The Natchitoches Historic Foundation proudly announces the sites for the 2016 Christmas Tour of Homes available to tourists. Focusing on the expressions of the Christmas season, all of the sites for the 2016 tour are located in the Historic District. Each day, the houses showcased are in walking distance from each other. Experience the charm of historic Natchitoches during this annual holiday event. Tickets are $20.00 per night, cash or check only.
Wednesday, December 7th and 14th, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Donahoe House (358 Rue Jefferson)-- Resplendent in holiday decorations for the Christmas season, the Home of Mr. and Mrs. Jared Dunahoe is a new structure in the Historic District on the site of the Levy-East Town recently destroyed by fire. Guests will enjoy the seasonal reminders of the traditions of the Dunahoe family as they tour this beautiful home.
Lemee House, circa 1830 (301 rue Jefferson)--Decorated with period Christmas greens and historical memorabilia belonging to members and friends of the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches. Guests will sip hot cider as listen to carolers as they hear about Christmas in the early 19th century.
Soldini House, circa 1847 (240 Rue Jefferson)--An addition to the 2016 Tour, the upside down Christmas tree in the parlor of Soldini and other period Christmas decorations will be highlighted by hoop skirted docents giving guests information about Christmas traditions of the family that has owned the house for more than 100 years.
Jefferson Street Townhouse, circa 1920s (230 Rue Jefferson)-- The beautifully appointed Bed and Breakfast includes a wide veranda, eleven foot ceiling, hardwood floors, period antiques, and is lovingly decorated with organic materials for the Christmas season. The gardens surrounding the house are lovely, even during the colder months of the year.
Friday, December 9th and 16th, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Bayou Amulet, circa 1850s (202 Rue Poete)--This elegant home is currently a private residence, but was formerly a Bed & Breakfast. Christmas collections the current owners have gathered over many years, and traditional seasonal decorations make the home a “must see” for the holidays.
Good House, circa 1930 (314 Rue Poete)--Completely restored in 2013, the Good House is a lovely blend of historic charm and traditional sophistication. Now operated as a Bed and Breakfast in the historic district, the house has hidden charms shared by knowledgeable docents as they highlight period Christmas decorations and traditions of current and former owners.
Laureate House, circa 1840 (225 Rue Poete)--Laureate is a beautiful example of a small townhouse from the mid-19th century. A quaint garden surrounds the period structure decorated at Christmas with natural elements, reflecting the period. Docents will share the story of the home, entertaining guests with activities taking place in the home across nearly two centuries.
Saturday, December 10th and 17th, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Sweet Cane Inn, circa 1890s (925 Washington Street)--Built in the late 1800s Phanor Breazeale built this fine example of Victorian architecture that now operates as a Bed & Breakfast. Twelve foot ceiling and beautiful floors and windows are showcased in this beautiful house. Decorated with period and traditional seasonal pieces appropriate for the Christmas season, this is a lovely sight for guests to enjoy.
Emma’s Cottage, circa 1930s (911 Washington Street)--A delightful cottage originally bought in kit form from a Sears & Roebuck catalog, this riverside house is a private residence steeped in the tradition. The beautiful river access from the rear of the house, is highlighted by twinkling lights and comfortable seating. The traditionally and seasonally decorated interior includes a large collection of wooden nut crackers, and other collections belonging to the owner.
Ryrick “Little House”, circa 1930s (811 Washington Street)--Mr. and Mrs. Steven Ryrick have recently purchased this charming cottage and have made it a delightful second home for family and friends to enjoy along the beautiful Cane River. At Christmas, the lovely home transitions into a seasonal delight for guests to see. Inside and out, tourists will appreciate the architectural and interior design.
Cunningham Law Office, circa 1860 (550 Second Street)--The Natchitoches Historic Foundation bought and restored this fine example of a mid-19th century law office, housing five generations of lawyers over more than 150 years. Purchased in 1994 and restored to use as its headquarters, the Law Office is decorated with period antiques and art, and houses the part of the Mildred Hart Bailey collection of Clementine Hunter paintings left to the Foundation. The office is beautifully decorated with seasonal and traditional natural materials, where docents will welcome guests with stories and information about the property. The Mildred Hart Bailey Park is located behind the Law Office.
Trinity Episcopal Church, circa 1850s (533 Second Street)--Trinity Episcopal Church was “consecrated to the service of Almighty God, according to the rites, doctrine, and discipline of the Protestant Episcopal Church,” and has continued to serve as a house of God throughout almost two centuries. Beautifully adorned for the Christmas season with natural materials, and with the historically significant pieces of art and communion vessels available for viewing in this architecturally significant structure.
