Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Vacation or Staycation?


New show points out where to go, when to stay

With still enough summer left to dream of a perfect vacation, many people may be wondering how they can afford one in today's economy. One local television show, "Staycations," is getting ready to show how it can be accomplished.

"This show will give people an opportunity to get information about areas and places right under their noses they may not know about," said Jimmy Rhymes, Content Manager for KTBS 3 and KPXJ/CW 21. "Budgets are tight and the economy is down. This will show people how they can have a vacation and save money, while staying close to home and enjoying what local communities have to offer."

The show recently filmed in Minden and was given locations to check out from the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The first location was Minden's historic downtown area, featuring original brick streets, antique shops, such as renowned Second Hand Rose Antiques, and quaint restaurants and the nearby historic residential district, with more than 70 historic properties within walking distance of downtown.

The second point of interest was the Dorcheat Museum that showcases the life and culture of Webster Parish along Bayou Dorcheat. There, visitors can see artifacts from the parish's earliest inhabitants and hear about their triumphs and tragedies.

They can also learn about the many famous citizens from Webster Parish including country music and television star Trace Adkins, Astronaut Alan Bean and the Grammy Award winning Cox Family.

The third recommended area was the downtown arts district featuring Easley Fine Art Gallery, which provides Webster Parish with art shows of local and regional artist, and the new City Art Works, the center of cultural activities sponsored by the City of Minden.

Finally, the television crew was pointed to areas where several movies have been filmed.

"It's really neat to have all that activity there," said Rhymes. "If people went to just see where the films have been, that would be a full day of activity."

For more things to do in Minden and around Webster Parish, call 377-4240 or go to www.visitwebster.com.

The Webster Parish edition of "Staycations" will air Friday at 7 a.m. on KPXJ/CW 21.






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