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WEEKEND TICKET: Film, Jamboree events keep hot weekend cool

NATCHEZ — If you are looking to beat the 90-plus degree weather this weekend, you have a few options to get indoors and have fun. Just be cautious of the slight chance of pop-up thunderstorms.

Hollywood Comes to Natchez

The Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration is hosting a free showing of parts of the television mini-series based on John Jakes’ book, “North and South: Part 1” at 4 p.m., in the Natchez Visitor Reception Center theater.

The showing is one of seven-part series of monthly screenings titled, “Hollywood Comes to Natchez: A Civil War Film” and is free to the public.

Copiah-Lincoln Community College instructor James Wiggins will lead a discussion following the film.

The series will lead up to the 24th annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration on Feb. 21-2. The theme is, “Fiction, Fact and Film: The Civil War’s Imprint on the Southern Culture.”

For more information about the film series and the 2013 Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration, go to www.colin.edu/nlcc/film-series or e-mail NLCC@colin.edu.

Big River Jamboree

Saturday evening, the Big River Jamboree kicks off at Shrine Hall in Morgantown with gospel music from 6 to 7 p.m. The Surefire Band and guests will take the stage beginning at 7 p.m., and finish up around 9:30 p.m.

Admission is $4 per person or $6 for couples.


Historic Jefferson College will give children ages 6 to 10 a chance learn about dinosaurs in a fun way with its EXPLORE! Dinosaurs.

The class begins at 10 a.m. and finishes at 11:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required, and there is a $10 fee. Contact Kay McNeil at kmcneil@mdah.state.ms.us or 601-442-2901 for more information.

Historic Jefferson College is located 4 miles northeast of Natchez, off of U.S. 61 North, in Washington.

Second Saturday

Organized by the Downtown Natchez Development Authority, on the second Saturday of each month, downtown stores open from 6 to 8 p.m. Along with bargain shopping, there is music, art events and refreshments.

The Rolland Golden Gallery will exhibit paintings, including pieces from Lake St. John and Lake Concordia. A reception will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Contact the Natchez Downtown Development Association at 601-442-2929 or downtown@natchez.org for more information.

Friday Forum

Jeff Mansell with the National Park Service and Trevor Brown with the Historic Natchez Foundation will speak at the Natchez Coffee Company from 8 to 9 a.m.

Friday Forum is a Natchez Chamber of Commerce event every Friday and is free to the public.