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September & October

Please call the number following each description to verify dates and times, as events are subject to change.

SEPTEMBER 1-30

Jackson

Gary Walters Exhibit

The AmSouth Center, 210 East Capitol Street, hosts an exhibit of oil and watercolor paintings by Jackson native Gary Walters. For information, call 601/373-1507.

SEPTEMBER 2

Crystal Springs

27th Annual Labor Day Arts and Crafts Festival

This festival features the 12th annual Chautauqua 5K Run/Walk, 150 arts and crafts booths, and food at Chautauqua Park from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For information, contact Donna Wells at 601/892-2711.

SEPTEMBER 6-7

Jackson

Celtic Fest

Come to the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum for Celtic music, displays by Celtic artists, educational workshops, family and children's activities, and plenty of concessions. Admission charged. For information, call 601/936-2553 or 601/713-3365.

SEPTEMBER 6-14

Verona

North Mississippi Regional Fair and Agri-Expo

Live entertainment, carnival rides, horse and pony pulls, and livestock exhibitors. The event will be at the fairgrounds, 5395 Hwy. 145 South. For details, call 662/566-5600.

SEPTEMBER 7

Pascagoula

Mississippi Gulf Coast Blues & Heritage Festival

Come enjoy two stages with sixteen blues and gospel acts, food, and arts and crafts at the Jackson County Fairgrounds. For information, call 228/497-5493.

SEPTEMBER 7

Jackson

ZooParty 2002

Come to the wildest party in town at the Jackson Zoo. This black-tie fundraiser is a fabulous adult evening under the stars with food from Jackson's finest restaurants, live music, and live and silent auctions featuring items from local merchants. For more details, call 601/352-2585.

SEPTEMBER 7

Duck Hill

Bogue Creek Festival

South Benford Street is the site of more than 60 arts and crafts vendors, food, an antique car show, and much more. Call 800/226-2571 or visit www.grenadamississippi.com for more information.

SEPTEMBER 7

Holly Springs

Annual Hummingbird Migration Celebration

Come to Strawberry Plains Audubon Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to witness the spectacular migration of ruby-throated hummingbirds as they head south to Central America for the winter. For information, call 662/252-1155.

SEPTEMBER 7-8

Flowood

First Annual Gold Coast

Music Festival

The festival will open Friday with a ceremony celebrating the area which played host to hotels, nightclubs, cafes, and national jazz, blues, and big band groups throughout the 1950s and '60s. The ceremony will include the dedication of a historical marker, followed by a "Legends of Music" roast and dinner honoring Spinners vocalist C.C. Cameron. Saturday will feature music, crafts, and food. Call 601/936-9084 or email goldcoasthissoc@yahoo.com for details.

SEPTEMBER 9

Biloxi

Auditions for the Moscow Ballet's

"The Great Russian Nutcracker"

As many as 60 local children will have the opportunity to dance with an all-Russian cast in this touring production when it comes to Biloxi December 13 and 14. Auditions will be held Monday, September 9, 6-8 p.m., at Edgewater Mall's Sears Stage Area. Interested children aged 8 to early teens should bring tights, leotards, ballet slippers, and point shoes. Roles are available for all levels of dance training and ability. For more details, see www.nutcracker.com.

SEPTEMBER 13

Jackson

Auditions for the Moscow Ballet's

"The Great Russian Nutcracker"

As many as 60 local children will have the opportunity to dance with an all-Russian cast in this touring production when it comes to Jackson December 1. Auditions will be held Saturday, September 13, at 4 p.m. at Highland Village. Interested children aged 8 to early teens should bring tights, leotards, ballet slippers, and point shoes. Roles are available for all levels of dance training and ability. For more details, see www.nutcracker.com.

SEPTEMBER 13

Starkville

Bulldog Bash

Help the Old Main District welcome home MSU students and staff. Cheer with the cheerleaders at a pep rally, and enjoy family games, food, and live entertainment. Coaches and players will visit with fans, and the MSU band will perform. Bulldog supporters will not want to miss this event, which begins at 5 p.m. For more information, please call 662/323-8558.

