Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bras For Breast Cancer

VICKSBURG, MS – October 20th, 2009 - Riverwalk Casino Hotel attempts to collect enough bras to cross over the Mississippi River into Louisiana and back with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society.

YOU’RE GOING TO DO WHAT? In an effort to best last year’s “Bras for Breast Cancer” fundraiser benefiting the American Cancer Society, Riverwalk Casino Hotel will attempt to make this year’s event bigger and better. For year number two, the goal is to double last year’s efforts by attempting to collect approximately 6000 bras. That’s enough to cross the Mississippi River over to the Louisiana state line and back. For each bra collected, Riverwalk Casino Hotel will donate $1 to the American Cancer Society.

WAY BACK WHEN…. In a first last year, Riverwalk Casino Hotel along with radio stations Miss 103 and Q105.1 asked the public to donate old bras and drop them by collection points across mid Mississippi. The public responded enthusiastically by donating over 3000 bras which resulted in Riverwalk Casino Hotel donating over $3200 dollars to the American Cancer Society. To top off the tremendous success of the event, a ceremony was held in which the bras were strung together and displayed across the old Highway 80 Mississippi River Bridge.

SAYS WHO? “We’re ecstatic to play a role in this event once again and do our part to heighten awareness about breast cancer” said Ginny Tzotzolas, Marketing Director for Riverwalk. ACS Director of Communications and Marketing Kelly Lindsay added “we’re so proud to be a part of this - events of this nature really increase awareness and that helps with early detection which can lead to better outcomes”.

FACTS OF THE MATTER… Of the approximate 200,000 new breast cancer cases predicted for this year, 1820 of those will be diagnosed in Mississippi. The 5 year relative survival for localized breast cancer has increased to 98% today from 80% in the 1950’s. Well known survivors of the disease include ChristinaApplegate, Sheryl Crow and Olivia Newton John.

DROP IT ALREADY WILL YA? Area communities are asked to support this event by dropping off old bras at the following Vicksburg locations: Riverwalk Casino and Shape Up Sisters. Jackson-area locations include: Any Curves for Women, Mia Bella, HD Entertainment & Gaming, Mud Predators Artic Cat andRepeat Street. Donations are being accepted through October 30th. The “Bras for Breast Cancer” stringing and dedication ceremony will be held Thursday, November 5th.

ABOUT US: Riverwalk Casino Hotel is a destination resort for the Mississippi-Louisiana area located along the banks of the Mississippi River in historic Vicksburg, Mississippi. It is the newest casino and the only single level, land based gaming facility with restaurants, lodging, and Corporate Art Program. The casino is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the year offering 27,000 square feet of new gaming and dining space while employing up to 500 people.

For more information about this event or to schedule an interview please click on contact info:

Rett Evans
PR Lead Guide
Phone: 601.316.7883

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Traffic Delays in Ridgeland and Madison on Saturday

For your convenience, please make note of the traffic delays below for this Saturday, Oct. 17 from 7 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.  Marathon Makeover’s Marathon and Half Marathon will follow these routes during their events.  Police and volunteer course marshals will be assisting with traffic flow. Please be careful of the runners and walkers. Most of the following streets will have one lane closed during the times listed below for that street.  Jackson Street will be closed from Perkins to Highway 51 all day.  For more information about the races and for a route map, go to www.mmmarathon.com

Marathon Makeover Marathon & Half Marathon
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Traffic Delays & Driving Caution
7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. Northpark Drive – Pear Orchard to Lake Harbor
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Lake Harbor – Northpark Dr. to Spillway
7:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. Lower Level Spillway Rd
7:20 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. Upper Level Spillway Rd
7:30 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Breakers Lane/W. Ramp Rd.
7:30 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. Dyke Rd. to Madison Landing Circle
7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Madison Landing Circle to Rice Rd.
7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Rice Road – Harbor Dr. to Tidewater Lane
7:50 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Natchez Trace Exit to Old Canton
7:50 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. Rice Road: Pear Orchard trail crossing
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Tidewater Lane to Old Canton Rd.
8:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. North bound traffic Old Canton to Calumet
8:05 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Calumet – East bound traffic
8:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Brookside Place to St. Augustine
8:15 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. St. Augustine to Church Street
8:20 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Church St. – St. Augustine to Madison Ave
8:25 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Madison Ave – Church Street to Liberty Park
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Liberty Park – Madison Ave to Grandview
8:30 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. Grandview – Liberty Park to Madison Ave
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Madison Ave – Grandview to Highland Colony Pkwy
8:40 a.m. – 2:10 p.m. Highland Colony Pkwy - Lake Castle to Old Agency Rd
8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Old Agency Pkwy – Natchez Trace bridge to Highland
Colony Pkwy
8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Highland Colony Pkwy – Old Agency Pkwy to Natchez
Trace trail
8:50 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. Perkins St. – Multi-purpose trail to Jackson Street
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Hwy 51 at Jackson Street crossing
9:05 a.m. – 3:10 p.m. Natchez Trace off ramp at old craft center
7:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. Pear Orchard Rd – Towne Center to Northpark Rd.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pansies for Poverty

Plant Pansies for Poverty

And help feed those living in poverty in Madison County
October 1-19

Bring in a cake mix and a can of icing to
Moore's Greenhouses
and receive a FREE
6-pack of bedding plants.
Choose from: pansies, violas, snapdragons and more!

