Natchitoches Events/Attractions

2014 Natchitoches Christmas Angels Pageant: NATCHITOCHES, LA-The deadline to compete in the 22nd Annual Natchitoches Christmas Angels Pageant has been extended to TUESDAY, SEPT. 30. All entries, with payment must be submitted to the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce office located at 780 Front Street, Suite 101, Natchitoches, LA 71457. The Annual Natchitoches Christmas Angels Pageant will be held Saturday, October 4th at 5:00 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall at Northwestern State University. There will only be an impromptu rehearsal that day beginning from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Entry Fee is $60 per child, with a $10 discount for the second child. The contest is open to all young ladies enrolled in Natchitoches Parish Schools from Pre-Kindergarten to Sixth Grade and Seventh & Eighth Grade. Judging is separate for the 2 different age categories. Entry forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce Office at 780 Front St., Suite 101. Also available at: Beaux & Molly’s at 780 Front St., Ste. 104 and Vintage Magnolia at 780 Front St., Ste. 102 and YaYa’s Children’s Boutique at 238 South Drive. A Queen, 1st & 2nd Runner-up will be chosen in each age group. The winning queen in each group will receive a crown, trophy, and banner. The runners-up will receive a trophy. Every entrant in PreK-4th grade will receive a participation trophy. There will be a PEOPLES CHOICE award for each category. The winner in this category will be determined by the number of votes ($1 per vote with no limit) purchased for each participate. The participant with the most votes in each age group will receive an award. Admission to the 22nd Annual Natchitoches Christmas Angels Pageant will be $3 for adults and $1 for children under the age of 12, including parents of contestants. Please email entry form to the Natchitoches Christmas Angels, P.O. Box 3, Natchitoches, LA 71458 or drop off at the Chamber of Commerce office at 780 Front Street, Suite 101. Must be received before 5:00 pm, Monday, September 29th. For additional information call Marilyn Mullikin at 471-3905 (cell) or 352-6894 (office).

Businesses can register for the Northwest Louisiana Job Fair scheduled Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shreveport Convention Center. Hosted by The City of Shreveport, Louisiana Workforce Commission and The Coordinating and Development Corporation, the job fair attracts about 1,000 job seekers each year. There is no cost to register. Visit . Registration is limited to one booth per business.

Tour of Homes presents Natchitoches history and architecture: The Fall Tour of Homes will be Oct. 10-12. The candlelight tour will be Friday from 7 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. This tour visits the Blessed House, Scott Corner House, Pierson Townhouse & Garden and finishes with music, wine and cheese at the Prudhomme-Rouquier House. The town tour is Saturday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. This tour visits the Lambre-Gwinn House, Steel Magnolia House, Fair Woods French Creole Cottage and the Sweet Cane Inn. The Cane River Country tour will be Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. This tour visits Melrose, Atahoe, Cherokee and Oakland plantations. Prices for the single tour are $25, double tour package is $40 and triple tour package is $50. Children's ages 6-12 are $5 per tour and child. Children under 6 are free. Purchase tickets at the Natchitoches Tourist Commission, online at or call 800-259-1714 for more information. 

Farm to table dinner at Cherokee Plantation to use organic and locally grown ingredients: The first Autumn Farm to Table Dinner event, set at the historic Cherokee Plantation Thursday, Oct. 16. Natchitoches Hope for Paws will present an event promoting the overall feeling of community pride, merging an old fashioned flare with a modern twist. Guests will be welcomed to the event with a signature cocktail mixing vodka with fruit juices infused with cloves and cinnamon. Tables will be set close together for a communal dining experience and platters will be passed around, enticing conversation. Maison Louisiane Catering, owned and operated by Ben and Keri Fidelak, will showcase local and regional products in a four-course dinner, prepared and presented with wine pairings. Local produce pulled from throughout the state includes pork from Inglewood in Alexandria, offering Berkshire pork, free roaming through pastures and nature preserve rooting, just as nature intended, creating the tastiest pork. Chef John Folse’s Bittersweet Plantation will provide Louisiana Blue Cheese for one of the courses at the event. Quail from Avoyelles Parish and figs from Amie Bolton?s backyard in Natchitoches will also be featured in some of the menu items. Hope for Paws is a foster and adoption organization for the homeless, abandoned and neglected dogs within the Natchitoches community. For information call 318-446-0027.

