Local Mayors, Chefs to Participate in Five Course Feast for Charity

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Local mayors will team up with talented chefs from their cities to participate in a Five Course Feast fundraiser to raise awareness for food insecurity.

Ocean Springs Mayor Shea Dobson with Frog Head Grill’s Chef Devin Spayde and Pascagoula Mayor Dane Maxwell with Singing River Yacht Club’s James White II, along with three other pairs from the Mississippi Coast, will represent their cities and work together to create one of the five courses.

Frog Head Grill’s Chef Devin Spayde said Mayor Shea Dobson asked the restaurant to partner with him for the event, and he is looking forward to participating in the event.

“It will be the first time cooking in front of so many people on a stage,” Spayde said. “But it’s a good event and will be good exposure for our restaurant that has only been around for a little more than a year.” 

Spayde added that both he and Mayor Dobson are pretty young and new to the scene, making them a bit like underdogs in the event.

The Ocean Springs team drew the dessert course for the event, and Spayde explained they will feature Frog Head Grill’s bread pudding.

“We already have a great bread pudding,” Spayde said. “So we did not choose to do something new. We will put a little twist on it.”

All proceeds will benefit Extra Table, an organization that purchases and delivers healthy food in bulk to Mississippi food pantries and soup kitchens each month. One hundred percent of donations received through Extra Table are used specifically for its mission to purchase food and end hunger.

“Last year’s Five Course Feast raised enough money to feed 30,000 families in South Mississippi,” said Extra Table founder Robert St. John. “At a time of year when many are in the giving spirit, we hope to feed the hungry and raise top-of-mind awareness for those less fortunate along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”

Hosted by Robert St. John and presented by Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, the Nov. 16 fundraiser will feature live cooking demonstrations in addition to the five course meal. Tickets are $100 each or a pair for $175. Tables of 10 are $1,000 without wine pairings, $1,500 with wine pairings and $2,500 with wine pairings and a VIP meet/greet reception with Robert St. John. In addition, a limited number of VIP seats are available at the Chef’s Table on stage.

To purchase tickets, visit www.fivecoursefeast.com or call 601.434.1680 with questions. Cocktail attire is recommended.

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Peter Anderson Brings Thousands To Ocean Springs

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The 39th annual Peter Anderson Arts and Crafts Festival is coming to a close, as today marks the last day for all of the vendors and festival attendees. Over 40,000 were expected to attend the festival to check out the arts in all forms. 

Five hundred vendors were set up along the streets of downtown Ocean Springs. From local pottery and jewelry makers to arts and crafts, there are a bountiful range of interesting finds at the festival. Many of the vendors traveled from places like Louisiana and Texas to sell their specialty products. Michael’s Pickles is one of the busier non-local booths with their homemade jellies and candied pickles coming all the way from Folsom, Louisiana. “We’ve enjoyed sharing our products with the people of Ocean Springs”, says a representative of the small business. 

A lot of Jackson County’s own local shops and businesses were set up as well. The Walter Anderson Museum of Art has had a booth for as long as the festival has existed. The art history behind the Anderson family is the reason for the founding of the museum and festival. According to WAMA, Peter Anderson had a love for pottery that was considered both functional, and artistic. 

Deadwood Studio’s featured pieces of their driftwood is another big-hit amongst the crowd. Steve Lankford says, “I’m not really sure on how I plan on using it, but I think it can serve as a cool piece for a hummingbird feeder.” 

The festival brings people and their love for art, music and food together, while being able to give back to the city of Ocean Springs. “It’s really all about shopping locally and being outside, walking the streets of downtown”, says Heidi Borque of Ocean Springs. “I love when I find an interesting piece from a shop right here within the community”, she said.

