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Jazz Festival Helps Restore Louisiana Coastline

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Louisiana's only inhabited barrier island, Grand Isle, is in danger. But the good news is that you can help, and have a really fun time doing it.

The Uplifting the Coast Jazz Festival offers you this phenomenal opportunity. Join in the event and you will take an active role in educating, supporting and promoting the dedicated, ongoing efforts to restore this beautiful coastline. A portion of the event's proceeds will be funneled into the thirsty coffers of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Louisiana State University AgCenter's Coastal Plant program.

Grand Isle is a coastal community that is situated in Jefferson Parish, marking the southern end of Louisiana State Highway 1 on the Gulf of Mexico. Providing a permanent home to approximately 1,500 people, this spectacularly scenic spot welcomes an estimated 12,000 tourists every year. 

Hurricanes have wreaked devastating havoc on both Mother Nature's and human habitats, on and around Grand Isle during the relatively recent past. Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Gustav pummeled the island in 2005 and 2008, and are some of the major reasons it needs your generous aide.

Another reason comes to us from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, which reported that the loss of the state's coastal wetland areas is an environmental problem impacting the entire nation. At more than 4 million acres, Louisiana contains 40 percent of America's total wetlands. The Times-Picayune goes on to state that 80 percent of the country's coastal land loss happens here in Louisiana, which is estimated to be anywhere from 25 to 35 square miles every year.

The Uplifting the Coast Jazz Festival takes place on Saturday, June 8, at the Baton Rouge Fairgrounds (16072 Airline Highway). Gates will swing open at 10 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. Some of the fantastic fun you will be able to enjoy – while satisfied with the knowledge that you are actively participating in the coastal restoration work for Grand Isle and the surrounding Louisiana coastline – include the following:

  • Live music all day long
  • Delicious and distinctive Louisiana-harvested seafood
  • Arts and crafts booths
  • Auto show
  • Monster trucks
  • Off-the-Road race
  • Wide variety of exhibitors
  • Silent auction

The price of admission for the festival is $20 (kids under the age of 10 allowed through the gates FREE of charge), which will bolster the ongoing efforts to "Keep Grand Isle Grand!"

Baton Rouge Runners Race for the Cure

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Komen Race for the Cure

For 17 years Baton Rouge has supported the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, southern style. More than 15,000 people came together to raise money to defeat this deadly disease, and in addition to the runners, there were supporters and survivors filling the Old Front Nine at LSU on March 2nd.

The young women of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority showed their version of southern hospitality by providing survivors breakfast and small gifts as tokens of support. They established a tent exclusively for survivor comfort.

Jambalaya Village

Of course, a festival in Baton Rouge couldn't be a festival without great food, so in a magnificent effort to raise additional funds, forty teams participated in a jambalaya competition. The first place winners included Mark and Josh Johnson in the 30 gallon category, Jay Alexis in the 10 gallon, and Donald Matherne in the pastalaya competition. These teams of renowned chefs added significantly to the $2.8 million raised in Baton Rouge.

Everyone Wins

A one-mile fun run kicked off the event for supporters not competing in the 5k race. Next came the Race for the Cure itself. Finishing first out of 237 women was Rosalie Teeuwen with a time of 20:03.1. Alex Braud was the first of 197 finishers with a time of 18:53.0.

Lastly were the award ceremonies, in which winners were named in 17 categories from top fund raisers to best t-shirt designs, while live music accompanied the inevitable parade!

Local benefits

Nancy G. Brinker launched the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in 1980 in honor of her sister and with the promise to end breast cancer. The organization has generated $750 million for research. The network funds almost 2,000 community organizations which support education, screening and even provide patient emergency funds. Since 1982, the corporation has provided $1.3 billion in local grants. This year the organization is providing grants totaling $330,000 to seven community programs including:

The tremendous amount of work to raise awareness of this disease, and the community spirit demonstrated in local fundraising efforts, are indicative of the character of the people of Baton Rouge and their commitment to family and friends. Their methods of turning the task of raising funds into a delightful party for all to enjoy is part of what makes moving to Baton Rouge feel like coming home.


