St. Patty’s Day Bicycle and Tricycle Parade

Bring your friends and family to the first annual St. Patty’s Day Bicycle
and Tricycle Parade at Forsythe Park on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at
4:00 PM. This is a family fun community event sponsored by the Love
Your Community initiative and FitRight Racing’s Shamrock Shuffle, a
5K/8K race.

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Parade members are encouraged to decorate their bikes, trikes, wagons
and scooters for a ride along Sycamore Street through Forsythe Park.
Parade line-up is at 4:00 PM. It will begin at 4:15 PM and will be
followed by the FitRight Racing Shamrock Shuffle 5K/8K road race
at 5:00. The event will include free activities such as face painting,
temporary tattoos, and green lemonade. The first 50 kids to register for
the parade will receive a free t-shirt.
The St. Patty’s Bicycle and Tricycle Parade is the first in a series of annual events
sponsored by Love Your Community, an organization
formed to promote community pride in Ouachita Parish. Registration
for the parade will be held on site. Runners participating in the 5K/8K
race can pre-register at This event
is open to the public.
For more information please contact Sarah Hoffman at (318) 388-0941
or by email at

RiverMarket Opening in Downtown Monroe


The grand opening for the Downtown RiverMarket in Monroe is set for 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 13. We are so excited to see this addition to the beautiful downtown area. Along with Gallery Crawl & River Jam events, the area has wonderful old historic buildings and is nestled on the scenic Ouachita River, making it a great destination for tourists and locals. Revitalization of this historic area is taking off; call us if you’d like to invest in property in the area.


For more information on the RiverMarket, or to become a vender, visit

Click Here for a calendar of community events

Photos: Sarah Hoffman

Wait, We Have A Local Vineyard?

This was my exact thought after hearing about it when I moved back to town after living in Maine for a year.  Many things have changed or seemingly come out of nowhere in Monroe during the year I was gone, for instance, Landry Vineyards.

Before I left the Monroe area, I had never heard of the place. Now, everyone seems to be talking about it and asking, “Are you going this weekend?” Their website is full of events for the whole year – and these events are not just for adults!

A few weekends ago, some of my friends mentioned the event and asked if I wanted to go.  I had no idea where it was and I, of course, chose to drive.  A few minutes outside of West Monroe, we drove up to a large opening in the woods.  A giant plot of land, or the vineyards, with live music and many many people enjoying the summer evening.

You could go inside and taste the wines for free, and then purchase some if what you found suited your tastes.  Food was also available, but the real action was everyone laying out on the side of a hill listening to the music and watching people take rides through the vineyard.

It was a pleasant surprise and I highly recommend viewing their website to plan your visit:

For more events in Monroe and West Monroe, check out our community calendar.

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Triangle Park Independence Day

The annual Independence Day Celebration at Triangle Park in Monroe Louisiana was one of the most charming things I’d seen in a long time. As a first timer to this event, I expected a small group of people from the neighborhood, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a large crowd of men, women, children and pets decked out in their patriotic finery. The day kicked off at 9:30 a.m. with speeches by local community leaders and the ringing of the Liberty Bell, but the main event was a parade of bicycles, tricycles, wagons, Barbie cars and strollers decorated in stars, stripes and sparkling spangles. A rush of red, white and blue kids, adults and dogs took off down the tree-lined street, making a circle of the park while greeting friends and neighbors. As the paraders began trickling back into the park, freshly sliced juicy watermelon slices, popsicles and snowballs were handed out to all. The smell of charcoal began to tickle the nose as people made their way home to their backyards and fired up their grills. What a treat it was to witness this vibrant embodiment of Americana right here in Northeast Louisiana! Stay tuned for a video about this event.

Sarah Hoffman

Marketing Consultant – Digital Media Specialist

Antique Alley

Located on Antique Alley in the historic Cottonport District of West Monroe, Louisiana, the Spice and Tea Exchange is a treat for the senses. They have a huge selection of fine, savory, exotic spices and spice blends, gourmet teas, flavored sugars, salts, seasonings and accessories. In this video, Realtor Janet Pearson, who is also a property owner in Antique Alley, speaks with Karen Laban, owner of the Spice and Tea Exchange of West Monroe. The store was opened in 2010 by the Laban’s, who knew that Antique Alley was the perfect place for their unique business. With other new businesses beginning to pop up in the area, Antique Alley offers a wide variety of shopping for both tourists and locals. So take a trip to Antique Alley on Trenton Street in West Monroe LA, you won’t be disappointed! For more info, visit
If you’re interested in real estate on Antique Alley or elsewhere in Northeast Louisiana, visit

Talkin’ Dirt – Travel Alert!

I had a wonderful trip a few weeks ago that involved FLOWERS and SAND, so I thought I would take the opportunity to describe my trip before I continue on to my regular edition of Talkin Dirt.  If you have ever longed for the smell of salt water and the sight of white sand coupled with some of the most beautiful flowers and vegetation in the South, then the Fairhope/Point Clear area of Alabama is where you need to head! On a whim, my husband and I decided to go to the Continue reading

The Ike Hamilton Expo Center

Join us as Realtor Nancy Inabnett talks with Ike Hamilton’s daughter Sara Golson and West Monroe Mayor Dave Norris about the history of “The Ike”, and why it is such a big attraction for visitors from around the country.

Lake D’Arbonne Video Tour

Come along as Loyde Kelley takes us to Lake D’Arbonne, a beautiful lake community just outside of Farmerville in Northeast Louisiana. Known for the great fishing, Lake D’Arbonne offers something for everyone with boating, swimming and relaxation. The lake is surrounded by hundreds of homes and camps. For a list of available properties or more information, contact Loyde Kelley, your lake property specialist. 318-235-2182

Another great lake in Northeast Louisiana is Lake Bruin. Check out this blog post from Paula Wilhite for more info and photos of the Lake Bruin community.

The Chennault Aviation and Military Museum

This is a great place to visit in Monroe. Our own Frances Cox has family ties in the museum’s exhibits, and the director Nell Calloway is General Chennault’s granddaughter. Watch to find out more about Chennault’s journey to China and the start of the Flying Tigers. A great amount of history is included in the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum in Monroe LA. From WWI to recent conflicts in the Middle East, the Chennault has an amazing collection of artifacts.