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.
Just one of the beautiful natural sights along the trails in the Lacassine Pool! This was taken early in the fishing season before the trails were overgrown, so it’s a nice reminder of how the Pool changes as the year goes on.
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:
Lexi Hagen: Which instruments do you play?
Emily Simon: The drums and accordion
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.
It’s a surprise Gator on the Geaux! My boyfriend and I were just driving around Big Lake and spotted this lovely Gator under the carport of a house.
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!