It was a cold, dark and stormy night – wait – that’s another story. Let’s start again… Good news: we’ve survived Covid, and here we are, hanging out in the Whirlybird Compound again. (BTW – we have had a lot of great comments about this photo – it was taken by our friend and photographer, Robin May.)
During Covid, we hosted several manageable “safe events”, including a portion of the Virtual Blackpot Festival, and, since we are all back to business; to name a couple recent events, we’ve hosted a famous Louisiana film maker and his film crew making a major Cajun French/English feature film noire that he and his lovely wife wrote together during Covid – it should come out sometime in 2023 (it’s titled Pointe Noire and is going to be a hit) – AND, we co-created and hosted The Blown Away on The Bayou Blues and Harmonica Summit with Grant Dermody, featuring Joe Filisko, Jerry Devillier, Dirk Powell, Michael Doucet, Steve Riley, Chris Miller, Teka Briscoe, Cedric Watson, Raising Holy Hell
— and, a lot more.
You can see it in our eyes – we are dreaming up more fun cultural and artistic activities for The Whirlybird, and, fun ways for folks to help us keep it all going.
NEXT – NFS Jim Phillips Art Show at The Elvis Tower... a chance for folks to come out and see up close Jim’s watercolor and charcoal portraiture… and to see our “folk art-chitecture” structures – and to see some of Jim’s photography and “Profane to Sacred” project.
If you do not know how to get here – email Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org for the secret directions and parking instructions.
Now, Have you heard our real story? If you have the time, you can read all about it here. . . whether you have time to read it all or not, please join us on our artistic and cultural adventures.
In the most recent chapter of our story, the Whirlybird building was magically and generously returned to us by a friend on a hand-shake, but, of course, as it turned out, we needed some help to finally get the debt on the building paid off. Borrowing was not a good solution to this situation. But, thanks to the Whirlybird Society and Fan Club (and, we can’t forget to mention. government money & Airbnb business), WE DID IT! The debt has been paid!
The way things have always worked for us down here in South Louisiana, is ideas and actions through family and friendships. The idea to start a Fan Club came from friends. Club membership was, first, specifically geared to clear the debt we owned to a friend. It was on a handshake and trust that our friend literally brought the whole building back to us – dance floor, stage, bar, kitchen, bathrooms – everything intact. The Fan Club got the ball rolling and with this energy, our goal of getting the building paid off was successful.