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From Your Publisher . . .


elcome to 2012! Our January issue features one of life’s many happy occasions—weddings. Our January issue’s tribute to couples as they begin their lives together coincides with new beginnings we all celebrate in our lives this month. Starting our year off by sharing the nuptial events of these newly married couples is an exciting feature we look forward to each year. Each wedding offers a unique take on tying the knot as each couple selects specific venues and makes detailed plans or is honored with events leading up to the wedding-day festivities. We know you will enjoy reading about these happy events and about the myriad services and products many of our advertisers offer to assist those planning a wedding. While we publish engagements and weddings throughout the year, our January issue features all elements involved in weddings; it is our “All Things Wedding” issue. We wish all of you a happy and fruitful year full of new beginnings. Whether we set goals for reorganizing our homes or workplace or improving our health and employment options, we hope you are successful in fulfilling those resolutions. One of my goals for the New Year is to work at keeping myself organized. To start and complete a task or

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job—you know, those monumental ones as well as those nit-picky, bothersome ones—within the work day is a goal I’m determined to achieve. When I am operating on deadlines, an albatross around my neck almost all the time, I find myself sometimes putting important details or tasks off to the last minute. So, this January, beginning DAY ONE, I plan to get this mini-makeover, this newly organized me in gear and rev up the mechanism to make this new approach a permanent modus operandi. So…what’s your personal goal to achieve this year? Of course, as we anticipate 2012, we also pause to appreciate our 2011 that you filled with kind words, thumbs-up compliments, burgeoning support, creative ideas for features, and requests for subscriptions. In fact, we were delighted to do some “Santa Clausing” in sending letters out in December to those who received the magazine as gifts from loved ones. Finally, as we send you along your reading way, we remind all of our Bluffs & Bayous readers and advocates about our interactive magazine online, The entire publication is online, page by page. By clicking on any website printed in the magazine, readers can zip to the selected site for more

information. All of this is our gift to you each and every day, 365 days a year, and free—your own virtual joy stick to explore and learn about events and services in the Bluffs & Bayous reading area. Happy New Year and welcome to another year of celebrating with us life along and beyond the Mississippi!

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C o n t r i b u t o r s

Columnist Mary Emrick is the owner of Turning Pages Books & More in Natchez, Mississippi.

Columnist Alma Womack lives on Smithland Plantation on Black River, south of Jonesville, Louisiana. In addition to her duties as maitresse des maison, she is the keeper of the lawn, the lane and the pecan orchard at Smithland.

Jennie Guido is a graduate of Delta State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Master’s Degree in English Education. She currently lives in the heart of the Delta in Cleveland, Mississippi, but she still calls Natchez home.

Columnist Ross McGehee, a lifelong resident of Natchez, Mississippi, owns a diversified and far-flung farm operation.

on the cover A pensive bride, posed on the gallery of Brandon Hall in Natchez, Mississippi, gazes into her bridal bouquet moments prior to her wedding ceremony. Photograph by Van O’Gwin of Van’s Photography in Vidalia, Louisiana.

publisher Cheryl Foggo Rinehart editors Jean Nosser Biglane Cheryl Foggo Rinehart graphic designers Jan Ratcliff Anita Schilling media coordinator Adam Blackwell staff photographers Van O’Gwin Elise D. Parker Cheryl Rinehart sales staff Susan Harris Cheryl Rinehart Donna Sessions JoAnna Sproles

Adam Blackwell

Jean Biglane

Susan Harris

Van O’Gwin

Elise D. Parker

Jan Ratcliff

Cheryl Rinehart

Anita Schilling

Donna Sessions

JoAnna Sproles

Bluffs & Bayous is published monthly to promote the greater Southern area of Louisiana and Mississippi in an informative and positive manner. We welcome contributions of articles and photos; however, they will be subject to editing and availability of space and subject matter. Photographs, comments, questions, subscription requests and ad placement inquiries are invited! Return envelopes and postage must accompany all materials submitted if a return is requested. No portion of this publication may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. The opinions expressed in Bluffs & Bayous are those of the authors or columnists and do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher, nor do they constitute an endorsement of products or services herein. We reserve the right to refuse any advertisement. Bluffs & Bayous strives to insure the accuracy of our magazine’s contents. However, should inaccuracies or omissions occur, we do not assume responsibility.


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January 2012 WEDDINGS Meche & Jackson..................................................................................... 20-21 Smith & Spears......................................................................................... 22-23 Powers & Foley........................................................................................ 24-25 Moll & Christian....................................................................................... 26-27 Profice & Reynolds.................................................................................. 28-29 Shelton & Nations................................................................................... 30-31 Burt & Smith............................................................................................ 32-33 A Bridal Sip-N-See Brunch Menu............................................................ 36-38

Moll & Christian pages 26 - 27

FAVORITES All Outdoors Pearls of Wisdom..................................................................................... 14-15

Events January. . . Up and Coming!................................................................... 72-82

From the Stacks A Tale of Tragedy and Endurance............................................................... 10

Something Scrumptious Up Highway 61, The Warehouse, Cleveland, Mississippi...................... 40-41

Southern Sampler A New Year, A Strapping New Baby, A Stalwart Heritage................... 46-47

A Bridal Sip-N-See Brunch Menu pages 36 - 38

THE Social Scene Barbie Bassett Book Signing.......................................................................... 9 Miss Mississippi Trunk Show........................................................................ 11 Francis Tate’s Birthday Celebration............................................................. 13 Olivia Waycaster’s Tenth Birthday............................................................... 17 Family’s Fifth Annual Girls’ Night Out........................................................ 18 Natchez Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority EMBODI Workshop................................................................................. 35 The Inn on Whitworth Open House....................................................... 42-43 Brookhaven Animal Rescue League Celebrity Dinner............................... 50 Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Banquet................. 51 Eightieth Birthday Celebration................................................................... 52 2011 Brookhaven Taste of the Trust...................................................... 58-59 Krewe of Phoenix 2012 Royalty Announcement Party......................... 60-62 Natchez Garden Club’s Victorian Luncheon.......................................... 64-65 Natchez Adams County Chamber of Commerce...Night of Stars......... 66-68 River Region Tree Lighting.......................................................................... 70

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THE Social Scene


Barbie Bassett Book Signing

n December 6, 2011, Barbie Bassett, popular chief meteorologist for Jackson’s WLBT television station, was featured at a book signing at Crown to Heels in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The many in attendance had opportunities to acquire both her inaugural book, Forecasts and Faith: Five Keys to Weathering the Storms of Life, and her new text, Carry An Umbrella When There’s No Rain in the Forecast: 365 Days of Living by Faith.

Virginia Strawn, Sue Griffing, Lurlene Walker, and Donna Simmons

Misty Jabour and Kristy Cole

Dianne Burleigh and Carolyn Weber

Barbie Bassett and Lurline Simmons

Wayne Clements

Amanda Coutch and Brittney Rood

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From the Stacks | review by Mary Emrick

A Tale of Tragedy and Endurance Sweet By and By by Ramona Bridges


weet By and By, released by Tate Publishing in 2009, is a novel that does not allow you to nod-off while reading. It is more likely that you will stay awake into the night as author Ramona Bridges transports you back in time to view the unstable lives of a post Civil War Mississippi family. Bridges’ descriptive writing gives your five senses a workout as you witness the daily routines of people during that difficult era of our country’s history. Sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch enhance each page: Mississippi’s native foliage and fauna come to life. Summer arrives in the midst of winter as you listen to the chorus of chirping crickets and croaking frogs. You feel sweat slowly making tracks down your back when reading about the sweltering Mississippi summers. The savory taste of buttermilkfried chicken calls to mind past Sunday dinners in your grandparents’ home. And, on quite another note, repugnant odors of “hog-killin’ day” turn your stomach. While enjoying Ramona Bridges’ vividly depicted setting, you share the joys and tragedies that faith-driven Addie Coulter experiences with her family and friends. While the joys are abundant, more striking are the self-inflicted tragedies resulting from secrets kept and lies told. Ramona Bridges’ Sweet By and By is a tapestry of the deception, enduring love, and forgiveness woven from a slew of strong and memorable characters.

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Throughout this novel, Ramona Bridges shares her belief that faith gives a person the endurance necessary to handle life’s tragedies; and throughout Sweet By and By, quoted scripture emphasizes this belief. Ramona Bridges, a nurse at a facility for war veterans, is a native of Mississippi where she resides with her family. She and her husband have three sons. Her second novel, Standing on the Promises, was released in December of 2011 as a sequel to Sweet By and By.

THE Social Scene Miss Mississippi Trunk Show


n December 4, 2011, at the Vicksburg Convention Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Mary Margaret Roark, Miss Mississippi 2011 of Cleveland, Mississippi, held a trunk showing and modeled most of the outfits she plans to take to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the Miss America pageant in January 2012. She was joined by her Princess and other titleholders from across the state. Following her runway fashion show, Miss Mississippi performed her talent on the piano, and then greeted those on hand for the event at a closing reception in her honor.

