WAMA to Host 5th Annual Craft Beer Tasting Event

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Community members craving a unique place to enjoy local beer, art and music can attend the Walter Anderson Museum of Art’s annual craft beer tasting event set for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. 

Now in its fifth year, WAMA Director of Development Corey Christy said the event has been a great opportunity for the museum.

“People get to come into an environment they might not have considered before and get to check out local beers they may not be aware of,” Christy said.

Christy added that the event was initially developed five years ago to expand the museum’s membership base to a younger crowd and for people to understand that museums are for everyone.

“There are folks out there that view museums as ‘hoity toity’ or something for the upper crust,” Christy said. “That is not what Walter Anderson was about. He created art that was intended to be enjoyed by the community at large, and we feel this event plays into that spirit.”  

The event will feature live music, great locally crafted beer and the art of Walter Anderson. Not only will attendees enjoy local craft beer, they’ll have the opportunity to learn about it from those who make it. Tickets are still available and are $15 each for members and $20 for nonmembers. Tickets can be purchased online here. Participants must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Christy said the event is a great marriage of arts of all kinds and that attendees will have a truly unique experience.

“By attending the event, you are supporting one of the premier cultural institutions in the state and region,” Christy said. “You’ll also hear some great music and try new brews from local breweries as well as local home brewers. It can also be a good topic of discussion for your next Tinder date.”

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Downtown For The Holidays

Downtown Pascagoula was filled with the beautiful sights and sounds of the holidays … in HUGE fashion this year!

A delightful array of musical talent was on full display at the West Delmas Stage produced by RMM Productions in partnership with Waterfront Productions and Main Street Pascagoula.
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Our beloved Pascagoula Senior Center Dancers boogie’d to several pop Christmas tunes as the crowds cheered them and danced along.
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Robin Adam’s Southern Exposure Dance Company students performed their high energy dance and choreography to well known pop tunes and fun holiday classics!
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Felecia Busby’s Studio Of Dance wowed us all with their beautiful and enchanting Scene 1 of The Nutcracker.
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More than 135 Elementary and Academy students from Pascagoula-Gautier School District filled the choir risers to lift our spirits with their dynamic singing!
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Resurrection Catholic School Elementary Choir students presented several outstanding tunes from popular Children’s church music collections.
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To cap off the talent lineup the Downtown air was filled with the glorious sounds of the Gulf Coast Youth Symphony under the direction of Mr. Daniel Martinez.  The audience was thrilled as these outstanding young musicians played a variety of Blues, Jazz, Classical, and Traditional holiday pieces.   A huge Finale included a Sousa-styled Jingle Bells arrangement complete with Fireworks provided by Main Street Pascagoula.
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So … be proud Pascagoula!  You are home to some of the most GIFTED and TALENTED musical artists on the Coast.

Special Thanks to City of Pascagoula and Main Street Pascagoula for taking Downtown For The Holidays to the NEXT LEVEL.  Let’s do it again next December!

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Sunday Gospel Singing returns to Pascagoula Senior Center

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Sunday Gospel Singing Nov 2017

Pascagoula Senior Center partnered with Robby Myrick Music to host Sunday Gospel Singing on October 29th.  The 2:00pm event was a Free Admission community gathering of Gospel Singers, Choir, and Soloists along with a community of devoted followers and fans who love Southern/Traditional Gospel and Church music.

Melani Caver and her dedicated volunteer staff prepared light refreshments and provided excellent hospitality!  All enjoyed mingling with friends and family while listening, and even singing-along with, their favorite Gospel and church music tunes.

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First UMC Men’s Trio

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First UMC Acapella Quartet

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Pascagoula Senior Center Gospel Choir

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Karen Scarbrough – Gospel Singer

 

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Robby Myrick / Buddy Watts / Bob Nusko {BRB} – Gospel Singers

 
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Robby Myrick – Christian Artist and Promoter

Robby Myrick is a native of Laurel Mississippi.  He relocated to Pascagoula in 1969 with his family who have a long history of music performance, church ministry, and songwriting talents.  Look for more exciting Christian music events from these gifted and talented Jackson County artists and performers!

You may reach Robby Myrick Music at (251) 265-3634 or online at www.robbymyrick.com

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The Great Carving Contest with Christus Victor Lutheran Church

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Your family has a chance to win $10,000 by purchasing a pumpkin and carving it. The Great Carving Contest is an event that can be found on Facebook and they are searching the nation for the best jack-o-lantern purchased from participating pumpkin patches located all over the country. 

