Saturday, December 5, 2015

Two Checks, Please

From Betty's RV Park, Abbeville, Louisiana         Louisiana's Cajun and Zydeco was in our blood after the Saturday morning visit to Martin Accordions. We were addicted to the music and wanted more. Betty suggested we stop in for the afternoon jam session at Touchet's in Maurice. Just like Champagne is pronounced "Chomp On" in this part of Louisiana, Touchet's is pronounced "Two Checks".... and that's where we went.

The sign is faded but the music is vibrant and the people are colorful.
Calvin Touchet's "Home of French Jam Sessions" 
We arrived around 3 p.m. and the music was already underway. Most of our campground neighbors were there and so was Betty, our campground hostess. The music was Cajun and Zydeco and it was really, really good. The Two Checks Jam Session was fueling the flames of fun and we were adding to our Louisiana memories.

Left to right: Pam, me, Betty (our campground hostess) and Joyce 
By nightfall, Two Checks was humming with Zydeco and Cajun music. Band members exchanged instruments and went on and on... non-stop. The dance area was crowded with people -- most in our age group.Almost everyone had that wonderful Cajun French twist on the English languange. What a unique and unforgetable experience!

All ages get involved at Touchet's. The two little boys in the chairs (front of stage) kept the beat with a pair of drumsticks the whole time we were there.  The man playing guitar on the far right (in the hat) is 83!
The youngster with the accordion has only been playing a few months. 

The young woman playing the accordion also plays drums and other instruments.
Most people in this area play a variety of musical instruments. 

Around 6 p.m. Wayne and I said our goodbyes and left Pam, Ernie, Joyce, Charlie, Betty and others of our campground neighbors to keep the party going. Every day we're in Abbeville makes us appreciate this area even more. It's going to be hard to leave this place.

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