Monday - Saturday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

P.O. Box 217
Canton, MS 39046

Monday, September 28, 2009

Two Great Events in Vicksburg


The schedule of entertainment (sponsored by Entergy of Mississippi) and lunch ($9) providers are listed below:

Friday, October 9th - Celtic and Folk Music Performed by Reed Bishop, Nicolas and Julia Blake
Lunch provided by: Wayne's Bistro Subs and Suds

Friday, October 16th - Classic Country and Pop FavoritesPerformed by: Jim Robinson and Maria Adona
Lunch provided by: Martin's at Midtown

Friday, October 23rd - Classics Pop and Originals Performed by: Lee H. Abraham and the Boone Brothers
Lunch provided by: Goldie's Express

Friday, October 30 - Blues, Rock, Pop and OriginalsPerformed by: Patrick Smith
Lunch provided by: Palmertree Catering

The Fairfield Inn, LaQuinta Inn & Suites, Super 8, Motel 6 and Days Inn & Suites graciously sponsored the new "Classics" t-shirts that will be provided for $10 at each luncheon.

For more information or to make reservations for lunch, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

The 21st Annual Over the River Run will be held on Saturday, October 10th at 8am and is fun for the entire family. The 5-mile (run/walk) Over The River Run starts at the Old Mississippi River Bridge located at I-20 and Washington Street, crosses the Old Mississippi River Bridge.

There will a great one-mile fun run for the kids!

$25/Individual, $55/family registration (limit 5), $75 (corporate team 3-5 members), $15/Kids registration (10 and under) (LATE FEES APPLY AFTER OCTOBER 1ST)

Awesome Race Shirts guaranteed for the first 500 pre-registered entrants.

Entertainment, fun and refreshments for all runners, walkers and volunteers after race with a wonderful after-party featuring the band "Slaphappy".

Click HERE for an individual entry form! Click HERE for corporate team forms!

WANT TO BE INVOLVED! Call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.
WANT TO BE A SPONSOR! Call 601.631.2997 or email info@southernculture.org.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Outdoorama On The Rez

Outdoorama On The Rez

NEW TIME: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Join us for Outdoorama on the Rez scheduled for Saturday, September 26, 2009 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Turcotte Lab of Highway 43 at the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

In celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, the purpose of this event is to get kids and anyone interested in the outdoors to step outside for a hands-on experience with the tools and concepts of hunting and fishing in Mississippi. They will learn how to load muzzleloaders, reload shells, shoot skeet and sporting clays, get to try their hand at the MDWFP laser 3/D target shoot, learn how to tie flies, watch rOutdoorama 2004etriever and bird dog demonstrations, learn the art of falconry, fish for catfish, learn how knives are made, learn how to use a turkey call, shoot bows and arrows, try their hand at canoeing, learn how to use a treestand safely, see snakes and alligators, and learn about taxidermy.

It is a fun-filled day for all presented with the help of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, MomsLikeMe.com and a host of other conservation organizations and groups including Magnolia Fly Fishers, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Jackson Zoological Park, MS Dept. of Environmental Quality Office of Geology, American Zookeepers Association, Paul Meek, Ken Austin, Southern Heritage Labs, National Wild Turkey Federation, Mississippi Bowhunters Association, Wildlife Outreach Foundation, Treestand Manufacturers Association, Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, Simmons Creative Productions, and more! Each of these organizations volunteers their time and talent to educate youth of all ages.

This is a free event so mark your calendars and make plans to attend. No equipment is needed. For more information please call the Mississippi Wildlife Federation at 601-206-5703.

Special thanks to Southland Container and Allied Waste for providing trash boxes, Canton Wholesale Bait for supplying bait, Knights of Columbus for providing the food, and to MomsLikeMe.com for help with advertising.

Click here to download Outdoorama on the Rez flyer

Directions to Turcotte Lab:

From Lakeland Drive:
From I-55 take Lakeland Drive to Highway 471 Exit (Goshen Springs Exit). Turn left onto 471 and travel until you get to Highway 43. Turn left (west). Stay on Highway 43. Signs will be posted.

From I-55 North:
Get onto the Natchez Trace at the I-55 North entrance going east toward the Reservoir. Take the Highway 43 exit off the Trace and turn right onto Highway 43. Turcotte Lab is less than one mile on the left. Signs will be posted.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Beginning Again Workshop



1872HWY. 471
601/331-7140 OR 601/573-7734
E-mail: admin@beginningagain.net
Visit: www.beginningagain.net
Losing a spouse to divorce or death is one of the
most painful and emotionally draining experiences

· Thursdays, October 8 through November 19, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. (registration at 6 p.m.)
· Hosted by Beginning Again in cooperation with Oakdale Baptist Church, the workshop features
helpful teachings and discussions on subjects related to loss.
· Area counselors join with Beginning Again’s team of  trained family group facilitators to share
helpful suggestions and experiences.
· For anyone experiencing the pain of loss through divorce or widowhood, this program can be a
new start on the road to healing and recovery.

SPACE IS LIMITED. Register early to ensure your spot at this popular workshop.

Thursday, October 8, 2009
Getting Started…What Can I Expect?

Thursday, October 15, 2009
Anger…How Do I Handle It?

Thursday, October 22, 2009
Loneliness…What’s the Answer?

Thursday, October 29, 2009
Finances …Tips for Single Income Living

Thursday, November 5, 2009
Dating…What are the Red Flags?

Thursday, November 12, 2009
Becoming Whole…Is Forgiveness the Key?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009
Ongoing Topics on Relationships Begin….

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Upcoming Events At Manship House Museum

October 1–2
Manships Unearthed
Students can observe archaeologists from the Department of Archives and History conducting an excavation on the grounds of the Manship House Museum in an attempt to learn more about this unique family's history. Free of charge. Reservations required. Call 601-961-4724 or email the Manship House to schedule your classes.

Monday, November 2, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Old Jackson: The Way We Once Lived
Craftsmen from the past demonstrate what life was like during the nineteenth century, for students in grades three to six. Free of charge but reservations are required. For information and reservations call 601-961-4724 or email the Manship House. Program sponsored in part by the Mississippi Humanities Council.

