Related events in Aberdeen
– First Presbyterian Church Tea Room: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. all three days, serving lunch. Low cost.
– Antique Show & Sale: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. April 11, preview party by reservation; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 12-13; noon-4 p.m. April 14. All four dates are at the Aberdeen Parks and Recreation building (the old Armory building), West Commerce and Matubba. Last year, organizers invited between 15 and 20 dealers of quality merchandise, including antique books, rugs, furniture and collectibles.
– Stitches Thru Time: Quilt and needlework exhibit at the Aberdeen Parks and Recreation building (the old Armory building), West Commerce and Matubba. Area residents have loaned historic and new quilts for the display. (Special request: Please do not touch the quilts; too many eager fingers can damage or soil the fragile fabrics.)
– “Our Town”: Historic pageant at 7:30 p.m. April 12, Aberdeen Elkin Theatre. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students. High school art is displayed in the lobby.
– North-South Skirmish: The 14th Mississippi Infantry Regiment will host a skirmish at Morgan’s Landing Park on April 13-14, starting at 8:30 a.m. The skirmishes are competitive teams shooting breakable targets with live ammunition from Civil War muskets, carbines and pistols. Participants will be in authentic Civil War uniforms. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs for comfortable viewing. Call Emory A. Morgan for details at 369-8151.
– A Taste of Mississippi: 5 p.m.-9 p.m. April 13 at The Magnolias, 7732 W. Commerce St. This event is a tasting supper of typically Southern foods. Reservations are not required; both sit-down meals and take-outs will be available. For details, call Leo McGee at 494-0316.
– Lies and Legends: 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. April 13 at Old Aberdeen Cemetery; $1 admission. Students will portray the lives of 12 historic Aberdeen residents buried at the cemetery.
– “I Will Close and in the Meantime…”: This library exhibition from April 12-June 30 presents Civil War diaries and journals of Aberdeen natives, letters to and from the home front and oral histories from former slaves. David Waldrop’s 9th-grade students from an Aberdeen social studies honors class will portray the authors at various times during the pilgrimage. Evans Memorial Library in Aberdeen will be open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April 12-13 and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. April 14. Admission is free. Call 369-4601 for details. Also on display at the library is the best of art from the 1996 7th and 8th grades at Shivers Junior High School in Aberdeen.
– Six historic churches: Open noon-2 p.m. April 12-13; free admission. Churches are First Baptist (1926), First Christian (1925), First Presbyterian (1895), First United Methodist (1912), St. Francis Catholic (1927) and St. John’s Episcopal (1852).
– Other notable sites: Monroe County Courthouse (1857), Magnolia Boulevard on Commerce Street and “Silk Stocking Avenue” (Franklin Street), the main Victorian residential street.
– Driving tour: Historically significant exterior architecture is displayed at 55 homes on the Aberdeen driving tour. Free brochures with maps are available where Pilgrimage tickets are sold, at the Aberdeen Elkin Theatre downtown on Commerce Street.