Gonzales welcomes sister city residents in time for Jambalaya Festival

Staff reports

The Gonzales Committee for Cultural Affairs has been busy preparing for a group of visitors from Meylan, France. Meylan has been the sister city to Gonzales for over 20 years. The delegation of 16 will arrive from France on May 26 and will be received by host families from our community: Ronnie Comeaux, Eve Mire, Charles & Karen Hatcher, Donna Braud, Delisa and Souleyman Ba, Jo Ann Dawson and Ann LeBlanc, Lonnie and Joyce Jones, Robbie Prejean, Betty Marks, Richard and John Duhon, Gaynelle Moore and Teddy and Barbara Rushing.

Each day they are here a special outing is prepared by GCCA to acquaint the French people with Louisiana life, the food, and the people. On Friday, May 27, they will enjoy Acadiana Day with tours of the Crystal rice and Crawfish farms, Vivian Alexander Museum and Gallery, and Avery Island.  All this will be topped off with dinner at Boutin’s.  On Saturday they will attend the Jambalaya Festival in Gonzales for their first time and also enjoy local shopping.

On Sunday, May 29, it will be New Orleans Day with a tour of the WWII Museum, lunch at court of Two Sisters, a visit to St. Louis Cathedral, Mardi Gras World, the French Flea Market, Café Du Monde and Bourbon Street.

On Monday, May 30, they will travel around Ascension Parish with stops at The Cajun Village, African American Museum, Ascension Catholic Church, shopping in Donaldsonville, lunch at The Cabin,  then to Bocage Plantation.  That evening River Region Art Association will open the Art Center in Gonzales for a sip of wine and browsing the art.  Following will be an all American Cookout at Sally McConnel’s backyard hosted by RRAA.

Tuesday will be Baton Rouge Day with a meeting with Mayor “Kip” Holden, followed by visits to the Old State Capitol, lunch at Parrain’s then on to the Legislature at the Louisiana State Capitol.  That evening they will enjoy a banquet at Houmas House Plantation.

On June 1 they will be heading for the Bayou.  Eve Mire and the members of the Gonzales Boat Club will explore the rivers and bayous with the group on party boats and they will  enjoy a traditional Louisiana favorite,  Couchon de lait . To wind up the evening, Carolyn Bowman has invited everyone to a Crawfish Boil at her home.

On June 2 the French visitors will spend a day with their host families to go wherever they may want. Most of them will be leaving on June 3, but some will be moving on to other areas in America before returning to France.  The GCCA has worked hard to plan this welcoming event for the French people.  Thanks to Karen Hatcher, president, John Hebert, secretary, and Ann LeBlanc, treasurer for all their time and to all host families for their Southern hospitality.

For more information contact Karen Hatcher at 253-1675 or e-mail culturalaffairs@eatel.net.