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Author: Angie Kay Dilmore

In June 2007, Angie Kay Dilmore and her family moved from their hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa. to Lake Charles, La. The transition from Steeler Country to Cajun Country has been an ongoing adventure. Follow this freelance writer as she continues her journey in a new state, a new town, at angiekaydilmore.blogspot.com.  

Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States

Kayaking Lake Charles Waterways

8/27/2018 by Angie Kay Dilmore
Posted In:  Outdoors
Southwest Louisiana has no shortage of waterways – shimmering lakes, meandering rivers, mysterious bayous, cypress swamps, and salt grass marshes – and where there is water, there are boats. Sailboats, motorboats, bass boats, fishing trawlers, and pirogues . . . but me? I love to kayak ! Kayaking enables a paddler to go places other boats cannot
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International Chef Amanda Cusey Brings a Unique Flair to The Villa’s Kitchen

5/25/2018 by Angie Kay Dilmore
Posted In:  Culinary
In late 2016, internationally-trained chef Amanda Cusey was looking for an executive chef position in the Lake Area. At the same time, Mike Sperandeo was gearing up to open his new restaurant, The Villa , and was searching for a stellar chef. The timing could not have been better for both. It was a perfect match. As a child, Amanda moved around the
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5 Spots to Check Out Sulphur's Art Scene

4/11/2018 by Angie Kay Dilmore
Posted In:  Arts
Sulphur is well-known as a hub of industry and a top destination for sports tournaments, and rodeos. The town also boasts some interesting history. But there is also an artsy side to Sulphur that may surprise you. Check out these locations. The Henning Cultural Center is located in a restored historic home by The Grove at Heritage Square, offering
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Explore the Artsy Side of Lake Charles

2/23/2018 by Angie Kay Dilmore
Posted In:  Arts
There’s just something about Southwest Louisiana that seems to bring out the creative spirit in people. As a result, the region is thriving with artistic expression. And you don’t want to miss it! This list is a good place to begin your own personal art journey through Lake Charles. Gallery by the Lake – This art space is home to the Associated
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Nine Best Ways to Enjoy the Louisiana Winter Beer Festival

2/8/2018 by Angie Kay Dilmore
The 4 th annual Louisiana Winter Beer Fest returns to the Historic Calcasieu Marine Bank on Feb. 24, 2018, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Over 100 beers from 40 different breweries will be showcased. If you don’t have a plan, the event can be a bit overwhelming. Follow these tips to have a terrific time at this year’s Beer Fest. Cheers! 1. Eat before the
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Beyond Alligators – What to Look for along the Creole Nature Trail

12/4/2017 by Angie Kay Dilmore
Posted In:  Outdoors
One of the thrills of exploring the Creole Nature Trail is spotting alligators lurking near the many waterways you’ll discover along this All-American Road. But there is so much more to see throughout “Louisiana’s Outback.” Don’t limit yourself to gator seeking! Here are several suggestions to add excitement to your adventure. Begin your journey at
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Lost Landmarks of Lake Charles

11/8/2017 by Angie Kay Dilmore
Posted In:  History
History buffs visiting Lake Charles will appreciate the efforts of the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society. Three years ago, this group initiated the Lost Landmarks project. The program strives to preserve the history of significant buildings, once a vital part of the Lake Charles community, that no longer exist. The Society has thus far
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