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n behalf of all of us who live and work here, I thank you for your interest in our part of the world in Northeast Mississippi! Our area is known for its rich, Southern culture with our extraordinary history rooted in our farm culture, our music, our creativity and our culinary delights. Poignant events that have shaped the country’s fiber also had a major impact on our area. None more so than the American Civil War. As the year 2012 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh, the Battle of Farmington, the Battle of Iuka, the Siege and Battle of Corinth, and the Battle at Davis Bridge, all of our community partners in the tour and travel industry are working together to make your visit to Corinth and the surrounding area enjoyable. During the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration, the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, a part of the National Park Service’s Shiloh National Military Park, is our busiest attraction; but there is so much more to see in the Corinth area! Be sure to make stops at the Crossroads Museum/Corinth Coca-Cola Museum, the Corinth Black History Museum, the Contraband Camp, the Corinth National Cemetery, the Corinth Artist Guild Gallery, Civil War Earthworks, the Lake Hill Motors Museum and Historic Downtown Corinth. In these places, you can “dig a little deeper” to experience the real Corinth. Whatever brings you to Northeast Mississippi,

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whether it is for business or pleasure, a meeting or family reunion, the Corinth Area Convention & Visitors Bureau welcomes our special guests. In order to make the most of your trip, this printed guide will provide you with fingertip access to Corinth’s tourism businesses. Should you need more help, you may always visit our Welcome Center on South Tate Street just off of the Highway 45 South/Harper Road exit; stop by the Tourism Office at 215 North Fillmore Street in Downtown; or just ask a local resident. We are always happy to help. Now … have a fun, affordable and safe visit to our area! If you are still trying to decide on whether or not to visit our area, don’t forget the one valuable tool for your tour planning needs: our website, www.corinth.net. This site can assist your in navigating the attractions, special events, activities and great places to shop and dine while you are in the Corinth area. You can find the most up-to-date information about events and festivals as well. We hope you enjoy your stay with us and come back often or decide that a visit to Corinth is right for you. Remember, “History is Only Half Our Story,” and we have quite a lot to tell!

Sincerely, Kristy White, Director Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau  

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Culinary celebrations

Fe s tiv a l s s a l u t e s l u g b u r g e r s , p o r k b a r b e cue, chili

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sbeavers@dailycorinthian.com Fine food in a festival setting. That’s what visitors are treated to when they stop in Corinth. Corinth has a trio of festivals centered around mouth-watering cuisine. The Crossroads Chili Cook-Off gets the festive mood going in April with an array of chili for the tasting. Next in line is the Slugburger Festival in July followed by the annual Hog Wild BBQ Festival and Cooking Contest in September. All three festivals are centered around The Depot in historic downtown Corinth and the vacant area near Trailhead Park at the corner of Fillmore and Cruise streets.

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end as Green Market this past April -- has become a tourism draw with competitors across the country vying for the title of Mississippi State Champion of chili. Dennis Farris and his Legal Heartburn Chili claimed the top prize at the 5th Annual Crossroads Chili Cook-Off. The Mantachie resident was the best of 28 teams taking part in the festivities

On the cover Daily Corinthian writer/photographer Bobby J. Smith — also a Civil War buff — captured the cover image as Confederate Civil War Reenactors begin their 22-mile “March to Shiloh” on March 30, 2012, prior to the Battle of Shiloh Reenactment. The present day National Park Service’s Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center — site of Battery Robinette — is on the hill in the background.

over Easter Weekend. “It’s a really nice event,” said the Red Chili champion. “And it’s always nice to win.” As the state champ, Farris earned a berth to the International Chili Society (ICS) World Championship set for later this year in West Virginia. Winners in the divisions of Red Chili, Chili Verde and Salsa moved on to the world championship competition. The Chili Cook-Off also hands out awards in the category of Local Favorite and People’s Choice. “It has become a true tourism event because the number of people brought in from other places,” said cook-off chairman Steve Knight. “Cooking chili is a lot different than trying to compete in a barbecue contest ... you can stick everything you need in the trunk of your car and head to a chili cookoff.” For the first ever, the event saw all

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titles awarded to Mississippians this year. “I love this event,” said Green Chili and Salsa champion,” Mike Dearing of Newton. “If we picked one chili cookoff event to enter, we’d come to Corinth.” The cook-off is always the first weekend in April every year.

