We spent the hot weekend at the Louisiana Folk Fest at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.

The annual event is held indoors, in the air-conditioned Prather Coliseum, which, during the season, is home to the university's basketball team. It was so comfortable that I suspect a portion of the attending crowd had been seeking an activity indoors to escape the deadly heat.

Those attending enjoyed local foods, a list of regional bands and a gymnasium full of original crafts, from quilts to jewelry to barrel makers, and handcrafted canes and staffs such as I display most Tuesdays at the South Louisiana Seed market in Houma.

It was a good outing, and we had a table in the middle of it all. There were other craftsmen and vendors from Houma, but few other residents made the four-hour drive up Interstate 49 to take it in. Considering the quality and variety of the folk crafts displayed, it's worth planning to visit next July.

 

Shell plant: It is too soon to report on the location and other particulars of the World War II Houma factory Larry Braud asked about. His father worked at the factory in 1946. Anyone who has information about the Leach ammunition factory can help by calling or writing.

 

Deadline today: Applications to display works at Art After Dark on Sept., 8 are due today. Get them at the Terrebonne Fine Arts Guild, Downtown Art Gallery, 630 Belanger St., or e-mail info@TFAG.org or visit terrebonnefineartsguild.org.

 

Little Mouse Santi: At Terrebonne libraries this week, a Summer Reading Program musical will be held for kids. the performances are: 2 p.m. today at the Main library; 10 a.m. Thursday at the East Houma Library; and 2 p.m. Thursday at the North branch. The event is free. Information -- Naomi Magola at 876-5861, opt. 3.

 

SoLa Summer Performance: See "Disney's Aladdin, Jr." performed by the Summer Theatre Camp of South Louisiana Center for the Arts. The show goes on at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Houma Municipal Auditorium.

More than 30 young performers are taking part.

Get tickets online at solacenter.org or at the door. Adult admission is $12, children $8.

 

”Fantasticks”: The Le Petit Theatre de Terrebonne summer musical closes Sunday. Make your reservations by calling the box office at 876-4278 or visiting houmalittletheatre.com.

 

Le Petit: Tryouts for “Four Weddings and an Elvis” will be held at 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Le Petit Theatre. Varied cast. The comedy will be on stage Sept. 14–23.

 

Meeting alert: The Houma-Thibodaux MPO Policy Committee meets Thursday at South Central Planning and Development Commission, 5058 W. Main St., Houma. The group meets quarterly to consider the implementation of policies approved by the Louisiana Legislature, including roads, traffic and other infrastructure issues.

Meetings are open to the public. A lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., followed by the meeting at noon.

Information and be found by emailing josh@scpdc.org or visiting htmpo.org for agendas.

 

Mothballed workboats: No confirmation for the dozens, possibly hundreds, of commercial vessels tied up, mothballed and not working, reported by Paul Yakupzack. “I would like to know approximately how many of these vessels are currently not working along the Gulf Coast?

“These vessels include boats 50 to 100 feet in length as well as tug boats of all lengths. I am very curious as to this number.”

I share Yakupzack's curiosity, recognizing the idle fleet as an indication of our current economy. And I wonder how many of the boats can eventually return to activity or be converted to a different purpose. Call or write if you have information.

 

Signs: I seem to have misspelled the message on that lawn service trailer I admired last column. It should have been “Krewe Kuts.”

 

Senior point of view: “An elderly woman decided to prepare her will and told her preacher she had two final requests. First, she wanted to be cremated. Second, She wanted her ashes scattered over Walmart.

“Why Walmart?” the preacher exclaimed.

"Then I'll be sure my daughters visit me twice a week."

 

Responding? Contact Bill Ellzey at 381-6256, at ellzey@viscom.net, billellzey312@gmail.com or c/o The Courier, P.O. Box 2717, Houma, LA 70361.