By Bryan Gowland on
10/7/2009 2:19 AM
It is interesting to observe that, at times, a seemingly unrelated series of elements comes together to gel into something really good. Call it divine intervention, serendipity, good karma, or whatever term you wish to describe that type of metamorphosis, but it happens, and that is what happened to develop the, now famous, Abita Springs Opry.
Around 1990, there was a coffee shop in a quaint house on Maple Street in Abita Springs named the Evening Star Coffee House. On occasional Saturday nights a group of musicians would gather and perform old-time country, bluegrass and traditional Southern gospel music. It was a treat to visit and hear the authentic music played on acoustic stringed instruments and hear the rich vocals provided by people like Bob Lambert and Bill Lilly who were advancing in years and had been performing the music all their lives.
Around the same time, a group of volunteer citizens constructed a gazebo and formed a pocket park in the center of Town at the location...
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