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DIY: Vintage Frames

DIY projects are always a fun way to spruce up any home, but sometimes it’s hard to know exactly where to begin. If you are looking for a simple inexpensive project to add a unique touch to your home décor this is the blog for you!


Ouachita River Trading Company

The first thing I needed in order to start my project was frames. I wanted to find frames that were actually vintage to add to the look I was going for, so I headed out to Antique Alley. With over 40 unique antique shops and boutiques I knew Antique Alley would be the perfect place in Monroe-West Monroe to find exactly what I was looking for. After shopping around I was finally able to find three frames at the Ouachita River Trading Company that were perfect for my project. Next, I picked up some chalk paint from Cotton Port Antique Mall and I was ready to start my project.



-Picture frames of your choice

-Chalk paint

-Painters tape

-Paint brush



Use the painters tape to cover up anything you don’t want to get paint on. I really liked the gold border on one of my frames so I decided to use to painters tape to cover that up. You’ll also want to use the painters tape to make a border between the paint and the glass of your picture frame.


Once you’ve got the tape in place it’s time to start painting. I used Vignettes Chalk-Style Paint color Linen that I got at Cotton Port Antique Mall and was ecstatic with the results; however any type of chalk-style paint will work. For two of the frames I wanted the original color of the frame to show through the paint, so I applied a thin layer of paint using long brush strokes.


I love how these frames turned out! For the final touch I added photos taken around Monroe-West Monroe, and decorative ribbon to one of the frames. Add your own family photos from your visits to Monroe-West Monroe and create a unique souvenir that you can cherish for a life time.

Downtown Gallery Crawl is Hot!

August is hot, hot, hot—and so is the art in downtown Monroe and West Monroe!


Sunrise by Burg Ransom, featured at Sugar Gallery

As always on the first Thursday of every even-numbered month, people of all ages will visit with happy neighbors while reveling in live music, good food, and fine art. From 5 to 9 pm on August 4, all eight galleries (two in West Monroe and six in Monroe) will be open and displaying great art. Many of the artists will give artist talks, explaining the inspiration and technique underlying their creations.

The event is always free–the only expense is incurred if you decide to buy some original art.  A special treat at this Crawl is a limited-edition poster, based on a large collage by local artist Emily Caldwell and designed by Downtown Arts Alliance President Kelsea McCrary, which will be available at several galleries.

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The Musician by Mary May, featured at River Gallery

On the West Monroe (Antique Alley) side of the river, the River Gallery features West Monroe artist Mary May. She recently won first place for her painting “Pure September” at the 2016 Louisiana Peach Festival in Ruston. Subject matter includes portraits and musical instruments, along with urban landscapes and family pets. May studied under Nicola Vigini, along with many other artists in Texas and Louisiana, as she has been a professional artist for the last 20 years. The River Gallery, Louisiana’s oldest and largest art co-op, includes up to thirty artists of all kinds; guests are welcomed with good food and live music.

Rick Sikes, curator of the Big Room Gallery on Art Alley in Monroe, presents well-known potter Gary Ratcliff, retired ULM art professor, as the lead exhibitor, demonstrating his pottery techniques as well as finished work. He will give an artist talk at 7 pm.  Other artists showing at the Big Room will be Emily Caldwell, Callie White, Alyssa Guidry Posey, Amy Ouchley, and Stephanie Jordan. Of course, good food and drink is always available at the Big Room.

ARENDER studio + gallery is proud to present Chad Schoonmaker, a Baton Rouge-based artist specializing in acrylic on canvas. This bright body of work is occasionally sealed with resin and varies in size with an option for every art buyer’s space. Chad’s inspirations are his wife Allison and son Sam. Chad says, “Some call art their ‘escape,’ but for me it’s more like home—my studio is where I feel most like myself.” His pieces give the viewers a chance to install a window into their own emotional landscape and experience. He will give an artist talk at 7:30 pm.


Vickie by Nicole Duet, featured at Garret House

The Garrett House, next to the river on South Grand, is open again, newly renovated for the August Crawl, with Nicole Duet as the guest artist. Duet is an assistant professor of drawing and painting as well as the director of the gallery at Louisiana Tech’s School of Design. Curator Brooke Foy announces that Duet will give an artist talk at 6:30 pm.

