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From Your Publisher . . .

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always enjoy working on the August edition, for this builds my anticipation of the upcoming football season and preparation for fall. During our production time for this edition, we are in the middle of summer. It is hot. People are on vacation and attending camps, but those looking forward to the beginning of school and football season are booking their season tickets for collegiate or NFL events, planning tailgating dates, and searching for new game-day foods to serve. The talk about new coaches, players, and additions to stadiums has been circulating since the beginning of the year; and now, having taken somewhat of a “summer break,” it is gearing up. In addition to the SEC football schedules and the NFL Saints schedule in this month’s Bluffs, we have an inspiring selection of recipes in Cheryl’s Friends & Family for tailgating or home parties during this season. Becky Junkin, Ruth Nichols, and Shelby and Charlie Donald have rounded up and shared with us some of the favorites they serve during their tailgating events. A special treat this month is an inside look at the exciting annual New York Mississippi Picnic. Ellis Nassour took photographer Genevieve Keddy with him to

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capture the excitement of the event; renew old friendships; and enjoy some southern fried catfish, hushpuppies, sweet tea, and caramel cake. Our front cover features Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, First Lady Deborah Bryant, and their son, Patrick, during this popular gathering. Also during this festive weekend in New York City, award-winning actor James Earl Jones, a native of Arkabutla, Mississippi, was presented with gifts from the Governor and First Lady and from the Mississippi Choctaw Chief Phyliss Anderson. Ellis Nassour chronicles this event with a feature on this encounter. Patricia Taylor has once again sent her jottings from the UK and continues her story from last month, focusing on the tiny village of Little Easton and tracing its rich history through World War II—a very interesting side of history that I was not aware of and certainly a bit of intrigue for our readers. Our monthly columnists Alma, Mary, Jennie, Ross, and Gary have charmed us again with their humor, wisdom, and adventure; and this month’s Up & Coming again provides us with a glimpse of all of the goings on in our small corner of the world.

Also, I am happy to say that during June, July, and most of August I have had the pleasure of working with two exceptional young men who have assisted our staff with research and administrative work. Hats off to Cody Bradford and our Media Specialist Adam Blackwell, who have brought both enthusiasm and expertise to Bluffs’ production department. Try to stay cool, and we’ll be working on the September issue with more adventures to share in this life along and beyond the Mississippi.


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

Columnist Dr. Gary R. Bachman is an assistant extension professor of horticulture at Mississippi State University’s Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, Mississippi.

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

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

Ellis Nassour, a Vicksburg native, is an arts journalist and veteran of The New York Times. He wrote the bestselling biography Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline and hit revue Always, Patsy Cline. For Bravo TV, he co-anchored The Voice with k.d. lang. At MCA/Universal Studios, he helped introduce Elton John and Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar and worked closely with Neil Diamond, Bill Cosby, The Who, Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee, and Conway Twitty. Ellis authored Rock Opera: The Creation of Jesus Christ Superstar. He worked with Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim. He was contributing editor of Oxford University Press’ American National Biography. Ellis donated the Mamie and Ellis Nassour Arts & Entertainment Collection, in memory of his parents, in the University of Mississippi’s J.D. Williams Library. Ellis is featured in the book Mississippians.

Jennie Guido is a graduate of Delta State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Master’s Degree in English Education. Having lived up Highway 61 in Cleveland, Mississippi, she recently has returned to Natchez, her hometown, to pursue her professional career.

Patricia Taylor is a Doctor of Naturopathy and a Consultant Medical Herbalist, having studied at the University of Wales and Clayton, Alabama. She is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists of Great Britain and a registered herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild. Taylor has a practice in her hometown in England, and she and her husband John split their year between there and their home 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.

on the cover Governor Phil Bryant with First Lady Deborah and their son, Patrick, captured by Genevieve Keddy, during the annual Mississippi Picnic in Central Park, New York City, New York. See story on pages 34-37.

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 Jennifer Ratliff Cheryl Rinehart Donna Sessions JoAnna Sproles

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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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August 2012 FEATURES Fried Catfish, Hushpuppies, Lifelong Friendships: A Taste of the Ole South in New York City—The Way Up North in Mississippi Picnic, Then and Now ....34-37 James Earl Jones Honored by Mississippi Officials ..................................................41 2012-2013 College Football Schedules................................................................43-45 2012-2012 New Orleans Saints Schedule .................................................................45 Tailgater ................................................................................................................48-49 Game-day Dishes from Cheryl’s Family & Friends...............................................58-63

FAVORITES All Outdoors

The Stupor Bowl ...................................................................................................14-15

Events August Up & Coming! ..........................................................................................76-86

Fried Catfish, Hushpuppies, Lifelong Friendships: A Taste of the Ole South in New York City—The Way Up North in Mississippi Picnic, Then and Now pages 34 - 37

From the Stacks Kick off the Season with this Summer Read..............................................................9

In the Garden Tropical Duranta Adds Interest ................................................................................25

Random Jottings Random Jottings of Little Easton, Essex .............................................................52-55

Something Scrumptious Bird Man Coffee & Books, St. Francisville, Louisiana .........................................28-29

Southern Sampler A Found Favorite and Football Fervor ................................................................74-75

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Fortieth Birthday ..................................................................................................10-11 BHS Sliding into Senior Year................................................................................12-13

James Earl Jones Honored by Mississippi Officials page 41

Pushlocal Launch Party .............................................................................................26 New York’s Mississippi Picnic ...............................................................................38-40 Sproles at NY Mississippi Picnic ................................................................................42 Birthday Celebration for Rusty Burrows ..................................................................57 Friends 5-0 Club Summer Meeting ...........................................................................67 First Families’ Spring General Assembly...................................................................68 First Families’ Get-To-Know-You Party .....................................................................69 First Families of Mississippi Cotillion ........................................................................69 Retirement Party Honors Bob and Ann Nix ........................................................70-71 Reception Honoring City Officials .......................................................................72-73 Trinity’s Hegwood Meets with PTO ..........................................................................88 Joy Allen Named LNHA Queen.................................................................................89

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Cunningham-McMillin Engagement Party .........................................................16-19 Brown and Kelpe Engagement ................................................................................20 Roberts and George Engagement Party .............................................................22-23

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From the Stacks review by Mary Emrick

Kick off the Season with this Summer Read Mississippi’s 100 Greatest Football Players of All Time by Neil White

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ugust is the month we begin to surface from the oppressive heat of the Miss-Lou summers with the anticipation of the approaching new season. Fall? Not exactly—“Football Season” is the breath of fresh air to which I refer! The beginning of Football Season brings reflections on cooler days and downright cold nights at the football field of your favorite team. To aid in the framing of this thought, while in the artificially cooled comfort of your home, you might like to enjoy the coffee-table book released by Nautilus Publishing Company last November. This book—Mississippi’s 100 Greatest Football Players of All Time, edited by Neil White—will make your desire even greater for the South’s favorite season to hurry and get here. In going through the many lists included in this book of famous Mississippi football players, you may disagree with White because your favorite Mississippi gridiron star is not included or, if included, is not on the list where you think he belongs. To give White credit, he spells out in the beginning of the book the point system by which the players are ranked. Assuming the system was applied correctly and I believe it was, I have to be satisfied that my favorite player did not make the top 100! Even so, the book is very interesting and full of Mississippi football trivia. The book defines Mississippians as anyone who played high school football in the state, anyone who played football for one of the Mississippi universities or colleges, anyone who grew up in Mississippi, or anyone born in the state. Because many of the top 100 were either born, raised, or played outside of Mississippi, the book will be of interest to most avid football fans. Included in the book for each of the 100 top-ranked Mississippi football players is an action shot taken on the field during his stellar career. For the top 25 in the listing, Neil White has included a highlighted, little-known bit of football lore in

reference to each player’s memorable career. For all of the elite 100, a biographical sketch pertaining to the individual’s football career is given. In order not to leave any fan wanting, Mississippi’s 100 Greatest Football Players of All Time includes nine addendum lists--The All Time Mississippi Offense, The All Time Mississippi Defense, Mississippians in the Pros, Mississippians in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Mississippians in the College Football Hall of Fame, Football Players in the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, 50 Greatest Athletes from the State of Mississippi, Conerly Trophy Winners, and Conerly Trophy Finalists. By the time you have completed studying this sports facts book, you will be well prepared for the season ahead; that is, you will be armed to engage in all football

related conversations around the tailgates of fans from all regional teams. Mr. Neil White is the former publisher of New Orleans magazine, Coast magazine, and Coast Business Journal. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, where he owns a small publishing company.

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THE social SCENE | Natchez, MS | Fortieth Birthday Celebration

Fortieth Birthday Celebration On Saturday, June 23, 2012, family and friends gathered at the home of Ty and Laura McCann in Natchez, Mississippi, to celebrate Ty’s fortieth birthday. Joining them for the event were their five sons; their parents, sisters and their families; and friends.

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THE social SCENE | Brookhaven, MS | BHS Sliding into Senior Year

BHS Sliding into Senior Year The first senior party for the Class of 2013 at Brookhaven High School in Brookhaven, Mississippi, was held at the home of Dr. Jeffrey and Shannon Clark in Brookhaven, Mississippi, the day after the May 26 graduation of the Class of 2012. The entire BHS Class of 2013 was invited to “Slide into Your Senior Year!� by the 18 families who hosted the party. Seniors swam in the pool and the lake; enjoyed the water slide; played corn toss; and ate watermelon, cupcakes, popcorn, and snow cones.

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All Outdoors by Ross McGehee

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t was the tail end of bow season last year at a local hunting camp when the conversation turned to wildlife biology as it usually does eventually at any camp. Armchair experts, hunting fanatics, some guy that read a magazine article about food plots, and the fellow that was cooking up a batch of really bad chili all wanted to weigh in. Everyone had a wildly different opinion about a particular question, and none had demonstrated the ability to boil the answer down to the bone. As it commonly works out, the perceived wildlife management problem had very little to do with wildlife and a great deal to do with people. The people in that particular group were actually the biggest part of the problem. How does a guest point that out diplomatically?

I got an e-mail recently that this month’s magazine focus was on football; and if columnists wanted, their articles could follow that theme. Anyone who knows me knows better than to think I’d be interested in doing that. That’s about as tactful as I can be. Went to two games when I was a freshman in college. Could not see the point of any of it and never went back. What does football have to do with hunting? More than you would think The hunting camp in question has about thirty members and thousands of acres. The club has existed for decades. Grandsons of the original members are now members themselves. As the membership has matured and new blood has come in, different hunting methods have been adopted. In the old days, it was common for deer to be

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pursued on horseback. Standers and drivers, horses and dogs were all utilized in organized hunts. There was a lot of camaraderie in the woods with this group effort, and the group did a good job of managing the deer herd. At least they did as well as they knew how to do at the time Nowadays, there is no one who brings a horse to hunt and there are no deer drives. Like most clubs, it is every man for himself, “still hunting” from blinds or ladder stands. There are some very good hunters in the group, and there are controls in place to make sure everyone is safe and has the opportunity to have a positive experience in the woods. So what’s the problem? On the particular Friday night that the management question arose there were about twenty members or their guests


present at the camp. Nine p.m. came around, and the grill in the backyard had just gotten hot enough to put the steaks on. Ten guys stood around the grill visiting; six were in the camp having a cocktail and visiting on the couches. Four of the senior members had finished their own suppers and were about to retire. They wanted to be asleep before the poker game started after the steaks were consumed. The question was asked, “Why is it that we used to bring in a phenomenal number of deer every year; but now, even though we see huge deer as we drive through the property, we only get three or four a year?” The explanations about deer becoming nocturnal or shifting their travel routes or becoming a super-race of hyper-aware animals abounded. “We’ve killed the dumb ones and now we’re stuck with the smart ones,” someone suggested. You could argue that stuff all night long. The answer was so obvious that it was almost comical Back up two paragraphs, and you have half of the answer. The hunters are starting to cook at nine. They will be finishing up eating about ten. They will play poker until the wee hours. Then, factor in that all will have a headache in the morning, but they aren’t going hunting anyway because LSU has a home game tomorrow, and then the Saints play on Sunday, so they will go home for that, and there goes the weekend. The four guys that went to bed early will hunt, but four hunters on four thousand acres aren’t enough. And consider that all those vehicles will be driving out past the guys that ARE hunting and disrupting them. But if they want to pay thousands of dollars a year not to hunt, I guess they should at least get a free membership to PETA. The bumper sticker would look good next to the LSU tiger Seriously, you’d leave the quiet of the woods, the fall breeze through the timber, the magic of a misty sunrise, and the whistle of wood ducks flying through the trees to listen to the same band play the same music while the same over-charged fans scream the same vitriol at the same overpaid coach, and some jerk spills his drink down your collar? “Oh, but you haven’t lived until you’ve been in The Grove on game day and met all the people.” No, YOU haven’t lived until you’ve sat alone with nothing but your thoughts in a little grove of cottonwood trees on the bank of a stream and gotten to know yourself while the leaves rustle overhead