The Christus Victor Lutheran Church pumpkin patch is one of the participating locations. To enter for a chance to win, participants can purchase a pumpkin from Christus Victor’s pumpkin patch and carve their best jack-o-lantern. With purchase, you will receive a visitor sticker. Go home, carve your pumpkin and upload a picture with the sticker visible to the contest page. Te pumpkin with the most votes will win the $10,000o. Proceeds from the church’s pumpkin patch sales go to the youth program. 

For more information, visit The Great $10,000 Carving Contest page on Facebook or call Christus Victor Lutheran Church at 228-875-2446. 

 

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October Means Family Fun at MGCCC Campuses

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October is a busy month at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.  Football games, tailgate cookouts and Homecoming (Saturday, October 28, at the Perkinston Campus) are only a few of the activities taking place on campus. Students, employees and the public are invited to attend the wide variety of fun events taking place during the month.

  • The Jackson County Campus in Gautier will hold a Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat on October 30, 6-8 p.m. The event will include children’s games and activities, a children’s costume contest, arts, and face painting. The event is free and open to the public.  For information, contact Brandi Martino at 228.497.7680 or brandi.martino@mgccc.edu.
  • The Jefferson Davis Campus in Gulfport will host a Fall Festival and Haunted House on October 30, 5-8 p.m. Other activities during the festival will include a Trunk-or-Treat from 5-7 p.m., a hayride, outdoor movie, face painting and more. The event is free and open to the public.  The haunted house is free with an MGCCC ID or $3 for general public. For more information about the event, contact Rachelle Vecchio at rachelle.vecchio@mgccc.edu.
  • The Perkinston Campus will host a Haunted House Fundraiser October 29-31, 8-11:30 p.m. each day. The Haunted House will be at the George Sekul Field House.   The campus will also host the annual MGCCC Zombie Run 5K Chase Race on October 30, with proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House Charities and the National Residence Hall Honorary.  For more information, visit mgccc.edu/zombierun or the MGCCCZombieRun Facebook page.
  • MGCCC Homecoming activities begin on Thursday, October 26, with the Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards Ceremony, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi. On Friday, October 27, the Clem Dellenger Memorial Golf Tournament will kick off at 8:30 a.m. at the Hickory Hill Country Club in Gautier.  A reunion event will be held for the 1967 and 2007 football teams and cheerleaders and Phi Theta Kappa (all years and chapters) at 6 p.m. at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino pool deck.  On Saturday, October 28, a cookout and pep rally will be held at noon by the Bell Tower on the Perkinston Campus.  The football game against Jones County Junior College will begin at 3:30 p.m. at A.L May Memorial Stadium.  For information about tickets and other scheduled events during Homecoming week, visit mgccc.edu/homecoming.
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First Seafood Festival To Be Held in Ocean Springs

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This weekend, Ocean Springs Seafood and Music Festival will be hosting their first ever event. 

The two-day festival will consist of competitions, cook-offs, live music and of course- seafood. It will be held Saturday, Oct 14, 4-10 pm and Sunday, Oct. 15, noon-10 p.m. and will take place in Pleasant’s BBQ parking lot on Government Street.

Guests are invited to come out and try your hand at the casting and cast net competition and win some amazing prizes. Listen to great live music, get some amazing fresh seafood dishes, and experience over 30 vendors.There will also be other food options for those who do not favor seafood.

Additional activities for the festival include: a rod and reel casting competition, blue crab race, hermit crab derby, inflatable kids amusements and much more.

The cook-off will take place on Sunday and consist of 15 chefs from all over the Coast who will be competing for the best seafood dish served at their booth. OS Mayor Shea Dobson, State Representative Hank Zuber, and Tim Bennett of Overtime Sports will be the featured judges for the competition. Over 200 people are expected to attend the event.  

The days and acts for the music lineup are as follows: 

Saturday, October 14th:

Johnny Fung Band 1-4
Low Down & Dirty 4pm – 7pm
Amanda Jones Band 7pm – 10pm

Sunday, October 15th:

Eddie Montoya Project 1pm – 3pm
Serabee 3pm – 6pm
The Jokers 6pm – 9pm
Mitch Stewart – All Day

There will be $5 to $15 entry fee and kids 12 and under get in free. 

For more information, visit their event page on Facebook or call (228)-235-3992. 

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Kiwanis Raise Over $8,000 From Taste of Spirits

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The Kiwanis Club of Pascagoula held their annual Taste of Spirits event on September 28th and raised over $8,000. 

