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December 2017

10th Annual “Holly Days” Arts and Crafts Show Saturday, December 2, 2017 in the historic SCH Auditorium. “Holly Days” will feature a room full of quality vendors showcasing their arts and crafts, plus local talent will entertain the attendees.

Southern Book Club, December 20, 2017 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.

SCHF Closed, December 18, 2017 - January 1, 2018


November 2017

10th Annual “Classics in the Courtyard,” Fridays November 3rd and 10th from noon-1:00 p.m., will offer a variety of entertainment through different genres of classic music. Local entertainers and restaurants will provide the music and lunch.
Friday, November 3 – Classic Pop and Country performed by Maria Signa & Ralph Miller; Lunch provided by Gumbo Pot
Friday, November 10 – Classic Blues, Rock and Originals performed by Lee H. Abraham & the Boone Brothers; Lunch provided by The Anthony

Princess Ball, November 5, 2017

Korean Chicken Stew with Tom Ramsey, November 7, 2017

Southern Book Club Wednesday, November 15, 2017 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.

SCHF Closed, November 22-26, 2017


October 2017

Shrimp & Gritz, October 7, 2017

29th Annual Over the River Run (2017), Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 8 a.m. at the Old Mississippi River Bridge located at I-20 and Washington Street. This 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 the party band, Slaphappy. Registration is open now. The entry fees are $25 Individual, $15 Kids Registration (10 & under), $75 Family pre-race registration (limit of 5), and $100 Corporate/Civic Club Team Pre-race fee (3-5 members) through October 1st. Late fees will apply to entries that are postmarked after October 1st. The first 500 registered participants will receive an official Over the River Run T-shirt in a special goodie bag filled with specialty items from local sponsors.
Individual Entry Form. Facebook event page. Press release. Online Registration.

Southern Book Club Wednesday, October 18, 2017 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.

10th Annual “Classics in the Courtyard,” Fridays October 20th through November 10th from noon-1:00 p.m., will offer a variety of entertainment through different genres of classic music. Local entertainers and restaurants will provide the music and lunch. The entertainment is provided for free and lunch can be purchased for $10 per person. The musical entertainment is sponsored by a generous grant from Entergy Mississippi. Reservations are required for lunch and must be made by 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the event.
Friday, October 20 – Americana, Celtic and Folk performed by “Full Circle” with Nicholas & Julia Blake & Joanne Ryan; Lunch provided by Billy’s Italian Restaurant
Friday, October 27 – Classics Blues, Rock, Pop and Originals performed by Patrick Smith; Lunch provided by Goldie’s Express
Friday, November 3 – Classic Pop and Country performed by Maria Signa & Ralph Miller; Lunch provided by Gumbo Pot
Friday, November 10 – Classic Blues, Rock and Originals performed by Lee H. Abraham & the Boone Brothers; Lunch provided by The Anthony
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. Facebook event page.

Halloween Monster Bash, October 27, 2017

Haunted Halloween Ghost Hunt at the SCHC with Mississippi Paranormal Society, a paranormal investigation fundraising event, Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 7 p.m. - 2 a.m.  Tickets are $50 per person. There will be a limited number of tickets available. You must purchase tickets in advance! All proceeds will go to the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation.
The event includes:
~ 7pm: Meet & Greet to kick things off
~ An introduction to paranormal equipment
~ A Halloween costume contest
~ A full hands-on paranormal investigation with the MPS Crew
~ A raffle
~ Cash bar
~ Snacks will be provided
This is a HUGE event! “Huge” as in investigating three buildings of the SCHC! 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.


September 2017

SCHF Closed, September 4, 2017

Ballroom Dance Lessons, Sunday, September 10 & 24, 2017 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 "West Coast Swing." Individuals and couples are welcome. $10 per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

More Than a Painting” Art Workshops with Nancy Mitchell - Tuesday, September 12 (Facebook event page) and Thursday, September 14, 2017 (Facebook event page) from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The class will be painting in the style of Claude Monet. 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 for each class is $45/SCHF members and $50/Non-members. For reservations or more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release.

“Manners Matter” with Margie Heltzel, Sundays, September 17th & 24th and October 1st & 8th, 3rd & 4th Grade: 2-3:30 p.m. and 5th & 6th Grade: 4-5 p.m. This series of classes is designed to provide your child with the skills needed to feel self-assured and confident in any situation. Topics include table manners, manners at home, manners when out and about, writing thank you notes, honesty, integrity, and getting along with others. Registration is $125/child for four classes 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.

