Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Peach Restaurant Week

Foodies unite and get ready to celebrate Ruston’s culinary scene Louisiana Peach Fest style!

Visit participating restaurants June 19-25 to enjoy new and unique menu items made with fresh peaches and exclusive to Peach Restaurant Week! 

Remember to share your experience with #RustonEats!

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Available June 22 only.  
Prosciutto Wrapped Peach Salad from Social Bites – $9.99
Bed of arugula topped with prosciutto wrapped peaches, goat cheese, mint, soft boiled egg and balsamic glaze.

Available June 22-24 only. 
Peach-O de Gallo Burger from Sundown Tavern – $8
Classic 6oz. Sundown burger topped with peach pico de gallo.

Available June 24 only. 
Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Peach Pineapple Salsa from Rosemary’s Kitchen – $15
Grilled shrimp on flour tortillas topped with peach pineapple salsa and served with spicy black beans and Mexi-corn.

Peach Bourbon Chicken from Rosemary’s Kitchen – $13
Bourbon chicken topped with peach and served with rosemary garlic mashed potatoes and baked beans.

Peach Chipotle Chicken Club Panini from Rosemary’s Kitchen – $12
Shredded chicken in sweet and spicy peach chipotle sauce with provolone cheese, peppered bacon, served with fiesta ranch pasta salad.

Spinach & Peach Salad from Rosemary’s Kitchen – $11

Spinach salad topped with fresh peach slices, candied pecans and feta cheese.

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Peach Bread Pudding Foster from Log Cabin – $6.99 
Homemade white chocolate peach bread pudding topped with vanilla ice cream and peach foster sauce.

Peach Crème Brûlée from Beau Vines Steakhouse – $6.99 
Beau Vine’s signature Crème Brûlée lined with fresh peaches.

Missy’s Knock Your Schnapps Off Peach Bread Pudding from Rosemary’s Kitchen – $4 
Delicious bread pudding made with a peach schnapps twist.

Peach Pie from Rosemary’s Kitchen – $5 
Homemade peach pie made with fresh peaches and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Peach Pistachio Ricotta Cheesecake Tartlet from Social Bites - $2.75 
Pastry crust with ricotta cheesecake filling topped with fresh peaches and pistachios.

Roasted Peaches Ice Cream from Social Bites - $3 
Soft serve ice cream served with roasted peaches and topped with local granola and Jennings Apiaries honey. 

Peach Cobbler from Roma Italian Bistro - $5
Classic dessert made with peaches and topped with cobbler crust.

Available June 23-24 only. 
Peach Bread Pudding from Ponchatoulas – $4.99 
Homemade white chocolate peach bread pudding topped with vanilla ice cream.

Peach Cobbler from Ponchatoulas – $4.99 
Sweet peaches baked with a crispy crumb cobbler crust topped with vanilla ice cream.

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Drinks & Cocktails 
Iced Peach Nitro from Railway Coffee – 12oz $4.50/16oz $5
Nitro cold brew combined with peach punch and almond milk.

Peach Sweet Tea from  Newk’s Eatery – $2.39 

Refreshing sweet tea infused with peach syrup, available in 32oz signature Newk’s cup.

Peach Slice Plus Smoothie from Smoothie King - $4 
Smoothie blended with peaches, strawberries, papaya juice, non-fat milk and turbinado.

Hot Peach Tea from Parish Press - $2.50 
Brewed on demand with dried peaches. Available iced.

Peach Milkshake from Cheeburger Cheeburger – Small $4/Large $5 
Hand-dipped vanilla ice cream mixed with local peach from Mitcham Farm.

Peach Daiquiri from Ponchatoulas – $8 
Island Oasis peach blend made with real peach puree and peach flavors mixed with rum.

Peach Margaritas from Ponchatoulas – $9 

Margarita full of peach flavors, juices and Corralejo Tequila.

Ruston Peach Old Fashioned from Beau Vines Steakhouse – $8 

Classic old fashioned made with Old Camp Peach Pecan Whiskey.

Peach Daiquiri from Sundown Tavern – $8 
Fresh peach puree mixed with rum. 

Peach Margarita from Roma Italian Bistro - $6

Peach flavored margarita made on the rocks or available frozen.

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Brunch – Available June 25 only. 
Peaches & Cream French Toast from Beau Vines Steakhouse – $9.99 
Texas toast dipped in crème brûlée batter, topped with fresh peaches, whipped cream and served with hash browns and sausage.
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Friday, June 9, 2017

Your Guide to Get Groovy: Peach Festival 2017

Written by: Molly Coleman, Marketing Assistant

This year is Ruston's 67th Annual Louisiana Peach Festival and we are counting down the days! It will be a jam-packed weekend with plenty of peachy treats to try, things to do and activities for the whole family! "Give Peach a Chance" June 23 & 24 in Downtown Ruston! 

