Weekend Ticket: Black and Blue, ‘Merry Widow’ headline weekend

Published 12:10 am Thursday, October 23, 2014

NATCHEZ — Residents of the Miss-Lou will have the chance to discover hidden history, walk for cancer and gain knowledge from a renowned minister this weekend.

Cool temperatures are expected throughout the weekend, with temperatures getting as low as 53 degrees Friday night.

Black and Blue Civil War re-enactment

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The annual Black and Blue Civil War Living History program will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Historic Jefferson College.

Friends of the Forks of the Road Coordinator Ser Seshs Ab Heter-C.M. Boxley said the program will focus on the Third U.S. Colored Calvary.

The cavalry was composed of ex-slaves from the South who fought in almost every battle in Mississippi.

A lecture session will begin at the start of the program on the Third U.S. Colored Calvary, and the areas in which they fought.

A parade featuring cavalry re-enactors will make its way through downtown Natchez at 1:30 p.m.

“The Merry Widow”

The Natchez Festival of Music will host the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre’s production of “The Merry Widow” at 7 p.m. Saturday at Margaret Martin Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-647-6742 and by emailing tickets@natchezpilgrimage.com or at the door Saturday night.

Monica’s Hope cancer walk

Monica’s Hope, a non-profit organization, will host its first breast cancer walk from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday on the Natchez High School athletic track.

Smith has invited local businesses, churches, organization and the public to attend.

Tickets are $10 to participate in the walk and can be purchased at the event or before by contacting Smith at 601-443-7998.

All proceeds will go toward Monica’s Hope, which helps fund mammograms for local women.

Marvin Winans at New Hope the Vision Center

New Hope the Vision Center will host renowned Gospel artist Marvin Winans as its guest speaker at 7 p.m. Friday for the 2014 Pastors and Leaders Conference.

“This is a motivational speaker that will come help our leaders bring their vision to fruition,” said the Rev. Stanley B. Searcy.

Winans is a Grammy, Stellar and Dove winning recording artist. He is the pastor of Perfecting Church in Detroit.

“He’s going to sing, preach and empower us, Searcy said. “He has done great work in the Detroit area.”

Searcy said Winans will help get everyone involved with the community.

The event is free and open to the public.

New Hope the Vision Center is located on 418 Morgantown Road.

Henry “Hawk” Harris tennis classic

The Henry Harris Foundation will host its annual tennis tournament to raise money to help the area kids afford proper tennis equipment.

The classic will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Duncan Park.

The tournament is free and open to the public.

Cox Hill Fall Festival and Haunted Trial

The annual Cox Hill Fall Festival and Haunted Trail will kick off Friday and Saturday.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 8 years old.

Games, concession and entertainment will be available.

All proceeds from the event will go to two local women who are battling cancer.

The event continues next weekend, Oct. 30 and 31.

For more information, call 601-431-3163 or 601-431-3377.

Friday Forum

The Friday Forum will take place at 8 a.m. Friday at the Natchez Coffee Company on Franklin Street. The topic of discussion will be viruses and Ebola.