Surviving the Holidays in Good Spirits!
- by Dr. Christina Richardson
Louie & the Redhead Lady in the Bay
On opening day at Louie & the Redhead Lady last Wednesday (Nov. 25), they were serving up equal amounts of warm hospitality and traditional New Orleans dishes with just-right spice.
From our vantage point, it was clear that this wasn’t the first opening for owners Chef Louie and Ginger Finnan.
The Finnans' restaurant of the same name in Mandeville, La., had a loyal following, and when the sign went up on Blaize Avenue that Louie & the Redhead Lady was opening in the Depot District, word spread around town and beyond.
This past weekend, my husband and I were out fishing the railroad trestle at the mouth of Bay St. Louis. Saturday was a beautiful day . . . clear, blue skies, a pleasant breeze, and high hopes.
Fishing was one of the big guy’s hopes for retirement. He goes out just about each morning, from early May until mid-October, and fishes. We have a freezer full of trout and redfish. I can make fish a few dozen ways. Let me know if you need a recipe.
I will go fishing and feel great at the conclusion of the day. I may not have caught a single delicious speck or meaty red, but it is the complete experience — wade or boat fishing — that will make it a good day. Though the 5 a.m. get-up is not fun, I find that a two-hour nap after we get home plus eating anything that cannot outrun me will erase the tiredness.
We began our most recent adventure at 6 a.m. on Saturday by launching the boat and heading for the Walmart reef in Pass Christian. My job at the launch is to hold the boat rope and keep our boat from crashing into the boat in the next launch lane. Launching a boat is tricky when you are a tad clumsy and more than a tad heavy, like me. Southern gentlemen at the harbor have offered to help me, and a courageous few have voiced their concerns that I would topple headfirst into the water.
The first time I “helped” launch the boat, my middle finger on my left hand managed to get between the dock and the boat. I carried on for a day of fishing at Cat Island. Sure, I screamed bloody murder when it happened, but I plastered a happy smile on my face and caught several lovely specks for a reward.
In my last job in Alexandria, Virginia I worked with my person for the American Red Cross. Here I am with the co-chairs of the Alexandria Waterfront Festival planning my exhibit on service animals.
Puppy Dog Tales
The holidays are here, and so is the colder weather. Parties, family gatherings, holiday cooking — many people really look forward to the holiday season, but for firefighters, it’s our worst time of year.
Our largest fire losses, injuries and deaths always seem to happen during the holidays. It’s usually because of improper use of heating equipment (like space heaters and fireplaces), cooking, or Christmas trees and decorations (such as candles).
If an accident happens, will you know in time to get yourself, your family, and your pets out of the house?
Station House BSL
The Hotels, Motels, Tourist Courts, and Rooming Houses
Because the Bay-Waveland area has from the start been a tourist destination, Bay St. Louis always had an abundance of hotels mainly located along Beach Boulevard and the water. Back in the early 1900s there were many hotels like the Pickwick, the Clifton, the Gilmore, the Tulane, the Klock (later owned by my mother’s family) and the Bayview.
Most all of these were destroyed by fire or hurricanes long before my time. The Tulane and the Klock had both been converted into apartments by the time of my birth in 1949. My grandfather Stevenson purchased the old Klock Hotel located at the corner of South Beach Boulevard and Ballentine Street around 1940. He renovated the old three-story building into about eight apartments. My family lived in one of these apartments until shortly before my eighth birthday.
Growing Up Downtown
Meyers Cash Grocery
Meyers Cash Grocery was on the opposite end of the depot area strip center from C & S Grocery. The Meyers and the Fayards were related to each other through marriage. When I was a child this grocery was being run by Mr. & Mrs. Claude Vincent. When I think of Meyers Grocery, I think of going in there to get sliced cold cuts from the butcher department in the back of the store.
This month I would like to introduce Bay St. Louis’s “new” firefighters!
Please join me in congratulating our six recruits who, after completing 11 weeks of intense physical and academic training, have just graduated from the Mississippi State Fire Academy.
