Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Forgotten Carols

The show, featuring professional Broadway actors, begins at 7:00 p.m. Friday at Vicksburg Auditorium.  Tickets are $14.00 for adults and $10.00 for students, and are available at Ticketmaster or by calling 800.745.3000.

10th Annual Breakfast With Santa

Bring the little ones to the Vicksburg Convention Center from 8 to 10:00 a.m., December 3 for a visit with Santa and his crew. Sponsored by McDonald's, tickets are available at the convention center of at  Call 601.630.2929 for details.

It's a Wonderful Life

The Vicksburg Theatre Guild's production of a holiday classic will begin its run this weekend with shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and December 3 and December 9 and 10.  A matinee will be offered at 2 p.m. December 4 and 11. Tickets to all shows are $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors 55 and older, $7.00 for students 13 and older and $5.00 for children 12 and younger.  The shows will be at the Parkside Playhouse, 101 Iowa Avenue.  Call 601.636.0471.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Results of Over-The-River Run

Over The River They Go!

Some of the 300 runners begin their trek across the U.S. 80 bridge over the Mississippi River Saturday morning n the 23rd annual run. Annette Kirklin, the executive director of the Southern Cultural Heritage Center, said more than 600 people participated in the run, the walk and the fun run and about $15,000 was raised for the center.

Over The River Run Results
5 Mile Run - Men Overall: Tim Irvine 29:31 Masters: Jerry White 30:36 Grand Masters: Van Edwards 31:45 Senior Masters: Jack Adair 35:07 10 & Under: Caleb North 1:06:29, Mason Ashley 1:00:30 11-14: ...

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Place Name Age Time 1 1 Tim Irvine 43M 29:31 2 2 Jerry White 40M 30:36 3 1 Eclecius Franklin, Jr. 15M 30:51 4 1 Collin Johnson 36M 31:16 5 3 Brian Gilbert 40M 31:25 ...

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Place Name Age Time 1 1 Steve Sullivan 56M 50:09 2 1 Travis Joyner 19M 53:16 3 1 Bennett Randman 62M 53:33 4 1 Bill Seabergh 66M 53:58 5 2 Brad Heisler 63M 55:58 ...

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Place Name Age Time 1 1 Chandler Thornton 10M 6:20 2 1 Wesley Johnson 14M 6:57 3 2 Matt Burke 10M 7:26 4 3 Chip Purviance 10M 7:43 5 4 Cian Miller 11M 7:51 6 1 Margaret Case 12F ...

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

23rd Annual Over-the-River Run


2011 Over-the-River Run

Saturday, October 8th, 2011 at 8:00 a.m.
Individual Entry Form (468 KB Adobe Reader file)
Corporate-Team Entry Letter (133 KB Adobe Reader file)
Corporate-Team Run Entry Form28 KB Adobe Reader file
34 KB Excel file
(Deadline October 1st, 2011. No late entries will be accepted in this category.)Corporate-Team Walk Entry Form28 KB Adobe Reader file
27 KB Excel file
(Deadline October 1st, 2011. No late entries will be accepted in this category.)
DIRECTED BY:The Mississippi Track Club  - Grand Prix Event
Proceeds to benefit The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation
Click here for Lodging and Dining deals

AFTER THE RACEEntertainment, Fun and Refreshments for all runners, walkers and 
volunteers after the race in the
Ameristar Delta Point parking lot. 
The after-party is the place to be! 
Entertainment by “Slaphappy”
and special inflatable surprises for the kids.

The 5-mile “Over The River Run” starts at the Old Mississippi River Bridge located at I-20 and Washington Street,
crosses the Old Mississippi River Bridge, and ends back at Vicksburg
RACE TIMES:8:00 am for 5-Mile Run and 5-Mile Walk
1-Mile Fun Run will follow 
        (No headphones, rollerblades, bicycles or animals allowed the course)

$25  Individual Fee (postmarked by October 1st)
$30  Individual LATE Fee (postmarked after October 1st, packets will be available only on race day)
$15  Kids Registration (10 & under)  after October 1st entry is $20
$55 Family Pre-Race (pre-registered only, postmarked by October 1st –limit 5 immediate family members living at the same address)
$75  Corporate Team Pre-Race (pre-register ly, postmarked by October 1st - 3-5 members required per team.)

Packet pickup will be October 7 at the SCHF Auditorium
(corner of Crawford and Cherry Streets) from 4:00-7:00 pm.
T-shirts available to the first 500 registered participants!
Registration will be available from 6:30am-7:30am the day of the race.
Mail form and entry fee to:
(make checks payable to SCHF)
Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation
1302 Adams Street
Vicksburg, MS 39180
or drop off forms/entry fee at
5 MILE RUN & 5 MILE WALKOverall Winners, Male and Female
Over all Masters, Grand Masters, and Senior Masters
Male and Female
First, Second and Third Places awarded in each age group, Male and Female
Age Groups:
10 and under, 11-14, 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49;
50-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70 and over
First, second and third in 5 Mile Run and 5 Mile Walk
(Must complete corporate sign up sheet)
Entry form and entire fee must be attached.