Slugburger Festival

Corinth’s oldest festival — dedicated to the deep-fried burger — is set to celebrate its 25th year with something new. Slugburger organizers are taking a bite out of the professional eating circuit when Major League Eating comes to town for the July 12-14 event. “This is a great opportunity to grow the festival to a regional level,” said Main Street Director Montana Hill. “I think this is going to bring more attention to the festival and Corinth,” added Main Street board president John Orman. Major League Eating is the world body that oversees all professional eating contests. The organization, which developed competitive eating and includes the sport’s governing body, the

“Cooking chili is a lot different than trying to compete in a barbecue contest ... you can stick everything you need in the trunk of your car and head to a chili cookoff.” Steve Knight Crossroads Chili Cook-off chairman International Federation of Competitive Eating, helps sponsors to develop, publicize and execute world-class eating events in all varieties of food disciplines. MLE conducts approximately 80 events annually, including the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest. The ESPN broadcast of the Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest has generated a higher rating than any Major League Baseball telecast on July 4 in the United States. “They will bring in professional eaters and also let amateurs get in the contest,” said Orman. “The MLE does this all over the country. It’s going to be a

fun thing to watch.” The eating competition is scheduled for Saturday afternoon. “Love and Theft” is set to headline the final night of the festival. Jamie Davis and Soul Gravy is slated to fill the Friday night entertainment spot. The popular Slug Idol returns with Junior Slug Idol making its debut on Thursday night of the festival. The slugburger is a local favorite in cafes. Most markets use 10 percent meat with filler and then deep fried and served with mustard, pickle and onion on a white hamburger bun. Rickman’s Meat Market uses 50 percent ground pork in its slugburger meat. Pork pattie mix -- also known as slugburger meat -- is among the market’s most popular sold item. The market makes 300-600 pounds a day, three days a week. “People have come from everywhere to buy our brand,” said Linda Rickman who owns the market along with husband Jeff. “The pork gives the slugburger a sweeter taste.” Most slugburgers contain a mixture of beef and some form of cheaper breading extender. Rickman’s uses the ground

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Wednesday means fried pie day at Hamburger Harold’s

Borroum’s Drug Store in downtown Corinth is one of many cafes serving up slugburgers, complete with mustard, dill pickle slices and slice of raw onion. A festival each July celebrates the slugburger, a meat and filler mix deep fat fried to a golden brown.

By Steve Beavers sbeavers@dailycorinthian.com Wednesday is fried pie day at Hamburger Harold’s. And the Crossroads area knows it. “They start calling around 8 a.m. with their orders,” said new owner “Uncle” Dave Stevens. “We have people who order a dozen at a time.” The maker of the popular pie is former owner Peggy Smith, who says she has been making the apple and peach variety since “she was old enough to stand on a stool and watch her grandmother”. “This was an ideal situation for me,” said Stevens of having Smith, who ran the restaurant on Fillmore Street with late husband Harold, make the mouth-watering desserts. “She is a dream and can run circles around me.” The fried pies are so good that Stevens sold 250 at April’s Green Market across the street on the grounds of the Historic Depot. “We couldn’t keep up,” he said. “Everyone wanted one that day.” Stevens says the small restaurant makes “right at 100” every Wednesday. “Peggy makes the pie filling and then we put them together,” he said. “They’re just as good the next day.” Hamburger Harold’s, around since 1958, sells the pies for $2.25 and has very few left the following day. When it comes to pies, the new owner knows who is the boss. “I own the place, but Peggy still is in charge,” said Stevens with a smile.

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pork, soy, flower, salt and water. It takes the company 15-20 minutes to make a fresh batch with getting the pork ground taking up most of the time. Slugburgers can be found most anywhere in Corinth, especially Borroum’s Drug Store in downtown Corinth, as well as the White Trolley and Slugburger Cafe, both on U.S. 72. Slugburger “meat” can be purchased in Roger’s and Gardner’s supermarkets, or large quantities can be found at Rickman’s. However, one must get lessons on how to deep fry the meat mixture before trying to cook at home. There are no slugs in the meat, but the name came from years ago when the burger sold for a “slug” nickel. Slugburgers are regional in the Crossroads area, but have different names outside Corinth — “ old fashioned hamburgers” in Booneville and “cereal burgers” in Selmer and Iuka. “I never heard my dad (Fate Weeks) use that word,” said Willie Weeks of Weeks’ Cafe in Booneville. “When my wife (Dianne) and I took over in 1980, people were using that word then.” Fate Weeks began a career in the hamburger business with his brother John in Corinth. John Weeks came across an old German recipe for burgers while in St. Louis and returned to Corinth to open a

hamburger stand. The popular burger is now referred to as the “WeeksBurger” at Weeks’ Cafe. The Slugburger Festival is always held the second weekend in July. The popular T-shirts are a must for the collector.

Hog Wild

If you are wild about pork barbecue, Corinth is the place you need to be on Oct. 4-6 The Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned event is three days of fun, entertainment and most of all plenty of barbecue for the whole family. The 22nd Annual Hog Wild BBQ Festival will crown a Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion along with handing out awards in Chicken, Pork Rib, Pork Shoulder, Brisket, Sauce, Dessert, People’s Choice and Anything But categories. Cooking teams begin vying for the titles on Friday with the finale set for Saturday. The Grand Champion will take home $1,000 in the annual event. The event is always held the first weekend in October.

