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December 2019

Holly Days Arts & Crafts Show, December 7, 2019

Southern Book Club, December 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The Southern Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. There is no fee to attend and it is open to the public. For more information or meeting location, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.


November 2019

Classics in the Courtyard, November 1 & 8, 2019

SCHF Closed, November 11, 2019

Fort Saint Pierre Lecture Series, November 14, 2019

Southern Book Club, November 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The Southern Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. There is no fee to attend and it is open to the public. For more information or meeting location, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.


October 2019

River Kids Free After School Art Program, October 3, 17, 31, 2019

Fort St. Pierre Tercentennial Lecture Series, Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the SCHC Convent Chapel. The speaker for October will be Bill Nelson, and Bill will talk about the Jesuits from the Fort Saint Pierre time period. The Fort Saint Pierre Tercentennial Commission is presenting a year of events commemorating the founding of Fort Saint Pierre in 1719, the earliest European settlement in the Mississippi Delta. For more information, please call 601-618-3972.

31st Annual Over the River Run (2019), Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 8 a.m. at the Old Mississippi River Bridge located at I-20 and Washington Street.
This event welcomes hundreds to the City of Vicksburg and will serve as a wonderful family event. The unique run follows a scenic course heading west across the Mississippi River to Delta, Louisiana and then returns back to the finish line. The event includes a 5-mile run, 5-mile walk, and a one-mile fun run for kids. Complimentary entertainment, fun and refreshments for all runners, walkers and volunteers will follow the race in the Ameristar Delta Point parking lot. Musical entertainment will be provided by M2 Entertainment. Registration is open now. The entry fees are $25 for the 5-mile race, $10 for the 1-mile fun run, $75 Family pre-race registration (limit of 5), and $120 Corporate/Civic Club Team Pre-race fee (3-5 members) through October 1st. Late fees will apply to entries received after October 1st. The first 400 registered participants will receive an OVER THE RIVER RUN T-SHIRT in a special goodie bag filled with specialty items from local sponsors. Early registration is strongly encouraged to secure a place at the event. Race packet pick-up will be October 11th at the SCHF Auditorium (corner of Crawford and Cherry Streets) from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and also the morning of the race at the race site.
The run has acquired a number of very generous financial sponsors.
The Platinum Sponsors are Ergon, Ameristar Casino, and Shape Up Sisters; Gold Sponsor is Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg; Silver Sponsors are McDonald’s, Visit Vicksburg, WaterView Casino, Guaranty Bank, and May & Company; and Bronze Sponsors are New York Life/Stan Kline, Scott Robbins Physical Therapy, Trustmark, and Mutual Credit Union. Additional sponsors include Budweiser, Coca-Cola, City of Vicksburg, Fleet Feet Sports, Varner, Parker, Sessums, and Curb Appeals Real Estate/Mary Jane Wooten. Sponsorships are still being accepted. Sponsor Application Form. Many volunteers are needed in many areas of the planning of the event. The Over the River Run is an extremely important fundraiser for the SCHF and a very special community event. After expenses, proceeds from the race will go toward the rehabilitation of the Southern Cultural Heritage Center and the many maintenance issues of the five historic buildings of the Center. For more information, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org.
Press release. Facebook event page.
Run-Walk Trifold Entry Form. Online Registration.
Corporate Team Sign-Up Run 2019. Corporate Team Sign-Up Walk 2019.
Sponsorship Form.

SCHF Closed, October 14, 2019

Southern Book Club, October 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The Southern Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. There is no fee to attend and it is open to the public. For more information or meeting location, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

“More Than a Painting” Art Classes with Nancy Mitchell - Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 9 a.m.–noon (Facebook event page) and Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Facebook event page). Fall is here! Let's paint a gorgeous Spring morning to look at all Winter long! This one is in the style of French Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro. In addition to artist facts and a touch of art history throughout the lesson, students receive a handout on the artist. The students leave with a finished art piece to hang in their home at the end of their class. Classes suit both artists and beginners. Nancy Mitchell believes anyone can learn to draw and be creative. However, in today’s world not many people have time for weekly art classes. This class is based on a painting she designs to mimic the style of a renowned artist. The step-by-step process enables each student to recreate the painting, adding their personal style. Students also learn basics about composition and color mixing. Registration is $45/SCHF Members and $50/Non-Members (includes all supplies) for each class. For reservations or more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release.

