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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The Golden Ladle: Who Will Take Home the Trophy?

The challenge has been made! Jackson County residents will have the chance to take part in the first annual “Golden Ladle” Gumbo Cook Off and the tension is building! The prize? One year of bragging rights and the “Golden Ladle” trophy.

The cook off will happen at the Jackson County fair on October 18th at 11am. Judges will award winner at 12 noon. Competitors will be the infamous food booths that are well known for their culinary delights during fair week. Judging the competition will be Jackson County’s own Alan Suduth from Chevron, Stacie Wetering, better known as “Cheffie” from the Singing River Yacht Club, and Alexis Bradley, the owner of the new Misssissippi Sound Seafood restaurant in Pascagoula.

In addition to the official Gumbo Cook Off, there will be an online “People’s Choice” that will be available on the JaxCoHome Facebook page. Stay up to date by following s on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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The prized “Golden Ladle” trophy

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Kiwanis to Host Third Annual ‘Taste of Spirits’

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The Kiwanis Club of Pascagoula will be hosting their fundraiser tonight at the The Grand Magnolia from 6:00-8:00 pm. Taste of Spirits is Kiwanis’ third annual fundraiser, featuring a night filled with mystery and fun. Guests will be able to sample alcoholic beverages with a variety of hors do’oeuvres and enjoy networking with other festivities. There will also be live music from The Excelsior Band. 

The Kiwanis Club of Pascagoula was chartered in 1945. Since its existence the club has been a driving force in improving and serving the community of Jackson County, MS. Their main efforts include donating books and needed items for the schools and various organizations who serve the children of Jackson County. 

All proceeds from this year’s Taste of Spirits fundraiser will go towards helping to buy books for the 2nd graders, dictionaries for the 3rd graders, and AEDs for each school in the community. 

Tickets are $40 for one person or $65 for two people. 

For more information on Kiwanis’ International or the Pascagoula chapter visit their website

For more information on Taste of Spirits, call (228)-623-0919. 

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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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Gulf Coast Messiah Chorus Announces 6th Annual Young Artist Competition

The Gulf Coast Messiah Chorus has announced their annual Young Artists Vocal Competition for Saturday, October 28 at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Jefferson Davis Campus) in Gulfport, Mississippi. 

The competition encourages vocalists ages 15-25  from all surrounding areas on the Gulf Coast (Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River, Stone and George County) to try out for the competition. 

Singers must prepare a solo from George Handel’s oratorio, Messiah, to be performed at the competition before an audience. Judges will rate each soloist for vocal techniques and presentation. Winners will receive an invitation to perform their solo with the Gulf Coast Messiah Chorus and Orchestra in December 2017. 

The Young Artists Vocal Competition is part of the Messiah Chorus’ ongoing educational program which seeks to stimulate interest in classical music among young singers. The Chorus hopes to instill the tradition of singing Handel’s Messiah in succeeding generations. 

Scholarships will also be awarded to to further their education or musical pursuits as well as complimentary student memberships with the Gulf Coast Messiah Chorus. 

Over the past five years, winning soloists have received more than $20,000 in scholarships funded in part by grants from the Bacon-McCarty Foundation.

Interested singers can find more information about the competition, including registration forms, at the Chorus website: new.messiahchorus.org. The final registration deadline is October 6, 2017. 

For further information, please contact YAVC Co-Chair, Roseanne Johnson-Fazo, at 228-243-1209.

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A Challenge to End Hunger

Feeding the Gulf Coast, formerly known as Bay Area Food Bank, will be hosting their first Mississippi Chef Challenge on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Biloxi Civic Center in Biloxi, MS from 6-9 p.m.

About a year ago, the organization changed its name to better suit its growth of helping to end hunger across 24 counties along the Gulf Coast. 

Their website explains that the event is held during September to raise awareness for Hunger Action Month- a nationwide hunger-relief campaign set forth by their corporate affiliate, Feeding America. 

The chef challenge will feature 11 chefs from local casinos and restaurants to prepare a dish in one of the four categories: appetizer, entree, soup and dessert. The guests will sample the dishes and vote on their favorite chef in each category along with an overall “People’s Choice” category. In addition, they will also have qualified judges select a “Judge’s Choice” winner. Complimentary beer and wine will be served, so guests must be 21 & over. 

There will also be a silent auction, live entertainment, a photo booth and lots more. 

“We are really embracing the opportunity for community engagement and organization awareness. We want to be able to share our mission, tell guests who we are and the work we do within the extended counties”, says Haley Buchanan of Feeding the Gulf Coast. 

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $75 per person. 

“This event will allow us to continue efforts with our programs such as Backpack Program and our partner food pantries-ultimately leading to bring in more food to the people on the Gulf Coast”, says Buchanan. 

For more information on Feeding the Gulf Coast and The Chef Challenge visit, feedingthegulfcoast.org.