Front—Amy Johns Vaughn, Tammy Fulcher Sutter, Tammy Carver Wells, and Katelyn Jones; back—Benny Wells

Front—Addison Jackson; back—Maddie Stokes, Casey Stokes, and Amy Jackson

Ann Beard and France Beard Mississippi’s Miss Outstanding Teen

Annabelle Bunch and Mary Margaret Roark, Miss Mississippi 2011

Margaret Aguzzi and Celia Manley

Miss Mississippi 2010 Sara Beth James and Lurline Simmons

Miss Metro Jackson Kennitra Thompson and Joy Thompson

Princess Annabelle Bunch and Sidney Kimble

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THE Social Scene Frances Tate’s Birthday Celebration


rances Tate of McComb, Mississippi, celebrated her ninetieth birthday with family and friends during a come-and-go reception at the Brent House in McComb on November 25. Nieces, nephews, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren enjoyed visiting with the honoree, each other, and guests.

Jay Connor, Frances Tate, and Clete Magee

Frances Tate with Ann Mapp (standing), Linda Pigott Ebbers, and Tate’s sister Joy McPeake

Doug Touchstone, Ashley Atkinson, and Paul Atkinson

Cea Atkinson and Erin Atkinson

Renan and Jane Richmond

Claire Magee

Rebecca and Kevin Martin

Mrs. Frances Tate with pastor Clifford Evans

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All Outdoors | by Ross McGehee


very time I see my friend Don, he always asks about how my “crew” is. What he really wants to know is what pearl of wisdom has escaped their lips or what incredible display of inverted (sometimes perverted) intelligence they’ve demonstrated recently. He usually leaves laughing because there is no end to what those guys come up with. For clarification, I usually don’t employ a “crew.” However, during the winter months, we’ll put together a gang to plant trees on a contract basis. The work is very short term and pretty demanding. There is a pretty high turnover rate because of the kind of personnel that are available for such manual labor. Frequently, I have to make a call to a parole officer to allow a crewmember to leave the county under my custody for work. None of them has transportation, and all require three meals a day as part of the deal. Spending time with such sterling citizens can be hysterical. We’ll sometimes travel 90 miles one way to work, six of us cooped up in the cab of a truck together. Further than that, I’ll put them in a motel room, partly because it’s cheaper than paying them to ride and partly because I have reason to believe that they can be found for work the next morning. Also,

Pearls of Wisdom my ears and sinuses usually need a break by then. I related to Don what happened on one such adventure. Thought I’d share it further. We were headed from Natchez to Covington, Louisiana, to plant a twoday job for a developer. The crew had brought along a change of clothes with the anticipation of spending the night somewhere near the job. The tree-planting machine was on a trailer behind my truck, and the tractor was on another rig. Heading south on Highway 61, we crossed the Homochitto River at the Wilkinson County line. “Kaho” was in the back seat, looking out the window, and asked, “Hey, man, where does this go to?” (his grammar, not mine) “What?” He repeated, “Where does this road go to?” We were about twenty miles from his home on the same highway that runs past his house. “Revon” made some condescending remark to him that I can’t share, but I chose to take the high road: “Well, we’re going to go through Woodville, then through St. Francisville; and if you keep going, you get to Baton Rouge.” Kaho was silent for a moment and said, “Well, I ain’t never been to no Baton

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Rouge; Texas is far as I ever went!” I almost wrecked the truck. Baton Rouge traffic was the usual nightmare, and we got separated from the truck hauling the tractor. So I called the driver and told him to meet me in downtown Folsom, and we’d go from there. I got to Folsom way ahead of him and saw a parts store down the street so I had “Walter Lee” get out and wait for the tractor at the main intersection in town while we ran to get parts. Walter Lee is pretty harmless. But if you don’t know that, to look at him, you’d expect him to be in shackles. He’s not taken care of himself and is pretty disheveled. That’s as nice as I can put it. Anyway, we came out of the parts house, and I saw the tractor pass through the intersection down the street. I got a call from the tractor hauler, and he was laughing. He said, “I got Walter Lee, and we’re heading on. I’m sure you’ll catch up.” As it turns out, Walter stood on the corner long enough that the “PO-lice” drove up and asked him where he was going. He didn’t know. “Where have you been?” He didn’t know. “Who are you with?” Walter answered, “Dis man rat cheer!” At which time he RAN into the street and DOVE through the open window of the passing truck! “Bo Pete” was already in the passenger seat; and with Walter suddenly stretched across his lap, he yelled at Walter, “FOOL, what’s wrong wit chew?” Walter doesn’t get out much. Said he had a bad experience with the PO-lice one time. We got to the job and worked till noon. The crew gathered around the truck eating lunch and got into a conversation about what career choices they wish they had made that didn’t involve frequent incarceration. It was pretty interesting and then “Two-Gun” took his turn.

I suppose a sidebar is necessary here. Why is his nickname “Two-Gun”? George is his real name, and he has worked for me for years. At one time, an individual on a job took exception to George’s laughing at something that had been said, and he approached George with fire in his eye. George, high up a ladder, pulled a pistol. The perpetrator kicked the ladder; and when George grabbed for balance, he dropped his pistol. The villain reached for the weapon, and George pulled a second pistol. All he’ll say is “I always got two guns AND three knives!” I got a rough crew. Anyway, back to careers. Two-Gun is a pretty good little cook and he announced that he wished he’d gone to “colinary” school. Before I could say anything, Revon asked “Man, why you want to mess with dead people?” “What?” Revon declared, “Any fool knows that you go to coronary school to be a coroner and they mess with dead people!” He’s right. Any fool should know that!

Well, we finished the job in record time, one day instead of two, so I told the crew that instead of a motel room I’d take them out to eat anywhere they wanted and we’d go on home that night. Riding down the main drag in Covington after dark, we tried to pick a place. Fast food or restaurant, what’s it going to be? Walter Lee said, “I want some swimps.” Then Two-Gun saw an Outback Steakhouse and said he’d always wanted to eat there. “Do they have swimps?” “Yeah, Walter, I’m sure they got shrimp.” So we pulled into the parking lot, dusty, tired, and bedraggled. I asked Two-Gun to engineer getting the gang presentable while I went and got a table. He said he’d get them where they could “represent.” At the table, Walter Lee tried to order some “swimps.” Revon told him that he didn’t want that particular offering because it was an appetizer. “What’s that?” “Appetizer means it ain’t enough to eat!” He got Shrimp on the Barbee instead. I told Walter that just for fun, I’d get him an

appetizer and ordered a Blooming Onion. It arrived, and they all looked at it with suspicion, but each took a chunk and put it on their plates. After they’d tried some, they all offered their evaluations. When it got to Walter’s turn, he said, “Well, it’s good, but I don’t like it!” We fell out laughing. I forget what the bill was for that dinner but it was worth every penny! When we were on the way home, TwoGun said, “I can die now. I’ve been to Outback!” Honest to goodness, all that happened on the same day! People ask me all the time if I make this stuff up. I don’t have that kind of an imagination! All I need is to spend the day with a tree planting crew; and if I survive it, I’ve got some great material for Don! I just hope he appreciates the effort.

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THE Social Scene Olivia Waycaster’s Tenth Birthday


livia Waycaster and friends celebrated her tenth birthday November 5, enjoying events that began with a party at Natchez Clay in Natchez, Mississippi, where the girls fashioned unique birdhouses. After designing with clay, the girls enjoyed a picnic on the Mississippi River bluff.

Olivia Waycaster

Fisher Iseminger and Olivia Waycaster

Kayla Starr

Fisher Iseminger, Olivia Waycaster, Sue Burkhalter, and Emily Carpenter

Haleigh Nunnery, Olivia Waycaster, and Ryleigh Probst

Front—Olivia Moore, Ryleigh Probst, Olivia Waycaster, Fisher Iseminger, Emily Carpenter, and Carrie Serio; back—Kayla Starr and Haleigh Nunnery

Olivia Waycaster

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THE Social Scene Family’s Fifth Annual Girls’ Night Out


cotty and Joanne Allen of Wesson, Mississippi, hosted the Fifth Annual Girls’ Night Out family weekend in late September, welcoming the children and grandchildren of the late Buster and Doris Buril and celebrating love of family in their memory. Some of the events this year included a tea party in memory of Doris Burril, a pool-side supper, and several performances and skits by family members. Attending were Judy Allen, Suzi Smith, Patti Johnson, Bobbye Carpenter, Robin Patterson, Danah Harpole, Rose Allen, Courtney Garrett and Joanne Allen.

