From American Cemetery Tour to the Car Show, there is lots to do this fall

This portion of the American Cemetery fence on Jefferson Street will be replaced by the City of Natchitoches within two weeks. It was damaged when a tree fell during a recent storm. Photo by Juanice Gray

By Juanice Gray

At the Aug. 17 Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission meeting, representatives provided updates on their respective organizations.

Janna Jenkins, Main Street Director, said RFP notices were sent referencing the branding. “We got lots of responses,” she said. The committee will evaluate the submissions and make a decision on hiring a firm by the end of August. The new branding will be implemented Jan. 8. She said the Miss Merry Christmas and Miss Natchitoches Teen pageants will be Sunday, Sept. 17 and Witch Way to Main Street will be Halloween night.

Sharon Gahagan provided insight on how statewide budget cuts will affect the La. Sports Hall of Fame. “There will be staff reductions. We’re hoping for an intern program in conjunction with NSU,” she said. Interim Director of the Louisiana State Museum Steven Maklansky met with the Sports HOF foundation Tuesday, Aug. 22 in Natchitoches. “The situation is serious, but not insurmountable,” Gahagan said.

NSU representative Van Erickson reminded everyone the campus will only have one gate open, on South Jefferson, for the onset of school because of construction. He also announced the opening of Café DeMon II at the Shreveport campus. See photo below.

Cynthia Sutton, representing Cane River National Heritage Area, said they hired a new ranger. “He has a lot to offer,” she said. He was formerly with the state parks system.

Karen Townsend updated the Natchitoches Historic Foundation calendar. The eighth grade tour of the American Cemetery will be Oct. 7. She also said the NSU President’s House will be opened to the public after the investiture Sept. 15. She said refreshments will be provided utilizing some of the Maggio family recipes.

Gayle Howell with APHN provided Fall Tour of Home brochures for attendees. The tri-fold brochure provides synopsis on all homes on the tour as well as announces the new speaker series. This year’s tour will have a focus on Natchitoches Underground: Cellars & Tunnels. The event is slated for Oct. 13-15. See additional information on Page 3A.

Sandra Dickens with the Historic District Business Association said the last Destination Downtown will be Aug. 26 and the annual Classic Car Show already has people pre-registering. “It will be on Front Street, down Touline and onto Second Street,” she said. The car show is Sept. 29.