Natchitoches Events/Attractions


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. For information contact Gwen Fontenot at 357-2224.

The search for Miss Louisiana continues: Applications are now being accepted for the titles of Miss Teen Louisiana and Miss Louisiana International 2015. The Miss Teen and Miss International Pageant will be held July 27- Aug. 2 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts in Jacksonville. The women selected as Miss Teen Louisiana and Miss Louisiana International 2015 will serve as ambassadors for Louisiana and will receive an official crown and sash. Teen and Miss Contestants compete in interview, fitness wear, evening gown, and “fun fashion” to show off their own style in an age-appropriate outfit of their choice. There is no talent or swimsuit competition, and previous pageant experience is not required. Winners of the Miss Teen International and Miss International will receive a three-year modeling contract along with cash and prizes. “Miss” applicants must be unmarried and between the ages of 19-30. “Teen” applicants must be unmarried and between the ages of 13-18 as of July 1, 2015. For information on applying contact Mary Richardson National Executive Director at (540) 989-5992 or email For information on the pageants visit,, or
Fort St. Jean Baptiste will offer a book review on Frenchified Indians Saturday, May 30 from 10-11 a.m. For information call 318-357-3101.

Fort St. Jean Baptiste will host Bocce Ball Summer Tournament Saturday, June 6. Children 12 and under will play from 9 a.m. - Noon. Adults 13 and over will play from 1-4 p.m. For information call 318-357-3101.

Fort St. Jean Baptiste will offer an Outdoor Classroom series on Summer Journaling, for ages 5-12 Saturday, June 13 from 10 a.m. - noon. There is a $5 fee for this program plus regular admission. For information call 318-357-3101.

Fort St. Jean Baptiste will offer a book review on The Company Man Saturday, June 27 from 10-11 a.m. For information call 318-357-3101.
NSU to offer two summer camps for children:
Northwestern State University will offer two summer camps allowing children to explore the arts. NSU’s Department of Fine and Graphic Art will again offer the popular Art Fundamentals Summer Camp, a three-week event for youngsters ages 5-11. Three sessions with three different themes will be offered. All sessions run from 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and will take place in Room 205 of the Fine Arts Annex. Campers can be dropped off as early as 12:30 p.m. and picked up as late as 5:30 p.m. Parents may coordinate with organizers for children who participate in the morning Fun with Music Camp to transition to the Art Fundamentals Camp in the afternoon. This year’s themes are “Vive La France!” June 1-5, “Masks from Around the World” June 8-12 and “Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day” June 15-19. Tuition is $145 for each weeklong session and includes snack and all materials. A sibling discount is available. Checks can be made to the NSU Foundation. For information or to obtain a registration form, contact Leslie Gregory Gruesbeck at 357-5476 or In addition NSU’s School of Creative and Performing Arts will present a Fun With Music Camp June 1 – 5. The fee is $135 per student. A discount is available for siblings.The camp will be held each day from 9 a.m. to noon, concluding with a group singalong. Children ages 5-11 can participate in a variety of music experiences that include singing, music games, instrumental activities, composing and many other creative music activities. A snack and materials will be provided. Children attending Art Camp in the afternoons will be supervised during lunch and escorted to the art area. For information contact Sharon Joy at or 357-5754.
Community Event - Summer Camp:
Event Name: D.A.S.H. (Drama, Art, Sports & History) Summer Camp  
Dates:  Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17, 2015
Start Time: 1:00 p.m.  
End Time: 4:00 p.m.
Grades:  3rd through 8th  
Camp Registration fee:  $60 per child (with a $25 non-refundable deposit is due at time of registration)Location/Place:  Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum
   800 Front Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457  
  Registration required:  Please call (318) 357-2491 or email  























Gospel recording artist and minister Ramona Moore will release her single “Console My Soul” June 13 at 4 p.m. at Abundant Life Church. This event is free and open to the public. Entertainment will include Dr. Aill Harris and the Abundant Life Church Choir, EJ Fields, CT, Meyka Levite, The Worshipper and Joy Dara Singers. For information contact booking manager DeDe Myers at 334-389-2968.

Bike ride to be held Saturday: Explore historical sites along Cane River on a spring bike ride hosted by the Cane River Creole National Historical Parks. Cane River Creole National Historical Park and partners host these rides to foster an atmosphere of learning and healthy living through exercise. The park provides bikes, helmets and water for all participants. The June bike ride will start at Magnolia Plantation Saturday, June 20 at 9 a.m., stop at St. Augustine Catholic Church and the Badin-Roque House and return to Magnolia. St. Augustine Historical Society member Oswalt Colson will present a program on the history of the St. Augustine Catholic Church and the Badin-Roque House. This ride will be 13 miles round trip. For information contact ranger Tim van Cleave at 356-8441.

Roque’s Blues Hall proprietors Shannon and Sandra Paige Roque will hold their “19th Anniversary Blues Jam” Friday, May 29 at 9 p.m. Roques Blues Hall is one of the oldest continuously operating juke joints in the United States. “We're lining up the guests, scribbling down the set lists, replacing all the light bulbs and polishing the dance floor for this one, folks,” said Roque.

Don’t miss the Cane River Green Market:  Natchitoches’ local farmer’s market will take place every Saturday until July 25 from 8 a.m. - noon on the downtown riverbank in the Natchitoches Historic District. Customers can choose from a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables from vendors. Customers will be able to enjoy a selection of value-added products including farm fresh eggs, baked goods, jams, jellies, pickles, honey, fresh cut flowers and more. Craft vendors of hand-crafted items such as jewelry, woodwork, and stained glass will be on site. The Cane River Green Market will feature children’s activities including a brand new Cane River Green Market Kids Club. Children ages 12 and under can sign up for the Kids Club and receive a market passport and $10 in tokens to spend with Green Market vendors while supplies last. The Cane River Green Market will feature musical entertainment, demonstrations and free fitness classes. The Cane River Green Market accepts WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and credit/debit cards. WIC and Senior FMNP vouchers issued over the summer can be redeemed at participating vendors. SNAP benefits may be used to purchase eligible food items such as bread products, produce, eggs, dairy products, seeds, and edible or food producing plants. Through a MarketMatch program, the market will match up to $20 in SNAP purchases per market while supplies last. The MarketMatch program meets SNAP shoppers who want to eat healthy and support local farmers half way. Customers wishing to use SNAP benefits, credit and/or debit cards can swipe their cards at the Cane River Green Market hospitality tent during market hours. Shoppers will be issued tokens for the amount of their purchase to use at any Cane River Green Market vendor booth. For more information on the Cane River Green Market, MarketMatch program, or how to become a vendor, call 352-2746 or visit








































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