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EDITORIAL Publisher Reece Terry

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Editor Mark Boehler

begins at the Historic Depot

Contributors Steve Beavers Jebb Johnston Brant Sappington Bobby J. Smith Kristy White

By Jebb Johnston jjohnston@dailycorinthian.com

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A visit to Corinth isn’t complete without a look at the reason the city sprang to life and became a strategic point in the Civil War — the historic railroad junction. The Historic Corinth Depot and Crossroads Museum at 221 North Fillmore Street offers many attractions for railroad and Civil War enthusiasts as well as artifacts and exhibits on many facets of Corinth’s history. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 until 4 p.m. Monday hours are yet to be available until October. The museum is located in the Corinth railroad depot building at the junction of what was the Memphis & Charleston and Mobile & Ohio railroads, which gave the growing town a prominent role in the Civil War. Today, it is the junction of the Kansas City Southern Railroad and Norfolk Southern Railroad. With the Civil War Sesquicentennial focus, the museum is offering “The Civil War Archives” as a featured exhibit for much of this year. It is a collection of Civil War artifacts from various

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sources that have not been shown at the museum in recent years. Among the most rare items are a federal haversack and knapsack that remain intact. The collection also includes bullets, bayonets, belt buckles, ginger beer bottles, parts of muskets, cannonballs and some rare types of shells. A firearm in the exhibit is said to have been used in battle at Battery Robinett. The museum is a great place to pick up stories of the past. “People stop by all the time and tell stories about growing up in Corinth, riding the Doodlebug passenger train from Corinth to Mobile, and buying tamales off Mr. Johnson’s cart at the Depot,” said Museum Director Brandy Steen. Aviation fans are drawn by Roscoe Turner, who was born in Corinth and went on to fame in air racing and as a stunt pilot in the movies. Museum visitors can also see an impressive collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia from the Corinth plant. Museum admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and free for children. Contact the museum at 287-3120. On the web: crossroadsmuseum.com PA G E 9

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Summer Use National Park Service Ranger Hannah McCoy welcomes visitors to the Contraband Camp.

Contraband Camp — where freed slaves sought refuge By Bobby J. Smith bjsmith@dailycorinthian.com In honor of the 150th anniversary of the facility where newly freed blacks took their first steps toward

freedom, 2013 will be the year of the Contraband Camp. The Contraband Camp sesquicentennial activities will include seminars on African Americans in the Civil War, living history interpreta-

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tions of the Civil War African American experience, a special symphony concert in honor of the camp — and much more. The Corinth Contraband Camp is one of the region’s most unique historical sites. Here was a place of refuge and a new start for thousands of former slaves caught in the middle of a war that ripped America in half. Today the site of the camp is a peaceful park surrounded by mighty oaks and honeysuckle vines. Six life-size bronze sculptures depicting the men, women and children who inhabited the camp — considered “contraband” of war — stand along a quarter-mile walkway. The camp was established in 1862

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Jordan Goodwin shields himself from the roar of a cannon during a previous Battle of Farmington Reenactment. The 2012 event is Sept. 13-16.

Farmington plans Civil War reenactment By Bobby J. Smith bjsmith@dailycorinthian.com In the late spring of 1862, the Civil War came to the village of Farmington. This September, the countryside will again echo with cannon fire as the Farmington community hosts a 150th anniversary reenactment of the battle. Hosted by the Blue-Gray Alliance, the 150th Anniversary Battle of Farmington and Corinth will be held Sept. 13-16. Registration begins at 7 a.m. on Sept. 13-14 for reenactors and sutlers. The first two days of the event will be school days, set aside for students from area schools. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, a Garden Social and Street Dance will be held at The Generals’ Quarters Inn in downtown Corinth.

The next morning a troop review will take place at The Generals’ Quarters, followed by a troop march from Corinth to the Farmington battlefield. Saturday’s activities will also include military demonstrations (9 a.m. to

noon); a memorial service and ladies tea at Farmington Baptist Church (9 a.m.); and 150th anniversary reenactments of the Battle of Farmington and CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

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by Union Gen. Grenville M. Dodge to accommodate the former slaves who looked to the Union Army for protection. Coming from modest beginnings, the camp featured many homes, a church, school and hospital. Federal officials praised the effort as a “model camp” which allowed for approximately 6,000 ex-slaves to begin building their own lives and identities. The camp — and its “contraband” — were moved to Memphis when the site became strategically untenable in 1863. There the freedmen lived in a more traditional refugee facility until the war ended. Open from dawn to dusk, Corinth Contraband Camp is located at 102 North Parkway. Admission is free. (For more information call the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center at 662-287-9273.)

