By David Maggio
Have you ever been told, “put your money where your mouth is,” or ‘if you do not like it, make a change”? Well, the people and neighborhood of 2300 – 2500 Drummond Street have taken those sayings to heart. On Saturday, November 3rd, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, they are having Porchfest, and if you do not show up, you will be missing out on a wonderful event. A number of local sponsors and homeowners are investing time and money to help get this Vicksburg's 1stAnnual event off the ground, and support from us is what is going to make it survive.
This historic location is known as Fostoria, a name that dates to the early 1880’s when it was part of Lonewood Plantation. Judge Frederick Speed and Thomas R. Foster secured 210 acres of property there, and developed a Vicksburg subdivision known for a while as Fostoria, and later as Speed’s addition. It was Mr. Foster, who was then serving in the state legislature, who secured a municipal charter for the section. Judge Speed wanted to name the village Fostoria, but Foster insisted that it be named after the Judge. One day, Mr. Foster suggested that a coin be tossed to determine which partner would select the name. Mr. Foster won the toss and picked out the name Speed – Speed’s Addition. Later, when the officials of the City of Vicksburg promised to give the villagers lights and other conveniences, the villagers gave up their permit and permitted annexation. Porchfest is part of this historic district.
Live music with local musicians will be on 7 porch stages with art vendors, food and drinks throughout the 2 city blocks. There will also be an "after party" at Martin's at Midtown, with more music, food, and fun. This grass root community event that can be enjoyed by your whole family, so come help the neighborhood highlight their wonderful community and visit with friends and neighbors.