Bet you’ve never seen a gator in a kilt before! Well this Gator on the Geaux is wearing just that! He hangs out near the entrance to a law office at 1807 Lake Street in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The artist is Mark Lefevre.
Ready to step back in time? Well we have found just the place to make you feel like you’re back in the early 1900’s! The W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum is a hidden gem in downtown Jennings, Louisiana. Just a block down from the Heywood Building, the museum’s exterior looks like an old storefront, and when you walk through the front doors you’re transported back to 1910 China, Louisiana!
Originally started to supply workers and farmers with goods, the store remained open until 1949 when they left for lunch, locked it up, and never opened it again. Eventually they boxed everything up (and we mean EVERYTHING) and stored it in a warehouse until the grandson donated everything for the creation of the museum in the 1990’s.
The museum is absolutely overfull with old merchandise. Shelves and shelves of medicines, dry goods, fabric, and so much more can be seen, and almost everything still has the original prices posted! They kept everything including the original wholesale catalogs from which the merchandise was bought, so the curators of the museum can actually look back to see when things were purchased and for how much.
There are also some amazing examples of hand-woven Coushatta Indian baskets that were brought in by the Native Americans to trade for goods.
This museum is such a cool find, and it would be a perfect way to get out of the house but still escape the heat and learn about early twentieth century life in small town Louisiana! It’s only $3 for adults and $1 for students, and there is a side room with rotating exhibits as well as the amazing Children’s Telephone Museum in the back portion (stay tuned for a separate post about that!).
The museum is open Monday through Friday 9 to 5. For more information check out their website tuppermuseum.com, and we hope you take a trip back in time there very soon!
This Gator on the Geaux fits in perfectly outside the travel agency at 1407 West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles. His tail is covered in foreign countries, and it appears he once had a camera around his neck! The artist is Fred Stark.
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We had to travel just outside of Lake Charles for this official Gator on the Geaux located inside the Iowa Police Station. He’s all decked out in his police uniform, white gloves and all! The artist is Myka Guidry.
Let us know of any Gators on the Geaux we are missing in the comments below or an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org!
One of our first missions when we started this blog was to recognize locals and pay tribute to some of the amazing individuals around us. Finally we bring you Small Town Spotlight where we will highlight a member of a nearby community who is unique and deserving of some recognition!
Our first Small Town Spotlight we have known for many years and watched her grow up for a small time. Emily Simon is a 16 year old native of Sulphur, Louisiana, who is in love with her Cajun roots, and spreads this love through music and dance.
Here’s some of the visit we had with her:
LH: How old were you when you first started playing and which instrument did you learn first?
ES: I was six and started with the drums. My Pawpaw played the drums, and I wanted to be like him. At first I would just sit on a stool next to him and play on his “ride” cymbal.
LH: What was the first song you learned to play on the accordion?
ES: La Porte d’en Arrière (The Back Door)
LH: Which instrument was easier to learn?
ES: The drums were easier to learn because you really just need to know the waltz and two-step. With the accordion you need to know buttons and pulls, but once I learn a song on the accordion, it’s stuck. Also I learn by ear. It’s much easier for me to learn a song if you let me video you and put some headphones on to watch and listen.
LH: Who inspires you to play?
ES: My Pawpaw.
LH: How is it singing in Cajun French?
ES: It just takes practice, and I’ll sing it to my Paw to make sure I’m saying everything right.
LH: Where do you see yourself going with your music?
ES: All I know for sure is I’ll be playing every weekend.
Emily went on to tell us that she hopes to someday soon record a CD with her Pawpaw at lead vocals. Her band, Emily Simon and Keepin’ it Cajun, play at several venues around the area, and she sits in with other people’s bands and attends jam sessions whenever she can. She’s an active member of the CFMA and was part of the youth band in the Texas CFMA chapter.
If you would like to learn more about Emily Simon and Keepin’ it Cajun, check out her band’s Facebook page here. You can even book them to play at your event!
Keep watching for another Small Town Spotlight soon, and if you know of anyone deserving of the spotlight, please let us know in a comment below or e-mail us at email@example.com.
Luckily the owner was there and was so kind to tell us all about it! Lois Manena said she bought this Gator on the Geaux from a fundraiser in Lake Charles. Originally it was designed as a fisherwoman, but after it was knocked down and broken in half during a storm she had it fixed and repainted. Now she dresses it up for each season and holiday!
Do you or anyone you know have a Gator on the Geaux hidden away at home? Please let us know because we would love to come take pictures and share it!
Is it Taco Tuesday yet?! Well it’s only Monday, but we have tacos to share with you today! The new rage right now in Lake Charles is the Sloppy Taco food truck, and I was lucky enough to be working in Iowa, Louisiana, when they made a stop there last month!
The Sloppy Taco food truck drives and parks around Lake Charles and surrounding areas to sell their delicious foods, and when I saw them they were attending a fundraiser for a local cheerleading team. Since it was our first time to try it, my boyfriend and I ordered a few different items to try. I absolutely loved the Chicken Tacos! The Sloppy Tacos and Ribeye Roll were tough to beat too! There’s so much stuff on the tacos, and the sauces are delicious! For all the food you get, the prices are definitely reasonable.
The Sloppy Taco’s Headquarters is 2500 Kirkman St, Lake Charles, Louisiana, but to see where they’re parked you can go to their website, sloppytacotruck.com, where they have a tentative monthly schedule. Also follow them on Facebook to find out where they’ll be and when!
So if you happen to see the Sloppy Taco Truck around town, make an effort to stop and try them out! You won’t be disappointed!
Try out a different flavor of coffee? Yes, please! And as usual Java Joltz did not disappoint! We first visited Java Joltz about a year ago (click here to read that post!), and we were very excited to get back and see what’s new and talk about their recent venture into using the Waitr app.
Well Java Joltz is cozy as ever! And we love the new chalkboard wall with the menu! They of course had a long list of mouth-watering flavors, so we each ordered one and grabbed a cupcake to share! The cupcakes are from a local baker, Denise Benoit, and wow! It was so delicious! I loved my French Kiss frappe, and my mom didn’t hesitate to gulp down the Latte of the Day, Ferrero Rocher!
Although we didn’t try any out, Java Joltz also offers soups and sandwiches. And you don’t have to leave your house to enjoy any of it (as long as you live near Jennings, of course)! Java Joltz is now apart of the ever-expanding Waitr app. If you’re unfamiliar with the Waitr app, it’s basically a delivery company for a variety of restaurants. Just download the free app, find the restaurant you’re craving, and order! Simple as that!
Java Joltz said it’s been a great addition so far, and they can’t wait to see how it expands once word gets out about the app! Check out their Facebook page to keep up to date with their daily specials and events!
Well our love for Java Joltz is still going strong. Our only question is, how about another location closer to us?!
It wouldn’t be Lake Charles without a few pirate Gators on the Geaux, and we found our first one at Bowtie Marina! Although he appears to be missing his headpiece, he still has his weapons in his pockets! This Gator on the Geaux stands on the deck to keep watch over the marina and welcome all boats that arrive!