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February 2014 Spotlight: Black History Month

Posted by on February 5th, 2014
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!, In the Spotlight
Gospel Music Workshop There are a wide variety of entertainment and events happening around Natchitoches in celebration of Black History month: Concerts, art exhibitions, workshops, parades, presentations and performances.

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December dates announced for the Historic District Walking Tours

Posted by on December 3rd, 2012
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!, In the Spotlight, Natchitoches In the Press, Natchitoches.NET News
Visitors to the Natchitoches Historic District during December will see an increase in pedestrian traffic along Front and Second Street.  Cane River Creole National Historical Park is partnering with the Historic Downtown Development Commission to present walking tours of one of the Nation's most historic and picturesque downtown landscapes. The tours will provide visitors with and overview of Natchitoches history led by a National Park Ranger.  They will discuss the areas native tribes and conclude with describing 21st century preservation efforts.  Along the way visitors will hear about the Colonial period, Civil War and contributions of the Creole culture. Each tour will begin at 2:00 pm at the Cunningham Law Office (Headquarters of the Natchitoches Historic Foundation), located at 550 Second Street. The tours will last approximately 90 minutes and will require a moderate amount of walking.  There is no charge to take the tour. For additional information contact the NPS at 318-356-8441.

2012 Miss Merry Christmas and Christmas Belles Named

Posted by on October 9th, 2012
Category In the Spotlight, Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights, Natchitoches In the Press, Natchitoches.NET News
NATCHITOCHES - The 2012 Miss Merry Christmas and Christmas Belles were named on Sunday, September 30 at the Natchitoches Events Center following the Natchitoches Queens pageant. Miss Merry Christmas is Melanie Maggio and the Christmas Belles are:  Lindsay Lee, Courtney Rachal, Emilie King, Sarah Funderburk, Brittany Bedgood, Faith Stanfield, and Camille Lott. Participants in the Miss Merry Christmas pageant are all seniors at Natchitoches Parish Schools and competed in scholastic achievement, interview, eveningwear and onstage question. Miss Merry Christmas and the Christmas Belles serve as ambassadors for the City of Natchitoches throughout the Christmas season.

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 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 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.  

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