Oceans Springs business “going red” in recognition of American Heart Month

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Throughout the month of February, the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau is partnering with the American Heart Association to bring awareness to cardiovascular disease. The goal is to encourage citizens and businesses to promote “going red” to increase awareness of cardiovascular disease and stroke, the number one and number five killers of American.

February is American Heart Month, a federally-recognized event designed to increase awareness of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Over 2,300 Americans die each day as a result of CVD and stroke…that’s one life lost every 38 seconds. The Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce is doing its part to support the Go Red movement during American Heart Month by encouraging our local businesses to decorate their windows in red for the month of February.

The American Heart Association is using American Heart Month as an opportunity to remind the public to “know your numbers.” Knowing these numbers can help people and their healthcare providers determine their risk for developing cardiovascular diseases. Five numbers, that all people should know to take control of their heart health are:

o Total Cholesterol
o HDL (good) Cholesterol
o Blood Pressure
o Blood Sugar
o Body Mass Index (BMI)

Knowing these numbers can help you and your healthcare provider determine their risk for developing cardiovascular diseases.

For more information on American Heart Month, visit www.heart.org.

American Heart Month in Jackson County also serves as a springboard for the upcoming 2018 Jackson County Heart Walk, scheduled for Saturday, March 10 at Beach Park in Pascagoula. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the walk scheduled for 9 a.m. To join the “Healthy for Good” Heart Walk Movement in Jackson County, please visit www.jacksoncountyheartwalk.org.

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Marina Cottage Soap Co. Inc.™ in Ocean Springs, MS lands deal with SeaWorld Corporation

seaworld Marina Cottage Soap Co. Inc.™ in Ocean Springs, MS lands deal with SeaWorld Corporation seaworld Marina Cottage Soap Co. Inc.™ in Ocean Springs, MS lands deal with SeaWorld CorporationOcean Springs — Marina Cottage Soap Co. announced that they have landed a deal with SeaWorld Corporation to have their products featured in 7 parks across the USA.

“This is such a dream come true,” said Vanessa Mueller, RN, Owner, of in Ocean Springs, MS, Marina Cottage Soap Co.

Marina Cottage Soap Co. Inc. products can now be found in both SeaWorld and Busch Gardens across the USA.

“The parks are carrying Nourishing Body Crème, Goats Milk Soap, Organic Bubble Bath and Exfoliating Sugar Whipped Soap in 5 different scents” said Mueller.

Talks began last year at Americasmart in Atlanta and the products were trialed in Busch Gardens, Va., over the summer to determine if there was a market for their natural products at the parks. Fast-forward to October 2017 and orders began pouring in from Busch Gardens, VA and ALL 7 parks under the SeaWorld Corporation. “We were very surprised and flattered that our products went over so well in VA.” said Mueller.

SeaWorld Corporation is an international company with theme-based parks located across the United States. US park locations include; Orlando, Florida; San Antonio, Texas; San Diego, California; Chula Vista, California; Tampa, Florida; Williamsburg, Virginia; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Founded in 2012, in Ocean Springs, MS, Marina Cottage Soap Co. has grown their business across the USA. The company offers a wide range of products including all natural soaps, lotions, bubble bath, lip balms and their famous Gneaux more Gnaughty Gnats™ natural repellent. The company specializes in products to help those with Eczema, Psoriasis and other sensitive skin issues.  For more information about Marina Cottage Soap Co., go to:  www.marinacottage.com


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Ocean Springs Artist, USM Alumna Chosen for National Honor

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From a young girl doodling on her notepad to shaping steel as an art student at The University of Southern Mississippi, Kelsey Wishik has engaged in creative action as long as she can remember.

That creative action earned Wishik, a multimedia artist from Ocean Springs, Miss. a prominent place in the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) fifth installment of its exhibition series, titled “Heavy Metal – Women to Watch 2018” after being chosen by a national jury to be the state’s representative for the event.  

According to a news release from the NMWA, “Heavy Metal – Women to Watch 2018,” set for June 28 – Sept. 16, will feature “contemporary artists working in metal to investigate the physical properties and expressive possibilities of metalwork through a wide variety of objects, including sculpture, jewelry, and conceptual forms.” The exhibit also “engages with the fluidity between ‘fine’ art, design, and craft categories, whose traditional definitions are rooted in gender discrimination.”


“Women to Watch” is presented every three years in a collaboration between the museum and its national and international outreach committees.

