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2 rained out events will get a second chance this week

Staff Photo by L.A. Story

The SoCo District will come alive with music, food and bargains today from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for "Southern Nights in SoCo."

By L.A. Story lastory@dailycorinthian.com

Two public events were postponed last week due to stormy weather and organizers have chosen to give them another try this week.

The SoCo District will come alive with music, food and bargains tonight from 5:30 to 8 p.m for "Southern Nights in SoCo."

The event is one where SoCo store owners got together and agreed to throw a monthly street festival every third Thursday night until September. Last week's event was postponed due to heavy rain and storms which began around the time the festival was to begin.

Wick Street will be blocked off all the way from Fillmore to Taylor Streets. There is food by Firebird's Sourdough Pizza & Gourmet Burgers, as well as possibly some other fair type food vendors, and each month features live entertainment.

Tonight there will be literal dancing in the street as Turning Pointe Dance Academy will be giving lessons for ballroom and line dances for anyone who wants to participate. The academy's National Dance Team will also perform one of their award-winning numbers.

There will also be designated areas equipped with sidewalk chalk for the kids.

With the road blocked, shoppers are free to wander at their leisure and enjoy the entertainment, have dinner and check out the stores. Most all of the stores offer some sort of special during the event.

SoCo District participating stores include: Sparkle Formal Wear, LJ & Company Salon, Joe's Shoes, Puttin' on the Ritz, Firebird's Sourdough Pizza & Gourmet Burgers, Hoochies Boutique, Rowan House, Lip Chic Boutique, Obsessions Boutique, SoCo Grind, Meli Salon, Taylor Wick & Co., Rossi's Relax Station, Purple Daisy Boutique, Shirley Dawgs, Love & A Dog, Sweet Sensations, Cindy's Place, Franklin Baby Resale, The Franklin Courtyard, SoCo Event Rentals and Theatre Journey.

This weekend, another rescheduled event will take place and it promises to be a time of fun and celebration for the whole family.

Juneteenth, a special celebration of June 19 - an important date in African American history, will be hosted by the Alcorn County Branch NAACP from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at E.S. Bishop Park.

This is the first official Juneteenth celebration event locally in quite some time, according to event chairperson, Katherine Pounders. It was originally scheduled to take place last Saturday, but high winds and heavy rains early in the day caused it to be rescheduled.

There will be water slides for the children, along with some other fun games, entertainment from various community groups and a DJ playing music.

Pounders said all food vendors are welcome.

She also said that any candidate seeking election can feel free to come and introduce themselves and the position for which they are running.

Thus far, Rep. Nick Bain, Randy Wadkins and Crystal Starling are among those expected to speak.

The chairperson said they will be taking orders for Juneteenth commemorative T-shirts with the prices being: Small to XL -- $10, XXL -- $12, XXXL -- $13 and XXXXL -- $14.

In a previous interview, Pounders said she has found that many people are simply not aware of the meaning of the Juneteenth celebration and hopes Saturday's event will raise awareness.

She also expressed hopes to grow the local event into something much bigger, which would possibly include a parade, bands and more speakers. Eventually, she said she wants it to be something embraced by the entire community.

(For more information, contact chairperson, Katherine West Pounders at 662-415-0042 or the president, William Dilworth Jr. at 662-603-4230.)