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July 4th - Mississippi Style
Mississippians love finding reasons to celebrate, and the Independence Day holiday is no exception. ...
Mississippians love finding reasons to celebrate, and the Independence Day holiday is no exception. From the Hills to the Coast, you’ll find events, festivals and get-togethers sure to be fun for the whole family. Below are some of our Fourth of July celebrations from across the state.
- The Canton Balloon Glow & Patriotic Fireworks Spectacular will be held at the Canton Multi Purpose Center on Saturday night, July 4th. See the full schedule of events for the Mississippi Championship Hot Air Baloon Fest.
- Hernando Independence Day Celebration - July 3, 6 pm. Join us as we celebrate Independence Day at the Hernando Civic Center (Baseball Field Complex). Bring your lawn chairs for a night of entertainment.
- July 4th Fireworks Spectacular in Horn Lake – Bring picnic baskets and blankets, enjoy children’s activities and entertainment, all with free admissions. Food vendors will be available and the fireworks finale begins at 9 p.m.
- Laurel’s Annual 4th of July Fireworks Show – Bring lawn chairs and blankets, and your family and friends, to enjoy fireworks from Sawmill Sqaure Mall parking lot and surrounding areas.
July 4th Celebration - The City of Meridian will host one of the areas largest July 4th Celebrations featuring a free concert and spectacular fireworks display over beautiful Bonita Lakes. Gates open at 3:30, concert starts at 6:00, and the fireworks begin at 9:00. Join us for an evening of family fun.
- Fireworks over the Mississippi River in Natchez - Join in the fun as Natchez residents line up all along the bluff to watch a spectacular firework show over the Mississippi River. The show will take place around dark and is free to the public.
- Ocean Springs 4th of July Fireworks Show – Do not miss celebrating America's Independence Day the Ocean Springs way. Bring your blankets and chairs, play volleyball, kids can enjoy the splash pad and everyone can end the evening with a BANG as fireworks lightup the night sky.
- 16th Annual 4th of July ‘Celebrate Your Independence’ Fireworks Festival in Olive Branch – Music at 6 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m. in Olive Branch City Park. This event is free and open to the public. Enjoy Kids Zone, great food vendors and more.
- Celebrate America Balloon Glow in Ridgeland - This annual Independence Day celebration in Ridgeland is a crowd pleaser. Come for the live musical entertainment, hot air balloons, and fireworks.
- Vicksburg Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza - Celebrate the 4th of July in downtown Vicksburg! The fireworks extravaganza on the mighty Mississippi will follow live music by Mustache The Band at 7 p.m. and the fireworks at 9 p.m. The fireworks will be shot behind the Old Depot Museum, 1010 Levee Street.
- Southaven Patriotic Parade - July 3, 10 am at City Hall. After a short patriotic ceremony at City Hall, everyone parades around the lake in Jim Saucier Park, next to City Hall. Afterward, M. R. Davis Public Library provides everyone with refreshing lemonade and cookies at the Gazebo.
- Red, White, and You - July 4, 4-10 pm at the Waveland Pier. Waveland, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, entered a national competition to win itself an all-expense-paid Fourth of July bash, complete with BBQ, entertainment, and fireworks, worth $50,000. Live entertainment, food, activities and games! This is a FREE event.
Jenny Breaux's Beer Battered Onion Rings
Bring your onion rings to the next level by adding an aged oatmeal stout from Prohibition Brewing ...
Bring your onion rings to the next level by adding an aged oatmeal stout from Prohibition Brewing Co. to the batter. The bubbles from the beer will add a lightness and body to the batter, while the smoothness and slight sweetness of the oatmeal stout complements the onion's natural taste.
3-4 sweet onions
1 cup flour
1 cup Southern Prohibition Brewing Co. Hipster Breakfast oatmeal stout
Heat about 3 inches of vegetable oil in a large fryer to 365 degrees.
Slice onions and soak in ice water.
Mix beer and flour to a pancake batter consistency.
Dredge the onion slices in the batter and place in hot oil until golden brown on both sides.
Drain on paper towels.
The Band Perry to perform in Cleveland
GRAMMY Museum© Mississippi and Bolivar Medical Center recently announced The Band Perry will ...
