CLASSICS IN THE COURTYARD: Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation’s annual event runs through Nov. 9

Published 2:05 pm Friday, October 19, 2018

The leaves are falling and days are getting shorter, which means it is that time of year again for the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation’s annual “Classics in the Courtyard.”

The event spans four consecutive Fridays beginning Oct. 19 and includes music provided by local musicians and a meal.

“There are not many opportunities to enjoy live music and food during the lunch hour,” executive director of the SCHF Stacey Mahoney said.

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Sponsored by a grant from Entergy, Mississippi, this will be the 11th year “Classics in the Courtyard” has been offered, which Mahoney said, is a great way to enjoy local music and local food in the beautiful Southern Cultural Heritage Center courtyard.

As in years past, musical entertainment will span diverse styles and Vicksburg restaurants will offer a light lunch fare.

Because the event is offered to the community through the grant from Entergy Mississippi and also supported by the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the generous support of SCHF individual and corporate members, the City of Vicksburg, and various appropriations, Mahoney said this allows for the free musical entertainment.

The cost of the meal, which is $10, only goes toward payment for the caterers, Mahoney said.

“Classics in the Courtyard” will run from noon to 1 p.m., and this year Patrick Smith will kick off the entertainment.

“He will be performing classic blues, rock, pop and some of his own originals,” Mahoney said.

Billy’s Italian Restaurant will provide lunch.

On Friday, Oct. 26 Ben Shaw will perform classic rock during the lunch hour and 10South will provide lunch.

Ralph Miller will offer up classic rock and pop music on Friday, Nov. 2 and The Anthony will provide the meal.

The final concert will be held Friday, Nov. 9 with Lee H. Abraham & the Boone Brothers performing classic blues and original tunes. Goldies Express will provide lunch.

“We will have tables and chairs set up, but you are welcome to bring blankets or your own chairs if you would like to the concerts,” Mahoney said.

Also, 10th anniversary Classics t-shirts will be available for sale during the concert series.

For those interested in eating lunch during the concert series, reservations should be made no later than 5 p.m. Thursday before each event.

Mahoney is hoping for a good turn out in participation.

“We hope many will embrace and enjoy the local music and local flavor Vicksburg has to offer,” Mahoney said. “There is no better beginning to the fall season than ‘Classics in the Courtyard.’”

For more information or to make reservations, call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email

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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