Thursday, September 25, 2008

Vino on the Bayou: Louisiana Landmarks Events

The Louisiana Landmarks Society has announced its next Vino on the Bayou event, a book signing by Jan Arrigo and Laura McElroy, who recently published Plantations and Historic Homes of New Orleans (Voyageur Press, 2008).

The first in a series of events will be held at the Pitot House Museum/1440 Moss Street on Bayou St. John on Friday, October 3rd from 5:30-7:30 pm. $10 per person/$5 for Landmarks members. All proceeds donated to Louisiana Landmarks Society.

On Sunday, October 5th, from 1:00-3:00 pm, the Louisiana Landmarks Society will present Pieux Redux: A Series of Historic Fence Workshops. This grant-funded workshop offers three sessions during the month of October: Lime Putty and Limewash Production (October 5), Limewash Applications on Wood & Plaster (October 12), and Cypress Splitting for Pieux Production (October 19). Tulane Preservation Technology Adjunct Assistant Professor Heather Knight and students from Tulane University School of Architecture's Masters Program in Preservation Studies will demonstrate how to make lime putty and tinted limewashes. Additionally, local craftsmen will demonstrate colonial era cypress fence-making techniques. Cost: $10 including all supplies. For more information and pre-registration call 504.482.0312.

From the Creole Lexicon: pieu (singular) 1) Picardy and Louisiana: a riven or split plank, generally thinner than a madrier. Louisiana: a stake or picket, but generalized to any medium-sized piece of wood for building, rough-hewn or split. Less commonly, a round or squared post. In 17th-cent. Canada and Upper Louisiana, chapels and other structures were built en pieux, or de pieux, meaning piquet or palisade wall construction. Walls built of medium-sized stakes were plastered with clay and covered with bark. To read more, check out Jay Dearborn Edwards and Nicolas Kariouk Pecquet du Bellay de Verton's A Creole Lexicon: Architecture, Landscape, People in multiple locations in the Tulane University Library. NA 730 .L8 E2997 2004

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