Pyratical treasure from the seven seas and the lands beyond…unique handmade items from local artisans – many practicing skills handed down over centuries! Sure to please even the most discerning tastes! Community organizations also attend to promote history, culture & community involvement!
Be sure to bring yer doubloons and support the fine work o’ folks who do great community based work to clean, preserve & restore the Wetlands in S. Louisiana – one o’ our primary concerns! MAP
In 2016 (our fourth annual Houma Pyrate Day) our new mates, The Jolly Roger Roasting Company donated a fine selection o’ the best freshly roasted Coffee Beans available – to aid the cause! Be sure to avail yerself o’ their fine product… Not just Pyrate Approved™, but Monkey Approved, too!
Red Paw Leather / Jennifer R. & Crew, MS & LA (Facebook)
Pyrate creators o’ all manner o’ Pyratical accoutrement! Baldrics, belts, wrapped tankards, arm bracers, bottle carriers…all beautifully hand tooled! These folks carry some fine treasure at fair trade for yer doubloons…and some singular pieces that ye may have to duel over! Ye may also meet these folks at Dark Crescent Tours (New Orleans).
All Things Pepper / Authement Family, Jayess, MS (Facebook)
Pyrates love food…and love adding flavour to it! What better to add that flavour than peppers? Family farmed, homemade, all natural, Sweet & Hot: Pepper Jellies, Pickled Peppers, Relishes, Hot Sauce, Pepper Sauce, Salsa…and more. From mild to mighty powerful, everything is infused with flavour; definitely Pyrate Approved™!
Haunted Cypress Studios / Nell B., Ponchatoula – Tangipahoa, LA (Etsy)
The beauty & mystery o’ the swamp – in the palm o’ yer hand! Jewellery not only inspired by the haunting atmosphere of the Louisiana swamplands, but also handcrafted from materials that have been ethically/sustainably gathered from swamps with haunted history!
Happy Kajun Art / Elrin Fanguy Jr., Chauvin, LA (Facebook)
What’s more Louisiana than Cypress and Pelt Stretching boards? Some great, original, art featuring the local wildlife & culture, painted on those boards! Happy Kajun Art is bound to make ye smile too with beautiful rendering o’ birds, shrimp, fish, Bayou scenes and more.
Anelas Yoga & Wellness / Simone R. Crochet, Houma, LA (Facebook)
Yo-ho-hoga and a bottle o‘…well, something healthy for a change; like fresh, organic Juice! These folks have yer health in mind – and they support local farmers & artisans too. Organic cold-pressed artisan Juice, Essential Oils, healing Crystals, Yoga, Tai-Chi, Pilate, Massage, Aesthetics…and a nice little grocery with local naturally raised meats, organic produce, locally made candles – and they carry our favourite all-natural Bayou Soap Co. soaps!
United Houma Nation (Website)
We are honoured again this year to be joined by our mates from the United Houma Nation; the indigenous people for whom this area is named. They have close ties to the land and their ancestors and are working hard to preserve both. The statue in the centre o’ the marina park is a tribute to the Houma fishermen. Representatives Lora Ann Chaisson, Lanor Curole & Roy Parfait will present traditional crafts & cultural items including Natural Salves/Oils, Palmetto Grass Weaving, Wood Carving, Alligator Jewellery & more…come learn about the living culture o’ the Houma Nation!
Confetti Park / Katy Hobgood Ray & Crew, Algiers, LA (Website)
Our good mate, Katy is the enthusiastic director o’ Confetti Park – a children’s media workshop, weekly radio program and podcast based out of Algiers (New Orleans, Westbank). They do great work with children to build community by sharing stories, music, and culture. Confetti Park is especially good at creating stories that are steeped in Louisiana culture – AND they just released a great CD featuring two fantastic songs about PYRATES! Even better, we were invited to join them last year to film footage for a music video for those same songs (coming very soon to a screen near ye). Music, books and fun tales will all be available…and if yer lucky, a song or two.
