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Around the South: September 2013 (Page 2)

Southern Guide to Life ~ Around the South ~ SeptemberPhotograph by: Tibor Fazakas

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Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival (Yazoo City – Sept 6-7) Food, arts & crafts, a live music concert, tons of fun for families and children, and more! Proceeds go to benefit the Gateway Make A Promise (MAP) Youth Coalition/Lifesavers Program! Their Mission:  To celebrate the tradition of BBQ , give back to their community, and support their regional first responders with a weekend of camaraderie, crafts and of course, food.

Muscadine Jubilee (Pelahatchie – Sept 14) For 25 years, thousands of people have been coming to Pelahatchie in late summer to pay homage to the muscadine grape, famed ingredient in southern wines, pies, and jellies.  The event begins with the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. Later, the crowds assemble at Muscadine Park for food, fun, arts and crafts, music, and of course, the Grape Stomp!

32nd Annual Biloxi Seafood Festival (Biloxi – Sept 14-15) The Biloxi Seafood Festival offers seafood and food vendors, arts and craft vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities, gumbo contest and much more. Crowds, at the Biloxi Seafood Festival, feast on a vast array of seafood ranging from the common to the exotic, and much more.

36th Annual Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival (Greenville – Sept 21) The oldest blues festival in the United States takes place in the Mississippi Delta each year and attracts artists and music lovers from around the country.

Tallahatchie Riverfest (New Albany – Sept 20-21) The Tallahatchie RiverFest, held in historic downtown New Albany, celebrates the creative spirit of the region through which this river flows.  With Appalachian country and bluegrass, Delta blues, and New Orleans jazz, New Albany and Union County celebrate the spirit of the artists, craftsmen, writers, and musicians of the region around the banks of the river…The Tallahatchie!  This event, the largest in North Mississippi, celebrates the visual, literary, and performing arts, featuring a variety of local, regional and national entertainment. Music entertainment on the Bob Johnson Memorial Stage will be free to attendees. Some children’s activities will be fee-based. Last year’s festival was attended by an estimated 12,000 people.

4th annual Mississippi Gourd Festival (Raleigh – Sept 21-22) For the last four years the Mississippi Gourd Society has sponsored the Mississippi Gourd Festival featuring stunning and elaborately carved and painted gourds.  The society will be offering classes in creating gourd art.

North Carolina

67th Annual North Carolina Apple Festival (Hendersonville – Aug 30-Sept 2) The festival features a street fair on Historic Main Street including: entertainment, arts & crafts, apple products, children & youth activities, special exhibits, food and the King Apple Parade on Labor Day.

11th Annual New River Blues Festival (Grassy Creek – Sept 1) High in North Carolina’s beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, on the banks of the pristine New River, there is a day devoted to world-class blues. The setting is wonderfully scenic with a glorious mountain meadow on the edge of a lively river.  Bring lawn chairs, blankets, kids, and umbrellas (rain or shine) as you listen and dance to the music of living legends.  Food, mixed & soft drinks, beer and wine are available for purchase.

South Carolina

Smoke on the Beach /  Beach, Boogie & Barbeque (Myrtle Beach – Aug 30-Sept 1) Close out the summer in Myrtle Beach during the Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival. The event has been proclaimed the official barbecue competition of South Carolina. The festival will feature family–friendly entertainment and events, samples from local and regional barbecue teams, live entertainment, a kid’s zone, wake board demonstrations, beer gardens, many food vendors, arts & crafts vendors, and much more. Spectacular fireworks finale on Sunday evening will delight all ages.

Taste of Charleston (Charleston Sept 27-29) More than 50 of Charleston’s finest restaurants will participate by offering the public a “taste” of their culinary specialties, including shrimp & grits, beef kabobs, Greek chicken, bread pudding, seafood, decadent desserts and much more. The event also includes the legendary “Waiter’s Wine Race,” cooking demonstrations, the “Best of the Taste,” East Coast Party Band on the main stage, and a Kids Corner. “Taste” Iron Chef Competition will take place at the Culinary Institute of Charleston’s Palmer Campus.


Boomsday 2013 (Knoxville – Sept 1) (Free) We normally think of fireworks displays associated with Independence Day, but over in East Tennessee, Labor Day is celebrated in a pretty massive style, too.  Knoxville will be hosting the 26th anniversary of Boomsday with the nation’s largest Labor Day weekend fireworks show.  They will also have food, contests, and a family fun zone featuring inflatables.

Riverfest (Clarksville – Sept 6-7) (Free) Clarksville celebrates its river heritage with its annual Riverfest Celebration, spotlighting the city’s music and fine arts. This two-day festival offers a variety of musical and visual art entertainment, delicious food, inflatables for children of all ages, and lots of river related activities, all set along the banks of the beautiful Cumberland River.  Riverfest features two large stages with more than 45 performances by local, regional, and national entertainers.

Worship Under the Stars (Jackson – Sept 7) (Free) This, once in a lifetime community gathering and worship celebration, will take place at the Casey Jones Village Amphitheatre and will feature a combined community choir of more than 400, featuring musicians from Jackson area churches. There will be a picnic at 5:00 pm followed by the community concert at 6:30 pm. Providence House, a historic home on the grounds that was built in 1837, will host an Open House from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Concert guests are asked to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating on the Amphitheatre grounds. Brooks Shaw’s Old Country Store will have a concession stand with picnic packages and festival foods with a portion of the proceeds donated to Birth Choice of Jackson.

Americana Music Festival & Conference (Nashville – Sept 18-22) Each year, the Americana Music Festival & Conference features over 100 artists performing in local venues, where legends and the next generation of rising stars, come together for four days of music and education. Past years have featured the Wallflowers, Brandi Carlile, Rodney Crowell, and Punch Brothers. The event brings together thousands of artists, fans and industry professionals from all over the world to Nashville.  Over 40 panels, with lots of daytime events featuring some of the industries brightest minds, will be in attendance at one of the nation’s most comprehensive and diverse music conferences .


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