GRAMMY Museum© Mississippi and Bolivar Medical Center recently announced The Band Perry will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 29, at the Delta State University Football Field in Cleveland.
GMM Executive Director Emily Havens said, “With The Band Perry coming off of a huge win of their first GRAMMY©, we are so excited to be able to make this happen. Their music combines a little rock with some country and appeals to people of all ages. Their show is elaborate and quite entertaining.”
Fronted by Kimberly Perry and rounded out by her younger brothers Neil and Reid, the band has notched a string of hit singles, including the quadruple-platinum “If I Die Young” and “Done,” the platinum “You Lie” and the gold-certified Country #1 “All Your Life.” Their recent GRAMMY© win was for Glen Campbell’s “Gentle on My Mind” for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. They’ve also enjoyed sold-out tours and a showering of honors, including multiple ACM, CMA, and CMT Music awards, as well as GRAMMY©, Teen Choice, AMA, ACA, and Billboard Music award nominations—all of which has cemented the sibling trio as one of the hottest acts in recent history.
All proceeds from the concert will benefit the construction of GRAMMY Museum© Mississippi. GMM is owned and operated by the Cleveland Music Foundation, 501C3 non-profit. Any donations are tax-deductible and sponsorship opportunities are still available.
For ticket information, visit www.yourdeltatickets.com or call the Bologna Performing Arts Center box office at 662-846-4626.
For more information on Mississippi music, click here.
Mississippi Leads in Farm-to-Table Movement
The farm-to-table and local food movements have become national trends, and Mississippi restaurants ...
The farm-to-table and local food movements have become national trends, and Mississippi restaurants are ahead of the game. Producing, delivering and serving local products in a way that showcases the food’s natural beauty has become common in almost every corner of the state. Here are some of our best suggestions for eating farm-to-table style:
1. Parlor Market – Jackson, Miss.
Found in the downtown area of Jackson, Parlor Market prides itself on offering locally farm products, providing patrons information each week on where the food was farmed. The restaurant was the brainchild of the late Craig Noone, who dreamed of creating a hot spot for inventive local fare, featuring a new spin on southern favorites. Diners can expect to find items like duck carbonara, Mississippi rabbit and gulf redfish.
2. Delta Bistropub – Greenwood, Miss.
Featuring award-winning cuisine of James Beard-nominated chef and co-owner Taylor Bowen Ricketts, Delta Bistropub’s unique cuisine is presented in an equally unique setting, a modern, contemporary interior tucked inside a beautifully restored historic building located one block north of The Alluvian hotel in downtown Greenwood. Their menu includes items like fried alligator with comeback sauce, cast iron quail, smoked elk and duck ragu.
3. Big Bad Breakfast – Oxford, Miss.
Owned by renowned Chef John Currence, Big Bad Breakfast certainly lives up to its name and has quickly become one of Oxford’s most popular eats. One visit to BBB will guarantee you never look at a breakfast plate the same again. Whether it's the house-cured tabasco/brown sugar bacon, crispy southern fried chicken or the Anson Mills steel cut oatmeal, you'll be talking about coming back before you've left the table.
4. Crescent City Grill – Hattiesburg, Miss.
Robert St. John has spent more than three decades in the restaurant business. Twenty-seven of those years have been as the owner, CEO and chef of Crescent City Grill, Purple Parrot Café, Mahogany Bar, Branch, and Tabella, all in Hattiesburg. At Crescent City Grill, customers can look forward to a New Orleans fare with a Mississippi twist. Popular dishes include the sloppy roast beef po’ boy, corn and crabcake bisque and eggplant Orleans.
5. The Manship – Jackson, Miss.
The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen is located in the historic Belhaven neighborhood of Jackson. The creation of Chef Alex Eaton and entrepreneur Steven O’Neill, The Manship transforms the essence of Mediterranean food and southern classics. Eaton and O’Neill strive to capture the cuisine of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean, while maintaining a southern flair. The menu designs are based on the relationship between the chef and farmers, and the food available at the moment. Some items you’ll find on the menu include heirloom tomato bisque, farmer’s market pizza, duck leg confit, and a long list of fresh, seasonal vegetables.
For more dining options around the state, see our Food and Drink page.
Shades of Blue: 3 Mississippi-Born Products
Mississippi is known around the world as the birthplace of the blues. Now its creative economy is ...