SEPTEMBER 14

Jackson

Festival Latino

Come to LeFleur's Bluff State Park for dance, music, food, and crafts from Central and South America and the Caribbean Islands. Admission will be charged. Please call 601/372-3942 if you would like more information about this event.

SEPTEMBER 14

Pelahatchie

Muscadine Jubilee

Family-oriented festival with rides, arts and crafts, and many delicious muscadine products. Please call 601/854-5224 for more information.

SEPTEMBER 14-15

Biloxi

Biloxi Seafood Festival

Come to Point Cadet Plaza for continuous live entertainment and bountiful offerings from the sea. For more details, call 228/374-2717.

SEPTEMBER 19

Jackson

Candlelighters Art Auction and Dinner

This 22nd annual event, to be held at the Jackson Country Club, will feature live and silent auctions of works from Mississippi artists. Candlelighters is an organization of parents and friends of the UMC Children's Cancer Clinic. For ticket information, call 601/853-0080.

SEPTEMBER 20

Jackson

March of Dimes Star Chefs of Mississippi

The Crowne Plaza in downtown Jackson will be the host site for this fifth annual benefit event. Star Chefs brings the metro's most celebrated chefs and priceless auction packages together for a star-studded evening. Dinner and live and silent auctions are on the menu. Tickets are $60 individual or $100 per couple. For information or to purchase tickets, contact Suzanna at 601/362-8945.

SEPTEMBER 21

Magee

Magee's 27th Annual "'Crazy Day"

Visit downtown Magee from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. to enjoy an arts and crafts fair with more than 200 exhibitors, a 5K run/walk, a golf tournament, gospel music, and Tommy Sullivan's Variety Show. This event also includes food, a carnival, kiddie rides, ponies, a train, and lots more. Admission is free. Call 601/273-2517 for more information.

SEPTEMBER 26

Jackson

Bottom Line for Kids Benefit Dinner

This annual event serves as a fundraiser for Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth. Speakers for the evening will be WLBT-TV3 president Frank Melton and people who have been helped by Southern Christian Services. The evening will also include an auction. For more information, call 601/354-0983.

SEPTEMBER 26

Jackson

Handworks Holiday Market 2002

Come shop for quality crafts and art from more than 100 of Mississippi's and the South's finest artisans at Mikhail's Northgate (formerly Primo's Northgate), 9 a.m.-7 p.m. The event features great gift ideas for early holiday shoppers. Call 601/981-1052 or visit www.handworksmarket.com for details.

SEPTEMBER 27-28

Okolona

Indian Summer Festival

Main Street is the spot for a chili cookoff, living history, African drum workshop, entertainment, antique appraisals, dinner theater, and more. For information, call 662/447-5913.

SEPTEMBER 27-28

Brookhaven

28th Ole Brook Festival

Arts, crafts, vendors, rides, and a free Christian concert highlight this year's festival in downtown Brookhaven. For more details, call 601/833-1411 or see www.brookhavenchamber.com/olebrook.

SEPTEMBER 27-OCTOBER 5

Corinth

Mississippi Tri-State Fair

Highlights include the Hog Wild Barbecue Festival, live entertainment, and rides. Call 662/287-7779 for more details.

SEPTEMBER 28

Jackson

National Kidney Foundation's Kidney Walk

This 5K walk alms to raise awareness about kidney disease and organ donation. The non-competitive walk begins and ends at the National Kidney Foundation of Mississippi office at 3000 Old Canton Road, and winds through the historic Fondren area. Each walker who raises $50 will receive a T-shirt, socks, and a goody bag. For more information, call 601/981-3611 or visit www.kidneywalk.org.

SEPTEMBER 28

Raymond

Library Silent Auction and Concert

The historic Dupree House on the Natchez Trace sets the scene for Raymond's annual library fundraiser. Silent auction items will include antiques, paintings, framed prints, bed and breakfast gift certificates, and more! Lester Senter Wilson and Robert Lee will perform an outdoor concert. Admission is free; guests are asked to bring a covered dish or dessert. The silent auction begins at 3 p.m. For details, call 601/857-5279.

