Weekend Ticket: Spring Pilgrimage enters second week

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 21, 2019


NATCHEZ — Spring Pilgrimage is in its second weekend in Natchez and a highlight this weekend, in addition to the numerous tours of historic houses, is sure to be the Historic Natchez Tableaux, a traditional staple of pilgrimage.

“It is a performance of all local volunteers who have different scenes that depict the history of Natchez, starting with the Natchez Indians,” said Jennifer Smith, president Natchez Garden Club, which presents the Historic Natchez Tableaux.

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The program lasts approximately one hour and 15 minutes, Smith said, and is presented on the stage and on the floor of the Natchez City Auditorium.

New this year is the return of the An Evening at Concord dance scene that had been dropped from the program some years back, Smith said.

“That is being performed by Natchez Ballet Academy,” Smith said. “It was an older scene that was used years ago that we decided to bring back this year.”

Smith said audiences are sure to be entertained and educated by the tableaux.

“It is an entertaining evening,” Smith said, “as well as learning about the different time periods in Natchez.”

The program starts at 7:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday at the Natchez City Auditorium, 207 Jefferson St., Natchez.

Tickets are $15 each for adults and $7 each for children and are available online at natchezpilgrimage.com or at the door.

Smith said proceeds from the tableaux would benefit the Natchez Garden Club and the club’s many projects.

Other weekend pilgrimage events include:

  • Natchez Little Theatre’s production of “Southern Exposure” Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. with a special 7:30 p.m. performance today. Doors open one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are $15 for non-members/sponsors and may be purchased securely online at natcheztheatre.org or by calling 601-442-2233. Reservations are recommended even for NLT members/sponsors.
  • Today’s house tours include: Decorative Arts Tour: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Shields Town House, Lansdowne, Routhland and Town and Country Tour 1:30 to 5 p.m. Pleasant Hill, Magnolia Hall, Brandon Hall; Friday’s tours: Architectural Transitions: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Airlie, Linden, Auburn and Natchez Stories Tour: 1:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Elgin, D’Evereux Hall; Saturday’s tours: Living History: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. House on Ellicott Hill, Governor Holmes House and The Towers; And Sunday’s tours are Movies & Architecture Tour: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Longwood and Elms Court and Legacy Tour: 1:30 to 5 p.m. The Gardens, Green Leaves and Richmond.