Mississippi is known around the world as the birthplace of the blues. Now its creative economy is adding two other shades of blue to its palette: blue jeans made in Oxford, and blueberries grown locally and exported internationally.
Recently, members of the Miss-Lou Blueberry Co-op, which includes farms from Poplarville, Purvis and Lumberton, exported their berries to India and the United Arab Emirates.
The idea began in January, when Dinesh Shinde, owner of Anusaya Fresh Worldwide in Mumbai, India, visited Miss-Lou co-op farms and decided he wanted blueberries for the first USA Blueberry Blast Celebration in India and Dubai. Anusaya Fresh will distribute the product throughout the two countries. The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, which is a member of the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, coordinated the exports. Read the full story on Mississippi blueberries here.
2. Blue Jeans
Mississippi business Blue Delta Jean Co. (BDJ) recently opened a studio in Oxford, the company’s first retail location open to the public. The company, originally based in Tupelo, has a focus on raw denim and uses all domestic materials. It also allows customers to customize their blues by selecting from a collection of denim, thread and hardware. Their Oxford studio carries custom shirts, hand-sewn leather goods and other unique American and Mississippi made fashion products. Get started designing your own pair of Mississippi blue jeans here.
3. Blues Music
In May, Mississippi laid to rest B.B. King, the King of the Blues, and the world was reminded of Mississippi’s influence, past and present, on America’s music.
King, born in Berclair and raised in Indianola, went on to produce No. 1 hits, receive GRAMMY awards, tour nationally and internationally, make television appearances, accept hall of fame inductions, and ultimately gain a following that launched his role as a music icon. All the while, he never forgot where he came from, and rarely missed the chance to tell the world about Mississippi.
Markers dedicated to King can be found in Berclair, Kilmichael, Greenwood and Indianola, and he is mentioned in more than 20 markers along the Mississippi Blues Trail. A dedicated to the musician is also located in Indianola, King’s final resting place.
To learn more about King and other Mississippi blues musicians, plan your trip to tour the state’s blues trail, and experience first-hand where America’s music was born.
Whether it’s blueberries, blue jeans or blues music that strike your fancy, you’ll find all three in Mississippi. Plan your trip at www.visitmississippi.org.
Beat the Heat - Buttermilk Peach Ice Cream
Martha Foose, native Mississippian and chef-turned-author, offers many recipes showcasing a true ...
Martha Foose, native Mississippian and chef-turned-author, offers many recipes showcasing a true taste of the South. She knows as well as anyone: Mississippi summers are hot. This buttermilk and peach ice cream, which can be found in her book Screen Doors & Sweet Tea, is a great way to cool off impress your guests.
1 ½ teaspoons peach gelatin
1 large egg yolk
1 cup buttermilk
Pinch of salt
½ cup sugar
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup pureed peaches
In a large saucepan sprinkle the gelatin over the buttermilk. Whisk in the sugar. Over low heat cook and stir until the gelatin and sugar are dissolved. Add the cream and whisk well. Whisk in egg yolk, salt and vanilla. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until just before boiling. Put pan into freezer to cool for about 30 minutes– stir often. When mixture has cooled add cold peaches and freeze in ice cream freezer using lots of ice cream salt.
Tell us, what’s your favorite ice cream flavor this summer?
Mississippi to Nashville - Behind the Unveiling
Guest post written by Barry Mazor “Country music from Mississippi,” all of us who have ...
Guest post written by Barry Mazor
“Country music from Mississippi,” all of us who have worked on conceiving, researching, designing and launching the Mississippi Country Music Trail and its markers have realized, had not been a subject as often discussed or understood as widely as Mississippi Blues, the subject of the state’s first, impactful music trail. From the planning of the very first Country Music Trail marker, unveiled in June, 2010—appropriately enough, the marker for “The Father of Country Music,” Jimmie Rodgers, in Meridian—an important goal was to shed light on how remarkable Mississippi’s contribution to country music has been, and to show how the shared culture, rhythms and musical style Magnolia State music makers brought to country music changed it, everywhere.
Those aspirations made the recent unveiling of the 29th trail marker, the first Country Music Trail marker placed outside of Mississippi itself, at 1111 16th Avenue South in the heart of Nashville’s Music Row, an especially satisfying milestone. It acknowledges and celebrates Mississippians’ rich and varied contributions in the country music capital, from the 1920s to this day.
