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December 2022

14th Annual “Holly Days” Arts and Crafts Show, Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the historic SCHF Auditorium. Admission is $2. “Holly Days” will feature a room full of quality vendors showcasing their arts and crafts, plus local talent will entertain the attendees. This event will precede Vicksburg Main Street’s Annual Christmas Parade of Lights at 5 p.m. The show has become a tradition in Vicksburg. For more information, call the SCHF Business Office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Facebook event page.

Holly Jolly Good Time with Lana, Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 2 p.m. The kids will enjoy Christmas music and games, a hot chocolate bar, they will decorate and make ornaments, Santa and Angel crafts, reindeer food, candy canes, and many more Christmas treats! This class is open to ages 4-9, and both boys and girls are welcome. Registration is $45 per child. Fees must be paid in advance by December 8th. Space is limited and reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Buy tickets.

“Never Too Late To Create: Christmas Edition,” with Karen Biedenharn, Monday, December 12, 2022, at 5:30 p.m.How do you make a circle look like a Christmas Ball? Come take a colorful study in shading techniques with acrylic and leave with a celebration piece encircled with your favorite quote, lyrics, prayer, or Christmas carol! The project for December is an opener for beginners and an invitation to borrow Karen’s art supplies and play in a friendly welcoming environment. Karen encourages you to choose to add activities to your life that will stimulate the right side of your mind and enjoy an evening out of the norm. Your family will be blown away by artistic efforts and you will have fun exploring acrylics. Space is limited and reservations are required. Registration is $25/person (includes all supplies). To make a reservation, call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Buy tickets.

Bead Workshop with Karen Biedenharn, Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. Come string your own beaded necklace from a large donation of costume jewelry beads of various shapes and sizes. You will leave with one 36" non-clasping string of your own design. Perfect for gifting or enjoying this holiday season. Space is limited and reservations are required. Registration is $25/person. To make a reservation, call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Buy tickets.

Southern Book Club, December 21, 2022 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 2022

Ceramics Course with Daisy Anderson Tuminello, Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 1, 2022 and go through December 1, 2022 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. There will be 12 classes. This course provides an introductory exposure to the history of ceramics and a beginning level experience in the use of clay as a fine art medium. Forming techniques, surface development and glazing, and kiln firing practices will be introduced. Both the functional and sculptural ceramic traditions will be explored. This course is intended for those studying ceramics in a beginner capacity or as an experienced crafts person. The course is a comprehensive introduction to the craft of clay working. Students will create one or two projects each week. The cost of this course is $175 and includes a tool kit and all supplies needed for this course. 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. Press release. Buy tickets.

15th Annual “Classics in the Courtyard.” Local entertainers and local restaurants will provide the music and lunch on Fridays from noon-1 p.m. The musical entertainment is sponsored in part by a generous grant from Entergy Mississippi. The entertainment is provided for free and lunch can be purchased for $12 per person. Reservations are required for lunch and must be made by 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the event.
Friday, November 4 – Rock, Country, Blues and Pop Performed by Keys vs Strings; Lunch provided by Goldie’s Express. Facebook event. Buy tickets.
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.

A Haunted Halloween Ghost Hunt with Mississippi Paranormal Society, Saturday, November 5th, 2022 at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center from 6:30 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:
~ Meet & Greet
~ Q & A Session
~ Ghost Stories
~ Cash bar
~ Snacks will be provided
This is the paranormal event you do not want to miss!
For more information or to purchase tickets go to Eventbrite.com, call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997, or email info@southernculture.org.
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 for the community. Facebook event. Buy tickets.

“Never Too Late To Create,” Mon., Nov. 14, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. with Karen Biedenharn. Karen will lead this class to create a fall acrylic piece in the style of Leonid Afremov. Our inspiration piece will be “Farewell To Anger.” Your project will be on heavy weight paper ready for framing or free mounted on the wall. The project for November is an opener for beginners and an invitation to borrow Karen’s art supplies and play in a friendly welcoming environment. Karen encourages you to choose to add activities to your life that will stimulate the right side of your mind and enjoy an evening out of the norm. Your family will be blown away by artistic efforts and you will have fun exploring acrylics. Space is limited and reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event. Buy tickets.

