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These three fun itineraries for idyllic days in "The Bay" are tailored for fitness buffs, families with children and BFFs who want to explore Old Town's shops. You won't go hungry either, with our local eatery suggestions. Mix and match for endless variations to share with locals and visitors alike!
- story and photos by Ellis Anderson
My answers depend on who's asking. Is it someone who wants to bicycle the area? A family with children? Friends who have taken a day off to come shopping?
Below are three daily itineraries with suggestions. Feel free to mix and match at will - you really can't go wrong. After all, it's summertime (or almost!) and you're on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Start the morning with breakfast at Lulu’s on Main (126 Main Street, inside Maggie May’s). Fuel up with one of her specialties like fried chicken beignets or a BLT with a scrumptious bacon remoulade sauce.
Pick up your copy of the historic walking/biking tour at Lulu’s or click here for the digital version. The Old Town Biking/Walking Tour winds 1 1/4 miles through the town’s lovely historic district, and the guide recounts colorful snippets of the past.
The tour winds up near the Starfish Café (211 Main Street) with its garden-to-table menu – literally. Many of the creative and delicious dishes are made with ingredients harvested from the front garden. The menu changes seasonally – but look for local favorites, like grass-fed beef burgers, fish tacos with mango slaw and veggie spring rolls.
After lunch, bike or walk the serene beach path. This five-mile paved trail runs between the peaceful beach and an old-fashioned two-lane coast road that hasn’t changed much in the last 50 years. Along the way, keep an eye out for skimmers, osprey, pelicans, and even bald eagles.
Don't have a bike? You can rent them at Bodega (just off Beach Boulevard at 111 Court Street). Feeling more adventurous? You can also ply the local waters with kayaks and paddle boards, also available for rent there. If you want to explore the Jourdan River Blueway, a few miles north of the Bay, click here for the map.
Afterward, you won’t have to dress up to enjoy dinner at Trapani’s Eatery (116 N. Beach). It’s one of Jimmy Buffet’s favorite watering holes on the Gulf Coast. Reward yourself with the fried green tomatoes with crabmeat or feast on the low-calorie raw Tuna Poke.
The family-friendly Buttercup Café (112 N. Second Street) is located in the heart of Old Town and offers dining both inside and out. The younger set will crave the fluffy pancakes that smell like birthday cake when they’re served. Adults will want to sample local favorites like the crawfish étoufée omelets.
Then pile into the car and head out to INFINITY Science Center in the western part of the county. The museum exhibits and a free bus tour of the adjacent (and restricted access) Stennis Space Center complex give a glimpse into the science behind space travel. Interactive exhibits like the Carnivorous Plants Conservatory and seasonal tram rides through the surrounding wetlands give lessons in natural habitats.
During summer months, drive to your next stop, Buccaneer State Park (1150 South Beach Boulevard, Waveland). The extraordinary wave pool and water park are open seven days a week all summer (closes after Labor Day). The Sea Dog Galley offers hamburger/hot dog basics.
During the rest of the year, grab lunch at the INFINITY Café and set out for the Louisiana/Mississippi border for a swamp tour. Cajun Encounters is only 15 minute drive from the science center. They offer two-hour boat tours - even off season – with three early afternoon tour times (see the schedule at www.cajunencounters.com). Expect to see all types of wildlife in the majestic Honey Island Swamp. Get your cameras ready during warm weather, the alligators will be basking. The tours last about two hours and everyone will be sad when it’s over.
Finish your day back in Bay St. Louis at Cuz’s Oyster Bar and Grill (108 S. Beach Blvd.). it has both patio and indoor seating. The younger set can devour fried shrimp and catfish while the adults will dig into specialties like raw and grilled oysters and boiled seasonal seafood.
Breakfast at the Mockingbird Café (110 S. Second Street) gives any day a special start. They offer some of the best biscuits in the south (homemade jams available!), specialty coffee drinks and if you’re feeling especially celebratory, order up a strawberry-lemonade mimosa or Bloody Mary to go with the pulled pork and grits or chicken with waffles.
