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Autumn in Baton Rouge

by Leslie Green

As the weather in Baton Rouge insists on remaining a bit warm, I continue to walk my neighborhood observing the subtle changes of autumn. The state tree, the bald cypress, is actually one of the more noticeable, changing from dark green to bright orange, and the numerous satsuma trees are beginning to show ripe orange fruit. There is also the regular appearance of white pelicans during their migrations. A huge flock has taken up residence on the University Lakes near my house in the last couple of weeks. It’s amazing watching hundreds of pelicans wheeling in the sky!


Pelicans over University Lakes

 

 

Baton Rouge Green has a wonderful event each year at the beginning of December to benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Residents who have citrus trees in their yards can sign up to have some of their fruit picked by volunteers. All the fruit is then donated to the food bank. This year the event will be held on Saturday Dec. 9, 2017. 

 

Check out BR Green’s web site for more details: http://batonrougegreen.com/2017/11/02/almost-pickin-time-sign-up-for-the-pick-event-dec-9th/

Veteran's Day 11/11/2017

by Leslie Green


This year as we approach Veteran's Day, I am thinking about my high school radio teacher, John Dobbs, who was inducted into the Baton Rouge High School Hall of Fame a couple of years ago. That's right, my high school had a radio station, WBRH 90.3 FM. 

When I signed up for Radio I in 9th grade, I really didn't know what to expect. What I got was a speech class that also taught radio production skills. Mr. Dobbs taught us how to pronounce the letter W, "It's DOUBLE-U not DUB-YUH!" and while he didn't talk about it, word in the hallway was that he was a veteran, a U.S. Marine who had seen combat in WWII. He definitely seemed like a Marine. 

My senior year in high school I had Radio for home room with my good friend Rob Payer. We hosted the Big Band Show and would regularly serenade each other and Mr. Dobbs with our favorites of the era, like "Slow Boat to China" by the Kay Kyser Band. I like to think that he was pleased that we enjoyed the music of his youth. 

My high school radio station is still going strong, despite Mr. Dobbs retiring a long time ago. And my friend, Rob Payer, continues to work there. On Saturday 11/11/17 at 8 am, WBRH and KBRH will be playing a special tribute to veterans. Tune in to 90.3 FM or 1260 AM for the Rhythm Review.


WBRH

Fall Fun at the LSU Ag Center at Bruden

by Pat Wattam

Fall is finally in the air and one of the fun places to go in Baton Rouge this time of year is the LSU Ag Center at Burden on Essen Lane.  Walking paths and the museum are always available, but this time of year is the most fun with the CORN MAZE.  Corn Maze Saturdays at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, Oct 10, 17 and 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. feature hay mountain climb, corn maze, hayride, giant slingshot and plenty of concessions to enjoy. Visitors may purchase corn dogs, popcorn and drinks from Burden Horticulture Society volunteers. Admission $7 per person, including concession tickets; children 3 and under free.

Wild Foxes at LSU Lakes

by Leslie Green

I was just telling Pat a couple of days ago how much I enjoy walking around the LSU lakes near my home. I always see some interesting wildlife, mostly birds like ducks, egrets, and herons. Plus there are many beautiful houses along the lake with flower gardens and giant live oak trees. 


Live Oak Tree at LSU Lakes


Today as I was walking past the LSU President’s House on Lakeshore Dr I noticed some creature curled up on the front lawn. And then it stood up and I realized I was looking at a fox! And then another fox came running across the lawn. They seemed unfazed by the presence of a human nearby, though they did keep their distance.


 Wild Fox at LSU Lakes


Researchers at the LSU School of Coast & Environment have posted signs in the area asking the community to take pictures and either tag on Instagram or post to their Facebook page with the location. They have also posted signs with information about foxes and asking that people please NOT leave dog or cat food out for the foxes. 



 

Theatre in the Baton Rouge Area June 2017

by Pat Wattam

We are so lucky to have so much local theatre in our area.  June 2017 had Beauty and the Beast performed by Theatre Baton Rouge on the Main Stage located at 7155 Florida Blvd.  Tickets on sale now.  theatrebr.org

Then just south of Baton Rouge in Gonzales Ascension Community Theatre is performing Rock of Ages in the Pasqua Theatre at 823 Felicity St, Gonzales.  225-647-1236.

Don't say you don't have anywhere to go this June!  Enjoy some live theatre and support our local companies!

Fun Camps in Baton Rouge

by Pat Wattam

Starting Monday 6/11/2016 there are a number of cool camps and classes starting in Baton Rouge:
1. Kid's Orchestra Summer Camp Session 1. 8 am-5 pm. M-F at Episcopal High School at 3200 Woodland Ridge Blvd. With a concert at the end of each week. $200/wk. If you miss this week, perhaps you can participate the following. call 225-922-4656 or visit www.kidsorchestra.org for more info.

