The Pointe Coupee Historical Society will host an opening and book signing for a photography exhibit from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday at the Julien Poydras Museum and Arts Center.
Richard Sexton, Randy Harelson and Brian Castello, authors of “New Roads and Old Rivers: Louisiana’s Historic Pointe Coupee Parish,” will be on hand to autograph copies of their book, which will be on sale for $45 per copy Saturday.
Then on Sunday, Friends of the Pointe Coupee Parish Museum is inviting the public to an open house from noon to 3 p.m. at the Pointe Coupee Parish Museum, located near Parlange Plantation.
There will be refreshments, music and tours of the historic building as the museum celebrates the bicentennial of Louisiana statehood (1812-2012).
The St. Joseph Annual Family Festival will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday on the grounds of St. Joseph Church, 76940 Gum St., in Grosse Tete.
Fried chicken dinners will be served from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. for $6 a plate.
Cold beverages and desserts will also be available for purchase.
Event activities include two raffles, bingo, a general store, door prizes, horseshoe and volleyball tournaments and children’s entertainment.
For more information, contact Jeanie David at (225) 648-2977.
Rockin’ and Roasting
The Greater Pointe Coupee Chamber of Commerce will host a barbecue cook-off and fishing tournament called “Rockin’ & Roasting on the River” Sept. 28 and Sept. 29 at Morrison Parkway in New Roads.
The event will feature food, refreshments, live music, a raffle, arts and crafts booths, a boat parade and a youth fishing tournament.
The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 with live music by Dale Sellars and Backroads Band.
The daylong list of activities starts with a barbecue cook-off at 8 a.m. Sept. 29.
To participate in the cook-off, visit http://www.pcchamber.org or contact Kelly Smith at (225) 638-3500.
The youth fishing tournament will take place from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. Saturday.
The children’s tournament is open to children 14 years of age and younger.
Registration, $5 per person, will begin at 7 a.m. under the white tent at Morrison Parkway.
A trophy and $100 cash prize will be awarded for the biggest bass, catfish and bream.
Call chamber member Kurt Kellerman at (225) 603-7831 for information.
Faye Phillips will discuss “The History of West Baton Rouge Parish: People, Places, Progress” at the Ethel Claiborne Dameron Lecture Series at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the West Baton Rouge Museum in Port Allen.
The event is free and sponsored by the West Baton Rouge Historical Association.
The book is a comprehensive publication that starts readers with the 17th-century discovery of the area now called West Baton Rouge Parish, organizers said. Phillips will sign books and refreshments will follow the lecture.
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