SEPTEMBER 28

Jackson

WellsFest

Community-wide family festival held at Lakeland Park next to Smith-Wills Stadium. At 8 a.m., there will be a 5K run and walk and a one-mile fun run. From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., live music, games, auctions, a flea market, food, and arts and crafts will be offered. All proceeds goes to P.A.L.S.- Preparing Adolescents for Living Successfully, a transitional living program for homeless youth offered through the Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, Inc. For details, call Todd Watson at 601/354-0983.

SEPTEMBER 28

Summit

Summit Fall Arts & Crafts Festival

Artists and craftsmen from Mississippi and Louisiana will offer handmade goods and collectibles for sale in downtown Summit, 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Food vendors will offer a variety of food and refreshments. For more information, call 601/276-9704 (after 5 p.m.) or 601/276-2355.

SEPTEMBER 28-29

Diamondhead

19th Annual Arts and Creative Crafts Show

Over 100 booths will be set up with handmade crafts and multimedia artworks for sale. Diamondhead Country Club will provide sandwiches and drinks at an outside concession. The event will be held on the Country Club Circle and grounds, 9:30 a.m. 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 228/255-2697 or 228/452-2200.

SEPTEMBER 28-29

Pass Christian

Collage Art Festival and Celebrate the Gulf

Memorial Park near downtown Pass Christian will host the Collage Art Festival from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Local and regional artists are featured, with an auction and demonstrations. The event includes local cuisine and live entertainment. Celebrate the Gulf, an annual event which celebrates local sea life and water conservation, will coincide with .Collage on the 28th. Both are free. For information, visit www.passchristian.org/collage or call Jolie Spiers at 888-467-4853 ext. 230.

SEPTEMBER 28-29

Richton

Mississippi Pecan Festival

Enjoy the day in a shady 30-acre pecan orchard with arts and crafts, demonstrations, a mule pull, talent show, and more. The Festival will be on Hwy. 15, south of Richton on Wingate Road. Call 601/525-3792.

SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 5

Yazoo City

Yazoo County Fair

The second-oldest fair in the state, featuring exhibits and rides, canned fruits and vegetables, arts and crafts, a cake decorating contest, and more. For details, call 800/381-0662.

SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS

IN OCTOBER

Brandon

Rankin County Historical Society

This relocated museum site will be open 2-4 p.m. and will showcase buildings and accessories, collections, and activities. It is located south of the police station in west Brandon, Hwy 80.

OCTOBER 4

Vicksburg

Rebstock

This annual Civil War and old-time music festival will feature the Old Hat String Band and Robert and Mary Gilllhan from the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas. Both concerts start at 6 p.m. on the lawn of the Old Court House Museum near downtown Vicksburg. Admission will be charged. For more information, call 601/636-0741.

OCTOBER 4-5

Amory

Stars over Mississippi Concert

This bi-annual concert weekend, which raises funds for the Mary Kirkpatrick Haskell Scholarship Foundation, will feature Brooks and Dunn with co-hosts Whoopie Goldberg and Ray Romano. A gala event and dance takes place October 4. On October 5, a Parade of Stars will proceed down Main Street around 10 a.m. The main concert will be held that night at 7 p.m. on the Amory High School football field. Other stats scheduled to attend include The Weakest Link's Anne Robinson, Delta Burke, Gerald McRaney, Marilu Henner, Kathy Ireland, Debbie Allen, Mary Ann Mobley, and Gary Collins. For information, call 888/717-1515 or see starsovermississippi.org.

OCTOBER 5

Vicksburg

Mississippi Walk for Diabetes

Help raise money for diabetes with this one-mile family fun walk through historic downtown Vicksburg. 100% of funds raised will stay in Mississippi. For more information call 877/336-2873.