December 4–23
Christmas at the Manship House
Museum Daily tours feature Victorian-style decorations Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Reservations required for groups of ten or more. For information call 601-961-4724 or email the Manship House.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Tennessee Williams Tribute Weekend

Tennessee Williams Tribute Weekend
Honoring one of the South's most prolific playwrights

A grand tribute and tour of Victorian homes.

September 7-13, 2009

Columbus, Mississippi


AKC Dog Show

The American Kennel Club (AKC)
will be hosting an AKC Dog Show
September 10-13 
Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Biloxi, Mississippi
Over 100+ breeds of American Kennel Club (AKC) registered dogs will be competing. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Portion of Ridgeland Multi-Use Trail Will Be Closed

The City of Ridgeland will be widening and resurfacing its Multi-Use Trail between the Natchez Trace Parkway ramp at Old Canton Road and the Ridgeland Information Center, formerly the old craft center.  A short section that connects the main artery of the trail to Rice Road at Pear Orchard will also be closed.  This portion of the trail will be widened to 10 feet and resurfaced.  Construction will begin on Monday, September 14 and continue through Friday, September 25.  The contractor will make every effort to complete the project sooner.

Ridgeland officials apologize for the inconvenience to users of the trail.  This construction project will enhance this most popular section of the trail.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Hit The Bricks

Downtown Vicksburg

Washington Street


September 10

5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Come join the Downtown Vicksburg merchants for "Hit the Bricks" ... They will open their businesses to visitors and you can get a glimpse of what the stores have to offer, meet the owners and employees, and have fun while visiting each unique shop.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Bass Tourney and Open Water Swim

Saturday is shaping up as a busy morning on Warren County's lakes.

Beginning at 4:a.m., as many as 100 fishermen are expected to descend on Lake Chotard for the 13th annual Area 10 Special Olympics Large Bass Tournament.

A couple hours later and a few miles out, at Eagle Lake, several dozen swimmers will hit the water for the first MS Open Water Swim Championship.

The bass tournament will also feature an arts and crafts area and a small bass tournament for children, as fish fry and a raffle for a bass boat. The entry fee is $100 per two-man boat, plus a $5 launch fee, and all proceeds benefit the Special Olympics. Check-in begins at 4 a.m. at Chotard Landing, and fishing at 6. There are hourly prizes for the biggest fish, as well as an overall $1,000 prize for the largest bass of the day.

The Open Water Swim is an event put on by the Vicksburg Swim Association, and its proceeds will benefit that group. The registration fee is $40, plus a required $10 registration fee with USA Swimming Swimmers will start from Messina Landing and make their way around a one-mile course filled with buoys, lifeguards, kayaks and scores of safety personnel.

In the lake full of various critters - alligators, snakes, turtles and fish, to name a few - plenty of safety precautions are being taken, said Sheri Wallace, meet director for swim. Wallace is hoping the inaugural event draws between 25 and 50 swimmers.

"That would be an excellent turnout," Wallace said, "We would like it to be between 25 and 50 to keep the numbers small so we can keep track of them.

For information, call Nina Simpson at 601-638-4683, Ronnie McGowan at 601-638-1064 or Pauline Vessell at 601-526-4333. (The Vicksburg Post)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Bright Lights Belhaven Nights

August 15, 2009
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Fortification Street * Jackson, MS 39202

Cost: $3 for adults and children 13+; $1 for children 12 and under

Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights
has been named a
Top 20 Event in the Southeast
for the month of August by the Southeastern Tourism Society.

The street festival, an end-of-the-summer tradition celebrating Jackson; Unique near-downtown neighborhoods is a celebration of all things that make Greater Belhaven special including exciting children's activities, art, music, theatre and food.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Visit Vicksburg, MS

A few weeks ago the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau added "A Welcome to Vicksburg" video on their website. I wanted to share with you this video of my hometown where I was born and raised. If you are ever in this area, please stop and stay awhile and enjoy our beautiful city with it's southern charm and hospitable people. We have so much to offer and it's a great retirement destination as well. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Guns of Vicksburg

The fifth annual Guns of Vicksburg Old Court House Benefit Shoot will be August 15 at Tara Wildlife. Cost is $100 per shooter or $600 per six-person team. Lunch is provided. The shoot is a National Sporting Clay Association sanctioned event, but nonmembers may participate. Pre-register by calling 601-279-4261, or download a form at www.oldcourthouse.org/UpcomingEvents.htm. Registration on the day of the shoot begins at 7:30 a.m. To reach Tara Wildlife from Vicksburg, take U.S. 61 North to Eagle Lake Road(Mississippi 465), turn left and follow signs.

The Guns of Vicksburg sporting clay shoot to benefit the Old Court House Museum returns for the fifth year today at a new location, plus additional competitions and awards.

“Every year it just keeps growing and getting better, and it’s mostly locals participating,” said Steven Tzotzolas, an organizer of the shoot and a National Sporting Clay Association member who competes around the country. “As far as total number of participants, it’s definitely one of the largest shows in the state.”

The shoot can accommodate up to 220 participants, and Tzotzolas said Wednesday about 165 shooters had registered. While it is an NSCA-sanctioned event, nonmembers make up the majority of participants, said Tzotzolas.

“We’ll probably have 50 to 60 NSCA members, but over 70 percent of our shooters are just your recreational hunters who basically want to get a little practice in and have some fun,” he said.

After being held at the Loosa Yokena Plantation south of the city for the past four years, the shoot is moving to Tara Wildlife, an 18,000-acre private wildlife preserve at Eagle Lake, about 30 minutes north of Vicksburg.

Mike Winkler, who annually helps set and maintain the skeet machines, was the first to suggest Tara Wildlife when organizers began looking for a new location to accommodate more participants and find a place where out-of-town shooters could stay overnight.

“It was the first place that came to mind — they have the land and the lodging — and, when I called (Tara president) Gilbert Rose, he said he thought it would be a good fit,” Winkler said. “We’ve had a great location in the past, but this one is going to provide us the most accommodations and allow us to have the shoot without taxing the land. We’re going to do the whole shoot on a grass runway at Tara that’s 3,000 feet long and 135 feet wide.”

