An informational kiosk went up Friday at The Farm so visitors to the area can learn more about its events as well as other things to do in Webster Parish.
Chris Broussard, co-founder of Cultural Crossroads, says the kiosk came about because visitors would come by when The Farm was closed.
“The idea came about because we realized we are an occasional destination point,” she said. “We’re not always open and we had a lot of visitors this past year who were actually answering to a brochure that tourism produced as one of the places to visit. We recognized that we needed some sort of information booth outside the gate that allowed people that came by to visit when we aren’t open to be able to not only see all the things we have to offer but access a calendar and map on how to get to other spots in the parish.”
She says other brochures provided by tourism for other venues will be available as well, such as the Germantown Colony and Museum.
Brian Carlisle, a former Cultural Crossroads board member, and his company Shreveport Salvage, built the kiosk using “upcycled” materials as much as possible. The kiosk is 12 feet wide, eight feet deep, and the top goes up to 10 feet and slopes back to eight feet. The kiosk has a pitched roof constructed from upcycled tin. A custom piece of wood will be placed on the front with “The Farm” on it.
“It’s going to incorporate a truck tailgate as a bench, a hanging door that serves as a photo gallery on the right side, and it’s going to have a shelf on the back for other materials,” he said. “It’s also going to have USB outlets so that if someone’s phone is dead, they can charge it real quick.”
To account for weather, Broussard says most of the brochures will be protected by plexi-glass holders, adding the design of the kiosk helps protect its contents from inclement weather.
A map of the City of Minden will be on the outside and on the inside will be a promotional billboard that can be changed out, he said.
“Everything except the treated base and the front, is reclaimed lumber from vintage carnival wood as the studs, to exterior and interior bead board that are all reclaimed, and all the elements inside are reclaimed,” he said, adding that the vintage carnival lumber was produced in the 1960s.
Carlisle has been working with Broussard for many years, he says, and he still creates all the graphic design for the website and brochures for The Farm and Cultural Crossroads.
Broussard says the kiosk was paid for through funds raised by Cultural Crossroads.
“It’s going to tell our story,” she said. “Even if you can’t walk into the gate, you’ll be able to go to the kiosk and see what we’re all about, and hopefully get enough information that it will bring you back on those occasions when we are open.”
She emphasized the kiosk is not just for The Farm. It’s also about promoting all the activities and events in Webster Parish.