Cenla’s Cane River Creole Heritage

Posted April 2015

April 2015 Cover2016 marks the centennial year for the National Park Service. In order to promote this milestone, the NPS will be launching the “Find Your Park” campaign. The NPS is hoping that Americans discover or re-discover the nation’s nearly 400 National Parks, that preserve and protect our most precious cultural and natural resources. For residents of the Cenla, our closest National Park is Cane River Creole National Historical Park. Cane River Creole NHP was established in 1994. The park consists of two Creole Plantations, Oakland and Magnolia. Both of these plantations are located south of Natchitoches along the Cane River. The purpose of the park is to preserve and protect the plantation landscapes while also interpreting plantation culture from the 18th [...]

Inaugural Mug Show, Summer Arts Studio, and Men Who Cook at River Oaks

Posted April 2015

Spring time is more than just time for cleaning at River Oaks–while the Bolton Home received a new paint job and the grounds have been tidied up for the spring activities, Executive Director Rachael Dauzat and Artistic Director Aubrey Bolen and their team have been busy preparing a national mug show, one of the two […]

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A Slice of Eternity

Posted April 2015

In a sense, the message that comes out of the Judeo-Christian tradition is not very attractive.  Fr. Richard Rohr asks, “How do you sell emptiness, vulnerability and non-success?”  The Old Testament is full of laments from the people who were captured by their enemies and taken into exile.  And the New Testament points to death […]

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MayFest Set for May 1st and 2nd

Posted April 2015

Music, art, crafts, food and more will be featured during the 40th Annual MayFest Arts & Crafts Festival, set for Friday and Saturday, May 1st and 2nd in the Downtown Leesville Historic District.  Sponsored by the Vernon Parish Tourism Commission, the festival has been a favorite among Vernon Parish residents and visitors alike for decades, […]

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Measles: A Recurrent Threat

Posted April 2015

A recent measles outbreak, radiating throughout the U.S. from an imported case at Disney World in Anaheim, California, has captivated national attention.  As of February, 2015, there had been over 140 recorded cases, with the potential of rising considerably higher.  Although the beginning of this outbreak originated from the “Magic Kingdom”, past outbreaks began in […]

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POTUS Tax Reform: Give and Take

Posted April 2015

The February 13th Kiplinger Tax Letter highlighted our president’s tax plan. Some good, some bad, and most won’t see the light of day. Items that may find bipartisan support include increasing the ceiling on expensing assets in small businesses. Currently, the cap is $25,000 and, according to Kiplinger, the president would propose increasing the ceiling […]

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Ready. Set. Fête.

Posted April 2015

Last year, our focus in Community Services was to help AlexRiverFete grow and gain partners who were excited about helping this Downtown festival bring people together from across Central Louisiana and beyond. Those partnerships made for a very successful festival.  This year, we look forward to an even better festival. Mark your calendars for April […]

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