Experience what Crowley has to offer
By Paula Guillory
CROWLEY – A walk down Crowley’s main street is no easy feat these days. The construction zone may be a distraction, but it should be viewed as a sign of progress. Crowley is being revitalized and renewed.
Crowley’s Tourism Coordinator, Charlotte Jeffers, feels that this project is, “more than just revitalization, but a rebirth of a way of life.” These changes will lead the city to recognize its potential. Despite the hustle and bustle of the construction, everyone should continue to experience “the jewel in the crown of Acadia Parish,” Jeffers exclaims.
The City of Crowley has a tremendous amount of rich culture to be experienced and good times to be had. There is so much to be seen from the rice fields to the historic Parkerson Avenue. Anyone can appreciate the beauty that lies within the relics of Crowley’s heritage.
The city has been alive with visitors throughout the summer from surrounding communities like Church Point to countries as far as New Zealand and Australia. Jeffers explains, “the beauty of the this city is being recognized world wide. The appreciation of our historic home town feel is wonderful.”
The starting point for anyone wishing to experience what Crowley has to offer is the Crowley City Hall. This building houses The Rice Interpretive Center, J.D. Miller recording studio, the History of Crowley displays and the Ford Dealership Museum; tours are offered free of charge. Jeffers would also like to extend an invitation to all of Acadia Parish, including schools and clubs, to visit Crowley.
“I would love to coordinate an itinerary to help visitors appreciate a tour of our city,” Jeffers further stated. “There is so much to be seen here and anyone wishing to display their piece of Crowley’s history can loan items for viewing.”
Crowley’s historic Rice Theatre has scores of entertaining attractions. Night at the Rice is a variety show, showcasing talent from Crowley and its surrounding areas. Jeffers also noted, “the mayor loves to see young people involved in the show.” These sell out performances include a house band and a variety of talents including a magician. The theatre will also host school plays and a Christmas show hi-lighting choirs from Crowley and a harpist.
The renewed downtown area has a great deal of prospective opportunities. Jeffers foresees, “a domino effect down main street.”
“The new and old businesses alike will flourish, and with this new development is sure to be underway,” she said there is “Simply so much available within the city.” She is looking forward to a new eclectic downtown area with everything from coffee shops and diners to historic hotels and apartments. Jeffers divulged “the potential of the heart of the Cajun prairie is both exciting and promising.”
For more information on Crowley tourism contact tourism coordinator, Charlotte Jeffers at 337-783-0824, toll free 1-866-665-4642 or visit www.crowley-la.com.