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Hocus Pocus Girls Night Out

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Join chef Cheri Hiers for a magical movie themed night-Hocus Pocus Girls Night Out. The event will be held at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center on Friday, October 27 from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Guests will be able to select from a variety of Hocus Pocus themed menu items including: Blinx’s Olive Tapenade on Fresh Bread, Sanderson Sisters’ Brat Sausage, Circle of Salt Crusted Potatoes, Purple Cauldron Cabbage, and Billy Butcherson’s Eyeballs & Zombie Finger Cookies. Admission is $45 for members and $55 for nonmembers and includes two beverages. 

For more information, contact the Mary C. at 228-818-2878 or visit their website .

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Chevron Launches ‘Fuel Your School’ Campaign at Pecan Park Elementary

 

Chevron kicked-off its annual Fuel Your School campaign today with a delivery of school supplies worth approximately $10,000 to students at Pecan Park Elementary School in Ocean Springs.

Public schools in Jackson County face funding challenges similar to those nationwide, resulting in many teachers spending their own money to purchase materials for their students and classrooms. To help alleviate some of this need, Chevron has again launched the Fuel Your School campaign – a fund raising effort to help provide critical education resources to Jackson County schools. 

Beginning October 1st through 31st, Chevron will donate $1 dollar (up to $50,000) every time motorists purchase 8 gallons of fuel or more at participating Chevron or Texaco stations in Jackson County. Community members can track how much money is being raised in their city, as well as see funded projects and feedback from educators who have been helped by visiting www.FuelYourSchool.com.

Through the Fuel Your School campaign, educators at public schools in Jackson County, Miss., will have the opportunity to apply for new materials to enhance learning in their classrooms.  Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related classroom projects will be considered for funding.

 

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St. John’s Features Little Free Library

St. John’s Episcopal Church recently unveiled a Little Free Library on the church campus. 

Lydia Cheney released the standing box library that was designed and constructed by her father, Dr. Ben Cheney of Biloxi Internal Medicine Clinic. 

The Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.

According to their website, through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.

The concept behind the library is for people to “take a book, return a book.” 

There are more than 50,000 registered Little Free Library book exchanges in the United States and in over 70 countries around the world. 

The church is located on the corner of Rayburn and Porter in Ocean Springs. 

For more information on The Little Free Library and its mission, visit littlefreelibrary.org.

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Ocean Springs Education Foundation Hosted Annual Drawdown Fundraiser

The Ocean Springs Education Foundation, otherwise known as OSEF, hosted their annual drawdown fundraiser party on Saturday following the theme “Tailgating for Teachers”.

This is the non-profit’s only fundraising event of the year. The foundation raises funds for grants awarded to educators who have conceived in notative educational programs for the students enrolled in the Ocean Springs School District. OSEF also offers several special awards to reinforce its mission and recognize innovation in the classroom. According to the foundation’s Facebook page, “Since its inception, more than $220,000 in grants has been awarded for programs in the Ocean Springs School District.”

The foundation’s purpose is to grant the teachers the opportunity to experiment and be real laboratories of learning experiences in the classroom It also provides money they probably would not get from the district. 

“We had an amazing turnout with lots of fun had by many, all to raise money for the great teachers within our school district. All the funds raised goes directly back into the classrooms by way of grants”, says a representative from the event. 

When OSEF awards the grants in the spring, it also recognizes two outstanding grant recipients from the previous year with an award of $500 each. In addition, a teacher who has been nominated by a student or parent receives the Pieper Niolon Teacher of the Year recognition each December. 

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9/11 Memorial and Harvey Aid Event in Ocean Springs

Today marks the 16th anniversary of  the 9/11 terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans. A commemoration is being held today on the 9/11 Memorial Plaza in New York, but for those who would like to honor the fallen heroes can do so tonight at the Ocean Springs Fire Department. 

The Ocean Springs Lions Club and the Ocean Springs Fire Department are hosting a free event to commemorate events on Sept 11, 2001, to salute first responders and to collect donations of survivors of Hurricane Harvey. It will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the Ocean Springs Fire Department, 3820 Bienville Blvd. 