The commercial district of Old Town BSL isn’t large at all, but it’s evolved as two sections, clustered around the first and second blocks of Main Street. Each “block” has its own distinct personality. The Mockingbird is a touchstone for the “Second Block.” It’s right next door to the vast Century Hall (112 S. Second Street), a renovated historic gem that contains more than a dozen shops.
Check out Bay Life Gifts for beachy décor and gifts and Gallery Edge for contemporary art. Also on Second Street you’ll find Smith & Lens Gallery (106 S. Second Street), Magnolia Antiques (200 Main St) and Social Chair (131 Main Street) and Antique Maison (111 N Second). A bit off the beaten track (only a few blocks), is Antique Maison Ulman (317 Ulman Ave.). This enormous building is stuffed with finds and treasures. You can rest your feet in their tearoom and garden - you may need to!
On the actual second block of Main Street, the three “must visits” are the anchors. French Potager (213 Main Street) is known for florals and exciting finds. Gallery 220 (220 Main) is one of the oldest artists co-ops in the state, while next door is California Drawstrings (216 Main Street), a boutique specializing in chic, artsy natural fiber clothing.
It’s a quick half block stroll past churches and the historic courthouse to get to the “First Block” area. The focus is on lifestyle and fashion here. The enormous building at 126 Main serves as home to several shops, brimming with art, stylish boutiques and home décor. Check out bijoubel Boutique and Joan Vaas (next door) for high-end clothing and jewelry without the sticker shock.
End the day at a restaurant that’s been featured in national publications like “Vogue.” The motto at Sycamore House Restaurant (210 Main St.) is “come casual, we supply the elegance.” The menu offers classic coast fare with inventive twists. Local favorites include the “flautas of the day,” the tenderloin and the fish of the day. Save room for divine homemade ice creams (the salted caramel will make you swoon) or one of the best crème brulees in South.
What happens when a very spoiled Chihuahua must cede the number one position in the family to a new baby? Writer, new mom, and old soul, Grace Wilson, tells the story of Presley meeting Pearl.
- story and photos by Grace Birch
And that evening, after I sobered up a bit, we rode to Prairieville and met the tiniest, fluffiest, sweetest puppy that ever existed and we named him Presley Birch.
So before Pearl, there was Presley. Looking back on the past decade of my Instagrams, a predicable timeline quickly emerges:
A tale as old as time.
(Or as old as social media, anyways.)
It all begs the question, when did I have time to walk around and take pictures of murals? Also, have I fed the cats today?
When I was 22, a co-worker had a baby and was lamenting how different they were from pets. “You can’t just open the door to let him go outside and play. You have to pick him up then place him outside. Same when he cries to come in...”
As I watched Presley piddle in the flowerbed one morning, I briefly fantasized about putting my future child in the patch of dirt next to him instead of changing diapers.
Turns out, it doesn’t quite work like that.
Keeping a dog alive for a year does give you an unfounded confidence that somehow this qualifies you to try your new skills on a tiny human.
I was terrified when I found out I was pregnant. You spend your whole adult life paralyzed at the thought of a positive pregnancy test... and then you see one and your eyeballs almost pop out of your head. The brief panic of “what do I do?!” gives way to the realization that your partner is hugging you and he’s really excited and so are you and everything is going to be fine.
In fact, everything is perfect.
But wait! How is this thing going to get out of my body?!
You spend nine months wondering and worrying. But as a very wise woman once told me, “All babies must come out.”
At one point, I asked my doctor if Presley (one of the tiniest, fluffiest, sweetest dogs he’d ever meet, I assured him) could perhaps be allowed in the hospital with me. Just to sit beside the birthing pool for encouragement....?
“That could be a tough one,” he said stone-faced.
Which was not a hard no, I pointed out to anyone who would listen.
I was telling this to potential maternity ward visitors, hoping someone would mercifully sneak Presley in, but it turns out people don’t really listen to mothers. They are really just hanging out to get a sniff of a new baby.