Photo via Tim Mueller

Peach Restaurant Week Local restaurants will be serving up specialty dishes, desserts and cocktails....all made with fresh peaches! To get a full list of participating restaurants and their menu item, click here!

Dino Dig Dinosaurs are back and at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center, but this time kiddos can spend time in Dino Land digging up REAL fossils!

The headliners for this year are ready to rock and roll! Party through the decades with The Chee Weez on Friday night then "Drift Away" with Uncle Kracker on Saturday! See below for the full Peach Festival music lineup! 

Friday, June 23rd
6 p.m. Bethany Raybourn
Indie, Americana, Alt-Country
7 p.m. Katalyst 
Pop, Rock, Blues Cover Band 
8:30 p.m. Grant Terry
Acoustic, Pop, Rock
10 p.m. The Chee Weez 
70's, 80's, 90's Cover Band 

Saturday, June 24th 
11 a.m. Piney Hills Harmony Chorus
6 p.m. Zach O'Neil
7 p.m. Beaux Atkins with Monty Russell
Southern Music 
8:30 p.m. Kendal Conrad
10 p.m. Uncle Kracker
Rock, Pop, Country, Soul 


Peach Art Exhibit Happy 30th Anniversary to the Peach Art Exhibit hosted by North Central Louisiana Art Council (NCLAC)! Come check out all the unique pieces done by talented artist in our area! 
Friday & Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Ruston Civic Center

Arts & Crafts Show Browse over 150 vendors filled with unique hand-made arts and crafts items! Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Ruston Civic Center and Lincoln Parish Library Events Center

Rodeo Rope 'em and ride 'em! Don't miss the cowboys and cowgirls at this year’s rodeo!
Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m. at the North LA Exhibition Center

5K Color Run Get your morning started off on the right foot! Run through Ruston and LA Tech's Campus in color on Saturday morning! Click here to register!
Saturday, 7 a.m. at the Ruston High School Football Field 

Antique Car Show Make sure to get a good look at these classic cars! 
Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Bancorp South parking lot

Lawrence Gibbs & The Russ-Town Band Take a break from the festival heat and join Lawrence Gibbs & The Russ Town Band as they perform in the historic Dixie Theatre!
Saturday, 2 p.m. the Dixie Center for the Arts

Peach Cobbler Gobbler Contest Watch as 10 contestants gobble as fast as they can on peach cobbler for a chance to win $1,000! Prepare to be entertained! 
Saturday, 8 p.m. in Railroad Park

Bass Tournament Go bass fishing for prizes on one of Louisiana's bass trail lakes! Click here to enter!
Saturday, 8 p.m. at Lake D'Arbonne 

Get the full experience! Click here for a complete list of events.
Cash and credit/debit cards will be accept and an ATM on site.
Parking is free in and around Downtown Ruston.
Share your photos using #RustonLA and #LAPeachFest!

Friday 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. - Free 
Friday 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. -  $10
Saturday - $10
Weekend pass - $15
Children 8 and under admitted free

Staying overnight? Find a list of hotels/motels here

Molly is a coffee addict and a self-proclaimed foodie. She loves running, traveling and college football. Molly is passionate for local charm and bringing others to love #RustonLA. Original native of Mississippi and a proud current resident of Ruston, LA! 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Molly Meets Ruston: Lincoln Parish Park

Written by: Molly Coleman, Marketing Assistant 

Summer is here! This means it's time to spend some time outdoors! I get an itch to get outside every day the sun is out, especially during the summertime! I recently discovered Ruston's Lincoln Parish Park and let me tell you - I am in love!

And since then, I have been back multiple times! I have a very good feeling I will be spending many of my warm weather days out there, especially at the beach! Lincoln Parish Park is absolutely beautiful and there is so much to do for both locals and travelers alike! 

Look how steep this hill is! 

Getting outside and being active is one of my favorite things to do, it's very refreshing and there is just something that is humbling about nature! At Lincoln Parish Park you have so many choices to get outside and be active! Lincoln Parish Park is known for its mountain bike trails, it's actually rated the number one mountain bike trail in the South!! Unfortunately - the only bike I own is a beach bike, so it would not survive these trails! But, if you have a good bike head out to the park because there are so many trails for all levels of riders - beginner to advance. Load up your bike and go for a spin in Ruston at Lincoln Parish Park! There is one hill on the bike trail that is so steep it's shocking - you will have to see this... or try it for yourself! 

But, for those like me, who enjoy running or walking you will absolutely love the paved trail that goes all the way around the lake. It is such a peaceful setting to get out and exercise! I have been out here to run for myself and even to walk my puppy dog! Along my walks and runs the scenery included campsites, wildlife and sometimes I even come across a friendly fisherman or two! There are also a lot of races hosted at the park. I have participated in a few and recently placed in the female division of the Railroad Fest 5K! (Who knew?)