Seafood Risotto” with Tom Ramsey Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the SCHC Academy Building. Risotto is one of those dishes that looks like it should be easy to make. And actually it is... IF you know the right steps. Chef Tom Ramsey will take you step-by-step through making the ultimate in Italian comfort food, with some beautiful gulf shrimp and crab. 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.
Tom Ramsey is a chef, sommelier, restaurateur, writer and media personality living in Jackson, Mississippi. At his “day job” as Chef and founder of stäge popups, he travels and cooks with chefs far better than him. He is featured on the premiere episode of Guy's Grocery Games on the Food Network and Season Three of ABC's The Taste. Tom is a widely published writer of recipes, fiction, essays, op-ed pieces and magazine articles. His work has been featured in local, regional and national publications as well as in various online publications.

Southern Book Club Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. In September, the monthly book is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world. 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.


August 2017

SCHF Receives Mississippi Arts Commission Grant. The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation has been awarded a $12,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.3 million in grants the Commission will award in 2017-2018 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. These funds are vital in supporting the River Kids free after school art program, the huge 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.

Ballroom Dance Lessons, Sunday, August 13 & 27, 2017 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 "West Coast Swing." Individuals and couples are welcome. $10 per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

Southern Book Club Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. In August, the monthly book is Because It Is Bitter and Because It Is My Heart by Joyce Carol Oates. At the heart of this story are two people, Iris Courtney, who is white, and handsome Jinx Fairchild, the black basketball player who, in protecting Iris, kills a white man. Iris is the only witness to the crime. 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.

Appetizers & Food Truck Workshop, Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with Lou Brierley. Lou will take two known dishes and make them even better. The first dish is Shrimp BLT - This triple deck sandwich will become one of your favorites and it will impress your guests. It will be accompanied by roasted potato salad. The second dish is Bacon Waffles with Chicken and Maple Syrup. We will use grilled marinated chicken, more bacon and it will be served with a simple mixed green salad with an amazing dressing. Then we will move on to the Appetizers part of our seminar, with simple, delicious and unique appetizers that can be put together in no time and, we will also explore the many uses of puffy pastry to complete your appetizer platter. 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.

“More Than a Painting” Art Workshop with Nancy Mitchell - Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 5:30–8:30p.m. The class will be painting in the style of Claude Monet. 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 for each class is $45/SCHF members and $50/Non-members. For reservations or 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 Fall Semester begins August 24, 2017. 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. It exposes creativity through drawing, painting, crafts, collage, ceramics, sculpture and many more exciting techniques. Experienced and accredited educators, Karen Biedenharn and Regina Renot Mattei, plan and teach each class. The program is free, but requires a full semester commitment from the parents. It is filled on a first come, first served basis. To register, call the SCHF business office at (601) 631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.

Show With My Superhero, Sunday, August 27th in the SCHF Auditorium. Come celebrate your superhero with a Mom and Son Movie Night! The Lego Batman movie will be played and superhero snacks will be served! The doors will open at 5 p.m. and the movie begins at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for a Dynamic Duo and $10 for each additional Superhero. 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.

Vendor Applications are being accepted for 10th Annual Holly Days Arts & Crafts Show! Download vendor application form.
SCHF presents the 10th Annual Holly Days Arts & Crafts Show on Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Exhibit space is limited and applications must be submitted by August 31, 2017. Vendors will be notified by September 25th with an acceptance letter. Exhibit space is $50/SCHF members and $60/non-members. For more information or an application, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997. Vendor press release.


July 2017

Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest, July 10-14, 2017. The contest is open to kids ages 11-13. Admission is free and participants are required to meet July 10-14 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center. Students will be guided by art instructor Karen Biedenharn to complete their posters. Three winners will be chosen by judges for cash prizes. Posters are evaluated on the following three criteria: originality, artistic merit, and expression of the theme. All work must be original and completed only by the student participant. Art Contest prizes are 1st Prize- $75, 2nd Prize- $50, 3rd Prize-$25. Representatives from the Vicksburg Art Association will judge the works of art and winners will be announced. For more information, please call 601.631.2997. Press release. Facebook event page.

Ballroom Dance Lessons, Sunday, July 16 & 30, 2017 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 "West Coast Swing." Individuals and couples are welcome. $10 per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

“Kids in the Kitchen” July Summer Camps, two different sessions July 17-21, 2017, led by Margie Heltzel at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center: “Food from Around the World,” from 8:30-11:30 a.m. for ages 4-8 (Facebook event page), and from 8:30-11:30 a.m. for ages 8-12 (Facebook event page). The registration fee for each class is $125 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.

