The Lion's Roar

Downtown Hammond enjoys live music while social distancing

Tyler Kinchen & The Right Pieces is an R&B band out of the southeast Louisiana area. They performed at the Cate Street Park gazebo in Hammond for “Picnic in the Park,” an event hosted by the Hammond Downtown Development District.

Brynn Lundy, Staff Reporter

September 30, 2020

The Hammond Downtown Development District hosted “Picnic in the Park,” an outdoor live concert event open to guests of all ages in Cate Square Park on Friday, Sept. 25. Attendees were encouraged to socially distance and to bring their own blankets, chairs, masks and favorite takeout orders to expe...

Downtown Hammond introduces “Hot August Month”

Downtown Development District will be hosting a month-long event called

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter

July 21, 2020

In an effort to support local merchants while enforcing social distancing, the Hammond Downtown Development District has created an extended alternative to “Hot August Night.” This year, “Hot August Month” will take its place. The month-long event will consist of themed weeks to promote re...

Hammond prepares for Starry November Night

Young attendees enjoy the downtown Hammond lights and faux snow during the 2014 Starry November Night.

Brynn Lundy, Staff Reporter

November 12, 2019

The time for Downtown Hammond’s annual winter tradition is just around the corner. Hammond Downtown Development District will host its 15th annual family-friendly event Starry November Night on Friday, Nov. 15 from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. This year, DDD is introducing new ideas for the evening, including...

Farmers markets on the rise

Summer Veatch, right, from Candlestick Bakery, believes that the best part of being a vendor is talking with the customers.

Maiah Woodring, Staff Reporter

April 16, 2019

Vendors at the local Hammond Farmers Market reported seeing more attendees at their booths compared to previous years. The growth of farmers markets has gained national attention too. According to a study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the amount of registered farmers markets increased 76% b...

Join a committee, change a community

Amanda Fekete sells produce for the Joe Fekete Family Farm at Downtown Development District’s weekly farmers market. The farmers market committee handles music and activities for the event every Saturday.

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

April 2, 2019

Through six committees, the Hammond Downtown Development District provides an opportunity for anyone to participate in decisions concerning their community. The DDD includes the design committee, merchant committee, farmers market committee, revolving loan committee, events committee and residentia...

Stand out with the first step

At orientation, incoming students and their parents can check in with their orientation leader and color group before getting started on the rest of the day’s activities. Although every university will hold an orientation, their processes may differ.

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

February 19, 2019

As universities promote themselves as unique, one of the first differences incoming students experience lies in how these institutions welcome them. According to Anthony Ranatza, director of admissions, the current orientation format dates back to the late 1980s with orientation leaders. Ranatza co...

A ‘Starry November Night’ downtown

Attendees of this year’s “Starry November Night” could enjoy pictures with Santa, train rides and local vendors in downtown Hammond.

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

November 19, 2018

“Starry November Night” brings the community together to celebrate the season of giving. Each November, Hammond and surrounding areas come together to kick off the magic of the holiday season on one special night. The Hammond Downtown Development District hosted its 14th annual “Starry November...

Introducing Santa, Elsa and wine

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

November 12, 2018

Downtown Hammond will start to take on a holly jolly Christmas flair this November. Hosted by the Downtown Development District, the 14th annual “Starry November Night” will take place on Nov. 16 from 6-10 p.m. and will feature events for kids and adults. Marketing and Advising Coordinator...

What to know for the 23rd ‘Hot August Night’

“Hot August Night” allows artists like Kelly Boyett to show off her creative skills by capturing a scene in the Art Alley.

Zachary Araki, A&E Editor

July 23, 2018

Every year, the Hammond Downtown Development District brings together the community and showcases local work. Scheduled for Friday, Aug. 24, the 23rd annual “Hot August Night” will promote what downtown Hammond has to offer.  “Last year was one of the best ‘Hot August Nights’ we’v...

Events celebrating the arts and culture in Hammond

Musician Nathaniel Bauerle, right, performs on the streets of Hammond during the 2017 “Hot August Night.”

Zachary Araki, A&E Editor

July 23, 2018

Culture and appreciation for the arts can be found throughout Hammond. The university is holding an art workshop for children from July 9-19 taught by Associate Professor of Art Education Kim Finley-Stansbury. The Hammond Art Guild teaches adult summer art camps at the Hammond Regional Arts Center...