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Bringing Nature to Life in your Writing PLUS Workshop with Mary Beth Magee

Saturday. Nov. 11, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

When writers use nature as part of the story, they add a deeper dimension of heart and meaning to the work. Yet, nature is more than listing the flora and fauna around the scene. Whether you write poetry, fiction or nonfiction, you’ll find many opportunities to incorporate the beauty and drama of nature into your work.

Bring nature (and your writing) to life with a few simple techniques. Author and trainer Mary Beth Magee shares tips and exercises to help you find your voice in nature. Session includes a plus: an hour of free writing time with feedback available. You’ll perk up your writing and perhaps find a whole new topic to cover when you attend this workshop!  Members free, non-member adults $7. Reservations required.

FIELD WALK: NATIVE TREES & SHRUBS

Saturday, November 11, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Enjoy a fall field walk around the Arboretum grounds to learn about our native shrubs and trees, tips to identify them, their role in history and culture, and ways to use them in your home landscape with Arboretum Director Pat Drackett. Members free; $5 for non-members. Reservations requested.

15th Annual PINEY WOODS HERITAGE FESTIVAL

The public festival takes place on Saturday Nov. 18, 10 AM to 3 PM, and will feature traditional entertainment and exhibitors/demonstrations.    

 

You are invited to attend a FREE opening event that will celebrate the early days of the Piney Woods region on the evening of Friday, Nov. 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Senior Center of South Pearl River County, 45 El Patch Parkway, Picayune. Enjoy two outstanding cultural-themed presentations:

"16 Native Plants and their Historical and Contemporary Uses among Southeastern American Indians", by Dr. Tammy Greer, a member of the United Houma Nation of Louisiana and director of the Center for American Indian Research and Studies (CAIRS) at The University of Southern Mississippi.

"A Towering Ghost: The Cultural Legacy of Longleaf Pine in the Deep South", with Mitchell Robinson, Conservation Education Manager at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs, MS.

SATURDAY, Nov. 18, 10:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Piney Woods Heritage Festival: Exhibitors, music, food, and demonstrations

Saturday’s activities will feature a variety of musical performances, exhibitors, demonstrations, children’s activities, and displays of traditional skills and crafts such as blacksmithing, quilting, spinning, basket-making, beekeeping, woodcarving, canning, treadle sewing, butter churning, clogging, and more. Enjoy Choctaw Indian dancers, clogging, puppets and storytellers, craft and food vendors, and local historians.  Saturday admission, adults $5, children $2. Free for Arboretum members.  Support and funding for the Heritage Festival is provided by the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area.