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Archive for June, 2012

Natchitoches Christmas Festival Changes Hands

Posted by on June 29th, 2012
Category Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights, Press Releases
Natchitoches, LA - The Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Natchitoches, and Natchitoches Historic District Business Association (HDBA) today announce the collaborative transition of the Christmas Festival from the Chamber to the HDBA. For fifteen years, the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce has been the steward of the Festival, working with the City of Natchitoches to put on the event that has grown from a one-day celebration to a multiple-weekend festival that now brings more than 500,000 people to Natchitoches during the six weeks of the holiday season.  As the Festival has grown, Chamber leadership has found it more and more difficult to balance the workload between Festival planning and daily Chamber operations. ‘Working with the City of Natchitoches, the Chamber has provided the planning and logistics for fireworks, entertainment, the parades, vendors and more for fifteen years.  We are proud of the role the Chamber has played in this Festival over the years, but feel it is time now to focus our energies exclusively on our members, member services, and economic development for our Parish,’ said 2012  Chairman of the Board Herman Mayeux. ‘We [HDBA] are excited and look forward to coordinating closely with the City, the Chamber and the community to ensure that the Natchitoches Christmas Festival gets better each year.  With a great network of volunteers and many new ideas, HDBA not only brings a fresh energy to Festival planning, we also bring successful experience in other Festivals,’ said President Phyllis Stroud about the transition. Under the leadership of newly sworn-in Mayor Lee Posey, the City administration is prepared to continue to provide the many resources needed to make Natchitoches ‘The City of Lights’, and with great volunteer ideas and fresh faces, the future of the Natchitoches Christmas Festival and the Natchitoches community has never been brighter! For more information on the 2012 Christmas Festival Season, call 318-352-6894

July 2012 Spotlight: Celebration on the Cane

Posted by on June 15th, 2012
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!, In the Spotlight
The hiss of flying fireworks and the colorful explosions of light will soon be seen all over Natchitoches as the city prepares to celebrate the July 4th holiday. Celebration on the Cane kicks off Wednesday night at 5:00 pm with live entertainment and then a spectacular fireworks show that will showcase the patriotism of Natchitoches Parish. This event is free and open to the public as tourists and locals alike will flood Downtown Natchitoches in support of our great nation. For more information on this event please call (866) 941-6246. This event will be a monstrous kick off for the month of July and Natchitoches will keep the fun rolling all month long. The Cane River Green Market will continue its run every Saturday this month starting at eight am and pushing through till noon. Vendors will be on hand to present fresh produce grown locally, handmade arts and crafts, and food and drink. As always this event is free and open to the public, but for more information you can visit On July 20th and 21st, the Natchitoches/NSU Folk Festival will kick off in air conditioned Prather Coliseum at 9:00 am. This event will showcase food, arts and crafts, musical entertainment and the Louisiana State Fiddle Championships.  This year the theme of the event will be Celebrating Louisiana's Folk Music and all that it entails. The Folk Life center staff has invited artists and performers from all over the state to come and highlight their music and their art at this local event. Admission for this event will be charged and there will be food vendors on site. For more information please visit for more information about these wondrous events. The Summer Dinner Theater will perform ‘The Taffetas: A Musical Journey through the Fabulous Fifties.’ This event will be a musical setting that allows the audience to imagine they are watching a television review featuring a group of girls singing many of their favorite songs from the time period. Held at the AA Fredrick's Auditorium stage at NSU , the doors will open at 5:30 with dinner to be served at 6:00. Tickets are $25 for dinner and the show and reservations are required. The show will run from July 25th to August 8th, for more information please contact Jane Norman at (319) 357-4483 or email at July is filled with live entertainment taking place almost every day and every weekend along Front Street and the Downtown area. Visitors can sit and enjoy a fine meal or just sit down and present themselves with a luscious drink from many bar and grills in the area. Natchitoches Parish will offer a little bit of everything for those who are looking to see a little bit of the Louisiana nightlife. All they have to do is take a step out of their front door and let the spirit of this great city take them away! To find more events happening in July, visit the Natchitoches.NET Events Calendar.

June 2012 Spotlight: Cookin’ on the Cane

Posted by on June 1st, 2012
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!, In the Spotlight
The temperatures are rising as May's warm weathers relent to June's summer heat. All across Natchitoches barbeque pits are firing up as summer vacations begin their stride. Beautiful plantation homes are open for tours and Bed and Breakfasts are all turning down their sheets to make way for the coming highs of the tourist season. Families looking for fun and excitement have to travel no further than the beautiful sight Natchitoches Parish has to offer. Cane River Lake and Sabine Lake are both open for fishing and water recreation while Kasatchie offers the beautiful natural springs and nature trails for everyone's enjoyment. June heats up as barbeque cooks from all over the south head to Cane River Lake to participate in Cookin On the Cane, an official state championship in its second year at Natchitoches. This event is hosted by the area Jaycees and is open to both professional and non professional cooks. The event will take place on the first and second of June as the beautiful Natchitoches riverfront. There will be food vendors, live music, children's events, and even a children's bbq contest to test young skills at the grill. Cookin on the Cane will showcase real southern food and fun while providing some of the proceeds to local charities. Bring the family, bring your appetites to the riverfront, and get ready to have fun at a championship that is sure to become a staple point in a Louisiana summer. Also, the Cane River Green Market will continue every Saturday through the entire summer. Open from 8:00 to 12:00, the Green Market offers local vegetables, honey, homemade jellies and jams, and local arts and crafts. There will be food vendors on site, live music, and children's events to appeal to the whole family and to benefit local farmers. The Green Market is a welcomed event to locals and tourists alike, so bring out your family and taste what the market has to offer. Louisiana wildlife artist Don Edwards has been chosen selected as the guest artist in Natchitoches Art Guild & Gallery. Edwards was named Conservation Communicator of the year for his work in helping preserve the Tensas River Wildlife Refuge. Edwards will be in Natchitoches for a meet and greet session on June 9th at the Art Guild & Gallery on beautiful down town Front Street from two to four in the afternoon. Anyone wanting to see his work can come by the Gallery during regular business hours. Edward's work is stunningly lifelike and beautiful. His colors almost leap right off the page and bring the stunning realization of Louisiana's beauty. At the end of June the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame will hold an induction at the downtown museum. Since 1972 Natchitoches has been the home for the state hall of fame and has been honored to be the keepers of such record of athletes excelling in sports. A new museum is being constructed on Front Street and will be a beautiful addition to the Natchitoches area. The induction will be June 23rd and 24th from nine in the morning till five in the afternoon and will consist of both a kick off reception and community outreach activities for both local residents and visiting tourists alike. The summer festivities are cranking up and June is just the beginning of bright warm weather and blue skies. Families looking for that great southern vacation will find it in Natchitoches, the city of lights and within the borders of Natchitoches parish.

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