Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation

October 2006

Fall Pilgrimage Kickoff Event and Art Exhibit
to be at SCHF Cobb House

Vicksburg's Fall Pilgrimage will begin with a kickoff event and art exhibit hosted in the SCHF Cobb House on Thursday evening, October 5, from 6 to 8 p.m.

"Our kickoff used to be a gala, but since the Cobb House joined the tours and gave a new distinction as an arm of the Mississippi Museum of Art, we decided to do an art exhibit of our participants," said Tom Pharr, owner of Anchuca, one of the fifteen properties featured on pilgrimage.

Pharr has photographed "unique nuances" at each of the 15 properties participating in pilgrimage. The "old meets new" digitally altered photographs will be on display and for sale at the opening exhibit in the Cobb House along with a champagne and dessert reception. The $25 ticket for the event can be purchased at the door or in advance at any of the participating properties. All proceeds benefit future planning and marketing of Vicksburg's pilgrimage.

Fall Pilgrimage will be every Friday through Sunday throughout October. Admission is $6 per person per tour site. Admission is paid at each tour site. The fall schedule will include evening ghost tours of select properties.

For more information or for the tour schedule, please visit

The Cobb House will be open for tours every Friday in October from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. If you are interested in being a volunteer tour guide, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997.

Properties participating in the Fall 2006 Pilgrimage are the Martha Vick House, SCHF Cobb House, Mary Harwood House, Cedar Grove Mansion, Belle of the Bends, Christ Episcopal Church, Anchuca Mansion, George Washington Ball House, Baer House, Shlenker House, Annabelle, Duff Green Mansion, The Governor's Inn, and Stained Glass Manor.

River Kids After School Art Program

The River Kids After School Arts Program is designed to encourage children to discover and develop their creative talents.

This year, the program is open to any child in 1st through 6th grades. There is no fee to participate. The program is free and open to the public thanks in part to the Mississippi Arts Commission, the City of Vicksburg, SCHF members, and corporate sponsors.

The art classes expose creativity through drawing, painting, crafts, collage, ceramics, sculpture and many more exciting techniques.

Classes are planned and implemented by experienced, accredited educators. Karen Biedenharn and Nancy Watkins will lead this years program.

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

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

Children's Show Choir

SCHF's children's show choir teaches children basic music and vocal skills, as well as movement, choreography and performance skills.

The program is open to any child interested in singing and performing. There is no fee to participate. The program is free and open to the public.

Classes are planned and implemented by an experienced, accredited educator. Melinda Carter-Calvert will lead this years program. Melinda has been an elementary music instructor for the Vicksburg Warren School District for eight years. We are pleased to add her to our after school staff.

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

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, waltz, and many other styles of dance.

October classes will study East Coast Swing. Class will meet Sundays, October 1 and 15 from 5 - 7 p.m. in the Academy Building.

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.

Fall Floral Design Workshop

Fall is the season for color and what better way to enjoy color than in a beautiful flower arrangement. Come and learn the basics of floral design in SCHF's Fall Floral Design Workshop on Tuesday, October 17.

Lynn Johnston, of Serenity Floral in downtown Vicksburg, will instruct participants in basic floral design.

The workshop will be Tuesday, October 17 at 10:00 a.m. in the SCHF academy building. Please use the courtyard entrance.

The fee for the workshop is $25 for SCHF members and $30 for nonmembers. The fee may be paid in advance or at the door. Reservations are required.

Please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 for reservations or for more information.

If you have workshop ideas or interests in a certain area, please call the SCHF office or reach us by email at

Arts Blitz Success

The Arts Blitz held at SCHF was a huge success! During the two week blitz, children of all ages joined art teachers and volunteers to create 100 mural panels to be installed at the Children's Art Park at Catfish Row.

Each day, individuals as well as youth groups, church groups, after school programs, and girl and boy scout troops arrived with creative ideas for the park and they were put to work.

The artwork reflected many different elements of art including line, shape, color, texture, and value. Many of the panels depicted the children's interpretation of Vicksburg landmarks.

Many thanks go to the committee responsible for planning the arts blitz. A special thanks to Nancy Mitchell and the art students at Warren Central High School for planning and leading the students each day.

Many volunteers added invaluable help throughout the two week event. Heather Burns, SCHF volunteer and recent addition to the Vicksburg community, arrived like clockwork each day and led a classroom of young artists in the project daily. Thank you for your time and talent!

The panels will be returned to the City for a protective coating then installed in the Art Park at Catfish Row for all to enjoy!

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 sub-jects, but is open to any good read. Book and author suggestions are welcomed.

For October, the Southern Book Club will discuss Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18.

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

SCHF Annual Meeting

Please mark your calendar and save the date for the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation's 2006 Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Wednesday, November 8 at noon in the SCHF Auditorium (entrance on Crawford Street). The cost is only $10, in advance or at the door. Reservations are requested on or before November 6 to the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or by e-mail.

This year's guest speaker will be David Morgan. Morgan is the Smithsonian exhibit coordinator for the Mississippi Humanities Council for the upcoming summer 2007 New Harmonies Exhibit.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the annual meeting, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997.

Watch the mail for more details to come soon!

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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