Discover Our Good Nature

Minden, Louisiana to host Christmas Tour of Homes on Saturday, December 3.

The Historic District Candlelight Tour of Homes is set for December 3, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The 3 houses on tour this year are the Huffman House B&B (old Glass house circa 1880), the Wood Home, (old Longino/Richardson House circa 1900) and the Culpepper House, (old Williams House circa 1914). Each of these homes have their own unique style and are decked out for Christmas.

The price is $10 per ticket, inclusive of all 3 homes. All proceeds go towards restoration of Minden’s gazebo.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling Becky White at Minden Main Street; 318-377- 2144, Ext. 258 or email: mainstreet@mindenusa.comTickets may also be purchased at the individual homes.

Huffman House B&B - 1108 Broadway Street http://www.huffman.house/

 Built by Mr. J.H. Nelson in 1918 on the site of the 1870    Reams house. This fully restored historic home is now a charming bed & breakfast.



Wood House - 1201 Broadway Street 
(Old Longino/Richardson house circa 1900, 1949) Built in 1901by Luther Longino is Queen Anne Victorian Style architecture.







Culpepper House - 1100 Broadway Street 
(Old Williams house built in 1914) Built in 1914 in the ever popular Craftsman Style.                                        

For additional information contact:

Minden Main Street – 318 – 377-2144, Ext. 258







 




INAUGURAL “GRILLING ON MAIN” BBQ COOK-OFF 
AND FESTIVAL SLATED FOR JUNE 18, 2016

Minden, LA   Preparations have begun for the Inaugural “Grilling on Main” BBQ Cook-Off and Festival sponsored by the Minden Main Street Program and title sponsor MBL Bank.  The contest is a sanctioned event through the BCA (Barbeque Competitors Alliance) with over $5,000.00 in cash prizes. 

 The event will be held along the historic bricks streets of downtown Minden beginning at 10 am on Saturday, June 18. Downtown will be blocked off to car traffic and filled with the wonderful aromas from the contestants cooking chicken, ribs and brisket. There will be various art and craft vendors all along Main and Pearl Streets, and a beer garden at Easley’s Courtyard at 105 Pearl Street, featuring live music and entertainment! Food vendors will be selling pork chop sandwiches and BBQ, buffalo-bacon burgers, smoked elk sausage, rib plates, traditional burgers, hot dogs, pork sausage, corn dogs, funnel cakes, boiled crawfish and shrimp, gumbo and etoufee, along with snow cones and ice cream from a restored vintage ice cream truck.

Raffle tickets will be available for $5.00 each, giving you two chances of winning. The first drawing will be for a Stainless Steel Crawfish Cooker, and the second will be for a Stainless Steel Outdoor Griddle, both donated by R & V Works of Homer, LA. You do not need to be present to win. If you are interested in purchasing a chance to win these great prizes or need more information contact Becky White at 318-510-4701.

When: Saturday, June 18

Where: Downtown Minden, LA

Times: 10 am - 5:00 pm

Admission: FREE

Webster Parish to be featured on Good Morning America Screen
beginning Friday April 1!!



For Immediate Release:
From: Lynn Dorsey, Executive Director
Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau 
Phone: 1. 800. 2MINDEN or 318-268-2935 (mobile) 
Email: lynndorsey@att.net

Webster Parish Continues Advertising Campaign with Horizon Travel Group 

MINDEN, Louisiana, March 30, 2016 — Webster Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) announced it would continue its advertising campaign with Horizon Travel Group, aimed towards affluent Americans and Canadians. 

“2016 was an outstanding year for Webster Parish Tourism. Our hotel occupancy rates have continued to grow during a very slow economy. We believe the increase has been a direct result of our continued efforts to market Webster Parish in new and creative ways. That is why we are working with Horizon Travel Group again this year.” said Lynn Dorsey, Executive Director at the Webster Parish CVB. 

