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Debbie Buco – Empty Nest Pottery – Highland Nights 2015

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Debbie Buco of Empty Nest Pottery in Baton Rouge will be at The Stockade for Highland Nights on November 13, 2015.  She has been doing business as Empty Nest Enterprises, LLC since 2009.

8 Debbie BucoDebbie fell in love with clay while taking classes in throwing on the wheel at LSU. (No, not after watching that steamy film scene in “Ghost” which everyone always asks her about!). Debbie says, “Working with clay on a potter’s wheel is like a dance – trying to ‘lead’ the clay into the form that you envision without having the whole thing collapse into a pile of mush. It is one of the most satisfying and the most frustrating things that I have ever done. My goal is to become the best potter that I can be and to create beautiful functional forms from the clay. I make pottery by throwing on a potter’s wheel or by hand building, or by combining these techniques.”

Butterfly VaseThe process of making pottery consists of forming clay on the wheel or by hand, trimming the piece, adding surface decoration, bisque firing, glazing, and the final glaze firing.

ProcessSurface decoration has become a major component of my work with clay. I love to draw and then carve designs into different color underglazes on a piece. I have been using the sgraffito and mishima techniques to draw Louisiana wildlife. Some of my favorites are pelicans, alligators, herons, ducks, and of course, chickens!

Green Plate1Sgraffito is Italian for “scratching” and the design is carved with a very small V-shaped tool. This is like drawing backwards because I remove the background underglaze revealing the white clay body. The picture is what is left uncarved.

Mishima results in a fine line drawing done in black underglaze on the piece of pottery. To achieve this effect, I use a very sharp pointed tool to draw my picture into the leather hard clay. The black underglaze is inlayed into the crevice and then wiped away with a damp sponge. After bisque firing, additional underglaze colors are hand painted on to create a water color effect.

All of my pottery is glazed in lead free and food safe glazes.

I also make clergy stoles — those beautiful things that pastors and priests wear around their necks during church services! I will be opening an Etsy shop called Heart, Mind, and Stole soon to showcase these.

Photo 2There are many potters who are making many beautiful things! The wonderment of it is that each of us could use the same clay, the same tools, glazes, and underglazes, and yet, create vastly different kinds of art. I think my work is unique because it showcases the life that I live here in Louisiana. I love the outdoors and wildlife and I try to share that beauty with others through my pottery.

Pottery is both exhilarating and frustrating. It is a complex and constant journey toward meeting my own expectations as a ceramic artist. I am grateful to have the opportunity to play in clay every day. Creating makes me happy!”


Debbie was born and raised in Baton Rouge. She received her BS degree from LSU in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling, +30 in Gifted Education. She took pottery throwing lessons while at LSU. Debbie taught elementary and middle school gifted students in East Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes for 28 years before retiring in 2009.

In addition to seeing Debbie and her work at The Stockade during Highland Nights, you can see her pottery at the Baton Rouge Arts Market, held downtown on the 1st Saturday of every month and the first 3 Saturdays in December; Lagniappe Gallery, and Knits by Nana (knitting bowls only).

Debbie has visited India and wandered through the Taj Mahal (in 112 degree blistering sunshine!). She has snorkeled off of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. She also walked through the Daintree Rainforest there. She has given birth to and raised 4 delightful sons and has 3 equally delightful grandchildren. Debbie raises hens (who provide delicious breakfasts)! She wrote an archeology activity guide about Poverty Point entitled “Expeditions”, which includes lessons and activities to help students learn about the prehistoric culture in northeastern Louisiana. Poverty Point was recently chosen to be a World Heritage site! Check it out—it’s in your local library! She and her husband are beekeepers and have 5 hives in their side yard. They occasionally make mead – a honey wine. Their peach ginger mead is awesome!


Janene Grodesky – Highland Nights 2015

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The Stockade is proud to have Janene Grodesky display her artwork with us again for Highland Nights on Friday, November 13, 2015.

