Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Postcard from South Louisiana: Arnaudville becomes a Cajun arts center / story & photo Rebecca Hudsmith
"The newest center for the arts and roots music in southwest Louisiana is the town of Arnaudville along the Bayou Teche, near Lafayette. There local artist George Marks has opened the Town Market, a showcase for the works of regional artists and artisans. It is also the location of monthly pot luck dinners and live music in the style of the old Cajun house parties.
This past Friday, I made my way to Arnaudville and the Town Market, where I met folks from as far away as Lyon, France and Montreal, Canada. Needless to say, conversations in French abounded.
The evening ended in the back room of the Town Market where Cajun fiddler Louis Michot of the Lost Bayou Ramblers and accordionist Ray Abshire, along with a number of froittoir (rubboard) players representing several generations of Cajun musicians, played traditional Cajun French music to a lively crowd of folks of all ages.
If you are in the area, a slight detour off of I-49 or I-10 is well worth it.
The Town Market is located at 1013 Neblet, and the phone number is 337-754-9898. C'est bon!"
And there's more at http://www.arnaudvillechamber.com/artworks.php