In the January Issue
Clay Creations rendition of the beachfront!
Rotary Benefit - a red-hot event!
And they're also raffling off two VERY COOL beach cruiser bikes that are sure to be the envy of all your neighbors.
So join in at the Bay St. Louis Community Center on Blaize Ave. that was built with the help of the Rotary international organization.
20 years of Second Saturday!
2013 kicks off the 20th anniversary of Old Town's Second Saturday Artwalk. Although no one can say exactly what date it started, it's a safe bet it'll still be a beloved town institution for many decades to come.
Hot Spots this month are Bay Books (131 Main Street, sponsored by Hancock Bank) and Full Moon Clockworks, hosted for the evening by Clay Creations (220 Main Street, sponsored by Peoples Bank). Live music all over Old Town, with "Thomas Jackson Orchestra" starting at 7pm at the Mockingbird! Click here for full details!
New Year in the Bay!
Take more walks on the beach is one of 10 fun Bay Resolution suggestions! But you'll have to wear warmer clothes than this in January!
Ten Resolutions to Pick From!
“Healthy discontent is the prelude to progress.” Mohandas Ghandi.
It’s a new 2013, the world didn’t end on December 21 with either a bang or a whimper, as some Mayan enthusiasts had conjectured, and we’re lucky to be living in the one of the nicest towns in the U.S. On that note, here are ten New Years’ resolutions to consider adding to your personal list this year.
1. Get fit. Regular exercise has been associated with so many health benefits – including decreased risk of some cancers, increased longevity, weight loss, mood enhancement, and lowered blood pressure. In short, exercise keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better. Take advantage of the lifestyle and scenery here in the Bay. Take a walk or bike ride across our beautiful Bay Bridge, jog on the beach, or play a round of disc golf at Buccaneer. You may consider joining a gym too.
2. Eat healthier. After seven long years of waiting, we have grocery stores now!! Three of them in fact. Check out Froogal’s and Claiborne Hill Supermarket. The greater convenience and increased food choices of these grocery stores can only be a good thing for life in the Bay. Make a big salad or grill some seafood this week.
3. Spend more time with family and friends. Make plans to meet up with your friends one evening this month at one of the local Happy Hours in the Depot District.
4. Get that old car or boat tuned up or repaired.
5. Take more walks on the beach (If you have a dog, he’ll love you for it). Hancock County boasts some of the most beautiful beach territory on the entire Gulf Coast. Combine this resolution with Number 1 above, by taking brisk walks, runs, jogs, bike rides, random pushups or other cross-training at the beach. Combine with Number 3 by meeting your friends and family at the beach with some lawn chairs and an ice chest full of adult and kid beverages.
6. Quit smoking. Try a class or support group, and see your doctor about trying one of the newer patches or pills.
7. See a play. Keep your eye on upcoming shows at the Bay St. Louis Little Theater.
8. Try your hand at something new that you’ve always wanted to get into. Pottery? Fishing? Yoga? There’s something here for everybody.
9. Get organized. Maybe you can start with the garage or that spare room full of junk.
10. Go to a museum. The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art is not far, and the Walter Anderson Museum is a pleasant hour's drive. See what’s going on now, at www.georgeohr.org OR at walterandersonmuseum.org
contributed by Karen Fineran
State of the Arts
Mamou Mardi Gras by Lori Gordon
Chickens and Cheap Beer - An Artist's Tribute to a Rural Mardi Gras
We’re all familiar with the sights and sounds of a typical New Orleans Mardi Gras, but what goes on outside the boundaries of Esplanade and Canal streets? Farther out in the Cajun countryside of Mamou, Louisiana, one Gulf Coast artist discovered a Mardi Gras that’ll have you tripping over your roots.
Way down south in Louisiana lies the small town of Mamou, population roughly 4,000. The town is flooded by hundreds of visitors each year that come to view its take on Mardi Gras festivities. The traditional parade boasts an all-male troupe with unmasked capitaines and masked revelers that travel both on horseback and on foot. Coming closest to the more familiar Mardi Gras celebrations, this tradition is of cultural importance because it has been recently revived by the inhabitants of Mamou. Visitors and locals gather on the main stretch in anticipation of the parade, reminiscent of a cavalry of clowns on their way to the circus. The band of beggars colorfully cavalcade through the countryside, halting at houses and releasing chickens, which they inanely collect and tow for the duration of the celebration. It’s no wonder that upon her first visit to Mamou, artist Lori Gordon was motivated to have another rendezvous with the Courir de Mardi Gras, this time with camera in tow....
Click here to read the whole story!
contributed by Martha Whitney Butler
On Your (Mardi Gras) Mark...
