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The 2007 Annual Meeting and Luncheon was held at the Southern Cultural Heritage Complex on November 28, 2007. At this meeting the following board members were elected for another term: Nancy Bell, Hobbs Freeman, Charlie Gholson, Anita Houston, Joey Halinski, Bill Longfellow, and Landman Teller, Jr. Melody Golding was selected to fill the one vacant position on the board.
Katrina: Mississippi Women Remember, a photography exhibit by Melody Golding, will continue to be on display in the Cultural Center Academy Building through December 14 during the Center’s office hours.
The SCHF Auditorium will be the venue for a special holiday event: Singe Feaste, A Renaissance Madrigal Dinner presented by the Warren Central High School Choral Department on December 7, 8, and 9. Tickets for the program, which include dinner and the performance, are $25.00.
SCHF will host the Saint Joseph Community Orchestra performing its annual Christmas Concert on Friday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m in the SCHF Auditorium. Cost is $10.00 or admission with a Saint Joseph’s Arts Patron Membership Card.
Southern Book Club: For December, the Southern Book Club will discuss A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19. Please call the SCHF office for more information.
Do you need a gift for the person who has everything? A membership to the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation is always a perfect gift! This valuable gift will help provide supplies to children in our free after-school art and music program, or help bring a performance or exhibit to the entire community. Call the office at 601-631-2997 to make arrangements today!
Vicksburg photographer Melody Golding witnessed first hand the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as a volunteer for the Red Cross during the relief efforts. Her unique sepia toned silver gelatin prints, taken during the 12 months that followed, are the basis for her latest exhibit, Katrina: Mississippi Women Remember. The exhibit will open at the Cultural Center with a reception on Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. and will be on display during the SCHF’s office hours through December 14, 2007.
The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation will host a resonator guitar workshop with Nashville artist Johnny Bellar on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and a free concert at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2007.
Ballroom dance classes are offered twice during November, on Sundays, November 4 & 18 from 5 - 7 p.m. in the academy building. This month: West Coast Swing.
Back by popular demand, the SCHF presents a cooking workshop led by Kristin Gluck, What to Eat During the Week, Simple and Tasty Meals Sure to Please, will be held in the SCHF Academy Building on Tuesday, November 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again in the evening from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation’s 2007 Annual Meeting and Luncheon is Wednesday, November 28 at noon in the SCHF Auditorium. This year’s guest speaker will be Melody Golding. Melody will present a slide show and lecture on her latest photography exhibit, Katrina: Mississippi Women Remember. The meeting will also include a brief overview of the past year at SCHF and what to look forward to in the future. New board members and officers will also be elected.
Mississippi Reads is a statewide project designed to encourage reading among all Mississippians by highlighting a Mississippi author each year. The Southern Book Club will join libraries, schools, and other book clubs in reading the first book in the Mississippi Reads series, Go Down Moses by William Faulkner.
Southern Book Club: For November, the Southern Book Club will discuss Go Down Moses by William Faulkner at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28. Please call the SCHF office for more information.
The River Kids After School Art Program continues this fall beginning September 13.
Camilla Calnan, Vicksburg native and owner of Camilla Calnan Photography in Asheville, North Carolina, resumes her popular photography workshops in October with Hand-Coloring Photographs, October 2 at 5:30 p.m. and Digital Camera How-To, October 3 at 5:30 p.m.
Ballroom dance classes are offered twice during October, on Sundays, October are 14th and 28th from 5 - 7 p.m. in the academy building. This month: West Coast Swing.
Southern Book Club: For October, the Southern Book Club will discuss Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17. Please call the SCHF office for more information.
A Gospel Brunch featuring Patrick Smith on Sunday, August 5 at 12:00 p.m. in the SCHF Auditorium will close out the Smithsonian Exhibit. Tickets are $10. Reservations are required by Wednesday, August 1.
The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Mississippi Humanities Council are honored to host the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music from June 28 through August 9, Monday - Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily.
Vicksburg native William R. Ferris presents a lecture titled Mississippi Blues Roots at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 2. The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be in the SCHF Auditorium.
Chris Goertzen will lecture on and perform roots music Tuesday, July 10 at 7 p.m. in the Academy building. The lecture will be an episodic survey of American roots music, emphasizing Mississippi tunes, drawing on a few video examples and more tunes picked and sung by Chris Goertzen.
