March 2019

Hymn of Praise 
7PM @ Thomas Fine Arts Center, WCU Campus
The William Carey Chorale, joined by WCU's full orchestra and the Southwest Community College Choir, will present "Hymn of Praise." The work is a sacred cantata by 19th-century composer Felix Mendelssohn and a favorite among long-time Carey alumni. William Carey presents this concert in praise and thanks to God for the university's remarkable recovery from a January 2017 that devastated its Hattiesburg campus. For more information, call (601) 318-6175.


Hub City Maker’s Market

10AM - 4PM @ Town Square Park
Hub City Maker's Market is a monthly market in Town Square Park that allows local artists to sell their work and to teach others about their skills with a mission to eradicate "starving" artists and give artists a chance to make a living or earn extra income through selling their work. Types of art you'll see at the market includes leather, jewelry, paintings, pottery/ceramics, textile arts, knitting/crochet, and much more. Local food and coffee vendors include hot chocolate, popcorn, and nachos, as well as Girl Scout Cookies for purchase and live music from Stonewalls. For more information, visit


HCLO Presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream
7:30PM @ Walthall Park
HCLO will present its second annual Shakespeare in the Park performance March 14-17 at Walthall Park, in historic downtown Hattiesburg. The play is A Midsummer Night’s Dream and follows up on the success of last season’s Macbeth. Directed by USM Technical Director Wes Hanson, the production will again be staged in a promenade setting, where the players and audience move from one locale to another during the production. This year’s production will feature a nightly Renaissance Fair atmosphere with food and drink vendors, games, crafts and live music. On Thursday, Friday and Sunday (14th, 15th, and 17th), the fair will begin at 6 p.m. and run for the hour and a half prior to curtain (at 7:30). Saturday the 16th, the event begins at 2:30 p.m. and runs the balance of the afternoon until curtain. “Saturday will be the big Ren Fair day,” HCLO board member Lindsay Williams said. “It will feature the most events and will have something for everyone, adults and children alike. And, yes, there’ll be giant turkey legs.” “Midsummer truly is a hilarious and magical piece of literature. It contains some of Shakespeare’s most famous verses. There’s a reason its probably his most widely-produced play,” said Miles Doleac. Tickets are $25 and available at This is no charge to attend the Renaissance Faire.


Irish-Italian Festival

10:30AM - 10:30PM @ St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
A popular Pine Belt-area event returns March 16 when St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Hattiesburg hosts the 18th annual Irish-Italian Festival Saturday, March 16, featuring great food, fantastic music, fellowship, a parade, a raffle for a cash prize of $3,500, and much more. The festival’s ‘Roll ‘N’ Stroll’ parade is at 10:30 a.m. and the festival is from 5-10:30 p.m. at the church, following a 4 p.m. Mass. Local civic organizations, businesses, bands, church and social groups are welcome to participate with decorated trucks, cars, golf carts and other vehicles, as well as walking groups, dance groups in the “Roll N’ Stroll” parade and entry is free. The festival will feature the fantastic sounds of Madewood Street Music beginning at 6:45 p.m. There will also be games for kids, a silent auction and an art show featuring the work of some of the Pine Belt’s best local artists. The menu for the event includes Irish stew, spaghetti and meatballs, Italian brats, Irish sausage dogs, egg rolls, pizza, cotton candy, hospitality coffee corner and spirits as well as a variety of desserts. Complimentary soft drinks and water will be available.Tickets for the raffle may be purchased for $10 each from any member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Admission is free, with tickets for food and drink items available for purchase at the entrance. For more information, contact St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church at (601) 264-5192. Check for updates on the festival at


Coming Home, One Night Only Piano Performance

7:30PM @ Thomas Fine Arts Center Auditorium, WCU campus
Renowned pianist, composer and Columbia native Philip Fortenberry will bring his masterful piano playing, exciting storytelling, beautiful music and southern charm home to Mississippi for a solo benefit concert, “Coming Home, One Night Only,” William Carey University, Fortenberry’s alma mater, is hosting the concert in the 1,200-seat Thomas Fine Arts Center Auditorium during the Homecoming celebration. Proceeds from the concert will benefit WCU’s Winters School of Music and Ministry Studies’ new Strings Program and help support the Steinway Program.Tickets to the concert are now on sale to the public for $15 general admission and are available for purchase. Call the WCU Music Office at (601) 318-6175 or email Tanya Hobbie at


HAC’s Art In The Garden

2-4PM @ Hattiesburg Cultural Center
Enjoy a painted feather exhibit by Elaine Maisel, glass art from Seraphim Studios, and live music during this free event. Hattiesburg Arts Council encourages the public to participate in a community birdhouse contest. Those interested in the contest can either build the birdhouse or purchase an unfinished store-bought house. Birdhouses will be judged based on creativity and originality. Birdhouse displayed at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center during the HAC’s “Art in the Garden” exhibit, with an option to purchase certain houses. Winners will be announced at 3 p.m. March 23 following a presentation by award-winning gardener, Felder Rushing.