12th Annual “Classics in the Courtyard,” offering a variety of entertainment through different genres of classic music. Local entertainers and local restaurants will provide the music and lunch on Fridays from noon-1:00 p.m. beginning October 18th and concluding November 8th. The musical entertainment is sponsored by a generous grant from Entergy Mississippi. The entertainment is provided for free and lunch can be purchased for $10 per person. Reservations are required for lunch and must be made by 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the event. These diverse musical styles are a special treat for the Vicksburg community and we hope many will embrace and enjoy the local music and local flavor Vicksburg has to offer.
Friday, October 18 – Classic Pop and Country Performed by Ralph Miller; Lunch provided by The Biscuit Company. Facebook event page.
Friday, October 25 – Classic Blues, Rock, Pop and Originals Performed by Patrick Smith; Lunch provided by Billy’s Italian Restaurant. Facebook event page.
Friday, November 1 – Classic Blues, Rock and Originals Performed by Lee H. Abraham & the Boone Brothers; Lunch provided by The Anthony. Facebook event page.
Friday, November 8 – Rock, Pop and Country Performed by Chad Perry; Lunch provided by Goldie’s Express. Facebook event page.
This wonderful program is also supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the generous support of Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation individual and corporate members, the City of Vicksburg, and various appropriations.
For more information or to make reservations for lunch, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release.

Haunted Halloween “Monster Bash” featuring “The Chill,” October 19, 2019 from 7-10 p.m., part of “A Nightmare on Crawford Street” during October at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center. A party you don’t want to miss! Come party and dance the night away! Best Costume Party in Vicksburg!! There will be frightfully delicious food, signature cocktails, and a costume contest!! Tickets are $25/person or $40/couple. A purchase of 6-8 tickets will reserve a table. For tickets, call the SCHF business office at 601-631-2997 or purchase tickets on Eventbrite.com after September 24, 2019 at 4:50 p.m. Press release. Facebook event page.

Crafty Halloween Fun with Lana, Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 5-7:30 p.m. Join Lana Hand for a fun-filled Halloween arts and crafts class. The class is open to kids ages 4-9. Activities will include decorating a pumpkin and creating a haunted house, making a skeleton and a spooky spider headband. The class will decorate Halloween cookies and have Halloween snacks!!! The fee is $35/child. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to register, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.

Haunted Halloween Ghost Hunt with Mississippi Paranormal Society, Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Tickets are $60 per person. There will be a limited number of tickets available, and you must purchase tickets in advance! All proceeds will go to the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation. Event details includes:
~ Meet & Greet
~ Intro to MPS
~ Halloween Costume contest
~ Cash bar
~ Snacks will be provided
This is the paranormal event you do not want to miss! For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.

“Kids in the Kitchen” Halloween Edition, Monday, October 28, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for children ages 4-12 led by Margie Heltzel, The registration fee is $35 per child and includes all supplies. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to register, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.

Lebanese Cooking with Lana, Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Join us for Lebanese Cooking with Lana, a hands-on cooking experience. Kibbee is a favorite Lebanese dish made from cracked wheat, ground beef, onions, pine nuts and seasonings. We will bake and fry the kibbee. The class will also make Tabooli, a delicious salad made with wheat, tomatoes, parsley and green onions; seasoned with lemon juice and olive oil. There will also be pita bread to enjoy. Registration is $35/SCHF Members and $40/Non-Members and includes all supplies. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.


September 2019

SCHF Closed, September 2, 2019

Classics in the Courtyard’s “Happy Hour,” Thursday, September 5 – Jason Turner Band; food provided by FitChef. For more information, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page. September 5, 2019 Photos.

Tailgating Cooking Workshop with William Furlong, Monday, September 9, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Join William Furlong as he demonstrates clever tailgating ideas and recipes. You will enjoy your own “Tailgate” during the class as you take part in creating these special recipes. Be sure to bring a friend and your school spirit and enjoy this fun-filled class. A prize will be given to the individual with the best school spirit. Registration is $35/members and $40/non-members. Reservations are required. For more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.

River Kids Free After School Art Program, September 12, 19, 26, 2019

Fort St. Pierre Tercentennial Lecture Series, Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the SCHC Convent Chapel. This month’s speaker will be Brad Lieb, and Brad will discuss Chickasaw Tribal archaeology. The Fort Saint Pierre Tercentennial Commission is presenting a year of events commemorating the founding of Fort Saint Pierre in 1719, the earliest European settlement in the Mississippi Delta. For more information, please call 601-618-3972.

