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Cottage Converts: Steele Place home has evolved with the Duprees’ lives

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Sarah Dupree, Warren Dupree, 15, Winston Dupree, 11, and Jason Dupree, from left, relax on the back porch of their Steele Place home. .

What started out as a traditional 1930s-vintage wood-frame house is now Sarah and Jason Dupree’s comfortable home, perfect for casual living, entertaining and raising their family. Originally a two-bedroom, one-bath cottage, the house was completely renovated in 1962 by a previous owner. The massive project included the addition of a second story as well… Continue reading →

Daylilies of summer: Baton Rouge society offers tour


“Those Summertime Blooms” is the theme for the Baton Rouge Daylily Society’s open garden tour on Saturday, May 30. The tour, which is free and runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., features beautifully landscaped public and private gardens in Baton Rouge and the surrounding area. In addition to thousands of different daylily varieties, you’ll also see… Continue reading →

Shedding ideas about space: Backyard storage gets new life as pubs, studios, getaways

Associated Press photo -- One homeowner used a shed to enhance the backyard and create additional space for entertaining and outdoor living in San Carlos, Calif. Homeowners around the country are using sheds as a place to hang out.

When Morgaine Ford-Workman and Wren Workman bought a house with a backyard shed, they saw the potential for something more than storing garden tools. The couple transformed the 10-by-12-foot building into a bar to use during outdoor parties at their house in Morrisville, Pennsylvania. “We’re involved in community theater and we like to throw a lot… Continue reading →

Community News, May 29, 2015

Photo provided by MONICA BISHARA -- Newcomers Encore Club -- Carruth Higgins, owner of Bayou Scape landscaping company, spoke about trends in gardening and simple treatments for pests to the Newcomers Encore Club of Baton Rouge on May 14 at Ralph and Kacoo's Restaurant. Shown are, from left, Gayle Ramsey, Noelie Pilie, Joan McQuiddy and Sherry Byers.

Jeffery Carbo spoke about the project to restore the LSU lakes at the Burden Horticulture Society’s “Reflections in the Garden” program May 4. He showed slides about the history of the lakes and different proposals to make them more environmentally sustainable and appealing… Continue reading →

LSU AgCenter Garden News: Leaf disease shows up on Indian hawthorne, other plants

Photo by ALLEN OWINGS  Our wet weather is causing Entomosporium leaf spot to show up on Indian hawthorn.

Persistent wet weather is creating conditions for Entomosporium leaf spot to make an appearance in Louisiana. Caused by the fungus Entomosporium mespili, it’s a common disease of various woody ornamentals in the family Rosaceae. In Louisiana landscapes, however, it is most commonly a problem on Indian hawthorn (Raphiolepis indica) and red tip photinia (Photinia fraseri), says… Continue reading →

Volunteer opportunities, May 29, 2015

Volunteer opportunities, provided by Capital Area United Way, are outlined in this column every Friday. To learn more about these opportunities please contact the listed agency directly or visit to sign up online. BECOME A COLLEGE MENTOR, Baton Rouge Youth Coalition — LaShawn Robertson, (225) 456-5752: The program pairs each… Continue reading →

Perfect grilling weather is straight ahead!

Associated Press photo by Matthew Mead -- Goat Cheese-Stuffed Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Memorial Day is behind us, so that means there’s nothing but summer — and perfect grilling weather — straight ahead. Try a finger-friendly dish of grilled onions and peppers, grilled sweet potatoes stuffed with creamy goat cheese, smoky chicken bathed in Alabama white sauce (proof that good things actually do come from Alabama), kick up… Continue reading →

Memories of Ebarb: Member of Choctaw-Apache Tribe of Ebarb writes cookbook to keep traditions alive

Sun Herald photo by Tim Isbell -- Dorsey Ebarb Bronson talks about her book, 'Louisiana Cooking by Native American Choctaw-Apache.' The book includes recipes and childhood memories.

Dorsey Ebarb Bronson, of Mobile, Alabama, hopes the best way to a lawmaker’s heart is through his stomach. She’s a member of the Choctaw-Apache Tribe of Ebarb, on the Louisiana side of the Sabine River near the border with Texas. The tribe is recognized by the state but not by the federal government. Bronson compiled… Continue reading →

Business is picking up: ‘American Pickers’ hit Texas, Louisiana, looking for underappreciated collectibles

Photo by Zachary Maxwell Stertz -- Mike Wolfe shows a vintage cigarette machine brought home from a pick.