Battle of Corinth (2 p.m.). Saturday’s activities will conclude with the battlefield period dance, beginning at 7 p.m. Camps open for the public at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16. Church services on the battlefield will begin at 10 a.m. The 150th anniversary reenactments of the Battle of Corinth and the Battle of Farmington will begin at 2 p.m. Throughout the month of May, 1862, in the aftermath of the Battle of Shiloh, a handful of skirmishes were fought in the vicinity of Farmington. According to Richard McLemore’s “History of Mississippi,” Confederate Gen. William Hardee fiercely attacked the Federal forces under Gen. John Pope and drove them out of their entrenchments and off the field. Casualties: Union - 16 killed, 148 wounded and 192 missing; Confederates - 8 killed, 189 wounded and 110 missing.

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According to Richard McLemore’s “History of Mississippi,” Confederate Gen. William Hardee fiercely attacked the Federal forces under Gen. John Pope and drove them out of their entrenchments and off the field. When the fighting left Farmington, the area was used as a hospital zone for the wounded Union forces from other battles. The reenactment will be held at 4135 County Road 200 in Farmington. For more information contact Mayor Dale Fortenberry at farmingtonmayor@comcast.net or 662-6659697; or visit www.battleoffarmington.com.

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Jacinto Courthouse grounds come alive July 4 By Brant Sappington bsappington@dailycorinthian.com Each Independence Day the grounds of the historic Jacinto Courthouse come to life as the site plays host to the annual Jacinto Fourth of July celebration. The event is one of the largest Independence Day events in the region and draws crowds from throughout the area to hear local musical performers, check out the huge variety of arts and crafts for sale, listen to the political speeches and simply enjoy the atmosphere of one of the area’s most unique historic sites. Jacinto Foundation Executive Director Beth Whitehurst said they’re looking forward to another big year for the festival in 2012 and will feature the traditional mix of arts and crafts, live music, political speaking and more. They also anticipate another visit from the Chucalissa Indians, a Native American group whose dynamic and colorful traditional dance performances and beautifully hand-crafted items have become a beloved part of the annual festival over the past few years. Fourth of July at Jacinto is not only

one of the largest such events in the area, it has long ranked as the second largest political speaking event in the state - dwarfed only by the annual Neshoba County Fair. The celebration began in 1979 and has been held every year since, except for 1980 when the founders decided not to hold it on a non-election year. The Jacinto Courthouse is one of the area’s crown jewels. The building was built in 1854 and was originally little more than a small log cabin serving as the county seat of Old Tishomingo County, which included at the time the present-day counties of Alcorn, Prentiss and Tishomingo. After the counties were separated, the building initially fell into disrepair and a concerted effort by community preservationists saved it from destruction and helped return it to its present and former glory. While the annual festival is Jacinto’s most visible event, there is much more to Jacinto than one exciting day. The area boasts a picnic area, the restored doctor’s office and the signature country store. A recent grant from the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors

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Alcorn County Fair makes successful return By Steve Beavers sbeavers@dailycorinthian.com The Alcorn County Fair made a successful return. Following a 12-year absence, a group brought the fair back to Corinth last year at the Crossroads Arena. “It went really well and we are looking to add things this year,� said committee chairman Chris Porterfield. “Our focus is adding old-time fair stuff.� The Alcorn County Fair is set for Sept. 11-15. Organizers saw 8,000 people come through the gates during the return last year. “If we have good weather and things go as planned, we will better that this year,� added Porterfield. Porterfield says the committee received praise from the community on the return of the event. “They were so glad someone brought it back,� he said. “It came about because of the community,� added committee member Sandy Mitchell. “Without the volunteers, the

fair wouldn’t have been a success.� While the schedule for the five-days of family fun has yet to be finalized, the committee has in mind how the 2012 event will go. Once again a high school cheerleading cheer-off, sponsored by The Dinner Bell, will kick off things on Tuesday. “We are looking to expand the event to include squads from Prentiss, Tippah and Tishomingo counties,� said Porterfield. The committee will also bring back the ranch rodeo and livestock show. Some form of Christian entertainment along with a gun, knife and coin show is also slated for the fair. A go-cart race and lawn mower pull is expected to make its debut this time around. The car show along with several exhibitor events such as a quilt show have been given the green light to return. Mitchell says the fair will be adding baked good to the canned goods portion of the exhibitor’s division. There will also be a grist mill demonstration and petting zoo sponsored by the Kossuth High School FFA Club.

Trystn Butler shows off ff a prize pumpkin from last year’s fair.

“We want the fair to grow, but if it means getting too big where it becomes something other than an event for the whole family, we don’t want that,� said Porterfield. The Crescent City Carnival will be back to Corinth for the fair. “The carnival people will be bringing some bigger rides this time,� said the committee chairman. Sponsorships are available and range from Friends of the Fair to Gold Level. “This is something the whole committee had fun working on,� said Porterfield.

