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July 2012 Spotlight: Celebration on the Cane

Posted by on June 15th, 2012
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!, In the Spotlight
The hiss of flying fireworks and the colorful explosions of light will soon be seen all over Natchitoches as the city prepares to celebrate the July 4th holiday. Celebration on the Cane kicks off Wednesday night at 5:00 pm with live entertainment and then a spectacular fireworks show that will showcase the patriotism of Natchitoches Parish. This event is free and open to the public as tourists and locals alike will flood Downtown Natchitoches in support of our great nation. For more information on this event please call (866) 941-6246. This event will be a monstrous kick off for the month of July and Natchitoches will keep the fun rolling all month long. The Cane River Green Market will continue its run every Saturday this month starting at eight am and pushing through till noon. Vendors will be on hand to present fresh produce grown locally, handmade arts and crafts, and food and drink. As always this event is free and open to the public, but for more information you can visit On July 20th and 21st, the Natchitoches/NSU Folk Festival will kick off in air conditioned Prather Coliseum at 9:00 am. This event will showcase food, arts and crafts, musical entertainment and the Louisiana State Fiddle Championships. ┬áThis year the theme of the event will be Celebrating Louisiana's Folk Music and all that it entails. The Folk Life center staff has invited artists and performers from all over the state to come and highlight their music and their art at this local event. Admission for this event will be charged and there will be food vendors on site. For more information please visit for more information about these wondrous events. The Summer Dinner Theater will perform ‘The Taffetas: A Musical Journey through the Fabulous Fifties.’ This event will be a musical setting that allows the audience to imagine they are watching a television review featuring a group of girls singing many of their favorite songs from the time period. Held at the AA Fredrick's Auditorium stage at NSU , the doors will open at 5:30 with dinner to be served at 6:00. Tickets are $25 for dinner and the show and reservations are required. The show will run from July 25th to August 8th, for more information please contact Jane Norman at (319) 357-4483 or email at July is filled with live entertainment taking place almost every day and every weekend along Front Street and the Downtown area. Visitors can sit and enjoy a fine meal or just sit down and present themselves with a luscious drink from many bar and grills in the area. Natchitoches Parish will offer a little bit of everything for those who are looking to see a little bit of the Louisiana nightlife. All they have to do is take a step out of their front door and let the spirit of this great city take them away! To find more events happening in July, visit the Natchitoches.NET Events Calendar.

June 2012 Spotlight: Cookin’ on the Cane

Posted by on June 1st, 2012
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!, In the Spotlight
The temperatures are rising as May's warm weathers relent to June's summer heat. All across Natchitoches barbeque pits are firing up as summer vacations begin their stride. Beautiful plantation homes are open for tours and Bed and Breakfasts are all turning down their sheets to make way for the coming highs of the tourist season. Families looking for fun and excitement have to travel no further than the beautiful sight Natchitoches Parish has to offer. Cane River Lake and Sabine Lake are both open for fishing and water recreation while Kasatchie offers the beautiful natural springs and nature trails for everyone's enjoyment. June heats up as barbeque cooks from all over the south head to Cane River Lake to participate in Cookin On the Cane, an official state championship in its second year at Natchitoches. This event is hosted by the area Jaycees and is open to both professional and non professional cooks. The event will take place on the first and second of June as the beautiful Natchitoches riverfront. There will be food vendors, live music, children's events, and even a children's bbq contest to test young skills at the grill. Cookin on the Cane will showcase real southern food and fun while providing some of the proceeds to local charities. Bring the family, bring your appetites to the riverfront, and get ready to have fun at a championship that is sure to become a staple point in a Louisiana summer. Also, the Cane River Green Market will continue every Saturday through the entire summer. Open from 8:00 to 12:00, the Green Market offers local vegetables, honey, homemade jellies and jams, and local arts and crafts. There will be food vendors on site, live music, and children's events to appeal to the whole family and to benefit local farmers. The Green Market is a welcomed event to locals and tourists alike, so bring out your family and taste what the market has to offer. Louisiana wildlife artist Don Edwards has been chosen selected as the guest artist in Natchitoches Art Guild & Gallery. Edwards was named Conservation Communicator of the year for his work in helping preserve the Tensas River Wildlife Refuge. Edwards will be in Natchitoches for a meet and greet session on June 9th at the Art Guild & Gallery on beautiful down town Front Street from two to four in the afternoon. Anyone wanting to see his work can come by the Gallery during regular business hours. Edward's work is stunningly lifelike and beautiful. His colors almost leap right off the page and bring the stunning realization of Louisiana's beauty. At the end of June the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame will hold an induction at the downtown museum. Since 1972 Natchitoches has been the home for the state hall of fame and has been honored to be the keepers of such record of athletes excelling in sports. A new museum is being constructed on Front Street and will be a beautiful addition to the Natchitoches area. The induction will be June 23rd and 24th from nine in the morning till five in the afternoon and will consist of both a kick off reception and community outreach activities for both local residents and visiting tourists alike. The summer festivities are cranking up and June is just the beginning of bright warm weather and blue skies. Families looking for that great southern vacation will find it in Natchitoches, the city of lights and within the borders of Natchitoches parish.

