Weekend Ticket: Variety of outdoor, indoor events planned for weekend

Published 12:10am Thursday, March 27, 2014

NATCHEZ Residents can enjoy watching friendly games of kickball, seeing the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales or learn more about American Indian culture this weekend in the Miss-Lou.

Showers and thunderstorms are forecast for a majority of today and Friday, but sunny skies should return for Saturday and Sunday.

Youth Leadership Kickball

The 2014 class of Leadership Natchez will host a kickball tournament Saturday at Duncan Park as a fundraiser for local charities.

Leadership Natchez is a year-long program operated under the umbrella of the Natchez-Adams County Chamber of Commerce, which is geared at developing and retaining leadership among professionals in the community.

The tournament will feature teams consisting of different members of the community competing against each other in a friendly game of kickball, Leadership Natchez member Sessions Brown said.

“The kickball tournament is a community-wide fundraiser for the worthy and necessary causes of Natchez and Adams County,” Brown said. “Because we have such a large diverse leadership class this year, we were unable to determine one particular charity, so we decided to support all of the charities that we mentioned and visited earlier in the year.”

Leadership Natchez member Abby Brown said the group expects this year’s tournament to surpass fundraising expectations.

“This is the third of the tournament: the first year they raised $2,000, the second year was $8,000 and this year we’re already at $10,000,” Brown said. “We just want to keep this event going, promote leadership and show the community how we can and do work together.”

The tournament will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Duncan Park. Concessions and beverages will be available for purchase.

Residents in attendance are encouraged to use the hashtag natchezkickball when posting photos to social media accounts.

Clydesdale parade

Miss-Lou residents can get a glimpse of the famous Budweiser Clydesdales starting at noon Saturday.

The horses will hitch up behind the former Southwest Distributors location on Broadway Street, where residents can get a look and take pictures of the horses starting at noon.

The horses will parade through downtown Natchez starting at 2 p.m. Saturday.

G3 Summit

A community building conference presented by the Zig Ziglar team will kick off today and continue through Friday at the Vidalia Conference and Convention Center.

The conference looks at how the Miss-Lou can move forward as a region using the three G’s — “Good for me, good for you, good for the community.”

Zig Ziglar grew up in Yazoo City and spent many years in sales promotion. But Ziglar is best known for his motivational speaking, which focuses on hope, encouragement and faith. Ziglar died in late 2012, but his son Tom will present the message of the Ziglar Way at the G3 summit.

The Miss-Lou Regional Steering Committee is hosting the event with the goal of bringing together the two communities separated by the Mississippi River.

The cost to attend the two-day event is $20.

The conference will kick off at 12:15 today with a luncheon, followed by sessions from 2 to 9 p.m.

Residents interested in attending can pay for tickets at the door Thursday and Friday, Concordia Chamber Director Jamie Wiley said.

“Zig Ziglar, who started this company, has traveled the world and brings a message of hope, encouragement, life and career advice that’s all motivational stuff,” Wiley said. “It’s going to be great.”

Natchez Powwow

The 26th annual Natchez Powwow will be Saturday and Sunday at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians.

The gates of the Grand Village at 400 Jefferson Davis Blvd., will open at 10 a.m. Saturday. The gourd dance begins at 1 p.m., with the grand entry and intertribal dancing to follow at 2 and 8 p.m.

On Sunday, the gates open at 11 a.m., and the gourd dance starts at 1 p.m. The grand entry and intertribal dancing starts at 2 p.m.

The powwow will also include a number of vendors selling food and Native American crafts, as many Native Americans come from out of town.

Entrance to the powwow costs $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Portions of the entry fee will go to the Natchez Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

iPad class

The Ferriday Library will host a class from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, offering residents a chance to learn more about their iPad.

The event is free and open to the public.

Call 318-757-3550 to register.

Tales of a Dunleith Duo

A skit portraying the lives of John Roy Lynch and Alfred Vidal Davis will be presented Sunday in three parts between dinner courses crafted by The Castle Restaurant’s culinary team at Dunleith Inn.

The skit depicts the lives of a slave, Lynch, and a slave owner, Davis.

One starts his life as a businessman and lawyer and ends in poverty, while the other starts in poverty and becomes a successful businessman and politician.

Dinner includes iced tea, bread service, salad, choice of two entrees — pork tenderloin or redfish — and dessert.

A cash bar will open at 6 p.m. and the dinner and show will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $55 per person and include dinner and the show.

For more information, call 1-800-647-6742.

Spring Pilgrimage

The famous Natchez Spring Pilgrimage continues with 24 historic houses and properties open for tour.

Tickets and maps for the Pilgrimage tours are available at Natchez Pilgrimage Tours, located in the Natchez Visitor Reception Center at 640 S. Canal St. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tours feature three houses each with a tour in the morning, 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and in the afternoon, 1:30 to 5 p.m.

Tickets for the three-house tours are $30 per adult and $18 for children ages 6 to 18.

Tickets for the six-house tours are $60 per adult and $36 for children ages 6 to 18.

Tickets for a three-house tour plus a tour of historic Longwood, Rosalie or Stanton Hall are $42 for adults and $26 for children.

Various entertainment options associated with Spring Pilgrimage will also continue this weekend including:

• The Historic Natchez Tableaux with shows at 8 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday through April 5. Tickets to the performances are $15 per person, with children admitted for $7. Advance tickets and reservations for the performance are available at Natchez Pilgrimage Tours, but can also be purchased at the door.

• The Natchez Little Theatre will present “Southern Exposure” at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday throughout Spring Pilgrimage, which ends April 8. Tickets are $15 and should be reserved by calling NLT, located at 319 Linton Ave., at 601-442-2233 or online at natchezlittletheatre.org.

• Southern Road to Freedom will be presented at 8 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at Natchez Pilgrimage Tours, located in the Natchez Visitor Reception Center or at the door before performances.