Natchitoches Events/Attractions

 

 

3rd annual President's Command Performance is March 18:  Northwestern State University will host the third annual President’s Command Performance, a spring gala to celebrate the arts, Friday, March 18. NSU will honor select individuals who have made significant contributions to the arts while showcasing the talents of NSU’s creative and performing arts students and faculty. This year’s inductees to the Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice Estelle Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts will be Mrs. Lenn Dohmann Prince, Dr. Colleen Lancaster and Dr. Jerry Payne.  Individuals inducted into the CAPA Hall of Fame are recommended and chosen based on their lifetime achievements and contributions to the life of the arts at NSU, Natchitoches, the region, the state, nationally and internationally.  “We are thrilled to honor these three outstanding alumni at our annual spring gala,” said Tiffany Chasteen, assistant director of Development.  “Now in its third year, the President’s Command Performance has become an event the community looks forward to and our students and faculty work very hard to make the event memorable for the honorees and the guests.” The President’s Command Performance will begin with music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. in the Alumni Plaza in tandem with a silent auction.  The main performances, featuring musical ensembles, vocalists and dance performances, will take place in A.A. Fredericks Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. sponsorship opportunities for the President’s Command Performance are available at the $2,000, $1,000, $500 and $250 levels.  Individual tickets are $65 per person and $125 per couple in advance or can be purchased at the event for $75 per person and $150 per couple. Program ads are also available for $500, $250 and $100.  For tickets, sponsorship and program ad information, call NSU’s Office of University Advancement at (318) 357-5213 or visit northwesternalumni.com/PCP16. 

Mural ribbon cutting Feb. 17: NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University will hold a ribbon cutting to introduce the campus’s newest public art piece, a mosaic tile wall adjacent to the Sylvan Friedman Student Union.  The ribbon cutting will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17.  Creation of the mural involved not only faculty and students in NSU’s Fine + Graphic Arts program, but also youngsters from area schools who were invited to place pieces on the mosaic during its assembly.  Students and faculty in Fine + Graphic Art designed the mural and began making tile last August. NSU’s School of Creative and Performing Arts and the Cane River National Heritage Area enlisted the aid of ceramic artist Mark Derby of New Orleans to help with the tiled mural.  Derby’s work is recognizable throughout New Orleans and Louisiana as his shop, Derby Pottery, manufactures the iconic blue and gold letter tiles that mark street names on many curbs and sidewalks in New Orleans. “Mark provided three workshops for art faculty and students to help us progress through this multi step process,” said Leslie Gruesbeck, assistant professor of art.  “CRNHA also provided funding to purchase from Derby Pottery the letter tiles which spell out the line from our Northwestern State alma mater.”  Other sponsors include Home Depot, Pat Williams Construction and Creative Carpets, all of whom provide necessary materials, and Coca-Cola who purchased some supplies and are providing tables for the courtyard area that faces Sam Sibley Drive.    The mural also includes commercially prepared tile, handmade tile, bottles and mirrored tiles.  About 75 students from NSU Elementary Lab, NSU Middle Lab, Natchitoches Magnet, the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts and Bossier Parish Community College worked alongside NSU students and faculty to manufacture tiles and install the finished work.  “The theme of the mural focuses on the beauty of the natural world on our campus – part of our hope was to extend the beauty of the green areas on campus to this very hard concrete area,” Gruesbeck said.

Please join FLASH and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum for an evening of painting, fun and wine February 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Artist Lucretia Glorioso will guide participants through the process of painting their very own works of art to take home. All supplies are included.  Sponsored by FLASH.  Wine and light refreshments are included with the program. Reservations are required and space is limited.  $45 registration fee, $40 for FLASH members with valid ID card.  For more information and to register for the event, please contact Lucretia Glorioso at 318.481.5070

NSU will host middle school Robotics Competition Feb. 17:  NATCHITOCHES –  Northwestern State University’s Department of Engineering Technology will host their first Robotics Competition (NSU-RC1) on Feb. 17. All middle schools within a 100-mile radius of Natchitoches are invited to participate.  There is no registration fee for the competition, but participants must register by Monday, Feb. 8 by submitting a letter of intent. Participants will be able to test their computer programming skills and compete with other Louisiana students for prizes during a fun environment with educational experiences, food and social activities.  The top three teams will receive cash prizes to be used to purchase technology for the classroom.

The 2016 Annual Awards Luncheon will be from 11:00am to 1:00pm, Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at the  Natchitoches Events Center.  This is the largest gathering of business leaders in Natchitoches parish for the entire year-don't miss out! Nominations are in and nominees are being asked (via personal emails) to provide a short digital submission on why they should win in one of four categories:  Small, Mid-Size, Large and New Business of the Year.  Once submissions are in, the voting will begin!!  Links will be shared through both membership and public channels and three finalist (those with the most votes) in each category will be invited to the Luncheon.  One winner in each category will be announced during the Luncheon--this is an exciting and awesome way to recognize some of our many amazing members! Mark the date on your calendar (if you haven't already!) and click the link below for full details and to reserve your table.

