Performing at the Tangipahoa Parish Free Fair – Wednesday, October 1, 2008


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Tangipahoa Parish Free Fair Poster Contest - Oct 1, 2008

Tangipahoa Parish Free Fair Poster Contest - Oct 1, 2008

Friends:

Today, I had a wonderful time performing at the 3rd Annual Tangipahoa Parish Free Fair in Amite, Louisiana. I performed my “Jambalaya” program (of Louisiana stories) for approximately 2,000 students in three shows! The students were bussed in from neighboring schools. Here is a picture of the students filing in for my performance.

Tangipahoa Parish Free Fair Students Filing In - Oct 1, 2008

Tangipahoa Parish Free Fair Students Filing In - Oct 1, 2008

The fair provided a professional sound engineer (the Bayou Wolfman), a beautiful painted Louisiana backdrop, and a huge stage under a covered pavilion. The day was perfect – clear cloudless sky with temperatures in the high 70s – perfect for an outdoor fair. The students were phenomenal – they sang, clapped, danced, and belly-laughed. It was such a joyous time.

Dianne Performing at the Tangipahoa Parish Free Fair - Oct 1, 2008

Dianne Performing at the Tangipahoa Parish Free Fair - Oct 1, 2008

Afterwards, teachers and parents complimented me, and students clamored for hugs and pictures. Look at this sweet group of students!

Dianne with fans - Oct 1, 2008

Dianne with fans - Oct 1, 2008

My client, Kay Saragusa, loved the show and said that I would definitely be invited back in the future. Yay Kay! Kay was such a gracious hostess, tending to my every need and making sure that everything ran smoothly. The Tangipahoa Parish Free Fair is a labor of love for Kay – she is really a Kindergarten teacher at a local school! Thank you for everything, Kay!

Dianne de Las Casas & Kay Saragusa - Oct 1, 2008

Dianne de Las Casas & Kay Saragusa - Oct 1, 2008

A principal from one of the schools asked me to do a professional development workshop for her teachers as well as a parent workshop. Several teachers asked for information on my school visits. This is an email I received when I came home:

“I attended the performance at the Tangipahoa Parish Fair with my daughter this morning and thoroughly enjoyed your performance. You have two additional fans. Thank you.” – Laura Latino

The Fair hosts a poster and booth contest each year. Students and local schools compete. Each school enters a decorated booth centered around a theme. This year’s theme was “Celebrate What’s Great in 2008.” Here is my personal favorite from Spring Creek Elementary. Look at the cute students!

Tangipahoa Parish Free Fair Booth Contest - Dianne's Favorite - Oct 1, 2008

Tangipahoa Parish Free Fair Booth Contest - Dianne's Favorite - Oct 1, 2008

A close second for me was a booth decorated by Woodland Park Early Learning Center. Look at the little people created by Kindergarten students. Adorable!!

Tangipahoa Parish Free Fair Booth Contest Woodland Park ELC - Oct 1, 2008

Tangipahoa Parish Free Fair Booth Contest Woodland Park ELC - Oct 1, 2008

It was a fabulous day full of laughter, joy, and smiles. Thank you to all the schools who came to see my show. Thank you to the Tangipahoa Parish Free Fair Board. Thank you to Bayou Wolfman for providing the sound. And lastly, thank Kay Saragusa for inviting me! I had a blast and look forward to returning!

Until next time…

Warmly, Dianne