You can start your New Year’s resolutions after you party down in Natchez. (We won’t tell anybody!)
There are quite a few venues with live music this year and did we mention FIREWORKS on the bluff?!?! The Castle Restaurant at Dunleith will be open beginning at 7 p.m. and will have champagne and party favors. Restaurant 1818 at Monmouth will have a special New Year’s Eve menu, if you are up for some delicious food (6:30 p.m.) and the Quitman Lounge will also be open. (5:30 p.m.) Rolling River Bistro will also have a special NYE menu. Other restaurants that will be open on NYE are Biscuits and Blues, Cajun Cooking, The Carriage House, Cotton Alley, Fat Mama’s Tamales and Natchez Coffee Company.
A lot has gone down in Natchez in the nearly 300 years of being founded. We’ve dug up some fun, interesting and off-the-wall facts about Natchez so without further ado…
Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, known as the “Black Swan” was America’s first African American singer of classical music. She was born in Natchez in 1809.
Emerald Mound is the second largest Indian ceremonial mound in the U. S. and is located northeast of Natchez.
Longwood is the largest remaining octagonal house in the United States.
Historic Jefferson College (circa 1802) was the first preparatory school established in the Mississippi Territory. Jefferson College also appeared in the movie based on John Jakes’ novel, North and South, to resemble West Point National Military Academy.
You can get three different National Park Service Stamps for your NPS Passport book in Natchez.
There are over 80 geocaches within a 15 mile radius of Natchez. It is a way to see Natchez from a different perspective and great activity for kids.
Memorial Park was once the final resting place for many in Natchez, until the City Cemetery was established in 1822. The remains from the old burial ground, located behind St. Mary Basilica, were gradually moved to the present site located just north of downtown. Today the park is a serene and shaded hideaway, popular with both locals and visitors.
The Briars is renowned historically as the residence where Jefferson Davis married Varina Howell in 1845.
Natchez had more millionaires per capita before the Civil War than any other city in the United States.
Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church is the oldest African American baptist congregation in the state with origins dating back to 1837.
Texada is the first brick house in the Mississippi Territory and the oldest Capitol building in the State of Mississippi.
Natchez is the Bed and Breakfast Capital of the South.
Each year, over 50 hot air balloons and pilots travel to Natchez, MS to the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race, along with thousands of spectators. We will be live tweeting from our @visitnatchez Twitter account to keep you up-to-date with all flight information and answering any questions you may have. This will give you an idea of where the balloons will be inflating, taking off from and where they are landing. Although, the best views are normally at the fairgrounds behind Rosalie on Broadway Street.
The schedule for the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race is slam packed with amazing entertainers, flight times, and gate openings. There will also be a carnival for the little and big kids and plenty of delicious food to keep you full all weekend.
Did you ever wonder why everyone says, “The balloons will fly, weather permitted?” Well, we are here to answer your question!
Here are things that will keep balloons on the ground.
Wind is a critical factor in ballooning. Balloons fly best and safest in light winds of 4-6 mph. Maximum safe winds are around 8-10 mph. You may see some balloons deciding to fly and others do not. This is all based on if the pilot feels comfortable with the wind conditions.
Balloons are also harder to inflate when the winds are gusty. The wind pushes against the balloon making it harder for the fan, which inflates the balloon, to fill the whole envelope (balloon).
If it is too gusty and the pilots take off in their balloons, the winds can take them further than they want. This could lead to the pilot having less of an opportunity to land in an open area.
Winds are at different speeds and go different directions in different layers of the atmosphere.
To fly legally through Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the visibility must be 1 to 3 miles, depending on where they are flying.
Rain & Storms
We won’t state the obvious. 🙂
It takes heat to fly the balloon. The hotter the air outside, the more heat it takes to make the balloon fly. The colder the air is outside, the less heat it takes to make the balloon fly. The maximum continuous operating temperature for most hot air balloons is 250 degrees F.
Outside Air Temperature + Heat it Takes to Fly (140 F) = Temperature Inside the Balloon Cold day of 30 degrees F + 140 F = 170 degrees inside the balloon
Hot day of 95 degrees F + 140 F = 235 degrees inside the balloon (more heat if it’s hot out)
Our forecast for the weekend looks great so grab your mama and them and head on over to Natchez. Let the fun begin!!
Angels on the Bluff is an event that takes place at the Natchez City Cemetery. Natchez residents dress in costumes to portray some of our oldest “residents” for one weekend out of the year. This event draws people from all over and is usually a sold out event.
We are giving away a weekend stay at the Isle of Capri Hotel with two tickets to the event for Friday, November 7th at 8 p.m. and a gift certificate to one of our local eateries. Offer is valid on November 7-8, 2014, only.
How to Win:
Upload a photo or video you have taken of Natchez to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ntzangels. Photo and/or video must be yours.
Must upload photo or video within the contest dates (Sept. 1- Oct. 31).
Be sure to register your photo and/or video once you have uploaded it to Instagram or Twitter.
Winner will be announced on the Visit Natchez Twitter and Instagram on November 1st.
Please read all of the Terms and Conditions before entering. (Must not be a resident of Natchez or live within a 30 mile radius surrounding Natchez.)
When thinking of Natchez, music may be the last thing that comes to mind. Natchez is actually a part of the Americana Music Triangle, the birthplace of American music. From the tribal music of the Natchez Indians to the slave musicians who entertained at formal and informal gatherings to the burning of the Rhythm Night Club, Natchez’s music history runs as deep as the Mighty Mississippi.
Natchez was once home to more millionaires per capita than anywhere in the United States until the outbreak of the Civil War. After sharecropping became popular in the Mississippi Delta, many African Americans moved to find work at the same time blues music was taking off. Although very few commercial recordings document the sounds of blues in Natchez prior to WWII, we were still home to Geeshie Wiley, Bud Scott and band, guitarist William “Cat-Iron” Carradine, and saxophonists Earl Reed and Otis Smith.
The most memorialized musical event in Natchez happened on April 23, 1940. Walter Barnesof Chicago and his band made their way to Natchez to perform for over 200 African Americans at the Rhythm Night Club. While performing, a fire broke out. Walter Barnes, his band and some 200 people perished in the fire. The tragedy struck the nation and received extensive press, being picked up by several famous blues musicians who later wrote songs about the fire. The most notable of those is Howlin’ Wolf’s, The Natchez Burning.
New talents began to emerge in Natchez clubs and cafes. The most notable was Alexander “Papa George” Lightfoot. Lightfoot was known for playing a mean harmonica and recorded for several important record labels, such as Aladdin, Imperial and Savoy. Alexander “Papa George” Lightfoot is now commemorated with his own Mississippi Blues Trail Marker in Natchez.
Besides all of the places in Natchez where musicians performed, the most important live venue for blues stood in Ferriday, LA, just ten miles west of Natchez. Haney’s Big House was operated by African American entrepreneur, Will Haney. The stage had been graced by legendary blues artists, such as B.B. King, Ray Charles, Roy Brown, Johnnie Taylor and Joe Turner. Haney’s was also an opportunity for local talent like Y.Z. Ealey, Elmore Williams, and Hezekiah Early to perform. You would some times see Jerry Lee Lewis or Jimmy Anderson wandering about the crowd. In 1966, however, the club mysteriously burned to the ground along with other African American owned businesses near by. You can hear an interview of Hezekiah Early from American Routeshere.