In all, 80 trophies will be awarded, about 20 more than last year. Along with an overall winner, trophies will be given to shooters with the highest marks in six categories: ladies, 16 and under, 17 to 21, 55 to 64, 65 to 74 and 75 and older. Door prizes will be given out after each of the three shooting rotations, said Tzotzolas, unlike years past when only one drawing was done at the end of all the rotations.

“The course will be a little bit more challenging than it has been in the past few years,” added Tzotzolas.Last year, the Old Court House Museum was able to restore four aging cisterns on its property with about $70,000 in proceeds from the past two or three shoots. The cisterns don’t store water anymore, but serve as restrooms and storage space. Bubba Bolm, museum curator and director, said this year’s proceeds likely will go toward replacing several missing or damaged windows at the 149-year-old landmark.

“We’ve got windows upstairs in the courtroom and along the perimeter of the building that really need replacing. The putty is loose, and they’re rattling around just waiting to fall out,” said Bolm. “We had a huge lightning strike here during a recent storm that knocked out our computer, a few air conditioning units and some lights — there’s always something to fix or maintain here.”

Tzotzolas said the credit for the success and expansion of the shoot through the years is due to the roughly 60 local volunteers who work year-round to organize, set up, operate and clean up after the event.

“It’s amazing to see how many people in the community come together each year to make this happen,” he said. “None of this could be possible without all the help of those at the Old Court House Museum; Shirley Griffin and all the volunteers she helps coordinate; Mr. and Mrs. Hyland, who let us use their land in the years past; Gilbert Rose and a whole lot of other people who deserve more credit than they get.”

Those who would like to participate in the shoot can pre-register by calling 601-279-4261. Cost is $100 for individuals or $600 for a six-person team. Lunch is provided for shooters, while those not participating can purchase a lunch for $10. Registration will begin at 7:30 on the morning of the shoot for those who do not pre-register.

Along with the 12-stage 100 bird main event shoot, a five-stand, 50-bird event will be held for an additional $40. Those who want to practice shoot in the five-stand event, but not compete for the trophy, may do so for $20, said Tzotzolas.“

Most people say you just need an excuse to shoot — and this is a good one,” he said. (The Vicksburg Post)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Watermelon Carnival Starts July 30

Water Valley, MS> The annual Watermelon carnival kicks off Thursday July 30th with the talent show that evening. Lots of great voices and skits by local talent will highlight the show. Come early and enjoy a real treat.
North Mississippi Herald
The dedicated reporters of the Bodock Times will once again be bringing you exclusive action and reports on the carnival at the Deer Camp Blog.
Come over and visit today, you could win a car!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Miss Mississippi Pageant 2009

Miss Mississippi~Christine Kozlowski 2008

47 contestants participating in 2009 pageant in Vicksburg, MS.

The 52nd annual Miss Mississippi Pageant kicks off as 47 contestants arrive in Vicksburg, ready to battle it out in a week-long competition (July 15-18) for the 2009 state crown and a chance for the national title, set for January 20th in Las Vegas.

Preliminary competition will begin Wednesday at the Vicksburg Convention Center and run through Friday, with the finale Saturday night. The contestants, ages 18 to 24, will compete in three separate preliminary groups.

The top ten will be announced Saturday night. Those young women will compete in talent, swim wear, evening wear and on-stage question.

Hosting this year's pageant, themed Star, will be Miss Mississippi 2006 Taryn Foshee and Michael Young.

Entertainment will be by Chris Butler, who's performed with top country acts; Kiefer Slaton, a 2009 Vicksburg High graduate who will enter Mississippi State in the fall; Ben Bagby, who has performed on Broadway and in movies; and Ted Laney, a former pageant dancer. Eight Miss Mississippi dancers will perform during the competition, as well.

During the week, the contestants will make public appearances, including autograph parties and the annual Miss Mississippi Parade along Washington Street kicking off tonight at 7:00 pm.

The 2009 pageant will feature 15 returning contestants.

It will also have 22 blondes, 24 brunettes and one redhead. Eighteen have brown eyes, 15 blue, seven green and seven hazel. Twenty-six will sing, 13 will dance, seven will play the piano and one will play the flute.

The pageant will be televised on WLBT, Jackson; WGBC, Meridian; WLOV, Tupelo; WDAM, Hattiesburg/Laurel; WABG, Greenville; WXXV, South Mississippi and Time Warner Cable. And, for the first time ever, this year, the pageant will be broadcast live via the internet at, http://www.missmississippipageant.com/

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Vicksburg's Fourth Of July

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Rangers and volunteers will present and demonstrate union Civil War artillery at Battery De Golyer, Stop No. 1 on the Vicksburg National Military Park's tour road. Visitors may enter the park at 3201 Clay Street. The admission fee is $8.

9 a.m. - 4 p. m. - Pemberton Headquarters on Crawford Street will be open for public tours.

9 a.m. - noon - Cotton will sign copies of "Like a Hideous Nightmare" at the Old Court House Museum, 1008 Cherry Street. The book can be purchased for $20 at the museum.

1 - 4 p.m. - A program commemorating Madame C.J. Walker, a native of Delta, LA., and the nation's first female self-made millionaire will be held at the pavilion adjacent to the Hermione Museum, 315 N. Mulberry St., Tallulah. The program, set to include live music and poetry readings, is free and open to the public.

7:30 p.m. - The Krackerjacks, a rock band from Greenville, will perform in front of the old train depot on Levee Street. The concert is free and open to the public.

9 p.m. - A fireworks show will be at City Front. The show is free and open to the public.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Miss Hospitality Pageant

Tickets are available for the 60th Mississippi’s Miss Hospitality Pageant are now available for purchase.

