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Megan Hartman
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Megan Hartman

Megan Hartman is a lifelong resident of southwest Louisiana. Megan was in a duck blind by the age of two but has never mastered the art of calling. She enjoys boating in the Calcasieu River, crabbing along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road and cooking for her family. Cajun music makes her smile. She resides in Carlyss with her husband, two children and two lapdogs. Follow her on Twitter @mmonsou1

 

Lake Charles’ Creative Studio: Arts’ Desire

When I first met Raejean Clark-German several years ago, I was introduced to her fish art. She and her husband, a close family friend of ours Norman German, enjoy fishing off of River Road in downtown Lake Charles for redfish. Then, she is able to make prints from the fish in her paintings or even…

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14 Tips for New Families in Southwest Louisiana

Local Culture: Some of the best places to experience true Southwest Louisiana culture are at our fairs and festivals! Virtually any weekend, you can catch a local band, eat some delicious Cajun cuisine and pass a good time! Download the free Lake Charles Events App to have area event information at…

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10 Years Since Hurricane Rita

It was a crazy and devastating time in the state of Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina forever altered the landscape of south Louisiana. We were hosting countless Katrina evacuees here in Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana in area hotels, churches and public buildings. About three weeks later when…

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7 "Gotta Have It" Festival Foods in Lake Charles

Southwest Louisiana is the Festival Capital of Louisiana with more than 75 annual fairs and festivals. True to our Cajun nature, we love passing a good time, dancing and indulging in delicious foods and drinks. You can generally find fried alligator bites, Cajun jambalaya and gumbo at any of the…

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Creole vs. Cajun Ancestry

One of the most frequently asked questions from visitors in Southwest Louisiana, is what is the difference between Creole and Cajun? Creoles as an ethnic group are harder to define than Cajuns. Creoles are of French and European descent, mainly aristocracy who settled in cities, specifically New…

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Faulk’s Game Calls Demo Day, Aug. 1

I grew up duck hunting with my dad and my little brother. I’ve never been any good at duck calling, but I always like to try and enhance my skills! Recently, I visited the Faulk’s Game Calls warehouse in Lake Charles and was taken back in time. Each call is still handmade, hand tuned and crafted…

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Catching (and Eating) Fresh, Louisiana Seafood

When Louisiana native, Jay Ducote, came to Lake Charles last year with a crew from Tommy’s TV capturing footage for the Louisiana Culinary Trails program, I was pumped! Jay is a Louisiana food legend with his own blog, radio show and column in Louisiana Cookin’. He has a love for the culinary culture of our state that is evident the second you meet him. He grew up in Louisiana hunting and fishing, like most of us Cajuns do here in the Bayou State! Our goal during the visit was to expose the crew to fresh, local seafood throughout Southwest Louisiana to give visitors a taste of the Seafood Sensation Culinary Trail. …

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Reasons You Should Shop Local Lake Charles, Part 2

In Part 1 of Reasons You Should Shop Local, we went through a few boutiques for ladies apparel and fun shops for foodies. In Part 2, we’ll hit a few Louisiana made items at local stores and where to find treasures for your home.  It’s always nice to be able to bring back something to reminisce about your trip…

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Summer Cocktails in Southwest Louisiana

Louisiana’s love affair with cocktails dates back centuries. Enjoying a summer cocktail or frozen beverage is almost an essential part of escaping the heat and humidity. It’s doesn’t have to be alcoholic either – what about our famous snow balls?!? In this summer’s blog series, we’ll explore…

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Reasons You Should Shop Local Lake Charles

Is it just me or is shopping more fun when you’re on vacation? You want something memorable or unique to that destination.  You may want to get your friends or children souvenirs.  And on a business trip, you finally have precious alone time to browse.  In Lake Charles, there are several great boutiques giving you good reasons to shop local! Part 1, of Reasons You Should Shop Local will highlight ladies fashion and great places to stock up on local culinary gifts…

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