Happenings: April

Irish Dance Beginner Lessons 

7:30PM @ Sigler Center
Irish dance lessons for beginners will be offered during the month of April at the Sigler Center in Hattiesburg each Tuesday night. Cost per person is $10 per class or $30 for the month. For more details, call 601-408-8219.

Inaugural Mudbugs in Midtown Crawfish Boil 

12-4PM @ 400 Arlington Loop
Come out for the inaugural MudBugs in Midtown Crawfish boil featuring beer, live music and tons of crawfish. Bring your chairs and your appetite. Cost of attendance is free, with food for purchase.

Much Ado About Nothing

7:30PM @ Southern Miss Hartwig Theatre
Support The University of Mississippi's theatre and experience the famous comedy by William Shakespeare, "Much Ado About Nothing!" The performances will be held at at 7:30 p.m. April 11 - 13 at Hartwig Theatre and matinees at 2 p.m. on April 13 and 14. Tickets are $15 general admission and can be purchased at the door or at southernmisstickets.com.

Disney’s Aladdin Jr.

7:30PM @ Saenger Theater 
Disney’s Aladdin JR. is based on the 1992 Academy Award-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show about the “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within. Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character. Tickets are $20 and available at the Saenger Box Office or at https://bit.ly/2F5btsu.

Petal-Southern Miss Powwow

All weekend @ Willie Hinton Park in Petal
Preservation of Native languages will be an integral part of programming for this year’s Petal-Southern Miss Powwow, to be hosted April 13-14 by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for American Indian Research and Studies and Golden Eagles Intertribal Society. The Powwow will be preceded by a Native Ways School Day April 11 with more than 100 area 4th-grade students expected to attend. All Powwow-associated events will take place at Petal’s Willie Hinton Park, located at South Main Street and West 8th Avenue. Dr. Tammy Greer, associate professor of psychology at USM, director of the Center and coordinator of the Powwow, said the event gives USM and other area college students, as well as those in K-12, a chance to integrate arts, sciences, education, and health concepts into their academic experiences. “In order to support that at the Petal-Southern Miss Powwow, we’ll have speakers of different indigenous languages speak to us periodically. And to make it fun, we will have a scavenger hunt for kids where clues and directions are given in Choctaw,” Dr. Greer said. The event is free to attend and open to the public.

Finding the Titanic and Other Tales of the Sea with Robert Ballard

6:30 PM @ Bennett Auditorium
An oceanographer and marine archaeologist, Robert Ballard is the founder of the Center for Ocean Exploration at the University of Rhode Island and the Ocean Exploration Trust. He is best known, however, for discovering and exploring the Titanic in 1985 and subsequent expeditions which located the German battleship Bismarck in 1989, the British Lusitania (whose sinking helped push the United States into World War I) in 1993, the USS Yorktown (sunk during the Battle of Midway in World War II) in 1998, and PT-109 (the boat piloted by John F. Kennedy) in 2002. He also helped uncover the first hydrothermal vents (called “black smokers”) in the Galapagos Rift in 1977 and the unique lifeforms that thrive near these underwater chimneys. In 2003, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush. Robert Ballard has received twenty-one honorary degrees and six military awards and is a recognized leader in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. This event is free and open to the public.

Sertoma Club Drawdown

5:30-9PM @ Brewsky's
The Hattiesburg Sertoma Club will  host its 15th annual $10,000 Drawdown to benefit children with speech and hearing disorders in the community.  The event will take place from 5:30-9 p.m. April 27 at Brewsky's on 4th Street. Cost to purchase a ticket is $100 along with an optional $25 insurance that allows you to reenter the drawing if your ticket is pulled in the first 50 tickets drawn.Ticket includes admittance for two, food and beverage, and chances to win door prizes and bid on silent auction items.You do not have to be present to win $10,000. Tickets can be purchased at various locations around town, online at sertoma.ourdrawdown.com, the Dubard School for Language Disorders on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi, by contacting 601-818-1716, or any member of the Hattiesburg Sertoma Club.

Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood Association Presents The 21st Annual Downtown Crawfish Jam

11AM-5:30PM @ Walthall Park

The 21st annual Downtown Crawfish Jam Music Festival, presented in part by Southern Beverage, is set for April 27 at Walthall Park. DCJ is one of several fun neighborhood events hosted by the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood throughout the year and serves as their largest fundraiser for the Walthall Foundation. The festival will kick off this year at 8 a.m. with the 6th Annual USM CPSG's (Council Psychology Student Government)Voodoo (Zombie) 5K run. The Voodoo run will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday in downtown Hattiesburg, ending at Walthall Park at 9:30 a.m. prior to the start of the Downtown Crawfish Jam. For more details about the 5K, visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/ CPSG5Krun.