The pageant will be held July 31 and August 1 in downtown Hattiesburg at the Saenger Theater. The two nights of competition will highlight 32 women from around our state.

Premiere seating tickets are $18 and general reserved seating tickets are $13. Tickets for both evenings can be bought as a package for $36 for premiere seating and $26 for general reserved seating.

Visit www.hattiesburgsaenger.com to purchase your tickets or call 601-584-4888.

More information about the Miss Hospitality Pageant can be found at www.misshospitality.com.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Pope Courtland Concert

June 26, 2009
Ridgecrest Baptist Church
6:oo pm
Doors open at 5:00

Concert benefits High School Missions to Dominican Republic

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tomato Fest


Friday, June 26
Saturday, June 27, 2009

always the last Saturday in June
  9 am to 3 pm (rain or shine)

5k Walk/Run
Arts and Crafts
Kiddie Parade
Farmer's Market
Bike Rally
Poker Run
Live Entertainment.

for more info : http://www2.msstate.edu/~ricks/cstomato/tomfest.html

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Historic Photos of Mississippi

In Review: Mississippi's history is as thick and rich as the summer heat. Just like a Mississippi summer, I found that the best way to enjoy this wonderful coffee table style book from Turner Publishing was on the front porch with a big tall glass of iced tea.

As a little girl growing up in Vicksburg, I heard the stories of the Civil War, the siege and how the families had to live. Seeing the photo on page 8 brought to life all I heard about the caves dug into the sides of the hills and how families hid from Union troops.

Seeing photos of a covered bridge over the river here in Jackson where prisoners were held piqued my curiosity as to if that is now where the stack exists.

We took our boys to the recently refurbished Meridian Opera house for a play. What a joy to be able to show the original photos from when the Opera house was built and its incredible interior.

My in-laws will be interested in seeing the original photo of Boler Inn in Union. That is my husband's hometown and where General Sherman decided to "stay" when he slashed through central Mississippi.

This book has been divided into time segments:

Civil War and Survival (1860-1899)
The Joy of the Golden Age (1900-1919)
Depression Years and Singing the Blues (1920-1939)
War in Europe and Struggles at Home (1940-1970s)
Not only is this book a historic book about our state, it is a collector's item for anyone who is a Mississippian. It would be an amazing gift for the upcoming Father's Day, a history buff, or as a keepsake for family who may have moved away. As for me, I will be keeping my copy.

Book Review: Imagine a ride with the Mississippi mockingbird as it soars through the Mississippi skies. Beginning in the land of Elvis at Tupelo, one moves down to the Piney Woods of East Central Mississippi where the ground is covered with fragrant pine straw and where Choctaw moccasins once walked the trails. Then turn south where the ocean waves swell upon sandy beaches and sea gulls hover and squawk in the breeze. Continue onward to the mansions of historic Natchez and the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta where the blues reigns supreme. Finally, swoop down toward Old Man River, the majestic Mississippi, and skim across its yellow waters. The waters have seen war and defeat, loss and love, heartbreaks and triumphs. No sentiments need speaking. Only the sweet songs of the mockingbird are required to understand a land whose beauty is second only to the strength of its people. Through nearly 200 images printed in vivid black-and-white, with brief introductions and captions, Historic Photos of Mississippi takes the viewer on a flightpath to key points of interest in historic Mississippi.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Rollin' on the River Siege Concert

As part of a continuing effort to help a local teen with lymphoblastic leukemia, and up-and-coming artist will perform a benefit concert at 6:00 p.m., June 20 at the Vicksburg City Auditorium.

Sean McConnell, a Boston native who has written songs recorded by Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley, has agreed to play for free.

If all started with a handful of people who wanted to help 18-year old Kyle Coleson, his mother, Lisa, and 14-year-old brother, Cody, who has a mild form of cerebral palsy. Since early March, that group has grown to 500 plus people.

"We just wanted to try to do anything we could to help Kyle out, and we knew the community would be happy to do it," said Coleson's cousin Dan Muirhead. Muirhead's mother, Shanna, - Coleson's aunt - has a relative who works for Warner/Chappell Music in Nashville and connected the planners to musician McConnell.

If you go - Tickets can be purchase at the door for $15.00 or in advance for $10.00 at various locations. You can call Vicksburg Main Street at 601-634-4527 and they can give you that information. T-shirts are $12.00 and are being designed by Warren Central High School student Turner Reeves, 17, son of Keith Reeves and Marnie Farrell. The "Siege of Leukemia" shirt plays off Vicksburg's Civil War history and shows two "USS Cure" gunboats firing at a red blood cell, a reference to the cancer.

County Junction and Goldie's Express will provide food, and Brown Bottling Group will supply drinks. Local businesses have donated gift certificates and other items to be raffled for $1 at the concert.

For other information, visit the Kyle Coleson Foundation at Facebook.com or contact Candice Park at 601-529-0018 or candice_prk@yahoo.com or Ashley Baker at 601-218-0506 or ashbake21@gmail.com

Kyle Coleson and Sean McConnell

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Art of Attraction

I wanted to share with you a new nature guide booklet that was just introduced this past week by the Vicksburg Convention and Visitor's Bureau. The new VCVB guide is aiming to draw nature enthusiast and also restructuring of the VCVB web site. Some twenty-five nature sites are offering a host of outdoor activities within a 30-mile drive of Vicksburg and is highlighted in the new 25-page guide. The glossy, full color guide was unveiled by VCVB Executive Director Bill Seratt at their monthly meeting last Thursday. The VCVB partnered with the Audubon Society Lower Mississippi River Program in Vicksburg and the Lower Delta Partnership to create the guide - one of several the VCVB has created to tap into what Seratt call "niche markets."

