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Literary Lover's Guide to Jackson
Creative culture is never in short supply in Mississippi. As the birthplace of renowned native ...
Creative culture is never in short supply in Mississippi. As the birthplace of renowned native fiction authors, including John Grisham, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Willie Morris and Richard Wright and playwrights Tennessee Williams and Beth Henley, Mississippi is America’s literary soul.
There’s no better way to kick off the oncoming fall festival season than the Mississippi Book Festival, a celebration of the state’s storied literary legacy. Held on Aug. 20 in Jackson, this “literary lawn party” takes place on the beautiful Mississippi State Capitol grounds. Book enthusiasts mingle between panel sessions featuring Mississippi’s most distinguished literary minds, while booksellers, food trucks and other vendors line the surrounding streets. For anyone with a love for the written word, this is a must-attend event.
While in town for the festival, spend an extra day or two exploring Jackson’s literary havens. Check out the itinerary below for inspiration.
1. Lemuria Bookstore
Start your day Jackson’s Banner Hall, where you can enjoy breakfast and coffee at Broad Street Bakery and shop for books at an independent bookstore, Lemuria. With books from floor to ceiling, first editions, rare books and plenty of cozy reading nooks, Lemuria is a literary enthusiasts’ paradise.
“As with many Southern Writers, I believe that the special quality of the land itself indelibly shapes the people who dwell upon it.” – Willie Morris
2. Margaret Walker Center at JSU
Drive west to the Jackson State University campus to unearth records and relics of Mississippi’s past. The Margaret Walker Center is a cultural preservation research resource center, housing significant records of the late Margaret Walker Alexander. The oral history department includes the official collection of the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement. The campus also offers museum and exhibit spaces highlighting the Center’s collections and the history of Jackson State University.
“When I was about eight, I decided that the most wonderful thing, next to a human being, was a book.” – Margaret Walker
3. Eudora Welty House
Spend the afternoon touring the Eudora Welty House located in the historic Belhaven neighborhood. A Jackson native and Pulitzer-prize winning novelist, Eudora Welty returned to her home in Jackson to create novels and short stories. Books cover virtually every surface in Welty’s home, where she lived until her death in 2001. The garden at the house is beautifully reconstructed to the 1925-1945 period.
“A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.” - Eudora Welty
4. Library Lounge
If happy hour is calling you, you don’t need to go far. Nestled in the same neighborhood as the Eudora Welty House, the Library Lounge is housed in Jackson’s only AAA four-diamond small luxury hotel, the Fairview Inn. Imparting a distinct literary feel, the Library Lounge serves up craft cocktails named after Mississippi’s famous authors. Sip a “William Faulkner” while perusing the many books lining the walls.
“Perhaps they were right putting love into books. Perhaps it could not live anywhere else.” – William Faulkner
5. Hal & Mal’s
One of the most storied restaurants and watering holes in Jackson is also the site of several literary points of interest. Eudora Welty’s 90th birthday party was held at Hal & Mal’s. Book signings of John Grisham, Barry Hannah, Larry Brown, Willie Morris and Willie Dixon have been held there as well. With a crowd-pleasing menu of hearty southern staples, you are sure to find a satisfying meal and plenty of nightcap options. Be sure to check out memorabilia lining the walls and learn about the history of one of Jackson’s most colorful, cultural institutions. Nearly all featured writers at the Mississippi Book Festival frequent Hal & Mals. In fact, the Mississippi Book Festival’s Willie Morris After Party will be held there. If you plan to attend the festival, you can enjoy Hal & Mal’s twice!
“Writing's still the most difficult job I've ever had - but it's worth it.” – John Grisham
Native Americans - The Original Mississippians
Mississippi, once home to a greater variety of indigenous tribes than any other southeastern state, ...
Mississippi, once home to a greater variety of indigenous tribes than any other southeastern state, is celebrating its Native American heritage during the month of July.
Though many people are familiar with places throughout the state that hold Native American names — including Yalobusha, Itawamba and Mississippi itself — few realize just how many native peoples made their home in Mississippi. Up into the 1700s, local tribes included the Acolapissa, Biloxi and Pascagoula tribes on the Gulf Coast; the Bayougoula, Houma and Natchez tribes on the lower Mississippi; and the Chakchiuma, lbitoupa, Koroa, Ofogoula, Taposa, Tiou, Tunica and Yazoo tribes on the Yazoo River in the Mississippi Delta. The original Mississippians were most likely the Choctaw, who date back to the early 1500s. The Choctaw were the most populous by far and remain so to this day.