SCHF Receives Mississippi Arts Commission Grant. The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation has been awarded a $17,600 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.65 million in grants MAC awarded in Fiscal Year 2023 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.
“We are pleased to provide support to arts organizations throughout the state who inspire and serve their communities every day,” said Sarah Story, executive director of MAC. “These funds will help organizations continue to create innovative exhibitions, performances, and programming for millions of people to enjoy throughout the next year.”
The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization, is committed to preserving the history and architecture of the Southern Cultural Heritage Center, while providing all citizens with the opportunity to experience cultural, educational, and artistic programs. 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.
The Mississippi Arts Commission is a state agency serving more than two million people through grants and special initiatives that enhance communities, assist artists and arts organizations, promote arts education and celebrate Mississippi’s cultural heritage. MAC is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation for Mississippi and other private sources. For more information, visit www.arts.ms.gov.
For information about the Mississippi Arts Commission, please contact Ellie Banks, Communications Director, 601-359-6546 or ebanks@arts.ms.govPress release.

Southern Book Club, November 16, 2022 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.

“Southern Exposure” Fall Mini Camp, November 21-23, 2022 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 camp is open to kids ages 4-13. And the registration fee is $80 per child for the week and includes all supplies and a daily snack (this fee includes a $25 non-refundable fee to hold your spot). 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. Also, the kids will be working on a special project of completing new art boards for the Catfish Row Park at the Riverfront. Experienced and accredited educator, Karen Biedenharn will plan and oversee all aspects of the camp. Space is limited 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.

SCHF Closed, November 23-25, 2022


October 2022

“Witches’ Brunch,” Saturday, October 1, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This brunch will take place in the haunted SCHF Convent (corner of Adams and Crawford Streets). Grab your finest pointy hat, most magical cloak, and your broom for this wickedly fabulous event with your fellow witches! Cackle your way into a great time with Halloween-themed food, special libations, live music, and more!! The best witch costume will win a prize! Don’t miss your chance to join this coven of fun!!
Tickets are $20 and are available in advance only by September 28, 2022. For tickets, call the SCHF business office at 601-631-2997. Facebook event. Press release.

The 34th Annual Over the River Run, Saturday, October 8th, 2022, 2022 at 8 a.m. CST 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.
Registration is open now. The entry fees are $30 for the 5-mile race, $15 for the 1-mile fun run, $125 Family pre-race registration (limit of 5) through September 15th. Late fees will apply to entries received after September 15th. Register early to 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. Entry forms and complete event details are available by visiting www.southernculture.org/events/otrr.htm. Entry forms and fees can be dropped off at SCHF Business Office or mailed to SCHF, 1302 Adams Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180 or register online at www.RaceRoster.com. Race packet pick-up will be October 7th 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 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. Sponsorships are currently being accepted. Please submit the Sponsor Application Form.
For more information, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org.
Press release.
Facebook event page.
Online Registration.
Run-Walk Trifold Entry Form.
Sponsor Application Form.
Race Photos.
Race results are at: https://msracetiming.com/2022-results-files-3#e543332c-85e3-4d2d-b82d-00393eddceb0 and https://my.raceresult.com/222277/

SCHF Closed, October 10, 2022

15th Annual “Classics in the Courtyard.” Local entertainers and local restaurants will provide the music and lunch on Fridays from noon-1 p.m. beginning October 15th and concluding November 4th. The musical entertainment is sponsored in part by a generous grant from Entergy Mississippi. The entertainment is provided for free and lunch can be purchased for $12 per person. Reservations are required for lunch and must be made by 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the event. There is no better beginning to the fall season than “Classics in the Courtyard.” The schedule of entertainment and lunch providers are listed below:
Friday, October 14– Classic Blues, Rock, Pop and Originals Performed by The Patrick Smith Band; Lunch provided by Billy’s Italian Restaurant. Facebook event.
Friday, October 21 – Classic Blues, Rock and Originals Performed by Acoustic Crossroads; Lunch provided by The Squealin Pig. Facebook event. Buy tickets.
Friday, October 28 – Classic Rock and Country Performed by Alice Hasen & Walt Busby (of Blackwater Trio); Lunch provided by Magnolia Milk Maids. Facebook event. Buy tickets.
Friday, November 4 – Rock, Country, Blues and Pop Performed by Keys vs Strings; Lunch provided by Goldie’s Express. Facebook event. Buy tickets.
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.

