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From Your Publisher . . .

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ime is moving swiftly through 2012; for as I write this, we are just two days away from Ash Wednesday and quickly being swept toward spring. Because Mother Nature has teased us with a mild January and February, I have already spotted several of my azalea bushes blooming in the front yard. The iris, camellias, and Japanese magnolias all have put on a show for us during February, and I fear our spring blossoms will burst into bloom before that final cool snap comes to remind us that winter is not yet over. In working on our March issue, I found the month packed with so many events that all one has to do is view our calendar for almost any day of the week to find an event to entertain, educate, or inform. From Azalea Festivals, Spring Pilgrimages, and Blues performances, to the Ironwood Festival, nightly theatre productions, and live choir performances, the Bluffs & Bayous area is packed with a plethora of fun and functional times to be had by all.

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I always look forward to March as this blustery season opens the door for home and garden tours, garden workshops, gardening indulgences in our own yards, and one of the prettiest seasons God sends our way. We are thrilled to welcome to our contributors this month the talented International Arts Journalist Ellis Nassour, a Vicksburg, Mississippi, native living in New York City. He shares with all of us his spirited visit with Dave and Rhonda Day, owners of The Klondyke restaurant in Vicksburg. Honestly, you’ll want to head immediately to that river city’s riverside and order up a plate of fried chicken or the daily special. Also from Vicksburg is transplant Shirley Waring; you’ll want to read about her avid efforts in promoting Vicksburg as a Blues hub. Down I-55 a bit, we highlight the efforts of the Lincoln County Historical and Genealogical Society with the publication of early recipes and photos of the original settlement we know today as Brookhaven, Mississippi.

As you enjoy this issue’s articles and as you peruse its Social Scene venues and periodically check its Up & Coming events calendar, you’ll feel the quickening pulse of springtime’s gathering and educating and socializing and entertaining that enriches our lives along and beyond the Mississippi.


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

Fred Emrick, M.D., a mystery and thriller novel buff, is a noted physician and native of Natchez, Mississippi. He and his wife Mary live at The Gardens in Natchez, and she is the proprietor of Turning Pages, Books & More.

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

Marlee Price of Brookhaven, Mississippi, is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Journalism and Public Relations. She is currently pursuing a degree in Graphic Design from Hinds Community College. Combining both degrees, she is loaning her talents to Bluffs & Bayous as an intern during her spring semester.

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

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.

Ellis Nassour, a Vicksburg native, is an international arts journalist and veteran of The New York Times, among other prestigious media organizations. He wrote Patsy Cline: An Intimate Biography and the best-selling hardcover Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline. He’s the author of Rock Opera: The Creation of Jesus Christ Superstar. At MCA/Universal Studios, he helped introduce Elton John (his American debut), Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Neil Diamond, and The Who. He also worked extensively with Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Bill Cosby, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Marlo Thomas, Conway Twitty, Bing Crosby, Rick Nelson, Sarah Brightman, Gloria Gaynor, and composers Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim. He contributes to Playbill, BroadwayStars.com and Theatermania.com. Ellis is featured in the book Mississippians.

on the cover Adam Blackwell

Jean Biglane

Van O’Gwin

Elise D. Parker

Marlee Price

Jan Ratcliff

Cheryl Rinehart

Anita Schilling

Susan Harris

Donna Sessions

JoAnna Sproles

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

The Highway 61 Mississippi River Corridor links not only our riverside towns but most significantly our Southern culture, our Southern soul. The road’s designation as “The Blues Highway” reflects this deep connection that fuses many elements that we treasure: good food, avid gardening, and the music born in Mississippi...the Blues! Photograpy and artistic design by Van’s Photography, Vidalia, Louisiana.

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March 2012 FEATURES

Vicksburg’s Klondyke: Helpings of Southern Fried Chicken, Cornbread, Myth, Legend, and Nostalgia................. 34-37 Vicksburg—Keeping the Blues Alive...................................................... 38-41 The Brookhaven Cookbook.................................................................... 42-43 Natchez Garden Club hosts The Symphony of Home and Garden Tours – Lifestyles of Natchez From the Restored to the New........................................................................... 48-51 NOLA’s Newest Gem..................................................................................... 52

FAVORITES All Outdoors

Vicksburg’s Klondyke: Helpings of Southern Fried Chicken, Cornbread, Myth, Legend, and Nolstalgia pages 34 - 37

The Thumbnail Lesson............................................................................ 16-17

Events March Premier Events............................................................................. 72-73 March . . . Up & Coming!........................................................................ 74-82

From the Stacks Con-a-con Game with Layers of Deceit......................................................... 9

Something Scrumptious Up Highway 61: Magnolia Grill, Natchez, Mississippi........................... 22-23

Southern Sampler The Thrill—The Treasure of a Real Letter.............................................. 70-71

THE Social Scene

Swamp People in McComb, Mississippi!..................................................... 10 St. Francisville Pilgrimage Party.............................................................. 12-13 Flower Nook Christmas Party...................................................................... 15 Surprise Birthday Party for Dixie Chance............................................... 18-19 2012 Distinguished Young Woman Program........................................ 20-21 Adams County CASA Project....................................................................... 24 Krewe of Phoenix Call Out Ball.............................................................. 26-27 Sixty-fifth Wedding Anniversary............................................................ 28-29 Magnolia Garden Club Christmas............................................................... 32 Arts Council Orient Exhibit.......................................................................... 33 Natchez Festival of Music Board Meeting.................................................. 44 Christmas on Gallatin Street........................................................................ 45 Annual Brookhaven Climbers Club Christmas Tea................................ 56-58 Stephanie Draut Performs in The Snow Queen......................................... 58 Bearcats’ Annual Reunion........................................................................... 59 Brookhaven’s Annual Exchange Club Banquet..................................... 60-61 Concordia Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner............................... 62-63 Haworth Wedding Anniversary.............................................................. 64-66 Isabella Fife’s First Birthday......................................................................... 67 Natchez Festival of Music Entertains China Dignitaries........................ 68-69 A Party Honoring NGC Queen Julia Bray............................................... 84-86 A Seventh Birthday Celebration.................................................................. 87 Super Bowl Party..................................................................................... 88-89

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From the Stacks

review by Fred Emrick, M. D.

Con-a-con Game with Layers of Deceit The Expats by Chris Pavone

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fter moving to Luxembourg for his wife’s new job, Chris Pavone actually led the life of an expatriate from the United States. He spent many hours in the cafes and parks of that secrecyshrouded country and heard a number of stories, especially from the mothers of the children he and they were watching. What he learned was that seemingly normal people living abroad in a very small country often hide very big secrets. The book opens in Paris, France; and the plot moves along the course of a single day including multiple flashbacks, mainly from the viewpoint of the protagonist, Kate Moore. Kate’s husband has taken a lucrative job in Luxembourg as an IT specialist in bank computer security. He can’t tell her which bank it is or where it is located. So begins the tale of deception and double-cross as Kate, too, has a secret past hidden from him—as a CIA operative. Kate attempts to re-make her life abroad as a housewife and mother to their two boys but soon discovers her husband Dexter may have a secret life also—as a cyber thief. Simultaneously, another expat couple enters their lives and wants to become their new best friends. Kate grows increasingly suspicious of the intentions of this couple and eventually discovers they are the FBI agents working with Interpol in pursuit of Dexter. This somewhat linear narrative begins to deviate as each of the four main characters discovers more secrets about their spouses and each other. They all have an agenda and multiple layers of deceit. This story recounts the long, con-a-con game stretching back a decade in the lives of the characters. The contrast of the deviousness of the plot against a charade of an attempted normal

existence is expertly written in Pavone’s debut novel. Chris Pavone grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from Cornell, and was an editor at book publishing houses in New York for fifteen years. In 2008, he moved with his wife and boys to Luxembourg for two years before returning to New York.

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THE social SCENE

| McComb, MS | Swamp People in McComb, Mississippi

Swamp People in McComb, Mississippi! Guest speaker for the annual Pike County Chamber of Commerce banquet on January 27, held at Southwest Mississippi Community College, was Troy Landry, popular television star of the History Channel’s “Swamp People.” Landry was welcomed at a meet-and-greet reception prior to the banquet.

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| St. Francisville, LA | St. Francisville Pilgrimage Party

St. Francisville Pilgrimage Party A cocktail buffet, held February 2 at the country home of Rick and Janet Sins in St. Francisville, Louisiana, honored the 2012 Pilgrimage Chairperson Lauren Field and the owners of the local homes and gardens featured on this year’s tour. Guests enjoyed mingling on the patio and sampling a variety of hors d’oeuvres served throughout the home. The Forty-first Audubon Spring Pilgrimage will be held March 16, 17, and 18 and showcases the following private homes on tour: Hillcroft, Prospect, Norwood, and Woodland.

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| McComb, MS | Flower Nook Christmas Party

Flower Nook Christmas Party Staff from the florist and gift shop The Flower Nook held their annual Christmas party at the Brentwood House in McComb, Mississippi. Guests enjoyed grilled steaks, chicken, and ribs as well as homemade dessert.