Over 100 people came to taste a variety of hors do’oeuvres and alcoholic beverages from local vendors and enjoyed a night of networking and live music from The Excelsior Band. 

Allison Cook, board member of the Kiwanis Pascagoula chapter, said the event was a great turn out and was able to help schools and kids in Jackson County. 

“The proceeds will cover our annual Read Around the World through which we distribute over 800 books to 2nd graders and dictionaries for 3rd graders which is also over 800 dictionaries”, she said. “Remaining proceeds will allow the Club to fulfill this year’s plan of work including a AED for the Moss Point School District Career and Technical Center and the Family Education Center, annual donation to the DREAM Program and restore the Kiwanis Playground at the Pascagoula Soccer Complex”, said Cook. 

The Read Around the World project is set to take place some time in February.  Dictionary distribution will start Wednesday. 

For more information on Kiwanis of Pascagoula, visit their website at kiwanisofpascagoula.com.

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Local and National Talents came out for the 8th Annual MS Songwriters Festival

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If you love music, then the 8th Annual Mississippi Songwriters Festival was for you.  A festive crowd joined in to see new local and regional talents singing their original songs across Ocean Springs for the weekend long 2017 event.  Notable acts Sugarcane Jane and Grayson Capps brought their powerful songwriting styles to the stage, along with so many new local musicians.  Nearly one hundred performers played the festival Sept 14 – 17.

The songs were about the state of Mississippi, the Gulf Coast, and just life in general.  This festival was a chance to see local musicians who you may not see all year, new talents trying out new songs, as well as award winning recording artists from Nashville playing their hits that have been recorded and have reached the music charts.  Local songwriter Eddie Miller was there and performed his heartwarming song about the state, “Mississippi”.

Ocean Springs hosts the music event coordinated by George Cumbest and Darwin Nelson.  Organizing a music event with over a half dozen stages of live music is not easy, but the event went off without missing a beat.  A fun crowd delighted in the great sounds all weekend.

Delta State University was represented by Professor Tricia Walker and Senior Carrie Lynn Stanford.  They both offered wonderful songs about life in their own style.  Hope to see y’all next year for this free “no cover charge” family festival.

Carrie Lynn Stanford performs at the Finale of 8th Annual MS Songwriters Festival.

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Songs and Stories Radio Show

The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education, The Mississippi Songwriters Alliance and The Feder Federation present Songs and Stories Radio Show.

The show will be held tonight, August 17 ,at the Mary C. from 7:00-8:00 p.m. There is a free admission, so bring your friends and family members for a fun night out. 

This month’s performer is Matt Hoggart. Matt Hoggatt is a Mississippi Gulf Coast resident who caught the attention of Jimmy Buffett in 2012 leading to a record deal on Jimmy Buffett’s record label, Mailboat Records.  Matt is a full time law enforcement officer, but he also tours nationally as a performing artist and radio DJ on Radio Margaritaville Sirius XM. Matt refers to his blend of music as “Americana-comedy, trop-rock-country, folk-rap, mainstream-music-protest-songs.” You can find out more about Matt Hoggatt at www.matthoggatt.com

Donations will also be accepted for the event. 

For more information, you may contact the Mary C. at 228-818-2878 or visit their website: themaryc.org

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Racers Roll In 25th Annual Soap Box Derby

racers Racers Roll In 25th Annual Soap Box DerbyThe 25th annual Deborah Washington Memorial Soap Box Derby was a success, with more than 30 competitors speeding across the finish line during the daylong event.

The race, held April 29 in Moss Point, was sponsored by the Chevron Black Employee Network (BEN) and Moss Point Active Citizens (MPAC). The Chevron Enabled and PRIDE Networks also supported the event.

Originally known as the Magnolia State Soap Box Derby, the event’s name was changed to honor Deborah Washington after she lost her battle with breast cancer. Washington started the event in 1992, and was a beloved Refinery employee known for her active community involvement.

The Derby draws participants from across the Southeast and is open to children between the ages of 7 and 21 who build their cars from kits. There are four divisions, which also includes the Super Kids division for special needs children.

Winners of all four Moss Point divisions advance to the compete in the All- American Soap Box Championship in Akron, Ohio.

More than 30 Refinery volunteers contributed to the success of the event by keeping the official heat times, hauling the derby cars from the finish line back to the start, swapping car wheels after each race, positioning the cars in the staging area, and even handing out bottled water.

 

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