Weekend ticket: NLT awards, tour and more this weekend

Published 12:01 am Thursday, January 7, 2016

NATCHEZ — Today’s forecast of rain shouldn’t put a damper on a weekend full of fun possibilities.

Natchez Little Theatre’s 12th annual Standing Ovation Awards

The Natchez Little Theatre will celebrate its 67th season by honoring its performers and volunteers at the theater’s annual gala Saturday.

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NLT will look back at the best of the best of the 67th season and honor performers, directors, choreographer, set designers and sponsors with awards.

The gala includes an hour of heavy hors d’ouevres, a complimentary bar, silent auction, award ceremony and performances featuring highlights from the 67th season and a preview of the upcoming 68th season.

The gala starts at 6 p.m., and tickets are $20 for the fundraiser.

For reservations, call 601-442-2233 or 877-440-2233 or email NatchezLT@cableone.net. Tickets can also be purchased online at natchezlittletheatre.org.

Possibilities Tour

The third-annual Possibilities Tour, “Turning Deserted Spaces Into Dynamic Places!” is Saturday.

From 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. in downtown Natchez, this tour will spotlight several of the empty buildings in the historic downtown area of Natchez. This event represents an ongoing partnership with Alcorn State University, Natchez Board of Realtors and Natchez Inc.

The featured vacant buildings will have guided tours by local realtors and agents in the buildings they represent. Last year’s Possibilities Tour was honored at the 2015 Mississippi Economic Development Council’s Winter Conference Awards with the Community Economic Development Award.

The tour will spotlight buildings at 414, 512 and 520 Main St.; 406-408, 411, 500-502 and 524 Franklin St.; 207 State St.; 108 N. Union St. and the Herold and Miller building on the corner of Canal and High streets.

For more information, contact Aimee Guido with Natchez Inc. at 601-445-0288 or Ruth Nichols with Alcorn State University at 601-870-6000.

Natchez Legends and Lore

Retired Copiah-Lincoln Community College history instructor Jim Wiggins will be giving a preview of his class, “Slavery: from Natchez to the World,” a global survey of the institution with particular emphasis on the antebellum South and Natchez at the weekly Natchez Legends and Lore tricentennial event Monday.

This week’s Legends and Lore event was standing room only, and organizers will be making room for more attendees Monday.

“We are so grateful and excited by the tremendous response to our first tricentennial events, and there is more to come,” Tricentennial Director Jennifer Ogden Combs said. “The Natchez Legends and Lore turnout far exceeded our expectations, and we will be ready accommodate those able to attend Jim Wiggins’ talk.

Natchez Legends and Lore will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Historic Natchez Foundation main hall at 108 S. Commerce St. The event is free to attend.