by Jeanie Riess
"As a Bolling in Feliciana Parish," says Binx in The Moviegoer, "I became accustomed to sitting on the porch in the dark and talking of the size of universe and the treachery of men; as a Smith on the Gulf Coast I have become accustomed to eating crabs and drinking beer under a hundred and fifty watt bulb — and one is as pleasant a way as the other of passing a summer night."
Walker Percy fans are invited up to Feliciana Parish to talk of the size of the universe and the author himself for the first ever Walker Percy Weekend from June 6 to 8. The festival benefits the Julius Freyhan Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring the historic Freyhan School in St. Francisville for use as a multi-disciplinary arts venue.
The weekend opens with a crawfish boil and craft beer under the oak trees in Parker Park. Through the weekend there will be panel discussions on Percy, his life, his work and the time he spent in St. Francisville. There's also a bourbon tasting tour per Percy's affection for the stuff. Tasters will drink splashes of bourbon on five front porches around town.
Betsy Levasseur, an organizer for the event, says tickets are limited. They can be purchased here.