Early registration for the Cane River Plantation Ride is April 30

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The Bike Natchitoches 4th Annual Cane River Plantation Ride on Saturday, May 6 comprises three routes that cover land steeped in the history of Natchitoches Parish and offers numerous views of Cane River Lake.

The 15-mile route will start and finish at the Cane River Creole National Historical Park (Oakland Plantation) in Bermuda, Louisiana. The tour will follow the Cane River National Heritage Trail and the Isle Brevelle Trail along Cane River Lake.  It will pass several antebellum homes as well as Melrose Plantation and will cross Cane River Lake to the Isle Brevelle Trail by historical St. Augustine Catholic Church.  It will continue to Cane
River National Historical Park.

The 25-mile route will follow the same route as the 15-mile route plus continue on to Magnolia Plantation.  The tour will cross the end of Cane River Lake and continue on to the Isle of Brevelle Trail to Cane River National Historical Park (Oakland Plantation).
The metric century route will follow the same route as the 25-mile route and will add the beautiful, hilly forest scenery of the Kisatchie National Forest including the Long Leaf Vista Trail. It is a perfect blend of Louisiana plantation history and serene arboreal experience.

A 2k family fun run/walk is free and will be held on the park premises.
Participants and families from any route are encouraged to tour the National Park at Oakland and Magnolia plantation at no extra fee. Melrose Plantation is offering a reduced fee for participants and families.

The registration fee for any ride is $35 for participants 18 and older. Participants 17 years or younger and students have a registration fee of $20 for any ride.
Late registration* and sign–in opens at 7:15 a.m. and the ride will start at 8:15 a.m.
Register online at http://www.bikereg.com. *Registration the day of the event will be $5 extra per participant. Early registration ends April 30.

For more information about the Bike Natchitoches Cane River Plantation Ride,   contact Carey Blanchard at cblanchard3rd@gmail.com, 318-471-3085, or go to Bike Natchitoches.org.

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A Sensory Sensation is Coming to the Library


In celebration of Autism Awareness Month, the Natchitoches Parish Library (NPL) is offering a “Sensory Sensation” movie-night Monday, April 24 at 5:30pm. This event is designed for those with autism or sensory sensitivities.

In addition to the movie, there will also be popcorn, a parent meet and greet, and sensory activities designed to be calming in a fun and engaging way! There is no prior registration required and the event is open to all age groups with sensory sensitivities such as autism, anxiety, physical challenges, etc.

The audience will be free to move around, talk, sing and enjoy the movie as they see fit; parents are encouraged to bring their own snacks for the family and a pillow or blanket to make floor seating more comfortable. Chairs will also be available. Parents are encouraged to mingle with other parents as well as interact with the movie and activities along with their children.

For any questions, Teen Programmer, Michelle Pichon, may be reached at 318-238-9240.

Notice of Death – April 24, 2017

Notice of Death 2017

Vera Key Masters
February 18, 1922 – April 21, 2017
Service: Tuesday, April 25 at 2 pm at New Kisatchie Cemetery

Gary Gearl Bass
July 12, 1953 – April 20, 2017
Visitation: Monday, April 24 at 5 pm at Pendleton Assembly of God
Service: Tuesday, April 25 at 10 am at Pendleton Assembly of God
Interment: Pendleton Assembly Of God Cemetery

Lois E. Brister
February 5, 1960 – April 19, 2017
Visitation: Monday, April 24 from 4-8 pm and Tuesday, April 25 from 8:30-9:30 am at the John Kramer & Son Funeral Home. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held Monday, April 24 at 7 pm in the Kramer Chapel
Service: Tuesday, April 25 at 10 am at St. Rita Catholic Church Interment: Oak Grove Cemetery in Bentley

Jeff Riser
April 10, 1922 – April 17, 2017
Service: Monday, April 24 at 1 pm in chapel of John Kramer & Son Funeral Home
Interment: Alexandria-Pineville National Cemetery
Visitation: Monday, April 24 from 11 am – 1 pm

Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Chorus to perform Tuesday

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The Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra and NSU Symphony Chorus will perform Tuesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall.

Tickets are $10. Northwestern State University, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current student I.D. Conductors will be Dr. Douglas Bakenhus, director of orchestral studies, Dr. Nicholaus Cummins, director of choral activities and graduate assistant Jolie Gonzalez Masmela.

NSU music students or those in fine arts courses can attend a concert dress rehearsal on Monday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall.

A special part of the performance is the induction of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Society into the Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice Estelle Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts Hall of Fame.

“The Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Society has, for the last 50 years, played a crucial role in the evolution of the Symphony and the School of Creative and Performing Arts,” said Dr. Greg Handel, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the School of Creative and Performing Arts. As a community organization, they have fostered a love and support of symphony music and artistic endeavors, and as an organization they have supported NSU and the Creative and Performing Arts with fundraising and scholarship support for our string students.”

Handel said the Symphony Society has had a major impact on Natchitoches and has made the community a better place to live.

“The Symphony Society is responsible for an artistic spirit on campus and throughout the community that is rarely seen in places similar to NSU and Natchitoches,” said Handel. “The goodwill they have fostered during their 50 years has positioned them as an influential artistic organization and an impactful community organization. CAPA looks forward to continued growth and partnerships with the symphony society, and we wish them well on a fruitful next 50 years.”

Bakenhus said the works being performed would be celebratory in honor of the Symphony Society.

“Many of these works were performed at times of celebration,” said Bakenhus. “This is a way to honor the work done by the Symphony Society for more than 50 years. Their continued support is valuable.”