Actually, one of the best bow-hunting experiences I ever heard of was because of a football game. Aficionados will remember the year, I’m sure, although it doesn’t matter; but some years ago, the Super Bowl was a blowout. Oh, it happened more than once? Here’s your sign. Anyway, a local hunter was at home watching the game and got disgusted or depressed or whatever football people do; and he decided instead to go hunting before halftime. Thankfully, he didn’t have to travel far to get in his stand. Long story short, there is a deer on his wall with a twenty-two inch spread because he did not watch a football game on the last day of the season Aldo Leopold wrote something to the effect that “managing wildlife is easy; it’s people that are difficult to manage in the wild.” Wild animals are pretty predictable: they need food and cover and spend their time finding it, and that’s all they have to do. On the other hand, people, along with some personality differences, are easily distracted from the task at hand. Then, these folks that mismanage their hunting time frequently resort to using contrivances to catch up. Instead of spending the time in the woods learning about the

critters, it’s too easy to buy something to shortcut the process. The sporting goods department at Wal-Mart has lots of stuff that will make up for the afternoon you spent in the bleachers. But that’s not why you go hunting in the first place. It’s to get away from all the superficial foolishness that happens when 130,000 people mob into a confined space. It’s to make you glad you DON”T have to be stuck in traffic for hours leaving a game. You never have any problem finding a parking place in the woods either although sometimes you may have trouble driving to it without getting stuck, in which case THAT is your parking space. There’s rarely a long line to be served dinner in the woods. And you usually are able to hear when you get home. If football is your thing, knock yourself out. All I can say is that a day in the woods is everything that football never will be.

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THE weddingSCENE | Vicksburg, MS | Cunningham-McMillin Engagement Party

Cunningham-McMillin Engagement Party A lovely cocktail party in the Vicksburg, Mississippi, home of Faye and Herb Wilkinson on April 28, 2012, celebrated the engagement announcement of Sarah Cunningham of Jackson, Mississippi, and Mike McMillin of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Mike’s children, Davis and Jeff, were special guests along with the parents of the couple. Other friends hosting the party were Rose Dykes, Marlene and Ray McLaurin, Pat and Bill Pierce, Patty and John Duett, Carolyn and Jerry Hall, Stacy and Blake Teller, Geni and Bill Futlcher, Penny and Brian Register, Ali and Briggs Hopson, Becky and Tim Kerut, Joan and Jerry Campbell, Holly and Will Hood, Jill and Paul Pierce, Katie and Rich Feibelman, Bettye Sue and Stan Kline, Laura and Bobby Fleming, Martha and Wade West, Beth and Dean Norman, CoraLee and Lewis DeCell, and Danielle and Brad Warnock.

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Brown and Kelpe Engagement Mr. and Mrs. Ray L. Bradford of Natchez, Mississippi, announce the engagement of their daughter Rebecca Anne Brown to Lance Wayne Kelpe, son of Dr. and Mrs. Jim Finley and Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Kelpe, all of Ruston, Louisiana. The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Ms. Linda McKeivier Warren of Denver, Colorado, and Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Bradford of Olla, Louisiana. She is a graduate of Cathedral High School in Natchez and of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. Currently, she is attending The Institute of Ultrasound Diagnostics in Mobile, Alabama, from which she will graduate in December The groom-to-be is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Goss, Sr., and Mrs. Marilyn Rhodes, all of Ruston, and the great grandson of Mrs. Shelby Kirkham of Ruston. He is a graduate of Ruston High School and of Louisiana Tech University. The wedding will be at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Brandon Hall Plantation in Natchez, Mississippi, with the reception there following the ceremony.

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THE weddingSCENE | Vicksburg, MS | Roberts and George Engagement Party

Roberts and George Engagement Party Friends and families gathered on April 28, 2012, to celebrate the engagement of Mandy Roberts and Stephen George. The event, hosted by friends of the groom, was held in the home of Baxter and Marlene Morris of Vicksburg, Mississippi. The honorees will be married on November 3, 2012.

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In the Garden story and photos by Dr. Gary R. Bachman

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native of the tropical regions of the Caribbean and Central and South America, the Duranta is sure to generate interest in your landscape. Duranta, commonly called pigeon berry, has an arching growth habit with bluish flowers and produces golden fruit that can feed our feathered friends. The native plant can reach small-tree status, growing up to 25 feet tall. That’s too large for many of our Mississippi gardens and landscapes. However, plant breeders have solved that problem. They have developed a couple of really nice Duranta selections with a smaller growth habit. Sapphire Showers is a version that has a more compact, upright habit. It produces tube-shaped, blue to violet flowers in cascading clusters from spring through summer. Each flower has a white picotee edging that intensifies the look of the flower color. The fruit of Sapphire Showers is yellow-orange and contrasts beautifully with the flowers since they are often seen together through the season. A Duranta selection that can brighten any landscape Duranta’s yellow-orange fruit color provides a fantastic contrast to its flowers since they are often seen together through the season. is Cuban Gold. The foliage of this variety is a blend of chartreuse and golden yellow, and it grows three feet tall and wide. I’ve heard Cuban Gold described as a tropical boxwood, For the best landscape effect, plant Duranta in full sun or no and it does make a gorgeous edge or hedge plant. more than partial shade. Amend the landscape soil with organic For a formal look, feel free to prune Duranta just as you would matter to increase drainage, especially in tight, clay soils. Feed boxwood. Allow normal growth for a more casual appearance. monthly with water-soluble fertilizer to keep your Duranta in Towards the end of the season, it may produce lavender flowers, peak form. Duranta is very tolerant of pruning, so don’t be afraid adding color contrast to the foliage. to give your plants a trim every once in a while to keep them neat. Cuban Gold is a good choice for combination containers where Treat your Duranta as you would a butterfly bush, and prune the it can be used as a filler plant. In fact, Cuban Gold Duranta will last aerial stems back to about 4 inches long each spring before the for several years when grown in containers. foliage emerges. These plants are hardy in zones 9 to 11, but they will die back to the ground after a frost or freeze. In northern Mississippi, Duranta will die back to the ground each winter but will rebound the following spring. Fruit production may be limited in the northern counties. Find a place in your container or landscape for this tropical native and enjoy the beauty it brings to your garden.

Cuban Gold Duranta can be used as an edge plant. It has a formal look when pruned and a casual appearance when left natural.

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THE social SCENE | Vidalia, LA | Pushlocal Launch Party

Pushlocal Launch Party A Launch Party was held on Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Comfort Suites in Vidalia, Louisiana, to celebrate the official launching of Pushlocal’s iPhone app, a new marketing and communications tool for non-profits and businesses.

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Something Scrumptious

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Bird Man Coffee & Books St. Francisville, Louisiana

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or a change of pace this month, I decided to make a trip south along Highway 61 to venture through historical and antiques-filled St. Francisville, Louisiana. Not far off of the highway, not only do you find a Mecca for the avid antiques enthusiast, but you also come across the perfect little coffee stop, just past the intersection of Commerce and Ferdinand Streets. Bird Man Coffee & Books is a fabulous place to begin any day-trip and adventure through St. Francisville with a hearty breakfast and piping hot cup of coffee. When I sat down with Lynn Wood, the owner of this little establishment, she was quick to tell me that it was her love of art that made her open up a coffee shop. “When I opened this place twelve years ago,” Wood laughed, “I thought it would be a fun way to sell some of my own art; however, it has taken on a life of its own.” Originally starting out as a coffee shop with many shelves of books and several local artists’ works for sale, Bird Man has evolved into an eclectic breakfast eatery with the books taking a back seat to the scrumptious options on the menu. Open every morning except on Mondays, Bird Man Coffee and Books offers a full menu of breakfast items ranging from bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches or English muffins to sweet potato What a wonderful way to spend your weekend mornings

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The Bird Man Coffee shop is the perfect breakfast stop when heading through St. Francisville, Louisiana

confections that are sure to have each customer making a return visit before long. On my trip to Bird Man, accompanied by my sister, Aimee, she ordered a “hearty and filling” cranberry muffin as a starter for our own sweet potato heaven in the form of a stack of fluffy pancakes. Paired with my Mocha Latte, these pancakes are definitely a unique treat that everyone should jump into a car and make the short drive to St. Francisville to enjoy. At first bite, these fluffy wonders are warm and buttery. The flavors that burst from them are that sugary something that only a sweet potato can give you, accented by the spicy fabulousness of cinnamon. Neither my sister nor I wanted to hide the natural flavor of the pancakes with syrup because, to be honest with you, these light cakes just do not need it. However, with a little drizzle over the top, those pancakes came to life and were devoured within minutes if not seconds. Made with sweet potato flour, these pancakes deliver a satisfaction that defies description; and my efforts in that direction do not do these pancakes justice. You will just have to go and try them yourselves! Being an extremely satisfied full that makes for a good morning burst of energy to start the day, we set


Handcrafted bird figurines made by Woods’ father provide the namesake for Bird Man.

out to continue on our excursion in search of a few antiques shops to browse through—but first we each bought a Bird Man breakfast cookie to go. Woods had told me that these breakfast cookies were extremely popular and hard for her to keep on the shelf. Made with oatmeal, flax seed, bananas, raisins, and walnuts, these cookies are a healthy option on the menu that many of her customers actually stop in for daily. Bird Man is also host to tons of local talent on different nights of the week. “On the second Monday of every month, we have the Future Poets playing live music while customers can enjoy a home-cooked dinner. On the third Monday of every month, we have an Open Mic Night,” Wood explained. And what’s for dinner? “Anything I feel like whipping up!” she declared. Bird Man is home to many local poetry writers as well—a group of Wood’s friends that get together, write a little verse, and read their selections to each other. Along with the good food, live music, and caffeine-filled mugs, Wood’s father, Roland Barber, sells his own creations right inside the front door. “He makes hand-carved birds, and we sell them here. That’s how I came up with the name of the place,” Woods said. In keeping with famed artist John James Audubon’s historical

Come in and enjoy a hot latte and a good book.

tenure in St. Francisville as he documented evidence for his masterpiece Birds of America she thought Bird Man would be a fitting name; moreover, her father’s talent makes Bird Man a fitting name for him as well. What would I suggest that you try at Bird Man Coffee & Books? Obvious choices are the delectable sweet potato pancakes and a warm, frothy cup of coffee. The blueberry muffins, though, are not to be missed either!

