Lori’s Best of the Bayou Update-12/3/12

Greetings, readers!  Or rather, Season’s Greetings!  I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season so far.  This truly is a festive time of year!  Trees abound for trimming, homes and cities are adorned with colorful lights, and the aroma of pumpkin, pine and cinnamon fill the air.  All this Christmas cheer also means 2012 is coming to a close, and this will be my last festival report for the year.

I previously announced that year two of Best of the Bayou will once again take place the last weekend in September, on the 28th and 29th of 2013 in Downtown Houma.   Two main stages will again flank the festival grounds; however, minor changes to their locations are in the works.  Next year, festival-goers can also expect to enjoy acoustic entertainment on the Courthouse steps.  As I first reported in last month’s FOCUS, folks can also expect to see an even placement of food and arts-and-crafts booths in between the two stages on Main Street.  The current mission for BOB is to improve on its freshman mistakes, and by doing so, logistical tweaks are priority.

Another goal for BOB 2013 (or how about BOB’s very own New Year resolution?) is to better engage and increase involvement and communication with local residents and downtown merchants.  That goal will be accomplished in part by volunteers who make up the new festival leadership, which includes an executive board and several planning committees and sub-committees.

The planning committees include Logistics, Special Events, Entertainment, Communications, Sponsorship, Volunteer, Food and Arts/Crafts.  Chairpersons have been assigned to each committee, and they are as follows: Pat Gordon-Logistics, Stephanie Hebert-Special Events, Billy Foster and Dave Norman-Entertainment (Music), Tana Millet-Communications, JJ Buquet-Sponsorship, Paul Labat-Volunteer, Ricky Murphy and M.J. Plaisance-Food, Katie Portier and Cal McKey, Arts-and-Crafts.

The coming festival will be an important one—perhaps more important than the first, as seed money will not be available to the festival beyond 2013.  It must sustain itself to survive and make a long-lasting economic impact on the Bayou Region.  The festival, which will remain free, can’t survive without the support of the community-be it as a volunteer, sponsor, vendor, or reveler, and we hope to gain your support in 2013!  Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or YouTube, and check out our website at www.bestofthebayou.org.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!  Have a safe and happy holiday season!

(This article is available inside the FOCUS, the official publication of the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce, via The Courier, the first Monday of every month.)