Second Saturday events set for this weekend downtown

Published 1:40 am Friday, April 7, 2017

NATCHEZ — Pink balloons will mark a special Second Saturday event hosted by downtown merchants this weekend.

Live music, historical reenactments, an artist showcase, a book signing, prizes and more are planned for the all-day event Saturday.

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Natchez-Adams County Chamber of Commerce President Debbie Hudson said the chamber has partnered with downtown merchants to enliven the monthly Second Saturday events.

Second Saturday will include live music from noon until 2 p.m. by Taylor Spring at the 500 block on Franklin Street and by Brint Anderson at Rolling River Bistro at 406 Main St.

Living history programs will be presented by Jeremy Houston from 10 a.m. until noon at the Natchez Museum of African-American History and Culture at 301 Main St. and by Ginger Hyland from 10 a.m. until noon at The Towers Collections at 619 Franklin St.

The Nest will feature artist Ray Alban from Flowery Branch, Ga., all day at the shop at 505 Franklin St.

Author Richard Grant will be at Turning Pages, located at 520 Franklin St., from 4 to 6 p.m. signing copies of and discussing his book “Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta.”

Second Saturday attendees can also enter to win $100 sponsored by the Natchez Grand Hotel or a stay at Devereaux Shields Town House with a purchase of $20 or more at participating businesses. Look for businesses with pink balloons.

The Second Saturday event, Hudson said, is part of larger organized efforts by downtown merchants to encourage locals to shop and eat local and create events for tourists to enjoy downtown.

“We have a lot of things going on this weekend, and the more you have the more likely people are to check it out,” Hudson said.