October 18, 2008

Celebrate Art, Indian Traditions, Haunted History and Meat Pies

Natchitoches Parish is bustling with activities this fall.

Cane River Creole Legacy Exhibit

The Old Courthouse Museum, a branch of the Louisiana State System, presents their newest exhibit: Cane River Creole Legacy. This exhibit is a collection of colorful oil paintings by artist Gilbert D. Fletcher, documenting the historic structures, culture and community of Cane River. To compliment the paintings, the gallery will also have the works of master craftsman John Allen Leblanc. The exhibit is open until October 25. The Museum is open Monday – Saturday. For more information call 318-357-2270.

Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival

Enjoy meat pies, music and more at the 6th Annual Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival on Friday, October 17th and Saturday, October 18th on the downtown riverbank. The festival will feature food and beverage vendors including the famous “Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant,” well-known for their famous Natchitoches Meat Pie and Cane River Mud Pie. Vendors will setup on the downtown riverbank selling their special versions of this legendary meat pie along with other festival cuisine.

This is a free event and the public is asked to bring their lawn chairs. No ice chests will be allowed into the festival area. For a complete schedule of events visit the Festival website at http://www.meatpiefestival.com/.

Adai Indian Pow Wow

The Adai Indian Community on Hwy. 485 will host their 18th Annual Pow Wow on Saturday, October 18th. This event is held on the grounds of the Adai Indian Cultural Center located near Robeline, La. Festivities include arts and crafts, food, traditional Indian Dances and more! Special guests include visitors from tribes in Oklahoma, Texas and Mexico. Free admission. Remember to bring a lawn chair. For more information please call 318-472-1007.

Haunted History Tour

The Natchitoches Historic Foundation invites you to be terrifically entertained on Saturday as it resurrects some of the most colorful characters in the history of Natchitoches. The Haunted History Tour will feature live portrayals of area personalities buried in the American Cemetery on Second Street, believed to be the oldest cemetery in the Louisiana Purchase. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the Natchitoches Information Center, 781 Front Street, or at the Cemetery during the tour. For more information, including the tour's cast of characters, visit http://www.historicfoundation.org/ or call 800-259-1714.

For more festival listings in Natchitoches Parish, call 800-259-1714 for a yearly schedule.

Source: Natchitoches Area Convention & Visitors Bureau