VCC to host first-ever Fiber Fun in the ‘Sip event Saturday

Published 7:57 pm Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Yarn will take center stage at the Vicksburg Convention Center this weekend during the first ever Fiber Fun in the ‘Sip.

The inaugural event will run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and will feature a vendor hall, classes, entertainment and concessions. Admission is $5 each day.

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Fiber Fun in the ‘Sip will highlight several areas of fiber craft, organizer Judy Busby said, including knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving and dying.

“Our goal is to encompass many areas of fiber craft,” she said.

The vendor hall will feature 40 local and regional venders representing local yarn shops, farm-based shops and independent fiber artists.

“We will do our best to provide a great variety of fiber vendors where shoppers can touch, sample and purchase products that are not always readily available,” Busby said.

The classes that will be offered throughout the two-day event will be led by local and regionally known instructors as well as national known fiber instructors.

A sampling of the classes include beginning shuttle tatting, zoom loom weaving, weaving with knitting yarn, continental knitting and beginner crochet.

Instructors set to attend include Brenda Harrower from Vicksburg, Beverly Anglin, Katie Clark, Kathy Perito and Donna Peyton from Madison.

Also, Kathy Berkshire from Holly Springs will be in attendance along with Mary Berry from Farmersville, Texas, Roiana Buckmaster from Mount Pleasant, Tennessee, Joi Chupp from Stella, Missouri, Jonee Davis from Wheaton, Missouri, and Jennifer Susannah Miller from Longmont, Colorado.

At 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jennifer Susannah Miller, who is a yarn/color designer and creator of Theodora’s Pearls will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. 

“Jennifer is nationally-known for her hand painted and hand dyed fine fibers,” Busby said, and is also a popular knitting instructor.

With the Blues Trail running straight through Vicksburg, Busby said, musical entertainment for the weekend will feature jazz and blues artists Kimble Funches and Adib Sahir.

Beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, Funches will be the featured musical artist.

“Kimble has performed with some of the nation’s greatest artists such as Mavis Staples, the O’Jays, Paul Overstreet and Wilson Pickett. B.B. King, Pine Top Perkins and David ‘Fathead’ Newman,” Busby said. “And he has been featured on many blues and gospel recordings.”

Beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Adib Sahir will take the stage. Sahir recently recorded an album with Paperclip Scientists, and the album is set to be released this month.

Catered food concessions will also be available at the Vicksburg Convention Center, along with a cash bar that will feature a themed cocktail punch entitled “Tangled Mess.”

And for those who just want a weekend retreat, a “sit and stitch” area will be offered, Busby said.

For more information on Fiber Fun In The ‘Sip, call 601-636-0510 or for a complete listing of classes, vendors or to download the program booklet, visit

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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