The Future of the Planet: Climate Change and Environmental Protection Forum Lecture

6:30-8:30PM @ Bennett Auditorium, Southern Miss Campus
In 2013, Gina McCarthy was appointed to lead the Environmental Protection Agency by President Barack Obama. As the 13th administrator of the EPA, McCarthy led the Obama administration’s efforts to address climate change. Before coming to the EPA in 2009, she worked for both Republican and Democratic administrations in Massachusetts and led the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. She has spent her career championing campaigns to cut air pollution, ensure clean water, reduce greenhouse emissions, and secure environmental justice and health equity. This event is free and open to the public.


4th Annual Si Robertson Sporting Clay Shoot

9AM @ Pine Belt Gun Club
The 4th Annual Si Robertson Sporting Clay Shoot will take place Friday, March 29, at Pine Belt Gun Club in Lumberton. Last year more than 400 participants helped raise over $225,000 for the ministry through the 2018 clay competition. In just three years, the event has become one of the premier sporting clay competitions in the state. A morning shoot will begin at 9 a.m. and an afternoon shoot will start at 1 p.m. For each team of five shooters, the entry fee will be $200/shooter (or $1,000/paid team). This cost includes a team photo with Si, lunch, drinks throughout the tournament, 100 shooting clays per person during the tournament and a gift bag for each team member. At the event every participant will have the opportunity to win some great door and raffle prizes. The mission of Homes of Hope for Children is to serve children in crisis throughout Mississippi by providing strong, Christian homes to every child who lives on campus while ensuring that each child is loved unconditionally and has their physical, spiritual, and emotional needs met. For more information, visit



9AM - 5PM @ Downtown Hattiesburg
HUBFEST is Hattiesburg’s premier arts and music festival. The annual event is held in beautiful historic downtown Hattiesburg and features four stages of live music, more than 250 arts, crafts and food vendors, and a large children’s area. The one-day festival is free to the public, with the exception of the children’s area, which requires a $10 fee for unlimited all-day play. This year's headliner is Georgia native and country musician Jon Langston. Langston's fresh, new country music sound, with songs like "When It Comes To Loving You" and "Right Girl Wrong Time," has allowed him to sell out shows across the southeast. He is currently a 24 year-old Music City resident in Nashville with a publishing deal with Sony ATV, and is managed by KP Entertainment. This event is free and open to the public.

Pinebelt Foundation’s 8th Annual Rise-N-Shine Hattiesburg Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K

One of Hattiesburg’s signature events will have a new look and renewed focus this year.  On Saturday, April 6, the Pinebelt Foundation will host the 8th annual Rise-n-Shine Hattiesburg Half marathon, 10k, & 5k race. This race has been a local favorite for area runners since it was first launched by Hattiesburg Clinic. This year the clinic has handed the reins over to the Pinebelt Foundation. The race will feature a brand new course, valuable racer giveaways, and expanded opportunities to support local charities while you run. This year’s race is brought to you by Forrest General Hospital, which has generously stepped in as the title sponsor.

 “The Hattiesburg Half Marathon is a great way to support the Pinebelt Foundation, take action for your health, and see the benefits to our community,” said Millie Swan, Chief Marketing and Medical Staff Services Officer at FGH. “It creates a winning trip. People can walk, run, or cheer and enjoy our city. We are excited to be a part of the race and can’t wait to see it continue to grow.” The 2019 race participants will be able to choose from three different distances and enjoy a route that will showcase much of the city. Starting at the Saenger Theater, runners will wind their way through the avenues, the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi and Midtown.  “We are eagerly awaiting this year’s Rise N Shine Hattiesburg Half Marathon and are ready to roll out the red carpet to our many visitors and locals who are participating,” said Marlo Dorsey, director of VisitHattiesburg. “This is sure to be one of Hattiesburg’s signature events for the year.” 

After runners cross the finish line, they will find themselves back downtown to celebrate with a memorable after party. Festivities will include food from the Saenger Theater, and a cocktail recovery tent sponsored by Lincoln Road Package.  The Hattiesburg Half Marathon will also be the first race in Mississippi that will feature the Boston Marathon’s signature 26.2 Brew beer. The party will also include Southern Production’s Hippie Photo bus, caricature drawings, and the 4th Street Crossfit and William Carey Physical Therapy recovery tent. Food and drinks will be available to runners, and non runners may purchase food and beverages. Race awards and giveaways will include commissioned art pieces from local artist Thomas Jackson, as overall male and female will receive the original pieces of art. All other age group winners will receive a signed and numbered prints. All competitors will receive medals featuring a Hub City landmark, a T-shirt, and swag bags. Perhaps the most exciting part of this event will be the opportunity it presents to local nonprofit organizations. The event has partnered with 14 local charities to provide the opportunity to raise awareness and funding for their work. According to Rhonda Hayden, race director, each nonprofit will decorate a mile of the course and supply the needed volunteers to ensure runners have a safe and entertaining race. 

This year is also the official launch of the RNS GiveSmiles program through which each registered runner will have the chance to race and fundraise for the charity of their choice. Those wishing to run or sponsor a charity runner can visit to register or donate. Race packet pickup and expo will be from 3-7 p.m. on Friday, April 5, at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center on Main Street. The race will start at 7 a.m. April 6 in front of the Saenger theater.