Courtney Garrett, Robin Patterson, Joanne Allen, and Rose Allen

Front—Courtney Garrett, Robin Patterson, Joanne Allen, Danah Harpole, and Rose Allen; back—Suzi Smith, Judy Allen, Patti Johnson, and Bobbye Carpenter

Rose Allen, Courtney Garrett, Danah Harpole, Robin Patterson, and Joanne Allen

Courtney Garrett and Robin Patterson

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Bobbye Carpenter and Robin Patterson

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Meche & Jackson It was a long awaited event for this couple! Dena Meche and James Jackson were more than excited to finally have their day! The couple originally had set their wedding date for June 4, 2011. Well, “Old Man River” decided otherwise. The Mighty Mississippi rose and water filled the Comfort Suites in Vidalia, Louisiana, the intended wedding site, and so they waited! Three invites later, and the river back within its banks, the day finally arrived. Dena Marie Meche and James William Jackson were married Saturday, November 5, 2011, at 6:00 in the evening at Comfort Suites Hotel in Vidalia, Louisiana, with Reverend Clyde Ray Webber of Vidalia officiating. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. John A. Meche of Ferriday, Louisiana; Sandra Cormier Meche of Fort Worth, Texas; and Captain and Mrs. Virgil Frank Jackson, Jr., of Lubbock, Texas. The bride was given in marriage by John A. Meche, her grandfather. Kelly Kimball of Vidalia, sister of the bride, served as matron of honor. Mariana Morris of Saucier, Mississippi, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids included Laurie Skates, Aubrie Lasyone, Windy Guillot, and Abbie Lasyone, all of Vidalia. Alena Kimball of Vidalia, niece of the bride, served as junior bridesmaid; Masif Lee Gardner, son of the bride, served as ring bearer; and Ava Marie Jones, daughter of the bride, served as flower girl. Carlos Lopez of Lubbock, Texas, served as best man. Groomsmen included Frank Jackson of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Curtis Jackson of Austin, Texas, brothers of the groom; Brian Jackson of Brandon, Mississippi; Ronnie Gardner of Vidalia, Louisiana; Donnie Kimball of Vidalia; and Chip Gary of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Following the ceremony, guests were treated to a reception, also held at the Comfort Suites hotel, where they dined on a variety of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres. A three-tiered wedding cake and a red electric Van Halen guitar cake designed by Edna’s Cake Creations Page 20 { January 2012 { Bluffs & Bayous

were enjoyed by all. Friends and family danced to the tunes of Rendezvous, featuring Sylvia Johns Ritchie and Doug Delvecchio. The bride and her entourage were treated to manicures and pedicures at Riverfront Royale Salon and Med Spa the day before her wedding. On the day of the wedding, families and outof-town friends, as well as the bridal party, were special guests at Riverfront Royale Salon and Med Spa where they received luxurious massages and customized make-up and hair styling, compliments of the staff of the spa. Photos courtesy of Anne McDaniel

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Smith & Spears

Melissa Gregory Smith and Michael Brandon Spears were married September 30, 2011, in a sunset wedding on the sandy beaches of Orange Beach, Alabama, with Dr. Dave Hartson officiating. Parents of the bride are Alvin Gregory of Griffin, Georgia, and Anne and Joe Brabham of Magnolia, Mississippi. Parents of the groom are Mike and Sherry Spears of Magnolia, Mississippi. The bride, given in marriage by her father and son Wesley, wore a strapless, floor-length, Galina ivory gown with sequined lace overlay and a champagne colored sash. She carried a bouquet of red roses, wrapped with her beloved Grandmother Caroline’s embroidered handkerchief.

The mother of the bride wore khaki pant with a yellow sweater and neck scarf. The groom’s mother wore a white vintage blouse and khaki pants. Mike Spears attended his son as best man. At sunset, the bride and groom performed a blending of the sands ritual with their three children, Alexa, Caroline, and Wesley, to unite their families. After a honeymoon cruise to the Cayman Islands, a reception was held on October 8, 2011, at St. Andrews Mission in downtown McComb. As the couple entered the Mission, they were introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Spears, and the festivities of the evening began. The entryway was decorated with fall colors of orange and beige, and wrought-iron flower stands of ferns were placed throughout the reception area. Family pictures of the couple as children created a display at the entry, and a Memory Wedding picture rested on a wrought iron easel for signatures of those attending the reception. The bride’s three-tiered, square, red velvet cake with butter cream frosting was topped with fresh, autumn flowers and accented with initials of the couple. The groom’s table was decorated in a motorbike theme and featured a chocolate square cake with chocolate lattice frosting accented with bride, groom, and motorbike figurines. The couple are at home in McComb, Mississippi. Beach photographs by Brenda Landreth Evans, Griffin, Georgia Food photographs by Elise Parker

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Powers & Foley On May 21, 2011, St. Mary Basilica in Natchez, Mississippi, was the setting for the sacrament of marriage for Sara Virginia Powers and William Bisland Foley, both of Natchez, Mississippi. The Reverend David O’Connor presided at the ceremony during which the bride was given in marriage by her brother Charles Powers, who escorted her into the basilica to the strains of “Highland Cathedral.” This selection was played by the bride’s uncle, Michael Shumway, a bagpiper with the Louisville Pipe Band in Louisville, Kentucky, who appeared in full Scottish kilt and regalia. The bride wore a slim, strapless A-line gown with corset top and sweetheart neckline accented with tulle and a diamond brooch. The gown was champagne with a diamond white lace overlay ornamented with Swarovski crystals, glass beads, and bugle beads; and it was finished with a sweep train. Her rhinestone birdcage veil had fabric flower accents handmade by the bride to match her dress. The bridal bouquet was handmade by the bride and her godmother, Virginia Netterville Conn. Instead of flowers, it was made of antique jewelry that had belonged to the bride’s maternal grandmother and two great-grandmothers complemented with an array of metal items and pearls that her late grandfather left her from the materials he used to make Christmas ornaments for years. Serving as bride’s attendants were Emily Foley Hall, matron of honor, from Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Felicia Mo, maid of honor, from Columbia, South Carolina; Joanna Frederick of Oxford, Mississippi; Megan Guido of Natchez; Raney Grantham of Jackson, Mississippi; Anna Dahlem Jackson of Fair Hope, Alabama; Laura Cloutier Foley of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Courtney Truax of Little Rock, Arkansas. The bridesmaids wore wisteria empire waist gowns with charmeuse sheath skirts and a chiffon overlay. The one-shoulder gowns were accented with fabric flowers on the shoulder, and they were complemented with spring jewel tone bouquets of white and green hydrangeas, hot pink and orange roses, green button mums, hot pink alstromeria lilies, white orchids, purple stock, and white tuberose. They were Page 24 { January 2012 { Bluffs & Bayous

accented with custom designed, jewel stickpin flowers and wrapped with white silk. The groom’s attendants were Courtland Foley and Michael Byrne, both of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Matthew Hall of Hattiesburg; Brian Priest of New Orleans, Louisiana; Aylette Dicks of Natchez; Nolan Coward of Brandon, Mississippi; Richard Burke of Oxford, Mississippi; and Ian Doherty of Lafayette, Louisiana. Ushers were Reggie West of Natchez and Keerthan Ready of Jackson. The wedding flowers were designed by the bride’s cousin Pam Clayton of Vidalia. The church foyer hosted a four-foot-tall, flowing floral topiary of white and purple gladiolas, purple iris, purple liatris, green bells of Ireland, tango roses, yellow Fuji mums, purple stock, pink alstromeria lilies, white orchids, tuberoses, curly willow, and flowing green amaranthus. The church altar held two large all-white designs with Fuji mums, bells of Ireland, white roses, white alstromeria lilies, and white orchids Following the ceremony, a reception was held at Memorial Park and catered by Anne Vidal Davis. The “shabby-chic” themed event, accented with a birds motif, was designed by the bride, who used found objects such as old bottles and vases, and even an antique typewriter belonging to the bride’s grandfather as flower containers on the tables. Flowers for the occasion were provided by the bride’s cousin, Pam Clayton of Vidalia, Louisiana. Both the bride’s and groom’s cakes were made by Linda McClure of Deseret Designs. The wedding cake topper was a pair of birds, custom designed by Ann Wood, an artist out of Brooklyn, New York, who has been featured in Martha Stewart and Anthropologie. The Groom’s cake sported a New Orleans Saints theme and was topped by a Saints Football gnome. Instead of signing a wedding registry, guests wrote their wishes for the couple on paper “leaves” that are being incorporated into a framed “tree of life” artwork. Providing the reception music was C.C. Players of Bastrop, Louisiana; and furnishing photography for the wedding events was Armosa Studios of Florence, Alabama. The newly-weds left their reception in a horse-drawn carriage as wedding guests lit the way with sparklers. Mr. and Mrs. William Foley currently are at home in Vidalia, Louisiana. Photographs by Armosa Studios, Florence, Alabama Bluffs & Bayous { January 2012 { Page 25

Moll & Christian

The front gallery of antebellum Brandon Hall Plantation in Natchez, Mississippi, served as an elegant setting on May 14, 2011, for the 5:00 p.m. wedding ceremony of Marcell Moll and Kyle Christian, both of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Music was provided by Allison Sano on flute, Krista Waering on piano, Celine Mitchell on violin, and Morgan Mitchell on cello. Immediately following the ceremony, the evening’s reception commenced in the two-tier garden. The entire lower tier was covered with a white tent, accented with a crystal chandelier and centered on a lighted water fountain, creating a striking view of the illuminated 60-foot wisteria arbor. Guests enjoyed a candy bar with candy in colors matching the reception’s shabby chic pink and gray decor. Chef Jason Roland provided the remaining delectables; and the bride’s cake by Edna’s Cake Creations welcomed guests under a white gazebo, the perfect southern touch.

