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Spend less time complaining and more time doing in Vicksburg

While driving home from work the other day, I began to think about the naysayers in Vicksburg who think there is nothing to do here.

The thought came to me after I had been trying to figure out how in the world we were going to manage highlighting all the events that are scheduled, just this month, in the newspaper.

I’m not sure what kinds of activities these complainers are looking to do, but I would argue, especially this time of year, there is plenty to do in Vicksburg.

Just this week, Annie Morhauser, who is the creator of Annie Glass, and who has pieces of her glassware on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, was at Sassafras in downtown. An event was hosted on Wednesday by the local retail gift shop and everyone was welcome to come.

During Morhauser’s visit, she shared with attendees the story of how she started her business, then a light lunch was served at noon.

Thursday, the Vicksburg Theatre Guild held its opening show of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

The musical comedy features local talent, something Vicksburg has in abundance. Performances will continue through this weekend and next at the Parkside Playhouse Theatre.

The final weekend of the fall pilgrimage will be held Friday through Sunday. Several homes and churches are on the weekend tour list, and on Saturday a ghost hunt will be held at the McRaven House.

Also, Friday evening, Lesley Silver, who is the owner of the Attic Gallery, will be celebrating the gallery’s 48th anniversary with an art show.

I have been to some of these art shows and they don’t disappoint. Just ask hubby.

A few years back, while at an art show, we fell in love with a painting by Kathy Gergo and purchased it as a dual 10th wedding anniversary gift. It now hangs in our bedroom.

Saturday, the bi-annual Old Court House Flea Market is scheduled, and the Strand Theatre will hold screenings of the Manhattan short film festival finalist. There are also two fundraising walks scheduled for Saturday, the Bridging the Gap Walk and the Domestic Violence Awareness Walk.

This is just an overview of some of the activities that happened or are happening this week.

And for those who think you have to have a large pocketbook to find things to do in the River City, there was no charge for the Annie Glass event at Sassafras, and the art show at the gallery is free.

I could continue with oodles more activities going on in Vicksburg this month, but unfortunately, my editor does try to hold me to a “reasonable” word count.

Therefore, for all those who complain and think there is nothing to do, and are bored and wondering what to do, remember that many of these events include volunteer opportunities, too. 

Go as a participant or go as a volunteer; twice as many options.

And if this still does not convince you to appreciate all the activities available in Vicksburg, there is one thing to remember.

While our small town may not have everything a big city has to offer, we also don’t have their traffic jams, which allowed for my nice leisurely drive home at the end of a long day.

Terri Cowart Frazier is a staff writer for The Vicksburg Post. She can be reached at terri.frazier@vicksburgpost.com.

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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