Mardi Pardi 2013 - Eco-Adventure Race
5K / 10K Run/Walk the Bay Way!
Saturday, Feb. 9th
On your mark. Get set! This year's Mardi Pardi is a 5K and 10K run through Old Town Bay St. Louis and along the beach road on the gorgeous Mississippi Gulf Coast.
What's new? This year the race is a run only. (The triathlon will be scheduled in June, when it's warmer). And organizers will be using ChronoTrack timing—so friends and family can follow you in real time on Facebook/mobile phone. Rumor has it Cathead Vodka will be there too.
Once again, it'll be a full weekend of Mardi Gras fun—hot New Orleans bands; a Friday night registration Pardi at the Mockingbird with great live music, burgers and Lazy Magnolia beer; the after-race Pardi on Saturday with delicious coastal food, more beer, more NOLA music and a second line; a big name band Saturday night at the 100 Men Hall; one-of-a-kind trophies; a runners' Mardi Gras costume contest and more. Stay tuned for an exciting music update.
How do you sign up? Register here through ChronoTrack or download the form from the website. The 5K is $25 and the 10K is $30. (Gulf Coast Running Club members receive a $5 discount.) Proceeds benefit Live Oak Alliance Mississippi. Register early. Rates go up after January 31. Let the good times roll, y'all!
The Mystery of the New Year!
There is always intrigue surrounding the New Year. Will this be the year that you finally lose weight? Quit smoking? Quit drinking? Buy a new house, or a new car?
Get a new job? Get a divorce?
Eat better, live better? The list is could go on and on.
Good bad or ugly, why do we rely on such pivotal days to mark our milestones? Why are we not motivated enough on any regular day of the year to start that diet? Why must it be a new week, such as “ Come Monday, I vow to do so and so”? In this case, why must it wait until the New Year? I have thought about this many times and still don’t have the answer.
Seven and a half years ago, we all experienced a pivotal moment of change that was forced on us overnight. It didn’t take me long to recognize that change is difficult, even when it’s good for you.
“When we experience a strong desire for something coupled with the willingness to take action, we set the process of goal achievement into action”. Maybe in these few days away from our daily grind, we find time to reflect and assess our current desire to make such changes.
If you have chosen to make a resolution this New Year, see if your goal meets the S.M.A.R.T test. Effective goals meet the following five criteria:
Specific: Does your goal clearly define what you want?
Measurable: How will you know when your goal is achieved?
Attainable: Is this goal possible for you to achieve given your
characteristics, assets and limitations?
Realistic: Does your goal make sense given your current
Time: What is the target date? Without an attached date a
goal is a stated intention rather than a desired outcome.
Whatever you choose, Just Move! contributed by Holly Purvis
photo by Martha Whitney Butler
Books: An Existential Revitalization for 2013
There is a certain satisfaction of cracking open an ancient text - the familiar musty smell, the feel of satin pages as they glide through your fingers, words lovingly caressed by our eyes - acknowledged, attended, the center of consideration. They seem to laugh back at us from the pages, smugly knowing their existence will greatly supersede our own.
Certainly they will last - bound by glue and if nothing else the steadfastness of ideas harvested from the fertile ground of literature. Warmed by a pair of hands, they are comforted, cradled, and consoled by the best of us and still manage to loyally serve those who take their lives for granted by using them as a booster seat for a bouncing baby or as a stack of classics cleverly implemented into living room décor.
It’s through them we discover things that easily bypass us; a certain expressiveness that can escape one’s periphery as quickly as a white rabbit down a black hole. It is truly an act of love to chase these paper-winged creatures through life, sometimes getting a good grip on their tails and flying off into the sunset and other times no grasp at all – just empty thoughts to be cast aside like a dream and only revisited upon awakening.
Do we clamber up and down each page with the same excitement and enthusiasm that motivates us through our days? Usually, yes. When was the last time you picked up a great adventure? A romance familiar, hopeful, or unknown? As trite as it might sound, 2013 is a great year to embark upon a great literary quest. Rouse the rebels from your library, raise the spirits from your liquor cabinet and go forth into the great embrace of knowledge.
contributed by Martha Whitney Butler, proprietor of The French Potager at 213 Main Street in Bay Saint Louis, which carries an excellent selection of vintage and new books. Refer to this article and receive 10% off on all books.