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Welcome Center: ‘One stop spot for travelers’ BY ANGELA STOREY astorey@dailycorinthian.com A true welcome awaits anyone visiting the Alcorn County Welcome Center, whether they be a visitor to the Crossroads area or a local resident stopping by on any given day. The Alcorn Welcome Center is located at 2028 South Tate St. in Corinth, just off the U.S. 72 exit at the corner of Harper Road and South Tate Street. It is often described as a “one stop spot for travelers.� All 13 welcome centers in the state celebrate monthly themes. “The themed month displays are to make the traveling public aware of all of the unique assets in the area and the state as well,� said Sherry Brown, supervisor of the Alcorn County Welcome Center. “Each Welcome Center usually focuses on the immediate area that they are in but we all also try to promote the unique assets throughout the entire state.� Businesses showcase their wares and place their business info by their items or information they display. Many business-

es provide donations and coupons. “We say a special thank you to all businesses working with us and their donations and coupons to give out. They are so good to work with and we appreciate their support very much,� she said. The theme for June 2012 is “Fun Things for Children to do in Mississippi Month� followed by “Festivals & Fairs Month� in July and “Free in Mississippi Month� in August. September’s theme is “Outdoors Month� while “Agri-Tourism Month� will be celebrated in October. November is designated as “Shopping Month� while December is “Holiday Happenings Month.� The Welcome Center offers a flat screen television that plays the Weather Channel, Headline News and Fox News. “When the travelers see the weather it helps them feel more at ease when they are traveling great distances and they know what is in store ahead of them and whether or not they need to try to travel onward or stay somewhere for the night,� Brown said. “We also offer the other channels in case of late breaking news in

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Green Market continues to grow, succeed By Bobby J. Smith

At Green Market

bjsmith@dailycorinthian.com The Green Market at the Corinth Depot is an award-winning local event that continues to grow each year. The fourth season of Green Market kicked off on April 7, 2012, with a hugely successful turnout of vendors and buyers. A total of 68 sellers offered their handmade and homegrown wares, making the April Green Market the second biggest in the event’s history, only surpassed by November 2011’s special, holiday-themed RED Green Market. The success of the RED Green Market prompted a change in Green Market rules. Formerly a seller could only come from within a 50-mile radius of Corinth. “The RED Green Market brought in many talented people from out of town, and we decided it would be a good thing to lift the radius,” said Program Director Karen Beth Martin. Another move to encourage participation from non-local vendors is the addition of the Pay-Pal payment option, which allows registration fees to be paid online. Vendors may also pay fees with cash or checks, by mail or in person. The Green Market originated as an event to give local artisans an opportunity to sell handmade and homegrown goods in a historic, open-air environment. In its first installment fewer than 20 vendors set up shop. It continues to expand with every season, and has been designated one of the best small events in the state. Interest in the event continues to grow as its popularity spreads by media attention – and the testimony of satisfied Green Market shoppers and vendors. Martin regularly receives calls and emails from people seeking more information. “We’ve had so many people call in wanting to sell at the Green Market – there’s been so much interest,” she said. Each Green Market-day features live music by Corinth’s father and son blues combo, Joel and Seth Smith. A wide variety of foods is always fresh and ready for purchase. Green Market brand items have also become a staple of Green Market fare, including T-shirts, reusable shopping bags and Green Market brand

Linda and Dennis Wenzl and their homemade whirley birds yardwork are an example of what can be found at Green Market.

coffee – all available at the Green Market booth. Vendors can sign up two ways, $60 for the whole season or $10 for each specific event. The $60 season sign-up does not include the holiday-themed RED Green Market in November. Registration fees should be paid by 10 a.m. on the Friday before Green Market Saturday. Late registering vendors will be charged an additional $5 late fee. Vendors planning to sell baked goods should contact Martin at the Tourism Office for Health Department guidelines. Green Market is held the first Saturday of each month from April to November, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information contact the Tourism Office at 662-287-8300 or send an email to the program director at karenbeth@corinth.net.

Some of the items shoppers can expect to find at Green Market include aprons, crochet items, rooted and grown houseplants, jewelry, jewelry from rose petals, woodworking, canvas bags, home décor, French inspired accessories, hair-bows, birdhouses and cages, burlap door hangers, stuffed owls, earrings, cupcake plates, candy dishes, duct tape accessories, bird feeders, bird baths made from plates, bowls and cups; whirleybirds, artwork, party platters, cake plates from recycled items, Jams Jellies, Gooey bars, meat rubs, soft sculpture cats, windchimes from antique silverware, knives, photography, handmade laundry detergent, wreaths, Paracord bracelets, tutus, headbands, fried pies, soap, children’s clothing, 3D art puzzles, pacifier holders, boys’ bowties and neckties, crochet hats and scarves, Afghans, embroidered items; walking canes, baby quilts, cutting boards, dog beds, wooden lamps, trays and jewelry boxes, macaroons, sugar cookies, minicakes, appliqué T-shirts, pottery, monogrammed items, welcome posts, folk art, grapevine wreaths, potted flowers, wooden home ornaments, Maggie’s dog treats, natural homemade household cleaners, bug repellant, body oils and lotions – and much more.

