Art vendors, live music, a food and wine tasting opportunity and more will be available to patrons Saturday when The Paul Maillard Business & Arts Initiative hosts its first Old Luling Fête.
The event is being organized in part by Jenny Burch Lendle, who owns GL Realty Group on the corner of Hall Drive and Paul Maillard in Luling. Last year she started a GoFundMe to raise money for a mural project on her building, and months later she, her mother Kay Giammanco, and husband Robert Lendle decided to take the project a step further and create The Paul Maillard Business & Arts Initiative .
The initiative now has 15 board members, and its mission is to be a beacon of support for the local business community.
“Through art and collaboration, we will restore the spirit and the appeal of our street so that our businesses can once again thrive and our neighbors can be proud,” The Paul Maillard Business & Arts Initiative website states. “Through economic growth, community involvement and the inspiration of art we will reach our goal. The addition of visual artworks throughout the community will serve as inspiration for us today and for future generations. Our hope is that this initiative will spark a movement of improvement, new business, collaboration and community involvement here on Paul Maillard Road, Old Luling and our entire parish.”
Lendle said the Old Luling Fête will offer a variety of opportunities for people to explore everything that the Old Luling area has to offer.
“People seem very excited,” she said about the event. “This is a big moment for the initiative and a chance for people to see what we’re doing and trying to create here in Old Luling. All in all we want to make this section of Luling a more exciting place to pass through or visit and to bring back some of that main street community vibe that you see in other areas like Ponchatoula or Rivertown.”
The fête will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bands and art vendors will be set up at All Kinds of Finds by Karen, located at 13425 River Road in Luling. Kyle Labat will take the stage from 10 a.m. to noon, and Adam Pearce will follow from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Brad Sapia will close out the music stage from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
A Stella shouting contest will take place at 4 p.m., and several businesses in the Old Luling corridor will have food and wine samples available with a $10 walking tour ticket. Samples have been donated by Majorias, Marianos, and Blaine Guillot.
“Come out and see what we’ve been up to,” Lendle said. “We’re really focusing on Old Luling. We’re here, we’re having fun, and we’re having these events that we’d love for the community to come out and support.”