New business at the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission (NHDDC) meeting Jan. 17 included a transition for the Historic District Business Association (HDBA) and the Natchitoches Main Street Office. Jill Leo, director of festivals and events for the HDBA will transition into the Main Street Office. The HDBA was willing to work with the City in this merging of operations, which they will try out for a year.
In other business, the City’s new website should launch in the next 3-4 weeks. A new Widget App called “Go Natchitoches” will also launch in mid February. This app combines data from six partner sites to provide a central location to house events and other information.
The bike share program that’s been in the works should happen fairly soon according to NHDDC Chairman Van Erikson.
The Cane River Waterway Commission’s pump project is still tied up in the legal process and property acquisition has become a problem regarding the creation of a new boat launch site on the South end of Cane River.
The Tourist Office purchased a print ad to promote Natchitoches, which will run in The Wall Street Journal. As an added value, Natchitoches promo videos will run on a big screen in Times Square and on screens in the metro in the Toronto area.
Mayor Lee Posey is interested in bringing back the triathlon that has used Natchitoches as an event location in the past. He is also working on a food truck ordinance and is interested in the idea of a “Food Truck Friday” or other such event. The tulips the City puts out each spring have gotten a lot of attention and Posey would like to look into marketing strategies to get more people to come to town to see them, like the possibility of a Tulip Festival.
The Natchitoches Farmers Market will be held on the downtown riverbank for the entire year. The paddleboat that was supposed to be on Cane River by November is scheduled to set sail on March 1. A gate with signage was recently installed toward the South end of the riverbank. Rain slowed down work on the Parc Natchitoches project, but it’s still scheduled to open in 2020.
The NHDDC will look into the feasibility of increasing the wifi coverage in the downtown area and purchasing/renting a giant TV screen to show movies at the riverbank stage or the City Park amphitheater.
Some upcoming NSU dates include:
Feb. 20 – NSU Baseball Home Opener vs. LSU
March 9 – N Side View Day
March 22 – Long Purple Line Luncheon in the Student Union
March 22 – Flavor of Louisiana Event in Prather
April 13 – Dragon Boat Races, which will be a student-led festival for the first time
May 5 – Track & Field Southland Conference Tournament
May 7-10 – Softball Southland Conference Tournament
May 10 – Graduation/Reunions
May 23-24 – Freshman Connection Session I
May 30-31 – Freshman Connection Session II
June 19-20 – Freshman Connection Session III
July 9 – Freshman Connection Session IV
Other events include:
Jan. 24 – Chamber Awards Banquet
Feb. 1 – Exhibit Opening Reception: The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in WWII at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum
Feb. 9 – APHN Luncheon
Feb. 15-16 – No Man’s Land: Bicentennial Celebration Kick-Off at Fort Jesup State Historic Site
March 16 – NYP Pub Crawl
March 23 – Bloomin’ on the Bricks
April 5-7 – Girls Weekend
April 6-7 – Melrose Arts & Crafts Festival