A quick breakfast of bagels, muffins, toast, and all the fixings before running to....
Martin’s accordion factory. For over 30 years, Martin Accordions has built all hand-made, single row, diatonic accordions for musicians around the world. If it runs on air and reeds, they can probably fix it!
We were entertained by the dad, the grandson, the daughter AND Ron.
Our guests just could not stay in their seats.
Especially when the daughter played spoons on the scrubboard.
Wow! What beautiful musical instruments under one roof.
AND we met the brother who helps to make these instruments. He was a wealth of information on how these instruments are made.
He explained about all the different kinds of woods they use to make these accordions.
Lunch was at Don’s seafood, who spent more than 80 years creating a recipe for something much greater than a place for a lunch break or a night out. It’s a place to share and be a part of the family. They believe in serving food that’s time-tested; years of getting the recipe just right, not just close enough.
What was on the menu? Well your choice of broiled catfish, stuffed eggplant casserole, grilled chicken, shrimp & catfish with all the trimmings and bread pudding with rum sauce for dessert.
If bread pudding wasn’t enough, we stopped at Borden’s ice cream. Borden’s, built in 1940, is the last retail Borden's Ice Cream Shoppe in the World. It is located in Lafayette, Louisiana, where you can get a taste of ice cream done "the Old Fashion Way."
Everyone ordered whatever they wanted! From one scoop of ice cream to a banana split. THAT is the Rivoli Rallies Way!
Next stop, Bayou Teche Brewing. It was formed by three brothers, Karlos, Byron and Dorsey Knott, when they started brewing in an abandoned railcar on St. Patrick's Day in 2009.
Tasting, of course, was part of the tour.
As well as relaxing and dancing on the patio.
As you can see, Ron was trying to show off his “dance lessons” by twirling Kay into a frenzy.
Dinner was at Pont Breaux’s Cajun family style restaurant where we had our choice of Cajun ribeye, catfish, hamburger steak, catfish Point Breaux, the house specialty, shrimp or grilled chicken with salad and dessert.
While we ate, music played and professional dance instructors showed us how Cajun dancing is done. So that AFTER dinner, we could participate.
Ending with Rivoli Rallies taking over the dance floor with everyone taking turns showing their dance steps in the circle
and our Rivoli Rallies train dance.
Great way to exercise off all that food.