Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation

November 2005

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, November 6 & 20 from 5 - 7 p.m. in the academy building. The focus of the November classes will be the East Coast Swing.

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.


The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation will host the second in a series of lectures focusing on different cultures.  The lecture on the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead with Olivia Foshee will take place in the SCHF academy building on Tuesday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Join with us to learn more about this unique Mexican holiday and discover the cultural traditions and activities that surround it.

The Mexican Day of the Day is a two day holiday beginning on November 1, All Saints Day, and November 2, All Souls Day.  It is a festive holiday with decorations, commemorative alters, and religious practices focusing on the continuing cycle of life and death.

Olivia Foshee is native of Oxford, Mississippi where she received her degree in Spanish at the University of Mississippi. She currently teaches Spanish I, II, III, and creative writing at All Saints’ Episcopal School.

The lecture is free of charge and open to the public.  It will be held in the academy building.  Please use the courtyard entrance on Adams Street.  For more information, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997.


Children’s Pinhole Photography Workshop

 The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation will host a pinhole photography workshop with local art educator Kathy Gibson along with students from the Vicksburg High School photography club at the Cultural Center on Tuesday, November 15 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.  The workshop is open to children ages 8 to 12.  Cost is $5.00 and includes all supplies.

A pinhole camera is a camera without a lens.  They can be made of many different materials such as oatmeal boxes, seashells, and cans.  Light seeps through a small hole and produces an inverted image.  Objects are often altered and bent depending upon the size and shape of the camera.  Students will explore the process of pinhole photography and produce a picture taken with a Polaroid pinhole camera.

Space for this workshop is limited, so please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 for more information or to make reservations.

2005 SCHF Annual Meeting and Luncheon

The 2005 Annual Meeting and Luncheon of the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation will be held on November 16 at noon in the SCHF Auditorium.

This year’s guest speaker will be Malcolm White, the newly appointed executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission.

“Malcolm not only has a passion for all the arts, but for the state of Mississippi,” said Commissioner and Search Committee Chairman Dianne Walton of Meridian. “He brings a zest and vitality that will keep the arts at the forefront of this state.”

After taking the reigns of the Commission on Oct. 1, his first duties have been to oversee the Commission’s role in assisting artists and arts organizations affected by Hurricane Katrina.

“Malcolm has a vision for helping us through this crisis after Hurricane Katrina to save our very fragile art world in south Mississippi, and he has a vision for the arts in all of Mississippi,” said Commission Chairman and Search Committee member Melody Maxey of Jackson.

Since 1986, White has been co-owner of Hal & Mal’s Restaurant, Jackson, with his brother Hal White and, since 1982, he has been owner/operator of Malcolm White Productions, Inc., Jackson.

White has been a member of the Mississippi Blues Commission since 1990 and is currently adviser for the Commission. He is executive director and adviser to the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame, Jackson; adviser, former talent buyer and adviser to the Elvis Presley Festival, Tupelo; Downtown Jackson Partners Board member; member and past chair of the Mississippi Telecommunications Conference and Training Commission; member of the Metro Convention Center Task Force; chair of the Tourism and Convention Committee of the Frank Melton Transition Team; and participant in the Mississippi Humanities Speakers Bureau.

He is founder and promoter of Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade & Festival, Jackson.  He is entertainment director and stage manager of Jubilee! JAM, Jackson; consultant and talent buyer of The International Red Beans and Rice Festival, Jackson; talent buyer and producer of the International Gumbo Cook-Off and Okra Festival, Jackson.

We are honored to welcome Mr. White to Vicksburg as our guest speaker for the 2005 Annual Meeting.  The fee for the luncheon is $8 in advance or $10 at the door.  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 November, the Southern Book Club will discuss The Last of the Southern Girls by Willie Morris at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16.

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

Fall Tour of Homes & Beethoven by Candlelight

SCHF is proud to support and promote two cultural events in Vicksburg during November: the Fall Tour of Homes & Beethoven by Candlelight.

Fall Tour of Homes

The Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation presents the twenty-third annual Fall Tour of Homes Sunday, November 6 from 1:30 to 4:30. Experience the beauty of Vicksburg’s architectural heritage by touring 3 historic properties: the Gaimbrone residence at 2525 Cherry Street, the Peay residence at 3220 Drummond Street, and the Duncan residence at 116 Old Highway 27. Don’t miss this unique chance to see historic properties in use as modern homes. The homes on tour are not available for tour at any other time during the year.

Admission is $12 in advance or $15 on the day of the tour. For more information or for tickets, please call 601-636-5010.

Beethoven by Candlelight

Four Seasons of the Arts presents the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s Beethoven by Candlelight Saturday, November 19 at the Church of the Holy Trinity at 7:30 p.m.

The program, conducted by Crafton Beck, will feature solo violinist Algimantas Staskevicius from Lithuania.

Since September 2001, Staskevicius has been a staff musician of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and a teacher with the Jackson Public School String Program. He will present works by Ludwig Van Beethoven at the concert.

There is no admission fee for the performance, but donations are welcomed to promote future programming of the Four Seasons of the Arts. For more information, please contact Francis Koury at 601-636-0309.

Mississippi Heritage Trust: 10 Most Endangered Historic Places

SCHF will host the Mississippi Heritage Trust 10 Most Endangered Historic Places Exhibit during the month of November in the Cobb House.

The 10 places listed represent important historic resources around the state that are in jeopardy of being lost if something is not done to save them.

The list is compiled from nominations submitted by the public to MTH. Selections are based on the significance of the site to the community, state or nation, as well as the nature and immediacy of the threat to the property.

The photographic exhibit was developed to travel the state to raise awareness about the endangered properties.

The Mississippi Heritage Trust Exhibit is open to the public and free of charge. Please use the courtyard entrance for viewing during normal SCHF operating hours for the month of November. Please call the SCHF office for more information.

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

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