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All Outdoors | by Ross McGehee

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had was cold, bleeding, and in pain. He was trying hard not to cry because he had been told that he needed to be a big boy right now, but he was still clouded up and about to rain. His mother, Sharon, had to make a tough decision on the spot. There was no time to assemble a committee to exchange ideas and no means of communication with an emergency crew. So she did what few mothers would do. She sent him six miles back down the mountain on his pony, with only his big sister along on her horse. Chad was four years old. Etta was five. Ranching in the Rocky Mountains is not for the weak-willed individual. The only thing pretty about it is the scenery. Long distances to paved roads, no electricity, no phone service, grizzly bears, and a lack of fences to contain cattle are the least of the challenges that face cattlemen there. Since there are no pastures, as we know them, cattle must be moved into and out of the mountains seasonally to graze in whatever meadows are ready. Because of U.S. Forest Service rules and the terrain involved, moving cattle rarely involves a truck. Usually, cowboys on horseback lead and drive a herd up a trail through the timber for miles until they reach the summer pasture. Then someone stays in a cabin called a “cow camp” for the duration of the grazing period to keep the herd from drifting out of bounds. Supplies come in on packhorses. It sounds pretty idyllic like the old west or something out of a movie; but when the weather suddenly turns bad and there’s a herd back in the hills, they have to be found and brought out to safety in a hurry. At that point it isn’t romantic any longer because snow is coming down your collar, and “in a hurry” to a cow is about three miles-perhour. Blizzard conditions will kill calves first; then the cows won’t leave at all. All of a sudden, you’ve got $100,000 worth of bear bait in the backcountry. So when Chuck and Sharon woke up one morning to a snowstorm on their ranch in the Absoroka Range in Montana, they gathered horses and whatever help they could find and rode out to save their

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livelihood. Their children, five-year-old Etta and four-year-old Chad, were growing up in that environment. Riding before they could walk, learning to work cattle, and traveling the mountain trails, they were pretty well on their way as cowboy and cowgirl at an early age. Riding off in the snow was nothing new to them, but this day was going to be different—because about six miles out into the timber the weight of snow broke a limb out of a pine tree and it fell on the trail as Chad rode under. Chad usually rode with one little hand on the saddle horn. The falling limb came down, missing Chad’s body but landing smack on his thumb, crushing it instantly against the saddle horn. Even with gloves, his fingers were so cold that the pain didn’t start immediately, but the blood did. He saw that and howled. Sharon and Chuck checked him out and it did not look good. The end of his thumb had been nipped off by the impact. Without a first aid kit, cattle about to be stranded in the backcountry, and the sky snowing harder all the time, what could they do? Sharon knew her kids’ ability well enough to know what they could do in a crisis. So she sent them back down the mountain alone. There were six gates to dismount at, open, and pass through; more

snow-laden timber overhead; and no one at the house when they got there. She told them leave the gates open, and she’d be back to the house as soon as she could. Wow! What would you have done? Are you furious? Or are you crying for a little boy? How emotionally tough do you have to be to deal with that situation as either mother or child? How much faith in your children’s abilities would you have to have to do that? Six miles downhill, on horseback, in heavy snowfall, in the Rockies, at any age is a pretty tall order. Sharon and Chuck aren’t your average soccer parents. Before you pass judgment, or pass out, you might consider that these are ranch people. Baxter Black, veterinarian, cowboy poet and commentator, wrote an article years ago about ranch work. He described looking around for the help that was absolutely necessary to complete a number of tasks only to realize that there was no such thing as help and he had to devise methods to do everything alone. Self-sufficiency is taught at a very early age in that environment. Obviously. In our world, mothers or “smothers” are available to bail their offspring out of any calamity, no matter how insignificant. Homework is completed and delivered


to the school if it was forgotten at home, pets are fed, grass is cut, beds are made, and cars are cleaned by parents who let their children sleep until the afternoon on the days that they aren’t in school. Even as adults, the pattern continues. It is learned behavior. We all see it. I call it a lack of school bus training. Remember, when we all were growing up, we rode the bus to school? You had to get up on time and be there to meet the bus at a certain place and time. If you were late by a few minutes, the driver would sit and blow the horn. When you got on the bus, all of your peers would give you a hard time about holding them up. If you were too late, you got left behind. Then you had to walk back home and after Mom changed her schedule to load you up and drive you to school, making HER late, you really caught it! People, who never rode a bus, never learned at a young age that the world would not wait for you and if you want something to happen you better get a move on! DON’T miss the bus! Your success at anything is up to you because Momma won’t always be there to fix everything. That’s not what Sharon and Chuck had in mind, but it was just what had to happen. They did race back down the mountain to check on the kids as soon as they had the cattle gathered and the crew pushing them along. They arrived at the house to find Chad and Etta sitting on the front porch shivering. They couldn’t unlatch the snaps on their boots and didn’t want to get in trouble tracking snow into the house! Poor babies. The roads out of the ranch were bad enough that they loaded the kids into a Kenworth cattle truck, to push through the drifts, and made the 30-mile drive to the hospital. Chad got sewed up and he still has a funny looking end on his thumb but an interesting story to hang on it. Both of those kids grew up to be pretty capable adults. I called out there years ago to tell them Merry Christmas, and I guess Etta must have been about 23 years old at the time. Chuck answered the phone and mentioned that she was out in the backyard skinning an elk, by herself. Don’t pass judgment; these are ranch people and they do for themselves.

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| Brookhaven, MS | Surprise Birthday Party for Dixie Chance

Surprise Birthday Party for Dixie Chance Dixie Chance of Brookhaven, Mississippi, was honored with a Surprise Fortieth Birthday Party held in late January and hosted by her husband, John Chance. The party, held in downtown Brookhaven in a renovated historic building, welcomed dozens of friends who attended to cheer Dixie beyond her fortieth year.

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Kellie Patti, Olivia Oberschmidt, Dixie Chance, and Brendan Beesley Brendan Beesley, Dixie Chance, John Chance, and Olivia Oberschmidt Heather Douglas, Dixie Chance, Sonya Moore, Sharyl Donegan, and Marlene Martin Amy Hickman, Brent Roberts, Mike Keller, and Lori Keller Shannon Patterson, Dixie Chance, Robin Patterson, Lori Carter, and Jess Carter Tonya Bairfield, Tanya Merrell, Melanie McCreary, and Brandy Johnson DeeDee Roberts, Marlene Martin, Becky Dean, Dixie Chance, Margaret Smith, Danny Smith, and Angel Young

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| Brookhaven, MS | 2012 Distinguished Young Woman Program

2012 Distinguished Young Woman Program This year, the Distinguished Young Woman Program (formerly called Junior Miss) for Lincoln County, was held Sunday, February 5, at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit, Mississippi, and seven high school juniors from various schools competed for the title and scholarship awards. Ellen Doty won first place as the 2012 Distinguished Young Woman. Caroleah Brister and Jessie Henning were first and second alternates, respectively. Traditionally, competitors are escorted by young men and honored with several pre-contest parties. One of these was a “Famous Couples” Escort Party held in late January at the Ironhorse Restaurant in downtown Brookhaven.

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Something Scrumptious

story and photos by Jennie Guido

Up Highway 61

Magnolia Grill Natchez, Mississippi

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ith Natchez, Mississippi’s annual Spring Pilgrimage right around the corner, I think coming home for a little treat Under the Hill is the perfect way to step into spring. Over the years, Magnolia Grill has become a fast favorite for the Guido family; therefore, I am pretty sure we have tested almost everything on the menu. Whether a fabulous appetizer like the spinach and artichoke dip or a hearty entrée like the shrimp and grits, we always leave satisfied and ready for the next trip down Silver Street. Initially, when it opened in September of 1989, the restaurant was known as Magnolia Bar and Grill. Just over two years ago, when they bought the business in October of 2009, John Parker and his wife, Malan, modified a few elements of the original eatery. “We made some small changes – candles on the tables, glass and stained wood table tops as opposed to butcher paper, a few menu items removed, and some menu items added with an emphasis on regional favorites and fresh seafood,” Parks explained. Some of the changes to the menu include adding the fabulous appetizers of Bayou Egg Rolls, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Cream Cheese and Sausage Rotel Dip that literally makes you want to slap your momma, along with the Pan-fried Redfish with Lump Crab Meat, and the always scrumptious Sautéed Shrimp over Tasso Cheese Grits. Whenever we go to Magnolia Grill as a family, we have to inquire about the specials. These always include some simply divine selections, making it hard to pass up one of the tried-and-true favorites from the regular menu. At any time of the year, I opt for whatever the soup of the day happens to be. Each choice is absolute perfection and always an immediate favorite, especially the Shrimp and Corn Bisque and Cream of Broccoli. However, when I know that I will be making a trip home for the weekend, I start to get a craving for one dish in particular – the Fried Crawfish Spinach Salad. There is something about that baby spinach with toasted pecans, smoked bacon chunks, and sliced mushrooms all tossed together with lightly breaded crawfish tails that tends to make me put the pedal to the medal when coming down Highway 61. If you are a salad lover as I am, you absolutely have to


order this on your next trip Under the Hill. Also, the Magnolia Shrimp that is served over angel hair pasta is a tantalizing option. Of course, if you have even thought about leaving room for dessert, you should get a slice of the cheesecake; however, their bread pudding and chocolate pecan pie also will make you want to leave a space for something sweet. So what makes Magnolia Grill one of the best places along the Mississippi River? Besides the fabulous food and array of menu selections, there is nothing quite like sitting right next to the river when the sun is going down and watching the waters flow past you. Parks describes how “you can dine in one of the most historic areas of one of the most historic towns along the Mississippi River. You can sit on the deck and just imagine the steam-powered flatboats, loaded with cotton bales and jockeying for position at the docks. You can sit in the main dining room and feel the warmth from the exposed, original brick and rough-hewn cypress while taking in the mixture of local art and photos, wildlife prints, and old signs. You can literally feel the history.” In the summer time, Magnolia Grill is the only logical place to go in Natchez. Sitting on the glassed-in porch with an icy cold, draft beer and catching up with family and friends is one of my favorite parts about coming home. Being a family that knows good food, we tend to pick the best in town. If you find yourself looking for something new to try one night, head down Silver Street and stop at Magnolia Grill. Make sure you get a table on the porch,

order a nice little cocktail, and enjoy one of the best atmospheres in Natchez. I would suggest an appetizer for sure, probably the Sausage and Cream Cheese Rotel Dip; and for a main dish, be sure to order the Crawfish and Spinach Salad or even the Grilled Catfish with a side of steamed and grilled vegetables. You just cannot go wrong when dining out at Magnolia Grill.

MAGNOLIA SHRIMP In clarified butter, sauté sliced mushrooms and green onions until tender, add as much chopped garlic as you like, salt and pepper to taste, add peeled and deveined Gulf shrimp, cook until just done, serve over angel hair pasta. Couldn’t be easier!

