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? Launching Mickey


Let it be known to all: It was I who created Mickey Easterling, who passed away on April 14, 2014 at an undetermined age. Yes, that Mickey Easterling, who former Times-Picayune columnist Bill Grady in 1993 headlined this ... Read More »

Happy Easter

The Rev. James Randels

For those who slept in this morning, here are a few outtakes from the Easter Sunrise Service at the Rice family tomb at Metairie Cemetery, with Preacher James Randels of Lakeview Baptist Church and the Zion Harmonizers presiding. ... Read More »

How's Bayou? A load of scrap


2012 was the year of the pick-up at Madewood, a time when the mother-of-the-bride would back her truck up to the mansion and download any remaining food on the buffet as the wedding reception was winding down. In ... Read More »

How's Bayou?: Sugah 'n shippin'

hb tree

Back in the days of convivial banter in smoke-filled rooms at swank cocktail gatherings in glittering Garden District mansions, occasional interlopers might be unaware of a host or hostess's pedigree. At a small 1970s Bastille Day celebration, an ... Read More »

How's Bayou? Guilty Little economies

Enquiring wildcats occasionally want to know what's up at Ventana.

  We hadn't expected pecuniary tendencies to be the focus of dinner conversation, not that night, not there. It was a chilly, early-summer evening as we sat down with George and Mary Christie of England's Glyndebourne festival for ... Read More »

How's Bayou? A bushel and a peck

Thelma Parker, by Sharon Weilbaecher

A little more than 35 years ago, in August of 1978, Thelma Parker, Madewood's housekeeper at the time, and I were  gathering what seemed like a bushel of sweet potatoes, corn and tomatoes from the garden that caretaker ... Read More »

How's Bayou? Mind your manors

Augill, 'A Very English Castle'

  I've always suspected that 19th-century British art critic and cultural arbiter John Ruskin, subject of much of my college research, would have hated Madewood, simply because of its Greek-Revival purity, a style that he found cold and ... Read More »

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