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Helen’s Florist furnished flowers for the ceremony and reception, and Dale Wallace Photography captured unique moments throughout the evening. Brandon Hall Plantation is rich with history and provides the romantic ambiance of a bygone era that is perfect for a unique and elegant wedding. Built in 1856, this antebellum estate is complete with romantic wraparound galleries and Greek Revival-style architecture. Outdoor receptions are popular in the lush green lawns or gardens. Indoor receptions are held in the brand new, state-of-the-art, 3,000-square-foot banquet hall, featuring large windows that overlook the picturesque

scenery of the surrounding grounds. Guests can move freely between the reception room and the garden, enjoying views of the rolling hills and beautiful outdoors. Located on the Natchez Trace Parkway National Park, Brandon Hall also offers a fascinating vacation destination for guests attending the Plantation’s special events. The private location allows for a secluded wedding with Southern charm. Brandon Hall specializes in coordinating and assisting the bride and groom in planning their event. Once they book their wedding, they enjoy the luxury of a complimentary wedding planner who takes care of everything from invitations,

to bridesmaid and groomsman gifts, to booking vendors, and so much more. Complimentary scheduled sight visits are another way the event coordinator helps to brainstorm for ceremony and reception ideas to customize the event to the bride and groom’s dreams. Planning a wedding at Brandon Hall Plantation is as hands-on as the bride and groom would like, yet professionals are on hand to take care of everything from chef to baker to florist concerns as well as provide such options as a horse and carriage and even a photo booth. Photographs by Dale Wallace Photography

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Profice & Reynolds Alesha Shermille Profice and Kendale Devallon Reynolds were married on Saturday, October 29, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. at the Zion Hill #1 Baptist Church in Natchez, Mississippi, with the Reverend Joe W. Pickett officiating. The bride is the daughter of Willie and Rosena Profice, and the groom is the son of Lorraine Reynolds

Top left—Lance Bassett, Derrick Chatman, Jamie Profice, Kendale Reynolds, Chad Reynolds, Eric Denton, and Jerrod Bassett Top right—The Wedding Party with flower girls and ring bearers: Caleah Kennedy, Zoie Mayberry, Sidney Edwards, Daylan Haywood, Eric Clark, Darnell Flowers, Kobie Rodgers, David St. Preux, and Joshua St. Preux Above left—Kendale Reynolds with Jerrod Bassett Above middle—Alesha Profice with her flower girls Above right—Kendale and Alesha Reynolds Right—Alencia Mitchell, Sharonikkah McCrainey-Edwards, and Alesha Reynolds

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and Eugene Barnes and the late Johnny Lee Perry. Following the wedding ceremony, a reception was held at the Natchez Convention Center in downtown Natchez. The couple honeymooned in Nassau, Bahamas, Half Moon Cay, and Turk Island and now reside in Pearl, Mississippi.

Far left above— Tarah Mannery, Alencia Mitchell, Ke’Ara Evans, Alesha Reynolds, Brandi Tatum, Marnika Nash, and Sharonikkah McCrainey-Edwards Far left below— Willie and Rosena Profice, Alesha and Kendale Reynolds with Lorraine Reynolds and Eugene Barnes Left—Alesha Reynolds

Above left—Kendale dancing with his mother, Lorraine Reynolds Above middle—Kendale and Alesha Reynolds with Thelma Newsome Above right—Cutting the Bride’s Cake

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Shelton & Nations On the evening of October 1, 2011, in an outside candlelit ceremony among the rolling hills of Jolimar Summit, Bethany Alise Shelton and Richard Lane Nations were united in marriage at seven o’clock in the evening by Brother James Sanders. The bride is the daughter of Gary and Carla Shelton of Brookhaven, Mississippi, and Charles Heard of Biloxi, Mississippi. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Jenkins of Utica, Mississippi, Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Hall of Meadville, Mississippi, and Mrs. Elizabeth Middleton and the late Wayne Middleton of Hazlehurst, Mississippi. The groom is the son of Richard and Tonya Nations of Bogue Chitto, Mississippi. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Joe Smith and the late Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Nations, all of Bogue Chitto. The weekend celebration began on the eve of the wedding with a rehearsal dinner hosted by the groom’s parents at the Dixie Springs Cafe. The wedding party and family had a memorable time as they enjoyed their meal of Ribeye Steaks, Grilled Catfish,

and Chicken Parmigiana. After a touching speech, given by Samantha Lilly Beard, the matron of honor, the bride and groom expressed their gratitude to those gathered

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in their honor and handed out gifts to each of the wedding attendants. The remainder of the evening was spent mingling with family and friends. The bride, given in marriage by her parents and escorted down the aisle by her father, wore a slim-line gown, embroidered throughout and encrusted with Swarovski crystals; its V-shaped neckline continued to the back and was completed by a sweeping train. The bride’s bouquet was an array of pink roses, lilies, and hydrangeas. Nealie Rebecca Shelton, sister of the bride served as the maid of honor, and matron of honor was Samantha Lilly Beard of Bogue Chitto. Bridesmaids were Marka Lachelle Beeson of Ruth, Mississippi; Carla Williamson Boyd of Monticello, Mississippi; Alana Joy Bennett Jenkins of Byram, Mississippi; Blaire Alese Jenkins of Wesson, Mississippi; Brittany Shields Loftin of Brookhaven, Mississippi; and Ashley Janelle Greer of Bogue Chitto. The bridesmaids wore black, kneelength, strapless taffeta dresses with taffeta flowers enhancing the hemline. Richard Nations, father of the groom, served as the best man. Groomsmen were Joshua Wesley Nations, brother of the groom; Jonathon Joe Smith; Charles Bradley Davis; Joseph Dewayne Malone; and Jonathon Alexander Shelton, all of Bogue Chitto, and Matthew Michael Floyd of Silver Creek, Mississippi. Madison Grace and Macey Claire Lofton of McCall Creek, Mississippi, and Abbey Carol Sanders of Braxton, Mississippi, served as flower girls. Haygan Lee Floyd of Silver Creek served as the ring bearer;

and Kaleb Joe Smith of Bogue Chitto and Justin Cody Shelton of Summit served as ushers.Taylor Blaine Hall of Brookhaven, Melissa Louise Avants, and Katie Eden Case, both of Bogue Chitto, served as program and registry attendants. Groomsmen escorted the bridesmaids down a candlelit aisle while an instrumental of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” softly played. Escorted by her father, the bride walked down the aisle during a solo harp instrumental of the Bridal March. After the exchange of rings, vows, and a kiss to seal the deal the wedding party danced down the aisle to the 1960s classic “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies. DJ Reign of Jackson, Mississippi, and Ashley Stevens of Brookhaven provided music before and during the ceremony Immediately following the ceremony, the guests were invited to the reception, also held at Jolimar. The five-tiered, classic white wedding cake with black, hand-piped designs was adorned with the bride and groom’s initials which were overlaid with pink Swarovski crystals. The groom’s three-tiered chocolate cake with chocolate butter cream icing was topped with fondant leaves and handmade fondant deer antlers. Both cakes were crafted by Cakes Etc. of Brookhaven. Guests were invited to sample an unlimited supply of pink candy at the candy bar, to partake of an array of delicious and festive foods catered by Jolimar, and to join in dancing to music provided by Ghostown. Guests were also treated to an old-fashioned photo booth with costumes, props, and unlimited photos, provided by Mississippi Photobooths. The bride and groom were presented with a scrapbook filled with photos and best wishes from each guest. Wedding directors and coordinators were Mrs. Stacie Raiford, Mrs Sondra Johnston, Mrs. Amber Harralson, and Mrs. Angie Tate, all of Ruth. Ms. Heidi Green Photography of Wesson, Mississippi, captured every memorable moment of the bride and groom’s journey from their engagement to their “I do’s.” Following their honeymoon in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the couple resides in Bogue Chitto. Photos by Heidi Green Photography, Wesson, Mississippi

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Burt & Smith Megan Elisabeth Burt and Steven Michael Smith, both of Brookhaven, Mississippi, were united in marriage on the evening of October 8, 2011, at Fair River Baptist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Van Burt. Grandparents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Fred Furr and Mrs. Myrtle Burt, all of Brookhaven, and the late Mr. Julius Burt. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Benny Smith and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Al Wimberly, all of McComb, Mississippi; Pauline Smith of Hammond, Louisiana; the late Herman Ditcharo; and the late Chester Smith. Reverend Joey Bernard officiated at the ceremony that was directed by Mendez Vaughn. Nuptial music was provided by pianist Steve Russell and vocalists Tessa Bradford and Adam Brady. The couple exchanged vows under an arch handmade by the bride’s father and adorned with a large spray of mixed flowers. The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a floor-length gown of white, scalloped lace and satin-backed taffeta, accented at the empire waist with Swarovski crystals. A pendant made from her mother’s engagement diamond complemented her ensemble. Page 32 { January 2012 { Bluffs & Bayous

