Thursday, June 25, 2009

Pope Courtland Concert

June 26, 2009
Ridgecrest Baptist Church
6:oo pm
Doors open at 5:00

Concert benefits High School Missions to Dominican Republic

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tomato Fest


Friday, June 26
Saturday, June 27, 2009

always the last Saturday in June
  9 am to 3 pm (rain or shine)

5k Walk/Run
Arts and Crafts
Kiddie Parade
Farmer's Market
Bike Rally
Poker Run
Live Entertainment.

for more info :

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Historic Photos of Mississippi

In Review: Mississippi's history is as thick and rich as the summer heat. Just like a Mississippi summer, I found that the best way to enjoy this wonderful coffee table style book from Turner Publishing was on the front porch with a big tall glass of iced tea.

As a little girl growing up in Vicksburg, I heard the stories of the Civil War, the siege and how the families had to live. Seeing the photo on page 8 brought to life all I heard about the caves dug into the sides of the hills and how families hid from Union troops.

Seeing photos of a covered bridge over the river here in Jackson where prisoners were held piqued my curiosity as to if that is now where the stack exists.

We took our boys to the recently refurbished Meridian Opera house for a play. What a joy to be able to show the original photos from when the Opera house was built and its incredible interior.

My in-laws will be interested in seeing the original photo of Boler Inn in Union. That is my husband's hometown and where General Sherman decided to "stay" when he slashed through central Mississippi.

This book has been divided into time segments:

Civil War and Survival (1860-1899)
The Joy of the Golden Age (1900-1919)
Depression Years and Singing the Blues (1920-1939)
War in Europe and Struggles at Home (1940-1970s)
Not only is this book a historic book about our state, it is a collector's item for anyone who is a Mississippian. It would be an amazing gift for the upcoming Father's Day, a history buff, or as a keepsake for family who may have moved away. As for me, I will be keeping my copy.

Book Review: Imagine a ride with the Mississippi mockingbird as it soars through the Mississippi skies. Beginning in the land of Elvis at Tupelo, one moves down to the Piney Woods of East Central Mississippi where the ground is covered with fragrant pine straw and where Choctaw moccasins once walked the trails. Then turn south where the ocean waves swell upon sandy beaches and sea gulls hover and squawk in the breeze. Continue onward to the mansions of historic Natchez and the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta where the blues reigns supreme. Finally, swoop down toward Old Man River, the majestic Mississippi, and skim across its yellow waters. The waters have seen war and defeat, loss and love, heartbreaks and triumphs. No sentiments need speaking. Only the sweet songs of the mockingbird are required to understand a land whose beauty is second only to the strength of its people. Through nearly 200 images printed in vivid black-and-white, with brief introductions and captions, Historic Photos of Mississippi takes the viewer on a flightpath to key points of interest in historic Mississippi.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Rollin' on the River Siege Concert

As part of a continuing effort to help a local teen with lymphoblastic leukemia, and up-and-coming artist will perform a benefit concert at 6:00 p.m., June 20 at the Vicksburg City Auditorium.

Sean McConnell, a Boston native who has written songs recorded by Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley, has agreed to play for free.

If all started with a handful of people who wanted to help 18-year old Kyle Coleson, his mother, Lisa, and 14-year-old brother, Cody, who has a mild form of cerebral palsy. Since early March, that group has grown to 500 plus people.

"We just wanted to try to do anything we could to help Kyle out, and we knew the community would be happy to do it," said Coleson's cousin Dan Muirhead. Muirhead's mother, Shanna, - Coleson's aunt - has a relative who works for Warner/Chappell Music in Nashville and connected the planners to musician McConnell.

If you go - Tickets can be purchase at the door for $15.00 or in advance for $10.00 at various locations. You can call Vicksburg Main Street at 601-634-4527 and they can give you that information. T-shirts are $12.00 and are being designed by Warren Central High School student Turner Reeves, 17, son of Keith Reeves and Marnie Farrell. The "Siege of Leukemia" shirt plays off Vicksburg's Civil War history and shows two "USS Cure" gunboats firing at a red blood cell, a reference to the cancer.

County Junction and Goldie's Express will provide food, and Brown Bottling Group will supply drinks. Local businesses have donated gift certificates and other items to be raffled for $1 at the concert.

For other information, visit the Kyle Coleson Foundation at or contact Candice Park at 601-529-0018 or or Ashley Baker at 601-218-0506 or

Kyle Coleson and Sean McConnell

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Art of Attraction

I wanted to share with you a new nature guide booklet that was just introduced this past week by the Vicksburg Convention and Visitor's Bureau. The new VCVB guide is aiming to draw nature enthusiast and also restructuring of the VCVB web site. Some twenty-five nature sites are offering a host of outdoor activities within a 30-mile drive of Vicksburg and is highlighted in the new 25-page guide. The glossy, full color guide was unveiled by VCVB Executive Director Bill Seratt at their monthly meeting last Thursday. The VCVB partnered with the Audubon Society Lower Mississippi River Program in Vicksburg and the Lower Delta Partnership to create the guide - one of several the VCVB has created to tap into what Seratt call "niche markets."

Creating and printing 50,000 of the nature guides cost $26,500, said Seratt, with the VCVB picking up the bulk of the cost. The Audubon Society contributed $5,000, and the Lower Delta Partnership another $2,500, he said. It features maps, directions and descriptions of state parks, lakes, historic sites, wildlife management areas and national forests near Vicksburg in Mississippi and Louisiana offering bicycling trails, boat launches, camping, fishing, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, picnicking and wildlife viewing. Information about scenic drives, Mississippi River tours and regional outdoors festivals are also included, as well as Web site links and phone numbers. You can pick up a guide at our local visitors centers or just called the Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce and they will mail you one. Have a happy summer!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Vicksburg Farmers' Market


8:00-11:00 a.m.
Corner of Grove & Levee Street
Be at the market early this Saturday, but not too early -- no sales are allowed before 8 a.m.! Buy the first of the season's produce from vendors you remember last year, plus some new faces. And don't forget that we'll have delicious baked goods available again -- homemade breads and rolls, cookies and pastries.Parking is available by the Depot and at the Catfish Row Art Park. Remember to bring your own shopping bags!


New this year to the Vicksburg Farmers' Market: RECYCLING. Bring your aluminum cans and plastics (#1 and #2 only, please) to the market where we'll collect goods each week.It's easy to be environmentally friendly: combine your recycling trip while you buy local!


New this year: reusable VFM shopping totes!Get yours on Saturday by becoming a Friend of the Market. For a donation of only $30, receive a shopping bag and a Friend of the Market card that will give you one free cold beverage each Saturday from the market tent. Funds support the market, allowing us to advertise and present live music each week.


Wonder what's best to grow in your yard, given the landscape and climate? Stop by the Warren County Master Gardeners booth at this week's farmers market to find out!

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