Louisiana and Texas were ripe for the picking, or in this case, the pickers, when Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz headed south in their white Antique Archaeology van recently. The stars of History’s “American Pickers,” the pair’s mission is to comb the country in search of antiques, vintage memorabilia and other oddities; wheel and deal and… Continue reading →

Common Ground: The stress before the relaxation

Packing, planning and executing a summer family vacation is not a part of the process that I look forward to. It is tiring and even stressful. One time I waited until the last minute to wash clothes, fold, pack my children’s suitcases, clean the house and load the van in the wee hours of the morning.… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Time to get into summer

Photo provided by SHARON POL --- Tiger Sistahood --- Getting together for dinner at the Chimes before going to see Swine Palace's production of 'The Book Club' on April 28 are members of the Tiger Sistahood book club, from left, Sharon Kavanaugh, Sharon Kleinpeter, Carmen Parker, Beth Tope, Paula Dupuy, Elise Kaufman, Sharon Pol, Lee Ann Rayner, Jacquelyne Janneck and  Ellen Swirsky.

School’s out and summer vacation is now underway. But before all this could take place, lots of events were keeping us busy here in the Capital City. Follow Pam on Twitter @pamspartyline. Items for Pam’s Party Line must be received by 9 a.m. the Monday preceding the run date. High-resolution digital photos should be emailed… Continue reading →

‘Mind’s Eye’ arts show brings awareness to mental illness

The Baton Rouge Affiliate of The National Alliance on Mental Illness will present “The Mind’s Eye,” an art exhibition featuring works of art by artists in the community living with mental illness, with a reception and gala at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 427 Laurel St. NAMI Baton Rouge… Continue reading →

'Back to the Future': Drew Guillory cruising Baton Rouge in DeLorean that will 'change your life'

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Drew Guillory has slowly built his DeLorean car into the time traveling vehicle from 'Back to the Future.'

Just sitting in a parking lot, Drew Guillory’s car attracts a thumbs-up and a few ear-to-ear grins from passing motorists. Then the camera phones start popping out. “This car will change your life,” he says. “This car” is a replica of the time machine from “Back to the Future,” which hit theaters 30 years… Continue reading →

20"x20"x20": Small art has sizeable impact in juried LSU exhibit

Advocate photo by ROBIN MILLER -- Justin Wilson's mixed media piece, 'Red Octopus,' is a merit award winner in the LSU Union Gallery's national juried '20X20X20' exhibition.

Call them sketches, the beginning of something bigger in Dan Hood’s cache of installation ideas. “But then, I also see them as finished pieces,” he says. “They can stand on their own, so I entered them in the show. But I never dreamed I’d win first place. I’m in shock.” In fact, Hood forgot he entered… Continue reading →

Business is picking up ‘American Pickers’ scour Texas and Louisiana, looking for underappreciated collectibles

Photo by Zachary Maxwell Stertz -- Mike Wolfe shows a vintage cigarette machine brought home from a pick.

Louisiana and Texas were ripe for the picking, or in this case, the pickers, when Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz headed south in their white Antique Archaeology van recently. The stars of History’s “American Pickers,” the pair’s mission is to comb the country in search of antiques, vintage memorabilia and other oddities; wheel and deal and eventually… Continue reading →

Community News, May 26, 2015

Photo provided by MARIE ESTOPINAL -- Canary Islanders -- The Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana celebrated La Dia de la Cruz (The Day of the Cross) May 2 at the Bluebonnet Branch Library. In the Canary Islands, the people decorate crosses with flowers on the first Sunday in May in remembrance of the anguish of the Virgin Mary during the crucifixion of Jesus. Shown are, from left, Kathy Brumfield, Joan Alemán, Stella Tanoos, Karen Lambert, Hazel Bello, Marie Estopinal, Denise Lindsly and Janelle Hickey. For information, visit or email

The Joanna Waddill Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy presented Military Service Awards on May 11. Durell Spivey, who served in the Army as a technician fourth grade, received the National Defense Medal from Chapter Chairman of Military Service Awards Jan Grace. He accepted… Continue reading →

Sunburning questions: Summer is starting, so experts urge precautions to stay healthy

A woman sunbathes in a beach in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, May 15, 2015. The Iberian Peninsula has experienced record high temperatures for May as thermometers shot up to levels normally only seen in midsummer. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) ORG XMIT: EM101

As the days get longer, the outdoors beckon. But longer days also mean stronger rays. Today marks the unofficial start of summer, and getting outside doesn’t mean you have to get a sunburn. Avoiding the sun’s damage can prevent skin cancer — the nation’s most common type of cancer, affecting one in five Americans, according to… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge’s O.M.G. Conference recognizes HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

In honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, organizer Sashika Baunchand will present the third annual O.M.G Youth Conference Saturday at Southern University. Baunchand is the executive director of the event’s founding organization, Outstanding Mature Girlz, and is also the Louisiana advocacy consultant for AIDS Healthcare Foundation. She said she… Continue reading →

