Vicksburg Convention Center announces full Taste of Vicksburg event schedule

Published 11:53 am Thursday, January 27, 2022

Twenty-five years ago, the Vicksburg Convention Center opened its doors to the public.

To mark this milestone, monthly luncheons dubbed “Taste of Vicksburg” will be offered.

“We plan to celebrate the heart and soul of our community,” VCC executive director Erin Southard said. “Each month we will host a ‘Taste of Vicksburg’ to highlight the many facets of our beloved community. Vicksburg is more than the Civil War history we are most known for.”

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The inaugural event will kick off on Jan. 28 at the VCC, located at 1600 Dr. Briggs Hopson Blvd., and the program will highlight the Junior Auxiliary of Vicksburg.

“Attendees will learn how the Vicksburg Chapter of JA has grown to become one of the largest chapters in the region, and about their many projects,” Southard said.

On Feb. 25, Linda Fondren, who is the executive director of the Catfish Row Museum in downtown Vicksburg, will present a program on the African American community.

Pat Cashman, who served as the publisher of the Vicksburg Post from 1985 until 2013, will be the featured speaker on April 29. Cashman will talk about the early beginnings of The Post.

The remaining programs are:

May 27: Impact from Mr. Biedenharn and Coca-Cola with featured speaker Nancy Bell, executive director of the Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation and the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum

June 29: Broadcasting in Mississippi with a backstage view of the Miss Mississippi Competition with featured speakers Vicksburg native and evening news anchor for WLBT and WDBD Fox 40 Melissa Faith Payne and Emmy Award-winning WLBT news anchor and reporter Maggie Wade

July 29: Vocal concert by Vicksburg residents Dr. Clarissa Behr Davis and her daughter Eleana Davis-Reel

August: To Be Announced

Sept. 30: Impressive Architecture of Vicksburg with featured speaker Nancy Bell, executive director of the Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation and the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum

Oct. 28: Spirits of Vicksburg with featured speaker Morgan Gates, owner of Haunted Vicksburg Ghost Tours

Dec. 16: Community-wide holiday party

The “Taste of Vicksburg” programs will begin at noon and the cost to attend is $15, which includes lunch.

For more information, call 601-630-2929.


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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