15 Minutes 2017
Rotary Chili Cook Off
Held at the Bay St. Louis Community Hall on Thursday, January 26, 2017. This fun - and tasty - annual event raises money for Rotary Club's "Service Above Self" initiatives. This year 24 teams participated (see team names below). Photos by Brenda and Ned Comer
All proceeds benefit the Rotary Club's "Service Above Self" initiatives
24 teams participating: Bay High School, Camellia Home Health & Hospice, Lightning Quick Signs, HL Raymond Properties, LLC, John McDonald Realty, Coast Electric Power Association, Sail Away Skateboard Co., Woodforest National Bank, Bay St. Louis Police, CMT Lab Services, Tim Kellar - Hancock County Chancery Clerk, O'Dwyer Realty, Dunbar Village, Mississippi POWERful Chili, Coldwell Banker Alfonso Realty, Silver Slipper Casino, Hancock Medical Center, Mike Meyers State Farm, Dr. David W. Tuminello, Bay-Waveland Garden Club, Bay Waveland Yacht Club, Hancock Bank, St. Joseph Hospice, Patriot Title
Bay St. Louis Christmas Parade
Mermaids Arts and Crafts Show
September 17 & 18 on the grounds of the Historic Depot. This first year show produced by the famed all-women Krewe of Nereids, brought together nearly sixty artisans, showing everything from glasswork to clothing, dolls, soaps, candles, paintings, ceramics, wreaths, calligraphy, framing, floral arts, and more. Click here to read more about the show.
Bay Rats Marching Battery
This home-grown drum corps writes their own performance pieces. In this video, they perform during the Second Saturday Artwalk that takes place in Old Town Bay St. Louis each month. For those who live elsewhere: a Bay Rat is the time-honored coast name for a resident of Bay St. Louis. Rats and Mice - they both rock!
Mockingbird Café's 10th B-day Party
When the 'Bird opened the first year after Katrina, it instantly became the town's living room. Happily, it still is! With free family-friendly live music, art shows and a host of other fun events throughout the year - not to mention superlative food and coffee, this living room proves our town deserves its reputation as one of the coolest places in the South.
The prom-themed 10th birthday party featured Star & Micey, a band known throughout the South. The 'Bird is one of their favorite venues, so they came in from Nashville for the celebration.
The monthly Second Saturday artwalk on July 9th celebrated the birthday of iconic artist Frida Kahlo with an extraordinary costume contest and a fiesta of other events!
- photographs by Ana Balka
4th of July Boat and Bike Parades
Garden Isle Annual Boat Parade (July 2) and 1st Bike Old Town Bike Parade at the Mockingbird (July 4th).
- photographs by Ellis Anderson
Crab Fest 2016
Thousands of people attend this popular festival overlooking the beautiful waters of the Gulf each year. On the grounds of Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church.
St Rose de Lima Mystery Dinner Theatre
This interactive murder-mystery on April 16th revolved around a class reunion gone wrong (and which one isn't?). The ticket price included a dinner with salad, main course, dessert, and drink, and benefited St. Rose Catholic Church. A sold-out and enthusiastic crowd packed the St. Rose Holy Spirit Center.
Cajun Party in a Box - April 2016
This family-friendly event featured the awesome fiddling of Waylon Thibodeaux at the historic 100 Men Hall in Bay St. Louis.
Tea With Friends 2016
It was the fourth year for this fun annual event, a popular fund-raiser for the Friends of the Animal Shelter. Each year, a full English tea is served with savory and sweet goodies and there's also a silent auction. It was a record-breaking year - in terms of people participating and money raised: more than $5000 for the organizations programs!
Stella, Blues & BBQ
The BSL Little Theatre’s “Stella Yelling Contest” meets BBQ and blues music for this annual festival. Phil “Smooth” Williams and the Electric Sheep were followed by Heather and the Monkey King in an extraordinary feel-good evening.
Third annual Old Town-wide creative blast of a festival! Contestants were cheered in the Songwriters’ Showcase, at the Culinary Showcase and the Flash Fiction contest. Attendees also enjoyed an Imagination Station for children, the Artists’ Showcase at participating merchants, an original short play at the courthouse and a juried show at 200 North Beach Restaurant.
Photos by Ellis Anderson, Ana Balka and Cynthia Mahner
Waveland St. Patrick's Day Parade
Organized in 1964, it’s the oldest Irish Parade on the Mississippi Coast. Despite the parade being rescheduled until Sunday because of weather, the Krewe of Shamrockers, The Queens, and the Raw Oyster Marching Club tossed out bucketloads of beads, potatoes, carrots, and cabbage! - photos by Prima Luke
Bring It To the Bay - 3/5/2016
An annual Half-Marathon/Relay/5k: Runners love the wide, well-paved beach boardwalk the goes for miles from BSL and east along the coast, so it’s no surprise that race organizer Fit First had more than 500 people from 18 states to participate on the glorious spring morning! Plus: nine-year-old Gabby Osness won the state record for half-marathons for her age during the event!