Houmas House on St Pat's Day / April 2015
|Houmas House masters, Keven Kelly, Mother Kelly and Sugar Baby |
at Media Party, Saint Patrick's Day 2015
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on Saint Patrick's Day
|Riverboat, Mississippi River|
Houmas House, Louisiana
Cold ManWinter loosened its chilly grip on the bayous, rivers and swamps of Louisiana.
Promptly L. A. Norma and I headed out for the parties, parades, and music festivals umpity thump-thumpin' from Laughingyette bayous to Big Swamp City bar rooms!
[Music-fests listed at the end with links.]
All over Grande Mère Marais (the Great Mother Swamp) azaleas bloom and trees bud in promising greens and reds. spring is chucking hope under Louisiana's chins, from DC-dreaming Governor Bobby Jindal down to wee the people. Jindal is America's first Indian-American governor in history and he wants to take the brand national.
"Jindal preens for his out-of-state handlers, a lapdog to the Koch Brothers," Norma snorts, blowing smoke out the driver's side window of her little red rental. "No child left behind, my ass," she snorts. "No child left a dime!"
We Crossed The River at Baton Rouge singing Al Capps' ode to bad leadership from the 1959 film,
Li'l Abner: Jubilation T. Cornpone
music by Gene De Paul and lyrics by Johnny Mercer
When we fought the Yankees and were faced with utter defeat
Who was it who burned the crops and left us nothing to eat?
University presidents and state administrators wring their hands on television over Governor Jindal's years of foolish Potemkin budgets designed to showcase how he could run a government without taxes and services. He could not.
Jindal may or may not flee his ruins for Washington, DC, but his replacement -- widely expected to be fellow Republican U. S. Senator David Vitter -- will inherit his stunning mess, and a hard political task announcing school and bridge closings.
"Already, entire departments at the University of New Orleans have closed," Norma says, "and drawbridges tremble in fear for their maintenance."
Governor-expect David Vitter is said to care little for the "Magic Maharaja," as Norma calls Jindal. "Would you, in Vitter's shoes?" She crushed her cigarette into a little tin box she carries for the purpose.
It is sometimes said by detractors that Louisiana is built along the Mississippi and organized around Mardi Gras. "O. K. by me," Norma says, "you'd prefer Senegal or Cincinnati?"
Lord of the manor is Kevin Kelly, a baronial Irishman (with dogs!) who also
|Kevin Kelly with beard, Kyle Edmiston, Doug Bourgeois and|
Nippon News delegation
|Jim Blanchard and Bonnie Warren|
Kelly attended his NOLa Mardi Gras party this year, costumed as the man who carried word to D. C. that the British had been turned back at New Orleans. The man lived at Houmas Plantation.
"Damn those wet blankets who claim the War of 1812 was already over!" Norma snorts. It was by a few months.
"As owner of Houmas Plantation, Burnside knew: Had the Brits got to the steps of Gallier Hall we might still be flying the British Jack!
|Lorinzo Bergen, New Orleans artist|
and Leonard Earl Johnson, an elderly scribe
|Proper early fenced garden, Houmas House|
|Properly unfenced radio / tv stars: Bob and Jan Carr, WDSU - NOLa|
|Garden with small fountain|
| The Gardener:|
Craig Black, Artist at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
|The Chef, Jeremy Langlois|
|The things you gave up for Lent.|
|The Master's table on Saint Patrick's Day!|
Paul Arrigo and Kevin Kelly
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All Photo Credits: Margarita Bergen, Janis Turk, Houmas House
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