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Good food, craft beer and bourbon, live music, and a great time talking about books and Southern culture under the live oaks: That's what the third annual Walker Percy Weekend has to offer when it returns to celebrate the acclaimed novelist's life and work, June 2—4 in St. Francisville.
• A Friday evening "Lost in the Churchyard" reception and cocktail party staged in the beautiful, historic churchyard at Grace Episcopal Church. $75 includes music under the oaks, wine and beer, and fine hors d'oeuvres crafted by Chef James "Tiger" Grace of Cuisine Louisiane. Heirloom Cuisine. 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. In the event of rain, it will be held in Jackson Hall at Grace Episcopal Church.
• A Saturday series of Lectures and Panel Discussions on themes explored in Percy's books including discussions on Suffering and Self-Discovery in Love in the Ruins, Walker Percy and the Burden of History, Walker Percy and the Benedict Options, and discussions about Flannery O'Connor and the Religions of Me, Myself, and I. Events held at historic district locations including the Old Courthouse and newly restored Temple Sinai at Grace Episcopal Church. $25 ticket good for admission to all panels.
• A Saturday-afternoon Progressive Front-Porch Tour and Bourbon Tasting with readings, inspired by Percy's essay on Bourbon. 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Stroll with bourbon in hand between serveral porches in St. Francisville's historic district. This year's event also includes premium tastings in the Premium Tasting Tent. Must be 21 or over to attend. $65
• Saturday evening: Crawfish and Craft Beer: Back by popular demand: The authentic Louisiana crawfish boil including cash bar with selection of local craft beers, presented by Chefs Cody and Samantha Carroll of Hot Tails Restaurant in New Roads and Sac-a-Lait restaurant in New Orleans with live music. 7:30 pm–10:30 pm on Prosperty Street. $35. In the event of rain, Crawfish and Craft Beer will be held at the St. Francisville Sports Park.
Registration & Tickets
Registration will begin at 3:00 p.m. Friday at the Conundrum Bookstore, located at 11917 Ferdinand Street.
Access All Areas: An all-inclusive ticket is available for $195. For early birds (before April 15th), please select a t-shirt size and you will get a free Walker Percy Weekend t-shirt at registration.
Social Tickets: Tickets to all social events including Friday night cocktail party and dinner, Bourbon Tour, and Crawfish and Craft Beer events. No panels included.
Individual Tickets: Tickets to individual panel discussions, the Twilight in the Ruins cocktail party, Bourbon Tour, and Crawfish and Craft Beer events will be available after April 15. Space is limited. In the past, tickets sold out weeks in advance. Arrive early to panel discussions to ensure a seat and sign up at event check-in for guided tours.
No refunds will be issued after May 20th, 2017.
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The Julius Freyhan Foundation
Festival proceeds support the Julius Freyhan Foundation - an organization dedicated to restoring the historic Freyhan School building to serve as a community and cultural center for the town of St. Francisville.