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Adams County CASA Project

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The Adams County CASA “Help Santa Find Me” Project combined Senior High School Classes from Natchez High and Trinity Episcopal School who volunteered and gained community service hours for the holiday season. The seniors helped Santa find children who had been taken out of their homes due to abuse and/or neglect. In doing so, the students partnered in spreading the Christmas Spirit for children throughout Adams County with donations of toys, clothes, shoes, PJ’s, slippers, teddy bears, books, and candy. Angela James, Director of Adams County CASA, coordinated the project.

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Adriana Nix, Andrew Moroney, Katie Steele, Madeline Iles, Joseph McClatchy, Aliah Green, Jameshia Young, Jasmine Bates, Adrian Owens, Fredreuna Thomas, Cierra Smith, Debra Whitley, James Williams, Reginald Williams, Ylani Hayes, Maleiah Dixon, and Jada Banks Aliah Green, Jada Banks, Jasmine Bates, Jameishia Young, and Angela James


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| Natchez, MS | Krewe of Phoenix Call Out Ball

Krewe of Phoenix Call Out Ball The Krewe of Phoenix held its annual Call Out Ball on Saturday, January 21, at the Natchez City Auditorium. The 2012 Royalty was presented, and former kings and queens and the reigning dukes and duchesses performed various tableaux to a record-breaking crowd.

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| Auburn, MS | Sixty-fifth Wedding Anniversary

Sixty-fifth Wedding Anniversary On December 11, 2011, family and friends of Kenneth and Abigail Allred joined the honorees at Adams UMC in Auburn, Mississippi, to celebrate their Sixty-fifth Wedding Anniversary. Mr. Kenneth told all gathered there that he knew he would marry Mrs. Abigail the first time he saw her. The Allreds have been blessed with four children, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Photography by maranadabrooke photography

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Front—Kenneth and Abigail Allred and Helen Richardson; back—Rusty Adams, Samuel Richardson, Grant Brown, and Elizabeth Richardson Front—Kenneth and Abigail Allred; middle—Sarah Hodges, Julie Hodges, Nelda Hodges, and Jessica Rempel; back—Jonathan Hodges, Wayne Hodges, and James Rempel The Allreds and their grandchildren: front—Kenneth and Abigail Allred; middle—Julie Hodges, Jessica Rempel, Jeff Boyd, and Becky Buffington; back—Brian Davis, Jonathan Hodges, and Stephanie Jordan

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THE social SCENE

| Magnolia, MS | Magnolia Garden Club Christmas

Magnolia Garden Club Christmas Magnolia Garden Club of ladies enjoyed homemade goodies, fun fellowship, and some good-hearted Pirate’s Christmas gift exchanging at their December meeting in Magnolia, Mississippi. Now that it is the New Year, however, the women will begin their hard work gearing up for the annual flower show slated for March. Photos by Elise Parker

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Arts Council Orient Exhibit

| Brookhaven, MS | THE social SCENE

Arts Council Orient Exhibit At the Lincoln County Library in Brookhaven, Mississippi, the Arts Council of the Brookhaven Trust organized a January exhibit that featured objects d’art from the Orient, primarily Japan and China. The exhibit included an impressive display of paintings, statues, photos, apparel, and artifacts that were submitted by many residents. The majority of the items, however, came from the collection of Thomas H. Perkins III, who made numerous visits to the Orient, especially during his two terms as President of the International Camellia Society and the American Camellia Society. Most accounts agree that the camellia originated in China.

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Vicksburg’s

KLON Helpings of Southern Fried Chicken, Cornbread, Myth, Legend, and Nostalgia

LEFT Rhonda and David Day, Klondyke ownders MIDDLE Jack of all trades, Rhonda Day, paints sign. RIGHT David serving famous Klondyke fried chicken

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by Ellis Nassour

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DYKE The doors are open and the grill and deep-fryer are as hot as ever at the colorfully historic Klondyke in Vicksburg, Mississippi, at 100 North Washington Street [Business Highway 61-N], just two blocks from the famed riverfront murals on the outskirts of downtown where the road begins its wind toward the Delta. Years ago, Klondyke was known to serve mostly blue-collar workers but now, as the slogan goes, “Everybody Eats at the Klondyke.” However, if you don’t pay attention, you might drive by this unique convenience store several times, making u-turns. The exterior is rather non-descript but, come eating time, the aroma of fried chicken permeates. Cars pull up every few minutes. You might think they’re clandestinely making drug deals, but they’re just picking up orders that have been phoned in or already packaged for regulars. The immensely novel general store, famous for its Southern fried chicken—probably some of the best you’ll ever eat—is

owned by longtime Klondyke customers, Indiana and Texas natives, respectively, David and Rhonda Day, who arrived in Vicksburg from Memphis in 2004. “After managing a restaurant in the Vicksburg Mall for six months, we purchased a Chinese restaurant,” says David, “and turned it into a good eating, good drinking spot, Horseface Harry’s.” The Days purchased Klondyke in November 2005. Operating two restaurants in the tanking economy, in 2009, they decided to combine operations, eventually closing Horseface Harry’s. “We kept some of the eclectic menu intact,” notes David. There’s more to offer, but Southern fried chicken is still champ. He estimates they serve 300-plus meals daily, Monday through Saturday afternoons. As you might expect, there’s fried chicken on nearly every plate. An order of two pieces with Rhonda’s special cornbread costs $2.89. The number greatly increases with catering on game days and during holidays. To meet this demand, three shipments of chicken arrive weekly.

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“The average in/out time is three to four minutes, if that,” David explains. “Area employees from the Corps of Engineers, Anderson Tully, and the Port of Vicksburg/Industrial Harbor make up 60% of our business.” Klondyke customers don’t come just by car. It’s not unusual in pre-sunrise hours for the Kansas City-Southern freight train to stop and for the locomotive engineer to run the across the street to pick up some eats. Eddie and Janelle Cook, who owned Klondyke for 21 years, were eager to sell to spend more time with their grand kids. “When I met them,” recalls David, “they told me of the sales volume, which I found difficult to believe. So, I came down at 4:00 A.M. and parked out front. They weren’t fibbing. There was a car a minute. The doors were constantly opening and closing.” Rhoda recalls David’s “coming home very excited and he said, ‘Honey, we’ve found our Vicksburg niche.’” Within a week, the Days made a deal to purchase. A typical day in the kitchen begins with Rhonda waking at 2:30 A.M. “The drive to work,” she says, “is a breeze.” She enters from the couple’s mobile home through a connected corridor. She begins preparing the chicken batter, the recipe for which is as secret and as guarded as the Colonel’s, and breakfast and lunch items in semi-darkness to avoid early early birds from banging on the doors. “It really doesn’t help,” she laughs. “When we officially open at 4:20 A.M., more often than not, customers are waiting. Even though it’s get-it-and-get, we see most of them every day and know them by first name. It’s become a big family.” At 7:00 A.M., cook/clerk LaQuata Walls arrives. With traffic continuous until closing, her help and David’s are needed. The renown of Klondyke’s Southern fried chicken is widespread. Recently, MSN.com’s Andrew Zimmern passed through with a crew from his Appetite for Life: Southern Hospitality to shoot a spot. Klondyke’s origins are somewhat vague, but the original gerry-rigged structure was probably built by European fur traders in the mid-1700s to store pelts. The city developed because of the trade along Glass Bayou. Just a few miles north was Fort St. Pierre, a French mission established in 1698 near Redwood. (It was abandoned in 1729 after an Indian massacre.) Prevalent in the region were Indians from the Yazoo, Tensan Grigra, and Natchez tribes. Vicksburg was incorporated in 1826; and David points out it was “a typical river town and as wide open as it could be. It was infested with crime elements with saloons, gambling, cock fighting, and houses of prostitution. This property had several structures that saw its share of that trade.” In the early 1830s, a Presbyterian minister attempted to clean up the area. On July 4, 1835, when a group of gamblers insulted ladies at a picnic, a citizens’ group led by the minister organized to run the scoundrels out of town. The miscreants hanged him from a tree. A memorial, located at the triangle of Farmer, First East, and Openwood Streets, honors him. It reads: “Erected by a grateful community to the memory of Dr. Hugh Bodley, murdered by the gamblers, July 5, 1835, while defending the morals of Vicksburg.” Outraged citizenry captured several of the crooked high rollers, who were hanged. Others were bound and gagged and set adrift on the river. Page 36 { March 2012 { Bluffs & Bayous

A later structure on the site dated to 1896 and was built by a prospector who had mined at Resurrection Creek, Fortymile River, and Nome, Alaska. “The legend goes,” David says, “that when he came down the Mississippi on a flatboat, he saw all the activity on [Vicksburg’s] Glass Bayou. He set up a shop and said he was going to make it his very own Klondike and named it Klondyke Trading Post.” [Years later, he may have married a young newcomer to Vicksburg, Kathryn “Ma” Brewer, who at age seven was a Titanic survivor. She trained to be an RN and eventually owned a popular restaurant overlooking the Mississippi.] The property was developed in the 1950s; and the present building was constructed in 1964 and for a time run by Lewis Miller, Sr., of Miller Construction. It has been everything from a service station, car wash, and tackle and bait shop to the present general store, kitchen, and watering hole. From 2007 to 2010 it was also home to David’s popular 90-minute, live, weekday-morning radio talk program, broadcast just a doorway from the fryer. Guests covered the gamut of topics from politics, religion, and race relations to author interviews and local happenings while enjoying a piping hot piece of chicken and a soft drink. The Days bought not only a business but also a museum. To say that the memorabilia is eclectic is an understatement. Surrounding the tables and chairs, there’s a pre-Civil War iron with self-contained firehouse; items from the 1800s; a 1930s hobbyhorse; a vast collection of 78-RPM records and a gramophone; classic toys; a vintage Coca-Cola vending machine; a bulky, beauty parlor hair dryer that’s often mistaken for a spotlight; a rare iron Indian totem; books by the dozen, including a library of almanacs dating from 1946 to the present; all manner of bric-a-brac; and, just inside the entrance, a menacing figure in full-dress body armor. “Not a day goes by,” David reports, “that someone doesn’t drop by all kinds of stuff, mostly objects from the long ago past.” Rhonda adds, “We always like to get them to tell us the history. Recently, people came in with a small boat, a handcarved wooden statue of a woman pouring water from a well, and a Pac Man game from the 70s.” The latest acquisition is a painting of a native author who, while working on a book with actress Bette Davis at her Connecticut home, sat for a portrait at the request of her butler. On site is the grave of the Miller family’s faithful guard dog Tiger, whose bloodline could be traced to Rin Tin Tin. The only nod to today are HD widescreen TVs. Though the roost is ruled by fried chicken, Rhonda’s lunch specialties include country fried steak, pork chops, catfish, ham steak, meat pies, and her salute to haute cuisine: Crawfish Crème Creole on a bed of rice. The immensely popular Blue Plate Special—chicken or meat, three vegetables, cornbread, and beverage—is $7.50, tax included, one of the city’s best bargains. “The half-pound burger with bacon and cheese and all the fixin’s,” David mentions, “is a meal for only $4.99.” Noting that not everything Klondyke is famous for is for the health-conscious, he adds, “The CPR is free!” And somewhere buried in Klondyke’s treasures, there probably is a CPR kit.


