Weekend Ticket: Weekend full of fun events

Published 12:01am Thursday, November 22, 2012

NATCHEZ — Temperatures should start to drop as the holiday weekend approaches, but there will still be plenty to do for families looking to relax after their Thanksgiving meals.

American Queen concert

The American Queen is hosting a free outdoor Thanksgiving concert from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today on the Natchez bluff.

The Dixieland Band begins at 2 p.m. and will be followed by the Annie Moses Band at approximately 2:30 p.m.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Christmas in Natchez events

As part of Christmas in Natchez, the lighting of the Christmas tree is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday on Main Street.

The annual turkey gumbo cook-off will be ongoing at the corner of Main and Commerce streets during the lighing.

Tasting tickets are $10 for six. Contact Regina Charboneau at reginacharboneau@yahoo.com to register or for more information.

From 6 to 7 Saturday night, Longwood is hosting Jazz in the Round.

Admission is $85 per person or $150 per couple. For more information, call Natchez Pilgrimage Tours at 601-446-6631.

For a complete list of Christmas in Natchez events, visit www.christmasinnatchez.com.

Basketball tournament

Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church’s Missionary Society is sponsoring its annual Hooping for Jesus Community Fellowship Basketball tournament Friday through Sunday at the Martin Gymnasium on Homochitto Street.

Opening ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. Friday with games to follow. Games will pick back up at 11 a.m. Saturday and the championship games and closing ceremonies will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Team participation is $45, and all area churches and organizations are invited to enter a team.

Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children under 12. Concessions will be available.

For more information, call Deborah “Jeannie” Berry at 770-605-2459.

Football Friday

At 12:30 p.m. Friday at Millsaps College, Wilkinson County Christian Academy and Tri-County Academy face-off for the MAIS Class A State Championship.