NHDDC receives updates on marketing, community events and more

NHDDC Updates

There were plenty of updates at the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission (NHDDC) meeting Oct. 18.

The Historic District Marketing Committee met at the beginning of the week. They are still working on the new City website with the new logo and branding, but “the preliminary design looks great so far.”

The NHDDC signed a contract for six double-sided electronic billboards, which will run through January in the Shreveport/Bossier areas. Commission members were able to get the contract extended through May 2019 with no fee increase. Six double-sided boards means 12 boards can run at $750 per month for all 12 (other billboards the commission priced ranged up to $1,200 per month.

The company also agreed that as it gets new locations, the NHDDC will be added to them during its contract period, which would mean eight double-sided billboards instead of six. Each board runs an ad 360 times per day for eight seconds at a time.

The graphics can be swapped out quickly and easily and the company is willing to build up to four different one for free.

Locations include:

Walmart on Shreveport Barksdale Highway (25,146 cars per day)
Trejos on Mansfield Road (38,061 cars per day)
LSU-S at Millicent Road (33,876 cars per day)
Walmart at LA Hwy. 1 and I-49 North market Street (22,000 cars per day)
Benton Road at Kingston (26,600 cars per day)
Airline Drive in Bossier (29,613 cars per day)

“We will be promoting Turn on the Holidays and Christmas Festival through December,” said David Stamey. “We are looking at spring events like Mardi Gras and the Dragon Boat Races for January and February and moving into spring with the Pub Crawl, Girls Weekend and Jazz Fest. We need to promote events to let Shreveport/Bossier know everything that’s happening in Natchitoches. Let’s also use this medium to promote attractions like the Sports Hall of Fame, Melrose, Grand Ecore and more.”

Sandra Dickens gave an update on the HDBA’s event: The Natchitoches Car Show. There were 363 cars present for the event. Some owners attended, but left their cars at home because of the iffy weather forecast. Around 700 people ate at the fish fry the night before the car show.

Sandra said they’ll be putting more money into the fireworks shows for the Christmas Festival this year.

The music lineup includes:

Nov. 17: Cane River Soul and 92Twenty
Dec. 1: Wayne Toups
Dec. 8: Mike McKenzie Band and Maggie Rose
Dec. 15: Southbound 71 and Jaryd Lane
Dec. 22: Paul & Pete Band and Johnny Earthquake & the Moondogs

Other entertainment includes:

DJ on the riverbank on Friday nights (Nov. 23, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14, Dec. 21)
Nov. 17: Visit Santa’s Live Reindeer on downtown riverbank
Dec. 15: David Melville performance at 2 pm on downtown riverbank stage
Dec. 6: NSU Elementary/Middle Lab and NCHS orchestra Christmas Concerts on downtown riverbank stage
Dec. 19: First Baptist Church Christmas Celebration on downtown riverbank stage

Visit natchitocheschristmas.com for more information.

The Natchitoches Historic Foundation had 400 eighth graders attend its Friday night American Cemetery Tour with 150 members of the public in attendance later in the evening. The NHF will hold a Christmas for Children program at the Prudhomme-Roquier House on Dec. 8 from 10am-1 pm that is free and open to the public.

Jim Rhodes gave an update on the Cane River Waterway Commission.

The commission is looking into performing a feasibility study into dredging the north end of Cane River Lake. This project should be ongoing over the next 6-8 months with permitting.

A university fishing show that airs on the Outdoor Channel picked Natchitoches as the location for its next show in January.

The Cane River Queen Paddle Boat is looking at having its boat in the water around mid-November.

Edd Lee with the City updated the commission on the completion of the restroom at City Park and the installation of a parking area with 10 spaces at the Well Woods recreational area.