November 30, 2017 For release: IMMEDIATELY For more information or photos of entertainers please contact: Rannah Gray, Red Stick Revelry: (225) 205-3735 email@example.com or Rannah@cox.net
Red Stick Revelry 2017 Will Celebrate Baton Rouge Bicentennial Year
New Year’s Eve Concert to Feature Special Guest Appearance by Television Star and Singer John Schneider with Phat Hat Band
Red Stick Revelry 2017 on New Year’s Eve in downtown Baton Rouge will close out a year-long celebration of the Baton Rouge Bicentennial, which has commemorated Baton Rouge’s incorporation as a city with events, educational programs and activities hosted by local organizations.
Baton Rouge’s Official New Year’s Eve celebration, now in its fifth year, features a 9-foot LED-lighted Red Stick that rises at noon with family-friendly activities and drops at midnight to fireworks over the Mississippi River. This year’s events will recognize Baton Rouge’s historical significance.
Red Stick Revelry 2017 will also feature actor, director and musician John Schneider making a special guest appearance with the popular band, Phat Hat at the evening concert. Schneider is currently starring in Tyler Perry’s smash hit series, The Haves and the Have Nots, and is known for his starring role in the television series, The Dukes of Hazzard. Schneider co-founded The Children’s Miracle Network with Marie Osmond in 1983, which has raised over $5 billion to help sick and injured children across America.
Red Stick Revelry emcee Andre Moreau kicks off the evening activities at 7 p.m. on The Crest Stage in Galvez Plazawith the high-energy, soul-funk band, Bread Pudd’n, followed by Phat Hat at 9 p.m.John Schneider joins the action and downtown Baton Rouge rocks until the Red Stick drops at midnight.
Champagne Stroll and Trolley Ride December 7th
The first Red Stick Revelry event is the Champagne Stroll and Trolley Ride through downtown Baton Rouge, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 7th at the Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. Fourth Street. Held in conjunction with the Holiday Shop Hop, featuring over 30 vendors with holiday gift offerings, the Champagne Stroll and Trolley Ride takes participants throughout the downtown area to see the holiday lights, carol along the way and stop in at downtown hotels for a glass of champagne. The Capitol Park Museum will offer free admission all day on December 7th as a salute to the Baton Rouge Bicentennial. Red Stick Revelry has made downtown Baton Rouge a regional destination for New Year’s Eve and guests have the opportunity to hear about New Year’s Eve hotel packages and book early for the celebration. Tickets for the Champagne Stroll are $25 and are available at: www.redstickrevelry.com.
New Year’s Eve Family-Friendly Event Begins at 11:30 a.m.
Beginning at 11:30 a.m. on December 31st in the North Boulevard Town Square, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish Libraries, Visit Baton Rouge and Red Stick Revelry kick off the celebration with “Red Stick Rising” in the North Boulevard Town Square.
Bring the entire family from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and enjoy hands-on arts for the kids with local artists, the dedication of a bicentennial plaque with Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, and a 200th birthday cake for Baton Rouge.
Special musical guest James Linden Hogg, Louisiana State Fiddle Champion, will perform historic songs from the soundtrack of early America, and with the celebration falling on Sunday this year, downtown churches are invited to attend the mid-day activities to join in a community singing of Auld Lang Syne at noon.
WAFB-TV will broadcast live from the event throughout the evening with a special fireworks show at midnight.
In previous years, Red Stick Revelry has drawn an estimated 20,000 people celebrating downtown for the midnight drop of the Red Stick from above the North Boulevard Town Square.
Red Stick Revelry is made possible by the generosity of its Presenting Sponsors:
Visit Baton Rouge, The Belle of Baton Rouge Casino and Raising Cane’s, along with Baton Rouge’s downtown hotels: The Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown, Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, Holiday Inn Express Downtown, Hotel Indigo, Watermark Hotel Baton Rouge and Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel.
For a list of “200 Things to Do” in Baton Rouge during the Bicentennial Year, visit www.BatonRouge200.com.
For more information on how to get involved with Red Stick Revelry: email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us through Facebook.com/RedStickRevelry.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CATS and Red Stick Project announce winners of Red Stick Bicentennial Art Contest
Who: CATS, Red Stick Project What: Winners of Bicentennial Art Contest Announced When: Artwork on display during the holiday season Where: Displayed on buses, at bus shelters and in CATS buildings Why: In celebration of Baton Rouge’s Bicentennial
BATON ROUGE, (Oct.16, 2017) – The Capital Area Transit System (CATS) and The Red Stick Project are pleased to announce the winners of the Red Stick Bicentennial Art Contest. Baton Rouge youth from a diversity of schools including private, public, parochial, charter, and home schools were invited to participate. The contest celebrates 200 years of Baton Rouge’s history and future in public transportation and embraced ALL types of transportation. Participating schools included Magnolia Woods, Glen Oaks Park, Dufrocq, Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet (FLAIM), Buchanan, Glasgow Middle, Sherwood Middle, Westdale Middle, McKinley Middle, Baton Rouge Magnet High, McKinley High, and Woodlawn High. Winning designs will be displayed in advertising spaces at bus shelters, on buses, and inside CATS buildings during the holiday season in celebration of the Baton Rouge Bicentennial. Public display of the kids’ work will help instill city pride in the participants as well as pride in their work.
