Bricks and Spokes, Supper on the ’Sip great events for Vicksburg

Published 6:25 pm Monday, October 1, 2018

There were many good things happening in Vicksburg this week, two of which included the inaugural “Supper on the ’Sip” that benefited the United Way of West Central Mississippi and the ninth annual Bricks and Spokes.

On Saturday, an estimated 250 riders participated in the cycling event that included either a 10-, 13-, 30-, 50- or 62-mile course with the 30-, 50- and 62-mile courses going through the Vicksburg National Military Park.

“We had 142 people preregister this year,” said Vicksburg Main Street director Kim Hopkins. “That’s more than we have ever had. Usually, we have about 80-88.” Participants in the event were a mix of serious riders and recreational cyclists.

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On Thursday, the UWWCM hosted “Supper on the “Sip. The event was held on the Old Mississippi River Bridge and served as the kick off for the group’s annual campaign drive. UWWCM director of marketing and community relations Kami May said tickets sold out several days prior to the event, which afforded all of the UWWCM’s 19 agencies $1,000 just from ticket sales alone.

And due to its success, May is hoping to expand tickets sales for “Supper on the ’Sip’ next year by inviting restaurants outside Vicksburg to participate.

“Now that we saw this take off, we are hoping to open it up to Jackson area restaurants and also to Monroe restaurants, because ultimately we are on the Mississippi Bridge and this is a bridge to Louisiana. So we are hoping to get those restaurants involved also,” May said.

More positives in Vicksburg this week:

• On Wednesday, Merit Health River Region hosted Pretty Woman: Healthy is Beautiful. The event included a ribbon cutting for the 3D mammography equipment and the newly remodeled Women’s Diagnostic area, a resource health fair and a Q&A lunch featuring hospital providers. Chief executive of MHRR Benjamin Richaud said he was pleased with the turnout for the event. “I am so very excited to see all the wonderful community support. I think that demonstrates people’s willingness and eagerness to seek their healthcare services here in Vicksburg, and I am just humbled and privileged to be able to be a partner in that delivery,” Richaud said.

• On Sunday, the Vicksburg Blues Challenge was held at the Bottleneck Blues Bar at the Ameristar Casino. This year’s competition showcased six band acts and three solo/duo acts. Winners advanced to the International Blues Challenge, which will be held in January in Memphis, Tenn.