September 2018 Happenings

September 8
3PM - til @ Chain Park

WUSM FM-88.5 radio station at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) invites residents from the surrounding area and beyond to celebrate the vibrant culture of the Pine Belt region at the Leaf River Fall Fests at Chain Park in Hattiesburg, occurring the Saturdays of Sept. 8 and 29, and Oct. 6, 13 and 27.  These free, family-friendly events will celebrate an array of music genres this fall, with each festival highlighting a specific genre of music and culture, from Latin to Folk and everything in between. The Leaf River Fall Fests are a collaboration between WUSM – FM 88.5, the USM School of Communication, the city of Hattiesburg, the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association and the Petal Chamber of Commerce, and are sponsored in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation. Kicking off the series on Saturday, Sept. 8 will be the El Grito Latin Festival, followed by Roots Fest Sept. 29; Mobile Street Fest on the River Oct. 6; Future Fest, featuring pop rock music Oct. 13; and Harvest Fest, featuring Americana, bluegrass and folk music Oct. 27. The public is invited to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs to the concerts.

Admission is free. For more information on each festival, or for information on how to sponsor or be a vendor at the Leaf River Fall Fests, visit


September 11
6-8PM @ Hattiesburg Cultural Center

The Hattiesburg Arts Council is kicking off the 2018-19 season with a series of events in September that spotlight local professional artists, professors and teachers. Filling the walls of the Hattiesburg Cultural Center from Sept. 11-Oct. 19 will be visual art works of the Meade family – James Meade, professor of art for more than 40 years at The University of Southern Mississippi; Myra Meade, former art teacher in schools and an active landscape painter, and their daughter, Chatham Meade Kemp, painting and drawing instructor at William Carey University. The opening reception for the Meade exhibit will be from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 11 and is free and open to the public. 

If you love to work with clay, you will enjoy the “Face Jug” workshop with USM associate professor, potter and ceramic artist Mark Rigsby on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center. The workshop is suitable for little folks and big folks alike. Session 1: 10 a.m.-noon (families with children) and Session 2: 2-4 p.m. (adults only). Cost: 7-inch face jug $50 and 10-inch face jug $75

The opening reception event on Sept. 11 is free and open to the public. Reservations are required for the Face Jug workshop. To reserve a space, visit 


September 13-16
7pm @ Elks Music Park 

The Piney Woods Picnic, which continues to grow rapidly each year, was established to create awareness for preservation of the Bouie and Leaf rivers, and the American music deeply rooted in the region right through the “birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll.” The music lineup includes artists from South Mississippi and beyond. Musicians include Grayson Capps Band, Kenny Brown, Cary Hudson, South Jones, Eulogy, Cloud Wars, Young Valley Pinebelt Pickers, Royal Horses, Mississippi Shakedown, Midnight Revel, Wes Lee, Thomas Jackson Orchestra, Joe Johnson, Scott Chism & The Better Half, and others. 

The Picnic brings these musicians together to recognize the great music from the region and its role in the history of American music. The goal is to assist the Piney Woods Land Trust in raising funds to maintain lands donated or purchased for preservation and/or ecotourism.

Tickets range from $10 for Thursday night tickets, $20 for Friday, $35 for Saturday. Tickets with camping options start at $150. For more info, visit


September 15
3PM & 8PM @ Chain Park (3PM) & Downtown Hattiesburg (8PM)

Southern Miss and the USM Student Government Association have teamed up with the City of Hattiesburg and Hattiesburg Downtown Association to host Eaglepalooza. This year’s show will feature two stages: the Leaf River Fall Fest stage at 3 p.m. will feature local musicians, and at 8 p.m. the headliner will take the Eaglepalooza stage in downtown Hattiesburg. Both events are free.


September 17
10:30am @ Canebrake Country Club

The Pink Ribbon Fund is hosting its annual Teeing Off in the Pink event beginning at noon Monday, Sept. 17, at Canebrake Country Club.  All proceeds benefit the Pink Ribbon Fund in its work to support breast cancer patients and survivors. The fund provides financial assistance and compassionate support to Pine Belt residents in 17 counties for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, as well as quality of life issues resulting from their diagnosis.

The fee is $125 per person which includes lunch, awards buffet, 18 holes of golf, cart and driving range balls. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. the morning of the event. Awards will be presented for first and second place (men and women), closest to pink ribbon, longest drive, longest putt and more. There will be an opportunity to purchase mulligans, raffle tickets and silent auction items.

