Sunday, July 26, 2009

Shreveport Farmers' Market has Highland Connections

This amazing song about the Shreveport Farmers' Market was written and performed by Highland resident Alan Dyson. His daughter Alana also contributed her skills to this tune. The video was shot, directed and edited by Shreveport filmmaker Kay Kennedy.

Robert Trudeau has a post on his Shreveport Blog about the last Tuesday of this year's summer market. The SFM market manager is Noma Fowler-Sandlin. She's the owner of Pan's Pantry Jams, Jellies and Preserves,a Highland based business where she captures new-fangled flavors the old-fashioned way.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


A new documentary about the Haynesville Shale just launched its website. Click here to see the trailer for it. The film was created by local producer-director Gregory Kallenberg. The cinematographer on the project, Rob Senska, is a resident of Highland.

Haynesville explores the current energy situation and what something the scale of the Haynesville could mean to the United States’ energy picture.

The Highland Restoration Association has more information on the Haynesville Shale discovery.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

We Love a Parade! This Saturday!

4th of july children's parade highland
Get ready for some good old fashioned fun this Saturday! A delightful way for your family to celebrate America's Independence Day! Join in all the fun and meet your neighbors.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Greek...and More

Greek Dine In
It's a whole weekend celebrating the culture of Greece May 15th through May 17. Greek... and More happens at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Highland.

You'll experience an authentic Greek music band and Hellenic dancing. There will be plenty of Greek food in the form of dinners, salads, gyro sandwiches, feta fries, baklava sundaes and assorted Greek pastries. For more information see the festival website.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Highland Cleans

Callie T.
The Highland Restoration Association and Highland Area Partnership invite you to pick up litter in Highland this Saturday morning. Meet in the parking lot across from the Highland Center, 520 Olive Street, at 8:00 am.

The Highland Area Partnership will give away a free t-shirt to each volunteer. HRA will provide other necessary supplies. A limited number of trash grabbers will be available, but bring your own if you have one. A dumpster for non-toxic trash will be available on the parking lot of the Highland Center.

This clean-up campaign takes the place of the Great American Clean-Up that was rained out in March. Contact Highland Restoration Association at 221-7629 or email them at for more information.

Also scrubbing down in Highland are The Friends of Greenwood Cemetery and the Shreveport Garden Study Club. They've also scheduled a clean up day this Saturday at Greenwood Cemetery. For more information 318 861-0917. Pictured above is a marker located in that cemetery.

Monday, May 4, 2009


318 in Black and White
Frank B. Gilbert, a national expert on preservation and the law, is in town this week to try to jump start legislation in Shreveport to protect historic sites.

The radio program Smart City has an interesting show on how communities capture and preserve their histories.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Save Highland's History

Highland Historic District
Shreveport is the only large city in Louisiana that doesn't already have Historic Commission and ordinances to protect historic properties.

If you are in favor of preserving the historic districts and buildings in Shreveport, now is the time to make your voice heard. Frank B. Gilbert, a national expert on preservation and the law, will be in town next week to try to jump start legislation in Shreveport to protect historic sites.

At a special session of the Shreveport City Council, Tuesday, May 5, 2:00 pm, Government Plaza-- Mr. Gilbert will be there discussing the need for ordinances to protect historic properties. Make plans to attend because we need to show the council there is grassroots support for this initiative in Shreveport.

Regular meeting of Caddo Parish Commission, Thursday, May 7, 3:30 pm, Government Plaza--Mr. Gilbert is first on their agenda and will speak for about 15 minutes, then answer commissioner's questions.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Every Day is Earth Day in Highland

Earth Day 2009 To Recycle Grey Water
Happy Earth Day 2009 (April 22)! Congratulations on being earth friendly every day in Highland.

Your purchase of an older home is a fantastic way to reuse a resource. In 2008 Highland became the first Shreveport neighborhood to implement curbside recycling. And by living in a community that is convenient for biking or walking, you've taken an additional step to save Mother Earth.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Irving Place
Need help getting your home into shape to fight those high energy bills? The Caddo Community Action Agency (CCAA) is weatherizing 188 homes in Caddo Parish by June 30, 2009. For income guidelines contact CCAA at 861-4808.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Saturday Clean

Get Rid of It Great American Clean Up
The Great American Clean-Up is this Saturday, March 28. Its a fun way to meet your Highland neighbors!

Volunteers meet in the parking lot across from the Highland Center at 8:00 am. If you have a trash grabbers bring it. More info? Call 221-7629 or email

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Spring Clean + Donate to HAP

Not the Puffy Chair 2009
Saturday, April 4, Highland Area Partnership will hold a BIG garage sale and they need your used items to sell!

Now is the time put your stuff to work for a good cause. Bring your goodies (no clothing, please) to the HAP Office at Centenary Square, Suite 212 on Wednesday, March 25, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 869-5706 or email

The money HAP raises will fund the Highland Jazz and Blues Festival. To stay updated join the Highland Jazz and Blues Festival on Facebook.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Great American Clean-Up with HRA and HAP

February Christmas Tree in CinemaScope
Because of bad weather the date for the Great American Clean-Up was moved to Saturday, March 28 at 8:00 am--11:00 am.