The bride’s elbow-length veil also featured Swarovski crystals; and she carried a hand-tied bouquet of white roses, pink spray roses, peach hypericum, billy balls, kangaroo paws, and dusty miller wrapped in twine. Serving as maid of honor was Katie Furr of Brookhaven, cousin of the bride. Shellie Smith, sister of the groom, of Brookhaven served as bridesmaid. The attendants wore floor-length, crepe chiffon dresses of falcon grey, accented by chiffon flowers at the neckline. They carried hand-tied bouquets of mixed flowers wrapped in twine. Flower girls were Juliana Beeson of Brookhaven and Olivia Clark of Wesson, Mississippi. Each wore Strasburg tea-length dresses of white Dupioni silk and carried kissing balls of pink carnations. Serving as best man was Adam Smith, brother of the groom, of Pontchatoula, Louisiana. Serving as groomsman was Ryan Burt, brother of the bride, of Raymond, Mississippi. Ushers were Eli Ferguson of Oxford, Mississippi, and Luis Ybarra of Brookhaven. Program attendants were Jacquelyn Berry of Ridgeland, Mississippi; Heather Martin of Brookhaven; Ann Scott Miles of Lumberton, Mississippi; and Ginny Misner of Ridgeland, Mississippi Following the ceremony, a reception was held at Rolling Acres, the home of Dr. and Mrs. Wade Ditcharo, uncle and aunt of the groom. The tables featured birdcages accented with candles; small white pumpkins; and petite arrangements of peach roses, yellow and green buttons, white cushions, pink spray roses, millet, and aster. The bride’s Tiffany blue, three-tiered wedding cake was adorned with cascading pink spray roses. The groom’s cake was a two-tiered German chocolate cake topped with chocolate covered strawberries. Guests enjoyed dining on a large selection of foods prepared by Annie P. Goodies and dancing to some of the couple’s favorite songs. On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Annie P. Goodies. After a honeymoon in Negril, Jamaica, the couple now resides in Brookhaven. Photos by Katie Furr Photography

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THE Social Scene Natchez Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority EMBODI Workshop


he Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Alumnae Chapter in Natchez, Mississippi, recently conducted a workshop for Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence (EMBODI) at the Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church.Â

Terrance Watts, Nicholas Barnes, Lee Jackson, Timothy Collins, Jevel Ridley, Amos James, Devonte Jackson, Jomair Issac, Keyandre Watts, Tony Kaho, Autry Clayton, and Darius McGruder

Guest Speakers Fredrick Marsalis, Barney Schoby, and Kevin Wilbert

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A Bridal Sip-N-See Brunch Menu


ith all of the hectic hustle and bustle involved in planning a wedding, these simple, easy to make recipes are perfect to impress all of your guests at your nuptial gathering or bridal brunch. We hope you enjoy! Start the day off with a few beverage options for your guests. Include a flavored tea, such as almond or peach tea, or a chilled Chablis, or maybe a Bloody Mary bar and Brandy Milk Punch will add just the bit of spirit to make the occasion extra special. Bloody Mary Bar Over the Garden Wall submitted by Ms. Jean Williams Natchez Garden Club, 46 oz. can chilled tomato or V-8 juice 2 or 3 teaspoons horseradish 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon Worcestershire 1½ teaspoons salt 2 or 3 drops Tabasco 12 oz. Vodka (1½ cups)

To make your Bloody Marys, mix all ingredients and serve cold over ice. 8 servings. Consider including other sides for your guests to choose from and add to their Bloody Marys including pickled okra, lemon slices, lime slices, green onions, pearl onions, celery tops, olives, marinated green beans, and shrimp on sticks. Timmy’s Brandy Milk Punch My New Orleans: The Cookbook by Chef John Besh 1 cup brandy 3 cups milk 3 tablespoons powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 gratings, fresh nutmeg Handful of ice cubes Crushed ice in 4 glasses Put the brandy, milk, sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, and ice cubes into a blender and blend for 20 seconds. Strain into glasses of crushed ice and serve.

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Have some starters for your guests to enjoy as they mingle around the room, view the wedding gifts, and visit with the Bride. Here’s a tasty recipe for Cheese Rounds—a Southern, special events staple. Cheese Rounds Over the Garden Wall submitted by Mrs. J. Gould Gardner Natchez Garden Club 1 stick butter, room temperature

2 cups grated, sharp cheddar cheese ½ cup all-purpose flour ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour ¾ teaspoon salt Tabasco or red pepper to taste Dash paprika Blend ingredients together. Divide mixture into two balls; then, work each ball into long roll about one inch thick. Wrap in wax paper and chill. Slice very thin. Put whole small pecan half or half large one on top of each. Place on ungreased baking sheet, and bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes. Rolls keep a long time in refrigerator or can be frozen and refrigerated overnight before slicing and baking. Yields 100 rounds.

When all of your guests have arrived, serve a light main course. Here, we’ve chosen to serve Shrimp and Cheese Grits with homemade savory biscuits and a fresh fruit salad with poppy seed dressing. Serve biscuits with fig preserves or a selection of your favorite jams. Shrimp & Cheese Grits From Holly Clegg’s Trim & Terrific: Freezer Friendly Meals 1 cup quick grits 3 cups water ½ cup skim milk 1½ cups shredded, reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese, divided ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese ½ teaspoon paprika Dash cayenne pepper 1/3 cup diced Canadian bacon 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon lemon juice Salt and pepper, to taste ½ cup chopped green onions

Cook grits in water and milk according to package instructions. When grits are ready, stir in 1 cup cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, paprika, and cayenne; and stir until cheese is melted. Coat large, nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Add Canadian bacon, and sauté until it begins to brown. Add shrimp and garlic; and cook, stirring, until shrimp are fully pink and almost done, 3-5 minutes. Add lemon juice. Remove from heat, and stir in grits mixture. Season to taste. Add green onions. Coat 2-quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Transfer grits and shrimp mixture to prepared dish. Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup cheddar cheese. To Prepare and Eat Now: Serve immediately, or preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. To Freeze: Cool to room temperature, wrap, label, and freeze. To Prepare After Freezing: Remove from freezer to defrost. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 30 minutes covered or until heated through. Grandmother Walters’s Biscuits My New Orleans: The Cookbook by Chef John Besh 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

2 tablespoons baking powder 2 teaspoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt 5 tablespoons cold butter, preferably European style, diced 1 cup whole milk Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Sift the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt into a mixing bowl. Using a fork or a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour until it resembles cornmeal. Add the milk, stirring until the dough just comes together to form a ball. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface. Gently pat the dough down with your hands and fold it over on itself. Pat the dough down and fold it over once or twice more. Loosely cover the dough with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rest for a half hour or so. Being careful not to overwork the dough, roll it out until it is ¾ to 1 inch thick. Cut dough into biscuits using whatever cutter you like. Grandmother used an inverted juice glass, which was really an old preserves jar. For more biscuits, use a smaller glass. Place the biscuits on a cookie sheet and bake until uniformly golden brown, 10 to 14 minutes. Poppy Seed Dressing From Holly Clegg’s monthly newsletter To sign up for her newsletters or for recipe ideas, visit www.hollyclegg. com. Whisk together the following ingredients: ¼ cup orange juice ½ teaspoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon honey 2 tablespoons canola oil 1 teaspoon poppy seeds ¼ teaspoon dry mustard Salt to taste

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For dessert, something light, yet elegant. Here, we’ve chosen Charlotte Russe—the perfect dessert that is easy to make and your guests will love! Serve with a rich coffee. Charlotte Russe Over the Garden Wall submitted by Mrs. Bruce Kuehnle Natchez Garden Club 1½ dozen lady fingers 2 envelopes plain gelatin ½ cup cold water 2 cups milk 6 egg yolks 1 cup sugar 3 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups cream, whipped Line angel cake pan, crystal or glass compote, or mold with lady fingers. Soften gelatin in cold water. Scald milk and beat yolks and sugar well; then stir into milk. Cook until it begins to thicken. Just before removing from heat, add gelatin and stir until dissolved. Add vanilla, and set aside. When thoroughly cool, fold in whipped cream; and place in angel food pan, glass or crystal compote, or mold lined with

lady fingers. Chill. To serve, unmold on cake plate and slice like cake or serve from crystal or glass compote. Yields 8 servings. All of the recipes in this article have been selected from: Over the Garden Wall, a publication of the Natchez Garden Club 601-443-9065

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My New Orleans: The Cookbook, by Chef John Besh Holly Clegg’s collection delicious recipes



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Something Scrumptious | story by Jennie Guido, photos by Aimee Guido

