Lady of the Night Amateur Drag Pageant
April 14, 2016
At Northwestern State University, the Beta Iota chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota hosts an amateur drag pageant as a fundraiser for local music programs. Each year, students volunteer to perform for an entertaining evening. The pageant is judged by three judges and the winner is chosen based upon their score in the categories of talent, evening wear, and interview.
This year’s pageant was held in the band hall and offered a night of surprises and laughs.
Contestant Night Ida Slapter (Ross Arabie) drops it like it’s hot while beginning to strip. Slapter was crowned Lady of the Night at Sigma Alpha Iota’s annual drag competition on April 14.
Contestant Booty Pebbles (JJ Battles) pops off her top during her talent performance. Pebbles’ performance during the competition won her runner up and people’s choice award.
The 2016 judges enjoy the competition as much as the audience.
Contestant Botty Pebbles (JJ Battles) takes the runway during her talent performance.
Pageant contestant sing Selena Gomez to their hairbrush.
The NSU International Festival
April 12, 2016
Front St. Natchitoches, LA
The students of the Northwestern State University’s hospitality management and tourism department along with student of the culinary arts program hosted the International Festival of Cultures and Cuisines. The festivals spanned the 500 block of the brick road Front Street from 4:30-7 p.m. on Tues. April 12 in downtown Natchitoches, LA.
The booths represented different countries in decor, cuisine and activities presented by the HMT students. The cuisine included samples of international foods, wines, beer, and desserts prepared by culinary students ad priced at $2-3. Featured activities included cancan dancing at the France booth, a salsa band at the Latin America booth, and smashing of plates at the Greece booth. All proceeds went towards the NSU Hospitality Foundation.
Morgan Lasyone, Demmi O’Donnel, and Jenna Baldwin, perform the Can Can at the 2016 International Festival. Their performance was a part of their France booth and the International Festival, which has been hosted by the Global Tourism class of NSU.
2016 Festival flyer
A couple dances along with the live music provided by the Latin America booth. The band consisted of NSU exchange students from Colombia and they played both Latin and contemporary songs during the festival
Morgan Lazyone serves a pot of chocolate to a customer at France booth. The pot of chocolate sold out before the festival ended; it was made from scratch by NSU’s catering department (who provided all of the food at the International Festival) and included a chocolate cake at the bottom, topped with chocolate mousse and a whipped crème topping.
The Melrose Arts and Crafts Festival
April 16-17, 2016
This festival features fine arts & crafts held on the grounds of the historic Melrose Plantation. Home tours were available inside and around the plantation ground for an additional fee. This event has been held for over 40 years and showcased the exclusive cajun and creole cultures. And of course food vendors were there!
The unique atmosphere and culture experienced at this annual festival is not one to miss.
Hand carved bird houses
A banner on the Big House celebrating the return of the Clementine Hunter paintings after being removed for cleaning and care. Hunter is a famous primitive artist of the Cane River Lake region who used her paintings to depict slave culture.
Handmade bird houses
Itty bitty plants and terrariums