“I feel honored and humbled to be a part of this incredible showing,” said Wishik, who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from USM in 2014. “It has added a lot of heat to a fire of inspiration already burning [in me] to keep creating, learning, and mastering my craft and skills, and reminds me that we are all ambassadors of culture, in a way.”

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The exhibition provides Wishik the opportunity to show several of her pieces, alongside a published statement of her work. She will attend the opening reception to connect with other contributors and facilitators, and speak to an international forum the next day about her work and artistic vision. 

“It’s a unique opportunity to share not only my academic studies and technical skills, but my insights, inspirations, passions, and hopes for future projects and potential collaborations,” Wishik said. 

Reflecting on her still young career as an artist, Wishik looks back at her childhood doodling and the stories and songs she wrote that for her gave life a narrative quality, as the genesis for her success.

“Even as a kid, just walking around, I saw so many things speaking through life, through other people, and through nature,” Wishik said. “Some of these fascinations became content for early work, but it was when I discovered abstract art and surrealism around the age of 13 that I became deeply enamored with creating art, and experimenting with what I was capable of through poetry, art, and music.

“Creating art is how I process and revere my experience. Sometimes I apply it for the sake of sheer curiosity, because studying something brings you closer to understanding it. Other times, creation comes with the sense of purging, that I am letting something go, or even inviting something in.”

Wishik loves all the materials she works with in her art for different reasons, but is most enamored with the steel medium. “Something that seems so rigid, hard, and cold can actually yield to being shaped, changed, and warmed quite easily,” she said. “Working with steel is my humble study of this concept on a small scale. I enjoy being able to apply considerable force to something, and shape it with my intention as well. I get that out of the steel fabrication process.”

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Wishik points to American sculptor and printmaker Lee Bontecou as a role model. “Her work is fantastic and otherworldly,” she said. “It shows great contemplative power and evidence of many years of immersion into her fascinations and self-education of those forms.”

After attending Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Wishik transferred to Southern Miss, where she received several scholarships that included the Fred A. Waits Scholarship; the Trustmark Bank Arts Scholarship; the Thelma Johnson Arts Scholarship; and the William Clark Art Scholarship.

Wishik said USM’s “incredible facilities, which offer a breadth of possibilities in many mediums” and proximity to home influenced her decision to choose the university.

“I’m proud of the work I did at USM in steel, because I really took the opportunity to immerse in the studio environment, and take advantage of the resources of both studio and creative community,” she said. “I was able to explore creative work processes in clay, metals, wood, fabric, foam, plaster, and many other materials. It helped me grow my skills quite quickly.”

Jennifer Torres, professor of art at USM and a mentor for Wilshik, said her former student is “exemplary, full of talent and intelligence.”

“What makes her exceptional is the way she attacks life as a whole, and explores the world without regard for boundaries or limitations that others might impose,” Torres said. “She is such a shining light and great example of what we wish for all our students to be, as well as a great ambassador for our program and the University as a whole.”

For Wishik, art isn’t contained on a canvas or in a studio – it’s everywhere. “The world is art. The world is in constant flux — a constant act of transformation and reflection of forces at work,” she said. “The word ‘art’ aside, we are creating at every moment. We can’t help it. We interact with our environment and impress upon it through our thoughts, actions, and speech.

“I think when the art process becomes true magic is when we invite it in intentionally. The process of creating can cultivate concentration, develop our emotions and empathy, and encourage abstract thought.”

Wishik’s advice to current and aspiring artists is to avoid artificial restrictions that suffocate creativity. “Focus your mind and intention where there is vastness, space to roam and imagine – do not waste your mind’s capacity on that which is decided for you without exploration or work, including unexplored limitations, doubts, or self-defeating mindsets,” she said. “These are some key truths I’ve found, and applicable in any setting.”

Learn more about and view Wishik’s work at  www.worksbywish.com. For more information about the National Museum of Women in the Arts, visit https://nmwa.org.
For information about the USM Department of Art and Design, visit https://www.usm.edu/visual-arts. 

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10th Annual Taste of Jackson County THURSDAY, FEB. 8 – Tickets still available! 15 Restaurants Showcased!