On DeSiard Street, the Palace Gallery is hosting a North Louisiana native who has been a working artist since she could hold a crayon. Emily Ezell embraces both oil paint and chalk pastels to indulge her love for vibrant color and dynamic mark making. Ezell received her BFA in studio art from Louisiana Tech in 2008, and she will continue her education this fall when she moves to New York City to attend the New York Academy of Art’s MFA program.

Lazy Days of Summer” is the theme for the artists at Sugar Gallery on Art Alley. From Burg Ransom’s gorgeous sunsets to Melanie Douthit’s coastal-inspired creations, everyone can relate as summer winds down. Leah Reitzell’s textured Louisiana-themed paintings and Mary Thompson’s rural-inspired and travel-themed work always draw great interest. Scott Stone will be on the landing with his guitars adorned with seashells and stones he collected on the coast. Stacy Medaries will be back in the “red room,” so no one should miss out on the visual treat known as SUGAR!


Farmer in Hat Market by Jonathan Clayton, featured at Rumo’s Gallery

Rumo’s Gallery, on Antique Alley in West Monroe, is hosting Jonathan Clayton, a photography student at Louisiana Tech. He spent time teaching English in China, and his National Geographic-style photos document his time there, with both black and white and color photography. The curator is Austin Bantel; owners of the gallery are Russell and Morgan Moore. Music, food and drink are always a part of the evening at this great place.

Finally, back on Art Alley, Upstairs is pleased to exhibit a mixed bag of work in August.  Artists include Angela Genusa, exhibiting her collages incorporating vintage materials in witty and uniquely creative pieces, and Jana Giles, showing “Sublime,” a collection of intriguing photography from exotic places and well as close to home. The show also includes Kay McDonald and Anna Rowan’s collaborative sculptures, made from found objects. Upstairs is co-curated by Anna Rowan and Emily Caldwell.

The next Downtown Gallery Crawl will be Thursday, October 6, 2016.

Explore ELsong Gardens

By Tanya M. Shlosman

“Father loved to relate to our friends that the building of the formal garden was Emy-Lou’s new song: so, we named the home and garden ELsong.”


Photo courtesy of Biedenharn Museum

The beautiful ELsong Garden at the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens was once home to chickens and duck ponds, but in 1939, Joseph Biedenharn allowed his daughter, Emy-Lou to transform the space into a botanical oasis.

After some time of “excavating, grading, digging pools, building high walls; hanging a balcony of iron from the tree tops, and placing another hanging balcony out iron our garden living room; transplanting grown cypress trees and water oaks, draping moss, and piping lights and music”, and finally five Italian iron statues, ELsong Garden was complete.


Photo courtesy of Biedenharn Museum

The garden danced with a variety of fragrances and colors from the dogwood, crabapple, oriental magnolias, wisteria trees, Salman pink waves of azaleas, white tulips, purple anemones, violets, and tomatoes, Mr. Biedenharn loved his tomatoes.

ELsong brought a significant amount of joy to Joseph Biedenharn who once said to Emy-Lou, “Daughter, there is lifting up when you watch the rhythmic wonder of nature freshen the earth with each new sunrise.”


Photo courtesy of Biedenharn Museum

The magical garden also brought joy to all those who visited ELsong and continue to visit today. A young girl, from Girl Scout Troop Eleven, who visited ELsong many years ago wrote a poem about the beauty she saw:

The Garden

There’s a fountain sparkling bright,
Which has tiny drops of white,
There are vines on the wall,
And statues gray and tall,
There are roses white and roses red,
And different flowers in every bed.
There’s a little passage that leads out,
It also has a flower sprout.
There are bells so gay
That tinkle all day.
There’s a balcony trimmed so beautifully.
It’s nearly as high as the tallest tree.
It’s the prettiest garden I ever have seen.
It looks like it’s made for a king or a queen.

By Lucylu Turpin

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Photo by Spencer Lee

The Biedenarn Museum & Gardens is open Tues. thru Sat. from 10am to 5pm. Free parking is available on three sides of the museum. The main parking area is located on Speed Avenue near the main entrance to the Coke Museum. Tour information, maps and tickets are available at the Museum Store located inside the Coke Museum. An unloading zone for buses is also located on Speed Avenue directly adjacent to the Coke Museum. Adults $6 Students $4 (Under 12 years old) Annual Pass $20 (a great bargain) Tickets may be purchased in the Museum Store, located in the Coke Museum building, at 2000 Riverside Drive (the corner of Riverside Drive and Speed Avenue).