So we had a new baby. A human baby. And I wondered and worried how she would get on with our fur baby.
I read somewhere you should take something of the baby’s... a blanket, a toy, not like a toe or anything... and you let the dog sniff it before they officially meet.
We rolled up to the Palm House and I flew so quickly through the back door that Presley was still running down the center hall to meet me. I’m not sure who’s tail was wagging faster, mine or his.
There we were on the floor together rolling around when I heard my husband clear his throat with a baby blanket in hand. Presley wasn’t quite sure why we were offering him a blanket in the heat of June.
Pearl was perched on the dining table in her car seat. Daddy slowly lowered it down and just like everyone else who met Pearl, Presley gave her a sniff and instantly wanted to be her best friend. I melted into the background and became chopped liver.
Luckily, Presley loves chopped liver.
The next few days and weeks were a blur of fur and feedings. The whole family would literally dog-pile in the bed and we wasted summer days away napping and snacking.
The dog had never been happier.
Presley also had a new form of transportation: a baby carriage.
It turns out that people don’t really take you too seriously when you’re strolling around a small animal and a baby in a carriage.
Once I was simply trying to get to the French Quarter Post Office before it closed, and I simply couldn’t. People were frozen in their tracks in front of me pointing, staring, cooing, Instagramming... one woman at least tried to give me a dollar to take a picture. I explained we weren’t a performance art piece - just a little basket of adorables trying to run an errand. Nothing to see here.
Turns out, they are quite the sight.
Presley and Pearl have survived two Easters together now. The cats are just “ca-cas” still, but Presley is a little person with his own name in her small world.
My fears of sibling rivalry diminish daily. There’s less and less tail-pulling and more and more food sharing. We can’t wait to witness years more of adventures.
I’d love to hear your fur baby (and real baby) stories. Bonus points if you send me puppy and baby pics. Spam me at email@example.com.
In a world where going "paperless" is the new trend, artist and ephemera collector Vicki Niolet takes at look at a few of the things we'll be missing.
- story and photos by Vicki Niolet
The term “ephemera” comes from the Greek meaning things that are used or enjoyed only a short time. A collector of ephemera usually seeks printed material other than books, such as brochures, newspapers and magazines.
Handwritten letters, postcards, and manuscripts, basically any loose paper with messages or images, may also be valuable. (Unfortunately this reasoning may empower hoarders who can’t throw anything away.)
Most folks randomly accumulate bits of their past in scrapbooks full of ticket stubs, photographs, class report cards, and love letters for sentimental reasons. Some appreciate the artistry and detail of greeting cards with rich colors and elaborate cut outs, such as “cobweb valentines.” Others spend lifetimes tracking down baseball cards, historical documents, or famous autographs resulting in valuable collections that are anything but temporary.
Advertising pieces are one of the most popular categories of ephemera. Long before Hollywood came up with the idea of “product placement” leaving a trail of Reese’s Pieces in “ET,” tempting messages were fed to us unconsciously in fine print on matchbook covers, needle cases, calendars, and other touchable items handled during the course of a day.
An early example of product exposure is the funeral home advertising on the back of paper fans. It straddles the line of insensitivity and genius, while hitting all the situational marks, strategically located on items that were tangible, visible, and very necessary.
Fluttering “Last Supper” fans kept delicate ladies from swooning, while subliminally reinforcing the commercial elephant in the parlor. And most importantly, they solved a problem in an uncomfortable situation. No one likes to grieve in the heat.
Pin ups of movie stars boosted wartime morale of soldiers who were encouraged to join the war effort through inspiring recruitment posters. Movie placards and stage playbills have always attracted the attention of the public as well as collectors.
Entertainment ephemera include iconic concert posters (Woodstock, Monterrey Pop, N.O. Jazz Fest) and letterpress prints made famous by “Hatch Show Print” of Nashville.
While these remain highly pursued by collectors, there’s a new breed of collectible creators who capitalize on our need for tangible keepsakes in a technically oriented society.
