Fall into Jones

 

While the weather may be cooling down just a touch now that fall has arrived, things are really starting to heat up in Jones County with lots of family friendly activities to enjoy throughout the season. From October through mid-December, there’s not a week that goes by that doesn’t have a fun event scheduled. Many are free and all are open to the public. Here’s a look at some of the events and activities on the calendar for this fall in Jones County.

If you have an event to share, please e-mail the information to Amanda Roll, amandar@edajones.com.

 

OCTOBER

Oct. 1-Nov. 11: Lauren Rogers Museum of ArtDaVinci’s Machines Exhibit

This traveling exhibit brings the innovations and genius of Leonardo DaVinci to life with more than 75 inventions reconstructed from his illustrations and writings. Guests will encounter and test these amazing inventions form flying machines and war weapons to diving gear and a self-propelled car. This is an interactive exhibit that allows visitors to touch, handle and gain a first-hand appreciation for how they work. Admission to the LRMA is always is free, and offers Sunday hours of 1-4 p.m. in addition to being open 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. INFO: 601-649-6374 or www.lrma.org.

 

Oct. 1-26: Jones College Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery – Thomas Jackson Painting Exhibit

The first of this year’s art exhibits at Jones College in Ellisville features the works of Thomas Jackson. Admission is free. Gallery hours are: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. INFO: Thomas Jackson Painting Exhibit

 

Oct. 4-7: Carpenter Brothers Emporium of Wonderful Whatnots

Located in downtown Ellisville, the Emporium is an occasional market that is typically open the first full weekend (Thursday-Sunday) of each month. Designed with the unique in mind, shoppers can browse through all kinds of whatnots and antiques, as well as hand-crafted and homegrown products such as soaps and candles. INFO: 601-580-7429 or Carpenter Brothers Facebook Page.

 

Oct. 6: Loblolly Festival

Held annually on the first Saturday in October, The Loblolly Festival celebrates Laurel’s heritage as a sawmill town. Vendors from several states, artists, crafters and craftsmen set up shop in the streets of downtown Laurel for this one-day event. Live music can be heard throughout the day, and the 2018 music lineup includes:

9:00 a.m. – Laurel Music Lessons
10:15 a.m. – Lloyd “Hurrican” Munn & the Forecasters
12:05 p.m. – Midnight Revel
1:55 p.m. – John Milham and The Inner Mission Band
3:45 p.m. – Young Valley

Food ranges from funnel cake to corn dogs to chicken on a stick and every variety of festival food imaginable. Lovable lumberjack, Mr. Loblolly, visits with the crowd and will stop for a photo op, too! Demonstrations vary from year to year, but crowd favorite Dayton Scoggins, the chainsaw artist, will be on hand for this year selling his creations as well as demonstrating the art of chainsaw sculpture. INFO: 601-433-3255 or www.laurelmainstreet.com. Also helpful hints to “know before you go” HERE.

 

Oct. 6: LRMA – Heritage Arts Festival

A free, annual family event, the theme for this year’s festival is Celebrating DaVinci’s Era of the Renaissance. Activities include hands-on art projects and features medieval re-enactors, as well as swords and armor created by Scott Wilson of Darkwood Armory. Hours are 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and free pizza and soft drinks will be served at 11:30 a.m. INFO: 601-649-6374 or www.lrma.org.

 

 

Oct. 12-20: South Mississippi Fair

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One of the largest fairs in the state, the South Mississippi Fair is nine fun-filled days of rides, concerts, exhibits and shows. Concerts in the Magnolia Center include country artist William Michael Morgan, Tuesday at 8 p.m. and classic Southern rockers Molly Hatchet, Thursday at 8 p.m. Some of the concerts scheduled for the Midway Stage are Motown/soul/pop cover band Compozitionz, Friday at 11 p.m., and the unique stylings of Galen Martin, Saturday at 7 p.m. General admission is $5. Children under 48” tall are free. Parking is free. Unlimited rides from 1-3 p.m. daily are $30 per person and 3 p.m.-close. INFO: 601-649-9010 or www.southmsfair.com.

 

 

Oct. 13: Phillips Drive-In Reunion

Since 1948, folks have been able to grab homemade burgers, shakes, fries and onion rings at Phillips Drive-In, known by locals as PDI’s. 2018 marks PDI’s 70th year in business, and what better way to celebrate than at the 8th Annual PDI Reunion? As if the food and live music weren’t enough reason to attend, the classic car and motorcycle show adds another whole level of fun to the festivities. Hanging out is free. Registration fee for cars and bikes is $20 and begins at 5 p.m. All proceeds go the Mississippi Baptist Children’s Home and Hellfighters/Mission at the Cross of Laurel. First, second and third place trophies will be awarded in ten classes. Reunion hours are 5-11 p.m. Be there or be square! INFO: Contact event coordinator Ken Keyes at ken54@gmail.com or click HERE for more information.