With a Ph.D in Kinesiology from LSU, Grodesky has a passion for studying and incorporating movement into her works. She also credits a childhood spent with a Zoologist father as influencing her love of biology and nature as reflected in her adult works. She asserts a natural interconnectedness in her expression through texture, color, and dimension. She enjoys deconstructing the “micro- world” and strives to place it in the “macro,” or cosmological context.

Grodesky has been actively showing her work for over 10 years. She has been invited to participate in various gallery shows, juried events, and a few “outsider” collections. She won the People’s Choice Award for Art Melt 2013 for her work “Lepidoptera,” which deconstructs and abstracts a butterfly wing. She currently resides in Baton Rouge with her husband, three dogs, and five cats. She is co-owner of One Heart Yoga Center. She can be reached at

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Grace Designs Jewelry – Highland Nights 2015

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Unique Handcrafted Jewelry by Emily Grace Bowers

Wrapped in Beauty…graced with a gift.

Joining us once again at The Stockade for Highland Nights on Friday, November 13th is Emily Grace Bowers!

EmilyPhotoEmily Grace Bowers discovered her gift for making jewelry while working on a fun project with friends, and jewelry design quickly blossomed into a passion. She enjoyed creating beautiful jewelry so much that she began taking jewelry classes. She continues to attend workshops and intensive classes to advance her skills. She has studied jewelry design under Tom Lorio at LSU, silversmithing under Don Norris and wire-wrapping under Gene Sheridan at William Holland School of Lapidary Arts.

9 Emily BowesEmily’s work is continually evolving, and she is currently working primarily with silver and gold, which she wraps into earrings, pendants and bracelets. Beautiful semi-precious stones, pearls, Swarovski crystals and vintage buttons are some of the objects incorporated into her designs. She also enjoys the search for beautiful and unique stones and gems from all over the world to wrap into pendants and earrings.

Emily also continues to work with copper and brass, which she embosses and colors with various techniques. She has recently added a line of earrings crafted from vintage components.

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HOT ROD Power Tour 2015

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CarsatStockade1HOT ROD Power Tour is a road trip consisting of several thousand classic cars which travel to seven cities in seven days throughout the Power Tour BD PartyUnited States. There are great stops along the way and cruise nights that include manufacturer booths and local hot rods. This year, a family and friends who participated in the Power Tour stayed at The Stockade not only because they needed accommodations, but to celebrate a birthday of one of the family members. The Stockade accommodated them with a party for 40 people.

WhiteCar1This year’s 21st running of Power Tour 2015 began in Madison, Wisconsin on June 6th and ended in the Baton Rouge area on June 13th. The route included highways and winding back roads. RedTruckGearheads were able to join in at any point along the way. The Long Haul Gang includes the people who take the entire Power Tour route along with the staff of HOT ROD. Participants enjoy sightseeing, exploring and showing off their cars in towns along the way in each GrayCar1participating city. Spectators are free to come and look at the massive Power Tour cruise scene every night.

Read more about the HOT ROD Power Tour.


Food Network Magazine Staff Enjoys High Spirits and Good Eats at The Stockade B&B

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Not every innkeeper spends their days racing in a go-cart grand prix and their nights courting ghosts — but Janice DeLerno is not your ordinary innkeeper. And during this year’s Louisiana Travel Promotion Association fundraising activities, Janice and several prominent members of the local travel industry did these things and more.

NOLA Motorsports ParkIn conjunction with the LTPA Summit — which is held annually in August in partnership with the Louisiana Office of Tourism — there is also an optional fundraiser that LTPA members can choose to attend. This year’s event was held at NOLA Motorsports, where attendees put their driving skills to the test in New Orleans’ ultimate “geaux cart” racing experience.

After everyone crossed the finished line, Visit Baton Rouge Executive Director Paul J. Arrigo conducted the Travel Pac fundraising auction. In the end, the item with the highest bid was donated by Ms. DeLerno herself: a one night’s stay and elegant dinner for ten at The Stockade Bed and Breakfast, won by Food Network Magazine.

