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‘A Nightmare on Crawford Street’ Monster Bash party on Saturday

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Monster Bash at the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation

 Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation is holding its annual “Monster Bash”  on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 7 to 10 p.m.

The adult Halloween costume party is part of the SCHF’s month-long “A Nightmare on Crawford Street” celebration, which also includes a a Haunted Halloween Ghost Hunt with Mississippi Paranormal Society on Oct. 26.

Monster Bash attendees are encouraged to wear costumes and participate in the costume contest. 

The Chill

In addition, enjoy some great food, signature cocktails and music by local band, The Chill.

“The Cultural Center is all about offering events for the community to enjoy,” said Stacey Mahoney, SCHF director. “Monster Bash is one of those events. We decided that we wanted to go big with this one and get The Chill to play. We are excited and can’t wait for this weekend. Come in costume and get ready to have an awesome time.”

Monster Bash tickets are $25 per person or $40 for couples and can be purchased online or by contacting the SCHF during regular business hours at 601-631-2997. Be sure to visit the SCHF website or Facebook page for more information.

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Christmas in the Park creates a new holiday tradition for Vicksburg

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Vicksburg, Christmas 2018. Photo from the Downtown Vicksburg Mainstreet Program Facebook page.

The Downtown Vicksburg Main Street Program is creating a new holiday tradition to celebrate the season—Christmas in the Park, a showcase of shimmering lights, ornaments, trolley rides and more in the downtown area.

The event begins Nov. 29 and continues nightly through Dec. 21. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. weekdays, Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., and school group tours every Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Help kick things off Friday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m., to light the City of Vicksburg’s 16-foot Christmas tree and enjoy an evening of music, entertainment, and Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Come for carousel and trolley rides each Friday and Saturday night, along with a special guests, as Mrs. Claus and her friendly elves read Christmas stories from 6 to 8 p.m., courtesy of United Way.

Enjoy shopping and dining with local, friendly merchants throughout the season, with special sales, holiday hours, festive window displays and unique gifts for all to enjoy.

The event is free except for trolley and carousel rides, which are $2 each. Folks of all ages are welcome.

For more information, to schedule a field trip for daycare or school, or if your church, school choir or band would like to be a part of the magic, please call the Main Street office at 601-634-4527.

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Salvation Army annual Christmas Angel drive makes the holidays bright for area children

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The Salvation Army is once again providing for those less fortunate with its annual Christmas Angel drive.

Vicksburg residents will have the opportunity from today until Dec. 5 to adopt a Christmas Angel and purchase their Christmas wish-list items. Angels can be adopted at the Vicksburg Mall (3505 Pemberton Square Blvd.) during normal business hours.

“We’ve got volunteers inside the mall near Dillard’s who will be giving out angels for as long as they last,” said Steve Welch, core officer of the Salvation Army. “They won’t be there later than Dec. 5 because we have to get the gifts processed and distributed to the correct families the following week.”

Each year the Salvation Army takes wish lists from less fortunate families in the area in an effort to give children a happier holiday.

“It’s just a really good way to get more personally involved with helping somebody that’s in need during Christmas time,” he said. “It allows children of all ages to be more likely to get what they really want.”

For more information, call the Salvation Army at 601-636-2706. To volunteer with the Salvation Army call volunteer coordinator Trudy James Brown at 601-415-2994.

“We really are thankful for the people that help us help others,” Welch said. “There’s so many people that help us out and so many people that sponsor angels and put money in our kettles. We’re just so thankful for all of them.”

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Annual Thanksgiving Day comedy show features Mississippi comedians

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Local comedian hosts annual Thanksgiving Day Comedy Show

On Nov. 28 starting at 8 p.m., Elton Pope is hosting his annual Thanksgiving Day Comedy Show at the Vicksburg City Auditorium, 901 Monroe St. 

Eight years ago the comedian decided to bring the event to Vicksburg in an effort to increase the variety of events in the town.

“I’m from Vicksburg and this is my profession,” Pope said. “I noticed there was a lack of comedy events in town, and I wanted to bring a new form of entertainment to the city.”

At this years event, Pope is bringing in a group of Mississippi natives: Marvin Hunter, Kerwin Claiborne, Jesse McDonald, Nardo Blackmon and an Alcorn alumnus as the headliner. 

“The headlining comedian is J.J. Williams,” he said. “He attended Alcorn and is currently on tour with Cedric the Entertainer. He’s also been in the movie ‘Johnson Family Vacation’.” 

The audience can expect to be blown away by some good, clean comedy.

“People can expect a very clean and funny show,” he said. “… This is going to be an event that is great for the community and everyone is just going to have a good time.”

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased via bandsintown.com or at Michel’s Record Shop, 1417 Washington St.

For more information, call Elton Pope at 601-709-7894.

“They say that laughter is the best medicine, so I hope this serves as a stress-free event and that people just laugh,” Pope said.

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