Annual Holly Days is a Christmas tradition all in itself

Published 1:58 pm Tuesday, December 3, 2019

For those looking for that special one of a kind Christmas gift, the 12th annual Holly Days Arts and Crafts Show is sure to offer up a plethora of ideas.

The annual event, which is as much a chance to check items off your gift list as a Christmas tradition itself, will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center auditorium, 1302 Adams St.

Sponsored by the SCH Foundation, the Holly Days Arts and Crafts Show will feature vendors showcasing their arts and crafts, SCHF executive director Stacey Mahoney said. This year there will be 24 vendors representing craftsmen from Vicksburg and beyond.

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Some of the vendors have participated in previous Holly Days Arts and Craft Shows, Mahoney said, while others will be showcasing their wares for the first time.

Members of the Green Hills Garden Club will also be on site offering bulbs for a love offering, Green Hill Garden Club member Janice Koestler said.

The proceeds from the love offerings help defray the cost of the club’s expenses for tending to the SCHC garden and decorating for Classics in the Courtyard and the craft show, Koestler said.

During the Holly Days Arts and Crafts Show, shoppers will also have the opportunity to enjoy performances by local talent while they shop.

“The show has become a tradition in Vicksburg, and this year live entertainment will include the Church of the Holy Trinity Conservatory of Fine Arts, Jeanne Evans’ music students and Denise Ragsdale’s music students,” Mahoney said.

There will also be performances by the Debra Franco Preparatory School of Dance, the St. Aloysius Show Choir and the Elite 6 Band.

In addition to the shopping and entertainment, the SCHF will be offering hot chocolate and sweets and Billy’s Italian Restaurant will be on site selling lunches.

Admission to the craft show is $2 and all proceeds go to underwrite the general budget of the SCHF.

This event is the perfect Christmas season appetizer for one of the season’s main dishes, the annual Christmas Parade of Lights, which will roll through downtown beginning at 5 p.m.

For more information, call 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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