Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation
SCHF is pleased and proud to welcome the New Orleans chapter of the American Harp Society to present Merci, An Evening of French Harp Music on Thursday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the SCHF Auditorium.
After Hurricane Katrina, many New Orleans and Gulf Coast harpist were left homeless and with damaged or destroyed instruments. Immediately, an overwhelming number of harpists across the nation and the world began hosting fundraisers and benefit concerts to assist their fellow musicians in their hour of need.
One of the most heartwarming donations was the donation of five harps by the French harp company, CAMAC, to harpists who lost their instruments due to the hurricanes. The French government, through the New Orleans French Cultural Attache, is helping to organize fellowships for musicians to live and work at cultural centers throughout France while their homes are being repaired.
The New Orleans Harp Society was so inspired by this outpouring of generosity by the French people, that they decided to organize this concert series, using the donated harps, donated music, and donated funds. The goal is to give the musicians a project where they can focus their positive efforts on music and express their solidarity with the French people. The concert series will take place during the Mardi Gras season, a cultural legacy in honor of New Orleans’ French heritage.
New Orleans area harpists, including many displaced musicians, will participate in the concert, as well as guest harpists from along the Gulf Coast region. Harpists will include: Patrice Fisher, Barbara Martin, Michelle Morrissey, Jean Matkin, Michelle Morrissey, Kathy Winn, and Nancy Burtchaell.
There is no fee to attend the performance, but donations will be accepted at the door to benefit the musicians.
Please make plans to attend what promises to be a spectacular performance and help support these talented and resilient musicians.
TThe 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.
Class will meet Sundays, February 19 and 26 from 5 - 7 p.m. in the Academy Building.
Both individuals and couples are welcome. The fee is $20 per person for each two hour session. For more information or for reservations, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997.
Mardi Gras Mask Workshop
SCHF will host a Mardi Gras Mask Workshop for children on Saturday, February 25.
The class is open to any child age 5 or older. The workshop will be held in the SCHF Academy Building from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., just before the annual Mardi Gras Parade in downtown Vicksburg.
Join us to create a fun and colorful mask before enjoying the parade at 1:00 p.m. The workshop is a great way for kids of all ages to celebrate the Mardi Gras holiday in a fun and creative way. Plus, those new mask might just attract more beads at the parade.
Students will enjoy mask making fun followed by a traditional King Cake snack!
Please make plans to join us for this special workshop. The $5 fee for the class covers all supplies and snack. Space is limited, so call today.
For more information, or for reservations, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or stop by the SCHF office at 1302 Adams Street anytime.
SCHF is pleased to welcome a new tenant on the Cultural Center block, Vicksburg Tang Soo Do Karate, LLC.
The 1955 gymnasium has been transformed to a karate studio thanks to the hard work of Bill and Heidi Chausse, owners of Vicksburg Karate.
The Chausses spent much of December cleaning, painting and refinishing portions of the gym floors to prepare to open their door to the close to 100 students who study martial arts at the school. Vicksburg Karate has students ranging from young beginners to seasoned adult masters.
The karate school officially held the first classes in the SCHF gymnasium on January 2 this year. For more information about Vicksburg Tang Soo Do Karate, LLC, please log on and visit their website at www.vicksburgtangsoodo.com or call their office at 601-883-0020.
The River Kids After School Arts Program has just begun, but we have a few spaces still available.
River Kids Art is on Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30 and is open to any child from 3rd grade to 6th grade. The program is offered free of charge thanks to the Mississippi Arts Commission, SCHF members, corporate sponsors and the City of Vicksburg.
For the spring semester, children will be drawing, painting, sculpting, weaving, and working on several ceramic projects. They will study art forms from around the globe!
Every Tuesday this spring, SCHF has added an after school photography program for children from 6th grade to 8th grade. The program will teach children how to take a good photo and how to tell a story through a camera lens. The onetime $10 fee covers all supplies.
For more information, or to register, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or stop by the office at 1302 Adams Street anytime.
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