Around Jefferson: Blessing of the Fleet highlights Bucktown Bash

Eva Jacob Barkoff
Eva Jacob Barkoff

There’s a new festival in town, and it kicks off July 4 at the new Bucktown Marina, 201 Old Hammond Highway, Metairie.

The inaugural Bucktown Bash gets underway at 11 a.m. The festival will feature music from local and national artists, arts and crafts, food and refreshments, kite flying, games for kids, and the return of the Blessing of the Bucktown Fleet.

The Blessing of the Fleet, which was suspended after Hurricane Katrina, will begin at noon and entertainment starts at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and children 12 and under will be admitted free.

Musicians scheduled to perform are Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Christian Serpas and Ghost Town from 1:50 to 2:50 p.m., The Bucktown All Stars from 3:20 to 4:20 p.m., Wet Willie from 4:50 to 6:05 p.m. and The Grass Roots from 6:35 to 7:50 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Jefferson Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Louisiana State Office of Tourism and Abita Beer.

MADD looks to rebuild

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is rebuilding its New Orleans and Metairie chapter and will meet Monday at 6 p.m. at Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Road.

Meetings will be held the second Monday of every month.

For more information, call Charlsey Wolff at (504) 483-3406, Jenna Shorts at (504) 875-1291 or Valerie Cox at the MADD headquarters at (225) 926-0807.

Patchwork Players coming

The Patchwork Players will present “Rumplestilskin” beginning next week at the Rivertown Theatre for the Performing Arts theatre, 325 Minor St., Rivertown.

The musical will be performed Tuesday through July 12, and July 15-19, at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., and on July 20 at 11 a.m.

The late Buzz Podewell founded the Patchwork Players in 1984 and each June and July they perform two different plays at the Rogers Memorial Chapel on the campus of Tulane University.

The group dances, sings, tells jokes and interacts with audience members, engaging several children from the audience in the cast at each performance.

The play stars Gary Rucker as Rumpelstiltskin. Also featured are Greg Stratton, Stephen Eckert, Mike Harkins, Chrissy Garrett and Shelley Johnson. The director is Jessica Podewell.

Tickets are $8 per person and can be obtained by calling (504) 468-7221 or online at

Summer reading for kids

Don’t forget that youngsters can still register for the annual summer reading program sponsored by the Jefferson Parish Library.

The theme is “Dig into Reading.” Children up to age 12 who read 10 books or have 10 books read to them if they are too young to read, will receive a backpack, completion certificate, a yard sign and sticker, and a raffle ticket for a chance to win a gift card.

And those who are 13 to 18 also can register for the summer reading program. Those who read five books will receive a backpack, a yard sign and sticker and a raffle ticket. If the books chosen are over 100 pages, it will still count as one book.

The raffles will take place at all branch libraries on Aug. 3 and all winners will be notified.

The reading program ends July 31.

For more information, call the branch library nearest you or call the East Bank Regional in Metairie at (504) 838-1190 or the West Bank Regional at (504) 364-2660.

Feed the Multitudes slated

A reminder that the 24th annual Feed the Multitudes event, sponsored by Victory Fellowship, is Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the church grounds, 5708 Airline Drive, Metairie.

The event, for the poor and needy in the metropolitan area, features food, refreshments, games for kids, spa services and music.

If you would like to volunteer to help at today’s event, just stop by or call (504) 733-5005.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. To contact her, send an email to or call (504) 430-8053.