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Fried Catfish, Hushpuppies, Lifelong Friendships: A Taste of the Ole South in New York City—The Way Up North in Mississippi Picnic, Then and Now by Ellis Nassour Photos by Genevieve Rafter Keddy he 33rd annual Way Up North in Mississippi Picnic on Saturday, June 9, 2012, was invaded by U.S. Army troops—the 77th Infantry Division, 307th Regiment, to be exact. This was a first for the picnic. And the five co-founders of the New York event—Rachel McPherson (Monticello), Kay McDuffie (Nettleton), Diane Wiltshire (McComb), and Vicki and Ron Carter (Tupelo and Ellisville, respectively)—thought they’d seen it all. Rachel will never forget “Congressman Sonny Montgomery and former New York Mayor Ed Koch spitting watermelon seeds.” Vicki and Ron vividly remember the two-foot Lady Liberty made from grits and another made from watermelon. Diane recalls Mississippi’s first Miss America, Mary Ann Mobley, barefoot atop her huge, park-rock-formation stage, dueting with husband Gary Collins. Kay revealed that the picnic’s been responsible for at least one marriage, explaining, “Rachel met husband Pat (Newton) after he joined an early planning committee. He’s been an integral part of our team since.” Affairs? “Lifelong friendships for sure,” said Vicki. Another in the group stated, “Given all our planning committees and the fact that the summer heat and humidity are as high as back home, there’ve probably been a few!” Regarding the troops, Alexis Brown, longtime State Coordinator for the event, laughed, “They were unarmed, drawn by the wafting scent of deep-frying catfish and country music. When they found the watermelons, they were happy with their ‘weapons of mass deliciousness.’ ”

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This year’s theme was Southern Fried Hollywood: Mississippi Stars Shine, saluting such famed natives as Oprah Winfrey, the Muppets [created by Jim Henson], Morgan Freeman, James Earl Jones, and the Oscar nominations and awards won by the film adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s best-seller The Help. This was the picnic’s second year in its new location west of Fifth Avenue and East 72nd Street, 25 blocks south of the original site. In the wee hours of setting up, it was as if a carnival had come to town. Workers, with Rachel supervising from a master plan, erected open-air tents along Sheep’s Meadow concrete Mall. The place came to life with merchandisers hawking sales of tees, posters, and aprons; Mississippi cities promoting tourism; university alumni groups touting their alma maters; authors signing books; artists and craftspeople displaying their wares; and food and beverages being served nonstop. Catfish chef du cuisine Ken Akins (Southhaven) has been deep-frying catfish filets for 28 years. Most everything he needs, he trucks up from home, including 500 pounds of catfish, flash frozen in dry ice at Yazoo City’s Simmons Catfish—donated for the second year by the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi; 200 pounds of hush puppies; and 300 pounds of frozen fries. His makeshift kitchen consists of a corn-meal station and six vats for frying. “Each vat holds 35 pounds of vegetable oil with the properties of peanut oil,” he noted, “but without the trans fat.” Frying time is eight minutes. Food prep began at 10 A.M. As noon approached, the food line was long. “We average 1,000 one-half-pound servings,” observed Akins, “Eight ounces is a lot of meat, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen any leftovers.” The catfish dinner, $15, includes hushpuppies, fries, and Cole slaw. McAlister’s Deli, long a picnic mainstay, provided complimentary iced tea, and New Albany’s Sugaree Bakery sent caramel cakes for dessert. According to owner Mary Jennifer Russell, “Fifty 4. They started it all in cakes were shipped to New York. All made it in one New York: 33 years and piece. They were devoured in 90 minutes. Next time, counting—Mississippi Picnic co-founders we just might have to make the slices a bit smaller.” Diane Wiltshire, Kay At the north end of the midway, a stage with McDuffie, Vicki and sponsor logos was erected for entertainment and Ron Carter, and Rachel McPherson welcoming speeches. 5. Lynn Arnold of The picnic always has top Mississippi blues, the Tunica Chamber bluegrass, and country groups along with New of Commerce; Olivia York entertainers, most often with a state connecRobbins, 8; and Mary Jennifer Russell tion. The event attracts state and federal politi(New Albany) ready cians such as Mississippi governors, senators, and complimentary slices congressmen as well as celebrities who hail from of caramel cakes from Ms. Russell’s Sugaree the state. Among the latter who’ve attended are Bakery. ABC-TV Good Morning, America co-host Robin 6. Sonny Simmons, Roberts (Pass Christian); Miss America Mary Ann CEO of the Panola Mobley (Brandon); Fox TV news anchor Shepard County, Mississippi Partnership, and Smith (Holly Springs); former New York Mayor Debbie Simmons Ed Koch; late New York Times food critic, editor, (Batesville); Alexis and best-selling cookbook author Craig Claiborne Brown (Madison), State Coordinator (Sunflower); and late author, playwright, and TV for the picnic; and star Anthony Herrera (Biloxi). sisters Stephanie The occasion of the picnic is an opportunity for Volk (Madison) and Merrie Morgan Volk the Mississippi governor and state and city ecoon either side of nomic development officials to meet with business their mother, Carole leaders, bond-rating companies, and travel and Milligan (Clinton) greet the crowds with a tourism media. In addition, there are meetings with signature Mississippi site selection consultants to entice companies such meal—Cole slaw, fries, as Caterpillar, Nissan, and Toyota to the state. hushpuppies, and catfish. “The Mississippi Picnic in Central Park is a great way for Mississippians in the New York area, 7. Picnickers Bluffs & Bayous { August 2012 { Page 35


as well as native New Yorkers, to enjoy a taste of Mississippi food and experience first hand the hospitality our state’s known for,” said Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, enjoying his first visit to the picnic with First Lady Deborah and son Patrick. “The enthusiasm for celebrating our state’s vibrant culture is very much evident. It’s been an exciting tradition for 33 years. We enjoyed meeting natives and former residents and look forward to being a part of this for years to come.” The Governor is a hands-on people person. He was so busy greeting friends, making new ones, and posing for photos with Congressman Gregg Harper, Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree, Rachel McPherson, and various picnickers that his aide had to gently usher him into the food tent so he and the family could eat. The first thing he did was slip off his jacket and sip some frosty Mississippi tea. Later in the day, the Governor addressed the crowd, extolling “the great city of New York, one of the greatest cities in the world” and the hospitality and tourist attractions throughout Mississippi. He extended thanks to New York City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe for a welcome sent by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and to the commissioner and his park rangers for their contribution to the picnic. He also commented on how the picnic helps Mississippi’s economy. Then, displaying quite a sense of humor, he added that the First Lady “has been busy helping the New York economy.” For one thing, the publicity the picnic generated in the New York Times and on NBC’s Today, especially an early segment with Willard Scott, helped Mississippi farm-raised catfish become a staple in area supermarkets and restaurants. Benepe explained that he becomes a Mississippian several weeks annually while working hand-in-hand with Rachel McPherson. It’s a little known fact that the picnic is the only organization allowed to have such an event in Central Park and the only one allowed to light a fire and cook. Rachel admits that the picnic wouldn’t be possible without the relationship developed over the years with the Parks Commission. Benepe has worked with the group eight years. Since its inception, the not-for-profit event has seen many changes. It began as a word-of-mouth, potluck “Y’all come ‘n bring something down home for all to share” old-fashioned dinner on the ground. It didn’t take long, though, for some to get inspired and create elaborate spreads. Sandra Bloodworth (Charleston) brought in magnolia and cotton blossoms as décor [and the two Lady Liberties, one of grits, the other of watermelon]. That was just the tip of the fishing pole. Soon there were fancy table cloths, fine china, silver and crystal ware, even candelabra that you might find in a plantation dining room or worthy of a backyard fete at Liberace’s. In 1992, the catfish farmers got involved—a tradition that continues today. More than 5,000 individuals and groups are invited with Mississippi picking up the tab for designing the invite, poster, and postage. “We get out the message that this is a great day for Mississippians,” Rachel stated. “We’re proud of our heritage. It’s a time to celebrate. The picnic brings together old friends from the region, drawn by the thought of Southern hospitality and seeing old college chums. It’s also a gift to us all. It’s a revival event for all races. Our invites say, ‘Y’all come!’ and y’all means all y’all!” Sandra Bloodworth, Director of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Arts for Transit, echoed that: “The picnic is about hospitality and inclusion. It’s sharing good food with friends—some you haven’t seen 8. Sofia Diaz for a while, some you’re just meeting. The fellowship of (Pascagoula), 8, the picnic has gone a long way to change attitudes about working her first Mississippi Picnic our state.” It’s June, so there’s summer heat with Mississippi-like 9. Ginger Johnson humidity. “You pray it won’t rain,” said Vicki. “It has, but and John Sherman of Clarksdale, attending we’ve been blessed except for one year when it came down their first Mississippi like cotton bales, and the rangers had to get everyone out and Picnic into shelter. Sometimes a drizzle’s good. It cools things off. 10. Grady Champion Folks take it in stride and get under a tent. When it stops, the (Canton), harmonica virtuoso and winner of music starts again and more catfish arrives piping hot. One the 2011 International advantage of the new location is no longer having to navi- Blues Challenge, entertains. gate through muddy fields.” Page 36 { August 2012 { Bluffs & Bayous

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The folks still come with many Mississippians planning a long New York weekend to visit museums and the 9/11 Memorial, see sights, and catch shows. However, a lot of the old homespun feeling has disappeared and given way to promotion, marketing, networking, and pitching Mississippi as a place to retire. “Rebuilding that homespun ingredient,” Kay noted “is something we’ll be striving for again.” Alpha Pearl Williams (Philadelphia) said she’d been attending the picnic “since the beginning of time.” She added, “I return to reminisce with friends. And I love the food!” John Sherman and Ginger Johnson (both from Clarksdale) were first timers. “Attending the picnic was on my bucket list,” he said. “Friends have been, so we heard about it. And it was an opportunity to visit New York. I came all the way up here to get great catfish.” You don’t have to attend to know what the picnic does for the state. SEC football legend and former tight end for the Green Bay Packers, Allen Brown (Natchez; now, Lake St. John, Louisiana), inducted in 2010 into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, said, “I’ve never been, but I feel like I’ve never missed one.” His wife Margaret has been to 20 or more. “I’ve lived every scintillating detail. She tells me how great the picnic is for Mississippi’s image. When the credit card statements arrive, I ask myself if Margaret goes for the picnic or for the shopping and shows!” Margaret describes the picnic as “a great event to gather old friends and make it a girls’ week!” The genesis of how the picnic took root in 1980 is typical of a Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland “Let’s put on a show” movie. “My sister Lula (Helms) called from Los Angeles,” said Vicki, “to say there was a Mississippi Picnic. Mac Nelson (Pascagoula; now, Laurel) was out there breaking into show business and came up with the idea. I figured, ‘Whatever L.A. can do, we can do better and bigger in New York.’ I told my husband Ron, who told Kay, who told Rachel; then we found Diane who knew everyone.” [L.A.’s picnic is September 8. Mississippi Picnics with catfish are in late June in Atlanta and Washington.] This group of homesick friends, crying in their mint juleps and eating Southern fried chicken, wasted no time spreading the word. Where else to have the picnic but Central Park? That’s where Rachel’s outgoing Southern personality smoothed the way. Vicki explained, “When I arrived in New York, my apartment and every connection I made came through Mississippi. And if some one came to town, you had to meet.” “I knew Vicki since childhood piano competitions,” Kay recalled. “Rachel was a flight attendant. New York was her base. We became roommates. One of my friends was actor Brandt Edwards (Byhalia) of Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning musical A Chorus Line and Tony-winning musical 42nd Street. He not only came to the picnics but brought a lot of theater people.” The second year, Rachel was able to get Mississippi Governor William Winter and state universities involved. “Having Mayor Koch as a fan,” she related, “enabled us to fry catfish in Central Park.” The picnic wouldn’t be possible, however, without sponsorships. “It’s become too expensive,” Rachel commented. “We can’t do it on meal-ticket and tee-shirt sales.” Among the 2012 sponsors were the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, Visit Hattiesburg, Mississippi Seafood Marketing Board, Sweet Potato Council of Mississippi, and Delta magazine. “From the beginning,” Rachel said, “our goal was to do something to change perceptions of the State coming out of the 60s. It’s evolved into a showcase about all the great things about Mississippi—the culture, hospitality, opportunities, and most of all the people.”

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THE social SCENE | New York, NY | New York' s Mississippi Picnic

New York' s Mississippi Picnic Mississippians from near and far, as well as those from throughout the Big Apple, gathered in New York City on Saturday, June 9, 2012, for the thirty-third annual Way Up North in Mississippi Picnic. Mississippi state and national officials and dignitaries, state college and university representatives, and Mississippi entrepreneurs were on hand to welcome and host the hundreds attending the event to bask in some authentic Southern hospitality from the Deep South’s Magnolia State and relish some of its signature catfish and hushpuppies with all the trimmings. Photos by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

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with the Mississippi Economic Council and her husband Phil Hardwick of the Stennis Institute for Government with their son-inlaw and daughter, Matt and Kimber Burger (Atlanta) Ann Claire Reynolds (Petal), Mississippi’s Miss Hospitality, charms members of the U.S. Army who invaded the picnic from a nearby memorial dedication. Thomas and Margaret Compton (Biloxi) and daughter Kim (Bay St. Louis), Hancock County Development Commission The Natchez Gang—Eileen Richardson, Beth Baker, and Sonya Stephens—share the late afternoon shift in the food tent.


