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Events & Schedule at the 2009 Po-Boy Fest

Festival Date, Time, and Location

The 2009 Po-Boy Festival was on Sunday, November 22, 2009: 11am - 6:00pm
Oak Street at South Carrollton

The 2009 New Orleans Po-Boy Preservation Festival featured two stages with live music, arts and crafts, a children's section with games and prizes, panel discussions covering the history of the po-boy (starting at 11:00 a.m.) and, of course, the best tasting po-boys in New Orleans.

 

2009 History Venue

Panel Discussions and Exhibits

History Venue panels and exhibits are researched and organized by University of New Orleans History Department graduate students and faculty. All panels featured rare photographs and fascinating stories complemented by lively audience participation. 

8128 Oak Street is the site of the 2009 History Venue

11:00am Oak Street Family Reunion

Session #1 "WWII Comes to Oak Street"
Oak Street's Historian, Buddy Adams, steps out from the Family Barber Shop to share his renowned memory for all things Oak Street. Today he describes his1930s childhood on Oak Street and the effect that WWII had on him and his childhood friends.
Featuring: Buddy Adams and UNO history graduate students Stacy Meyers, Amber Nicholson, and Shawn Ryder

Session #2: "Bohl, Engelbracht, & Geier Family Histories"
Descendants of some of the neighborhood's earliest settlers tell stories about Carrollton in the late 1800s and early 1900s as well as Oak Street childhood in the 1930s. Some of the earliest photos of 19th century Oak Street survived thanks to the Engelbracht family.
Featuring: Merlin "Mike" Engelbracht and Carol Engelbracht Adoue

Session #3: "Oak Street's Foot Fetish: SPIRO'S, One of Oak Street's Several Shoe Stores"
Featuring: David Silverstein, Kenneth Schmitt and UNO history graduate student Paula Fortier

12:00pm First Families of the Poor Boy: Martin and Gendusa

Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Poor Boy with the two families responsible for its creation following the 1929 streetcar strike. Family members tell stories about the founding fathers of the poor boy sandwich and the poor boy loaf: restaurant owners Bennie and Clovis Martin and baker John Gendusa.
Featuring: Martin and Gendusa family members

Free Tasting Samples: Gendusa Poor Boy Bread (Donated by John Gendusa Bakery)

1:00pm Art and Craft of Streetcar Maintenance

Master Craftsmen from the RTA's Carrollton Shop discuss their roles in maintaining the St. Charles Line's fleet of 1923-24 Perley Thomas cars and creating the new Canal Line cars. Elmer von Dullen, recently retired after more than 50 years of service, will be celebrated for his work in designing, building, and launching a fleet of 24 environmentally friendly, hybrid streetcars for the Canal Line.

Featuring: Elmer Von Dullen, Retired Supt. Of Vehicle Assembly; John Fourcade, retired Rail Technician; Joey Held, Rail Technician Mechanic; and Bruce Godfrey, Rail Technician Mechanic

1:30pm Ultimate French Bread Fighting

Jared "Limp Loaf" of Subpar Sandwich versus the Spirit of John "Poor Boy Loaf" Gendusa. Carrollton Stage. Fight for your right to poor boy loaves in a world of substandard bread.

2:00pm Muskrat Love: Fur, Food & Family Tradition

Learn about the rise and fall of Louisiana's muskrat industry and the trapper lifestyle while snacking on the swamp rat's tasty South American cousin: nutria. Featuring: Jared Boscareno, UNO History graduate student, and Liz Havrilla, UNO History undergraduate student

Free Tasting Samples: Muskrat Chili Po-Boys (Nutria captured, skinned, and donated by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and prepared by Liz Havrilla)

3:00pm Lost Poor Boy Shops: Battistella's French Market Restaurant

Second in a series. Representatives of the Battistella family discuss their family’s famous French Market restaurant. Some argue that Battistella originated the poor boy sandwich only to see the Martin Brothers garner the credit. Explore the history of a New Orleans working class restaurant lost but fondly remembered.
Featuring: Walter Battistella, Battistella Renovation, Inc., and Gary "Koz" Gruenig of Koz's in Harahan & Lakeview (formerly The PoBoy Bakery in Gentilly)

4:00pm Danny Barker, Musical and Cultural Icon

Fifteen years following his death, Danny Barker's influence on the city's musical heritage resounds. Many people tell tales of Danny and his wife, singer Blue Lu Barker; unfortunately, New Orleanians seldom have the opportunity to hear the Barkers share their legacy in their own words. Rarely seen performance and interview footage from throughout Barker's acclaimed career will be presented by local filmmakers Matt Martinez and Eddie Kurtz, co-producers of the documentary film "The Danny Barker Show."
Featuring: Matt Martinez and Eddie Kurtz

5:00pm Oak Street: Punk Rock and Comic Art Mecca

Session #1: "Jed's: Punk Rock Glory"
A punk rock hotspot in the 1970s and 1980s, 8301 Oak Street's present state as the headquarters for a restaurant management chain would lead few to believe that the building once hosted leading international, national, and local punk rock bands. Explore the days when Jed's, Jimmy's and the Maple Leaf served as Uptown's version of Frenchmen Street.
Featuring: Bruce Boyd Raeburn, musician and Hogan Jazz Archive Curator; James Lien, UNO Special Collections; and Megan Franich, UNO history graduate student

Session #2: "More Fun Comics: An Animated History"
A fixture on Oak Street since 1991, the comics store serves as a cultural touchstone for local musicians as well as comic artists and collectors. The owner and manager discuss the shop's almost two-decade presence on Oak Street.
Featuring: Steve Thomas, More Fun Comics owner, and DC Harbold, store manager, plus artwork by Caesar Meadows. Moderator: Lauri Dorrance, UNO history graduate student

History Exhibitions

WWII Comes to Oak Street
Curated by Stacy Meyers, Amber Nicholson, and Shawn Ryder, UNO history graduate students

More Than a Church: Prayer Tower Church of God In Christ
Curated by Hannah Francis, UNO history graduate student

Growing up Near Oak: the Cassara Family
Curated by Nick Cassara, UNO Film student

Krewe of Carrollton: 85th anniversary Year
Curated by Lissa Capo, UNO history graduate student

Oak Street Family Histories
Jennifer Navarre & Joanna Tabony, UNO history graduate students

Children's Po-Boy Fest Activity Book
Created by Stacy Meyers with original artwork by Lissa Capo

Ultimate French Bread Fighting Events
Featuring: The Poor Boy Players. Starring: Jeff Shyman as Jared "Limp Loaf" of Subpar Sandwiches and Dustin English as the Spirit of John "Poor Boy Loaf" Gendusa. Directed by Emily Manger. Conceived and coordinated by Jim Elliott, Dustin English, Drue Hardegree, Christine Horn, Emily Manger, Michael Mizell-Nelson, and Jeff Shyman. Bread donated by John Gendusa Bakery.

Documentation of History Venue Activities
Jennifer Navarre & Joanna Tabony

Special Thanks to Drs. Molly Mitchell and Madelon Powers of the UNO History Department. Stacy Meyers deserves special recognition for serving as the public history graduate assistant during the Fall 2009 semester. The history venue also wishes to acknowledge the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Fur and Refuge Division, Edmond Mouton, Tod Baker, and Cassidy Lejeune, and others who trapped, skinned, and gutted the nutria. Chef Liz Havrilla was assisted by Aimee Ashe, Anne Dirriwachter, and Bonnie and Sal Deicedue.

Blue Cypress Book Shop: new and used culinary and local history books

Videotaping of the History Venue events is sponsored by the Ruth U.
Fertel Foundation.

 

       

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