Accidentally introduced in the late 1800s, the lovely but invasive hyacinth quickly jammed paddle wheeler passage, as reported in the Lafourche Comet, Oct. 22, 1908.
“Since last Monday a government boat has been busy in Bayou Lafourche destroying the hyacinths or lilies that have been threatening to take complete possession of the Bayou and thus make it unfit for navigation.
“This information should prove pleasing to all of our citizens, considerably worried since the lilies made themselves so conspicuous. The Jury adopted an ordinance recently prohibiting the canals from letting any more lilies into the Bayou. This action, however, was a little late, somewhat like 'locking the stable after the horse is gone.'
“The boat will soon have all lilies destroyed; a great deal of our fretting and fuming was unnecessary. All we had to do is to have notified the government office in New Orleans and the acid sprinkling boat would have been here in a few days. Thus we often long for help and deplore our condition when relief is within arm's reach.”
A week later, however, the Comet reported problems:
“The government boat that was to destroy the water lilies in Bayou Lafourche could not go on with the work, because it was feared that by destroying the lilies with acid, the water in the bayou would become so poisonous as to prove fatal to cattle.
“Therefore the captain of the boat was requested not to go on with the work. Thus we find ourselves, to use an inelegant expression, 'between the devil and the deep blue sea.' If we destroy the lilies we kill our cattle. If we do not kill the lilies navigation will ultimately become out of the question.”
Today, Lockport! Community Dance features Rickey & Friend at the fire station at 2 p.m., $10 a person. Bring drinks and snacks, ice furnished.
Reserve now! The comedy “Don't Talk to the Actors,” opens at Le Petit Theatre de Terrebonne on Sept. 15 and runs through Sept. 22, the unusual schedule aimed at avoiding conflict with other downtown Houma events.
Veteran director Pat Crochet guides Jerry Przpezniak (Michael Gros) and fiancée, Arlene (Kayla LeBlanc), as they struggle to get a new play onto Broadway. Steve Crispino, Sidney Thibodaux, Jon Reeves and Sheri Opal complete the cast.
Seating reservations are a must. Visit https://houmalittletheatre.com or call box office at 876-4278. Guest tickets must be paid in advance. Credit card payments only through the box office, not the website. Reservations must be confirmed by email or phone. The 2019-20 Le Petit season memberships ($55) are available. Individual guest tickets cost $16.
Science Rocks: This event will be held at the Terrebonne Main Library in Houma from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 8. Real-life scientists will discuss potential science fair projects. Students are encouraged to bring their science fair hypotheses and any other questions. It's free and open to the public. Information: Naomi Magola at 876-5861, opt. 3.
Comments welcome! For the review of proposed traffic improvements by committees of the Houma-Thibodaux Metropolitan Planning Organization on Sept. 12 at the South Central Planning and Development Commission, 5058 W. Main St., Houma. It starts at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch.
There are dicussions of ways to reduce crash-related injuries and fatalities throughout the parishes surrounding Lafourche and Terrebonne. Agendas and other pertinent information are posted to the MPO's website (http://www.htmpo.org) at least one week before the meeting. Information: 851-2900.
RELIC returns: The six-week reading and discussion series at Terrebonne's Main Library runs weekly from Sept. 16 through Oct. 21. The theme for Readings in Literature and Culture is "Brass on the Bayou: A History of New Orleans Jazz," based on readings in "Louis Armstrong's New Orleans" by Thomas Brothers, "New Orleans Piano Styles" by Todd Lowry and "Up from the Cradle"' by Jason Berry and Jonathon Folse.
Discussions are led by Miki Pfeffer, author of "Southern Ladies and Suffragists" and independent researcher and historian.
RELIC, financed through the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, is free to the public. Register by calling Jessi Suire at 850-5301 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fais-Do-Do: Looking for a taste of homegrown bayou culture? Consider the live music dances at the Dulac KC Hall. Sponsored by the Dulac Knights of Columbus and Kateri Circle with Terrebonne Recreation District No. 4, the Fais Do-Do is usually every third Saturday at 5396 Shrimpers Row, off Grand Caillou Road, a mile below Bobtown Bridge.
It aims to provide a social event and raise money for educational, charitable, religious and social welfare works in the community. Also, money for repairs to the hall.
Everyone, all age groups, are welcome, says organizer John Silver. We encourage interaction between generations. Turnout varies, usually an older crowd and they'll bring their grandkids.
Admission is $2, with optional $7 plates of red beans and rice, sausage, dessert and drink. The next Fais-Do-Do is 6-9 p.m. Sept. 21, with music by locals Gene Bonvillain & Donald Babin.
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