True Small Town Living
Meridian is a relaxing town in eastern Mississippi. The residents enjoy a life filled with music and art. Several lakes, nature trails and a waterfall also contribute to Meridian's quality of life.
The Meridian Museum of Art hosts more than 30 annual exhibitions ranging from American Indian tribal works to contemporary paintings and photography. The museum also has permanent collections of European and American paintings and sculpture.
Meridian is fortunate to be home to the Meridian Little Theatre, the largest amateur theatre in the state as well as the Meridian Symphony Orchestra, which is the second oldest in the state. Performances by the orchestra bring the soothing sounds of kettle drums and bassoons to Meridian residents several times a year.
The Grand Opera House of Mississippi is the only grand opera house in the South. After being sealed for 70 years, the $25 million restoration was completed in 2006 and The Grand Opera House will be in it's second season of performances in the fall of 2007. It adjoins the Riley Performing Arts Center in beautiful downtown Meridian, which is the premier facility for pre and post-show events, workshops and conferences.
Jimmie Rodgers, "The Father of Country Music," was a Meridian native. Every year in May the community hosts a festival in honor of "The Singing Brakeman" with performances by top country music acts from around the nation, talent contest for kids and adults, a gospel concert and a Memphis in May BBQ contest. The Meridian Council for the Arts sponsors Art in the Park at Bonita Lakes in April, which features arts and crafts, food and drinks, kids activities and entertainment. Things really get popping at the Bonita Lakes/Cellular South/ Meridian Symphony Orchestra Pops in the Park on the Fourth of July. Navy jet fly overs, fireworks displays and performances by the orchestra provide a wonderful evening of family entertainment.
When it's time to take it easy, Lake Okatibbee offers boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, hunting and more than 100 campsites. A wildlife refuge and a 65-foot waterfall once used as a power source to manufacture Stetson hats can be found at Dunn's Falls. Bonita Lakes Park is a 3,300-acre, city-owned park situated on three lakes. In addition to boating and fishing, the park also features nature trails, horseback riding and an 18-hole public golf course.
Meridian is a major health care center. The three area hospitals provide care for much of eastern Mississippi and western Alabama, which makes for a great place to be if you choose Meridian retirement.
Over 4,000 military personnel, dependents and civilians work and live at the Naval Air Station Meridian base. Military retirees can take advantage of the base exchange, medical facilities, golf course and a riding stable. The Lifetime Quest program at Meridian Community College offers terrific educational opportunities for any studious retiree.
And when it's time for a study break, you can shop till you drop at the brand-new Bonita Lakes mall.
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Commercial passenger air and rail service available locally.
Air: Delta Connection and Northwest Airlink;