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 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

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: 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

Sunday, April 5, 2009


Festival named one of the "Top Twenty Events in the Southeast" by the Southeast Tourism Society and "Favorite Family Event" by the readers of Parents & Kids magazine...
April 18th and 19th
Freedom Ridge Park
 Dora of Dora the Explorer, Diego of Go, Diego, Go,
SpongeBob SquarePants from the hit series SpongeBob SquarePants
and Noggin's Moose and Zee,
The Backyard Circus, Zoppe (An Italian Family Circus), Skin & Bones Comedy Circus, 
Fearless Flores Family (Wheel or Thrills and Globe of Death),
rides and hands-on activities!
Saturday, April 18
Gates Open at 9:00 am
Sunday, April 19
Gates Open at Noon
Gates Close Both Day at 6:00 p.m.

ZOPPE' An Italian Family Circus
Starring Nino the clown, the ZOPPE' circus is propelled by a central story that features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation.  Giovanni Zoppe', the sixth-generation circus performer who plays Nino, says the show aims higher than most circuses these days.  "We try to touch every emotion during the show," he says.  "They'll laugh, they'll cry and they'll feel for our characters.  It's more of an event than a show." Four 30 minute shows on Saturday and three on Sunday. Seating is limited to first 500 guests for each show.

Backyard Circus
An old-fashioned backyard circus where as many as thirty children from the audience have the opportunity to dress up and be the circus performers.  The show includes a lion tamer, strongman, butterfly ballerinas and tightrope walker. During the grand finale one lucky kid is shot out of a cannon, not a real cannon, but it is a great ending to the "World's Greatest Backyard Circus." Four 30-minute shows on Saturday and three on Sunday.

A Grizzly Experience
Experience an in-depth, up-close and personal look into the life of North America's most feared predator, the Alaskan Grizzly Bear. Watch as Tonk, the 7 foot tall, 500 pound juvenile Grizzly Bear delights crowds of all ages with his impressive size and amazing behaviors. Throughout the day patrons can witness Tonk and his handlers interacting and showing the amazing bond between Grizzly and man. During each daily show, Tonk will perform many of his natural behaviors and a brief lecture will be given on the anatomy of a bear, what to do if you encounter a bear in the wild, and the magic of how bears are trained for the movies. Three shows daily. Exhibit going on throughout the festival. At the end of the show patrons will be given the opportunity to have their photograph safely taken with "Tonk the Alaskan Grizzly Bear" for a small donation.

The Fearless Flores Family                                                                                                                    Ricardo and Arcelia perform on their motorcycles in the Globe of Death.  Also, watch Ricardo perform acrobatics on the Wheel of Thrills. Four shows on Saturday and three shows on Sunday.
Kiddy Midway
Three carnival rides for kids plus a merry-go-round that parents and kids can ride together.  Ongoing throughout the festival.

Pony Rides
Kids can ride the ponies as many times as they want.  Children can also dress up like a cowboy/cowgirl and have their picture taken at the adjacent booth for $10 and have the option to purchase a frame.  Cash only.  Ongoing throughout the festival.

Temporary Tattoos
Always a festival favorite, children can have various festival designs airbrushed on their face. Ongoing throughout the festival.
Skin & Bones Comedy Circus
Husband and wife team up as clowns...Mariah Skinner and Bob Bone have been presenting a unique show of animals, skill and comedy since 1981.  Bob was trained at the Barnum & Bailey Clown College and has appeared with many circuses over the years.  Each show includes various combinations of trained dogs, potbellied pigs, low wire walking, juggling, magic and plenty of laughs!  Four 30-minute shows on Saturday and three on Sunday.
Clowning Around
Mississippi's favorite clown, Inky the Clown, conducts workshops demonstrating how to perform various clown skills.  He will also entertain when workshops are not in session. Ongoing throughout the festival.
Nylon Zoo                                                                                                                                                    The Nylon Zoo is a choreographed participatory event where festival guests are the dancers and performers.  They can fly like a bird, hop like a frog or rabbit, twirl in a rainbow cape, swim like a fish or bobble like a hoopla mushroom.  The costumes fit all ages from 2 to 102 and are designed to make people MOVE!  Ongoing throughout the festival. 
Stay Tooned
Local cartoonist, John Read, will show children how to draw some of their favorite cartoon characters. Ongoing throughout the festival.
World's Smallest Horse
You won't believe your eyes! It's really a horse! Ongoing throughout the festival.

Kid Karaoke
Kids can perform children's songs on a kid-sized stage. Ongoing throughout the festival.

Magic Tent
Robert Day, Mississippi Magician, shows families how to do magic tricks.  He will entertain between sessions. Ongoing throughout the festival.

Train Rides
Parents and kids can ride the train around the festival grounds over and over again.  ALL ABOARD! Ongoing throughout the festival.

Hat Making
Children can use their imaginations to create wild clown hats, ringmaster hats and outrageous crowns!  Ongoing throughout the festival.

Provided by the City of Ridgeland Recreation & Parks Department, children will have the opportunity to safely be "up close and personal" with big trucks and heavy equipment. Ongoing throughout the festival.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Easely Amused - April Dates

has announced their dates for their April classes.

What's Easely Amused?!

It's your chance to get those creative juices flowing!  An instructor helps you every step of the way in creating your very own masterpiece!  Each class will feature a different painting and NO artistic ability is required! Get creative, have fun and paint something you'll be excited to hang up when you get home!  They supply everything you need, so check out the class schedule, grab a friend and get painting!

Thursday, April 2 • 7:00-9:00 p.m.: "The Wondrous Cross"

Saturday, April 4 • 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: FOR THE KIDS!!! Little Picassos- "Funny Bunny"

Tuesday, April 7 • 7:00-9:00 p.m.: "The Wondrous Cross" CLASS IS FULL!

Thursday, April 9 • 7:00-9:00 p.m.: "The Wondrous Cross" CLASS IS FULL!

Thursday, April 16 • 7:00-9:00 p.m.: "Whoo's That Girl?"

Friday, April 17 • 3:30-5:30 p.m.: PRIVATE PARTY

Friday, April 17 • 7:00-9:00 p.m.: Date Night! Picasso-inspired Portraits! (Class fee is $60/couple+tax)

Saturday, April 18 • 2:00-4:00 p.m.: PRIVATE PARTY

Tuesday, April 21 • 7:00-9:00 p.m.: "Dance With Me Henry (The Wallflower)"

Thursday, April 23 • 7:00-9:00 p.m.: "The Wondrous Cross"

Friday, April 24 • 7:00-10:00 p.m.: "Sweet Georgia Brown" (Class fee is $30+tax)

Tuesday, April 28 • 7:00-9:00 p.m.: NEW PAINTING!

Thursday, April 30 • 7:00-9:00 p.m.: "Harry's Chapel of Love"
(Last Chance! Going into retirement for a bit!)

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