Limited to 5 full-time employees/Working a minimum of 30 hrs. per wk.
Open to All Ages.
Overall Winners, Male and Female
First, Second and Third Places awarded
In the following age groups only:

Age Groups
5 and under, 6-7; 8-9; 10-11; 12-13; 14-15; 16-18

Holiday Inn Vicksburg
115 Cypress Centre Boulevard
Vicksburg, MS 39180

Hampton Inn & Suites
3330 Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183
(601) 636-6100
$89 event rate

127 Country Club Dr
Vicksburg, MS, 39180
Phone: 601-638-0800
Diamond Sponsor
Platinum Sponsors   
Gold Sponsors    
Silver Sponsors       
Bronze Sponsors
Additional SupportBudweiser, Coca-Cola, City of Vicksburg, Coomes Produce,
Gulf States Golf Cars, May and Company, Sheffield Rentals,
Waste Management, Woodmen of the World

1302 Adams Street
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Phone: 601-631-2997
Fax: 601-631-3734

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Buzz In Downtown Vicksburg

DATE: Saturday, October 1st
TIME: 8:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Downtown Vicksburg


Come be a part of history at Downtown Vicksburg's 2nd Annual Bricks and Spokes Celebrates the 17th Annual Downtown Vicksburg Fall Fest which will be held on Saturday, October 1stbeginning at 8:00 a.m. Bricks and Spokes offers a ride for everyone! There will be three routes available: 10 mile route, 30 mile route, and a 50 mile route. Each route will take you over the OldMississippi Bridge and into the flat land of Louisiana. After crossing the Mighty Mississippi the routes will bring cyclist back into the rolling hills of Vicksburg and take them throughout the city and into the beautiful scenery of Warren County. 

Bricks and Spokes offer riders the opportunity to ride over the Mighty Mississippi and enjoy the views of the beautiful river, Louisiana, gorgeous Downtown Vicksburg and Warren County.
All bikes (i.e. road bikes, mountain bikes, triathlon bikes, recumbent bikes) will be accepted as well as all skill levels! Whether you are just starting out or a veteran to bike riding, join us in Downtown Vicksburg! The ride will consist of plenty of aide stations along the way to fill up on great snacks! After the ride stay and enjoy live entertainment, red beans and rice, and refreshments for all participant's and volunteer's at Gordon's Alley. Musical entertainment provided by "The Beatles Guy" Participants of the 2nd Annual Bricks and Spokes will receive a t-shirt and goodie bag prior to the ride. Packet pickup will take place on Friday, September 30th in Downtown Vicksburg from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. After picking up your packet enjoy a FREE outdoor concert downtown featuring live entertainment by 4 Guys & A Girl andThe Muleman.

Saturday you will be welcomed back into downtown with live musical performances, children's activities, daytime exhibitions, face painting, clowns, free balloons, art booths, fabulous sidewalk sales, and much more!

You can register for Bricks and Spokes by filling out the form below or by visiting If you wish to mail in your registration form and appropriate registration fee, please mail them to: Vicksburg Main Street Program - P.O. Box 150 Vicksburg, MS 39181. If paying by check please make checks payable to Vicksburg Main Street Program. We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, October 1st!
 Please complete, detach and return with appropriate entry fee. Registration feel is $30 per person on or before September 9th and $35 per person after September 9th.

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Downtown Vicksburg's 17th Annual Downtown Vicksburg Fall Festival
DATE: September 30th and October  1st
TIME: Friday night from 7:00 - 10:00 pmand Saturday from 10:00-5:00
LOCATION: Downtown Vicksburg

Vicksburg Main Street is hosting the
 17th Annual Downtown Vicksburg Fall Festival beginning Friday, September 30ththrough Saturday, October 1st. The Downtown Vicksburg Fall Festival will consist of live entertainment, fabulous sidewalk sales, great food, arts and crafts vendors, and much more!  

Festivities will begin on Friday night live entertainment beginning at 7:00p.m. Enjoy the sounds of 4 Guys & A Girl and The Muleman at Riverstage Plaza. Friday will be a great evening for people of all ages with live entertainment, great food, and a wonderful atmosphere! 

