Happenings: June


8 AM @ The Rayburn farm

Forrest County Sporting Clay Fundraiser Shoot will be held Saturday, June 1, at The Rayburn Farm, 1721 Hwy. 11, Petal. There is a $25 entry fee $30 with lunch included. Sign-ups will start at 8 a.m. with shooting starting at 8:30 a.m. Awards will be given to the top shooters. Age divisions include 20 years old and under, 21 to 40 years old and 41 years old and above. The overall top shot will be determined between the top shooter from each age division in a shootout. For more information, call Drew Walters at (601) 549-7338 or Darlene Chatham at (601) 520-3767.


6 PM @ WCU Thomas Fine Arts Center

The Mississippi Coast Lawyers Chapter of The Federalist Society and William Carey University will host an Attorney General candidate forum at William Carey University in Hattiesburg. The event will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 at Thomas Fine Arts Auditorium, and will be moderated by Judge Charles Pickering (ret.) of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The non-partisan forum will be open to the public. Candidates will be asked to discuss topics selected by The Federalist Society organizers, which will include questions submitted by William Carey students. All Attorney General candidates were invited to participate. Representative Mark Baker, Treasurer Lynn Fitch, and attorney Andy Taggart have all confirmed they will participate. “This will be a great opportunity for voters to hear directly from the candidates on a broad range of topics,” said Russell Nobile, one of The Federalist Society organizers. “We are very excited to hear from each candidate about their plans for the Attorney General’s office.”  For further inquiries, please contact Russell Nobile or Jane Meynardie with The Federalist Society at (228) 867-7141. More information about the forum is available at https://fedsoc.org/agforum.


JUNE 6-8
7:30 PM @ Mannoni Performing Arts Center

FestivalSouth opens its 10th anniversary season with Broadway’s singing, dancing, feel-good musical Sister Act. Presented by Forrest Country in partnership with Bryan Nelson, with support from Clyde Bryant of State Farm and Forrest General’s Spirit of Women, it is based on the 1992 film and features original music by Tony and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken. This uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Produced by The Hub City Players, Hattiesburg’s professional theatre company, Sister Act is filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story. The production opens June 6 and runs through the opening night of FestivalSouth in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. “We wanted to do something really spectacular and at the same time special to the community,” said Mike Lopinto, Artistic Director of FestivalSouth. “The super-talented, diverse cast features many ‘local notables’ who are veterans of the stage and some special guest appearances that will have audiences roaring.  ”The cast is helmed by the incredible songstress Latisha Hamilton in the lead role of Deloris Van Cartier and one of Hattiesburg’s theatrical gems, Brenda Shows, as Mother Superior. Newcomer Mely Berdion and veterans Patricia Garner and Lucy Sanguinetti have star turns in the production that also includes Walter Williford, David Walker, Jacobi Daughrity, Allen Hollifield, Wesley Hodges, Cymon Davis, Sierra Davis, Blair Dudas, Alice Johns, Sierra Byrd Davis, Krista McKenzie, Erin Granberry, Jennie Bounds, Lauren Roosa-Wise, Sara Hale, O'Neil Jones, Jeanna Runnels, Ella Seymour, Analynn Sober, Christian Sandoval, and Calvin Pierce. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under with adult ticket purchase. They are available at festivalsouth.org, hubcityplayers.com, (800) 844-8425, and (601) 266-5418.


JUNE 13-JULY 20 @ WCU Joe And Virginia Tatum Theatre

Carey Dinner Theatre will celebrate its 44th season with two musical comedies when “Mississippi unique dinner theatre” opens again this summer. From the aroma of the catered buffet, through the candlelit meal, to the thrill of the first chords of the overture, CDT offers patrons an all-around entertainment experience with two shows in June and July. Radio Gals, written by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick, the creative genius behind hits Smoke on the Mountain and Pump Boys and Dinettes, is June 13 – 29; and Peace Like a River, the gospel musical comedy sequel to CDT’s 2011 smash hit Peace in the Valley, is July 9 – 20. Radio Gals, which runs June 13 – 29, tells the story of Hazel Hunt who receives a transmitter as a retirement gift and Station WGAL is born in Cedar Rapids, Arkansas. Twenty-one original songs provide the backdrop for this zany musical. Peace Like a River, which runs July 9 – 20, tells the story of Harmony Valley Church and the confusion that reigns there. Full of lively gospel music and humor, the show is a heartwarming evening for audiences. CDT alumni, such as Philip Fortenberry and Keith Thompson, can be found in professional theatre. Fortenberry was a keyboardist for the national tour of "Cats" and more recently was the musical director for the revival of "Hair" and "Seussical, The Musical." Thompson was a musical director in New York, where his credits include "Les Miserables," but is now based in Las Vegas. Both have numerous credits in professional theatre. Shannon Robert completed a master of fine arts at Florida State University and studied at the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia before returning to the Carey theatre faculty and the position of designer with CDT. The box office opens Monday, June 3, and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m Monday through Saturday. Tickets are $35 and include tax, show and buffet. For reservations, call (601) 318-6221. Shows are nightly except Sundays and Mondays.


7:30 AM @ Kamper Park

The 2019 Dog Days 5K and 2 Mile Walk for Hub City Service Dogs is again associated with the FestivalSouth event series in the Pinebelt for the second year. As part of FestivalSouth, the fifth annual Dog Days 5K event will be on June 15 at Kamper Park in Hattiesburg. Kicking off at 7:30 a.m., the race tours through the Avenues of Hattiesburg, down Mamie Street and Concart Street, ending near the Hattiesburg Zoo. The event will include breakfast from Topher’s, food from local vendors, door prizes, entertainment by Charles Carter, and a run-by dog pageant (dogs will be judged during the run and identified by participant bib numbers). Registration is $25 per participant. Event-day registrations will be available for $30 the morning of the race. All registrations prior to June 6th are guaranteed receipt of a 5th anniversary commemorative beach towel. The event will have T-Shirts for sale. For more information or to register for the event, visit www.hubcityservicedogs.org/dog-days-5k.


JUNE 22-23
ALL WEEKEND @ Shadow Ridge Golf Club 

St. Fabian Catholic Church will hold its sixth annual Fuss-N-Cuss Couples Golf Tournament June 22 and 23 at Shadow Ridge Golf Club. This is a 36-hole man and woman scramble. Proceeds benefit the Saint Fabian Catholic Church Building Fund. Cash prizes based on full field plus door prizes. Chance to win a Nissan Altima or a Yamaha Golf Cart plus other prizes. Shotgun start – morning tee times. One mulligan per person each day included. Food and drink both days. Wine and cheese party on Friday evening. 50/50 split, 6 tickets for $5.


7 PM @ Heritage United Methodist

The Collingsworth Family will be in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, June 28 at Heritage United Methodist Church, Hwy. 98 West and Baracuda Drive in Hattiesburg (Oak Grove). Tickets are currently on sale. Advance Ticket Price – Artist Circle, $35; General Admission, $25; Group Rate (10 or more), $22.50. All tickets day of event are $35 each, if available. Children always welcome (age 5 and under free when accompanied by a paid adult admission). Purchase tickets by phone, (601) 61-3371 (9am-5pm M-F) or online at iTickets.com (24/7). Tickets may be purchased at the Heritage UMC office (9am-5 pm and until noon Friday). Doors open for Artist Circle seating at 5:30 p.m., all others at 5 p.m. For more information, go to heritage-umc.org or call (601) 261-3371. Seating is limited, so order tickets early.