• 54°

Weekend Ticket: One weekend left for Spring Pilgrimage

 

NATCHEZ — The April 16 closing day of 2019 Spring Pilgrimage is drawing near, which means many of Natchez’s private houses are only open for tours through this weekend, after which they will close until next spring.

Pilgrimage Garden Club President and Natchez Pilgrimage Tours board member Eugenie Cates said she has been pleased with the number of visitors this year, adding more time remains for tourists to come.

“It has been a great year,” Cates said. “Everyone is really liking Natchez right now, with the good weather and the flowers. We’ve had a couple of rainy days, but not too bad. We’ve heard some very positive comments from our visitors, and that is always good.

“We’ve had a lot more people come to visit from Mississippi — from Flowood, Madison, Landon, Clinton, Meridian and Hattiesburg even. We love to see more folks come here from our own backyard.”

Cates said other visitors have checked in from other parts of the country as well along with a few international travelers from France and Germany

With a few latecomers still wandering into town, they will find plenty to do that will keep them occupied, but it will not last much longer, Cates said.

“The evening events have been very popular,” Cates said, “the Ragtime Presentation at Choctaw, the Paranormal Tours at The Towers and of course the Evening at Longwood. It’s so magical to see Longwood lit up at night, and there’s a presentation with music and champagne reception with dessert that is not to be missed. There is still a lot to do.”

  • Here is a list of things left to do before Pilgrimage ends next week:
    A Royal Evening at Longwood starts at 7:30 p.m. and a cash bar opens at 7 p.m. on Friday at Longwood and Saturday at the Natchez City Auditorium, located at Jefferson and Canal streets. Tickets are $15 each.
  • Southern Road to Freedom, a tribute to the African American experience by the award-winning Holy Family Choir, starts at 8 p.m. today and again on Monday and Tuesday night at Holy Family Catholic Church at 16 Orange Avenue. Tickets are $15 each.
  • Southern Exposure, a romantic comedy about Natchez Pilgrimage, starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Natchez Little Theatre. Tickets are $15 each.
  • Southern Cooking Class and Dinner at Twin Oaks, featuring cocktails and four-dish cooking lesion with Regina Charboneau followed by a candlelight dinner with wine, starts at 6 p.m. tonight and Monday night at 71 Homochitto Street. Seating is limited to 14 guests per evening. Tickets are $110 each.
  • A Paranormal Experience at the Towers, featuring past stories and new experiences with homeowners, James and Ginger Hyland, starts at 7 p.m. Saturday and Monday at 801 Myrtle Avenue. Tickets are $20 each.
  • A Ragtime Salon — Natchez Style at Choctaw Hall, featuring refreshments and live jazz and ragtime musicians, starts at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 310 North Wall Street. Tickets are $35 each.
  • Isabella and the Prince, a 40-minute presentation about two lovers who were enslaved for 40 years in Adams County, starts at 6 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday at 199 Saint Catherine Street. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for youth 12 years old and younger.
    All tickets can be purchased at the Natchez Visitor and Reception Center at the Natchez Pilgrimage Tours desk or online at natchezpilgrimage.com.

News

Hundreds turnout for Natchez Christmas tree lighting Saturday night

BREAKING NEWS

Natchez-Adams schools to continue virtual learning only through December

News

E-911: Seconds can seem like minutes in emergencies (with audio)

COVID-19

Hospital CEO tests positive for COVID-19 as local cases rise

BREAKING NEWS

Flash flood warning issued for parts of Natchez

News

Hospitals using antibody therapy to help fight virus

News

Stewpot serves 300 Thanksgiving meals thanks to generous donations

News

Trash collection one day behind schedule for Thanksgiving

News

Ferriday man sentenced to life for 2019 slaying of Natchez schoolteacher

Business

Mayor: Silver Street raising and dock plans moving forward

News

Tree lighting event is Saturday in Natchez

News

Former Natchez Alderman David Massey dies at 72

News

Stewpot ready to serve needy on Thanksgiving

News

Saturday high-speed chase began in Louisiana, ended with crash in Natchez

News

No print edition of The Democrat on Friday

News

Natchez school board cancels bid opening for new high school due to COVID-19

News

5 Miss-Lou residents die of COVID-19 over weekend

News

Remains found in Natchez neighborhood

News

The Dart: Natchez resident loves music

News

Coroner: A Natchez woman dies with COVID-19 Sunday

DEVELOPING NEWS

Suspect in high-speed vehicle chase arrested in Natchez

BREAKING NEWS

Natchez Police investigating Saturday shooting that injured two people

News

Coroner: Two Ferriday men died with COVID-19 Saturday at Merit Health Natchez

News

Natchez freedmen and women largely funded Emancipation Monument in Washington, D.C.