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Bay BridgeFest 2009 Adds Arts Village


An Arts Village will spring to life in Old Town Bay St. Louis on Saturday, May 16th as a new feature of Bay BridgeFest 2009. From 11am – 8pm, the special section of booths will display creations by local and regional artists.

The call for participating artists is being issued through The Arts, Hancock County and through other regional arts organizations.

“We have limited space,” said Sherri Bevis, Arts Village coordinator. “So we’re encouraging artists to register immediately.”

In addition to serving as Village Coordinator. Bevis is also the director of “Hancock Hometowns,” a local program that is a Hancock Chamber initiative and is partnered with the Mississippi Main Street Association.

“The Arts Village fits right in with the Main Street Association’s approach,” Bevis said. “The goal is to revitalize communities and promote economic development. The program will help us make the arts aspect of Bay BridgeFest a major part of the event.”

Bevis believes that Hancock County’s active arts colony, scenic attractions and central location provide all the elements needed to host a top regional art show.

“BridgeFest can provide the venue,” she asserted. “In a few years, we want to see the Arts Village become an Arts City.”

Artists who wish to apply for space should contact the Hancock Chamber offices at (228) 467.9048 or go to the Chamber website for a downloadable application (

Booth space is limited and being assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. The fee for a 10’X10’ booth space is $100 for artists belonging to the Hancock or Pass Christian Chambers or The Arts, Hancock. The fee is $150 for non-members. Vendors are responsible for providing their own tent and displays.

National Radio Program to come to Temple Theatre in Meridian

The Sucarnochee Revue, the nationally syndicated radio program showcasing Mississippi and Alabama music to listeners across the nation and the world, comes to the Temple Theatre in Meridian, Mississippi for a live taping of the popular musical variety show featuring Colgate Country Music Award Winners, Nash Street, Friday April 3rd at 7 pm.

The Revue features many of the top acts from Mississippi and Alabama, in addition to performers from across the country. Recently, the Country Music Association recognized the program for "its continuing efforts to support the grassroots of country music". Peavey Electronics, the Sumter County Fine Arts Council, Alabama Department of Tourism, and The University of West Alabama are sponsors of the show. The Revue will continue to be taped at UWA, as well. April 17 is the next show on campus.

"We are thrilled to have Nash Street joining us at the Revue," said producer and host Jacky Jack White. "We're looking forward to a great crowd of loyal listeners and new friends at the Temple Theatre." Nash Street from Starkville, Mississippi, first gained fame by winning the 2008 Colgate Country Showdown, and the title "Best New Act in Country Music."

Since then the group has performed with major country music acts and played prestigious festivals, and stages such as the Ryman Auditorium. The Hamasa Shrine Temple Theatre on the corner of Eighth Street and 24th Avenue was recently purchased by Fort Worth Texan, Roger Smith. Smith says,

"We have exciting plans for the restoration and maintenance for this wonderful historic landmark. In addition, with help from Jacky Jack White and other talented artists, we plan to reestablish the theatre as a wonderful entertainment venue. The Sucarnochee Revue Radio Program will be featured every first Friday night of the month. Jack's program, with a loyal national, and international audience, will help us publicize, and promote all the plans and events we have in store for the future. We thank UWA for sharing him with us. Plus, I think everybody will enjoy stepping back in time to 1928 when they enter the Temple Theatre."

The April 3 Sucarnochee Revue will also feature black gospel group, the True Vine Fellowship Singers; bluegrassers, the Herb Trottman Band; alternative rock star, Chip Greene; and blues musicians, Time Zone. The regular performers will include White, Mississippi Chris Sharp and the Jangalangs, J. Burton Fuller, Britt Gully, Track 45, and William Michael Morgan, who recently signed a major management contract in Nashville with Tracy Byrd's management team, Carter and Company.

The Sucarnochee Revue can be heard on numerous commercial and public radio stations across the country. The show airs Saturday nights at 10 p.m. on Alabama Public Radio, and Saturday afternoons on Meridian's WMOX 1010 AM. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information about the show, contact White at 205-652-6680 or visit

McComb kicks off Azalea Festival

Pike County's Azalea Festival kicked off Monday, March 23 with a "Cooking with Class" dinner and book signing starring Chef Robert St. John and Watercolorist Wyatt Waters.

McComb Main Street Association Director Roger Nickerson said the kickoff had a terrific turnout with 115 in attendance and at least 200 books sold.

"We have some major event, show or demonstration everyday until June 5th," Nickerson said. "Whew!"

Pike County’s annual Lighted Azalea Trail and Festival kicked off March 23 and runs through the end of the month with a busy schedule of activities. Although the festival doesn’t begin for another week, many azaleas are in full bloom, and residents are encouraged to spotlight their flowers early.

Schedule of Events - March 23 to April 6

Tuesday, March 24

• Noon, First Bank Azalea Festival luncheon at The Courtyard, 517 S. Railroad Blvd., in McComb. Light lunch provided by Broma’s Deli. Gay Austin will speak. Tickets are $5 and available at First Bank offices.Deadline to buy tickets is today.

Wednesday, March 25

• 1-4 p.m., Summit Garden Club flower show and home tour, 1200 Peters St., Summit. Tour the historical home and landscaping of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Lewman and enjoy tea and cookies.March 25 to April 3

• 1-4 p.m., Black History Gallery, 819 Wall St., McComb, hosts open house. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

Thursday, March 26

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Juried Art Show and sale sponsored by the Pike County Arts Council at Pike National Bank, 350 Rawls Drive, McComb. Admission is free; artists pay $10.

• 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Flower Lovers Club’s 12th annual non-juried flower show, “Festival of Flowers,” at the Pike National Bank community room. Admission is free.