Downtown riverbank will be home to Civil War reenactors for the Battle of Natchitoches: This year marks the 150-year anniversary of the Union forces marching into Natchitoches in 1864. Join reenactors from the Trans Mississippi Volunteer Infantry Battalion as they commemorate the event, reenacting the arrival of the Yankees Friday, Oct. 31 through Sunday, Nov. 2. However, the Union forces will not be unopposed. Confederate force will be waiting to defend their hometown. There will be up to 300 infantry reenactors who will battle across Front Street and the Church Street bridge. A replica of a Union Ironclad gunboat will ride down Cane River Lake. "School days" is scheduled for Friday. Area schools can take field trips down to the riverbank to see encampments, firing demonstrations, working blacksmith and soldiers’ drills. Saturday evening, attend an Old South style dance with the 12th Louisiana String Band. The event is open to the public.

Creole Heritage Celebration Nov. 6-7, Creole musicians will perform, discuss inspiration: NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Creole Heritage Center will host the 2014 Creole Heritage Celebration Nov. 6-7, celebrating 300 years of cultural heritage through “Sounds of Music.” Events will include a reception, an art exhibit, silent auction and several musical performances, including the premier performance of “Opera Creole” by Dr. Wilfred Delphin, faculty member and artist in residence at Xavier University in New Orleans. Events scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 6 include a showcase of musicians from around Louisiana who will perform and answer questions about their genre, inspiration and tradition. These will include American Indians, a session on Creole LaLa music, zydeco, blues, jazz and the Mardi Gras Indian roots. Thursday evening events will include a reception and Creole Peoples Awards in the Student Union Ballroom, followed by a jam session and dance featuring all invited musicians and a tribute to the Natchitoches Serenaders, a group popular in the 1960s and 1970s. On Friday, the Creole Heritage Center will present entertainers each playing one hour of their music with an interactive discussion. Evening events will include a semi-formal concert in Magale Recital for the “Opera Creole” premier. In conjunction, the Down River Art Gang will present a multi-cultural, multi-genre art exhibition entitled “Deep Rivers” in the Orville Hanchey Gallery that incorporates paintings, poetry, textiles, fiber art, film and installations. Following the Creole Heritage Celebration, St. Augustine Catholic Church will host a homecoming celebration on Saturday, Nov. 8 with a Catholic mass and an evening heritage celebration with Creole food from Isle Brevelle. Registration for the Creole Heritage Celebration is $50 for CHC members and $70 for non-members. After Oct. 6, registration is $60 for members and $80 for non-members. For more information, contact Loletta Wynder at (318) 357-6685 or Information can also be accessed at and


NATCHITOCHES – Here is a look at the week of Sept. 28 – Oct. 4 at Northwestern State University.

Sept. 29 – Flutist Jean Ferrandis, Magale Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 30 – Beginning cake decorating class, Culinary Arts Building, 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 30 – Presentation by Denise Bates of Arizona State University and panel discussion with Bates, Jeanette Alcon and Ernest Sickey, "Southern Native Identity and Political Empowerment," 6:30 p.m. Friedman Student Union

Oct. 1 – Life Drawing class, Fine Arts Annex

Oct. 2 – 3 – Fall break

Oct. 2 – Volleyball vs. Abilene Christian, Prather Coliseum, 7 p.m.

Oct. 4 – Volleyball vs. Incarnate Word, Prather Coliseum, 2 p.m.

HDBA prepares for scarecrow competition and pumpkin glow: The Historic District Business Association (HDBA) will sponsor a Crows on the Cane scarecrow festival. Crows on the Cane will take place Friday-Sunday, Oct. 10-12 with the Pumpkin Glow Tuesday, Oct. 28. Beginning Friday, Oct. 11, scarecrows will be displayed in the downtown Historic District for judging. The scarecrow contest is an opportunity for individuals, families, businesses and organizations to win money and to show off a handmade creation. Entry forms can be picked up at the Main Street Office located at 781 Front St. Entry fee is $10. Winners will receive cash prizes of $200 first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place. Multiple entries are permitted. Check in for scarecrows will be at the Main Street Office Friday, Oct. 10 from 7:30-10 a.m. Scarecrows may reflect a theme and/or promote a business, organization or event. Scarecrows must be in good taste and constructed to withstand weather. Scarecrows reflecting controversial, social, religious or political opinions or statement will not be accepted. Scarecrow entries/designs must be new each year.

