by Sherry Lucas
Maybe it’s the construction paper chains, popcorn garlands or Girl Scout crafts of the years past, but they long ago set a tone for my holiday traditions. Handcrafted gifts and decor just touched a deeper chord, whether I was making them, sharing them, collecting them or gifting them.
Of all the ornaments I’ve taken down from the attic annually, the ones I’ve had longest are those treasured most — those sewn decades ago by my Mom. Next dearest are those picked up over the years, made by artists and craftsmen with a distinctive touch.
The Handworks Holiday Market this weekend at the Mississippi Trade Mart is one spot to load up on handcrafted goodies. And, the unique artist creations at the Fondren Ornament Auction are bound to find welcome homes for the holidays.
Get your game face and thinking cap on for Trivia Fight night, 7 p.m. Wednesday at Offbeat, hosted by the JSU Honda Campus Quiz Bowl. It’s $3 to enter; doors open at 6 p.m.
This may be just what you knead. A sourdough bread-making class, hosted by Sweet & Sauer 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at The Hatch in Midtown, gets the jump on holiday baking with basics on baking with whole and ancient grains. Sunflower Oven baker/creator Robert Raymond leads the class, which kicks off a Fall Fermentation Workshop Series. Find tickets on eventbrite.com. The class includes sourdough starter, a loaf of artisanal bread, wine beer and snacks.
One-of-a-kind ornaments are the draw at the Fondren Ornament Auction, 6 p.m. Thursday at The Cedars. More than 125 local and regional artists donated ornaments for this second annual event. Artist Roz Roy will be the featured artist. Proceeds will support the ongoing artistic endeavors of Fondren Renaissance Foundation. Admission’s free and there will be a cash bar.
FLEET Creative Happy Hour, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at The Flamingo, 3011 N. State St., launches a regular gathering of creatives in Jackson with the aim to connect and grow creatively. Tyler Tadlock, senior designer at Southern Cult, is the keynote speaker.
Third Thursday at the Mississippi Museum of Art stews up creativity-plus with an Art Gumbo theme, starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. There’s a pop-up exhibition of art from Hoopsnake Press artists, music from Seth Powers and the Part-timers, the movie “Duck Soup” and more.
A Friends of the USA IBC Membership Party, 6-8 p.m. Thursday at 835 Avondale St., celebrates and supports the 2018 USA International Ballet Competition with food, fun, drinks and live music from Barry Leach. RSVP at 601-355-9853 ext. 2016 or friends@USAIBC.com; find out more about participation and donor levels at usaibc.com/IBA.
The Independent Black Film Collective and Offbeat screen “The Wood,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Offbeat for the final edition of its Coming of Age Fall Film Series. Stick around for a post-screening conversation. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Top gospel singer and choir leader Kirk Franklin and singer/songwriter Ledisi bring The Rebel, The Soul & The Saint Tour to Thalia Mara Hall Thursday, 7:30 p.m. R&B singer/musician PJ Morton is also featured. Tickets start at $25.50 at ardenland.net.
The Handworks Holiday Market, opening at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday at the Mississippi Trade Mart, offers 140-plus exhibitors with hand-crafted items to help you kick off the holiday season and work through your shopping list at the same time.
The Wolfe Studio Open House alights on the calendar this weekend, with a discount on their charming, collectible ceramic birds through Nov. 25. Weekend hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday–Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday
Kodak Moments with Santa brings the big guy himself to Highland Village for photos. He’s scheduled to arrive from the North Pole on November 17th, and stay through December 23rd, Fridays 1-5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays 1-5 p.m.) in the plaza behind Beagle Bagel.
Friday, the Gvng Ivnd Expo, 8 p.m. at The Flamingo is a pop-up shop featuring local clothing lines and music.
Monster Jam roars into the Mississippi Coliseum this weekend with adrenaline-charged monster truck action in racing and freestyle competitions with celebrated vehicles including Grave Digger, El Toro Loco, Monster Mutt and more. Tickets, required for ages 2 and up, are $15-$81 on ticketmaster.com. Shows are 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Join the parlay! Mississippi Opera’s production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s famed musical comedy “The Pirates of Penzance” climbs aboard at Duling Hall this weekend with all the humor and high notes you’d expect. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, $35 and $10 for students and active military with current ID, visit msopera.org.
Saturday at 7:30 a.m., join the 12Ks for the Holidays Charity Run through historic Fondren in the fundraiser for the Good Samaritan Center. The event’s in its 8th year. Register at christmas12k.com or at 6:30 a.m. on race day. There’s a 12K run 5K run at 7:30 a.m., a 5K walk at 7:31 a.m. and a One-Mile Fun Run at 9:30 a.m.
A Tea Party with a T-Rex, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science is a family outing, complete with a storytime about “Tea Rex” by Molly Idle, a fossil pile and light refreshments.
Wind down the weekend with Sunday Nite Slow Jams, 6-9 pm. Sunday at Offbeat, as DJ Young Venom spins the vinyl set of favorites and obscure selections from past and present.
Monday night, the grand opening and members-only preview party for the Mississippi Children’s Museum’s new holiday exhibit, “Journey to the North Pole,” transforms the museum space into a twinkling winter village and train cars inspired by holiday story. Features include a 45-foot Snowflake Slide down the center staircase, Santa’s Steam Engine and more. The preview party is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, and the new exhibit opens to the public Tuesday for a run through Jan. 7.
Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 22, The Molly Ringwalds brings cheeky ‘80s fun to Duling Hall at 9 p.m., for your last chance to burn some killer dance calories before the Thanksgiving feast. It’s the World’s Greatest ‘80s Experience, so flashback fun awaits. It’s $25 advance (ardenland.net), $30 at the door. The show has sold out in the past so if this one’s on your party wish list, plan ahead.
Fondrenite Sherry Lucas, a feature writer in Jackson for the last 34 years, is here on Wednesdays with “The Mix,” highlighting a sampling of creativity and culture from Fondren and beyond. For additional Fondren-centric events, see our Fondren events calendar. Reach Sherry at firstname.lastname@example.org.