It’s almost upon us: the time of year where we celebrate our Irish-American heritage—or pretend to be Irish – with some tasty food, drinks, and revelry. This year, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day right by taking part in some festive St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Lake Charles. Here are few suggestions from us at Nissan of Lake Charles on where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
7th Annual St. Paddy’s Day Festival at MacFarlane’s Celtic Pub
Head to MacFarlane’s Celtic Pub in downtown Lake Charles for a full day of festive fun. The pub will offer breakfast at 5:30am, followed by a day of traditional Irish food, drink, games, and entertainment.
In addition to this event, check out the offerings at your favorite local bars and restaurants, as most will be offering St. Patrick’s Day specials on Irish beer, whiskey, and food.
Annual Athletes Corner St. Patrick’s Day 3-Miler
Any runners out there? Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a 3-mile run. You’ll get a fun t-shirt and top finishers will get prizes.
St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock at The Children’s Museum
Like last year, it’s expected that The Children’s Museum will run some fun and creative programing for children this St. Patrick’s Day. For instance, they will most likely have some St. Paddy’s-themed art projects, and a “Luck of the Irish” Scavenger Hunt as they have held in past years.
Keep your eye out for announcements, and enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day!
Mardi Gras is a tradition in the Lake Charles community, one that dates back years. Mardi Gras has its roots in religious traditions, but it also marks an important cultural holiday for many. While New Orleans has one of the most famous celebrations in the world, Lake Charles also holds one of the biggest Mardi Gras events around. That’s why we at Nissan of Lake Charles have written about ways to prepare for Mardi Gras.
According to the Lake Charles website, the event will be held on February 13. There will be a parade, museum tours, and more. One of the best things you can do to prepare is to get your costume ready. Believe it or not, the average costume weighs more than 50 pounds. Aluminum foil is a popular material, but you’ll also want to spend plenty on fringe.
Next, visit the Mardi Gras Museum to learn more about the event. The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 1 to 5 pm, and it has information dating back centuries about the sounds and sights of Carnival. Located in the Central School Arts and Humanities Center, the Mardi Gras Museum opened in 1998.
Finally, have fun! People have been celebrating Mardi Gras in Lake Charles since 1882. Hosting one of the largest events in the region, Lake Charles is home to a joyous celebration that’s fun for all. Be sure to get out and enjoy the holiday festivities this year.
The Holidays are here, which means it’s time to make your shopping list and check it twice. We know it’s not always easy to think of unique gift ideas for friends and family, but if you have a truck lover in your life, then we’ve got you covered. We’ve made a list of some of the best gifts for truck lovers we can think of.
A custom keychain is the perfect truck-oriented gift for the shopper who is on a budget. There are a tons of styles to choose from, and even options that can reference the recipient’s specific pickup.
Speaking of customizable options, the truck t-shirt possibilities are endless. Shop around on DIY websites like Etsy.com or creative t-shirt sites like Redbubble.com to find the perfect fit for your truck-enthusiast friends.
Since women are just as capable of being truck fanatics as men are, it’s important to find the perfect gift for your female truck-loving friends. Sites like Etsy.com have plenty of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and more that will be perfect for the truck-loving lady in your life.
Nissan Frontier or Nissan Titan
If you really want the truck lover in your life to be blown away this Holiday, why not get them a Nissan pickup from Nissan of Lake Charles? We know it’s not in the budget of most Holiday shoppers, but we can’t help but suggest it. These trucks are so versatile and reliable, both you and your truck-enthusiast companion are sure to benefit from this truck for many years to come.
At Nissan of Lake Charles we find it important to serve our local community any way we can. We want to give back to the people and places that have served us in so many ways. One way we’ve found to do this is by volunteering at and spreading the word about food pantries near Lake Charles. Here are some local food pantries with which you can get involved this Holiday season.
Shepherd’s Inn Outreach of United Christian Fellowship Church
Shepherd’s Inn Outreach offers a food and clothing service every Tuesday and Thursday morning between 9 a.m. to noon. They will also provide counseling and hand out free Bibles.
Seventh Day Adventist Church
This food pantry and clothing service is open Tuesday and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church, Lake Charles
This Catholic church serves the population within the church boundaries, providing things like furniture to victims of disasters such as fires and hurricanes.
Salvation Army of Lake Charles
The Salvation Army offers food provisions as well as many crisis care services. Their office is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and they can be reached at (337) 433-4155 for more information.
Celebrate the season of giving by giving back to the local community.
When you’re traveling on Thanksgiving, you could be going as far away as across the country or staying in your hometown. But whether you’re driving five miles or five hundred, you should always practice safe driving, and holidays are some of the most dangerous driving times of the year. Here are some tips for driving on Thanksgiving that will help you have a safe, relaxing holiday.
One thing you should make sure to do if you’re traveling long distance is inspect your car before you leave and make sure your fluids are at the right level, your lights are all working, and your tire pressure is where it’s supposed to be. A holiday is a pretty terrible day to have a breakdown.
Another thing you should do is prepare the inside of the car for the trip—make sure the GPS is programmed with the address you’re going to, snacks and games and other kid-distracting supplies are in reach, and that your luggage isn’t higher than your vehicle’s weight capacity.
Finally, when you’re actually driving, it’s important to have patience, especially because the traffic will probably be slow. Driving while angry is almost as bad as distracted driving, so don’t let yourself get mad. And keep your hands off your phone as much as possible!
These are just a few tips you can follow for safer Thanksgiving driving. Give us a call today at Nissan of Lake Charles for more, or to find the perfect Nissan vehicle for you to take on your Thanksgiving road trip.