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he celebrated actor James Earl Jones, a native of Arkabutla, Mississippi [Tate County, near Coldwater] as well as an Oscar, Emmy, Tony, and Golden Globe Award winner, was moved and delighted at the remembrance, recognition, and gifts from Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and First Lady Deborah Bryant and from Mississippi Choctaw Chief Phyliss Anderson. The presentations were made backstage at Broadway’s Schoenfeld Theatre where Mr. Jones is starring in the acclaimed revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, which also stars John Larroquette, Eric McCormack, Candice Bergen, and Angela Lansbury. Nominated for a 2012 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play, Mr. Jones is carrying on a family legacy. His father Robert Earl Jones, born in Coldwater, Mississippi, was a noted Broadway actor from the mid1940s into the 1990s. Among his noteworthy plays were John Patrick’s The Hasty Heart, Shakespeare’s Caesar and Cleopatra, Eugene O’Neill’s All God’s Chillun Got Wings, and a 1975 revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Mr. Jones was honored by the Mississippi delegation on June 6, 2012, three days prior to the New York Mississippi Picnic, which Mr. Jones wished to attend with his son Flynn. “Some good Mississippi catfish sounds great,” he stated, “but I’ll have to take a rain check. The picnic’s Saturday and I have two shows.” Alexis Brown, former Mississippi Development Authority Special Assistant, presented Mr. Jones with a picnic invitation, bearing his name and that of other famous Mississippi natives, and a Choctaw Indian basket from tribe Chief Phyliss Anderson as a tribute to the Choctaw heritage of Jones’s maternal grandmother Maggie Connolly. The hand-made basket contained a Neshoba County Cookbook, Mississippi cheese straws, muscadine jelly, pralines, Pirouline [sweet Belgium-style] cookies, and Mississippi souvenir shirts and caps. Chief Anderson’s note read, “Dear James Earl Jones, Congratulations for being recognized for more than five decades as one of America’s most distinguished and

versatile actors. We are proud of you and your Native American ancestry through your grandmother, Maggie Connolly. We would enjoy the pleasure of having you as an honored guest for a visit to Choctaw, Mississippi and to show you first-hand the many accomplishments our people have made. On behalf of our Choctaw tribe, we would like to present you with this handmade Indian basket as a token of our esteemed respect for your accomplishments.” Mr. Jones won a Tony Award for his acclaimed performance as boxer Jack Jefferson, starring opposite Jane Alexander, in The Great White Hope, which was also adapted for the screen. He was quite memorable in August Wilson’s Fences, Paul Robeson, and Sunrise at Campobello; in revivals of The Iceman Cometh, Of Mice and Men, Othello, On Golden Pond, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; and, in 2010, in Driving Miss Daisy opposite Vanessa Redgrave on Broadway and at London’s West End. His movie career is highlighted by such films as the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Claudine, The River Niger, Gardens of Stone, Coming to America, Field of Dreams, Jesus of Nazareth, and Cry, the Beloved Country. Ironically, he’s probably best known today as the voice of Mufasa in The Lion King and Darth Vader in the Star Wars franchise. On TV, in addition to numerous guest appearances and ten series, he portrayed Alex Haley in the adaptation of the author’s Roots. “I have fond memories of my life in Mississippi,” said Mr. Jones, “and those times when my grandmother regaled us with stories of her heritage. I still have family in northwest Mississippi and look forward to another visit.” Sarah McCullough, Mississippi Development Authority/Division of Tourism (Bureau of Film; Cultural Heritage Program Manager), presented Mr. Jones a

Above—James Earl Jones shows his delight as Alexis Brown presents him with a hand-made Choctaw basket that she arranged to have filled with products from Mississippi. Photo by Ellis Nassour

Left—Mississippi Choctaw Chief Phyliss Anderson and basket maker Anita Anderson Photo compliments of Choctaw Chief Phyliss Anderson

Below—James Earl Jones and John Larroquette in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man on Broadway Photo by Joan Marcus

gift from Governor Phil Bryant and First Lady Deborah Bryant – a glazed and lacquered plate with jewel and turquoise accents, an original piece by Mississippi potter LeiAnne Waters. The Governor’s message read: “Dear James Earl, Mississippi is proud of you and your accomplishments as a show business legend, Tony Award and Academy Award winner. It pleases us to call you our native son. I welcome you to come to Mississippi and to be our guest at the Governor’s Mansion.” “My wife Ceci and I will treasure this wonderful gift,” stated Mr. Jones. “Please thank Governor and Mrs. Bryant not only for the gift but also for the invitation to visit Mississippi again and the Governor and First Lady at the mansion.”

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THE social SCENE | New York, NY | Sproles at NY Mississippi Picnic

Sproles at NY Mississippi Picnic Brookhaven, Mississippi, folks along with multitudes of other Big Apple transplants from the Magnolia State stormed Central Park in New York, New York, for the annual Mississippi Picnic in July. Cheryl Sproles, formerly of Brookhaven was there with Tupelo, Mississippi, author Leslie Criss, promoting Criss’s publication Still & Yet, a collection of her columns written over the years.

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ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE

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LOUISIANA TECH BULLDOGS

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Texas A & M (Shreveport, LA) at Houston Rice at Illinois at Virginia UNLV Idaho at New Mexico State UTSA at Texas State Utah State at San Juan State

LSU TIGERS

Sept 1 Sept 8 Sept 15 Sept 22 Sept 29 Oct 6 Oct 13 Oct 20 Nov 3 Nov 10 Nov 17 Nov 23

North Texas Washington Idaho at Auburn Towson at Florida South Carolina at Texas A & M Alabama Mississippi State Ole Miss at Arkansas

MILLSAPS MAJORS

August 30 Sept 8 Sept 15 Sept 29 Oct 6 Oct 13 Oct 20 Oct 27 Nov 3 Nov 10

Mississippi College at LaGrange College at Point University at Centre College Huntingdon College Sewanee: University of the South at Rhodes College at Trinity University Austin College (HC) Birmingham - Southern College

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MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE CHOCTAWS

August 30 Sept 8 Sept 15 Sept 29 Oct 6 Oct 13 Oct 20 Oct 27 Nov 3 Nov 10

Millsaps Webber International at West Alabama at Hardin-Simmons Sul Ross State at Howard Payne at Texas Lutheran East Texas Baptist Louisiana College at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS

3:30 p.m. ET 7:30 p.m. ET 7:00 p.m. ET TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

Sept 1 Sept 8 Sept 15 Sept 22 Oct 6 Oct 13 Oct 20 Oct 27 Nov 3 Nov 10 Nov 17 Nov 24

Jackson State Auburn at Troy South Alabama at Kentucky Tennessee Middle Tennessee (HC) at Alabama Texas A & M at LSU Arkansas at Ole Miss

OLE MISS REBELS

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Sept 1 Sept 8 Sept 15 Sept 22 Sept 29 Oct 6 Oct 13 Oct 27 Nov 3 Nov 10 Nov 17 Nov 24

Central Arkansas UTEP Texas at Tulane at Alabama Texas A & M Auburn (HC) at Arkansas at Georgia Vanderbilt at LSU Mississippi State

SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS 6:00 6:00 7:00 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA 7:00 TBA TBA 1:30

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August 30 Sept 8 Sept 15 Sept 22 Sept 29 Oct 6 Oct 13 Oct 20 Oct 27 Nov 10 Nov 17 Nov 23

at Vanderbilt East Carolina UAB Missouri at Kentucky Georgia at LSU at Florida Tennessee Arkansas Wofford at Clemson

SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY JAGUARS

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at New Mexico Mississippi Valley State at Jackson State Florida A & M (at Atlanta, GA) at Alcorn State Texas Southern Arkansas - Pine Bluff at Prairie View A & M at Alabama A & M Alabama State at Grambling State

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SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE BEARS August 30 Sept 6 Sept 13 Sept 20 Sept 27 Oct 4 Oct 13 Oct 20 Oct 27

Northwest at Itawamba East Mississippi at East Central Pearl River at Hinds Gulf Coast (HC) at Jones College Co-Lin

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TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS

August 30 Sept 8 Sept 15 Sept 22 Sept 29 Oct 13 Oct 20 Oct 27 Nov 3 Nov 10 Nov 17 Nov 24

North Carolina State (Atlanta, Georgia) Georgia State Florida Akron at Georgia at Mississippi State at Alabama at South Carolina Troy Missouri at Vanderbilt Kentucky

TULANE GREENWAVE

Sept 1 Sept 8 Sept 22 Sept 29 Oct 6 Oct 13 Oct 20 Oct 27 Nov 3 Nov 10 Nov 17 Nov 24

Rutgers at Tulsa Ole Miss Louisiana - Monroe at Louisiana - Lafayette SMU at UTEP UAB Rice (HC) at Memphis East Carolina at Houston

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2012 High School Football Schedules may be found at the following sites: • MHSAA-www.misshsaa.com • MAIS-www.msais.org • LHSAA-www.lhsaa.org/sports

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA-MONROE WARHAWKS

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UNIVERSITY OF Southern MISSISSIPPI GOLDEN EAGLES Sept 1 Sept 15 Sept 22 Sept 29 Oct 6 Oct 13 Oct 20 Oct 27 Nov 3 Nov 10 Nov 17 Nov 24

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at Nebraska East Carolina at Western Kentucky Louisville Boise State UCF at Marshall at Rice UAB at SMU UTEP at Memphis

VANDERBILT COMMODORES

August 30 Sept 8 Sept 15 Sept 22 Oct 6 Oct 13 Oct 20 Oct 27 Nov 3 Nov 10 Nov 17 Nov 24

At press time, all SEC TBA times had not been listed due to undetermined television scheduling. Check local listings closer to dates for specific times.

Cardinals at Patriots Jaguars Texans at Titans Redskins at Panthers Chiefs at Packers Chargers

at Arkansas at Auburn Baylor at Tulane at Middle Tennessee Florida Atlantic at Western Kentucky South Alabama UL - Lafayette at Arkansas State North Texas at FIU

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South Carolina at Northwestern Presbyterian at Georgia at Missouri Florida Auburn Massachusetts at Kentucky at Ole Miss Tennessee at Wake Forest

at Buccaneers at Broncos Eagles Falcons at Raiders 49ers at Falcons at Giants Buccaneers at Cowboys

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Tailgater

oday’s lifestyle sees most of us with a mobile phone in tow, either tucked in a purse, buckled to a belt, slipped into a pocket, or clipped to an ear. We are a generation of staying in touch 24-7 with people, places, and events throughout the world. In the South, when football season rolls around, that world revolves around the SEC; for when it comes to football in the South, our SEC schools, teams, and games rule—and so do our tailgating events. Now, these events for the first time can go mobile! Three young professionals have created and launched Tailgater, an event-planning and discovery platform for sports fans. Users can plan their tailgates, invite friends, assign tasks, follow the best tailgaters, and share their events via social media. The brain-child behind this unique mobile app is Zach Jex, an attorney from Natchez, Mississippi, and a graduate of the University of Mississippi. His passion for sports and tailgating surfaced when he lived in Oxford, Mississippi, for nine years during undergraduate and law school studies at Ole Miss. He was a hardcore tailgater but always found it time consuming and often frustrating to coordinate tailgate plans or find where his tailgating friends were among the hundreds gathered on a crowded Saturday in The Grove at Ole Miss football games, so he sought to solve these problems online.

w w w . t g a t e r . c o m The connector to Tailgating Parties

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Jex’s first launch of a website solution occurred several years ago. Shortly thereafter, he sold it to a group that did not develop it as it was intended, so it came back to him. Since then, he has teamed up with Joseph Thompson from Savannah, Georgia, and Jon Way Parrot from Atlanta, Georgia, to get this app—Tailgater—out to thousands of mobile-phone users just in time for the football season. The JexThompson-Parrot team has actually facilitated real-life interaction in the traditionally strong and currently thriving sports and tailgating market. And tailgater is free for the user to sign in. The app allows a user to select the venue, the match-up, and the date and time the tailgate begins and ends. The user then drops the location on the venue map and sends out emails inviting friends to the party. Because the mobile app is live, users can go to www.tgater.com on ANY mobile browser (including tablets) to tag their locations, find and navigate to tailgates, search for friends, get directions, post on event walls, and explore various venues before, during, and after game day. The app also allows the user to assign tasks for guests to sign up for and show up with at the event—such items as ice, food, chairs, tables, cookers, music: the options are wide open. Their app also includes MLB and NASCAR. Future revenue models may include partnering with tailgating related brands to connect users with products, deals, and specials; facilitate the hassle-free buying and selling of event tickets; and offer premium accounts for vendors at weekend venues to connect to fans. Sports tailgating fans are traditionally young, affluent, consumerist, and brand aware, making this app that caters to their sports fetishes the perfect market for advertisers, partners, and vendors. Tailgater can also be accessed through Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to prep your site on your mobile phone as you plan for an exciting football and tailgating season. Log in and view the site, create a calendar of events for your school of choice, and get connected with your tailgating buddies. Enjoy the season and be sure to thank Jex and his team for resolving our tailgating frustrations through their innovative approach to mobile connectivity. Now they just need to help us find a parking place to get to the party! Bluffs & Bayous { August 2012 { Page 49


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Random Jottings by Patricia Taylor

Tomb of Henry and Isabel Bouchier

Random Jottings of Little Easton, Essex But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31; King James Bible