2. Baton Rouge Ballet Theater Summer Dance Intensive. 9 am-4 p.m. M-F at Dancers' Workshop , 10745 Linkwood Court. Ages 11 an dup. $365 Call 225-766-8379

3. Father's Day Make and Take craft at 10 am at the River Center Library, 120 St Louis St. Kids age 3-11 can make dad a unique card.

4. Tango Classes for beginners and intermediate level. 6:30 p.m. at the Manship Theatre, 100 Lafayette St.

There you go! Have a fun week!

Horses, Horses, and More Horses in Baton Rouge

by Pat Wattam

You might not think of Baton Rouge immediatly when thinking horses but horsemanship is alive and well - from westers to hunter-jumpers to dressage!  I've tried all of them but my favorite was always dressage.  In dressage a rider truly engages with their horse with practically invisible cues that can make a horse dance!  it's a beautiful thing to behold.  

This Sunday Baton Rouge will have the chance to see  high level dressage preformed at a fund raiser for GaitWay Therapeutic Horsemanship, which works with people with disabilities using horses.  I had the plesaure to work with a group like this years ago.  it was amazing to see children who could't walk suddenly be mobile on the back of a horse and children who were autistic and didn't like to touch things fall in love with petting a horse.  

The event is Sunday, April 17, 2016 at Live Oak Arabians, 6300 Jefferson Hwy.  it's worth the $10 admission just to see this place!!!  The event is from 2-5:30 with Anne Hornbeak, professional rider and a United States Dressage Federation Medialist, perform the art of dressage.  The silent auction starts at 2 with a parade of horses at 3 p.m.  $10.  This is an event the whole family will enjoy!

Fine Art in Baton Rouge!

by Pat Wattam

Fine Art is Abundant in Baton Rouge and today, April 9, 2016, you will have the opportunity to view lots of art and purchase some too!  

From 4-7 p.m. the Baton Rouge Art League sponsors their spring show and reception at the Burden Rural Life Museum off of Essen Lane.  Probably 100 pieces of fine art for you to view!

Then tonight from 5-8 p.m. N the Art Space holds their spring open house which inclues the grand opening for Biletnikoff Gallery.  These are at the Settlement at Bocage on Jefferson Hwy.  This open house is in 4 buildings with over 35 artists in all different mediums.  A great place to see a lot of different art and meet the artists!

Rock Concerts - Baton Rouge

by Pat Wattam

I have complained for years that we don't have enough high quality rock concerts coming to Baton Rouge. They always go to New Orleans and sometimes Lafayette, but not enough here  Over the next 30 days or so we are so fortunate to have 3 big acts - spanning generations and genres!  

First, March 3rd we have the Beach Boys!  Mike Love is still rockin' in with songs of beaches, surfing, and fast cars!  Talk about a trip down memory lane!!

Of course, they are a little older now - but still a great show!  It's probably been 20 years since I have seen them.

Then, on March the 10th we get none other than Robert Plant himself!  Hoping he'll through in a couple of Lepplin tunes along with his new stuff.  But anyway you look at it, it is Robert Plant with his 'oooh baby' sung like no other!

And then Rounding out this trio of concerts i James Taylor.  Now, I have never heard him in concert but he seems to have a great following and I always enjoy him on TV.  That concert in is April 18th.  

Tickets for all concerts can be purchased at Ticketmaster.  And we don't have to drive to New Orleans!  Join me at these fabulous shows!

Trail walking in Baton Rouge

by Pat Wattam

As the new year started, one of my goals was to put in 10,000 steps a day.  It's harder than I thought.  We sit at our desks all day, or drive clients around in our cars, but not a lot of walking is going on.  Looks like on average I walk 4000-5000 steps a day.  When I add 45 minutes on my treadmill that goes up to 8000 steps, if I walk for an hour, it goes up to over 9000 steps.  Except for walking around our neighborhood, I didn't think there were that many places to easily find to go walking in Baton Rouge.  Well, I was wrong!  Depending on where you live in the city, there are several places to walk that are enjoyable.

First is the Burden Estate off Essen Lane.  There are free trails to walk or for $15/year membership, you can walk in the Windrush Gardens - which is really nice.  Of course, if you go through the museum and the outbuildings, then you can really get lost walking the paths through the woods, around little lakes, etc.  This is a hidden jewel during the week.  Very few people out then and you pretty much have it all to your self.

Second favorite place to walk - or more enjoyable, ride your bicycle - is to go around LSU lakes.  You can walk for miles and there are lots of people there to join you.  I have a friend who likes to take his daughter and walk there and has figured out a 2 mile route.

Our BREC parks also have some nice places to walk.  You will see lots of people walking in Forest Park off Harrels Ferry  - it winds around by the tennis courts and is a nice walk. The other one I like is Highland Road park - plenty of grounds to walk across - or ride your horse!!

But when I have enough time I really like to head north to Port Hudson - a Civil War site with lots of trails and some actual terrain so that you get good exercise. I think I could go way over 10,000 steps if I had time to go there. Maybe if I got there once a week it would just be fun!   

If you can think of some more fun places to walk, add them here!

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