Natchitoches Events/Attractions

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony- Maison de Marie Therese CoinCoin Museum. This 2nd annual event is produced by The Resurrection Fern Foundation, Inc. 501(c)3 Founder: Kelly Jackson a descendant of Marie Therese CoinCoin. For the first time ever the home site of Marie Therese CoinCoin the Matriarch of the Metoyer Cane River Creoles is open to the general public, thanks to Dr.Tom and Laura Albert and the mediation of property sale by founder Kelly Jackson from her Metoyer kinfolk. The event will take place Feb. 7, 2015 from Noon til 2p, Hwy. 494 Cedar Bend Rd in Bermuda, La.  We are all very proud to usher in the New Year with such a historic event celebrating once again her proclaimed day by Mayor Lee Posey of Natchitoches Parish given last year. We welcome you the media to cover this event, which most of you have done so in past events produced by The Resurrection Fern Foundation, Inc. For more information contact: Founder- Kelly Jackson (818)384-6921.

The St. Denis Duplicate Bridge Club changed its meeting place to the Natchitoches Art Center on Second Street. They meet at 12:45 Mondays and Fridays. For information call 352-4675.

Singer Wendy Colonna will appear at Northwestern State University Friday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Natchitoches Room of Russell Hall. Admission is free for NSU students, faculty and staff and a suggested $10 donation for the general public.

NSU’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer a beginning ceramics class, “Playing in the Mud,” starts today Thursday, Jan. 29. “Playing in the Mud” will be taught Thursday from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in Room 113 of the Fine Arts Annex until March 26. The fee for the class is $150 plus a $20 material fee paid directly to the instructor on the first day of the course. Playing in the Mud 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 information, call 357-6355, (800) 376-2422, e-mail or go to

The APHN will host a luncheon Saturday, Feb. 21 at the First Baptist Church Christian Life Center, 508 Second St. at 11:30 a.m. Curator of the Briarwood Nature Preserve, Rick Johnson, will speak and APHN members will give presentations. Tickets are $25 per person. For information go online to

Calcasieu Cut-Ups Quilt Guild is accepting entry forms for a quilt show, “Quilts for all Seasons,” April 17-18 at the West Cal Event Center in Sulphur. This is an show is open to non members and entries are unlimited. Our judges are Jodi Barrows from Square in a Square, Gayle Wallace well-known quilter and fashion designer and award-winner Dot Collins. Ribbons will be awarded. There will be vendors selling quilting, sewing, art and craft items. There will be informational booths. “The Supper Quilt” will be on display and Dr. Donald E. Locke will present his experiences while creating this massive quilt. Email for an entry form. Forms are due Feb 13.















‘Lunch and Learn’ continues at Arts Center: The Master Gardeners will hold the second half of “Lunch and Learn, Brown Bag” series Wednesday, Feb. 11 from noon-1 p.m. at the Arts Center on Second Street. The speaker, Ricky Kilpatrick, will address common yard tree problems. Participants are encouraged to bring your lunch, to listen about how to avoid or remedy the top 10 yard tree problems. Kilpatrick uses updated weather conditions, insect and disease problems and environmental conditions to understand what’s happening with trees in the area.  Kilpatrick conducts educational programs relating to natural resources for schools, 4-H and other youth groups. During the programs he plays and sings educational songs many of which he writes. The “Lunch and Learn, Brown Bag” is a series presented by the Master Gardeners in which participants take bring a lunch and learn about gardening and yard care. The series will continue March 11 with a presentation by Dr. Kiki Fontenot on home vegetable gardening; April 8 with a presentation by Dr. Ron Strahan on home lawns; and May 13 with a presentation by Dan Gill and Allen Owenings on lawn and garden care.

Duo to perform in Clarinet Symposium Saturday: Northwestern State University will host the Louisiana Clarinet Symposium Saturday, Jan. 31 in the Fine Arts Annex. College and high school students from throughout the state will attend an intercollegiate master class, panel discussion, mass clarinet choir session and a feature recital with Pedro Rubio on clarinet and pianist Ana Benavides.  The symposium is funded through the Joanna Magale Endowed Professorship. Rubio and Benavides will perform at 5 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. Rubio is clarinet professor at the Turina Conservatory in Madrid and bass clarinet professor at the Madrid Superior Conservatory. He earned the Clarinet Performing Diploma from the Royal College of Music in London and the Bass Clarinet Diploma from the Rotterdam Conservatory. Since 1991, he has been performing with Benavides. As a duo, they have received prizes in several international music competitions and have participated in festivals such as 30th Clarinet Symposium at the University of Oklahoma; First World Bass Clarinet Convention, Rotterdam; Clarinet Fest 2006 in Atlanta; Third and Fourth National Clarinet Congress in Madrid; ClarinetFest 2010 in Austin; ClarinetFest 2011 in Los Angeles and ClarinetFest 2014 in Baton Rouge. Rubio and Benavides have recorded six CDs: “Duo Rubens; Pérez Casas, his Work for Clarinet,” “The Spanish Romantic Clarinet vol. I, II and III” and “Spanish Clarinet Pieces from the First Half of the 20th Century.” In 2007, he founded the publishing house Bassus Ediciones whose principal objective is the restoration and retrieval of the Spanish repertoire of the 19th century. Information is available at Rubio is a Rico Performing Artist and plays exclusively on Reserve reeds.

4-H youth resident summer camp registration is open. The camp is June 1-5 at the LSU AgCenters Grant Walker 4-H educational center, an 80 acre campsite located near Pollock, on Hwy. 8 about 15 miles northeast of Alexandria. 4-H camp strives to develop a variety of life skills. Space is limited and registration packets are due April 1. For information contact Gwen Fontenot at 357-2224.




































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