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Chauatauqua Jambalaya Tour select shots
A documentation of the New Old Time Chauatauqua's Jambalaya Tour of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and New Orleans in April, 2006.

Photographs taken by Michelle Bates. Please contact me for access to more images, or to find out about using images. michelle@michellebates.net

Images are on two pages. For better viewing, click on images for enlargements.
Date(s): April 17-23, 2006. Album by Michelle Bates. Photos by Michelle Bates. 1 - 99 of 174 Total. 2094 Visits.
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Setting up at our home on a baseball field in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

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Doug writes out parts for a new tune for the Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Chamber Band/Orchestra

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Paul mugs for the cameras during the group's opening circle

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Tiberio and Heather gear up for entertaining at the Senior Center in Bay St. Louis

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Jugglers warming up. Spot members of Nanda, a Mud Bay Juggler, a Karamazov Brother and a Noodlini

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Our welcome to the Senior Center

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The Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Chamber Band/Orchestra

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Faith Petric, at 90, entertains the seniors

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Our youngest performer, Jeramiah, makes his performance debut

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Hancock County Senior Center in Bay St. Louis, MS

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Nanda at the senior center
"Look at the Tigers"
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Enjoying the show

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Tiberio charms the ladies, of all ages

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Chautauquans pitch in to help take down a huge tent, formerly used to house volunteers, outside the senior center

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It takes a village to lower a tent

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A crew spent an afternoon cleaning up the yard and garden of Arlene, who ran the Senior Center as a shelter for months after Hurricane Katrina

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Hurricane Katrina flattened Miss Arlene's prize garden

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Eben the Mouse takes a splinter out of Mark the Lion's foot

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Our neighbors on the field, City Teams, invited us over for dinner one night. Oliver entertained the group.

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Cici and Faith

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The group went out to a local bar, recently re-opened, and took to the stage

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Chen juggling

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Tim spinning his light wands

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Misha basking in the neon glow

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Tiberio

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Gathering for a show in Pass Christian, Mississippi - Robin, Mark & Michelle

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Sound check, with an incredible local gospel singer and Carl, at God's Katrina Kitchen

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Setting up amid the distribution center stocks at God's Katrina Kitchen

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Robin and Papa Ray

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Karl relaxes before the show

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The band parades through the lunch tent to entertain and advertise the free show

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A collection of photos and info about God's Katrina Kitchen, including an ad for our show

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Tim leads the parade by the port-o-potty cleaning truck

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The Fighting Instruments of Karma and dancers open the show at God's Katrina Kitchen

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The Flying Karamazov Brothers

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The finale to Petra's tap-dance act

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Kevin Murphy performs his poetry

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Joey Pipia amazes a volunteer with his magic

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Nanda

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Pass Christian's Wal-Mart, like everything else, was destroyed by the hurricane and flooding

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8 months after Hurrican Katrina, wreckage is still everywhere

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Gabe relaxes in the green room for our next show, at a school in Waveland, Mississippi

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The band gathers in the hall

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Opening the show, as usual, the FIKMCB/O cram into the classroom

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The kids are enthralled by the Noodlinis

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Noodlini looks for volunteers

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Paul MCs the show

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Joey Pipia confuses the kids

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Petra tap dances

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Dusty Rodz and her handsome cowboy teach the kids how to yodel

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Nanda manages to go two-high in the tiny room

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Joan and Ray in the green room

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Dancing with the kids after the show

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Misha goes on a little trip

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Tiberio, Joannie, and our contact for the Head Start school group

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An informational panel from the Department of Environmental Emergency Tree Protection details how to help trees recover from storm damage

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A broken house on the beachfront of Bay St. Louis. This former showplace house had yet to receive any insurance money

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Another beachfront house in Bay St. Louis

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The remains of the road leading from Bay St. Louis to Pass Christian. The rail bridge spanning the same water was repaired and running by Christmas

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Bay St. Louis' church lost its steeple. The board's message, "He is risen," refers to the recent Easter holiday.

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The band rehearses at our baseball field home. Photographer John Fago was also along on the tour

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Erin mixes it up as we cook dinner for 300 at Common Ground, in New Orleans' Ninth ward

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Some of delicious food, created under the guidance of Chautauqua's chef, Tiberio Simone

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Robin Worley in Common Ground's outdoor kitchen

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Daniel mans the burners

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Rod wheeling tools back in after a hot day of gutting houses

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Andrea working for Common Ground

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Cici melting in the extreme heat of the day

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In a ruined neighborhood with hardly any residents, an ice cream truck is a welcome surprise

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The group enjoys cold treats and tries to beat the heat

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The Common Ground show order

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Malik, one of the founders of Common Ground

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Serving dinner at Common Ground

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A ten-course meal for the Common Ground volunteers and community

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Mark Ettinger accompanies Faith Petric

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Impromptu amplification at Common Ground

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Haute Trash Fashion shows off the shower curtain and tent Utilikilts

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Trash Fashion model, Erin, shows off her kitty can lids

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Nanda flips out

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Artis brings the crowd to its feet

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Chautauquans who spent the day gutting houses created a tool band

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The crowd wouldn't stop dancing, and the band wouldn't stop playing, so we spilled out into the street

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The New Chumleighland March, a FIOK standard

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Our next show at Emergency Communities, in St Bernard Parish, east of New Orleans

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Community members line up for lunch at Emergency Communities' Made with Love Cafe in St Bernard Parish

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Heather getting ready for the show in Michelle's van

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Tiberio shakes up coffee slushie to revive the wilted performers

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Tim leads the parade past the Port-o-Potties

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Parading through the outdoor lunch tent

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Andrea guards the show order

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Palletable band music for your amusement

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Harry Levine leads Emergency Communities to his tune "FEMA"

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David and the shiny sousaphone.

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Gina Leishman tells the tale of the shark in the Emergency Communities dome

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Michelle, my dear,
I haven't looked at the photos for a long time and I just did today...You did such a beautiful job with these, you really captured the whole experience.  I have some favorites: Doug completely still, except for his pencil scoring music, Joan and Ray in their colorful finery...so many wonderful shots.  You're awesome.  I'm also happy that someone turned your camera on you a couple of times (awake and asleep) so that you're in these shots.  Thanks for all your hard work - and what an amazing eye you have!
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Jan Luby | www.janluby.com, Sun, 3 Feb 2008 3:14PM
Michelle-
What an incredible bunch of beautiful people with such lovely offerings. The pic of folks spilling out into the street to dance really captures the spirit of New Orleans. Thank you for sharing this. Love to you. Jen
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Jennifer Gilkes, Tue, 5 Sep 2006 7:30PM
great to see the folks there smiling...
thanks for letting them know they are not forgotten
Namasté
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Jeff Sonstein | http://ariadne.iz.net/~jeffs/, Thu, 10 Aug 2006 7:17PM
Wonderful set -- really tells the story.
Carole Craig in Dublin
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Carole Craig, Thu, 10 Aug 2006 9:52AM
Michelle, great photos!
Thanks for all the hard work of slogging through tons of photos, editing and commenting.
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Peggy, Thu, 10 Aug 2006 10:33AM
Thanks for posting the pictures.  Since I could not be there in person, this virtual tour has been most enlightening.  I am proud of you/us all.
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Jana, Thu, 10 Aug 2006 8:49AM
 
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