Southern Book Club, September 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The Southern Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. In September, the monthly book is The Rent Collector by Camron WrightThe Rent Collector is a story of hope, of one woman's journey to save her son and another woman's chance at redemption. It demonstrates that even in a dump in Cambodia - perhaps especially in a dump in Cambodia - everyone deserves a second chance. There is no fee to attend and it is open to the public. For more information or meeting location, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

In celebration of the Fort Saint Pierre Tercentennial, SCHF is offering a Classic French Cooking Workshop with William Furlong, Monday, September 30th, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the academy building. You will learn some history, technique, and you will sample classic dishes. In this workshop, attendees will make crepes with savory and sweet fillings, risotto, and other French favorites. Pam Mayfield is going to demonstrate an amazing crepe recipe. Bring your favorite bottle of French wine or Champagne to pair with the delicious foods that will be prepared and sampled. Registration is $35/members and $40/non-members. Reservations are required. For more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.


August 2019

Classics in the Courtyard’s “Happy Hour,” Thursday, August 1 – Keys versus Strings Band (YouTube Channel); food provided by The Squealin’ Pig. For more information, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page. August 1, 2019 Photos.

Fort St. Pierre Tercentennial Lecture Series, Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the SCHC Convent Chapel, presented by Dr. Dwain Butler, retired geophysicist at ERDC. Dr. Butler will discuss non-invasive geophysical techniques for archaeology. The Fort Saint Pierre Tercentennial Commission is presenting a year of events commemorating the founding of Fort Saint Pierre in 1719, the earliest European settlement in the Mississippi Delta. For more information, please call 601-618-3972.

Vendor Applications are being accepted for 12th Annual Holly Days Arts & Crafts Show! Download vendor application form. Applications must be turned in by September 6, 2019. Vendors will be notified by September 25th with an acceptance letter. Vendor press release. Facebook event page.
SCHF presents the 12th Annual Holly Days Arts & Crafts Show on Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Vendor applications are now being accepted. Space is limited and acceptance to the Show will be based on the images of the crafts/art submitted with an application. Craft and art demonstrations are a plus. Although specific space requests will be considered, spaces will be assigned by the Review Committee. The show has become a much anticipated annual event. Attendees are able to enjoy live music while they shop the variety of vendors that are chosen from a wide range of categories. Exhibit space is $60 for Returning Vendors and $65 for New Vendors. Applications must be turned in by September 6, 2019. Vendors will be notified by September 25th with an acceptance letter. For more information or an application, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997.

Ballroom Dance Lessons, Sundays, August 11th & 25th from 5 to 6 p.m. in the academy building, presented by James Frechette, owner of Applause Dance Factory. This month’s featured dance is the “East Coast Swing. Individuals and couples are welcome. The fee is $10 per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

Southern Book Club, August 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The Southern Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. In August, the monthly book is The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis. The Silver Pigs is the classic novel which introduced readers around the world to Marcus Didius Falco, a private informer with a knack for trouble, a tendency for bad luck, and a frequently inconvenient drive for justice. There is no fee to attend and it is open to the public. For more information or meeting location, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

Lebanese Cooking with Lana, Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Join us for Lebanese Cooking with Lana, a hands-on cooking experience. The class will prepare Stuffed Squash, fresh squash stuffed with a rice and meat mixture and then cooked in a tomato sauce. The class will also prepare Cabbage Rolls, individual cabbage leaves filled with meat and rice and cooked in water and lemon. Registration is $35/SCHF Members and $40/Non-Members and includes all supplies. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.


July 2019

“Southern Exposure,” An All-Day Summer Camp. The camp will be held during eight weeks of the summer, starting on June 3-7, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is open to kids ages 4-13. Early drop-off starts at 7:30 a.m. and pick-up is available through 5:15 p.m. The registration fee is $100 per child for each week, $90 per child special rate when you sign up for multiple weeks or for multiple children. This fee includes a $25 non-refundable fee. The fee includes all supplies and a daily snack. Kids are asked to bring their own lunch. During this camp, children will be “exercising mind, body, and soul” as they utilize the gymnasium, art classrooms, auditorium, gardens, and media room of the SCHC to investigate southern music, gardening, art, manners, and other camp-like activities. Experienced and accredited educator Karen Biedenharn will plan and oversee all aspects of the camp.
Click here to download application form.
The camp sessions are as follows:
July 1-5 (closed on 4th) $80/week Facebook event page
July 8-12 Facebook event page
July 15-19 Facebook event page
July 22-26 Facebook event page
Space is limited and reservations are required. Please make reservations two weeks prior to each week attending. For more information or to register, call the Southern Cultural Heritage Center business office at 601-631-2997, email info@southernculture.org. Press release.