In 2015 two young entrepreneurs landed a deal on “Shark Tank” for their company, ZinePak. The original idea started as a merchandizing strategy for brick and mortar stores to compete with downloaded music. They gave customers an incentive to purchase CDs with photos, booklets, and souvenirs, enhancing the original idea of album liner notes.
In addition, they design elaborate tickets, programs, trading cards, and mixed media packages for concerts to create a tangible experience lasting beyond the performance. With clients ranging from Dolly Parton to Justin Bieber, the marketing maneuver provides physical proof of super fan status and a new category of 21st century ephemera.
With that in mind, consider the graphic trends of today and you’ll notice a retro vibe. Modern websites employ nostalgic images with classic design flourishes and borders from early paper advertising.
This movement embraces the emotional value of vintage. Circus tent images, art-deco symbols, and printers’ dingbats (the graphic kind, not Edith Bunker) have dominated new print and digital media. Fonts reminiscent of headlines from The Daily Planet echo another era, like facing mirrors, old and new images infinitely reflecting each other.
In general, a disposable feature tends to devalue most items, but in the case of amassing ephemera it is the defining characteristic that sparks a collector’s interest. Although transitory and more fragile than pottery shards or arrowheads, paper paraphernalia also record the history of everyday life.
In the future, flea markets and antique malls full of paper may become archeological digs revealing secrets of the 20th century.
If the trend toward “paperless” continues, eventually anything in our current lives involving paper will become collectible. Imagine your grocery receipt, unearthed in 2099 being scrutinized to discover the secrets of a lost civilization. Be careful what you purchase. You may be defining our primitive society.
Check out the works of Bay St. Louis artist Vicki Niolet on her website,www.vickiniolet.com
One of the loveliest city parks in the country is within a stone's throw of the Mississippi coast, boasting groves of live oaks, live animals and live music.
- story by Lisa Monti, photos by Lisa Monti and courtesy Audubon Nature Institute
Native Indians were the first to live on the land, which later became part of the nation’s first commercial sugar plantation. Confederate soldiers camped on the grounds, which has also housed a Union hospital. The park started to take on its current configuration in preparation for Louisiana’s first world’s fair in 1884.
New Orleans bought the land in 1871 and renamed Upper City Park in honor of the artist John James Audubon, who painted many of the subjects in his landmark “Birds of America” while in Louisiana.
At the turn of the century, none other than John Charles Olmstead, the landscape architect whose family firm designed New York’s iconic Central Park, was hired to develop the New Orleans park. Eden indeed.
Visitors to the park today can relax or be as active as they want to be. Besides the 300 acres of green space, the park offers a jogging path, tennis courts, riding stables, soccer and baseball fields, a lagoon, picnic shelters, a pool, playgrounds and the Audubon Golf Club with its Clubhouse Cafe.
And, of course, the Zoo, which is where our outing started.
The Audubon Park Zoo
As you might expect on a gorgeous spring day, going to Audubon’s park and zoo was on a lot of people’s minds. The parking lot was competitive, with young families unloading small children and their strollers. In front of the entrance, a very long line of yellow school buses delivered big kids, many in official uniforms or casual matching T shirts so their chaperones could keep them together.
Free maps from the ticket booth will help you find your way to all the exhibits and amenities but you can also wing it, following the somewhat circular path around and through the zoo.
You certainly can’t miss the first attraction - a flock of coral-colored flamingos - just steps inside the entrance. It’s impossible not to stop and get lost in their quirky movements and those delicate legs and amazingly flexible necks.
Consider the flamingos the zoo’s warmup act to something like 1,500 animals, many rare and endangered. If you are a fan of public television’s gentle nature shows, you will be thoroughly entertained by the exotic and the familiar animals you see.
There’s Asian-themed exhibits, with sun bears, Amur leopards and Malayan tiger, and also the large Elephant Pavilion with resident orangutans The free-flight Aviary houses some 30 different birds you can see up close. Continuing along the pedestrian path you’ll come to the the South America Pampas, the Primates area and the African Savanna which has an engaging troop of gorillas, graceful giraffes and African painted dogs.
