Natchitoches Events/Attractions

Bingo at Flora is Thursday: There will be bingo at the Flora Community Center Thursday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. Daubers and special sheets will be available for purchase. There will also be concessions. Proceeds will benefit the recreation project at the Flora Community Center.
Fort St. Jean Baptiste will host Bocce Ball games, open to all ages Saturday, April 4, from 1-4:30 p.m. For information call 318-357-3101.

The Natchitoches Master Gardeners will host a Lunch and Learn Series Wednesday, April 8. The theme is “Home Lawns” with Dr. Ron Strahan, a state turf grass specialist and an assistant professor at the LSU Ag Center, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Natchitoches Arts Center. For information contact 318-357-2224.

Fort St. Jean Baptiste will offer an Outdoor Classroom series on “How High is the Water,” for ages 5-12 Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to noon. There is a $5 fee for this program plus regular admission. For information call 318-357-3101.

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. een 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

The Natchitoches Jazz and R&B Fest will sell raffle tickets as a fundraiser for the festival. The drawing will take place Saturday, April 18 at the Can-Am stage during Jazz Fest. Tickets are $20 each and the winner doesn’t have to be present to win. Prizes include: 1st place - 2015 Pioneer 700 Model #SXS700M2, 2nd place - Yeti Tundra 45 9.4 gal, 3rd place –Gatorwders and 4th place - Midland Wearable Video Camera. Tickets can be purchased at the following locations: Natchitoches Power Sports, Bank of Montgomery, Natchitoches Tans, Southern Quality Security, Nichols Department Store-Many and the C. Rodney Harrington Law Office.

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





















Here is a look at the week of March 29 – April 4 at Northwestern State University:

March 29 – April 4 – Early registration for summer, fall semesters

March 29 – April 2 – “Vision: The Natchitoches Paintings of Grady Harper,” Orville Hanchey Gallery

April 2 – Delaney Bowl, Turpin Stadium, 5:30 p.m.

April 3 – University closed for Good Friday

April 3 – Softball vs. Central Arkansas, Lady Demon Diamond, 3 p.m.

April 4 – Softball vs. Central Arkansas, Lady Demon Diamond, 12 p.m.

April 3 – 11 – Spring break
Relay for Life meeting set: The Relay For Life of Natchitoches Parish team captains’ meeting will be April 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the President’s Room in the Friedman Student Union at NSU. Relay for Life is April 24 at 6 p.m. on the downtown riverbank.
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.


Mark calendars for Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival: The 41st annual Melrose Plantation Arts and Crafts Festival has been scheduled for April 18 and 19, according to Harry Thompson, chairman for the event. The festival is sponsored by the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN) and annually attracts more than 2,000 visitors during the two-day event. The festival will open at 9 a.m. on the first day and will open at 10 a.m. on the second day. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. Tickets for the guided tours are $5 and include both structures. Viewing of the other buildings and self-guided tours of the grounds, which feature centuries old live oak trees and various flower beds, are included with the entry fee. Additional information about Melrose Plantation and the Arts and Crafts Festival may be found at
Each year the festival features more the 100 vendors from several states. Among the items offered in past years were original works of art, photographs, stained glass windows, handmade jewelry, plants, gourmet pickles and jellies, clothing, toys, woodworking products, pottery, and other arts and crafts objects. Located in southern Natchitoches Parish on State Highway 119, Melrose Plantation has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. The property features eight historic structures dating to the 1800’s. Guided tours will be available for two of the buildings: the big house and the African House. Probably the best-knows artist to live at Melrose was Clementine Hunter, an internationally renowned primitive artist who worked as a field hand, housekeeper, and finally as a cook at the plantation. She was a self-taught artist who began painting using paints and brushes that were discarded by an artist in residence. Many of Hunter’s works are on display in the plantation house at Melrose. Her most unique work, a series of murals depicting life in the Cane River area, were displayed in the African House for many years, but they were removed for restoration last year and will be displayed in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches later this year. Full-sized replicas of the murals are displayed in the African House at Melrose, and the original murals will be re-installed there once that structure has been renovated. The APHN is currently undertaking that major renovation project and is seeking grants and gifts to aid in the work.






































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