Saturday, October 24, 2009

Cajuns for Bayou Teche

Cafe des Amis will host a fundraiser for Cajuns for Bayou Teche, a program of the Teche Ecology, Culture and History Education (TECHE) Project this coming Thursday, October 29th from 6pm - 9pm. Musicians Bon Soir Catin, Drew Landry and David Greely & Friends will be sharing their music in support of Cajuns for Bayou Teche. Tickets are a $25 recommended donation and Cafe des Amis will host a complimentary wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres from 6:00-6:45.

Cajuns for Bayou Teche is a community organization that volunteers time to haul debris from Bayou Teche. Volunteers donate their time and boats to help clean up and currently, the organization would like to raise $3000 during event to get a motor and additional fabrication work to assist in removing large items like washers and hot water heaters. Blake Couvillion, director of Cajuns for Bayou Teche and President of the TECHE Project said, "Last Spring, we hauled over 6 tons of metal, tires, bicycles and refrigerators from the Bayou. It's ridiculous what people throw in there. The Teche is a part of our lives and our heritage and that's how we treat it? We have water quality problems to address on the Teche and we also have to get some of this junk out of here." He explained, "Right now I have my eye on a stove that's been sitting there for years. Once the winch is ready to go and I have a reliable motor, my guys and I will get out there to pick it up and start hauling debris. We'll work from Port Barre all the way down to St. Martinville!"

The community is invited to come out to meet with Blake and learn more about Bayou Teche and enjoy the company and music of some of the areas finest musicians. Tickets are available by calling Blake at 337-230-8596

Photo by Natalie Maynor

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