WEEKEND TICKET: Fall weather sets up busy weekend

Published 12:02 am Thursday, September 20, 2012

NATCHEZ — With temperatures beginning to drop, it’s starting to feel like fall, and the weekend should be full of sunny skies, with highs in the mid-80s.

“Ain’t No Sunshine When He’s Home”

Beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, the Natchez City Auditorium is hosting the first of five showings of the stage play, “Ain’t No Sunshine When He’s Home.”

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Starring Clyde R. Jones, who co-starred with Eddie Murphy in “Coming to America,” Todd Bridges, who starred in TV sitcom “Different Strokes,” and Natchez native Vickie Green, “Ain’t No Sunshine When He’s Home” is about how a family deals with issues such as domestic violence, rape, gangs, love and forgiveness, Jones said.

Jones, who also wrote the play, said the play would touch on everybody’s emotions.

“This play is a tragedy, comedy and drama,” Jones said. “My hope is someone in the audience will see themselves or somebody they know in the play and want to find help.”

Green said she was humbled by the chance to act in the play.

“It means a lot to be able to open the eyes of people that have gone or are going through domestic violence,” Green said. “I believe this play can allow someone (who is going though domestic violence) to go forward and get some help.”

Executive Producer George Watkins said the play shows how domestic violence divides a home and can spread throughout a family.

“(The play shows) families divided will fall and how the traits of the father will follow through to the son,” Watkins said.

Showtimes are 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchaced at WTYJ Radio or at the Natchez City Auditorium for $15 and $25.

For more information, call 601-446-9911, 601-334-4948 or 504-233-4004.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Guardian Shelter for Battered Families.

Wildlife Expo

The sixth annual Highland Wildlife Expo is from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the Vidalia Conference and Convention Center.

Special guests include Mississippi and Louisiana game wardens giving updates on new rules, Mike Mayfield with RealTree on new products and gear and Hank Hough with Kingdom Dog Ministries will perform with his trained labrador retrievers.

Up to 30 booths will showcase hunting, fishing and outdoor products, and door prizes will include a Polaris four-wheeler, hunting trip through Redneck Adventures and a two-man fishing boat.

Admission is free. For more information, call 601-304-1101, 601-807-3778 or 601-442-5263.

Fall Bash

The Natchez Garden Club is having its annual fall bash from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Bowie’s Tavern.

At 6 p.m. bidding will begin through a silent auction on trips to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, Gatlinburg, Tenn., a football signed by Brett Favre and hunting packages to Retirement Plantation. Winners will be announced at 8 p.m.

Hors d’oeuvres will be available, and there will also be a cash bar and live music.

The proceeds will go to the restoration of Magnolia Hall.

Admission is $15 at the door. For more information, call 601-443-9065.

Alzheimer’s awareness

At 6 p.m. Friday, the Natchez Grand Hotel is hosting a “Paint it Purple” event for Alzheimer’s Awareness Day.

Participants will meet in the grand ballroom before marching down Canal Street and up Main Street, ending at the Natchez Grand Hotel. A moment of silence and purple balloons will be released in honor people affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Natchez Grand Hotel will supply refreshments.

Hats and Gloves with Tea

At 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Natchez Grand Hotel, the Edna B. and Joyce Fay Washing to Breast Cancer Foundation Inc., in cooperation with Natchez Regional Medical Center, is sponsoring its third annual Hats and Gloves With Tea on the Mississippi.

All proceeds will go to providing mammograms to women in the Miss-Lou.

Southern Road to Freedom, vocalist Tema Larry and the Trinity Episcopal dance team will provide entertainment and there will also be a silent auction.

Admission is $25.

Vintage vehicle showcase

Mississippi’s English Motoring Club will host a vintage British car show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday at the Natchez bluff next to Rosalie.

The show is open to the public and free of charge.

Friday Forum

This week’s Friday Forum topics are Fall Pilgrimage and the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race.

The weekly forum begins at 8 a.m. at the Natchez Coffee Company and is sponsored by Alcorn State University and the Natchez-Adams County Chamber of Commerce.

Friday football

Trinity Episcopal Day School is hosting Adams County Christian School, Vidalia High School is hosting Bolton, Ferriday High School hosts Wilkinson County High School and Block High School hosts Rayville, all at 7 p.m. Natchez High School hosts Meridian High School and Cathedral School is hosting Salem, both at 7:30 p.m.

Centreville Academy travels to Brookhaven Academy, and Wilkinson County Christian Academy travels to Claiborne Academy. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.