After an initial dampening of spirits, a favorite Bay St. Louis holiday happening gets another chance on Saturday, December 15th!
- story and photos by Ellis Anderson
So on Sunday, when organizers tossed out the idea of a reprise on the 15th, the response of participating merchants and restaurants was an overwhelming “yes.”
Old Town Merchants Association president, Yuki Northington explains the unusual repeat of the event.
“The Second Saturday Artwalk's been happening for nearly thirty years,” says Northington. “And the December one is always a family favorite. People come to shop local, eat out in the restaurants, take in the decorations and visit with neighbors. It’s an experience that you can’t get in a big box store or a mall.”
“So many people were disappointed the bad weather crushed it this year. And our shop and restaurant owners – who depend on the December event to help get them through the winter months – were upset too.
“So, we thought, why not do it again?”
December 15th seemed tailor-made for the event. The only other community event scheduled is the Live Nativity at the historic depot grounds, which starts at 7pm. The play was produced last year by the Bay St. Louis Little Theatre and the Music, Arts & Practicality (MAP) children’s program and drew a large crowd.
Northington says the second Second Saturday nests perfectly with the depot performance.
“People will be able to shop around Old Town in the afternoon, enjoy an early dinner and end the day at the depot grounds,” she says. “Doesn’t get more hometown holiday than that!”
The merchants group is also working to schedule carolers for the evening of the SECOND Second Saturday (The Shoofly Magazine will post more details as they become available).
Special Happenings Around Old Town
Shops with extended hours, staying open until 7pm