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Southern Cultural to host variety of summer workshops

The Southern Cultural Heritage Center will be busy this summer offering workshops for all ages.

“We usually get a great response from our camps and classes,” the executive director of the SCHF Stacey Massey said.

“Parents need great activities for their children in the summertime, so these camps and classes are a great way to give kids activities that are fun but they also learn a lot,” Massey said.

Once again Margie Heltzel will lead the “Kids in the Kitchen” classes.

“We started this last summer and it was a big hit,” Massey said.

Last year’s inaugural event was called “Kids in the Kitchen Baking Boot Camp.”

Heltzel has since offered additional seasonal kids cooking classes, which have included themes focused on Halloween, Christmas and Easter.

This summer, the SCHF will offer four cooking classes led by Heltzel. She will lead a “Kids in the Kitchen Baking Boot Camp,” a “Cook with Books” cooking class and two sessions of  “Food from Around the World.”

Also for children, Massey said, the annual Cre.Activity Summer Camp for Kids, will be held. Certified teachers, Jim and Karen Biedenharn, lead the camp.

“During this camp children will split their time between art and activities such as fencing, snowball, volleyball, yard darts and silly team sports,” Massey said, and “the art will be crafty and centered on fun such as crushed can art, splatter art, painting, and shrinky dink projects.” Snacks will also be provided daily.

The annual SCHF Multicultural Art Camp for Kids will run June 19 through 23.

“During this unique camp, children discover the art, dance, music and cuisine of three different cultures by studying cultural differences and similarities through the arts,” Massey said.

“Students will also learn new artistic techniques while developing an appreciation for the traditions and customs of others,” she said.

Serving as the art instructor is Karen Biedenharn and Eleana Davis will serve as the music teacher.

The camp will culminate with a public performance and exhibit on the last day in the SCHF Auditorium, and all family and friends are invited to attend.

A cooking workshop, a stained glass workshop and “More Than a Painting” workshops are scheduled for adults.

The SCHF, 1302 Adams St. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the diverse cultural heritage of Vicksburg, Mississippi, the Mississippi Delta, and the American South. The Foundation works to achieve its goals by creating and hosting cultural activities at the Southern Cultural Heritage Complex.

For more information, call 601-631-2997 or visit southernculture.org.

Summer offerings:

• Farmer’s Market finds Workshop; from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., June 5; William Furlong, instructor; Furlong will demonstrate how to use fruits and vegetables to create unique and delightful dishes; $30 for members, $35 for nonmembers; space is limited, reservations required.

• “More Than a Painting” art workshop; from 9 a.m. to noon, June 7; Nancy Mitchell, instructor; create a painting in the style of Willard Metcalfe while learning facts about the artists; $40 for members, $45 for nonmembers; space is limited, reservations required.

• “More Than a Painting” art workshop; from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., June 8; Nancy Mitchell, instructor; create a painting in the style of Willard Metcalfe while learning facts about the artists; $40 for members, $45 for nonmembers; space is limited, reservations required.

• 4-Day Stained Glass Workshop; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., June 12 through 15; the Rev. Mark Bleakley, instructor; the workshop will teach students how to build a small stained glass panel using the Tiffany style (copper foil method); $160 members, $170 nonmembers; space is limited and reservations are required.

• Cre.Activity Summer Camp for Kids; from 8 a.m. to noon, June 12 through16; for grades 1st -8th; $75 per child; space is limited.

• SCHF Multicultural Arts Camp for Kids; from 8 a.m. to noon June 19 through 23; for ages 6-12; $60 per child; space is limited.

• “Cook with Books”; from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., June 26 through 30; for ages 4-8; $125 per child; space is limited and reservations are required.

• “Baking Bootcamp”; from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., June 26 through 30; for ages 8-12; $125 per child; space is limited and reservations are required.

• “Food from Around the World”; from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., July 17 through 21; for ages 4-8; $125 per child; space is limited and reservations are required.

•  “Food from Around the World”; 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., July 17 through 21; for ages 8-12; $125 per child; space is limited and reservations are required.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing 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 the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown 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 will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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