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Things to do in Areas 1, 2 and 10
BY COLETTE DEAN

Special to The Advocate

BREC GREENWOOD COMMUNITY PARK

13350 Louisiana 19, Baker

(225) 620-0500

One of BREC’s largest parks, this park is designed to serve the entire family. Two golf courses, the 18-hole Dumas and 9-hole J.S. Clark, serve duffers of all abilities. 18-hole Disc Golf and Foot Golf courses (played with a soccer ball) are also popular. Greenwood also offers Louisiana’s first senior fitness playground and from April to October a splash pad is on tap for everyone. The 18-acre lake in the park can be used for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding. All boats, boards, and fishing poles can be rented at the Waterfront building, which includes a fullservice grill and snack bar.

The Raising Cane’s Dog Park, tennis center, and ExxonMobil Cypress Bayou Lake Trail are other amenities to enjoy.

BREC BATON ROUGE ZOO

3601 Thomas Road, Baker

The Baton Rouge Zoo is home to over 1,800 animals from around the world. The zoo has educational programs including outreach, reading programs, day camps, classes, teacher workshops, and demonstrations. Programs like the summertime Twilight Tours allow zoo tours during the cool of the evening. Special events to promote and educate the public are held throughout the year.

SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART

Martin L. Harvey Hall, Baton Rouge

(225) 771-4513

The museum contains eight galleries, with the museum’s store forming the central axis and for galleries on opposite sides framing the center. Four galleries are dedicated to African American art with a master’s gallery, Louisiana gallery and a gallery containing the works of Southern Visual Arts Faculty.

BOUTIQUE BY GG (formerly McKnight’s Department Store)

12321 St. Helena St., Clinton

(225) 683-8267

Since 1929, McKnight’s was owned and operated by one family, then it was sold to GG Evans Butler. She has kept the same quality of merchandise and features home décor, crystal, pewter, and women’s clothing, shoes, handbags, and jewelry.

MCDONALD PHARMACY

1701 Charter St., Jackson

(225) 634-2470

A full-service pharmacy that is also a great place to find a wedding, hostess, or baby gift, or a new pair of flip flops. Also the best place in town for photocopies, faxes, check cashing, or other chores. Worth a trip even if you don’t need any medicine.

THE OLD HICKORY AND REPUBLIC OF WEST FLORIDA MUSEUM

3406 College St., Jackson

The Old Hickory Railroad once ran through Clinton and Port Hudson, which included a spur in Jackson. The museum is filled with model trains and information on train history. A volunteer group is currently working to get a scenic 6.2mile train ride throughout the town of Jackson. The museum is also home to the Greater Baton Rouge Model Railroaders organization.

CLINTON MARKET DAYS

12305 St. Helena St., Clinton

Held on the first Saturday of every month from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Handmade and handcrafted items, art, and produce are on sale near the town hall. The Clinton Community Market Day is one of the oldest continuously held community markets in the state. Local bands perform during the day, courtesy of local banks: Feliciana Bank and Landmark Bank.

CASA DE SUE WINERY

14316 Hatcher Road, Clinton

(225) 683-1010

Louisiana’s first winery, started in 1992 after pick-yourown blueberry farmers JoAnn and Mac Cazedessus decided they wanted to try their hand at muscadine wine. The heatand humidity-tolerant grapes do well in Louisiana and, when mixed with blueberries, produce tasty wine. Casa de Sue (a play on their name) features 11 varieties of sweet and dry reds, whites, and blends, and bottles can be purchased at the winery. Call for directions and to make sure they are not away visiting one of their 29 grandchildren. Wine tastings and tours are offered by appointment. A $5 fee is charged per person for larger groups, which is credited toward any purchase. Blueberry picking in the summer and muscadine grape picking in the fall is open to the public for a nominal fee. All produce is organic.

ZACHARY YOUTH PARK

1650 E Mount Pleasant, Zachary

(225) 654-6529

A popular attraction for residents and visitors, this cityoperated park offers programs for youth and adults of all ages. There are facilities for baseball, softball, a half-mile walking track, and picnic areas. This is one of the only complexes in the area that has synthetic turf grass fields to provide yearround playing for athletes.