Jaguar Jungle, modeled after a Mayan rainforest complete with jaguars, giant anteaters, spider monkeys, macaws and Brazilian ocelots, just opened its expansion on March 23.
The large Louisiana Swamp exhibit, always a favorite, spotlights the state’s culture, wildlife and history and is chock full of gators, turtles and a bear, which was napping in the shade during our walk through the exhibit.
We saw work being done to create a large new habitat for lions when they return to the zoo in 2019 in their own African Savanna.
We unintentionally missed the frog exhibit but climbed up famous Monkey Hill, a 1930s Works Progress Administration project, and petted a goat snacking in the Watoto Walk animal encounter experience.
You can easily get in your 10,000 steps at the zoo but if you would rather ride, get a ticket on the Swamp Train for a small fee. It travels the pedestrian path and stops at all the major exhibits.
As you would expect, there are plenty of places to stop between exhibits, rest up, get a cold drink and a snack or meal. After we made the rounds, we drove a short distance in the park over to the Audubon Clubhouse Cafe for a late lunch.
Our table on the broad veranda overlooked the golf course and more gorgeous oak trees. We watched golfers tee off in tournament play and a wedding planner show clients around the grounds near the clubhouse. Easy to see why brides pick this gorgeous venue for their big day.
The cafe’s lunch menu is limited but good, with a few soups, salads, sandwiches, sides and desserts. The baby spinach salad was a standout with fresh strawberries and goat cheese, applewood bacon bits and spiced pecans with a sweet and sour dressing. Grilled gulf fish tacos and the steak marinated in chimichurri were both good choices and we left ready for the drive home.
Special Events at the Park & Zoo
Audubon Park and Zoo are perfect day trip destinations, especially when the weather is good for being outdoors. As with all things New Orleans, Audubon also is the perfect venue forfestivals and other events hosted all year long.
Up next is the popular Mother’s Day event at the Zoo on May 13. It’s presented by Children’s Hospital and Touro Infirmary and features Irma Thomas. Moms of all ages get free admission in honor of their day and it’s one of the most popular annual events on the Audubon calendar.
One Bay St. Louis resident, Jeannette Bolte, is a big fan of the annual event and wouldn't miss it. She depends on the Mother’s Day concerts for "a perfect, joyous, life-affirming moment."
Part of the annual tradition Jeannette likes best is when several generations of moms stand right in front of the stage, and sing along to "Break Away" with Irma. The women know the song so well, none of them "misses a beat, a note or a word."
“They’re dancing too, and, it seems to me, celebrating each other, motherhood, the beauty of music, of Irma, of her musicians... of the perfection of that moment," says Jeannette.
"And the back drop, enhancing the image, of people scattered under the oaks - of vendors generously, playfully negotiating with children for trinkets to give to their Moms; of exceptionally good festival food...But that family and Irma, all smiling and laughing and moving in sync..."
"I'm always hoping that they'll be back [the next year], and always hoping that, one of these Mother's Days, I'll get those 'Break Away' words right."
"And one more thing," Jeannette adds, smiling. "My husband never dances with me, unless it's Mother's Day, at Audubon Park, when Irma's there."
During the Second Saturday Artwalk each month in Old Town Bay St. Louis, you'll find cool deals, fresh meals and lots of art and live music! The good times roll year around with this family-friendly event celebrating life and art in the Bay.
Serious Bread Bakery
Coast Cuisine - April/May 2018
Across the Bridge - April/May 2018
My dog Boozoo is named for the late Zydeco king, Boozoo Chavis, though, honestly, I know little about the man or his music. Authorities say his accordion squeezed into existence modern Zydeco.
Chavis died only a few days after I adopted a year-old Boo from the pound, 17 years ago this month. I was staying in Henderson, La., and the French radio station was all about Boozoo, all the time.
