Weekend Ticket: Sunny skies welcome upcoming weekend events

Published 12:10 am Thursday, September 5, 2013

NATCHEZ — Miss-Lou residents can practice their backhand swings or learn about the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 this weekend.

Sunny skies are forecasted for a majority of the weekend with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms Saturday afternoon.

Cathedral Fall Festival Tennis Tournament

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The annual Cathedral Fall Festival Tennis Tournament will be Saturday and Sunday at Duncan Park.

Matches will include men’s doubles, women’s doubles or mixed double’s, tournament co-chair Ryan Wingfield said.

“For those matches, they have to be over 18 years old to play, and of course the matches are all based on their (United States Tennis Association) ranking,” Wingfield said. “We’re also doing a youth tournament on Sunday for the first time for different age groups.

“This is a school fundraiser, so we thought having some students in there would be good to have as well.”

Tennis matches are slated to begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, but Wingfield said organizers might attempt to have some games played Friday evening.

“There is a slight chance of rain on Saturday, so we’re going to try to get some of those matches in early to avoid any delays,” Wingfield said.

Registration for the tournament ends at noon today. Wingfield said anyone who hasn’t registered can email him at rwingfield@silassimmons.com with their name, their partner and USTA ranking.

The tennis tournament is one part of the school’s annual fundraiser. Other events for the Fall Festival, such as kid’s day and a rib and gumbo supper, will be Sept. 28-29.

‘Rising Tide’ series

The Concordia Parish Library will host a three-week series of readings and discussions on the book “Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America” by John M. Barry.

Library director Amanda Taylor said the book was chosen because of the significance the Mississippi River has on Vidalia and the surrounding communities.

“I chose the book because two years ago everyone living on the river experienced something personally,” Taylor said. “I thought it’s been two years and the river has gone down now, so this is something we can now study and really look at in a different way.”

The program is free and open to the public and will be hosted from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Sept. 12 and Sept. 19.

Georgiann Potts, a retired professor from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a Tensas Parish native, will conduct the program. The sessions will be broken down into three different areas:

4The engineers, the senator and the river: Who is really in control?

4A gathering of special interests: The planters, the politicians and the puppeteers.

4The river retreats.

Taylor said the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities would provide books for participants, which they can take home during the three-week sessions.

The sessions will be hosted at the Vidalia branch, which is located at 408 Texas Ave.

For more information, call 318-336-5043.

Friday night football

High school football continues Friday with Louisiana teams kicking off for the first time this season.

Ferriday High School will host Natchez High School, Adams County Christian School will host Centreville Academy, Trinity Episcopal Day School will host Central Private and Vidalia High School will host Delhi High School.

All games begin at 7 p.m. Friday.

Kitten Adoption Day

The Natchez-Adams County Humane Society will host a “Kitten Adoption Day” at the Natchez Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The price of adopting an animal — $35 for two kittens and $25 for one kitten — includes spaying and neutering cost.

For more information, call the humane society at 601-442-4001.