On March 18, 2015, members of the Food Network Magazine staff Food Network Dinnerarrived at The Stockade to redeem their prize. Guests were Tim Chandler, Jennifer Walker and Susan Bravman with the Food Network; Kyle Edmiston, Assistant Secretary of Tourism and his wife, Leslye; Paul J. Arrigo, CEO and President of Visit Baton Rouge; Katie Guasco, Director of Marketing and Communications for Visit Baton Rouge; David and Mary Dalquist with the Scenic Byways Program.

Chef Jeremy CocoChef Jeremy Coco, the Dean of Education and Chef Instructor at the Louisiana Culinary Institute, served as the chef for the evening. Drawing on his experience at Juban’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge and his Southern background, Chef Coco prepared a menu using only Louisiana-based products and recipes. Dishes included handmade sausage, turtle soup and Zapp’s Encrusted Redfish. Wine was paired and provided by Steve Staples of Paul Bologna Fine Wines.

At dinner, topics of conversation naturally gravitated toward issues facing the Louisiana tourism industry.

Kyle and Leslye Edmiston“I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to participate in conversations about important aspects of sustaining and growing Louisiana tourism experiences,” said David Dalquist. “Being from Iowa, I can’t remember the last time my wife and I enjoyed an evening so delicious and spirited!”

Susan Bravman also fondly recalled the evening’s festivities. “We spend many evenings on the road, but this was truly a highlight,” she said. “The group quickly became fast friends and the food was sublime … breakfast was just as delightful as dinner.”

And despite Janice’s best efforts, The Stockade’s resident ghost Muffy was nowhere to be found. But the lack of ghostly spirits didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of the guests involved.Front of Stockade

“We had the best time, the best food and the best company … it was a real Louisiana kind of party,” said Jennifer Walker. “The Stockade is an incredible place to stay with such an incredible history. I can’t wait to come back.”

Hospice of Baton Rouge Annual Volunteer Luncheon

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HospiceLuncheon1Hospice Foundation of Baton Rouge held its annual Volunteer Luncheon on April 9, 2014 on the side patio of the Stockade. The Stockade was the first Hospice showcase home in Baton Rouge.  In the Spring of 1990, the house was decorated by Baton Rouge interior designers and the public was invited to view it for admission, with the proceeds going to Hospice, a non-profit agency. Janice DeLerno toured the home and purchased it in December of the same year. Though the Stockade Bed and Breakfast was opened several years after that, it was the beginning of something good!  For that reason, we were pleased to offer the Stockade for their venue as a donation to this wonderful organization.

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Louisiana Festival Roundup

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Louisiana has so many awesome festivals, it’s hard to pick which ones to go to! Here are our top picks for the best upcoming LA festivals. Whether you’re looking for good food, good music, or just a good time, we’ve got you covered! 

Crawfish Festival – Beaux Bridge, May 2, 3, 4, 2014Mudbug Madness 2012

Held in the “Crawfish Capital of the World,” The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival is an annual festival held to promote the crawfish industry in Louisiana and the culture of Cajun Country.

The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival has also been featured in documentaries by CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, The Food Channel, and PBS. It has been featured in Maxim Magazine, Southern Living, National Geographic, The New York Times, Country Cooking, Motorhome Living, and Better Homes and Garden publications. The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival was named a top 10 Food Festival by USA Today. []

Cochon de Lait – Mansura, May 8 – 11, 2014

The Cochon de Lait Festival is held annually on the second weekend in May in Mansura, Louisiana. Mansura is the Cochon de Lait capital of the world. The festival mixes great Cajun food, good times and Louisiana music with the famous cochon de lait (French for roast suckling pig). There is plenty to see and do for an entire family to “pass a good time.” []

Greek Festival – Baton Rouge, May 10, 2014

The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Baton Rouge wants you to join them in a celebration of Greek culture, entertainment and cuisine at the 2nd Annual Baton Rouge Greek Festival in Downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at the Town Square festival venue. Festival goers will dine on Greek food cooked by members of the Church, using authentic Greek recipes. A Greek band, “Alpha Omega Sound,” from Atlanta, GA will provide live entertainment and visitors will learn traditional Greek dances. The Holy Trinity Greek Dancers from New Orleans will also perform throughout the day. An assortment of beverages, Greek pastries, Mediterranean arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, religious icons, festival T-shirts and a festival poster will be available for purchase. []

