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TMS 2008 Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Register for any of these tours by downloading and completing the Tour Registration form by February 27, 2008.
Date and Time: Sunday, March 9 or Monday, March 10 • 1 to 4 p.m.
Join us as we explore all that makes New Orleans America’s most European city. As you ride by beautiful Jackson Square, your tour guide will reconstruct the first days of the old French City. The sights and sounds of the mighty Mississippi River, St. Louis Cathedral, Cabildo and Pontalba buildings are some of the highlights of this area. You will continue past the French Market and the U.S. Mint.
Then, to New Orleans greatest challenge, the tour will proceed by the three levees that “breached” as the tour guide provides a chronology of events leading up to Hurricane Katrina and the days immediately following the disaster. You will travel through parts of the Ninth Ward and Lakeview, some of the hardest hit areas of New Orleans as well as witness the revival of the city by citizens who refuse to give up.
Next is Esplanade Avenue, the outermost boundary of the French Quarter, where you will see a stunning display of the many fine Creole homes with delicate wrought iron fences and balconies. Passing by one of the city’s oldest cemeteries, you will learn about the unique above ground burial system. Across Bayou St. John is the spacious city park with its lush greenery and scenic lagoons. Located on the park’s grounds is the New Orleans Museum of Art set among the overhanging oak trees and Spanish moss.
Continuing toward the lakefront, which was also affected by the hurricane, you will see Lake Pontchartrain with its lovely setting for exclusive residences, water sports, outdoor activities and many fine seafood restaurants. Following the crescent of the river to the old town of Carrollton and the route of the St. Charles streetcar, you will pass Tulane and Loyola Universities as the ancient oaks of Audubon Park come into view. The heart of uptown showcases some of the city’s loveliest neighborhoods, while the Garden District is distinguished by its Greek revival architecture and splendid gardens.
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 11 • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
One of the most visited antebellum plantation homes near New Orleans is the Houmas House Plantation. With spectacular gardens, Houmas was used as the filming location for "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte," starring Bette Davis.
Located in the small river community of Darrow, Houmas sits on a few acres on the Mississippi River, much smaller than the 20,000 acres that it once had. The house was built in 1840 by Col. John Smith Preston on land originally owned by the Houmas Indians.
The preservation of this home is superior, and the furnishings are period appropriate. It is lived in and entertained in, even today. Your guides, dressed in period costumes, make the history of this plantation home come alive for you!
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 12 • 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Enjoy a journey by boat, Cajun style, into the heart of Louisiana's beautiful and natural swamplands. Your boat will travel deep into the swamps and meandering bayous of this exciting region. Be sure to bring your camera as you may encounter exciting and beautiful animals at any time - alligators, snakes, nesting eagles, egrets, white-tailed deer, mink and nutria.
Your guide will be a native of the area who will bring history alive by recounting the exploits of pirate Jean Lafitte and his band as they plied these waters. Louisiana's mysterious waters, moss-draped bayous and the adventure of Jean Lafitte await you!
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