 

 

Oct. 19: ‘Make Something Good Today’ Book Tour Stop at the Laurel Mercantile

Ben and Erin Napier will celebrate the release of their first book, Make Something Good Today, during a 10-stop book tour in October. They will make their way back to their “Home Town” of Laurel on Friday, October 19 to host a book signing at their store the Laurel Mercantile from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

 

 

 

Oct. 15-19: Lunch at the Fair

Tired of the same old lunch routine? Then grab your friends and head over to the fair grounds to enjoy lunch at one or more of the many food vendors. The fairgrounds will open for lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday.

 

 

Oct. 18-21: The Rusty Chandelier

If it’s the third Thursday-Sunday of the month, then it’s time for The Rusty Chandelier occasional market. Located just off Carroll Gartin Blvd. in Laurel. The Rusty Chandelier has thousands of treasures, from antiques to jewelry to clothing and lots of things in between. Hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2-5 p.m. on Sunday. INFO:  www.rustychandelier.netor 601-649-4050.

 

 

Oct. 25: Shop 16th Fall Festival

Come enjoy an evening of food, games, live music and fun as we celebrate all things fall on 16thAvenue in Laurel. Hours are 3-7 p.m. in the parking lot of Rubies Home Furnishings. All attendees will receive coupon cards and discounts to the 16thAvenue shops. Admission is free. INFO: www.shop16th.com or 769-218-9867.

 

 

Oct. 28: LRMA Music of the Middle Ages

The Madrigal Singers of Jones College will present a concert of music from the Middle Ages in the American Gallery at 3 p.m. This event is free. INFO: 601-649-6374 or www.lrma.org.

 

Oct. 27: Cotton Gin Market at Rasberry Greene

Vendors from all over Mississippi and the South come together deep in the Piney Woods for a showcase of curated craftsmen, artisans, makers, purveyors of vintage and antique goods, delicious southern food and the sounds of South Mississippi. Rasberry Greene is an event venue located a few miles outside Soso. Market hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. INFO: 769-208-3802 or www.rasberrygreene.com

 

Oct. 30: Jones College Treats in the Streets

With its festival-like atmosphere, this Halloween tradition attracts thousands of children ages 12 and under and their parents to the campus of Jones College in Ellisville. Campus clubs and organizations decorate booths and have numerous activities for the children, including a costume contest. Hours are 5-7:30 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. INFO: 601-477-4845

 

NOVEMBER

Nov. 1-4: Carpenter Brothers Emporium of Wonderful Whatnots

Located in downtown Ellisville, the Emporium is an occasional market that is typically open the first full weekend (Thursday-Sunday) of each month. Designed with the unique in mind, shoppers can browse through all kinds of whatnots and antiques, as well as hand-crafted and homegrown products such as soaps and candles. INFO: 601-580-7429 or Carpenter Brothers Facebook Page.

 

Nov. 1-11: LRMA DaVinci’s Machines

If November arrives and you still haven’t checked out DaVinci’s Machines at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, there is still time becasue the exhibit doesn’t end until November 11. Admission to the LRMA is always is free, and offers Sunday hours of 1-4PM in addition to being open 10AM-4:45PM Tuesday-Saturday. INFO: 601-649-6374 or www.lrma.org.

 

Nov. 3: Ellis Fest

Introducing the first ever Powhatan Ellis Festival (Ellis Fest for short) in Downtown Ellisville hosted by The Ellisville Downtown Merchants Guild with special help from many Ellisville service organizations. The festival will feature local musicians, music exhibition, a talent competition, art competition, merchants, vendors, food, and so much more! Hours will be 9AM-6:30PM. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a whole day of fun. Sponsorships and Vendor spots are available too. INFO: www.ellisfest.com.

 

Nov. 3: 4th Annual Moselle Memorial Baptist Church CAR, TRUCK, and RAT ROD SHOW

Car, Truck, and Rat Rod Show with Show and Shine Antique Tractor Displayat Moselle Memorial Baptist Church (6 Beeson Road/Highway 11, Moselle). There will be live music and plenty of food.   Registration begins at 9:00 A.M. and Ends at 11:00 A.M. Thirteen trophies will be given away; five for pre-1990, five for post-1990, and three for Best in Show. Awards will be given at 2:00 P.M. Entry fee is $20 per entry. Entry fee includes a free picture of Entry. Goody Bags and Door Prizes will also be given away. INFO: Please call 601-580-5550. Spectator admission is FREE.

