This and that|Genealogists meeting to focus on Civil War

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Vicksburg Genealogical Society will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at Shoney’s.

The speaker will be Mary Collins Landin. Her topic will be Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate lieutenant general during the Civil War.

Hit the Bricks set for Thursday night

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Vicksburg Main Street’s Hit the Bricks and Adjoining Streets, a recurring downtown shopping event, will be Thursday evening from 5:30 to 8.

Before the event, at 5 p.m., members of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries will host a book-signing for the group’s cookbook, “Silver Spoons, Blueberry Afternoons,” at Lorelei Books on Washington Street.

For information on the book-signing, call 601-634-8624. For more on Hit the Bricks, visit

Rolling Fork event has Vicksburg ties

The Friends of Mont Helena in Rolling Fork will present a re-creation of the love story of Henry Vick and Helena Johnstone at the Mont Helena home, on U.S. 61 North between Rolling Fork and Anguilla, in April and May.

Vick was the nephew of Vicksburg’s founding father, Newit Vick.

The production will run April 29-30 and May 1, 6-8 and 20-22. Tickets are $45 plus a $3 processing fee, and are only available in advance by calling 662-873-2080, faxing 662-873-2450 or visiting

Westside looking for ‘Chicago’ actors

The Westside Theatre Foundation will hold auditions for “Chicago” March 14-15.

Needed are singers, dancers and musicians for the musical, which is set to run Aug. 6-8 and 13-15.

Auditions will be held at the Coral Room inside The Vicksburg on Clay Street. Call 601-618-9349.

‘Mississippi Quilts’ in anniversary lineup

A book that features the work of a Vicksburg quilter is among 40 publications being honored this year, during University Press’ 40th anniversary.

“Mississippi Quilts,” a collaboration of the Mississippi Quilt Association, author Mary Elizabeth Johnson and photographer J.D. Schwalm, features 152 photos of quilts by Mississippians, including those by master quilter Martha Skelton of Vicksburg, who died in 2008 at age 89. The book, published in 2001, explores the state’s quilting heritage before 1946.

“Mississippi Quilts” can be purchased at, where a list of the 40 books is also available.