Natchitoches Events/Attractions

NSU’s 2017 Homecoming Festivities set for Oct. 20-21:

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University will celebrate Homecoming 2017 with a look back at the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, a retro theme, with activities and events for students, alumni and all friends of the university. Dates and times for events are as follows.

Friday, Oct. 20  

11 a.m. – Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament will be held at the NSU Rec Complex

1 p.m. – Varnado Hall Open House

5 p.m. – Alumni Art Exhibit with NSU graduate and collector Ron Wilkinson at Orville Hanchey Gallery

5:30 p.m. – The Homecoming Parade will begin with a line-up at Central Avenue. This year’s route will turn left onto University Parkway, proceeding west before turning left onto Tarleton Drive and ending Prather Coliseum. Immediately following, the Pep Rally will begin at Collins Pavilion.

6:30 p.m. – 1997 Football Team Reunion Banquet @ the Landing

7:00 p.m. – NSU BAA Mixer @ Hana Sushi Bar & Grill, Refreshments provided

7:30 p.m. – Homecoming Awards During Pep rally and DJ.

8:30 p.m. – Afterhours: Downtown by Decades…Graduates will meetup up downtown at specific locations by graduation year. 1960’s  and 1970s – Mayeaux’s; 1980s – Maglieaux’s; 1990s – Mama’s Oyster House; 2000s – The Landing; 2010 to 2017 – The Pioneer Pub 

Saturday, Oct. 21

9 a.m. – Homecoming Alumni Breakfast and Bingo @ Collins Pavilion

10 a.m. – N Club Hall of Fame Induction @ Magale Recital Hall

10 a.m. – Morrison Open House for Scholars’ 30th Anniversary (classes, faculty/student meet & greet)

10 a.m. – NSU BAA Annual Planning Meeting @ Student Union Cane River Room

11 a.m. – College of Business Reception – Outstanding Business Awards @ Russell Hall, Natchitoches Room

11:30 a.m. – Luncheon for Past Homecoming Kings & Queens and Mr/Miss @ Student Union – Ballroom

Noon – Scholars’ 30th Anniversary Picnic Lunch @ Morrison Quad

Noon – Men’s Basketball Game/Reunion

1 p.m. – Gallaspy College of Education & Human Development Reunion @ Teacher Education Commons Area

1:30 p.m. – Hall of Distinguished Educators Induction Ceremony @ Teacher Education Auditorium, Pod A

2 p.m. – Tailgating Activities @ Collins Pavilion and Donald’s Demon Alley

3 p.m. – Demon Regiment Open House and Tailgate @ James A. Noe Military Science Building

5:30 p.m. – Pregame Activities @ Turpin Stadium

6 p.m. – Northwestern State vs. UCA @ Turpin Stadium

6 p.m. – Scholar’s College 30th Anniversary – Dinner and Dance @ Natchitoches Events Center (Or Game)

7:30 p.m. – Halftime Ceremonies @ Turpin Stadium

9 – Win against UCA

10 p.m.  – NSU BAA Homecoming party at Illuminations

Information on all events, reunions and more is available at

L.P. Vaughn School of Fine Arts will host dinner theatre: The L.P. Vaughn School of Fine Arts and the L.P. Vaughn Elementary School will host a dinner theater Nov. 9 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the school office at 1500 Gold Street and from select teachers. Tickets are $25 a person or $35 for a couple. The speaker will be Dr. King David Godwin, the dean of the Grambling State Theater and Performing Arts of Grambling State University. He will bring students from the university to perform. In addition to the dinner theater, the School of Fine Arts is securing sponsorships from businesses and corporations in the community. Gold Sponsorships are $5,000, Silver $1,000 and Bronze $200. The School of Fine Arts is in its fourth year as an after-school program. Students receive a $150 scholarship while paying $30 for 10 weeks of lessons. Scholarships are available for all Natchitoches Parish public schools students. Registration begins Nov. 13 for L.P. Vaughn students and Dec. 4 for other public schools. Music teacher Danny Von Kanel the director of the School of Fine Arts. Kristie Irchirl is the principal of L.P. Vaughn Elementary and Dale Skinner is the Superintendent of Natchitoches Parish Public Schools of which L.P. Vaughn is a member school. Call the school at 352-2369 for information on tickets for the dinner theater, sponsorships and/or School of Fine Arts.

