December 15, 2009

Rapides Parish Events

The Red River Chorale will present its annual Christmas concert this Thursday evening, December 17, 2009, at 7:00 P.M. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, in Fourth Street, near Elliott Street. (See the beautiful concert poster attatched.)

The concert will feature a short cantata by Dietrich Buxtehude, a Baroque German composer. The composition, Das Neugeborne Kindelein (The Newborn Babe,) will be sung in German. The remainder of the concert will consist of carols both familiar and unfamiliar, in beautiful arrangements, sung to the accompaniment of the Reuter pipe organ, the Bechstein concert grand piano, and a string quartet.

There will be a reception after the concert in Xavier Hall. All in attendance are invited to attend.

Tickets to the concert are only $10 for adults and $5 for students. They may be purchased from any Chorale member, or by calling the Chorale office at 484-4463.

Consider what lovely Christmas gifts concert tickets would be, either for this concert, or for the next one, "The French Connection," on Thursday, March 18, 2010, under the direction of Lynn Bauman and featuring the Durufle' Requiem, as well as other works by French composers, including Jean Racine's lovely Cantique.

For tickets or for more information, call the office at (318) 484-4463.

December 03, 2009

Shop Webster Parish December 4-6

Webster Parish Tourism invites you to the Webster Parish Trade Days Holiday Extravaganza in Minden.

On Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 6, Webster Parish welcomes you to join us for the largest holiday extravaganza ever. The Webster Parish Trade Days offers unique crafts, holiday gift specials, original art works, antiques, trinkets to treasures, food vendors, bake sales, and much more.

Don’t worry about the weather. The Webster Parish Trade Days Holiday Extravaganza offers inside shopping at the Woods Convention Center at 214 Miller Street in downtown Minden. Admission is $3.00 for the weekend and free on Friday.

The Webster Parish Trade Days will be held the first Saturday weekend of each month beginning in 2010.

For more information call 318.518.4176.

November 12, 2009

1940’s Big Band Hangar Dance Tickets on Sale Now


All flyboys and girls are invited to the Natchitoches Regional Airport at 450 Wallenberg Drive this weekend, November 13-15, for the Cane River Aviation Rendezvous & Hangar Dance.

The event features vintage aircraft, war birds and an A-26 Invader Bomber. Activities include helicopter rides, aircraft displays, children activities and a hangar dance with big band music from the 1940s.

The Hangar Dance will be held Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 per person and are available at the Natchitoches Visitors Center at 781 Front Street. The Visitors Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The aircraft will arrive throughout the day on Friday and there is no charge for public viewing. Saturday’s events are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and have a $5 admission fee and a $3 parking fee. Enjoy a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning from 8 a.m. to noon for $3 and watch the aircraft depart.

For a complete schedule of Rendezvous events visit www.CaneAviation.com.

Visit www.natchitoches.net for more information on accommodations or upcoming events.

North Central Louisiana Arts Council

Arts Afloat Raffle (NCLAC), Oct. 1 until, NCLAC, 212 N. Vienna or P.O. Box 911, 318-255-1450, www.nclarts.org, Cost: $100 per ticket ($10000 prize)

Rotating Exhibit of Local Artists, featured Artist Camille Jungman, Oct. 1 until, All hours, Storefront window 3013 Trenton St., Ruston Collects Art ExhibitDate: Oct. 29-Dec. 4Location: Louisiana Tech's E.J. Bellocq Gallery (Ruston)Contact: Saul Zalesch, 257-3077Cost: FREE!

Antique Board Games and Cards, A fun afternoon awaits you., Nov. 10 and every Tuesday, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., Lincoln Parish Museum, 609 N. Vienna St. in Ruston, 318-251-0018

Art Innovations Talent Show Auditions, No talent too small. Acts of a few seconds to 15 minutes., Nov. 14, 1-5 p.m., Art Innovations, 207 N. Trenton St. in Ruston, 255-1800

Knitting at the Lincoln Parish Museum, Bring your latest project., Nov. 12 and every Thursday, 1:00 to 3:45 p.m., Lincoln Parish Museum, 609 N. Vienna St. in Ruston, 318-251-0018

Exhibition Opening Todd Cloe, Nov. 13-January 8, Reception 6-8 pm Nov. 13 & Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm, Enterprise Center, 509 West Alabama Ave., Dorene Kordal 257-3890 Cost: FREE!

Art of Film, Nov. 12, 6-8 pm, Lincoln Parish Library, 255-1450 Cost: FREE!

Flaming Idiots, Nov. 13, 7:30 pm, Howard Auditorium, Corner of Adams & Arizona Blvd. Cost: $5 for Students & $10 for Adults

Voices and Visions of the Great Depression, Nov. 6-Jan 4, 2010, Tues.-Fri. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lincoln Parish Museum, 609 N. Vienna St. in Ruston, 255-1450 or 251-0018 Cost: FREE!

From: North Central Louisiana Arts Council

November 06, 2009

Arts Council of Central Louisiana to open season with Kaminari Taiko Drummers of Houston


The Arts Council of Central Louisiana will kick off its newest season with a BANG. Thundering drums will be heard throughout downtown Alexandria as Kaminari Taiko of Houston performs at the Alexandria Riverfront Amphitheater on Saturday, November 21 at 7 pm. Tickets are only $5 or $20 for a family of five.

In Japanese, “kaminari” means “thunder” while “taiko” means “great drum.” Taiko drums were originally used on Japanese battlefields more than 1,400 years ago to strike fear into the hearts of the enemy. Over the next millennium, taiko drumming transcended to the art form it is today. Combining rhythm, theatre, and dance, taiko drumming is an important Japanese tradition. Using twelve (12) drums, Kaminari combines the values of this magnificent art with the rhythms and beats of the world for an unforgettable performance. In their last performance, Kaminari Taiko of Houston performed to over 19,000 people in just two nights.

Because of the generosity of many community members, local organizations for children such as: the Alexandria Boys and Girls club, CASA, Volunteers of America, Hope House, Turning Point, and many more, will receive tickets for this performance.

The Arts Council of Central Louisiana will continue its series in February 2010 with New York’s Ailey II dance group. For more information on these events call 318-443-4718.

Honoring Veterans in Alexandria on November 12

A brief ceremony honoring veterans of all military branches will be held on Thursday, November 12 at 11:30am. The public is invited to attend.

This special tribute, including a “wreath-laying”, will take place at Alexandria City Hall on the Veterans Memorial Plaza, facing Third Street. The ceremony takes place to offer the opportunity for citizens to again visit the plaza and reflect upon its meaning and symbolism in central Louisiana.

The Alexandria Veterans Memorial Plaza was dedicated on November 11, 1999 in memory of former Alexandria City Councilman, Bob Lawrence. Its design honors all military branches as represented by their seals mounted on the memorial and is dedicated to those men and women of Alexandria who served in the United States Military, during peacetime and wartime.

At the plaza’s entrance is a sculpture by local artist, Morris Taft Thomas, five wings representing the five branches of the United States armed services.

For additional information please contact the Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at 318-442-9546.

By: The Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

November at Sci-Port


Grey Matters Adult Lecture Series: The Stressed Brain, Thursday, November 12, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. The Grey Matters series continues with LSUHSC neuroscientist Dr. Lisa Schrott and psychiatrist Dr. Anita Kablinger. They will discuss how stress affects our mood, thinking abilities and susceptibility to addiction and diseases. Dr. Schrott will also provide stress management techniques to help survive the ebbs and flows of life.

Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. Admission is $5 per person and free for members. Reserve your spot by calling 318-424-8660 by Monday, November 9.

Presented in partnership with LSUHSC.

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Holiday Day Camps, November 23 - 25, December 21 - 23 & 28 - 30, January 4 - 5
Give your kids some Sci-Port fun and yourself a little breather during the holidays! Holiday Day Camps accommodate specific grade groups. Each Day Camp is a standalone experience and explores themes ranging from archaeology and colors to boats, rainforest adventures and the amazing human body (www.sciport.org/holidaycamps for the complete list). Choose your dates and find out what Sci-Port has to offer this holiday season!

Camp Times and Rates
K-1st grade session: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Members $30 General $35
2nd - 5th grade session: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Members $40 General $45

Camps include a mid-morning and afternoon snack, all materials and supplies needed for the session, a thirty-minute supervised lunch provided by Sci-Port's Galaxy Café and an IMAX film. Extended Care Options are available for a slight charge.

Call Visitor Services to register 318-424-8660.

