A Spirit Stick is planted in the Park

The Trailhead Museum is honored and delighted to share with you a new addition to Abita Springs Park. 

Wikipedia defines a totem as "a spirit being, sacred object, or symbol that serves as an emblem of a group of people, such as a family, clan, lineage, or tribe".

The Totem at the Trailhead Museum

The Totem at the Trailhead Museum

Folks just love Abita Springs.  And we're sharing that love with visitors to the Park through this "spirit stick", honoring our past through Choctaw symbology while celebrating the presence of local businesses and attractions.  We hope you'll be as pleased with this colorful addition as we are.

Dave Kelsey hands off his sun sign to Cleco

Dave Kelsey hands off his sun sign to Cleco

Our electric company, Cleco, funded the project, which was conceived by Trailhead Museum vice-president George Long and designed by esteemed artist and sign maker Dave Kelsey, who has worked in scenic design on numerous films.

Months of work come to fruition

Months of work come to fruition

Totems are considered collective symbols that represent both God and society.  Many here have long considered our clean air and pure water to be sacred.  We understand and appreciate this vital connection.  Learn more about this as well as the legend of Princess Abita in the Trailhead Museum, which is open on Fridays and Saturdays 10am - 4pm and Sundays noon - 4pm during the Art & Farmers Market and this Sunday's Water Festival.

New bright colors in the Park

New bright colors in the Park

Along with major support from Cleco, we wish to thank those businesses represented on the totem for their contributions to the Trailhead Museum.  They are Abita Brewing, Abita Snoball Stand, Abita Veterinary Practice, Blitch/Knevel Architects, the Women's Center for Healing & Transformation, Abita Springs Cafe, and Abita Brew Pub.

If you'll notice up top, there's a weather station, which will be used as a teaching tool in the Museum.  There's also a webcam that will deliver images of the Abita Beer Stage and the Museum 24 hours a day on the Internet.  Here's a link to the weather station.  Bookmark it to get the most local conditions possible:  Historic District KLAABITA4

Fall is a great time to visit the Park and the Museum.  Please come see us and learn more about the history and culture of Abita Springs.

Wet paintings arrive this week at the new Trailhead Museum

The Board of Directors of the Abita Springs Trailhead Museum has created an elegant evening for all you art lovers. 

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Friday evening is the free, opening reception for our En Plein Air exhibit.  Every year, some paintings arrive still wet, filled with the beauty and vibrancy of the nature that surrounds us here in south Louisiana.  The air Friday night will be crisp and clear.  We want you to share in this experience with us at our newly renovated museum.

Tony Green & Gypsy Jazz will perform.   Scrumptious food and drinks will be served with catering by the Abita Springs Cafe.

28 artists are expected to participate including Auseklis Ozols, Carol Hallock, Louis Morales, Peg Usner, John Preble, Phil Sandusky, Billy Solitario, Peggy Hesse, Julia Rubin, Gus Hoffman, Pax Bobrow, Oksana Fogg, Renee Mitchell, Mary Monk, Don Rhodes, Claude Ellender, Diego Larguia, Judy Newman, Ben Bensen III, Denise Bourgeois, Garth Swanson, Judy Merrell, Alix Travis, Anne Pappas, Steve Bourgeois, Ferris Hotard, Robin Durand, and Tony Green.

The four-day exhibition continues on Saturdays and Sundays 10am - 4pm April 8, 9, 15, and 16 (that's Easter) only.  Most artwork pricing will range from approximately $300 to $2000.  30% of each sale goes directly to the Museum.  Please help us support the Museum and your local artists!

Many thanks to Ron Blitch for his oversight and generosity in bringing this event to fruition.

Facebook updates on the artists

Opening Reception Friday, April 7, 6-9pm
Exhibit hours 10am - 4pm Saturdays and Sundays April 8, 9, 15, 16

Push Mow Parade Rolling Plus All New Exhibits

We are on a roll here at the Trailhead Museum in Abita Springs!  And our Push Mow Parade is rolling, too, this Saturday at 11AM.  You've got to see.  It's gonna to be a hoot!


Seven beautiful new displays are now showing in the Museum.  Be one of the first to experience this fine work honoring our history and culture.

 

Coming Up:

February 18 - Push Mow Parade
March 25 - Whole Town Garage Sale
April 7-15 - En Plein Air
April 23 - Busker Festival
June 17 - Louisiana Bicycle Festival

Be a part of it all by volunteering with us.  We're a fun group of hard workers who get things done for our beautiful Abita Springs.  Email Martha for more information: President@TrailheadMuseum.org.

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Loving Abita Springs with new exhibits

Mark Rhode finely constructs one of several new displays.

Mark Rhode finely constructs one of several new displays.

For more than a year, Mary Davis and Ron Blitch have worked to create the displays that will soon fill our fine, little museum.  We are filled with pride, excitement, and gratitude and we can't wait to share it with you.

Ron is a very successful architect.  His commitment to preservation here in Abita Springs is exceptional.  His love and caring for our town is dutifully portrayed in each of the twelve displays.

Mary is a graphic designer and photographer.  Her intense pursuit to gather and share our history and culture as Town Archivist offers a great opportunity for us to experience what this unique community has meant to so many over time.

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Tourism, our Choctaw heritage, nature, beer, water, our festivals, our joie de vivre - these subjects and more will make up these new, beautifully made, permanent displays.  Opening soon!

All creativity requires a little chaos.

All creativity requires a little chaos.

We'll be back open on February 11th and plan to celebrate with a grand re-opening in late Spring. 

In the meantime, your Trailhead Museum will be hosting four great events: our annual Push Mow Parade on February 18th, then the Whole Town Garage Sale, En Plein Air, and the Busker Festival.  We hope to see you there!

 

Grand Opening = Big Success

Many thanks to our sponsors and all those who attended the Grand Opening of our Smithsonian traveling exhibit.  Beyond the usual pomp and circumstance, folks shared poignant thoughts and feelings about what it meant to participate on a sports team.

Thanks go out to our sponsors: Ben Caston at Yes!Tech, the Abita Springs Women's Society, George Long Photography, and the Knights of Columbus in Lacombe as well as a long list of our many supporters.  It makes us happy and grateful that you are supportive of our efforts to bring great, creative opportunities to our community.

"Hometown Teams" Exhibit Is A Winner

We are so looking forward to the arrival of the Smithsonian traveling exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America", opening November 19th in our newly renovated Trailhead Museum.  It captures the stories that unfold on the neighborhood fields and courts, and the underdog heroics, larger-than-life legends, fierce rivalries, and gut wrenching defeats.  Competition and camaraderie are explored and shared.

The Museum will be open Thursdays through Mondays 10AM - 4PM, November 19 - January 1 excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas; open New Years Day.

The exhibit's curator says "Few aspects of American culture so colorfully and passionately celebrate the American experience as sports" and we could not agree more.  Come explore with us How Sports Shape America.

View the press release here.

Museum on Main Street information here.

Visit the Trailhead Museum's website here.

Hometown Teams is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

A new museum coming soon!

Our quaint museum is growing up!  Opened in 2008, we are now moving toward stage 2 with a new and improved facility, designed for artists and the public in very special ways.

The exterior has been painted.  New signage will be in place soon.  The design for the interior is complete with implementation to occur after the Hometown Teams event moves out on January 1, 2017.  We are totally excited about what's to come.