Visitors to the region can immerse themselves in Choctaw culture by stopping by the Choctaw Heritage Museum or attending the annual Choctaw Indian Fair, held every summer in July. This regionally renowned event is host to the World Champion Stickball Games and includes a celebration of tribal music, crafts and traditions.
If you want to come face-to-face with the most impressive landmarks of the ancient past, plan a visit to Mississippi’s mound sites, showcasing well-preserved, Native American mounds built of earth. These mounds were the centers of daily and spiritual life, and you can find sites remaining across the state. Among the most visited are the Winterville Mound site, located in Greenville, and the Pocahontas Mound A, located north of Jackson. See a full listing of mound sites here.
Recently, The Mississippi Department of Archives and History celebrated the grand opening of the Mississippi Mound Trail. Stretching from Desoto County to Wilkinson County and following the Highway 61 corridor, the trail will highlight earthworks built at thirty-three sites. Four sites—Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, Pocahontas Rest Area and Welcome Center, Winterville Mounds, and Emerald Mound on the Natchez Trace Parkway— are state or federally operated and open to the public. Visitors are welcome to walk among the mounds and learn more through interpretive signs and exhibits. All are free.
For more information on Mississippi heritage and history, go to www.visitmississippi.org.
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.
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 on July 4th and is free to the public.
The Canton Balloon Glow & Patriotic Fireworks Spectacular will be held at the Canton Multi Purpose Center on Saturday night, July 2nd. See the full schedule of events for the Mississippi Championship Hot Air Baloon Fest.
Hernando Independence Day Celebration – On July 1 at 6:00 p.m., join locals in celebration of 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 9:15 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 on July 2 at 9:15 p.m.
Celebrate America Balloon Glow in Ridgeland - This annual Independence Day celebration in Ridgeland is a crowd pleaser. Come July 1 for the live musical entertainment, hot air balloons, and fireworks.
July 4th Celebration - Join the City of Meridian's July 4th Celebration at Bonita Lakes on Monday, July 4th. Live music featuring Steve Wilkerson and Friends, food vendors, and a fireworks display at 9:00 p.m. Family fun for everyone!
17th 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.
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 - June 30, 10 a.m. 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.
Bay St. Louis
31st Annual Our Lady of The Gulf Crab Festival - The Our Lady of the Gulf Crab Festival, held July 1-3, is the premier fest of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and takes place in beautiful Bay St. Louis on the fest grounds of OLG Church. Incomparable food, live music, 100 Arts & Crafts booths, rides, raffles, crab races, and much more! Food items include boiled crab and shrimp, shrimp and catfish po-boys, gumbo, crab stuffed potatoes and biscuits, burgers, dogs, and so much more.
3 Thrills for the Budget Conscious Family
The dollar goes a long way in Mississippi, so we’re the perfect people to visit if ...
The dollar goes a long way in Mississippi, so we’re the perfect people to visit if you’re looking for more fun and less spending. Below are our three top suggestions for budget thrills for the whole family.
LeFleur's Bluff provides a lush green spot in the heart of urban Jackson. In addition to camping, fishing, picnic spots, and nature trails, the 305-acre park features a nine-hole golf course and a driving range. Enjoy fishing on 30-acre Mayes Lake, wildlife viewing, a 1-mile hiking trail, 2 playground areas, 9-hole golf course, 18-hole disc golf. See rates here, including $3 per vehicle, $13 for primitive camping, and $18 for regular camping. Reservations are highly recommended.
Buccaneer State Park was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina but beautifully restored and reopened in 2013. The star of the 400-acre green space bordering the Gulf of Mexico is the half-million gallon wave pool. Admission is $3 per car; tickets are $13 for children under 48 inches and $19 for those over 48 inches -- around half the price of other water parks. Disc golf, playground, camping, and nature trail also available.
Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Tishomingo State Park is steeped in history and scenic beauty. Available are picnic areas with tables and grills, disc golf courses, compass course, hiking trails, playgrounds, multi-use field, volleyball court, and a swimming pool. Canoe trips and fishing are available on Bear Creek. Haynes Lake, a 45 acre fresh water lake, is available for fishing.The park also has the best rock faces in the state, with options for beginners and experts by permit. There are more than 100 documented climbing routes, ranging from 20-foot pitches to the 60-foot Jean’s Overhang.