Discover Summer: Monroe-West Monroe Instagram Contest

DISCOVER SUMMER Insta-page-001From July 11 through Labor Day weekend, the Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitor Bureau wants you to discover summer like never before with the Discover Summer Instagram Contest. This contest is as easy as one, two, three. All you have to do is follow @discovermonroewestmonroe on Instagram, take a photo at any of the attractions on Discover Summer list below, and tag #discoverMWM in your post.

The Discover Summer Instagram Contest is not only a great way for you to create memories to share with family and friends, but you can also win a Polaroid snap instant digital camera. That’s right for every 5 post that you complete your name will be entered for a chance to win a brand new Polaroid snap instant digital camera with ZINK Zero ink printing technology, a memory card with adapter, and 50 Sheets Premium ZINK Photo Paper. The giving doesn’t stop there! The Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau will also be awarding prizes to the first person who completes all 20 items, and for the most creative photo. The more photos on the list you post the more chances you have to win. Contestants must send a Direct Message to the Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau Instagram account @discovermonroewestmonroe for every 5 posts completed. Check out the official list below.

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Don’t waste your summer away, instead discover it in Monroe-West Monroe.

Click HERE for official contest rules.

5 Things You Should Know About Chef Blake Phillips

by Jerrica B.

Do you like to have your finger on the pulse of the Monroe culinary scene? I got you.

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Chef Blake Phillips


Blake Phillips has been the chef at Restaurant Sage in Monroe for two years now. Basically, he’s the mastermind behind that amazing food. If you’ve seen his name come up a lot recently, you are not alone. He’s an active member of the local community, and he may or may not have just added a studded crown to his hat rack. Here are 5 things you need to know about Chef Blake:


His winning dish! -Photo courtesy of Restaurant Sage Facebook

  1. He is the reigning Louisiana Seafood King.

This annual competition took place in New Orleans on May 29. Phillips’ opponents were from all over the state. It’s safe to say that he represented the Monroe-West Monroe area very well, since he took home the victory. His winning dish? A blackened sous vide grouper with fava bean and sweet potato puree with corn, crab, and mirliton slaw. For a limited time, you can order this dish at Restaurant Sage!

  1. He went to Italy just before the competition.

He crossed oceans in search of inspiration. Not only for the competition, but also to learn more about his trade. It was here that he decided to use the fava bean in his winning dish, which put an Italian twist on his typically-French cooking style. So when you eat at Restaurant Sage, you know you are getting an incredible, globally-inspired meal.


Photo courtesy of Restaurant Sage Facebook page

  1. He is originally from Monroe.

Although he went to culinary school in Austin, Texas, and spent years as a chef in New Orleans, he grew up right here in our beautiful parish. “It just pulled me back,” he said.

Now, he’s made a name for himself in the local area. First, as the chef behind the impeccable cuisine at Restaurant Sage, and now, because of his win in New Orleans.

  1. He uses his powers for good.

Phillips will be participating in Chefs for a Cause on July 12 to support Family Promise of Ouachita. All proceeds from the event go to the organization which assists the local homeless population. He also helps promote Louisiana cuisine by participating in LTPA’s Chef Take-over. Last year, the event was in Austin, Texas, but this year it will be in Charleston, South Carolina.


Photo courtesy of Restaurant Sage Facebook page

  1. He will represent Louisiana at the Great American Seafood Cook-off.

On August 6 in New Orleans, La., chefs from all over the country will compete in this event. Like Phillips, each chef has won their own state competition and now looks for a victory on the national level. We certainly hope that Chef Blake Phillips wins once again, but we all come out ahead here. These events work to promote Louisiana seafood, which is over 70% of our nation’s seafood.


So there you have it. If you’ve never been to Restaurant Sage, GO. You will not regret it. And when you do go, be sure to congratulate Phillips on his success. You might even get to see his crown! We certainly appreciate what he does for our area, and we look forward to seeing what else he has up his chef coat sleeve.




Faith, Family, & Fireworks

by Janna J. 


Martin having fun with the crowd

If you are looking for a wholesome patriotic event the whole family will enjoy for the Fourth of July weekend look no further than Monroe-West Monroe. The Duck Commander crew invites you to celebrate our nation’s independence with them at the 2nd annual Faith, Family, Fireworks. This all day event will take place at the Duck Commander Warehouse in West Monroe. Beginning at 12:00pm there will be parking available at Academy/Willie’s Duck Dinner with free bus transportation to and from the Warehouse. The Robertson’s will be up to their usual wacky shenanigans throughout the day, so arrive on time to ensure you don’t miss a second of the action.


