Monday, January 19, 2009

Society's costume workshop 09 Sun, Feb 8, 1:30 to 5 pm, at Artspace

Please plan to bring all your own materials to the Blanc et Noir costume workshop on Sun, Feb 8. While everyone shares their glue, staples, felt and glitter, it is best to count on your own resources. The great sharing comes from ideas and skills. For instance, Jerry Davenport is a quick and expert letter painter, Stuart Orchard is a gifted letter cutter, etc.

The krewe is indebted to Tarama Davenport, who is education manager at Artspace. She has made arrangements for the session. By the way, Artspace manager Byron Gipson and staff member Zach Williams are also members of B & N.

The phone at Artspace is 673-6535.

Angie White, vp for Northwest Louisiana Economic Development Foundation (NLEDF) will bring a videographer to the workshop to capture some of the krewe's vibe for a promotional film about life in NW La. Ms White will also shoot the krewe jiving in the Krewe of Highland parade on Sun, Feb 22.

The workshop is the only true meeting of the krewe. Traditionally, we have the 12th Night meal and the costume workshop and the parade and c'est tout!

B & N funds flowing sweetly - merci beaucoup!

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Delighted to say that the financial footing for Blanc et Noir is good for 09. Thanks to the generosity of members as well as several anonymous gifts in the Big Shot category from friends, the basic expenses are assured.

Big Shot contributions of $100 or more -

Lee Spruell
Tarama & Jerry Davenport
Robert & Talbot Trudeau
Marion & Ginger Marks
Zama Jones Dexter
Elysse and Stuart Orchard
Tim Marshall (new member)

Also paying annual dues -
David Henington
Ernie Roberson

New members -
Rachel Stuart-Haas, husband David and son, Liam

Monday, January 05, 2009

Blanc et Noir brass band fund half way; $400 pledged

Blanc et Noir is hot. We've received 4 pledges that qualify at the Big Shot category of $100:

- Lee Spruell
- Robert & Talbot Trudeau
- Elysse & Stuart Orchard (plus an additional $30)
- Anonymous

Keep it coming. We need $800 to pay the band. And $200 for the Krewe of Highland.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Please read and promulgate!

Fellow anarchists,

Blanc et Noir Marching Society needs your participation in 2009. We will lead the Krewe of Highland parade on Sun, Feb 22, and want you with us in at least one of 2 ways:

a) financial support
b) feet on the street

We need to raise the $800 to pay the Black & Red Brass Band from Grambling plus $200 to the Krewe of Highland for membership and parade fees.

While the suggested membership fee is $30 per adult, we really need an array of sponsoring people. That would include those who can march but cannot afford the fee (no problem) or who can pay, like $10. We also need a gang at the Big Shot level, which is $100.

As you may know, this krewe is integrated by age - from the stroller-borne to septuagenarians - by ethnicity and notoriety. So lose your inhibitions, s'il vous plait.

First 3 pledges for 09:
- Lee Spruell, $100
- Robert Trudeau, $100
- Elysse and Stuart Orchard, $130

Send me your pledges or checks at 912 Monrovia St, Spt 71106. I send receipts and will account for all monies received by posting donor's names and amounts (unless you say no) on the B&N web site.

In the event that we don't raise the thousand bucks by 2 weeks prior to parade time, we will punt - all monies to be returned - and try again in 2010.

Let us sup together on Twelfth Night at Monjuni's, La Ave. That's on Tues, Jan. 6, about 7 pm. Email or call me if you're planning on it.
272-6045 c / 861-1519 h

with hugs,
Robert, Talbot, Jerry and Tarama

Saturday, January 03, 2009 parade 1 pm, Sun, Feb 22, grand bal masque on Fri, Feb 20

Please see membership and parade application forms at

Blanc et Noir fees will be $50 for membership and $150 for insurance for our walking group, says krewe captain Terry Gill.

Please send money pledges to Robert immediately!

Friday, January 02, 2009

Round cash money! Blanc et Noir needs to raise $1000 by Sun, Feb 8

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Blanc et Noir needs to raise $1000 to march in the Krewe of Highland parade, 2009.

Fees due to the Krewe of Highland are $200, says Terry Gill, captain of the krewe. The Red & Black Brass Band gets $800, says Daryl Williams.

Raising that sum will not be easy. If we do not collect a thousand bucks by Feb 8, I will cancel the band and return everyone's money.

We will then try again in 2010, I hope.

Email me with your contribution pledges as soon as possible. Any amount will be satisfactory, though we need like nine people to hit the $100 mark. See more at

I'll be paying $100 this year.

Btw: Zulu first paraded in 1901, acc to It took the name Zulu in 1909 and first tossed a coconut in 1910.