How Sweet It Is - Mississippi's Best Desserts
Mississippi is known for its savory dishes - fried catfish, tamales, and cheese straws, to name a ...
Mississippi is known for its savory dishes - fried catfish, tamales, and cheese straws, to name a few. But those with a sweet tooth shouldn't overlook the many options for dessert lovers, spanning every region of the state. From ice cream to pastries, cobblers to cupcakes, this list has something for everyone.
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While Le Bakery is known for its bahn mi (Vietnamese sandwiches), other local favorites include the strawberry turnovers, taro smoothie, filled croissants, baklava and assorted pastries, which often sell out before noon. More adventurous eaters can try the coconut yuca pie or bubble tea.
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With all cakes made to order, Fleur De Lis is the perfect place for birthday, anniversary or seasonal specialty items. The bakery boasts flavors like pithivier (a butter puff pastry filled with almond cream), Swiss buttercream, doberge (a six-layer, custard-filled cake), white chocolate strawberry, and more. Also be sure to indulge in the coastal tradition of King Cake eating at Mardi Gras if you find yourself in town during the month of February.
An authentic patisserie in the capital city, La Brioche offers pastries, entremets, tarts, handmade chocolates and candies, and croissants, all with a blend of European and South American influences. Favorites include the French macarons, in various flavors, and the gelato selection.
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Stop in for lunch, but don’t leave without trying a slice of cake. Cotton Alley Café serves up Cajun-style entrees, including catfish, blackened fish, gumbo, oysters and more, but they also pride themselves on their selection of freshly baked cakes and pies, which changes daily. The lemon or strawberry cake are sure-to-please options and are known throughout Natchez as favorites.
Mile-high meringue pie is the feature at this diner-style, local gem called the Crystal Grill. Served in a variety of flavors, you can choose from chocolate, coconut, lemon ice box and more. You can even purchase a whole pie to take with you when you leave.
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Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this southern diner is famous for its oversized cinnamon rolls in the morning, and its dessert case in the afternoon. Here you can find fresh-made daily pies like pecan, chocolate and coconut. For bread pudding fans, Blue and White offers up some of the best in the area.
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This family owned and operated bakery strives to use local ingredients, from eggs to herbs, and serves up specialties like custom cakes, cupcakes, macarons, specialty breads, cookies, bars, turnovers and more. Choose from cupcake flavors like Mexican chocolate, chocolate coconut curry, brown butter chai, saffron lemon and pistachio rosewater.
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Known as a staple on the historic downtown square, Bottle Tree bakes bagels, scones, muffins, pastries, brioche, cupcakes, cookies, pies and more, fresh daily. Sip a freshly brewed coffee outside for the full experience.
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Black bottom pie is arguable Meridian’s most famous treat, thanks to Weidmann’s restaurant. An icon of the city since 1870, Weidmann’s is located in the heart of downtown. The black bottom pie is made with a gingersnap crust and layers of chocolate and bourbon custard, topped with whipped cream.
Famous for its New Orelans style cuisine, J. Broussard’s dessert menu offers up bread pudding, caramel pecan blondies with cinnamon vanilla ice cream, and crème brulee. The dessert menu is updated regularly with seasonal items like cupcakes, trifles, strawberry cake, beignets, and a variety of house-made ice creams and gelatos.
To find more sweet treats and other foods in Mississippi, see our Food & Drink section.
Yazoo City Boy Competes on Food Network
Photo Cutline: Jacob with his mother, Leslie, and sister, Ellie, in front of their family ...
Photo Cutline: Jacob with his mother, Leslie, and sister, Ellie, in front of their family restaurant in Yazoo City.
Mother and son team Leslie Roark Scott and Jacob Scott of Yazoo City are taking the food competition scene by storm. Leslie competed on Food Network’s Chopped Grill Masters in 2015, and 12-year-old Jacob recently competed in Food Network’s Kids BBQ Championship, with his episode premiering Monday, May 23 at 7 p.m. Central Time.
Co-owner of Ubon’s in Yazoo City, Leslie earned the title of “pit master,” winning her first episode of Chopped. According to Jacob, she, along with his grandfather, Gary Roark, has inspired him in his pursuit of the culinary arts.
“I’ve been cooking since I was five or six years old,” he said. “It’s in my veins. My grandfather and my mom passed the tradition on to me. It’s really fun cooking with them – I feel safe and not nervous when they’re around.”
