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.
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.
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."
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!
BECOME A FRIEND OF THE MARKET
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.