SCHF Closed, July 4, 2019

Kids in the Kitchen Summer Camps, July 8-12, 2019. There will be two different sessions, both led by Margie Heltzel at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center:
“Kids Can Cook”- July 8th- 12th from 8:30am- 11:30am- ages 4-8 Facebook event page
“Baking Bootcamp”- July 8th- 12th from 12:30pm- 3:30pm- ages 8-12 Facebook event page
The registration fee for each session is $125 per child and includes all supplies as well as lots of tasty treats. A full day option is also available. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to register, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org.
Press release.

Summer Photography Classes with Dr. David Rorick, Tuesdays, July 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Registration is $150 for all four classes. Designed with beginner to intermediate photographers in mind, this four-part class uses hands-on experience, shooting lots of pictures, to share the principles of great photography. Anyone with a digital camera and some practice can learn to make great shots instead of snapshots. The four, two-hour class sessions include a photo walk in the neighborhood around the Southern Cultural Heritage Center (weather permitting) to shoot local points of interest. Students will share their work with each other during class sessions as we build our skills and fine-tune how we look at the world around us. At the conclusion of the class, students will receive a large-format print of their favorite photo created during the class, at no additional charge. Students need to have access to a digital camera with manual controls to get the most out of this class. DSLRs from Canon, Nikon, Sony, or Pentax are ideal, as well as mirrorless system cameras such as the Sony NEX and Alpha series. Bridge cameras like the Canon S and G series and similar Canon and Sony models also work well. If in doubt, contact the instructor to learn if your camera is appropriate for the class. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.

Fort St. Pierre Tercentennial Lecture Series, Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the SCHC Convent Chapel, presented by Gail Buzhardt, retired French teacher and author. Gail will highlight the social, political and economic factors of the Fort St. Pierre story. The Fort Saint Pierre Tercentennial Commission is presenting a year of events commemorating the founding of Fort Saint Pierre in 1719, the earliest European settlement in the Mississippi Delta. For more information, please call 601-618-3972.

Classics in the Courtyard’s “Happy Hour,” Thursday, July 11th – Lee H. Abraham & the Boone Brothers; food provided by Billy's Italian Restaurant. For more information, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page. July 11, 2019 Photos.

Southern Book Club, July 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The Southern Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. There is no fee to attend and it is open to the public. In July, the monthly book is The Tatooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity. For more information or meeting location, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

River Kids Free After School Art Program. Registration is open now for the free after-school art program. Fall Semester begins August 22, 2019. Open to any child in 1st through 6th grade, the program accepts 60 students for the class on Thursdays from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m. for the thirteen-week program. The program is free, but requires a full semester commitment from the parents. It is filled on a first come, first served basis. This free after-school program is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the generous support of the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation individual and corporate members, the City of Vicksburg, and various appropriations.
To register, call the SCHF business office at (601) 631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.

Princess Camp, Making Memories to Last a Lifetime, July 22-26, 2019 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., presented by Lana Hand for ages 4-9. The camp will include crafts, dress-up, dance, music, Pajama Day, Spa Day, Water Day, outdoor activities and games. Snacks will be provided. The registration fee is $140 per child, and an all-day option is available for $180 per child for the week. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to register, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. . Facebook event page.

Southern Exposure Summer Camp ends, July 26, 2019

SCHF Receives Mississippi Arts Commission Grant. The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation has been awarded a $11,400 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.4 million in grants the Commission will award in 2019-2020 and will be used to continue the mission of the SCHF and bring exceptional events and quality programming to the community through artistic excellence. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
“The Mississippi Arts Commission is proud to support arts organizations as well as arts activities and festivals around the state through grant-making,” said Malcolm White, executive director of MAC. “These funds help broaden the reach of arts by educating our communities about Mississippi’s enduring creative legacy and offering arts experiences and performances to people in nearly every area of the state.”
Among the numerous activities scheduled throughout the year, these funds are vital in supporting the River Kids free after school art program, a variety of concerts, workshops, lectures, exhibits and the many other events and programs that are instrumental in growing the awareness of the arts to the Vicksburg community and surrounding areas. Press release. For information from the Mississippi Arts Commission, contact Anna Ehrgott, Communications Director, 601.359.6546 or aehrgott@arts.ms.gov.