Last year, the marketing blitz focused on getting the word out to elite travelers in the five boroughs of New York City, in 2016 however, the campaign will expand to increase awareness about the destination throughout the Southwest. 

A full-page write-up highlighting Webster Parish’s attractions and events will be featured in the April issue of Horizon Travel Magazine. On April, 7th, 100,000 copies of the magazine will be inserted into The Wall Street Journal throughout Texas, Arizona and Colorado, reaching a total readership of 230,000 affluent consumers. 

In addition, Webster Parish will receive further exposure utilizing the PATH Screens located in Toronto, Ontario’s downtown underground pedestrian walkway. This month-long blast — running from May 1st to 31st — will provide Webster Parish with an additional 3 million impressions.

However the pièce de résistance of this promotion is the branding this destination will receive in Times Square New York. From April 1st–7th Webster Parish will be featured in the Horizon Travel Show on the dazzling 3,685- square foot ABC Good Morning America Screen. This world-famous electronic icon with its signature wavy LED ribbons, catches the eyes of over 1.5 million tourists and residents daily and is the proverbial feather in the cap of this campaign. 

Webster Parish (County) is located in the northwestern section of the U.S. state of Louisiana. Commonly referred to as “The Friendliest City in the South,” Webster Parish is best known for the historic city of Minden, the parish seat located just 30 miles east of Shreveport, Louisiana and 4 hours east of Dallas, Texas on Interstate 20. More information about Webster Parish can be found at www.visitwebster.net/.

Trails & Trellises 
Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardeners’ Garden Tour & Plant Sale
May 14, 2016


It is hard to believe, but spring is right around the corner and the Piney Hills Louisiana Master 

Gardeners will host their annual garden tour, Trails & Trellises. The Green Thumb Jamboree was held in 2015 in lieu of the garden tour. This tour will make the tenth of its kind for the Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardeners. Four lovely gardens will be available to enjoy as well as a variety of vendors and the Master Gardeners’ annual Plant Sale. The date for the Trails & Trellises Garden Tour will be May 14, 2016 from 9am until 3pm. 

On the tour this year are the gardens of Lyn and Charles Stubbs and the gardens of Master  Gardeners,Brenda Perryman and husband, Wayne and Betty & Steve Fowler. Included again this year is the Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardener Teaching Garden located at the Webster Parish Extension Office. Vendors and the Plant Sale will also be held on the grounds of the Extension Office.

To purchase your $10 ticket in advance, call the Webster Parish Extension Office at 371-1371.  Or you may send an email inquiry to gjc4750@bellsouth.net or rdwhiterx@yahoo.com. You may also purchase a ticket on the day of the tour at a cost of $12 at any of the gardens. 

On May 14, 2016, please join the Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardeners in the gardens. As with most gardeners, they love to share gorgeous gardens and their knowledge of plants and gardening. We hope to see you there!!

The New Welcome Center at the Germantown Colony is open for business!!
Germantown Museum

Germantown Museum

September 30, 2015
Lynn Dorsey, Executive Director
Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau
Phone: 318-377-4240 or 318-268-2935 (mobile)
Email: lynndorsey@att.net

The New Welcome Center at the Germantown Colony is open for business!!
The Honorable Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler
The Governing Board of Germantown
The Friends of Germantown Colony Museum
Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Commission
Minden-South Webster Chamber of Commerce
Cordially invite you to a Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
12:00 Noon
At the Germantown Colony on Germantown Road in Minden.  (Approximately 8 Miles north of Minden on Highway 534)

Join us for a formal ribbon cutting at the newly constructed Welcome Center at the Germantown Colony Museum, the “historical gem” of Webster Parish. The Germantown Colony was placed on the official list of the Nation’s Cultural Resources Worthy of Preservation by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service in 1979.

Refreshments will be served.

email to:  jean.doerge@sos.louisiana.gov or 318-377-6061.

