by Sherry Lucas
Easter Sunday to me will always mean pretty pastel dresses tailor-made by Mom for a church debut and dyed eggs by the dozens tucked in nooks and crannies of trees, bushes, carport and clover, also by Mom.
I grew up on four acres in Yazoo City. That meant an annual epic Easter egg hunt for two little girls just itching to ditch their Easter dresses and patent leather shoes for shorts and tennies, grab a basket and hunt to our hearts’ content.
Riding up our long driveway, I’d always try to get a head start, spotting a yellow egg in the crook of the pear tree, or a pink one nestled at the pecan tree’s trunk. These weren’t plastic eggs. They were hard-boiled, hand-dyed eggs we’d done the night before — eggs we ate with a sprinkle of salt later that afternoon.
Several weeks later, we might come across that lost egg we’d missed on Easter. Unless the dog found it first.
Your hunt for weekend fun starts here.
An evening with Chris Robinson Brotherhood, 9 p.m. Friday at Duling Hall, catches up with the ex-Black Crowes frontman and crew on tour in support of their fourth studio album ‘Anyway You love, We Know How You Feel” and follow-up EP, “If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home By Now.” Lauded as reigning atop jam-band’s top tier, their output wins praise for music, soul and fun. Hear for yourself Friday. Tickets are $30 advance (ardenland.net), $35 at the door.
Food Truck Friday in downtown Jackson, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Smith Park, is a chance to hobnob with colleagues and neighbors, try out the city’s burgeoning food truck offerings and, this Friday, celebrate first responders.
A Mad Hatter Tea Party Saturday at the Mississippi Children’s Museum celebrates spring with teatime and garden fun, as families enjoy that scene from “Alice in Wonderland,” and learn all about tea party etiquette and tea science. Showtimes are at 10 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Also Saturday, there’s Know to Grow at 11 a.m. in the Literacy Garden, where kids gather to hear a garden-related story and join in with hands-on garden fun. Events are included with regular museum admission.
Jackson alt-rock band Cynical Twins’ debut release, “Deep in Shallow Water,” comes with a special Saturday show at Offbeat, 151 Wesley Ave. in Jackson’s Midtown neighborhood. Get the album early on Elegant Trainwreck’s website, elegant-trainwreck.com. Sherry Cothren (bass and lyrics), Jeff Lewis (guitar and vocals) and Joe Partridge (drums) pool talents in Cynical Twins for a sound that ranges from soft-edge to searing with overtones of power pop. The trio brings a wealth of noted independent rock to the stage, steeped in the sounds of 1980s and ‘90s Southern faves Beat Temptation, The Windbreakers, Radio London, Oral Sox and The Germans. Doors open at 7 p.m., music starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, with CDs available for purchase there.
Another weekend of KidFest! Ridgeland awaits, 9 a..m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Freedom Ridge Park. An Easter Egg Hunt at 9:30 a.m. each day starts things off on a cheery note, with a whole batch of family draws following, including Zoppé, An Italian Family Circus, Backyard Circus/Family Puppet Parade, Skin & Bones Comedy Circus and more. Attractions, shows, rides and activities are included with admission, which is $12 per guest (free for children younger than 2). Visit kidfestridgeland.com for a $2 each discount coupon good for the whole family.
Kids’ fun is on a roll this weekend. At the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, the Mississippi Egg Marketing Board’s Easter egg hunt, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the museum’s Small Town, Mississippi, puts holiday traditions in easy reach. The egg hunt at noon is open to children ages 12 and younger; participating kids should bring their own Easter baskets. Activities include: egg dyeing and painting; wagon, train and carousel rides; face painting; dairy cow milking; pics with the Easter Bunny; hot dogs, compliments of the Mississippi Beef Council. Admission is $7 adults, $5 children ages 3 to 18.
Verge JXN, 2-6 p.m. Saturday at Lucky Town Brewing Company, brings a host of get-your-hands-in-it arts and crafts projects to Midtown, along with a Kids Zone with bounce house, face painting and more, and music from Betsy Berryhill, Kerry Thomas, Alex Frase and Cody Cox & 5th Child. The event, sponsored by Midtown Business Association and ELSEworks, features projects by Daniel Johnson, Jina Daniels, Kristen Tordella-Williams and many more.
“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” the Tony Award-winning comedy by Christopher Durang, starts its two-week run Tuesday at New Stage Theatre. In this family farce, a self-absorbed movie star, boy-toy in tow, returns to the family farmhouse for a reunion with her two siblings, who never left it. They cared for theater-loving college prof parents till their death and have lived on their sister’s dime since, so heaven forbid they’ve gotta grow up now. Broadly comic with plenty of witty riffs, it’s what a New York Times reviewer described as a “sunny new play about gloomy people.” Veteran New Stage actress Jo Ann Robinson called it one of the funniest shows she’s ever done. Performances are 7:30 p.m Tuesday- Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday April 18-30. For tickets, $28 adults, $22 seniors/students/military, $18 groups of 15-plus, call 601-948-3533 or visit newstagetheatre.com.
Fondrenite Sherry Lucas, a feature writer in Jackson for the last 33 years, is here on Wednesdays with “The Mix,” highlighting creativity and culture from Fondren and beyond. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.