Fall N-Side View Day to be held Nov. 4

NATCHITOCHES – The City of Natchitoches and Natchitoches Main Street Program will sponsor Witch Way to Main Street, a safe and free trick-or-treating event, in downtown Natchitoches on Monday, October 31, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Witch Way to Main Street will take place on Front Street and will allow children age 12 and younger to trick-or-treat at participating downtown businesses and sponsored booths.  Children must be in costume and accompanied by an adult to participate.  Candy and prizes will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Natchitoches police officers will be on duty to ensure children’s safety. Area businesses and organizations are encouraged to sponsor booths and games at Witch Way.  Booths may feature interactive games, activities and/or candy distribution.  Sign-up forms for Witch Way may be picked up at the Natchitoches Main Street Office located at 781 Front Street, or found online at  The deadline to sign up for a booth space is Friday, October 21, 2016. For more information on Witch Way to Main Street, please call the Natchitoches Main Street office at (318) 352-2746.

October program at LASHOF & NWLA History Museum

A Life Playing the Blues: A Musical Informance with Hardrick Rivers

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location:  Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, 800 Front Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457   Contact: (318) 357-2492. Please join us at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum for an afternoon with blues musician Hardrick Rivers. Folklife Ambassador for the Louisiana Folklife Commission Dr. Shane Rasmussen will interview him about his music while Hardrick plays songs to exemplify the discussion.  This event is part of a series of events throughout the state for Folklife Month in Louisiana.  This program is funded under a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program is free and open to the public.

Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer a beginning ceramics class. The class will be held each Thursday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in Room 113 of the Fine Arts Annex until Nov. 16. The fee for the class is $150 plus a $20 material fee paid directly to the instructor on the first day of the course. Beginning Ceramics is an introduction to working with clay. The student will learn hand-building and sculptural techniques, as well as work on the potter’s wheel. There will also be room for intermediate and advanced students to take the class and use the art facilities during the class time. For more information, call (318) 357-6355, (800) 376-2422 or go to

Please join us for the 23rd Annual Celebrity Chef, Tue. Oct. 24th at 6pm at the home of Calvin, Sr and Peggy Braxton, 142 Starlight Point Rd. Please  RSVP by Oct. 19th to 318-352-6268 or 318-581-1950.

Natchitoches Central JROTC will host a program for Veterans on Monday Nov. 13th at NCHS. The reception will be at 9am and the program starts at 10am. RSVP by calling JROTC Dept at 318-352-9656 by Nov. 10th.

The NSU Horn Choir will present a concert on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 pm. In Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. The concert is being performed in honor of horn choir Director Dr. Kristine Coreil’s birthday. Coreil is a professor of music at Northwestern State. The program includes works by Bach, Brahms, Nelhybel, Sousa, and Natchitoches resident Dr. Sam Stokes. The concert will also feature special guests the Northwest Louisiana Horns, which is comprised of five horn players in the Shreveport area with close ties to NSU.  Stokes is a composer and arranger, who teaches music in the Talented Arts Program of Natchitoches Parish schools. He has arranged the traditional Halloween folk song “Have You Seen the Ghost of John?” for the ensemble. The NSU Horn Choir includes 21 horn players who participate in the Northwestern State marching band, wind ensemble and orchestra, in addition to performing with the horn choir.  The NSU Horn Choir performs regionally and nationally for audiences annually. Look for the musicians to be out and about Natchitoches on Dec. 4 playing Christmas carols for the community.





























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