February 2016 Webster Tourism report

Webster Parish Tourism Report

February 2016

On Sunday, November 15, at 8:30 AM, the Webster Parish Tourism Bureau hosted over 20 German travel agents with the largest travel agency in Germany, Meier’s Go West of Frankfurt. Webster Parish was selected in conjunction with the Louisiana Office of Tourism’s Familiarization tour of Louisiana. This was a direct result of our participation in the sales mission with the Louisiana Office of Tourism to Germany in February of 2014. The time of day was not ideal however, they got up extra early to drive from Shreveport Airport to Webster Parish to experience Small Town America.  The agents arrived for a southern style breakfast at the newly opened Grace Estate in the historic district of Minden.

Having such limited time to showcase Minden on a Sunday morning when everything is closed, we brought the attractions we have to offer to the Grace Estate. The guests arrived to a wonderful performance of gospel music by the Mt. Zion CME Chancel Choir dressed in their crisp white choir robes. Then they were greeted by Mayor Tommy Davis.

While they were enjoying a southern style breakfast of shrimp and grits along with buttermilk biscuits and home style bacon they were visited by Richard Campbell who told them about the history of Minden and the Dorcheat Museum. Jean Doerge, along with John and Janet Sanders were there in costumes to tell them about the Germantown Colony State Museum. BASS Pro Homer Humphreys was there to tell them about Sportsman’s Paradise in Webster Parish. Terry Garner was dressed in his Mardi Gras “bling” to tell them about Mardi Gras in Webster Parish. On recommendation of the German Sales Representative for the Louisiana Office of Tourism who had visited us the previous year, they made a stop at Second Hand Rose Antiques to meet Millie Rose. In a follow up 

report from the Louisiana Office of Tourism in late January.

On Friday, November 20 we hosted 10 travel writers to write about the Holiday Trail of Lights and they absolutely fell in love with Minden. This year alone we have documented articles with free editorial such as “Our Favorite Light Trails” in AAA Southern Traveler Magazine, a national publication valued at an estimated $62,709.00; Louisiana Destinations, “Holidays and Seasonal Excitement” in Louisiana Life Magazine valued at $3,500.00; “Celebrate the Holidays in Minden and North Louisiana” in Southern Hospitality Magazine valued at $1,261.00; “Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights Signature Events” in the Monroe News Star valued at $3,521.00;”Holiday Trail of Lights” in Magnolia Banner –News valued at $2181.00; “ So Many Ways to Kick off the Holiday Season in the South” in Southern Hospitality Magazine Online valued at  $3,500.00; “Eight Cities, One Epic Holiday Trail of Lights” Travel Blog valued at $2,060.52.That was all free publicity for the months of November and December!   , they ranked us a B+ and in the comments stated they especially enjoyed meeting Homer Humphreys and the fish beads.

Then on Friday, December 4, we hosted The West Tabernacle Senior Citizens of Beaumont, TX. Fifty-four men and women arrived on a huge chartered bus at the Minden Civic Center to be welcome by Mayor Tommy Davis, followed by a tour of the Germantown Colony Museum,  lunch at the Fitzgerald House, a tour of the Dorcheat Museum, a walk alone the Northwest Louisiana Film Trail, a visit to Second Hand Rose Antiques to be entertained by Millie Rose and they all fit in the store!.

Later that day they were given a very special tour “ The Gone with the Wind Tour” with Frances Irving, a descendent of Margaret Mitchell the author of the best seller Gone with the Wind. At the end of the day they enjoyed the Minden Christmas Parade that night.

On Friday, December 11, we hosted 10 Group Tour Operators who were welcomed by Mayor Tommy Davis, toured Germantown, experienced the Gone with the Wind Tour, stopped in to meet Millie Rose at Second hand Rose Antiques, and had a wonderful meal at the Grace Estate. They absolutely loved the charm that Minden had to offer their tour groups and promised to be back with busloads of visitors. 

