Monday, June 15, 2009

Annual Summer Art Camp for Kids!

July 13-17 from 9am-12n at Christopher's on Main in Minden.

Some amazing artists will be lined up to help bring some really cool art projects to kids ages 8 and up. If anyone is interested, email or call (318) 393-5991 to reserve a spot. Limited enrollment on a first-come, first served basis. $100 first child; ($175.00 for two children and $225.00 for three). Class fee includes all art supplies. Checks payable to Cultural Crossroads are due in advance of the class. You can mail them to Cultural Crossroads, P.O. Box 1393, Minden, LA 71058. All proceeds go to "The Farm".

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Farmer's Market Dates & New Hours

Come by every other Saturday from 9am to 1pm
at the corner of E. Union and Talton St. in Minden.

Upcoming dates are:
June 20th
July 4th
July 18th
August 1st
August 15th
August 29th
September 12th
September 26th

Check the blog periodically for updates.

Monday, June 8, 2009

TRIUMPH FROM TRAGEDY: Commemorating The Great Depression and New Deal Era in North Louisiana

Volunteers and board members of Cultural Crossroads are currently working on a special event for a 21 parish commemoration of the Great Depression. Special events marking that time in our country’s history will be held during the months of October, November and December.

We’re looking for someone who would be willing to impersonate the famous folk singer Woody Guthrie. And we’re looking for someone who could impersonate the famous Hubbie “Lead Belly” Leadbetter. Both guys were friends during the Great Depression. A musical concert spotlighting the music of both of these men would make an awesome event. So, help us make this happen. If you know a musician or musicians that you think could help us pull this off, give us a call at 393 5991.

Woody Guthrie is best known as an American singer-songwriter and folk musician, whose musical legacy includes hundreds of political, traditional and children’s songs, ballads and improvised work. He frequently performed with the slogan “This Machine Kills Fascists” displayed on his guitar. His best known song is “This Land is Your Land,” which is regularly sung in American and Canadian schools.

Guthrie traveled with migrant workers from Oklahoma to California and learned traditional folk and blues songs. Many of his songs are about his experiences in the Dust Bowl era during the Great Depression, earning him the nickname the “Dust Bowl Troubadour.” Guthrie served as a figurehead in the folk movement, providing inspiration to a generation of new folk musicians, including Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Bob Dylan.

Woody Guthrie was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 1997.

Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie (July 14, 1912-October 3, 1967)

Volunteers Sought For The Great Depression Committee

If you’re a history buff or just someone looking to spend some of your spare time on a great project, we could use your help. We’ll be working on a collection of events to commemorate the Great Depression and New Deal era at the Farm and in downtown Minden. We’d love any ideas and help we can get from the public. If you’re interested in helping us, please call Chris Broussard at (318)393-5991. This special commemoration will also be held in twenty other parishes in North Louisiana during the months of October, November and December.