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September 2014

September 2014

2014 Arts scene beloved by local community


Alexandria-Pineville is located in the heart of Louisiana. It’s known for its outdoor adventures, plantation home tour, and fine Louisiana cuisine. But its emerging arts scene is now taking center stage with the locals and visitors. One of the big draws is the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, located in the burgeoning downtown at 1202 Third Street.

Tom Harmeyer, President and CEO of the Central Louisiana Community Foundation can remember when the performing arts center was just an idea and can see the growth that has happened over the past decade. “The Coughlin Saunders Performing Arts Center is the premier performance hall in our region. It provides a venue for shows that cannot be seen anywhere else in our community. It is not only used for top-notch touring shows, but for community and school activities.”

The staff loves to brag about all the cool things that make the 615-seat center special like the built-in spring floor and orchestra pit that can be raised or lowered to accommodate the needs of different performing arts. This place is so beloved by the locals that very few national shows can play here since high school performances, local dance groups and community theater troupes regularly book the theatre.

Organizers recently announced that the Alexandria Youth Orchestra has signed on to perform for the next three years. Brandy Wills, marketing director, feels very strongly about the arts and youth. “Art opens the minds of our youth and creates a safe outlet to express themselves by self-discovery.”

With nearly a decade under its belt, the center’ staff is even more focused on providing great entertainment. They are delighted to share Mary Poppins with the community, which is being brought by the Lagniappe Theater Company. Owners Karen and Ross Schexnayder ordered a custom background set from Canada to really amp up the ambiance of the show. The special effects will include high flying sequences, special lighting and musical performances. The show will run from Sept. 18 to 21. Show times are 7 p.m. on Thursday to Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

To purchase tickets to this special performance, click here

Minden- A Shopoholic's Dream

When you think of small town U.S.A, you imagine a picturesque main street, busy with locals. You have all sorts of shops, from the local thrift store to an auto shop to a karate studio. Everything in this small town is located right in downtown, which is a plus for your feet! Minden is that ideal small town, located about 30 minutes east of Shreveport-Bossier via I-20. While walking down Main Street, you will see a variety of shops to fit all of your small town shopping needs. The fashionista of your life, will need to check out Say Baby!(200 Sibley Rd.)  This one is right off Main Street as you are coming into town, but it is the place for all your fashion needs. Owner Lisha Sikes is going on her fifth Christmas this year and is excited about all of the new shoppers headed her way. She said, “We are not only ready for Christmas, but we have tons of purple and gold for the LSU Tiger fans.” For those looking for a hidden treasure, check out Second Hand Rose, right on Main Street (509 Main St.).  Customers come to see the four-story antique shop and stay for the fun-filled owner Milly Rose, who will sing and tell stories of celebrity sightings as you shop. For more info on what is happening in Minden and more shopping opportunities, check out