On Thursday, January 7, we hosted 54 Canadian visitors with WestWorld Tours of Canada. As the bus arrived, I jumped on the bus to welcome them, hand out gift bags, and provide them with the history of Minden, its relationship to Minden, Germany and our “Fasching” German-style Mardi gras activities. Then I told them they would get to experience Mardi gras in Minden. They were given a surprise Mardi gras party held at the Easley Studios Courtyard. Mardi Gras Krewe members threw beads off the balcony as they came in. The Krewe members and other volunteers danced to Mardi gras music around the courtyard with the visitors following. After the dancing, Mayor Davis welcomed the guests to Minden, Jerri DePingre welcomed them from the Minden –South Webster Chamber of Commerce, they were introduced to Kerry Easley, owner of the Courtyard, and then enjoyed king cake, coffee, and cold drinks while talking photos with the Royalty. Next, they toured the Dorcheat Museum across the street. Then they walked around the corner to see the new Film Trail along Main Street. Finally, by special request by the tour organizer, they made a stop to visit Second Hand Rose Antiques to be entertained by Millie.   Our office has already received many accolades from WestWorld Tours of Canada.   

Happy Mardi Gras,
Lynn Dorsey, Executive Director

Follow the NWLA Film Trail in Shreveport/Bossier and Minden!

 

Movie travel offers way more than peering at some places where a favorite film launched, or so I discovered in Louisiana.

Check out this notion in the state’s northwest corner where Shreveport and Minden embrace imagination and storytelling in multitudes of creative ways.

They call themselves and their neighboring parishes Louisiana North.

Follow the Film Trail map to immerse in 30 movie locations, perhaps getting a copy ahead of your trip and watching –or re-watching–each one.  Easy download from www.shreveport-bossierfilm.com or call to ask if they’ll mail you a copy.

 

Read the entire story ... 
http://www.americanroads.net/tibbs_winter2016.htm


Dorsey: 2015 Webster Tourism report

Officials with the Webster Parish Tourism Commission, elected officials and business owners attend the ribbon cutting for the official launch of the Northwest Louisiana Film Trail, complete with signs in downtown Minden. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne attended the event. Michelle Bates/Press-Herald2015 was a very busy year for Webster Parish Tourism.  At the end of each year, it is time for the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Commission to reflect on the year’s accomplishments and determine the objectives for the New Year.

As we reviewed 2015, there were numerous activities that were significant in making 2015 another very outstanding year for tourism in Webster Parish. Here are some that are noteworthy ... Read the entire story published by the Minden Press Herald, Friday January 15, 2016.  

SEE WHY THE MOVIE MAKERS LOVE MINDEN 

Minden is a big part of the Northwest Louisiana Film Trail, boasting over 26 movies filmed in and around Minden. A free brochure, providing listing the movies and detailed maps showing movie locations, offers a self-guided tour to the visitor. See locations for Premonition, starring Sandra Bullock; Blond Ambition with Jessica Simpson and Willie Nelson; Harold and Kumar, Escape From Guantanamo Bay, starring Kal Penn and John Cho; Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins starring Martin Lawrence, Mo’Nique, Cedric the Entertainer and James Earl Jones; Longshots starring Ice Cube, Keke Palmer, and Tasha Smith; and Olympus Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler, Ashley Judd, and Dylan McDermott.

Just completed in July, new signage for the Northwest Louisiana Film Trail has been installed in downtown Minden. Each of the new signs will identify a numbered location of a movie corresponding to the map in the brochure. Each location sign will give a brief write up about the movie and will have a QR code. When scanned with a QR reader application, available for free online from the App Store, a film clip will be download on your mobile phone or iPad showing the movie trailer and a scene from the movie filmed at that location. This is definitely a first in the state and perhaps the US!

To request a free brochure, call 1.800.2MINDEN. To see the film clips go to www.visitwebster.net and under attractions, see Northwest Louisiana Film Trail. 

Northwest Louisiana Film Trail

 

Lynn Dorsey

 

Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

110 Sibley Road, Minden, LA 71055

 

1.800.2MINDEN

 

lynndorsey@att.net

 

www.visitwebster.net