 

Nov. 5-Dec. 5: Jones College Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery – Charlie Mabry Ceramic Sculpture Exhibit

The year’s second show spotlights with ceramic work of Charlie Mabry. Admission is free. Gallery hours are: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The college will be closed Nov. 19-23 for Thanksgiving Break. INFO: Charlie Mabry Exhibit.

 


Nov. 15-18: The Rusty Chandelier

If it’s the third Thursday-Sunday of the month, then it’s time for The Rusty Chandelier occasional market. Located just off Carroll Gartin Blvd. in Laurel. The Rusty Chandelier has thousands of treasures, from antiques to jewelry to clothing and lots of things in between. Hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2-5 p.m. on Sunday. INFO:  www.rustychandelier.netor 601-649-4050.

 


Nov. 24-25: Christmas at the Village at Landrum’s County

One of South Mississipi’s favorite ways to kick off the holiday season! Landrum’s 35th annual Christmas at the Village is an old-fashioned Christmas celebration that’s fun for the whole family. Attendees will enjoy food from the Smokehouse, funnel cakes, photos with Santa Claus, hand-made craft vendors, civil war re-enactments, farm animals, gem mining, and LOTS of live entertainment. Stop by the General Store to listen to Bobby Hathorn pickin’ his banjo, grab some kettle korn, and take a wagon ride through our beautiful nature trails. The thousands of twinkling Christmas lights are sure to bring on the holiday cheer. Hours: Saturday 11/24 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11/25 12-8 p.m. INFO: Additional details available HERE.

Nov. 24: Shop Small Saturday

Be sure to mark this on your calendar as a day to shop local and support small businesses. Local business owners throughout Jones County will be open and many will have seasonal specials just waiting to be discovered.

 

 

Nov. 29: Jones College – “A Jingle Jazz Christmas” Benefit Concert

Held annually, this event showcases the talents of the Jones Jazz Band and JC Voices. In lieu of a ticket, Jones Fine Arts Department requests that people bring one new unwrapped toy for the Salvation Army’s “Angel Tree” program as admission to the concert. Showtime is 7 p.m. in the M. P. Bush Fine Arts Auditorium on the Jones Campus. INFO: 601-477-4095, 601-477-4024 or HERE.

 

Nov. 29-Dec. 2: The Rusty Chandelier

This weekend is the annual holiday special opening for one of Jones County’s premier occassional market. Hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2-5 p.m. on Sunday. INFO:  www.rustychandelier.netor 601-649-4050.

 

Nov. 30-Dec. 1: Market Beautiful

Laurel will once again host Market Beautiful! Come and kick off the Christmas season with Erin & Ben Napier from HGTV’s Home Town. There will be vintage shopping, food, drinks, kids’ activities, workshops, an on-stage talk with Erin & Ben followed by a meet-and-greet and a chance to get a copy of their new book signed. Hours are Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Tickets are $10. INFO: The Market Beautiful Facebook Page.

 

DECEMBER

Dec. 1: Christmas Parades in Laurel & Ellisville

When the cannon sounds at 10 a.m. it signals the start of the Laurel Sertoma Club Christmas Parade. Billed as the largest in the state, it winds its way from Sawmill Square Mall through downtown Laurel with floats, beauty queens, marching bands and much, much more. Then, at 2 p.m., the Ellisville Christmas Parade rolls from Jones College through downtown Ellisville. Bring your lawn chairs to both and enjoy!

 

 

Dec. 1: Kiwanis Pancake Day

A Laurel tradition that coincides with the Christmas Parade, Kiwanis Pancake day is all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage. Everybody sees everybody and a great time is had by all. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Dining locations are the YWCO in downtown Laurel and First Baptist Church.

 

 

Dec. 2-3: Jones College Concert Choir Christmas Concert – First Baptist Church, Laurel

An evening of Christmas music presented by the JC Concert Choir will put you in a good mood for the holiday season. Concert begins at 6 p.m. both nights. Admission is free. INFO: 601-477-4803 or HERE.

 

 

Dec. 4: Jones College Small Ensembles Winter Concert

This free event showcases several small instrumental ensembles from the Jones Concert Band. The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the M. P. Bush Fine Arts Auditorium on the Jones Campus. INFO: 601-477-4843 or HERE.

 

 

Dec. 6-9: The Rusty Chandelier

Hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2-5 p.m. on Sunday. INFO: www.rustychandelier.net or 601-649-4050.

 

 

Dec. 6-9: Carpenter Brothers Emporium of Wonderful Whatnots

Located in downtown Ellisville, the Emporium is an occasional market that is typically open the first full weekend (Thursday-Sunday) of each month. Designed with the unique in mind, shoppers can browse through all kinds of whatnots and antiques, as well as hand-crafted and homegrown products such as soaps and candles. NFO: 601-580-7429.