Kids BBQ Championship will feature eight of the country’s finest young barbecuers, taking on the first-ever battle to find the best kid grill master. Hosts Camila Alves and Eddie Jackson lead the young chefs through a series of challenges that will test their barbecue skills as well as their creativity on the grill. Only one will take home the grand prize of $20,000 and a feature in Food Network Magazine. The themed challenges will range from a Hawaiian luau to a cowboy campfire.
Jacob is not new to the competition scene – he has experienced helping his mom and grandfather at competitions like Memphis in May, the Big Apple BBQ in New York City and the Windy City Smokeout in Chicago. During the competitions, he said, he helps with pork shoulder prep and generally helps with anything that needs to be done.
In his first-ever competition, he cooked sausage and made his own barbeque sauce using a secret ingredient – his grandmother’s cumquat jam. He was six years old.
“I’ve always loved cooking because it’s peaceful. I can just think and be creative, making whatever I want,” said Jacob.
His signature dish is pork chops stuffed with homemade pimiento cheese, served with squash, asparagus and mashed potatoes. His favorite thing to eat from his Ubon’s, he said, is a brisket sandwich.
As for future aspirations, Jacob hopes to attend business school, culinary school, and eventually open his own restaurant.
“I want to travel around the world and bring the things I like back here,” he said. “I want to mix them with what I already know how to cook to make it even better.”
For more information on Jacob’s episode of Kids BBQ Championship, visit the Food Network blog.
Mississippi's Top Farm-to-Table Eats
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, 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.
6. Corks & Cleavers – Gulfport, Miss.
Lead by Chef David Dickensauge, Corks & Cleavers Wine Bistro is a rustic fusion of Mediterrean and Spanish cusine with a Southern flair. Located in the newly restored downtown Gulfport, their menu features dishes sourced from the freshest local products available. Also, enjoy live music on the weekends and a local brew or glass of wine in the downstairs courtyard on the weekends.
For more dining options around the state, see our Food and Drink page.
10 Mississippi Date Night Spots
Whether you go for a first date or a weekly date night, check out these unique ...
Whether you go for a first date or a weekly date night, check out these unique hangout spots in each region of the state. Ranging from laid back to romantic, you're sure to find the perfect location for a night out on the town.
The Burgundy Room - Oxford
Nestled on the historic downtown Oxford Square, this bar is located above Old Venice Pizza Co. With plenty of specials and draft beer, this is the perfect place to people watch on the balcony while enjoying a drink.
The Blue Canoe - Tupelo
A laid-back and funky atmosphere can be found at The Blue Canoe – known as Tupelo’s home for original live music. Expect bar food and great selection of tap beer.
The Apothecary - Jackson
Found in the back of Brent’s Drugs and Soda Fountain in Jackson’s Fondren district, The Apothecary is a small, speakeasy-style bar. Try a pre-Prohibition era prescription cocktail or order a non-alcoholic cocktail from the Temperance menu. Don’t miss happy hour or the full bar menu.
Under the Hill Saloon - Natchez
Under-the-Hill Saloon is one of the oldest buildings in the area, and it's patrons of yesteryear were cut-throats, prostitutes and thieves. The area known as Natchez Under-the-Hill, was once a thriving port where cotton was loaded onto paddle-wheelers and shipped north to textile mills for processing. The saloon offers live music on weekends, and occasionally during the week as well.
Delta Bistropub - Greenwood
This contemporary restaurant is nestled inside a renovated historic building one block north of The Alluvian Hotel. Delta Bistropub offers up fresh, farm-to-table plates that change with the seasons. Grab a cozy table or order a cocktail at the modern bar.
Ground Zero Blues Club - Clarksdale
Ground Zero Blues Club is a restaurant by day and blues club by night, situated in a 100 year-old cotton grading warehouse on Blues Alley facing the Delta Blues Museum. Actor Morgan Freeman and his business partner, Bill Luckett, opened Ground Zero in 2001 and it soon became one of the most colorful spots in downtown Clarksdale, infused with character and Delta grit.
Sky Bar at The Reef - Biloxi
The Reef is a two-story building housing the main restaurant on the first floor, elevated with a great view, and the Sky Bar on the second floor. The Sky Bar is an open air venue with a band stage and DJ booth featuring local entertainment while serving some of the most diverse craft draft beer on the coast.