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n a previous random jotting, I spoke about the beautiful church of All Saints in Maldon, England, and its stunning Washington Window. In All Saints Church, I also found mention of Isabel Plantagenet (1409-1484). Isabel was an older sister to Richard Plantagenet, Third Duke of York and great grandchild of Edward III. Unfortunately, her father, Richard of Conisburgh, Third Earl of Cambridge, was executed for treason in 1415 by Henry V of England. (Her father was connected with

the plot to overthrow Henry V and place Edmund, Earl of March, on the throne, laying the foundations for the upcoming War of the Roses, 1455-1485; but maybe that’s a story for another time.) Before his execution, Isabel’s father was stripped of all his titles and estates, leaving his daughter disinherited. However, she made a good marriage to Henry Bouchier, First Earl of Essex (1404-1483). Now, Henry Bouchier came from one of the most powerful and influential families in the land at that time, and he himself was made treasurer of the kingdom. Isabel and Henry had estates and manors all across the country and were both laid to rest at Beeligh Abbey, Maldon. After the dissolution of the monasteries by King Henry

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VIII, circa 1536, their tomb was moved to Little Easton Church. This, of course, sent me scampering off on yet another of my journeys around my local county, searching for their tomb. Little Easton is just five miles from our home; and its Manor house, estate, and church have quite a history which I thought I would share with you. The tiny village of Little Easton was recorded in the Doomsday Book in 1086 as Estaines Parva, meaning “small” or “Easton by the Manor,” and nestles amongst soft rolling hills with perfect views as far as the eye can see. At the time of the Norman Conquest, a fortified manor was built close by the Saxon church. Originally the property of William de Warenne and Geoffrey de Mandeville, the


manor passed to the Windsor family who owned it for several generations. The manor eventually passed via the female line to the Bourchiers; and several generations later, Henry and Isabel Bourchier inherited it. Eventually, the property, by then in a sorry state, reverted to the church and, therefore, the crown; and Queen Elizabeth I granted the 10,000acre Manor of Estaines to Henry Maynard for his many years of service as Private Secretary to William Cecil, the Queen’s Treasurer and Lord Chancellor. Maynard promptly demolished the hunting lodge that stood on the grounds within the deer park, a favourite of Elizabeth’s father King Henry VIII, and built his house. Expanding considerably over the years, the house became a huge H-shaped mansion with its own chapel in the east wing containing beautiful stained-glass windows. These windows can now be found in the Bourchier chapel in Little Easton Church alongside Isabel and Henry’s tomb of Purbeck Marble, all quite beautiful. In 1847, a large part of the Elizabethan mansion was destroyed by fire with the central wing, dating back to the 1590s, mostly undamaged. The Third Viscount Maynard, another Henry, rebuilt around this wing, which is what we can see today. The last Viscount Maynard died in 1865, just two months after the death of his eldest son, the Honourable Charles Maynard; and the estate reverted to his granddaughter. This situation did not go down terribly well with his relations: he had no surviving sons but four daughters, all married with children, each expecting to inherit. The family gathered at Easton Lodge for the reading of the will. Unfortunately for the portrait of the then dead Viscount, the breakfast table had not been cleared by the time the will was read; and on hearing that little three-yearold Frances (Daisy) Evelyn Maynard had inherited, the family hurled butter pats at his exquisite Canevori portrait hanging on the wall beyond the table.

Daisy’s mother soon was married again, this time to Lord Rosslyn, a favourite with Queen Victoria, meaning that Daisy and her family began to move in royal circles. In particular, they were close friends with Prince Leopold. Now, Prince Leopold was the eighth child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. He suffered with hemophilia because of which Queen Victoria was quite determined to keep Prince Leopold at home. You see, Queen Victoria wished to avoid the possibility of a match for her son from within their own family (as was usual with the crowned heads of those days), the idea being that the hemophilic gene would eventually die away. Daisy was considered a possible bride, coming highly recommended for her fortune, estates, and beauty; also, her bloodline had no European connections since the time of William the Conqueror. However, things were not to work out quite as the Queen had decided. Whenever Leopold visited Daisy, he was always accompanied by his equerry, Francis Greville, Lord Brooke (later to become the Fifth Earl of Warwick). Francis Greville and Daisy fell in love, and that was the end of that. Leopold was

Little Easton Village Sign

quite relived actually; for he had fallen in love with Princess Helene Friederike, a German princess, whom he married in 1882. With Prince Leopold acting as their best man, Daisy and Greville were married in Westminster Abbey and settled down to married life at Easton Manor Lodge. Now, Daisy was what we would call today something of a party animal, who entertained lavishly and was known for her affairs and intrigues. She and her husband were members of the “Marlborough House Set.” Marlborough House was the London home of Albert Edward, Prince

The Church at Little Easton

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of Wales (known as Bertie to his family and friends) and his wife Princess Alexandra; there they spent a good deal of time in a social whirl, hosting balls, dinners, and parties for their particular friends. Queen Victoria was, as you can imagine, not amused by the goings on at these gatherings. Daisy became a favorite with Bertie after her affair with Lord Charles Beresford ended badly with the Prince becoming involved in a brawl with Lord Charles. Daisy became Bertie’s mistress and remained so for almost 10 years. He was so besotted with her that he was known to call her “Daisy wife.” If you should visit the Lodge, look at the wrought-iron gates at the entry to the driveway. Embedded within the gates are Tudor roses; and if you look very closely, you can see differently coloured, semi-precious stones attached to their centers. Now, rumor has it that, when the Prince of Wales was due to visit Daisy and was once again late arriving, she had the gates closed to him. Very brave of her? As an apology, he had these stones sent from Scotland as a gift; and she promptly had them inlaid within the roses so that every time he came to see her he would be reminded of his tardiness. Now, Daisy may seem to have been a shallow character, but not so. She donated large sums of money to charities and organizations and later in life became a dedicated socialist, campaigning for free school meals for children and the improvement of state education; she also founded a needlework school and an agricultural school for women. However, it was her enthusiasm for socialism and pacifism that eventually led to her being rejected by the Royal Family; and she died massively in debt in 1938. During the Second World War, the estate was used by the British Army as a base for the Home Guard and later as an airfield known as Great Dunmow or Little Easton Airfield. The making of it required the felling of over 10,000 trees to create space for concrete runways, some of these trees being mighty English Oaks hundreds of years old. No one minded: it was war time, the Americans were coming to help, and they were welcomed with open arms. Families opened their doors to these brave boys far from home and treated them as their own. The war in England had been long and hard, and the arrival of these American

Above—Stones in the Roses on the lodge gates Right—Lodge gates

flyers was likened by some to avenging angels come to help our boys defeat the foes of our two nations and bring peace again to this tiny corner of England. Little Easton was one of 15 airfields built in Essex County and allocated to the United States Army Air Forces by the Air Ministry in 1942. It opened on the first of July, 1943; and the first unit to use the airfield was the 386th Bombardment Group, “The Crusaders,” with their B-26 Marauder aircraft. Interestingly, the 386th Bombardment Group’s training sessions originated in Florida; but they moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana, for final training before embarking for Little Easton. In April 1944 during his tour of USSAF airfields, General Dwight Eisenhower arrived in time to see the Marauders taking off at 20-second intervals to attack the marshalling yards in Charleroi, Belgium. Just imagine the noise of these aircraft rumbling down the runway, their powerful Pratt & Whitney engines lifting them into the skies over Essex, carrying those brave young men into the unknown—a stirring sight, indeed. These crusaders flew some 263 missions from the airfield at Little Easton against Nazi targets in Europe, many of the men being wounded or taken prisoner, but many surviving to fight another day. They attacked gun positions and airfields in Europe preceding the invasion of Normandy, made many assaults on coastal

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batteries on D-day itself, supported allied forces in Caen, and assisted in attacking the enemy at Saint-Lô. They made many other daring raids to aid the war effort, too many to mention here; but they are remembered in Essex still with a memorial dedicated to them in the church. The airfield itself was just yards away from the pretty little church built in the twelfth century on the site of a Saxon church. Little remains to remind us of the actual airfield with the exception, that is, of an original landing light embedded in the archway of the church gates. In 1987, Rector Jack Filby and Colonel Lester J. Maitland, the first Commander of the 386th, discussed founding an American Memorial Chapel. In October 1990, thanks to the generosity of members of the 386th Bomb Group Association and local villagers, a chapel along with its two magnificent stained glass windows was dedicated to those brave men and their comrades in arms who fought the good fight. “The Window of the Crusaders” has as its central theme the triumph of the fight for God and Right. High up in the central lancet you can see the figure of Christ; just above Him and in the left centre tracery is


a Banner of Victory, which symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. To the banner’s left is the emblem of the American Eighth Air Force and the Distinguished Flying Cross. In the right centre tracery is a blunted sword superimposed with a victor’s wreath; to its right, the American Ninth Air Force emblem and Air Medal. The lancet on the left of the figure of Christ depicts a group of airmen in front of a B-26 Marauder aircraft preparing for a mission; above them is a group of five Marauders under flack attack in a missing-man formation, reminding us that not all these brave boys returned. In the centre, beneath the figure of Christ, are the vehicles and men of the ground crew dedicated to keeping the aircraft flying and their flyers safe, the ambulance thereby, a reminder that this was not always the case. Behind them, you can see the crossed runways and the control tower of the airfield. In the lancet to the right stands an airman dressed and ready for his mission with his helmet, map case, and life vest; look closely and you can see standing behind him two crusaders of medieval times holding the Christian banner, reminding us of the long struggle for right. At the top of this lancet appear four Marauders in flight coming in from the right hand side, representing the four squadrons of the 386th, escorted by British Spitfire aircraft and American P-47 Thunderbolt fighter aircraft. The Crusader Window depicts the symbols and implements of war, but it is centered by the strong image of Christ with His outstretched arms over modern and ancient crusaders alike, linking them in their fight for God and right. “The Window of Friendship and Peace” depicts the lasting friendship and respect that developed between the people of the village and the 386th. On the left, is the image of an American airman and British airman in conversation, depicting the close co-operation that existed between the two forces. The right window tells the story of the American friendships with the people of the village; behind is Easton Lodge superimposed upon a globe, representing the global nature of the conflict. The right tracery depicts an eagle in flight from the biblical reference “They shall mount with wings as eagles”; and

in the left tracery, is a dove with an olive branch, symbolizing the Holy Spirit and Peace. Top left and right are the Purple Heart and European Victory Medal; and at the bottom are two hands, one British and one American, clasped in friendship. Finally, in the bottom right-hand side of the window is an oak tree, there not just because it recalls the trees that were felled to make way for the airfield but also because the Oak is a symbol of strength and virtue, traits all had to call upon during the difficult and dark days of war. This quiet corner of England and its beautiful chapel of remembrance act as a stirring reminder of those that died so that I can walk in freedom today, a humbling experience, indeed. To find such beauty in such a tiny church stirs the soul. If you are in my neighbourhood, let me know; I will be happy to show it to you.

Right—The Window of Friendship and Peace Far right— The Window of the Crusaders

We who knew them will remember them and let all who love freedom honor them. (Extract) The 386th Bomb Group Association Oct 1990.

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Birthday Celebration for Rusty Burrows | St. Francisville, LA | THE social SCENE

Birthday Celebration for Rusty Burrows Friends and family recently celebrated Rusty Burrows’ birthday with crawfish boil and luau at the home of Kelly and Bob Walker in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Guests sang “Happy Birthday” to Burrows, enjoyed large spicy crawfish and other party fare, and cooled off in the Walkers’ pool. Enjoying the festivities were Debbie and Rusty Burrows, Corda and Kenny Walker, Kellye and Kevin Cornette, Joyce and Alvin Dousay, Sheila and Tim Porch, Charlene and Mark Rainwater, Cindi and Jeff Hildebrant, and Nancy and Ron Ivey.

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Game-day Dishes from Cheryl’s Family & Friends Becky Junkin prepares her baskets with Ole Miss serving dishes as she travels to The Grove for tailgating on game day.

that greeting was warm and reassuring; and, thereafter, Caroline adored Mrs. Junkin. Later that year, we moved onto the same street in downtown Natchez as the Junkin family; and Caroline was a daily visitor to the Junkin household throughout her elementary years.

