Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation

July 2005


Make plans now to join us for Vicksburg’s greatest 4th of July Celebration! SCHF is teaming up with Four Seasons of the Arts to plan a weekend-long patriotic celebration leading up to the 4th of July.

The weekend begins with The Navy Band on Friday, July 1 performing an outdoor patriotic concert on the steps of the Old Courthouse Museum at 7:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and your blankets to settle in for a great performance.

During the heat of the day on Saturday, July 2, come to the cool SCHF Auditorium for The Navy Band Swing Concert at 2:30 p.m. to be followed with cake and lemonade served by the Vicksburg Red Hatters. We’ll be sure to leave space for a dance floor!

Sunday, July 3, SCHF will host the Myles Family Gospel Singers at 4:00 p.m. followed by an Old-time Ice Cream Social sponsored by The Purple Ladder.

Daytime festivities will also include:

  • Riverboat Tours

  • Historic Home Tours

  • Historic Reenactments:
    National Military Park
    Old Courthouse Museum

Monday, July 4, the festivities begin with the Miss Mississippi Contestant Parade at 6:00 p.m. on Washington Street followed by the Contestants’ Autograph Party at Horizon Casino and Hotel.

The 4th of July Celebration begins at 7:45 p.m. on the Depot Stage on Catfish Row with announcements and the Miss Mississippi Contestants’ patriotic performance.

Followed by the
Mississippi Symphony Holiday Orchestra
Scott Speck conductor

A Star Spangled Spectacular

Complete with cannons
The 1812 Overture
Traditional Sousa marches Synchronized for the Grande Finale

Firework Extravaganza Over the River

Sponsored by Ameristar Casino

This will be one weekend you will not want to miss in downtown Vicksburg! For more information, please call the SCHF office or the Vicksburg Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at 601-636-9421.

Celebration Weekend Sponsored by:

Mini Monday Art Camp

One month into the Mini Monday Art Camp, the program is a great success! Children work with different local art instructors each Monday from 2 - 4 p.m. and work on a variety of projects ranging from painting, collage, crafts, drawing, ceramics, and sculpture.

The mini camp will continue every Monday during July (except July 4 and 18) from 2 - 4 p.m.

Students do not have to commit to all sessions. They may attend as few as one class or they may attend all classes.

Thanks so much to June’s instructors: Stacy Copeland, Daisy Anderson and Kathy Gibson.

Students do not have to commit to all sessions.  They may attend as few as one class or they may attend all classes.

Classes are open to any child age 5 - 12.  A $5 fee per child, per session covers all materials.  Reservations are suggested.

For more information or for registration, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997.

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.

Both partners and individual are encouraged to attend. Class will meet Sundays, July 17 and 31 from 5 - 7 p.m.

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.

Multicultural Arts Camp

There are still a few openings for the Vicksburg Multicultural Arts Camp for children. Last year’s camp was such a success that we immediately began to plan for summer 2005.

During the camp, children discover the art, dance, music and cuisine of many of the cultures that make up Vicksburg.

By studying cultural differences and similarities through the arts, students will have the opportunity to learn new artistic techniques while developing an appreciation for the traditions and customs of others.

Included in the cultures to be studied this year are Chinese, German, Mexican, and Northwest African (Morocco, Algeria, and Mali).

The camp will culminate with a public performance and exhibit on the last day in the SCHF Auditorium.

The 2005 Multicultural Arts Camp will be mornings, July 18 - 22 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.  The camp is open to any child age 7 to 12.  The $50 fee per child includes all supplies, materials, and a snack each day.

Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to register, 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 July, the Southern Book Club will discuss Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20.

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


SCHF is pleased to welcome back Susan Crawley to lead a children’s beginners sewing workshop. The class will be on Wednesday, July 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Betsy Crawley, Sue Bayley, and Lindsey Gay will join Susan Crawley in teaching basic sewing skills. Each student will have a sewing machine to practice on and complete projects. Students will apply their new skills and sew a pillow and drawstring bag.

The workshop is open to children who have completed the fourth grade. Cost of the workshop is $40.00 and includes all supplies.
The class will be in the Academy Building. Please use the courtyard entrance on Adams Street.

Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, call the SCHF office at 601.631.2997.


The academy building of the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation will soon have a facelift. The 73 windows of the 1937 academy building will soon be sanded, re-glazed, primed, and painted thanks to the support and contributions of those who once spent many a day gazing out of them.

Many SCHF members and directors have noticed the need for repair to the old classroom windows. The work on the 4x8 foot windows will cost between $100 and $140 per window. The expense is more than SCHF can spend, yet the work is badly needed.
Fortunately, Linda Styron came forward with interest and energy to make it happen. After several discussions and meetings with several painters, Linda signed on as project chairperson. Linda immediately began writing letters first to her classmates, then to many other alumni of St. Francis Xavier Academy.

The enthusiasm and passion Linda felt toward the project and toward her old school was equally met through the many replies and contributions received.

To date, the project has raised $6,615. Following is a list of the generous alumni who are responsible for saving the windows, and ultimately the classrooms and buildings, for use by future generations.

Each year over 180 children take part in the free after school program offered in the academy building. Close to 100 children each week are spending time in the building this summer for various art and music classes. Thanks to these special contributors, these buildings will remain in use.

The SCHF staff and Board of Directors join with Linda Styron in thanking those who have contributed so far to the 2005 Window Restoration Project.

We have not yet met our goal, if you would like to be a part of this project, please send your tax-deductible gift to the SCHF office at 1302 Adams Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180. Please be sure to mark your check “Window Paint Project.”

Contributions made by or in honor of:

Ann Ammons
Linda L. Caimano
Mrs. Robert Cunny
Joyce M. Davis
Barbara Dickens
Feeney P. Elliott
Dutch Farish
Shirley Farish
Dooley Fava
Helen Gilmore
Norma L. Head
Edna Hosemann
Thelma Koestler
Glenda LaGarde
Bernice Logue

Mrs. Sam Lusco
Mary Nell McMaster
Helen Melsheimer
Elizabeth Nelson
Alice Portwood
Josephine Pratt
Geraldine G. Rabon
Elizabeth S. Rooks

Mrs. Mady Ross
Mrs. Sam P. Scott
Mrs. Jerry Speights
C. R. Styron III
Linda Styron
Diane Sutton
Amelia O. Winchester

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

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