Celebrate "all that is German" on November 11 and 12 at the Fasching Fifth Season Festival.
The party will begin on Friday, 11/11/11 at 11:11 a.m. at Orleans on Main when, with state and local dignitaries on hand, the mayor of Minden will present the keys to the city to the Queen and King of Fasching.
The Royalty will reign over the festivities, through Christmas and Epiphany until Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.
Visitors are invited to join in the festivities at dusk on Friday evening, November 11, as the switch is flipped to illuminate thousands of Christmas lights throughout the city of Minden beginning the Holiday Trail of Lights. More than 100 nutcrackers in all shapes and sizes will be on display honoring Minden's German Heritage.
The Fasching Fifth Festival will continue in downtown Minden on Saturday from 10 a.m. until dusk, featuring German food and diverse live entertainment.
Artisans and crafters will be set up along the sidewalks in the historic Minden Main Street for any shopper's delight and local beer enthusiasts will host a beer exhibition.
Visitors may catch complimentary shuttles from downtown Minden to the Germantown Colony Museum circa 1832, just north of Minden, departing from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Then the shuttles will depart from noon until 3 p.m. from downtown Minden to the annual Ghost Walk at the Old Minden Cemetery where "ghosts" of German-Americans from Minden come to life to tell their stories.
Children, young and old, will enjoy ice skating at the Fasching. The finale will be fireworks at dusk. The lights will remain on until January 2, 2012.
Plan to attend the Fifth Season Commencement Brunch celebrating the beginning of the Fasching Fifth Season in Minden on November 11. Tickets are available for $15 and can be purchased at the Minden-South Webster Chamber of Commerce office on Sibley Road.
Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne will be the guest speaker and tickets are on sale now at the Minden-South Webster Chamber of Commerce office.
That evening, the City of Minden will turn on their thousands of Christmas lights, and Minden will be the first location to turn on lights on the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights!
This is the first year the City of Minden has been included in this big event along with Shreveport-Bossier, Natchitoches, Alexandria and Monroe. Visit www.holidaytrailof lights.com to see all the events scheduled in Minden and the other cities.
In addition to the Holiday Trail of Lights in Minden, plans have been finalized to light up Bayou Dorcheat on the old Highway 80 Bridge at the Village of Dixie Inn this Christmas season.
This has been made possible through the donation of an animated Christmas light display by Homer and Laura Humphreys, electricity provided by the Village, and the assistance of inmate labor provided by the Webster Parish Sherriff's Department. We will work to add more along the banks of Dorcheat in the future.
On September 28 and 29, I attended a 2 day workshop in Monroe hosted by the LSU Ag Center.
The workshop, "Paddling and Canoeing Business Opportunities" was focused on the development of paddling trails and the related revenue potential.
I was one of the featured speakers presenting a power point slide show of the ongoing development of Bayou Dorcheat as a tourist attraction in Webster Parish.
The workshop was featured on local news networks and newspapers.
Webster Parish received very positive publicity for the steps taken through the past years and activities planned in the future.
On October 3, the Webster Parish Tourism Bureau hosted the Louisiana North quarterly meeting and had the opportunity to showcase Minden.
More than 17 directors from Conventions and Visitors Bureaus across north Louisiana had the opportunity to see the brick streets, so popular with the movie industry, tour the Dorcheat Museum and shop in historic downtown Minden.
December 6 – Wrap it Up Downtown. Minden Main Street invites you to "Wrap It Up Downtown". Stroll through our art galleries, museum, antique shops and specialty shops. Santa will be available for pictures from 4 until 6 p.m. For more information, call 371-4258.
December 6 – A Candlelight Christmas. Christmas music abounds at the Minden Community Chorus Candlelight Christmas Concert. The chorus will be joined this year by the St. Rest Baptist Church Choir. The concert will be held at St. Rest Baptist Church, 611 E. Union Street, just a short distance from the parade at 7:30 pm and admission is free. For more information, call 617-1607.
December 10 – The 3rd Annual Sarepta Christmas Festival will be held at 210 Vine Street in Sarepta. Chili cook-off, live entertainment, car show and much more beginning at 9 a.m. This year at 11 a.m., there will be a live auction of hometown boy and Country Music Star Trace Adkins' memorabilia. For more information, call Cheryle Robertson at 847-4333.
December 11 – Christmas Tour of Homes. The Minden Historic Residential District boasts some of the most beautiful homes and churches in North Louisiana. Plan to spend the day in Minden and join the tour beginning at 4 p.m. For more information, call Kelly Rich at 548-3503.
December 15 – Springhill Main Street "Christmas on Main." Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus visit with children at AmJenn's Soups & Scoops, 218 North Main Street. Get free photos taken of the children with Santa. For more information, contact Jan Corrales at 539-5699.
December 17 – Ham Fest by the Minden Amateur Radio Association will be held at the Minden Civic, 520 Broadway. VE Testing, special classes, door prizes and great food.
For more information, contact Dusty Collins at 371-0636.