FIRST ROW Memorial to Dr. Hugh Bodley / LaQuata Walls fries famous Klondyke chicken. SECOND ROW Klondyke burial site of Tiger with bloodline of Rin Tin Tin / Rhonda Day and LaQuata Wall prep food. THIRD ROW Inscription on Memorial to Dr. Hugh Bodley / Civil War era iron with firehouse against vintage drawing of Vicksburg FOURTH ROW Carved bird and iron Native American totems, Klondyke fried chiceken poster / Kinght in armor and antique hobbyhorse / Portrait, 50s hair dryer and Coca-Cola machine

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GRADY CHAMPION—Electrifying Blues Singer and Harmonica Virtuoso

Winner of the 2010 International Blues Challenge Coral Room 801 Clay Street, Vicksburg MS 39183 Smoke-free Facility · Cash Bar · Admission $20 Advance Tickets Recommended · 601-618-9349 shirleywaring@vicksburgheritage.com www.vicksburgheritage.com

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SUNPIE and the LOUISIANA SUNSPOTS

All the Blues and Zydeco you can handle 717 Clay Street, Vicksburg MS 39183 Smoke-free Facility · Cash Bar Admission · $25 Advance Tickets Recommended · 601-618-9349 shirleywaring@vicksburgheritage.com www.vicksburgheritage.com

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LEAF RIVER BLUES BAND

Blues with a Kick 801 Clay Street, Vicksburg MS 39183 Smoke-free Facility · Cash Bar Admission $20 Advance Tickets Recommended · 601-618-9349 shirleywaring@vicksburgheritage.com www.vicksburgheritage.com

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DEXTER ALLEN With his Band

801 Clay Street, Vicksburg MS 39183 Smoke-free Facility · Cash Bar Admission $20 Advance Tickets Recommended · 601-618-9349 shirleywaring@vicksburgheritage.com www.vicksburgheritage.com Saturday · CORAL ROOM · 7 pm

Annual MILT HINTON Memorial Concert and Festival National Juneteenth Jazz Presenters Featuring the Ron Myers Group

801 Clay Street, Vicksburg MS 39183 Smoke-free Facility · Refreshments Available Admission FREE Donations Appreciated shirleywaring@vicksburgheritage.com www.vicksburgheritage.com

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various Jazz, Blues, and Gospel artists as well as such Vicksburg attractions as restaurants, shops, museums, and theatre productions. A visit with Shirley Waring over lunch and then a car tour with her around town, blues tunes playing softly in the background, revealed her enthusiasm as she discussed the 2012 Vicksburg Blues Society Heritage Music Series. Her mantra has been “Blues is Hot in Vicksburg...... Fan It!” For six years now, she has been ‘fanning’ the town’s growing Blues fervor as an advocate in producing Blues related events.

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is a significant part of Vicksburg’s cultural heritage identity.” In 2008, her efforts through the Vicksburg Heritage League orchestrated the first Vicksburg Blues Trail, honoring B. B. King. B.B.’s appearance at the Vicksburg Convention Center in June anchored four days of Blues performances within venues in the historic downtown area. The Vicksburg Blues Trail includes attractions, tours, books, art, museums, and various historical markers and sites throughout the area.


Annual WILLIE DIXON Memorial “Red, White & Blues”

Tribute Performances at Various Venues throughout Town

Tuesday · CORAL ROOM · 7 pm

3rd Annual HANK JONES Memorial Concert National Juneteenth Jazz Presenters featuring The Ron Myers Group

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CORAL ROOM

Annual “AMERICAN ROOTS & BLUES” featuring Steve Gardner

801 Clay Street, Vicksburg MS 39183 Smoke-free Facility · Cash Bar Admission FREE · Donations Appreciated shirleywaring@vicksburgheritage.com www.vicksburgheritage.com Monday · BB CLUB · 8 pm

DEXTER ALLEN “HAPPY BLUES YEAR” New Year’s Eve Gala Show and Dance

721 Clay Street, Vicksburg MS 39183 Cocktail Buffet · Cash Bar · Party Favors Champagne Toast · Midnight Breakfast Buffet Admission $75 · Advance Tickets Recommended · 601-630-2921 shirleywaring@vicksburgheritage.com www.vicksburgheritage.com

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n occasion, a cookbook sparks our interest at Bluffs & Bayous, and we are compelled to share such a find with our readers. The Brookhaven Cookbook is such a find, for it provides the comfort of tradition with pages steeped in history. This culinary artifact recalls a time and lifestyle of generations past. In 1904 the Matrons of Brookhaven, Mississippi, compiled a cookbook to share recipes with their family and friends; and more than half a century later, that same vintage cookbook continues to inspire many of these same families as well as those who now reside in “The Homeseeker’s Paradise.” The original cookbook was obtained by Seth Allen at an estate sale at the Hardy House in Brookhaven and contains numerous recipes still appealing to our tastes today. In addition, photographs of the original settlement

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and old-fashioned advertisements fill the pages of The Brookhaven Cookbook to offer perusers a glimpse into the past. All of the original contributors have passed, but their passion for food and family lives on in the pages of this treasure. Sales of The Brookhaven Cookbook benefit the Lincoln County Historical and Genealogical Society. The cookbook can be obtained for $15.00 if picked up in Brookhaven at the Lincoln County Historical Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, as well as at many area banks. The cookbook can also be mailed for $20.00 by contacting the Lincoln Country Historical Museum abbreviated LCHGS, P.O. Box 150, Brookhaven, MS 39601. [The wording and punctuation of the following recipes appear as they do in the cookbook.]


Sweet Potato Biscuits To one cup steamed and sifted sweet potato add two tablespoons sugar, one teaspoon salt, one tablespoon melted butter, and one and a half cups scalded milk and cool the mixture. When milk warm one-half cup yeast, or one compressed yeast cake may be used dissolved in one-half cup lukewarm water. And sufficient flour to form a stiff dough, knead fifteen minutes, set to rise till light, knead and shape into loaves or biscuit, and when well risen bake in a bread oven.

Oysters as “Pigs in a Blanket” Season large oysters with salt and pepper, cut thin slices of fat bacon, wrap each oyster in a slice of bacon and fasten it around the oyster with a wooden skewer (a tooth-pick is a good one); put in a hot pan and cook long enough to crisp the bacon. Serve on small pieces of toast. Mrs. T. Brady

Chicken Fried Gumbo Cut up two young chickens and fry in a skillet; when brown, put in a pot with one quart finely chopped okra, four large tomatoes, and two onions chopped fine; cover with boiling water; boil very slowly, keep the kettle tightly closed and add boiling water as it wastes, simmer slowly three hours – season, salt, pepper and a little butter and flour added together. Serve over boiled rice. Mrs. Full.

Fig Cupcake with Lemon Butter Icing One cup butter, two cups sugar, three cups flour, four eggs, one-half cup milk, two teaspoonfuls baking powder, and one teaspoonful extract of lemon or white rose. FILLING - Boil fifteen minutes one pound of chopped figs, one cup of sugar, one-half cup water. Spread between layers. ICING - Dissolve one cupful of sugar in the juice of large lemon, beat three eggs light, add and mix well. Put a piece of butter the size of a walnut in a vessel over a fire, when melted pour in the above and cook till very thick, stirring constantly. Mabel Stamps (cupcake) Mrs. Kate Larsen (icing) Bluffs Bluffs && Bayous Bayous{{March March 2012 2012{{Page Page 4343


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| Natchez, MS | Natchez Festival of Music Board Meeting

Natchez Festival of Music Board Meeting The Festival Board, Guild Board, and Eminent Board of the Natchez Festival of Music recently held a joint meeting at antebellum Hope Farm to discuss the twenty-second festival season. Dr Jay Dean, the festival’s artistic director, presented the schedule of events for the 2012 season that will run for three weeks this year—May 5 through May 26—with everything happening on the weekends. Detailed information regarding these events can be found in the 2012 brochures currently available in the community as well as on the festival’s website, www. natchezfestivalofmusic.com. Tickets may be purchased online.

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Christmas on Gallatin Street The White Oak Building on Gallatin Street opened for the First Annual Christmas on Gallatin Street in historic downtown Hazlehurst the Sunday afternoon before Christmas. Families were treated to a Christmas story, carols and refreshments. Then, children decorated gingerbread men and women to donate to a local nursing home. Building owner Debra Borel partnered with Janie Stogner of Brookhaven's Janie’s Pastries to host the event. Organizers hope to repeat the event next year.