Si and Willie on the mic

One of the highlights of the day’s activities will be movin’ and groovin’ to the jams of good ole Uncle Si’s band Si Robertson & the Si-cotics feat. Marsha Robertson. America’s favorite family will also be available throughout the day for autographs and photos. Make sure to come hungry and participate in Godwin’s Watermelon Eating Contest. BBQ will be available for purchase from Saddle Tramps Cooking Team, because what is Fourth of July without BBQ? Guests will feel like part of the family once they satisfy their sweet tooth with one of Miss Kay’s delicious baked goods that will also be available for purchase at the event. Check out the schedule below for all the great events that will sure to make this holiday on for the books.


1:00— John Luke Signing at Ice Cabin
2:30— Si Signing at Store
3:30— Martin Duck Call Seminar
4:00— Kay Signing at Store
4:30— Watermelon Eating Contest with Godwin
5:30— Bingo
7:00— Si’s Band (Si Robertson & the Si-cotics feat. Marsha Robertson)
8:00— Store Closes
Dark— Fireworks

Parking is available in the lot at Academy and Willie’s Duck Diner, located at 125 Constitution Drive. Beginning at 12 pm, a shuttle will run between this location and the warehouse.


The crowd enjoying Faith, Family, & Fireworks

Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs, Jack!

The Living Fountain Returns to the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens

The Living Fountain will return to the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens Jun. 17th- Jun. 18th. Be prepared to witness a unique display of grace, beauty, and poise. The event will be held in celebration of the recently restored ELsong Maiden Statue that was damaged in the tornado in 2014, a casualty of a fallen oak. It was one of the five large Maiden Statues that stand in the gardens.


ELsong Gardens at Biedenharn Museum and Gardens

After 17 months, the statue has finished being restored and was recently re-erected. Now the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens will have a special presentation of the Living Fountain sponsored by Patrick Electric, R-Squared Construction, and John Watson Landscape Illumination.

The Living Fountain is “A unique entertainment experience, where nature comes to life with an extraordinary combination of movement, music and live interaction. Each element weaves an enchanting tapestry in a stunning display of visual images and illusions. This is The Living Fountain, mesmerizing audiences young and old at a host of venues throughout the world,” says Atmosphere Entertainment.

“The performances are very popular,” says Executive Director Ralph Calhoun. “It has been over five years since the Living Fountain has been at the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens. I have had many people ask when we will have it again, so it is a delight to bring the Living Garden back to the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens this year.”

On Fri., Jun. 17th, three daylight performances will take place at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm and again on Sat., Jun. 18th. Two special evening performances will take place at 8pm on Fri., Jun. 17th and Sat., Jun. 18th.

Daytime performances are $10 per person and the evening performance is $15 per person. Shows will sell out fast so get your tickets now by calling the Museum Store at 318-387-5281.

The Biedenarn Museum & Gardens is open Tues. thru Sat. from 10am to 5pm. Free parking is available on three sides of the museum. The main parking area is located on Speed Avenue near the main entrance to the Coke Museum. Tour information, maps and tickets are available at the Museum Store located inside the Coke Museum. An unloading zone for buses is also located on Speed Avenue directly adjacent to the Coke Museum. Adults $6 Students $4 (Under 12 years old) Annual Pass $20 (a great bargain) Tickets may be purchased in the Museum Store, located in the Coke Museum building, at 2000 Riverside Drive (the corner of Riverside Drive and Speed Avenue).

6 Places to Find Gluten-Free Options in Monroe-West Monroe

by Jerrica B.

We all know that Ouachita Parish is home to some of the most delicious food. Our local restaurants boast a wide variety of flavors and cuisines. However, there are some whose options are limited. For those of you who have Celiac’s disease, gluten intolerance, or who just prefer a gluten free diet, there are several restaurants in our area who are happy to cater to your needs. Check out these great places:

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Gluten free Chicken Pot Pie at For His Temple Foods

  1. For His Temple Family Foods (315 Wood St., West Monroe)

The beauty of this restaurant is that you can walk right in, order anything off the menu, and it is guaranteed to be gluten free. This place boasts a 100% gluten free menu. From their delicious chicken pot pie—made with gluten free pie crust—to their pecan chocolate chip cookies, all of their food is organic. Their goal is to serve only healthy, delicious meal alternatives to your everyday menu. This place is pick-up only, so it’s great for a quick stop!

