WEEKEND TICKET: Plenty of events to keep dry this weekend

Published 12:06 am Thursday, March 21, 2013

NATCHEZ — Forecasted thunderstorms for the area might leave some weekend events a little damp.

But there are a variety of indoor events to keep you out of the rains predicted for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“I’m a Big Dog Now!”

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Those looking for a fun-loving furry friend to take home this weekend can stop by the Natchez-Adams County Humane Society’s annual “I’m a Big Dog Now!” adoption day Saturday.

NACHS board member Linda Kennon said 20 to 25 large, adult dogs will be up for adoption from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Home Hardware in Natchez.

Dogs up for adoption include a chow, a full-blooded registered German shepherd, bulldogs, a boxer and a Labrador mix.

“They’re all very nice dogs,” Kennon said. “We’ve had them for a while, and they need good homes before they have to be euthanized.”

The adoption fee is $45. The humane society will schedule appointments for dogs that have not been spayed or neutered and inform new owners when they can pick up their dogs.

The humane society also needs volunteers to walk the dogs Saturday during the event, Kennon said.

Relay for Life fundraiser

A four-wheeler trail ride will line up at 8 a.m. and start the ride at 9 a.m. beginning at the Comfort Suites parking lot in Vidalia and travel to Ferriday High School and back to the riverfront.

The cost is $15 per vehicle.

A police escort will be provided.

For more information, call 318-447-0264 or 318-336-5235.

Natchez Powwow

Celebrate Natchez’s Native American roots Saturday and Sunday at the 25th annual Natchez Powwow at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians on Jefferson Davis Boulevard.

The event features Native American dancing, traditional music, crafts for sale, fair food items and much more.

Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday with dancing beginning at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children under age 12.

Southern Exposure

The Natchez Little Theatre’s traditional Pilgrimage season play, “Southern Exposure,” will continue at 7:30 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday.

“Southern Exposure” makes a little fun of Natchez Spring Pilgrimage by telling the story of Penelope Mayweather, a formerly beautiful Natchez belle trying to save her home, Mayweather Hall, from financial ruin. She takes on a boarder — John Salguod — only to have to hide his identity because he was the author who wrote a best-selling book that was banned in Natchez because locals considered it libelous. The situation is further complicated when her young cousin Carol comes to spend the night.

First-time NLT director Bo Allen has reimagined this year’s performance.

Performances of “Southern Exposure” will be at 7:30 p.m. every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, beginning Saturday and running through April 9. Tickets for performances are $15.

The box office opens one hour before each performance begins.

Historic Natchez Tableaux

The Historic Natchez Tableaux will continue at 8 p.m. Friday at the City Auditorium.

Organized and orchestrated by volunteers with the Natchez Garden Club and Pilgrimage Garden Club, the tableaux is a treat for visitors and locals who enjoy learning more about history in a setting that includes beautiful costumes and staging.

The performance is offered four nights a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until April 6.

Tickets to the pageant are $15 per person, with children admitted for $7. Advance tickets and reservations are available at Natchez Pilgrimage Tours in the Visitor Reception Center.

Southern Road to Freedom

Members of the Holy Family Catholic Church Gospel Choir will bring history alive in the dim lights of the historic Holy Family Catholic Church on the corner of St. Catherine Street and Orange Avenue.

“The Southern Road to Freedom” is presented at 8 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday during Pilgrimage.

With music and narrative, choir members, led by master Natchez musician and director Alvin Shelby, tell the story of African Americans, particularly those who left their indelible print on the history of the Natchez area and elsewhere.

Tickets are $15 per person and are available at Natchez Pilgrimage Tours, located in the Natchez Visitor Reception Center or at the door on the night of the performance.