Post-conference Mobile Workshops: Wednesday, April 17

8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.: Cruising “Down da Bayou”: Donaldsonville, Thibodaux, and Houma Main Streets

When Louisiana was first settled, the bayous served as the highways and Main Streets of the state. Especially in south Louisiana, habitable land is located primarily along the network of bayous. On this tour, you’ll visit three Louisiana Main Street communities that owe their existence primarily to their location along either Bayou Lafourche or Bayou Terrebonne. Learn about the downtown revitalization efforts in Donaldsonville, Thibodaux, and Houma. Your trip “Down da Bayou” will also give you a sneak peek into the Cajun culture and way of life in Louisiana. Bus and walking; E1: Cruising the Bayou on the registration form; $50

8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.: One Parish, Two Main Street Communities

Tour Hammond and Ponchatoula, sister cities in Tangipahoa Parish and two great examples of Main Street historic downtown revitalization efforts in Louisiana. Ponchatoula is known near and far as America’s Antique City, with more than 40 antiques and collectible shops within an eight-block area. Hammond has created a successful mix of business types, restaurants, and downtown loft living. Learn how developers utilized Louisiana’s state historic tax credits in conjunction with federal tax credits to make the development of Hammond’s spectacular upper-floor residences a reality. Bus and walking; E2: LA Main Streets on the registration form; $50

8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.: Preserving the Great River Road

The Great River Road, which follows the Mississippi River, has transported people and goods throughout history. This day-long trip examines the rich history of the road: plantation homes, old river towns, and other icons of the region. You’ll learn about cultural resource management for these river communities, along with plans for preserving and promoting these resources. You’ll also enjoy a sumptuous Creole luncheon. Bus and walking; E3: River Road on the registration form; $50

8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.: Rebuilding Through Creative Economy

Travel with Main Street experts Randy Wilson, Stephanie Francis, and Kim Bergeron to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where you’ll visit four great Main Street communities—Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, Gulfport, and Slidell. Learn how the arts have led to recovery in the Bay, tour the Pass Christian Cottage Village retail incubator and Cottage Row affordable housing, admire the 80 renovated building facades in Gulfport, and enjoy beautiful downtown Slidell. Bus and walking; E4; Gulf Coast on the registration form; $50

8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Kayak Along the Banks of the Bayou

Kayak down Bayou St. John, as you learn about the water management programs and hydrology in New Orleans’ historic areas. We’ll keep with the pace of the city—nice and easy, taking in the southern scenery, hospitality, and weather. Drift through thriving New Orleans neighborhoods where folks picnic on the banks of the bayou, paddle alongside the centuries-old oak trees in beautiful City Park, and catch a glimpse of the elaborate above-ground tombs in St. Louis Cemetery. You may also spot a blue heron perched on an old piling or a pelican diving into the water after a fish. See New Orleans from a different perspective. Kayak; E5; Kayak Tour on the registration form; $40