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Wagyu Burger at Vieux Carre Gourmet Market

  1. Vieux Carre Gourmet Market (1623 N 18th, Monroe)

Satisfy your burger cravings here! This restaurant offers a gluten-free burger that is to die for! The Wagyu Burger is 6 oz. house ground with onion, pickles, American cheese, lettuce, and tomato all wrapped in steamed collards in place of a bun.


Cilantro Organic Bistro

  1. Cilantro Organic Bistro (1211 N 18th, Monroe)

This restaurant offers many gluten-free options on their menu. Most of their menu changes daily, but the delicious roasted turkey sandwich can be served on gluten free bread, and it is almost always available! Also, be on the lookout for their delicious gluten free peanut butter or chocolate chip cookies. Check their website for weekly menu updates.


Roma Italian Bistro

  1. Roma Italian Bistro (400 Trenton St., West Monroe)

People visit this restaurant for their amazing pasta dishes and Italian cuisine, but also for their casual, chic atmosphere. For their gluten free options, any pasta dish can be prepared with gluten free pasta.


Paw Paw’s Pizza

  1. Paw Paw’s Pizza Factory Buffet  (3426 Cypress St., West Monroe)

This relatively new restaurant in West Monroe has been making big impressions on pizza lovers throughout the area. They have a gluten free pizza crust that can be used with any of their delicious toppings. It is not available on the buffet, but it is made to order. Call ahead and check availability, though, because they sell through them quickly!

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Daily Harvest

  1. Daily Harvest (1105 Forsythe Ave., Monroe)

This restaurant always has healthy foods ready to eat. Call one day ahead to order gluten free muffins, brownies, or cookies! This gives the kitchen the ability to avoid cross-contamination and it gives you the ability to enjoy a delicious, gluten free dessert!




Gluten free cakes by Butter Bakery

For all of your celebrating and party needs, Butter Bakery, a home-based bakery, bakes and decorates gluten free cakes! They can do single or multi-tier for office parties, weddings, or birthdays. Try their cupcakes and cookies as well. Check out their Facebook page for a look at all of their amazing creations.

All of these local places offer great alternatives for gluten-free eaters, and they don’t skimp on the flavor! Give them a try next time you are looking for a delicious, healthy meal.


10 Can’t Miss Summer Events in Monroe-West Monroe

By Janna J.

  1. Louisiana Music and Food Festival

May 21-Start summer 2016 off the Cajun way at the Louisiana Music and Food Festival. Come with an empty stomach and a full wallet to enjoy a Louisiana Saturday full of great shopping, amazing live music, and famous Cajun cuisine. Different genres of music will be performed throughout the day and night on both the RiverMarket and Bry Park stages. One moment you may be dancing the Cajun two-step and the next swaying along to the sounds of classic R&B, but no matter what type of music you prefer there will be something for everyone to enjoy at the Louisiana Music and Food Festival.

  1. Brewfest

June4-The 2nd annual Brewfest may be one of the most anticipated events of the summer. Last year’s event was wildly successful selling out before the event date. This year Brewfest is promised to be better than ever with over 150 beers from Choice Brands, Marsala Beverage, the Fort Miro Brewmasters, Glazer’s Distributors, International Wine & Spirits, Ouachita Brewing Co., Flying Tiger Brewery, and Cotton Port Brewing for tasting. There will also be music, food, and entertainment to make for a memorable night.This looks to be a sellout, so get your tickets soon!

  1. Downtown Cinema
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Downtown Cinema

May 28-Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a movie under the stars at the Downtown Cinema. This event is a perfect idea for a family outing, romantic date for two, or a night out with friends. You don’t even have to worry about the snacks; the Downtown Cinema has you covered with free popcorn and water.  Movies will be playing throughout the summer, usually on the last Saturday of the month, so take a break from the stuffy theaters and enjoy your next flick in Downtown Monroe.

  1. Living Fountain at the Biedenharn

Living Fountain at the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens

June 17 & 18-Watch nature come to life before your eyes as the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens presents the Living Fountain. This unique show will be back at the Biedenharn for the first time in 5 years. Witness the magic of a fountain coming to life before your eyes, with the use of music, lighting, live interaction, and water,

  1. Downtown Summer Art Festival

June 18-Celebrate the arts in the streets of Downtown West Monroe with the Downtown Summer Art Festival. Artist booths, live bands, food, and performers will be set up between Antique Alley and the river for the festival. Local artists will have their art on display and ready for purchase. Come see all things art at the Downtown Summer Art Festival.

