Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Moon Over Minden 2008 Details Are Here!

Freaky Fridays with Free Halloween Workshops will be each Friday in October (3, 10, 17 & 24) from 10a.m.-6p.m. You can either participate or watch!

Haunted Gardens & Hayride is on Saturday, October 25th and Friday, October 31st from 8p.m.-11p.m. Admission is $5 and the hayride is $5. Admission must be paid before paying for the hayride.

Kid's Halloween Carnival is on Friday, October 31st from 5:30p.m.-7:30p.m. Admission is $5.

All of these great events will take place at "The Farm" located at 416 East Union (Hwy. 80 East) in Minden. This location is also the home of the annual Spring Arts Festival. For more information, you can call (318) 393-5991 or email

Friday, September 19, 2008

"Chair" Found for Upcoming Auction!

Elaine Eaton, a past Cultured Pearl recipient, and her mother will be chairing our upcoming October Auction to benefit the Farm!

We have a special auction scheduled to be held at the Farm on Saturday, Oct. 4th beginning at 10am. We will auction off the contents of LaVerne Butler's storage unit with furniture and personal items she's donated to us. LaVerne is a world-renowned singer who grew up in our area and has performed at our Art on Broadway event. ( We have some items in the old Farm house that would include some old books, memorabilia and such for sale. I know we all have garages and attics full of stuff we'd like to get rid of….here's your chance.

Get your items together and bring the over to the Farm at 416 East Union in Minden, LA anytime between Oct. 1st-3rd. If you need to bring them over on a weekend, just let us know and one of us will meet you there. In the meantime, if you could email Chris Broussard ( and/or Elaine ( and let us know what you plan on donating, we'll have a better idea on how to set up for the day. We don't have an auctioneer yet but we will.

Just wanted you all to use this weekend if possible to go through your possible donated items. If you have any suggestions on how we can do this or help Elaine and her mom, please holler. The funds generated from this auction will help support our "Moon Over Minden" Halloween light project. I appreciate Elaine stepping up to help out. This is wonderful! She's young and energetic and full of great ideas!!!! We love it!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Zenobia West, A Dear Friend of Cultural Crossroads Passes

The woman who gave her family home and land so that children in our parish could be exposed to the arts died Saturday. A memorial in her honor will be held in the West Wing Chapel of the First Baptist Church of Minden Saturday, September 20, at 10am.

Zenobia Camp West left an edible mark upon this community. Her love of music and the arts led her to donate her family’s property to Cultural Crossroads in 1999, a local non profit arts organization which she co-founded. Cultural Crossroads developed the four acres homestead and made it the site of their annual Spring Arts Festival where thousands of children have experienced the joys of art free of charge since it’s inception in 1993.

Zenobia was actively involved in the early days of Cultural Crossroads while serving as a charter board member and later as an honorary lifetime member. The children of our parish knew her as Mrs. West and they fondly referred to her gift as ‘the Farm.’

Her generosity and dedication to the cultural enrichment of Minden’s children was acknowledged in 2000 when she was named Minden’s “Woman of the Year.” Her vision and passion for the arts were awarded in 1999 when Cultural Crossroads presented her with their “Visionary Award.”

She was a strong and independent woman who touched many lives through her phone calls and letters. Her selfless nature and acts of kindness were felt by many in her community and she always did it quietly expecting nothing in return. Her presence on this earth left an example for us all and her sweet, generous and gentle nature will be greatly missed.

Zenobia Camp West died Saturday, September 13th at her home at the age of 88. Mrs. West was born on December 17th, 1919 in Minden, Louisiana. She graduated from Minden High School in 1936 and went on to attend LSU majoring in music and receiving a fine arts degree. She was an accomplished and versatile musician known to play up to thirteen different instruments. She also attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and received a degree in nursing.

Zenobia West is preceeded in death by her husband Dr. Wilmer West whom she met and fell in love with while attending LSU. Her mother and father, Robert W. Camp and LaDora Moess Camp, her grandparents, Mary Fuller Moess and Frederick Moess, her aunts Maggie Moess and Treebie Moess.

She is survived by her sister Margery Maggiore, her only daughter Alicia Myers and her husband Carl Myers, her grandchildren Michelle Hall, Mary Phillips Dalm, Maggie Maier and her great grand children Dalton Hall, Allen Phillips, Maggie Maier, Devon Maier and Kelsey Maier. She is also survived by her nieces Walta, Carol Thomas, Suzanne Cooper, Betty Moess Galbreath and many nieces and nephews on her husband’s side.

Memorials may be made to Cultural Crossroads Farm Project, P.O. Box 1393, Minden, Louisiana 71058; Hospice; the senior ministry at the First Baptist Church in Minden or the music ministry at the church of your choice.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Monster Ball '08 Update

The 2008 Monster Ball is coming up soon. This main event is presented by the Krewe des Ambassadeurs and Cultural Crossroads. Saturday, November 1, 2008 is the date from 7 p.m. until the ghouls come out! Join us at the Moess Center for the Arts & City Farm located at 416 East Union St. in Minden, LA. Music will be provided by The Gnarly Brothers Band. Gourmet chili and all the fixins with ghoulish Hors d' Oeuvres will be on display to devour. Costumes are required. Also enjoy a silent auction and haunted garden tours. Tickets are $35 in advance. You can pick them up at these locations in Minden: Easley's Fine Art, The Children's Center, TG Garden & Gifts, and The Minden South-Webster Chamber of Commerce. You may also call (318) 377-6250 for ticket sales and information.

Moon Over Minden is Lurking Around the Corner!

The definites are getting worked out, but Moon Over Minden is coming up and you definitely don't want to miss it this year. Stay tuned for more details coming soon about this great annual event at "The Farm" in Minden!