Weekend Ticket: Antiques forum, cookoff top weekend events

Published 12:10 am Thursday, November 6, 2014

NATCHEZ — Fall chili, civil war re-enactors and an antiques forum will help keep Miss-Lou residents busy this weekend.

Weather is expected to be partly sunny and cooler throughout the weekend, with a chance of rain Saturday.

Pilgrimage Garden Club Antique’s Tour

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The Pilgrimage Garden Club’s 37th annual Antiques Forum, “All Things Great and Small,” will explore themes that may be overlooked in the study of Southern material culture.

Lectures by Mimi Miller, Gene Cizik and Walter Ritchie will take listeners through some architectural forms that continue to shape southern life to the present day.

Baltimore-based conservator Matthew Mosca will share insights about historic paints while ceramic historic Robert Doares will offer insights into the unmarked French porcelain known as “Old Paris,” which was favored by many of Natchez’s elite residents in the mid 19th century.

The event begins today and concludes Sunday. All lectures will be hosted at the Natchez Eola Hotel in the grand ballroom.

For more information or to register, visit natchezantiquesforum.org.

Rotary Broadway Bash Chili Cook-off

The fourth annual Rotary Broadway Bash Chili Cook-off will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, on the bluff across from the Natchez Grand Hotel.

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Natchez, the cook-off serves as a fundraiser for the Natchez Children’s Home Services.

Home-brewed beer will return this year, which are made by local brewers.

A chili tasting kit can be purchased for $5 and will offer a sample of all chili recipes from local business.

Attendees can also purchase a beer tasting wristband for $5 to try a variety of home-brewed beer that will be showcased at the event.

Those who want to help their favorite recipe win can purchase a people’s choice ballot for $1 each.

Entertainment for children will be provided with a blow-up slide, jumping gym and face paint.

The NCHS with host a silent auction at the event, which will include a variety of items.

Donations will also be taken up for a variety of services offered by the NCHS.

Possibilities Tour

Natchez Inc. and Alcorn State University will host the Possibilities Tour in downtown Natchez Saturday.

Several properties on Main and Franklin Street will be open to the public.

The tour operates as an open house for commercial downtown businesses to rejuvenate downtown.

Wirt Adams Civil War Re-enactment

Cannons will roar over the weekend at Historic Jefferson College during the Wirt Adams Civil War Re-enactment.

The re-enactment will take place 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Re-enactors from Mississippi and Louisiana will participate in this event, which will include cavalry, artillery and infantry, as well as period campsites.

The re-enactments are based on Confederate General Wirt Adams and his men’s battle with Federal forces south of Natchez in Dec. 1863.

The Civil War camps will open for the public at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday where re-enactors will be available to answer questions concerning the life of a soldier during the Civil War.

The museum gift shop will have a variety of Civil War books for sale during the event.

The event is sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

Admission is free and visitors are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets for sitting.

Family Night Out with Charlie Chaplin

Family Night Out will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Jefferson Street United Methodist Church family life center.

The Substance Free Coalition of Adams County sponsors the event.

David Goldblatt of Alcorn State University will provide a live entertainment throughout the event.

The event is free to the public and will feature a love offering for the Stewpot.

Refreshments will be served during the event.

Vidalia High School Veteran’s program

A Veteran’s Day ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. today at Vidalia High School with patriotic music and readings. All veterans are encouraged to attend.

Louisiana Christmas

Louisiana Christmas will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the Ferriday Library. The public is welcome to attend, as Christmas decorations and holiday recipes will be shared from authors.

Art on the Bluff

Art on the Bluff will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday. Regional artists and crafters will exhibit their work near the gazebo. A free painting area for kids and adults will be available.

Friday Forum

The Friday Forum will take place at Natchez Coffee Company at 8 a.m. The weekly forum will feature John O’Hara of the Better Business Bureau as he discusses understating the BBB.