Curb Appeal Improves Sellability of Baton Rouge Homes

by Glenda Daughety & Team

When you are trying to sell your home, the first thing you are told to address is curb appeal. But what exactly does that mean? Often, the answer you will hear is that it is the positive first impression that potential home-buyers will have of your home. But what an understatement this is. It is also the spark that makes your home stand out from the rest of the neighborhood, and brings potential buyers back from other homes they have seen. Knowing how important curb appeal is will help you take these five actions to help you sell your house quickly and for top dollar:

  • Clean it up - Eliminate clutter, manicure the lawn, rake the leaves and pressure-wash the exterior. Deal with peeling paint, and fix anything broken. Make sure windows sparkle and sidewalks are swept clean. Polish brass fixtures and paint wrought iron to make them shine. A carefully attended yard is a good indicator that the interior of the home will have been cared for as well.
  • Bring it to life - Plants can be added with permanent landscaping, pots or planters. Container gardens are extremely popular and offer portability and versatility to the flowers and foliage that grace your porch or yard. They add character and a splash of color that makes even "cookie cutter" houses look unique.
  • Turn on the lights - Carefully planned lighting adds security as well as aesthetics. Symmetrical lights add a balanced feeling to the structure. LEDs offer options that are inexpensive to install and easy on the electric bill - curb appeal is not just important during daylight hours. Attractive lighting can add a romantic ambiance to the exterior of your home during the evening hours and spotlight architectural features you want to show off to their best advantage.
  • Frame it - Add or paint shutters, doors and trim. Add symmetrical options like light fixtures or urns on either side of the front door. This creates a welcoming entry way that will beckon potential buyers to see the inside.
  • Take a broad view - Take a drive through the neighborhood and make note of the homes that catch your interest. Look at your home from a distance and look for any issues that can be resolved. Take a friend or your real estate agent with you to obtain valuable input through new eyes.

By increasing the curb appeal of your home, you send an invitation to buyers to look more closely and leave a lasting impression on each of them.

A Strawberry Festival Ripe for the Picking

by Glenda Daughety & Team

For more the 40 years in a row, beginning in the magical year 1972, people from all over the Baton Rouge area have been making an annual pilgrimage to the lovely town of Ponchatoula to sink their teeth into the luscious Louisiana state fruit at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival.

Oh sure, the ruby red, plump and juicy strawberries are the headliners of this show, but it is the all too often unsung efforts of the talented supporting cast and dedicated crew behind the scenes - the tireless farmers responsible for planting, picking, polishing and propping up these delicious divas - who are the real stars on this stage.

Strawberry lovers of all ages flock here to recognize the hard work of these farmers and give thanks to them by throwing a huge party. It was not always so huge, however. When it first began, it was a relatively intimate local block party.

Today, organizers estimate that the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival brings in approximately 300,000 hungry festival goers each year from all across this great nation, as well as several others around the globe. It has even had to start the Official Strawberry Festival Board to manage all of the details, one of which is selecting and promoting the event's annual theme. The theme for the 2013 version of the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival was “Celebration of the Berry”.

Celebrating the strawberry is something the good people of Ponchatoula have been doing for decades. In fact, the city was ordained as the “Strawberry Capital of the World” way back in 1968, which predates the festival by four years.

The fruits of the Tangipahoa Parish and Ponchatoula region's indefatigable farmers can be enjoyed from February to May each year. Even though the strawberry has been the major commercial crop in this area since the early days of the 20th century, the Louisiana State Legislature waited until 2001 to name it the state fruit.

And, if by some miracle you weren't already convinced to spend the second weekend of April every year from now on stuffing your face with Ponchatoula strawberries, you should know that the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival just happens to be the single largest totally FREE festival in the state of Louisiana.

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RE/MAX First
Office: 225-291-1234
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4750 Sherwood Common Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
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