Le Feu et l’Eau
Rural Arts Celebration
What fire taketh away three years ago, will on Saturday, Dec. 7, return to Le Feu et l’Eau when fires are again lighted upon the waters of Bayou Fuselier.
NUNU Arts and Culture Collective, the incarnation of the former Town Market that burned in July 2010, and Bayou Warehouse Restaurant join Dec. 7 to conclude a day of celebration by lighting fires upon the bayou. The lighting takes place immediately following a fire dancer led peace march honoring area veterans.
Expect to find more activities, more showcasing of Louisiana artists, artisans and the ongoing partnership of NUNU Arts and Culture Collective and the New Orleans French Consulate.
Annual Le Feu et l’Eau celebrations begin 9:30 a.m. at Little Big Cup with the making of galettes by Pastry Chef Antoine Khoraiche from Lycée Louis Guilloux de Rennes, France.
The galette is a buckwheat crepe enjoyed throughout the Brittany area of France and Khoraiche is here courtesy of the New Orleans French Consulate.
While here, Khoraiche and culinary students at the Washington Career and Technical Center will create new recipes incorporating Louisiana food items as fillings for traditional galettes. Those galettes will be sold by WCTC students at NUNU’s as a means of raising money for the school’s culinary program.
Events at NUNU Arts and Culture Collective kick off 11 a.m.
with music, workshops, art and craft demonstration and documentary films. At the same time, Tom’s Fiddle and Bow in downtown Arnaudville opens its doors to visitors and musicians alike.
Le Feu et l’Eau provides many stages for expression by its young and upcoming artists: whether through the abstract “fire” paintings of Deux Bayou artist Will Turley, or the sounds of Cajun youth family, country, rock and progressive rock bands.
Located within a designation Cultural District, this day offers opportunity to take advantage of the sale tax free standing on all one-of-a-kind purchases.
Anticipate plenty to eat and drink: Rita’s gumbo, barbecue burgers and hot dogs; wine and locally produced LA31 beer. Representatives of the Wounded Warrior Project bring along an array of sweets to sweeten their cause. Beau Chene High School French language students sell produce so as to raise money for studies abroad.
Wander the grounds and watch blacksmith Richard Delahoussaye wield his hammers while shaping the unyielding into musical tee fers and all manner of ornamental metal work. Step into the Le Feu et l’Eau theater, also known as the Singleton Sweet Potato Kiln, where a selection of films and briefs showcase Louisiana documentaries by Connie Castille and Monique Verdin. Learn the tradition stories of Peruvian lore through artist Lori Henderson’s suitcase puppet show.
At 5 p.m., the popular rock band “Bas Clas” debuts at NUNU’s – while at town central, the Poppa Joe Christmas parade prepares for a 5:30 p.m. passage. Prior to the parade, educational booths and volunteer fire department demonstrations are ongoing just north of the Bayou Fuselier Bridge.
At 8:30 p.m., celebration participants, and that means you -
join with the Soul Express Brass Band and follow “Fire Maiden” Jeri Brown from NUNU Arts and Culture Collective to Bayou Warehouse just east of the Bayou Fuselier Bridge.
After dancing though the restaurant and onto the restaurant’s bayou deck, fires will again be set ablaze upon water. The celebration concludes with public participation in the construction and release of candle-lighted paper boats.
Le Feu et l’Eau
Listing below of artists
participation to date
BLACKSMITH – Richard Delahoussaye
COOKING DEMO – Mavis Fruge
JEWELRY MAKING – Kate Rathbun
COUCHE COUCHE – MikeHuval
1 PM-1:45 PM
GALLETTES – Chef Antoine
LAMPWORKING – Jill Hackney
2 PM-2:45 PM
CRAFT – Juliet Lockwood
COOKING DEMO – Laura Melancon
2 PM-3:45 PM
PAINTING – Lisa diStefano
GALETTES – Chef Antoine
OKRA ORNAMENT – Michelle Fontenot
FLOWER ARRANGING – Karen Willingham
5 P.M.-5:45 P.M.
LAMPWORKING – Mary Jarvis
PETITE ET LES PATATES
ADELINE MILLER AND FRIENDS
LEBLANC FAMILY BAND
CLAY CORMIER & HIGHWAY BOYS
THE NEW FORM
SOUL EXPRESS BRASS BAND
W/FIRE MAIDEN JERI BROWN leading march to lighting of fire on Bayou Fuselier
AT TOWN CENTER
LITTLE BIG CUP – Galette demo
11:30 a.m-1 p.m.
BAYOU WAREHOUSE – Music
LITTLE BIG CUP – Literary
DOWNTOWN – Poppa Joe Christmas Parade
BAYOU WAREHOUSE – Fire dance
and fire lighting on bayou
Words of Fire
Words of Water
The Acadiana Wordlab joins with the Little Big Cup to present “Words of Fire/Words of Water,” 3-5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 during the annual Le Feu et l’Eau Rural Arts Celebration.
Reading at the cafe are 10 Acadiana poets: James Blanchard, Kelly Clayton, Toby Daspit, J. Bruce Fuller, James McDowell, and Jonathan Penton of Lafayette; Charles Garrett of Breaux Bridge; Clare L. Martin of Youngsville; Patrice Melnick of Grand Coteau and Margaret Gibson Simon of New Iberia.
The Acadiana Wordlab is an weekly writing workshop that is open to the public and conducted 2-4 p.m., Saturdays, at Acadiana Center for the Arts.
The Little Big Cup is located at 149 Fuselier Road, Arnaudville, LA 70512.