Chimney’s - Gulfport
Chimney's Restaurant specializes in fresh seafood and steak dishes, and is known as the place to go to catch up with old friends while you’re in town. Enjoy dining in this beautifully built replica of a historic home featuring salvaged bricks from the original house, brick hearths with a central chimney gracing the dining areas, and heart pine floors from an 1820's-era home in Vaiden.
Anthony’s Good Food Market - West Point
Anthony's has become the place for friends from the surrounding area to meet and relax while enjoying traditional Southern fare. Anthony’s stocks more than 80 types of beer, and also allows you to bring your own wine and spirits, if so desired.
The Guestroom - Starkville
Owned by and located above the Restaurant Tyler, this speakeasy style bar offers unique, hand-crafted cocktails, wine and beer selections
National Travel & Tourism Week 2016
It's National Travel & Tourism Week! America's annual salute to travel and tourism was ...
It's National Travel & Tourism Week! America's annual salute to travel and tourism was established by a congressional resolution in 1983, and we are celebrating all week with events at our 13 Welcome Centers around the state. Here are some highlights:
SUNDAY, MAY 1
The first and last traveler of the day will receive a Mississippi poster.
Light refreshments served to kick off National Tourism Week
Complimentary tea & coffee will be served and select tourists will receive a souvenir.
Popcorn courtesy of MS Gulf Coast Regional CVB, served to visitors.
Mississippi information bags and cookies will be given to the tourist throughout the day. A lucky tourist will win a fudge tray.
Kick-off National Tourism Week/ Hotdogs and Hamburgers will be served to visitors. A Mississippi gift will be raffled off to a lucky visitor.
Lemonade & Cookies to be served to visitors. Giveaways during the day.
MONDAY, MAY 2
Door prizes will be given out to travelers who sign in on the daily register sheet on the hidden designated line.
Door prizes will be randomly given to select travelers.
Pat Harrison Waterpark will serve hotdogs, chips and bottled water to tourist visiting the welcome center.
Popcorn courtesy of MS Gulf Coast Regional CVB, served to tourists.
Lauderdale County Homemakers’ Clubs will provide free refreshments for the traveling public.
Coloring books and pencils will be handed out provided by MDOT.
The staff from the Outlets at Vicksburg will visit with the tourist and provide VIP shopping cards. With stores offering shoes to perfume to the latest in children's fashion and everything in between, you are sure to find what you are looking for at Outlets at Vicksburg. Margaret Gilmer, owner, will provide treats and door prizes.
Winterville Mounds State Park will be displaying camping and showing Indian artifacts of their museum.
Red Beans and Rice Monday. Visitors will be able to sample a local favorite. Dorothy McQuarter, local pinestraw basket maker will be demonstrating her basket making in the lobby.
TUESDAY, MAY 3
Travel Rally Day – Display of Travel related items and special signage to appreciate travel and hospitality workers. Handouts on tips for travel. Michelle Williams, MDOT District 1 Anti-Litter Coordinator will be on hand to meet and greet guests and showcase the Anti-Litter display and hand out litter bags, coloring books, pencils, and activity sheets for the kids.
Visitors will have a chance to take a first hand look at the great things happening at the Grammy Museum. A representative will be at the welcome center to set up display showcasing the newly built Grammy Museum. Light r efreshments will be served.
Popcorn, compliments of Visit MS Gulf Coast tourism, will be served from 10am-3pm. Select visitors will receive a souvenir.
Pat Harrison Waterway promotion and cook out.
Dogwood Cross will provide entertainment, McComb Chamber, Magnolia Chamber, Osyka Red Hat Ladies, Osyka Civic Club and MDOT will promote Pike County and hand out goodies. Refreshments will be served.
Rowdy’s Family Restaurant will offer samples of Mississippi pond-raised catfish- fried, grilled, or blackened with original Johnny Sauce. Vicksburg's favorite for over 50 years! Family restaurant concept set in old Vicksburg theme. “The Beatles Guy” Mr. Richard McComas will entertain the tourist with music.
Mars Food, formerly Uncle Ben’s ricewill be at the Welcome Center displaying rice products and giving samples to visitors. Wear red to celebrate tourism!
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4
It’s National Tourists Appreciation Day. The first traveler of the day that signs in on the daily register will receive a basket of assorted Mississippi Specialty Items. The Alcorn Welcome Center will be giving out specialty door prizes. Festivities will start at Noon – 1:00p.m, with light refreshments served throughout. Tony Bullard, a local artist, will be on hand to meet and greet guest and showcase several of his latest paintings of historic places in Corinth and the surrounding area towns.
