October 05, 2009

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


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