Friday, March 27

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Juried Art Show and Sale sponsored by the Pike County Arts Council at Pike National Bank.

• 7 p.m., “Magnolia Anthology: A Cemetery Play,” Magnolia Community Center. Cost is $10.

Saturday, March 28

• 8 a.m., the McComb Rotary Club and the McComb Garden Club host the sixth “Running Through the Azaleas.” Registration begins at 7 a.m. The race starts at 8 a.m. in Edgewood Park and North Street. Registration fee is $20 on the day of the race.

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., family day in the park, Edgewood Park, McComb, sponsored by the Pike County Chamber of Commerce. Rain location is the Depot Garage.

• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Osyka Civic Club third Arts and Crafts Spring Fling, downtown Osyka. Event features crafts, food, chili cooking contest. Admission is free except for vendors and contest.

• 10 a.m. to noon, pet show sponsored by McComb Animal Hospital. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m., show starts at 10 a.m. Entry fee is $3. Each pet should have proper documentation showing current vaccinations. Rain location is Depot Garage.

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., city of McComb Recreation Department provides carnival games, face painting, ring toss, bean bag throw, duck pond and more. Rain location Depot Garage.

• 10 a.m.-2 p.m., garden extravaganza, sponsored by Keep Pike County Beautiful.

• 4 p.m., Camellia City Civics Club’s Azalea Coronation, Edgewood Park, McComb.

• Dusk to 8 p.m., McComb Garden Club’s Azalea Princesses on Parade, 516 West Street N., McComb. Princesses will showcase long gowns at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chip Gibbes.

Monday, March 30

• 10:30 a.m., Cystic Fibrosis Charity Golf Tournament, Fernwood Country Club. Cost is $100 per person and $400 per team. Tournament is a four-man scramble.

• 6 p.m., McComb Garden Club Azalea Coronation, Edgwood Park.

Tuesday, March 31

• 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., trunk jewelry show by Laura Glenn, Gulf South Gallery, McComb.

Wednesday, April 1

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., trunk show by Laura Glenn.

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Magnolia Historic Tour and Lunch. Tour includes bus tour, home tours and lunch. Cost is $25. Reservations are required. Call 783-5211.

• 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Magnolia Garden Club Flower Show, Hedge Hill, 10 Lampton Lane in Magnolia. Theme is “Dance of the Flowers.

Tuesday, April 2

• 4-8 p.m., Art a la Carte, sponsored by Southwest Mississippi Art Guild. Depot District art galleries will toast their Azalea Festival exhibits. Admission is free.

Friday, April 3

• 5-8 p.m., art exhibition/open house at Studio of Art Design, 325 N. Front St., McComb.

• 6-9 p.m., city of Magnolia and Magnolia Beautification Committee hosts “Magnolia’s Evening in Lights,” Magnolia’s North Railroad Park. Rain site is the Magnolia Community Center. Tickets are $12 and are available at First Bank, Pike National Bank and Citizens Bank in Magnolia.

Saturday, April 4

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., picnic honoring railroad families and museum exhibit of the early settlement in Pike County, downtown parking garage, McComb. Exhibit will be in the McComb railroad museum.

• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Southwest Mississippi Homebuilder’s Association show, National Guard Armory in McComb. Arts and crafts will be on display.

Sunday, April 5

• 1-3 p.m., open house for Larry Dawson, Gulf/South Gallery, 228 Fifth Avenue in McComb.

Thursday, April 15

• 6 p.m., wine tasting with hors d’oeuvres, with local wine educator Michael Cameron, owner of Cork & Cask. Event will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer parish house, 215 North Broadway, McComb. Tickets are $25. Reservations are required. Call 249-3353, 248-6088 or 684-6404.

Sunday, April 5

• 1-3 p.m., open house for Larry Dawson, Gulf South Gallery, 228 Fifth Avenue in McComb.

Thursday, April 15

• 6 p.m., Wine tasting with hors d’oeuvres, with local wine educator Michael Cameron, owner of Cork & Cask. Event will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer parish house, 215 North Broadway, McComb. Tickets are $25. Reservations required. Call 249-3353, 248-6088 or 684-6404.


Awards given at Ocean Springs Main Street Annual Banquet


(Ocean Springs) – On Thursday, March 12, the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce – Main Street – Tourism Bureau hosted its Annual Banquet at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art and Community Center.

Nearly 150 members filled the Community Center to enjoy an evening of dinner and conversation. During the event, awards were given in the following categories: President’s Award, Restaurant of the Year 2008, Volunteer of the Year 2008, 2008 Peter Anderson Festival Volunteer Awards, Small Business of the Year 2008, Main Street Façade Grant 2008 Awards, Main Street Awards 2008 and Ambassador of the Year 2008.

President’s Award went to Fred Moran for his commitment to the redevelopment and preservation of downtown. Restaurant of the Year went to B.B.’s PoBoys & Seafood Restaurant, located at 1300 Bienville Boulevard, for their years of outstanding food and service. 2008 Peter Anderson Festival Volunteer Awards were given to Bryant Friar, Fred and Judy Thurman, and Nora and Chester Harvey for their dedication and generosity during the 2008 Peter Anderson Festival. Small Business of the Year was Indulgence, 1306 Government Street, Ste. 2, owned by Yvette Champagne. Main Street Façade Grant awards were given to Chris Marx for the redevelopment of her property located at 1311 Government Street and to Sybil Sauls for her renovations and revitalization of the corner building located at 630 Washington Avenue. Main Street Awards were given to Guyton Place and Cornerstone Group for their design and continued enhancement to their property and downtown. Volunteer of the Year was Jan Waterhouse and Ambassador of the Year was Wanda Williams for their commitment to the Chamber and community.

For more information on the awards or the event, please contact the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce – Main Street – Tourism Bureau at 228-875-4424.

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