Fourth Sunday at Four in the 4th
painting by Milo Stephens
The 2013 visual and performing art series begins at 4pm, January 27th at Christ Episcopal Church, 912 S. Beach Blvd. Bay St. Louis, MS. Featuring:
JOHN WESTLEY HODGES – Pianist/Vocalist
John Westleys’ love for music began at the age of nine and he has followed his passion ever since. He has performed and directed music at many churches
and has been a self-managing music instructor since 1999. Currently, he is the owner of John Westley School of Music in Gulfport, MS, he is the Choir
Master for St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, the accompanist for MGCCC Perkinston Campus and Pianist/Vocalist for Salute Restaurant. John is a
native of New Orleans and has been a resident of the Coast for the past seven years.
MILO STEPHENS – Artist: Oil on Canvas
Painting for Milo is about experimentation of mediums,textures, and styles, like the many characteristics of her personality. Milo is originally from Colorado, however, landed in South Mississippi several years ago. She shares a studio with her husband, Mickey Asche, who is also an accomplished
artist. In 2010 Milo was awarded the Harvest Cup Polo Classic Poster and the cover artist for Inside Northside Magazine. In 2009, she received Best in
Show for Slidell’s Arts Evening and in 2013 she will be showing at the South Eastern Wildlife Exposition.
Sponsor for our Calendar
Our Calendar Whizard, Will Deal, researched, discovered and set up our nifty community events calendar over a year ago. He also spends lots of time each month maintaining it (Thanks,Will, we all appreciate it!!!). However, for the last year, Will's also been paying the calendar's monthly service fee out of his own pocket and asked if someone else would be willing to cover the cost. Larry Jaubert (Jaubert Architecture) - who's the volunteer in charge of the Cleaver's mailing and subscriber list - offered to sponsor the Calendar throughout the year. Thanks, Larry!
contributors to this issue...
Martha Whitney Butler, Bobby Compretta, Will Deal, Karen Fineran, Larry and Ellis Anderson Jaubert, Holly Purvis, Pat Saik.
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The Coolest Town or what?
The race is ON - Vote NOW by clicking HERE, then bookmark the link and unashamedly nag your friends!!!
The list of municipal contenders numbered 924 and featured some real heavyweights - like Bar Harbor, Maine, Beaufort, South Carolina, and Medocino, California. Yet the feisty Mississippi challenger, Bay St. Louis, walked away the knock-out winner in the preliminary round of Budget Travel Magazine’s search for the “Coolest Small Towns in the Country.” Editor's Note: The new voting hasn't opened yet, but should be starting soon, so bookmark the page above on their site and check back often.
According to Budget Travel’s website, the 2013 contest drew the largest turnout ever, with over 96,000 votes cast. Bay St. Louis garnered more than 10,000 of those votes. Most towns on the list received a few dozen comments along with the votes. “The Bay” inspired such passion that over 350 voters felt compelled to explain why they love the place. Here’s one comment:
Bay St. Louis is a small town with a big heart. It embraces newcomers and treats them like old timers. It has a soul but is not entrenched. There is a place for EVERYbody. It is beautiful and sings with the spirit of the sea and a community determined to outlast hurricanes, recessions, and oil spills.
The first round of Budget Travel’s Contest ended on October 15th. A total of 15 finalists have been selected (including Bay St. Louis, of course) and in January, the voting begins in earnest. From that list, the Top Ten in the United States will be named.
While the voting will play a part in the selection, winners will be determined by other criteria as well, including “diversity in geography, attractions, architecture and more.”
Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame believes that Bay St. Louis excels in all those areas, and has the moxie it takes to pull off a full victory. He points out that “The Bay” offers a bounty of natural amenities, while its culture blends both New Orleans and Mississippi influences, giving rise to stellar cuisine, entertainment and art.
“We’re extremely proud to be representatives of the Mississippi Gulf Coast on the national stage,” says Fillingame.
Click here to read entire article
contributed by Ellis Anderson
Councilman Update - Bobby Compretta
To all my Ward 4 Constituents,
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and enjoyed time with family and friends. I want to wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Bay St Louis had another great year in 2012. We had ribbon cuttings on the completion of more projects. We also saw the opening of many new businesses. The business that we all have been waiting for over 7 years was the new Froogles supermarket that opened in November.
2013 will be a more back-to-basics year. Public Works will be cleaning ditches, replacing culverts to improve drainage, improving road conditions, adding some sidewalks where needed, etc. We have plans to do some asphalt overlay on some older streets and paving some dirt roads in the annexed area.
We also will be completing the Main Street lighting and striping project that should have been finished last year but was delayed because of MDOT red tape. The Old Spanish Trail lighting and sidewalk project will be completed in 2013. We will be working hard in 2013 to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Ward 4 and Bay St. Louis.
Click here for Council Actions from our December Meetings. If anyone has any questions or suggestions, please email me or call 216-7197. I’ll be there for YOU.