June 2019

“Southern Exposure,” An All-Day Summer Camp. The camp will be held during eight weeks of the summer, starting on June 3-7, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is open to kids ages 4-13. Early drop-off starts at 7:30 a.m. and pick-up is available through 5:15 p.m. The registration fee is $100 per child for each week, $90 per child special rate when you sign up for multiple weeks or for multiple children. This fee includes a $25 non-refundable fee. The fee includes all supplies and a daily snack. Kids are asked to bring their own lunch. During this camp, children will be “exercising mind, body, and soul” as they utilize the gymnasium, art classrooms, auditorium, gardens, and media room of the SCHC to investigate southern music, gardening, art, manners, and other camp-like activities. Experienced and accredited educator Karen Biedenharn will plan and oversee all aspects of the camp.
Click here to download application form.
The camp sessions are as follows:
June 3-7 Facebook event page
June 10-14 Facebook event page
June 17-21 Facebook event page
June 24-28 Facebook event page
Continues in July!
Space is limited and reservations are required. Please make reservations two weeks prior to each week attending. For more information or to register, call the Southern Cultural Heritage Center business office at 601-631-2997, email info@southernculture.org. Press release.

To kick off our 25th-Anniversary year, the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation is extremely proud to present Classics in the Courtyard’s “Happy Hour.” SCHF and our community always look forward to our original Classics in the Courtyard concert series in the fall. Now you can enjoy our courtyard concerts in the summer, too! This series will include a concert, food, and drinks one Thursday night each month for the months of June, July, August and September. The concerts will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on those Thursdays. There is no cover charge! Food and drink will be available for purchase. There will be give-a-ways, too!
The line-up is as follows:
Thursday, June 6th – Patrick Smith Band; food provided by Mississippi BBQ Company; Facebook event page; June 6, 2019 Photos
Thursday, July 11th – Lee H. Abraham & the Boone Brothers; food provided by Billy's Italian Restaurant; Facebook event page; July 11, 2019 Photos
Thursday, August 1 – Keys versus Strings Band (YouTube Channel); food provided by The Squealin’ Pig; Facebook event page' August 1, 2019 Photos
Thursday, September 5 – Jason Turner Band; food provided by FitChef; Facebook event page; September 5, 2019 Photos
For more information, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org.
Press release

The annual Vicksburg Multicultural Arts Camp for Kids, June 10-14, 2019 from 8 a.m.-noon for ages 6-12. The registration fee is $60 per child, and includes all supplies, materials, and a daily snack. During this unique camp, children discover the art, dance, music and cuisine of three different cultures. By studying cultural differences and similarities through the arts, students will learn new artistic techniques while developing an appreciation for the traditions and customs of others. Experienced educators plan and oversee all aspects of the camp. The camp will culminate with a public performance and exhibit on the last day in the SCHF Auditorium. Space is limited to 60 students and reservations are required. For more information or to register, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.

Farmer's Market Finds Workshop with William Furlong, Monday, June 10, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Not sure what to do with all your purchases at the Farmer’s Market? William Furlong will demonstrate how to use your fruits and vegetables to create unique and delightful dishes. Registration is $35/SCHF members and $40/non-members and includes all supplies. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.

Fort St. Pierre Tercentennial Lecture Series, Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 7 p.m., presented by Max Garriott in the SCHC Convent. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 601.631.2997.

Southern Book Club, June 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The Southern Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. There is no fee to attend and it is open to the public. For more information or meeting location, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

Princess Camp, Making Memories to Last a Lifetime, June 24-28, 2019 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., presented by Lana Hand for ages 4-9. The camp will include crafts, dress-up, dance, music, Pajama Day, Spa Day, Water Day, outdoor activities and games. Snacks will be provided. The registration fee is $140 per child, and an all-day option is available for $180 per child for the week. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to register, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. A second session will be held July 22-26, 2019. Press release. Facebook event page.