  1. Miss Louisiana Pageant
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Miss Louisiana Pageant

June 23-25- Watch as young women from across the state compete for the title of Miss Louisiana 2016. This Pageant will be broadcast throughout the state, but there is nothing like seeing the competition first hand at the Monroe Civic Center. This event is a perfect outing for a girl’s night or a mommy-daughter date. Watching these outstanding young women inspire both young and old to never stop reaching for their dreams.

  1. Downtown River Jam

July 2-Downtown River Jam is back with the award winning Matthew Davidson Band live on the Skent-N-Dent stage. Various food trucks and a full bar will be on site.

  1. CenturyLink Star Spangled Spectacular Firework Show
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4th of July Fireworks by Jeremy Thornhill

July 2-No 4th of July celebration would be complete without fireworks and why settle for sparklers and pop rocks when you could be mesmerized by the Star Spangled Spectacular? The best spots in the Monroe-West Monroe area to catch the show will be the Downtown RiverMarket on the Monroe side or the across the river on the levee on the West Monroe Side. No matter where you are celebrating your Independence Day, make sure it’s a spot with a great view of the CenturyLink Star Spangled Spectacular.

  1. Zoobilation

August 6- Hip Hippo Hurray, it’s finally Zoobilation day! Join the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo as they host Zoobilation 2016: Hip Hippo Hooray. This family fun day will start off with a Zoo Run 5k walk/run/fun run through the zoo and Bernstein Park. After the Zoo Run, be prepared for a fun day filled with animals, education, boat rides, arts, and music. Don’t forget about the ZOOasis Splash Pad to cool off from the summer heat.

  1. Red Grape Stomp Fest

I Love Lucy Look-a-likes at Landry Vineyards

August 27- Landry Vineyards‘ Outdoor Concerts are known for their wine, food, music, and fun but if you only choose to only attend one this summer make sure it’s Red Grape Stomp Fest. This unique event is unlike any other in the area. Guests are encouraged to come dressed straight out of the 1956 I Love Lucy episode “Lucy’s Italian Movie”, and prizes will be awarded to the best Lucy impersonator. You will even have a chance to stomp grapes just like Lucile. Music for the evening will include a mix of Classic Rock and R&B music that will have you, family & friends dancing all night. Make sure you pack your lawn chair, blanket and picnic dinner and enjoy the outdoor show.

With these events, summer 2016 is sure to be one for the books. So turn off the Netflix, get off the couch, and enjoy a day in beautiful Monroe-West Monroe. Find information on these events and many more happenings in Monroe-West Monroe on our Calendar of Events.


Coca-Cola BBQ Wings from the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens

by Tanya S.

Biedenharn Coke Truck

Coke truck and signs at the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens

Anytime is a good time to enjoy a Coke but summer time is a special time to remember childhood memories while having fun with your little ones and extended family. As you make new memories this year, here is a great recipe from Chef G. Garvin for Coca-Cola BBQ Wings for everyone to delight in.


  • 8 chicken wings
  • 2 Tablespoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoon pepper
  • canola oil
  • 2 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 Tablespoon diced jalapeño
  • 2 Tablespoon diced garlic
  • 3 Cup ketchup
  • .25 Cup chicken stock
  • 1 Cup orange juice
  • .5 Cup molasses
  • .25 Cup Coca-Cola
  • .5 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 Teaspoon paprika


Rinse chicken and split each wing at joint into two parts, then cut off tips. Season each side with salt and pepper. Fry the chicken in canola oil until golden brown. Remove from pan and place on paper towel to soak up excess oil. To serve, remove wings from mixture and place on a plate.

Click HERE for more great Coke recipes  and don’t forget to come to the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens.

The Biedenarn Museum & Gardens is open Tues. thru Sat. from 10am to 5pm. Free parking is available on three sides of the museum. The main parking area is located on Speed Avenue near the main entrance to the Coke Museum. Tour information, maps and tickets are available at the Museum Store located inside the Coke Museum. An unloading zone for buses is also located on Speed Avenue directly adjacent to the Coke Museum. Adults $6 Students $4 (Under 12 years old) Annual Pass $20 (a great bargain) Tickets may be purchased in the Museum Store, located in the Coke Museum building, at 2000 Riverside Drive (the corner of Riverside Drive and Speed Avenue).

Tanya is the Collections Curator at the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens.