Weekend Ticket: Pilgrimage, literary seminar top weekend events

Published 12:10 am Thursday, October 2, 2014

NATCHEZ — Miss-Lou residents and visitors will have an opportunity this weekend to visit historic homes, discuss a famed author and even attend a comical theater performance.

There is a 60 percent chance of rain Friday, but Saturday and Sunday will bring clear skies.

NLCC “Saluting Greg Iles” literary seminar

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Saturday’s seminar, titled “Saluting Greg Iles” will focus on the works of the New York Times bestselling author who grew up in Natchez and features the city in a majority of his books.

Iles’ recent novel, “Natchez Burning,” debuted at No. 2 on the New York Time’s bestseller list and will take up the majority of the weekend’s discussion.

The seminar is free to the public and will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the newly remodeled room of the Judge George W. Armstrong Public Library in downtown Natchez.

For more information, visit colin.edu/nlcc or call 601-446-1289.

Cathedral Fall Festival

Cathedral School will celebrate its 167th annual Fall Festival Saturday and Sunday. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., families will be able to enjoy midway games, a cakewalk, a photo booth, art projects and face painting.

The fun will continue Saturday night with the adult paddle wheel. Food will be available.

Sunday, the festival will continue with the traditional turkey dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Activities will continue during the turkey dinner on the elementary playground and in the multi-purpose room.

Fall Pilgrimage

Fall Pilgrimage will continue over the weekend with various tours.

The Red Tour will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today and Sunday and will feature Historic Jefferson College and Sweet Auburn. The Pink Tour will be from 1:30 to 5 p.m. and will feature The Towers, Rip Rap and Twin Oaks.

The Orange Tour will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday and will feature The Briars, Auburn and Magnolia Hall. The Yellow Tour will be from 1:30 to 5 p.m. and will feature Pleasant Hill, J.N. Stone house and The Gardens.

The Blue Tour will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and will feature The House on Ellicott Hill and The Coyle House. The Green Tour will be at 1:30 to 5 p.m. and will feature Green Leaves, Oak Hill and Glenfield.

Other historic properties on tour all weekend include Longwood, Rosalie, Stanton Hall, Melrose, Monmouth and Frogmore.

Other area attractions include William Johnson House, Natchez Trace and the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians.

Everything Auburn

During Fall Pilgrimage, members of the Auburn Antebellum Home will host a special evening entertainment.

Everything Auburn will feature Burnley Cook, master of the Calliope, performing music from the steamboat era complete with mint juleps and finger foods.

The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling Auburn at 601-442-5981.

Proceeds from the evening will be used for the 1830 kitchen restoration.

The people of Auburn ask attendees to bring lawn chairs. In case of rain, the program will be moved inside of Auburn.

Natchez Little Theatre: The Grass Harp

NLT members will continue performances of the Fall Pilgrimage production, “The Grass Harp.”

Performances will run at 7:30 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, Monday and Wednesday during Pilgrimage, to Oct. 13. All tickets are $15 and can be reserved in advance by calling NLT at 601-442-2233.

NLT is located at 319 Linton Ave. on Maple Street. The box office and auditorium open one hour before each performance.

Friday Forum

This week’s topic will be Community Hospitals with guest speaker Eric Robinson from Natchez Community Hospital.

The weekly forum begins at 8 a.m. Friday at Natchez Coffee Company.

Blessing of the animals

Grace United Methodist Church will host its annual “Blessing of the Animals” at 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, located at 2 Fatherland Road in Natchez.

The Rev. Nance Hixon will bless all animals.

Glenn Symmonds concert

Magnolia Bluffs Casino will host a free concert from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday at the casino featuring Glenn Symmonds of the Eddie Money Band.