Pilgrimage only comes once a year and has so much to offer

Published 7:58 pm Friday, March 18, 2016

The weekend forecast includes a lot of rain, meaning storms may try to put a damper on the final day of this year’s pilgrimage.

Our advice is pretty simple — don’t let it. The pilgrimage only comes around once a year and is a chance to hear some of the most interesting parts of Selma’s history.

The voting rights march rightfully gets a large portion of the attention when it comes to Selma’s past, but there are so many things that happened in our city.

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Each house on this year’s pilgrimage has its own history and decades upon decades worth of memories.

Saturday offers much more than just house tours though. Kenan’s Mill will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each of the four museums — Sturdivant Hall, the Old Depot Museum, Vaughan-Smitherman Museum and the Interpretive Center will also be open. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Brown Chapel AME will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m and St. Paul’s will host a lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

As if that isn’t enough, the Old Live Oak Ghost Walk Tour will take place from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Saturday night. That’s the one and only ghost tour planned for this year’s pilgrimage.

As if that isn’t enough, there are also art shows throughout the day on Saturday.

ArtsRevive will host a juried show from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and the Selma Art Guild will have a show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The plein air art sale, which is always one of the highlights of pilgrimage Saturday, will take place from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m.

For more information on tickets, call 412-8550 or visit the Vaughan-Smitherman Museum, which is serving as the pilgrimage’s ticket headquarters, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday.

The weather may not be perfect Saturday, but pilgrimage is a once a year event. As long as the storms do not get severe, we encourage everyone to take some time to get outside and enjoy the history and beauty of this year’s pilgrimage.