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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/

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.

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!

Fun Things to Do in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

by Pat Wattam

Baton Rouge offers an abundance of activities for all ages.  Here is a sampling of things coming soon:

Friday, Oct 16  Toulouse-Lautrec Satellite Show Opening Reception from 6-8 at the Firehouse Galery  427 Laurel Street.  Free.  Refreshments

Friday-Saturday through out this month, The 13th Gate at 832 St Phillip St.  This gets you ready for Halloween with the haunts and frights at one of the scariest haunted house attractions i the country!! Opens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

Want something a little less scary?  Check out Boo at the Zoo!  BREC Baton Rouge Zoo at 3501 Thomas Road has a trick-or-treating extravaganza at the zoo.  Wear your costume, wanter throught the Hay Maze or make a memory at the Safari Snapshot photo both.  Regular admission.  9:30-4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct 17.  Red Stick Farmers Market - always a hit!  8 am.  501 Main Street.  Lots of fall vegetables along with Maggie Heyn Richardso will be cooking up seasonal recipes and discussing her book "Hungry for Louisiana"

The Pat Wattam Team likes to help the newcomers to our city, as well as our long time residents, find fun things to do.  If you ever wonder "What's Happening this weekend" just give us a call!

 

Halloween Safety Tips in Baton Rouge

by Debbie Hanna

Halloween is such a fun time for kids! Parents can do several things to ensure it's not only fun, but SAFE. Here are some tips for making it a SPOOKTACULUR night. 

Costumes 

  • Brightly colored costumes for good visibility in the dark​
  • "Flame resistant" or "flame retardant" labels on costumes and any accessories
  • Masks that don't restrict your child's vision
  • Nothing that is a tripping hazard, such as robes or capes that are too long
  • Make sure to watch the weather and dress kids appropriately

Trick or Treating Rules

  • Younger kids should be accompanied by an adult
  • Routes should be restricted to your neighborhood or one you know well
  • Curfew time for older kids
  • Should go in groups of three or more
  • Use sidewalks and crosswalks
  • Bring flashlight, and if they have one – a cell phone
  • Stay on well-lit streets & don’t cut through parks or yards
  • Don’t run, walk.
  • Trick-or-treat only at well–lit homes, & the front door is as far as you go
  • Don't eat any candy until you can inspect it

Inside Your Home

  • Don't let younger children carve the pumpkin, but let them draw the face instead
  • Use battery-powered candles for pumpkins instead of real candles
  • Check out all the candy your kids bring home & throw out candy with wrappers that have been opened
  • Throw away candies that may be a choking hazard to children 3 yrs. old and younger

Outside Your Home

  • Remove tripping hazards from your yard
  • Put lighted pumpkins on a level surface & out of reach of small trick-or-treaters
  • Turn on your porch light!!!

Debbie Hanna
The Pat Wattam Team
RE/MAX First
225-772-3662

Neal Family Blues Exhibit

by Pat Wattam

The West Baton Rouge Museum showcases the Neal Family musical legacy in an exhibt commorating the music  of Raful Neal and his family.  Blues musicians Jacie Neal, Kenny Neal, and Raful Neal - known as the Godfather of Baton Rouge Blues, who have all passed away, have their legacy on showcase at the West Baotn Rouge Museum thruough Sunday , July 12.  Hours are 10 am - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 - 5 p.m. n Sundays.  Admission $ Adults and $2 for seniors or students.  Their names could been seen on many jukeboxes back in the day.  The exhibit has photos, a lits of songs on the jukebox form Parker's Lounge in Point Coupee Parish, and many authentic items loaned by the family, including their early guitars.  Should be a good time for the whole family!

Sea Shell Show in Baton Rouge

by Pat Wattam

The Louisiana Malacological Society's annual Shell Show will be held this weekend March 6 and 7th, at teh Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence blvd.  Open to the general public from 9 am - 5 p.m.  This is a FREE event.  Many of the shell specimens o display were collected by members  during club sponsored trips around the world including Tahiti, Bora Bora, Australia, Thailand, Costa Rica and more!!  Sounds like a fun outing for all!

Movie Theaters Aren't Just for Movies Anymore!

by Pat Wattam

Movie Theaters used to be a place where you went to see a first run movie - or, in a small town like where I grew up, probably only 2nd run movies!  Today you can see Opera, Broadway, and more - here in Baton Rouge at Perkins Rowe.  The Manship Theater downtown also runs movies that we love - haven't checked that out but wonder how big THAT screen would be!  This week, which made me think to post this, Perkins Rowe will run Raiders of the Lost Ark?  Remember the first time (or 2nd or 3rd) you saw it - all your friends were talking about it - the snakes, the reflection of the snake in the safety glass when it is in Harrison Ford's Face!  It was an AMAZING and totally entertaining movie - and the end was so scarey with the faces melting away (glad I watched the special where they showed how that was done - now I actually enjoy watching the chocolate melt off and the eyeballs pop out!), and then the burecratic ending!  What a movie!  

When we did an Moive tour of Kauai several years ago, one of the places we went to was where the opening scene from the movie was filmed - where Harrison Ford grabs the rope swing to land in the water and catch the plane as it taxies off the water.  They had a rope swing there and let people swing out over the water, but not drop into it.  Evidently some people came dressed in character sometime and jumped in - they don't allow that any more.  I was REALLY, REALLY chicken but finally did it - screamed the whole way! It was a blast and I highly recommend doing it the next time you are in Kauai!

So, Sunday, June 1st, at Perkins Rowe, 2 p.m. Sunday and then 2 and 7 p.m. this Wednesday, Raiders of the Lost Ark!!  Enjoy!

University Lake Bike Path

by Pat Wattam

As the weather turns warmer, a really fun way to spend the day is around University Lake near LSU.  The lake has a beach, picnic table, and a wonderful walking/bike path that goes around the lake.  The best part about the bike path is that it is separate from the highway so that it is much safer.  A great way to spend a couple of hours with everyone - young and old.  Or, if you just want to laze around, bring a picnic and enjoy the ducks (who will probably enjoy your food!) and the lake view.  Or for the more active, bring your kayak - the ducks will follow you around!

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Burden Rural Life Harvest Festival

by Pat Wattam

Fall in Baton Rouge brings a bunch of festivals - and one of the most fun ones where you can step back in time is the Fall Harvest Festival at the Burden Rural Life Museum off Essen Lane.  People stroll the grounds in period costumes, play historic games, re-enactors demostrate a civil war battle, and there's music and people showing how things were done in the good old days!  This is a great place to bring the whole family - have fun and receive a little education too!

If you have other fun things you like to do in Baton Rouge, add you events to www.Facebook.com/365BatonRouge

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