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Recycle Old Mardi Gras Beads

Posted by on January 11th, 2013
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!, Natchitoches Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Natchitoches.NET News, Press Releases

NATCHITOCHES, LA-  The Cane River Creole National Historical Park is in need of old Mardi Gras beads.  In an effort to "Go Green" and recycle, Nathan Hatfield, the Chief of Interpretation, is asking folks to consider donating Mardi Gras beads from past parades to Oakland Plantation.

 The beads will be used to decorate the entrance pavilion at the plantation during the Mardi Gras season.

 Hatfield said, "Rather than throw away that stash of unwanted beads taking up room in your garage or closet, please donate them to the park." Recycled Mardi Gras beads can be dropped off at 400 Rapides Drive in Natchitoches, or at Oakland Plantation located at 4386 Hwy. 292 Bermuda.  Hatfield said his office can pick up the donations within the Natchitoches Parish area.  (To reach Oakland Plantation, take I-29 to Exit 127, Flora/Cypress.  Head east on LA Hwy. 120 toward Cypress.  Cross over LA Hwy 1 onto LA Hwy. 494.  The parking lot and entrance pavilion for Oakland is 4.5 miles east of Hwy. 1 on the left.) For more information on how to contribute to Oakland Plantation's Mardi Gras bead recycling program, call Nathan Hatfield at 318-356-8441. Cane River Creole National Historical Park preserves over 62 acre of cultural landscape, 65 historic structures, an estimated 300,000 artifacts, a well a many other unique resources.

Preserving Louisiana French in Natchitoches

Posted by on January 9th, 2013
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!, Natchitoches Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Natchitoches In the Press, Press Releases
THIS WEEKEND cultural heritage enthusiasts will gather for the Natchitoches French Table meeting to discuss topics related to the Louisiana French language. The group's purpose is to ensure preservation of the Louisiana French language which is made up of collective dialects spoken in Cajun, Creole and American Indian communities throughout the former Louisiana Purchase Territory. Dustin Fuqua, a cultural resource specialists, said while Louisiana French technically lacks qualifying criteria for threatened or endangered status and significant cultural maintenance must occur now to ensure preservation and reciprocation. Native speakers, amateurs and heritage enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to attend.  The meeting is Saturday, January 12th, 2013  at 10:00 a.m. in the Overseer's House at Magnolia Plantation which is located at 5529 Highway 119 in Derry, Louisiana. The meeting is hosted by the Cane River Creole National Historical Park.  For more information call Dustin Fuqua at 318-352-0383. Several communities in Louisiana host weekly or monthly French Table meetings.  An effort is now underway to establish a French Table meeting series in Natchitoches Parish.

Candlelight Tour of Homes

Posted by on December 5th, 2012
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!, Natchitoches Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Natchitoches.NET News

Experience the charm of historic Natchitoches during this annual holiday event, Candlelight Tour of Homes.  On Wednesday December 12 visit the Samuel Guy House, Procell Condo in the Nakatosh Hotel and the Prudhomme-Rouquier House.  Tour tickets are $15 per tour.

Friday December 14 homes include: Cypress Place, Winbarg Cottage & Chaplin House.

Saturday December 15 homes include: Natchitoches Historic Foundation House, Chez des Amis and Lemee House.


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: 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  

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