Natchitoches Events/Attractions

Performance to show how dance evolved: The Natchitoches Council on Aging presents "300 Years of Dance in a Day" Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. in the Natchitoches Events Center. The performance will show how dance evolved over 300 years. COA dance instructor Avila Kahey is directing and producing the musical. The program will include several types of dancers including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Square, Native American, Zumba, Country, Waltz, Line, Salsa, Tai Chi, Belly, Praise, Zydeco and Blue Grass. Also preforming will be the Council on Aging seniors dancers, Sassy Lady line dancers and Krewe of excellence.Tickets are $10. The COA is seeking business sponsors for the musicale fundraiser. The sponsor levels are: Platinum: $250, includes five tickets and three shirts, Gold: $$150-$250, three tickets and two shirts, Silver: $100-$150, two tickets, one shirt. All sponsors will get reserved seating and their names will appear on T-shirts, advertisement, flyers, posters and the event program. Sponsors will receive a free T-shirt for each $100 level of donation. Sponsors will receive one free ticket for every $50 level of donation. Donations are tax deductible. For more information call 759-5532 or 357-3250.

Smokin’ on the Red is the last weekend in October. The singing will be Friday and the parade will start at 10 a.m. If you plan to have a booth, with or without electricity, call City Hall. 

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.



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






















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