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Taste of culture awaits at Black History Museum A taste of the history and culture of the black experience in Corinth is found at the Black History Museum. Located at 1109 Meigg Street, the museum is open to the public on Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and at other times by appointment. The museum strives to preserve artifacts that reflect the African-American heritage of the area while telling the story of the black experience in Corinth and the surrounding community. Exhibits include church, school and civil rights displays and personal collections of patrons. The museum will offer some new exhibits in the next few months, including a depiction of the contraband camp in Corinth and an exhibit relating to the Civil War Sesquicentennial. The collection includes tributes to notables such as the late mayor E.S. Bishop and renowned opera singer Ruby Elzy, memories from Corinth’s historically black churches and formerly segregated schools, and documentation of the sale of a man into slavery.

Prominently featured are photographs in honor of local members of the military. The museum also hosts special exhibits and events. The house occupied by the museum previously served as the residence of William Dakota Webb and Adrienne Combs Webb and was donated to the City of Corinth following the death of Mrs. Webb in 1990 with the understanding that it would serve as a shelter for those who had experienced tragic loss. After years of serving that noble purpose, the house suffered from vandalism, theft and neglect, resulting in it being closed. In 2003, an idea to revive the dwelling as a museum was set in motion. With the support of local government and with volunteer support and financial contributions, the house became the Black History Museum of Corinth with a grand opening on July 1, 2003. Admission is free but donations to the volunteeroperated museum are appreciated. Contact the museum at 665-8500.

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Fine arts remains alive, well in Corinth By Bobby J. Smith

Lesley Petty and John Huwe perform in the Corinth Theatre-Arts production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;On Shiloh Hill.â&#x20AC;? CT-A will stage eight productions in the 2012-13 season.

bjsmith@dailycorinthian.com From intimate poetry readings to full orchestra symphony concerts, Corinth offers many ways for residents and visitors to expand their cultural horizons.  Corinth Area Arts

Council

The Corinth Area Arts Council Inc. is a non-profit community service organization with the primary goal of restoring and managing the Coliseum Civic Center as a civic and performing arts center for Corinth and Alcorn County and the surrounding communities. Board members are elected by the current board to serve three-year terms. They meet quarterly at 5:15 in the afternoon on the second Tuesday of January, April, July and October. Interested residents are invited to be considered for board service. Various talents are usually needed, including legal, accounting, handy-man work, organizational and leadership skills, creative and program planning skills, interior design, architectural and preservation interest/skills, writing and publicity experience. All contributions to the Corinth Area Arts Council Inc. are tax deductible. For more information contact Building Manager Tommy Ledbetter at 662287-7440 or 662-287-2995.

Corinth Symphony Orchestra

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Orchestra. Offering a variety of musical performances throughout the year, Conductor Maurice Weatherall and the Corinth Symphony Orchestra perform shows from intimate chamber concerts to full symphony musical extravaganzas. One of the biggest recent events staged by CSO was â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Power of Historyâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Civil Warthemed concert at Oakland Baptist Church. The orchestra closed the 2011-12 season with a powerful musical pairing of the music of Antonin Dvorak and the music of the Civil War. For the uninitiated, a Corinth Symphony Orchestra concert is an experience that must be heard to be believed, according to Lee Ann Story Sikora, president of the orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of directors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For those who have never attended a Corinth Symphony Orchestra concert, you really must come,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone I know who has attended a CSO concert for the first time always tells me that they are impressed and would never have thought that a city the size of Corinth could produce something like this.â&#x20AC;?

For more information contact the Tourism Office at 662-287-8300.

Corinth Theatre-Arts

In its 40 year history Corinth Theatre-Arts has grown to be one of the best community theaters in Mississippi. Back at home in

the Crossroads Playhouse â&#x20AC;&#x201D; now that renovation has restored the historic venue from the damage inflicted by the May 2010 Corinth flood â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Corinth TheatreArts offers a diverse lineup of theatrical productions. CT-Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012-13 Schedule includes: â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Footlooseâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; auditions June 4-5; shows Aug. 3-5. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rumorsâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; auditions Aug. 6-7; shows Sept. 7-9. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Take It With Youâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; auditions Sept. 1011; shows Oct. 19-21. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miracle on 34th Streetâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; auditions Oct. 22-23; shows Dec. 14-16 (school shows Dec. 11-12). â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wizard of Ozâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; auditions Jan. 7-8; shows TBD Feb. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;The House at Pooh CONTINUED ON PAGE 28

