The city of Crowley welcomes visitor by same name
CROWLEY – The city of Crowley hosted a retired Lieutenant Commander, Deputy Chief Logistics Officer of the United Nations.
Ironically, his name is John Crowley and he hails from Near Cork, Ireland. Crowley was on a trip to Austin, Texas where he attended a family wedding, when on Friday, October 10, he set off an a sightseeing excursion headed toward Orlando, Florida to see the South. As “The luck of the Irish” had it, upon spotting Crowley on the map Crowley wanted to “get a cup of coffee and take a look see” as he stated it, which ended in being an unforgettable destination for both Crowley and residents of the town.
Upon his arrival, Crowley made his way down Main Street to get the feel of “his City” as he called it. As he found his way to City Hall, he was given a tour of the Historic Ford Building after which he visited the International Rice Festival office. He then visited with two of his new Crowley friends over lunch at a local downtown Café.
Mr. Crowley complemented Mayor Jones on the city’s welcoming atmosphere and liveliness and progressiveness, which is evident by the Main Street project and was impressed with the way the city is keeping its history and heritage intact. Crowley was not able to stay for the Rice Festival, but to his delight was able to meet a former Miss Crowley and other festival dignitaries.
His “just stop by for a cup of coffee look see” turned into a two-day overnight visit during which he discovered the city of Crowley and its treasures, which created long lasting memories for him and all he met.
Since his departure from the city of Crowley, John Crowley has kept in touch and related accounts of his further travels, which began in Austin, Texas, the to Crowley, Mexico, Galveston, Beaumont, New Orleans, Biloxi, Miami, the Florida Keys and Orlando Florida. His visit to the states came to an end on Friday, October 24.
Charlotte Jeffers, City of Crowley tourism coordinator, related that Crowley wants to thank everyone he met for making him “Celebrity for a day” and that he hopes to visit again one day. He also extended an open invitation to his Crowley friends to visit Ireland.