Southern Book Club Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. In July, the monthly book is Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Hidden Figures is the phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. 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.

Summer Salads Workshop with William Furlong, Monday, July 24, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Yearning for a fresh salad in the warm weather? William Furlong will show you how to elevate simple salads into gourmet dishes. Registration is $30/SCHF members and $35/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.

“Oceans of Fun” Music Camp, July 24-28 from 8:30 a.m. - noon, open to kids in grades 1-5. Kids will learn facts about ocean creatures through song, reading and crafts. We are excited to have music teacher, Eleana Davis lead this music camp. The camp will culminate with a performance on the last day in the SCHF Auditorium. All family and friends are invited to attend. The registration fee is $60 per child and includes all supplies, materials, and a daily snack. Space is limited to 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.


June 2017

Ballroom Dance Lessons, Sunday, June 4 & 11, 2017 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 "West Coast Swing." Individuals and couples are welcome. $10 per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

Farmer's Market Finds Workshop with William Furlong, Monday, June 5, 2017, 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 $30/SCHF members and $35/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.

“More Than a Painting” Art Workshops with Nancy Mitchell - Two Classes: Wednesday, June 7 from 9 a.m. – noon and Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 5:30–8:30p.m. Each class will be painting a flower landscape in the style of Willard Metcalfe. 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. Each three hour 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 for each class is $40/SCHF members and $45/Non-members. For reservations or more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release.

4-Day Stained Glass Workshop, Monday-Thursday, June 12-15, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with The Rev. Mark Bleakley. This workshop will teach the student how to build a small stained glass panel using the Tiffany style (copper foil method). Students will learn a brief history of stained glass, pick out a pattern, learn to cut glass, put together a panel using copper foil, and solder their panel. The class will be four (4) two-hour sessions. Registration includes stained glass and basic supplies. Space is limited and reservations are required. Registration is $160/members and $170/non-members. To make reservations or for more information, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.

Cre.Activity Summer Camp for Kids with Karen Biedenharn and Herman Biedenharn, Monday-Friday, June 12-16, 2017 from 8 a.m. to noon. During this camp, children will split their time between art and activities such as fencing, snowball volleyball, yard darts and silly team sports. The art will be crafty and centered on fun such as crushed can art, splatter art, painting, and shrinky dink projects. Snacks will be provided daily. Space is limited to 60 students and reservations are required. The fee for this camp is $75/child. 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.

The annual Vicksburg Multicultural Arts Camp for Kids, June 19-23, 2017 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. This year we are pleased to welcome Karen Biedenharn, art instructor, and Eleana Davis, music teacher. 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.

Southern Book Club Wednesday, June 21, 2017 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.

“Kids in the Kitchen” June Summer Camps, two different sessions June 26-30, 2017, led by Margie Heltzel at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center: “Cook with Books,” from 8:30-11:30 a.m. for ages 4-8 (Facebook event page), and “Baking Bootcamp,” from 12:30-3:30 p.m. for ages 8-12 (Facebook event page). The registration fee for each class is $125 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. Two more sessions July 17-21, 2017!


May 2017

The 9th Annual Chocolate Affair, Thursday, May 4th from 7-9 p.m. in the historic SCH Auditorium. This elegant evening will include scrumptious chocolate desserts, drinks, and awesome entertainment by Ralph Miller & Maria Signa. The musical entertainment is sponsored by the generosity of Lady Luck Casino. Catering by Lourdes, Cedar Grove Mansion Restaurant, Heather Burns, Main Street Market, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, The Mad Baker, Wine House, and more. Light hors d’oeuvres will also be available. The beverages are sponsored by The Liquor Store. The auditorium will be transformed into a room of elegance and charm by the local talents of Tina's Flowers & Gifts. Cedar Grove Restaurant or Martin's at Midtown will grant 10% off your dinner purchase if you present your Chocolate Affair ticket the night of the event. Space is limited and an advanced ticket purchase is required. Tickets are $25 per person for SCHF members and $30 for nonmembers. Tickets are available at the SCHF Business Office, Frederick's Boutique, Paper Plus, charge by phone at 601.631.2997, and online at chocolateaffair2017.eventbrite.com. A group purchase of eight may reserve a table by calling 601.631.2997. Press release. Facebook event page.

