By Monroe Journal
ABERDEEN – Azaleas will be in full bloom. Spring will have arrived. The antebellum heritage of the town will take center stage. Aberdeen’s annual pilgrimage is scheduled for April 22-25.
In its 35th year, the pilgrimage will feature the Lies and Legends of the Old Aberdeen Cemetery featuring Aberdeen High School students recollecting stories of early Aberdeen residents. The Elkin Theatre will host a community theater production of Life in a Small Town and members of the First Missionary Baptist Church will host their “Taste of Mississippi” and gospel concert.
The recently restored Monroe County Courthouse will be open for tours for the first time in pilgrimage history.
The weekend will also feature the annual Boy Scouts’ pancake breakfast and Lion’s Club barbecue. The Aberdeen Animal Shelter will have a bake sale during the Magnolias tour Thursday and Saturday.
A proper afternoon tea and pilgrimage tea room luncheon will also take place during the weekend. Craftsmen, re-enactors and musicians will also give festival-goers a glimpse into the common practices of southerners of a long time ago at the Old Homestead.
A quilt display is also planned for the Magnolias on Thursday and Saturday of the pilgrimage.