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Every day in Vicksburg holds the opportunity for something new. We host a variety of special events throughout the year from art & crafts shows to the nationally recognized Old Car Festival.
1. Special Events
The Vicksburg Deport Museum has more than 10,000 historical and genealogical items in its collection and maintains a historic village of buildings important to the development of Vicksburg and the south Kalamazoo county region. The museum hosts several Saturday events called "Museum Days." These events cover a host of topics from the Civil War to model railroading.
the Historic Village and Depot Museum will be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays May through December. Most of the buildings, including the museum, one-room school house, Commercial-Express print shop and restored caboose should be open for public visits.
For more information about the Vicksburg Historic Village and museum activities, visit www.vicksburghistory.org.
2. Annual Events
South County Community Service Benefit
April 26, 2014: The inaugural dancing fundraiser will be from 7-11 p.m. at the Local 357 Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union Hall, 11847 Shaver Road, in Schoolcraft, just off U.S. 131.
Itís a dancing party to help SCCS, south Kalamazoo Countyís only human services agency that is also sponsored by the United Way. SCCS, based in Vicksburg, provides everything from a food pantry to financial assistance to handle medical, utilities or transportation costs.
Dance Across the Decades will feature DJ Dan Can who will play music from the 1940s through the present, from foxtrot to boogie, country to line dances, with even a little ballroom dancing. Dance lessons will also be provided every hour.
Gourmet delights and munchies will be offered along with beer, wine and soft drinks.
In addition to the food and dance, special activities and contests will include wearing a favorite dress or suit from a particular decade along with costumes. There will be voting on the best ones and the winners will be awarded a trophy.
Dancing is not mandatory. You can also come and just enjoy the music or watch others dancing. There will also be voting on the best dancers, with the winners also taking home a trophy.
A raffle will award prizes including free rounds of golf at Angels Crossing Golf Club, custom-made furniture and other items.
Tickets are $75 a couple, $40.00 a person or $450 for reserved tables up front that include eight tickets, a centerpiece, bottle of wine and three song requests. A cash bar will be available.
Because SCCS is a 501(c) (3) non-profit agency, $50 of a coupleís ticket and $30 of an individual ticket will be tax deductible.
Tickets can be purchased by calling SCCS at (269)649-2901 for registration and information.
The Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival
April 27, 2014: The Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival returns to Vicksburg!
Recipient of numerous awards and grants, Andrew Hsu, a 2014 Gilmore Young Artist, is a critically acclaimed composer and pianist. Currently residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Andrew pursues an Artist Diploma in music composition at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, where he holds the Rising Star Annual Fellowship. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Andrew began showing signs of musical talent as early as five years of age, but did not begin to take formal piano lessons until he was seven years old. Composition lessons quickly followed less than two years after, and improvisation a year after that. He continued to excel at school during this time. Today, Andrew is an extremely versatile musician and "new music junkie", and enjoys various musical activities, including chamber music, improvisation, teaching, musical outreach and collaborations with other modern art forms. In addition to his dedication to music, Andrew's interests outside of music are vast, including but not limited to literature, philosophy, history and mathematics.
Performance(s): 4pm at the Vicksburg Performing Arts Center.
Annual Dog Walk at Prairie View Park
May 3, 2014: The 30th Annual Kalamazoo Humane Society Dog Walk at Prairie View Park in Vicksburg, MI from 9am - 4pm. This annual event is fun for the whole family and includes a 2 mile doggie walk, Milt Wilcox's Ultimate Dock Jumping Dogs, America's Best Frisbee Dogs, Doggie Dash
Obstacle Course, Crazy Pet Contests, Children's Area, Pet Photo's and much, much more.
For more information or to registration online, visit www.kazoohumane.org or call (269)345-1181.
May 10, 2014: Annual Vicksburg Hearty Hustle 5K Run & Walk in its 26th Year!. Race starts at Vicksburg Stadium, 501 E. Highway (High School).
Pre-registration Friday night at Sunset Lake Elementary 4:30-7:00 pm or register Saturday morning 7:30-8:30 am (additional fee) at the VHS Stadium, 5K Run and Walk 9:00 am, Fun Walk 9:02, Baby Bolt 10:00, Awards 10:15. Any questions, call 321-1022.
You can also go directly to www.signmeup.com/91307 to register.
Vicksburg Farmers Market Opens
May 16, 2014: Opening Day for the Vicksburg Farmersí Market 2:30 to 6:30 at new pavilion in the Historical Village. For more information and a list of vendors, click here
Fulton Memorial Day Parade
May 26, 2014: A Memorial Day Tradition by Hometown USA in downtown Fulton. 12:15 pm Children's Parade, 12:30 Grand Parade. No pre-registration required. Parade ends with a Memorial Service at the cemetery.