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Sci-Port en Español, Wednesday, November 11, 3 - 5 p.m.
On the second Wednesday of each month, programs will be performed in Spanish by our bilingual staff. A special admission price of $2 will apply after 3 p.m. (admission is free for members). Come learn about science in a whole new way, or just brush up on your Spanish at Sci-Port!
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November Star Party, Friday, November 20, 7 - 10 p.m.
On the Windham Family Rooftop Terrace, observe Jupiter and its magnificent moons, marvel at the amazing Andromeda Galaxy, ogle over the legendary Pleiades and keep your eyes peeled for shooting stars. Space Dome Planetarium presentation and hands-on activities round out the fun.
FREE for Members, $5 for non-Members. Santa vs. the Snowman IMAX film
Opens Monday, November 23 with daily showings through Sunday, January 3
Get in the holiday spirit IMAX-style as Santa vs. the Snowman, an animated film from the creator of Jimmy Neutron, returns as a special holiday treat. This production is packed with laughs, action and a wonderful holiday message. Yule all have a rollicking merry time!

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Fourth Friday Astronomy, Friday, November 27, 4 p.m.
Sci-Port celebrates the International Year of Astronomy with a new topic every Fourth Friday of the month. Come November 27 and learn about the latest findings from NASA, plus astronomical highlights of the season.

By: Sci-Port
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November 05, 2009

Ghost Walk in Minden, Louisiana


Don’t miss the 6th Annual Ghost Walk to be held on Saturday, November 14th. This annual event held at the Old Minden Cemetery on Bayou Avenue off Pine St. will be the scene of Minden’s past. If you love living history, you will love this event. With over 20 actors and actresses in period costumes portraying Minden’s past leading citizens. See Confederate soldiers along with early business leaders and politicians.

Tour hours are 12 noon -4 p.m. with tours starting every 15 minutes until the last tour at 3:00 p.m. Each tour will last about one hour. There will be golf carts to assist with those that are unable to walk the tour. Mobility devices are welcome. The cost of the tour is $10.00. Group rates are available, with 10 or more per group. All proceeds help to maintain the historic Minden cemetery.

If you missed the tour last year, you don’t want to miss it this year. For more information on the Ghost Walk, visit www.mindencemetery.blogspot.com or call 318-423-0192.


















By: Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau

November 04, 2009

Northeast Louisiana events in November

Artists of the Great Depression, Through November 7
This exhibition features the work of Depression era artists, including several who were employed by the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project, and photographers working under the Farm Securities Administration. The paintings, prints, and photographs in this exhibition include work by Thomas Hart Benton, Dorothea Lange, John McCrady and many others. Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday Noon – 5:00 p.m. Free
Masur Museum of Art
Monroe 318-329-2237 or www.masurmuseum.org

Through November 24
Solo Exhibition by Michael Stillion
Enjoy this solo exhibition with paintings from Michael Stillion. Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Free. ULM – Bry Art Gallery, Monroe 318-342-1414 or www.ulm.edu/vapa

November 1, Antique Alley Fall & Holiday Open House
Antique Alley merchants have held the Open House each year for approximately 20 years to usher in the holiday shopping season. Each store is open with refreshments and musicians often play music up and down Trenton Street. 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Free to attend. Antique Alley, Trenton Street, West Monroe, 318-387-1933 or 318-387-5691

November 1
Tool Demonstration at Poverty Point State Historic Site
Come and learn about the various tools that could have been used by the inhabitants of Poverty Point in their daily life. Poverty Point staff will be conducting tool demonstrations hourly.
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $2; Children (12 and under) and Seniors (62 and older) Free
Poverty Point State Historic Site
Epps
Info: (318) 926-5492 or (888) 926-5492

November 3
Guest Artist on Campus Series: Bruce Tychinski
Recital features Bruce Tychinski playing trombone.
Time 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
ULM - Emy Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall
Monroe
Info: (318) 342-1414 or www.ulm.edu/vapa

November 5, ULM Music Recital, Musical recital featuring ULM Low Brass Soloists. 7:30 p.m. Free, ULM - Emy Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall, Monroe 318-342-1414 or www.ulm.edu/vapa

November 5-8 & 12-15
Strauss Theatre – Barefoot in the Park
This story follows the lives of newlyweds Paul and Corie as they adjust to married life in a tiny Greenwich Village apartment. Paul is a straight-arrow lawyer who's wound a little too tight, while Corie is an effervescent free spirit who won't let anything disturb her romantic bliss. Aside from the six-flight climb and the hole in their skylight, they must also contend with an eccentric upstairs neighbor, who must go through their apartment to get to his. Corie tries unsuccessfully to loosen Paul up. All ends well, however, with Paul and Corie full of youthful appeal in this light domestic comedy. Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2:00 p.m. $25 Strauss Theatre – Main Stage, Monroe 318-323-6681 or www.strausstheatre.com

November 6, ULM Music Recital, Musical recital featuring the ULM Wind Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Free ULM - Brown Auditorium, Monroe 318-342-1414 or www.ulm.edu/vapa

November 7, Starr Homeplace Road Trip: Soule’ Live Stream Festival, Meridian, MS
The Soule’ Stream Engine Works has been preserved intact and is being turned into the Mississippi Industrial Arts Museum. Exhibits include tractors, cars, engines print shops, and weaving guilds. Roadtrip leaves from Wal-Mart in West Monroe. All fees refunded and events cancel if there are not an adequate numbers of reservations. 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (8 hours drive time) $65 Starr Homeplace Heritage & Creativity Center, LA 133/US 425
Oak Ridge 318-244-5700 or 318-651-8311

November 7, Veteran’s Day at Chennault Aviation and Military Museum
Bring the family out in celebration of Veteran’s Day. There will be food and fun activities, something for everyone! Major General Bennett Landreneau with the LA National Guard will be the guest speaker. 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Free. Chennault Aviation and Military Museum of LA, Monroe 318-362-5540

November 7, M2M Barbeque & Blues on the Ouachita, A M2M event features a BBQ contest and blues music. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. $10; includes music & a meal, Main Street, Columbia 318-649-2138

November 9, ULM Music Recital, Musical recital featuring ULM Flute Soloists. 7:30 p.m. Free. ULM - Emy Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall, Monroe 318-342-1414 or www.ulm.edu/vapa

November 9-November 24, Solo Exhibition by Brooke Foy
Enjoy this solo exhibition with sculptures by Brooke Foy. Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Free. ULM – Bry Art Gallery, Monroe 318-342-1414 or www.ulm.edu/vapa

November 10, Graduate Recital: John Pirkey Musical recital featuring ULM graduate, John Pirkey on percussion. 11:00 a.m. Free, ULM - Emy Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall, Monroe 318-342-1414 or www.ulm.edu/vapa

November 12-15, Strauss Theatre – Barefoot in the Park
This story follows the lives of newlyweds Paul and Corie as they adjust to married life in a tiny Greenwich Village apartment. Paul is a straight-arrow lawyer who's wound a little too tight, while Corie is an effervescent free spirit who won't let anything disturb her romantic bliss. Aside from the six-flight climb and the hole in their skylight, they must also contend with an eccentric upstairs neighbor, who must go through their apartment to get to his. Corie tries unsuccessfully to loosen Paul up. All ends well, however, with Paul and Corie full of youthful appeal in this light domestic comedy. Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2:00 p.m. $25 Strauss Theatre – Main Stage, Monroe 318-323-6681 or www.strausstheatre.com

November 14 & 15, Annual Mistletoe and More Show
Be prepared to shop over 70 unique merchants all under one roof. Find holiday and home décor, gift at affordable prices, jewelry, and items for baby, tasty foods, clothing, arts and crafts, personalized items and much more! 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday; 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sunday $3; Children 10 and under free West Monroe Convention Center, West Monroe 318-470-6714 or www.shoptiludropla.com

November 16, Senior Recital: Jessica Mead. Musical recital featuring ULM senior, Jessica Mead on the flute. 7:30 p.m. Free ULM - Emy Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall, Monroe 318-342-1414 or www.ulm.edu/vapa

November 17, Garden Path: Thanksgiving Tablescapes Featuring Phyllis Gordon
Welcome the holiday season with floral creation ideas that are sure to inspire your family’s table setting and décor. Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner will all the trimmings. Seating is limited. 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. $20 Biedenharn Museum & Gardens – Education Building, Monroe 318-387-5281 or www.bmuseum.org

November 19, Tales and Trails, Sign the little ones up for a good time at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The day includes a snack, story time and making crafts, as well as some outdoor activities. Program is for children 3-5; must be registered to attend. 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Free Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Monroe 318-387-1114

November 19, ULM Choirs and Orchestra Concert The ULM Choirs join the ULM Orchestra for a wonderful night of music. Come hear Brahms, A Song of Destiny; A Bach Cantata; and many opera choruses. Don’t miss this collaboration of sounds. 7:30 p.m. Free, First United Methodist Church, Monroe 318-342-1414 or www.ulm.edu/vapa

November 20-23, 2009 State Tennis Championship: Senior/Super Senior Combo Doubles. The Northeast Louisiana Community Association is hosting the State Championship tournament for senior tennis players (50 and over) and super seniors (60 and over). 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. Free to attend Monroe Athletic Club/Forsythe Tennis Center, Monroe,318-396-7347

