel, and two hands secure around the climbing boy’s bottom, his rainboots dangling over her ash-colored shop apron, this tangle of limbs and kinetic energy somehow stands in perfect poise, producing striking prints even so. With fresh ink sinking into paper, and cotton and linen, and then resting there to stir…

The Beasts Will Teach You the Beauty of This Earth

Baton Rouge artist Mary Lee Eggart combines nature, faith, spirituality and a prayer for peace

A Prayer for Justice and Compassion ART_COVID Nevermore Hope for a Better Normal In Memory of a Gentle Soul Mary Lee Eggart Prayer for Peace Quarantine Nevermore The ancients believed birds were messengers of the gods linking humans to the supernatural world. Baton Rouge artist Mary Lee Eggart’s colorful drawings of various birds represent her deep spirituality, faith and love…

A City with Soul

Memphis beckons with new hotels, fantastic food and a wealth of history

photo courtesy: tiger& peacock; catherine & mary’s; old dominick’s distillery fartherflung-memphis-olddominick Straight Wheat Whiskey from Old Dominck Distillery fartherflung-memphis-tigerpeacock Tiger & Peacock While barbecue and the rich music scene are reasons enough to visit Memphis, it turns out that the Bluff City has much more to offer. Of course the hopping nightlife on neon-lit Beale Street shouldn’t be missed, nor…

Preferred Natives

Caroline Dormon and the legacy of Briarwood Nature Preserve in Saline

A Florida yew, one of the world’s rarest trees, thrives at Briarwood. Briarwood curator Bayli Quick stands on the site of Dormon’s birth. As a child, Quick regularly visited Briarwood with her grandfather. Briarwood curator Bayli Quick stands on the site of Dormon’s birth. As a child, Quick regularly visited Briarwood with her grandfather. Show Caption Hide Caption In 1964,…

Traveling Around Louisiana

Admit it—it’s time for a little fun. Summer vacation is here, and it’s way too hot for chores or toiling over work. Take some time off in the summer months and experience Louisiana with an adventure to a nearby city.

Poydras Corridor sculpture “Opening & Closing” by Fritz Bultman Photos courtesy Helis Foundation; Eatlafayette; Alexandria Zoo Revel in the cool A/C of a hopping restaurant while sampling regional flavors or satisfy a craving for creativity by viewing art installations across the state. Park the RV at one of Louisiana’s beautiful campgrounds and cool off with a dip or a boat…

Visit Mississippi

Mississippi is clearly an inspired place—creativity teems in its waterways, grows as tall as its oaks, adds flavor to its food, and can be heard in the diverse voices of the state’s many musicians and writers. From the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast to the Appalachian foothills, Mississippi offers mile upon mile of adventure for wanderers and dreamers. For aspiring writers…

The Greatest Good

Saving the Hurricane Laura-ravaged Kisatchie National Forest and its inhabitants

Quail hunters pass through the storm-ravaged Vernon Unit of Kisatchie National Forest. A crowfoot violet grows near Fort Polk. Yellow markers designate endangered species areas. A crowfoot violet grows near Fort Polk. The Forest Service has installed 400 artificial cavities, much like this one that Lisa W. Lewis holds, to protect endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers. The Forest Service has installed 400…

Atchafalaya Basin

The future of America’s largest river swamp is at risk, but the people working to conserve this vital ecosystem have hope for its future

Alligators abound in Lake Martin, part of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area. Locals built and designed the floating Atchafalaya Conservation Center. Lake Martin offers dramatic sunsets even for those who never leave their car. A black-crowned night-heron hunts in the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area. Each January, thousands of great egrets, little blue herons, white ibis and roseate spoonbills make nests in…

Natural Science

New Orleans artist and environmental steward Pippin Frisbie-Calder’s work lives at the intersection of art and science

Spring Ibis Egret Chauvin Bald Eagles Chalmette Appartment Bald Eagle Nest Pippin Frisbie-Calder, Photo By John R. Kemp Lambency Juvenile Bald Eagle Juvenile at Patricia Street Bald Eagle I Are science and art really that much different? Not to New Orleans artist and environmentalist Pippin Frisbie-Calder. Like many artists — including Leonardo da Vinci ­— who draw no distinction between…

Covering Lots of Ground

London-born artist Shaun Watson designs Louisiana-inspired blankets to aid coastal restoration

At A Glace Hometown London Age 27 Occupation Illustrator, product designer Website Wemightbeonfire.net Instagram @wemightbeonfire   It’s not all that common to find a New Orleanian slowly roaming the French Quarter, camera in hand and enthralled with every curve of age-old architecture, or patch of rust on wrought iron, or splash of quirky plastic like the most energetic of first-time…