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The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 10th Anniversary Taste of Jackson County on Thursday, February 8.  Tickets are available to the general public (21 and older) for $45, and tickets will be available at the door. Fifteen restaurants will be featured with a variety of food and beverages.  A live band, the Sicily Swing Trio, will be playing at the event.  The event will be held at Pelican Landing Conference Center in Moss Point. The following restaurants will be featured:

  • Aztecas Restaurant & Cantina
  • Blair’s Diner
  • Brady’s Steaks and Seafood
  • Delo’s Heavenly House of Coffee
  • E.&J. Gallo Winery
  • Family Frozen Foods, Inc.
  • Hacienda San Miguel Mexican Restaurant
  • Hilton Garden Inn Pascagoula
  • Mississippi Sound Seafood
  • Mitchell Distributing
  • Off the Hook Seafood & Cajun Grille
  • Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers
  • Scranton’s Restaurant & Catering
  • Simply Seafood & Catering LLC
  • Singing River Yacht Club
  • Tay’s BBQ
  • The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint

 This event is a fundraiser for the 2017-2018 Program of Work for the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.  This is open to members of the Chamber as well as the general public.

“The Taste of Jackson County is our way of showcasing the wonderful food that is available in our county,” said Carla Todd, IOM, President and CEO, of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. 

Click this link to buy your ticket(s) online:  https://mxmerchant.com/mxcustomer/d/b6839e9b-3dc6-4efb-ba66-4c1f44ba7718/v3
or contact the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce at 228-762-3391 or order online at www.jcchamber.com. 

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Business of the Week: Crazy B’s Coffee & Confections

Our Business of the Week is Crazy B’s Coffee & Confections in Pascagoula! Lately, they’ve been busy making King Cakes in addition to their other delicious pastries and coffee drinks. You’ll recognize their beautiful King Cakes from our current King Cake giveaway!

Crazy B’s offers a variety of hot, iced and frozen coffee drinks, teas and smoothies. They have fresh baked cookies, muffins and pastries along with specialty candies and other sweets. They are now serving Kolaches in a variety of flavors and chicken salad sandwiches on croissants.

“I love being a part of the growing Jackson County and Pascagoula business community! We enjoy our customers as much as we enjoy making crazy confections!  We are so proud of the support we’ve received and look forward to many years more with the Crazy B’s family!” said Susan Kendrick, Owner/Pastry Chef.

Support your local businesses!  Stop by:

1759 Market St (23.28 mi)
Pascagoula, Mississippi 39567
(228) 696-8775
Hours 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Mon-Sat
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First Annual Block Party to Follow Gautier Men’s Club Parade

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There are a lot of new changes coming to the Gautier Men’s Club this Mardi Gras season.

The 2018 parade, now called the Gautier Mardi Gras Night Parade and Block Party, will roll at 7 p.m. on February 3rd. The parade will be taking a different route-beginning and ending at the Dolphin Road Roundabout. The route goes from the roundabout, east on Dolphin Road, then south on Gautier-Vancleave Road. The route then takes a right onto U.S. 90 and then takes a right back onto Dolphin and ends at the roundabout for the block party. The parade theme this year is ‘Get Funky’. 

There will be a pre-party tomorrow night for people who have reserved their spots, but the main block party will happen after the parade on Saturday. The block party will feature live music from 8 to 11:30 p.m. with a high school battle of the bands, including the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College band.

This will be the first block party for the Gautier Men’s Club and they’re hoping to keep it going each year. The block party is free to attend and will open to the public to celebrate Mardi Gras with the Gautier Men’s Club. 

Since its inception, the Gautier Men’s Club has helped Gautier and surrounding communities by donating time and money it raises throughout the year. Among its annual projects are the sponsorships of families at Thanksgiving and Christmas, including Christmas toys for children. 

The club presents awards to the firefighter and police officer of the year, the Gautier Citizen of the Year and annual scholarships to graduating Jackson County seniors. The club’s annual parade is open to all organizations, with each decorating its float based on its own theme.

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MGCCC Jackson County Campus Fine Arts Gallery opens “Seasons” art exhibit

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The MGCCC Jackson County Campus Fine Arts Gallery is proud to announce the opening of the exhibit “Seasons” by Mississippi artist Terry Cherry.  The exhibit opened to the public on January 11 and will run until February 22.  An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 1 at 12:15PM.

Cherry, a native of Lubbock, Texas, received his education at East Mississippi Community College, Mississippi State University, and Mississippi College.  He is one of the Southeast’s premiere watercolor painters.  An accomplished workshop instructor, demonstrator, lecturer, and juror, Terry currently teaches at East Mississippi Community College.