Jo Jo’s Shrimp Dip

Becky Junkin

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ecky and Jerry Junkin are Ole Miss supporters. No matter what sport is in season, Jerry keeps up with the scores, wins, and losses, and on occasion will travel to a game with his son, David. When David was attending Ole Miss, the couple would pack up and travel to Oxford to enjoy the sights, sounds, and excitement of tailgating in the famous Grove. One year, they spent Thanksgiving there while attending the Egg Bowl at Oxford and prepared their traditional Thanksgiving feast while tailgating. The entire family joined them in serving the formal dinner with china, silver, linens, and even mint julep cups for the Bloodies and Milk Punch. Becky was one of the first people who greeted us after church some twenty years ago when I moved my family to Natchez. Caroline, my youngest, was to attend kindergarten and Mrs. Junkin came up to her and said, “Welcome to Natchez; you are going to be in my classroom.” For a wideeyed youngster who was new to this area,

1 can shrimp (strain) 1 8 ounce cream cheese 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 tablespoon Lea & Perrine 1 tablespoon grated onion Red pepper Combine shrimp and cream cheese. Mix together next four ingredients; add these to shrimp and cream cheese and mix well. Top with shrimp as a garnish, and serve with crackers.

Shrimp and Grits by Stacy 2 dozen (21-25 count) shrimp, peeled and deveined ½ cup butter ¼ cup red bell pepper, finely diced ¼ cup yellow bell pepper, finely diced ¼ cup green bell pepper, finely diced ½ cup red onion, finely diced ½ cup celery, finely diced 1 tablespoon garlic, minced ½ cup andouille sausage, minced ¼ cup flour 4 cups shrimp stock ½ cup cream ¼ cup green onions, sliced salt and pepper to taste In large sauté pan, heat butter over medium high heat. Add all vegetables and

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sausage. Sauté, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add flour and stir 3-5 minutes until slightly golden brown. Add shrimp stock one cup at a time, stirring until mixture acquires a sauce-like consistency. Continue adding as much stock as necessary. Add cream, blend well, and bring to a low boil. Add green onions and shrimp and cook until shrimp curl and turn pink, 3-5 minutes. Season to taste using salt and pepper. Serve a generous portion of sauce and 4 large shrimp over each portion of grits. Serves 4

Shrimp Cheesecake New Orleans Crust: 4 ounces grated parmesan cheese 1 cup Japanese bread crumbs (Panko) ½ cup French bread crumbs ½ cup pecans, plus additional for garnish, if desired ½ teaspoon Creole seasoning ½ cup butter, melted Combine cheese, bread crumbs, pecans, and seasoning in food processor, and pulse


until mixture is finely ground. Remove and add butter until moist. Press into bottom of spring-form pan, and bake at 325°F. for 15 minutes or until brown. Filling: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup onion, chopped ¼ cup celery, chopped ¼ cup green bell pepper, chopped ½ cup roasted red peppers, chopped ¼ cup green onions, chopped 16-ounces cream cheese 12 ounces smoked Gouda cheese, grated 8 ounces goat cheese 4 ounces fresh Parmesan cheese, grated ½ cup heavy cream 4 eggs, beaten 1 pound shrimp, roughly chopped ¼ pound andouille sausage, diced finely Preheat oven to 325°F. In a baking pan large enough to accommodate your spring-form pan, add an inch or so of water to make a water bath. In skillet, sauté vegetables in olive oil until tender and set aside to cool. In mixer, beat cream cheese, Gouda, goat cheese, and Parmesan until smooth. Add heavy cream and eggs. Gently fold seafood, andouille, and vegetables into cheese mixture. Pour mixture into crust. Cut a piece of foil large enough to go around pan, and wrap pan so no water can leak into it. Place cheesecake pan into a water bath in a baking pan. Bake for 1½ hours or until set. Recipe from That’s My Home © 2000- 2006

1 large egg, beaten 2 tablespoons poppy seeds Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lay out crescent roll dough, and press perforations to seal. Mix cream cheese, mushrooms, onions, and seasoned salt; and spread over dough. Roll up jelly roll fashion, and slice into 1” pieces. (I froze the rolls first which made the slicing much easier.) Brush with egg, sprinkle with poppy seeds, and bake for 10 minutes. Yields 48

Milk Punch 1 gallon half-n-half 1 box powdered sugar 1 small bottle vanilla 1 fifth brandy Mix together half-n-half and powdered sugar until sugar is dissolved; add vanilla and brandy. Spoon into zip lock bags and freeze.

Grillades 8 pounds beef 1 cup oil 1 cup flour 3 cups chopped onions

1 bunch green onions, chopped 5 ribs celery, chopped 3 cups chopped green peppers 2 8-ounce cans tomato sauce 2 teaspoons thyme 2 cups burgundy wine 1 to 2 cups water 1½ tablespoons salt 1 teaspoon cracked pepper 1½ teaspoons minced garlic 1 bunch parsley, chopped 2 teaspoons Tabasco 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 6 to 8 bay leaves Cut meat into strips and brown in a little oil in skillet. Set aside. Add rest of oil to pan, and stir in flour. Continue stirring until a rich brown roux has been made (Do this on low to medium heat, and NEVER stop stirring until it is a medium dark brown). Add onions, celery, and green pepper; and stir until tender. Add tomato sauce and thyme, stirring until sauce has lost its bright red color. Add wine and water necessary to make enough gravy to cover meat. Return meat to gravy, and bring to a boil. Add all seasonings. Reduce heat and simmer for at least 2 hours. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serves 24

Bloody Marys 1 48-ounce can V8 Juice 1 10-ounce can Snappy Tom ½ can beef broth Juice of 2 lemons ¼ teaspoon garlic powder 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon celery salt 1 teaspoon celery seed 1 teaspoon black pepper Stir together, and add 10 ounces vodka. Makes 12 6-ounce drinks

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Crawfish Fettuccine Casserole 1½ sticks butter 1½ onions, chopped 1½ pounds crawfish tails 1 bell pepper, chopped 1½ ribs celery, chopped 1 garlic pod, crushed 1/8 cup flour (diluted with little water) 2 tablespoons parsley ½ pint half-and-half 1 pound Velveeta (Jalapeno) salt/pepper 8 ounces fettuccine Sauté onions, bell pepper, celery, and garlic in butter. Add flour. Cook on low heat 15 minutes, stirring often. Add parsley and crawfish. Cook 15 minutes on low heat. Add half-and-half and cheese (cut into pieces), and melt. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook 15 minutes. Do not let mixture curdle. Boil fettuccine and mix with sauce. Bake in large baking dish15 minutes at 350degrees. Wrap casserole in newspaper to keep warm.

Strawberry and Mandarin Orange Salad 1 cup walnuts, chopped 1 package Ramen Noodles, uncooked, broken up (discard flavor packet) 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 cans Mandarin oranges, drained 1 pint strawberries, sliced 1 bunch broccoli, coarsely chopped 4 green onions 2 bags lettuce Brown walnuts and noodles in butter; cool on paper towels. Combine noodles and walnuts with broccoli, romaine, and onions. Pour Sweet and Sour Dressing over and toss to coat well.

Sweet and Sour Dressing 1 cup vegetable oil 1 cup sugar ½ cup wine vinegar 1 tablespoon soy sauce Salt and pepper to taste Blend all ingredients. Do not mix salad together until ready to serve. Yields 2½ cups

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Little Bitty Apple Pies 1 package rolled pie crusts (2 crusts) Melted butter ½ to ¾ cup cinnamon & sugar mix 2 tart apples Peel each apple, cut in half, and remove core and seeds. Cut each apple half into 4 wedges making 8 wedges per apple. Roll out pie crusts and brush with melted butter Sprinkle cinnamon/sugar mixture generously over crust Cut crust into 8 strips Roll each apple wedge into one strip of crust. Lay on cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. After you get them all on the

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cookie sheet, brush each one with more melted butter and sprinkle tops with cinnamon/sugar. Cook at 425 degrees for 13-15 minutes. Touchdown!!! 16 points/pies

Hot Onion Dip 3 8-ounce cream cheese ½ cup mayo 1 bag frozen onions, thawed and drained 8 ounces Parmesan cheese Soften cream cheese and mix with other ingredients. Bake in casserole dish at 350 degrees until lightly browned. Serve with wheat thins or favorite crackers.


Corn Dip 2 cans Mexicorn, drained 8 ounce cream cheese 1 medium jar chopped pimentos 1 cup mayo 1 bunch chopped green onions 1 tablespoon garlic powder ¼ cup chopped jalapeno peppers 1 tablespoon Accent 12 ounces shredded sharp cheese Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate overnight. Serve with corn chips.

Double Surprise Cheese Ball 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese 1 envelope ranch dressing mix 1 bottle of Lawry’s or McCormick seasoned black pepper Allow cream cheese to soften. Mix with ranch dressing mix. Shape into a ball. Roll in seasoned black pepper. Refrigerate overnight. Serve with favorite crackers. First surprise is how simple it is to make. Second surprise is how many people will want the recipe!!!

Charlie and Shelby Donald prepare the table for another season of MSU Bulldog football tailgating at The Junction.

This Bulldog statue travels to every Mississippi State football game and welcomes those joining the Bring Em & Ring Um group.

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rap it in Maroon and White” certainly is an apropos mantra for Shelby and Charlie Donald. Die-hard Mississippi State fans, the Donalds, their home in Port Gibson, Mississippi, and their condo in Starkville, Mississippi, bleed maroon and white; and they have been tailgating since before The Junction took shape. They used to tailgate in Charlie’s father’s mobile home and would cook for over 200 folks, but now they are members of the Bring Em & Ring Em tailgaters. This group includes Bulldog fans from all over Mississippi—Port Gibson, Vicksburg, Madison, Jackson, and Starkville. Traditionally, two couples rotate each home game as the “in-charge” gaters and prepare the meat while other couples bring side dishes to compliment the entree. The cook that Shelby is, though, finds her bringing various sides and desserts in addition to the meat. The Donalds love to cook; and Shelby makes a habit of testing all recipes out before she serves them; and if they came from someone she knows, she labels the recipe with that individual’s name. Sometimes she’ll take a recipe and add just a little something different from the original to make it uniquely her own. The Stuffed Jalapenos recipe is one of her new creations, and I can testify it is one of my favorites. Oh, and just to clarify, in her recipes that call for cheese she uses Mississippi State Cheese ONLY!! To order some for your home visit msucheese.com

1 10-ounce package small oyster crackers 1 1-ounce package Hidden Valley Ranch Original salad dressing mix 2 tablespoons red pepper flakes 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning ¾ cup vegetable oil Mix all ingredients in a large zip-lock bag or sealed container. Shake until the oil is absorbed into the crackers and spices stick to the crackers.

Cool Ranch OCs 1 10-ounce package small oyster crackers 1 1-ounce package Hidden Valley Ranch Original salad dressing mix ½ teaspoon garlic powder ½ teaspoon dill weed 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning ¾ cup vegetable oil Mix all ingredients in a large zip-lock bag or sealed container. Shake until the oil is absorbed into the crackers and spices stick to the crackers.

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Broccoli Salad 1/3 cup chopped onion 2 bunches broccoli, cleaned and cut into small pieces ½ cup finely grated cheddar cheese 1 pound bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled ½ cup dry-roasted sunflower seeds Dressing: ½ cup sugar 1 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons cider vinegar Mix dressing ingredients. This may make a little too much dressing depending on the size of your bunches of broccoli. Pour dressing over broccoli, onion, cheese, sunflower seeds, and bacon. Mix well.

Corn Salad/Dip 1 cup finely chopped broccoli 2 11-ounce cans shoe peg corn, drained well ½ cup chopped onion 2 ripe Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped ½ cup chopped bell pepper Jalapeno peppers, chopped, to taste 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 4 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning Slight salt Heavy pepper Mix all vegetables. Add mayonnaise, lemon pepper, salt, and pepper. Stir well. Refrigerate overnight. Drain before serving. This can be used as a salad or as a dip with Fritos.

Denise’s Pimento Cheese Dip TOP—Shelby Donald topping off her stuffed jalapenos MIDDLE—Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies and White Chocolate and Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies go fast with the Bring Em & Ring Em tailgate group. BOTTOM—Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Shelby and Charlie Donald’s famous main course, is stuffed only with Mississippi State cheese.

1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, thinly shredded 1½ cup mayonnaise 7 ounces chopped pimentos ¼ small onion, grated, not chopped 1 tablespoon lemon juice Salt and pepper to taste Mix all ingredients. Serve as a dip with Wheat Thins.

