Mound Bayou plans activities
by Anne Hart Preus
Aug 26, 2014 | 1131 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mound Bayou is preparing several activities over the next few days.

Music in the Park will highlight blues music this week as part of the Historic Preservation Committee's focus on music.

Music lovers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the Milburn Crowe Memorial Park Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Previous weeks have focused on jazz and gospel music.

Performers this week will include Dr. Ron Myers, Kingfish Ingram, Joe Eagle, Cedric Evans, and Albert Franklin.

There will be a block party Friday night at the Facility Building beginning at 8 p.m. If weather permits, the event will be outside.

Registration for a healthy Mound Bayou walk and run will start at 6 a.m. Saturday and the race will begin at 7 a.m. Participants should meet at Big Daddy's Chicken Place.

There is an option for walkers to take a walking tour through the city to see the Historical Markers.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, there will be a parade of cars and cycles to mark the start of festivities for SeptemberFest. There is no fee to participate.

Vendors will be on hand and there is still time for vendors to sign up at city hall.

This year's performers include Nellie Tiger Travis, an award winning blues singer.

Other featured performers Fade to Blaq, Southern Comfort, Ricky Burton, Angela Walls, and Smooth Jazz Progression will be on the green where the old train depot was across from the I.T. Montgomery Home beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The Mound Bayou September Festival is an event that draws people from all walks of life and from all over the world to celebrate diversity over healthy living and heritage.

Since its inception in 2009, Mound Bayou SeptemberFest has grown to an estimated crowd of between 3,000-5,000.

According to the event's flyers, "This year the festival is introducing ‘Delta Jewel Culture and Heritage expo’. Delta Jewel creates a platform to educate, promote and put on display a cross section of musical genres that were created or influenced by the rhythms, music and cultures of Africa.

“This festival is designed to address several issues while providing an opportunity for all to enjoy.”