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Fall Dance Festival 2017

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The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center is presenting the 2nd annual Fall Dance Festival on September 30, 2017 in Ocean Springs, MS!
FDF2017 is a day of master classes, networking opportunities and performances that celebrate southern modern dance choreographers and educate the MS Gulf Coast about the art of modern dance.
Modern Dance emerged as a rebellion to classical ballet in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Early pioneers of the dance technique stopped wearing corsets and pointe shoes in order to achieve more freedom of movement and expression in their bodies. A new, innovative technique began to form based on both natural and abstract movements of the human body. Modern dance continued to evolve into postmodern dance and finally into what is known as contemporary dance today. With every new generation of dance artists, unique styles and techniques evolved such as free dance, performance art, contact improvisation, release technique, improvisation, dance theater, authentic movement, Gaga, dance on film and many more.
Last year’s Fall Dance Festival 2016 was a great success! We had three dance companies from New Orleans, LA (Tsunami Dance, KM Dance Project and Known Mass) teach master classes and perform their original dance pieces. We also presented Leif Anderson and Summer Baldwin’s first duet together, 40 Years Between Us. FDF2016 also included an Informal Choreography Showcase which featured the work of emerging, southern dance artists such as Vaughn Dance, Selah Arts Collaborative, Delarence Collins Dance, Sarah Pitts and Catalina Reyna.
Fall Dance Festival 2017 is going to be even bigger than last year! Kelly Ferris Lester, University of Southern Mississippi Associate Professor of Dance, will be teaching a somatic-based dance class and presenting two original dance pieces. One of her pieces, People Issues, incorporates dance, spoken word and interactive props, as a way of investigating societal norms of body image, gender, race and major events in America
Sharon Leahy, National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellow, will be teaching a Dance on Film master class and presenting her most recent dance film, Ground Fine. FDF2017 is excited to support the work of Ocean Springs’ very own, Leif Anderson. Leif will be performing an improvised dance piece in the evening showcase and sharing her dance figure drawings in the lobby of The Mary C. during the festival.
Other classes include Creative Movement for Kids with local teacher/performing artist, Summer Baldwin, and Modern Dance Technique with Hattiesburg dance artist, Katie Erin Ginn. The festival also provides a platform for emerging artists to meet and learn from established dance artists with a free networking event (Share Dance Meetup) hosted by the Mississippi Dance Leader Alliance. The Share Dance Meetup includes a panel discussion with professional artists from multiple genres of dance including modern dance, dance on film, ballet and dance team.
The festival concludes with a Young Artists Showcase for dance artists 17 and under to share their own choreography and a Dance Film + Formal Choreography Showcase which features the work of both emerging and established dance artists in the south.
Come celebrate the art of modern dance either by taking a class, seeing a performance or both!  
Buy your tickets today at www.themaryc.org/tickets
Sponsored by: Carter & Jordan Law, Robert & Judie Baldwin and Ron Hall
Presented by: The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center 
Founded/Created by: Summer Baldwin
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Moss Point Church Aims to Create Healthier Community

It’s no surprise that the people of Mississippi face issues with obesity and their health. In fact, Mississippi has the second highest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America released August 2017.

But one church in Moss Point is hoping to change that and get the people of Jackson County to make better choices for their health and spirituality. 

Ebenezer Seventh-day Adventist Church has created a 13 week program, in coordination with Health Ministries, to hold a series of seminars focused on a variety of topics to help the people of Jackson County achieve their best physical and mental state. 

The program started on Sunday, September 17 and is available to the community free of charge.

“We want to share with residents the importance of making healthy decisions. And by educating and giving out the correct information will lead to people thinking critically about the choices they make”, says Pastor David Jones. 

The church plans to feature classes for a variety of topics concerning health and being properly informed about it. The schedule for these classes are as follows:

Monday’s: Cooking classes at 5:30

Wednesday’s: Covering subjects, such as friendship and cancer

Friday’s: Discussing topics, such as obesity and healthy exercising

For Pastor Jones, working together will help the more than 100 people in the program spread the word of healthy living to the rest of the community.

“Here in Moss Point, we’re a family, a community, and we are here to help one another and to educate people where they can live longer,” Jones said.

For more information on how to attend programs at the church, you can call 228-460-5355 or visit their website at ebenezer36.adventistchurchconnect.org.

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MGCCC Jackson County Campus Hosts Health Fair and 5K Run

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Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Jackson County Campus will host a health fair on September 20, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., in the campus gymnasium.  Those who visit all stations at the fair will receive a prize.

During the fair, information will be available on behavioral health, neurology, addiction, family planning and unplanned pregnancy prevention, smoking cessation, Zika virus, cancer, dental, weight loss, and the Mercy Housing and Human Development organization.  Tests will be available for fitness, BMI and body fat percentages, blood pressure, and sexually transmitted infection. STI/STD counseling will also be available. 

As September is Unplanned Pregnancy Awareness Month at MGCCC, Medical Analysis will be providing important facts and statistics as well as other information on unplanned pregnancy. 

“Studies show that more than 60 percent of community college students who become pregnant after enrolling in college do not finish their degree,” said Karin Ford, clinical consultant with Medical Analysis. “Even students who already have children find college challenging, since they have to find suitable childcare and must deal with the financial complication of having a family and attending school.  Our encouragement for students is to ‘Create a better life before creating life.’” 

Medical Analysis will provide a variety of information on unplanned pregnancy, birth control options and sexually transmitted infections.

Following the fair, there will be a weight-room orientation at 2 p.m. upstairs in the gym and the annual De-Stress to Success 5K Run, which will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Main Campus Drive.  Certificates will be given for first through fifth places.

For more information on the health fair or the 5K run, contact Ray Bigelow, coordinator of Wellness and Recreation, 228.497.7735 or ray.bigelow@mgccc.edu.

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