The satisfaction was partly personal for me, as a Nashville resident honored to serve as the historian/researcher for the trail, and proud to be able to share the story we’re telling with the musicians and residents and innumerable country music fan visitors up here. It was professional, too, recalling very well how often the biographical details, the telling photos and graphics and rare record scans seen on Mississippi Country Music Trail markers all over the home state had been found among the family keepsakes of of music makers who’d made the trip, as the new marker heralds, from “Mississippi to Nashville.”
Country fans, media, Nashville-based Mississippians and dignitaries were all on hand June 4, as the marker was unveiled by Visit Mississippi Director Malcolm White, Hattiesburg’s songwriting hit maker Craig Wiseman, ace of all country music Marty Stuart (both of whom are on this marker; a marker back home in Philadelphia, MS also celebrates Marty’s career) and yours truly.
With the sheer breadth of the story this marker tells, I can assure you, it was a real challenge just to be sure that the broad cast of talents entitled to this lasting “cast iron” recognition were properly included. The singers, pickers, songwriters and record producers visitors to the “Mississippi to Nashville” will be seeing honored range from globally recognized country-changing stars—from Jimmie Rodgers and Elvis Presley to Tammy Wynette, Charley Pride, Conway Twitty, Faith Hill and Bobbie Gentry, to the writers (often multiple threat writer-performer-producers) such as Hank Cochran, Johnny Russell, Carl Jackson, Mac McAnally and Paul Overstreet who made so many songs the superstars sing—so often, songs about Mississippi.
It all adds up.
Mississippi’s Nashville music makers, so often lured to Music City by the sounds of the Grand Ole Opry calling to them as it reached the radios of their childhoods in the night, brought that homebred, expressive mix of Deep South soul, Delta blues, Southern gospel and R&B right along with them in the country music they’ve made and are making. It’s meant that country is not all and solely about the “pristine” sounds of those ancient Appalachian hills of legend. Country has been a lot more fun, varied, and, for want of a better word, plain moister, because Mississippians have made so much of it.
It’s great to be able to spread the word. On cast iron.
Barry Mazor is the historian for the Mississippi Country Music Trail, and a longtime music, media, and business journalist. He is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and to the online music magazine medium/cuepoint, and is the author of "Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music" and "Meeting Jimmie Rodgers." He is the former senior editor and columnist for No Depression magazine and his work has appeared in numerous publications, including American Songwriter, the Nashville Scene, the Village Voice, and the Washington Post. He was awarded the Charlie Lamb Award for Excellence in Country Music Journalism in 2008. He lives in Nashville, TN.
Smith & Lens - Bay St. Louis Style
After leaving my New Orleans home for college in Tucson, AZ, in 1992, I studied and ...
After leaving my New Orleans home for college in Tucson, AZ, in 1992, I studied and worked in France, Washington, D.C. and New York City. I never thought I would live in the South, again. I certainly never imagined myself in a small town in Mississippi, so I kind of can’t believe that I am here and that I am in love with it.
I know it sounds cliché, but moving here gave me the gumption to begin to call myself an artist. I feel encouraged and inspired. I have mentors. Not just one, but a handful. Right here. That’s abundance! I am busy. I can barely keep up with my workload, but the ideas keep coming and things are really exciting right now. If I post on social media that I am looking for a few folks who are willing to dress in costume and trespass for a shoot in some remote location, I have takers. If I want to start up a random festival having no idea what that even entails, friends and other vendors here are willing to help! That’s how great these people are. They make everything seem possible. And they buy art.
