Regional Reports from across the state
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Cause to Celebrate
Festivals for the Season
Dinner on the Bricks, the ArtWalk and the Louisiana Dragon Boat Races are merging into a triumvirate known as the AlexRiverFete. The three events will also include music, a barbecue cook-off and areas with interactive activities for kids.
The historic Cultural Arts District, with its signature brick byways, will be filled with delicious food offerings from several local restaurants and eateries.
ArtWalk, sponsored in part by the Louisiana Dragon Boat Races and the city of Alexandria, is a self-guided walking tour of sorts beloved by families, also held in the Cultural Arts District. The alleyways, sidewalks and open spaces of the District are transformed into a joyous outdoor spring festival, filled with local artists and craftsman both demonstrating and selling their handiwork. There is a vibrant community of artists throughout Central Louisiana who exist beside a vibrant community of art-lovers, making the festival a perfect fit for the enjoyment of all involved.
The splendid color and energy of the Louisiana Dragon Boat Races, now celebrating its third birthday, is as shimmering as sunlight falling on the Red River. Since it was launched in 2010, the Dragon Boat Races, with racing members that total more than 1,000 and 45 teams, are expected to draw 10,000 people to riverbanks lined with colorful canopies.
Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy is most enthusiastic about the flurry of springtime activity in his city.
“We want to expand the celebration to build a true, unified effort for the entire community,” he says. “We look forward to this one-of-a-kind event that embodies the talent and heritage that is the heart of Alexandria.”
AlexRiverFete, May 9-11, Alexandria
Fork in the Road
Spring Dining in Alexandria
When the siren call of a beauteous Central Louisiana spring finds you unable to resist and you’re out and about soaking up the joys of the warming season, a stop at Atwood’s Bakery is a great way to celebrate the season with light, satisfying fare. Whether you can ignore the mouthwatering coconut cream pie is your decision alone. But delightful sweets aside, the soup and salad and lunch menus offer a pleasing line of choices in both a complementary and original blend of flavors.
The Queen’s Soup is a rich and creamy chicken soup made with wild rice. It’s served in a sourdough bowl that soaks up the flavors perfectly.
Classic French Onion soup is delectable with its red wine-and-onion base and topped with melted provolone cheese.
The bakery’s deservedly renowned smoked chicken salad, made with poulettes that have been smoked with pecan wood, is but one layer of The Atwood sandwich, a buttery and flaky croissant filled with the creamy, smoky chicken salad; apple wood bacon; and smoked Gouda cheese. Topped with lettuce and tomato, it will make your eyes close at first bite. You can also order this delicious salad sans croissant, served on a bed of greens with fresh veggies and the dressing of your choice.
Atwood’s Bakery, 1125 MacArthur Drive, Alexandria, (318) 445-5134