Happenings: May

7 PM @ The Genealogy Library

Food historian and Associate Professor of American Cultural History Dr. Andrew Haley will give a presentation on the Mississippi Cookbook Project at The Genealogy Library, 307 2nd Avenue in Hattiesburg. His project is documenting community life in Mississippi through community cookbooks published in the 20th century.  All meetings are free and open to the public.  Experienced genealogy researchers will help you find your family roots. 

7:30 PM @ Saenger Theater

Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera will present Lionel Bart’s musical retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic May 9-12.  The show is directed by Miles Doleac, with musical direction by Clifton Hyde and Claire Sanguinetti, and choreography by Rebecca Chandler and Lindsay Anne Williams. The Tony-winning adaptation of Dickens’ well-known novel earned composer Bart the Tony for Best Score in 1963. The film version won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture in 1968. The show features 26 children, playing boarding house orphans, members of Fagin’s gang, street performers, and children of London. “Working with this many children—almost all of whom are absolutely integral to the show—is both challenging and inspirational,” said director Miles Doleac. He and music director Hyde both attest that the 55-year-old musical is more complex than they thought it was. “This is a complicated musical, a dark musical, with a lot of scene changes, a lot of moving parts, and some significant emotional heft,” Hyde said. “Those who haven’t seen it or haven’t seen it in a while may be surprised at how rich it is. There’s some very intricate music here and we’re teaching it to children. And, in most instances, they’re completely game.” Doleac said the children have really worked hard. “There’s a good deal of talent here. I think audiences will be impressed.” OLIVER! stars Scott Bolster in the title role, Seth Karas as “Fagin,” Lindsay Anne Williams as “Nancy,” Anna Brice Taylor as “The Artful Dodger,” Miles Doleac as “Bill Sykes,” Allen Holified as “Mr. Bumble,” Mindi Jordan Bennett as “Widow Corney,, and a number of other talented locals of all ages. OLIVER! opens Thursday, May 9, with curtain at 7:30 pm and runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (2 pm matinee). Tickets are currently available at HCLO.ORG. HCLO has recently announced its new season, which opens in August with the sci-fi, rock-n-roll musical, Return to the Forbidden Planet. 2019-2020 Memberships are now available at the aforementioned web page.For more information, contact Kathy Goss at (601) 549-3983.

MAY 11
7 PM @ Brewsky’s

Watch 5 Groove House student bands compete live to win your vote!  Students auditioned in January and were selected for placement in one of five bands coached by GH instructors. The winning band will record a single at Blue Sky Studios in Jackson and serve as the 2019-2020 booking band for Groove House. A family friendly event, all ages are welcome. Tickets are $10 at the door.

MAY 21
8:30 - 11:30 AM @ Hattiesburg Clinic, sixth floor

Hattiesburg Clinic Memory Center is offering free memory screenings for the public at the clinic’s main facility, 415 S. 28th Ave. in Hattiesburg.  The screenings are available to people ages 45 and up. Registration is required in advance. A memory screening is a series of questions and/or tasks that take about 20 minutes to complete. The screening can indicate if someone might benefit from a comprehensive medical evaluation. However, it is not intended to diagnose any illness or replace consultation with a healthcare provider. Space is limited and sessions fill up quickly; therefore, early registration is recommended.  To register for a screening, contact Memory Center at (601) 268-5620. The Forrest-Lamar Republican Women will hold their next meeting at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, at Movie Star Restaurant, 5209 Old Hwy. 11 across from Temple Baptist Church.

MAY 21
11:30 AM @ Movie Star Restaurant

Speakers include candidates for Forrest County Sheriff:  David Bassett, Nick Calico and Charlie Sims. Candidates for Forrest County Tax Collector: Billy Hudson and Malcolm Burch. Candidate for Governor: Robert Foster and Candidates for Lamar County Supervisor District 5:  Dale Lucas, John Mark Herrington and Andrew "Billy" Clinton.

MAY 25
7 PM @ Saenger Theater

South Mississippi Ballet Theatre presents Don Quixote at 7 p.m. May 25 and 2 p.m. May 26, at the Hattiesburg Saenger Theater. Don Quixote is a ballet in three acts and six scenes, based on episodes taken from the famous novel Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes. It was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa to the music of Ludwig Minkus and first presented by the Ballet of the Imperial Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, Russia, on Dec. 26, 1869. In 2012, Arkadiy and Katya Orohovsky staged a full version of this ballet for South Mississippi Ballet Theater. With 10 guest dancers it looked as good as a professional company production. This year SMBT brings back alive this glorious ballet with guest dancers including world-known international star Joseph Gatti. Tickets are $19 and are available at Eventbrite.com or the Saenger Box Office by calling (601) 584-4888. Office hours are 9AM - 5PM, Monday through Friday. Unless sold out, tickets will still be available at the door.

MAY 31
1:30 PM @ Canebrake Country Club

On Friday, May 31, teams will compete in the Division and FestivalSouth World Championship Golf Tournament. The format will be a two- person scramble utilizing handicaps to match competing teams. There will be four divisions:  Canebrake Country Club, Hattiesburg Country Club, Bankers, and Community Divisions.  Scores from the top four teams from each division will be used to crown the 2019 Festival South Golf Classic World Champion. There will be numerous opportunities for sponsorship at all levels. All checks/funds will funnel through the Hattiesburg Concert Association, a leading presenter and advocate of music, arts, and culture in the state of Mississippi. Cost per team is $200 or $100 per player. Registration deadline is May 20. Drop off registration form and check at Canebrake Country Club Pro Shop.

June 1
1-4 PM @ Lake Terrace Convention Center

One of the largest daylily shows in the nation, the show will also feature a floral design division and a plant sell.  The following gardens will be open for the annual garden tours from 9 am to 5 pm, May 27. Admission is free.
• Chisel Ridge Garden: Kenny and Debbie Hatten, 341 Paramount Road, Perkinston. 
• Penny's Daylily Patch: Penny Stringer, 509 Old Hwy. 24, Sumrall. 
• Montgomery Garden: Don and Connie Montgomery, 8 Melissa Hill Drive, Hattiesburg.
• Suburban Daylilies: Earl and Barbara Watts, 60 Serene Meadow Drive, Hattiesburg.
• Figlily Acres, Edd and Nancy Chain, 47 Nobles Road, Sumrall. 
• The Tree Top: Jimmy Reeves, 17 Marine Circle, Hattiesburg.
• Lily Meadow: Jon and Janette Tibbetts, 5 N. Heron Cove, Hattiesburg. 
• Burkett Garden: Mary Lois Burkett, 801 N. 30th Avenue, Hattiesburg.


Save the date
June 15
7:30 AM @ Kamper Park

As part of FestivalSouth, the fifth annual Dog Days 5K event will be on June 15 at Kamper Park in Hattiesburg. The race tours through the Avenues of Hattiesburg, down Mamie and Concart streets, 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). Additionally, awards will be given to runners and walkers, both with and without dogs. Registration is $25 per participant. Event-day registrations will be available for $30 the morning of the race. All registrations prior to June 6 are guaranteed receipt of a 5th anniversary commemorative beach towel. Proceeds will benefit Hub City Service Dogs, Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps place and train service dogs with individuals who demonstrate a true need. For more information, visit hubcityservicedogs.org/dog-days-5k.