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WEEKEND TICKET: Phatwater Challenge kicks off busy weekend

NATCHEZ — With sunny skies and mild temperatures, families won’t have to look far to find something to do this weekend.

Phatwater Kayak Challenge

The 11th annual Phatwater Kayak Challenge is Saturday. Registration begins at 10 a.m., Friday at Under-the-Hill-Saloon.

The race begins at 8 a.m. at the Claiborne County Port Departure, and awards will be given out at 4 p.m. at the Under-the-Hill Saloon.

For more information, call 601-431-1731, e-mail info@kayakmississippi.com or go to www.kayakmississipp.com.

Fall Festival

Cathedral School is celebrating its 165th fall festival this weekend. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Saturday there will be games, cake walks and many other events for children. Inside the multi-purpose room, casseroles, cakes, crafts and books will be for sale.

From 3 to 5 p.m., barbecue ribs and gumbo plates will be available for takeout through Center Drive.

Beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday a turkey dinner will be available until 1:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Plates are $8 for adults and $5 for children.

Cat Show Championship

The Mississippi Cat Fanciers All-breed Championship and Household Pet Cat Show is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Natchez Community Center.

Check-in is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., and the competition is open to all cats ,including household pets and kittens at least 4 months old, no older than 8 months old. Registration is $42 per session.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $1 for children under 12.

Deer and Wildlife Festival

The Woodville Deer and Wildlife Festival is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Woodville.

Events include a 5K run/walk and meat inspection for the wild game cook-off at 7 a.m., musical entertainment beginning at 8:30 a.m. and deer antler scoring from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Throughout the day, former star of The History Channel’s “Mudcats,” Jason Reynolds will demonstrate how to catch fish using your bare hands, and he will also be performing with his trained Labrador retrievers. His shows are from 10 to 10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 to 1:45 p.m.

Children activities include interactive art, ornament making, inflatable jumps and face painting.

Admission is $5 and free for children under 5 years old. For $20, children can purchase a wristband, which will allow them unlimited jumps in the inflatable jumper, face painting and pony rides. For more information, call 601-888-3998 or go to www.woodvillemainstreet.com.

Hollywood Comes to Natchez

The Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration, the Natchez Convention and Visitor Bureau, Copiah-Lincoln Community College and the Natchez National Historical Park are sponsoring a showing of a film based on Harold Sinclair’s book “The Horse Solidiers” at 4 p.m. at the Natchez Visitor Reception Center theater.

The film is one of a seven-part series titled, “Hollywood Comes to Natchez: A Civil War Series.”

Before the movie, Natchez historian Clark Burkett, Jefferson College alumnus Mike Gemmell and Civil War expert and Co-Lin history instructor James Wiggins will lead an open discussion at 3 p.m.

Admission is free. For more information, call 601-446-1289 or e-mail NLCC@colin.edu.

Fall Pilgrimage events

Fall Pilgrimage continues through Sunday, with daily tours at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

For ticket and group tour information, call 1-800-647-6742 or go to www.natchezpilgrimage.com.

The Carriage House Restaurant is hosting Amos Polk’s Voices of Hope from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday and Sunday.

Natchez Little Theatre’s presentation of “Sordid Lives” continues with showings at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. showing Sunday.

Tickets are $15. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 601-442-2233 or 1-877-440-2233. Tickets can also be purchased at www.natcheztheatre.org.

Civil War Living History

The fifth annual Mississippi Valley Black and Blue Civil War Living History event begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at Historic Jefferson College.

The reenactment will focus on honoring the hidden Civil War legacy of enslaved and non-enslaved black women who served as union nurses and commemorating six Adams County runaway slaves who became union navy sailors in 1862.

Admission is free. For more information, call 601-442-4719.

Second Saturday

Second Saturday in Downtown Natchez begins at 10 a.m. on the bluff with Art on the Bluff.

Art on the Bluff is free of charge and ends at 5 p.m.

For more information, contact the Natchez Downtown Development Association at 601-870-7717.

Downtown stores will stay open until 8 p.m.

For more information on Second Saturday in Downtown Natchez, call 601-442-2929 or e-mail downtown@natchez.org.

Friday Forum

Robin Person from the Historic Jefferson College is this week’s speaker. In addition, information on Prince Abdul Rahman Ibrahim, the African prince that was enslaved in Natchez for 40 years will be presented.

The weekly forum begins at 8 a.m. at the Natchez Coffee Company and is sponsored by Alcorn State University and the Natchez-Adams County Chamber of Commerce.

Friday night football

Trinity Episcopal Day School hosts Oak Forest, Adams County Christian School hosts Silliman, Cathedral School hosts Bogue Chitto, Ferriday High School hosts Homer, Centreville Academy hosts Bowling Green and Block High School hosts LaSalle. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Natchez High School travels to Petal, Vidalia travels to Marksville, Franklin County High School travels to Crystal Springs, Jefferson County High School travels to Prentiss, Wilkinson County High School travels to Hazlehurst and Wilkinson County Christian Academy travels to Tallulah Academy. All games start at 7 p.m.