November 20-29, Bayou Bowl: $5 All-You-Can-Bowl,Enjoy this great offer in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday! 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. $5 Bayou Bowl Family Fun Center, Monroe 318-325-2062 or www.bayoubowl.com

November 21, Prehistoric Demonstration at Poverty Point State Historic Site
Visit Poverty Point for a day of prehistoric demonstrations on the park grounds. Demonstrations will include of the use of the Atlatl and Indian Games. Also, observe the process of flintknapping and Earth Oven cooking! 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $2; Children (12 and under) and Seniors (62 and older) Free Poverty Point State Historic Site, Epps 318-926-5492 or 888-926-5492

November 21 – January 30, Masur Museum of Art presents Louisiana artist Jonathan Pellitteri. Pellitteri’s intricately detailed sculpture and installations have a mechanical and architectural quality that is thought provoking and fun. Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday Noon – 5:00 p.m. Free Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, 318-329-2237 or www.masurmuseum.org

November 28, Ranger Guided Earthwork Hike at Poverty Point State Historic Site
Come enjoy this ranger-led hike on the 2.6 mile hiking trail. It’s a great time to bring the family to explore and learn about the unique earthworks. Pack a lunch and before picnic after the hike!
1:00 p.m. $2; Children (12 and under) and Seniors (62 and older) Free Poverty Point State Historic Site, Epps 318-926-5492 or 888-926-5492

November 28, Christmas on the River Kick-Off Weekend
The month-long festival begins with entertainment, shopping, and fun. The lights will come on for the very first time accompanied by entertainment and a Premiere Party following to celebrate the holiday season and honor our sponsors and committee members. Premiere Party tickets can be purchased at the Convention & Visitors Bureau. Antique Alley, West Monroe 318-387-5691

November 28 – December 20, Santa’s Christmas Village at the Children’s Museum
Come and enjoy the many activities like ice skating, make and take ornaments, cookie decorating, and taking pictures with the Snowman. Don’t forget about mailing letters to Santa at the Peppermint Post Office and storytime with Mrs. Claus. And most of all, visit with Santa!
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday; 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Sunday; 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday - Frida $5, Admission; $10, Ice Skating The Children’s Museum, Monroe 318-361-9611 or www.nelcm.org

November 28 – December 26, Christmas on the River, Join us in Monroe-West Monroe for Christmas shopping, entertainment, and family fun. From ice skating and carolers in the streets to extended shopping hours and free live entertainment, we have a holiday schedule that you don’t want to miss! Each weekend has a special theme including the Kick-Off Weekend, Festival Weekend, and our favorite - the Old-Fashioned Weekend. Join us every weekend for extended shopping hours, entertainment, carriage rides, and so much more! Monroe-West Monroe 318-387-5691

Nov 30-Dec 4, 2009 Annual Art Sale, Various works for sale by ULM faculty, alumni, and students. 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Free to attend ULM – Bry Art Gallery, Monroe 318-342-1414 or www.ulm.edu/vapa

October 28, 2009

Boogie on the Bricks and Fall Farmer's Market in Natchitoches




Boogie on the Bricks will return on Nov. 7

Outdoor concert will feature 80s cover band BOOMERANG

After the Northwestern home football game on Saturday, Nov. 7, enjoy a free concert and street dance in downtown Natchitoches.

Boogie on the Bricks will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Front Street after the NSU home football game against Southeastern, which will kickoff at 2 p.m. at Turpin Stadium on Nov. 7.

The concert will feature BOOMERANG, one of southwest Louisiana’s most exciting and popular bands. BOOMERANG covers many 80s songs in addition to other types of dance music such as R&B, soul, funk, classic rock, country and swamp pop.

BOOMERANG is known to generate a party atmosphere wherever they perform and their music will make you want to move and groove from the first note to the last.

Boogie on the Bricks has received several awards for its contributions to the Natchitoches Historic District including the Louisiana Main Street Award for Best Image Building Promotion.

Boogie on the Bricks is sponsored by the City of Natchitoches Main Street Program and the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission.

For more information about Boogie on the Bricks, call the Main Street Office at 318-352-2746 or 866-941-MAIN.
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Last fall harvest at the
Cane River Green Market on Oct. 31


The Cane River Green Market will hold a final “Fall Harvest” market on Sat. Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the downtown riverbank.

Besides fresh fruits, vegetables and plants, customers can choose from a selection of “value-added products” including farm fresh eggs, homemade breads, jams, jellies and pickles. Abba’s organics will have sweet and hot peppers, lettuce, okra, beans and other seasonal produce.

Craft vendors will also be on site with hand-made crafts such as woodwork, artwork, jewelry, candles, soaps, pottery, furniture and more.


On Oct. 31, enjoy live music by The Lukejazz Trio from 10 a.m. to noon. The Lukejazz Trio is an exciting jazz group with a repertoire consisting of jazz standards and originals in the swing, Latin and bebop styles with moods that range from exhilarating to romantic.

WesMar Farms will be onsite with their goat milk products including milk, cheeses and soaps. This will be your last opportunity for market favorites such as smoked boudain, hot tamales, crab dips, sweet potatoes and honey.

Patrons can enjoy complimentary coffee, free magnets and reduced prices on all market merchandise. There will be fun for the kids as well. Children can trick-or-treat at the Green Market tent, enjoy fall craft projects and take family pictures with the fall decorations on the riverbank.

For more information about the market, please call the Cane River Green Market 318-352-CRGM or visit www.canerivergreenmarket.com.
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Source and Photo Credit: City of Natchitoches

Sugar Day at Kent House

The second Saturday in November brings Sugar Day to Kent Plantation House once again. This year’s festival, November 14th from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., promises to be filled with food, traditional crafts, music, and fun for all ages with the scent of cooking syrup filling the air. Admission to the grounds for the day will cost $3.00 per person and children six and under will be free.

New to the festival this year will be the poster competition. Area artists were invited to design the first commemorative poster for the 16th annual festival. The winning poster should reflect the image of the Sugar Day Festival. A commission of $300.00 will be awarded to the winning artist. The winner will be announced on Sugar Day. All entries will be on display in the Exhibit Room through the month of November.

Live music will be featured throughout the day. Headlining the musical entertainment will be Hadley J. Castille and the Sharecropper Cajun Band. Castille is a veteran Cajun fiddler who has been both an ambassador for Cajun music around the world and a strong supporter of efforts in South Louisiana to preserve the Cajun language and culture. He is the recipient of numerous musical awards. Castille, his son Blake and his granddaughter Sara Jayde Williams will perform at 10:00 a.m. and again at 2:00 p.m. D. C. Sills, local musician/songwriter and other musicians will also be performing during the daylong festival.

Craft demonstrations from throughout Louisiana will include basket making, woodworking, duck carving, blacksmithing, spinning, weaving, quilting, cornhusk crafts, and flint napping. Some of the demonstrators will be selling their crafts and the Kent House Gift Shop will be open featuring historic and regional books, cards, toys, syrup, jams and jellies, and a variety of other items. Additionally, costumed docents will be churning butter, making soap and candles, and cooking in the open-hearth kitchen.

Special children’s activities, some traditional and some new, will be offered throughout the day. Tours of the House will be offered free of charge but admission tickets will be necessary. Additionally, visitors will be able to choose from among tamales, jambalaya, gumbo, meat and crawfish pies and hot dogs. Desserts include funnel cakes and delicious homemade cakes and cookies.

To condense the long open-kettle sugar making process, the demonstration at Kent House begins with cane juice already reduced to syrup. Cane syrup from David Stewart of Alma Plantation in Lakeland, Louisiana will fill ‘la batterie’, the fourth and smallest of the traditional kettles in which the sugar cooking was finished. Volunteers will spend the day minding the fire and stirring the syrup. This year, local celebrities and dignitaries will help stir with long handled paddles while standing on top of the mill.

Commercial sugar making in Louisiana dates officially to 1795. Though primarily a cotton plantation in its heyday, Kent Plantation grew and processed some sugarcane for its own use. The re-creation of today’s 1840s-style open kettle sugar mill at Kent House dates back to 1994. A ten-year project, the Kent House sugar mill began with the 1982 donation of sugar kettles from Augusta Plantation by descendants of Dr. William Haas, and a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Franklin H. Mikell.

Kent Plantation House, the oldest standing structure in Central Louisiana, dates back almost as far as commercial sugar production in Louisiana. Its mission as a historic site and museum is to interpret the history of Central Louisiana between 1795 and 1855.

For more information about Kent Plantation House Sugar Day 2009, call 318-487-5998.