Creating and printing 50,000 of the nature guides cost $26,500, said Seratt, with the VCVB picking up the bulk of the cost. The Audubon Society contributed $5,000, and the Lower Delta Partnership another $2,500, he said. It features maps, directions and descriptions of state parks, lakes, historic sites, wildlife management areas and national forests near Vicksburg in Mississippi and Louisiana offering bicycling trails, boat launches, camping, fishing, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, picnicking and wildlife viewing. Information about scenic drives, Mississippi River tours and regional outdoors festivals are also included, as well as Web site links and phone numbers. You can pick up a guide at our local visitors centers or just called the Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce and they will mail you one. Have a happy summer!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Vicksburg Farmers' Market


8:00-11:00 a.m.
Corner of Grove & Levee Street
Be at the market early this Saturday, but not too early -- no sales are allowed before 8 a.m.! Buy the first of the season's produce from vendors you remember last year, plus some new faces. And don't forget that we'll have delicious baked goods available again -- homemade breads and rolls, cookies and pastries.Parking is available by the Depot and at the Catfish Row Art Park. Remember to bring your own shopping bags!


New this year to the Vicksburg Farmers' Market: RECYCLING. Bring your aluminum cans and plastics (#1 and #2 only, please) to the market where we'll collect goods each week.It's easy to be environmentally friendly: combine your recycling trip while you buy local!


New this year: reusable VFM shopping totes!Get yours on Saturday by becoming a Friend of the Market. For a donation of only $30, receive a shopping bag and a Friend of the Market card that will give you one free cold beverage each Saturday from the market tent. Funds support the market, allowing us to advertise and present live music each week.


Wonder what's best to grow in your yard, given the landscape and climate? Stop by the Warren County Master Gardeners booth at this week's farmers market to find out!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

National Boating and Fishing Week

Free fishing days set for Mississippi parks -

The only thing better than spending a relaxing day fishing is getting to fish for free.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks is observing National Boating and Fishing Week by offering two weekends of free fishing at state lakes and state parks lakes.

June 6-7 and June 13-14 are designated as free fishing days and no launch fees or permits are required on these days. A valid Mississippi fishing license is required.

"This is just another way we can encourage people to get out and fish," MDWFP Fishing Bureau Director Ron Garavelli said. "This is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time fishing and we hope people take advantage of it."

For more information, call 601-432-2400.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Vicksburg Riverfront Murals

The final riverfront mural will be unveiled in front of the floodwall here in downtown Vicksburg completing an eight year project. It will also complete the 32 murals on the floodwall and will honor a grocer, Jitney-Jungle.

"I am so excited, you cannot imagine," said Nellie Caldwell, head of the Riverfront Mural Committee. "To see the whole wall finished and is a marvelous feeling."

Sponsored by the Nosser family and friends, the mural depicts Jitney-Jungle, a first-of-its-kind supermarket to open in Vicksburg in 1933, and the owners who opened it, the late Pete Sr. and Bessie Nosser of Vicksburg.

"The Jitney-Jungle was a lot of things all under one roof," said Rowdy Nosser, a grandson of Pete Sr. and Bessie Nosser. "It was a central part of life in the city. It was a place where people were truly appreciated in that time."

The store housed a cafeteria, which Rowdy Nosser referred to as a "gathering place," a toy store and a delicatessen.

The Nosser family owned and operated four Jitney-Jungle grocery stores in Vicksburg for over 50 years.

The guest speaker will be former Vicksburg Mayor Johnny Holland, and Miss South Outstanding Teen Grace Claire Cordes will sing the "Star-Spangled Banner."

Immediately after the unveiling, a reception will follow at the Art Park beneath a covered tent.

The event will feature foods from local restaurants and door prizes, while celebrating the end of the 32-mural historic Riverfront Mural project.

"We really want all of our sponsors and everyone involved to be in attendance," said Caldwell.

"This is the final thing." Caldwell expects more than 400 people to attend.

Almost all murals in the series were paid for with donations. The project followed a visit to Paducah, KY., where Caldwell saw Dafford's work and suggested a similar project here. Mayor Laurence Leyens agreed and named her chairman of the committee. The Dafford murals cost from $15,000 to almost $20,000 each and the City of Vicksburg landscaped, fenced and lighted the area.

Monday, May 18, 2009

End of school year

This is the last week of school (hallelujah), and we're getting ready for the summer. A few questions:

• Do you have school-aged children? Is one of your children starting kindergarten in the fall?

• What are your summer plans, as far as daycare? Are you happy where your child is in daycare this summer?

• What are you doing to get ready for the next school year? Do you know the principal at your child's school? Are you active in the PTA or other parent groups?

I'm asking these questions to share tips I've learned, and to encourage you to get involved in your child's education. It was scary for me to see my daughter walk through those doors on the first day of kindergarten, not knowing her teacher or the other kids in that classroom. I cried at the thought of her growing up, and the uncertainty of her first year in "big school."

Tip: get to know your child's teacher, especially at the kindergarten level. This is the person who is going to spend every day with your child, and will be doing her best to teach her whole class the basics of the kindergarten curriculum. Ask her about her classroom management techniques, and what you can do to reinforce at home her discipline system. If there's something you disagree with, talk to her about it; don't try to undermine at home what she's doing at school to keep order in the class. Keep in mind that some of the kids in her class have never been in a classroom setting, and are going to have a difficult time adjusting to the structure.

And one more tip: Read to your child. Read every day, and encourage him/her to read, too.

As for summer plans, it's tempting to be lazy, sit at home and play video games all summer. But try to do what you can to keep your child mentally and physically fit in the off season. There are tons of summer camps in the arts, athletics and, yes, academic. If you have to work and can't take your child to camps, look for a summer program that offers more than just baby-sitting. Look for a program that has field trips, maybe dance class or swim lessons. Keep your child learning and active. And check at your child's school for summer reading lists.