Come back Saturday to enjoy fabulous sidewalk sales, arts and craft vendors, wonderful food, and much more! Also, enjoy our daytime entertainers: The Beatles Guy (Richard McComas) Dandy & The Lions, Aron Shiers, and Big Joe Shelton. Be Downtown early to welcome the participants of the 2nd Annual Bricks and Spokes bicycle ride back to Downtown Vicksburg! Some of the Vicksburg Farmers' Market farmers will be Downtown selling their fresh tomatoes, fall squash, fall zucchini, and much more!

Enjoy all of the activities and be Downtown to cheer the cyclists on when they make it back Downtown! For more information on the Downtown Vicksburg Fall Festival or call 601-634-4527.
29th Annual Old Court House Flea Market
DATE: October 1st
TIME: 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. rain or shine
LOCATION: The Old Court House Museum/Court Square
 Over 200 arts/crafts and food booths
Contact: George "Bubba" Bolm at (601) 636-0741

Monday, September 5, 2011

Haunted Vicksburg Tours

Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays March through October 2011- "The Ghost Walk" given by Haunted Vicksburg. Take a walking tour or ride in a revamped hearse for a 12 block tour though the oldest and most paranormally active neighborhood in Haunted Vicksburg. The Ghost Walk is $20 per person. The Haunted Hearse is $25 per person and accommodates a group of 6. Contact 601/618-6031

Friday, July 29, 2011

Vicksburg Farmers' Market

Vicksburg Farmers Market
LOCATION: corner of Jackson & 
Washington Streets
     *up the hill from the Depot
Saturdays, 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Wednesdays, 4:00-7:00 p.m

It's the last Saturday market!     

**Heather Burns will return with Just Desserts
**Dogwood Hollow Farm will have goat cheese
**Hamilton Farms will be on site to sell local honey
**Master Gardeners present on Recycling
**Growers offer peppers, eggplant, squash, tomatoes,
zucchini, beans, peas, and corn from area farms.
Plus Smith County watermelons! 


1 large eggplant
1/4 cup tahini, plus more as needed
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, plus more as needed
1 pinch ground cumin
salt, to taste
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup brine-cured black olives, such as kalamata


Preheat an oven to 375°F.
Prick the eggplant with a fork in several places
and place on the grill rack 4 to 5 inches from the
Grill, turning frequently, until the skin blackens
and blisters and the flesh just begins to feel
soft, 10 to 15 minutes.
Transfer the eggplant to a baking sheet and
bake until very soft, 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven, let cool slightly,
and peel off and discard the skin.
Place the eggplant flesh in a bowl
Using a fork, mash the eggplant to a paste.
Add the 1/4 cup tahini, the garlic, the 1/4 cup
lemon juice and the cumin and mix well.
Season with salt, then taste and add more
tahini and/or lemon juice, if needed.
Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl and
spread with the back of a spoon to form a
shallow well.
Drizzle the olive oil over the top and
sprinkle with the parsley.
Place the olives around the sides.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Gold In the Hills

Villain Richard Murgatroyd confronts heroine Nell Stanley in the nation's longest-running melodramas.

As mustachioed Richard Murgatroyd strides across the stage at the Parkside Playhouse in Vicksburg, Miss. (pop. 26,407), spectator Carlie Thomas raises a ruckus with other audience members.

Cupping her mouth with her hands, Thomas, 27, yells “BOOO” repeatedly at Murgatroyd, the villainous city slicker. Thomas’ friend, Courtney Owens, 27, takes a deep breath and lets out a loud hiss.Such outbursts are expected—and encouraged—during performances of Gold in the Hills, the longest-running melodrama in the United States. Since 1936, audiences have cheered for innocent farm girl Nell Stanley and homespun hero John Dalton and jeered the conniving Murgatroyd. They’ve sung 1890s songs with the performers between scenes and clapped wildly when good triumphed over evil.

“It’s an art form that you don’t see much anymore,” says director John Hesselberg, 49, about Victorian-era melodramas, which were popular live theater shows from the mid-1800s until the 1920s. The plays feature stereotypical characters, including damsels in distress and deceitful villains, and moralistic messages about social issues, such as the evils of alcohol.

“Melodramas involve music and exaggerated gestures and dialogue,” Hesselberg says.''  

During Gold in the Hills, lively piano music accompanies the heroine’s entrance, while menacing minor chords alert the audience when dastardly deeds are afoot. Before microphones, the dramatic music and exaggerated acting helped spectators, especially those seated at the back of the theater, follow the plot toward its satisfying happy ending.

Community treasure
Gold in the Hills, however, is more than family entertainment each March and July in Vicksburg. The melodrama is a community treasure first staged on March 28, 1936, on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers barge on the Mississippi River. In 1948, the melodrama relocated to the retired steam-powered Sprague towboat moored along the river. When fire destroyed the Sprague in 1974, the production was staged in a local church until the 250-seat Parkside Playhouse was built in 1978.