Stuffed Jalapenos 2 slices crispy bacon, crumbled 8 ounces softened cream cheese ¼ cup finely shredded cheddar cheese ¼ cup minced green onions 1 teaspoon lime juice ¼ teaspoon salt

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1/8 teaspoon (1 small clove) minced garlic 14 Jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro 2 tablespoons chopped seeded tomato 2 tablespoons crumbled bacon. Preheat grill to medium high. Combine first 7 ingredients (bacon through garlic). Fill the pepper halves. Place peppers, cheese side up, on grill rack. Close grill lid and cook for 8 minutes or until bottom of peppers is lightly brown and cheese is warm. Remove from grill and sprinkle with cilantro, bacon, and tomato.

Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies ¼ cup + 1½ teaspoons all-purpose flour 1/8 teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar 2½ ounces bittersweet chocolate 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate ½ stick unsalted butter 2 large eggs ¾ cup sugar 1 teaspoon Kahlua coffee liqueur or freshly brewed coffee 2 ounces semisweet chocolate chips ½ cup dried cherries Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix flour, baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar together in a small bowl. Set aside. Melt bittersweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, and butter in microwave on 50% power. Be sure not to burn it. Stir with rubber spatula often, and take it out before it is completely melted. The heat will melt the remaining chocolate. Cool 10 minutes. Beat eggs in mixer on medium speed with whisk attachment. Add sugar and continue beating until eggs triple in volume and hold the lines of the whisk. This will be about 10 minutes. Add coffee or Kahlua to the egg mixture and beat 1 more minute. Turn mixer to slow speed and add melted, cooled chocolate to egg mixture. Beat until incorporated. Add dry ingredients. Beat until incorporated Remove mixer bowl from mixer and fold in chocolate chips and dried cherries. Be careful not to over mix. Batter will be runny. Cover and refrigerate batter for 2 hours. Scoop batter onto parchment paper and bake in oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The large (2 tablespoons) cookies bake for 12 to 15 minutes. The small cookies (2 teaspoons) bake for 8 to


10 minutes. Cool completely on parchment paper before removing. Makes 15 large cookies

White Chocolate, Cranberry, and Oatmeal Cookies ¾ cup all-purpose flour 1 cup regular oatmeal ½ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt ¾ cup packed brown sugar ¼ cup butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 large egg ¾ cup dried cranberries ½ cup white chocolate chips Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine flour, oatmeal, baking soda, and salt. Mix well. Beat sugar and butter in mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 3 minutes). Add vanilla and egg; beat well. Turn mixer to low speed and gradually add flour mixture, beating until blended. Add cranberries and chips and beat until just blended. Drop dough by tablespoons 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 minutes. Cool for 1 minute before removing from baking sheet. Makes approximately 2 dozen cookies

Chip’s Stuffed Pork Loin 1 boneless pork loin 1 bell pepper, cut in strips 1 onion, sliced and separated Jalapeno cheese Lemon pepper and salt, to taste Bacon Pork loin Sauté bell peppers and onion. Butterfly the pork loin—slice it in half lengthwise, and place open (like a book) on baking sheet. Season the pork loin with lemon pepper and salt. Cover one side with slices of Jalapeno cheese, bell pepper, and onion. Close the pork loin. Season again, if desired. Wrap pork loin with bacon slices. Secure bacon with toothpicks. Cook on the grill over indirect medium heat. Pork loin will be done when it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Let it rest 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.

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Natchez, MS | THE social SCENE

Hometown Huddle On Thursday, June 28, 2012, in Natchez, Mississippi, crowds gathered to join hometown pro-football player Stevan Ridley, running back for the New England Patriots, in a benefit for the Guardian Shelter, a charitable outreach of Catholic Charities. This notable evening with Ridley along with former Trinity High School Sports Commentator Howard Jones was held at the Natchez Community Center and included an autograph session and live interview. This “Life in the NFL” interview featured topics such as Ridley’s 2012 Rookie Season, 2012 Super Bowl, 2012 Training Camp, and the upcoming 2012-2013 NFL season. A question-and-answer breakout session followed the interview. Ridley played high school football for the Trinity Saints in Natchez, Mississippi, and college football for LSU.

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Friends 5-0 Club Summer Meeting The Friends 5-0 Club, sponsored by Natchez Community Hospital, held its summer meeting recently at the Natchez, Mississippi, campus of Alcorn State University. Dr. Lee England and Dr. Chuck Borum, the featured speakers, discussed their recent mission trip to Haiti. Following their meeting, members enjoyed a light lunch provided by Community Hospital.

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THE social SCENE | Natchez, MS | First Families Spring General Assembly

First Families' Spring General Assembly The Spring General Assembly of The Order of the First Families of Mississippi was held in Natchez, Mississippi, on June 1, 2012, and Saturday, June 2, 2012. On Friday evening, the organization held its Colonial and Territorial Cotillion of Mississippi IX at The Eola Hotel. On Saturday, the Welcome Party was held at antebellum Rosalie followed by a luncheon at The Carriage House. Governor General Wendy Cartwright presented a program on the discovery of early settlers interred in the Bicentennial Garden at Rosalie during bluff stabilization work in the 1990s and the re-interment ceremony held by the DAR in 2004.

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First Families' Get-To-Know-You Party | Natchez, MS | THE social SCENE

First Families' Get-To-Know-You Party Debutantes, pages, and their families as well as officers of The Order of the First Families of Mississippi got acquainted over pink lemonade and cupcakes on Friday, June 1, 2012, at the Historic Natchez Foundation in Natchez, Mississippi, in preparation for the organization’s annual cotillion.

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First Families of Mississippi Cotillion The Order of the First Families of Mississippi held its Colonial and Territorial Cotillion of Mississippi IX on June 1, 2012, at The Eola Hotel in Natchez, Mississippi. Honored at the event were Flag Bearer Joseph Tyler Davis Cartwright of Yazoo City, Mississippi; Debutantes—Amberley Kerry Bradley of Dallas, Texas; Sarah Walton Hunter of Austin, Texas; Elizabeth Marie Kimbrell of Carrollton, Mississippi; Emily Elizabeth Kincses of Madison, Mississippi; and Rachel Victoria Carlton of Jackson, Mississippi; Page Joanna Marjorie Johnson of Natchez, Mississippi; Page Julia Kristen Phillips of Lincoln, Nebraska; Page Phoebe Wells Carlton of Jackson; and Flag Bearer Harrison Read Carlton of Jackson.

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THE social SCENE | Natchez, MS | Retirement Party Honors Bob and Ann Nix

Retirement Party Honors Bob and Ann Nix On Saturday, June 9, 2012, friends of Bob Nix and his wife, Ann, honored the couple upon Bob’s upcoming retirement from the office of Natchez, Mississippi, City Planner. The party was held at Sunnyside Plantation, home of Hermann Stenz of Natchez. The Nixes will be moving back to Florida, following Bob’s two-year stint as City Planner during which time he made significant contributions to the professionalism of the City Planning Department. We all will miss the Nixes.

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THE social SCENE | Natchez, MS | Reception Honoring City Officials

Reception Honoring City Officials A reception was held at the Natchez Visitors and Convention Center in Natchez, Mississippi, on June 28, 2012, to honor outgoing Mayor Jake Middleton, Alderman Bob Pollard, and City Planner Bob Nix. The three officials were presented with gifts from the city and recognized for their service to the community.

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Southern Sampler by Alma M. Womack

A Found Favorite and Football Fervor

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here are many books in this house; and being a true bibliophile, I can pretty much put my finger on any one that I may want to spend a few moments with as I look up some arcane fact that means nothing to anyone but me. I am particular about where the books are placed and who touches them, and some of the books are more special than others. Last month, I decided I needed to look up something in Dr. Bill Calhoun’s book, but I could not find it. Woe of woes, this special book had disappeared from my shelves; and I was beside myself with aggravation. I went through all the bookcases, but no sign of the book of stories of the Calhouns and the Bannermans. I finally

gave up looking, for I was searching over and over in the same places with no luck. Best to just let it go for a bit; and it would surely turn up, sometime, somewhere. Today, I was looking for the material I have on Jefferson Davis’s Brierfield and Davis Island when there plain as day was Dr. Calhoun, sitting side by side with the President of the Confederacy. Right then, I put the blue memory book in the bookcase that locks so that it will be there the next time I need to read something about Ms. Zaidee. I am thankful, thankful, that my treasured book is safe. This month, our Bluffs & Bayous is dedicated to the Southern religion of football; and I am right there cheering for my

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team, the LSU Tigers, supporting all the high schools in the area and, of course, cheering on the SEC, the toughest conference in the USA. I love to watch the games, and always hope that I will become more dignified in my watching, but it is only hope. Bad plays make me yell at the screen, and good plays have me hopping up and down like I’m responsible for the 15-yard gain. As good as the SEC players are, none of them have the heart and the machismo of the high school players who take the field each week. The highest highs and the lowest lows go through every high school game; and to me, it is where the best football is played. The young players who win are on top of the world for a tiny bit, and the confidence that it gives them makes it all worthwhile. Like most parents, I spent many hours watching high school football; and the teams and the cheerleaders and bands always gave us a good show. So my hat is off to the high school coaches who work with these youngsters, who teach them skills and teamwork and sportsmanship, and who help mold the young players into the men they will become. And I still like to go to a game where I know the players or their mamas or their grandmamas; I like to cheer for individuals as well as the team, and the high school level is where that familiarity is still found. Three cheers for our high school football teams; may they all have a safe, successful season. Now, I’ve started remembering my high school teams of the 1960s and all the fun that we had going to and from ballgames on school buses. The football team had their bus, the band had their bus, and the cheerleaders and pep squad had their bus. We did not swap buses on the way home unless there was some special permission involved, but we were satisfied to get back with our group and cheer our way home when we won. We always won more than we lost, so the trips were never dull.


Block High School had some good ballplayers in the sixties; many of them were all-district players, and we were all proud of their accomplishments. Conrad Pierce, Billy Brooks, Leroy McEntyre, J. S. Fairbanks, Bobby King, Wilbert Trisler, Jimmy Wiley, Robert Mayes, Tommy Champlin, and Jack Colclasure are some of the players who were the leaders when I was in junior high. When I was a junior and senior at Block, we had Bill Atkins, Mike Wilson, Ellis Sanson, Dickie Wilds, Kerry Bass, Don McMillin, Darrell Taylor, Owen Holland, Van Taliaferro, and Henry Bordelon as the team leaders on offense and defense. These guys were the heroes of the town, and were looked up to by the younger kids who wanted to be good players just like the big, highschool guys. When I was a senior cheerleader, we held some pep rallies at the Jonesville Elementary School, and we were held in awe by those little people. It made us feel important and admired—our tiny bit of fame. Even at this stage of my life, I have had younger-than-me folks tell me that they remembered when they were in third or fourth grade and the cheerleaders came

to visit, and how excited they were to cheer for the Bears. Good memories for us all. Cheering for our teams now, high school or college, keeps us in touch with those feelings that we had back then. The pride, the spirit, the love of our school are feelings that have stayed with me all of my life, and I am happy to say that these feelings run through my whole class of 1966. When we have our annual parties, it is a reuniting of old friends who have never lost touch with each other, who have supported each other through the trials of life, and who collectively have the most perfect grandchildren on earth. But when we are together every fall, those high school feelings emerge all over again, and it is marvelous to see the years drop away as we listen to the stories from our youthful days at Block High School. As always, let me close by asking all to remember our young soldiers who are risking their lives to provide protection for this great nation. Even though many of those politicians in power seem not to care, respect, or love this country, we the people still do. Be wise; be involved; help keep this nation great.