2nd Annual “Star Spangled Night Run in Vicksburg”, Saturday, June 29, 2019, beginning and ending at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center. Come join us and help us light up the night in this unique event which will include a 5K run and a 5K walk at night through downtown Vicksburg! Registration is open now! The entry fees are $30 Individual, $15 Kids Registration (12 & under), and $120 Corporate/Civic Club Team Pre-race fee (3-5 members) through June 14th. Late fees will apply after June 14th. The first 200 registered participants will be guaranteed either a Night Run Tank or T-shirt. Included in the swag bag will also be race bib, a glow item, and specialty items from local sponsors. Early registration is strongly encouraged to secure a place at the event. Entry forms and complete event details are available by visiting http://southernculture.org/events/night-run.htm. Entry forms and fees can be dropped off at SCHF Business Office, 601 Sports or mailed to SCHF, 1302 Adams Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180 or register online at www.RaceRoster.com. Race packet pick-up will be Friday, June 28th at the SCHF Auditorium (corner of Crawford and Cherry Streets) from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and also before the race at the race site starting at 6:30 p.m. After you cross the finish line, the party begins in the SCHC Courtyard! There will be food, drinks, live music, and fun for all! We will light up the night just in time for Independence Day! For entrance into the after party and free food and drink, runners and walkers should show their race bib and volunteers should wear their Night Run T-shirt. All others can pay $5 for entrance into the party and free beer. There will be additional food and drink available for purchase. The run has acquired some very generous financial sponsors. They are: Shell Oil, Ergon, Scott Robbins Physical Therapy, International Paper, May & Company, WaterView Casino, Curb Appeals Real Estate/Mary Jane Wooten, Gumbo Pot, BancorpSouth, People’s Drug Store, Ed Hampton Air & Heat LLC, Hennessey, Thames & Leavitt Insurance Agency, Servpro of Vicksburg & Yazoo, and Big River Shipbuilders. For more information, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org.
sponsorship application form

Entry Form Trifold
Register Online at RaceRoster.com
Event Photos
Facebook event page

Press release


May 2019

River Kids Exhibit Day, May 2, 2019

The Fort Saint Pierre Tercentennial Commission is presenting a year of events commemorating the founding of Fort Saint Pierre in 1719, the earliest European settlement in the Mississippi Delta. In May, the lecture series will continue on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the SCHC Convent Chapel featuring Terry Winschel, retired Vicksburg National Military Park historian who will discuss the Civil War fortifications on the Fort Saint Pierre site. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 601-636-5010.

Southern Book Club, May 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The Southern Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. In May, the monthly book is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew. There is no fee to attend and it is open to the public. For more information or meeting location, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

Ballroom Dance Lessons, Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 5-6 p.m. in the academy building, presented by James Frechette, owner of Applause Dance Factory. This month’s featured dance is the “Cha Cha. Individuals and couples are welcome. The fee is $10 per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

SCHF Closed, May 27,2019

Mississippi Blues Trail Marker Dedication for Historian and Vicksburg native Dr. William R. Ferris, Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Southwest corner of Washington & Grove Streets, Vicksburg, Mississippi. Following the dedication, there will be a reception at Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation Auditorium, noon -1 p.m.


April 2019

“More Than a Painting” Art Classes with Nancy Mitchell - Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 9 a.m.–noon (Facebook event page) and Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Facebook event page). Let’s paint a Rooster in the style of Walter Anderson! In addition to artist facts and a touch of art history throughout the lesson, students receive a handout on the artist. The students leave with a finished art piece to hang in their home at the end of their class. Classes suit both artists and beginners. Nancy Mitchell believes anyone can learn to draw and be creative. However, in today’s world not many people have time for weekly art classes. This class is based on a painting she designs to mimic the style of a renowned artist. The step-by-step process enables each student to recreate the painting, adding their personal style. Students also learn basics about composition and color mixing. Registration is $40/SCHF Members and $45/Non-Members (includes all supplies) for each class. For reservations or more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release.

“Cooking with Herbs” Workshop with William Furlong, Monday, April 8, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Whether you grow your own herbs or buy them fresh, you’ll come away from this demonstration with many simple techniques and recipes with a few of the most common culinary herbs. Bring your note pad, your taste buds and your appetite to this workshop. You will sample all of the recipes that will be prepared for a full course meal. Washing, drying and freezing herbs will also be reviewed. Registration is $35/members and $40/non-members and includes all supplies. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.

Fort St. Pierre Tercentennial Lecture Series, Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7 p.m., presented by Angela Diez in the SCHC Convent. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 601.631.2997.