The winners are:
Elementary 1st place – Sofia Baia 3rd grade, Buchanan 2nd place - Sitan Gao 5th grade, Buchanan 3rd place - Youssef Ismaili 2nd grade, BR FLAIM
Middle 1st place - Loren Myers 8th grade, Westdale Middle 2nd place - Arabelle Betzwieser 8th grade, Westdale Middle 3rd place - Katie Wang 8th grade, Glasgow Middle
High 1st place - Breanna Russell 9th grade, Woodlawn High 2nd place - Erica Huang 12th grade, McKinley Senior High 3rd place - Selia Jindal 11th grade, Baton Rouge Magnet High
Designs were created with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) principles in mind and included one or more public transportation modes which have been used in Baton Rouge over the past or future 200 years. The winners were chosen by a panel from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. The contest was in collaboration with Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and Division of Fine Arts of East Baton Rouge Parish Schools. Contact: Evelyn Ware, Red Stick Project, Board Chair, 225-571-6134 The mission of the Red Stick Project is to restore pride, purpose and passion in Baton Rouge communities through the arts. The Red Stick Project recently produced a room of nostalgic murals, “Memory Lane,” at an assisted living facility for Alzheimer’s residents. Other public art include, “Starry Night Over Red Stick” at BREC; a series of French impressionistic murals on Harry Drive; “Wheat Fields in the Sun” on Van Gogh Ave.; a 3-D mural on Titian Ave.; military murals at a veterans’ shelter and more. This program is supported in part by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and Louisiana State Arts Council.
P.S., The Bicentennial Postcard An invitation to out-of-town family and friends to visit Louisiana’s capital city this bicentennial year
Baton Rouge, La. – During the latter half of 2017, Baton Rouge’s Bicentennial year, Visit Baton Rouge in collaboration with the Louisiana Office of Tourism and 225 Magazine are releasing the Baton Rouge Bicentennial Postcards. The postcards, which include the required postage will be available in the latest edition of 225, available on Oct. 1.
Baton Rouge residents are encouraged to send the postcards to out-of-town family and friends and invite them to come and experience their hometown this fall or winter. The weather is perfect, the events are plentiful, and with new restaurants, shops and attractions, there’s good reason to stick around for a few days. Whether they visit some of their favorite places from their childhood or college days, we encourage residents to get out and explore Louisiana’s capital city and create new memories with their out-of-town guests. They can also get a head start and invite them to experience Mardi Gras or one of the many festivals next spring.
Additional postcards are available at area locations, including: East Baton Rouge Parish Libraries, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, and Visit Baton Rouge. A full list of locations can be found on www.BatonRouge200.com. In an effort to assist residents with writing their picture-perfect postcard, we have included some ideas to help them get started:
The weather is perfect and we’re celebrating Baton Rouge’s birthday this year. We would love for you to visit this fall and we’ll take you around to some of our favorite places.
Baton Rouge, the city, is 200 years old this year! Come on down and we can celebrate at some of our favorite places. We can’t wait to make new memories with you.
Football season is upon us and there’s no better time to visit! Let’s go listen to live music, tailgating and to see LSU’s newest Mike the Tiger! He’s adorable. I can’t wait to see you and show you around Baton Rouge.
The Southern Jags are playing at Mumford Stadium and it’s time for a visit! Let’s plan your trip soon and I’ll take you around to enjoy some of my favorite places. We can’t wait to see you.
A similar postcard project was done years ago, an idea of the late E.J. Ourso who believed that tourism benefited the entire community. The campaign called the "P.S. Baton Rouge”, which stood for "Positive Selling," reached far and wide and allowed residents to invite others to come and experience the town they called home.
“This yearlong celebration has allowed us to look at what we’ve done in the past and repeat those successes, and the P.S. Baton Rouge Campaign was a great example of that,” said Paul Arrigo, president & CEO of Visit Baton Rouge.
Arrigo added, “Whether a native or new to Baton Rouge, this offers residents a chance to get out and explore and experience their hometown with out-of-town visitors during this year’s Bicentennial, marking 200 years as an incorporated city.”
Need some help planning? A complete list of events, restaurants, shops and hotels is available on www.VisitBatonRouge.com or visit the Baton Rouge Bicentennial website, www.BatonRouge200.com. Residents are also encouraged to stop by one of Baton Rouge’s Welcome Centers to gather ideas and brochures help plan their time spent with their out-of-town family and friends. Here’s a look at a few of the events coming up:
Live After Five Concert Series: Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29. Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27.
Perkins Rock N Rowe Concert Series: Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28. Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26.
The Baton Rouge Advocate is commemorating the Bicentennial through special editions of the paper sponsored by local companies.
The Advocate says, "In celebration of Baton Rouge’s bicentennial, The Advocate is sharing moments from the past, tapping its 175 years of serving the community. Throughout the year, we are publishing pages from our archives which capture some of the local, national and world happenings -- everything from wars and hurricanes to festivals and social events -- that helped shape our city. We hope you enjoy them." View all of the throwback editions here!
Six square blocks straddled Calle Floridana — Florida Street — 200 years ago, when the sleepy Mississippi River outpost of Baton Rouge was incorporated as a Louisiana city that grew around a downtown now back on the rise... Read More.
Downtown attractions will be setup in Town Square to talk with the public about their 2017 programming. Come out during your lunch hour to celebrate Baton Rouge's 200th Birthday and enjoy some live music!