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November 17, 2008 Arts and Entertainment

New Orleans Po-Boy Preservation Festival

From: Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

The 2008 New Orleans Po-Boy Preservation Festival will feature two stages with live music, arts and crafts, a silent auction, a children’s section with games and prizes, a "Corner Grocery Photo Experience" photo booth, panel discussions covering the history of the po-boy (starting at 11:00 a.m.) and, of course, the best tasting po-boys in
New Orleans.

Festival Date: Sunday, November 23, 2008

Interactive History Presentation
Oak Street During the Time of the Poor Boy
Panel Discussions and Exhibits
Located in the Oak Street Association office - 8118 Oak Street
All panels will feature PowerPoint slides to illustrate each presentation. In all cases, we will invite audience participation during the panels and ask them to contribute their own stories and images to the Po-Boy Fest archive.

11:00 am to Noon - Oak Street History
Illustrated history of Oak Street as collected by UNO graduate students and told by various Oak Street merchants and residents
Moderators: UNO Public History Graduate Students

Noon-1:00 pm - Swimming & Drowning in the River and Canals
Men and women as well as kids swam the river in the early 1900s for sport as well as on dares. Hear about thrills, near-drownings, and deaths from a graduate student preparing her Master’s Thesis on the topic.
Moderator: Christina Offutt (UNO history graduate student)

1:00-2:00 pm - Muffuletta: the Poor Boy’s Italian Cousin
Like the Poor Boy, its Italian cousin also emerged out of the French Market to become a staple of the New Orleans diet.
Sal Logiudice (United Bakery)
Angelo Brocato(Angelo Brocato’s Italian Ice Cream & Pastries)
Moderator: Dana Logsdon (Culinary Historian/Baker)

2:00-3:00 pm - “Flood Sufferers:” Survivors of the 1927 Flood Tell Their Stories
Many Louisianans survived both the ’27 Flood and Katrina. Meet some of the survivors and hear stories of lives lived between two catastrophes
Moderator: Liz Havrilla (UNO history undergraduate student)

3:00-4:00 pm - Lost Poor Boy Shops: Clarence and Lefty’s
Celebrate the Po-Boy Shop famous for its Roast Beef loaves and for inspiring Bunny Matthews to create Vic & Natly’s. First in a series.
Bunny Matthews (Artist & Culinary Historian)
Richard Collin (Underground Gourmet, Former Picayune Food Critic, UNO Emeritus Professor of History)
D. Erik Bookhardt (Art Critic, Gambit Weekly)
Moderator: Michael Mizell-Nelson (University of New Orleans)

4:00-5:00 pm - Oak Street History
Illustrated history of Oak Street as collected by UNO graduate students and told by various Oak Street merchants and residents
Moderators: UNO Public History Graduate Students

Members of the Martin and Gendusa families will attend the Po-Boy Fest as representatives of the “First Families” of the Poor Boy. You may find some of the first family members in the history venue, ready to share their stories with the public. Look for festgoers wearing special Po-Boy pins and please thank these V.I.Pos for the culinary joy their ancestors created 8 decades ago.

Kid's World
Carnival-style games of chance with a New Orleans twist!

Located in the One 2 One parking lot - 8216 Oak Street.
Festival-goers can play games for 1 ticket each or buy a bracelet for $20 and play all day! Collect play dollars for each game you win and then go shopping at the prize booth. Games included: The Aquarium, Gumbo Golf, Duck Huntin’, Hornets Basketball, Throw Me Somethin’ Mister, Honey…I’m goin’ ta K&B, Football Camp, FEMA Bucket Toss, Crawfish Boil and The Fairgrounds.
Other activities in the Kids Section included: face painting, tattoos and hair color. Free activities are in the back of the Kids’ section and included a duck pond and sidewalk chalk.

Haase’s Silent Auction
Located at 8312 Oak Street, at the corner of Oak and Dante
Festival-goers can support the rebuilding and revitalizing the Oak Street community by participating in the silent auction hosted by the Oak Street Association and sponsored by Haase’s Shoes and Young Folks Shop. All proceeds from the auction go towards strengthening our local economy and community spirit by enabling the Oak Street Main Street Program to continue its restoration efforts throughout the year.
Local merchants and artists have donated an array of items which are to be auctioned off throughout the day of the festival.

Corner Grocery Photo Experience
Preserve the Po-Boy, as well as your memories of the Fest, at the “Corner Grocery Photo Experience” booth. Come by for a photo shoot with your date or your whole group. You will be staged in front of an old corner grocery backdrop, complete with props, including a 4’ long po-boy.
The photo shoot cost 5 tickets for a couple and 1 ticket for each additional person and include 2 shots (one full shot and 1 close up).
Then, after the fest, log on to to order your prints, note cards, mugs, mouse pads, magnets, puzzles, keepsake boxes and desk organizers.
These items will make perfect Holiday gifts, so order early.

The Music

Share your Po-Boy Fest photos and videos with us on Flickr Bands scheduled to perform at the 2008 New Orleans Po-Boy Preservation Festival

Carrollton Stage

12:00 noon - 1:15pm - Andy J. Forest

1:30pm - 2:45pm - Los Poboycitos

3:00pm - 4:15pm - Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys

4:30pm - 6:00pm - The Iguanas

Leonidas Stage

12:00 noon - 1:30pm - David Batiste & The Gladiators

1:45pm - 3:00pm - Rebirth Brass Band

3:15pm - 4:30pm - Walter "Wolfman" Washington and the Road Masters

4:45pm - 6:00pm - Papa Grows Funk

Location: Oak Street at South Carrollton.

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