Vendor Applications are being accepted for the 14th Annual Holly Days Arts and Crafts Show. The Show will be held Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is $2. Holly Days will feature an assortment of vendors showcasing their products plus local talent will entertain the attendees. 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 will be able to enjoy live music while they shop the variety of vendors 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 November 1, 2022. Vendors will be notified by September 25th with an acceptance letter. For more information or for an application, contact the SCHF office at 601-631-2997. Press release. Vendor application.

Southern Book Club, October 19, 2022 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.

“Cooking with Campbell” with Matthew Campbell Thursday, October 20, 2022, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Matthew will share his culinary experience with the Vicksburg community, demonstrating Nicoise Salad, White Fish with Apples and Cider, Beef Bourguignon, and Tarte Tatin for dessert! Don’t miss this one! Matthew Campbell is from Vicksburg, Mississippi. After completing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Mississippi, he completed culinary school at the French Culinary Institute in 2011. Campbell has been working with the Hinds Community College Culinary program since 2015. Campbell is happy to be back in Vicksburg and we are excited to have him involved here at SCHC. Registration is $40 per person 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. Buy tickets.

Halloween Spook Day with Lana, Sunday, October 23rd from 2-5 p.m. Please join Lana Hand for a fun-filled afternoon at the SCHC! The class will do arts and crafts, have games and music, they will decorate pumpkin cookies, have a Witches Brew Punch, and much more!! This class is open to ages 4-9, and both boys and girls are welcome! The registration fee is $45/child. Reservations must be paid for in advance and are due by October 20, 2022. 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. Buy tickets.

“It’s Fall Y’all Carnival,” Thursday, October 27th. The carnival will take place in the courtyard on the corner of Cherry and Crawford Streets. Activities will include decorating a small pumpkin, playing in a jump house, and all sorts of carnival games like corn hole, limbo, and more! Games will include small prizes! The carnival will be open for daycares and schools only from 9-11 a.m. It will cost $7 per child. Groups with 10 or more students, will get a group rate of $5 per child. Reservations are required for school groups. The carnival will open to the public from 6-10 p.m. During the evening, we will have a DJ playing spooky music, a food truck, and libations available for purchase for adults. The carnival will be featured at the end of the “Tunnel of Terror Haunted House.” Tickets for the carnival only, not including entrance to the haunted house, will be $5 per person. Tickets for the haunted house will include entry to the carnival for $15 a person. Tickets will be available at the gate or online at Eventbrite.com or call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997. Press release. Facebook event.

Experience the “Tunnel of Terror, Thursday, October 27th. SCHC's very own Haunted House! The Tunnel of Terror will be open from 6-10 p.m. The haunted house will take place in the creepy tunnels that line the inner courtyard of the Southern Cultural Heritage Center. It will be decorated with the things of your nightmares, surely to haunt you. Get ready for ghosts, skeletons, dolls, and more as you make your way through the tunnel of terror! The Tunnel of Terror will end in our “It’s Fall Y’all” carnival complete with kids’ games, a DJ, a food truck, a jump house for the kids, and some treats for the adults! Tickets to the “Tunnel of Terror Haunted House” are $15 and include entry to the carnival. Tickets will be available at the gate or online at Eventbrite.com or call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997.  Press release. Facebook event. Buy tickets.


September 2022

SCHF Closed, September 5, 2022

Southern Book Club, September 21, 2022 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.