May 2012 Spotlight: May Flowers

Posted by on May 1st, 2012
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!, In the Spotlight
April showers have scattered and have given birth to the beautiful month of May. The sun has peaked through the clouds and will fill the weekends with soft cool breezes and warm, welcoming weather. Front Street is lined with bright, colorful flowers, and the river bank is filled with life as locals and tourists alike take to the streets and take in their fill of the beautiful weather at hand. May gets started with a bang as the yearly Sale on the Trail. The El Camino de los Tejas National Historic trails is one of the most famous roadways in America. On May 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. landowners and businesses from Natchitoches , La to Crockett, Tx will hold yard sales, flea markets, festivals, trade shows, and sidewalk sales all along this famous trail. Visitors can find great deals while taking in some of the most breathtaking landscapes this portion of the country can offer. Also on May 5th and every Saturday of the month, the Cane River Green Market will offer fresh produces, arts and crafts, and live music to patrons on the banks of the Cane River from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. New Iberia native Ann Harpel will be featured by the Natchitoches Art Guild in the month of May. Harpel is mainly an oil painter who also works with acrylics from time to time. Her love of nature is bright and evident in the colorful hues she portrays in her life and art. Visitors can view her marvelous work at the Natchitoches Art Guild from Tuesday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Her magical touch on canvas will warm visitor's hearts and brighten their smiles as they behold her pure talent. Northwestern State University will be holding live sport events and the NSU Fais Do-Do. NSU's championship baseball team will be holding home games all month and will be fighting their way towards state and national championships as they are cheered on by scores of home crowds. On May 11th, NSU faculty and staff will be holding a family outdoor event for NSU students, Alumni, and Community supporters. This celebration will have live music, food, entertainment, and door prizes for those who attend. The event will be held at Collins Pavilion near Turpin Stadium and tickets will be available at the Alumni Center for $30 per person with children 12 and under eating free. Fees can be payable to the NSU foundation by phoning Jill Bankston at (318) 357-4241 or emailing her at . Tickets will also be available online at May stands to a be a powerhouse opening to the summer tourism season and just a preview of many great and beautiful things to come. Natchitoches visitors and residents will be treated to live entertainment all month long and fine dining along the beautiful Front Street. If you're looking for something outside the ordinary, try discovering the beautiful plantation homes that lie in the Natchez and Melrose areas. These magnificent icons of an age gone by are treasures of the culture and history of the area. Daily tours are held at Melrose Plantation from 12-4, except for major holidays. Large groups are able to be accommodated by appointment. If travel is out for the day, try a trolley ride at the Tourism Commission in beautiful downtown Natchitoches, or maybe a carriage ride around the wonderful historic district Natchitoches has to offer. Whatever avenue you take, May stands open and ready to offer visitors and locals alike, a true glance at a welcoming southern summer.

April 2012 Spotlight: Art and Alligators

Posted by on April 1st, 2012
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!, In the Spotlight
April showers have given way to a beautiful month, filled with events, in the city of Natchitoches. Starting off on April 5th 2012, Natchitoches will host the Jazz in the Park event. This event will take place in the newly constructed Beau Jardin in downtown Natchitoches. Live entertainment will be provided by the Chico's Quintet +1 and will last from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This event will free to the public and attendees are encouraged to bring their own refreshments and chairs. Throughout the entire month of April, the Natchitoches Art Guild will be featuring guest artists. Linda Henson of Jasper, Texas has been selected as the guest artist for the months of March and April and a special reception will be held in her honor on April 14th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the gallery located on Front Street. Michael Yoist, award winning artist and longtime member of the Natchitoches Art Guild, will also be featured in the months of March and April. His work can be found in the Natchitoches Art Gallery and is often sought after by collectors all over the world. If you find yourself lacking in excitement, the Alligator Park has once again opened its gates for weekend tourists looking to get a taste of Louisiana wildlife. The five-acre park offers a unique view of authentic Cajun country side, filled with unique plants and animals, and cuisine that makes your mouth water,and don't forget the alligators. The park offers feeding shows that provide both entertainment elements along with a little bit of education about the scaled icons of Louisiana. The first annual Cane River Thunder- Full Throttle motorcycle rally will take place on the riverbank Cane River in beautiful downtown Natchitoches. The rally will start on April 14th and runs through the 15th. Events will include a fun run, bike show, bike games, live auction, prizes, vendors, a blessing of the bikes, and live music throughout the day. Registration for the Cane River Fun Run will be at 9:00 a.m. on April 14th 2012 and while the event is free to the public, all donations will be welcomed and all proceeds will be given to Operation Home Front- Louisiana. The annual Melrose Arts and Crafts festival is held on the grounds of the Melrose Plantation on April 21, 2012. This juried event showcases the work of more than 150 artists and craftsmen. On April 28th Cane River Green Market returns with fresh produce and arts and crafts provided by Natchitoches farmers and craftsmen. This event will happen every Saturday from 8 a.m. until 12 noon and admission is free to the public. The Cane River Green Market coincides with the City of Natchitoches' Earth Day celebrations and the Natchitoches' citywide cleanup. Cane River Green Market will have local fresh produce, honey, arts and crafts, and will hold events including live music and local food vendors. For more information please click here. The month of April stands to be fun filled month for visitors and local residents alike. Live music, live entertainment, and local events will fill every day of the week and offer welcoming invitation for those looking to taste real Louisiana fun. Visitors can partake in historic events that showcase arts and crafts made by local people and designed to celebrate the culture and the lifestyle of Louisiana peoples. So come to Natchitoches, kick back, and enjoy what the City of Lights has to offer!

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