A signature member and two-time president of the Mississippi Watercolor Society, Cherry has had his work featured in one-man shows, group exhibitions, competitions, and outdoor festivals throughout the country, he has exhibited in such varied venues as Watercolor USA, the Mississippi Watercolor Society Grand National, the Texas Watercolor Society, Terrance Gallery (New York, NY), Arts in the Park (Meridian), the MMA Bi-State, Watercolor Southeast, the Southern Watercolor Society Annual Juried Competition. He received the John Gaddis Award in 1993, Mississippi Museum Purchase Award in 1992, and the Mary Jane Whittington Award 1989 in the Mississippi Watercolor Society’s Grand National. He has also received the Ashland Oil Company Award from the Kentucky Watercolor Society’s “Aqueous” Annual Juried Competition.  His work has been selected for the touring exhibitions of the Texas, Georgia, and Kentucky Watercolor Societies. 

“Art has the ability to inhabit the spirit of all of us. Why else do we desire to make it or possess it?  Art moves us or it’s not art,” Cherry said. “Lately I have tried to embrace the eclecticism that has always gone on in my imagination.  Over the years, I have worked in several different media and approaches to making art, but have usually just shown one or two at most.  I strive for unity in each individual piece, but am not as concerned about how they relate to each other.  It is my hope that because I am the one doing them that there will be unity there. “

The MGCCC Fine Arts Gallery hours are 9 a.m. -3 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, contact Marc Poole at 228-497-7684 or marc.poole@mgccc.edu.

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2018 Mardi Gras Balls

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With Mardi Gras parades follows the royalty of each crewe’s Mardi Gras ball. Here are the Mardi Gras balls happening on the Gulf Coast this year: 

Jan. 19 – 7 p.m.


Gruich Community Center, Biloxi – Must have a view card from Athena member to view ball. Invitation only for floor.

Jan 19th- 8 PM


Jackson County Civic Center, Pascagoula

Invitation only

Jan. 20 – 7 p.m.


Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center, Biloxi

Invitation only – thekreweofnereids.com

Jan. 20 – 7 p.m.


Tickets: $50 – (228) 297-1990 or (228) 219-2475

Jan. 20 – 7 p.m.


Biloxi Civic Center

Open to the public – $50 per person

Jan. 20 – 7:30 p.m.


Jackson County Civic Center, Pascagoula

Invitation only

Jan. 26


Biloxi Community Center

Invitation only

Jan. 27 – 8 p.m.


Biloxi Civic Center

Invitation only

Feb. 2 – 7 p.m.


St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, Long Beach

Open to the public – Tickets: $40


Feb. 2 – 8 p.m.


Gruich Community Center, Biloxi

Feb. 3 – 8 p.m.


Biloxi Civic Center


Tickets sold out

Feb. 3 – 7 p.m.


Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center, Biloxi

Invitation only

Feb. 3 – 7 p.m.


Community Center, Bay St. Louis

Open to public

Tickets: $20 per person, $160 table of eight

(228) 671-1039 or (228) 305-0817

Feb. 3 – 6:30 p.m.


Diamondhead Country Club

Invitation only

Feb. 3 – 7 p.m.


IP Resort and Casino, Biloxi

Invitation only

Feb. 9 – 7 p.m.


St. Vincent de Paul School, Long Beach

Tickets: $40

(228) 355-0146

Feb. 9 – 8 p.m.


Gruich Community Center, Biloxi

Invitation only

Feb. 10 – 7 p.m.


Gruich Community Center, Biloxi

Tickets: $20

Tickets sold ahead of time and remaining tickets sold at the door

Feb. 12 – 8 p.m.


Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center, Biloxi

(228) 432-8806

Free admission for viewing; to participate is invitation only

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American Heart Association asks Jackson Countians to “Go Red” on Friday, February 2

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Ask any stylist, job coach or dating expert and they’ll tell you that red stands out. Eyes are immediately drawn to it. Some even say that the color red is a confidence booster and makes you feel powerful. Maybe that’s why the American Heart Association chose the color red to signify the fight against the No. 1 killer in women.

In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute took action against a disease that was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year – a disease that women weren’t paying attention to. A disease they truly believed, and many still believe to this day, affects more men than women.

Stemming from that action, National Wear Red Day was born. It’s held on the first Friday in February every year to raise awareness about heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women.

This coming National Wear Red Day, Feb. 2, 2018, will mark 15 years since the initial National Wear Red Day, which was first observed to bring national attention to the fact that heart disease is the #1 killer of women, and to raise awareness of women’s heart health.

In the decade-and-a-half since National Wear Red Day originated, great strides have been made regarding cardiovascular disease in women. They include:

• Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.
• More than one-third of women has lost weight.
• More than 50% of women have increased their exercise.
• 6 out of 10 women have changed their diets.
• More than 40% of women have checked their cholesterol levels.
• One third of women has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.
• Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day.
• Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years.