 Natchitoches Young Professionals to Recognize Members: The NYP Board will recognize four outstanding members nominated by membership and the public and selected by a joint committee of NYP Board members and Chamber Board members.  The winners will be recognized during the Annual Awards Luncheon on February 17, 2016.

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 





 

Lecture, piano recital set for Feb. 17-18: NATCHITOCHES – The Louisiana Piano Series International will sponsor a lecture by scholar Farhan Malik Wednesday, Feb. 17 and a recital by pianist Nadejda Vlaeva on Thursday, Feb. 18. Both events begin at 7:30 p.m. The lecture will be in Room 319B of the A.A. Fredericks Fine Arts Center. Admission is free and open to the public. Vlaeva’s performance will be in Magale Recital Hall. Tickets are $15. Students are admitted free. Dr. Francis Yang and Dr. Christine Burczyk Allen are the organizers of the Louisiana Piano Series International.

16th Annual Bloomin’ on the Bricks Festival March 19th: NATCHITOCHES – The City of Natchitoches Main Street Office invites you to experience the beauty of springtime in downtown Natchitoches at the 16th Annual Bloomin’ on the Bricks, Natchitoches’ spring garden festival, on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Bloomin’ on the Bricks will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the downtown riverbank in Natchitoches’ Historic Landmark District. Bloomin’ on the Bricks is free and open to the public. Bloomin’ on the Bricks, organized by the Natchitoches Main Street Program, is a celebration of spring throughout the City’s Historic District.  Visitors will be able to see the beauty of springtime in downtown Natchitoches through its hanging flower baskets and thousands of daffodils and tulips planted along the riverbank.  The event will feature lawn and garden vendors, live musical entertainment by the Luke Jazz Trio, children’s activites, and food booths.  An exhibit area of lawn and garden vendors will display an assortment of items needed to transform your garden and yard this spring season.  Nursery owners from around the area will sell specialized plants such as ferns, herbs, shrubs, flowering baskets and bedding plants.  Vendors will also sell lawn and garden materials and equipment including paving stones, ironwork, pottery, lawn mowers, and outdoor furniture.  Vendor spaces are available for $50 per each 10x10 space. Children of ages will be able to take Easter pictures with live bunny rabbits from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   Photos are $5 for emailed photographs and $6 for printed 4x6 photographs. The Easter Bunny photo shoot is sponsored by the Natchitoches Parish 4-H Junior Leaders.  Les Amies Service Organization will also host the 13th Annual Ann Williams Brittain Butterfly Release during Bloomin’ on the Bricks.  The release is held in honor of the First President and founding member of the Les Amies Service Organization, Ann Williams Brittain, who passed away in 2003 after a courageous battle with cancer.  The Release will take place at the Fleur de Lis Stage on the downtown riverbank at 1:00 p.m.  Participants can purchase an individual butterfly to be released at a cost of $30 per butterfly or choose to have a loved one honored during the mass butterfly release at a cost of $5 per honoree.  All proceeds from the Butterfly Release will be donated to the American Cancer Society.  In addition, the Natchitoches Art Guild and Gallery will host Art Along the Bricks on Saturday, March 19 in conjunction with Bloomin’ on the Bricks.  Art Along the Bricks will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. along Front Street.  Art Along the Bricks serves to provide visitors to the Natchitoches Historic District opportunities to see the latest offerings in fine arts and crafts as local and area artists display their work in an outdoor art show.  Vendors and artists of fine arts and crafts (defined as hand-made) are encouraged to participate. Spaces are $50 per 10x10 space.  For more information on Art Along the Bricks, please contact the Natchitoches Art Guild and Gallery at (318) 352-1626. For more information on Bloomin’ on the Bricks or to become a vendor, please contact the City of Natchitoches Main Street Office at (318) 352-2746.
 
N-Side View Day Saturday, March 12, 2016, 8 – 9am: N-Side View Day is a special day set aside just for juniors and seniors. It’s a time when you are able to tour the campus, meet new students, and submit your admissions information to the University. N-Side View Day gives you a sneak-peak into college life. By coming to our fall preview day, you can speak with a faculty member representing your intended major and with students representing organizations that pique your interest. You will also get a chance to view our beautiful campus and downtown Historic Natchitoches. In addition to Senior Day we are offering tickets for a NSU football game. Representatives from the Financial Aid, Housing and Scholarship offices will be available to answer your questions. Enjoy a delicious, Natchitoches-style lunch for just $10. All events are FREE for students and parents.
 
NSU Shreveport will have Information night on Thursday, February 25th from 6p-7p on the Shreveport Nursing Campus also NSU  is hosting an open house and informal meeting for students interested in obtaining a degree in Nursing, Radiologic Sciences, or Allied Health. Representatives from the university will be available to discuss your college plans, and presentations will be made in those areas.

 

 

 


 

 

 
 

 


 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 
 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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