Upcoming Field Trips in 2021
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May 1 – Houmas House and Gardens [Rescheduled from April 17]
When: Saturday May 1st
Where: 40136 Highway 942 Darrow, La
How: We will gather in the parking lot of Highland Rd Home Depot, on the garden center end behind the Circle K, at 8am for an 8:15 departure. We have a group rate (15 or more people) of $19.61 each for either of the venues. We will need to enter all at one time, so if you plan to meet us at the Plantation please wait for the group before you enter.
The mansion has been restored to the antebellum era, reflecting the opulence and wealth this sugarcane farm boasted in the 1880’s. The Gardens of Houmas House, spanning 38 acres, are a panorama of indigenous Louisiana plant life and stunning exotics designed.They are expansive and the most exquisite in all of Plantation Country gardens. The Gardens are planned to reflect the unique beauty of each part of the year with an extensive color renewal each April and November. Spring comes early to plant life along the River Road, and the gardens at Houmas House literally explode overnight with color and fragrance. The gardens are managed to create a natural display of indigenous plant life and blooms alongside the more formal presentation of selected exotics that add to the overall Houmas House experience. Many sitting areas have been provided around the property to invite guests to sit and experience the year-round grandeur of the ancient oak alley, the fragrance of spring and summer blooms and the sights and sounds of bird life, wildlife and plantation life of long ago. Each courtyard displays a dramatic water feature where exotic Lotus and Lily pads thrive. Large and colorful Koi friskily circle the ponds providing vibrant colors and a peaceful feeling.
Be sure to join us to see why USA Today voted Houmas House the top historic tourist attraction in Louisiana.
May 15 – New Orleans Graveyard Tour, Bywater area walk, French Quarter and evening river sunsets.
We will meet in the parking lot of the Home Depot on Highland Rd, behind the Circle K on the garden center end, at 6:30 for a 6:45 departure.
PLEASE NOTE: Fee for the Cemetery tour is $10 cash. Darrel will collect prior to departure.
Metairie Cemetery was previously a horse racing track, The Metairie Race course was founded in 1838. It was also used as a Confederate Camp during the Civil War. After the war and reconstruction, the track went bankrupt and later converted to the cemetery,
Metairie cemetery has the largest collection of elaborate marble tombs and funeral statuary in the city. Many very notables and celebrities are burred here.
PGT Beauregard, Tom Benson, Jefferson Davis and Ruth Fertel (founder of Ruth Chris Steak House) to name a few.
By Water area of New Orleans.
The area is one of the most colorful neighborhoods in the city. The architectural styles borrow heavily from colonial French and Spanish and have some elements of the Caribbean. This blending over the past few centuries has resulted in a style unique the the city of New Orleans.
French Quarter: What could I possibly say about this area other than there are thousands of photo opportunities here.
May 23 – Show and Tell from NOLA trip
June 12 – Children at Play (volunteers for refreshments and assistance needed)
October 23-37 – Great Smoky Mountain National Park, TN
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Field trip dates may be subject to change depending on several factors, including – but not limited to – weather, illness, site closure, etc. The field trip coordinator will keep registrants apprised of any changes that occur. Please refer to the Newsletter, Calendar, and this page for reference.