Bayou Pigeon Heritage Association Community Event
Much thought and discussion went into forming the Bayou Pigeon Heritage Association and how it could / would be supported. When the Diocese closed the St. Joan of Arc church at Bayou Pigeon Church it was completely funded from church fairs and annual sales of crawfish related dishes, bisque.
Bayou Pigeon Heritage Association Mission Statement
The Bayou Pigeon Heritage Association is organized as a 501 c (3) non-profit corporation for the purposes of saving the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church Complex from abandonment and demolition by the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge and for preserving and using the said Complex for the preservation, promotion, perpetuation, education and enhancement of the past and present living histories, culture, heritage and folk life of the Swamp Cajuns of Bayou Pigeon, Iberville Parish, and Louisiana.
In 2020 Nonprofit fundraising has entered into an entered a new era. An environment changed by a global pandemic, divisive political times, and social media communication.
With that backdrop the Bayou Pigeon Heritage Association planned and held its first major fund raiser, for the community, a community garage / craft sale along with a fried fish dinner sale. Something that the Board of Directors agreed was non-controversial and could be held outside.
A movie night for kids was held prior to the garage sale and was deemed great success in building community involvement and promoting the Heritage Association.
The Garage Sale / Fish Fry dinner event, held on June 27 was an enormous , better than expected economic success.
The association was able to add enough money into our account guaranteeing we can meet our obligations well into 2021.
Over 50 people went into Heritage Hall to check out our Heritage Hall and our Chapel Room. By the way Cindy Vaughn has volunteered to be the Chair Person managing the Chapel room. Look for good things to happen there bring back a spiritual aspect to our community.
It looked like an old time Pigeon Church Fair
Event organizers, Chris Settoon, Patty Phillips, and Kristen Settoon and numerous helpers worked very hard to bring as many people from the local community into the event.
Over 15 different booths garage / crafts were available, and the fish fry dinners were prepared by a new generation of Cajun cooks.
Chris Daigle, president of Bayou Pigeon Heritage association, thought what made this event successful, ownership was in hands of local people and a new generation of workers.
Iberville Sheriff Brett Stassi was there greeting people and commented that it had the same atmosphere / show of support of past Bayou Pigeon Church fairs. Which he said everyone in the parish is looking forward to the return of the Bayou Pigeon fairs.
Dean Deslatte of A. Wilbert’s LLC, the landlord of the heritage stopped by and bought lunches, commented they were pleased and that the site looked great and they were very please how things were progressing.
To keep posted of future Bayou Pigeon Heritage events, check the Bayou Pigeon Facebook page on a regular basis, the community is back…
If anyone has any ideas for fund raisers use the "Contact Us' function on the our website to communicate to us.
We know there is in excess of 300 hundred of follower on the Bayou Pigeon Heritage Association Facebook page... and over 800 followers on the Pigeon Facebook page.
We could use volunteers at events, to cut grass, weed eating and landscaping and power washing especially the Pavilion. Surely there are brave Bayou Pigeon Natives out there that could help.
Use the 'Contact Us' to volunteer to help.
Won't you please help us ...time spent volunteering for good causes like perpetuation of the Chapel Room is not deducted from ones life span !
In Bayou Pigeon Spirit