Crazy ‘bout Christmas

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 7, 2013

By David Vitrano

GRAMERCY – Pleasant temperatures and the lack of a Saints game might have had something to do with it — or maybe it was just a little bit of old Santa’s magic — but St. James-based Crazy ‘Bout History’s second Cajun Christmas event drew such a crowd Sunday that Director Connie Donadieu said the event may have to move to a different location next year.
“This is a fantastic turnout,” said Donadieu. “We couldn’t have asked for anything better.”
And it was not only the crowd that grew at this year’s event. A country store featuring a variety of holiday-themed items and face painting were added to this year’s roster. And Santa even managed to bring along Mrs. Claus for picture taking this year.
“And next year it will be even bigger,” Donadieu said, adding, “This is better than going to the mall.”
With a line to take photos with Santa stretching beyond the front entrance of the barn at the St. James Welcome Center, the crowd must have agreed.
Donadieu said the event serves a twofold purpose. First, the money it raises goes toward the restoration of an antique, horse-drawn hearse Crazy ‘Bout History acquired a couple of years ago. But more importantly, it helps to spread the word about the group’s mission of educating the community about its vibrant history to a youthful crowd.
Donadieu said the organization is not just about special events but also about bringing history to life in the everyday.
“We are available to go into schools. We can come in costume,” she said. “And that’s what it’s about, teaching not just children but adults too about the history.”
Any educator interested in bringing Crazy ‘Bout History to his or her classroom should contact Donadieu at 225-869-8148.
Donadieu added that the group is also resurrecting the cemetery tour at St. Michael’s in Convent, but it will be held in the spring instead of October as it had in past years.