For more information, contact Kaye Ray, PRF administrator, 601.550.5251 or Barbara Barnes-Tibbett, event coordinator, 850.316.0106.


September 20-22 & 27-29
7PM @ The Thirsty Hippo

Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera will kick off its 43rd season with Richard O’Brien’s cult classic The Rocky Horror Show live at The Thirsty Hippo, September 20-22 and 27-29. “This is the live stage show, not the movie, not a shadow cast; we’re doing the live musical in all its raucous glory,” said director Miles Doleac. As with the movie, however, audience participation is welcomed and encouraged. HCLO is even selling ‘audience participation’ kits both online and at the door to stress the fact. “We want people to get involved. The audience should feel like they’re part of the show,” Doleac said.

HCLO’s Rocky Horror Show stars Brandon Hays as “Frank-N’Furter,” Kathern Leanne Glydewell as “Janet,” Alex Miller as “Brad,” Joseph VanZandt as “Riff Raff,” Lindsay Anne Williams as “Magenta,” Judyth Daley as “Columbia,” Wesley Hodges as “Rocky,” Keenon Walker as “Eddie,” and Wes Hanson as “Dr. Scott,” along with a cadre of Phantoms and Transexual Transylvanians who’ll dance the night away and prod the audience to play along.  The show’s music director is Clifton Hyde, returning for his second consecutive show with HCLO after last Spring’s Evita. Rebecca Chandler of Hattiesburg Ballroom and Beyond is choreographing. 

Tickets for the show are on sale now at HCLO.ORG. Audience members can purchase VIP tables to be right up front and close to the action (these seats come with audience participation kits), general admission seating or standing room.


September 27
6-10pm @ The Venue

Mark your calendars for the VINES of the World Wine Tasting from 6-10 p.m. Thursday, Sept.  27, at The Venue at the Bakery Building in downtown Hattiesburg. The evening will feature more than 150 wines and spirits plus cuisine from local restaurants. Proceeds from the event benefit the South Mississippi Children’s Center, a diagnostic and co-educational youth crisis shelter serving homeless, runaway and abused youth.

The event is hosted by Canopy Children’s Solutions and The Venue at The Bakery Building. 

Tickets are $65 and can be purchased on the MCHS website, or through the MCHS Facebook page.


Dubard Speakeasy
6PM @ Thad Cochran Center
Advance tickets: $35 | $45 after Saturday, Sept. 22

The DuBard School Speakeasy is a great event. It’s a fantastic event. While the Speakeasy details are important, it’s essential to first understand the organization it supports. The Speakeasy is a “friend-raiser” for the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi. DuBard School is a full-time school that serve students with severe language-speech disorders. In day-to-day activities, DuBard School functions very similarly to other schools. 

Just like at any other school, DuBard School parents drop their child off at school by 8 a.m. each morning, sending the child on their way with a back pack and lunch box in tow. They wave their child goodbye and send good wishes for a great day. From the outside, DuBard School may seem very ordinary. But there is something different. For DuBard School parents, pickup time comes with much anticipation. For many parents, there is hope that they will hear those words they’ve been longing to hear. 

In an effort to help spread the word about this special school, the DuBard School Speakeasy was born. The event was created six years ago, and the name was crafted from a play on words, highlighting DuBard’s gift of allowing students to “speak easy.” The 1920s-themed event features a jazz band, an array of heavy hors d'oeuvres, delectable sweet treats and prohibition-inspired cocktails. This year, the event will be at 6. p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Thad Coch-ran Center at Southern Miss.

In true speakeasy fashion, the event is disguised as a town hall meeting. Guests will be greeted at the “meeting” with a variety of appetizers and drinks of their choice. When the coast is clear, everyone will be welcomed into the grand ballroom for a night of dinner and dancing. The real treat is that all of this is offered for only $35 a ticket. However, those last-minute planners will see a price increase to $45 after Friday, Sept. 22. These low-cost tickets are made available due to the generosity of the many event sponsors, including The Big Cheese, Mississippi Power and the Town Hall Sponsor, Keesler Federal Credit Union.

While the event is a roaring good time for guests, the DuBard School Speakeasy serves as a kickoff for the organization’s annual fundraising initiative and helps raise awareness about the need for support. DuBard School is a state-funded public school, but contributions from the state only cover a portion of the expense of the specialized services. Enrollment services at the DuBard School must be sustained through donations from the United Way, private foundations, corporations and individual donors.

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