WEEKEND TICKET: Variety of events on deck for weekend

Published 12:11am Thursday, March 7, 2013

NATCHEZ — Cloudy skies expected on Saturday will welcome the arrival of visitors for this year’s Natchez Spring Pilgrimage.

But a 50-percent chance of rain Sunday could leave those visitors seeking inside activities this weekend.

Historic tableaux

The Historic Natchez Tableaux will begin at 8 p.m. Friday at the City Auditorium with a free opening show performance for all local residents.

Organized and orchestrated by volunteers with the Natchez Garden Club and Pilgrimage Garden Club, the tableaux is a treat for visitors and locals who enjoy learning more about history in a setting that includes beautiful costumes and staging.

The performance is offered four nights a week — Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday — until April 6.

Tickets to the pageant are $15 per person, with children admitted for $7. Advance tickets and reservations are available at Natchez Pilgrimage Tours in the Visitor Reception Center.

Southern Exposure

The Natchez Little Theatre’s traditional Pilgrimage season play, “Southern Exposure,” will begin at 7 p.m. Friday with a special benefit and preview performance for the Natchez Lions Club.

Tickets for the benefit performance are $10 and can be purchased online at www.natchezlittletheatre.org or by calling 601-442-2233.

“Southern Exposure” makes a little fun of Natchez Spring Pilgrimage by telling the story of Penelope Mayweather, a formerly beautiful Natchez belle trying to save her home, Mayweather Hall, from financial ruin. She takes on a boarder — John Salguod — only to have to hide his identity because he was the author who wrote a best-selling book that was banned in Natchez because locals considered it libelous. The situation is further complicated when her young cousin Carol comes to spend the night.

First-time NLT director Bo Allen has reimagined this year’s performance.

Regular performances of “Southern Exposure” will be at 7:30 p.m. every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, beginning Saturday and running through April 9. Tickets for regular performances are $15.

The box office opens one hour before each performance begins.

Second Saturday — Art on the Bluff

Second Saturday festivities will include Art on the Bluff this month, as well as an Easter egg hunt on the bluff.

More than 15 artists and craftspeople will be offering paintings, mobiles, pottery, jewelry and handmade crafts of all sorts on the bluff from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free easels and watercolor paints will also be available for aspiring artists of any age to try their hand at painting.

An Easter egg hunt on the bluff will be hosted at 11 a.m. for children age 9 and under.

Separate sections will be created for toddlers, small children and older children.

Downtown shops will be offering specials and will be open until 8 p.m.

EXPLORE!

Historic Jefferson College will present EXPLORE! Mississippi from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Facts about the state using puzzles and activities will be a part of the class.

The activities are for children ages 6 to 10.

A pre-payment of $10 and registration is required.

Historic Jefferson College is located on 16 Old N. St., Washington.

For more information, call 601-442-2901.

Flea market

Alcorn State University Extension Program will provide a flea market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the farmers market building on St. Catherine Street.

The flea market is open the second Saturday of each month through July.

The farmers market is located at 199 St. Catherine St.

For more information, call 601-442-4648.