If you live in St. Tammany Parish you should be aware and have a sense of responsibility for the community and environment. We have such beautiful landscape in this area and it makes you wonder, who is looking out for the best interest of the rivers and lakes that are not privately owned? The Tchefuncte River Foundation and The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum are hosting the 4th annual fundraising event, The TchefuncteTribute- "Lighting the way for the waters we love", to aid in the conservation of the Tchefuncte River and Lake Pontchartrain.
In 2010, Kyle Catalano, a resident of Madisonville, along with board members, Jay Blossman, and Richard Reynolds created The Tchefuncte River Foundation. The mission statement of The Tchefuncte River Foundation is to promote the interest and provide leadership in the restoration and maintenance of the quality of the waters of the Tchefuncte River Basin so that future generations can enjoy it's benefits. One of the organization’s project goals is the Tchefuncte River Eco-Park/Reserve. This project would involve about 150 acres of restoration and remediation of the eastern shoreline of the Tchefuncte River. It will be the first Eco-Wetlands Park/Reserve in St. Tammany Parish with public use, education and natural habitat preservation. There are also plans to create a scenic boardwalk and trailhead that will lead to the Western point of the site creating a pier for photography, recreation and fishing. You can see the Restoration Project on The Tchefuncte River Foundation’s website www.ilovemyriver.com.
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum is dedicated to “Bringing Louisiana’s Maritime History to Life.” The museum provides field trips, camps and outreach programs for students to participate in and hands-on activities related to the Lake Pontchartrain and its history. You will also find an oral history collection of stories concerning the Lake Pontchartrain basin and history of the Wooden Boat Festival, and a collection of photographs relating to the Jahncke Shipbuilding Corporation in Madisonville. The Louisiana Maritime Museum has also managed the restoration of the Tchefuncte River Light Station which was originally founded and built in 1837.
On Saturday, August 2nd, The Tchefuncte Tribute- “Lighting the way for the waters we love” will benefit both The Tchefuncte River Foundation and The Lake Ponchartrain Basin Maritime Museum at the Pelican Castine Center in Mandeville from 7pm to 11pm. Some of the local businesses have already contributed by donating their services The Groovy7 Band will be headlining the event and over 20 restaurants will be providing food and drinks including:
If you are truly passionate about St. Tammany Parish and the conservation of its beautiful lakes and rivers and want to experience a night of great music and food you can purchase tickets at www.LPBMM.org or register here!