Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation

May 2007

Lebanese Cooking Class and Demonstration

Spring in Vicksburg always brings the annual Lebanese Dinner at Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church. Crowds of Vicksburg residents line up early for the annual chance to taste authentic Lebanese cuisine.

This year, the annual Lebanese dinner has been postponed until fall. If you are hungry now for the delicious foods of Lebanon, learn to prepare them in May with SCHF’s Lebanese cooking class.

SCHF is pleased to welcome back Mary Louise Nosser for her second cooking workshop. Learn to make favorite Lebanese dishes and enjoy the cuisine all year at home.

Mary Louise Nosser will share a few of the tricks, tips, and recipes of her Lebanese cuisine in a workshop on Saturday, May 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Academy Building. The class and demonstration will include all your traditional Lebanese favorites.

Reservations are required. The class fee is $25 for SCHF members and $30 for nonmembers and includes all supplies and recipe cards to take home.

Please call SCHF at 601-631-2997 to register or for more information. Space is limited, so call today!

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, May 6 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.

Ancient Bronze Casting Workshop

SCHF is pleased to partner with local artist and sculptor, Hobbs Freeman to present a weeklong workshop on bronze casting. This ancient method for casting bronze will be demonstrated and taught May 14 - 19 at a workshop on the grounds of Jordan’s Chapel on Campbell Swamp Road.

Participants will learn to create wax objects, make clay molds and cast the objects by the lost-wax process resulting in bronze copy.

Cost for the workshop is $100 and classes will be held daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Instructors are Dr. Sam Gore, professor emeritus of the Mississippi College Art Department, and Drew Moats, historian with the Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. Schedules can be arranged for those who cannot stay all day.

Classes will include learning to build earthen foundries using materials and practices that were utilized by ancient bronze-age European cultures, especially those in Ireland.

For more information and registration details, please call Hobbs Freeman at 601-636-2466.

This unique workshop is being sponsored by SCHF, the Mississippi College Departments of Art and Chemistry and the Vicksburg Warren County Historical Society.

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 May, the Southern Book Club will discuss The Road by Cormac McCarthy at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16.

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

Mississippi Quilt Association Gala to honor Vicksburg’s Martha Skelton

SCHF will host a benefit gala on Thursday, May 31 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. for the Mississippi Quilt Association (MQA) in honor of Martha Skelton.

Martha Skelton is a Mississippi quilt artist who has been recognized by the American Quilting Society as one of the Top 20 Quilters in the United States. The Mississippi Quilters Association is publishing a commemorative book featuring Martha Skelton and her quilts so that others may know the work of this great quilt artist. Her work has been documented and a manuscript has been prepared for the book. All proceeds from the gala will assist in the publication of Martha Skelton’s book.

The gala event will include:

  • Selected quilts made by Martha Skelton on display and one available for auction.

  • A live and silent auction of quilts, quilt related items, pottery, wood and other Mississippi crafts, artwork and golf packages.

  • The photographs from the MQA traveling exhibit, “Unfolding Our Past,” featuring quilts from the MQA book Mississippi Quilts for auction.

For more information, please contact Shirley Wiltshire at 601-795-7033 or visit the Mississippi Quilt Association website at

Smithsonian New Harmonies Coming to SCHF

SCHF has been selected to be the venue for an upcoming Smithsonian Exhibit about American roots music. The New Harmonies Exhibit has been made available to SCHF through the Mississippi Humanities Council.

The exhibit will kick off its six weeks in Vicksburg on Thursday, June 28 with a Vicksburg Roots Music Celebration including a tribute to Vicksburg’s own Willie Dixon. The summer will be filled with workshops, children’s programming, concerts and lectures celebrating Vicksburg’s own musical heritage.

SCHF is seeking memorabilia and collectables to include in the local exhibit to accompany the Smithsonian Exhibit. Items will be on loan and displayed during the exhibit June 28 through August 9 at the Cultural Center.

Photographs and memorabilia of local blues legend Willie Dixon, invitations to Red Tops dances, fliers and photographs from the Blue Room and costumes from the filming of “O Brother Where Art Thou” are the kinds of items SCHF is hoping to obtain for the exhibit.

SCHF is also looking for volunteers for the busy summer ahead. Volunteers are needed for every aspect of the exhibit and programming including docents, food preparation, greeters, mailings, help with the children's workshops and much more.

If you have items for inclusion in the local exhibit or if you would like to sign up to volunteer, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email us at

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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