CALENDAR OF EVENTS: November/December.
The Origin of the Good Book: History, Archaeology, and the Bible
Listen to three seminars exploring archaeology, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and linguistic history in the formulation of the Bible. Each of the seminars will be led by Dr. Dan Pioske, a professor of religious studies at Georgia Southern University. This event will be hosted by Westminster Presbyterian Church, and admission is free. Visit gulfportchurch.org or call 228.864.3143 for more information.
35th annual Homemakers Arts and Craft Show
This arts and craft sale has been held annually for over three decades. The weekend extravaganza will feature a wide variety of handmade items. From quilts and jewelry to baked goods, jellies, and jams, this show has it all. Head over to the MCC-Riley Workforce Development Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to browse all of the items for sale. Call 601.482.9764 for more information.
Fall Street Festival
Enjoy a variety of activities including live entertainment, putt putt golf, car shows, shopping, and even wrestling. Picayune's unique downtown shopping and dining experience has something for everyone. Enjoy over 200 arts and craft exhibits, browse through handmade items, or eat delicious food from eight different food trucks. Visit picayunemainstreet.com/ street-festivals or call 601.799.3070.
Shop at the 39th annual Mistletoe Marketplace at the Mississippi Trade Mart. There are hundreds of vendors to browse and plenty of sweet holiday treats to try while you shop. Check off your Christmas list with gifts from all around the state. Visit mistletoemarketplace.com or call 601.948.2357.
50 Nights of Lights
View the extravagant lighting display located downtown every night for 50 consecutive nights. The event will kick off on November 9 at 6:30 p.m. and continue throughout the holiday season. There will also be a variety of holiday events every weekend in December. Visit 50nightsoflights.com or call 662.843.2712.
3rd annual Hernando Veterans Parade
Join others in publicly offering thanks and honoring the troops. The parade kickoff is at 10 a.m. in downtown Hernando. There will be a luncheon for the veterans and their families at the National Guard Armory following the parade. Visit hernandoms.org.
NOVEMBER 12 AND DECEMBER 10
Book Club Under the Boat
This monthly book club reads and discusses a selection of books connected to the natural world and the philosophies of Walter Anderson. It is regularly attended by WAMA volunteers and members of the Anderson family. Mary Anderson Pickard says it is a "faithful group." The book club began in 2011, and they have studied more than 30 titles. The group meets at 2 p.m. in the galleries beneath Walter's suspended rowboat. This event is free to the public. Visit walterandersonmuseum.org.
NOVEMBER 15 AND DECEMBER 20
Words and Wonder
Children under the age of 5 can visit the Walter Anderson Museum of Art every third Friday morning at 10:30 for story time and creative play. The kids are introduced to the work of Walter Anderson, imaginative children's books exploring the natural world, and hands-on art activities. This event is free to the public. Visit walterandersonmuseum.org.
Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival
Explore the town of Ocean Springs while celebrating the arts in honor of the late potter, Peter Anderson. With over 400 booths of crafters and artists from throughout the nation, the festival features oil paintings, pottery, handmade jewelry, metal works, and more. There are also over 100 shops and restaurants to browse and taste delicious local cuisine. Call 228.875.4424 or visit peterandersonfestival.com.
NOVEMBER 24-DECEMBER 31
Christmas in the Park
Drive through Bettie D. Robertson Memorial Park off of Highway 49 to view thousands of lights and displays celebrating this magical holiday season. This event is held every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night for the duration of the holidays. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted at the exit. Call 601.765.6012 or visit covingtonchamber.com.
NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 31
19h annual Southern Lights
Take a drive through the 116-acre park filled with 500,000 twinkling lights. Tune into one of the five FM radio stations playing Christmas music as you ride, and do not miss the Christmas tree farm synchronized to music by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Proceeds benefit local charities. Call 662.280.2489 or visit southaven.org.
NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 1
The Red Door Market
Grab your friends and get ready to shop at a two-day special shopping event. The market offers unique handmade gifts by local artists. This event will be held at the U.S. National Guard Armory from 10 am to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Visit visitdesotocounty.com/events.
Tour of Homes
The Gulfport Civic League, established in 1947, will host its annual event from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The tour will feature four homes and a tea house located within St. Mark's Episcopal Church. This event is the only fundraiser for the Civic League, which supports activities for special-needs children and adults. Call 228.297.6204.
"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"
Join Mississippi College's communication department at their annual Christmas show written by Barbara Robinson. Sing your favorite carols along with the cast. Call 601.925.3229.
A Magical Christmas at the McComb Depot
Mail a letter to the North Pole at the 1914 post office car. You can even visit with Santa while Mrs. Claus bakes muffins in the kitchen of the 1883 office car. There will be beautiful model trains navigating through Christmas villages for viewing as well. Admission is free. Call 601.395.6456.
Christmas in the Park
This is a free event that is fun for the entire family. Watch Christmas movies in the BankPlus Amphitheater and take photos with Santa at the Snowden House. Coffee, hot chocolate, milk, apple juice, and doughnuts will be for sale. Call 662.890.7275 or visit southaven.org.
Florentine Club's Christmas Tour of Homes
Visit beautiful homes decorated for the holidays at this annual event. Refreshments, tickets, and maps will be available in Florence City Hall. Do some Christmas shopping at the many local gift shops open during tour hours. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Civic League's Tour of Homes
Join Starkville Civic League for its annual holiday home tour and tea. The event will take place from 1 to 5 p.m., and a reception will occur at the Starkville Public Library during the tour. Tickets are $25. Visit the Starkville Public Library or call 662.323.3322.
Christmas Cookie Palooza
This event consists of a few holiday favorites: cookies, crafts, and a visit from Santa. It is hosted by Cedar Oaks Guild and will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Cedar Oaks mansion. Admission is free. Call 662.832.4712.
DECEMBER 9-11 AND DECEMBER 12-14
Internationally renowned Russian artists, Lyuba and Aleksander Titovets, will be teaching a threeday drawing and media workshop. The class is open to all levels of ability. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is worth the time and money. The event will be held at the Mississippi School of Folk Art from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. December 9-11 and 5 to 8 p.m. December 12-14. Call 601.392.0362 or visit msfolkart.org/paintingworkshops.
NYE Unauthorized After-Hours Tour
Close out 2019 with a dose of color at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art's interactive late-night gallery tour. There will be irreverent museum play, time travel, new friends, and sure-to-be-broken resolutions. The tour will begin at 8 p.m. The cost is general museum admission and free for members. Visit walterandersonmuseum.org.
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January/February issue | November 20
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May/June issue | March 20
July/August issue | May 20
September/October issue | July 20
November/December issue | September 20
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