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AUGUST up

& coming! Through November Hollywood Comes to Natchez: A Civil War Film Series Natchez, MS Every second Saturday Natchez Visitors Center Theater 4:00 pm / Free 601-446-1289 www.colin.edu/nlcc/fim-series

Through December 1 The Art of Eugene Martin: A Great Concept Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art Biloxi, MS Tues. - Sat. / 10:00 am - 5:00 pm $5 - $10 228-374-5547 curatorofcollections@georgeohr.org www.geargeohr.org/

Through November 24 Trailer McQuilkin: An Uncommon Beauty Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art Biloxi, MS Tues. - Sat. / 10:00 am - 5:00 pm 228-374-5547 curatorofcollections@georgeohr.org www.geargeohr.org

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Through November 24 Geoff Mitchell: Chaos at the Confessional Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art Biloxi, MS Tues. - Sat. / 10:00 am - 5:00 pm 228-374-5547 curatorofcollections@georgeohr.org www.geargeohr.org www.westbatonrougemuseum.com/


up & coming! AUGUST Through October 20 Improvisations in Time: Eugene J. Martin and the Masur Museum of Art Masur Museum of Art Monroe, LA Members only Through September 16 Art Glass by Jean-Louis Deal West Baton Rouge Museum Port Allen, LA Tues. - Sat. / 10:00 am - 4:30 pm Sun. / 2:00 - 5:00 pm 225-336-2422 Through August 4 Annual Exchange Club Fair Exchange Club Park Brookhaven, MS 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm / Closed Sun. brookhaven_exchange_club@hotmail.com

August 2 - 5 Satchmo Summerfest New Orleans, LA 600 Bourbon Street / Free 504-522-5730 www.fqfi.org/satchmosummerfest/ August 3 - 5 Governor’s Cup Baseball Tournament Halls Ferry Park Vicksburg, MS All ages Scott Verhine 601-456-9596 www.vwaabaseball.com

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August 4 - October 5 Girl Scouts: A Centennial Anniversary Display West Baton Rouge Museum Port Allen, LA 845 North Jefferson Avenue 225-336-2422, ext. 17 www.westbatonrougemuseum.com August 4 Children’s Drop-In Art Activities Masur Museum of Art Monroe, LA 1400 South Grand Street Sat. / 2:00 - 5:00 pm / Free $30/child Evelyn Stewart / Jenny Burnham 318-329-2237 www.masurmuseum.org

August 4 Mississippi Chorus presents Summer Showcase 2012 Union Station Ballroom Jackson, MS 6:00 pm $35/person 601-278-3351 www.mschorus.org

August 4 2nd Annual Rolling on the River Wine, Spirits & Food Festival Vicksburg Convention Center Vicksburg, MS 21 yrs. and older 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm $40/Person; $70/Couple 1-800-745-3000 www.vicksburgevents.com ticketmaster.com August 4 City Wide Pep Rally Outlets at Vicksburg Vicksburg, MS 8:00 am www.outletatvicksburg.com

August 4 Magnolia Roller Vixens Roller Derby Jackson Convention Complex Jackson, MS 105 E. Pascagoula Street / 6:00 pm $12/Advance; $15/Door 601-960-2321

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up & coming! AUGUST August 4 Vicksburg Kiwanis Gold Ball Drop Outlets at Vicksburg Vicksburg, MS 9:30 am - 11:30 am $5 per golf ball number Charlie McKinnie 601-218-1754 www.vicksburgkiwanis.com August 4 Life in the Garden Audubon State Historic Site St. Francisville, LA 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 1-888-677-2838 / 635-3739 www.stfrancisville.us westfelicianatourism@gmail.com August 4 Saturday Green Market Alexandria Museum of Art Alexandria, LA 933 Second Street 9:00 am - 1:00 pm 318-443-3458 www.themuseum.org August 4 - 5 Great Hattiesburg Gun & Knife Show Forrest County Multi-purpose Center Hattiesburg, MS 962 Sullivan Drive / $6 Sat. / 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Sun. / 10:00 am - 5:00 pm www.forrestcountycenter.com August 5 The Dead of Locust Grove Audubon State Historic Site St. Francisville, LA 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 1-888-677-2838 / 635-3739 www.stfrancisville.us westfelicianatourism@gmail.com August 7 Storytime Tuesday Jackson Zoo Jackson, MS 4 - 7 yrs. 10:00 am - 10:45 am 601-352-2580 www.jacksonzoo.org/

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August 7 Governor’s Job Fair Vicksburg Convention Center Vicksburg, MS 9:00 am - 2:00 pm www.jobfair.ms.gov

August 7 & 21 Sushi Workshop William Furlong Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation Vicksburg, MS 1302 Adams Street Members/$30; non-members/$35 5:30 - 7:30 pm 601-631-3734 www.southernculture.org

August 8 - 9 “Powerpoint” Workshop MSU Warren County Extension Office Vicksburg, MS 1100-C Grove Street; $20 601-636-5442 mlthomas@ext.msstate.edu

August 9 Lebanese Cooking with Lana Lana Hand Southern Culture Heritage Foundation Vicksburg, MS 1302 Adams Street Members/$30; non-members/$35 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm 601-631-2997 www.southernculture.org/

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August 10 Lil’ Band O’ Gold Manship Theatre Baton Rouge, LA 100 Lafayette Street 8:00 pm / $25 225-344-0334 www.manshiptheatre.org August 11 - October 28 200 Years of Steamboats on the Mighty Mississippi West Baton Rouge Museum Port Allen, LA 845 North Jefferson Avenue 225-336-2422, ext. 17 www.westbatonrougemuseum.com August 11 Red Stick Roller Derby Baton Rouge River Center Baton Rouge, LA 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm $12/Advance; $14/Door; $17/VIP www.redstickrollerderby.com/


up & coming! AUGUST August 11 Back to Zool! Jackson Zoo Jackson, MS 10:00 am - 10:45 am 601-352-2580 www.jacksonzoo.org August 11 EXPLORE! Dinosaurs Historic Jefferson College Washington, MS 10:00 am - 11:30 am / 6 - 8 yrs. 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm / 9 - 12 yrs $10 Kay McNeil 601-442-2901 kmcneil@mdah.state.ms.us August 11 15th Annual Vicksburg Antique Bottle Show & Sale Battlefield Inn Vicksburg, MS 4137 North Frontage Road $2 / 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 601-638-1195 August 11 “Nautical - Encore” Rolland Golden Gallery Natchez, MS 419 Main Street 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm 601-304-5500 rollandgolden@aol.com August 11 Second Saturday in Downtown Natchez Natchez, MS 601-442-2929 downtown@natchez.org August 11 Big River Jamboree Shrine Hill Natchez, MS Morgantown Road Gospel / 6:00 pm Classic Country & Rock / 7:00 pm www.visitnatchez.org

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AUGUST up

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August 11 In the Footsteps of Audubon Audubon State Historic Site St. Francisville, LA 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 1-888-677-2838 / 635-3739 www.stfrancisville.us westfelicianatourism@gmail.com August 11 - 12 Cajun Music Festival Mamou, LA Main Street Times and events vary. 337-207-5350 www.mamoucajunmusicfestival.com

August 14 Music in the City Mississippi Museum of Art Trustmark Grand Hall Jackson, MS 201 East Pascagoula Street 5:15 pm / Hors d’oeuvres & Cash Bar 5:45 pm / Program Free & open to the public www.msmuseumart.org August 14 HANC Southern Garden Floral Design Workshop Geni Fulcher Southern Culture Heritage Center Vicksburg, MS 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Free / Reservations required 601-631-2997 info@southernculture.org

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August 15 Vicksburg Warren County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon Vicksburg Convention Center Vicksburg, MS 12:00 pm 601-636-1012 www.vicksburgchamber.org August 15 - 19 Delcambre Shrimp Festival Delcambre Shrimp Festival Grounds Delcambre, LA 6:30 pm 337-685-2653 www.shrimpfestival.net August 16 Titanic - Unsinkable? Dr. Jeffery Anderson Vidalia, LA Vidalia Library 6:30 pm Free & open to the public www.concordia.lib.la.us/Titanic.html


up & coming! AUGUST

August 17 Lindsey Buckingham in Concert Manship Theatre Baton Rouge, LA 100 Lafayette Street 8:00 pm $100/Performance; $200/Meet & Greet 225-344-0334 www.manshiptheatre.org/ August 17 Look and Learn with Hoot Mississippi Museum of Arts Jackson, MS 201 East Pascagoula Street 10:30 am / 4 - 5 yrs. Free www.msmuseumart.org August 18 Arts & Crabs Fest Lake Charles Civic Center Lake Charles, LA 900 Lakeshore Drive 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm 337-439-2787 artsandhumanitiesswla.org August 18 12th Annual Bayou Black Open Rodeo Monroe Civic Center Monroe, LA 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway 7:00 pm 318-329-2338 www.ci.monroe.la.us/monroe-civic-center.php August 18 EXPLORE! History: Herbal Oils & Vinegars Historic Jefferson College Washington, MS 1:00 - 3:00 pm / 13 yrs. and older $15 Toni Avance 601-442-2901 tavance@cableone.net Bluffs & Bayous { August 2012 { Page 83


AUGUST up

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August 18 Bowie Knife Show Natchez Convention Center Natchez, MS 211 Main Street www.visitnatchez.org

August 25 Taste of a Tiger Tailgating Party Baton Rouge, LA Baton Rouge River Center 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 225-389-3030

August 18 Community Market Parker Park St. Francisville, LA 1-888-677-2838 / 635-3739 www.stfrancisville.us westfelicianatourism.com

August 25 Polo’s & Pearl’s St. Francisville, LA 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm 225-635-3873 www.stfrancisville.us

August 21 & 28 Yoga in the Gallery Alexandria Museum of Art Alexandria, LA 933 Second Street 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 318-443-3458 www.themuseum.org

August 23 - 26 Alice in Wonderland Natchez Little Theatre Natchez, MS 319 Linton Avenue Thurs. - Sat. / 7:30 pm; Sun. / 2:00 pm $15 601-442-2223 www.natchezlittletheatre.org natchez@bellsouth.net

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August 25 - 26 23rd Annual Lafayette Reggae & Culture Festival Pelican Park Carencro, LA 12:00 pm - 12:00 am 4:00 / Live Music 337-886-0572


up & coming! AUGUST August 29 Members Only Reception Masur Museum of Art Monroe, LA 1400 South Grand Street 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 318-329-2237 www.masurmuseum.org August 30 - September 3 Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival Morgan City, LA 800-256-2931 www.shrimp-petrofest.org August 31 - September 1 Cane River Zydeco Festival & Poker Run Natchitoches, LA Downtown 800-259-1714 August 31 - September 3 16th Annual The Tucker Benefit Golf Tournament Brookhaven Country Club Brookhaven, MS Times vary. $200/person; $400/team Joshua Smith 601-757-5534 jsmith@irm.ms.com September 1 Baton Rouge Arts Market Main Street Market Baton Rouge, LA 8:00 am - 12:00 pm 225-344-8558 www.visitbatonrouge.com September 1 - 3 Great Southern Stampede Barrel Race Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center Hattiesburg, MS 962 Sullivan Drive www.forrestcountycenter.com September 2 16th Annual Battle of the Bands Covington, LA 17145 Million Dollar Road 3 - 8 yrs./$8; 13 yrs. & older/$12.50 985-892-6023 www.louisianatravel.com

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AUGUST up

& coming!

September 7 - 9 CelticFest Mississippi Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum Jackson, MS 1150 Lakeland Drive Fri. / 7:00 pm - 12:00 am; Sat. & Sun. / 10:00 am Prices vary. www.CelticFestMS.org CelticFestMS@gmail.com

September 7 - 9 36th Annual Bayou Lafourche Antiques Show & Sale Warren J. Harang, Jr. Municipal Auditorium Thibodeaux, LA 310 North Canal Boulevard Fri. & Sat. / 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Sun. / 11:00 am - 4:00 pm $5/Advance; $7/Door 985-413-1147 www.tawasi.net Be sure to confirm details of the events should changes have occurred since events were submitted.

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THE social SCENE | Natchez, MS | Trinity' s Hegwood Meets with PTO

Hegwood Meets with Trinity PTO Natchez newcomer Les Hegwood is off and running as the new Head of School at Trinity Episcopal Day School. An integral part of Hegwood’s “student-centered vision” is to reach out to all of Trinity’s stakeholders to garner a full understanding of their goals for Trinity’s children. Pictured here on July 12, Hegwood holds his initial meeting with Trinity’s new PTO Board. Much of his summer to date has been devoted to faculty meetings and academic and athletic staffing needs. “We are all very happy. Very motivated. The future is bright,” reports Will Devening, Trinity’s newly elected Chairman of the Board and father of two Trinity students.

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Joy Allen Named LNHA Queen | Pineville, LA | THE social SCENE

Joy Allen Named LNHA Queen Joy Allen, a resident at The Columns Community Care Center in Jonesville, Louisiana, was a contestant in the Region IV Louisiana Nursing Home Association (LNHA) Beauty Pageant held in Pineville, Louisiana, on March 28, 2012. Region IV includes homes in Avoyelles, Rapides, Natchitoches, Allen, Winn, Catahoula, and LaSalle Parishes. Mrs. Allen was named Region IV Queen and thereafter won the title of State Queen on May 19, 2012.

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Queen Joy Allen Vanessa Houck and Joy Allen Front—Joy Allen; back—Mary Edwards, Noel Allen, and Irene Young Front—Region IV King Don Layrisson, Joy Allen, and Jade McEntyre with Jacie McEntyre (behind); back—Sally Allen, Stacey Edwards, Paige and baby McEntyre, Jordan McEntyre, Mary Edwards, Noel Allen, Irene Young, Christy McEntyre, and Chris Adams

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