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Archive for October, 2012

Challenge grant for La. Sports Hall of Fame extended

Posted by on October 5th, 2012
Category In the Spotlight, Natchitoches In the Press
NATCHITOCHES - Contributions of any size are being sought through October to match a $250,000 challenge grant supporting the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum exhibits, after the challenge has been extended until Oct. 31 from its origination on Sept. 1. The museum in Natchitoches, a 27,500-square foot structure facing Cane River Lake in the downtown National Historic District, is nearing completion while the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation is seeking over $700,000 in private funding to complete exhibits for an opening next summer. Successfully matching the $250,000 challenge grant will provide $500,000 of that target. Until Oct. 31, every gift up to the $250,000 total made to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation in support of exhibits for the museum will be matched, by a philanthropic foundation based in Louisiana. Lisa Babin, president and chief executive officer of the Hall of Fame Foundation, said over $141,000 was given in September. The Hall of Fame Foundation is a registered 501-c-3 non-profit entity, meaning contributions to it do earn tax advantages for individuals and businesses. ‘We're across midfield, to use a football analogy, and we can certainly strike paydirt and reach the proverbial end zone by the end of October,’ said Babin. ‘We just need sports fans to make their best gift. It might be $25 or $250. It could be $50 or $500, $10, $100 or $1,000. In any case, it is instantly doubled by our Challenge Grant.’ Gifts of any amount can be made in a secure online transaction by visiting the LaSportsHall.com website and clicking on the Meet the Hall of Fame Challenge button. Donors can scroll to ‘online payment’ and select ‘Museum Exhibits’ for the gift type. Gifts by check are also welcomed. Checks should be issued to La. Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, with a footnote of exhibit account, and mailed to the Hall of Fame Foundation office at 500 Front Street, Natchitoches, LA, 71457, for arrival by Oct. 31. ‘The Hall of Fame Museum is the realization of a decades-old dream of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, celebrating our state's incredible sports culture, from Lake Providence to Lake Charles, from Ida to Grand Isle, all around Louisiana. Those stories from every part of Louisiana will be showcased in this fabulous museum,’ said Babin. ‘We are asking sports fans all around our state to step up and meet this challenge with whatever contribution they can provide. Any amount, every gift helps us approach the goal line.’ For additional information, contact Babin at lisababin@lasportshall.com via e-mail or at 318-485-0166 by telephone. An original target of $1.1 million to complete exhibits as designed was reduced after $367,000 was secured previous to the challenge grant being issued, said Babin. Babin said the challenge grant donor wishes to remain anonymous but specifically issued the challenge grant in an effort to encourage immediate donations. The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1958 by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association to honor the elite figures in state athletic history. A total of 293 competitors, along with 52 sports journalists and 11 administrators and officials who have received the Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award, are members of the Hall as of the 2012 induction class. Louisiana's sports impact is immense and expanding. Its sports greats are produced in numbers disproportionate to the state's relatively modest population, and they make impact that stretches not only around the USA but frequently around the world. Anyone can start a list of Louisiana sports luminaries that compares favorably to any state. The list is endless as current day Louisiana stars are shining brightly in the pro, amateur and college ranks. The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame museum is located in Natchitoches, which has been called ‘our state's Cooperstown,’ the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase, older even than New Orleans. The Hall of Fame Museum will be professionally run by the Louisiana State Museum system. An economic impact study in 2005 indicated the Hall of Fame museum, functions of the Hall of Fame Foundation, and construction costs could generate more than $100 million in statewide economic impact in the first year once the museum opens its doors.  

Green Market to Open Fall Season on October 13

Posted by on October 5th, 2012
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!, Natchitoches Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Natchitoches In the Press
Contact: Sarah Prudhomme, Green Market Promotions Coordinator Phone: (318) 352-7987 E-mail: canerivergreenmarket@gmail.com NATCHITOCHES - The Cane River Green Market opens its fall 2012 season on Saturday, October 13 with an exciting array of activities to include a free Zumba class, an animal adoption day with Natchitoches Hope for Paws, a fall scene for pictures, and live musical entertainment by The Goodlowe Brothers. Natchitoches' local farmer's market will take place every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon on the downtown riverbank in the Natchitoches Historic District through November 3. Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance fitness workout and the free classes will be offered every Saturday from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. The classes will be instructed by Kimberly Davis who regularly teaches Zumba at Northwestern State University's Wellness, Recreation, and Activity Center. Participants of all ages and fitness levels are welcome to attend and encouraged to bring water and a towel. Incorporation of the Zumba classes into the fall markets is made possible by a health and wellness grant from the Foundation for the Mid South. As always, customers can choose from a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables from Green Market produce vendors. Customers can also enjoy a selection of value-added products including farm fresh eggs, baked goods, jams, jellies, pickles, honey, fresh flowers and much more. Hand-crafted items are also available including jewelry, woodwork, stained glass and other items. WIC and Senior vouchers issued over the summer can still be redeemed at the fall markets for fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Senior voucher recipients can also use their vouchers to purchase locally grown honey. Applications to be a Green Market vendor are still welcome. To learn more about these special programs or how to become a vendor, please call the market office at (318) 352-2746 (CRGM). A calendar of events and vendor applications can also be found online at www.canerivergreenmarket.com.  

The Down River Art Gang presents D.R.A.G. the River

Posted by on October 5th, 2012
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!, Natchitoches Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Natchitoches In the Press, Press Releases
Natchitoches Parish is overflowing with creative people and the The Down River Art Gang will present their Art & Altar Show on October 13 & 14 at the historic Badin Roque House.  Located on Hwy. 84 in Isle Brevelle, Louisiana the 'Gang' will have live music on Friday evening beginning at 7:00 pm.  The Saturday show runs from 10:00 am thru 5:00 pm with art & craft vendors.  Local artists will display and sell their work as well as build altar themed art pieces. This event is being held in conjunction with the annual Tour of Homes and St. Augustine Church Fair.  For more information please call -800-259-1714 You can find them on Facebook at  Down River Art Gang https://www.facebook.com/DownRiverArtGuild?ref=ts&fref=ts  

St Augustine Church Fair

Posted by on October 5th, 2012
Category Natchitoches.NET News
Held in conjunction with the tour of homes, the St. Augustine Church Fair has been a staple of this community for over 100 years.  The Creole community around Melrose and the Isle Brevelle area gather each year and share the fun, entertainment and Creole food from their area.  This year's event is Friday, Saturday & Sunday October 12, 13 & 14, 2012. Enjoy delicious Creole cuisine, music by DJ Doc Couty, bingo and children's games all weekend.  Free Admission.          

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