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Driving tour brings history alive By Bobby J. Smith bjsmith@dailycorinthian.com The Corinth Civil War Driving Tour allows historyminded visitors and local residents alike to take a journey into the area’s Civil War past with a knowledgeable guide – at their own pace and from the comfort of their own vehicle. The tour is a combination of a CD and a map of the route. The CD is part historical narration by local

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voice actor Greg Cooley, as the stories behind the sites of the Siege and Battle of Corinth are told while the tour participant travels to a series of 22 sites in and around Corinth. Between stops, tourgoers will experience the other component of this trip into the past – dramatic audio renderings of the tale of Corinth during the Civil War in period stories, entries from the diaries of those who witnessed the events 150 years ago and other historical documents, all portrayed by local voice talents.

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Interspersed in the narrative are songs by Lost Cause: A Confederate String Band. Lost Cause’s homespun take on the Civil War-era songs take the listener on a trip into the hearts and minds of the common soldier and bring the spirit of the men who fought the war back to life. The CD and map are provided for free, a courtesy from the Corinth Area Visitors & Convention Bureau, located at 215 Fillmore Street in downtown Corinth. On weekends, the Driving Tour will be available at the Crossroads Museum at the downtown Corinth Depot. CD and map may be returned after the tour or kept as a souvenir – and a good companion for any day of exploring Corinth’s chapter in Civil War history.   The Corinth Civil War Driving Tour will include the following stops: Part One: The Battle of Corinth Stop 1) Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, a unit of the Shiloh National Battlefield, tells the story of the Corinth Campaign in 1862. The courtyard water display interprets 100 years of American history. Stop 2) Battery F is one of six batteries comprising the Halleck Line. It was H

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Austin’s Shoes Run with Rotary 5k: 1st Saturday in October

Magnolia Car Club Cruise-In: 4th Sunday from March – October

Magnolia Antique Car Club Car Show: 1st Saturday in October

North Mississippi Film Festival: 4th Saturday in March

Heritage Festival at Crossroads Museum: Last weekend in October

Crossroads Chili Cook-Off: 1st Saturday in April

Corinth Grand Illumination: 1st Saturday of November

Green Market at the Depot: 1st Saturday from April – October

Celebrate Corinth: 3rd Thursday of November

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast: 1st Saturday in May

Red/Green Market: 3rd Saturday of November

Corinth Coca-Cola Classic 10k Run: 1st Saturday in May

Corinth Home & Garden Tour: 1st Weekend in December

Corinth Kiwanis Leon Frazier Memorial Singing: 1st Saturday in June

Corinth/Alcorn County Christmas Parade: 1st Saturday in December

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*Throughout the year, events such as Corinth Symphony performances, Corinth Theatre Arts productions, museum and art special exhibits, and events at the Crossroads Area can be found at www.corinth.net. To receive a quarterly calendar of events via email, please call Karen Beth Martin at 662-287-8300 or email her at karenbeth@ corinth.net to be added to the email list.

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Discover creative expressions at Artist Guild Gallery By Jebb Johnston jjohnston@dailycorinthian.com Many people come to Corinth seeking to get in touch with the area’s rich history, architecture and culture — all themes that are abundant in the creative expressions waiting to be discovered at the Corinth Artist Guild Gallery. A haven for artists and art enthusiasts, the gallery at 507 Cruise Street is packed with an impressive variety of work from Corinth and regional artists. It features rotating monthly exhibits spotlighting different subjects and mediums while offering original pieces and prints for sale. An opening reception with the artist is held for each exhibit. In addition to art ready to hang on the wall, pottery and other hand-crafted items such as jewelry are available. Guild founder James “Sonny” Boatman encourages visitors to consider a piece of art as a meaningful souvenir of time spent in Corinth. “We have some great art that will help people carry home a lasting memory of the Corinth area,” he said. “In addition

to art in many mediums, we have some wonderful handcrafted items such as ceramic and stained-glass pieces, pottery and turned-wood objects.” The guild is nonprofit and does not charge a fee to browse the gallery. Some of the featured exhibitions and activities on tap for the next several months include: • May: Works by Corinth High School and Corinth Middle School students of instructor Lynn Haynie • June: Oil paintings by Rennie Herd of Whitehouse, Tenn.; children’s art camp for youth ages 7 to 13 • July: Exhibition of work produced during the youth art camp • August: Watercolor paintings by Mark Wade Jr. of Marianna, Ark. • September: Oil paintings of exotic animals by Angela Foster of Tupelo • October: Watercolors by Jim Tidwell of Tupelo • November and December: Woven,

Many historic themes can be found in the art displayed at the Corinth Artist Guild Gallery. Corinth artist Jesse Ables produced this image of the locomotive “The Texas.”