October 22, 2009

Autumn has arrived in North Louisiana - The State Fair of Louisiana opens today

Autumn ushers in crisp cool weather. It is the time of year that beckons you outside. It's the time of year to grab your family, friends and neighbors and head on out to the State Fair of Louisiana. Once there you will hear children shrieking with pleasure, smell the aroma of corn dogs, sausage rolls and funnel cakes, and see the flashing lights of the carnival rides. It is the time of year meant for having fun and making memories.

This year the State Fair of Louisiana will run from October 22-November 8 at the Fairgrounds in Shreveport, Louisiana. There are plenty of things for everyone to enjoy form food, carnival rides, exhibits, concerts, livestock shows and more.

Make memories that will last a lifetime at the Louisiana State Fair in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Gate admission is $8.00; Pay-one-price is $28.00; Parking is $5.00. The hours are Wednesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. ; Sunday from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. and closed on Monday and Tuesday.
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Opening Day Special - Dollar Day
Official Opening Day: Thursday, Oct. 22
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Free Parking & Admission
3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: $1 Parking/Admission/Rides*
Even Many Food Items will be sold for $1!
Sponsored by:
Kilpatrick Rose-Neath
* Opening Day $1 Special applies to Bill Lowery Carnival rides only.
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Free Till 3
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the Fair will open at 10:00 AM but there will be no charge for parking or gate admission until 3:00 PM. Armbands to ride unlimited Lowery Carnival rides are $10 from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Special $10 armbands are not accepted at rides after 3:00 PM. Join us for lunch Wednesday-Friday and see what the Fair has to offer.
Sponsored by: KTBS 3
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Hispanic Heritage Day
Sunday, November 8
We invite our Hispanic community to celebrate at the State Fair
Great Hispanic Music and Food
Sponsored by: Nicky's and Invasora 92.1 FM
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State Fair Entertainment
October 23, Doors: 6:30 PM, State Fair PRCA Championship Rodeo
October 24, Doors: 6:30 PM, State Fair PRCA Championship Rodeo
October 25, 5:00 PM, Gran Jaripeo Baile Gran Jaripeo Baile
October 31, 7:30 PM, Doors: 6:00 PM, State Fair Championship Demolition Derby & Monster Truck Exhibition
November 7, 12:00 Noon, State Fair of Louisiana Baton and Dance Line Competition
November 8, All Day, State Fair of Louisiana State Cheerleading Championship hosted by Spirit Celebration
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Musical Entertainment
October 22, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 3 Chord Truth
October 23, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, LA Outlaws
October 24, 11:00 - 5:00 P.M., 11th Annual Gospel Music Celebration
October 24, 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM, Wayne Toups & Zydecajun

October 25, 3:30 PM, Dixie Tradition
October 25, 6:00 PM, James Otto
October 28, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, Blues Express
October 29, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, Anxious

October 30, 8:30 PM, Randy Rogers Band
October 31, 12:00 noon - 5:00 PM, 2008 Gospel Mega Fest
October 31, 8:00 PM, Cowboy Mouth
November 1, 2:00, Hand II Heart Puppet Show
November 1, 6:00, Bar-Kays

November 4, 7:00, 8:30, Windstorm & Their Tribute To Michael Jackson
November 5, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, Homemade Jam
November 6, 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM, The Ultimate Eagles Experience - 7 Bridges Band
November 7, 12:00 Noon Bayou State Arm Wrestling Championship
November 7, 7:00, 9:00, John Conlee
November 8, 2:00 PM, Hispanic Heritage Day

Source of times and events From the website of The State Fair of Louisiana
For more information on detailed events and specials visit The State Fair of Louisiana Website.

Halloween Events in Natchitoches


Natchitoches Relives Cities'
Haunted History

Haunted History Tour Scheduled for October 31

The Natchitoches Historic Foundation hosts a guided night stroll through the American Cemetery during its annual Haunted History Tour held October 31 from 5-9 p.m. The tour will feature live portrayals of area personalities buried in the historic cemetery.

American Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in the Louisiana Purchase with graves dating to the early 1700s. The sacred grounds of the cemetery are the final resting places of immigrants, politicians, judges, doctors, war heroes, villains and educators. Buried with these people are wonderful stories of determination, betrayal, love, laughter and death that rival the best books and movies.

Some of the highlights of the tour include a visit from the front street ghost U.S. General Napoleon McLaughlin, the tale of the tragedy of the L’Herrison Family and a greeting from Isabella, the ghost of NSU’s Normal Hill.

Prior to the tour, Spirit Hunters Paranormal Investigators will conduct an investigation of paranormal activity at Chez de Amis Bed and Breakfast and the Cunningham Law Office. They will reveal their results during the tour.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children and can be purchased at the Natchitoches Information Center, 781 Front Street or at the American Cemetery during the tour. Transportation will be provided to the tour sites and tickets will also be available at those locations. For more information, including the tour’s cast of characters, visit www.historicfoundation.org.

For more information on events in the parish, contact the Natchitoches Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-259-1714 or visit www.natchitoches.net.

Source and Photo Credit: Natchitoches Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Natchitoches to sponsor ‘Witch Way to Main Street’




The City of Natchitoches Main Street Program in partnership with Northwestern State University Order of Omega will sponsor Witch Way to Main Street in downtown Natchitoches on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Children 12 years old and under will be allowed to trick-or-treat at participating downtown shops. Area organizations and businesses will also have booths set up along Front Street distributing candy and offering carnival type games and activities. Children must be in costume and accompanied by an adult to participate. Candy will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Activities that evening include visits with Sparky the Fire Dog, the Natchitoches Police Department, Cane River Water Way Commission and Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office. Other activities include face painting, a tour of the “haunted” Natchitoches Parish Library bookmobile, interactive simulation in the fire safety training trailer, a haunted house and Boogie on the Bricks for kids – a street dance for children featuring Halloween music. Refreshments will also be available while supplies last.

Order of Omega is comprised of representatives from Greek organizations at NSU. Order of Omega games and activities will take place on the south end of Front Street and an armband is required for this area. An armband can be purchased for $1 or by bringing 2 can good items to the event. Order of Omega activities include a cake walk, baseball throw, bean bag toss, duck pond, balloon darts and much more.

Natchitoches police officers will be on duty to ensure children’s safety. Front Street will be shut down from the Touline to Lafayette Street, beginning at 4 p.m. A portion of the downtown riverbank will close at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The Natchitoches Police Department is encouraging families who will be trick-or-treating in their neighborhoods to do so before dark. The Police Department asks for all children to be monitored by an adult and use caution when crossing roadways. Parents should also check all Halloween candy before consumption.

For more information about Witch Way to Main Street, please call the Main Street Office at 318-352-2746 or the Office of Greek Life at 318-357-5439.

In conjunction with Witch Way to Main Street, the Christian Worship Center will sponsor their annual “Hallelujah Night” on Saturday, October 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the downtown riverbank. Activities include games, food, candy, costume contests, a dunking booth and more. For more information, please call 352-4593.

Source and photo credit: City of Natchitoches
Shreveport Farmers' Fall Market
October 24 through November 21, 2009
8 a.m. until Noon

For the Fall Market, vendors will be selling:
Fruits and Veggies, including:
Satsuma Oranges *
Squash
Greens of all sort, including some organic
Fall Tomatoes
Frozen Summer Veggies & Fruits
Pumpkins
Sweet Potatoes
... and much more.

Beef, Shrimp, Smoked Meats *, Artisan Cheeses *, Barbecue, Frozen Gumbo *, Pot Pies *, Beans & Rice, Jambalaya, Dirty Rice, Tamales, and delicious treats to devour on-site.

Jams, jellies, preserves, canned fruits & vegetables, pickles, salsas, mustard, and oils.

Baked goods from fresh bread to cakes, pies, and cookies.

Locally-roasted coffees, homemade granola, nuts, pralines, spices and rubs*.

Plants, soaps and herbal products.

Bonsai trees, solar lighting*, and more.

( * denotes new items.)

Support our local economy and support local farmers, artists, crafters and artisans.

Shreveport Farmers' Market is located at 101 Crockett Street, in Downtown Shreveport, Louisiana under the pavilion in Festival Plaza.

For more information, please call 318-455-5788 or email farmersmarket@redriverrevel.com.

