Louisiana Life - Summer 2005

Capitol crime — 70 years later

Sept. 8, 1935, was one of those always - remember - where - you - were - when -you-heard-about-it days, for those who were alive during that turbulent political time. Years later, Betty Carter, matriarch of an esteemed family with…

A Louisiana Life: Willis Reed

In New York, they still talk about Willis Reed and that night and that game with the same head-bowing reverence as when they speak of Casey Stengel’s Amazin’ Mets and Joe Namath’s “guaranteed” Super Bowl III win in 1969. It…

One for the Road

Biker saloon pulls ’em in Over the roar of motorcycle engines, word is spreading about a new Louisiana business that caters to an increasing population of weekend bikers. Cy Dodge’s Bike Barn Saloon, located off Interstate 49 between Lafayette and…

Bull Moose and the Daisy

Bull Moose and the Daisy I read with much interest the article on “Building Barriers” concerning Breton National Wildlife Refuge, which appeared in the Winter 2004/05 edition. The article was excellent and addressed an important part of our state’s pioneer…

Thrill of the Grill

Suitable meals for summer by STANLEY DRY My favorite summer meal is grilled food, a salad and a cold bottle of dry rosé. If there’s any meal more welcome than that on a hot day, I don’t know what it…

Regional Reports from Across the State

Compiled and Edited by JEANNE FROIS NORTHERN LOUISIANA PROFILE Howling for home The lack of an animal shelter in Webster Parish prompted animal lovers Liz Harkins and Judy Teague to found the independent animal-rescue network A Second Chance. A string…

Outlaws by Choice

A brief history of coastal smuggling by JEREMY J. ALFORD The hurricane-charged winds and rain stopped almost as suddenly as they attacked. All that could be heard now were cypress planks creaking under the strain of the surviving sails and…

Six Blocks from Liberty

Eunice's former first couple's trophy house by BONNIE WARREN Just six blocks from the famous Liberty Theatre in Eunice lives the man who is credited with being the father of an effort to preserve Cajun music, the French language in…

The Great Wine Hunt

Searching for Louisiana's good grapes by PAUL F. STAHLS JR. For a road trip that’s perfect for summer – “cool” enough, in fact, to repeat in any and every season – let’s blaze a trail through the southeastern parishes seeking…

A Fiddler's Legacy

The music thrives at Lafayette's Festivals Acadiens by ROBERT BUCKMAN It is a huge, outdoor, Louisiana-style party that not only welcomes crashers but beckons them. For the 29th consecutive September, Lafayette’s Girard Park will be burgeoning with the sights, sounds,…

A Certain Beauty

Cityscapes from the other side by JOHN R. KEMP New Orleans writer Andrei Codrescu describes the white-washed crypts and miniature temples of the city’s decaying above-ground cemeteries as “waiting rooms for the Day of Judgment” where the dead “rehearse the…