NHDDC discusses upcoming events as spring brings warmer weather

Below are the items that were discussed at the March 18 meeting of the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission (NHDDC).

Tree Maintenance and Fertilization:
As part of a master plan for the district they’re taking a look at the oak trees, which will be monitored over the next 4 weeks because they suffered through the recent cold weather. They’re giving them time to heal, which will hopefully be evident by mid April. Further evaluation will be considered after this point.

NSU:
The university is up 7 percent year on year for admits so the numbers are looking good and everyone is excited.

In Person Summer Orientation Sessions:

Session 1- May 20-21
Session 2- May 27-28
1 Day Session- June 3
Session 4- July 8-9

Summer Cheer Camps (150 beds per camp):
June 6-9
June 13-16

HDBA/MainStreet Office:
Bloomin’ on the Bricks and CAPA on the Cane were a success.
Farmers Market- April 24- July 31
British Brass Band- Free concert May 2 on the riverbank stage
Sale on the Trail- May 7-8 Vendor spots will be open on the riverbank
Jazz and R&B Festival- May 21-22 (Planning on Saturday only)
June 17-19- Lady Bass Anglers Fishing Tournament
June 23-26- 2020 Induction for Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame
August 25-28- 2021 Induction for Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame
June 25 and August 27- Free concert on riverbank to coincide with Induction celebrations

APHN:
April 17-18- Melrose Arts & Crafts Festival

NPS:
The Cane River Creole National Historical Park is officially in its new warehouse. The next phase of the move is the Depot Project. Construction drawings will be complete in the next couple of weeks and construction may begin this summer. The NPS will facilitate community meetings to get input on interpretive displays that will be installed in the depot. A press release will be sent out on meetings in April and May when dates have been determined.

CRNHA:
The Cane River National Heritage Area is developing a free preservation trades workshop for local contractors to educate them on how to update homes while still preserving the integrity.

CRNHA is also working with the City to upgrade the MLK triangle including new lighting, plantings and a new sign.

The Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival is still in the planning process, but they’re looking at a series of unplugged concerts and crafting events during the summer at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

Chamber:
March 27- Home & Garden Expo at the Events Center
April 14- Next Picnic in the Park Luncheon to learn about the GEAUX Fame program at CLTCC and how it helps with workforce development in the Natchitoches community.

City of Natchitoches:
Pervious Concrete will be used at the intersection of Second and Texas Streets to combat the constant water leakage that occurs at this location.