August 2022

Classics in the Courtyard’s “Happy Hour” Concerts: a concert, food, and drinks each Thursday night for the months of June, July, and August from 5:30-7:30 p.m. There is no cover charge! Music is free! No reservation needed! Food and drink will be available for purchase.
The line-up is as follows:
August 4th – The Calvin Duncan, Jr. Band returns, following their triumphant performance at “Fall” Classics, Oct. 22, 2021 - Remembering Rufus & The Red Tops.

Southern Book Club, August 17, 2022 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.

River Kids Free After School Art Program. Registration is open now for the free after-school art program. Fall Semester begins August 25, 2022. Open to any child in 1st through 6th grade, the class will meet on Thursdays from 3:45-5:00 p.m. for the thirteen-week program. Space is limited and reservations are required. The River Kids Program is designed to encourage children to discover and develop their creative talents. It will expose creativity through drawing, painting, crafts, collage, ceramics, sculpture and many more exciting techniques. Experienced and accredited educators plan and teach each class. The program is free, but requires a full semester commitment from the parents. It will be 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.


July 2022

SCHF Closed, July 4, 2022

“Southern Exposure” Summer Camp, May 31 through July 29, 2022.
July 5-8 (closed on 4th)
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July 11-15
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July 18-22
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July 25-29
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Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to register, call the Southern Cultural Heritage Center business office at 601-631-2997 or go to southernculture.org. Press release. Click here to download application form.

Classics in the Courtyard’s “Happy Hour” Concerts: a concert, food, and drinks each Thursday night for the months of June, July, and August from 5:30-7:30 p.m. There is no cover charge! Music is free! No reservation needed! Food and drink will be available for purchase.
The line-up is as follows:
July 7th- Blackwater Trio; food by Goldie's Express. Facebook event page. Music is free! And no reservations are required, but you can call ahead to reserve a table!
August 4th – The Calvin Duncan, Jr. Band returns, following their triumphant performance at “Fall” Classics, Oct. 22, 2021 - Remembering Rufus & The Red Tops.

Southern Book Club, July 20, 2022


June 2022

Classics in the Courtyard’s “Happy Hour” Concerts: a concert, food, and drinks each Thursday night for the months of June, July, and August from 5:30-7:30 p.m. There is no cover charge! Music is free! No reservation needed! Food and drink will be available for purchase.
The line-up is as follows:
June 2nd - Simpatico; food by Squeeze the Lime. Facebook event page.
July 7th- Blackwater Trio; food by Goldie's Express. Facebook event page. Music is free! And no reservations are required, but you can call ahead to reserve a table!
August 4th – The Calvin Duncan, Jr. Band returns, following their triumphant performance at “Fall” Classics, Oct. 22, 2021 - Remembering Rufus & The Red Tops.

“Southern Exposure” Summer Camp, May 31 through July 29, 2022.
June 6-10
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June 13-17
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June 20-24
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June 27- July 1
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July 5-8 (closed on 4th)
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July 11-15
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July 18-22
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July 25-29
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Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to register, call the Southern Cultural Heritage Center business office at 601-631-2997 or go to southernculture.org. Press release. Click here to download application form.

Southern Book Club, June 15, 2022 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.

5th-Annual Star-Spangled Night Run, Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 8 p.m.
Come join us and help us light up the night in this unique event which will include a 5K run and a 5K walk through downtown Vicksburg! It will begin and end at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center. Registration is open now! The entry fees are $30
5K Individual Fee, $15 – 5K Kids Registration (12 & under), through May 20th (add $5 after May 20th); 5K registrations include a Night Run T-shirt, Race Bib, Glow Item, and FREE Admission to the After-Party; $20 – Spirit Runner registration includes a Night Run T-shirt, Glow Item, & FREE Admission to After-Party. The first 150 registered participants will be guaranteed a Night Run Shirt.
Entry Forms and fees can be dropped off at SCHF Business Office or mailed to SCHF, 1302 Adams Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180, or you can register online at www.RaceRoster.com. Race packet pick-up will be Friday, June 17th at the SCHF Auditorium (corner of Crawford and Cherry Streets) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and also before the race on Saturday at the race site starting at 6:30 p.m.
After you cross the finish line, the party begins in the SCHC Courtyard! The After-Party will include food, drinks, music, and fun for all! We will light up the night just in time for Independence Day! For FREE entry into the After-Party which includes 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 an After-Party Armband for entrance to the party.
SCHF would like to thank Riverwalk Casino, McDonald’s, Waterview Casino, International Paper, Scott Robbins Physical Therapy, and Bally’s Vicksburg Casino for their sponsorships of the Star-Spangled Night Run. Sponsorships are still being accepted.
For more information, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page. Entry Form Trifold. Race route.


