WEEKEND TICKET: Musical weekend ahead

Published 12:06 am Thursday, May 17, 2012

NATCHEZ — Fiddles, violins and voices will filter through the Miss-Lou this weekend.

Natchez Festival of Music

At 7 p.m. Friday, the Natchez Festival of Music will present “The Voice of a Nightingale — An evening with Jenny Lind — Kristen Vogel, soprano.” Vogel’s performance will pay homage the time “world-renowned diva” Jenny Lind, who gave a concert in Natchez, which P.T. Barnum presented in 1851, a Festival of Music press release said. Admission is $15, and the concert will be at Stanton Hall.

Email newsletter signup

At 7 p.m. Saturday, the festival presents “A Portrait of Elegance — Orchestra Music of Mozart and Haydn presented by the Natchez Festival of Music Chamber Orchestra.”

This event will offer traditional classic orchestra music for $20 at the Margaret Martin Performing Arts Center.

At 4 p.m. Sunday, guests can sip and listen during “A Musical Wine Tasting — Kimberly Houser, harpist.” The event will be hosted at Lansdowne Plantation at 17 Marshall Road, which was built in 1953. Admission is $30.

Old Time Music Gathering

The Great Big Yam Potatoes Old-Time Music Gathering and Fiddle Contest kicks off at at 8 a.m. and ends with a 4 p.m. performance Saturday at the Historic Jefferson College.

Attendees can sit and listen, jam or join in as they enjoy catering from vendor Arthur Davis of the Old Country Store in Lorman, whose cooking has been featured in “Southern Living” and on the Food Network, a HJC press release said.

Old time string performers will include Jason Smith, Johnny and Beth Rawls, Reeves Jones, Tim Avalon, Jack Magee, Hal and Connie Jeannes, the Cane Grinders and Harry Bolick, who will perform at the top of each hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The fiddle contest for children ages 1 to 11 begins at 9 a.m., followed by a contest for juniors ages 12 to 17. The adult competition begins at 1:30 p.m.

Registration for the contest begins at 8 a.m. and costs $5. Cash prizes will be awarded for first and second place in each category.

A complete schedule of events and contest registration is available at www.bigyampotatoes.com. For more information call Robert Gray at 601-984-1210, or e-mail rwgray@lrc.umsmed.edu.

At 6:30 p.m. Friday, a Potluck Covered Dish Supper hosted by the Mississippi Old Time Music Society and the Mississippi Fiddlers Association will be in the west wing of the HJC.

Friday Forum

Residents attending this week’s Friday Forum at 8 a.m. at the Natchez Coffee Company should bring their planners as they listen to speakers list local summer activities.

Robin Pearson of Historic Jefferson College, Roddy Powell of Natchez State Park and Danny Brown of the Natchez City Cemetery will discuss events going on this summer at their respective organizations.

International Paper fish fry

The International Paper Quarter Century Annual Fish Fry will be at 11 a.m. at the Shrine Building on Morgantown Road. Members and spouse or guest are invited. Call 601-445-5139 for information.

The American Cancer Society 5K Run/Walk and One Mile Fun Run/Walk

The 5K will start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the Vidalia Convention Center’s parking lot. The mile fun run/walk will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Registration and pre-registration pick-up begins at 7:30 a.m. Registration is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the fun run/walk.

The age groups for the 5K are 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and older. Ages for the fun run are 5 and under, 6-7, 8-9 and 10-12.

Prizes will be awarded to the for the male and female overall winners and second and third place in each age group.

For more information, contact Kathy Prospere at 601-442-7534, Janis Holder at 601-442-7411 or Sherry Kiser at 601-445-6664.

Cruising on the River

Classic cars will line the Vidalia Riverfront near Comfort Suites from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is free. The event is sponsored by the River City Bad Boyz.