Crawfish and airplanes: Southern Heritage Air Foundation readies for a number of events

Published 9:37 am Friday, March 17, 2017

The Southern Heritage Air Foundation at the Vicksburg-Tallulah Regional Airport in Mound, La., will kickoff three days of activities starting Wednesday with the return of the “Hangout at the Hangar” lunches followed Thursday by a business after hours program and Saturday by an open house and crawfish boil.

Wednesday’s lunch will feature a program by Robert Matzen, author of «Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe,” including a book signing. The book is $28.95. Lunch is $15 per person with veterans eating free. The cost of the meal covers the expenses for the lunch and bringing Matzen to the museum.

Reservations are required to ensure there is enough food for the meal, and can be made by emailing the request with a head count to

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Matzen will also have book signings at the Thursday Vicksburg-Warren Chamber of Commerce business after hours, and the “Spring is in the Air” open house program Saturday.

The business after hours program will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with the museum doors opening at 4:30 p.m. and the book signing at 6:15 p.m.

“It’s a big weekend for them, and so we’re kicking it off in conjunction with them with a business after hours,” said Lurline Simmons, chamber membership recruitment and services coordinator. “They’re chamber members, and there’s power in networking and activities.”

“The museum will be open and we will serve food for the business after hours,” said Beth Fields, volunteer coordinator for the museum. “If the weather is good, we’ll open the hangar doors so people can get a look at the tarmac.”

Fields said Spring is in the Air will go from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

“We will have tours and we will be selling plane rides,” she said. “The cost for the crawfish boil is $25 per person and all you can eat.”

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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