New Date for the Experience St. Bernard Parish FAM TRIP
We are so happy to announce the official "new date" for the Experience St. Bernard/MSWIT FAM Tour! Mark your calendars...Tuesday, March 29, 2022!
For those of you who were confirmed and pre-paid for the August 17, 2021 tour, you are automatically on the March 29th RSVP list.
We still have room for more...see RSVP details below.
Details of the tour
This year's FAM, named Islenos Seafood Trail: Fishing Villages, Scenic Bayous and Cultural Wonders, is not to be missed! MSWIT member Barbara Johnson, Owner of The Great Delta Tours, has prepared a very special MSWIT Tour. With the great help from MSWIT Member Katie Tommaseo, St. Bernard Parish's Executive Director of Tourism & Film, and her Board as well as leaders with St. Bernard attractions and MSWIT Member Meaghan McCormick, Ex. Director of SBEDF, a full agenda of informative fun and great networking is now available to reserve your place on the bus!
FAM participants will be allowed to park in the lot adjacent to the Basin St. Station (501 Basin Street) at the hospitality industry rate of only $5 for the entire day! Thank you Emily Valentino with City Sightseeing New Orleans.
Not one but TWO Hotard Coaches will be waiting for us to board at 8:45 am and depart promptly at 9 am for our tour. A full day of activities are planned including a stop at The Parish Marina overlooking Bayou Bienvenue, lunch in Ycloskey at Robin's Seafood right on historic Bayou la Loutre, a tour of the Islenos Cultural Village, the River House Crevasse 22 Art Space, and the Docville Farm Mississippi River Observatory before we head back to Basin St. no later than 4:30 pm. Of course, what's a MSWIT meeting without the chance to win some great prizes, trivia games, etc. Oh...and there's lots of surprises not mentioned!
A BIG thanks goes out to our three MSWIT members with Hotard Coaches...Julie Chalmers, Shanon Hamm and Chelsea Latas!
We guarantee you will learn new things about St. Bernard Parish that you were not aware of and that are very nearby for visitors to New Orleans!
COST: $35 for MSWIT Members/$45 for GUESTS (PRE-PAYMENT REQUIRED)
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More details about the tour...
Islenos Seafood Trail:
Fishing Villages, Scenic Bayous, Cultural Wonders
On this MSWIT Exclusive, visit places, cultures and history on a unique “coastal seafood adventure” that visitors or locals rarely get to experience. Celebrate the rich 18th century traditions of Spanish Canary Islanders recruited to the area in the late 1700’s, considered to be the last vestige of Spanish colonialism in America. Venture to Ycloskey, Louisiana where the land seems to dissolve into the Gulf of Mexico and the people are as salty and beautiful as the sea.
Experience a unique, immersive, insider’s perspective of the Great Mississippi River Delta and its richly important wetlands, wildlife and cultural wonders. Enjoy a memorable eco excursion that follows the dynamic changes of the river that shaped one of the most culturally diverse and distinctive communities in the world. Enjoy the company of brown pelicans, blue heron and alligators in their natural habitat. Learn about the world’s largest flood management and coastal restoration efforts in the world. Eco excursion highlights include
• Retrace the steps of the earliest founders in establishing “La Nouvelle Orleans” that emerged from a swampy, backwater outpost to one of the largest cities in America.
• Travel through the Chalmette Battlefield National Park where Major General Andrew Jackson led American troops to a stunning victory against the battle-tested British in the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815.
• Enjoy a stop at Parish Marina overlooking historic Bayou Bienvenue and learn more about the massive flood protection system and critical coastal restoration projects to ensure the safety and future of the region.
• See alligators, brown pelicans and great egrets in their natural habitat.
• Meet a local Islenos oyster man to learn of his way of life, hopes, challenges and colorful heritage. Immerse yourself in a delicious "Gulf to Table" experience on the docks of the historic Bayou la Loutre.
• Enjoy a delightful walk around the historic Islenos Cultural Village to experience the rich Islenos culture and its importance to the region.
• Visit the new River House Crevasse 22 Art Space that celebrates nature and art at the site of an historic levee break.
• Stop at historic Docville Farm to experience the commanding views of the mighty Mississippi River from its 5th Floor Observation Deck and learn of the transformative community work of the Meraux Foundation