Toni Chapman, Digital Content Manager
Meet The Author
Toni Chapman

Howdy! I was born and raised in Lake Charles, LA, and couldn't imagine raising my children anywhere else! I'm a proud Barbe and McNeese State University graduate #GeauxPokes. Je parle aussi un peu de français! In my spare time I enjoy reading romance, mystery, and fantasy books, writing, volunteering with local organizations, trying new recipes, fishing (occasionally), and most importantly spending quality time with my family.

Top Ways to Play this April in Louisiana's Playground

April is here and there is no shortage of ways to play in Louisiana’s Playground. Each week is packed with activities from live entertainment and performing arts to thrilling athletic events. Plan to dance into the night at the final installment of Live at the Lakefront, celebrate aging in the…

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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Lake Charles

Clovers, Culture, and a Wee Bit of Craic In Lake Charles, celebrations extend well beyond the actual holiday and St. Patrick's Day is no exception. Get ready to paint the town green with four days of Celtic-inspired events, including festivals and cookoffs with live entertainment, downtown pub…

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24 Things To Do in 2024 in Southwest Louisiana

Gear up for an unforgettable 2024 in Louisiana's Playground! We're rolling out the red carpet for renowned entertainers like soul and R&B legend Gladys Knight, Grammy award winner Michael Bolton, rising country star Parker McCollum, and rock and roll legends Godsmack. Join us as we welcome Louisiana…

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Holiday Drink Guide to Southwest Louisiana

‘Tis the season for festive décor, duds, and drinks! We’re a little over a week away from Christmas Day, but there’s still time to indulge in these joyous holiday treats at some of our favorite restaurants and bars in Southwest Louisiana. Who can resist the feeling of nostalgia that comes in each…

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Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Lake Charles

Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving in Southwest Louisiana We’re not here to judge your Thanksgiving plans, we’re here to help make holiday dining easier for you. Maybe you're not in the mood to thaw out a turkey and provide a feast for your guests, or maybe you’re traveling but still seeking the warm…

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The Ultimate Gift Guide to Southwest Louisiana

It’s time to make your list and check it twice to decide who on your list gets all the nice gifts to be found in Southwest Louisiana. Whether the weather outside is frightful or warm and sunny, you can always get into the holiday spirit by visiting Not Just Christmas for holiday décor and gift…

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Halloween in Lake Charles & Southwest Louisiana

Six Weeks of Halloween in Southwest Louisiana It’s spooky season and southwest Louisiana has six weeks worth of spooktacular playdates to pack in! Locals and visitors can load up on terrifyingly tasty treats at the Downtown Candy Crawl, venture through the deepest, darkest woods of Lake Charles on…

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Where to Get Gumbo in Lake Charles

Whenever a cool snap hits in Southwest Louisiana, everyone knows it's gumbo weather . Of course, no one makes gumbo as good as "ya mama and them" but we have some delicious contenders that even the most fastidious taste buds would agree are delicious and authentic. A true gumbo in Southwest Louisiana…

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