For next year, make time to get to know the principal at your child's school. Ask questions about the curriculum your child will be learning, and things you can do at home to prepare. Find out how the school ranks on the state's accountability scale. What's going on in the gifted classrooms, and what are the facilities like? Is the building clean and organized? What resources are available in the library?

And, of course, ask about the PTA or PTO. For working moms, it's hard to be at the school every day, and to go to officer meetings that are held during work hours. But most PTA meetings are at night, and there are always volunteer opportunities. It's not easy to be a presence at your child's school, but when parents are involved, children always, always do better in the classroom.

This school year, I was not able to be part of the PTO at daughter's school. But next year, she'll be in school where I work and I will be there. It's going to be nice to have lunch with her sometimes, and to work with the principals and teachers. I've already been recruited to the PTA board, and I'm looking forward to getting to know the other parents as well. Daughter has done OK so far, and I'm expecting her to only get better as time goes on.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Water Valley Founders Day/ Market Fest

This weekend is the annual Founders Day/ Market Festival in Water Valley. This is downtown along Main Street and is filled with games, shows, music and of course the farmers market.
The North Mississippi Herald has several great articles about the festival.
Please come enjoy the fun.

May 9
Market Fest Event Schedule

8 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Farmers Market Kick Off: at Magnolia Tree on Main & Blackmur (includes fresh produce, breads, honey, eggs, etc….
Fiddlin' Rooster Kids Train Ride
10 a.m. to noon – Children's Stage at Farmer Market Jim McGaw Kelli and Kelly
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Official selling time for Arts & Crafts and Food vendors
12:30 Festival Announcements: Bandstand
1:30/2:30 p.m. – Games at Marchbank Park, corner of Panola and Main including: Sack races, hula hoops, three-legged race, horseshoes, spoon and egg race
11 to 5 p.m. – Historic Quilt Show Mechanics Bank Community Room
2 to 4 p.m. – Student Art Show at Imagination Station
12:45 to 8 p.m. – Music at the Bandstand Water Valley Middle School Girl's Band -
Jake Fussell - Rosie and Jamie Posey - Swinging Prevaricators - Brad Van Winkle Wiley and the Checkmates
8 p.m. – Fireworks Display: Downtown

T-shirts are available in sizes from 3x to youth small. They cost $15 and are available at the Main Street Office, located at 207 Main St.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Swing Into Summer

Madison announces the Swing Into Summer concert series and picnic which kicks off May 7 for the 11th year.

Families are invited to bring picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs as they kick back and enjoy the festivities. New activities are a Monster Spider Jump on May 7 and a homemade ice cream party, courtesy of First Baptist Church, on May 14 and 28.

New to the Swing Into Summer stage will be The Pates on May 7. The Johnny Crocker Band will entertain the crowd on May 14. New to Madison will be Something Blue band on May 21 and The Magnolias on May 28.

Featured children's activities are:

# May 7, monster spider jump, petting zoo and Dorian the Magician.

# May 14, ice cream party, bubbles, hoola hoops and Smiley the Clown.

# May 21, pony rides, space jumps, face painting, hoop shots, rock wall, trackless train and bubbles.

# May 28, ice cream party, sno-ball junction and rock wall.

A weekly drawing at 7 p.m. will be for spring garden items: a porch swing on May 7, two urns on May 14, hanging baskets on May 21 and a wheelbarrow full of gardening items on May 28.

Swing Into Summer is a free event. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets are allowed at the alcohol-free event. In case of rain, events will be moved inside the Madison Square Center for the Arts.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Heatwave Classic Triathlon

"Entering its 24th year!"
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Starts at 7:00 a.m.
This year's race will consist of a ½ mile swim in the Ross Barnett Reservoir, a 24 ½ mile bike ride along the scenic and historic Natchez Trace Parkway, and ending with a 10K run along Ridgeland's heavily shaded Multi-Use Trail.
Registration Fees:
Early Registration (by May 15th): Individual $65

Relay $125

After May 16th: Individual $75

Relay $135
All registration forms must accompany race fees. No refunds no transfers will be given. Registration fee will cover T-shirt, swim cap, post race meal, and entertainment. The last day to register for the race is June 5, 2009.
Packet Pickup Information:
Friday, June 5th - 3:00 - 7:00pm -
677 South Pear Orchard Road in Ridgeland
(see map under Travel)
Saturday, June 6th - 5:30 - 6:00am - Race site
For more information contact Ridgeland Recreation and Parks at (601)853-2011

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Paul Brown Exhibit "Wild Visions"

Paul Brown owns the property next to the famous Christmas Place that I write about in my blog. He is a good friend, an exceptional writer, and a world famous photographer. Plus, he killed the giant deer we were all slobbering over to get a couple of years ago. If you are in the area, please go see his exhibit. It will be worth your while.
Wild Visions at MSU - APR 27-JUN 27
Starkville, MS - The Colvard Student Union Art Gallery will host the solo exhibit "Wild Visions," by Paul T. Brown. The exhibit will run April 27th through June 27th, 2009. An opening reception will be held Tuesday May 12th, from 5:00 �€“ 7:00 pm.
Paul T. Brown is a widely published, award winning and nationally acclaimed wildlife photographer and writer from Brandon, MS. Paul�€™s photographs regularly appear in national ad campaigns as well as books, brochures, catalogs and more. He has earned numerous national and regional awards including honors from the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Southeastern Outdoors Press Association. The States of Mississippi and Alabama have both honored Paul with the Conservation Communicator of the Year Award.
Paul has been observing and photographing wildlife in its natural habitat for some 35 years. He became interested in photography in high school and started shooting animals with a camera while a student at Mississippi State University. "I enjoy sharing my images and experiences with others," he explains. "I hope my photographs serve to inspire people to manage and conserve our wildlife heritage."
Books by Paul Brown include Conserving Wild America, Wildlife of the South, Paul Brown's Wild Visions, Freedom Matters, Wild About Babies, Escape in Iraq, I'm Still Standing, and Church of Lies. Various titles are available at the Barnes & Noble campus bookstore. Books will also be available for purchase at the opening reception.
The Colvard Student Union Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the MSU Colvard Student Union. The Gallery presents museum shows, traveling exhibits, student shows, and group and solo exhibitions by professional artists. For more information about this event, please visit www.union.msstate.edu or call (662) 325-2930.
- press release provided by Samantha Musil, assistant director of Colvard Student Union, MSU

