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A Taste of the Town – Scrumptious Food Fundraisers

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1. Soup’s On The soup fundraising dinner is a popular church and community center charity event. Just bring a spoon and bowl, and dish up some hot, delicious ladles of homemade soup. Many church groups will do this sort of fundraiser once a month to help the soup kitchen, or a charity that focuses on helping the less fortunate. You can either ask for a set price per bowl, or let donors contribute what they can—oftentimes the latter works better. To mix it up a bit, if you’re hosting this event on a regular basis, offer themed soup days such as soup and salad bar, a chicken soup for the soul day, spicy chili day, and maybe even throw in a soup and sundae bar. You can also sell soup mixes and stock to make extra funds for your charity. 2. Potluck Fundraiser These dinners are easy on the organizer and volunteers because individuals only have to contribute one dish each. The potluck fundraiser is accessible to everyone. Potluck dinners bring to life an old tradition that has people getting together and sharing food without putting a costly burden on the host. With potlucks, everyone shares in the cooking. Ask guests to each bring a dish i.e. an appetizer, a main course, a salad, a side dish, a dessert, a fruit platter, or a cheese and cracker tray. This style of dining is especially appealing to groups that cater to a variety of cultures. You can ask for donations through admission fees, or you can share food and then collect charity funds by selling the recipes, or a book of recipes of the food dishes offered. 3.Dress your Potato Bar Mr. Potato Head sure enjoyed a good dress up day. Try tempting your guests with an all-you-can-eat potato bar for your next dinner fundraiser. This is another charity event that’s easy on your volunteers because it requires minimum preparation. All you need are baked potatoes, and a wide variety of fixings. Some popular options are salsa, chili, sour cream, shredded cheese, butter, bacon bits, steamed broccoli, chives, grilled mushrooms and onions, hot peppers and diced ham. If your fundraiser is for kids, consider setting up a craft station with potato carving tools, and fixings in fun shapes. You can even judge the best dressed potato and offer prizes. You can charge per potato or per admission if this is an all-you-can-eat affair. 4. Barbecue Grill Off Come summer, the smell of the barbecue has everyone’s mouths watering which is why a barbecue contest is a great reason to fire up the grills and break out your best barbecue tools.  Host a barbecue contest and ask guests to judge the top grill skills or best dish preparation. Create various grilling categories—best grilled meats, vegetables, and best sauces. Make your charity funds through an entry fee or you can charge hungry donors by the plate. And my personal favorite… 5. Blue Plate Special This fundraiser puts a hilarious, retro twist on the food fundraiser. The blue plate fundraiser has guests bidding for their dinner. Meals are prepared by volunteers ahead of time and can be a simple scrambled egg breakfast, meatloaf, shepherd’s pie, or more adventurous fare such as lobster, shrimp cocktail, or surf and turf. It is up to each volunteer to decide what to bring. Each meal is covered to conceal its identity, and guests bid on the secret meals. You will also need a food warmer to keep dinners hot until the bidding begins. The key is to use a talented emcee, who can keep people guessing as to whether it is a fancy meal or not. You can set the price at whatever you like, but $25 is typical (depending on what it cost to make the plate). COMMUNITY FOOD FUNDRAISER EVENTS Shiloh Baptist Fish and Chicken Dinner Location: Shiloh Baptist Church, 920 Meadow Street Time: 11am to 2:30pm, Friday, March 10, 2011 The Church of the Holy Trinity Lenten Fine Arts Series Location: The Church of the Holy Trinity, South and Monroe Streets Time: 5pm to 7pm Arts show by Patricia Walker Wine and Cheese reception will accompany the show Oakland Baptist Bake Sale Location: Super Junior on Oak Ridge Road Time: 6am until goods run out, Saturday, March 11, 2011 Proceeds will help in funding the youth church camp]]]]> ]]>

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Vicksburg Daily News presents ‘Festival On The River’

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Credit: Tobi Lee and the Mustang Sally Band

Vicksburg Daily News is pleased to announce “Festival On The River” will be held this coming Saturday, Oct. 24, in downtown Vicksburg. This event is presented in conjunction with the City of Vicksburg and the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

Daytime activities will be held at and near the Levee Street Marketplace, 1001 Levee St., from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Food and merchandise vendors will be on hand displaying unique items for sale. The Vicksburg Warren County Tractor Club will be on hand with antique tractors. Garry James will be picking on the porch for your musical entertainment.

