- Story by Lisa Monti, photos by Ellis Anderson
Another free music event presented by the Alice Moseley Folk Art and Antique Museum - this year dubbed "Fun Festival" - is on track to be bigger and better than last year’s Alice Moseley Festival, which drew about 1,400 people and won high praise.
For this year’s event, organizers say there will be even more music, food, art - and more fun for all ages.
The Fun Festival will take place Aug. 17 from 11am to 8pm on the grounds of the Historic Train Depot in Bay St. Louis. Admission is free.
“Last year's concert was very successful, and we’re just as excited for this year,” said Tim Moseley, son of artist Alice Moseley. “There will be more of everything.” That includes music by two of last year’s headliners, Amanda Shaw and Monsters at Large, along with Ryan Foret & Foret Tradition.
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Other performers will be local favorites Bay Ratz Marching Battery, the Dave Mayley Band and Coastal Native Delights - plus Faith Becnel, a dynamic young singer from the New Orleans area.
The Fun Festival will also showcase loads of local artists. For young fest-goers, there will be a kid’s play zone where they can enjoy bounce houses, slides, a chalk art contest and face painting.
Delicious food and refreshments will be available throughout the day.
Francina’s Foods & More will be preparing “home cooking right there on the spot, including beef brisket and other local favorite dishes,” said Lonnie Falgout, who since 2004 has been executive director of the museum, serving on a volunteer basis. The Daiquiri Shak will be selling beer, wine, soft drinks and water. Snowballs also will be available.
“It’s going to be a great time,” said Lilyana Gandour, the museum’s operations director. “The museum will be open and welcoming everyone to come in and look at Alice Moseley’s wonderful art.”
Like the festival, the museum is free. That’s in keeping with Miss Alice’s philosophy that art should never have an admission charge.
The museum attracts large numbers from out of town, and organizers hope more locals will drop by to see what’s new at the ever-evolving collection.
“We get fantastic snowbird visitors, but we want local people to give it a second look,” said Tim.