A gorgeous weekend in Natchitoches set the stage for the return of events that have been sorely missed by the community during the pandemic. Front Street and the riverbank were abuzz as Bloomin’ on the Bricks and CAPA on the Cane filled downtown with flowers and live music. Families walked the brick streets and lounged on the amphitheatre throughout the day.
As part of CAPA in the Cane, several different musical ensembles from Northwestern State University performed on the riverbank stage. NSU art students and faculty sold artwork at a nearby booth.
Bloomin’ on the Bricks showcased lawn and garden vendors displaying an assortment of items needed to transform gardens and yards this spring season including ferns, herbs, shrubs, flowering baskets and bedding plants as well as garden décor.
The Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council provided ‘Bloomin’ Fun and Fitness with a schedule of workouts including “Cheering on Healthy Living” by NSU Cheerleaders, “Dancing to the Beat of a Healthier You” by the NSU Demon Dazzlers and more fun activities for the whole family.
Natchitoches Parish 4-H volunteers ran the Portable Park with lots of toys for kids to stop and play with as their parents browsed through vendor booths.
Elsewhere in town, the The Brothers Keepers Motorcycle Club 17th, Natchitoches held a crawfish boil to raise funds to benefit CASA of Central Louisiana. Cane River Creole National Historical Park also held a Youth Learn to Fish Clinic at Oakland Plantation.
The City of Natchitoches organized a First Time Home Buyers Seminar. Lastly, a Community Outreach Event was held at the MLK Rec Center to distribute water, masks and meals to the community.