Ballroom Dance Lessons, Sunday, May 7 and May 28, 2017 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 Waltz. Individuals and couples are welcome. $10 per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

“Sip, Dip, n’ Dab,” two classes with Margaret Thames, Tuesday, May 9, 2017 and Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 5:30-8 p.m. Let's sip and paint a fun, cheerful door hanger just in time for the beautiful weather to hit our door steps! “April Showers bring May Flowers” is the first edition in the series: “Sip, Dip n' Dab.” A delicious beverage will be provided as you paint your masterpiece, but you are welcome to bring your beverage of choice as well. This is an artist-led class that welcomes all ages and abilities! Classes will include all supplies, just bring yourself! The fee for each class is $50/SCHF members and $55/non-members. Space is limited and reservations are required. For reservations or more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release.

Paella & Tapas Workshop with Lou Brierley, Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Lou Brierley recently returned from Spain and brought with her a whole new menu on Spanish food. During the cooking class she took in Madrid, she learned to make Paella, the traditional dish of Spain, as well as three different kinds of traditional tapas. She will also provide a recipe for sangria. You can bring the wine of your choice to mix with the other sangria ingredients and sample them. Registration is $30/SCHF members and $35/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.

Southern Book Club Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. The Southern Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. In May, the monthly book is Follow Me Down: A Novel by Shelby Foote, a mesmerizing novel of faith, passion, and murder. Drawing on themes as old as the Bible, Foote's novel compels us to inhabit lives obsessed with sin and starving for redemption. A work reminiscent of both Faulkner and O'Connor, yet utterly original. 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.


April 2017

“Kids in the Kitchen” Easter Classes, two different classes for children ages 4-12 led by Margie Heltzel, “Doll & Me Tea Party,” Sunday, April 2nd from 2:30-4:30 p.m. (Facebook event page), and “Spring Treats & Easter Eats,” Tuesday, April 4th from 5-7 p.m. (Facebook event page). 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 Workshops with Nancy Mitchell - Two Classes! Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Facebook event page) and Friday, April 7, 2017 from 9 a.m. – noon (Facebook event page). Are you ready to paint something bright and cheery? Each class will be painting in the style of Vincent Van Gogh. 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. Each three hour 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 for each class is $40/SCHF members and $45/Non-members. For reservations or more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release.

“Let’s Dance” Vicksburg ballroom showcase, Sunday, April 9th at 2 p.m. in the SCH Auditorium. This event is free, open to the public and great fun for the entire family. The program will involve a variety of dance students performing with instructor, James Frechette. In between the demonstrations, an assortment of popular big band and jazz favorites will be played for attendees to enjoy. Each dance demonstrated will involve great music and individual costumes. The students are involved in competitions and exhibitions throughout the year. James Frechette is owner of Applause Dance Factory in Ridgeland and is the bi-monthly dance instructor at the SCHC. He has been teaching dance for over 26 years. After church, come to the SCHC Auditorium for a Sunday afternoon of dancing and fun. For more information, please call the SCHF business office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.

Southern Book Club Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. In April, the monthly book is The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver. The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. 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.

Massage CE Education Presents Foam Rolling and Abdominal Castor Oil Massage at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center on Friday, April 21, 2017. For registration and details go to massageceeducation.com or call 901-907-9353. Massage Therapists, Personal Trainers, and Yoga Instructors are invited to register!
Myofascial Release Foam Rolling, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Friday, April 21st; Presenter Dee Vickers, 4 CE Credits, $60
Abdominal Massage with Castor Oil and Ginger, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Friday, April 21st; Presenter Dee Vickers, 4 CE Credits, $60

Ballroom Dance Lessons, Sunday, April 23, 2017 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 Waltz. Individuals and couples are welcome. $10 per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

Brunch Workshop with William Furlong, Monday, April 24, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Join Chef William Furlong for a Brunch Workshop! He will demonstrate recipes for you to sample from his favorite brunch recipes. Enjoy Mega Muffins, Breakfast Bread Pudding, and Brunch Beverages during the workshop. Registration is $30/SCHF members and $35/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.

Decorative Bottle Workshop with Sandra Brown, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. You will design a decorative wine bottle lamp with various colored glass marbles. You can top it off with or without a flower arrangement, and you will leave the class with a finished bottle lamp of your own. The fee for the class is $30/SCHF members and $35/non-members. Reservations are required and space is limited. To make a reservation, call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.


March 2017

Ballroom Dance Lessons, Sunday, March 12 & 26, 2017 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 Waltz. Individuals and couples are welcome. $10 per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

Southern Book Club Wednesday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. The Southern Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. In March the monthly book is A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Meet Ove, he's a curmudgeon. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? 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.

