CANTON — The Historic Square here will come alive with a host of events this weekend beginning with the Third Thursday Square Party.

A dozen Canton Square merchants will host handmade and homegrown booths in front of their stores for their first Third Thursday Square Party event with music by the band Snazz. Crawfish will be available by the pound from 6-9 p.m. tonight (Thursday).

The Allison’s Wells Quilt Guild will hold their biennial Quilt Show starting Thursday evening and running through Saturday at noon at the Canton Welcome Center at 141 North Union Street. The event lasts from noon-8 p.m. today, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, and from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.

The show will feature a selection of antique quilts and quilters from all over Madison County and the surrounding area.

A special quilt will be raffled off with tickets being sold for $1.

In addition to the Quilt Show and Square Party, the Canton Convention & Visitors Bureau is sponsoring a special production of Thea’s Turn, a stage production celebrating the life of Canton’s legendary Sister Thea Bowman.

A Friday matinee will be held for students of the Canton Public Schools District with a Saturday premier at Canton High School at 7 p.m.

Jana Dear, executive director of the Canton CVB, said that these events were not originally planned together but slowly fell into place.

“We did not plan this to be our big Spring weekend, but the play had been planned a month ago and obviously the Third Thursday event never changes so when the Quilt Guild was asking when they should do their quilt show I figured this would bring more people to both events,” Dear said.

Thea’s Turn is a free show, but requires an RSVP with the Welcome Center. Dear said they have already received calls from all over the United States including Chicago, California and New Orleans for the Saturday evening premier.

“It’s a really great story,” Dear said.

For more information on these and more upcoming events and to RSVP for the play, call the Canton CVB at 601-859-1307 or visit