Webster Parish is featured in the November/December issue of LOUISIANA LIFE MAGAZINE in an article titled "A Holiday Trail of Lights" by Paul Stahls, Jr., a travel writer who was our guest for the first Fasching Karneval and Parade in February 2011 and again last year with a Holiday Trail of Lights media tour in November 2011.
Paul featured Minden's Fasching Festival "the old German town of Minden begins its season with a Fasching Festival" and he continues with "you can browse art and antique galleries as well as the Fasching Boutique, shop crafts booths along Main Street, enjoy a German beer exhibition, see a display of 100 traditional German nutcrackers, dine on German and Southern fare and dance to German and local bands.
While waiting for Saturday's fireworks, learn some local history via murals and artifacts at the Dorcheat Museum (its log cabin will be adorned with pioneer-era decorations), and ride a free shuttle to the Old Germantown Colony (a communal settlement founded in 1835) during the Fasching event.
Paul also writes about other "prime dates for visiting will be Nov.24 for the nearby Springhill Christmas Parade, Dec. 1 for Sarepta's Christmas Festival, and Dec. 4 for Minden's good old fashion Christmas parade".
Another result of our office hosting Paul Stahls in February 2011 has been his effort to get the Minden Fasching Mardi Gras Karneval and Parade, Minden's German-style Mardi Gras featured in a major publication out of New Orleans, the MARDI GRAS GUIDE 2013 annual edition. In an email from Paul this week, Paul stated "Arthur Hardy, owner and art director of the Mardi Gras Guide, founded the magazine in 1977, introducing it not only as a reliable set of schedules and parade-route maps but, in fact, a full-size and heavily illustrated feature magazine with stories on Carnival history, Carnival collectibles, current and past personalities and the like, now considered the go-to guide on all things Carnival."
The Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau is thrilled that Webster Parish will be included for the first time this year! It'll be distributed sometime in January and be on magazine stands well into March.
As reported last month, our office hosted a group of outdoor travel writers in early October who have written newspaper articles about Bayou Dorcheat.
Others plan to come back in the spring to write more about Webster Parish's beautiful outdoors and activities for the fisherman. Mona Hayden, publisher of LOUSISIANA ROAD TRIPS MAGAZINE accompanied her outdoor writer. We had a great opportunity to talk about activities we have to offer the fisherman's wife.
Mona returned at the end of October to research our tea room and antique shops for a book she is currently writing. After a delicious lunch at the newly, opened Timeless Cafe and Tea Room followed by hours of exploring the many antique shops and art galleries we have in downtown Minden, Mona is featuring Minden Main Street in her upcoming holiday issue of Louisiana Road Trips in December.
In her article titled "Magic on Main Street", Mona begins the article stating "I've learned to never pass up a hug, never pass up a snow cone stand, and never ever pass up a road trip to Minden in the piney hills of Northwest Louisiana!
Twenty miles east of Shreveport, a day trip to this historic area is fun any time but especially during the holidays when the original brick lined downtown streets are dressed in lights and ribbons with dazzling storefronts, holiday music, and Christmas cheer."
Her article is an entire page of information about Minden's Main Street including the new tea room, retail and antique shops, art galleries, the historic district, the Germantown Colony Museum and a listing of our events around the parish in December.
If you question what the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Commission does, our Mission Statement is: "To provide leadership in marketing Webster Parish as a highly desirable visitor and meeting destination and engage in visitor promotions, which result in overnight stays and activities within Webster Parish." The editorials detailed in this report are another example of the results of our extensive efforts and have a monetary value that is priceless.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Lynn Dorsey is the executive director of the Webster Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau. Her column runs monthly in the Minden Press-Herald.