Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation

August 2008

The Dual Demo: Art and Cooking Show
Presented By Robert St. John and Wyatt Waters

The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation proudly presents “The Dual Demo, Art and Cooking Show”. This entertaining event will consist of a cooking and art demonstration by Robert St. John and Wyatt Waters. This unique show will be held Saturday, August 2nd at 6:00 p.m. General admission is $25 with Special limited V.I.P. (includes tasting-$50) and SUPER V.I.P. (includes tasting, Southern Seasons cookbook and front row seating-$100) tickets are available. V.I.P. and SUPER V.I.P. tickets available.

A book signing will follow the show.This exclusive event showcases the fascinating talents of both Robert and Wyatt. The audience will be able to observe the cooking styles of St. John as he prepares a five-course meal. While still being overtaken by the aroma of the southern cuisine, Waters will create and captivate you with an artistic masterpiece on site.

Robert St. John and Wyatt Waters teamed up to create two books, A Southern Palate and the follow up publication Southern Seasons. Both of these publications are full of a colorful blend of contemporary seasonal southern cuisine, wit, and vibrant illustrations.

Robert St. John is a native of Hattiesburg, MS. For the last 20 years he has served as executive chef, president, and CEO of the Purple Parrot Cafe, the Crescent City Grill, and the Mahogany Bar in Hattiesburg and Meridian. He is a nationally-known restaurateur, chef, food writer, author and a true original. He is one of the nation’s only food/humor columnists and began self-syndicating his weekly newspaper column six years ago which quickly amassed a loyal and fanatical readership. St. John has been featured on The Food Network, The Travel Channel, and the Turner South network. He has two television projects in development and is a creative force in the gourmet food business. A self-taught cook, St. John has been named the state’s top chef by Mississippi Magazine in 2006 and 2007. Additionally, the former Mississippi Restaurateur of the Year’s restaurant - The Purple Parrot Cafe - was named the best fine dining restaurant in Mississippi in 2007.

Wyatt Waters is widely known for his vibrant renditions of southern culture. He is the author of several published collections of his work. Wyatt’s works have been featured in Art and Antiques, American Artist, Watercolor, and Mississippi Magazine. His paintings are held in some of the largest private and corporate collections. Mr. Waters, a Mississippi native, spent his early years in Florence before moving to Clinton during high school. He is a graduate of Clinton High School and received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Mississippi College.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 . Press release

SCHF Helps Honor Historic Mississippi Writers
An Event produced by the Mississippi Writer’s Guild

The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation proudly welcomes a special performance of “Honoring Historic Mississippi Writers.” This event will take place in the SCHF Auditorium on Saturday, August 9th at 6:00 p.m. This presentation is free and open to the public.

During this program, writers portray famous deceased Mississippi writers, not only reading from their works, but also stepping into the writer’s personalities and dressing from their era.

Writers portrayed in the performance: Tennessee Williams by Dan Lee; Richard Wright by Robert Ray; Mr. Faulkner by Barry McMullan; Eudora Welty by Richelle Putnam; Margaret Walker by Chemeeka Tucker; Muna Lee by Virginia Dawkins; Ida B. Wells by Sade Turnipseed.

Make plans now for this special event. For more information, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997.

Ballroom Dance presented by James Frechette

The SCHF offers monthly ballroom dance classes. James Frechette, owner of Applause Dance Factory in Ridgeland, teaches classes in ballroom, Latin, swing and many other styles of dance. This month the dances will be the Mambo and Salsa.

Class will meet Sundays, July 13 and 27 from 5 - 7 p.m. in the academy building.

Both individuals and couples are welcomed. The fee is $20 per person for each two hour session. For more information, please call the SCHF office. at 601-631-2997.

Southern Drama Kids Rescheduled
After School Performing Arts Program coming to the SCHF this Fall

The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation is proudly partnering with the Vicksburg Theatre Guild to present the “Southern Drama Kids”. The performing arts classes will begin on August 19 and run through December. These classes will be held on Tuesdays from 3:45-5:00pm in the SCHF Auditorium. The fee for the program is $50 per student. The Southern Drama Kids program is open to any child ages 12-18.

"Throughout your life you are going to be out in front of people,” said Terry Welch, President of the Vicksburg Theatre Guild. “Whether presenting a paper in class, auditioning for a part in a play, or interviewing for a job, there will always be an audience. This program will give you the tools and the self confidence that you can use in all aspects of your life."

“It is my belief that a program like this will give young folks who are interested in theatre, public speaking, or even the mechanics of the stage, an opportunity to become introduced to a wonderful new world,” said Jim Miller, Southern Drama Kids instructor and Vicksburg Theatre Guild Actor.  “I wish I'd attended something like what we've got planned when I was in high school; I would have been on stage years sooner!”

Trained instructors will guide the students through stage crafts, improvisation, projection/delivery and reading/auditions. This program is designed to build acting skills, creative thinking, speaking skills, confidence, leadership abilities, self-esteem and enthusiasm. At the end of the program, an “Academy Awards” will be held for the students to showcase what they have learned to friends and family.

Space is limited and reservations are required.  To register or for more information, call the SCHF office at (601) 631-2997.

Southern Book Club

The Southern Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month.

There is no fee to attend and it is open to the public. The group focuses on Southern authors and subjects, but is open to any good read. Book and author suggestions are welcomed.

For August, The Southern Book Club will discuss Truth: Four Stories I am Finally Old Enough to Tell by Ellen Douglas at 7:00p.m. on Wednesday, August 20, 2008.

Please call the SCHF office for meeting location or for more information.

River Kids After-School Art Program
Registration is now open and begins August 28

The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation’s free after-school art program will begin on August 28th. Open to any child in 1st through 6th grade, the program will accept 60 students for the class on Thursdays from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m.

The River Kids Program is designed to encourage children to discover and develop their creative talents. It will expose creativity through drawing, painting, crafts, collage, ceramics, sculpture and many more exciting techniques. Experienced, accredited educators plan and teach each class.

The program is free, but will require a full semester commitment from the parents.

It will be filled on a first come, first served basis. To register, call the Southern Cultural Heritage Center office at (601) 631-2997 or email

This free after-school program is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the generous support of the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation individual and corporate members, the City of Vicksburg, and various appropriations.

These events and programs are made possible by our valued SCHF individual members and the Corporate Sponsors

If you would like more info on becoming a CORPORATE MEMBER of SCHF, please call (601)631-2997 or email

For more information about activities, membership, or rentals, please call or stop by the SCHF office, 1302 Adams Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180, 601-631-2997.

1302 Adams Street
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Phone: 601-631-2997
Fax: 601-631-3734

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