Deadline to enter Raise the Roof Talent Competition, March 17, 2017

“Cooking with Herbs” Workshop with William Furlong, Monday, March 27, 2017 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 $30/members and $35/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.

Essential Oils 101 with Sandra Brown, Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. What are essential oils and where do they come from? How do I use essential oils? What are the benefits of using essential oils? Can anyone use essential oils? Is there a difference in essential oil brands? Why use Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade DoTerra Oils? Can I use essential oils on my cat or dog? Learn the basics about using essential oils. Also, receive a 5ml wild orange essential oil for free for attending the workshop. The fee for the class is $20/SCHF members and $25/non-members. Reservations are required and space is limited. To make a reservation, call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.

The 2nd Annual Raise the Roof Talent Search & Competition.
Congratulations to the winners:
Grand Prize Winner
- Gabby Andrews of Debra Franco School of Dance: she tapped to “Work”
1st Runner Up - Nathan Mosley: he sang “Who’s Loving You?”
2nd Runner Up - “Clap Snap” performed by students of Debra Franco School of Dance
3rd Runner Up - Anne Gent: she sang “My House”
People’s Choice Award (voted by the audience): “Itsy Bitsy Spider” performed by students of Debra Franco School of Dance
The deadline to register was  March 17, 2017. Entry fees are $20 for individuals and $50 for groups (3 or more). To register, download the forms below or call the SCHF Business Office at 601.631.2997. Press release.
Rules     Entry Form     Guardian Form
Competition Dates and Times:

All competitions will be held in the SCHF Auditorium.
Preliminary Competition:
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 6:00pm
All contestants will compete and the top ten finalists will be announced. Facebook event page.
SCHF Talent Competition FINALE:
Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 6:00pm
The finalists will compete for the Overall Cash Grand Prize of $500! Facebook event page.
Tickets to each show are $15 for adults, $5 for youth (ages 6-18). Admission for children 5 and under is free. For more information, please call 601.631.2997. Proceeds will go to support the roof rehabilitation of the SCHF.


February 2017

“Legends & Legacies” Genealogy Workshop with Michael Logue, Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Join Michael Logue as you capture your family history and roots. Michael will research your ancestral lines and instruct you on the importance of preserving your ancestral heritage socially, emotionally, and historically. He will also help you work thru particularly tough family historical mysteries and gaps in lineages. Students will be mentored in online resources such as Ancestry.com. Registration is $90/SCHF members and $100/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.

“More Than a Painting” Art Workshops with Nancy Mitchell - Two Classes! Wednesday, February 8, 2017 and Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nancy Mitchell has been teaching art for 34 years. As an educator and artist, she practices a variety of media including basic drawing, batik workshops and charcoal. Let’s think of beaches and sunsets! Each class will be painting in the style of Thomas Moran, an American western landscape painter. Registration for each class is $40/SCHF members and $45/Non-members. For reservations or more information, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release.

The Lebanese in America: An Exhibition Exploring 150 Years of History, February 10 - March 3, 2017, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - noon and 1-5 p.m. This exhibit is free and open to the public. This traveling exhibit describes the history, conditions and impact of Lebanese immigration nationally, offering a framework in which to consider the substantial Lebanese immigration to the Mississippi Delta and beyond between the 1880s and the end of World War I. Engage, learn from, and explore the history and memories of Mississippi’s Lebanese-American community. The exhibit opens the weekend prior to the 57th-Annual Lebanese Dinner at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Vicksburg, February 13. St. George is the oldest Syrian/Lebanese Orthodox congregation in Mississippi.
Opening Reception, Friday, February 17th from 5-7 p.m. at the SCHC in the Academy building. Press release. Facebook event page.
Community Oral History Workshop and Film, Saturday, February 18th, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the SCHC in the Academy Building. Please park in the Courtyard parking lot. The workshop will include speakers and interactive discussion on such topics as conducting family oral histories, ethical considerations in oral history, digitization and archiving techniques, and using oral history as a tool to explore the particular shared histories and experiences of Lebanese Americans in Mississippi and throughout the South. There will be a screening and discussion of the documentary Cedars in the Pines, which documents Lebanese immigrant experience in North Carolina through oral history and photography.
The workshop is free, but space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, please call the SCHF office at 601.631.2997. Press release. Facebook event page.
This exhibit is sponsored by Mississippi Humanities Council; NC State, Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies; Center For The Study Of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi; and Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation. For more information, please call the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or go to lebanesestudies.ncsu.edu/Vicksburg.php. Press release. Facebook event page.