We here at Nissan of Lake Charles are huge fans of local festivals and social gatherings of all shapes and sizes. Here are a few fall festivals near Lake Charles that are well worth checking out.
Arts & Crabs Festival
You read that right! The Arts & Crabs Festival puts an emphasis on local products and services. Art, music, and local seafood play a major role in the festival. Visitors flock from around the state to see what all the hubbub is about. In short, those attending the Arts & Crabs Festival on August 19th will enjoy local food and culture. The festival sells out quickly so be sure to getyour tickets as soon as possible.
St. Theresa’s Bon Ton Festival
The St. Theresa’s Bon Ton Festival is a local tradition that makes it ways to the area every year. Its music, rides, and food tend to attract visitors from surrounding areas who want to get in on the fun, family-friendly festival. Admission is free. The festival takes place from September 15th through the 17th.
Calca-Chew Food Festival
Cajun cuisine and heritage are at their fullest at the Calca-Chew Food Festival in September. The family-friendly atmosphere features live entertainment, a French mass, and food many visitors have never tasted before.
Summer road trips have been an American tradition for many families since the mid-1900s. Louisiana is home to several iconic sights and a few well-kept secrets that make it the perfect state to explore beneath the summer sun. Here are some of the best summer road trips in Louisiana recommended by us here at Nissan of Lake Charles!
While it may sound familiar as a cheap restaurant, this White Castle is much more impressive. Otherwise known as Nottoway Plantation, White Castle stands as the largest remaining antebellum mention in the entire Southern United States. Visitors can even pay to stay a night in a mansion built in the late 1800s and sitting at 53,000 square feet!
Jean Lafitte National Park
Six sites make up Jean Lafitte National Park, but the best of the bunch is certainly Barataria Preserve. The 23,000-acre wetlands offer plenty of natural wonders to behold, including wildlife like frogs and birds. Keep your eyes open as you explore the marshes and forests, though. The area is also home to alligators.
Hills aren’t the first thing one thinks of when Louisiana comes up in conversation. Tunica Hills, however, is a premier destination where visitors can enjoy nature and spot some wildlife on the loose. Foxes, bobcats, and coyotes tend to roam the area, so be sure to have your eyes open and camera ready!
The holiday season is a wonderful time of the year but it can also be incredibly stressful. Many people don’t travel throughout the year save for the holidays and that can cause some problems. Travelers that aren’t used to congested roadways or crowded airports can slow things down. Here are some helpful holiday travel tips from us here at Nissan of Lake Charles that will help make starting the most wonderful time of the year less stressful.
Pack Light – Heading home for the holidays? Consider shipping your extra clothes and presents through the mail instead of packing them. Doing so will ensure you get through security quicker and leave drivers will less to pack into the car. Flyers could also avoid hefty baggage fees by bringing a single carry-on.
Eat – No matter how much of a hurry you’re in, grab a bite to eat along the way. Many travelers choose to forego eating until they reach their destination in order to save time. As a result, they often grow irritable, and that isn’t good when stress levels are already running high.
Research – Do your research on which airlines offers the best deals. Drivers should plan their route ahead of time. Make sure to use the technology made available by smartphones, tablets, and navigation systems as well!
With the 4th of July right around the corner, everyone’s excited for all the summer fun that goes along with it. One must see on the 4th of July are the amazing fireworks displays. Here in Lake Charles, we are lucky enough to have some of the best 4th of July Fireworks shows and the best spots to see them!
Lake Charles Civic Center
The best places to see fireworks are above beautiful waters, and that’s what makes the Red, White, Blue & You celebration such an amazing show! Located at the Civic Center boardwalk, this show is sure to be stunning with the fireworks reflected in the water. Also, there will be family friendly events going on to keep the kids (and adults) entertained until the fireworks begin!
Prien Lake Park
Being in Southwest Louisiana, we are in no short supply of lakes, rivers and other waterways and this makes 4th of July Firework celebrations that much better! Prien Lake Park has a unique view of the firework show if you want to avoid the crowds. The lake is just far enough away to avoid the crowds, but close enough to still see the fireworks and the water reflected below.
Isle of Capri Casino
For those of you who want to have a great time before the fireworks show, the Isle of Capri Casino has a great view of the show,. Plus, it has plenty of entertainment to keep you busy until the show starts!
In addition to all the great fireworks going on during 4th of July weekend, stop by Nissan of Lake Charles for some red hot Independence Day deals as well!
With the month of March already halfway over, Easter will be springing up on us soon! If you are looking for something fun to do with the kids for Easter, then don’t worry. These four creative Easter craft projects should keep your children engaged and entertained.
Peter Cottontail won’t be the only one hopping down the bunny trail after your children complete their own set of big bunny ears to wear.
Speaking of bunnies, if you have some old socks lying around, then you can put them to good us by creating some very cute sock bunny creations.
Jelly Bean Carrot
By wrapping up a large assortment of orange jelly beans, you can make a sweet craft that is the spitting image of the Easter Bunny’s favorite food.
Dyed Easter Eggs
No Easter is complete without dying Easter eggs! Each child can choose his or her very own color and design to brighten up their egg in a unique way.
Easter is earlier this year than normal, so remember that Easter is on March 27th. No matter how you decide to celebrate Easter with your family, we hope that you enjoy your holiday! Happy Easter from Nissan of Lake Charles!
John Stelly is the owner of Nissan of Lake Charles and is active in the community with several not for profit organizations.