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Crawfish boil spices things up at Eagle's Trace

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March 22nd, 2010

Throw 650 pounds of crawfish in a pot, add a generous helping of corn and potatoes, invite 400 friends, and what have you got? A Texas-sized crawfish boil. This is something we have been planning for a long time, says Ashley Schkade, events associate at Eagle s Trace in Houston. We are the closest Erickson community to Louisiana, and this is a big deal for a lot of our residents. And a big deal it was. As soon as Dorothy Elkins learned about the event, she got on the phone and invited four former neighbors from New Orleans plus her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. My family has warm memories of eating crawfish, says Elkins. We had it a lot when we lived in New Orleans. Elkins granddaughter, Abby Ezell, recalls the informal meals with heaping piles of crawfish as the centerpiece. We would spread newspapers across the table and cover them with crawfish, says Ezell. Sometimes the pile was a foot high. For other partygoers, the seasonal favorite wasn t so familiar. This is the first time I ve been to a crawfish boil, says Jan Willson, who moved to Eagle s Trace two years ago from Burlington, Iowa, with her husband, Jim. I ve decided that I m going to try the crawfish. Her conclusion? It is very good, she says. And while many came for the food, others were lured by another Cajun tradition the music. With live entertainment provided by Lady D and the Zydeco Tornadoes, the fast tempo of the accordion and washboard energized the crowd. Bill Williams and Margaret Kocian, who live at Eagle s Trace, were waiting in line for their food when the band struck up a lively tune. We love to dance, so we re really excited about the music, says Williams. For friends and Houston residents Patricia Briggs and Dorothea Johnson, the crawfish boil was a great way to experience the Eagle s Trace lifestyle. I am planning to move here in the next few years, says Briggs. It is so nice to come to events like this and see what life at the community is all about.