2014 Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival, July 18-19th in Natchitoches, LA.; in air-conditioned Prather Coliseum on the campus of Northwestern State University of Louisiana. This year's theme is "Tricentennial Natchitoches: Celebrating Louisiana's Folk Heritage"
Yonavea Hawkins learned to sew Caddo and Delaware dresses from her mother and is self-taught on Caddo shirts that she has made for her sons and nephews. She designs her own beading patterns to create beaded loomwork for custom beaded belts, beaded bracelets and beaded hat bands. Her Caddo moccasins and Delaware moccasins have won in the Beadwork competition at Red Earth. She will be at the Folk Festival on July 19th from 8 am till 5 pm.
BonSoir, Catin is an all-female, one male Cajun band, made up four female vocalists, Kristi Guillory (accordionist) Christine Balfa (guitarist) Yvette Landry (bassist) Anya Burgess (fiddler), and drummer, Jude Veillon. They will be performing on July 19th in Prather Coliseum.
Frieda Tuma will be demonstrating & selling Pysanky eggs on July 19th from 8 am till 5 pm. Pysanky is a Czech tradition of “egg writing” developed centuries ago in Eastern Europe as a method of decorating non-boiled eggs. Tuma painstakingly draws designs on the eggs in pencil before using wax and dyes to color eggs. The eggs are then drained through a tiny hole before a coat of varnish is applied to protect the dyes.
Corey Ledet with an Ed Poullard accordion, hand crafted in Beaumont, Texas.
Its officially summertime and that means relaxing and more time working in your garden. Looking for ways to decorate your house and yard to add more serenity? Look no more! This year Chris Moore, who is known for his homemade gift products such as: birdhouses, iron work, wreaths and more, will be exhibiting and selling his items at the Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival on July 19th from 8 am till 5 pm.
At nine years old Elvin had been making Plantation Toys for about 4 years. He was born on Melrose Plantation in December 1948 and moved to Oakland Plantation in Bermuda, LA in 1954 where he lived until 1962. Many Plantation children made toys since there was no money for such luxuries. They made twisted wire, push cars, bow and arrows, slingshots, and pop guns. Mr. Shields will be exhibiting and selling his Plantation Toys on Saturday, July 19th from 8 am till 5 pm.
Grassfire is an all-acoustic band from Northeast Louisiana and will be performing on the West Stage from 9-10:15 am and on the East Stage from 12:45-2:00pm on July 19th. They have been playing together for about 12 years. Their instrumentation is bluegrass, but their style is extremely eclectic, ranging from traditional Bluegrass and Gospel, to Country, Folk, Classic Rock and Blues.
Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours will be performing on the Main Stage on July 19thfrom 11am - 12:15 pm and on the West Stage from 6:15-7:15pm. They will also be participating in a Music Informance from 5-5:45pm in the Basketball Room. Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152842669280130set=a.500621355129.313856.111780645129type=1theater