Natchitoches Events/Attractions

NATCHITOCHES – Here is a look at the week of Sept. 14 - 20 at Northwestern State University.

Sept. 19 – 20 – Louisiana Studies Conference, A.A. Fredericks Fine Arts Center, Fine Arts Annex

Sept. 20 – Basic Floral Design class, Master’s Bouquet, 108 South Drive, Natchitoches, 1 p.m.

Sept. 20 -- Louisiana Retail Florist Exam Prep Course, Master’s Bouquet, 108 South Drive, Natchitoches, 5 p.m.

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.


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

Fair board anounces dates of parish fair, events: The Natchitoches Parish Fair Board announced fairgrounds on Fairgrounds Road. The family oriented fair will have something for everyone this year. The fair starts with a horse show at the rodeo arena Sept. 21, continues with livestock shows, all the food you can eat, rides and bands each night from Wednesday through Saturday and wraps up with two nights of rodeo on Friday and Saturday. Hundreds of kids from preschool to second grade are escorted through exhibits on Thursday and Friday and can ride the kiddie rides at no charge. The Fair Board has developed a new website that gives details of all the fair events. Visit the website at for all the details and for links to the detailed Fair Catalog containing detailed entry rules and regulations. There is also a link to the Exhibitor Entry Form which can be printed, completed and taken with your exhibits to the fair, thus saving time. The new website also has the capability of handling online entries which the Fair Board is looking into implementing for the 2015 Fair and Rodeo.


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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Guild to host art auction: Natchitoches Art Guild will host an art auction and wine tasting Thursday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. at the gallery. Foster Campbell is the auctioneer. The auction includes 28 original pieces along with prints and jewelry. Auction prices start as low as $10 for prints and $25 for originals. Maggio’s Package Liquors is providing wine for the tasting. To make up for the loss of grant funding, artists will give proceeds to the gallery’s upkeep and projects. There is no admission and there will be door prizes. Char White hangs art in the gallery for auction.























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