I knew when I saw school supplies up for sale that summer would come to a close, as it often does, just when I started to appreciate it. Luckily, the last weekend before school starts will be eventful in a relaxing and productive way, perfect for the chaos to follow the next week. Two touring powerhouses will make their way to Lafayette this Saturday, and in the days leading up to the big show, you can look forward to a seminar at the ACA, a chance to rife through vintage finds, and more.
8/14: Keep your Organization in Tune Non-profit Business Forum: This Wednesday, the Acadiana Center for the Arts will host a daylong workshop for small to mid-size cultural non-profits. The event, which is the result of a partnership with The Ella Project, will entail presentations on board development and best practices, bylaws and compliance, donor cultivation and stewardship, social media and a Q&A session. The event begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Tickets are free, but available via Eventbrite.
8/17: Basin Arts Boho Summer Sale: Saturday morning, come to Basin Arts for a garage sale-style fundraiser for the arts! This warehouse sale will feature furniture, antiques, linens, dishes, artwork, vintage clothing curated by Mojo Hand Vintage and Rock+Paper+Scissors. Two & 21 will provide handmade goods and stationery. There will be live music all day, as well as special refreshments for shoppers and other surprises. Like most garage sales, this one starts early. Unlike most garage sales, this one doesn’t start irrationally early — 8 a.m. This summer sales goes until 2 p.m. at Basin, located at 423 E. Convent St.
8/17: Idea Exchange at the Farmer’s Market: The 24-Hour Citizen Project invites idea generation at Moncus Park this Saturday morning. Anyone with an idea related to food, farming and sustainability they’d like to develop through conversation and networking is invited to the market! Teams and organizations likethe M.I. BRARY, which allows people to rent instruments from the Lafayette Public Library and irreverent Mardi Gras gang Krewe des Canailles began through conversations like these via the 24-Hour Citizen Project. The Farmer’s Market is open from 7 a.m.-noon.
8/17: Meet the Maker Taste Fair: If you can’t make the Farmer’s Market this Saturday, Whole Foods will host a taste fair featuring a variety of local vendors, such as Reve Coffee Roasters, Seven 3 Distiling Co., Cultured Guru Fermented Foods and more! Attendees will be able to meet the producers of their new favorite products at this free event. Must be 21 and older to attend.
8/17: Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell with special guests: Artmosphere Bistro will play hosts to multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Rhiannon Giddens, and fiddler and banjo player Dirk Powell for their joint tour. The folksy duo show their Louisiana, North Carolina, Kentucky and Appalachian roots through their playing of alternative, country and blues genres. Both have Grammys under their belts in various categories. As serious as they are about their craft, their performances together are as fun as they are meaningful! Tickets will be available at the door, and doors open at 9 p.m.