Iota Mercantile and Museum to host cocktail party

By: Angela Becnel - Staff Writer
The Iota Mercantile and Museum is housed in the oldest building in Iota. Built in 1906, it even withstood the fire of 1912. For the people residing in Iota and the surrounding countryside the museum stands as a commemorative collection of Iota’s citizens of the past as well as a place for current locals to gather for meetings or hold events.

“On February 9, 2011 a cocktail social will be held to feature art by four local artists’ Mardi Gras theme art. The artists include Sandy Miller who draws her works with ink or pencil and Lou Trahan who creates authentic screen masks required for running in the Iota Mardi Gras as well as dolls and villages,” said Elaine Dupre, curator and Miss Iota 1955.

Housed in the venue several interesting items are displayed all relating to the history of Iota. For example there is an old 1920’s barber chair; artwork of the famous Louisiana Quarter Horse Champion, De la Moore of Raspberry Farm; an old pharmaceutical certification and photo of druggist Lacey Butler is displayed near his antique scale, one of two of its kind left in Louisiana, and a photo of Ione Durio, the last of the druggists.

During the upcoming art show, several Mardi Gras relics will be available for viewing. Because the building was built by Dr. F.N. Hayes as an office and a drugstore, there are several old pharmaceutical items displayed.

For information on the art show, call 580-0154.

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