The Spring Showcase is aimed at travelers and locals alike, to help discover "more about who and what is in Terrebonne Parish, sharing local talent with others, and to promote unity within our parish."

It is scheduled for Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Houma Visitors Center, Gray.

There will be some 50 informational and vending booths, artisans, arts and crafts, food, authors, community partners, business owners and more. Also, free children's activities, live music by local favorite, Sheauxdown, and a dessert cook-off. All completely free and open to all. Information: 868-2732 or

Houma's little theater: The two-character comedy "2 Across" opened Friday at Le Petit Theatre de Terrebonne, and I hope it is safe to say we were there, taking tickets at the door and viewing the play afterward. When this column was finished and emailed to the newspaper Friday morning, it was our firm intention to see the play that night.

Barring an unanticipated disruption, everything went off as planned.

Edwina Yakupzack directs Steve Crispino and Danielle Marchive, strangers separately doing crosswords on a San Francisco commuter train. Reserve seats at or call the box office, 876-4278. Renew memberships/season tickets -- $55 for five-play season -- at the same address or at the theater door. Single tickets will be $16.

GiveNOLA Day and Le Petit! Support Houma's little theater by donating toward the theater renovation project. Le Petit Board President Reggie Pontiff urges theater fans to "explore to learn more about us and GiveNOLA Day. Tell you friends about GiveNOLA Day, direct them to and share how you participated and why they should too."

CFMA !!!! It is official. Al Voisin has issued an invitation to the upcoming meeting of the Cajun French Music Association: "The next CFMA meeting will be on Wed., May 2nd beginning at 5:30 p.m., all are welcome, a potluck meal is served after meeting and a live band will be playing the music, Cajun Sunrise will be playing. Our goal is too maintain our Cajun heritage and customs, We hope to see y'all there."

CFMA meetings are held at the Terrebonne Main Library, 151 Library Drive, Houma. Dancing to the live music is encouraged.

Odd Couple? Another chance to see this favorite comedy, female version, live, on stage at Bayou Playhouse in Lockport. It opens May 10 for just eight performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

The cast, veterans are Sandy Bravender, Dane Rhodes, Crystal Thomassie and Shelly Lauman, assisted by newcomers Sherry Wahigny, Jennifer Shea, Carol Woltering, Lane OBrien and Harold Gervais. Information at

Seed Store market: They will be back, Tuesday, 3-5:30 p.m., Main and Naquin streets, Houma, with growing quantities of vegetables as the season progresses. Other vendors, like Tammy Pellegrin, have prepared foods, either hot or frozen, snowballs, kettle corn, canned goods and crafts. Information at the South Louisiana Seed Market Facebook page.

Historic Preservation: The statewide coalition which advocates for preserving our architectural heritage, the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation, holds its annual conference in Thibodaux May 16-17. More about activities scheduled for the two-day event later. Or visit

Vietnam Book Discussion: On Tuesday at 1 p.m., Terrebonne's Main Library will feature a discussion of "When Heaven and Earth Changed Places" by Le Ly Hayslip. Information: 850-5301 or

Swamp camps: Jonathon Foret tells me there is still room left at the three summer camps sponsored by the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center in June, but there's a limit of 30 campers, ages 9-12 per week. Field trips, swamp tours, levee tours, lessons on fish anatomy, a Cajun food fest, crabbing, water safety, USDA Sugarcane Research Station tour, alligator farm tour. Paid for in part by a grant from ConocoPhillips, camp tuition is $135 per week including all field trips. Visit or call 580-7289.

Responding? Contact Bill Ellzey at 381-6256,, or c/o The Courier, P.O. Box 2717, Houma, LA 70361.