While my husband and I spent an afternoon with our rebellious chocolate lab out at the park we also did a lot of relaxing at one of the piers on the lake! These piers are a perfect place to truly enjoy the lake, bring along a picnic or even sunbathe! Our dog, Maverick, had more fun than we did, even though he was a little disappointed he couldn't jump in and chase the ducks! If you like to be out in the sun relaxing you will love the beach and the piers. 

While exploring Lincoln Parish Park I also realized there are so many fascinating trees to learn about, yes there are more than just Pine Trees in the nature of North Louisiana! The park has an entire tree trail you can follow and read about all the different trees out at Lincoln Parish Park. We followed the trail and it was very, very cool! There are so many things to do and see at Lincoln Parish Park for all walks of people! Go camping (rough it with a tent or bring your RV!), fish out on the lake, cook with their grills and picnic tables, and of course explore, explore, explore! Head to Lincoln Parish Park - don't miss out on the hidden gem of #RustonLA!

Molly is a coffee addict and a self-proclaimed foodie. She loves running, traveling and college football. Molly is passionate for local charm and bringing others to love #RustonLA. Original native of Mississippi and a proud current resident of Ruston, LA! 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

6 Ways Ruston's Art Community is Thriving

Written by: Molly Coleman, Marketing Assistant

Located in the heart of North Louisiana is a small town filled with much culture! Ruston, LA has always been home to a very special and tight-knit arts community, but within the past year it has seen a lot of growth, and it's only going to continue to expand! Here are 6 ways the Ruston's arts and culture have made the community flourish! 

1. Downtown officially certified as a Historic District

On March 2, 2017 the City of Ruston announced that Downtown is now not only a Main Street Community and Cultural District, but is officially certified as a Historic District and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places! During the process, Ruston learned it had 78 contributing buildings, and four of them individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places already – the Dixie Center for the Arts, the Federal Building, Ruston State Bank, and Ruston USO (now Hawkins Photography). 

What this means: Downtown Ruston is growing and being recognized for its significance in history, architecture, archaeology, and engineering. Through passion and hard work of residents, local business owners and city administration, Ruston's cultural community will continue to rise!

Photo by: Buie Photography 

2. Three murals planned and painted by local artists 

Ruston is creating a cultural statement by having local art portrayed in three murals throughout the city. The first of the three murals is almost complete and located in Downtown. This mural covers an entire wall with colorful shapes and the tagline “Ruston, Louisiana" and is located across from the Dixie Center for the Arts on the back of the
1938 Rainwater Building. It's bright geometric shapes are meant to be eye-catching with special images that characterize Ruston sketched within them, inspiring viewers to stop and take a closer look.

Photo via Instagram: @myumet

The second mural will represent Ruston’s close connection to the blind community by being displayed on the side of Louisiana’s Center for the Blind’s woodshop. This mural will also read “Ruston, Louisiana” with the addition of the words in giant braille painted beneath it. 

The third mural will illustrate the city's latest shared-use trail, Rock Island Greenway. This new trail is designed for walking, running, bicycling, and will include a linear park. The mural will be on the underpass that connects Woodard Ave. to the service road off I-20. Although this mural will be painted primarily by artists, there will also be community paint days so everyone can be a part of this art project! 

What this means: Ruston is continuously growing and striving to bring out and label the culture of the community. The mural project started when the city announced that Downtown Ruston was officially certified as a Historic District. These murals portray the personality of the community and will draw residents and visitors into Ruston. Plus, they create the perfect photo-opp! 

3. Public Art Project: Bulldog Statues 

Ruston established a Cultural Board to keep the arts alive. The Cultural Board has created a public art project that will help join the city and Louisiana Tech University through art. Ten large bulldog statues will be painted by local artist and strategically placed throughout the city. Ruston visitors (and locals!) can receive a “bulldog map” leading them to each sculpture. After their initial two years in the city, the bulldogs will be auctioned off to help provide additional funds for the Ruston Cultural District. If you would like to help move this project forward, vote for the video here! 

What this means: The unity of local art and Louisiana Tech's mascot will bridge the gap between the local university and residents. The bulldog statues will help provide inspiration for the future and leave a lasting mark on the community. This is the perfect public project for the Cultural Board to hit the ground running and keep the arts alive in Ruston!

4. NCLAC hosted Ruston's first indie film tour at The Dixie

This past year, North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) partnered with South Arts to bring the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Film Makers to Ruston. Six independent films were shown at the historic Dixie Theatre - the first time Ruston has seen this style of art. Also, as part of the Southern Circuit Tour, each filmmaker came into Ruston offering question and answer sessions after the showing of their film.