Tutwiler Quilters / Tourist Appreciation Day - Th is event will take place from 11:00 a .m. - 2:00 p.m. We will play music throughout the welcome center and serve refreshments.
Tourist Appreciation Day from 11am to 1pm. We will have the DeSoto County mayors, DeSoto County chambers, DeSoto County Tourism, hotels and locals here to spread the word. Food and Drink provided by the Welcome Center Staff.
Hancock County Day: 10am-1pm. The day’s events will feature area tourism partners, such as Hancock County Tourism Bureau, Diamondhead Country Club and POA, Mississippi Gulf coast Retired Senior Partnership. Silver Slipper Casino, Tony’s Restaurant, Dempsey’s Restaurant, Cuz’s Restaurant, Claiborne Hill Supermarket, and Bay Hideaway Campground, (to name a few) will join the staff in welcoming tourists to the area.
Popcorn courtesy of MS Gulf Coast Regional CVB, served to tourists. Banana's Mini Golf & Arcade and Feel The Freeze Yogurt Shop- Gulfport. Snappers Restaurant, Biloxi serving food samples.
THURSDAY, MAY 5
Random Door Prizes will be given out to travelers that sign the daily register sheet on the hidden designated line.
Visitors will be given the opportunity to compete to complete different Mississippi Puzzle Trivia to win door prizes.
Harrison County Day: 10am-1pm, local casinos, restaurants, hotels and area attractions will join welcome center staff in welcoming tourists to our area with special treats.
Crossroads Pottery & Master Gardeners, 11 am to 1 pm.
Popcorn courtesy of MS Gulf Coast Regional CVB, served to tourists. Gulf Islands Waterpark-Ocean Springs, Scranton Nature Center-Pascagoula (with a rabbit or a snake) Gulf Hills Resort and Golf Club-Ocean Springs with a mini putting green.
Old fashioned lemonade will be served on the porch while local artist, Sandra McMullen and Jack Harris along with their friends, provide musical entertainment on the front lawn of the welcome center.
Hampton Inn of McComb will greet tourist and hand out cookies. Pat Harrison Waterway will promote our parks. They will serve hotdogs and water to visitors.
FRIDAY, MAY 6
Door prizes will be given out to travelers who sign in on the daily register sheet on the hidden designated line.
Staff will give out specialty items to the tourists as a token of our appreciation.
Popcorn courtesy of MS Gulf Coast Regional CVB, served to tourists. Jackson County Chamber with Jackson County businesses. Hampton Inn- Ocean Springs. Snappers Restaurant, Biloxi serving food samples. John and Mabel with the Retiree Partnership.
Meridian/Lauderdale County tourism Day. Local Attractions will be highlighted in a special display and free cake will be provided.
McComb Recreation will serve popcorn and hand out goodies to the tourist. Bubba Roberts of Osyka will provide entertainment with his Harmonica.
Mississippi items will be given to visitors.
Staffers will serve cookies and lemonade throughout day. Mississippi blues music to be played throughout day.
SATURDAY, MAY 7
Travel Information bags will be available with travel and packing tips which will also include the new Daily Corinthian 2016 Summer Dine & Entertain in the Crossroads publication. The dining guide has menus and several coupons inside. Mississippi Specialty Items gift basket will be given out to the last tourist of the day to sign the register.
A PowerPoint video from the week of activities will be place on display in lobby for guests to view. Light refreshments will be served .
Gold Wings Road Riders Association will be onsite from 11am to 1pm to give visitors and the public instructions on all they need to know about motorcycles from safety to riding and being visible on the road.
Cake & tea will be served.
Roots of Elvis Fan Club & Natdhez Trace Parkway, from 9 am to 11 am.
Popcorn courtesy of MS Gulf Coast Regional CVB, served to tourists. Gulf Islands National Seashore-Ocean Springs. Busted Wrench-Gulfport free automobile museum.
David Brewer of Summit will provide entertainment with country and gospel songs. Cookies will be served.
Mississippi Specialty items will be given to tourists as this is the last day of National Tourism and Travel. Max and Erma’s restaurant refreshments will be on display.
Lemonade and cookies served throughout the day.
SUNDAY, MAY 8
Complimentary chocolate and Mother’s Day card to all mothers from 10am-1pm.
Mothers’ Day promotions will be given away.