March 28, 2009
The 69th annual Columbus Pilgrimage begins Monday with a flourish of live music and living history.
The Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation brings Muzik in Action back for an encore outdoor performance in historic downtown Columbus from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center at 300 Main St.
This free block party, dubbed "Blues Around the Block," features Simeon Weatherby and the Atlanta-based jazz and blues musicians who performed at the well-received "Catfish in the Alley" event earlier this spring in Catfish Alley.
The community is invited to enjoy the tunes and good food available on the grounds surrounding the Welcome Center, ticket headquarters for the March 30-April 11 Pilgrimage tours of antebellum homes and historic churches. Carriage rides are also expected to be available.
After the festivities, there is still ample time to head to Friendship Cemetery on Fourth Street South for the first evening of the popular "Tales From the Crypt." The graveyard tour and dramatic presentations by Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science students is a memorable experience for lovers of history and drama.
The award-winning history project has been recognized as a national finalist in the Save Our History Classroom Awards program. "Tales From the Crypt" tours are from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 30 and April 1, 3, 6 and 8. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students.
Pilgrimage''s first home tour is also Monday. The "Green Tour," from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., features Rosewood Manor, Twelve Gables and White Arches. Home and church tour tickets are available at the Welcome Center. For more information, contact the Center at 662-328-0222 or 800-327-2686.
Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.