Ballroom Dance Lessons, Sunday, April 14 & 28, 2019 from 5-6 p.m. in the academy building, presented by James Frechette, owner of Applause Dance Factory. This month’s featured dance is the “Cha Cha. Individuals and couples are welcome. The fee is $10 per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

Southern Book Club, April 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The Southern Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. In April, the monthly book is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew. There is no fee to attend and it is open to the public. For more information or meeting location, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

Lebanese Cooking with Lana, Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Join us for Lebanese Cooking with Lana, a hands-on cooking experience. The class will prepare Tabooli, a delicious salad made with tomatoes, parsley, green onions, and cracked wheat. The class will also prepare Kibbee, a meat dish made with lean meat, onions, wheat, and pine nuts. Lana will treat the class to Baklava for dessert! Registration is $35/SCHF Members and $40/Non-Members and includes all supplies. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.


March 2019

The 8th Annual Carnaval de Mardi Gras & Gumbo Cook-Off, Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. presented by the Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation (VFHP). Cajun Gumbo Cook-off, Live Music, Dancing, Food, Drinks, Children's Activities and more! For questions or more information, please visit www.facebook.com/vicksburg.mardi.gras or contact Nancy Bell at 601.636.5010 or vburgfoundation@aol.com. Facebook event page.
Thanks to Alexis Murrell, Miss Vicksburg 2019, for presenting the awards! Seafood Gumbo: 1st place: Rusty's, 2nd place: Riverwalk Casino, 3rd place: TA Country Pride. Non-Seafood Gumbo: 1st place: Krewe de Chaos, 2nd place: Anchuca, 3rd place: “Just CHLing” Coastal Hydraulics Lab ERDC. Best Decorated Display; Rusty's. The Coveted David Coulon's People's Choice Award: Riverwalk Casino.

Lebanese Cooking with Lana, Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Join us for Lebanese Cooking with Lana, a hands-on cooking experience. This class will prepare Spinach Pies--homemade dough filled with spinach, green onions, lemon juice, and olive oil. The class will also prepare Grape Leaves. Grape Leaves are filled and rolled with meat and rice and cooked in lemon water. Please bring a rolling pin if you have one. Registration is $35/SCHF Members and $40/Non-Members and includes all supplies. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.

Ballroom Dance Lessons, Sunday, March 10 & 31, 2019 from 5-6 p.m. in the academy building, presented by James Frechette, owner of Applause Dance Factory. This month’s featured dance is the “Cha Cha. Individuals and couples are welcome. The fee is $10 per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

“Southern Exposure” Spring Break Camp, March 11-15, 2019 for kids ages 6-13. The camp will be held during Spring Break from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Early drop-off is available at 7:30 a.m. and pick-up through 5:15 p.m.) The registration fee is $100 per child for the week (this fee includes a $25 non-refundable fee to hold your spot) and that includes all supplies and a daily snack. Kids are asked to bring their lunch. During this camp, children will be “exercising mind, body, and soul” as they utilize the gymnasium, art classrooms, auditorium, gardens, and media room of the SCHC to investigate southern music, gardening, art, manners, and other camp-like activities. The children will perform improvisation throughout the week to their peers. Experienced and accredited educators, Karen and Herman Biedenharn will plan and oversee all aspects of the camp. Space is limited to 40 kids and reservations are required. For more information or to register, call the Southern Cultural Heritage Center business office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.

Fort St. Pierre Tercentennial Lecture Series, Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7 p.m., presented by Max Garriott in the SCHC Convent. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 601.631.2997.

Southern Book Club, Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The Southern Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. In March, the monthly book is And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. There is no fee to attend and it is open to the public. For more information or meeting location, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

William's Sushi Workshop, Monday, March 25, 2019 at 5:30 p.m., presented by William Furlong. You can enjoy an authentic Japanese edible art form that is both healthy and delicious. Learn just how fun, fast and easy rolling sushi can be as William teaches you the proper techniques. You will have hands-on experience as he introduces the fundamentals of sushi preparation, presentation, rolling and cutting. Registration is $40/SCHF members and $45/non-members and includes all supplies. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.