Regional Military Museum / Mr. C. J. Christ & Team, Houma, LA (Website)
Our museum is not a static, but a living history. Our vehicles really run, our weapons really fire, our library acts as a place of research for both family military history as well as educational instruction. Our veteran volunteers offer first-hand accounts of what it was really like to lay one’s life on the line to protect our loved ones and our way of life. We are constantly updating and expanding our collections and hope that you will return often to browse through our museum, our library, and our website. Our Museum has been recently rebuilt, now featuring 12,000 square feet of exhibit space!
Cheramie Woodcraft / Grant Cheramie & Family, Cut Off, LA (Facebook)
Handmade woodcrafts: children’s toys, birdhouses, rocking chairs & more. Original Cajun baked goods and other assorted treasures…all at a reasonable price!
Kalifornia Kajun / Kim Pellegrin, Houma, LA (Facebook)
Just one word…SNOBALLS! Aye, that infamous Louisiana treat o’ many flavors is back – Kim & Krewe serve it up fresh & cool – along with a few other hand held snacks…AND these fine folks are bringing an extra treat for the younger Pyrates – a Bouncy Castle!
Street Survivors R.C., Inc., Schriever, LA (Facebook)
A non-profit group o’ South Louisiana born & bred motorcycle enthusiasts who raise awareness & donations for those in need in their communities – from children to seniors, wetlands to medical treatments, they treat everyone like family and give back as they are able.
Big Mike’s BBQ Smokehouse / Mike Lewis & Crew, Houma, LA (Website)
Mike & Judith Lewis run THE best BBQ Smokehouse restaurant in Louisiana! Ribs, brisket, chicken, sausage, pulled pork, boudin, turkey…and all the trimmings – and they’re bringing the big smoker down to the Marina to show ye how it’s done! Rated #1 of 167 Restaurants in Houma, “Certificate of Excellence” (Tripadvisor) AND Pyrate Approved™
GLR Enterprises, LLC / Glynn Rhodes, Thibodaux, LA
Literally a “trailer full o’ treasure”, our mate Glynn brings all manner o’ accoutrements for ye to wear when not in “full Pyrate attire”. Shirts, vests, chaps, gloves, stainless jewellery, knives, get backs, leather goods and more – with spectacular custom embroidering available by order.
Cooyon Cajun Crafts / Wade Price, Houma, LA
Wooden Folk Art & Knitted Crafts – with a Cajun twist! Cajun humour signs, Monster Crochet Hats, Smoking Bowls, Handmade Baby Clothes and more!
Terrebonne Parish Library, Houma, LA (Website)
With a history spanning more than 80 years, the Terrebonne Parish Library is more than just a place to read books (though a fine place to do that). It has become a hub o’ the Community, a place for folks to learn, to teach, to preserve and pass on the rich culture and history o’ this area. We’ll join with them to pass on some real history about Pyrates and Louisiana…and maybe a tall tale or two!
Inky Do Tattoo / Kelley & Wayne Deroche, Labadieville, LA (website)
Get yer tattoos here – with no regrets (they’re temporary)! Airbrushed Face Painting and Tattoos – water/sweat resistant, smudge free and non-toxic. No need to worry about the designs melting off in the Louisiana Heat!
Wooden Treasures / Arlene F., Houma, LA: An artisan in one o’ the first materials humans learned to work…WOOD. Hand made Toys, Candle Holders, Doll Beds, Coin Banks, Puzzles, Trinket Boxes and more – all beautifully decorated to match any taste!
Lights, Lamps & Lagniappe / Dena S., Houma, LA: The ultimate in Pyrate recycling – Wine and Liquor bottles “upcycled” into Bottle Lights, Lamps, Candle holders, Wind Chimes and more! Some are enjoyed in their original beauty, others are embellished or etched to give them new life.
