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Weekend Ticket: Variety of events planned for Miss-Lou weekend

NATCHEZ — Honor those who have served in the armed forces or visit with some of Natchez City Cemetery’s most famous residents this weekend in the Miss-Lou.

Sunny skies are forecast throughout the weekend, with temperatures settling in the 70s.

Veterans Day parade

The Miss-Lou Veterans’ Coalition plans to have the first Veterans Day parade since 2005 from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Floats for the parade will line up on Broadway Street and will continue on Canal Street, up Main Street and cross Rankin Street before coming down Franklin Street.

A flag retirement ceremony will also be hosted from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Natchez Convention Center.

Angels on the Bluff

The 14th annual production of Angels on the Bluff will be today, Friday and Saturday at the Natchez City Cemetery.

The annual fundraiser for the Natchez City Cemetery Association will feature storytelling by actors depicting the interesting people buried in the cemetery.

Those being featured this year include post-Civil War photographer Henry Norman Sr., Dr. Thomas H. Gandy, Levi Weeks and James Johnson, among others.

Tickets are sold out, but a waiting list is available for any additional tickets that may become available. For more information, visit the Natchez Visitor Reception Center, call 601-446-6345 or go online to www.visitnatchez.org.

Chili cook-off

The third-annual Rotary Broadway Bash Chili Cook-Off will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the bluff across from Natchez Grand Hotel.

A $5 chili-tasting kit will provide a sample of all the chili recipes from local businesses, organizations and friends who will make up the 20 teams participating in the event.

Those wanting to help their favorite recipe win can purchase a people’s choice ballot for $1 each.

A children’s area with a blow-up slide, jumping gym and face painting will also be available for $5 per wristband.

Raffle prizes and a silent auction will also be available Saturday.

The event will also feature a variety of craft beers made by two local homebrewers — Natchez resident Allen Richard and Vidalia resident Chris Couie.

Possibilities Tour

Natchez Inc., Alcorn State University and Mississippi Development Authority will sponsor the Possibilities Tour, “Turning Deserted Spaces into Dynamic Places,” from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The tour will highlight 14 locations on Franklin and Main streets, along with the Lombardo building on Canal Street.

The tour is focused for business, developers and entrepreneurs, but is open to  the public at no charge.

Antiques forum 

The Pilgrimage Garden Club’s 36th Natchez Antiques Forum is today through Sunday.

This year’s program is, “On the Home Front: Antiques Behind Union Lines.”

The Natchez Antiques Forum is one of the nation’s longest-running antiques forums. Every year it has a different focus, but always centers on a Southern theme.

The forum starts at 9 a.m. today. A full list of speakers and events is listed at natchezantiquesforum.org.

Tickets can be purchased by phone at 601-446-6631.

Historic Jefferson College

A reenactment of Wirt Adams’ raid into Natchez will be hosted at Historic Jefferson College Saturday and Sunday.

Battles begin at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Civil War camps will be open to the public at 9 a.m. both days.

Reenactors will be on hand to answer any questions visitors might have about life during the Civil War.

The event is free and open to the public.

Second Saturday

Shopping, art events, music and refreshments will greet visitors and locals alike downtown Saturday.

The monthly Second Saturday event features a number of shops and galleries that will be open all day with extended hours.

Friday football

Natchez High School will host Wingfield in the Miss-Lou’s last regular season home game.

Trinity Episcopal Day School will host Newton Academy in the second round of the MAIS Class A playoffs, and Adams County Christian School will host Glenbrook School in the second round of MAIS Class AA playoffs.

All games kick off at 7 p.m.

Holy Family Fall Festival

Holy Family Early Learning Center will celebrate its annual fall festival from 10 a.m. to 3 pm. Saturday.

Games include milk toss, horseshoe throw, duck pond, ring-a-bottle and cake walk, among others. Horse rides will also be available for children.

Food will also be available for $7 a plate from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Several prizes will be given out throughout the day, including a $200 cash prize and a flat screen TV.

The festival is one of four fundraisers organized every year to help the school meet its budget requirements.