Diocese of Baton Rouge transfers three priests, assigns three deacons new positions; parishioners at Christ the King, St. Aloysius to see fresh faces

Father Joshua Johnson

Bishop Robert Muench will transfer three priests and assign three deacons positions once they are ordained priests starting July 1, the Diocese of Baton Rouge has announced. TheRev. Joshua D. Johnson, 27, current parochial vicar at Christ the King Church at LSU, will become parochial vicar at St. Aloysius Church in Baton Rouge.… Continue reading →

Putting artists on a new path

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Gallery -- In his debut Baton Rouge Gallery exhibition, 'Paths of Moving Points,' Rob Carpenter plays with line to create calculated, eye-pleasing, hand-drawn tapestries.

Sometimes a line will veer off course on its journey from point A to point B and surprise Rob Carpenter. Perhaps that’s why he titled his exhibit “Paths of Moving Points.” It runs through Thursday at Baton Rouge Gallery. Carpenter’s show is joined by three May exhibitions by fellow gallery artist members: James Burke’s “Good Morning… Continue reading →

Danny Heitman’s “At Random”: Sage advice for 2015 graduates

We’re coming to the end of commencement season, that time of year when sage advice blooms from graduation podiums across America. Nothing I’ve heard this month, though, sounds any wiser than a speech by Willard Spiegelman to students at his home campus, Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Spiegelman has taught English at SMU for many years, and… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Music makes the party

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'Mozart on the Lake' --- At the Baton Rouge Symphony's 'Mozart on the Lake' evening at White Oak Plantation are, from left, sponsors Dr. Jonathan and Yolunda Taylor, music director Timothy Muffitt, event chairwoman Betty Schwartzberg and Executive Director Cary Byrd.

In a little less than 24 hours I went from ABBA to Mozart last week. The Mozart was courtesy of the Baton Rouge Symphony; ABBA courtesy of the Emerge Center. Chef John Folse’s White Oak Plantation was the setting for the symphony’s Mozart on the… Continue reading →

Human Condition: In a war cemetery, searching for a distant memory

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ --  A lone, bare tree stands at the edge of a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach on the Normandy coast.

There will be no mail on Monday. Some will ponder why when they open the empty box. It’s Memorial Day, a paid federal holiday for some, but just another day in the work trenches for others. It’s an easy one to forget, despite the picnics in the parks where bluish smoke of barbecues hangs thick… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area book events for May 23-30

BOOK EVENTS STORY TIME: 10 a.m., Delmont Gardens Branch Library, 3351 Lorraine St. “Curious George at the Fire Station” by Margaret Rey with a fire hat craft. Limited to 20, ages 3-5. Register at the Children’s Desk. Children under 9 must have an adult. Story… Continue reading →

‘Waterscapes’ depicts healing aspect of nature

Jennifer Carwile, the artist who brought the crowd-favorite “My Life as a Mermaid” installation at Prospect 3+BR in December and January, is showing new work in the exhibit “Waterscapes” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 24, and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Coates Guest House, 4518 Hyacinth Ave., at Lee… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge arts calendar for May 24, 2015

Photo provided by River Community Church -- Marlene Most's photo, Bret with Olivia, is part of the exhibit,k "Favorite Faces," which runs through Sunday, May 31, at River Community Church in Prairieville.

Here’s what’s happening this week in the area arts and cultural scene: The deadline is Monday, June 1, for entries to Forum 35’s Art Melt 2015. The statewide juried art show will run July 25 through Aug. 27 at the Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. Fourth St., Baton Rouge. The show is open to Louisiana… Continue reading →

New president of Pineville college stops at Baton Rouge church on state tour

Advocate photo by Mark H. Hunter -- The Rev. Dr. Rick Brewer, the newest president of Louisiana College, kicked off his tour of area Baptist churches by speaking and playing the piano at Woodlawn Baptist Church in Baton Rouge on May 17.

The newest president of Louisiana’s only Baptist college visited the oldest Baptist church in East Baton Rouge Parish to introduce himself and encourage parents to send their students there. The Rev. Rick Brewer, ninth president of Louisiana College, spoke to the congregation of Woodlawn Baptist Church, established in 1850, and received a warm reception… Continue reading →

Growing in Place: Renovating over decades, the Campbells’ ‘little old farmhouse’ has kept up just fine

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Helen and Bill Campbell still live in the Steele Place home they purchased in 1967. By making severalmajor additions to the home, they have been able to raise their children in the home they purchased shortly after they moved to Baton Rouge.

