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Monday, April 14, 2008

My Town Monday

The Smithsonian Museum's "New Harmonies" exhibit is in town for this month. It's a traveling exhibit and Abita Springs was fortunate enough to be chosen for it's first stop.
The weather was ideal yesterday, so we went over to the newly opened Trailhead to check out a couple of concerts. First, local musicians played country & bluegrass;
After that we were treated to Don Vappie and the Creole Jazz Serenaders;
Our historic gazebo (pictured in a previous post,) has been completed and is now open to the public;
To give you a sense of scale, here's Charles on the 2nd story, looking over the concert at the Trailhead;
Most of the Smithsonian's display is set up inside the Trailhead Museum;
The Tammany Trace (mentioned in previous posts,) was built over former train tracks, which used to bring visitors from New Orleans. Click the picture for a readable view;
About the Choctaw, the original inhabitants of Abita Springs. Click the picture for a readable view;

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Charles Gramlich said...

That was fun, but I particularly enjoyed our walk along the trail by Abita Creek. And best of all was our breakfast and supper on our deck. Loved the birds and the rabbits.

Josephine Damian said...

Lana, love the concept of museum using music to demonstrate our cultural history as opposed to objects or photos.

Looks like a good time was had by all.

You're so lucky to live in such a culturally rich place. I'm afraid the only thing that ever blows into my (current) town is hurricanes.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

What super fun with the Smithsonian exhibit visit. Loved reading about it. Great post and photos!!!

Happy Monday!!!

Hugs, JJ

ChristineEldin said...

Very nice!!! I love your photos. I miss country music. DH and I are both fans of bluegrass. Makes me want to take him on some dates this summer. It's been a while...
:-) said...

Oh how I wish I'd been there.

Bluegrass. Who doesn't love it!

debra said...

I love that the Smithsonian really is this country's attic, complete with music. So glad you we able to go.

Marvin said...

Isn't it great when the weather cooperates and everyone can enjoy being out it the sunshine listening to the music?

pattinase (abbott) said...

Trying to remember that movie about someone collecting old songs. The Songcatcher?

Jennifer said...

Such a beautiful town, lovely weather - and what a Gorgeous gazebo!!
Looks like a great day!

Debbielou said...

Great photos and what fabulous weather!!

Cicily Janus said...

This was a wonderful post. I really like the pictures. And I had no idea that the gazebo was THAT big. I bet the music was wonderful!

Thanks for sharing.


Travis Erwin said...

That gazebo is huge. Great pics as always.

Sandpiper said...

It sounds like a great day!

Lana Gramlich said...

Charles; Agreed. :)

Josephine; There was also a recent art display through the "New Harmonies" exhibit, but I didn't have time to get there. Most of our recent cultural enrichment is probably due (in a roundabout way,) to Hurricane Katrina, actually. Had the gazebo & trailhead buildings not been restored & moved, we certainly wouldn't have this Smithsonian exhibit today. So hang in there--hurricanes can be good things, too...kinda...

JJ; Thanks & back atcha! :)

Christine; I'm not a huge country fan, but I do like bluegrass. At some point we're really going to have to see The Abita Opry here in town. The jazz group was really great. I love live music wafting through the open air.

Ivan; I'm sure you would've loved it. They're having these concerts every weekend this month, fyi.

Debra; I still have to check out the related art exhibit at some point, too. We were very fortunate to have the Smithsonian bring us the entire exhibit. I'm looking forward to the rest of the month's concert schedule.

Marvin; I don't know that there's been a better day anywhere, ever. It was truly wonderful. :)

Pattinase; I don't think I've seen that...I'll have to look into it!

Jennifer & Debbielou; Yes, it was very nice. :) Thanks!

Cicily; The music was very nice. It was nice being able to go up in the gazebo, finally. It was damaged by Hurricane Katrina & this has been our first opportunity since we moved here almost 2 years ago now.

Travis; Thanks. Yeah, the gazebo used to sit over the actual spring & attracted a lot of tourists. It was built to hold over a hundred people (just on the 2nd story.) It's pretty cool.

Lana Gramlich said...

Sandpiper; Yes, it was very nice.

Travis said...

I'm so jealous of your weather. We did have some wonderful sunny blue skies over the weekend, and it got up to the 70s. So I guess I shouldn't complain.

But it's gray and rainy again today dangit!

Carleen Brice said...

That exhibit sounds cool!

Shauna Roberts said...

Sounds like a great day of music, the kind we have been missing since we moved here. (We need to get more adventurous and drive the hour or two necessary to find similar things.)

What marks the spring now that the gazebo has been moved? In Silver Springs, Md., they have a marker in a pocket park at the place the spring exits the ground. In Yellow Springs, Ohio, there's nothing to mark it, at least last time I was there. You had to have someone show you where it was. If a town is named after a spring, it seems the least it should do is honor that spring in some way.

Lana Gramlich said...

Travis; When you get jealous of our weather, keep in mind that it hits 120F (including 90% humidity) around August. That should level things out for you. ;) *L*

Lana Gramlich said...

Carleen; It is. The link I provided at the top should bring you to the Smithsonian's page about it--they might have a schedule of the exhibit's stops posted there.

Shauna; I agree about marking the spring. It seems to have been capped, however (years ago people would fight over the water--even to the death.) There's a nearby fountain where water comes out a lion's mouth--that might be it now.

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