The program includes “Fanfare for the Common Man” by Aaron Copland; “Coronation Anthem No. 1, Zadok the Priest” by George Frederick Handel conducted by Cummins; “Chanson de Nuit” and “Chanson de Matin” by Sir Edward Elgar conducted by Masmela and “Waltz” from “Eugene Onegin” by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

After intermission, the orchestra will perform “The Duke of Marlborough Fanfare” by Percy Aldridge Grainger; “Mass No. 15 in C major Coronation” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius featuring the NSU Symphony Chorus.

Epsilon Delta Pi inducts new members

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Sixteen computer information systems majors and a faculty member were inducted into Northwestern State University’s chapter of Epsilon Delta Pi this week.

Inducted were Bria Beathley of Baton Rouge, Deanna J. Bertrand of Ragley, Laci Bruno of Lafayette, Marvaeya Edwards of Frierson, Nicholas Fisher of Iowa, Vanessa Griffin of Alexandria, Sidney Jackson of Monroe, Jeremy Jones and Ryan Wright of Natchitoches, Leishlia Lynch of Winnfield, Alba Maloff of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Jasmine McConnell of Shreveport, Catherine Roberts of Dodson, Harold Simmons of Abita Springs, Brandon Smith of Goldonna and Joey Wills of Pride. CIS faculty member Jason Powell was also inducted.

Epsilon Delta Pi is an honor society in the computing sciences. Membership is by invitation and requires that the student be a major or minor in computer information systems with academic achievements, reputation and creative abilities deserving of recognition. Northwestern State University’s Alpha Pi chapter of Epsilon Delta Pi was chartered in 2002. Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems Sarah Wright is the chapter advisor.

Dark Woods Announces Icon Character and Dates for Halloween 2017

Sure, it’s April, but for horror fans, it’s never too early to start thinking about the next Halloween season. Natchitoches’ Dark Woods Haunted Attraction announces its new icon character and dates for this fall’s 3rd annual event, which will run for 14 nights, starting Sept. 22.

Drawing from the Natchitoches area’s most infamous tale of haunting history, Dark Woods has unearthed Isabella, the Black Bride of NSU’s Bullard Hall, to be the icon and hostess for the 2017 season. The stories of Isabella and her hauntings have captivated Natchitoches residents and NSU students alike for generations and now guests will finally have a chance to meet the infamous femme fatale at this year’s event.

“Our research into the dark bride’s legend began several years ago when we started sifting through and piecing together the “facts” and the fiction of Natchitoches’ most famous phantom. That led to our creative team reimagining her story for this generation to experience. We’ve worked with some of the best special effects artists in the US to help bring her to life for our guests and we’re really excited to “release” our Isabella and have her haunt Dark Woods!” says Jason Summerlin, co-owner/operator of Dark Woods Haunted Attraction. “We see introducing Isabella at Dark Woods as the next obvious step in our partnership with Northwestern State University’s Leadership Development program and our participation in the annual Chasing Isabella student Halloween activities.”

Isabella, the Black Bride of Bullard Hall will be appearing throughout the 2017 season in publicity outings and acting as the nightly ghost hostess during Dark Woods Halloween season operating hours.

Here is the schedule of nights for this year’s event:
Sept. 22-23, 29-30
Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 31

Last year’s event featured a mind-bending, terror-filled world in the twisted halls of Dark Carnival in 3D, the area’s first and only ChromaDepth® 3D attraction, including event icon and fan favorite, Boogie the Clown, who will reappear in 2017. This year will also see the return of the updated Deadfall Trail, an outdoor journey winding over a ⅓ mile through the deepest recesses of Dark Woods that puts guests within uncomfortable reach of its horde of creeps and creatures. Expect Dark Woods to start revealing even more about the 2017 season sometime this spring.

Dark Woods Haunted Attraction is located at 4343 University Parkway in Natchitoches.Visit DarkWoodsHaunt.com for information. Find us on social media at #darkwoodshaunt or email jason@darkwoodshaunt.com ph: 318-289-9019. Dark Woods is a member of the Haunted Attraction Association.

Discover Your State: Global Wildlife Center

Natchitoches – Folsom
Miles: ~243
By Corey Poole


Growing up the Global Wildlife Center was one of my favorite places to go. The zoo is always fun, but this free-roaming wildlife preserve is the largest of its kind in the country.

I always looked forward to the safari wagon tours. We’d get a big 5-gallon bucket full of corn to feed the animals. You can feed them from cups or, if they’re the friendlier species, right out of the palm of your hand. The corn has since been swapped out for more nutritious food pellets, but the animals don’t seem to mind one bit.

The only animal that gets left out is the zebra. We can’t help it if their “love bites” seriously hurts humans! While it’s against the rules to feed them, I’m sure they still get plenty of treats.

On my most recent visit, my parents treated my family to a private tour. I’d never been on one of these and I have to say it really blew me away. Instead of a wagon train, we rode in an all-terrain vehicle. The layers of dust on the vehicle and the manual stick-shift turned the tour into a safari experience. I really felt like we were trekking through the wilderness, although the Center is only 900 acres.

Our tour guide Megan gave us information about the center and its residents. The tour guides are always friendly, which I think is a key element of any trip. If the guides, as Megan did with us, make their group laugh and feel at home then they’ve gone above and beyond the call of duty.

The most amazing part of any of the tours is how close you get to the majestic animals that live at Global Wildlife. Species include giraffes, zebras, kangaroos, camels, bison, llamas and many more. It’s home to over 4,000 exotic, endangered, and threatened animals from all over the world.

Open year round, 7 days a week it’s a good idea to always call (985) 796-3585 first for safari check–in times and availability.