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Update Nov. 20, 2017: Bay St. Louis made the finals for the $25,000 Levitt grant that will help fund ten free concerts at the Alice Moseley Pavilion on the historic depot grounds. Originally, 36 cities were in the running. An online voting competition (see the story below) has thinned the ranks to 25 finalists. Fifteen of those cities will be chosen by Levitt to receive the grant. The winners will be announced on January 2, 2018. Cross your fingers and stay tuned!
- story and photos by Ellis Anderson
The online voting began November 1st to select 25 finalists from a national pool of 36. The voting closes on November 20th. Each person must register online to vote and can only vote one time for a city (see easy directions below).
After the voting closes, the Levitt Foundation will select 15 winners from the finalists. They'll announce the winners on January 3, 2018.
Directions to Register & Vote For Bay St. Louis
Estimated time to register & vote: 2.5 minutes
Click on this link and hit "Sign Up to Vote." You'll be taken to a short form to fill in. Afterward, you'll have to log in with the info you registered with.
That will take you to a page that shows all the contenders. Scroll down until you see "Bay St. Louis." Click on that. You'll go to the BSL/Alice Moseley proposal page where you'll be able to hit the vote button!
Each of the 15 winners will have to match the $25,000 grants from Levitt. In the case of Bay St. Louis, the Alice and Tim Moseley Foundation has guaranteed the required $12,500 cash grant match, while the city and other partners have committed to matching the other $12,500 with in-kind services.
Tim Moseley, founder of the Alice and Tim Moseley Foundation, applied for the annual Levitt Foundation’s AMP [Your City] Grant Awards (AMP stands for Amplify, Music and Place).
Moseley is the son of nationally recognized folk artist Alice Moseley, who lived in Bay St. Louis from 1989 until her death in 2004. The Alice Moseley Folk Art and Antique Museum is located on the second floor of the Bay’s historic depot, and is a popular local attraction.
Last year, the Moseley Foundation spearheaded a drive to construct a performance pavilion on the depot’s oak-shaded grounds. The Alice Moseley Pavilion has since hosted several free concerts, including two this fall.
Tim Moseley says he was putting together a wish-list of performers for future shows when he noticed several of his favorite musicians often played at venues across the country in Levitt concerts. After a bit of online investigation, he discovered the grant program.
Although many mid-sized cities apply for the grants, the Levitt Foundation also encourages smaller cities – even those with only 10,000 people, like Bay St. Louis - to apply. If the cities can get enough votes to make it into the finalist category, their grant applications are weighed equally along with the bigger cities.
“The key to becoming a finalist will be folks here using their networking skills,” said Moseley. “For instance, if someone belongs to a statewide gardening club and asks members to vote, one resident can bring home 20 or 30 votes. People sharing the link on their Facebook pages and urging their out-of-town friends to vote can give us a real chance.”
As of Saturday, November 4th, Moseley’s strategy seems to be working. Diminutive Bay St. Louis was ranked 10th out of the 36 contenders (to see the most current ranking, click here for the Moseley Pavilion page and scroll down to the bottom).
While Moseley’s “not counting his chickens before they hatch,” he’s continued adding to his wish-list of musicians he’d like to see perform at the pavilion.
“I’m not naming any names,” Moseley said. “But we have some fantastic performers in mind if we win.”
A popular coast business that cut its teeth in Bay St. Louis will open a new location soon on Main Street in Old Town.
- story by Lisa Monti, Lisa Monti's Notebook
“We have been looking for a space for almost a year,” Arzola said. “We have been keeping a watchful eye out and we were so excited when this spot became available. We are very grateful to the owners of Cuz’s for selling our pops and now we are able to have the space to open a full store.”
The new location will be like the ones in Gulfport and Ocean Springs. There will be seating inside at a long communal bench and near the front windows overlooking Main Street. Customers can try the 50-plus flavors always on hand plus have the option of dipping their pops in either dark or white chocolate or both.
The pops come in fruit, cream and indulgent categories, including fresh fruit pops, Oreo cheesecake and a few sugar-free options as well. They are all handcrafted in small batches with fresh herbs, fruit from all over the world and spices. The popsicles start at $3 and go to $5 for the indulgence creations.
Arzola said it’s fitting that the new store is opening on Main Street because Pop Brothers’ original customer base was in Bay St. Louis. The owners tested their icy treats on Second Saturdays in 2015, selling the popsicles out of a cart. “It’s where we realized our idea might work,” Arzola said. “It’s fate how this happened now.”
Things are looking up for Pop Brothers, which was recently featured on The Billion Dollar Buyer, the CNBC reality show, as well as the Cooking Channel series Beach Bites with Katie Lee. The owners just opened a store in Gulf Breeze, Fla., and the popsicles are sold in several locations in Texas as well as the Gulfport-Biloxi Airport, Stennis Space Center, the Golden Nugget Lake Charles and Murky Waters in Hattiesburg.
And that one cart that got the whole Pop Brothers venture off the ground at Second Saturday is available for rent along with several others. Arzola said they are popular for weddings, showers, corporate events, birthday parties and other occasions.
For more information, contact Shannon Arzola at (205) 382-7123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more stories by Lisa Monti on the blog Lisa Monti's Notebook.
The regular monthly time for the Bay St. Louis Planning & Zoning Commission meeting falls on Halloween this year, so the time has been changed to Monday night, October 30, 2017. Yet one agenda item - the application for a new beachfront subdivision - has spurred concerns about setting precedents and may swell attendance.
- story by Lisa Monti
Southern Living Magazine named Bay St. Louis as #6 in its feature, "15 Affordable Small Towns We Love." Find out why and who else made the list!
- by Ellis Anderson
The preliminary design for a new four-story, 59-room hotel slated for one of the most significant corners in Old Town garnered unanimous conceptual approval by the Bay St. Louis Historic Commission on July 10th.
- by Lisa Monti
Hancock County supergroup "BlueShift," featuring Tommy and Gene Moran, joins Delta blues artist Vasti Jackson the Bay St. Louis Depot on June 3rd celebrate three centuries of history in Hancock County. And that's just the music line-up. The Shoolfly's got all the details!
- story by Ellis Anderson
A group of Hancock County volunteers partnering with Audubon Mississippi is working to get protection for the new Hancock County Least Terns colony. The 2016 nesting site didn't make it.
A new website, www.LeastTerns.com - hopes to consolidate community support for a happier ending this year.
- by Ellis Anderson
Some eleventh hour jockeying left four candidates for mayor and 22 candidates for city council after the 5pm deadline on March 3rd. Each will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and answer questions from citizens on Serve BSL, the first bi-partisan online forum in the state of Mississippi. Things are just getting interesting!
- story by Ellis Anderson
A workshop with Hancock County Supervisors and library advocates on February 13th will help determine the fate of five local libraries. Find out meeting details in this Big Buzz story.
- by Ellis Anderson
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- by Ellis Anderson
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