Source: Shreveport Farmer's Market from Facebook

October 16, 2009

Things to do in Alexandria, Louisiana

FALL FEST ANTIQUE SHOW is scheduled for October 16 & 17, 2009 at the Jena Fair Grounds just off Hwy 84 next to Walmart in Jena, LA. Friday, Oct 16 will be a set up/swap meet day. Saturday, October 17 starting at 8 am will be the day of entertainment – Tractor Pulls, Antique tractors, car/trucks, hit & miss motors, and all type of heritage displays. Games for all ages, Kids tractor pull, Kids barrel race, grass sack race, adult tractor games, women skillet toss and much more. Live music all day with group jam sessions. Arts & Crafts booths. Don’t miss out - . Free Admission. For more information you may call 318-992-2206.
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FALL ARTWALK: 5 – 8pm, Friday, October 16, 2009, Downtown Alexandria. The Artwalk is a free, family-oriented walking tour that features visual art and live entertainment. Downtown sidewalks, green spaces, and the alleys will come alive as local artists display and demonstrate their works of art. Artists will have booths set up in the Alexander Fulton Mini-Park. Qualifying items may be purchased free of tax. Visitors can tour our various museums, studios, and galleries to view exciting exhibits and live music within a few city blocks. Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs will play on the steps of City Hall. For more information, please call the Division of Community Services at (318) 449-5051 or the Arts Council at (318) 443-4718.
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Don't Miss...
A progressive Gypsy Jazz band from Buffalo, NY inspired by the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt. Babik has the ability to bridge passionate jaw-dropping virtuosity, with a rare toe-tapping danceability that keeps its audiences enthusiastically engaged.

Sunday, October 18, 2009
3 pm
Jewish Temple, 2021 Turner St.
Free & Open to the Public
For info., call 445-3655

Sponsored by the Bindursky-Fuhrer Cultural Fund
A program of the Rapides Parish Library Big Read

FREE concert at the Jewish Temple this coming Sunday, October 18 at 3 pm ., 2021 Turner St.
There is no charge.
It is open to the public and there will be a reception with food and a chance to meet the performers afterwards.
If someone plays guitar, this concert is not to be missed.
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City Park Players presents BlackJack : A Thief of Possession, October 15 -18 at the Hearn Stage in downtown Alexandria, LA.
Performances are scheduled Thursday – Saturday Evenings at 7:30 and on Sundays at 2:30 in the afternoon.

Black Jack is a play by Rosary Hartel O’Neill, directed by Dan Forest. It follows an eccentric New Orleans family as it is squeezed into the close quarters of a Mississippi Riverboat cruise for the New Year’s holiday. Irene, the matriarch of the family, suspects a rift in her estranged daughter's second marriage. Her Latin assistant sets her sights on the grandson, a successful rock star. Kaitlyn, the daughter, is convinced that she is channeling the poet Baudelaire, and certain that her husband, Beau, a brilliant novelist, is having an affair with a larger-than-life character, Rory DeBango. Everyone dons costumes for a New Year's Eve Party, casting off their old identities. As fireworks explode, cracks are revealed in the family’s façade and ugly truths belie frivolity.

Theresa Louviere is the wealthy New Orleans Garden District matriarch, Irene Soniat DuBonnet. Her daughter, Kaitlyn Dubonnet Ellis, is portrayed by Kim Patton. Beau Ellis is played by Casey Scarbrock and Susan Hathorn is Rory DeBango. Bunky Dubonnet Legere is played by Danny Higdon with Christal Workman as Luisa.

In the continuation of our Community Connections initiative we salute Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare, a not for profit organization whose mission is to bring innovative arts experiences into healthcare settings. They work to enhance the environment of hospitals and healthcare facilities by providing public performances in lobbies and waiting areas, rotating art galleries, and in-room healing arts experiences for patients and families. We invite you to view the "Chairs For Charity" exhibit on display in the lobby of The Hearn Stage. Twelve chairs creatively decorated and painted by Studio Artists at Ethel Dixon's Studio are being auctioned (final bidding takes place Oct. 16). Proceeds will go to help Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare continue its healing arts programs.

Reservations are urged. Tickets are available for purchase at the box office before the show. Ticket prices: Adults $12 – Seniors (over 65) $10 - Students $5. The Hearn Stage is located at 3rd & Johnston in Downtown Alexandria in the Rapides Foundation Bldg. Discounted group ticket sales are available. Please contact City Park Players at (318) 442-1800 or email cityparkplayers@gmail.com. Our blog is also a good source of information. http://cpptheatre.blogspot.com

A premiere community theatre, City Park Players is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to offering quality cultural activities and experiences to the entire Central Louisiana community through live theatre productions, programming, and education. City Park Players’ programs are supported, in part, by grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the Roy O. Martin Foundation as administered by the Arts Council of Central Louisiana.

Additional support comes from our patrons and donors and people like you who believe that community theatre enriches our lives and enhances our quality of life.
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FALL ARTWALK TO BE HELD IN DOWNTOWN ALEXANDRIA OCTOBER 16

The City of Alexandria along with the Arts Council of Central Louisiana will host the Fall Artwalk on October 16, 2009 from 5:00-8:00 pm.

The Artwalk is a free, family-oriented walking tour that features visual art and live entertainment. Downtown sidewalks, green spaces, and the alleys will come alive as local artists display and demonstrate their works of art. Artists will have booths set up in the Alexander Fulton Mini-Park. Qualifying items may be purchased free of tax.

Visitors can tour our various museums, studios, and galleries to view exciting exhibits and live music within a few city blocks. Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs will play on the steps of City Hall.

Local businesses open for Artwalk include: Alexandria Museum of Art, River Oaks Square Arts Center, Finnegan’s Wake, Diamond Grill, Emmanuel Baptist Church Art Gallery, T.R.E.E House Children’s Museum, and many, many more. Also, students from Bolton High School will take over downtown sidewalks as a canvas for their chalk art.

For more information on the artwalk, please call (318) 449-5051.

October 14, 2009

Participants Sought for Downtown Zombie Walk

Boils and Ghouls! The shambling horde invites you to participate in the 1st Zombie Walk. The Walk is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. on October 28, 2009.

Ghouls wishing to partake in this historic event will bring three non-perishable can food items to the event and together the horde will march from Front Street to the NSU campus. Face painting and candy will be available for children and a night of fun frights is in store for Natchitoches. All food items will be donated to a local food drive just in time for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

This charitable event is presented by Southern Gothic, a registered NSU student organization.

For more information on the Zombie Walk call 601-529-0273 or the faculty advisor at 318-357-6931.

For more information on other events in Natchitoches Parish contact the Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-259-1714 or visit www.natchitoches.net.

October 05, 2009

Looking for something fun...head to Monroe-West Monroe


Hoe culture in the South, farm hand near Birmingham, AL, June 1936, Vintage silver print; Dorothea Lange

Artists of the Great Depression, now through November 7 at Masur Museum of Art, Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Exhibition includes Depression era artists. View paintings, prints and photographs. Includes artists Thomas Hart Benton, Dorothea Lange, John McCrady and many others. 318-329-2237 or www.masurmuseum.org
Other events at Masur Museum

Brown Bag Concert Series with Doug Duffey, October 7 at 12:00 p.m. at the Anna Gray Noe Park, 251 Oak Street, Monroe. Enjoy a free concert every Wednesday in October sponsored by Northeast Louisiana Arts Council. Bring a sack lunch and some friends. Some seating is provided; picnic blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. 318-396-9520

Community Days: Woods, Woodworking, & Tools, October 10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Starr Homeplace Heritage and Creativity Cener in Oak Ridge. Starr Homeplace boosts seven museums along with a working quilting room, woodworking shop, blacksmith, and 50’s cottage. Great for a family outing! A program is provided along with the noon meal. $5 entry fee; $8 for community meal. Starr Homeplace Heritage & Creativity Center, LA 133/US 425, Oak Ridge 318-244-5700 or 318-651-8311

Louisiana Art & Folk Festival, October 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street in Columbia. Festival includes fine art exhibits and demonstrations, music, children's fun, arts and crafts, food and more. Cost is $3; children 3-12, $1, 318-649-0726

Children's Drop-In: Grown Your Own Greens, October 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens in Monroe. Cost is $5. Learn how to grow your own vegetables! Handouts will be available with fun ideas focusing on gardening all year around. When the activity is finished, families are welcome to walk through ELsong Garden, tour the home, and enjoy a nickel Coca-Cola. 318-387-5281 or www.bmuseum.org

Walking Tour of the Henry Bry Historic District, October 10 at 2 p.m. Masur Museum of Art in Monroe. Cost is $25. The Cooley House Foundation will present a walking tour of the Henry Bry Historic District led by architect F. Lestar Martin. Today, the houses in this district represent 200 years of architectural styles. Space is limited. 318-329-2237

Solo Exhibition by Michael Stillion, October 11-November 24, Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Free. ULM – Bry Art Gallery, Monroe 318-342-1414 or www.ulm.edu/vapa

Greg Biolchini Workshop, October 12-16, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Kiroli Park Lodge, West Monroe.The gallery has scheduled internationally known artist, Greg Biolchini to instruct a pastel workshop. The focus is learning the specific approach to painting in pastel. Whether you are a beginner or accomplished artist, you will enjoy this one-on-one experience. Biolchini’s work is on his web site, www.biolchini.com. Class size is limited. Cost is $400. 318-322-2380 or www.orag.org

Col. John Reitzell Speaking at Chennault Aviation and Military Museum, Monroe, October 13 at 6 p.m. Reitzell served 28 years in the Army and is in the 509th Parachute Infantry’s Hall of Fame. The public is encouraged to attend. 318-362-5540

Artist Talk with Doyle Jeter, October 13 at 6:30 p.m. Doyle Jeter is founder of Enoch’s Irish Pub, the Eye-20 Group, the 10/20/40 Group, and the Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival. He has a master’s degree in printmaking from New Mexico Highlands University. His work can be found in private and public collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This event is Free. Masur Museum of Art, Lower River Gallery, Monroe 318-329-2237 or www.masurmuseum.org

Tales and Trails in , October 15, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe. Program is for children ages 3 to 5 years of age. The day includes a snack, story time and making crafts, as well as some outdoor activities. Tales and Trails is free but children must be registered to attend. Call 318-387-1114 to register.

