Bay St. Louis fans of the legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo celebrate what would have been her 108th birthday with “Frida Fest" during the July Second Saturday Artwalk!
- story and photography by Ellis Anderson
The Frida theme is the brain-child of Cleaver sponsors Smith & Lens Gallery (106 South Second Street) owners Sandy Maggio and Ann Madden. They ran the idea by the Old Town Merchant’s Association and received enthusiastic support.
“The town’s going to turn into a little Mexico for the evening,” says Madden. “We hope everyone will come out and celebrate this incredible artist in a fun and unique fashion.”
Fashion is the operative word, since attendees to the July Second Saturday are encouraged to wear Mexican attire. Frida look-a-likes can enter a costume contest taking place at 7:30pm in front of the Mockingbird and Smith & Lens gallery in the 100 block of South Second Street.
According to Madden, other planned activities include a “unibrow on a stick” photo opportunities, a open “loteria” game (Mexican Bingo), and demonstrations of traditional Mexican music and dance. At least two Old Town restaurants will serve Mexican food for the evening (The Starfish Café and the Mockingbird Café).
In time-honored tradition, two Old Town businesses take the spotlight each Second Saturday and July is no exception. The “Hot Spots” for July are Time After Time (112 S. Second Street, inside Bay Emporium) and 200 North Beach Restaurant (200 North Beach).
Time After Time