“What a great name,” I thought. The Lobo song about “me and you and a dog named Boo” ran through my head as well.
Names are important. Children suffer mightily from cute attempts at naming by careless parents. I myself am a victim of bastardized spelling.
Across the Bridge
Shared History April/May 2018
In the early part of 1971 old friends, Ronnie Genin, Wayne Fillingame and Pat Murphy found themselves sitting around the Genin family kitchen table on DeMontluzin Street. The topic of conversation concerned the fact that in their late teens and early twenties the friends were all getting old. With a future of college, careers, marriage and families, the group needed to figure out how to continue to party together regularly in the future. This was deemed at the time to be important business.
A couple of months later this same group, along with Michael P. Larroux, found themselves at the run down old Gulf Theatre across from the railroad depot in downtown Gulfport. The movie was a double feature Klaus Kinski B horror movie featuring "The Creature With The Blue Hand" and "The Beast Of The Yellow Night.” These movies can still be seen occasionally at three or four in the morning on late night TV.
Sponsor Spotlight - April 2018
Bay Town Inn
208 North Beach Blvd.
Bay St. Louis
Bay Town Inn will turn five years old in September and owner Nikki Moon hasn’t really changed much at the popular 10-suite inn. But change is all around the inn.
“Our town has so much more to offer than we did five years ago,” says Moon.
Each time her guests return, and an astonishing 40 percent of them do, there’s a new shop or restaurant for them to try. “They return to the places they loved the first time and then they get to try something new.”
Studio Waveland Opening
The opening of Studio Waveland’s gallery and inaugural art show “Introduction” will be Saturday, April 7th, 5pm - 9pm.
“Introduction” features the works of artists long associated with Erica and Mitchell Gaudet and their other spaces, Studio Inferno and Studio Arabi.
What's Up, Waveland
Beach to Bayou - April/May 2018
Our beach season gets underway well before summer officially arrives in June. All it takes is warm springtime weather to draw crowds of sunbathers and swimmers to the sand and shoreline.
To help make sure that beachgoers know if it’s safe to go in the water, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s Beach Monitoring Program collects water samples at 21 locations from Lakeshore to Pascagoula.
Four of the testing locations are in Hancock County: near Lakeshore Drive from Silver Slipper Casino to Poinset, at the entrance to Buccaneer State Park, near Vacation Lane in Waveland and at St. Charles Street in Bay St. Louis.
Beach to Bayou
Talk of the Town - April 2018
The 2018 Hancock and Harrison Counties Relay for Life Honorary Survivor Art Clementin celebrated his 70th birthday this year. "I'm 70 years young," he tells me over the phone in a big, booming voice, laughing.
A former educator and school administrator, he keeps his days full volunteering with local social organization Men of God, teaching Bible classes, and delivering a radio show three times a week. "I'm doing whatever I can to be involved in and help our community," he says.
Just nine years ago, this idyllic picture was a little darker for Clementin. He got a scary diagnosis: early stage prostate cancer.
"I was very fortunate," he says. "Very blessed."
Talk of the Town
Mother of Pearl - March/April 2018
There was a time in the not too distant past I couldn’t imagine having a child. Now I can’t imagine life without one. (I can’t imagine what I had for breakfast, or if I fed the cats today, either, but that’s a different matter.)
We are a family that loves the sea and history so I took my oyster-loving ways and my husband’s and my family trees and we gave our very little girl a very big name: Evangeline Pearl Blaize Birch.
We call her Pearl and she’s a gem.
And a mess.
Mother of Pearl
St. Patrick's Day Parade
February was the month of the Nereids mermaids and March is the month that the Waveland Civic Association parades on the streets of Waveland.
On Saturday, March 17th at 12:00 pm, the Waveland Civic Association’s St. Patrick’s Day parade will roll down Coleman Avenue for the 54th time since the organization was established in 1964. The parade will include regionally famous Krewe of Shamrockers, The Queens, and the Raw Oyster Marching Club.
What's Up, Waveland?