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Natchez Garden Club hosts The Symphony of Home and Garden Tours

Lifestyles of Natchez

From the Restored to the New

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he Symphony of Home and Garden Tours affords a glimpse through front doors and into private gardens in Natchez, Mississippi, as homeowners welcome you to view a variety of town and country lifestyles, more contemporary venues than the treasured mansions and grounds toured in the past. The one-day event will be Saturday, April 28, with the morning tour from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 am, lunch from 11:30 am until 1:00 am (boxed lunches and garden tour at Magnolia Hall), and the afternoon tour from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The morning tour takes participants to the heart of downtown where a “green” repurposed train station has been converted virtually intact into condominiums tagged The Depot, retaining Italian marble as well as original hardwood floors. The condos’ two-story ceilings and a variety of floor plans welcome downsizers, vacation-home owners, hip loft-apartment dwellers, and curious visitors. All can amble leisurely through a center courtyard garden and an outdoors sheltered patio, and then in a few more steps access the sidewalks of the city toward intriguing downtown destinations. One of The Depot’s condos showcases an open living area with soaring ceilings and half-moon transoms over outside doors and windows, flooding the interior with light. Large alabaster discs cast glowing evening illumination upon several sitting areas, a music room, a library, and a vast hall of arches. The condo’s two bedrooms, each with bath suite, flank the living room that is furnished with English antiques, period mirrors, and a variety of new-world oils of scenes such as the old Natchez Trace and the Metropolitan lightscape of New York City. The Depot’s central garden design includes green annuals that accent hawthorn hedges along with selectively placed cherry laurels and various grasses of differing heights and textures. Structured on many levels, the garden boasts retaining walls, convenient concrete blocks for sitting and climbing, and perennial beds for pops of seasonal colors. Strollers are invited to amble, star gaze, sip coffee, or enjoy alfresco wines. All of the grandbabies, children, spouses and friends love their visits to families living in these spacious loft condominiums. A house-sized open area, two stories high, provides a large modern kitchen, and several sitting and eating areas for easy living. The small outside private patio is home to a succulent garden and a hottub for a soak after a downtown run or walk – both are popular here. If the weather prevents outside exercise, try the staircase to the second story private area of the residences. Three laps should do it! Another stop on the morning stint of the Symphony of Homes and Gardens Tours lies along the high bluffs of the Mighty Mississippi on Cemetery Road—Sunset Cottages, owned by Louise Peabody. An interior space designer, Peabody has brought the best of her family, experience, and décor to her home and bed-and-breakfast cottages. The outdoor living space beckons guests to sit and relax, bask in the natural beauty of Mother Nature, and watch the river roll by. Sunsets seen from here—spectacular! The gardens boast traditional southern plantings that furnish year-round green and seasonal colors, and the screened porches’ container plantings add extra flourish to nature’s bounty.

Top left—Interior of column-arched open living space at The Depot condo belonging to Bobbye and Bill Henley Top right—Interior open living space for Susan Barnes’ condo in The Depot Above—Garden area in The Depot

Right—Sunset View Cottage entrance Below—One of the Sunset View Bed and Breakfast cottages

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Above—Knock Out Roses at Rosehill

Above left—Glassed kitchen and living area overlooking the patio and garden area at Faye and Bob Weatherly’s home Above right—The Weatherlys’ outdoor living space

Above—Edgins’ exterior “Fairway”

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Rosehill owners Colleen Wilkins Lewis and Rusty Lewis have transformed an ordinary brick structure just on the outskirts of downtown, into a cozy dwelling enclosed with a white picket fence backed by multitudes of Knockout Roses. The spectacle is breathtaking practically year round. The interior of Rosehill proper as well as its addition and exterior living space reflect Colleen’s elegant taste as an interior decorator. When purchased in 2007, this cottage built in 1950 had fallen victim to years of neglect. As renovation wound down in late summer, landscape planting and color became a quick priority. Today, there are over sixty rose bushes with new selections yearly, mostly Knock Outs, along with more perennials and plenty of annuals added each year. Strawberries were planted this year along with other vegetables, space allowing, in raised garden beds. A flagstone patio, added in the back of the cottage-style home in 2011, surrounds a fire pit the Lewises constructed out of chunks of concrete left from the renovation. This enhanced outdoor space provides additional room for them to entertain friends and family or just to relax with their cat and three dogs. Lunch awaits tour participants on the galleries and within the main-floor rooms of Magnolia Hall, circa 1851, the last antebellum mansion completed in Natchez before the Civil War. Built by Thomas Henderson, the home’s exterior was designed to replicate the brownstone houses from the East, and gardens with picket and iron fencing once graced the property. Today, the grounds boast the completion of a newly restored parterre garden with plantings that bloom throughout the fours seasons and brick walkways, highlighted by an antique water fountain. The site also hosts beautiful roses, camellias, and crepe myrtles along with oak and magnolia trees. An ornamental gazebo nestles at the back of the property, providing a cool space to rest, think or read. Magnolia Hall’s richly decorated interior reflects the upscale period living of its era and upstairs offers a costume, doll, and family museum. Lunch will be a rich experience for all at this unique home on the corner of Pearl and Washington Streets in Natchez’s historic downtown district. The afternoon tour takes a turn south and ventures out Highway 61 to the Woodhaven subdivision home of Bob and Faye Weatherly. Phoenix rising has nothing on this home that was purchased, decorated, landscaped, and loved after a devastating fire in which all previously owned items were lost. From European antiques to casually elegant, contemporary furnishings to a yard and garden that have everything—pavilion, kitchen, ceiling fans, fire pit, swing, fountain, water fall, selectively placed plants and rocks, and a putting green—this one is a find for your idea book for sure! Golfers are not fore-gotten in life styles in and around the Natchez area. From the links at Beau Pré to the city course at Duncan Park, you can be just a putt away from a short round or a spirited trek of 36 holes. One tour home featured at Beau Pré offers child-centered décor and landscaping with two dogs, one large and one small, and mom and dad in mind as well. Owners Richard and Katie Grace Edgin designed the house with play spaces for active children. A nurseryrhyme-themed daughter’s room, complete with a three-quarter tester bed, suits any pint-sized sweet dreamer. Little brother’s room abounds with airplanes—on chests, curtains, door pulls, mobile, and ceiling. All enjoy the open spaces of a large yard, golf course, and playground. An electric fence keeps the dogs at home, and they keep grandm’er company in the garden. Tom and Ginger Schwager’s custom-built home reflects the Greek Revival style with its columns as well as its window and door entryways. With a music room, exercise and office room, and television and study room, life within these welcoming walls caters to the comforts of its owners, affording them all the amenities of


modern living. This elegant home is also perfect for entertaining with its spacious family room that provides ample conversation areas for small to large social gatherings. The windows and glass doors of the family room open onto an outdoor patio and garden area that back up to a scenic golf course, all in all, an expanse of green space that beckons the owners and guests alike to an idyllic outdoors experience. Between the two of them, the Schwagers have four children who are married with their own families, and that means grandchildren. The home’s several guest bedrooms and generous play space accommodate these extended family members when they come to visit. The layout of this 3,931 square-foot home allows privacy for both the guest bedrooms and the master suite. Evelyn Fairbanks and Dick Thompson built one of the first homes in the Beau Pré development. This beautiful, Louisianastyle home has early downtown Natchez history. One section of the home was moved from historic downtown out to the Beau Pre lot, and the home was designed to blend old and new together. The older section was the Voss family home, and the newer section was a Beau Pré home designed by Yancy Siebert Shearouse, formerly of Natchez. The couple are owners of Live Oak Nursery and have landscaped the surrounding grounds, creating a secret garden near a brook on one side of the house. This home’s stately exterior and lush, green landscaping make living the good life a given.

Above—Schwagers’ Greek Revival-style exterior Above left—Master bedroom at Beau Pre home of Tom and Ginger Schwager

An all-inclusive experience, this life-styles tour takes you from seeing a modern golf course to the last grand antebellum mansion built in Natchez. Your lunch will be served at Magnolia Hall currently being re-stored by private tax-free donations to “One House at a Time,” and by funding from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Enjoy a casual, post-lunch stroll through the restored parterre garden. Lunch, the mansion, and the restored parterre garden are available through the auspices of the Natchez Garden Club and the Preservation Society of Ellicott Hill. Updated in design and use, small cottages dot the Natchez landscape with their intricate garden designs and container gardening accents. Perfect for market-place newbees, retired couples, small families, and single seniors, these homes abound in charm as they retain an aura of the past while celebrating the contemporary in colors and style. If you’re lucky, you might reserve one of them as a B&B, opting for a bit of a respite in town or country, riverside or river view. Tour tickets are available for individuals or groups through the Natchez Garden Club office, 215 South Pearl Street, 601-4439065, ntzgardenclub@bellsouth.net, www.natchezgardenclub.com or through Natchez Pilgrimage Tours, 601-442-5245, 640 South Canal Street, www.natchezpilgrimage.com.

Symphony of Home and Garden Tours Saturday, April 28, 2012

Morning Tour • 9:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. Sunset View Cottage • 26 Cemetery Road Rosehill Cottage • 109 Auburn Avenue The Depot Condos • 200 State Street Susan Barnes ~ Bobbye and Bill Henley ~ Patrick Smith Lunch at Magnolia Hall • 11:30 a.m. — 1:00 p.m. 215 South Pearl Street

Afternoon Tour • 1:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m. Top—Evelyn Fairbanks’ and Dick Thompson’s Louisiana-style home Above—Bursts of color accent the entry of the Fairbanks and Thompson home.

