Vicksburg Convention Center Announces Full Schedule of Taste of Vicksburg Events – The Vicksburg Post


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.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Soon after, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter for the Vicksburg Post and editor of Vicksburg Living Magazine, which was awarded first place by the Mississippi Press Association. She was also the recipient of a first place award in the editorial division of the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest for “Best Feature Article”.

Terri is a graduate of Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a major in public relations.

Before coming to work at the Post just over 10 years ago, she freelanced at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay-at-home mom.

Terri is a member of Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a life member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and was a member of the Sampler Antique Club and the Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“Whether it’s staying informed about local government issues or hearing the stories of local residents, a local newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at the Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I can continue to grow and hone my skills while helping to share the stories in Vicksburg. When people ask me what I love most about my job, my answer is always “the people”.

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