Gulf Coast Hero, Camille Tate
BSL's Camille Tate, Gulf Coast Hero
Bay St. Louis resident Camile Tate was recently nominated as one of Gulf Coast Woman Magazine's Gulf Coast Heroes. Those of us in town who know her and have worked with her don't need a competition to tell us what we already believe: Camille Tate is one of the most vital, giving people in the state.
Here's what some others have said about her:
She does not sit on the sidelines and she does not leave the work for everyone else. She will take on responsibility and see it to the end. She adopts people in need, whether it is an elderly neighbor or a youth at risk.
She attends every City Council meeting if possible and supports every thing good going on in the County and is not afraid to tackle things she thinks need changing. If Camille ends a day without having gone to a meeting or a "battle" for something, she feels...
To read more, click here!
contributed by Ellis Anderson
The Cypress Cafe - Captivating!
While it’s probably the only restaurant in the South that’s located in a former jail, the Cypress Café in Bay St. Louis serves up mouth-watering menu items in chic surroundings that make it completely, well… captivating.
The café’s contemporary décor is a fun counterpoint to its stately historic home – the former Bay St. Louis City Hall, located in the heart of Old Town. Built in 1905, the building’s award-winning restoration was completed in 2011. The Cypress Café occupies the entire ground floor (which includes the former pokey).
Owner Holly Lemoine – Raymond designed and/or built everything herself, from the rope room divider to the distressed cypress tables. She’s created a warm, conversation-friendly interior that makes guests want to linger long after dessert. In addition to a spacious dining area, patrons can also relax under the eaves of the porch or at tables tucked beside a magnificent live oak - complete with a picture-perfect shoofly deck. Click here to read the whole story!
contributed by Ellis Anderson
reprinted from Gulf Coast Woman Magazine Jan/Feb 2013 issue
Mardi Gras CASA style!
2nd Annual Mardi Gras Gala takes place at the Bay St. Louis Community Hall on Blaize Ave. from 7pm - midnight. The $40 ticket includes admission, entertainment (music by the Shea Michaels Band!), dinner and mixers (BYOB). Sponsorships available! Click here for more details!
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. The organization's volunteers advocate for the needs of neglected and abused children by giving the children a voice in court and insuring they don't get lost in an over-burdened system.
Click here to read more about this effective program.
Art, the Visible Thread that Connects
Several Bay St. Louis artists - including Sandra Bagley, Jorge Lavato, Regan Carney, Vicki Niolet, Ann Madden, Kerr Grabowski, and Elizabeth Veglia will be exhibiting work at a new group show at the Gail Keenan Art Center in Pass Christian from Jan. 18 - Feb. 22nd. The opening reception is Friday, January 18th, from 6 - 8pm. For more information, click here!
Don't forget Sandy survivors!
The Hancock Chamber has organized a donation drive to help Hurricane Sand survivors through their first post-storm holiday. It's focusing mostly on gift-cards - since they're easy to ship, deliver and lord knows, anyone who was here during Katrina and received one was grateful as all get-out. If you want to donate, you can even do it on-line, securely and quickly! Click here.
Are you a Bookworm?
This has been a highly popular and effective program to encourage elementary school students to enjoy reading for a lifetime! Volunteers are needed to read selected books to local 1st and 3rd grade students once a month for four months beginning in February 2013. (You can work to select a time convenient for your schedule.)
they also need individual and business sponsors to assist with the purchase of the books, which will be donated to the classrooms. The group hopes to keep the book cost at $12.50/book so $12.50 will sponsor 1 book. $50 will sponsor a classroom. The program will reach almost 50 classrooms for over 1000 students. For more information, please contact Cathy Wilson (email@example.com ).
A few comments from readers
Cleaver Status Report
Perhaps of Interest: When the Cleaver crew loosely formed in late spring of 2011 and published the first issue in July 2011, we hoped to be a fun neighborhood service, with all volunteers being 4th Ward residents. Through comments we've gotten over the past year, it seems like we've become the on-line, off-beat, go-to place for what's happening in the Bay-Waveland area. In December 2012, the site saw over 4,000 unique visitors (repeats visits aren't included in this number).
So while we're not changing our name or original mission, we're going to start profiling Good Neighbors - and accepting contributions from folks - who live elsewhere in the Bay-Waveland area. In fact, in addition to October Fourth Ward Good Neighbors Myron and Rhonda Labat, that issue also featured our first Good Neighbor profile of a cool person who lives in (gasp!) the Second Ward, Jeannie Deen. And the November issue included a profile of artist Elizabeth Veglia, who lived in the Fourth Ward until the district lines changed earlier this year. So watch for some fun new Cleaver contributors and columns in the future!
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