Le Pavillon private event venue. Summer officially ends in the Northern Hemisphere on August 31st. There are plenty of places to visit and things to do in the Lafayette area that will help you get the most out of these last few summer days.
Museums are a wonderful way to spend an afternoon or day. Learning about an area’s history opens a window to appreciating the culture, heritage, and background of your neighbors and surroundings.
Five museums that are worth visiting in the area are:
Children’s Museum of Acadiana, 201 E. Congress Street, Lafayette, La.
Full of interactive exhibits that allow kids (and their supervising adults) a way to gain practical knowledge about a wide variety of subject matters.
Lafayette Science Museum, 433 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, La.
Displays that include hands-on experiences in marine biology, paleontology and geology make for hours of family fun. A planetarium transports you to the galaxies.
The African American Museum, 121 New Market Street, St. Martinville, La.
Regional stories, artifacts, and artwork make up the displays at this near Lafayette space.
Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, 710 E. St. Mary Boulevard, Lafayette, La.
This University of Louisiana campus museum houses rotating exhibitions in three main galleries. Displays change with the semesters so there is almost always something new to see. Currently on exhibition is Salvador Dali’s STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Jun 08, 2018 — Jan 18, 2019.
Shadows on the Teche, 317 E. Main Street, New Iberia, La.
The classification of this location is as a historic house and garden. Each room of this Bayou Teche gem will transport you back in time. Located in picturesque New Iberia, it is worth the quick drive to explore this stately home and lush vegetation.
Rather spend time outdoors than inside a building? The Lafayette, Louisiana area offers much by way of outdoor recreation. A few places to visit:
Thomas Park Recreation Center, 300 Geraldine Drive, Lafayette, La.
A recreational sports lovers outdoors paradise! Jogging paths, tennis courts (lit at night) basketball courts, and a playground make this an excellent location for all kinds of sports lovers. Ask about lessons.
Acadiana Park Nature Station, 1205 E. Alexander Street, Lafayette, La.
150 acres with environmental education offerings. Take a guided nature hike. Nearby campgrounds if you wish to spend the night.
Heymann Park, 1500 S. Orange Street, Lafayette, La.
A traditional park with play equipment, tennis and basketball courts, baseball fields, and jogging trail.
Lafayette is a great city to explore and like any great city, there are marvelous attractions to visit. A few locals attractions are:
Vermilionville Historic Village, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, La.
Cajun and Creole restored historic structures populate this folklife park. Cultures represented and celebrated here include Acadian, Creole, and Native American.
Acadian Cultural Center, 501 Fisher Road, Lafayette, La.
Free attraction with artifacts, educational film, and a gift shop allows exploration of the area’s rich history.
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 515 Cathedral Street, Lafayette, La.
This example of Romanesque Revival architecture is the mother church for the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette. Sitting on 7 acres since 1916 you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the stained-glass filled structure.
As summer 2018 winds down, you may be looking ahead and planning your fall or winter events. If a wedding, corporate gathering, or special event are in your future, please visit Le Pavilion. This reception and private event venue is located in Parc Lafayette and offers luxurious surroundings that will impress even the most discriminating guest.
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A reception venues thoughts on the thank you note. Appreciation is shown for a variety of reasons. After attending an event and giving a gift is one of the most common reasons thanks are expressed. The tried and true way of offering a thank you is with a handwritten card. The card is usually delivered via mail or can be hand delivered as well.
Writing notes is nothing new. Egyptian and Chinese cultures were the first known to exchange messages of goodwill and good fortune on pieces of papyrus. In the 1400s thank you notes were exchanged after someone invited you to their home.
In the United States greeting cards and thank you note cards were first circulated in the mail with the invention of the postage stamp in 1840. Mass manufacturing in 1856 led to the practice of sending thank you notes for attending weddings, showers, parties, and to acknowledge the receipt of a gift.
Sending a hand-written thank you note, rather than a letter, after a casual business encounter became an accepted and even preferred custom in the mid-1900’s. Letters are still used today but by in large a thank you note still reigns supreme according to etiquette.
Both the receiver and sender of a thank note get benefits. Expressing gratitude benefits us physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Studies show that reading and writing sincere expressions from a thankful heart lowers blood pressure, increases serotonin levels in the brain, and creates a feeling of calm.
The power of paper and ink is strong. All of these benefits begin with the procurement of a few supplies. The first thing you need is a note card. Designs range from formal heavy stock paper to whimsical stationary that can be custom printed with the touch of a button.
Grab a pen. Do you have a signature color or do you know the favorite color of the person you are thanking? Use it to write your thank you note. Personalization will only increase the level of appreciation expressed in the note.
Stamps can be purchased on-line, at your local post office, and even at the grocery store in many places. You can select from a variety of shapes, images, and even have custom stamps printed if you want to go that far.
After you have your paper, pen, and stamps you are ready to say thank you. How do you start? Simply include the person’s name, the thank you, the reason you are thanking them, and the feelings that you have from the exchange that made you appreciative. An example:
Hello Bob: Thank you for meeting me for coffee yesterday. I enjoyed our conservation and will use the tips of investing you shared. You taking time out of your busy schedule showed me how important your customers are to you. All the best!
Dear Aunt Betty: We love the knife set. It will be used practically every day when we cook. Thank you for the wedding gift we will treasure for years to come. You are our favorite cut-up!
Regardless of what you say, the receiver and sender will receive the benefits of being gracious and saying thank you as a means of acknowledgement.
Planning an event that will make people want to thank you? Tour Le Pavilion. Whether needing a wedding venue, reception venue, corporate event space, or fund raiser location, the beautiful accommodations and knowledgeable staff can help you plan from beginning to end.
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