Blush and Bashful Event Itinerary

Blush and Bashful

Tour Natchitoches with Barbara will offer Steel Magnolias Tours during the Blush and Bashful weekend. The Tour includes Filming Sites as well as the actual Harling Family House and the Beauty Shop House that inspired the Setting for the Play and Movie.  Cost is $20 per person. Children 6-12 $10 per person. Children 5 and under free.

Make your Reservations now by calling or texting Barbara

318.663.5468 or in318.663.5469

email: bbaileyok8@suddenlink.net. 

(Note: for tours of the filming sites only. See links below for other events).

Itinerary for Other Events (Subject to change)

Thursday, Nov. 7
2:00 PM – Armadillo Cake Contest. Entries will drop off cakes at the NSULA Family & Consumer Sciences Building, Room 225 (Columns Cafe) between 2:00-4:00 PM. Judging will begin at 4:30 PM. Click HERE to download the Contest Entry Form.

Friday, Nov. 8
6:00 PM – Red Carpet Premiere of Steel Magnolias at Parkway Cinema where the movie originally premiered in 1989.

7:00 PM & 9:30 PM – Show times. $5 movie ticket (Friday only) Tickets can be purchased at HERE. (Showings continue through Nov.14)

Saturday, Nov. 9
9:30 AM – Unveiling of the Natchitoches Film Trail at the Natchitoches Welcome Center, 780 Front Street Suite 100

9:00 AM-4:00 PM – The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches presents a special tour of homes and sites used in the filming of the movie Steel Magnolias. Special events will be held at selected locations along the tour, as well as a speaker series and exhibit at the Lemee House entitled “Behind the Scenes of Steel Magnolias.” Tickets will be available soon.

10:00 AM-12:00 PM – Kid-friendly Easter Egg Hunt for ages 10 and under in Beau Jardin 

2:00-3:00 PM – Steel Magnolias Movie Panel discussion and displays at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum

4:30 PM – Character Look-Alike Contest on the Downtown Riverbank Stage with guest emcee John Richmond

7:00-10:00 PM – “A Blush and Bashful Evening: 30 Years of Steel Magnolias”
Accompany the owners of Steel Magnolia House B&B, Ms. Desiree And Mr. Dan Dyess of Natchitoches, La., along with their inn staff, for a Blush and Bashful Reception Remix. “A Blush and Bashful Evening: 30 Years of Steel Magnolias” will provide an enchanting evening full of lasting memories, fantastic catered Louisiana cuisine, toe-stomping Zydeco music, dancing, and a bleeding armadillo cake to die for! Cocktail attire, semi formal or 80’s themed is preferred. Tickets are limited and are now available for purchase for $100.00 per ticket. Please contact Amber Procell, Inn Manager, to purchase yours by calling (318) 581-3138 or by emailing at Dyesslawfirm@yahoo.com

8:00 PM – Dolly Look-Alike Contest at Cane River Brewing Company

Sunday, Nov. 10
10:30 AM – St. Augustine Catholic Church invites the public to mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning in the church where the wedding scene took place.

11:00 AM-1:00 PM – Blush & Bashful Brunch at the Prud’homme-Rouquier House
Join the Natchitoches Historic Foundation and Service League of Natchitoches for a Sunday brunch even Ouiser wouldn’t pass up. Catered by world famous Lasyone’s and held at the historic Prud’homme-Rouquier House, this brunch will be the blush and bashful event of the year. Seating is limited soget your tickets today! Your emailed confirmation will serve as your ticket. Click HERE to purchase your ticket!

For Tours of the Filming Sites of Steel Magnolias:

Call, text, or Email Barbara today to reserve your private and customized tour.

318.663.5468 or 318.663.5469


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The French Arrived in Natchitoches in 1714.

Now It’s Your Turn.

Do Not Miss This Event
Shelby’s Bedroom in Steel Magnolias House.

Should It Be ” I Wish I Were or I Was”?

Fiddler or the Roof

So Why Is It “I Wish I Were”? and not “I Wish I Was?”

This is a good question. When we say “I wish I were”, we are using something called the “subjunctive mood.”

The subjunctive is used when you refer to potential or hypothetical situations. For example when you wish for something that doesn’t exist yet. For example “I wish I were” is grammatically correct because you’re wishing for something that hasn’t occurred yet. Do you remember the Tevye’s song from Fiddler on the Roof, “If I Were a Rich Man?” When you start the sentence with “if” indicates the potential nature of the situation. It is a situation that doesn’t actually exist yet, and the subjunctive should be used. When it it becomes real, you can switch back to “was.”

“I wish I were in Natchitoches touring the filming sites of “Steel Magnolias”.

Call Barbara (Tour Natchitoches with Barbara) 318.663.5468 and it will become “real” for you by being in Natchitoches instead of wishing you were.

Tour the filming sites of the memorable movie and recite the lines spoken at each place. It is so much fun you can even bring the “Ouiser” in your group. Oh, you say you are the “Ouiser” in your group! No problem. Get your people together and come to Natchitoches. You will have a blast and surely your mood will be improved.

Eat a Natchitoches meat pie. That will make you feel better and your outlook on life will be improved.

Contact Information

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318.663.5468  or  318.663.5469



The French Arrived in Natchitoches in 1714. Now It’s your Turn.

