My feelings post-Giant Dipper ride at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk last April. Image: Scott Lucas

by Sherry Lucas

Ah, the season of reflection and revelry is now upon us, as we wrap up 2018 and get ready to ring in 2019. I found a snapshot that seemed to sum up the feeling I get from “conquering” the rollercoaster of 2018.

A highlight of the year had to be an April trip to California with my dearest. My brother, Scott, snapped this heroic snapshot after I survived the Giant Dipper wooden rollercoaster— solo, squealing and laughing the whole time — at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Every year’s kind of like that — going by in a flash, with slow ups and fast downs and plenty of neck-wrenching turns thrown in here and there. It helps when you hold on tight and laugh your way through the ride.

The landscape’s lush with celebrations to suit every age. Happy Old Year, folks. And Happy New Year, too.

The 2018 Kwanzaa Celebration, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, is a celebration of family and community, hosted by Women for Progress MS. It’s a chance, too, to celebrate the museum’s first anniversary. The event is free and open to the public; get a ticket at eventbrite.com.

A 2018 Kwanzaa Celebration is Wednesday at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Image: Sherry Lucas

Wednesday night, eat up the bluegrass, folk, classic country, rock and jazz from the D’Lo Trio, along with dinner, at Hal & Mal’s, 7-10 p.m.

Multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter Derek Norsworthy delivers the entertainment goods, 8 p.m. Thursday at Duling Hall. See and hear the band for a sweet $10.

Derek Norsworthy Band performs Thursday night at Duling Hall. Image: ardenland

Enjoy a closer look at the exhibitions at the Mississippi Museum of Art, 11 a.m. Saturday, with free guided tours of “Central to Their Lives,” Material Impulses” and “Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer.”

Get tips and learn more about Gunpla at Saturday’s Gundam Workshop, 2-4 p.m. at Offbeat.

Cowboy Mouth gallops in with that rowdy rock’n’roll gumbo that’s perfect for a holiday fit. Don’t miss it, 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 advance (ardenland.net) and $20 day of show.

Cowboy Mouth entertains Saturday night at Duling Hall. Image: ardenland

Soulabration, 7 p.m. Saturday at the Mississippi Coliseum, includes Grammy-nominated Calvin Richardson, Sir Charles Jones, T.K. Soul, Ms. Jody, Vick Allen and J-Wann. Find tickets, $32-$57 and up, at ticketmaster.com.

Jackson native singer/songwriter Jason Turner delivers the tunes and entertainment, 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Hal & Mal’s.

Nashville jam band Cosmic Shift delivers space funk fun from the stage at Martin’s, Saturday night.

Rapper Money Man performs live in concert, 9 p.m. Saturday at Freelons Bar & Restaurant, with tickets $20 early bird, $30 general admission, $40 VIP at eventbrite.com.

A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Broadmeadow United Methodist Church continues the celebration of Christmas, so bring your seasonal spirit and join in.

Noon Year’s Eve, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the Mississippi Children’s Museum, is a morning full of countdowns and a grand finale at noon complete with confetti cannons, party hats, noisemakers and more. It’s included with museum admission or membership. Also at the museum, chill out with the kids at Journey to the North Pole and the visiting exhibit “Very Eric Carle.” The museum will be closed on Tuesday for New Year’s Day.

Light up with Monday’s New Year’s Eve Glow Party at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, 6-8 p.m. Monday. Don your best glow/black light reactive outfit for the occasion, add a glow ring or bracelet and indulge in a black light dance party, take a glow stick trail hike, ring in the new year (a bit early) with an 8 p.m. balloon drop, cupcakes, punch toast the close of the “In the Dark” exhibit and more. It’s 10 per person for ages 3 and older. The museum will be closed on Tuesday for New Year’s Day.

Truly savor the close of 2018 and ring in 2019 at New Year’s Eve at BRAVO!, at the 6:30 p.m. early seating ($70 a person) or the late seating at 9 p.m. ($85 a person, with extra champagne toast and sparklers) for the sumptuous six-course dinner. Check out the menu at bravobuzz.com. Reserve a spot for this popular celebration at 601-982-8111.

Early seatings and late seatings are available. Image: Tom Beck

The New Year’s Eve Blowout at Martin’s hits its stride with the country/Southern-tinged rock’n’roll of Young Valley and Tyler Lance Walker Gill. Doors open at 9 p.m. It’s an 18 and older show.

Hal & Mal’s hosts the 21st annual Krystal Ball & 10th annual Catfish Drop, with live music, Krystal sliders, party favors, hors-d’oeuvres and champagne at midnight, for ages 21 and older.

A New Year’s Eve Gala, 8 p.m. Monday at the Arts Center of Mississippi, includes live music, a DJ, hors-d’oeuvres and party favors; it’s $25 advance, $35 door, $50 VIP, with dress formal to semiformal. Find tickets and more info at eventbrite.com.

New Year’s Eve at Freelons features a live broadcast of the Times Square Balloon Drop on nine big screens, a confetti blast at midnight, complimentary party favors and more. It’s $10.

On the lookout for the best and biggest blast? That always comes from the Southern Komfort Brass Band. They’ll be at The State Room, 952 N. State St. Ste B, 9 p.m.-until Monday. DJ Mike D and DJ Soulja are on tap, too. Attire is formal to semiformal at this BYOB affair. General admission is $30 advance (eventbrite.com), $35 at the door and $150 reserved tables for four. Security is provided.

Sherry Lucas, a features writer in Jackson for the last 35 years, is here on Wednesdays with “The Mix,” highlighting a curated sampling of creativity and culture from across the metro area. For additional Fondren events, see our online calendar here. Reach Sherry at sherry@finditinfondren.com.

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