OCTOBER 5

Quitman

13th Annual Clarke County Forestry and Wildlife Festival

With the theme "It's a Kid's World," this event includes nickelodeon and carnival-type games. Other activities include a motorcycle show, taxidermy displays, vehicle exhibits, arts and crafts, an archery competition, lake and park tours, and military exhibits. Seminars on Mississippi snakes, gun safety, and fishing will also be presented. For more information, contact the Clarke County Chamber of Commerce at 601/776-5701.

OCTOBER 5-6

Biloxi

George Ohr Fall Festival of Arts

Celebrate the work of Ohr, the "Mad Potter of Biloxi." Events, located in the Bioxi Town Green, will include a juried art exhibit, pottery making, musical entertainment, and food. For more information, call 800/245-6943.

OCTOBER 5-13

Biloxi

Estate of the Arts

This designer showhouse, including a cafe and boutique, will benefit the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra and Youth Orchestra. The show will be held at the Charles Redding House, 770 Jackson Street. For information or reservations, call 228/435-9800.

OCTOBER 6

Los Angeles, CA

Southern California's

Mississippi Picnic

All Mississippians in Southern California are invited to the 26th annual Mississippi Picnic, to be held in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. The food is potluck, and food categories are assigned on an alphabetical basis. Cost is $12 to help pay for renting the site. For more information, please contact Betty Guerth at 310/519-0373 or bguerth@earthlink.net.

OCTOBER 6-13

Gulf Coast

Cruisin' the Coast

This nationally recognized event spans a week of drag races, top-name entertainment, and special events. More than 4,000 classic cars will participate, making it one of the top ten classic car shows in the nation. "Chefs of the Coast" will feature specialties from great restaurants. The coast's longest block party includes free performances by The Van-Dells, Percy Sledge, Gary Puckett, and Herman's Hermits. Call 888/808-1188 or see www.cruisinthecoast.org.

OCTOBER 9

Jackson

Senior American Day

Trustmark's Prime of Life program is sponsoring Senior American Day at the Mississippi State Fair. The event stars Guy Hovis with special guests from the Lawrence Welk Show, Clay and Sally Hart, and features the Jimmy Mullen Orchestra. Judy Moon Denson will be the emcee. Admission and parking are free for everyone at least 50 years old. For details, call 601/961-6525.

OCTOBER 10

Canton

Canton Flea Market

Visit this gigantic arts and crafts show with more than 1,100 booths in the Canton Historic Courthouse Square. Call 800/844-3369 for information.

OCTOBER 10

Picayune

"How to Grow It" Horticulture Series

Learn the basics of good gardening in our area at this intensive day of lectures at the Crosby Arboretum, on topics including soils, plant propagation, vegetables, fertilizers, insects, and diseases. Seating is limited; reservations required. For details, call the Arboretum at (601) 799-2311.

OCTOBER 12

Hattiesburg

Hub fest

Come to one of Mississippi's largest festivals, with more than 450 arts and crafts booths, food, live entertainment, and more. Call 800/238-4288 for details.

OCTOBER 12

Raymond

Fall Pilgrimage: A Place Called Raymond

Music, art, history, and gardens will be featured as visitors have the opportunity to tour thirteen historic homes and buildings. A Southern-style box lunch will be available, along with music on the grounds during the lunch hour. The tour of homes is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The day will culminate with a free concert at St. Mark's Episcopal Church by classical guitarist Carlo Pezzimenti, student of Andre Segovia. All proceeds will be donated to Friends of Raymond to help with the purchase and development of Raymond's Civil War battlefield. For information, call 601/857-8942 or visit raymondms.com.

OCTOBER 12

French Camp

French Camp Harvest Festival

Join French Camp Academy for a day of storytelling, sorghum-making, dulcimer music, a blacksmith demonstration, horseback riding, and quilting. A day-long quilt and craft auction begins at 10 a.m., and a covered-dish meal is set for noon. For more information, call 662/547-9464 or e-mail fcainfo@frenchcamp.org.

OCTOBER 12

Aberdeen

The Cotton Exchange Festival of the Arts

This festival will include arts, crafts, food, music, and children's activities. For information, call the Aberdeen Visitors Bureau at 800-634-3538.

