The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation (SCHF) is thrilled to present the 9th Annual “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 12:00pm- 1:00pm beginning October 14th and concluding November 4th. The musical entertainment is sponsored by a generous grant from Entergy Mississippi. The entertainment is provided for free and lunch can be purchased for $10 per person. Reservations are required for lunch and must be made by 5pm on the Thursday before the event.
These diverse musical styles are a special treat for the Vicksburg community and we hope many will embrace and enjoy the local music and local flavor Vicksburg has to offer. This event has become a much anticipated Vicksburg tradition. 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 and Originals Performed by Lee H. Abraham & the Boone Brothers Lunch provided by Gumbo Pot
Friday, October 21 – Americana, Celtic and Folk Performed by “Full Circle” with Nicholas & Julia Blake Lunch provided by Billy’s Italian Restaurant
Friday, October 28 – Classics Blues, Rock, Pop and Originals Performed by Patrick Smith Band Lunch provided by KJ’s River Town Grille
Friday, November 4 – Classic Pop and Country Performed by Maria Signa & Ralph Miller Lunch provided by Goldie’s Express
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vicksburg has a reputation for being one of the most haunted places in the U.S.
Oct. 7 to 11, another spirit from the past will visit the River City at City Front, and residents will have an opportunity to get to know this one up front and personal.
USS LST 325, a restored World War II amphibious warship, will visit the city as part of a winter cruise down the Mississippi with stops at Cape Girardeau, MO., and Vicksburg. It will be the ship’s second trip to Vicksburg; the last was in 2003.
“We were planning the cruise, and some of the members had never been to Vicksburg,” said Jim Tuefel, board member with USS LST Ship Memorial Inc., which helped restore the ship. “We don’t do repeat visits unless it’s been five years or more, and they wanted to go to Vicksburg. We called the city, and they said, ‘Come on.’”
USS LST Ship Memorial Inc. was involved in restoring the ship. It raises funding to preserve the ship, and educates people on the role of the LST in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, and preserves the memory of the ships and the countless men who died in battle while serving their country.
Volunteers with the organization crew the vessel on its voyages to different locations.
While in Vicksburg, visitors to the ship will be allowed to go on board and tour the vessel and look at its artifacts from other LSTs that participated in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
LST stands for landing ship tank; 328-foot long, 50-foot wide flat-bottomed ships, capable of running aground and discharging 600 troops or military vehicles like trucks, jeeps and tanks to roll directly out on a beach through front bottom-hinged door-ramps. The ships would run up on a beach as fast as they could, landing their bows in sand before releasing their cargo.
Commissioned Feb. 1, 1943, LST-325 sailed as part of the Northern Attack Force in support of the invasion at Salerno, Italy, carrying elements of the 40th Royal Tank Regiment, and later was part of Force “B”, the backup force for the troops going ashore at Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. It anchored off Omaha Beach on June 7, and unloaded men onto smaller amphibious craft. The ship made further trips to the Normandy Coast and the city of Rouen on the Seine River.
The ship was transferred to Greece in May 1964 and renamed Syros. It served in the Greek Navy until December 1999 when it was decommissioned.
In 2000, LST 325 was acquired by The USS Ship Memorial Inc., and crossed the Atlantic, arriving in Mobile, Ala., in January 2001.
It is one of only two World War II LSTs to be preserved in the United States and is homeported at Evansville, Ind.
The 33rd Annual Old Court House Flea Market featuring over 200 arts/crafts and food booths will be around the Old Court House Museum, 1008 Cherry Street from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm rain or shine. Last year's attendance was over 3,000. Contact George "Bubba" Bolm at (601) 636-0741 or email@example.com.