Carolina Beach House On The Bayou / Adele F. & Kellie B., Houma, LA (Website)
A local Cajun girl who spent a good part of her adult life in the Carolinas. While she enjoyed the East Coast, she was thrilled to come back to the Bayou! Adele & her crew create fabulous art with gold, silver & copper wire, crystals, beads, gems, bottles, cloth and other organic items – all by hand! Along with handmade jewellery, she carries Vintage styles from the 1920s & 30s and special Steampunk pieces for those who’d rather pilot an airship than a pirogue. Her style is popular well beyond Houma – and worthy o’ any Pyrate, Wench or Landlubber!
Corsets By Casta Diva / Lelia C., Spring, TX (Website)
In business for 26 years, Corsets By Casta Diva products have ventured all over the country – from the New York City Opera to Renaissance Festivals. They design and hand manufacture corsets, bodices, doublets, pants, skirts, and other accessories for Ladies & Men. Offering 10 color choices, 36 specially designed fabric patterns, and sizes that range from small to plus-sizes!
Bayou Rum (Louisiana Spirits) / Kelsey J., Lacassine, LA (Website)
Where would Pyrates be without RUM? The fine folks from Louisiana Spirits are bringing their fine Bayou Rum down river…there will be a tasting session and tips on and a handful o’ mixing ideas for variety at yer next gathering. Pyrates always drink responsibly…and never at the helm!
Thunder Roads Magazine (Louisiana) / Renee T. & Crew (Website)
The Largest, Free Networked Motorcycle Magazine in the world. Each month we showcase local rides, bike nights and events put on by charities and businesses that support bikers. Thunder Roads Magazine and their co-sponsor, Street Survivors (a 501c3 that fundraises for many Community & Childrens organizations) are hosting a “Poker Run” that ends at our event in Houma and they will also be printing T-Shirts on the spot, with all proceeds going to support Keep Terrebonne Beautiful!
Hank Holland: Baby Jane Studios (Website)
Hank is a wonderful folk artist from just over in Bayou Lafourche. He paints vibrant scenes o’ life in the Bayou that echo the joy he feels as part o’ it. Born with Cerebral Palsy, Hank taught himself to paint in 2008 (though his late Mother’s talent surely flowed in his veins). Mr. Holland continues to prove that with the right mind set and attitude you can accomplish your goals and dreams…whether a fantastical Treehouse or a Church Meeting next to a Juke-Joint, his whimsical paintings are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face!
Dot-Tee: Art Gecko (Website)
Dottie Theriot Ratliff (pronounced “Dot-tee”) has lived on Bayou Petit Caillou all her life. Her house is along the bayou in Chauvin, LA. She still gets excited when a shrimp boat passes at night with the music playing and the lights on. Known for her Pink Alligators, she began painting in her fifties. It became therapeutic for her after teaching preschool in bayou schools for 33 years. The bayou is a big part of her life. She spent her childhood running in the woods, fishing on the bayou side and enjoying the outdoors. Her heart is in everything she paints. She never knows what she is going to paint. Dot-tee has not had art lessons, except ceramics in college. She first started painting on things that she found such as bark, rocks and shells. Her first glass plates that she painted were simple. At that time she worked as a gardener at LUMCON. The fiddler crabs were a big smelly problem. She began to paint “Tou-Lou-Lous” (fiddler crabs) on clear plates. From there she progressed to larger pieces of glass, painting on both sides and with many layers of paint. Dot-tee now paints freely about her experiences on the bayou. All of her frames are made from cypress found after hurricanes or given to them by friends.
Diane Huhn Photography (Website)
My childhood was split between the wilds of Michigan and the shores of Florida. My young adulthood was spent enjoying the beauty of Upstate New York. Each of these places gave me a unique appreciation for the outdoors and a desire to conserve our environment for future generations to enjoy and benefit from. Moving to southern Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, in 2008, one of the fastest disappearing places on Earth, brought that desire to a new level. I hope that my photography of this region captures a sliver of its beauty and serves to inspire people from across the nation to work together to ensure the survival of this American treasure.