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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!

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

Enjoy a fun filled day at the Rural Life Museum at the Burden Center on Essen Lane while they celebrate Harvest Day!   From 9 am - 5 p.m. at 4650 Essen Lane.

The educational event interprets life in the 19th century rural Louisiana during the fall harvest.  Some of the activities will be living history demonstrations inlcuding plowing, syrup making, blacksmithing, soap and candle making, and open hearth cooking.  Visitors are allowed to participate in many of these activities!

And, as in an Louisiana event, food available for purchase!

There is also a Civil War re-enactment of the Battle of Baton Rouge today, Sunday, Sept 29, 2013 at 1 p.m. 

See you there!


Brush With Burden Art Show

by Pat Wattam

The annual Brush with Burden Art Show opens Saturday, March 2, with an opening reception from 3-6 p.m. at the Orangerie at the Burden Rural Life off Essen Lane in Baton Rouge.  Over 100 artists works will be displayed including sculpture, paintings, and photography.  Come on out and enjoy some good food and art works including the one below by Pat Wattam!


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