WEEKEND TICKET: Juneteenth, warm weather ahead for weekendPublished 12:12am Thursday, June 14, 2012
By Mollie Beth Wallace
The Natchez Democrat
NATCHEZ — After a week of wet weather, the skies will open up today and let the sun through. Temperatures will rise up into the low 90s this weekend. The chance of rain will not exceed 20 percent, according to the National Weather Service.
Here’s what’s going on in the Miss-Lou this weekend:
Michael Twitty celebrates Juneteenth
Culinary historian and educator Michael Twitty will be in Natchez Saturday to celebrate Juneteenth weekend with a series of programs at Melrose.
Twitty will perform a cooking demonstration using cast iron pots and ingredients in season for the Natchez area.
Melrose slave cabin exhibits and gardens will be open all day. Melrose house tours begin at the top of each hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All events are free to the public. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/natc and www.thecookinggene.com, or call 601-446-5790.
Copiah-Lincoln College Bicycle Rodeo
As children hit the roads on their bikes during summer vacation, the chance of them having a bike wreck drastically increases. But thanks to the Kids College at Copiah-Lincoln Community College, parents can ensure their children are well educated in bike safety.
Children ages 5 to 14 who are interested in attending Co-Lin’s Bicycle Rodeo should grab their bikes and head over to Kids College Friday at 8:30 a.m.
Free bike mechanical checks will be given along with riding activities that will improve bike-handling skills.
Pre-registration is required, along with a $10 fee.
Participants should also bring a snack from home, or money to purchase a snack.
Special arrangements for bringing bicycles this evening can be made if necessary. Helmets will be provided.
For more information, contact Beth Richard by calling 601-446-1103.
Providence Fundraiser Committee Fun Day
Families looking for good food and entertainment should head over to Providence Playground on River Terminal Road at 11 a.m. Saturday for the Fun Day fundraiser.
The Fun Day fundraiser will feature a water slide, horseback riding and more. A live disc jockey, J.D. Wallace, will provide music throughout the day.
For lunch, families can purchase hot-dogs and hamburgers hot off the grill. Ribs, fish and chicken dinners will be sold later in the day.
Proceeds from the event will go toward the purchase of new playground equipment for playground.
Pre-Father’s Day Prayer Breakfast
Fathers, and anyone interested in hearing the story of author and motivational speaker Gregory Marshall should attend Prayer Tower Church of God in Christ’s Pre-Father’s Day Prayer Breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Marshall, who is originally from Natchez, will tell about his journey from childhood to the Los Angeles gangs.
The church is located at 259 Country Club Drive. For more information, contact Sister Josie Rogers by calling 601-807-8695.
Bowhunter Education Program
Hewitt’s Archery and Pro Shop invites bow hunting enthusiasts to participate in its educational program Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The program is free, and pre-registration is required. For information, call 318-757-3319. The program will be held at 201 S. E.E. Wallace Blvd.
Sixth Street Church of God in Christ Annual Block Party
For family fun, singing, games and prizes, head over to Sixth Street Church of God in Christ in Ferriday at 4 p.m. Saturday for the church’s annual block party. Free food will be provided.
St. Peter Baptist Church “Gospel Believers” Concert
Anyone in the mood for live music can attend the “Gospel Believers” concert at 6 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter Baptist church. Minister Michael C. Anderson will conduct the program. Call 601-609-6215 for information.
“Flags of the Civil War” Presentation
For history buffs looking for something to do Sunday afternoon, the Natchez Historical Park will offer a free presentation —“Flags of the Civil War.”
The program will begin at 1:30 p.m. and last approximately 45 minutes. For more information, call 601-446-5790.