Twenty-five years ago, the Vicksburg Convention Center opened its doors to the public.
To mark this milestone, monthly lunches dubbed “Taste of Vicksburg” will be offered.
“We plan to celebrate the heart and soul of our community,” said VCC Executive Director Erin Southard. “Each month we will host a ‘Taste of Vicksburg’ to showcase the many facets of our beloved community. Vicksburg is more than the Civil War story we are best known for.
The inaugural event will begin Jan. 28 at the VCC, located at 1600 Dr. Briggs Hopson Blvd., and the program will feature Vicksburg’s junior auxiliary.
“Attendees will learn how the Vicksburg chapter of JA became one of the largest chapters in the region, and about their many projects,” Southard said.
On February 25, Linda Fondren, executive director of the Catfish Row Museum in downtown Vicksburg, will present a program on the African-American community.
Pat Cashman, who was publisher of the Vicksburg Post from 1985 to 2013, will be the guest speaker on April 29. Cashman will talk about the early days of the Post.
The remaining programs are:
May 27: Impact of Mr. Biedenharn and Coca-Cola with guest speaker Nancy Bell, Executive Director of the Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation and the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum
June 29: Broadcast in Mississippi featuring a behind-the-scenes view of the Miss Mississippi pageant with native Vicksburg speakers and evening news anchor for WLBT and WDBD Fox 40 Melissa Faith Payne and Emmy Award-winning news anchor and journalist Maggie Wade WLBT
July 29: Vocal concert by Vicksburg residents Dr. Clarissa Behr Davis and her daughter Eleana Davis-Reel
August: to be announced
September 30: Impressive Architecture of Vicksburg with Guest Speaker Nancy Bell, Executive Director of the Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation and the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum
October 28: Spirits of Vicksburg with featured speaker Morgan Gates, owner of Haunted Vicksburg Ghost Tours
December 16: Community-wide Christmas party
The “Taste of Vicksburg” programs will begin at noon and the cost to attend is $15 including lunch.
For more information, call 601-630-2929.