May 2022

A “Spring” Classics in the Courtyard
Fabulous Music, Lunch and Fun at Noon at the SCH Center

The musical entertainment is provided for free and lunch can be purchased for $12 per person. Reservations are required for lunch and must be made by 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the event. For more information or to make reservations for lunch, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email stacey@southernculture.org.
Friday, May 6: KEYS VS STRINGS; Lunch by 10 South.
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Friday, May 13: PATRICK SMITH BAND’ Lunch by Goldie’s Express.
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“More Than a Painting” Art Workshop with Nancy Mitchell - Tuesday, May 10, 2022, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nancy Mitchell says, “Come paint a Picasso painting with me! Does it matter if a line is a little off? No, because it is Picasso! We will have fun painting Picasso's, “The Cock of the Liberation.” Hope to see you there!” 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. Nancy Mitchell has been teaching art for 37 years. As an educator and artist, she practices a variety of media including basic drawing, batik workshops and charcoal. Registration 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 Exhibit Day, May 19, 2022

South Mississippi Art League (SMAL) Exhibit,  continues through May 12, 2022 from from 9-11:30 a.m. and 2-5 p.m. in the Exhibit Room. Parking is available in the courtyard parking lot by the office entrance. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call the SCHF office at 601.631.2997. Press release. Facebook event page.

Closing Reception for the South Mississippi Art League (SMAL) Exhibit,  Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 5-7 p.m. We invite you to come and meet the artists. For more information, call the SCHF office at 601.631.2997. Press release. Facebook event page.

Southern Book Club, May 18, 2022 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, May 30, 2022

“Southern Exposure” Summer Camp, May 31 through July 29, 2022. “Southern Exposure,” an All-Day Summer Camp, will be held during nine weeks of the summer, starting on May 31, 2022 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 $110 per child for each week.  The fee includes all supplies and a daily snack. Kids are asked to bring their own lunch. During this camp, children will be enriched “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 games and activities. Experienced and accredited teachers will plan and oversee all aspects of the camp.
The camp sessions are as follows:
May 31- June 3 (closed May 30th)
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June 6-10
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June 13-17
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June 20-24
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June 27- July 1
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July 5-8 (closed on 4th)
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July 11-15
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July 18-22
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July 25-29
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Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to register, call the Southern Cultural Heritage Center business office at 601-631-2997 or go to southernculture.org. Press release. Click here to download application form.


April 2022

Easter Cooking & Crafts with Lana, Sunday, April 10th from 2-5 p.m. for a fun-filled afternoon! The class will make fluffy bunny pancakes and marshmallow skewers. They will decorate cookies and Easter peep houses! They will make Easter Slime and much, much more. This class is open to ages 4-9, boys and girls are welcome! The registration fee is $45/child. Reservations must be paid for in advance and are due by April 6, 2022. 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.

South Mississippi Art League (SMAL) Exhibit,  April 15 - May 12, 2022 from from 9-11:30 a.m. and 2-5 p.m. in the Exhibit Room. Parking is available in the courtyard parking lot by the office entrance. The South Mississippi Art League is an artist collective that was established in 2015 with the goal of creating exhibits and providing an outlet for Mississippi Coast professional artists to promote and display their work. Current membership includes 16 artists: Kat Fitzpatrick, J.J. Foley, Cissy McCabe Quinn, George Ann McCullough, Susie Ranager, Patt Odom, Pat Abernathy, Paulette Dove, Sandra Halat, Carolyn Whitescarver, Norma Seward, Carmen Lugo, Ann Madden, Roseanne McKenney, Trinh Nguyen, and Carolyn Busenlener. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call the SCHF office at 601.631.2997. Press release. Facebook event page.