Outdoor Concert: Strike up the Band, October 15, 7:00 p.m. at the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens – Elsong Garden in Monroe. Corey Trahan with Tynan Davis and Cathy Venable will present a theatrically enhanced presentation of popular music from the 1929-39 era of American History. Gershwin’s Summertime, Porter’s It’s De’Lovely, showstoppers from Rodger’s Oklahoma, Kern’s Showboat and a patriotic tribute composed by Irving Berlin are a few of the selections that will be featured – all under the skies of ELsong Garden. The concert is $15. Call 318-387-5281 or visit www.bmuseum.org.

US Hwy 80 Sale, October 16-18, 8:00 a.m. daily. Bargain hunters and shopaholics, travel to one of the longest sales scattered over a three state area. Shop along historic Hwy 80. The sale covers 392 miles from Mesquite, Texas through Louisiana to Jackson, Mississippi. For more information visit www.easttexasguide.com.

3rd Annual Fall Fest & Antique Show, October 17, 9:00 a.m. Jena Fair Barn, Jena, Louisiana. A day of fun with tractor pulls and games for all ages. See antique tractors, cars and trucks. Admission is free. Enjoy live music and jam sessions. For more information call 318-992-2206

19th Annual St. Patrick’s Herbal Harvest, October 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 1712 Wellerman Road, West Monroe. Plants and herbs, original arts and crafts, jewelry, children's clothes and garden accessories. Sausage, soup and jellies also available. Free to attend. 318-396-1341.

Annual Fall Celebration at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Monroe, October 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Fun for the entire family with outdoor activities including guided nature walks, face painting, live exhibits, and more. Free. 318-387-1114

Ouachita River Arts Gallery Exhibit, October 17-November 1, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens hosts works of art by the members of the Ouachita River Arts Gallery in the Fountain Room. This event is free. 318-387-5281 or www.bmuseum.org

Container Gardens featuring Ashley Higginbotham, October 20 from 12:00–5:30 p.m.
Ashley Higginbotham offers tips on planting terrariums, Wardian cases and tabletop gardens. Seating is limited. Advance reservations may be made in the Museum Store with payment of $10. This event takes place in the Education Building of the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens in Monroe. 318-387-5281 or www.bmuseum.org.

The 5th Annual March of Dimes Gourmet Gala, October 20, 6:00 p.m. at the West Monroe Convention Center in West Monroe. This event is held to raise money and support for the March of Dimes. Their mission is to reduce birth defects, premature births and infant mortality. Area chefs offer samples of their signature dishes. The evening also features live and silent auctions of trips, dining experiences and other items. Cost is $75; Corporate Tables available for $500; West Monroe Convention Center, West Monroe 318-387-3650

“Cowboy-Up” Western Celebration, October 21 at 11:30 a.m. at the West Ouachita Senior Center, Monroe. Participation for seniors 60 years and older. Free to attend. 318-323-5700 or www.wmcd.org

Brown Bag Concert Series with Mairtin de Cogain, October 21 at 12:00 p.m. Visit Northeast Louisiana Arts Council's outdoor concert series at Anna Gray Noe Park, 251 Oak Street, Monroe. Bring a sack lunch, a blanket and friends and enjoy a free concert. 318-396-9520.

Earth Oven Demonstration at Poverty Point State Historic Site, October 24 from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. A site ranger will be conducting demonstrations of this unique cooking method. $2; Children (12 and under) and Seniors (62 and older) Free. Poverty Point State Historic Site, Epps 318-926-5492 or 888-926-5492

Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival, October 24 & 25, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. daily at Ike Hamilton Expo Center, West Monroe. The festival honors the rich Celtic heritage of Northeast Louisiana. Performances from Grammy-nominated Trout Fishing in America and some of Ireland’s most famous bands. Fun for the entire family! www.nelacelticfest.net

Brown Bag Concert Series with Rod Payne and Lisa Spann, October 28 at 12:00 p.m. at Anna Gray Noe Park, 251 Oak Street, Monroe. Brought to you by the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council’s outdoor concert series. Picnic blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Bring your sack lunch and a bunch of friends. 318-396-9520

Bingo Bash, at the West Ouachita Senior Center, Monroe October 30 at 10:00 a.m. Participation for seniors 60 years and older. Free to attend. 318-323-5700 or www.wmcd.org

Wild Friday: Campfire Stories, October 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge–Amphitheater, Monroe. A tradition at Black Bayou Lake is sharing stories around the campfire. Come take part and bring the entire family. Cost is free. 318-387-1114

Boo at the Zoo, October 31 at 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo,
Monroe. Costume contests, games and activities and candy! A day of family fun and games. Cost is $5. 318-329-2138 or www.monroezoo.com.

Faustwork Mask Theatre, October 31 from 3–5:00 p.m. at the West Monroe Convention Center, West Monroe. Robert Faust will appear with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra to create a unique synthesis of theatre, physical comedy, music, dance, and poetry. Enjoy an afternoon of entertainment suitable for the entire family. Children are invited to come in costume. $15; $5 for students. 318-812-6761 or www.monroesymphonyorchestra.com


Source: Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau

Cane River Green Market to host Fall Harvest markets

The Cane River Green Market will hold special “Fall Harvest” markets on Oct. 10 and Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the downtown riverbank.

Besides fresh fruits, vegetables and plants, customers can choose from a selection of “value-added products” including farm fresh eggs, homemade breads, jams, jellies, pickles, honey and much more.

Craft vendors will also be on site with hand-made crafts such as woodwork, artwork, jewelry, stained glass, soaps, pottery, furniture and more.

On Oct. 10, enjoy live music by The Back Porch Band from 10 a.m. to noon. The band primarily plays traditional ballads, folk and Celtic music. Band members play many instruments including violins, dulcimers, cello, harp, wash boards and Irish whistles.

WesMar Farms will be onsite with their goat milk products including milk, cheeses and soaps. Don’t miss your opportunity for smoked boudain, hot tamales and pork steaks from Uncle Waine’s BBQ. The Natchitoches Master Gardeners will also be vendors at the Oct. 10 market selling a variety of plants.

Patrons can enjoy live music, complimentary coffee and free "Louisiana Cooking" magazines while supplies last. There will be fun for the kids as well. Children can enjoy fall craft projects and there will also be fall decorations on the riverbank, making the perfect setting for fall family pictures.

For more information about the market, please call the Cane River Green Market (318) 352-CRGM or visit the web site at www.canerivergreenmarket.com.



Source & Photo Credit: City of Natchitoches

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Christmas Festival accepting entries for Lighted Boat Parade

The Natchitoches Christmas Festival is now accepting applications for the 2009 Christmas Festival Lighted Boat Parade.

The Lighted Boat Parade, which is the first major event of the 2009 Christmas Festival, will take place on Friday, December 4 at 6 p.m. on Cane River Lake in downtown Natchitoches. Barges, boats, canoes, virtually anything that floats safely can enter. There is no entry fee; however, every entry must have lights.

First place will receive $250, second place receives $150 and third place receives $100. Additionally, the Cane River Waterway Commission is offering a $200 safety award to the entry that exhibits the best water safety features. Miss Merry Christmas and the Christmas Belles are the parade’s official judges.

This event has become one of the most popular events of the Festival season. This year it has been expanded to make it an even greater spectacle and to offer the opportunity for everyone to become a part of the fun of the Festival. The sight of brightly decorated vessels floating up and down Cane River adds greatly to the atmosphere of Festival weekend.

To enter the barge parade, or for more information, call Lori Tate at 318-357-8744.


For more information about the Festival or Natchitoches, call Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce at (318) 352-6894 or the Natchitoches Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-259-1714. For more information on the Christmas Festival, visit www.christmasfestival.com.

Source: Natchitoches Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

September 24, 2009

Fun Events to check out

Christmas Festival Poster Unveiling, September 27, The 2009 Natchitoches Christmas Festival Poster was created by 10-year Madalyn Sibley of League City, TX. Held at Dicken's & Co. at 524 Front Street. Posters will be on sale for $35. For more information call 318-357-3839.

