Culture editor suggests fall activities for locals, visitors
Stop me if this sounds redundant: South Louisiana possesses a myriad of cultural delights — a mélange, if you will, of sights, sounds, smells, tastes and ancestral heritage.
Whether you are new to the area or grew up in Acadiana, this area has a certain irreplaceable “joie de vivre” (another ubiquitous cliché). Fall in Louisiana, particularly, is regarded as one of the best seasons to be here, so the lot of you have no excuse not to get out and enjoy yourselves.
We here at The Vermilion seek to be a conduit between the University of Louisiana at Lafayette students and the Lafayette community and culture.
For the music lover, this area is a hotbed of events and functions, as well as raw talent. Louisiana musicians are exported throughout the world and the world travels to Louisiana to be a part of the local gris gris that assists in the creation of Louisiana music. Events such as Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, Blackpot Festival, Downtown Alive!, Bach Lunch and ArtWalk showcase the love affair Louisiana has with live music. Local venues such as, the Blue Moon Saloon, Warehouse and Artmosphere showcase local and touring artists alike.
For the outdoor lover, there are numerous organizations, Facebook groups and sponsored events with the express purpose of getting people outside. If group events aren’t your fancy, then you can easily “get lost” anywhere in this expansive state, also known as, “Sportsman’s Paradise.” Moncus Park at the Horse Farm is a new gem ensconced in the heart of Lafayette for individual or group retreats into nature. Rent a paddle board or a kayak and paddle a waterway, take your trail bike to the newly reworked trails at Acadiana Park or take a two-hour jaunt to Clark Creek Recreational Area to hike through natural escarpments of the Mississippi River and waterfalls. If you are new to something, there are a plethora of resources and groups willing to offer non-condescending or pedantic expertise.
For the food lover — I mean, really? — Where would I begin? Just ask a friend, a local or a transplant to the area what their favorite food item is and from which place, and the conversation could last through one meal and roll right through to the next. There are innumerous clichés about food in South Louisiana, so discover what you like. We can lead you to the proverbial water, but we can’t make you drink.
Some of the country’s great visual artists and theater actors hail from this area, as well. The university does well in providing access and spotlights to this wealth of talent, but the sheer number of community-based organizations, such as: Acadiana Center for the Arts, the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, Cite des Arts and Acting up in Acadiana. There are also various art galleries around town, and concentrated downtown, who participate in events like ArtWalk. Burke-Hawthorne and Angelle halls also feature student and touring productions of theater and music, so be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled while on campus.
The weather will soon be fine, the maringouins will eventually recede into the crisp fall air, and the days mostly filled with blue skies — so look out for information, reviews and opinions on the cultural happenings in Acadiana this fall — we don’t want to let our readers say they did not know something was happening.
If you know anything happening related to South Louisiana’s culture about which you would like to inform the staff, writers or students, please email me, Olatunde Soyombo, culture editor.