Natchitoches Events/Attractions

NATCHITOCHES – Here is a look at the week of Aug. 24 - 30 at Northwestern State University.

NOW - Aug. 30 – Welcome Week activities for students

Aug. 25 – Sept. 3 – Late registration for fall semester

Aug. 27 – U.S. Air Force Band of the West Brass in Blue, Magale Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 28 – Dr. Randall J. Webb retirement luncheon, Natchitoches Event Center, 11:30 a.m.

Aug. 28 – Football, NSU vs. Missouri State, Turpin Stadium, 6 p.m.

The Jefferson Opera House Theatre Players will present "Hoedown with Hank at Twin Oaks," Sunday, Aug.31 at 7 p.m. The show starts at 8:15 p.m. with great music, fabulous fare, and big fun under the stars, including Jake Penrod singing Hank Williams Sr. Other music includes Sheila Clark, an up and coming recording artist and Two Brothers, Isaak and Aston with an instrumental performance. Participants can dress in western styles to compliment the Louisiana Hayride-themed event. Tickets are $40 per person to help with the fundraising event. For information call 903-665-8855 or 903-655-2310.

Marthaville Good Ole Days Festival: September 19 & 20, 2014. Located in rural Natchitoches Parish about 25 miles west of Natchitoches, Marthaville celebrates their heritage with a parade, gospel singing, entertainment, food, arts and crafts that began in 1992. The Rains family first inhabited Marthaville in 1851, followed by two other families in the next two years. A school was built in 1853, and became the official pride of the town. The first post office opened in 1855, and the town was named Marthaville in honor of Rains’ wife. Confederate troops fought a half-hour long battle in Marthaville under General Green during the Red River campaign of the Civil War. Marthasville’s main economic source is the timber industry. The town was incorporated in 1884. Schedule of Events: Entertainment provided by area groups. Food vendors and arts & crafts. Children’s activities and parade. Directions: From downtown Natchitoches take Highway 6 west to Robeline, approximately 13 miles. Turn right at Highway 120, approximately 11 miles to Marthaville. Other Activities: Rebel State Historic Site, home to the Louisiana Country Music Museum is located in the Marthaville area and is open daily from 9-5.

Pageant deadlines extended: Contestants are being sought for the Natchitoches Queens Scholarship Program to be held Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Natchitoches Events Center. The Miss Merry Christmas Pageant and Miss Natchitoches Teen Pageant will both be held on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 5 p.m. at the Natchitoches Events Center. The Miss Merry Christmas Pageant is open to young ladies who will be enrolled in the twelfth grade in a Natchitoches Parish high school. Participants compete in scholastic achievement, interview, eveningwear and onstage question. The winner will be crowned Miss Merry Christmas and will receive a NSU tuition scholarship, cash scholarship and other prizes and awards. Christmas Belles will also be selected from the pageant. Miss Merry Christmas will serve as the official hostess of the Natchitoches Christmas Festival. She and the Christmas Belles will represent Natchitoches at various events throughout the holiday season. The Miss Natchitoches Teen Pageant is open to young ladies who will be enrolled in grades 9-11 in a Natchitoches Parish school. Participants compete in scholastic achievement, interview, sportswear, eveningwear and onstage question. The winner will receive a cash scholarship and other prizes and is eligible to compete in the Miss Louisiana Teen Princess Pageant in summer 2015. There is a $75 entry fee to enter either the Miss Merry Christmas or Miss Natchitoches Teen pageants. Applications can be picked up at the Natchitoches Main Street Office Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. There must be at least 10 girls entered in each pageant for the pageants to take place. All applications and entry fees for both pageants must be returned to the Main Street Office at 781 Front St. no later than Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. For information contact Samantha Bonnette at 352-2746.

Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival: September 12 & 13, 2014. Riverbank Stage Downtown Natchitoches,



Library will host programs on Native Americans: The Natchitoches Parish Library will host a program of three-week series of readings and discussions about the Native American world of Louisiana. The program, facilitated by Kathleen Smith, is free and open to the public and will be held on Thursdays from 6 – 8 p.m., beginning on Sept. 11 and concluding on Sept. 25 for a total of three. Refreshments will be provided with help from the Friends of the Natchitoches Library. Smith is an instructor of English at LSU in Shreveport, where she’s taught Freshman Composition, Advanced Composition, and Introduction to Fiction, among others, for 13 years. Smith earned her bachelor of science degree in Education from LSU in 1973, majoring in english with a minor in Journalism. She earned her masters in liberal arts at LSU in Shreveport in 1995. Smith received the first Literary Fellowship from the Shreveport Regional Arts Council in 1995. Blue Heron Press published her chapbook, Creating the Memory Map, in 1997. Her poems appear in a variety of publications, most recently in Autumn Sky Poetry, an online poetry journal, in July 2011. She is the editor of North Louisiana History, the journal of the North Louisiana Historical Association. She facilitated a number of programs for the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities RELIC series, the most recent being "Where is North Louisiana?" at the Broadmoor Branch of the Shreve Memorial Library. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged because of the limited number of books and expected public response. Anyone interested in registering or for more information, please call Community Outreach Coordinator Amy Walmsley at 357-3280.

The Cane River Zydeco Festival and Poker Run will be held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 29-30. Friday night is free and open to the public, presenting DJ Doc Couty at 6 p.m., with a Zydeco Dance Exhibition at 6:30 p.m., followed by Same Old Two Step at 7:30 p.m. and a Zydeco Dance Contest at 9:30 p.m. Saturday begins with a Poker Run registration at 9 a.m. Bikers will leave the riverbank at 11:30 a.m. Festival gates open at 1 p.m. with DJ Doc Couty, followed by Marcus Ardoin and Da Zydeco Legends from 4-7 p.m. and Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday’s admission is $7. For information call 800-259-1714.

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum will present "An Evening of Art," Tuesday, August 29 from 6 - 8 p.m. The event will celebrate Natchitoches Art in August with an evening of painting and fun. Artist Lucretia Glorioso will guide participants through the process of painting their very own work of art, reminiscent of Natchitoches folk artist Clementine Hunter, to take home. All supplies are included in the $35 registration fee. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are required and space is limited. For information contact 318-481-5070.

Fort St. Jean Baptiste will host Bocce Ball games, open to all ages Saturday, Sept. 6, from 1-4:30 p.m. For information call 318-357-3101.

The Natchitoches Master Gardeners will host a Lunch and Learn Series Wednesday, Sept. 10. The theme is "Louisiana Super Plants" with Allen Owings, a state ornamental specialist and a professor at the LSU AgCenter, from noon-1 p.m. at the Natchitoches Arts Center. For information contact 318-357-2224.

Fort St. Jean Baptiste will offer an Outdoor Classroom series on "Animal Chatter," for ages 5-12 Saturday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m.-noon. There is a $5 fee for this program plus regular admission. For information call 318-357-3101.

Fort St. Jean Baptiste will offer a Colonial Workshop on "The French Marine Carpenter," open to all ages Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. There is a $6 fee for this program plus regular admission. For information call 318-357-3101.

The Natchitoches Shooting Range will offer Hunters Education September 24-26 and October 22-24 from 5-8 p.m. Attendance all three days is required. Call ahead and register to ensure a spot, as seats are limited. For information call 318-356-9457.

The Bon Dieu Falls Festival will be held in Montgomery on Caddo Street September 26-27 with music, games, vendors, a classic car show, 5K run, parade and more. For information call 318-201-4200.

Fort St. Jean Baptiste will offer a book review on "The Memoirs of Lieutenant Dumont, 1715-1747" Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10-11 a.m. For information call 318-357-3101.




















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