January Happenings

Professional Development Workshop for K-12 teachers
8am-3pm at Hattiesburg Cultural Center

Hattiesburg Arts Council presents “Mississippi History Through the Arts; A Bicentennial Journey” - Dr. Mark Malone
Reservations required by email; CEU credits available




Petal's 2020 Distinguished Young Women Program 
6 p.m. at the Petal High School’s Performing Arts

Nine young women will contend for cash scholarships and other prizes through competition areas of self-expression, fitness, talent, scholastics and a panel interview.
The young woman named Petal’s 2020 Distinguished Young Woman will go on to compete at the state competition to be held in Meridian, followed by a national competition in Alabama, which is the birthplace of the program.
This event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased at the door for $10; admission is free for children 5 years and younger. Proceeds from the event go to scholarship awards.





Once again, it's time to nominate local businesses, people, events, cuisine and art for this year's Best of the Pine Belt awards. Several key categories will be selected to be featured at the Best of the Pine Belt Awards Show at the Saenger Theater later this year. Those categories are selected from the nomination and final voting process. All voting takes place at the official festival website, www.festivalsouth.org. 

Last year, more than 867,000 votes created a guide to the Pine Belt's favorite people, places and things that make the area great. Once again, the complete list of "best" will be featured in the festival program that encompasses the June edition of Signature Magazine.

The Best of the Pine Belt Awards show is a red-carpet evening gala that is one of the highlights of the entire year, featuring special guests, awards presentations, live music and more, it is one of the hottest tickets of Festival South. 

To nominate y our favorites beginning Jan. 14, simply log on to www.festivalsouth.org and click on the Best of the Pine Belt. There, choose a category and type in nominations for as many categories as you like. Only one vote per IP address will be counted, so businesses and individuals that want to win will have to work hard to encourage their fans to vote for them. To assist in that effort, free downloadable posters are available on the website. 

Materials are available online at www.festivalsouth.org to solicit votes in the nominations process. Click on the Best of the Pine Belt and download logos, signs and more. 



Benefit Concert
7 p.m. at Heritage United Methodist Church

Heritage United Methodist Church presents "KIngs Gold," a benefit concert featuring two of gospel music's favorite quartets, The Kingsmen and Gold City. All proceeds go to R3SM (Recovery, Rebuild, Restore Southeast Mississippi), which coordinates restoration, rebuilding and disaster recovery services to low-income families and individuals living in Mississippi’s Pinebelt. General Admission Tickets are on sale now for $20 each (groups of 10 or more $18 each). Order tickets by phone, 601-261-3371 or on line at itickets.com. Tickets are also available at the Heritage UMC office 9am-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-noon Friday. 

For information, call the church office at 601-261-3371.



Amateur Photography Competition & Exhibit
3-5pm at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center

The Hattiesburg Arts Council has developed its plans for the 2019 Amateur Photography Competition & Exhibit. The event will be held from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. There is both an adult and children’s division with $50 prize awards for Best of Show.

Categories include: Nature; Landscape/Scenics; Animals; People; Elements in Design.

Eligibility is limited to amateur photographers who do not receive a primary share of their income from photographs, and who have not participated in professional competitions. Artists’ work must use photographic imagery or processes. Entries will be selected by jury based on originality, composition, and technical quality.

The entry fee is $5 per photo and all entries must be received from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Monday, Jan. 14 & Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center, 732 North Main Street, Hattiesburg.

For more information, visit hattiesburgartscouncil.org



Lamar County Distinguished Young Women Program 
7 p.m. at the Historic Hattiesburg Saenger Theater

The current representative of the Distinguished Young Women of Lamar County is Emmie Perkins. The participants are evaluated in five categories – Scholastics, Interview, Talent, Fitness and Self-expression.




United Way $100K Payday 
Ticket sales begin

United Way $100K Payday raffle tickets will go on sale Jan. 28 and continue until March 10. Tickets are $100 each for a chance to win $100,000! They can be purchased at Corner Market, Sunflower, select banks, online at unitedwaypayday.org or at the United Way office in downtown Hattiesburg. Funds raised will be used by United Way to help improve lives in the areas of education, health and financial stability. For more information, call 601.545.7141