Southern comfort barbecue will be served to the guests which will include state and local politicians 

Donations for Hurricane Harvey victims will also be collected at the event. Items that can be dropped off include: bottled water, canned foods, toys, pet supplies, blankets, tools, baby items, first aid supplies, box dinners, baby food, toiletries, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, yard and lawn supplies, as well as cash donations.

For more information, go to Ocean Springs Lions Club page on Facebook or call 228-282-0525.

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Ocean Springs Celebrates 125 Years

The city of Ocean Springs is celebrating its 125th birthday on Saturday with a community parade, cake and reception downtown. clcbtw Ocean Springs Celebrates 125 Years

The parade will start at 1:00 p.m. with a lineup at 11 a.m. 

The city of Ocean Springs, spearheaded by alderman Rob Blackman and former alderman Chic Cody, will host the parade. The parade lineup will be at The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., travel west along Government to Washington, turn south on Washington, and end at the Ocean Springs Community Center where cake and refreshments will be served. 

The parade will feature Mayor Shea Dobson, and a float with the Board of Alderman aboard. City departments will have floats and the parade will feature the Old Biloxi Marching Club and classic cars.

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OSSD Leaders Serve Breakfast for Bus Drivers

Members of the Ocean Springs School District Cabinet provided breakfast on August 24 for their bus drivers, other transportation department employees, and members of the OSSD Police  Department to say thanks for the job they do every day. 

“Our bus drivers hold this incredibly important responsibility of transporting every parent’s child to and from school each day,” says Brooks McKay, director of operations for OSSD. “Not everyone is cut out for this task, and we are thankful for our drivers who choose to do this every school day.” 

There are also other employees who work in the background of the district’s transportation department. One example is Jay Brown, who was recently hired as the head mechanic in the OSSD Operations Department. 

While transportation employees work to safely move students to and from school, members of the OSSD Police Department work daily to provide the safest possible learning environment for students, staff and teachers. 

“Members of our police department have to have a heart for students,” says Jesse Galloway, OSSD Police Department. “For us to perform our duties effectively, we have to really get to know and understand our students.” 

The Ocean Springs School District Superintendent Bonita Coleman, Ph.D., says an important aspect of leadership is helping those through service. “We could not accomplish all that we do as a district without the men and some in our transportation and police department,” said Coleman. “We wanted to let them know how much we appreciate them by thanking them with a good breakfast.” 

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The Shed Helps Flood Victims with BBQ

Operation BBQ Relief is lifting spirits of those affected by Hurricane Harvey with delicious BBQ cooked by The Shed. 

Coast volunteers are teaming up with The Shed to send their food and love to those devastated by Hurricane Harvey. The owner of The Shed, Brad Orrison, is a volunteer with Operation BBQ Relief. He’s been cooking up some pork and brisket to send to those affected by the storm. obr_lg_logo-300x242 The Shed Helps Flood Victims with BBQ

Operation BBQ Relief is a national organizaiton composed of over 5,000 volunteers who either own a BBQ joint, work in BBQ, or even just love BBQ. These volunteers are all about cooking flavorful food in bulk to help those in need. The organization was started in May of 2011 in response to a need for relief efforts in tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri. 

“We’ll cook bulk meals to feed entire churches, first responders, and even The Red Cross”, he said. “We’re expecting to collectively cook between 300,000-400,000 meals for the people affected by Hurricane Harvey”, stated Orrison. 

The relief fund currently has crews in Katy, Texas and Hammond, Louisiana on the ground ready to help feed. 

Orrison plans to offer more than just bbq to the people affected by Harvey. The Shed is now accepting large bulk items for donations to the organization and relief efforts. They will be accepting these items for the next 2 weeks. 

When asked how the people of Jackson County can help, Orrison suggested people donate $20 online to the Operation BBQ Relief website or by donating bulk canned items to The Shed. 

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