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NEW ORLEANS -- The Bayou Country Children's Museum opens in two weeks in Thibodaux, with a shrimp boat, oil derrick, combine and other adventures to explore.

'You can walk and make music on all of our little keyboards,' said Museum Director Christy Naquin.

The $40,000 cost to build the museum came from a Thibodaux women's group called TaWaSi. It is an Indian word that means friend.

'Believe it or not, we have been doing this for 14 years, and TaWaSi was one of our first supporting donors,' said Museum Board President Kathleen Gros.

'We've helped buy band instruments for different schools. We've helped with music programs,' said Beth Stringer of TaWaSi.

The 60-year-old group has donated $500,000 to various agencies, including $50,000 for scholarships to Nicholls State University.

'Over 90 percent of our students that graduate here are still living in the state of Louisiana, so it is money well invested,' said Nicholls Interim President Larry Howell.

At Thibodaux's Municipal Auditorium, they're mapping out the places for the 48 dealers in this weekend's Bayou Lafourche Antique Show and Sale.

'We have furniture, we have jewelry,' said Sue Herpel of TaWaSi. 'We have fine jewelry, costume jewelry, just a wide variety, a lot of vintage items, clothing.'

Now this antiques show is known as the five pound show, because the TaWaSi ladies cook for the dealers, and they figure they'll gain about five pounds from that good cooking over the weekend.

But for TaWaSi, this is the big fundraiser of the year, so it is critical that they get as many people here as possible to provide more help for this community.

'How can they support us if you don't go support them?' said Kathleen Gros of the Children's Museum.

Tickets cost $10 for the sale. It takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit their website at

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