First April weekend in Corinth full of activities

town_corinth_greenBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – In a weekend crammed with fun things to do around Corinth, organizers hope they’ll get strong participation for a Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Celebration.

The first weekend of April will be teeming with local residents and visitors moving from one venue to another as Corinth also hosts a Corinth Theatre-Arts production, a home tour, a gallery art auction fundraiser, a home and outdoor show, an annual chili cook-off and the first-of-the-season Green Market.

At 6 p.m. April 4, the Taurus Club invites the community to join in an annual walk that will begin at Bishop Memorial Park on Johns Street, next door to Project Attention.

“After the walk we’ll return to Bishop Memorial Park for an inspirational message,” said spokeswoman Ann Walker. “Citizens are encouraged to put on comfortable shoes and walk to remember, and we encourage you to make posters, flyers and flags to carry with you along the route.”

This year’s theme is “Marching Out of Darkness into the Light – Inspired By A Dream.”

The walk commemorates the death of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who died April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn., as he prepared to lead a march to protest unfair employment practices toward black sanitation workers.

Other events for the jam-packed weekend include:

• Crossroads Playhouse production “Sordid Lives”: April 3-6, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission $12, student $6. A play by Southern playwright Del Shores provides scenes of laughter and sympathy as it recounts antics of a lovable Texas family. This R-rated production is intended for mature audiences. (662) 287-2995.

• Sixth annual Corinth Home Tour: April 4-5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $15, to be used toward renovations of Verandah-Curlee House Museum. Tour three cottage-style homes. On April 4, enjoy “Luncheon on the Lawn” 11 a.m.-2 p.m., $10. On Saturday, a kids’ Teddy Bear Tea is planned for 2-4 p.m., $10 per person. Children age 4 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. (662) 415-6339.

• Corinth Artist Guild Gallery Silent Auction Benefit: An extension of the Corinth Home Tour with more than 100 pieces for sale. (662) 665-0520.

• Seventh annual Crossroads Chili Cook-Off: April 5, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Historic Corinth Depot. The International Chili Society-sanctioned competition includes a chance to buy chili samples for $5 per ticket and for local cooks to enter the People’s Choice competition. The event benefits the Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter. (731) 607-3432.

• Corinth Green Market: The season’s first monthly event is April 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Crossroads Museum, sharing space with the chili cook-off. It showcases vendors that include local farmers, gardeners, artisans, crafters and others selling their goods in an open-air, grassroots setting. Proceeds from the event support the Crossroads Museum. (662) 287-3120 or www.corinthgreen market.com.

• Crossroads Arena Home and Outdoors Show and Auction: April 5-6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. No charge. Event includes a 9 a.m. Saturday auction of farm and construction equipment by MidSouth Auction and Realty. Other features include hotdogs for $1; FREE Kids Fun Zone; cooking demonstrations; prizes and giveaways all day; many home and garden vendors. (662) 287-7779 or www.midsouthauctionandrealty.com.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com