2014 Mississippi Delta Cultural Tour, May 21–24
In May of 2014 the Mississippi Delta Cultural Tour returns to Greenwood and to its environs. In the planning stages is the 2014 tour, which has been moved to May to accommodate the schedules of those whose March schedules had previously prevented them from joining the tour—teachers and scholars, we’re looking at you. We’re also hoping to get some of that perfect springtime-in-Mississippi weather; to witness the pushing of new green shoots through the warm, fertile Delta soil; and to catch some blues out of doors.
Next year the tour will travel to Stoneville for the first time, where we will visit the Delta Research and Extension Center (DREC). The goal of DREC scientists and specialists is to “work cooperatively to solve crop and aquaculture production problems and transfer new information and technology to area producers.” We’ll hear from those scientists about the work they do in this region whose economy has been long based on agriculture. We will also visit the new Chinese in the Delta Exhibition at Delta State University, the fascinating Martin & Sue King Railroad Heritage Museum in Cleveland, and, of course, Turnrow Book Company in Greenwood. Numerous additional stops at museums, lectures by local historians, readings by fiction writers, and performances by Delta blues musicians are in the planning.
Information on the tour and on the places we’ll visit, as well as dozens of photos of past tours, will soon be available on the tour’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mdct13) and on this webpage. For up-to-the-minute information, please contact tour organizer Jimmy Thomas via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 662-915-3374.
The tour will again be based in Greenwood and is $600 per person for all program activities, meals, and local transportation. The fee does not include lodging. Remember to sign up early. Only 40 spots are available. Group accommodations are offered at the Alluvian, in downtown Greenwood (www.thealluvian.com). Rooms at the Alluvian require a separate registration and are priced at a discounted rate of $185 a night plus tax, which includes a full Southern breakfast. Call 866-600-5201 and ask for the “Delta Tour” rate. Rooms are also available at the Greenwood Best Western, 662-455-5777, or the Hampton Inn, 662-455-7985.