Christmas Party Information: My wife Deanna and I welcome you again to Natchez, MS for the 2012 VCA Mid South Region Christmas Party. This year we have chosen to visit The Briars, A National Historic Landmark with a panoramic river view. Situated on the highest promontory overlooking the mighty Mississippi River south of St. Louis, The Briars is one of the finest examples of early southern plantation-style architecture. It is renowned historically as the residence where Jefferson Davis married Varina Howell in 1845. When our guests drive through the gates of The Briars, they enter a world touched with the magic, peace and beauty of Camelot, but with the amenities of the Twenty-first Century. Evening of Saturday December 8th cost will be $35 per person. We will be located in the in the Briar's Dining Pavilion (2 on the map above) for the evenings events but your welcome to come early and peruse the grounds. Enjoy a cocktail available from our cash bar 5:30pm - Until. While visiting with your fellow club members and viewing the Silent Auction items, which will again benefit The Arkansas Children’s Hospital, enjoy a light appetizer . A seated dinner beginning at 6:30p - French Onion Soup, Pork Tenderloin, Potatoes Au Gratin, Green Bean Almondine and a Christmas tree shaped Cheese Cake for dessert! And as soon as the wait staff clears the tables, it's time to start eying the competition... That's right the "Dirty" Santa gift game will once again be played.... to join in the fun please bring a wrapped gift for each person who wants to participate. Gift can be anything, most members pay $10-$50 for gifts. The "Dirty" part you ask... well participants chose a gift from under the tree, unwrap it, and risk having it stolen by the next participant. There are a limited number of rooms available at The Briars and we have negotiated a Special Mid South Member room rate of $125 (plus tax) which also includes a Southern Style breakfast the next morning. To reserve a room, Please call 601-653-0017 and speak with Reba. Be sure to let her know its for the Viper Club Christmas Party. For more info on The Briars visit http://www.thebriarsbb.com/index.html We also have blocked rooms at the Natchez Grand Hotel. They are also offering special room rates for us. $99 for City view room or $109 for the River View room (plus $7.95 room fee and tax) Rooms at the Grand also include a Hot Breakfast Buffet. Note there is no vacancy at the Grand on Friday December 7th. For more info on the Grand Hotel visit http://www.natchezgrandhotel.com/ Cannot attend? We're sorry to hear that, however you can still attend in spirit! We will gladly take donations for the silent auction & The Arkansas Children's Hospital! Silent auction items can be sent to Ed Bowser 9 Raintree St. S. Natchez, MS 39120 and monetary donations can be sent to Mike Lofton 12520 Timber Creek Road North Little Rock AR 72118. We appreciate donation! The Briars is very close to the Mississippi River bridge. As soon as you come off of the bridge (from LA), or right before you get on it (in MS), Take the turn for the Best Western hotel Across the highway from the Natchez Visitor's Center. The street takes you up a hill, past the Best Western and into a parking lot for the Grand Soleil Hotel on the top of the hill. Pass the Grand Soleil hotel, and in the back left of the parking lot you will see a sign for the Briars Bed and Breakfast. Enter the small road that beside the sign, and drive in, keeping to the right. Once past the gates you will see the Main house of The Briars, which is used as the Atkins' private home. Take a right at the house and follow the road to the parking lot, where you will see a sign for the front office leading left. If you plan to arrive early (Friday or before) please contact Ed or Deanna Bowser at 601-653-4871 for suggestions on where to stay. We will once again be happy to set up an informal dinner Friday night for the early arrivals. Saturday early arrivals - we will be setting up an informal lunch (around noon) and an early afternoon tour of the new casino in town. These details are in the works of begin finalized. Just be sure to let us know when your arriving. We look forward to seeing you!