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Brunch Menu!

Centennial Anniversary Palm Sunday Brunch April 1, 2012
Check out the menu 121 Artisan's Bistro has prepared for the
9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 (new!) seatings...a three course brunch!

Purchase tickets to the brunch and/or the home tour on-line, at the restaurant or  Gordon's Drug Store.


J&R Carriage to Offer Carriage Rides Palm Sunday!

J&R Carriage will offer their popular carriage rides to/from the Civic Center and Margaret Place and within Margaret Place as part of our Palm Sunday Tour of Homes!

Two pricing options are available: 

  • One way for only $5.00
  • Round trip, $10.00

The carriages will be located in the same general location as the Trolley stop at the Civic Center.


A Salute to our Gold Level Sponsors

Much of the success of this year's Palm Sunday Weekend effort is due to our sponsors. Please join CHPS and the Margaret Place Historical District in saying "Thanks!" to these Gold Sponsors.
Allstate/Dean D. Day,
LUTCF, Exclusive Agent
Arts and Humanities Council
of Southwest Louisiana

Calcasieu Parish Police Jury

Knight Media Printing
Phyllis & Billy Loftin and
Loftin Cain & LeBlanc
Willie Mount
Sheila and Drew Ranier Southwest Louisiana
Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
Ada Vincent
See these and all of our
sponsors on our sponsor page

Salute to Ranier Head Docent for Palm Sunday, Karen Miller!

karenmillerwithsheilaranierWhen Sheila and Drew Ranier agreed to put their beautiful Wilson Avenue home and gardens on this year's Palm Sunday tour, one of the first conditions was that Karen Miller would have to be in charge of the docents!

As a CHPS member, Karen's experience at "docenting" is significant.  She approaches the organization of these important volunteers from the perspective of one who has served as a docent multiple times as well as one who has had her home on the tour twice!  In fact, when her home was last on the tour, long time friend Sheila Ranier was one of her docents. 

Karen and Sheila are pictured here at the gate to the gardens after reviewing details for the the Palm Sunday Tour.  Those relaxed smiles are a result of dotting their "i's" and crossing their "t's".


Gingham Ladies to Serve Again!

Beautiful_Gingham_ladiesThe fabulous Gingham Ladies will once again provide assistance during the Palm Sunday Tour of Homes. 

Dressed in their trademark gingham outfits, they will assist with ticket sales at the high profile gates located at Shell Beach and Park, Dr. Micahel DeBakey and Harrison, and at ICCS.


Promotional Poster Distribution Begins

Leslie Knox places one of the first Palm Sunday Promotional PostersWhen you start seeing our beautiful Palm Sunday Tour of Homes posters downtown, chances are they were arranged by local attorney Leslie Knox!  Here, she is shown placing a KMI created poster on her office door in downtown Lake Charles.

Leslie is a resident of the Margaret Place Historical District (MPHD) and serves on the MPHD Board of Directors as well as the Joint Committee that is working to deliver the varied activiites for Palm Sunday Weekend, 2012.

In addition to her work with the MPHD and the Joint Committee, Leslie has agreed to place her Landmark Home, The H.D. White Home, on the Sunday Tour of Homes.


Vintage Cars to be on display Palm Sunday!

Example of vintage car that will be on display throughout Margaret Place on Palm Sunday

Just as five decades of homes from 1912 - 1953 will be on the tour during the Palm Sunday Tour of Homes on April 1st, cars from that time period and the 60's will be on display on the streets of Margaret Place. 

The goal is to have only age appropriate cars visible during the tour.

This is one of 4 events on Palm Sunday. Learn more!


Trolley Route for Palm Sunday Announced

Lake Charles TrolleyCostandza Thomas with the Transit Department of the City of Lake Charles has announced the route that the Lake Charles Transit system’s Bus/Trolley will follow to provide transportation for those attending Palm Sunday activities on April 1, 2012, including  hours of operation and drop off/pick up locations.

This streetcar re-enactment is one of several expanded activities that make up Palm Sunday. An on-board docent will provide insights during the short trip to ICCS in Margaret Place.

The hours of operation are from 9:45 – 5:30. The Trolley will run a continual loop with the initial starting point at the “South 9” section of the Lake Charles Civic Center. Clearly marked, this section is mid-way between Lakeshore Drive and the Amphitheatre. The Trolley will proceed to the front door of Immaculate Conception Catholic School (ICCS) via Kirby and Ryan Street.

The complete route, pick up/drop off locations, and ticket purchase locations are as follows:

  • On Ryan:
    • Front of Home Furniture (across from OB’s*)
    • Front of ICCS
  • Dr. Michael DeBakey Dr. at:
    • Harrison in front of 121 Artisan’s Bistro* T
    • Watkins in front of Lifeshare Blood Center*
    • Alvin in front of The Urology Clinic*
    • Drew Park near entrance to park*
  • Proceed to Foster, then Shell Beach Drive
  • Shell Beach Drive:
    • Near 205 Shell Beach Drive, one of the homes on the tour* T
    • Park Avenue*
  • Return to “South 9” section at Civic Center*  T

* denotes drop off/pickup locations.

T denotes ticket sales location.


Sponsor Deadline Update

Palm Sunday Weekend Sponsor Update: