Weekend Ticket: Arts, entertainment events headline weekend
NATCHEZ — The Miss-Lou will play host to a variety of arts and entertainment events for all ages this weekend.
Though, thunderstorms are forecast for a majority of the weekend with a high chance of rain throughout Friday and early Saturday.
Singer Tasha Cobbs will perform at 7 p.m. today at the Natchez City Auditorium as part of the “Break Every Chain Tour.”
An Alabama native, Cobbs began her music career in Atlanta and recently released her second album “Grace.”
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door or $40 for limited VIP seats.
For more information, call 601-807-4164.
Sunset Serenades at Weymouth Hall
The Celebrate Recovery program of the Miss-Lou, which is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Vidalia, will host “Sunset Serenades at Weymouth Hall” from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday.
The event will include live inspirational music, food, fellowship, and a live auction featuring a variety of items including a 2007 National Championship print signed by LSU head football coach Les Miles and artist Michael Hunt.
Advance tickets are available at the church office, located at 608 Texas St., in Vidalia. For discounted tickets or to make a donation, call 318-336-5603 or 318-757-7078.
Natchez Arts Festival
The first Natchez Arts Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the bluff and is set to bring artists, musicians, dancers, chefs and others together to promote the arts and Natchez.
The event is free and open to the public.
The festival is selling raffle tickets for a 2014 Ford Mustang, a seven-day Caribbean cruise and a weekend bed-and-breakfast stay in Natchez to raise money for the event.
Tickets are $20 for one chance or $100 for six chances.
For more information about the festival or to purchase raffle tickets, visit natchezartsfestival.com or the festival’s Facebook page.
Shopping, art events, music and refreshments will greet visitors and locals downtown Saturday.
The monthly Second Saturday event features a number of shops and galleries that will be open all day with extended hours.
Children are invited to the ArtsNatchez Gallery, located at 425 Main St., to create their own original Mother’s Day card beginning at 10:30 a.m.
A reading of a Mother’s Day story will be hosted at noon at Turning Pages, located at 520 Franklin St.
For more information, call 601-238-8325.
Thrift store grand opening
The Paws For A Cause thrift shop, which is operated through the Natchez-Adams County Humane Society, has moved to a new facility and will host a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The new store is located on the right side of U.S. 61 South behind Kaiser’s Food and Fuel.
The event is coupled with a kitten adoption day, at which residents can adopt two kittens or cats for $35 or one for $35. The price incudes spaying or neutering.
NACHS volunteer Jana Ros, who runs the thrift store, said the new store offers more space and convenience for those who want to visit.
“We have terrific prices on everything we sell, and we have a lot more stuff now that we have the room for it,” Ros said. “It takes a village, or in this case a small town, to come together for our homeless animals, and I’m very appreciative of all the help we have already gotten up to this point.”
The new store will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
The store accepts slightly used items of any type.
If donations can’t be dropped off, residents can call 601-660-5268 to schedule a pickup.
Festival of Music events
The Natchez Festival of Music will continue its 2014 season this weekend with a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Beatles coming to America with the band, Classical Mystery Tour, at 7 p.m. at the City Auditorium.
Floor seating for the event is $45, while stadium seats are $25.
Scheduled to appear are Jim Owen, Tony Kishman, David John and Chris Camilleri, who will make up The Fab Four group of John, Paul, George and Ringo.
The festival will also host a tribute to Leontyne Price, the Mississippi soprano who holds the record for the longest standing ovation ever at the Metropolitan Opera.
The performance will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Temple B’Nai Israel. Admission is $30 per person.
Rossini, Puccini and Martinis will follow the concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Eola Hotel.
Call 601-446-6631 for tickets through Natchez Pilgrimage Tours.
Stamp Out Hunger food drive
The National Association of Letter Carriers will host the “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive” throughout Natchez and Adams County on Saturday.
Residents are encouraged to collect and bag non-perishable food items and place them by their mailbox for their letter carrier to deliver to a local food bank.
For more information, call 601-442-9860.
Trinity Episcopal Day School’s largest fundraiser will be this weekend with a variety of events.
The Trinity Mayfair Gala will be from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at the school’ gym.
Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple and include dinner, drinks and entertainment.
Silent and live auctions will also be available featuring four large raffle packages, among other items.
A limo service will also be offered from 10 p.m. until midnight.
Alcorn State University will host its 143rd Commencement Convocation at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex on the Lorman campus.
Alcorn will award degrees to nearly 600 students who have applied to receive 440 bachelor’s and 156 master’s degrees.
Civil Rights legend and former NAACP Chairman Myrlie Evers will be the guest speaker of the event.
The convocation can be viewed online at alcorn.edu with a live stream beginning 15 minutes before the ceremony.
For additional information on the event, call 601-877-6142.