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Slice of Life Challenge Day 21

Slice of Life Challenge Day 21

Driving home from school today with spring in the air, I took notice of my little town. Recently, New Iberia was recognized as one of CNN’s American Best Small Town Comebacks.
(If you scroll to the picture of New Iberia Main Street, you can see what very well may be my red Camry turning at the light.)

First Stop: Evangeline Theater, now known as The Sliman with The Bayou Teche Museum on its right. These restored buildings offer places to mingle with friends at a fundraising event or performance and a great field trip destination for students and adults to learn about the history of the area.

Main Street, New Iberia

Main Street, New Iberia

Next Stop: Church Alley, not a pleasing site, yet. A group of young activists have plans to spruce up the place and create a mini-park. This alley historically connected the convent across the bridge to St. Peters Catholic Church. In South Louisiana, towns built up around the church.

Church alley

Church alley

Third Stop: The Essanee Theater, now home to IPAL (Iberia Performing Arts League). On Sunday, I attended the current performance, Man of La Mancha. It was better than Broadway. The final performances are this weekend. You really shouldn’t miss it. New Iberia is home to many talented folks.

Essanee Theater, home to IPAL

Essanee Theater, home to IPAL

Last Stop: A&E Gallery. My friend and colleague, Paul Schexnayder opened this gallery a few years ago. Many artisans have joined to show and sell their work. Paul opens his doors for poetry readings, too. The next poetry night will be Saturday, April 20th at 6:30 featuring Louisiana’s former poet laureate Darrell Bourque whose new book of poetry chronicles the original Cajun people who settled the Acadiana area.

A and E Gallery

A and E Gallery

Each of these places occupies a historical space. You can feel the ancestors speaking to you. You can hear their words, “Welcome Home.”

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