SWBS CHRISTMAS PARTY 2014
Lafayette, Louisiana et environsJoin us in beautiful Acadian Louisiana, as we explore the mysterious Atchafalaya Basin, learn about faith and architecture in a Dutch Romanesque cathedral, see how early Acadians really lived, and tour the gorgeous home and garden of Shadows-on-the-Teche. We’ll see and do all of this while sampling some delicious regional cuisine, and wrap up with some very relaxed fine dining in an old Broussard, Louisiana home. Everything except your hotel stay is included in your payment, so you just have to sit back, relax, and savor the sights, sounds, and tastes of this lovely area! Limited to 45 persons.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5TH
Bienvenue en Louisiane!
Latest arrival time at LFT
Our bus will be available for boarding at this time, and we will need to board as members arrive. THE BUS WILL LEAVE PROMPTLY!
Bus leaves for McGee’s Landing near Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.
Box lunches from famous Poupart’s Bakery will be served on the bus, along with water, tea, and soft drinks.
We arrive at McGee’s Landing.
Swamp tour begins on a covered boat.
End of tour. Begin boarding bus to Lafayette. OUR SCHEDULE IS VERY TIGHT, SO WE NEED TO LEAVE PROMPTLY AT 2 PM!
Ride back to Lafayette, to St John the Evangelist Cathedral.
Arrive at St. John Evangelist Cathedral.
Cathedral and museum tour begins. We will divide into two groups for ease of hearing.
Tour ends. You may choose to walk a couple blocks or ride the bus to Johnson’s Boucaniere for a Cajun-style home-smoked BBQ dinner on the big
covered porch. We will serve ice cold beer, wine, tea, water, and soft drinks, plus you may purchase local soft drinks from the Boucaniere.
Time to board our bus & head to the hotel for check-in. You will have time to “rest up” before the cérémonie d’accueill downstairs in the hospitality area!
Welcome to the hospitality room, which will be open until 8:30 or 9 PM.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6TH
Board bus for a 9:15 AM departure to Vermilionville. Maybe Joe will entertain us with a little joke or two, n’est-ce pas?
Our required arrival time at Vermilionville, a reproduction Acadian village.
After a brief orientation, our tour begins.
Lunch at La Cuisine de Maman, on the Vermilionville grounds. They are preparing
a wonderful sampler of local dishes, so you are in for a treat!
Time to board our bus again for the ride to New Iberia, home of Shadows-on- the-Teche, built in 1834 for sugar planter David Weeks and his family. Shaded by towering, moss-draped live oaks, this classic revival mansion will enthrall you.
After a brief stop in the charming visitor center, we will begin our tour. Afterwards, hot tea, coffee, and cocoa will be served on the terrace, weather permitting. You will have until 3:50 PM to explore the charming shops on Main Street.
All aboard our bus for the drive back to our hotel.
Get ready for dinner time.
Social time in the hospitality area. Begin boarding bus at 6:30 PM.
Leave for Nash’s Restaurant in Broussard, Louisiana.
Dinner (with cash bar) and Christmas Party!
Board the bus to go back to our hotel.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6TH
We will be using the hotel courtesy van to make 3-4 trips to the airport, beginning early Sunday morn- ing. We will sign up for times in the hospitality area on Friday and Saturday evening.
KLFT is a towered airport with four instrument runways. See AirNav for details.
Our FBO is Landmark and they have promised to park us together and to give us a good discount on fuel. Their phone is 337-234-3100.
HOMEWOOD SUITES LAFAYETTE
201 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Lafayette, Louisiana
Homewood Suites has set aside 10 King rooms and 14 Queen rooms for our group, for the nights of Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6. They will hold them at the special rate of $119 per night + 12% tax until November 11, 2014. After that time you are not guaranteed rooms will be available, and you will be charged full rate. They are giving us a 24-hour cancellation policy. No-shows will be charged for 1 night’s stay.
The front desk phone number is 337-264-6044. Our event code is SBS, event number 991, for the special rate. Stephen Gidman is our salesman, if you have questions.