"Peanut Butter and Jam Concert Series" on Saturday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. The Children's Museum

October events in North Louisiana

Hunting and Fishing Day, September 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tensas National Wildlife Refuge, 2312 Quebec Road • Tallulah, Louisiana. For more information 318-574-2664 or www.fws.gov/tensas. Admission is free. This event is an initiative for youth ages 8-15, "Children and Nature" and is designed to be enjoyed by the whole family. Attendees will enjoy skeet shooting, BB shooting and archery. The highlight and main attraction of the day is the registration and selection process for Tensas river (NWR)’ annual Youth Lottery Hunt.

Teddy Bearfest '09, October 10 from 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. For more information call 318-574-8519 Admission is free. Tallulah Courthouse Square, Tallulah, Louisiana www.ladelta65.org

Teddy Bearfest '09 Historical Celebration, Celebrating the Great Outdoors
Joe Wiegand, renowned Teddy Roosevelt Reprisor, will perform on stage capturing the life and times of President Roosevelt. Lots of activities for children will be offered. Educational and informational booths featuring a variety of activities and live animals, and information on wildlife, hunting, fishing will be on display. Booths showcasing arts and crafts will be avaliable. door prizes will be given and there will be a variety of food booths and live non-stop entertainment.
Shea Arender, Elvis Tribute Artist, will be the main attraction along with Vickie Bell, soul rythmn and blues singer and jazz musician, Dr. Willie Naylor. Other entertainers include Brian Sivils, Band of Brothers, Jamie Lynn Robinson, Baylee Regan, David Breechen, the Senational Six and a host of local gospel groups.

Madison Parish Tourism Commission, 305 Dabney Street, Talluah, Louisiana 888.744.8410, 318-574-8519, 318-574-1123

2nd Annual Avoyelles Bayou B-B-Q Cookoff
September 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Town of Cottonport, Cottonport Avenue, Cottonport, Louisiana, Visit travelavoyelles.com or call 318-876-3485. Admission is free.

2009 Fall Bluegrass Festival
September 30 to October 3 from 6:30 p.m. 318-428-5282 for more information. Admission: $40 3-Day Pass or $15 a day. Thomas Jason Lingo Community Center, 10284 Hwy. 17 South, P.O. Box 1224, Oak Grove, Louisiana, Louisiana, www.needfoundation.com, needfoundation_communitycenter@yahoo.com. 3 Day event with Wednesday evening having a covered dish supper with Bluegrass Gospel Music.

Caldwell Parish COC

Louisiana Art and Folk Festival
October 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Downtown Columbia, call 318-649-0726 or visit louisianaartandfolkfestival.com for more information.

The Louisiana Art and Folk Festival will be held Saturday October 10, 2009 from 9:00 - 5:00. This will be the 54th year for the Louisiana Art and Folk Festival. Held in historic downtown Columbia on Main Street. There will be a Fine Arts show with an art contest, an art exhibit at the Schepis Museum on Main Street. There will be a variety of music played throughout the day on stage in front of the courthouse. Arts and Craft booths will be set up on Main Street (booth spaces available), a children's petting zoo and other activities for children. Food booths will be serving a variety of foods. Our restaurants will be open for business (San Miguel, Mexican, Jan's Pizza Place, the Coffeehouse and Poparazzy serving Italian Ice.

Ruston Jaycees Fall Fair, October 14-17 North LA Exhibition Center, North Hwy 33, Ruston, Louisiana 318-789-8347 for more information

Pioneer Day at Hypolite Bordelon Home, October 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Located at 242 Tunica Drive West, Marksville, Louisiana, call318-253-0284 for more information or visit travelavoyelles.com

Lions Club Pro Rodeo, October 8-10, Gates open 6pm, Starts at 7pm
337-239-3190 for more information. Vernon Parish Fairgrounds, 276 H. M. Stephens Blvd., Leesville, Louisiana

West Louisiana Forestry Festival & Fair October 7-11 at the Vernon Parish Fairgrounds. For more information call 337-353-2314. Admission is $3 Students, $5 Adults. Vernon Parish Fairgrounds, 276 H. M. Stephens Blvd., Leesville, Louisiana

Rapides Parish Cemetery Tour, October 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. Call 318-487-5998 for more information. Visit various historic cemeteries in Rapides Parish. www.kenthouse.org

Lecompte Pie Festival, downtown Lecompte, October 2-4, Town of Lecompte Visit www.asliceoflouisiana.com or call 318-776-5488

West Louisiana Forestry Festival Pageant, October 2 at 7 p.m. Admission: $5 Adults, $3 Students, Vernon Parish Fairgrounds, 276 H. M. Stephens Blvd., Leesville, Louisiana

Biedenharn Special Evening Hours, Biedenharn Museum & Gardens, October 2 from 9 - 11 p.m., 318-387-5281 or www.bmuseum.org for more information. Admission is free.
Special evening hours are perfect for couples, families, and friends! They are also ideal for night photography, marriage proposals and garden enthusiasts.

Downtown Art Crawl, October 1 from 5 - 9 p.m., Downtown Monroe-West Monroe Arts Districts, admission is free. For more information call 318-329-1921 for more information. www.downtowngallerycrawl.com. Make your way from one historic jewel to the next, each filled with fine art and friendly faces. The Downtown Gallery Art Crawl is hosted by a community of artists and the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council and provides art, live entertainment, and more!

Natchitoches Parish: October Events

Robeline Heritage Festival, downtown Robeline, Louisiana, October 2-3, Friday: 5 – 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. - until . Robeline, Louisiana, located about 15 miles west of Natchitoches, will celebrate its heritage with live entertainment, games, children's activities, arts and crafts, a parade and food. Guest performances by Trini Triggs and Becky Birdwell & Roadhouse.
Admission is free; For more information call 800-259-1714 or visit www.robelineheritage.org

Return to the 50's Classic Car Show in downtown Natchitoches on October 3, from 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. The Natchitoches Historic District will return to the 50's with a classic car show, 50's music by "Shake, Rattle and Roll", concessions and, of course, shopping.
Admission is free. www.natchitoches.net

55th Annual Fall Pilgrimage from October 9-11, The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches presents the 55th annual Fall Pilgrimage/Tour of Homes. The Tour includes plantations, town homes and homes seen in the movie "Steel Magnolias." Proceeds from the annual tour benefit the historic and cultural preservation of properties owned by APHN. Time varies by tour. Admission: $15 individual tour; $30 two-tour package; $40 three-tour package – discounted tickets available in advance and for groups 800-259-1714 www.natchitoches.net

St. Augustine Catholic Church Fair, October 9-11, Friday: 6:30–10 p.m./Saturday 8 a.m.–11:30 p.m./Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Experience authentic Creole cuisine, music, games and a jaunt through historic Isle Brevelle. Masses will continue throughout the weekend and guests are encouraged to attend Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. St. Augustine Catholic Church, Melrose, Louisiana. Admission is free. For more information call 318-379-2521. www.natchitoches.net

Natchitoches Art Guild Art Walk, downtown Historic District, October 16 at 5 p.m. Maps and brochures will guide tourists and art connoisseurs through the downtown Historic District where professional artists will display their art and "meet and greet" patrons. Many businesses will be open late offer light refreshments. Musical entertainment will help to guide you along the Art Walk path. Admission is free. Natchitoches Art Guild & Gallery, 318-352-1626 or www.natchitoches.net.

Thunder on the River Christian Motorcycle Rally, October 16-18 from noon on Friday. Presented by Paul Lever Ministries this will be the first Christian Motorcycle Rally to be held in Natchitoches. Thousands of bikers will head to the historic city to spread God’s message. This is a family-friendly event. Activities include fun run, guest speakers, bike show, vendors and entertainment. Admission is free.800-259-1714 or www.thunderontheriver.com

Caddo Adai Pow-Wow, October 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Adai Indian Community on Hwy. 485 will host their annual Pow Wow on the grounds of the Adai Indian Cultural Center. Festivities include arts and crafts, food, traditional Indian dances and more! Bring your lawn chair. Free admission. For more information call 318-472-1007. Adai Caddo Indian Nation, Highway 485, Robeline, LA Adai Caddo Indian Community 318-472-1007 or www.AdaiIndianNation.com

Hauted History Tour, October 31 from 5-9 p.m.. The Natchitoches Historic Foundation invites you to find out what's haunted about Natchitoches while being terrifically entertained as it resurrects some of the most colorful characters in the history of the Louisiana Purchase. The Spirit Hunters Paranormal Investigations will once again be in town to report their findings.
Location of Event: American Cemetery, Second Street. Admission: Admission $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. Tickets available at the Natchitoches Parish Tourist Commission, 781 Front Street and at the American Cemetery during the Tour. 800-259-1714 or www.historicfoundation.org

Witch Way to Main Street, October 31 at 5 p.m. in downtown Natchitoches. Downtown trick-or-treating and activities for children 12 and under. Participants will be allowed to trick-or-treat at participating downtown businesses. Children must be in costume and accompanied by an adult to participate. Activities include face painting, a tour of the "haunted" Natchitoches Parish Library bookmobile, Sparky the Fire Dog, McGruff the Crime Dog and games. The Order of Omega from NSU will host their Halloween Carnival downtown. Admission is free. 866-941-6246 or www.natchitoches.net

Source: Natchitoches Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Events in Rapides Parish: Fall 2009

Pops on the River "Red, White and Boom" September 26 at Alexandria Riverfront Amphitheater

Homegrown talent, patriotic favorites, and a beautiful, early fall evening are guaranteed to please concertgoers at the 27th annual "Pops on the River" concert presented by the Rapides Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m., September 26 at the Alexandria Riverfront Amphitheater. The concert is presented without charge to the community with bleacher seating available on a first-come, first-seated basis. Reserved tables for parties of 10 are available for purchase.

