Gathering on the Green 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 9 at Old Capitol

Gathering on the Green

On Saturday, April 9, the grounds of the Old Capitol Museum will come to life with a celebration of art, music, food, and citizenship at the second annual Gathering on the Green from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “We have a great lineup this year, with more music and more activities,” said Old Capitol Museum director Clay Williams. “We are excited about continuing the tradition of community gatherings on this site.”

Old–fashioned children’s games will be organized on the green, and the Children’s Museum, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson Zoo, and Agricultural Museum will provide activities for families. The state’s traditional arts will also be on display throughout the day as members of the Mississippi Craftsmen’s Guild offer demonstrations and exhibit their wares. The Eudora Welty Library will present story time at 12:15 p.m.

CARA will return with more pets for adoption, and the Department of Environmental Quality will provide tips for recycling. In keeping with the Old Capitol Museum’s mission to promote civic responsibility, representatives from the Secretary of State’s office will be on hand to register voters.

The music stage will feature the Jim Hill Choir, 10–10:30 a.m.; the Hinds Community College Choirs, 10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. and 12:30-1:45 p.m.; Scott Albert Johnson, 2–3 p.m.; and Wooden Finger, 3–4 p.m. The Country Fisherman restaurant will sell plates of hot food.

The Capitol Green has been a gathering place for Mississippians for the past 180 years. It is the only remaining green space from the original city plan designed and implemented by Peter Van Dorn in 1822. The Old Capitol, Jackson’s oldest building, is a National Historic Landmark. Located on State Street at Capitol, the museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, free of charge. Tours are given every Wednesday at 1:30 pm and by appointment. For more information call 601-576-6920.

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