Friday, April 24, 2009

2nd Annual White Elephant Sale in Fondren

2nd Annual White Elephant Sale in Fondren

Saturday, April 25, 2009
8:00 am until 2:00 pm

Where:  Woodland Hills Baptist Church Gym

Set Up: Friday 10:00 am until 6:00 pm

****** BOOTHS SOLD OUT ******

Please join us later this April for our 2nd annual White Elephant Sale in Fondren! This event is a great opportunity for Fondren's north end to garner some attention. There are many separate booths selling items ranging from electronics to the kitchen sink!

Our innaugural White Elephant in the fall of 2008 was hands down an amazing success! The positive vibes reverberating around the McRae's building were loud and clear. Booth participants were thrilled with their sales; buyers - 1500 strong - were content with their finds and our neighborhood unity and camaraderie was inspiring. The event was a perfect example of how the foundation can work with others to create great things in Fondren!

$2 entry fee for shoppers

Fondren Renaissance Foundation will have a Café set up in the church kitchen/dining area. Coffee, cold beverages, snacks and lunch boxes will be available to purchase!

We have had great response to this function, and it has really met many of the Foundation's initiatives. These include involving neighbors and merchants from all areas of Fondren, and we really appreciate the efforts of folks in the northern business district and our friends from The Broadmeadow Neighborhood Association. And thanks again to Woodland Hills Baptist Church for hosting this event!

Clean out booth space after sale ends at 2:00 p.m.

*For more information contact the Fondren office at
(601) 981-9606 or email foninfo@fondren.org

Let's Make Fondren's White Elephant Sale a Huge Success!

Woodland Hills Baptist Church Gym
3327 Old Canton Road
Entrance to parking lot from Old Canton Road or North State Street. Gym is close to State street entry.

Girl's Night Out

A sweet friend of mine just bought the the Different Strokes Art Studio in Ridgeland. The boys and I love this art studio!

Debbie knows that girls just need to have fun so one of the first things she put on her calendar were some Ladies' Nights.

Don't these look fun?

May 21st - Various Vases
July 23rd - Tailgating Pieces
August 20th - Christmas in July

Wouldn't it be fun if we met and enjoyed a night of great food and great company? The cost of each night is $40 plus tax. This includes dinner, drinks, and your piece. Call today to make your reservation! 601-605-8114

Beginning in June, our new Summer Hours will be: 10 til 6 Tuesday through Saturday. (During the weeks of summer camp, we will be open 12 til 6.)

The Different Strokes website is: www.differentstrokesinc.com. Be sure to bookmark it so you can keep up with all the great special events, children's camps and fun things they will be planing.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Paddle's Up!!

Dragon boat racing is like nothing else! There is something special about a team of 20 paddlers moving synchronously through the water at the beat of their drummer that unites a group of friends, coworkers or team-mates. Add the spirit of healthy competition and you’ve just made magic happen. This event is different, it is lots of fun and it brings our community together.
Dragon boat racing is the world’s fastest growing water sport. It combines tradition with modern day teamwork, enthusiasm, and strategy. It is currently estimated that nearly 50 million people participate annually in dragon boat competitions world-wide.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Big things online in Clinton

As far as school Web sites go, Clinton is shooting for the stars.

As a parent, I want to know what's going on in my child's classroom. Since I work full time, clearly I cannot hang around her school all day (much as I wish I could!). So I'm pleased to announced that the Clinton Public School District is offering the next best thing. No, not Web cams, it's a vastly enhanced Web site where all teacher profile pages and classroom pages are centrally located and very easy to find.

We're in the process now of training all our teachers on how to use the new system. Once we get them all trained, we'll launch the new site. Mark your calendars for April 27. On that date, the current site will be replaced with one that is streamlined throughout, attractive, easy to navigate and chock-full of information for students, parents and school district employees.

I am the district Web master, but I cannot take all the credit. We partnered with a company called School Fusion to do this. They designed our beautiful new templates (like I said, check back with us on April 27), and provided us with all this great new functionality. We are adding student accounts over the summer, so when school starts in the fall, students will be members of their teachers' class pages (and can receive e-alerts when teachers post homework assignments, upcoming events and announcements), and parents too will have accounts. When parents log in, they will have a "My Family" page that shows what each of their child's teachers have posted on their class pages.

We're also switching to a new database system this summer, and parents can receive regular e-mails with their child's grades, attendance, etc.

How cool is this?

It's a lot of work on the front end, but I'm telling you, I can't wait to enroll my daughter in the Clinton School District this fall. It's going to be great having such easy access to her school. As it is, she sometimes gets busy and forgets to put her homework sheets in her backpack, and I don't know that we haven't done it all until she's in trouble the next day for incomplete work. I don't want to call the school every day to get her assignment list; what a relief that next year, I won't have to. :)

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A Hunters Link

Hi, Rex Howell here from Deer Camp Blog
If you deer hunt here in Mississippi you need this link to the Mississippi Record Book. Go check it out. Magnolia Record Bucks.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Baby Chimpanzee Born at Jackson Zoo

MoJo, a male chimpanzee, was born at the Jackson Zoo March 8, 2009. MoJo is the son of JoJo, a long-time resident of the zoo and Missy.

Kept inside for several weeks, MoJo will go on display for the first time April 8.

link: Clarion Ledger

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