OCTOBER 12

Yazoo City

Autumn Art Show

This unique event, which will take place from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on the Triangle Grounds, will feature demonstrations and exhibits of the works of local and out-of-state artists. For details on attending or participating, call Dennis Heckler at 601/898-8710 or Tina Bradford at 662/746-2222.

OCTOBER 16-17

Washington

Pioneer Days: The Way It Was

Come to Historic Jefferson College for talks, exhibits, and demonstrations that teach visitors about the lives of early settlers on the Mississippi frontier. Call 601/442-2901 for details.

OCTOBER 18-19

Rolling Fork

Great Delta Bear Affair: How Teddy and his Bear Changed America

Join in the centennial celebration of President Theodore Roosevelt's famous 1902 bear hunt in Sharkey County that inspired the creation of the teddy bear. Activities include a kiosk dedication, bear hunt re-enactment, arts and crafts, live music, seminars and exhibits, a Teddy Bear Parade, and more. For details, call 662/873-6258.

OCTOBER 19

Jackson

2002 Mississippi Symphony Ball

This year's "Harmony Ball" focuses on the theme of Japanese-American culture, as Mississippi welcomes Nissan to our state. Proceeds from the ball provide about ten percent of the symphony's operating budget. For details, call Kathryn M. Simmons at 601/853-0300.

OCTOBER 20

Yazoo City

Sunday at the Triangle

Visit the Triangle Cultural Center at 332 N. Main Street for a fun-filled day including lunch, strolling musicians, a free jazz concert, and an exhibit of works from local artists. Lunch begins at 12:30 p.m.; concert takes place from 2-4 p.m. For more details, call 662/746-7776.

OCTOBER 25

Jackson

First Presbyterian Day School's Holiday Potpourri: A Taste of Tradition

This popular fundraiser includes a tour of homes, auction, bake sale, and tasting tea. This year's homes will be 1739 St. Ann Street, home of Dr. and Mrs. Bryan Barksdale; and 3520 Hawthorn Drive, home of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Paris. The featured artist will be Grace Buchanan. Funds will go towards school equipment and supplies. For information, contact Sheldon Ford at 601/957-9013.

OCTOBER 26

Ridgeland

25th Annual Pioneer and Indian Festival

The Mississippi Grafts Center on the Natchez Trace Parkway will give visitors a chance to see the Old Natchez Trace as it was in the 17th and 18th centuries. The event, hosted by the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi, will include historical crafts, period food and music, a Choctaw dance and chant, Chocktaw stickball, and demonstrations. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 601/856-7546.

OCTOBER 26

Rankin

A Holiday Fair...Something for Everyone

Come to Hinds Community College's Rankin Campus from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for a holiday market featuring crafts, jewelry, toys, home decor, and more. Admission is free; proceeds benefit Pearl Public Library's building fund. Call 601/824-3687 or e-mail Gsckiets@aol.com.

OCTOBER 26

Yazoo City

Hunt for Art- October

Genesis Gallery of Fine Art and other local businesses invite the public to experience a "hunt" for Mississippi wildlife art from 5-9 p.m. Live music. Genesis Gallery is located at 125 South Main St.; phone 662/746-2222.

OCTOBER 30-NOVEMBER 2

Tupelo

Celebration Village

Shop at booths from unique retail merchants, craftspeople, artisans, and antique exhibitors in an atomosphere of fine Southern hospitality. Proceeds benefit the Sanctuary Hospice House. For details, call 662/844-2111.

OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 3

Columbus

Decorative Arts and Preservation Forum & Antiques Show and Sale

The eleventh annual forum will feature the theme, "The Romance of Waverly," and will offer lectures, entertainment, and home tours. For further details, call the Columbus Historic Foundation at 662/329-3533 or see www.historic-columbus.org.

We are happy to consider your event for our calendar. Please mail your information to: Mississippi Magazine's Calendar of Events, P.O. Box 16445, Jackson, MS 39236-6445, fax to 601-982-8447, or e-mail it to editor@mismag.com. We must receive calendar information at least two months prior to the issue date.
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