In the Fall When My Thoughts Turn To….

Mike will be on the prowl soon.
Enough of golf, tennis and Tiddlywinks! I say this even though I played “left Twiddly” on my high school team. Tiddlywinks is played on a felt mat using small discs called “winks”. You use a “squidger” (also a disc) made of plastic, to shoot a wink by flicking the squidger across the top of a wink and then over its edge and thus propel it into the air into a pot. But wait! It gets even more exciting. You could play defense by sending your own winks into the pot and thus potting their winks by “squopping” them by landing on the opponent’s winks. It is not a game for the faint hearted and required physical skill. Now I am ready for some football. The pigskins will soon be flying and it can’t come soon enough for me. You know what else might just be the thing for you, your spouse, partner, family, church group or friends. You guessed it. A Natchitoches Tour. The Blush and Bashful Weekend celebrating the 30th. anniversary of the movie Steel Magnolias is coming up in November. Come help us celebrate. Scroll down for details or go online to www.tournatchitocheswithbarbara.com.
Call, text, or Email Barbara today to reserve your private and customized tour. 318.663.5468 or 318.663.5469 bbaileyok8@suddenlink.net Go Online: www.tournatchitocheswithbarbara.com The French Arrived in Natchitoches in 1714. Now It’s Your Turn. Posted by Doyle Bailey for Tour Natchitoches With Barbara
Visit the Replica of the French Fort in Natchitoches
Natchitoches Meat Pie
Special weekend in Natchitoches

When To Say Yes

Whose Idea Was This?

We thought it was a good idea to take a “self-guided tour”! After all, we have a travel app. Perhaps you have been considering a trip to Natchitoches, Louisiana. The success of your visit may well be settled now if you consider the benefits and advantages of saying “yes” to securing your personal Natchitoches Tour Guide. Say “yes” to the possibility:

  • to reconnect with nature.
  • to share stories of a “story-formed community”.
  • to eat locally (French Creole dishes)
  • to have some fun (no canned or cookie-cutter tours) Flat-out fun.
  • to choose your own schedule.
  • to ask all the questions you could never ask in a large group.
  • to do something you will love.
Natchitoches Meat Pie

Call, text, or Email Barbara today to reserve your private and customized tour.

318.663.5468 or 318.663.5469


Go Online: http://www.tournatchitocheswithbarbara.com

The French Arrived in Natchitoches in 1714.

Now It’s Your Turn.

Agree to something that moves you and renews your personal energy.

“The Lying Leader”

Chef Menteur  “Lying Leader” “Chef Menteur” means “Lying Leader” or “Chief Liar”. To whom did this refer? What was the lie that made him infamous? One story says he was a Choctaw chief who deceived his own tribe. He was exiled with a few family members and friends and lived on a strip of land near the end of the serpentine bayou. The Chef Menteur Highway was the first automobile road that approached the swampy eastern edge of Orleans Parish. It is known to some as Highway 90. Most people simply refer to it as “Chef Highway”. Another idea is that a French leader broke a promise to a native tribe in the area, which made him the “Chief Lair” or “Lying Leader”. There is still another theory and this is the one I like. The Bayou was so winding and doubled back on itself like switchbacks on a mountain road, the native Americans felt deceived as to what would be their ultimate destination in following the stream. Tour Natchitoches with Barbara and you will never be led astray. You will get a quality tour conducted by a polite and professional guide in the privacy of your vehicle, van or bus. You will be guided seamlessly from site to story in each local. On your own, at times the margin between finding a local historical site and engendering a hysterical “loco” situation may be the difference in having a Natchitoches Tour Guide or not. Call, text or Email Barbara today: 318.663.5468 318.663.5469 bbaileyok8@suddenlink.net Go Online: www.tournatchitocheswithbarbara.com The French Arrived in Natchitoches in 1714. Now It’s your Turn

Making New Memories

“Anterograde amnesia is a loss of the ability to create new memories after the event that caused amnesia, leading to a partial or complete inability to recall the recent past, while long-term memories from before the event remain intact.” (Source: Mayo Clinic and others) What would in mean to suffer the loss of the ability to create new memories? I find it almost inconceivable. As precious as our memories of the past can be, what a precious gift it is to make new memories with our family and friends. That 3 pound brain (some of us may have less than that) with its amazing pre-frontal cortex is the center of giftedness. This is the region of the brain that creates the orchestration of thoughts and actions in accordance with internal goals. I am not a doctor nor do I play a doctor on tv, but it would seems to me that it is this region of the brain that would lead you to ask: “Where’s my brain? Why have I not taken my family to Natchitoches to hear the stories, meet the people, savor the food and create new memories? “What was I thinking when our group settled on a ‘ho-hum’ outing when we could have created fantastic new memories by taking the tour of the filming sites of Steel Magnolias”? We could have popped corn and watched the movie again before going to Natchitoches.” I will come to my senses and contact Barbara today to plan for making new memories. There are 3 easy ways to contact her: Call or text: 318.663.5468 or 318.663.5469 Email: bbaileyok8@suddenlink.net Visit us online: www.tournatchitocheswithbarbara.com The French Arrived in Natchitoches in 1714. Now It Is Your Turn. Posted by Doyle Bailey

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

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