Music is set to start at 11 a.m. and run until 5:30 p.m. The Downtown Crawfish Jam also offers boiled crawfish, hot dogs, sausage dogs and hamburgers, soft drinks and beer, a Kids Zone with various slides and jumps for kids of all ages, and a family-friendly atmosphere.

Walthall Park is located at 600 Walnut Street at the intersection with Rebecca Avenue. Advance tickets are on sale now at dcj-hburg.blogspot.com. Ticket outlets at the following locations will be available starting April 1: Twin Forks Wine & Provisions- 409 Hemphill Street, downtown; T-Bones Records - 2101 Hardy Street, Midtown; and Signs First - 4400 Hardy Street, west Hattiesburg. Advance Tickets are: Junior Ticket $30 (under 21) and Adult Ticket $40 (includes admission plus all-you-can-eat and drink). Valid I.D. required at the gate to receive the "all you can drink beer" wristband. Day-of-the-event tickets will be $50 for adults, $30 for under 21, and children 10 and under are admitted free and get a limited food ticket. All tickets are all-inclusive. (Crawfish guaranteed until 3 p.m. only).

“Pets, tents and coolers will not be allowed in this year,” said Brian Saffle, DCJ Chairman. “We are expecting a large crowd this year, so we are making every effort to make sure our guests enjoy the day. Rain or shine the event will happen, but we are all praying for a beautiful spring day.”

Parking for this year’s event will be made easier as well thanks to Sacred Heart School and Grove Transit. Parking will be available at the Sacred Heart High School campus located at the corner of West Pine and 2nd Ave, as well as the church parking lot, and Grove Transit will shuttle people throughout the day back and forth between the parking lots and the Walthall Park. Visitors should be aware that there will be limited parking on the streets in the neighborhood. Walnut Street will be closed off between Hall Avenue and Rebecca Avenue and Rebecca Avenue will be closed between Walnut Street and Court Street.

Proceeds from the Festival are reinvested in the community through the HHNA and Walthall Foundation; providing support for projects and events in the downtown Hattiesburg area. Some of these projects include Historic Preservation Projects and upkeep of the Walthall property as well as, events like the Victorian Candlelit Christmas.

For more information: online visit www.DCJ-hburg.blogspot.com or find us on Facebook at Downtown Crawfish Jam or email info@hattiesburghistoricneighborhood.com.

Hattie100 Bike Ride

7AM – 3PM @ Downtown Hattiesburg and Longleaf Trace
"Hattie Hundred 2019" is a bike ride that offers 100-mile, 88-mile, 65-mile, 30-mile, and a family ride (5-mile) courses on The Longleaf Trace, as well as a 100-mile off Trace ride. Your adventure will begin at the Hattiesburg Train Depot and follow the Longleaf Trace along a portion of the Mississippi Central Railroad Line. The 5, 30, 65, 88 and 100-mile on Trace rides will remain on the Longleaf Trace, while the 100-mile off Trace will explore county roads in Lamar and Jeff Davis counties. There will be four rest stops located on the Longleaf Trace and two additional rest stops on the off Trace 100-mile route. All 88 and 100 milers must check in at Bassfield Rest Stop on the Longleaf Trace by 11 a.m.  All participants must be finished by 3 p.m. This event benefits DREAM of Hattiesburg, Inc. in efforts to promote healthy positive change through prevention by reducing and/or preventing the abuse alcohol and other drugs for children and youth in south Mississippi.  DREAM establishing a youth cycling and family cycling club/team. To register for the ride you can complete the online registration form or mail in a paper registration form to DREAM. Those who complete the 100-mile course will receive a Hattie Hundred 2018 Railroad Spike.

Pink Ribbon Tea

“The Tea,” sponsored by the Pink Ribbon Fund, will take place from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Southern Oaks. Doors open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $35 or a table for 10 is $350. This event will feature Cynthia Stuart, a dynamic speaker who will motivate you, make you laugh and will give you lots of “food for thought.”  Prizes will be awarded including “Prettiest in Pink”and “Best Dressed Southern Style.” A raffle, which includes a ring and pendant donated by Carter’s Jewelry and valued at $10,000, will be given away. Only 200 tickets will be sold, $100 each. Purchase tickets by mailing your check to: Pink Ribbon Fund, 5891 U.S. Hwy. 49, #60-210, HATTIESBURG, MS 39401 or call Kaye Ray, (601) 550-5251.