Here's a picture of a map of the Tammany Trace from last week's post (click for larger image.) Although I alluded to historical houses last week too, they'll have to wait, as I haven't had time for the photocopies & pictures I need to get. It's surprising, sometimes, how busy our little library can get!
The "most eccentric museum in Louisiana" is here in our little town. The "UCM Museum/Abita Mystery House" ("UCM" is pronounced "you see 'em,") was created by local artist, John Prebble. I suspect that the building it's housed in (an old gas station with the antique pumps still outside,) is one of Abita Springs' historical buildings. What can be said of this museum besides "what the hell was that???" (I mean that in the good way.) It's reminiscent of a junk store that's had its items organized into various scenes &/or designs, with some truly "out there" displays & constructions that defy categorization (including a UFO that's crashed into an airstream trailer.) It's a cheap thrill that shouldn't be missed.
My favorite part of the UCM Museum is the gift shop, where you can pick up such novelty items as Albert Einstein, Thomas Jefferson & Marie Antoinette action figures, jawbone knives, Mother Theresa soap (guaranteed to wash away those stubborn mortal sins,) & the obligatory alligator heads found at any southern Louisianian gift shop/truck stop/souvenier store.
Later today I'll be heading over to the Berkeley Gallery & Studio to drop off a few paintings for a "meet the artists" reception I'll be attending there later this week. The building it's housed in is over 100 years old & used to be a tuberculosis hospital. Some consider it haunted.
Our town hall (not far from the roundabout pictured last week,) is the main social center of town. Home to the Abita Springs Opry & occassional cajun dances (with instruction available beforehand,) I regret admitting that we have yet to check either of those out.
One annual event in Abita Springs is coming up on March 29th; the "whole town garage sale," which is precisely as described, from what I understand (you guessed it--I haven't checked this out yet, either, but I certainly intend to this year.)
The fact that we haven't fully investigated our town's events (after having lived here for almost 2 years now,) is but a testament to our love of our home in the woods (which we half-jokingly refer to as "The Hermitage.")
Click the "My Town Monday" label below for previous posts about Abita Springs.