While most of their friends have moved several times as their needs have changed and their families expanded, Helen and Bill Campbell decided to grow their house along with their family. “We were able to raise our children here, and now our grandchildren visit us here,” said Helen Campbell of the house that started out as… Continue reading →

Chic + Comfortable: ‘A relaxed lifestyle is something people want more and more’

Associated Press photo -- Designer Brian Patrick Flynn creates relaxed interior for his clients by meticulously editing all furnishings down to a mix of shapes, scale, materials and finishes. This neutral loft is packed with mismatched classic modern pieces which are sculptural and create somewhat of a collection rather than an actual set, something he avoids to keep spaces from feeling 'forced or too perfectly matched.'

It’s a difficult compromise: Many of us want our homes to look as stylish and carefully designed as those we see in decorating magazines. But we also want them to be comfortable and easy to enjoy. “A relaxed lifestyle is something people want more and more, and their homes are reflecting that,” says New York City designer Young Huh.… Continue reading →

Community News, May 22, 2015

Photo provided by CAL ESNEAULT -- Cajun Clickers -- East Baton Rouge Parish Library System Director Spencer Watts and Andrew Tadman, head of reference and computer services, spoke to the Cajun Clickers Computer Club on May 7 at  Broadmoor United Methodist Church about the new Main Library and recent additions to the digital library section. Club member Bart Bennett spoke about smartphone apps useful during storm emergencies. Shown are, from left, Nina Richard, Tadman, Bill Mead and Bennett.

The Music Club of Baton Rouge held its last recital program of the season, “Sounds of Spring,” May 12 at the Woman’s Club. The Iris Domestic Violence Center received a $50,000 contribution to assist with its… Continue reading →

Group sets presentation on overlooked herb

Have you ever used the herb savory? Did you know it’s considered one of the best possible herbs for flavoring bean dishes? That it makes a fine restorative tea? That it comes in several forms and grows wild all over the northern hemisphere, including in the United States? Find out all about this dynamic plant when the… Continue reading →

Volunteer opportunities, May 22, 2015

Volunteer opportunities, provided by Capital Area United Way, are outlined in this column every Friday. To learn more about these opportunities please contact the listed agency directly or visit to sign up online. BECOME A COLLEGE MENTOR, Baton Rouge Youth Coalition — LaShawn Robertson, (225) 456-5752: The program pairs each… Continue reading →

Gourmet Galley: Tails of summer: Great recipes just in time for crawfish season

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Crawfish Chajitas

Summer is crawfish season, and we’re able to get tails at a reasonable price, so let’s make a pot of Crawfish Étouffée, or a tasty Crawfish Spread, or maybe Crawfish Chajitas. This classic étouffée recipe is easy enough for a novice cook. Take the time to have all the ingredients chopped and measured before you start; after that,… Continue reading →

I Eat La.: The fine art of layering and balance: Sweet and Smokey Glazed Shrimp and Creamy Risotto

Advocate photo by Teresa B. Day -- Sweet and Smoky Glazed Shrimp over Creamy Risotto

That perfect balance of smoky and sweet is divine, but a little tricky to achieve. First, be careful to add a smoky flavor that is mild and understated. Then, let the sweet aspect enhance the way the smoke warms the flavor of your dish. Last, mix in a little vinegar to make it all come together… Continue reading →

Louisiana singers finish 2nd, 4th on 'The Voice'

NBC photo by TRAE PATTON -- Koryn Hawthorne, left, takes the stage with her coach,  Pharrell Williams, on the live finals of 'The Voice' last week.

Ponchatoula native Meghan Linsey and Abbeville’s Koryn Hawthorne finished in the second- and fourth-runners-up spots respectively on NBC’s “The Voice” Tuesday night. Sixteen-year-old Sawyer Fredericks, of Fultonville, New York, was named the winner of the reality singing competition series’ Season 8. Joshua Davis, of Travese City, Michigan, finished third. “The competition aside, we… Continue reading →

Cooking the competition: Baton Rouge cook Jesse Romero hopes to graduate to chef on Fox’s ‘MasterChef’

Photo provided by Triple 7 public Relations --- Baton Rougean Jesse Romero to appear on Season Six of 'MasterChef'

Baton Rouge native Jesse Romero began dabbling in the kitchen at the age or 8 or 9, taking cues from his parents and grandparents. On May 20, the 29-year-old brings all he’s learned over the years to compete on the sixth season of “MasterChef,” which premieres with a two-hour special on Fox at 7 p.m. The… Continue reading →

Common Ground: How to stay young when you’re not

After talking with several seniors — they were between 86 and 94 years old — I realized that growing older is a journey that we can choose to face with optimism and opportunity. The folks I spoke with are not rocking-chair types. They are outgoing people who live for the moment, travel, dance and share… Continue reading →