Southern Book Club, April 20, 2022 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.

A “Spring” Classics in the Courtyard
Fabulous Music, Lunch and Fun at Noon at the SCH Center

The SCHC is so excited to continue a spring series of “Classics in the Courtyard”. This event will offer 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 p.m. beginning April 22nd and concluding May 13th. The musical entertainment is provided for free and lunch can be purchased for $12 per person. Reservations are required for lunch and must be made by 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the event. For more information or to make reservations for lunch, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email stacey@southernculture.org.
Friday, April 22: BOOTH BUYS; Lunch by The Anthony.
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Friday, April 29: DEVIL’S DUO; Lunch by Billy’s Italian Restaurant.
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Friday, May 6: KEYS VS STRINGS; Lunch by 10 South.
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Friday, May 13: PATRICK SMITH BAND’ Lunch by Goldie’s Express.
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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. Press release.


March 2022

SCHF Receives Mississippi Arts Commission Grant. The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation has been awarded a $13,300 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.4 million in grants MAC awarded in Fiscal Year 2022 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 state’s arts community has displayed such resiliency during tumultuous times, and we are very pleased to provide support to these worthy organizations,” said Sarah Story, executive director of MAC. “These funds will help organizations recover from the past year and build upon their successes for future arts-based programming. MAC awards annual grants to organizations in nearly every area of the state, helping broaden the reach of arts to serve the state’s diverse population.”
The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization, is committed to preserving the history and architecture of the Southern Cultural Heritage Center, while providing all citizens with the opportunity to experience cultural, educational, and artistic programs. 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.
The Mississippi Arts Commission is a state agency serving more than two million people through grants and special initiatives that enhance communities, assist artists and arts organizations, promote arts education and celebrate Mississippi’s cultural heritage. MAC is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation for Mississippi and other private sources. For more information, visit www.arts.ms.gov.
For information about the Mississippi Arts Commission, please contact Anna Ehrgott, Communications Director, 601-359-6546 or aehrgott@arts.ms.govPress release.

“Art Beneath the Sea” Exhibit opening reception, Thursday, March 10, 2022, from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. For more information, call the SCHF office at 601.631.2997. Press release. Facebook event page.

Art Beneath the Sea,” an exhibit by Chester O. Martin, March 10-31, 2022, in the Exhibit Room (located inside the Academy Building) at the SCHC. The display is open to the public on these dates, Monday through Friday, from 8-11:30 a.m. and from 2-5 p.m. Parking is available in the courtyard parking lot by the office entrance.
Chester Martin is a free-lance artist from Vicksburg, Mississippi. He specializes in watercolor and acrylic paintings of wildlife, seascapes, and rural landscapes. He was born and raised in Texas and spent most of his early years along the Gulf of Mexico, where he explored the bays and made sketches of fish and other animals found along the beaches. He has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University and retired as a Research Wildlife Biologist from the U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center in Vicksburg. He specialized in coastal fisheries as an undergraduate and worked summer jobs for the National Marine Fisheries Service in Galveston and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Marine Lab in Rockport. This gave him the opportunity to study coastal animals in their natural habitat. Chester is a member of the Vicksburg Art Association and numerous conservation organizations. In 2012, he was recognized as a “Champion of Conservation” by the Mississippi Wildlife Federation. He was featured as a “Mississippi Favorite Artist” for four years at the MS Medical Association Annual Conference in Biloxi. In 2018, he was awarded the prestigious “Jay N.’Ding’ Darling Award for Wildlife Stewardship through Art” by The Wildlife Society. He has illustrated several books, technical papers, and magazine articles on fish and wildlife. Chester has a passion for the sea and creatures found in ocean waters. The paintings on display in the “Art Beneath the Sea” Exhibit represent species that he either caught or closely observed during his studies and fishing trips to the Gulf Coast. All paintings displayed are original acrylics. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call the SCHF office at 601.631.2997. Press release.
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“Southern Exposure” Spring Break Camp, March 14-18, 2022 for kids ages 4-13. 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 $110 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 educator Karen Biedenharn will plan and oversee all aspects of the camp. Space is limited and reservations are required. SCHF will be following all COVID-19 regulations, orders and guidance from CDC. 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.