Larry Morrisey of the Mississippi Arts Commission presents a lecture on Mississippi Traditional Music Today, Tuesday, July 17 at 7 p.m. in the Academy building. The talk will include an overview of folk and traditional musicians who are currently living and performing in Mississippi.
concerts and a sacred harp singing event during July, in
coordination with the Smithsonian New Harmonies
SCHF is proud to bring back our children's arts camp, incorporating the roots music theme of SCHF's summer programming and the Smithsonian Exhibit, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. July 23-27. It is open to any child age 6 to 12. During this unique camp, children will discover folk art, dance and music. The $50 fee per child includes all supplies, materials, and a daily snack.
The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation, in cooperation with Mississippi Humanities Council, will explore America’s roots music as it hosts the local showing of New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. New Harmonies will be on view at SCHF beginning June 28 and continuing through August 9, Monday - Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily.
Ballroom dance classes are offered twice during June, on Sundays, June 10 and 24 from 5 - 7 p.m. This month: Mambo/Salsa.
Southern Book Club: For June, the Southern Book Club will discuss Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20. Please call the SCHF office for more information.
The Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music will kick off its six weeks in Vicksburg on Thursday, June 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. with a Vicksburg Roots Music Celebration including a tribute to Vicksburg’s own Willie Dixon.
scheduled during New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots
Lebanese cooking instructor Mary Louise Nosser is making her kouby video available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit SCHF. The video, How to Make Lebanese Kouby, is a 27 minute instructional video in the art of traditional Lebanese kouby. It may be purchased from the Cultural Center in VHS or DVD format for $15.
Spring in Vicksburg always brings the annual Lebanese Dinner at Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church. Crowds of Vicksburg residents line up early for the annual chance to taste authentic Lebanese cuisine. This year, the annual Lebanese dinner has been postponed until fall. If you are hungry now for the delicious foods of Lebanon, learn to prepare them in May with SCHF’s Lebanese cooking class on Saturday, May 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Academy Building.
Saint Joseph Orchestra Spring Concert Pops to Bach, Sunday, May 6, 2:30 p.m. SCHF Auditorium
Ancient Bronze Casting Workshop with local artist and sculptor, Hobbs Freeman, May 14-19 on the grounds of Jordan’s Chapel on Campbell Swamp Road.
Southern Book Club: For May, the Southern Book Club will discuss The Road by Cormac McCarthy at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16. Please call the SCHF office for more information.
Mississippi Quilt Association Gala to honor Vicksburg’s Martha Skelton, May 31 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Martha Skelton is a Mississippi quilt artist who has been recognized by the American Quilting Society as one of the Top 20 Quilters in the United States. For more information, please contact Shirley Wiltshire at 601-795-7033 or visit the Mississippi Quilt Association website at www.mississippiquilt.org.
Smithsonian New Harmonies Coming to SCHF. SCHF has been selected to be the venue for an upcoming Smithsonian Exhibit about American roots music. The New Harmonies Exhibit has been made available to SCHF through the Mississippi Humanities Council. The exhibit will kick off its six weeks in Vicksburg on Thursday, June 28 with a Vicksburg Roots Music Celebration including a tribute to Vicksburg’s own Willie Dixon. The summer will be filled with workshops, children’s programming, concerts, and lectures celebrating Vicksburg’s own musical heritage.
Ballroom dance classes are offered twice during April, on Sundays, April 1 and 15 from 5 - 7 p.m.
SCHF will host the Seventh Annual Benefit Gala on Thursday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. for the Vicksburg Chamber Music Festival, featuring The Capitol City Stage Band with Miss Mississippi 2005, Kristian Dambrino. Following the Gala, the Vicksburg Chamber Music Festival will include 3 performances on each of the following Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Southern Book Club: For April, the Southern Book Club will discuss The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18. Please call the SCHF office for more information.
SCHF is in need of volunteers! No matter what your interests, we have a place for you. Saturday, April 21, beginning at 8:00 a.m., SCHF will have a Spring Volunteer Work Day. Please call the SCHF office if you are interested in volunteering on April 21 or any other time. Forms will be available for students in need of community service hours.
SCHF will offer a mini Permaculture weekend workshop April 28 and 29 for those interested but unable to commit to the 4 week course held in January. The workshop will serve as an introduction to the Permaculture lifestyle. The $150 fee ($100 for students) will cover all activities, materials, and lunch on Saturday.
