Author Archives: Keith Marshall

Keith Marshall

About Keith Marshall

Keith Marshall, former staff writer at the late/great Times-Picayune and Rhodes Scholar who never figured out what to do with his Oxford D. Phil, writes about Madewood Plantation, the family manse, every Tuesday in "How's Bayou? the secrets of remaining sane while running an upscale B&B on Bayou Lafourche."

How's Bayou?: Who dat say dey da king?

The Flag of Truce, by Tom Phillips

“Is that the king of the Mardi Gras?” a recent overnight guest at Madewood asked, as she raised her snifter of brandy and gestured toward the substantial, 5-by-4-foot painting that dominates the parlor. British artist Tom Phillips’s striking ... Read More »

How's Bayou?: Father knew best

Not your usual check-in: A welcoming art
piece in the 21C Museum Hotel in Bentonville, Ark.

Alice Walton, daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton and ex-wife of a Grade-A, Carnival-Credential-Carrying New Orleanian, probably would agree that her dad knew what he was doing when he launched his first Walmart store in a Rogers, Arkansas ... Read More »

How's Bayou?: What's in a name?

General Charles Favre D’Aunoy and Son (Photo courtesy Louisiana State Museum)

I could always count on Aunt Edwina for assistance and good advice. Edwina Damonte Fredricks was the eldest in my mother’s family, and when my grandfather’s lavish lifestyle collapsed in the Great Depression, it was she who took ... Read More »

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