Annual Holly Days event expected to attract hundreds

Published 9:40 am Monday, November 28, 2016

The holiday cheer will continue this weekend in Vicksburg with a shopping event highlighting arts and crafts plus local entertainment to support a historic organization.

The ninth Annual Holly Days Arts and Crafts Show will be held at the auditorium of the Southern Cultural Heritage Center Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the show is $1.

“It is a fundraiser, but it’s a fun Christmas community event as well,” executive director Stacey Massey said.

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There will be 27 vendors from Mississippi and beyond showing their goods for shoppers to buy. Anything from candles, to bath products, pottery, and paintings, food, toys, jewelry, clothing, ornaments and other homemade items will be displayed at booths and available for purchase.

“It gives our vendors a chance to showcase their arts and crafts. We have several artists that are from Vicksburg, and we even have some vendors that come from as far as Arkansas,” Massey said. “It’s an outlet for artists to show their work and then also for the community to come out and do some shopping.”

For those shopping through lunch, Goldie’s Express will have a booth selling barbecue plates.

“He’ll have sandwiches, chips and drinks,” Massey said.

Last year Massey said about 400 to 500 people came to the event, and she anticipates similar crowds this year regardless of the weather.

“The nice thing is we’re inside. We’re hoping for nice weather, but being inside gives us some stability and heat, even if it’s cold. We usually do pretty good. We usually have several hundred come through,” Massey said.

In addition to shopping, the event will also offer up live entertainment throughout the day. The  schedule has Riverpointe Dance Students performing from 9 to 9:30 a.m., Jeanne Evans Music Students from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m., Church of the Holy Trinity Conservatory of the Fine Arts Student Orchestra from 10:30 to 11 a.m., Judy Buys Music Students from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., Debra Franco Preparatory School of Dance from noon to 12:30 p.m., Hannah Belle from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m., Ms. Tabby’s Musical Theater Program from 1:30 to 2 p.m., and Propulsion Dance Company from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m.

“Kids and adults will be performing on the stage throughout the whole day; Singing and dancing to get you in the Christmas spirit,” Massey said.

Even though the shopping event isn’t a major fundraiser for the center, the foundation does make a small profit, and it is put to good use in the general fund used to keep the organization running.

“It just goes into our operating budget. Admission is only a dollar. We make a little bit from the vendor space,” Massey said. “Mainly this is just an event for fun.”

The show wraps up at 3 p.m. in time for people to transition to Washington Street where they can shop in the downtown stores before Vicksburg Main Street’s Annual Christmas Parade of Lights at 5 p.m.