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350 visitors a day but has had as many as around 790 in one day during summer months. The Welcome Center keeps track of zip codes. “For 2011 we captured approximately 80,000 zip codes,” Brown said. Visit www.visitmississippi.org website and click on Welcome Center locations to see what each Welcome Center in the state is doing during any particular month. To go directly to the Alcorn County Welcome Center landing page to go: www.visitmississippi.org/wc---alcorn. aspx. The phone number for the Alcorn Welcome Center is 662-286-3443.

“WiFi is guaranteed inside the Welcome Center and the closer you get to the building the signal is better,” she said. Benches are located in front and back of the Welcome Center. The Welcome Center offers 14 picnic areas. Eight are covered. Restrooms are open 24-7. It has hotel coupon books, coupons from local businesses, along with the shrimping trip of Biloxi coupons. The Welcome Center is open daily and only closed Easter, Christmas Eve half day, and Christmas Day. The center welcomes an average of

Driving Tours CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23   Part Two: The Battle of Farmington and the Siege of Corinth Stop 15) Union Siege Line was used until May 17 when the next line was constructed. Stop 16) Farmington Baptist Church was the location of skirmishes between May 10 and May 22, 1862. Several Confederate soldiers are buried in the cemetery. Stop 17) Union Siege Line was manned by Union Troops until May 28. Stop 18) Driver House was used as a hospital following the Battle of Shiloh. Stop 19) Union Earthworks were used for one week, then abandoned and moved forward May 19.

Stop 20) Union Earthworks were thrown up overlooking Phillips Creek May 21, after advancing from siege line (Stop 19) May 19. Stop 21) Union Earthworks served as the final siege line, May 28. Stop 22) The Beauregard Line is part of 7.5 miles of Confederate earthworks constructed prior to and during the siege of Corinth. These earthworks were used as a defensive line by Union troops during the October Battle of Corinth. For more information contact the Tourism Office at 662-287-8300; send an email to tourism@corinth. net; or visit www.corinth.net or www. corinthcivilwar.com. 

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21 Corner” — auditions Jan. 7-8; shows March 1-3. •”Whose Life Is It Anyway?” — auditions March 4-5; shows April 12-14. •”Nunsense: The Megamusical” — auditions April 15-16; shows May 31-June 2. The 2013 CT-A Summer Theatre Camp will be held June 10-14. For more information call 662-287-2995 or email corinth.theatre.arts@gmail.com.

Crossroads Poetry Project

The Crossroads Poetry Project is Corinth’s community-based poetry group. Members meet the last Friday of each month for informal poetry readings at K.C.’s Espresso in downtown Corinth. CPP President Autry Davis visits schools throughout the area, sharing his love of poetry and encouraging students to express themselves and believe in the power of language. “Autry has read poetry to over 4,000 kids in the area schools in the last year,” said Milton Wallis, vice president of the group. Every year members of Crossroads Poetry Project give readings at the Contraband Camp during the Grand Illumination, shining a light on the experience of African Americans during the War Between the States. And their annual Poetry Writing Contest gives students and the public a chance to win laurels for their poetic talents. The group plans to hold several poetry workshops in the upcoming year, as well is bring in active poets from out of town to stage readings of their work. For more information contact Milton Wallis at 662-415-2446.

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By Bobby J. Smith bjsmith@dailycorinthian.com The Grand Illumination is Corinth’s annual remembrance of the men who fought in the Battle of Corinth. Fought through two hot early-fall days in 1862, the Battle of Corinth was a brutal chapter in the annals of the War Between the States. “It will basically follow the pattern of previous years’ Grand Illuminations, with special additions for the 150th anniversary,” said Tourism Director Kristy White. Each year hundreds of volunteers honor the souls of the approximately 12,000 Civil War casualties by lighting luminaries at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, site of Battery Robinette – a key component of the Union Army’s fortifications around Corinth that saw some of the battle’s most savage combat. The luminaries form a path into downtown, the route highlighting antebellum homes, the historic business district (which saw its share of the fighting as well), the Contraband Camp and the railroad crossing that sprung the town into being and was deemed of crucial strategic importance by both sides during the war. Special events are planned for the two-day commemoration, including open houses in the downtown shops and free horse-drawn carriage

rides throughout the historic heart of Corinth. Ranger-led tours of the battlefield tell the stories of the people and events who lived through the nation’s great crucible 150 years ago. Living History Programs at the Interpretive Center will feature the 43rd Mississippi Camel Corps, bringing with them Old Douglas, their fabled dromedary mascot. To commemorate the local African American Experience, a variety of storytelling, poetry reading and entertainment will be staged at the Corinth Contraband Camp. The 2012 Corinth Grand Illumination will light up Corinth with luminaries and activities on November 3-5. For more information call the Tourism Office at 662-287-8300 or visit www.corinth.net.

Each luminary represents a casualty during the Battle of Corinth. The Grand Illumination is always held the first weekend in November.

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