Up Highway 61

The Warehouse Cleveland, Mississippi


hen I first moved to the Delta, I found a place in the heart of Cleveland that serves some of the best lunches. The Warehouse, located right off of Highway 8 on Sharpe Avenue in the Warehouse District, became my goto eatery when I was craving a fresh salad or a velvety piece of cheesecake. After a few years, some changes to the restaurant, and a whole new menu, The Warehouse also has become my favorite place for a cocktail with friends with the addition of the nighttime menu and martini bar. Haley Huerta, whose family renovated and owns this fabulous eatery, explained its long and interesting history: “The Warehouse, which was originally a wholesale grocery in the early 1900s, opened for business in October of 2001. Our family loves antiques so it was originally

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started as an ‘antiques market.’ We then felt that people might get hungry or thirsty while shopping, so maybe we should add a little “tea room” where people could enjoy coffee and desserts. Well, that obviously never happened. In December of 2002, we opened ‘The Lunchroom,” a gourmet eatery, which specialized in sandwiches, soups, salads, pizzas, and, of course, desserts. The upstairs was made into a gallery to promote locals’ and children’s art from schools in the area. We host many art shows each year featuring paintings, photography, and pottery.” After the addition of the nighttime menu, The Warehouse became a top venue for wedding receptions and such. “I think what makes The Warehouse unique for weddings,” Huerta explained, “is that decorating can be kept to a minimal. The

old brick walls, heart pine floors, and the huge stairway down the middle, make a beautiful setting for any style wedding. While the building is 20,000 square feet, which is spacious enough for large crowds, it can also be partitioned off for smaller groups. We can cater the food of your choice from light to heavy hors d’oeuvres or to a sit-down meal.” Huerta thinks that what keeps people coming back into The Warehouse time and time again is that it feels as if you have “stepped back in time” since everything is original to the building from the early 1900s. I feel right at home in this back-intime atmosphere once I sit down at one of the large tables or am tucked away in one of the booths surrounded by friends and family when they come up for a visit. Of course, I have several favorites on The Warehouse’s menu. When I meet friends there for lunch, we usually order as an appetizer the BLT dip, but sometimes we change it up and have the shrimp dip that comes with French bread rounds. If I am in need of a little rabbit food, I get the South Texan Salad, which is a bed of lettuce topped with black beans, roasted corn and peppers, pepper jack cheese, and grilled chicken. However, sometimes I just have to have the Sharpe Avenue Panini, which is Boar’s Head turkey, applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and pesto mayonnaise, pressed between slices of wheat berry and smothered with a slice of melted provolone cheese. When I venture over to The Warehouse for a nighttime get-together, I like to start off with a Delta Martini, which is Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka and lemonade in a sugar rimmed glass. Next up is an appetizer of either the fried green tomatoes, which are topped with a crawfish sauce and goat cheese, or the catfish cakes that rest atop a

bed of sweet cole slaw and carrot curls. If I haven’t had my fill after those delicacies, I lean towards ordering the shrimp and grits, made with local Delta Grind Grits, or the scrumptious spaghetti and meatballs. At the end of the meal, I usually order a slice of the best cheesecake you have ever put in your mouth, but I have to get it in a “to-go” box. Whether late at night or as an afternoon snack, knowing that wonderful slice of heaven is in my house can turn my day around. Over the months, I have definitely given you all too many options if you were to ever find yourself at this end of Highway 61; however, The Warehouse needs to be your first, if only, stop when you come to Cleveland, Mississippi. You will be greeted with a smile and leave feeling overly satisfied. Anything on the menu is a safe bet, but you have to have a piece of the cheesecake before you can leave this Delta time capsule. The Delta Martini Mix equal parts Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka and lemonade in a shaker with ice. Pour into a sugar-rimmed glass and enjoy!

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THE Social Scene


The Inn on Whitworth Open House

he Inn on Whitworth, located in downtown Brookhaven, Mississippi, hosted a community-wide Open House on November 29 to allow city residents to view the historic building’s complete transformation. Originally an 1880s mercantile store, the recently renovated The Inn on Whitworth boasts a new bed-and-breakfast establishment with seven hotel rooms on the first floor and seven apartment rentals on the top floor. The original nineteenth-century skylight, 30 feet above the lobby floor, provides natural, filtered light that illuminates the renovation.

Anna Gardner, Clint Gardner, Mason Gardner, and Holly Gardner

Robin Patterson, Dr. Shannon Patterson, Paula Rushing, and Dr. Richard Rushing

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Helen Lynch, Robin Patterson, and Kristy Sessums

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Robb Massengill, Jeff Doremus, Dr. Kim Sessums and Dr. Nic Belk

Dianne Roberson, Julie Mills, Paula Roberson, and Terri Doremus

Jim McKennon and Mignon McKennon

Ed Williford and Johnny Lynch

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Southern Sampler | by Alma M. Womack


A New Year, a Strapping New Baby, a Stalwart Heritage

new year is here, and once again we hope that this year will surpass the last in all things good and improve on all things that need improving on. I will not get into a political discussion now, for this is not the forum for it. But I will say that the time from January 2009 to this present day has aged me and put me on stomach medication. I am hoping for some real, lasting improvement in 2012. By the time this January issue is put into businesses, we hope to have a new baby on Smithland. Daughter Claire will have her first child in late December or early January, and we are getting excited, for we will have another little boy to add to Woodrow and Drew in the boy department. Claire has chosen the name Jon Grover for her little one: Jon for John E. Womack,

Buster’s uncle, and Grover for Buster’s dad. Both men were exceptional businessmen, true gentlemen of the old school, and wonderful role models for a little one to emulate. Jon Grover’s initials, J.G., also served as the name of Buster’s eldest brother, another businessman and much beloved son and brother, and as the initials of the little one’s great, great grandfather, Jacob Green Womack. Jon Grover will have a lot of history in his name. The first Jacob Green Womack was a sixth-generation citizen of the United States; his initial ancestor, William Womack, came to the Virginia colony of England in 1630 from the country of Wales. It is said that Jacob Green Womack killed Major General Packenham in the Battle of New Orleans in January 1815.

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Jacob Green Womack lived in St. Helena Parish where his son, Stephen Green Womack, was born. Stephen and his family and several other families in that area moved to Catahoula Parish after the end of the War Between the States. These families settled in the Manifest-Rhineheart area of the parish where many of their descendants still live. Stephen Green had a son, named Jacob Green Womack. Jacob had a store in Manifest, and it was he who built the Womack home that is still inhabited. It has passed from the family to Bill and Linda Edwards, who lovingly care for the old home and have made it even more beautiful than it was previously. Jacob Green had two wives with children by each, one of whom, Grover C. Womack, was the father of one daughter,

Anna Katherine, and three sons, J.G., M.T. “Huey,” and George C. “Buster.” Our new baby, Jon Grover (or maybe Jay, or J.G.) will be a twelfth-generation descendant of the original William Womack, who braved the perils of ocean travel and the dangers of an unknown land to found a family that has spread from Virginia to the Pacific Coast in four hundred years. That’s a lot of history to place on the head of a little boy, but it is a proud history that includes those who fought for freedom from Great Britain in the Revolutionary War, those who fought for the South in the 1860s, and those who persevered through the Great Depression and World War II as the greatest generation and made the world safe for a while. Generations of farmers and businessmen, civic leaders, and government officials they were—and they all started out as wee bairns, just like our baby will. Woodrow has declared that he is going to teach this new baby how to ride tractors and Gators and combines and cotton pickers. He will teach the little one how to play in the sandbox and throw rocks into the lake at the alligators. And best of all, Woodrow will teach the little fellow how to ride a horse. Oh, he has big plans for Jon Grover, but I think he might be aggravated that he’s going to have to wait awhile before all this teaching begins. My job for all the grandchildren is to teach them true history, not the “facts” that are always in the history books. I teach from a Scottish, American, Southern perspective, and I think it is important to teach them that one must learn from the past in order to survive in the future. I think that it is also important that I do everything possible to be certain that they will have a future in a free country, no longer a certainty in this time. At any rate, we are preparing for a bitty baby to love and kiss and rock and sing to. And when he’s big enough, Woodrow will have him riding everything on the farm, and I will teach him about Scot warriors and Patriots and Johnny Rebs and conservative philosophy and the love of God for his people. Will it be enough?

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THE Social Scene Brookhaven Animal Rescue League Celebrity Dinner


he Brookhaven Animal Rescue League’s Eighth Annual Celebrity Dinner and Auction in late October was a huge success, generating over $20,000 for the league’s programs. Local community and business leaders dressed in costume to wait tables and raise TIPS for BARL, and over 180 attendees participated in live and silent auctions that showcased over 200 items. Best-in-Show sponsors were Animal Medical Center; Bank of Brookhaven; Bank of Franklin; Brookhaven Animal Hospital; C-Spire Wireless; and Dynamics Marine, Inc. JoAnna Sproles served as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening.

Amy Cooley and Hannah Cascio

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Barbara Ashley, Debbie Brown, and Ann Ryan

THE Social Scene Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Banquet


he annual 2011 Chamber Banquet for Brookhaven/Lincoln County was held in mid November at the Thames Center on the campus of Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Mississippi. Business members and residents attended the dinner. Angie Warren, owner of Expectations, received the Soapbox Award for her contributions to the retail business community in Brookhaven. Doug Boykin  was named the incoming Chamber President for 2012.