Southern Book Club, March 16, 2022 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.


February 2022

Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation receives Mississippi Arts Commission COVID Relief Grant!
The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation (SCHF) has been awarded a $11,500 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) made possible through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) distributed by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
“The state’s arts community has displayed such resiliency during tumultuous times, and we are very pleased to provide emergency support to help these worthy organizations,” said Sarah Story, executive director of MAC. “These funds will help organizations recover from the past year and build upon their successes for the future.”
“The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation is so appreciative of these funds that help in our recovery and our plans for the future,” said Stacey Mahoney, executive director of SCHF. “We are very thankful for our Mississippi Senators and Congressmen for their support of the American Rescue Plan and the National Endowment for the Arts for awarding these funds to Mississippi’s arts institutions.”
The Mississippi Arts Commission is a state agency serving more than two million people through grants and special initiatives that enhance communities, assist artists and arts organizations, promote arts education and celebrate Mississippi’s cultural heritage. MAC is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation for Mississippi and other private sources. For more information, visit www.arts.ms.gov.
For information about the Mississippi Arts Commission, please contact Anna Ehrgott, Communications Director, 601-359-6546 or aehrgott@arts.ms.gov. Press release.

“Love Is in the Air” Valentine Fun with Lana at SCHC, Sunday, February 6th from 2-5 p.m.
“Love Is in the Air”
Hearts and Flowers
Hugs and Kisses
Let’s Get Together to
Give Valentine Wishes
The class will do arts and crafts, decorate cookies, play games, enjoy Valentine treats and much more! This class is open to ages Pre-K through 5th grade. The registration fee is $45/child. Reservations must be paid for in advance and are due by February 4, 2022. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to register, please contact the SCHF office at 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release. Facebook event page.

Southern Book Club, February 16, 2022 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, February 21, 2022

Kids Mardi Gras Mask Workshop with Karen Biedenharn, Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 3:45-5 p.m. Join us to create a fun and colorful mask just in time for the parade in downtown Vicksburg on that Saturday. 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. Facebook event page.

“More Than a Painting” Art Workshop with Nancy Mitchell - Thursday, February 24, 2022, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Fall is here! Nancy Mitchell says, “If you are tired of the cold, like me, come paint the Ocean! Cliffs By The Sea At Trouville by Gustave Caillebotte.” 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. Nancy Mitchell has been teaching art for 37 years. As an educator and artist, she practices a variety of media including basic drawing, batik workshops and charcoal. Registration 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.

The 10th Annual Carnaval de Mardi Gras & Gumbo Cook-Off,  Saturday, February 26, 2022 from 5-8 p.m. presented by the Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation (VFHP) at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center. Cajun Gumbo Cook-off, Live Music, Dancing, Food, Drinks, Children's Activities and more! Admission: Adults - $10 (includes gumbo); Kids - $5 (includes all kids’ activities). For more information, call 601-636-5010 or visit www.facebook.com/vicksburg.mardi.gras. All proceeds benefit the Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation.


January 2022

Spring Semester of the River Kids Free After-school Art Program. The spring semester began on January 27, 2022. Open to any child in 1st through 6th grade, the class will meet on Thursdays from 3:45-5 p.m. for the thirteen week program. SCHF will be following all COVID-19 regulations, orders and guidance from CDC. Space is limited and reservations are required.
The River Kids Program is designed to encourage children to discover and develop their creative talents. It will expose creativity through drawing, painting, crafts, collage, ceramics, sculpture and many more exciting techniques. Experienced and accredited educators 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 Southern Cultural Heritage Center 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.


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