***Complimentary Admission for Saturday tour ticket holders for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, 800 Front Street***
Christmas along Poete
Friday, December 9th and 16th, 5:00-8:00pm
For the first time, NHF will close Poete Street between Jefferson St. and Second St. to highlight venues for Mrs. Claus with her cookies to decorate, Santa's elves helping children create ornaments from natural materials, dancers celebrating the season, musicians playing seasonal music, and other events for family fun. Additionally, houses along Poete will be open for touring. Christmas along Poete is gratis for house tour ticket holders. Street event only tickets are $5 per person with under 12 years old free. Children must be accompanied by an adult
Tis the season for safety: The most wonderful time of the year can be one of the most dangerous times of the year. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 30 percent of all home fires and 38 percent of home fire deaths occur during the months of December, January and February. “Christmas trees and holiday decorations are some of the top contributors to fires during the holiday season,” said Marty Smith, general manager of corporate safety. “Keep trees away from fireplaces and other heat sources that can accelerate drying and read all instructions before you begin decorating.” Use lights for their intended purpose, meaning indoor lights for inside use and outdoor lights for outside decorating. Make sure all holiday lights rated 210 Volts are Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) Listed, which ensures the product has been designed and manufactured to meet or exceed industry specifications for safety. “Decorations not bearing a label from an independent testing laboratory such as UL have not been tested for safety and could be hazardous,” said Smith. “Always purchase electrical decorations from reputable retailers.” Cleco also recommends using LED lights to replace older light strands. LED bulbs use less energy and are longer lasting than traditional bulbs. In addition to lighting, take precautions when hanging decorations. “Check for overhead power lines before stringing lights outdoors, and use caution when setting up ladders,” said Smith. “Stay away and keep all decorations away from overhead power lines.” For a complete list of holiday decorating tips, visit www.cleco.com “Decorating safely is a great holiday tradition,” said Smith. “Cleco wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season.”
Cleco is a regional energy company that conducts substantially all of its business operation through its primary subsidiary, Cleco Power. Cleco Power is a regulated electric utility company that owns nine generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 3,310 MWs and serves approximately 287,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi. For more information about Cleco, visit www.cleco.com.
NSU ROTC will hold awards, commissioning ceremonies: Northwestern State University’s Department of Military Science will wrap up the Fall 2016 semester with a Dec. 16 commissioning ceremony for Cadet Gavin Bazer. “NSU’s Army ROTC cadets are wrapping a very busy fall semester,” said Sid Hall, Military Affairs coordinator and ROTC program manager. “From field training exercises, to a commemoration ceremony honoring Vietnam veterans, to supporting student organizations and athletic events, they have certainly made a mark on campus.” Cadet Bazer will take the Oath of Commissioned Officers at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, also in the Student Union Ballroom. Guest speaker will be Colonel Nelson G. Kraft, commander, 6th Brigade, U.S. Army Cadet Command. The commissioning will take place in conjunction with Fall Commencement. A reception will follow the ceremony. For more information or to RSVP for the ceremonies, contact Ed Kelly at (318) 357-5157 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep Louisiana Beautiful presents a new Environmental Education Program in Natchitoches, Keep Natchitoches Beautiful invites teachers to register to attend free workshop: – Keep Natchitoches Beautiful will host an educational workshop on January 21, 2017 to unveil Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s new education curriculum. The workshop is limited to 15 educators of grades K through 4. Education is one of the cornerstones of the Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB) organization, so deciding to create a new Louisiana-based environmental education program made sense. More than a year after work began, KLB is proud to launch Rocksey the Raccoon’s Environmental Education Program for grades K to4th. Partnering with Project Front Yard, a group in Lafayette, the groups worked together to create 10 lesson plans, hands-on activities for different age groups, fun activity sheets, GLE matches, and additional resources. Topics include; defining litter, timeline of trash, litter decomposition, watershed, clean water, effects on wildlife, plastics, reducing, reusing, recycling and civic responsibility. “We are not just a cleanup organization. We are a behavioral change organization. We want to focus on programs that will change people’s behaviors. We can have the greatest impact in this regard by focusing on our children. Catching them at a young age and teaching them to be responsible for their own behavior will ultimately end litter and pollution.” explains Susan Russell, Executive Director for Keep Louisiana Beautiful. KLB will implement the program by conducting teacher workshops. Teachers attending the full workshop will receive a $50 stipend, CLU credits, a tool kit with supplies, a program binder, and lunch. The workshop will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Natchitoches Arts Center located at 716 Second Street. Space is very limited. Registration is required. Register today at www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org/register. For questions contact Samantha Bonnette at email@example.com or (318) 352-2746, and follow Keep Natchitoches Beautiful on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KeepNatchitochesBeautiful.
Upcoming events: Fireworks Displays 2016
December 10- 7:00 pm
December 17- 7:00 pm
December 23- 7:00 pm (Friday Night)
December 31- 7:00 pm
Boats wishing to attend fireworks displays are required to be behind the
Yellow Safety buoys 1 hour before the display. For more information contact
Betty Fuller @ 318-617-3235. Christmas Festival is an amazing time in
Natchitoches for more information about the festival and required arm
Bands contact Jill Leo @ 318-652-7078.
Have a wonderful Holiday Season, and remember to Boat Safe, Boat Sober, and
always wear your life jackets!