But despite that progress, more work is crucial. 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year. But what’s more powerful? Millions of mothers, sisters, daughters and friends making a change. The Go Red movement, through campaigns like National Wear Red Day, seeks to build upon those success and rally an overwhelming network of women, care providers, and researchers to conquer cardiovascular disease once and for all.

Why go Red?
Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. That’s why this year we are asking that you wear red on National Wear Red Day® ,February 2, 2018, encourage others to do the same and make the time to Know Your Numbers. Five numbers, that all women should know to take control of their heart health are: Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI). Knowing these numbers can help women and their healthcare provider determine their risk for developing cardiovascular diseases.

Here’s how you can get involved in the Go Red movement, and show your support for the American Heart Association mission to create longer, healthier lives for everyone.

Wear red.
On National Wear Red Day®, be sure to wear something red to show your support for women with heart disease and stroke. Get your #GoRedWearRed gear from Shopheart.com!

Share your photos.
Take a selfie, organize your office to wear red, paint your neighborhood red, organize a neighborhood walk wearing red, dress your family up in red. However you Go Red, take photos and share them using the hashtag – #WearRedandGive.

Join the conversation.
Like Go Red For Women on Facebook and Instagram. Follow us on Twitter to get daily inspiration, photos, quotes, heart disease news, healthy living tips and more. Better yet, like and share photos with you friends or be a part of the conversation by sharing what going red means to you.

Donate directly to Go Red For Women. By doing so you help support educational programs to increase women’s awareness and critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health.

For more information on how you, your business, or your organization can become engaged in the Go Red movement on the MS Gulf Coast, please contact Jackson County Heart Walk Director Ashleigh Gaddy at ashleigh.gaddy@heart.org or by calling (228) 604-5317 (desk) or (228) 236-5830 (cell).

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What’s with the Baby in King Cakes?

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King Cakes are a traditional dessert loved by all during the Mardi Gras season. They come in a variety of flavors from cheese cake to chocolate and is known for its sweet icing and colorful frosting. But what’s the deal with the plastic baby inside the cake? There are many beliefs as to what the baby actually represents, so JaxCoHome wanted to research the history of the baby and king cake; how it’s relevant to Mardi Gras; and what it means if you get a piece with a plastic baby in the middle. 

King Cakes can actually be found as early as the beginning of the year and at the center of celebrations through early spring. Some associate it with Mardi Gras, others with a celebration known as Epiphany. According to Eater, King cake is eaten on January 6 in honor of Epiphany, or Twelfth Night, which historically marks the arrival of the three wise men/kings in Bethlehem who delivered gifts to the baby Jesus. King cake also appears on tables throughout the Carnival season, which runs from Epiphany to Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent).

Many people call King Cakes different names and it comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles. Most people are familiar with with the dough-like consistency twisted into a ring, filled with a wide array of flavors and decorated with colored icing and sprinkles. The glaze is the most popular part of the cake, including the three colors found on top: gold, green and purple. Variants can be made from cake batter or bread dough or pastry, but almost all versions are shaped into a circle or oval to mimic the appearance of a king’s crown. 

Every king cake contains a trinket — often a small figurine in the shape of a baby — which plays a crucial part in the celebration of the holiday that inspired this pastry. There are two theories behind the trinket in the cake. Some believe the plastic baby is symbolism of Baby Jesus because of the religious connection to King’s Day. Others, however, believe the popular New Orleans lore, which suggests that an elaborate cake was served with a bean or ring placed inside during the commemoration of the king’s ball in colonial Louisiana. Whoever found the bean or trinket in his or her slice of cake would be crowned the king or queen of the balls leading up to the lavish finale on Mardi Gras. 

Now, instead of using a bean or a ring the plastic baby is mostly used today as an emblem of good luck. Though as history would have it, the lucky individual who scores the piece of king cake with the baby inside is said to gain favor, and they’re also tasked with hosting duties and bringing their own king cake for next year’s revelry.

So, you’re probably craving one now, right? Well, you’re in luck because there are plenty of bakeries in Jackson County who make these delicious, seasonal treats. Our favorite is Crazy B’s Coffee & Confections located in Pascagoula. Owner of the bakery, Susan, says they sell out of their famous king cake bites every year. “It’s like a mini ball of king cake”, she said. “It makes a great party tray to bring to your Mardi Gras party for everyone to share.” 

For all updates and information for Mardi Gras in Jackson County, visit our Mardi Gras section on our site and Facebook page


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