Commission searching for fun summer activies for families


Looking for partners to help beat the summer heat
Juanice Gray | Editor

There’s nothing to do.
That’s one phrase that won’t apply to Natchitoches this spring. The Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission (HDDC) members outlined spring activities and events, and discussed ideas for summer, at their April 21 meeting.

This article published in the April 28, 2022, print edition

Summers are hot, really hot, in Natchitoches. So hot than any entertainment or events would need to be indoors or in the water. The HDDC discussed a variety of water events or late evening activities for families. Carrie Hough mentioned a food truck battle, because everyone eats, even in the heat. The idea of Slide the Streets, featuring large water slides on closed city streets, was also discussed as well as movie nights on the riverbank. Van Erikson stated the HDDC’s purpose was to provide support to events, not fund them. Summer events would require entities, such as non-profit organizations, to take the lead.
Sandra Dickens with the Historic District Business Association said there are 99 entries in the car show already – and it isn’t until September! She stated the HDBA would be interested in assisting with a summer attraction.
Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Executive Director Arlene Gould said Sale on the Trail will be May 6-7 and already had 78 stops on the map between Natchitoches and Nacogdoches, Texas. Scan the QR Code at right to access the interactive map.
Chairman Jill Leo announced the Roque House groundbreaking will be at 4 p.m. May 12. Events for April 30 include the Farmer’s Market on Front Street and Teach a Child to Fish.
Relay for Life will be May 6-7, Run Baby Run May 7, Zydeco homecoming May 7 and Jazzfest May 20-21. There will also be a Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. on the Riverbank sponsored by the American Legion.
Jim Rhodes with the Cane River Waterway Commission said another $500,000 was approved for the Roque House project. DSW Contractors were hired for the project that will include landscaping. “We want the house to be used, not to just sit there,” Rhodes said.
Chamber President Laura Lyles had an update from the Pub Crawl in March. She said there were 400 registered participants and the event had a $360,000 economic impact on the community.
Mayor Ronnie Williams Jr. announced there will be Juneteenth celebrations featuring a baseball tournament, music, food, dancing and fireworks. Details coming soon.
Erikson stated the new disk golf course at NSU is gaining popularity with all ages. “The course takes players all over the campus,” he said.
For more information on events and activities in the parish, see the Entertainment page in this edition.