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    April 15, 2019
    2019 Programs and Events at Creole National Historical Park 

    NATCHITOCHES, LA – Cane River Creole National Historical Park announces schedule of free 2019 programs and events at Oakland and Magnolia Plantations.
     
    Youth Art Show: March 15 – December 31, 2019
    In partnership with International Fiber Collaborative, this student art exhibit features work completed by 313 student artists representing 15 schools from around the state. The exhibit can be viewed in the Overseer's Houses at Oakland and Magnolia Plantations. Visitors can vote their favorite pieces for “Best in Show” from March 15 - November 1.  The winner will be announced on November 2, the 25th anniversary of the park. 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
     

    Plantation Painting With Annabel: April 13, 2019

    Have you ever wanted to paint en plein air on a historic southern plantation? Join local artist Annabel Jones will be teaching a two-hour painting class at Oakland Plantation. This FREE event requires no previous painting skills. Supplies are provided. Limit: 20 Adults. Call 318-352-0383, x 316 to register. 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
     
    Find Your Park Festival: April 27, 2019
    Join us for the 3rd annual Find Your Park Festival! This FREE kid friendly event will include craft demonstrators, natural and cultural history displays, and a petting zoo. Come learn about the local, state and federal parks in the area and all the things you can see and do. 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
     
    Two Wheels to History Bike Ride: May 4, 2019
    Join us for a FREE bike ride and learn about the life of sharecropping from park volunteer Elvin Shields. Elvin and his family lived on Oakland Plantation and during Segregation; he attended the African American school at St. Matthews. This six-mile round trip ride will begin at Oakland and visit St. Matthews School. The park provides bikes, helmets and water. Limit: 20 adults and young adults. Reservations are required; call 318-352-0383, x 201. 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
     
    Two Wheels to History Bike Ride: June 1, 2019
    Ranger Tim will present "Juke Joints, Horse Races, and Baseball Games: A Bygone Era of Cane River History."  This 14-mile round trip FREE bike ride will begin at Oakland Plantation and will follow the historic Isle Breville down Cane River. During the mid-20th century, this area was the home of several jukejoints and baseball fields. Horse racing was also a popular past time for Cane River Creoles. The park provides bikes, helmets, and water. Limit: 20 adults and young adults. Reservations are required; call 318-352-0383, x 201. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
     
    Hot Yoga: June 22, 2019
    Join us under the shade of the oak allee of Oakland Plantation as we limber up and enjoy some FREE hot yoga from our friends at 'Lotus In the Pines' yoga studio. This beginner to intermediate 'easy flow' class is a great way to learn about yoga in a comfortable setting. 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
     
    Photography with Annabel: July 20, 2019
    Join professional photographer Annabel Jones at Magnolia Plantation as she provides tips about outdoor photography. DSLR camera required. FREE. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
     
    Kids Painting with Annabel: August 3, 2019
    Hey Kids! Did you ever want to learn how to paint? Our friend Annabel Jones will teach you how at Oakland Plantation. Supplies provided for this FREE event. Limit: 20 children ages 8-12. Call 318-352-0383, x 316 to register. 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
     
    Fall Tour of Homes: October 12 & 13, 2019
    The park will join with other historic sites within the Cane River National Heritage Area for the 65th annual Fall Tour. Oakland Plantation welcomed visitors long before the National Park Service acquired the property in 1997.  Oakland has been featured in the Fall Tour since 1954.  On a typical day park rangers provide guided tours, but during the Fall Tour, former plantation residents will be giving tours, and talking with the public. FREE. 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
     
    Fall Festival: October 26, 2019
    Come celebrate the agricultural heritage of Cane River, with kid friendly games, and activities. Join us for birthday cake as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the creation of Cane River Creole National Historical Park and Cane River National Heritage Area. FREE. 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
     
    Build a Cigar Box Guitar: November 30, 2019
    Hey Kids! Have you ever wanted to build a musical instrument? Learn how to build a Cigar Box guitar. Professional musician Mike Snowden will be our guest for this FREE event. We will build cigar box guitars that you take home. 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Mike will be performing on his personal cigar box guitars from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 
     
    Photography with Annabel: December 14, 2019
    Join professional photographer Annabel Jones as she provides tips about outdoor photography. This program will take place at Magnolia Plantation, which provides a rich atmosphere of natural and cultural resources. DSLR camera required. FREE. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
     
    The grounds of Oakland and Magnolia Plantations are open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nearly 80 original buildings remain, many open for self-guided tours including several that are historically furnished. The park also offers a cell phone tour. Park staff conduct tours of the historically furnished rooms in the Oakland Main House. The Magnolia Main House is still privately owned and is not open to the public. For more information, please visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/cari, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/canerivercreoleNPS or call the park at 318-352-0383, ext. 316. 
     
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