“The charming thing about Gold in the Hills is that some of the cast members today are children of the original cast members,” says producer Mike Calnan, 62.

Walter Johnston Jr., 63, who plays dancehall owner Big Mike, attended shows on the Sprague as a young boy and cheered for his father, Walter Johnston Sr., who played the hero and other parts from 1936 until 1964.

“It’s a family tradition and a Vicksburg tradition,” says Johnston, who stepped into the hero’s role himself in 1965, and whose children and other family members have acted in the melodrama through the years.

William Mathews, 61, likewise joined the cast as a teenager and for 42 years has relished his role as conniving Murgatroyd.

“The villain has a lot more gutsy part,” Mathews says. “He’s the mover and shaker in the whole play. I do enjoy the part more, though, without the peanuts,” he says, noting that peanut throwing by the audience ended in 2006 to discourage rodents from infesting the theater.

Cheering and jeering endure, though, as Carlie Thomas shouts “NOOO” when the villain steals a hidden stash of cash from the play’s honest farm family.

“I’m having so much fun,” she says to her friend, Owens.  (July 10, 2011)  
Photos by Greg Campbell

Friday, July 8, 2011

Vicksburg Farmers' Market

 Vicksburg Farmers Market Washington Streets
LOCATION: corner of Jackson & 
     *up the hill from the Depot
Saturdays, 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Wednesdays, 4:00-7:00 p.m


**Hamilton Farms will be on site to sell local honey
again this week
**Master Gardeners teach how to create
a bonsai tree
**Growers offer peppers, eggplant, squash, tomatoes,
zucchini, beans, peas, and corn from area farms. Plus
Smith County watermelons!
**Bakers sell artisan breads, cakes, cookies,
and preserves

We know that you see this call for volunteers each 
week.  And when you see the same thing over and 
over, you may grow numb to the request.  But, 
seriously, we have only 2 full time volunteers for 
the market and -- if we want it to continue -- we 
need more people to help with the market on 
Saturdays.  Come for the whole day, or come for 
part of the day, but please help us. If you shop, 
it'd be great if you could also volunteer, at least
 for a little while. Thanks to Barbara Willingham, 
who helped us two weeks ago. 

If you're willing to sign up for a Saturday shift, e-mail    


1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut
into 1/4-inch slices
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese

Place eggplant slices in a colander over a plate; 
sprinkle with salt and gently toss. Let stand for 
30 minutes. Rinse and drain well. Coat both sides 
of each slice with nonstick cooking spray. Place 
on a broiler pan. Top eggplant with tomatoes, 
basil and cheeses. Broil 6 in. from the heat for
 5-7 minutes or until eggplant is tender and 
cheese is melted.
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Sunday, July 3, 2011

The New Miss Mississippi!

VICKSBURG, Miss - The 2011 Miss Mississippi Pageant is officially in the history books. The new Miss Mississippi has been crowned and her name is Mary Margaret Roark.

Roark, a veteran of the Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen Pageant and second-year contestant in the Miss Mississippi Pageant, is currently attending Mississippi State University and is majoring in communications and would like to pursue a career in the broadcast industry. She is a native of Cleveland, Mississippi and graduated from Bayou Academy in 2009.

The daughter of Fred and Mary Jo Roark, Mary Margaret developed her own platform to promote thanks to a very personal experience that she had watching her grandmother progress through Alzheimer's. Due to that experience, she is a proud advocate for the Mississippi Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and has created her own campaign to promote Alzheimer's awareness throughout the state called JEWELS for Alzheimer's.

JEWELS is an acronym which stands for:
    Join the cause to
    Educate the public and
    Work for a cure while
    Encouraging those who
    Live with the disease and
    Supporting those who care for them.

          Mary Margaret says, "JEWELS For Alzheimer's summarizes everything that I hope for with Alzheimer's Disease. With my campaign, I have promoted awareness among communities in the state to recruit more activists and to raise more funds for research and care centers. I have also started a jewelry collection for JEWELS For Alzheimer's with the help of jewelry designer, Alex Bowen. A portion of all sales from the jewelry is donated to local Alzheimer's Association chapters to help with their expenses. My experience with Alzheimer's began with my grandmother, but with the help of others, my mission is growing and will continue to grow until we find a cure."

          We will be interviewing Mary Margaret a little later today and will have that interview posted tomorrow morning here on the Miss Mississippi website.

          For those of you who were not able to see the pageant on television last night, we apologize. One of our television stations had a difficulty receiving our satellite signal and has said that they will re-broadcast the event so that all may see it. Those of you with an Internet connection can watch the Miss Mississippi Pageant in it's entirety by clicking on the WATCH link on the menu to the left.

          Article by Chris Whittington -

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