Vickie Goza, Pam Cartwright, Kay Boykin, and Doug Boykin

David Culpepper, Rachel Brumfield, and Johnny Rainer

Imogene Ryan, Pat Hennington, and Sheila Byrd

Carolyn Hennington and Kay Burton

Becky Currie and Cindy Hyde-Smith

Theresia Perkins and Don Perkins

Kathleen Corollo, Miss Hospitality, and Jordan Henning, Miss Merry Christmas

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THE Social Scene Eightieth Birthday Celebration


riends and family recently gathered at the Brookhaven Recreation Department to honor Winifred “Winnie” Marie Britt Lowery of Brookhaven, Mississippi, on the occasion of her eightieth birthday. The celebration was hosted by her children—Annette Dunaway, Linda Martin, Shirley O’Quinn, Debbie Gates, Glenn Lowery, and Guy Lowery.

Becky and Wayne Nations with Winnie Lowery

Dustin Lowery, Brittany Lowery, Glenn Lowery, Winnie Lowery, Cindy Lowery, and Kimberly Lowery

Victoria, Annette, Winnie, Guy and Ashley Lowery

Faith and Ruth Ellen Gates, Emma Gates, Michael Gates, Winnie Lowery, Steven Gates, Debbie Gates, Lillie Gates, and Daniel Gates

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Rachel Grauzer, Winnie Lowery, Frankie Grauzer, and Linda Martin

Anita Faye and Doc Entrican with Winnie Lowery

Winnie Lowery and Joyce Burt

Elvis with Winnie Lowery

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THE Social Scene 2011 Brookhaven’s Taste of the Trust


he annual Taste of the Trust, hosted by the Brookhaven Trust and held at the Brookhaven Recreation Department in Brookhaven, Mississippi, on November 10, offered a feast for attendees as dozens of area restaurants and caterers brought samplings of their most popular menu items. Live music throughout the evening framed silent and live auctions, the proceeds from which fund the town’s preservation and building renovation projects. The winner of the tastings and recipient of the People’s Choice Award was Pearl Street Pasta from Natchez, Mississippi.

Erin Grace, Rachel Ellis, Rachel Boutwell, Olivia Oberschmidt, and Silva Jackson

Linda Bruner, Pat Allen, and Shirley Estes

Lissa Boerner, JoAnna Sproles, and Valerie Oglesby

Kathy Bridge, Ken Dixon, and Kim Bridge

Carl Smith, Malisia Smith, Laura McDaniel, and Rod McDaniel

Scott Smith, Heather Smith, Sally Doty, and Dr. Don Doty

Dr. Spencer Mooney and Janie Mooney

Amy Valentine and Shannon Clark

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Dr. Donna Foster and Debbie Borel

Dennis Dunn and Jorge Torres

Emily Phillips and Kelsey Jordan

Bill Boerner, Merrie Boerner, Dr. Nic Belk, Betsy Belk, Lissa Boerner, and Brad Boerner

Tammy Hill, Malisia Smith, and Clif Brumfield of Pearl Street Pasta, People’s Choice Award Winner

Steve Fitzsimmons and Laura Phillips Murray

Tyler Bridge

Robin Laird, Kevin Laird, Britney Lombas, and Daniel Marsh

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THE Social Scene


Krewe of Phoenix 2012 Royalty Announcement Party

he Krewe of Phoenix of the Natchez Mardi Gras honored its 2012 Mardi Gras Royalty at the 2012 Royalty Announcement Party, held recently at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Randy Tillman in Natchez, Mississippi.

Linda Rodriguez and Marcia McCullough

Julie Kendall and Sandy Fawlkes

Christie Monticello with John and Phyllis Lee-Ray

Gary Wills and ReneĂŠ Adams

Cheryl Emfinger, Darby Short, Barry Emfinger, and Richard and Coral Byrd

Kippy and Karrie Blaney, ReneĂŠ Adams, Darby Short and John Hoggett

Laura Laird, Lisa Maples, Ginny and Bradley Harrison

Christie Monticello, Debbie Gee, and Darby Short

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THE Social Scene

Ginger Hyland and Mary Lessley

Adolf Jonaitis and Debbie Gee

Front—Christie Monticello, Phyllis Lee-Ray, Deanne Tanksley, Debbie Gee, René Adams, Angel Price, and Ryan Dixon-Richardson; back— Clifford Tillman, Ashton James, John Hoggatt, Gary Wills, Darby Short, Richard Byrd, Stewart Heflin, and Scott Christian

Reneé Adams and Deanne Tanksley

Phyllis Lee-Ray, Mandy Holliman, Reneé Davis Adams, Molly Wills and Scott Christian

Coral Byrd and Darby Short

Tommy Smith and Christie Monticello

Shanna Pollard and Darby Short

Debbie Gee and Richard Byrd

Ryan Richardson and Dennis Short

Derrick Pyron

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Christie Monticello and Annette Moroney

John Hoggatt and Sherry Bartlett

Shanna and Bob Pollard

Randy and Ann Tillman

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THE Social Scene Natchez Garden Club’s Victorian Luncheon


n December 1, 2011, at antebellum Magnolia Hall, the Natchez Garden Club hosted its annual Christmas Victorian Luncheon, now a signature event in the month-long Christmas in Natchez extravaganza. Attendee’s enjoyed Christmas Carols, played on the piano by Alvin Shelby, and dined on many festive party foods, including Magnolia Hall’s famous corn chowder. All proceeds generated from this event are used for the preservation of the Natchez Garden Club’s two antebellum properties, Magnolia Hall and The House on Ellicott Hill.

Mary Ruth Caldwell, Diana Glaze, and Pam Wood

Amy Brown, Andrea Bradford, and Mary Ruth Caldwell

Cretia Johnson, JoAnn Herrington, and Paige Carter

Katie Grace Edgin, Brenda Edgin, and Ellen Mosby

Suzanne Tomlinson, Father Sam Tomlinson, and Beth Boggess

Rosemary Hall with Mary Ann and Bubba Spell

JoAnn Herrington, Doug Maro, and René Jennings

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Betsy Crawford and Carol Smith

Virginia and Danny O’Beirne

Sallie Ballard and Jean Reed

Kitty and Julia Bray

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THE Social Scene Natchez Adams County Chamber of Commerce…Night of Stars


he Natchez Adams County Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Gala Awards Ceremony December 6 at the Natchez Convention Center. Kay Ketchings presided over the event and recognized the dinner sponsors and Chamber Board members. Natchezians and Businesses of the Year awards were presented by Chamber CEO Debbie Hudson. Special guests were Linda Lee Mead Shea, former Miss America, and Steven Ridley, NFL New England Patriots player. Jennifer Odgen Combs was guest speaker, and all on hand for the occasion saw a newly designed video marketing Natchez.

Tammy Gardener, Bob Pollard, Sue Stedman, Katie McCarstle, Cliff McCarstle, Connie Taunton and Deanne Tanksley

Sam and Cindy Gwin with Mary and Jim Lessley

Katelyn, Chuck, and Sylvia Mayfield

Sue and Barry Loy with Nancy and Scott Kimbrell

Front—Ginger Hyland and Judy Stahlman; back—James Wesley Forde and Cappy Stahlman

Tammi and David Gardner and Maxine Brice

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THE Social Scene

Paige and David Carter with Tate Hobdy

Kay Harris, Laura and Scott McLemore, Caitlyn Huffines, and Lauren and Wes Middleton

Joe and Sue Stedman, Leah Ulmer, and Connie Taunton

David Gardner, Tommy Ferrell, and Moe LeBlanc

Debbie Hudson, Cappy Stahlman, Lynda Lee Mead-Shea, Bob M. Dearing, Doris Ann Benoist, Judy Stahlman, Linda Aldridge Harris, and Kay Taylor

Dewana Watts, Chad Ridley, Steven Ridley, Carolyn Ridley and Leon Ridley

John Holyoak, Ginger Hyland, and David Gardner

Sandra and Mike Ellard

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Charlie and Noelle Speed

Edna Ferguson and Benny Jeansonne

Andrew and Jessie Calvit

Kay Ketchings and Debbie Hudson

J. T. and Jackie Robinson

Mayor Jake Middleton and Wade Heatherly

Patrick Vogt and John Holleman

Janet Cloutier and Brad Fondren

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THE Social Scene

River Region Tree Lighting


iver Region Hospital in Vicksburg, Mississippi, held its Christmas Tree Lighting in the hospital’s atrium on December 6. A reception, photographs with Santa, and Christmas caroling complemented the event.

Lacey Lee and Nicholas Lee

Ann Morris, Leigh White, and Farris Atkins

John Pelton, Dr. Carlos Latorre, and State Representative Alex Monsour

Linda Wymbs, Debbie Busma, Ginny Crow, and Glenn Carney

Johnny Reynolds and Annie Reynolds

Noah Harrington (front) with Hal Harrington, John Milazzo, Tammi Milazzo, and Heather Butler

Chasity Cason, baby Chase Cason, Amari Cason, and Mario Cason

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January... Up and Coming!