Woodhaven Bob and Fay Weatherly • 129 Duster Drive Beau Pré Fairview, Richard and Katie Grace Edgin • 22 Nottaway Trail Tom and Ginger Schwager • 7 Club Drive Dick Thompson and Evelyn Fairbanks • 48 Fairway Drive

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NOLA’s Newest Gem

New Orleans, Louisiana’s Hotel Mazarin, once known as the Saint Louis Hotel, has just undergone a multi-million dollar transformation. Located at 730 Bienville Street in the heart of the famed French Quarter, this beauty’s elegant décor, lush with rich woods and gold leaf and lavish in its soothing colors, reflects the art de vivre of this enchanting Creole city. This boutique hotel with its 102 luxurious rooms was named for Cardinal Jules Mazarin, a seventeenth-century, Italian-born pontiff, an advisor to the French Crown, a collector of fine wines and wealth, and a Machiavellian diplomat. The extensive renovation included upgrading all guestrooms and public spaces and providing such complimentary amenities as Wi-Fi, breakfast, local phone calls, inroom coffee, bottled water, daily newspaper, robe and slippers, safe, and cube coolers with refreshments upon arrival. A private courtyard with a Renaissance-inspired fountain, a fitness center, a business center, and in-room spa services for guests are additional enticements. The hotel lounge, Patrick’s Bar Vin, has already become a favorite for both New Orleans locals and visitors. Named after proprietor Patrick van Hoorebeek, a longtime European transplant to the city, the bar is situated adjacent to the hotel’s tropical courtyard and offers a wide selection of wines and champagne by the glass, Page 52 { March 2012 { Bluffs & Bayous

light and savory small plates, and mixed drinks, all in comfortable, upscale surroundings. Located one-half block from Bourbon and Royal Streets and steeped in French Quarter ambiance, this gem provides a personable respite in historical elegance replete with modern hotel conveniences. For the venturesome, a few steps beyond the hotel await the entertainment, dining, shopping, and cultural experiences of one of America’s favorite cities. In celebration of this re-opening, Hotel Mazarin is offering a special to Bluffs & Bayous’ readers. Stay Longer, and Save More in the Big Easy! Throughout the month of March, with a fournight stay or more, your cost is 40% off the best available rates. Book this New Orleans special online at www.hotelmazarin.com, or call (800) 53-9111, and mention promo code DRM to make your reservations. Hotel Mazarin is part of the New Orleans Hotel Collection, a group of seven splendid hotels in the New Orleans metropolitan region. Owned by local investors, this collection touts the Bourbon Orleans, Dauphine Orleans, Hotel Le Marais, Wyndham Riverfront, Audubon Cottages, Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport, and Hotel Mazarin. For more information, visit www.neworleanshotelcollection.com.


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THE social SCENE

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Bearcats ' Annual Reunion The Bearcats Class of 1969 (and a few other Bearcats from 1971) recently gathered for their annual reunion at Dixie Springs Cafe in Summit, Mississippi. Classmates have been meeting annually since their twentieth reunion in 1989. They had so much fun then that they decided to meet again the following year, and their annual tradition has continued. Photographs by Elise Parker

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Brookhaven' s Annual Exchange Club Banquet The Sixty-fifth Annual Exchange Club of Brookhaven held its yearly banquet at the Thames Center on the campus of CopiahLincoln Community College in Wesson, Mississippi. Each year at the banquet, the club’s Golden Deeds Award is given to a deserving member who typifies community service.

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| Vidalia, LA | Concordia Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner

Concordia Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner The Concordia Chamber of Commerce held its 2011 Annual Awards Dinner and Celebration January 26, 2012, at the Bryant O. Hammett Conference and Convention Center in Vidalia, Louisiana. The theme of the celebration was “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work.� Judith Bingham, outgoing Chamber President, welcomed guests to the awards dinner that featured guest speaker Deuce McCallister, acclaimed former New Orleans Saints running back.

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| Vicksburg, MS | Haworth Wedding Anniversary

Haworth Wedding Anniversary David and Doris Haworth celebrated their twentieth wedding anniversary with a party at their home in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Family and friends attended including out-of-own guests from Hoover, Alabama, and Meridian, Hattiesburg, and Brandon, Mississippi. The Haworths were married February 1, 1992, at First Baptist Church in Vicksburg. Scrapbooks of photos, cards, and other remembrances from the wedding were enjoyed by the guests, many of whom were part of the wedding festivities twenty years ago.

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Isabella Fife' s First Birthday

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Isabella Fife' s First Birthday Come one come all to Isabella’s first birthday party under the Mosswood Big Top in Port Gibson, Mississippi—this was the summons to a unique celebration. The circus-themed gathering was held January 28, 2012, with miniature pony rides, monkey tricks, games, and several entertainers including clowns as well as a snake charmer, strong man, gypsy, lion tamer, ringmaster, sharp shooter, and bearded lady, and an acrobat. The menu included a candy bar, hot dogs, cotton candy, pretzels, peanuts, cake with cotton candy icing, ice cream, and nachos. The children enjoyed circus music, face painting, duck pond, apple-bobbing, ring toss, bean-bag toss, body boppers, and a piñata.

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Natchez Festival of Music Entertains China Dignitaries The Natchez Festival of Music along with the Mississippi Commission for International Cultural Exchange hosted a reception and violin and piano recital by the Bella Musica duo on February 9 at antebellum Dunleith Plantation in Natchez, Mississippi. Special guests were Madame Ying Gui Luo of Jingdezhen, China; Mr. Yun Ke Guan of Beijing, China; and Jack Kyle of Jackson, Mississippi, with the Mississippi Commission for International Cultural Exchange.

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Southern Sampler

written by Alma M. Womack

The Thrill The Treasure of a Real Letter I

got a real letter in the mail in January. It was not a bill, not a request for money from Republicans, veterans, the ASCPA, orphans, widows, heart or cancer programs, und so weiter. It was

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a real, handwritten letter from a real person. Let me explain how it was I came to get a real letter. Several years ago, I got a phone call from a lady up in Illinois who had picked

up a copy of Bluffs & Bayous on her way to some kind of gathering in New Orleans. She was quite taken with the magazine and liked my story, whatever it was at the time. (Anyone want to guess “chickens” or “dogs” or “mowing”?) She talked to me for a goodly bit, and told me about her life and family up North and all the activities that she was engaged in. She made me feel fairly tired, after naming all the things that she did in a year’s time; for by her own admission, she was no spring chicken. She was just delightful, and I was so happy that she had taken the time to find me. She was one of those little lagniappe surprises a person gets that comes from putting an article in a magazine and hoping that someone reads it. Since then, I’ll receive little notes from her at holiday time or whenever she feels like writing. I always reply; and ever so often, I will send her some copies of Bluffs & Bayous, for she likes to keep up with what’s going on down here. She has had some health problems the last couple of years that have slowed her walking and her participation in local activities, but she is cheerful about it all and looks forward to the day when she can resume her hectic schedule. This Christmas, for instance, she was unable to decorate every room in the house, plus put up outdoor decorations, but 2012 will be different, and she is looking forward to being festive again. I


will answer her soon and tell her all about living in a swamp where it rains every day and how the alligators are already showing themselves here in February because it won’t get cold enough to keep them in their dens. By the way, my correspondent’s name is Joan Graves. She is the kind of person who made this country the envy of the world, one who will fight with all her considerable energy and might to keep it from being overtaken by the forces of darkness that seem intent on making this great nation a carbon copy of Europe or Venezuela. I can just see her leading the charge in her hometown to oust the rascals, waving her flag high, and giving ‘what for’ to those who wish to destroy us. May God Bless Ms. Joan and all the Ms. Joans of this great country. Ms. Joan is about my only letter writing correspondent now that my Aunt Jessie Patterson has passed on. Aunt Jessie always wrote the best letters of anyone, and they were always full of witty sayings to go along with the family news from Yazoo City. One I especially remember was this: “The only way that teenage boys can get cool is to keep their heads stuck in the refrigerator.” Of course, Aunt Jessie’s refrigerator was always full of cold fried chicken and potato salad and an assortment of pies and cakes, so there was more than just cool air drawing the boys in. Whenever she had news of her husband, she would always say something about “your uncle Pat Patterson” instead of just writing his name. She was a great letter writer and a great card sender even if the card for the occasion was about two or three weeks late; and it might just start off “Thinking of You” instead of “Happy St. Patrick’s Day.” Aunt Jessie was a great letter writer and a wonderful aunt, mother, and grandmother. We all miss her notes to remind us that she was watching out for us. My other correspondents, friends from college days, used to write all the time; but now, they just email, and I email them back. My friend Donna’s dad up in Shreveport would never even make a phone call to replace a letter that needed writing. I wonder sometimes what he thinks of the communication system now: emails, Facebook, twitter, etc. I have to admit that I enjoy the convenience of email (I will not do Facebook—too many people

I don’t like wanting to be my “friend.” No thanks.), but still miss the thrill of getting a letter in the mail. Most people now will never know the great anticipation of waiting for the mail carrier to come every day, hoping that maybe there might be a letter for you from some distant friend or relative. They won’t know the disappointment of opening the lid on the old mail box, only to find it either holding bills or junk mail or being just plain empty. All information is instantaneous now, so there’s little to anticipate. In fact, there’s a lot of information spread around that would best be kept quiet for everyone’s sake. Years ago, I wrote an article similar to this one, for the Jonesville News-Booster and sent it on to Jim Minter, who at that time was the editor of The Atlanta NewsConstitution in Atlanta, Georgia. He used my article as the basis for one of his columns which remains one of the highlights of my life. To be approved and recommended by Jim Minter was akin to Elvis saying, “I think that you can sing.” The article

told of some old letters found in a trunk, letters that dated back to the late 1800s and concerned Buster’s grandmother, Lilly Webb Richardson. Imagine coming upon a treasure like that, personal correspondence from another time. The detail was amazing, and the feelings and anxieties she felt back then were the same as those of parents throughout the ages. My question then was, and still is, this: what will the people of the future have to read about their family ancestors if there are no letters to connect them to the past? Emails and all that other stuff are impermanent, and there will be no way to trace that which no longer exists. And if/when the power goes off, will people remember how to communicate the oldfashioned way? I said it then, and I’ll say it again: instant coffee, instant food, and instant communication leave something to be desired, for something vital has been lost in the transition.