In addition, they have also tested and met the requirements of the Mississippi Minimum Standards and Certification Board — the body that sets the standards and requirements for career firefighters in the state of Mississippi. With these achievements these recruits have now earned the rank and title of Firefighter.
Station House BSL
The large white concrete building at the corner of Bookter and Necaise, with its brightly painted label of “Bay Artists Co-Op,” tends to catch the eye as one passes by. You may have found yourself wondering what lies inside . . . and, what exactly is an artist’s co-op anyway?
This month, you’ll have your chance to browse the treasures within, to speak with the artists who created them, and to watch live demonstrations of art techniques, all while enjoying live music, free refreshments, and celebrating the notable twentieth year anniversary of the oldest artists’ co-op in Mississippi.
‘Tis the season for your holiday fêtes to commence! Bring out the fine china and sterling and dress up that naked table with some practical pieces from your local shops. There are so many items you can introduce to your table that can become a holiday staple. Add some interesting conversation pieces to pique interest by drumming up an appetite for collecting vintage and antique tableware!
In The Kitchen:
One of the most sought-after kitchen items has to be Pyrex cookware. From refrigerator jars to durable mixing bowls, Pyrex has you covered in the kitchen. We’re so used to the almost unbreakable clear glass variety, but deviate from the norm and seek out the hard-to-find colors. Their mixing bowls often come in sets of different sizes. If you're lucky enough to find a set, snatch it up!
Since its founding in 1971 in Ocean Springs by Ethelyn Connor for the Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Mississippi’s Société des Arbres has endeavored to preserve and protect trees native to the area “which by their existence enhance the aesthetic and environmental values of the area; establish a permanent registry . . . [and] declare all trees properly registered to be indigenous natural assets possessing intrinsic value worthy of area protection."
In Hancock County, owners of live oaks may contact Shawn Prychitko of the Hancock County Historical Society for registration. In order to be truly protected, a tree must be registered with the Société des Arbres, and that process of registering with the state begins with county registration.
The Town Green
We are big fans of Jackson Galaxy. Mr. Galaxy is the host of Animal Planet’s My Cat from Hell and he tells it like it is about the relationships with our cats and those that amaze or drive us crazy.
Mr. Jackson became a cat behaviorist while working at an animal shelter. He said that it was a “necessity thing." He had to figure out how to address cat issues so they could be adopted. He is a frequent speaker for events sponsored by Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanub, Utah and other animal welfare organizations around the country and the globe.
Puppy Dog Tales
Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by cemeteries. It all began when my dad took me to Church Street cemetery in Mobile to see the Boyington Oak. According to the story, Charles Boyington was convicted of the murder of a friend in 1835. Boyington denied he was the perpetrator and declared that an oak would spring from his chest to demonstrate his innocence. And, a tree did grow from the small grave in the northwest corner of the cemetery (Potter’s Field).
Did you know that there are 65 cemeteries in Hancock County and 140 in Harrison County? If you want to reach out and touch history, try a little Practical History (PH) in our local cemeteries.
Like the proud parents of an honor student on graduation day, supporters of quality education in Hancock County have a lot to feel good about. Our public and private school students, teachers and administrators are high achievers in not only academics but the arts and athletics as well.
Despite being underfunded by the state in recent years, local educators have worked wonders with what they had (and just imagine what they could have done with their fair shake of funding from the state!). Take a look at these well rounded accomplishments:
Talk of the Town
You can walk until you no longer know the road; you can run but you can't hide; you can hurry up and wait on a stationary bike. I prefer to sweat up the hills and coast down them on a bike.
Well, the Bay doesn't have any hills that I have found, anyway, but my advice is to head out and see if you can find one. If you do, let me know. I've found a Hillcrest and a Chapel Hill Street and there's a Demon Thusin, don't you know? I wonder who he was. He must have done at least one thing nice to have a street named after him, right?
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
Murphy's Musical Notes
Old Town Merchants
On The Shoofly
Puppy Dog Tales
Rheta Grimsley Johnson
Station House BSL
Talk Of The Town
Tying The Knot
Wines And Dining