Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation

January 2006

Ballroom Dance

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.

Class will meet Sundays, January 8 and 22 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.

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 January, the Southern Book Club will discuss A Million Little Pieces by James Frey at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18.

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

Piano Concert and Master Class

The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation is proud to partner with the Vicksburg Music Teachers Association and the Mississippi Music Teachers Association to present pianist Elizabeth Moak in concert followed by a Piano Master Class.

Join us Sunday, January 22 at 3 p.m. in the SCHF Auditorium, where Elizabeth Moak will present a short program and conclude with a Piano Master Class featuring several Vicksburg students. The program is made possible by a local affiliate grant from the Mississippi Music Teachers Association as well as corporate and private event sponsors.

Pianist Elizabeth Moak joined the music faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi in August, 2004. Her recent performances include a tour of France, including the Centre Acanthes/Avignon Festival and St. Lazare Cathedral of Autun, where she was hailed for her "astounding colors" and "powerful and spirited interpretation" (Le Journal de Sane-et-Loire). Appearing regularly as soloist in recitals and with orchestras, Moak has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Winner of the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition and several national competitions, including the National Federation of Music Clubs Biennial Auditions, she has been noted for her "sensitivity" and "generous imagination" (La Suisse, Geneva, Switzerland).

Before joining the staff of USM, Moak previously taught at Millsaps College, where she was honored with the "Outstanding Young Faculty Award" in 2001. In 2003, she received a D.M.A. from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.

Music enthusiasts and students are encouraged to attend. Both the performance and the Master Class are open to the public. A $5 donation is suggested to ensure future MMA and SCHF programming.

The performance and the Piano Master Class will be held in the SCHF Auditorium on the corner of Crawford and Cherry Streets. Please use the Crawford Street Entrance.

For more information, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or stop by at 1302 Adams Street.

Please make plans to attend this unique and educational event for the entire family.


Each semester, SCHF welcomes children to participate in its free after school arts program. The spring semester will begin on Thursday, January 26. The program will be held every Thursday from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

The River Kids Program is designed to encourage children to discover and develop their creative talents. This free program is open to children in 3rd grade through 6th grade.

River Kids Art exposes creativity through drawing, painting, crafts, collage, ceramics, sculpture and many more exciting techniques. Experienced educators plan and implement the classes each week. This semester, we are pleased to welcome Karen Biedenharn as the director of the program.

The program will culminate with a public exhibit at the end of the semester. The students will have the chance to share with friends and family as well as the community the things that they have learned and created.

Reservations are required. The after school program is free and filled on a first come, first serve basis.

If you would like to enroll your young artist in the River Kids program, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997, or stop by at 1302 Adams Street.

There is no fee to participate. The program is part of SCHFs commitment to provide all children with the opportunity to be enriched through the arts. All supplies and instructors are provided by the generous support of SCHF members, corporate sponsors, municipal allocations, and grants from organizations such as the Mississippi Arts Commission.

After-school Photography: Through My Eyes

SCHF is pleased to announce a new addition to our after-school programming.  Through My Eyes, our after-school photography program will begin on Tuesday, January 31st.  The class will be from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. every Tuesday throughout the semester.

The objective is to allow children to express themselves through photographs.  Students will discover the art and creativity of photography while learning how to take a good photo.  Students will learn to creatively tell a story through a single photograph and how to give a picture meaning and depth with a single word.

Throughout the semester, students will compose a portfolio of their work to be shared at the end of the semester during an exhibit.

The class is open to any child in the 6th through 8th grades.  The only fee for the course is a one time supply fee of $10.

Space is limited, so please call to make reservations today!  For more information or for reservations, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or stop by at 1302 Adams Street.

Financial Workshop

The SCHF is hosting a Financial Workshop every Tuesday from February 7 through March 14 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The workshop, open to the public, is a six-week course on topics including increasing investment income, reducing taxes on investments, the stock market, ownership and loanership investments. The classes will be on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. with Wayne Pratt as the instructor. The cost is $25 and includes two finance books. Enrollment has begun. For more information, contact 601-619-0204.

Volunteer Opportunities at SCHF

 The new year is such a busy time for the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation and there are many volunteer opportunities. Here are a few of our current needs:

  • Spring Pilgrimage - volunteers are needed to welcome guests, sell tickets, and lead tours through the Cobb House (guide books available with building history, furniture descriptions, and restoration details). Pilgrimage begins in March, but tour guides are needed all year for bus tour groups.

  • Exhibit Organizers - volunteers are needed to help hang the exhibits and bring food for the opening receptions.

  • Promotions - volunteers are needed to help plan and promote events as well as distribute flyers around town.

  • Gardening - Spring is just around the corner, volunteers are needed to help maintain SCHF flower beds and herb garden.

With five buildings, an entire city block, and a variety of programming, there are many ways to help! If you have an interest not listed above, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or stop by at 1302 Adams Street.

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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