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MARCH up

& coming! Premier Events

March 16 - 18 St. Francisville 2012 Audubon Pilgrimage The forty-first annual Audubon Pilgrimage celebrates a southern spring in Louisiana’s English Plantation Country. Features for the pilgrimage include two historic townhouses, Hillcroft and Prospect, and in the surrounding countryside two early nineteenth-century plantations, Highland and Woodland, plus Afton Villa Gardens, Rosedown, and Audubon State Historic Sites; three nineteenth-century churches; and the Rural Homestead with lively demonstrations of the rustic skills of daily pioneer life. The Smithsonian Institution exhibit Journey Stories is on display in the Historical Society museum. Friday evening features old-time Hymn Singing at the United Methodist Church, Graveyard Tours at Grace Episcopal cemetery, and a wine-and-cheese reception with a style show of period costumes at Bishop Jackson Hall. Light Up The Night Saturday evening features live music and dancing, dinner, and drinks. For tickets and tour information, contact West Feliciana Historical Society, 225-6356330 or 225-635-4224; www.audubonpilgrimage.info

March 19 - April 1 Pike County Azalea Festival 2012 Two weeks filled with historic home and garden tours, flower shows, celebrations for the arts, and family fun events showcase Pike County during its most beautiful time of the year. • March 17: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm—A Garden Tour, home of Will and Gay Austin 8150 McComb-Holmesville Road • March 19 - April 1: Dusk to 9:00 pm, 54th Annual Lighted Azalea Trail (lighted gardens, businesses, homes throughout McComb) • March 19 - April 1: Gulf South Gallery Celebration 41 Years & Winners of the Mississippi Art Colony exhibit last week of March • March 19: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Railroad Depot Museum Exhibit: Mike Seay’s 1980s Photograph Documentation of the South Yard • March 20: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Blues & Bar-b-q at The Ice House Courtyard, $5.00 —7:00 pm – The Visit with William Faulkner, Depot Theatre, 206 State Street, Free Admission • March 20 - 21: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Black History Gallery, 819 Wall Street • March 21: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Summit Garden Club “Art in Bloom,” Flower/Art Show at SMCC Horace Holmes Student Union • March 22: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, The Flower Lovers Club Festival of Flowers Flower Show, Pike National Bank Community Room, 350 Rawls Drive, Admission Free, refreshments served 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: McComb Garden Club sponsoring Azalea Princesses on Parade at the Brentwood House – Free Admission • March 22 - 23: 16th Pike County Arts Council Juried Art Show & Sale, Pike County National Bank, 350 Rawls, Free Admission Page 72 { March 2012 { Bluffs & Bayous

• March 24: 8:00 am, 5K Run/Walk Running through the Azaleas at Edgewood Park —1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Brentwood 100 year Celebration Open House —4:00 pm: Camellia City Civic Club hosts Azalea Coronation at Edgewood Park • March 25: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm, Gulf South Art Gallery book signing, Elizabeth Dunaway Led by the Holy Spirit —3:00 pm: Bettie Miller performance at J. J. White Presbyterian Church • March 26: 6:00 pm, McComb Garden Club Azalea Coronation at Edgewood Park • March 27 - 28: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Black History Gallery, 819 Wall Street, Free Admission • March 28: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Magnolia Historic Tour & Lunch, $2 —1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Magnolia Garden Club hosts annual Flower Show, 405 N. Cherry Street, Refreshments • March 29: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm, Southwest MS Art Guild celebrates Art a la Carte @ Brentwood House, Free Admission —12:00 pm: Azalea Festival Luncheon, St. Andrews Mission Senior Center, Main Street, $8.00, Speakers Gay Austin and Michael Guttuso —4:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Gallery Open Houses, Japonica Gallery, 119 6th Street, Gulf South Gallery, 228 5th Street, McComb Studio of Design, 32 N. Front Street • March 31: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Ironwood Market: Art on the Tracks, downtown McComb, music, fare, art


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March 24 Brentwood 100-Year Celebration & Book Signing The historical Neoclassical Revival home Brentwood, located at 610 Delaware Avenue in McComb, Mississippi, is celebrating 100 years of love and grandeur. The National Register of Historic Places property will hold an open house hosted by coowners Elizabeth Walker Dunnaway and Barbara Burrows Willis, granddaughter and great-granddaughter, respectively, of original owners Julius and Elizabeth Brent. The open house will be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and book signing by Elizabeth Dunnaway, author of Led by the Holy Spirit, will be from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Dunnaway’s book contains spiritual commentary, scriptures, accounts of miracles, testimonies, and twenty inspiring prints of original art. Brentwood was built in 1912 by the Hilborn Holmes family. It was purchased by Julius and Elizabeth Brent in 1940 and has remained in the family since then. Join the family as they celebrate the century birthday and book signing on Saturday. Following the celebration, Dunnaway will offer her books at Gulf-South Art Gallery in McComb, Mississippi from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. April 1 - 30 Tapestry: The Pilgrimage to Vicksburg Experience the rich tapestry of early Vicksburg life. Explore the fabric of Vicksburg society with tours of our historic homes and hallways. Enjoy interpretive presentations of Vicksburg’s history that brings to life the heritage and culture of this remarkable river city. Some of Vicksburg’s most historic properties will tell their stories from antebellum grandeur to the Siege of Vicksburg to the turn of the twentieth century. Together, these stories weave the tapestry of who we are today. www.visitvicksburg.com May 1 - 4 2012 Southern Region Master Gardener Conference in Natchez, Mississippi The Mississippi Master Gardener Association and Mississippi State University Extension Service will host the 2012 Southern Region Master Gardener Conference May 1 through 4 in Natchez, Mississippi. The conference combines presentations and workshops and will be held at the Natchez Convention Center in downtown Natchez. Day one includes registration, bus excursions to private and public gardens, and time to explore Natchez. The next two days include a program packed with keynote presentations, workshops, walking tours, gardening forums, and a silent auction. Keynote speakers feature Gestalt Gardener Felder Rushing; landscape architect Rick Griffin; and horticultural experts and innovators Dave Shanklin; Stanley Wise, Jr.; Nicholas Staddon; and Robert (Buddy) Lee. The conference has a fee for registration that ends April 15. For more information visit www.msucares.com/srmg. May 2 - 3 Gardeners Expo in Natchez, Mississippi The Gardeners Expo set for May 2 and May 3 will provide two days of unique gardening activities and opportunities. From 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day at the Natchez Community Center at 215 Franklin Street, gardeners from the novice to the avid to the expert will gather to share their gardening experiences, dilemmas, and expertise. Boutique shopping will be hosted by approximately thirty-five vendors from across the South, selling unique and exotic garden-related merchandise. In addition, Mississippi State University Extension Service specialists will be on hand throughout the event to answer gardening and landscaping questions as well as conduct soil sample analyses. So bring your soil sample, weeds, plants, and bugs to get professional solutions to your gardening problems. Admission is free. Contact Kelly Parks, Event Chairperson, 601-431-1422, for additional information. Bluffs & Bayous { March 2012 { Page 73


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Throughout March Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation Classes/Lectures/Performances Vicksburg, MS www.southernculture.org Through March 8 “All That Jazz!” Rolland Golden Gallery Natchez, MS 601-304-5500 www.rollangoldengallery.com Through March 11 “Life and Landscapes along Louisiana Highway #1” West Baton Rouge Museum West Baton Rouge, LA Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm Sunday: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm $4 Admission / $2 Students and Seniors www.westbatonrougemuseum.com March 1 - 19 Journey Stories Exhibit WFHSC Museum/Visitor Center 11757 Ferdinand Street St. Francisville, LA 225-635-6769 www.stfrancisville.us westfelicianatourism@gmail.com

March 1 - 4 As You Like It Mississippi College Clinton, MS Jennings Hall Courtyard March 1 - 3, 7:00 pm March 4, 2:30 pm $7 General / $5 Student 601-925-3935

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March 1 Dr. Rhythm, “So Many Ways to be Smart!” MS Agricultural Museum Sparkman Auditorium Jackson, MS 9:30 am & 12:30 pm Reservations: Mitchell Gaon 769-7989295 bknlynbrnx@yahoo.com March 2 Too Sweet Productions Blues Concert Vicksburg Auditorium Vicksburg, MS 7:00 pm 601-630-2929 www.vicksburgevents.com March 2, 9, 16 Lenten Fine Art Series Holy Trinity Church Vicksburg, MS 900 South Street Free Concert; $10.00 Gumbo 601-636-0542 March 3 Run Through History Vicksburg, MS www.runthruhistory.com

March 3 Miss Metropolitan Ballet Company Cinderella Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center Jackson, MS 4980 Ridgewood Road 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Admission Charged 601-853-4508 www.msmetroballet.com


up & coming! MARCH March 3 Free Children’s Drop-In Activity Masur Museum of Art Monroe, LA 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm No reservations necessary 318-329-2237 info@masurmuseum.org March 3 Gospel Music Fest Parker Park St. Francisville, LA 225-635-6769 www.stfrancisville.us

March 3 - July 22 Mississippi Museum of Art Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret & H.A. Rey Jackson, Mississippi 380 South Lamar Street www.msmuseumart.org March 4 David Floyd Presents WF Courthouse Old Courtroom St. Francisville, LA 2:00 pm 225-635-6769 www.stfrancisville.us

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March 4 Readings by the River Natchez Poetry Society Natchez, MS Arts Natchez, Main Street 4:00 pm 601-442-6105 Henry Clover: edie.clover@gmail.com March 4 Vicksburg Orchestral Society Concert Holy Trinity Church Vicksburg, MS 7:00 pm

March 6 Music in the City Trustmark Grand Hall MS Museum of Art Jackson, MS 5:15 hors d’oeuvres & cash bar 5:45 Free Program Heather Denham & John Paul www.msmuseumart.org

March 4 - 24 West Baton Rouge Museum Port Allen, La www.westbatonrougemuseum.com March 5 Nightingale Awards Jackson Marriott Jackson, MS 7:00 pm www.msnurses.org March 5 - 30 The Hobbs Freeman Art Exhibit Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation Vicksburg, MS March 5: reception 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm 8:00 am - noon & 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Courtyard entrance from Adams Street 601-631-2997 info@southernculture.org www.southernculture.org

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March 8 Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Beethoven’s Last Night Mississippi Coliseum Jackson, MS 7:30 pm Tickets: $31.50 and up www.ticketmaster.com March 8 Hit the Bricks Downtown Vicksburg, MS 5:30 pm - 8:00pm

