Guest Adley Cormier, a local historian, joins hosts Brady and Anna on Louisiana’s Playground to discuss Lake Charles’ rich history and its Charpentier Historic District. Known for its unique variety of architectural styles and materials, the Charpentier Historic District is living history in the city. Cormier also touches on local ghost stories, urban legends, and notable moments in Lake Charles' history. 


Adley Cormier is a local historian that’s studied and shared the unique history of Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana for nearly five decades.   

With over 35 years of staff experience with the Department of Labor, he brings a singular insight into the workings of this corner of Louisiana.   

Cormier has written hundreds of articles for newspapers and magazines, is a published author of two books on area history, and has consulted on projects with the New York Times, Southern Living, Voice of America, Louisiana Life, C-Span, and LPB. 


Luna Bar and Grill has been a staple in the Lake Charles community for nearly two decades. While the downtown Lake Charles location made Luna a household name, the newly opened Luna Bar & Grill South in Oak Crossing location will be sure to wow those who sample the diverse menu that mixes regional flavor with eclectic tastes. It's always a great choice for lunch, dinner, and brunch! 


@visitlakecharles Luna Bar and Grillhas been a staple in the Lake Charles community since 2003, serving out-of-this-world cuisine and cocktails. Owners, Chef Dave and Nan Evans, have created a restaurant experience that is reflective of their greatest loves in life— family, music, and community. On the menu at Luna, you can find dishes such as the Chicken Ella, Tuna Cassidy, Redfish Ian, Filet Patricia, and Filet Nanette; named after his children, wife, and parents. Which, Dave affectionally describes as his universe. Other crowd favorites include the Galactic Crab Dip and the Luna Tuna. Their new location in Oak Crossing features all the dishes you know and love, plus a gorgeous outdoor seating area and eclectic bar! And, of course, it wouldn’t be Luna if the walls weren’t adorned from corner to corner with music posters and artwork. 📍 719 Ryan St, Lake Charles 📍 5656 Nelson Rd B2, Lake Charles 🎙️Learn more on Episode 19 of Louisiana's Playground Podcast. Listen here or anywhere you get your podcast: visitlakecharles.org/podcast/ Envie (sounds like an·vi) Eats: The desire to eat. A lot. #LouisianasPlayground #EnvieEats #Podcast #VisitLakeCharles #lakecharles #lakecharlesla #lakecharleslouisiana #lunabarandgrill ♬ Porch Song - Widespread Panic