Items such as tiki torches or gas-powered generators are not allowed.

All categories may display lights (powered by batteries only).

There is no admission to enter or attend the Pumpkin Glow.

Individuals and groups are encouraged to drop off carved pumpkins for the Pumpkin Glow between 2-4 p.m. at the Roque House Oct. 28.

Lighting of the pumpkins will take place at 6 p.m. on in Beau Jardin on Rue Beauport on the riverbank.

The HDBA would like a minimum of 300 carved pumpkins to make a glowing path of jack-o-lanterns.

The HDBA will provide glow sticks for the pumpkins.

Groups brining in 10 or more jack-o-lanterns will have a sign posted along the path in recognition of their participation.

To keep pumpkins fresh, carve no earlier than Sunday, Oct. 26.

For more information contact Dawn Wells at 729-8282.

L.P. Vaughn faculty and staff hoping to fund fine arts program through auction fundraiser: The community can turn out for a fundraiser at L.P. Vaughn Elementary/Middle School Nov. 18 to support a program to encourage the fine arts at the school. There will be a live auction and a silent auction featuring such items as a 32-inch LED television, George Rodriguez Blue Dog print, small appliances, overnight stay in a hotel, sports memorabilia and more from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the school. Students, teachers and office staff will give out free tickets. Auctioneer Allen Joe Solomon Jr. will conduct the auction. Choral music teacher Danny Von Kanel said the business community has been generous in donating auction items but welcomes items, large and small, for the event. "I’ve been really proud of the people I’ve visited so far. They have donated without hesitation," Van Kammel said. He and the school hope to raise $8,000 to $10,000 to underwrite fine arts classes starting in January. There will be private and group classes in art, creative writing, drama piano, drum, flute, violin, clarinet, trumpet and other musical instruments as the program evolves. The school hopes to recruit retired teachers and NSU music majors to teach the classes. They will cost $20 for a half hour and $40 for an hour. The money raised will help fund scholarships. "We want to offer our students education in the fine arts and also showcase our school," Von Kanel said. To donate an item for the auction or make a donation, call the school at 352-2369.

Saturday, Nov. 1:

10 a.m. - until - Reenactor’s camps set up for public viewing

Noon - Reenactors fall in formation and march

12:30 - 2 p.m. - Parade rolls through town ending with a battle scene

2:30 - 4 p.m. - 12th Louisiana String Band will play period concert on the riverbank stage

7:30 - 11:30 p.m. - Period style dance with 12th Louisiana String Band, Free event/Public invited.

Sunday, Nov. 2:

Noon - Blessing at the Trinity Episcopal Church and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Second Street

1 p.m. - Reenactors fall in formation

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Battle begins in downtown Natchitoches

For more information contact Eddie Harrington at or 318-352-5900 or Ron McBride at

45 Second Art show seeking short film entries. Filmmakers have till Oct. 22 to upload short films: NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Department of Fine + Graphic Art will present the inaugural 45 Second Video Art Show, a competition open to individuals and collaborators 18 years or older. Only video works 45 seconds or less will be considered. Entries are due Oct. 22 with a screening and reception planned for Nov. 19. There is a non-refundable $5 fee per entry with a limit of two works per artist. Video works should not have been produced before 2013. Checks and money orders can be mailed to 45 Second Video Show, Attn: Matt DeFord, 175 Sam Sibley Dr., Natchitoches, LA 71497. Videos must be submitted for selection before the contest deadline and uploaded in HD on with password protection. Contestants must then send an email message to that includes a direct link and password, along with full name, email address and phone number. The video must be downloadable from Vimeo. Accepted pieces will be screened in the NSU Art History Lab on Nov. 19 and will be available for viewing on Vimeo at Phyllis Lear, MFA, is juror for the competition. A native of Lafayette, she holds a B.A. in art and industrial arts education and three graduate degrees in art history and visual arts. In 2005, she received the Visual Artist Fellowship from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Her drawings and collages have been exhibited throughout the United States and are part of private collections throughout North America. For more information on the 45 Second Video Art Show, contact Matt DeFord, coordinator of art, at or (318) 357-6560.























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