Looking North for July 3, 2013

A turning point in the American Civil War will be commemorated 150 years later when Port Hudson State Historic Site holds a re-enactment Tuesday of the July 9, 1863, surrender of the Confederate garrison to Union forces.

The public is invited to witness the 10 a.m. program at the historic site’s museum. Port Hudson’s surrender followed the July 4 surrender of the other major Confederate Mississippi River strong point, at Vicksburg, Miss., and gave Union forces complete control of the river.

The historic site is on U.S. 61 in East Feliciana Parish.

Red, white, blueberries

The town of Clinton will hold its annual “Red, White, and Blueberry Festival,” Friday and Saturday in conjunction with the town’s monthly Saturday market.

The festival will begin Friday with a 6 p.m. ceremony in front of the Town Hall. Children’s activities, food vendors and a fireworks display also are planned.

Shoppers will find fresh produce, hot barbecue, jewelry, shrubs and plants, cypress furniture and more in the area near the courthouse.

Fourth fireworks

St. Francisville will observe the Fourth of July on Thursday with fireworks, food and music at the town’s ball park on Burnett Road. The fireworks begin at dark.

Miracle Place Church, 2080 Main St., Baker, will hold its annual 4th of July Extravaganza with tailgating starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and fireworks at dusk. The public is invited.

More Angola donations

After donating 3,000 pounds of surplus potatoes to food banks in East and West Feliciana parishes, the Louisiana State Penitentiary gave another 6,000 pounds of potatoes, cucumbers and summer squash to the food banks in East Feliciana Parish this week. The donations resulted from a bumper crop of vegetables at the prison farm this season.

Artist of the month

Artist Juliette Salter, who works in oils, will display her work during July at the East Feliciana Parish Clerk of Court’s Office, on St. Helena St., in Clinton. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Lane program

Lane Regional Medical Center’s Diabetes Support Group meets at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Zachary hospital. Diabetes patients and those who are supporting roles for them are invited to attend.

Storyteller visits

Storyteller Sylvia Yancy Davis is visiting the Audubon Regional Library branches next week with stories of Africa and African-Americans. She will be at the Greensburg branch at 1 p.m. Wednesday, at the Clinton United Methodist Church Hall at 10 a.m. on July 11 and the Jackson branch at 1 p.m. on July 11.

Uniform drive

The Quad Area Community Action Agency in Clinton is teaming with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to provide 300 to 350 school uniforms to elementary and middle school students in East Feliciana Parish. Anyone wishing to donate to the uniform fund may send a contribution to Uniforms for Kids, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, P.O. Box 127, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0127.

For more information on the East Feliciana drive, contact Sandra Baker at (225) 683-3308.

To submit news about Baker, Zachary and the Felicianas, call James Minton at (225) 775-7005; fax: (225) 774-6485; email: jminton@theadvocate.com. Deadline: noon Wednesday.