Ballroom Dance Lessons, Sunday, February 12 & 26, 2017 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 Foxtrot. Individuals and couples are welcome. $10 per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

Southern Book Club Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. The Southern Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month. In February the monthly book is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility, A Gentleman in Moscow is a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel. 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.

Kids Mardi Gras Mask Workshop with Karen Biedenharn, Friday, February 24, 2017 from 3:45-5 p.m. Join us to create a fun and colorful mask before enjoying the parade the next day in downtown Vicksburg. The workshop is a great way for kids to celebrate the Mardi Gras holiday in a fun and creative way. Registration is $10/per child (ages 6 and up). Space is limited. For reservations or more information, please call the SCHF business office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release.

The 6th Carnaval de Mardi Gras & Gumbo Cook-Off, Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. presented by the Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation (VFHP). Admission: $10 per adult (includes gumbo bowl and 1 beverage), $5 per child (includes all children's activities). All proceeds benefit Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation. The VFHP is accepting teams for the gumbo cook-off now. The entry fee for the cook-off is $50 prior to February 10, $75 after February 10, and includes entry for four team members. Additional Team members are $5. 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.

William’s Lundi Gras Celebration & Workshop, Monday, February 27, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join William Furlong on Lundi Gras to create some signature dishes from New Orleans. William will share some of his favorite recipes for po-boys, jambalaya, and crawfish etouffee. A signature batch of hurricanes will be mixed up for the class to wash down the carnival fare. The class will get to sample king cake from the chef's favorite bakery in south Louisiana while learning the history. Registration is $30/members and $35/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.


January 2017

“Winter Classics” with Tom Ramsey Monday, January 9, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the SCHC Academy Building. Join Chef Tom Ramsey as he cooks one of his favorite winter meals - a hearty, rib-sticking pork stew served over stone ground grits. Registration is $30/SCHF members and $35/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.
Tom Ramsey is a chef, sommelier, restaurateur, writer and media personality living in Jackson, Mississippi. At his “day job” as Chef and founder of stäge popups, he travels and cooks with chefs far better than him. He is featured on the premiere episode of Guy's Grocery Games on the Food Network and Season Three of ABC's The Taste. Tom is a widely published writer of recipes, fiction, essays, op-ed pieces and magazine articles. His work has been featured in local, regional and national publications as well as in various online publications. Press release. Facebook event page.

SCHF Receives Mississippi Arts Commission Grant. The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation has been awarded a $17,400 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.5 million in grants the Commission will award in 2016-2017 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. These funds are vital in supporting the River Kids free after school art program, the huge 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.

“Legends & Legacies” Genealogy Workshop with Michael Logue, Tuesdays, January 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Join Michael Logue as you capture your family history and roots. Michael will research your ancestral lines and instruct you on the importance of preserving your ancestral heritage socially, emotionally, and historically. He will also help you work thru particularly tough family historical mysteries and gaps in lineages. Students will be mentored in online resources such as Ancestry.com. Registration is $90/SCHF members and $100/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.

Vicksburg Slam, Vicksburg's FIRST & ONLY Circuit Race Program
Next: Chill in the Hills, January 14, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.
Dedicated to the success and enjoyment of the three signature Vicksburg Races: 9th Annual Chill in the Hills, January 14, 2017; 38th Annual Run Thru History, March 4, 2017; 29th-Annual Over the River Run, October 14, 2017. Be a member of the Vicksburg Slam and qualify for cash prizes after participation in all THREE races! Vicksburg Slam is made possible by partnerships of Grace Christian Counseling Center, Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation, and the YMCA. For more info, go to the the Vicksburg Slam Facebook page.

Ballroom Dance Lessons, Sunday, January 15 & 29, 2017 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 Foxtrot. Individuals and couples are welcome. $10 per person. For more information, please call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

Southern Book Club Wednesday, January 18 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.

William’s Winter Soup Workshop, Monday, January 23, 2017 from 5:30 to 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! Registration is $30/members and $35/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.

The River Kids Free After-School Art Program Spring Semester will begin on January 26, 2017. Open to any child in 1st through 6th grade, the program will accept 60 students for the class on Thursdays from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m. through April 20, 2017. It will expose creativity through drawing, painting, crafts, collage, ceramics, sculpture and many more exciting techniques. Experienced and accredited educators Karen Biedenharn and Regina Renot Mattei 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. Press release. Facebook event page.


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