Volunteers meet in the parking lot across from the Highland Center at 8:00 am. HAP will give away free t-shirts to each volunteer. HRA will provide gloves and garbage bags for participants. A limited number of trash grabbers will be available, but bring your own if you have one.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Hollywood to Highland

At Home Hollywood to Highland Mark and Rose Davis At Home Hollywood to Highland
In the current issue of At Home, a special publication of Forum News, there is a splendid article by Noma Fowler-Sandlin about a couple of newcomers to the Highland neighborhood. Mark and Rose Davis, who both work in the movie industry, now live in a two-story historic home built in 1909.

Photos in the article are by Lora Fairchild.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Great American Clean-Up with HRA and HAP

Dalzell and Centenary Green and Purple Trash
HRA and HAP neighborhood organizations invite Highland residents to pick up litter from Highland neighborhood streets Saturday, March 14, from 8:00—11:00 am, as part of the Great American Clean-Up.

Volunteers meet in the parking lot across from the Highland Center at 8:00 am. HAP will give away free t-shirts to each volunteer. HRA will provide gloves and garbage bags for participants. A limited number of trash grabbers will be available, but bring your own if you have one.

More info? Call 221-7629 or email

Friday, February 20, 2009

Highland - We're a Krewe of Characters!

Pan's Pantry / Mardi Gras Jam / 318-349-1568 / Limited offer
While the Krewe of Highland parade is this Sunday afternoon at 2, Mardi Gras is actually a full season of activities. One of the most unusual happenings is the creation of Mardi Grape Jelly every year by Highland based jam, jelly and preserve maker, Pan's Pantry. Click on the above picture taken by Robert Trudeau and you'll see a little baby swimming in the layers of purple, gold and green jelly.

By the way, the Krewe of Highland Bal Masque is tonight at 7 at the Randle T. Moore Center. For more info on the events remaining in the 2009 Mardi Gras season click on the Shreveport Bossier Fun Guide.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Krewe of Highland Parade in The Shreveport Times

Krewe of Highland Parade to Roll Sunday Shreveport Times
In today's Shreveport Times, reporter April Reynolds covers the wacky goodness that is the Krewe of Highland Parade.

Her story touches on the beginnings of the parade when the event was "...a funky little neighborhood deal by Matthew Linn. He got people on bicyles and lawn mowers..."

Fourteen years later the parade is still rolling along. These days Linn is a Caddo Parish Commissioner who also owns one of the jewels of Highland, Columbia Cafe.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Old Highland Sanitarium

Highland Sanitarium
At 1006 Highland you'll find one of the highlights of the new HRA tour guide, the Old Highland Sanitarium.

Mike Rosebery has captured the eastern most portion of this historic hospital, which is built in the Arts and Crafts style. The building now houses Brentwood Hospital.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Highland - We're a Krewe of Characters!

For a completely different way to experience the Krewe of Highland Parade, join the Blanc et Noir Marching Society. Robert Trudeau is the Mack Daddy behind the group and says call him if you want to be part of the cool kids! There are scholarships available to help with the membership dues if you want to join the society.

Thank you to Mike Rosebery for the dandy pic of Mr. Trudeau from the 2008 Krewe of Highland Mardi Gras Parade.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Heart Highland

Love Heart Highland
If you spend Saturday, February 14 walking around Highland and cleaning up, you can eat that big box of chocolates and not gain a pound! HRA members have organized a litter clean-up this Saturday at 8:30 am at the Highland Center parking lot (520 Olive Street)

Call 221-7629 if you can help. It's a great way to meet the cool folks of Highland and get the neighborhood looking groovy for the Krewe of Highland Parade. Sorry, no public dumpster available for this clean-up.

The above picture was taken in an alley in Highland. Can you name the location?

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Highland - We're A Krewe of Characters!

Ernie Roberson riding the LSU float in the Krewe of Highland Parade
Ernie Roberson is just one of the characters you'll see in the Krewe of Highland Parade. He even posted about it on his blog at The Shreveport Times.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

HRA General Membership Meeting

Foundation Stone
Highland Restoration Association General Membership Meeting
5:30 p.m., Thursday, February 12, 2009
Noel Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 520 Herndon
*Supper will be served to HRA members
*Election of 2009 Board Members and Officers
*Vote on the proposed 2010 consolidation of HRA and HAP
*Hear Review of HRA’s 2008 Highlights and Preview for 2009

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Save the Dates: February 20 and February 22

Shreveport Krewe of Highland
2009 Krewe of Highland Bal Masque is Friday February 20. Dig out your formal or wear a costume. Masks are required!

Krewe of Highland Parade is Sunday February 22 at 2 pm. 2008 parade pictures.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Highland Activist in The Shreveport Times

Sally Marie Dowden
Highland activist Sally Marie Dowden is featured in an article by Shreveport Times reporter John Andrew Prime. Dowden was selected as one of the paper's Everyday Leaders.

This is the ninth year the paper has recognized 10 area leaders who are making a difference in their communities.