An Evening with Travis Tritt
7:30 pm at Historic Hattiesburg Saenger Theater

The Hattiesburg Saenger Theater presents country music star Travis Tritt in a rare acoustic performance you won’t soon forget.
More than 27 years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Southern rock influenced artist continues to display strong sales activity, sell-out shows, and stays true and relevant to country music fans across the globe. Continuously performing shows and withholding a heavy appearance schedule, Tritt is proving to be unstoppable!
Closing in on what will be his third decade as a nationally recognized figure in music, the Southern-rock influenced artist continues to stay true and relevant to Country music fans across the globe. In previous years, Tritt topped the SoundScan Top 200 Catalog Country Albums chart for over 60 consecutive weeks with 15 weeks spent at No. 1 and 35+ weeks notched in a Top 5 position. Tritt’s compilation album, Very Best of Travis Tritt, which was released in 2007, saw a resurgence of sales that started in Nov. 2014. The 20-track album features some of Tritt’s biggest hits, including “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive,” “Here’s A Quarter,” and “Anymore.”

Tickets are available online, at the Saenger lobby, or by calling (601) 584-4888.  Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (subject to change without notice).  Unless sold out, tickets will still be available at the door.





An Evening with Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
8pm at Historic Hattiesburg Saenger Theater

With one eye on using the banjo to showcase America’s rich heritage and the other pulling the noble instrument from its most familiar arena into new and unique realms, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn’s second album Echo in the Valley is simultaneously familiar and wildly innovative.

This album is a follow up to Béla and Abigail’s acclaimed, self-titled debut that earned the 2016 Grammy for Best Folk Album. 



Caerus Mardi Gras Masquerade Party
7-11pm at The Bottling Company

The Caerus Mardi Gras Masquerade Party will officially kick off Mardi Gras season in Hattiesburg. This event will take place from 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at at The Bottling Company in Downtown and is sponsored by Keith's Superstores, in partnership with Magnolia Graphics and Signature Magazine.
Guests will be welcomed by life-size jesters and jazzy decor as New Orleans comes to Hattiesburg. Guests will have the opportunity to choose from hundreds of Mardi Gras masks to complete their masquerade attire, enjoy delicious Creole cuisine, take photos in “The Mississippi Hippie,” a state-of-the art photo booth in a vintage VW van, purchase your favorite New Orleans cocktail and dance the night away with the “No Idea Band” from New Orleans. Ticket prices also include an event T-shirt and an entry to win a beautiful piece of jewelry from Jewelmasters. “This will be THE event of the year,” said Melissa Saucier with Keith’s Superstores. “You don’t want to miss it.”
A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit two local organizations, The Arc of Southeast Mississippi's Freedom Riders and The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club. The Arc's Freedom Riders allow individuals with disabilities an opportunity to experience running events in the community as well as helps build an awareness for individuals with disabilities. Chairs will be a tool to create a whole new realm of possibilities for individuals with disabilities being able to experience a run/race that they never would have been afforded the opportunity otherwise.The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club's mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive responsible and caring citizens. Young people are shown they do matter and that it is very important for them to become active, productive citizens of society.

Masquerade tickets are $60. Get them today at hburgmardigrasparty.eventbrite.com!

Event sponsors include Hattiesburg Coca Cola, Jewelmasters, Sam’s Club, The First, A National Banking Association and Walmart 98. Sponsorship opportunities are still available; email hburgmardigrasparade@yahoo.com for more information.

And last, but not least, be sure to join sponsors for the 7th Annual Caerus Mardi Gras Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 on Hattiesburg’s Hardy Street. Feel the magic of Mardi Gras as beads and trinkets rain down over the crowd.

“We hope you will join us for the beginning and end of the Mardi Gras season in Hattiesburg,” said Saucier. “Submit your parade entry by Jan. 15 and you will receive one free ticket to the Masquerade Party.”

The 2019 parade charity is Homes of Hope for Children. Their mission is to serve children in crisis throughout Mississippi by providing strong, Christian homes to every child that lives on campus while ensuring that each child is loved unconditionally and has their physical, spiritual, and emotional needs met.

Be sure to follow the Caerus Mardi Gras events on Facebook!
Laissez les bons temps rouler! Let the good times roll in the 'Burg!



February 15-16
Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo
Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center

The ‘Greatest Show on Dirt’ is returning to Hattiesburg February 15-16, 2019 for the 34thAnnual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo. The Department of Campus Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the event at the Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center. The rodeo will start at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets will be on sale beginning January 4, 2019, at Boot Country on U.S. Highway 49 and Hub City West Farm and Garden on U.S. Pioneer Road in Hattiesburg. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 after Feb. 14. All seats are reserved and have chair backs.