Some 50 years ago, long before the construction of the twin-span high rise Intracoastal Canal “double-crossings” erased the old traffic patterns and virtually eliminated any practical pedestrian or bicycle movement between Houma and “East Houma,” the intersection of “Dug Road” (Grand Caillou Road) was a center of significant community activities.
Plans for one of the earliest Houma Mardi Gras krewes and parades were reportedly hatched in a popular bar and grill nearby. Early Houma Carnival parades began near the intersection, then crossed the Main Street Intracoastal bridge to roll on past the Court Square. Busy stores and businesses lined both Main and Park between the Daigleville Bridge and Orleans Boulevard.
Entertainment: The area boasted shrimp- and oyster-packing plants, a movie theater and a roller skating rink, the Terrace Gardens rink, operated by Gerald Orgeron. Your recollections of the Daigleville, Dug Road, Main and Park corners are welcome. Please call or write. Photographs would be helpful.
Fiddler crowd: Le Petit Theatre de Terrebonne's summer musical, “Fiddler on the Roof,” with its song favorites “Tradition,” “Matchmaker,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset,” opens Friday, and it's a tossup what part of the theater will be most crowded, the audience or backstage. I have been so busy urging readers to make their seating reservations early that I've not had the energy to count them all. Here are the lists:
Director is Stephanie Kenney-Gomez; musical director is Kim Champagne; choreographer is Wanda Dishman; producers are George Beaudry and Gayle Walters; set construction is by Rob Hamilton; costumes are by Donna Benda; stage manager is Rhonda Lusco; and lights are by Eric LeBlanc. And that is just the production crew.
The cast includes Tevye — Larry Hyatt; Golde — Ginny Medina-Hamilton; Tzeitel — Christina Samanie; Hodel — Kirsten Bazet; Chava — Amber Gatlin; Yente — Jeanne Scott; Motel — Davey Lusco II; Perchick — Stephen Donovan; Lazor Wolf — Jon Reeves; Mordcha — Hunter Matzke; Rabbi — Deacon Lee Crochet; Mendel — Andre Bergeron; Avram — Jonathan Dupre; Nachum — Henry Martin; Grandma Tzeitel — Bernadette Cook; Fruma Sarah — Marian Jane Bouvier; Constable — Scott Courville; Fyedka — River Olden; Shaindel — Wendy LeBouef; Sphritze — Renae LeBouef; Bielke — Thalia Thibodaux; Priest — George Beaudry.
The chorusincludes Kason Hebert, Josiah Johnson, Brian Laperouse, Carlos Rivas, John Bruce, Kristen Bruce, Kathleen Andrews, Emerald Johnson, Alexandra Simon, Madison Anderson, Madison Pontiff, Makayla Levay, Collette Clark and Gayle Walters.
And all the performers have friends and family members who want to see them on stage. I hope you heeded my warnings and reserved your seats. If there are seats left, find them by visiting firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 876-4278.
"Fiddler" is the brainchild of Broadway legends Jerome Robbins and Harold Prince, songwriters Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick and author Joseph Stein.
On the blimp base: Much of the physical evidence of the pre-World War II activity on the property now occupied by the Houma-Terrebonne Airport is gone, except for the concrete pillars that supported the huge wooden blimp hangars and a few mounds once used for storage of explosives and munitions.
A full history of the installation, the blimp base, the radar system, the later fighter squadron, is too ambitious, but your recollections of any of the phases would be interesting. If the base was your youthful “playground,” speak up.
Forgotten milk? So far, there have been no responses to the request for names and information about the dairy operations that delivered milk to the doors of Houma residents 60 years and more ago. If you have heard accounts of those dairies or possibly have collected one of their milk bottles or cans, call or write.
Stay prepared! Don't get too comfortable. The “season” runs through November. Make or review storm evacuation plans, just in case.
Responding? Contact Bill Ellzey at 381-6256, at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or c/o The Courier, P.O. Box 2717, Houma, LA 70361.