One of those lovely people is Sandy Maggio, a silversmith, neighbor and friend, who talked me into opening a gallery with her right in the middle of my busiest time, the holidays. She came up with the name, Smith & Lens, and we have located ourselves right smack in the middle of Old Town in the cutest building in the world. We are open on weekends and some evenings for special events and openings and we are supported! For our first show, we put out a call to locals artists to bring one of their pieces that they either just started or completely finished, or somewhere in between, and then had them randomly swap their art for that of another, take it home, and make it theirs in 2 weeks. SURRENDER opened on January 29, 2015, and we had 35 pieces in it. Our opening was a great success, we sold art, we made friends, and the artists met and discussed their collaborations. It was fantastic! Since then, we have had our juried Rock & Roll Art Show, which featured about 25 artists, and a solo show for Jaime Johnson of Poplarville and another for Carmen Lugo of Biloxi. Up next, Ann Adele of Pass Christian, David Harrison of Diamondhead and Julia Reyes of Biloxi and we are booked through May, 2016. We have scheduled our openings in conjunction with Mr. Atticus’s Night Market, right next door at the Mockingbird Cafe. So our crowd and their crowd feed off of each other. We share our patio with Magnolia Antiques, on the other side, hosting events and showcasing their furniture simultaneously. There is an ebb and flow in this town amongst shop owners and it works. My friends from DC, France, NYC and beyond can’t believe how much fun we are having. We had art lovers who came all the way from Melbourne, Australia, last month to see us because they found us on Instagram. Sandy and I feel strongly about our responsibility to promote our favorite Mississippi artists. We started an Instagram hashtag (which we hope you will use), #missmadeart, to showcase art from Mississippi. We are discovering more art daily, and our socks are constantly being knocked off.
Here is a video from the SURRENDER opening, made by the amazing Ellis Anderson of the 4th Ward Cleaver: http://www.bslfourthward.com/archives/local-focal-february-2015
Live at 100 Men Hall LP to be Released
In September, 2010, Jesse Loya received two fortuitous phone calls. First, the ...
In September, 2010, Jesse Loya received two fortuitous phone calls. First, the Mississippi Secretary of State called and said the 100 Men DBA was still a nonprofit in good standing with the state -- since 1894! The second call communicated the building that the organization built, The 100 Men Hall, was to receive a Mississippi Blues Trail marker. This was great news for Jesse and his wife Kerrie who had sunk most of their money into rescuing and renovating the old wood dance hall, which had been slated for demolition after Hurricane Katrina. The nonprofit was reborn with a group of photographers, musicians, historians and under-30’s year olds serving as the board. Over 200 people attended the marker unveiling.
Everything that takes place at The Hall is due to the underlying creativity of the board and its CEO, Kerrie Loya. There is no “culture of no” at The Hall. Bring stellar Blues and R&B to The Hall monthly; done. Host sold-out New Year’s Eve concerts to out-of-state and out-of-country tourists; done. Coordinate a Gospel Brunch for the top International Tour operators; done. Produce a documentary on the history of The Hall; done. Produce an LP, seriously, a blue vinyl record featuring bands recorded at The Hall; done.
Of course, we don’t work alone. We have created a network of advocates, donors, and corporate sponsors to assist us with these projects. Both the MAC and Visit Mississippi have provided grants for several of our projects. Our community and local government and tourism office support us.
What are we most proud of? Sharing the story of Mississippi’s great musical history with visitors from near and far. Showing at every concert and event why Mississippi is the most hospitable state in the union. Proving that the creative economy is a thriving, living, breathing force that ultimately will propel Mississippi to the top of every list!
The long-awaited release of the Live at 100 Men Hall LP will occur on Saturday, June 13 at The 100 Men Hall in Bay St. Louis. The LP was produced with a grant secured through the Creative Economy office, a division of The Mississippi Development Authority/Tourism.
The original cover art of the unique tri-fold cover is the work of local artist Sharon Mulligan and was chosen in a blind review by the board. Original event and band photography is by Emily Hawkins. The extensive, humorous and informative liner notes are penned by Roger Stolle, owner of Cat Head Records in Clarksdale, MS. The actual LP is on blue vinyl.
Bands featured on the LP are: Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Homemade Jamz Blues Band, Bill Howl-n-madd Perry, Marcia Ball, The New Orleans Upstarts, Little Freddie King and Pockit Tyme featuring Cornell Williams and Big D Perkins.
The LP sells for $45 including out-of-state shipping and is available for preorder on our website www.100menhall.org. The LPs will be shipped after the release party on June 13. Doors open at 7 and tickets are $10. There will be short presentation featuring speakers from our state tourism office and then the LP will be played. The House Katz will provide live music afterward. The Live at 100 Men Hall LP will be available for sale the night of the event.
Tickets for the release party can be purchased on the Hall website or by calling 228-342-5770.