Photo via Facebook: North Central Louisiana Arts Council 

What this means: NCLAC is continuously working to bring more than just one form of art into town! Throughout this tour, these indie films not only brought together the local film community, but brought in filmmakers from all over the country to experience Ruston. South Arts is returning for a second tour soon - stay tuned!

5. Ruston's first arts & music festival

On April 8, 2017, Ruston combined their love of the arts and music and hosted the first ever Railroad Festival! Every year, Ruston has a Makers Fair in the spring and fall that showcases artists and makers of all kinds from North Louisiana. This year, a celebration of Louisiana's music scene was added to the Spring Makers Fair creating Railroad Maker's & Music Festival! The first-ever Railroad Fest transformed Downtown Ruston with talented artists, tasty food & local brews, and a full line up of bands from all over the region. 

Photo by: Victoria Arnold Photography 

What this means: Ruston's arts and music community is getting stronger! This is the beginning of millennials in the area having an impact on the community by creating the kinds of events they enjoy. This festival showed community involvement combined with guests coming in town to visit, the festival producers plan to ride the "culture wave" and continue to grow Railroad Fest each year. 

 6.  The City of Ruston's Community Arts Center in the works

Ruston is currently in the process of transforming the old post office into the city's Community Arts Center. The Federal Building downtown will become the home of the arts. The City of Ruston was inspired by a painting gifted to Mayor Walker portraying the Federal Building on Vienna St. After the passing of the incredibly talented artist, 
Glenn Kennedy, the City wanted to incorporate the building into their Moving Ruston Forward plans. The Community Arts Center will serve as an office for NCLAC, an art gallery & shop, an exhibition space to be used for events, and much more! 

Photo by Peter Jones 

What this means: This transformation of the Federal Building is a great example of how much work and energy is put into the expansion of the arts. The City of Ruston and the art community are coming together to bring more talent and vision! 

Ruston and its 18-block historic downtown has always been very unique to locals and visitors from all over. It is truly a must experience part of the city, and now, it's thriving more than ever! Discover for yourself the excitement surrounding cultural projects, events and more at!

Molly is a coffee addict and a self-proclaimed foodie. She loves running, traveling and college football. Molly is passionate for local charm and bringing others to love #RustonLA. original native of Mississippi and a proud current resident of Ruston, LA! 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

New Festival in Ruston: Railroad Makers & Music Fest!

Information provided by Derek J. Amaya, Railroad Fest PR Director 

It's almost time for Ruston's newest arts & music festival! Be in Downtown Ruston Saturday, April 8 for live music and concerts, and hundreds of talented makers from all across the region! 

Railroad Makers & Music Festival is a celebration of Ruston's art and music scene. This year will be the festival's first year and it promises to create an experience that honors culture, celebrates the unique community and provides an welcoming atmosphere for families, groups and arts lovers of all kinds! 
"With the regional arts and music community beginning to develop and Millennials having a stronger impact on the community, now was the best time to get a cultural festival going in the region. But the plans do not stop here. With the help of the community and outsiders just visiting, festival producers plan to ride the culture wave and continue to grow the festival for years to come." - Derek J. Amaya, Railroad Fest Public Relations Director

Railroad Fest is comprised of two components: the Makers Fair and then music at Railroad Park. The Makers Fair portion of the festival will be held from 10AM-5PM in the Historic Fire Station and Sexton parking lots. This event is free to the public! Local makers and artists will be on site with works ranging from jewelry and woodwork to paintings and screen-printing, and so much more! 

Live music will run from 3-10PM in Railroad Park. $5 admission gets you access to all performances and a cash bar. Remember your ID for a wristband! 

The Seratones, Shreveport, LA
Music Lineup at Railroad Park
3PM - J.A.M Brass Band
4PM - Montague
5PM - GoofyBoots
6PM - Supernaturals
7:15PM - Headliners Louisiana Soul Revival ft. Doug Duffey
8:45PM: Headliners The Seratones 
Culinary Events
9AM-12PM - Brunch & zydeco music at Sundown Tavern
10AM-10PM - Food trucks across Downtown Ruston 
11AM - Crawfish boil at Ponchatoulas

Brews & Such
Flying Tiger Burma Blonde
Abita Strawberry
Sutter Home Wine Selection

Experience Downtown Ruston like you never have before! Be a part of Ruston's first-ever Railroad Fest on Saturday, April 8 and watch the culture shift in this region’s arts community. 

More activities include food trucks galore, a Kids' Zone in the courtyard of the Historic Fire Station, Schoolyard Art Brawl paint battle with local teachers, live painting of a new mural with artists Nicholas Bustamante and Whitney Causey. For all the details, check out the 2017 Railroad Fest Facebook event.

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