Residents look forward to annual events at the park like the Easter Egg Hunt and Zfest, a family-oriented event that includes booths, games, carnival rides, food, and entertainment. The park connects with a BREC park that has an outdoor basketball court, fishing lakes, dog park, skate park, two sand pit volleyball areas, hard-surface walking paths, picnic areas, and pavilions for the enjoyment of the community.

BIRDMAN COFFEE AND BOOKS

5695 Commerce St., St. Francisville

(225) 635-3665

Coffee, teas, homemade sweets, and breakfast are what keep bringing locals back to this well-loved coffee shop. The house specialty is sweet potato pancakes or waffles with blueberries and pecans. Live music by The Fugitive Poets is featured the last Sunday afternoon of every month. Occasionally, other bands play, too. Birdman hosts the Songbird Music School for anyone wanting to learn the ukulele, mandolin, banjo, guitar, or bass and also hosts music and drama camps for kids. Check for event updates on their Facebook page.

CONUNDRUM BOOKS AND PUZZLES

11917 Ferdinand St., St. Francisville

(225) 245-5025

Buster and Jackson, two resident dogs, may greet you as you enter the front door of this independently owned bookstore.

Located in historic downtown St. Francisville, the owners work to involve the community in literary fun and adventures. Book signings, readings by authors, children’s story time, and craft events as well as readers’ socials are promoted. Co-owner Michelle Couhig also helps organize Literary Festivals like the Walker Percy Weekend, the West Feliciana Children’s Book Festival, and the Celebration of Writers and Readers Symposium. Conundrum also rents cruiser bikes, with baskets to hold your books, of course.

GRANDMOTHER’S BUTTONS

9814 Royal St., St. Francisville

(225) 635-4107

Buttons that once embellished women’s gowns in the late 1800s have been passed down and have been given new life as jewelry at Grandmother’s Buttons. Located in a 1905 historic bank building, the button museum housed here contains displays of buttons from 1760s through the 1940s. The museum is tucked in this upscale fashion and houseware retail shop. Grandmother’s Buttons has received notoriety in several national magazines, including, “Southern Living,” “Southern Accents,” “Country Living,” “Victoria,” and “Country Home.”

BOBBY’S DRIVE INN

1427 Charter St., Jackson

(225) 634-7190

For over 40 years, 86-year old Coot Chapman has been running Bobby’s Drive Inn (named for her late-husband, Bobby), where the standards — homemade hamburgers, po-boys, fried chicken, fried fish, milk shakes, and ice cream — have been enjoyed by so many.

MAGNOLIA CAFÉ

5689 Commerce St., St. Francisville

(225) 635-6528

Music venue and café for lunch and dinner featuring Southern and Mexican cuisine, live music by ever-changing headliners is offered on the lighted patio on Friday and Saturday nights from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Toe-tapping and dancing encouraged.

THE FRANCIS SOUTHERN TABLE AND BAR

6747 U.S. Hwy. 61, St. Francisville

(225) 635-0033

Offering classic Southern dishes and cocktails for lunch and dinner, live music is offered on Saturday nights from 6:30 p.m. to midnight on the open patio with an outdoor bar – get there early to claim a seat. The weekly music schedule is posted on their Facebook page.

BAYOU SARA KAYAK RENTAL

5689A Commerce St., St. Francisville

(225) 202-8822

Guided or non-guided excursions up Bayou Sara and into Cat Island Swamp are offered for fishing, birding, and exploration of flooded wetlands.

Guides can help you appreciate the area by offering the history of the crucial waterway and its heritage. Bayou Sara is popular with all ages, from grandparents to grandkids. No skill necessary; boats and fishing equipment are available for rent.

MARY ANN BROWN NATURE PRESERVE

13515 LA-965, St. Francisville

(225) 338-1040

Managed by The Nature Conservancy, the preserve contains a well-maintained trail/boardwalk system of roughly 2 miles of walking trails with scenic

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