January 7 - March 14 Ladies of Lincoln’s Era West Baton Rouge Museum Port Allen, Louisiana Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm Sunday, 2:00 - 5:00 pm $4; students & seniors $2 225-336-2422 January 7 Mississippi Blues Marathon & Half-Marathon Jackson, Mississippi 7:00 am $70 - $95 601-624-7882

January 8 Premier Bridal Show Jackson Convention Center Jackson, Mississippi 1:00 - 5:00 pm $22 admission 601-957-1050 January 11, 18, 25 3-Day Spinning Fiber Workshop Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation Vicksburg, Mississippi 10:00 am - 12:00 pm $90 Members; $100 Non-members Space limited; reservations required 601-631-2997

January 8 “The Perfect Day” Bridal Show Lake Charles Civic Center Lake Charles, Louisiana $5 admission 1:00 - 4:00 pm 337-224-0700

January 12 Diane Schuur River City Jazz Masters Shaw Center for the Arts Baton Rouge, Louisiana 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm Admission fee charged 225-344-8558 January 13 - 15 Of Moving Colors Presents Kick It Out Manship Theatre Baton Rouge, Louisiana 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Admission fee charged 225-344-0334 January 14 Central Louisiana Bridal Extravaganza Alexandria Riverfront Center Alexandria, Louisiana 11:00 am - 3:00 pm 318-445-1234, ext 223 Page 72 { January 2012 { Bluffs & Bayous

January 14 Fourth Annual Chill in the Hills Vicksburg, Mississippi Pre-registration $10 - $25 10K Run - 8:30 am; 5K Walk - 8:35 am 1 mile Fun Run to follow Fundraiser January 14 EXPLORE! Applique Historic Jefferson College Washington, Mississippi Ages 6 - 8, 10:30 - 11:30 am Ages 9 - 12, 2:00 - 3:30 pm $10; Pre-registration required 601-442-2901 Kay McNeil, January 14 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Parade Vicksburg, Mississippi 2:00 pm 601-678-8263 January 14 Bravo III The Grand Meets the Great Thalia Mara Hall Jackson, Mississippi 7:30 pm Ticket prices vary. 601-960-1565 January 14 “Turn Over a New Leaf, Gold Leaf� Workshop Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation Vicksburg, Mississippi 8:30 am - 12:00 pm $90 Members; $95 Non-members Space limited; reservations required 601-631-2997 January 14 Second Saturdays Downtown Natchez, Mississippi 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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January... Up and Coming!

January 14 - March 11 Life & Landscapes along Louisiana Highway 1 West Baton Rouge Museum Port Allen, Louisiana Special Reception, January 14, 2:00 pm Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm Sunday, 2:00 - 5:00 pm $4; Students & Seniors $2 225-336-2422 January 15 Children’s Music of the Early 1800s Auburn Natchez, Mississippi 2:00 pm January 15 Touch of Class Bridal Show Mississippi Bridal Show & Expo Mississippi Trade Mart Jackson, Mississippi 11:00 am - 4:00 pm 601-988-1142

January 15 Louisiana Marathon Baton Rouge, Louisiana 1-888-524-9861 January 15 Southwest Bridal Expo St. Andrews Senior Center McComb, Mississippi 1:00 - 4:00 pm 601-810-2026 January 16 Gordon Lightfoot in Concert Baton Rouge River Center Baton Rouge, Louisiana 8:00 pm Admission fee charged 225-389-4940

January 16 Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholarship Breakfast Vicksburg Convention Center Vicksburg, Mississippi $20; 8:30 am January 17 Lunchtime Lecture The History of Dueling, from Burr to Bowie Historic Jefferson College Washington, Mississippi Free admission 601-442-2901 January 17 William’s Winter Soup Workshop Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation Vicksburg, Mississippi 5:30 - 7:30 pm $30 Members; $35 Non-members Space limited; reservations required 601-631-2997

January 17 & 18 Spamalot Thalia Mara Hall Jackson, Mississippi 7:30 pm Ticket prices vary. 601-981-1847 January 17 - February 21 Digital Photography Workshop with Jenny Ellerbe Masur Museum of Art Monroe, Louisiana 6:15 - 8:00 pm $120 Members; $160 Non-members Jenny Burnham, 318-329-2237; 318-329-2237 Page 74 { January 2012 { Bluffs & Bayous

January 18 Southern Book Club Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation Vicksburg, Mississippi 601-631-2997 January 19 Junior Brown Manship Theatre Baton Rouge, Louisiana 7:30 pm Admission fee charged 225-344-0334 January 19 An Evening with General Andrew Jackson Old Capitol Museum Jackson, Mississippi 6:00 - 8:00 pm Tickets: 601-576-6809

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January 20 Look & Learn with Hoot Mississippi Museum of Art Jackson, Mississippi Ages 4 - 5 with parents 10:00 am - Noon 601-960-1515 January 20 - 21 Printmaking Class with Marie Burkowski Masur Museum of Art Monroe, Louisiana Friday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm $130 Members; $170 Non-members Jenny Burnham, 318-329-2237; 318-329-2237

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January 20 - 29 Forever Plaid Vicksburg Theatre Guild Vicksburg, Mississippi Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm Sunday, 2:00 pm $5 - $12 601-636-0471 January 21 Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration & Parade Jackson, Mississippi 601-960-1090 January 21 Harlem Globetrotters Baton Rouge River Center Baton Rouge, Louisiana 2:00 pm 225-389-4940 January 21 Book Signing Dwain Butler’s Einstein Redux Donna Clark’s The Lone Horseman Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation Vicksburg, Mississippi 601-631-2997 January 22 Premier Bridal Show Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center Biloxi, Mississippi 1:00 - 4:30 pm; $22 601-957-1050 January 24 - February 5 Lombardi New Stage Theatre Jackson, Mississippi 7:30 pm; Sundays, 2:00 pm $25 admission 601-948-3533 January 25 Book Signing Ann Butler’s Louisiana Highway 1 West Baton Rouge Museum Port Allen, Louisiana Free admission 224-336-2422 Bluffs & Bayous { January 2012 { Page 77

January 25 Punch Brothers & Loudon Wainright Manship Theatre Baton Rouge, Louisiana 7:30 pm Admission fee charged 225-344-0334

January 25 Gordon Lightfoot Thalia Mara Hall Jackson, Mississippi 8:00 pm Tickets starting at $39 601-960-1537

January 26 Bryan Adams - The Bare Bones Tour Baton Rouge River Center Baton Rouge, Louisiana 8:00 pm Admission fee charged 225-389-4940 January 26 - 29 Sordid Lives Natchez Little Theatre Natchez, Mississippi Fri. and Sat., 7:30 pm Sun., 2:00 pm $15 admission 601-442-2233 Page 78 { January 2012 { Bluffs & Bayous

January 28 Mono Print Workshop Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation Vicksburg, Mississippi 9:00 am - 3:00 pm $30 Members; $35 Non-members Space limited; reservations required 601-631-2997 January 28 Chamber II: Mozart by Candlelight Belhaven University Center for the Arts Jackson, Mississippi 7:30 pm Ticket prices vary. 601-960-1565

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January 28 EXPLORE! History: Language of the Fan Historic Jefferson College Washington, Mississippi Adults: ages 13 and up $15 admission 1:00 - 3:00 pm 601-442-2901 January 28 Ron White Moral Compass Tour Vicksburg Convention Center Vicksburg, Mississippi 7:00 pm $40.75; $52.75; $183.75 800-745-3000 January 28 - February 19 Dixie National Livestock Show & Rodeo Mississippi State Fairgrounds Jackson, Mississippi Event times vary. Admission fee for some events 601-961-4000

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January 29 Virtually Me Manship Theatre Baton Rouge, Louisiana 2:00 pm Admission fee charged 225-344-0334 January 29 Weddings with Style Magazine’s Signature Bridal Show Bossier Civic Center Bossier City, Louisiana $8 admission 12:30 - 4:30 pm 318-752-5507 January 31 Intro to Spanish Workshops Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation Vicksburg, Mississippi Ages 4 - 7 4:15 - 5:30 pm $70 Members; $75 non-members 601-631-2997

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February 12 Oak Lodge Bridal Spectacular Oak Lodge Reception & Conference Center Baton Rouge, Louisiana $10 in advance; $15 at door 1:00 - 4:00 pm 225-291-6257

February 16 Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors Duling Hall Jackson, Mississippi Doors open 6:30 pm. Show begins 7:00 pm. $10 in advance; $15 at door February 19 16th Annual Bridal Beginnings Show West Monroe Convention Center West Monroe, Louisiana 12:30 - 4:30 pm 318-362-0303 February 23 – 26 23rd Annual Natchez Literary & Cinema Celebration “Storytelling in the South” Natchez, Mississippi 601-446-1289

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