Gustav postpones Smithsonian opening

The appearance of Hurricane Gustav had museum committee members having to adjust the schedule of the events for the Smithsonian opening in Kaplan.

The museum received the 19 crates needed for the exhibit, but could not set it up due to the Smithsonian’s and the LA Endowment for the Humanities’ concern of the possibility of damage.

With power restored and evacuees back at their homes, committee members has released the new schedule.

The first event will take place Wednesday, Sept. 10 at the Kaplan Library from 7-9 p.m. UL Professor Barry Ancelet will give a presentation on a book he wrote, “Cajun Music Makers,” with the photography by Elemore Morgan Jr.

Mary Morgan, wife of the renown artist, will also give a slide show presentation, along with a limited number of the book for sale. She will also autograph it. The presentation will be dedicated to her late husband.

On Thursday, Sept. 11, the ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the New Harmonies site (in the old Bill’s Dollar Store building on Cushing). That evening from 7-9 p.m., the premier night will be held with a wine and cheese social at the site.

Friday evening on Sept. 12, Richard LeBeouef and Detour will be featured at a Fais-do-do at Turnley Park from 8-11 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13 will see a coffee and music social at the museum, from 9:30-11 a.m., along with a Young Harmonies jam session at Turnley Park from 8-10 p.m. that evening.

Everyone who enjoys line dancing should mark their calendars for Sunday, Sept. 14 when the line dancing will be held at Turnley Park from 2-4 p.m.

The New Harmonies exhibit will explore the roots of music and how it evolved into the music of today.

The exhibit is sponsored by le Musee de Kaplan and will be on display at 311 N. Cushing in Kaplan from Sept. 11 to Oct. 12. Hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1-6 p.m.

Music will be explored through panel displays and interactive kiosk, which will include sacred songs, blues, country, rock’n’roll, hillbilly and more. Local exhibits will also be displayed at the New Harmonies site. Two art exhibits will enhance New Harmonies: “Mostly Music” by Vermilion Parish Talented and Visual Arts Students and “Etude” by their teacher, Charlotte Broussard.

Local stories will further enhance the Smithsonian exhibit: “Cajun Corridor Music Hall of Fame” will showcase local music talent featuring a short biography/picture of local musicians.

Cajun Corridor “Honky Tonks” will feature nightclubs of the past and present, with short stories of some and a map showing their locations. Musical instruments will be on display and “Elvis is in the Building” will feature Judy Mire’s special collection of Elvis memorabilia.

Le Musee, located at 405 N. Cushing, will exhibit artwork and photography during the same date and hours. Elemore Morgan, Jr.’s “On the Prairie” will feature art work that he painted in the Kaplan prairie area where he enjoyed painting. His father’s photography, Elemore Sr.’s “Historical Photography” features dance halls and other historical pictures, which is on loan from the New Orleans Ogden Museum.

Nineteen music activities are planned throughout that time featuring various musicians and artisans.

Please check for listings of these events for schedule and time.

For more information, contact the museum at 643-1528 or Betty at 643-7073.

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