March 9, 16 - 18 Westside Theatre Foundation Reefer Madness Vicksburg, MS The Coral Room Theatre Inside The Vicksburg 801 Clay Street 601-618-9349 March 9 String Quartet Grace Episcopal Church St. Francisville, LA 8:00 pm 225-383-0500 or 225-302-3524 March 9 - April 7 Historic Natchez Tableaux: Scenes of Natchez Past Natchez City Auditorium Natchez, MS Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat. evenings 8:00 pm; $15.00 www.natchezpilgrimage.com March 10 - April 14 Natchez Spring Pilgrimage Natchez, MS www.natchezpilgrimage.com March 10 - April 15 Southern Road to Freedom Holy Family Catholic Church Natchez, MS Tues., Thurs., Sat.: 8:00 pm www.natchezpilgrimage.com


up & coming! MARCH March 10 - April 15 Southern Exposure Natchez Little Theatre Natchez, MS Tue., Thurs., Sat., Sun.: 8:00 pm www.natchezlittletheatre.org March 10 EXPLORE! Creative Painting Historic Jefferson College Washington, MS 6-8 yrs.: 10:00 am - 11:30 am 9-12 yrs.: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Pre-Reg. Required $10.00 601-442-2901 Kay McNeil: kmcneil@mdah.state.ms March 10 2nd Saturday Rolland Golden Gallery Natchez, MS All Mississippi Exhibit Reception: 5:00 - 8:00 pm 419 Main 601-304-5500 www.rollangoldengallery.com March 11 Rouge Roubiax XIV Magnusson Hotel St. Francisville, LA 8:00 am - 5:00 pm March 11 Why Mississippi Ain’t Louisiana WF Courthouse Old Courtroom St. Francisville, LA 2:00 pm; Reception following For info: Helen Williams 225-635-6330 www.stfrancisville.us March 12 - 14 Cocoon Jackson The Art Garden MS Museum of Art Jackson, MS 23rd Ceremonial Mat Procession www.msmuseumart.org March 16 Off The Wall Fundraiser Masur Museum of Art Monroe, LA 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 318-329-2237 info@masurmuseum.org Bluffs & Bayous { March 2012 { Page 77


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March 16 - 17 Ladies Civil War Academy Historic Jefferson College Washington, MS 601-442-2901 Robin Pearson: rperson@mdah.state.ms.us

March 17 Community Market Day Main Street St. Francisville, LA 9:00 am - 1:00 pm 225-635-3665

March 16 - 17, 23 - 24, 30 - 31 Gold in Them Hills Parkside Players Vicksburg, MS 7:30 pm www.vicksburttheatreguild.com

March 17 Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade Downtown Jackson, MS Parade: 1:00 pm All other times and events vary. 601-948-0888 www.halandmals.com/stpat

March 16 - 18 The 41st Annual Audubon Pilgrimage St. Francisville, LA Ticket prices, time, and events vary. www.audubonpilgrimage.info/home March 16 - 18 Rosedown Plantation Historic Cooking & Tour St. Francisville, LA 225-635-3110

March 18 Disney’s Phineas and Ferb Live! Mississippi Coliseum Jackson, MS 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm Tickets: $20 and up www.ticketmaster.com

March 17 Warren County Wildlife Extravaganza Vicksburg Convention Center Vicksburg, MS 10:00 am - 8:00 pm; Free www.warrencountywildlifeexpo.com

March 18 Grady Champion Concert The Coral Room Vicksburg, MS 801 Clay 6:00 pm; $20.00; Cash Bar www.vicksburgheritage.com March 19 - 24 4-Day Glass Painting & Firing Workshop SCHF Vicksburg, MS 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm SCH Academy Building 1302 Adams Street Members $160 / Non-members $170 www.southernculture.org Annette@southernculture.org 601-631-2997 March 20 - April 24 Bookmaking Class with Frank Hamrick Masur Museum of Art Monroe, LA Tuesdays, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Members $110 / Non-members $150 318-329-2237 info@masurmuseum.org

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up & coming! MARCH March 22 Fondren Arts, Eats and Beats Fondren District Jackson, MS 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 601-981-9606 www.fondren.org March 22 Festival of Flowers Pike County National Bank Community Room McComb, MS 11:00 am - 5:00 pm 601-551-6319 Beth Wild: bwild@bellsouth.net March 23 Piano Gem Concert Dr. Theresa Sanchez Natchez, MS Trinity Episcopal Church 305 South Commerce Street; 8:00 pm

March 23 - 25 Annual Jackson, LA Antiques Show Jackson, LA Tours: Noon to 4:00 pm daily $10 admission The Jackson Assembly P.O. Box 494 Jackson, LA 70748 www.felicianatourism.org March 24 Royal Comedy Tour Mississippi Coliseum Jackson, MS 8:00 pm Tickets: $46.50 www.ticketmaster.com

March 24 Lunchtime Lecture: Return to Southern Wild Historic Jefferson College Washington, MS Joe Mac Hudspeth, Jr. Noon; Free Admission EXPLORE!: History Animal Tracks $10.00 Adults; 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Robin Person: rperson@mdah.state.ms.us March 24 ASU National Student Recital Trinity Episcopal Church Natchez, MS 305 South Commerce Street 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

March 23 - 25 Zippity Doo Dah Parade Fondren District Jackson, MS Time and events vary. www.fondren.org

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March 24 - 25 24th Annual PowWow Natchez, MS Grand Village of the Natchez Indians 400 Jefferson Davis Blvd. www.natchezpowwow.com March 25 4th Annual Bike Ride WF Sports Park St. Francisville, LA www.wheelstosucced.org

March 25 Bark Fest 2012 MS School of the Arts Campus Brookhaven, MS Spay-ghetti Plates $7 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm Bark-a-Lishis Lemonade Stand Eye-of-the Tiger Face Painting Bow-Wow-Meow Bake Sale 601-754-2000 lubecker@bellsouth.net March 25 The Cat’s Meow Upscale Resell Sale In conjunction with BARK Fest 2012 MS School of the Arts Campus Brookhaven, MS 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm Lu at 601-754-2000 bhamail@bellsouth.net March 26 - 28 Small Farmers Conference Natchez Convention Center Natchez, MS 601-354-2750 Dr. Gregory Reed: 601-877-3933 Myra Bryant: fscmiss@mindspring.com www.smallfarmersconference.org Page 80 { March 2012 { Bluffs & Bayous


up & coming! MARCH March 27, 29, 31 Anyone Can Draw 3-Day Workshop SCHF Vicksburg, MS Nancy Mitchell, Instructor Tues. & Thurs.: 5:30 - 7:30 pm Sat.: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Members $20 / Non-members $25 www.southernculture.org Annette@southernculture.org 601-631-2997 March 28 Magnolia Garden Club Annual Flower Show Magnolia, MS 405 North Cherry Street 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 601-783-3366 Lham1951@gmail.com

March 29 - 30 26th Annual Puppetry Jam Performing Arts Festival for Children Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum Jackson, MS 9:00 am - 12:30 pm 601-977-9840 www.mspuppetry.com March 29 - 30 Birdie, Bogey & Boogie for Kids ROCA Banquet Room Vicksburg Country Club Vicksburg, MS Calcutta Reception 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm $25; Cash Bar March 30: 11:30 am, registration for Golfers 601-262-8037 www.javicksburg.org

March 30 Michael Patilla in Concert SCH Auditorium Vicksburg, MS 6:00 pm $5 Adults / $2.50 Children 601-631-2997 info@southernculture.org March 30 through April 1 Annual Kite Fest Louisiane WBR Soccer Complex West Baton Rouge, LA 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Free Admission 225-344-2920 www.westbatonrouge.net March 30 Magnolia Evening in Lights Magnolia, MS 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Dinner & Dancing $15 ticket / deadline March 2 601-783-3366 Lham1951@gmail.com

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March 31 Ironwood Market: Art on the Tracks Railroad Boulevard McComb, MS 10:00 am - 5:00 pm www.artonthetracks.com March 31 2012 St. Francisville Spring Stroll Feliciana Master Gardeners St. Francisville, LA 8:30 am WF AgCenter $15 @ St. Francisville Town Hall 225-635-3614 March 31 Spring Home & Garden Show Outlets at Vicksburg Vicksburg, MS 601-636-7434 www.outletsatvicksburg.com March 31 River City Steampunk Fair Coral Room Theatre Vicksburg, MS 11:00 am - 8:30 pm 801 Clay Street March 31 - April 1 Arts for All Art Show Market Hall St. Francisville, LA 9896 Royal Street Sat.: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Sun.: 12:00 - 5:00 pm 225-721-1296 April thru May Natchez Festival of Music Natchez, Mississippi 601-446-8280 www.natchezfestvalofmusic.com June 7 - 8 Mississippi Market Wholesale Show Mississippi Trade Mart Jackson, Mississippi www.mississippimarket.org

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| Natchez, MS | A Party Honoring NGC Queen Julia Bray

A Party Honoring NGC Queen Julia Bray In late January, guests gathered at the home of Sally and Wettlin Treppendahl in Woodville, Mississippi, to honor Natchez Garden Club Queen Julia Bray. Members of the Natchez Garden Club Court, their families, and the Garden Club Executive Board, along with friends from neighboring Woodville and Natchez, Mississippi, joined in the celebration. Julia Bray will reign during the Historic Natchez Tableaux with King Miller Jordan during the first two weeks, March 9 through 23, of the five-week Natchez Spring Pilgrimage.

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A Seventh Birthday Celebration Lauren Bailee Anderson celebrated her Seventh Birthday as she and her friends gathered at Edna’s Cake Creations in Natchez, Mississippi, on Saturday, December 3, 2011. Ms. D there taught them how to make homemade cookies, and they made their very own pizzas and decorated cookies to take home. After the birthday party, they finished celebrating with a girls’ sleepover at the honoree’s home.

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| Natchez, MS | Super Bowl Party

Super Bowl Party Sandy and Tom Taylor hosted a “Super Bowl 46 Party” on February 5, 2012, at their home in Natchez, Mississippi. They welcomed friends from both the Monday Night Football Gang and the Thirsty Thursday Society to celebrate professional football’s premier event.

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