4th Annual Raise the Roof Talent Search & Competition
Cancelled due to insufficient registration.
Registration is open now for contestants! The deadline to register is  March 15, 2019. Total awards of $550! The Overall Cash Grand Prize Winner will receive $250! The First Runner–up will receive $150, Second Runner-up will receive $100, and Third Runner-up will receive $50. Entry fees are free if you register by March 15, 2019 and $20 for individuals and $50 for groups (3 or more) after  March 15, 1019. To register, download the forms below and bring completed form along with entry fee(s) into the SCHF office or mail to SCHF, 1302 Adams Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180.
Rules     Entry Form     Guardian Form
One night only!
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. in the SCHF Auditorium. Tickets to the show are $10 for adults, $5 for youth (ages 6-18). Admission for children 5 and under is free. For more information, please call 601.631.2997. Press release. Facebook event page.
Proceeds from Raise the Roof will go towards the preservation of the SCHC Complex. The SCHF, a non-profit organization, maintains the Southern Cultural Heritage Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The Center is a Mississippi Landmark property and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Foundation is committed to preserving the history and architecture of the Cultural Center, while offering cultural, artistic and educational programs to the community.


February 2019

“Kids in the Kitchen” Valentine's Classes, Monday, February 4th (Facebook event page) and Tuesday, February 5th (Facebook event page) from 5:30-7:30 p.m., two different classes for children ages 4-12 led by Margie Heltzel, The registration fee for each class is $35 per child and includes all supplies as well as lots of tasty treats. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to register, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release.

“More Than a Painting” Art Class with Nancy Mitchell, Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Come join Nancy Mitchell and paint a vase of Amaryllis in the style of Swedish-American Birger Sandmen. Classes suit both artists and beginners. Nancy Mitchell believes anyone can learn to draw and be creative. However, in today’s world not many people have time for weekly art classes. This class is based on a painting she designs to mimic the style of a renowned artist. The step-by-step process enables each student to recreate the painting, adding their personal style. Students also learn basics about composition and color mixing. In addition to artist facts and a touch of art history throughout the lesson, students receive a handout on the artist. The students leave with a finished art piece to hang in their home at the end of their class. Registration is $40/SCHF Members and $45/Non-Members (includes all supplies) for each class. For reservations or more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.

Cooking for Couples, Monday, February 11th at 5:30 p.m. William Furlong will offer simple, elegant recipes for two with the aim of turning the routine daily task of making dinner into a relaxing and romantic bonding experience. With Valentine's Day around the corner, the workshop is designed for all the busy working couples out there who find themselves with limited time for just about everything - including fixing dinner and for spending quality moments with each other. Registration is $55/couple SCHF members and $60/couple non-members and includes all supplies. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.

Southern Book Club, February 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The Southern Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. There is no fee to attend and it is open to the public. For more information or meeting location, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

Ballroom Dance, February 24, 2019, This month’s featured dance is the “Cha Cha.

Fort St. Pierre Lecture Series, February 27, 2019

“Kids in the Kitchen” Mardi Gras Classes, Tuesday, February 26th (Facebook event page) and Thursday, February 28th (Facebook event page) from 5:30-7:30 p.m., two different classes for children ages 4-12 led by Margie Heltzel, The registration fee for each class is $35 per child and includes all supplies as well as lots of tasty treats. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to register, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release.


January 2019

William's Winter Soup Workshop, Monday, January 7, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Winter is here! What could be better that a hot bowl of soup on a chilly night? William Furlong will lead this workshop and focus on using seasonal ingredients and interesting flavor combinations to give you recipes that will become classics in your home. You will get to sample some soup, and William will end the night with something sweet! Yum! The workshop will be held in the SCHC academy building. Registration is $35/SCHF members and $40/non-members and includes all supplies. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release.

Fort St. Pierre Lecture Series, January 10, 2019

Ballroom Dance Lessons, January 13, 2019

Southern Book Club, January 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The Southern Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. There is no fee to attend and it is open to the public. For more information or meeting location, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

The River Kids Free After-School Art Program. Spring Semester will begin on January 24, 2019. Open to any child in 1st through 6th grade, the program will accept 60 students for the class on Thursdays from 3:45-5 p.m. for the thirteen week program through April 18, 2019. It will expose creativity through drawing, painting, crafts, collage, ceramics, sculpture and many more exciting techniques. Experienced and accredited educators Karen Biedenharn and Ashleigh Holliday plan and teach each class. The program is free, but will require a full semester commitment from the parents. It will be filled on a first come, first served basis. To register, call the SCHF business office at (601) 631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. This free after-school program is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the generous support of the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation individual and corporate members, the City of Vicksburg, and various appropriations. Press release. Facebook event page.

Ballroom Dance Lessons, January 27, 2019


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