Mind, Body, Spirit - March/April 2018
Anyone who has ever been jolted awake by a blaring alarm knows that groggy feeling of having your dreams interrupted versus the restful feeling of waking up at your own pace and on your own schedule.
But, there’s an app for everything, right? It turns out that our smartphones may help us track, understand, and improve our sleeping habits.
My first introduction to sleeping applications was a free iOS app called Sleep Cycle (the premium version is $30). Sleep Cycle and apps similar to it use an individual’s sleep pattern to determine the best window of time that the individual should wake up.
Sleep Cycle is both an “intelligent alarm clock” that promises to wake you up during your lightest sleep phase, and is also a sleep monitor. Sleep Cycle allows you to set a range, rather than a specific minute, to wake up. I’ve been using the free version, on and off, for about a year.
Mind, Body, Spirit
At Home in the Bay - March/April 2018
Bay St. Louis is the sort of place where creativity shines. Where people who think a little outside the box can manifest their dreams. Where a few simple ingredients can turn into something remarkable with the help of artistic alchemy.
Take the cottage at 420 Sycamore. It’d be a showstopper in any historic district in the South. Its diminutive size only adds to the charm. A good portion of the house seems to be made up of porches, front and side, beckoning guests to kick back, sit a spell, savor the breezes.
The owner is Curtis Lassere. Because of his vision, any passerby would guess the building had been there for generations. They’d call it a neighborhood gem. And only the sharpest of eyes might recognize its humble beginnings as a kit home that was designed to house disaster survivors, known as a Katrina Cottage.
At Home in the Bay
Bay Books - March/April 2018
Minrose Gwin grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi, the setting for her new novel, Promise. The story centers around a tornado that devastated the town in 1936. The storm carried estimated winds of 261 to 318 miles per hour and leveled half the town. The official casualty toll was more than 200 dead and between 700 to 1,000 injured. Gwin’s grandmother found a dead baby girl in her crepe myrtle bush.
What Gwin didn’t know from local lore was that members of the African-American community, roughly one-third of the town’s population, were not included in the casualty numbers. She gives as one of her reasons for writing this novel:
A story can sometimes tread where history fails to clear a path or when the path has been made too tidy, obscuring a fractured landscape. It is that fractured landscape that I’ve tried to decipher in this work of fiction.
Arts Alive March/April 2018
Geared toward “the next generation of artists,” as Steve Barney, president of the Arts, Hancock County, puts it, the 2018 version of Arts Alive! is an eclectic collaboration of demonstrating and teaching artists, host businesses, sponsors, and community.
The event takes place in Old Town Bay St. Louis on Saturday, March 24, 2018, from 10am - 10pm. The popular celebration of the arts is free and family-friendly.
Giving back is part of the mission of Arts, Hancock County to support local art education. In part, the 2018 Arts Alive! is a manifestation of that mission. It can be seen in this year’s programming. For example, the Student Film Showcase has been created solely with students in mind. Winning films will be shown between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the Mockingbird Café.
The Arts Alive! column
Talk of the Town - March 2018
In honor of Tennessee Williams’ March 26 birthday and the community’s connection with the Mississippi borne playwright, the Bay St. Louis Little Theatre will present its “Stella Yelling” contest March 31 and original one-act play competition winners on March 23, 24, 25, 30 and 31.
Appropriately, the events will be held at the theater’s home, which played a starring role in “This Property is Condemned,” the movie based on Williams’ short story that was partially shot in the Depot district.
A decade ago, the Little Theatre gamely debuted its “Stella Yelling” contest amid post-Katrina debris, dumpsters and portable toilets, and before the broken-down building was reclaimed by the organization.
Talk of the Town
Across The Bridge
At Home In The Bay
Beach To Bayou
Coast Lines Column
Friends Of The Animal Shelter
Growing Up Downtown
House And Garden
Mother Of Pearl
Old Town Merchants
On The Shoofly
Puppy Dog Tales
Station House BSL
Talk Of The Town
Tying The Knot
Wines And Dining