Destrehan Plantation’s Fall Festival set for this weekend

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 10, 1999

ERIK SANZENBACH / L’Observateur / November 10, 1999

DESTREHAN – The 28th annual Destrehan Fall Festival at Destrehan Plantation House is set this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to5 p.m.The major source of funding for operation and the continued restoration of the 200-year-old house, the festival will be bursting with antiques, crafts, food and entertainment.

More than 175 artists and craft vendors will present their woodcrafts, pottery, jewelry, clothing, dolls and other items. The Cajun and CreoleFood tent will offer its broad selection of Louisiana cuisine.

The 1830s Mule Barn to the rear of the plantation house will be converted to an Antique Mall, this year expanded to include additional vendors along the front, outside the barn. Located under the barn’s carriageway will be aFrench wine cafe.

Entertainment will be continuous, with local bands and dance groups, as well as historical re-enactments. Also, historical crafts such as candle-making, indigo dyeing and others will be demonstrated.

Other festival activities will include a silent auction booth, raffles, door prizes, pony rides and a children’s area. The U.S. Postal Service will alsooffer a special limited-edition pictorial cancellation and souvenir envelope. T-shirts, mugs, prints and fans will also be available, and guidedtours of the main house will also be available.

The entertainment schedule includes: Saturday: Destrehan High band, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Cabrini Simon School ofDance, 11:30 a.m.-12 noon; LaPlace Academy of Tae Kwan Do, 12 noon-12:30 p.m.; Crescent City Cloggers, 12:30-1 p.m.; Johanna’s Jazz-in-Motion, 1-1:30 p.m.; Bayou Country Cloggers, 1:30-2 p.m.; Dance Unlimited,2-2:30 p.m.; Tae Kwan Do Plus, 2:30-3 p.m.; and Dietra Whatley and theCountry Kidz, 3-4 p.m.Sunday: Christolettes, 11-11:30 a.m.; Mardi Gras Cloggers, 11:30 a.m.-12noon; Yvonne’s Direction in Dance, 12 noon-12:30 p.m.; Debby DillehayDance Troup, 12:30-1 p.m.; Caldonians, 1-1:30 p.m.; Planet Dance, 1:30-2p.m.; Dixie Cloggers, 2-2:30 p.m.; and Thin Red Line, 3-5 p.m.

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