Weekend ticket: Mayfair, tours on tap for weekend

Published 12:11am Thursday, May 9, 2013

NATCHEZ — Tour six classic Natchez gardens, hear the vocal stylings of famed opera singers or gamble away for a good cause this weekend in the Miss-Lou.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely for Friday and Saturday with temperatures reaching the 80s.

Trinity Mayfair

Trinity Episcopal Day School will host its annual fundraiser “Mayfair” starting at 10 a.m. Saturday on the bluff.

The annual celebration will begin with “Kid’s Day on the Bluff” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities will include inflatable jumpers, carnival games, cupcake walk, face painting and food concessions. A hands-on craft will be offered for those looking to make some crafty Mother’s Day gifts.

Baseball and football throwing games, as well as a golf chipping green and dunking booth, will also be available for the older students.

Crawfish flats will be available, and local band Funky Friars will provide entertainment for the afternoon.

Events for adults will be from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Mayfair Gala at the high school gym.

The gala will include casino gambling with “Trinity Cash,” as well as five large raffle packages including a Walt Disney World Vacation and a three-minute shopping spree at the Natchez Market, among others.

A silent auction and live auction will also be available.

Tickets to the gala are $30 per person and include admission, dinner, drinks and $1,000 in “Trinity Cash.”

Tickets can be purchased on the school’s website at www.trinitysaints.org/mayfair or at the school.

Garden Tour

Six homes in the area will open their doors to guests Saturday as part of the Natchez Tour of Gardens.

The event serves as a fundraiser for the Natchez Garden Club and benefits NGC’s ongoing preservation work at Magnolia Hall and the House of Ellicott Hill.

The day will be broken into morning and afternoon tours, each with three gardens

The morning tour includes Greenlea, the Wills residence and Cherokee. The afternoon tour includes Cottage Gardens, Oak Hill and Monmouth Historic Inn.

Tickets to the morning and afternoon tours are $15. All-day tickets are $25.

Tickets can be purchased from the Natchez Garden Club at 601-443-9065 or Natchez Pilgrimage Tours at 601-446-6631.

They can also be purchased at the individual houses on the day of the tour.

Festival of Music

The Natchez Festival of Music continues this weekend with performances by world-renonwed vocalists.

Vocalists Megan Barrera, Luke Grooms and Kathleen Farrar Buccleugh will pay tribute to Russian-born American Composer Irving Berlin with a performance of “Puttin’ on the Ritz” at 7 p.m. Friday at The Prentiss Club.

The performance will include various Berlin songs, such as “God Bless America,” There’s No Business Like Show Business,” and “All by Myself,” among others.

Tickets for Friday’s event at $30.

Tenor Paul Groves, a Lake Charles, La., native, Lucas Meachem, Maryann Kyle, Emily Pulley and Robert Grayson will perform the festival’s signature event, “A Bel Canto Gala,” at Trinity Episcopal Church at 7 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church.

The program includes music from Broadway musicals, such as “West Side Story,” “Carousel,” and “Les Misérables.”

The pre-party is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Merrill House, and a gala at Gloucester will follow the performance.

Tickets for Saturday’s event are $100, and group rates are available.

Tickets can be purchased online at natchezfestivalofmusic.com, by calling 601-445-2210 or at the Natchez Visitor Reception Center.

Walking tour

The Natchez National Historical Park will offer a free downtown walking tour at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The tour will meet at the William Johnson House at 210 State St., and the tour will last approximately one hour.

For more information, call 601-445-5345.