Vicksburg offers something for all interests and ages this weekend

Published 12:35 am Saturday, June 25, 2016

This city, full of quaint Southern charm, knows how to create unique cultural and historical experiences as well as any other.

In what could easily be a lull during the summer, Vicksburg is full of activities to get adults and children out of the house and exploring town.

In addition to the glitz and glamour that is the Miss Mississippi Pageant, residents can enjoy a variety of experiences from plays to a camel’s commemorative service this weekend.

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The city isn’t lacking activities for the theater buff or the family either.

The play “Love Letters,” running this weekend at the Strand Theatre, is critically acclaimed and features local actors.

Another more kid-friendly theater option, the Vicksburg Theatre Guilds’ Fairy Tale Theater Program will preform “A Day in the Life of a Fairy Tale Village” at 2 p.m. today and “Monster in the Closet” at 7 p.m. Tickets at the door are $6 for adults and $4 for children.

For the history buffs and/or animal-lovers around town, the Texas Camel Corps, a re-enactment organization, will hold commemorative services Saturday and Sunday for Old Douglas, a camel that served with the 43rd Mississippi Volunteers during the Vicksburg siege and campaign and has a headstone in the Soldier’s Rest section of Cedar Hill Cemetery.

The camels will be available to the public at the Old Superintendent’s Quarters in the National Military Park.

The Old Depot Museum is also hosting a reenactment-type event Saturday. The men from the 19th Louisiana Infantry will demonstrate how new recruits were trained and drilled, how gear was packed, how food rations were distributed, and they will also talk about guns and ammunitions. The women will demonstrate how to roll bandages and talk about living during the siege.

All of these events give no excuse to say there is nothing to do this weekend in Vicksburg.

Summers can often seem dull — or at least, perhaps repetitive — in the hazy heat and humidity of the warmer months of the year, but Vicksburg has a unique perspective to lend residents this summer, whether through a play or a historical reenactment. Take advantage.