Headlining this year's concert are vocalist Katelyn Sooter and recording artist Dezmond Meeks, both Pineville High School graduates, and 2009 Cenla Idol winner Desmone Sanders.

Dezmond attended Northwestern State University before following his star as a contestant in the 4th season of "American Idol" where he advanced to the quarter-round finals before he was eliminated from the competition. He now entertains twice a week as a musician/front man at "Howl at the Moon" inside Hollywood's Universal City Walk.

Katelyn, daughter of Molly and Vic Sooter, is a cum laude graduate of Oklahoma City University and completed studies at the Springboard program in New York City where she worked with many leading Broadway performers. She now resides in Dallas. As an added treat, the finale - the Symphony's performance of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" will be accompanied by canon fire and a surprise.

While seating is free, a limited number of reserved tables for ten are available for purchase. For table reservations, please call the Rapides Symphony Orchestra office at 318-442- 9709.

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Centenary College Choir to perform Concert at First United Methodist Church in Pineville, Louisiana

From sacred to secular, from Broadway to European, the choir's repertoire is as uniquely varied as its members who have graced the stage! The young men and women come from various regions of the country and often other countries. The combination of fine singing, showmanship, character, and visual appeal that have garnered wid recognition and given credence to the choir's title as "America's Singing Ambassadors."
The choir remains one of the most traveled choral groups in the nation! In addition to having toured extensively throughout the United States, including past Christmas performances in the White House, the choir has brought its choral celebration to over thirty nations on six continents.
They will be performing in the Sanctuary on September 27 at 6 p.m. Please come and enjoy the choir's fine singing, showmanship, character and visual appeal that will create a concert you don't want to miss!!!! Invite your friends and neighbors.
No charge, a love offering will be taken.

Location: First United Methodist Church, 2550 Monroe Highway, Pineville, LA 71360

Source: Alexandria Pineville Convention and Visitor's Bureau

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September 17, 2009

2009 Louisiana State Championship Bowie BBQ Duel

Enjoy the Bowie BBQ Duel and Jim Bowie Festival on Friday, September 18 and Saturday, September 19.

Live music featuring stars Avery Michaels & Exit 209, Maggie Brown, The Blue-Haired Mafia Band, Back Roads, and Paul Southerland and Hanna Belle. A re-enactment of the Bowie Sandbar Fight.

Schedule of Events
The 2009 Festival will be held at the RiverView RV Park and Resort at the tree grove area on the Vidalia Riverfront.

Admission Friday $3/Saturday $5 per person; children under 6 are free.

Friday, September 18, 2009
5:00 p.m. - Gates open, BBQ Duel Cook's Meeting (VIP Tent)
6:30 p.m. - Little Miss Bowie Pageant (Main Stage)
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - "Anything Butt" Judging
(Winners announced Saturday with BBQ Duel Awards)

Saturday, September 19, 2009
8:00 a.m. - BBQ Duel Judges Registration
9:00 a.m. - Festival Kickoff, Vendor Area Opens
10:00 a.m. - Paul Southerland & Hannah Belle, BBQ Duel Shoulder Judging
11:15 a.m. - Maggie Brown
11:15 a.m. - BBQ Duel Whole Hog Judging
12:30 p.m. - Jim Bowie Sandbar Duel Re-enactment
12:30 p.m. - Professional BBQ Duel Ribs Judging
1:15 p.m. - Blue Haired Mafia Band
2:00 p.m. - Amateur Rib Judging
2:30 p.m. - Back Roads
3:45 p.m. - Avery Michaels and Exit 209
5:30 p.m. - BBQ Duel Awards Ceremony for all competitions
6:00 p.m. - Festival Close
8:00 p.m. - Chillin' On The River Vidalia Women's Club Street Dance (RiverFront Amphitheater)

For more information click on the link below.

Source: The Vidalia Chamber of Commerce

Bluegrass Festival in Minden


The Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to announce the Annual Blue Grass Festival, Saturday, September 26.

Load up your lawn chairs and get ready for the best in Bluegrass music, from 10 a.m. until 4 pm. at the Germantown Colony Museum in Minden. Minden's very own celebrity, Dawn Glass Stewart will MC the event.

This year's festival offers the best Bluegrass music in the area including Mountain View Connection, Sweet Tea, Tuning South, Brand New Strings, Greysful and much more. Enjoy live music, crafts and food. Admission is $3 for adults; free for children under 12. For more information call 318-377-2508.

Source: Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau

August 19, 2009

2009 CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL BROCHURES NOW AVAILABLE

Natchitoches has released the new 2009 Christmas Festival brochure with calendar of events for the Festival of Lights.

The brochure includes times, dates, entertainment lineups, admission information and Holiday Tour of Homes information.

This year marks the 83rd anniversary of the Festival of Lights. The city and parish are waiting in anticipation for the biggest and best Christmas Festival yet. The brochure is made possible by the City of Natchitoches, Natchitoches Events Center, Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce, Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission, Natchitoches Historic Foundation and the Natchitoches Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Begin planning your trip to the 83rd Annual Christmas Festival now by calling 800-259-1714 or visiting www.natchitoches.net and filling out a contact form to be mailed the brochure.

Also visit the official Christmas Festival website at www.christmasfestival.com for more information about the festival and up-to-date information.

Schedule of Events

November 21 – January 6, 2010


By: Natchitoches Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

August 17, 2009

Fall Events in Avoyelles Parish

September
September 20th, St. Joseph Cemetery Tour, St. Joseph Cemetery #1, 225 East Waddil, Marksville. Tours are at 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM. Admission $10 Adult and $5 Child

September 26th, 2nd Annual Avoyelles Bayou BBQ Cookoff, 8 AM - 5 PM, Cottonport. Join us for food, crafts and music. Contact: 318-359-6370 for more information

October
Oct. 3-4, Festival of Quilts, Cottonport Museum, Cottonport

October 10th, Pioneer Day, Hypolite Bordelon Home, Marksville, 9 AM - 2 PM, Beignets, coffee, music crafts and foods. Contact: 318-253-0284

October 15, 16, 17th. Marc's Place (Play), Fox Performing Arts Theatre, 111 South Washington, Marksville. Showtime: 7 PM, Admission: $10 adult and $5 child. Contact: 318-253-8105

Try Critics Choice Sandwich Deli in Alexandria, Louisiana

When traveling to or through Alexandria, Louisiana, take some time to visit Critics Choice Sandwich Deli, you won't be disappointed. The menu includes Philadelphia Steak Sandwiches, Hoagies and Oven Grinders, Italian Sausage Sandwiches, BLTs, Chicken Parmigiana Sandwiches, Hot Beef Sandwiches and so much more.

Appetizers include Beer Battered Onion Rings, Beer Battered Mushrooms, Mozzarella Cheese Sticks, Zucchini Sticks, Broccoli Cheese balls and Red Jalapeno Cream Cheese Poppers.

Critics Choice offers a range of dinner choices which include Chicken Parmigiana and Spaghetti, Cheese Raviloi with Meatballs, Lasagna, Chopped Steak Dinner and more.

If you are looking for food for a special occasion, try one of their sandwich trays.

There are two locations in Alexandria. The Critics Choice located at 415 Murray Street in Downtown Alexandria is open Monday-Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday. (318-422-3333)

The Critics Choice located at 5208 Rue Verdun is open Monday from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-7:15 p.m.; closed Sunday. (318-445-1680)

Whether you are visiting Alexandria on business or pleasure, be sure to check out this local treasure.

(Editor's note: During my last visit to Alexandria we stopped here for lunch at the Downtown location. The food was delicious! The service was great too. I had the Hot Beef Sandwich and loved every bite! Others with me enjoyed the Chicken Parmigiana Sandwich, the Philadelphia Steak Sandwich, and from the children's menu, chicken and fries. It is on our list of great Louisiana restaurants to visit!)