Music, history make weekend

Published 12:04 am Thursday, December 8, 2011

Editor’s note: The original version of this story omitted the date for the petting zoo. It is on Saturday. We regret the error and are happy to set the record straight.

NATCHEZ — Several events planned this weekend will make the Christmas countdown more enjoyable.

Eola Christmas Concert Series

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The Eola Hotel will once again host vocalists and guests at the second concert of the series from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today. The Jefferson Street Methodist Church choir will perform Christmas songs, and admission is free. The hotel is located at 110 North Pearl St. in Natchez.

Prospect Hill Plantation


The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians will present an illustrated talk by Jessica Crawford called “Captain Isaac Ross’ Prospect Hill Plantation — Then and Now” in the museum auditorium at 6:30 p.m. today. Admission is free and seating is limited.

“A Natchez Christmas Carol”

Natchez Little Theatre is presenting ongoing performances of “A Christmas Carol” with a Natchez twist. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $15. For more information call 601-442-2233 or visit

Callon Caroling

Miss-Lou families are invited to Courtyard Christmas Caroling from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Callon Petroleum courtyard, located at 22 North Canal St.

The event will feature Alvin Shelby and the Holy Family choir. Light refreshments will be served. Guests can expect a visit from Santa.

Ice skating

Tickets are still available for ice skating on the bluff Saturday and Sunday.

Regina Charboneau, Christmas in Natchez Committee member, said tickets must be purchased in advance for ice skating at the Natchez Pilgrimage Tours office.

Tickets are $15 for 30 minutes of skating. Skates are provided with the fee.

“A half hour of skating will wear you out,” Charboneau said. “Just show up with your ticket, and they have everything you need.”

Professional skaters will be available to help those who might have a hard time getting used to the ice. Children under 5 must be accompanied by someone 16 or older.

Breakfast with Santa at The Briars

Santa himself will pull up a chair at the breakfast table at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at The Briars. Have your children’s picture taken with Old Saint Nick while enjoying breakfast at Briarvue Restaurant, and a reading of the Nativity story.

Limited-seating tickets are available by calling 601-653-0017. The cost is $25 per child. The Briars is located at 31 Irving Lane in Natchez.

Wreaths Across America

Natchez National Cemetery will host Wreaths Across America, a holiday wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember our nation’s Veterans, at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The cemetery is located at 40 Cemetery Road in Natchez. Call 601-445-4981 for more information.

Petting zoo

A free petting zoo will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Park.

Second Saturday

People can take in the arts of Natchez from 5 to 8 p.m. at Second Saturday events downtown.

Fireworks will light up the sky at the Natchez bluff at 7 p.m.

Natchez Fine Framing and Art Gallery will host photographer and visual artist Salongo Lee, who will be signing his new book, “Southern Road Trips.”

Melancon Antique Emporium will host a Cajun Christmas celebration with refreshments and holiday discounts.

Cover to Cover Books and More on Main Street will be open as Susan Haltom signs her book, “One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place.”

Turning Pages Books will host two authors, Michael Henry and son, William Henry, who will introduce their next two thrillers of their “Willie Michell Banks and Jake Banks” series.

The Rolland Golden Gallery on Main Street will feature a “Golden variety” of various subjects, media and sizes by the artist. Wine and cheese will be served.

ArtsNatchez Gallery will feature two artists at Second Saturday — painter Margaret Watts and jewelry designer Robin Person.

M. Schon on Main Street will host sculptor and jeweler Cher Fox, who will be introducing new designs. Live harmonica music and refreshments will be available.

Irish Christmas

All are welcome to enjoy Irish folk singer Danny O’Flaherty’s Irish Christmas Carol concert from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at Natchez Coffee Company.

This will be an evening of story and song, as O’Flaherty shares authentic Christmas carols that reflect home, hearth and the Christmas spirit.

Tickets are $10, and are recommended to be purchased in advance at Natchez Coffee Company.

Auburn’s Birthday

Residents are invited to share the celebration of Auburn’s birthday from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday with an open house featuring music, refreshments and 1812 period costumes. This year will feature the beginning of Auburn’s 200th anniversary, with cake and other events.

Auburn is located at 400 Duncan Ave. For more information, contact Clark Feiser at 601-304-0763.