Memorial Day Parade
May 26, 2014: Vicksburg Memorial Day Parade & Memorial Service hosted by The American Legion Post 213 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5189. Monday, May 26, 9:40 am Parade line up at the Old El, 10:00 am Parade begins, 10:40 am Memorial Service in the Highway Street cemetery. Parade participant registration is required, contact Smitty at (269)649-2753. Parade route: from Old El- north on Kalamazoo, west on Prairie, south on Main, west on Highway to Cemetery.
Vicksburg Old Car Festival
June 13-14, 2014: This is Vicksburg's biggest event of the year. Hundreds of classic cars and hot rods. Thousands of visitors. Entertainment begins on Friday evening with 50-60s music and a "cruise". Saturday its the car exhibition and judging plus live entertainment, a swap meet & flee market, the annual Clark Park arts & craft show, Library Book sale, Gas & steam engine show at the Vicksburg Historic Museum grounds and much, much more...Interested in entering a car?
We kick off with a cruise night on Friday night from 6:00-10:00pm. Cars and friends come to gather and get ready for the big car show on Saturday. A great night with a DJ and oldies music for old and young
Saturday morning cars come from all over to be in this family-fun Car
Festival. Show runs from 9:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m. with trophies being awarded at 3:30.
- Cost to pre-register your car is $10.00 before May 20th and $15.00 the
day of the show.
- We have live entertainment all day, peoples choice car
awards. 1,000+ cars come to this event. Special guests to be announced.
- An award winning Gas and Steam engine show takes place in our own Historic
Village with working engines and lots of information on these vintage
machines. And always a special display or invited guests to make it a fun
- The Clark Park Arts & Crafts show takes place in conjunction with the Old
Car Festival on Saturday June 14th from 9:00-4:00pm.
This is a free event! Everyone welcome to come and enjoy a nice summer weekend in downtown Vicksburg. For more information, visit visit VicksburgOldCarFestival.com for online registration forms for these events.
Taste of VIcksburg
Saturday, June 28: Taste of Vicksburg featuring local eateries offering selected menu dishes from 3-11pm with live entertainment and Art-Hop. Main and Prairie streets in downtown Vicksburg.
Lion's Club Summer Festival (aka Beer -n- Brats)
July 24-26, 2014: Vicksburg Lion's Club presents the Annual Lion's Club Summer Festival, located at the park area next to the Brady Township Hall.
For volleyball horseshoe team sign-ups, please call Eric Stafinski for volleyball at 720-4061 and Brett Grossman for horseshoes at 615-6770.
For more a complete schedule of activities, information, visit www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/VicksburgMI/page-6.php
Vicksburg Area Artist Show & Holiday Art Sale
October 31, 2014 (5pm-9pm) and November 1, 2014 (9am - 3pm): Annual Holiday Art Sale. Ceramics, Stained Glass, Jewelry, Photography, Metal Art, Watercolors, Fiber Art and more...at Prudential Nursery on Sprinkle Rd - Vicksburg, Michigan.
Christmas Holiday Parade
December 6, 2014: For over thirty years the Vicksburg Community Association has been sponsoring the annual Vicksburg Annual Parade. Step off is at 10:30 a.m.
Everyone is welcome to participate in the parade -- line up is at Vicksburg Administration Building on Kalamazoo Ave. arrive no later than
Visit with Santa after the parade at the South County Community Center.
For more information contact (269)496-7338.
Tree of Lights lighting event
December 6, 2014: Indoor lighting of the Tree of Lights and celebrating the anniversary of South County Community Services. The events will feature appetizers and entertainment by the High School Choir and Jazz Bands. Donations will be taken for the Dinner (reservations required). From 4 to 6 pm.at Community Services Bldg - 101 S Main St, Vicksburg. For more information call (269)649-2901
3. Local Meetings and Recurring Events
Boy Scout Paper Drive
The 1st Saturday of each month, the local Boy Scout Troop #251 offers newspaper and telephone book recycling from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, Richardson Street south of the railroad tracks.
Vicksburg District Library Bridge Club meets every Tuesday from 9:30-11:30 am.
Ladies Library Auxiliary
Vicksburg Ladies Library Auxiliary meets the 1st Friday of September, October, November December, March, April & May from 1-2:30 pm at the Library.
Lions Club Meetings
Vicksburg Lions Club Meets every 2nd & 4th Monday @ 6:30 P.M. at the Vicksburg Community Center. Learn more
Monthly Blood Drive
Bronson Vicksburg Hospital will host a community blood drive the first Thursday of each month in 2010 from 3-8 p.m. Bronson Vicksburg Hospital is located at 13326 N. Boulevard Ave. No preregistration is necessary.
Vicksburg District Library Quilters Club meets monthly, call 649-1648 for schedule.
Vicksburg Historical Society
The Vicksburg Historical Society regularly meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month May through November, 7 pm, at Vicksburg Museum, unless otherwise noted.
The Village meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays each month, 7 pm, at South County Community Services. June, July and August 3rd Mondays only.
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