Beginning at 5 p.m., come up the hill to the Washington Street Park, at 1001 Washington St., for an evening of musical entertainment. DJ Shaggy from KHits 104.5 will be your host on the stage powered by Cook Tractor Company. Also appearing will be “The Blues Experience” featuring Calvin “Dr Who” Carson and Mark “Duvelle” Doyle and three-time Josie Award winning group Tobi Lee and the Mustang Sally Band from Nashville.

There is no admission charge for either of these family-friendly events. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, along with your mask, and be prepared to socially distance. The street will be closed to traffic during the concert.

For vendor information, contact Mary Landers at Levee Street at 601-638-7191. For all other inquiries contact Tommy Parker at 601-218-1524. 

We hope to see you there. Come join us, and let’s show the world #Vicksburgisopenforbusiness!

Visit Levee Street Marketplace on Facebook and Festival On The River-Vicksburg, Mississippi, for updates this week.

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Eddie Van Halen dead at 65

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Eddie Van Halen in 2007 (photo by Anirudh Koul from Montreal, Canada - Eddie Van Halen Shredding His Guitar @ "Eruption" - Van Halen Concert, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5141962)

Rock ‘n’ roll guitarist Eddie Van Halen, co-founder of the eponymous band Van Halen, is dead at 65.

Van Halen died after a decadelong battle with throat cancer at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica Tuesday with his wife, Janie, son, Wolfgang, and brother, Alex, at his side, reports TMZ.

Van Halen formed the band in 1972 with his brother, Alex, on drums and David Lee Roth as lead singer. Sammy Hagar joined the band in 1985 on lead vocals after Roth left.

Considered by many to be one of the best rock guitarists in the business, Eddie Van Halen’s guitar was the basis for the band’s many hits, among them “Runnin’ with the Devil,” “Unchained,” “Hot for Teacher,” “Panama” and “Jump.”

Van Halen was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

“He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on stage and off stage was a gift,” his son, Wolf, wrote on social media Tuesday. “My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss.”

“I love you so much, Pop,”

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Vicksburg native Wheezy continues to make an impact in the music business with big name artists

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Vicksburg native Wesley Glass aka Wheezy has made a big name for himself in the music business these days as he has now been working with major rap artists and producing many hit records.

Wheezy was born and raised in Vicksburg but also has ties to Atlanta. He attended Vicksburg High School where he maintained a passion for music in his teenage years, which would soon lead him to finding a career in the music industry.

“I started working with Shad Da God from Hustle Gang,” Wheezy said to Complex.

Since working with Shad Da God, Wheezy has now worked with many other artists which has given him a big name in the industry.

In 2016, Wheezy began working on rap star Young Thug’s album Barter 6 which produced many hit records as his name continued to grow and all of his hard work was paying off. He still continues to work heavily with Young Thug and most recently on his 2019 “So Much Fun” album.

With all of the work Wheezy has been doing over the years with Young Thug, he still manages to work with plenty of other artists as he creates beats and produces hit records that many fans enjoy.

As of now, some of the big name artist that Wheezy has worked with are Young Thug, Future, Meek Mill, 21 Savage, Migos, Gunna, Drake, Lil Gotit, Drake, and many more which has helped him become a brand in the industry.

Wheezy also works on music with his older brother FlyGuy Tana who is also from Vicksburg and has records that Wheezy has produced. Shad Da God was also featured on one of FlyGuy Tana’s songs, “Spare None”, which Wheezy helped produce.

At the rate Wheezy is going in the music industry, he will become a legend in the game and he has already made a tremendous impact on music at the age of 27. The city of Vicksburg is more than happy to have a native doing so well in the music world and Wheezy will continue to have fans supporting him back home.

 

 

 

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