- stories and photos by Ellis Anderson unless otherwise attributed
Free Trolley Service in Old Town to Start July 4th
The City of Bay St. Louis, in partnership with Hollywood Casino Bay St. Louis and Coast Transit Authority, has announced the Bay Trolley line, connecting residents and visitors to parts of the City with a fare-free service,beginning Saturday, July 4, 2015.
“This is an exciting new time for Bay St. Louis.” said Mayor Les Fillingame. “This fare-free service will allow those needing a ride to hail the trolley as it travels on its route or they can wait at one of the designated stop locations.
"This is a huge benefit for boaters who are visiting the Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor and may want to visit Hollywood Casino or the Visitor Center in the Depot District, or for someone who just wants to take a small tour of parts of the City or locals needing a ride to the shopping centers and grocery store."
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From there the trolley will stop at locations such as The Ugly Pirate, Mockingbird Café, The Depot District, Commagere Park, McDonald Park, Market Town Shopping Center and Zuppardos Plaza and back to Hollywood Casino. The entire route will take approximately 40 minutes round trip.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday trolley service will extend through the evening hours from 5pm to 10pm. See schedule below for details on time.
The trolley also accepts bicyclists. It features a drop-down bike rack in the front that will carry two bikes.
BSL Named One of America's 20 Coolest Beach Towns
This small coastal town has white sand beaches and Southern charm, but also a flourishing artistic community that helps build a full calendar of cultural events.
Honor roll Drinks: Buoy’s Bar has live music and drinks right on the beach. Or, visit The Blind Tiger.
Eats: The Buttercup on Second Street.
Coffee: Mockingbird Cafe is a bookstore/town meeting spot/pub by night. Stay a while to see the whole town pass by.
Other things to do: Catch a show at Bay St. Louis Little Theater. Visit the artist co-op (Gallery 220) or Maggie May’s art gallery. Drive less than an hour to New Orleans to enjoy the city’s nightlife for the evening.
1. Small: No major cities allowed.
2. Year-round energy: The town can’t pack up and leave after “the season”.
3. Entertainment outside of the beach: Music, breweries, galleries, museums, and festivals also play integral parts of the culture.
Matador calls itself the world's largest independent travel publisher, with over 12 million unique monthly visitors.
Chamber Announces Businesses of the Year
All businesses will be honored at the Salute to Business and Industry Annual Awards Gala on Thursday, August 27th, beginning at 5:30pm at Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast. Click here for more details about the event and to purchase tickets.
Congrats all - especially S&L owner Chris Cochran!
Three Bay-Waveland Homes Featured in Design Magazine
"Stages," a new magazine published in Madison, Mississippi, found plenty to feature in the July/August issue. Bay Lou II, designed by local architect Ed Wikoff and the Waveland home of Chuck Underwood and Glenn Hood are both highlighted.
The cover story, named "From Shambles To Tropical Oasis," puts the spotlight on Kevin Jordan's (Gulf View Properties) show-stopping make-over of a historic Old Town commercial building into a family compound vacation rental. "Abode," located on the corner of Sycamore and Hancock Streets was staged for the photography session by French Potager owner Martha Whitney Butler and Patti Fullilove.
Click here to read the July/August issue online.