Sip & Stroll: Enjoy Music, Artisans and Views at Vicksburg’s Mighty ‘Sip Fest

Published 1:00 pm Friday, March 24, 2023

Layers upon layers of events are scheduled during Vicksburg’s Mighty ‘Sip Fest, which is scheduled to run from April 13 through 16.

From live musical performances to a variety of artisans who will be demonstrating and sharing their crafts, the four-day event is sure to offer events and activities for all ages.

One of the highlights of the four-day event is the ‘Sip Stroll. From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on April 15, the Old Mississippi River Bridge will be open to the public.

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“It’s going to be available for any artist or photographer or anyone with any artistic skills that wants to come out and take this opportunity to take pictures or paint or sketch,” Shelley Tingle said.

Tingle, who is one of the Mighty ‘Sip Fest organizers, said Plein Air Mississippi artist Karen Hughs Spencer will be on the bridge painting.

But one does not have to be limited to artistic skills to take advantage of the views from the bridge.

“If you are just wanting to get out with your kids and walk across the bridge and get some exercise or use it to stroll,” Tingle said, that is welcome, too.

Music will also be provided on the bridge from 4 to 6 p.m. by Julie and Josh Harrison.

In addition to the ‘Sip Stroll, from 2 to 4 p.m. the same day, a variety of artisans will be demonstrating and sharing their crafts during a Taste of The Arts at The Mulberry.

At the Jackson Street Gallery, located inside the Mulberry Vicksburg, 1310 Mulberry St., Judy Busby, who is the co-owner of Agape Knits and GEMS Luxe Fibers and Fiber Fun in the ‘Sip organizer, will demonstrate different fiber art techniques. Ty Pinkins, author of “23 Miles & Running,” will be on hand to discuss self-publishing a book and Vicksburg resident Joyce Ferris will talk about community flower gardening. Ferris has been instrumental in creating a zinnia garden in downtown Vicksburg.

Also, certified master modeler and director and curator of the Old Depot Museum, Dave Benway, will be at the Old Depot Museum, 1010 Levee St., and Larry Walker, a local photographer and owner of Skywalker Photography will discuss his craft outside at the Old Depot train track.

Artisan Brad Eldridge, owner of Parish Waterfowl Co. and custom duck call maker will be at his place of business, 1100 Washington St., demonstrating how he makes hand-turned duck calls.

For more information about Mighty ‘Sip Fest, visit

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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