Save the Date:
A new handicapped ramp has been added to the east entrance to the Auditorium and a new center handrail added to the front steps. The new ramp replaced a wooden ramp placed over concrete steps years ago by volunteers. The new handrail leads to the front doors of the Auditorium and is positioned in the center of the steps. Work has also begun on the academy building through a grant provided by the Mississippi Arts Commission's Building Fund for the Arts and with matching funds from the Warren County Board of Supervisors.
Ballroom dance classes are offered twice during March, on Sundays, March 11 and 25 from 5 - 7 p.m. March classes will study Rumba.
Spring Pilgrimage 2007 will kick off with an opening concert and reception on Thursday, March 15 featuring Johnny Crocker at the Southern Culture Heritage Center Auditorium. Refreshments will be provided by each of the tour sites. Cost for the concert is $20 in advance or $25 at the door and all proceeds benefit future pilgrimage marketing and promotions. The SCHF is pleased to again include its recently restored Cobb House to the list of attractions offered for tour, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. SCHF needs volunteer tour guides for pilgrimage. If you are interested in leading tours or participating in Pilgrimage, please contact the SCHF office at 601-631-2997.
KidzArt is coming to Vicksburg! KidzArt is a unique drawing-based education program designed to teach children valuable skills and explore creativity. KidzArt camps and workshops are designed for both experienced and novice artists. The one day Spring Zing workshop will be an introduction to the KidzArt method. It will be held in the SCHF academy building on Thursday, March 15 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The program is open to any student in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Cooking Workshop "What to Eat during the Week, Simple and Tasty Meals Sure to Please" by Kristin Gluck of ...By Request, Unique Pick-up Foods: two sessions Thursday, February 8 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. and 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the SCHC Academy Building. Reservations are required. The fee is $25 for SCHF members and $30 for non-members. Call 601-631-2997 for reservations.
To Vicksburg, with Love, a musical celebration and luncheon featuring Daniel & Julie Lee will include entertainment ranging from Elvis, to Gospel, to Broadway. Presented by SCHF and Pi Alpha Kappa Sorority at noon on Tuesday, February 13 in the SCHF Auditorium. The $10 fee for the performance may be paid at the door and includes lunch. Reservations are required.
Mardi Gras Mask Workshop for children, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, February 17 in the SCHF Academy Building, just before the annual Mardi Gras Parade in downtown Vicksburg. Students will enjoy mask making fun followed by a traditional King Cake snack! The $10 fee for the class covers all supplies and snacks.
Make plans to attend the 5th Annual Mardi Gras Ball February 17, 2007, 8 p.m. - midnight. Proceeds to benefit the Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation. For more information or for reservations, call Nancy Bell at 601-636-5010.
Internationally known pianist, Ian Hominick, will present a concert in the SCHF Auditorium on Thursday, February 22 at 7:00 pm. The performance is presented in conjunction with the Vicksburg Music Teachers Association. There is no fee to attend the concert, but donations will be accepted at the door.
Southern Book Club: Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28. (Note the temporary date change to the 4th Wednesday in February.)
The River Kids After School Arts Program, open to any child from 1st grade to 6th grade, still has a few spaces available. The Children's Show Choir is on Tuesdays from 3:45 to 5:00. There is no charge for the program. River Kids Art on Thursdays, also from 3:45 to 5:00, is offered free of charge thanks to the Mississippi Arts Commission, SCHF members, corporate sponsors, and the City of Vicksburg.
During the November Annual Meeting, the new 2007 Board of Directors and Officers were elected. Thanks so much to the new 2007 Board of Directors for their time, talents and willingness to serve. The organization could not survive without you!
Southern Book Club: Barefootin' by Unita Blackwell and Joanne Prichard on Wednesday, January 17.
Children's Show Choir: SCHF is now taking reservations for the spring semester. The children’s show choir will teach children basic music and vocal skills, as well as movement, choreography, and performance skills every Tuesday beginning January 23 from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m.
The spring semester of the River Kids After School Program is scheduled from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m. every Thursday beginning January 25. The River Kids Program is designed to encourage children to discover and develop their creative talents. The program is free, but reservations are required.
Adult Art Workshop: Anyone Can Draw: The three session class, with veteran artist and art educator Nancy Mitchell, will be Thursdays, January 25, February 1, and February 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. The class will teach beginners drawing basics through exercises in contour drawing and shading; it concludes with a still life drawing.
Volunteer Opportunities at SCHF: The new year is such a busy time for the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation and there are many volunteer opportunities. A few of our needs are: Spring Pilgrimage Guides, Exhibit Organizers, Event Promotions, and Gardening. With five buildings on an entire city block and a variety of programming, there are many ways to help!