Bayou Boogaloo – New Orleans, May 16 – 18, 2014

The 9th Annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Festival that will be held Friday May 16 – Sunday May 18, 2014 along the banks of historic and beautiful Bayou St. John. As always the Festival is a family-friendly event with a kid’s stage, along with games and activities for children. Attendees can partake in delicious food, spirits and libations, listen to great local music, and enjoy the very best art that New Orleans has to offer. []

Jambalaya Festival – Gonzales, May 22 – 25, 2014

The Jambalaya Festival Association, chartered in 1967, invites you to mark your calendar for the 47th annual Jambalaya festival to be held in Gonzales, Louisiana on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22 – 25, 2014. Your whole family will enjoy the vast variety of food, fun, music and activities that have made the Jambalaya Festival the can’t miss highlight of the year.

The festival features World Champion Jambalaya served daily, live music and entertainment, carnival rides, cooking contests, a variety of food and so much fun it takes four days to get it all in. []

NOLA Food and Wine Experience – New Orleans, May 21 – 24, 2014

Over the past 20 years the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience has raised more than $1 million for non-profit organizations right here in our community, while showcasing local food and chefs, and national and international wines. We invite you to raise a glass and be a part of the festivities as we make New Orleans a better place to live, work and play.  []

Cajun Heartland State Fair – Lafayette, May 22 – June 1, 2014

The 26th Annual Cajun Heartland State Fair scheduled May 22 – June 1, 2014 will provide the best in family entertainment for children of all ages. North American Midway Entertainment will have numerous super rides such as the giant Ferris wheel, Crazy Mouse and the Mega Drop! Games, free concerts and free attractions will entertain everyone. Prizes and surprises await everyone at the Cajun Heartland State Fair. []


Lucy Jones’ Birthday Party at The Stockade

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12th Annual Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show

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Photo Garden Show 2There may never have been a time when Southerners anticipated the coming of Spring as this year, after such a long, cold winter. If that describes you, head on over to Baton Rouge for the 12th Annual Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show, set for March 29th – 30th at the John M. Parker Coliseum (LSU) on Highland Road in Baton Rouge.  The show is located 13 minutes from The Stockade Bed and Breakfast. Make your room reservations at The Stockade now so that you can enjoy both days.

This show will include local nurseries and other vendors selling plants, tools, pots, ornaments, landscaping materials and so much more. Children’s activities also will be available.

In addition to the Spring Garden Show, there will be other events going on at the Coliseum during that weekend, as well:

Choose one or all shows for a fun-filled weekend.

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Comes To The Stockade

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Wiener Roast 1The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Wiener Roast at The Stockade on March 13th was a big hit! It was a party that none of The Stockade Bed and Breakfast staff will ever forget.  The staff hosted a cookout for friends and neighbors to take a tour of “Big Bun”, which is the name of the Wienermobile.

Wienermobiles are a series of automobiles shaped like a hot dog on a bun which are used to promote and advertise Oscar Mayer products in the United States.  Drivers of the Wienermobiles are known as “Hotdoggers and often hand out toy whistles shaped as

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replicas of the Wienermobile, known as “Wienerwhistles.  The Hotdoggers who drove the Wienermobile to The Stockade were Steve and Alex.  There are 6 different crews of mobiles and each has a team of 2 Hotdoggers.  They are hired for a period of one year, from June to June.  They are in high demand to travel to different markets to promote Oscar Mayer products.

Adults and children alike enjoyed the fun and everyone got a Wienerwhistle and key chain.  Alex and Steve commented that they were excited to see so many folks show up for the occasion.

Two persons from the Lt. Governor’s Office in Baton Rouge came to the event.   Janice DeLerno, the owner of The Stockade, (the Wiener Roast 2one in the hot dog bun) posed for a picture with Jacques Berry, Communications Director for Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne’s Louisiana Office of Tourism.

First the Red Chair, now the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile!  What’s next?