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Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Gentleman Frog in Rayne Louisiana

Last summer Jan and I went on a road trip to Louisiana to see my sister Alice, brother Bill, and tour the town. Rayne, Lousiana is a small town about 30 miles west of Lafayette, and the town's claim to fame is that it is the "Frog Capital of the World." There are many frog murals on store walls around town, and each fall the town celebrates with a Frog Festival. The festival has been a huge success, and the crowds grow each year. There are many frog-related activities, games for the children, and the most popular food served is... you guessed it, fried frog legs! Well, I'm not sure about that, but there are many booths and food stands with all kinds of delicious treats.

While on the tour, we spent a few minutes at the Jaques Weil Community Center, where there are many frog-related souvenirs, clothing items, and books about the history and people of the area. As you might imagine, the predominant culture of the town and area is French Cajun. And the most outstanding feature (at least in my opinion) of Cajun culture is the food! There are several cookbooks and cooking related items for sale there as well.

Behind the center is a small courtyard featuring a frog pond, many beautiful plants and flowers, and a frog statue. I couldn't resist taking the photo. I hope you enjoy it.

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