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Worth 1,000 words Picture this For the second year, Signature has dedicated its July issue to photography and images captured around the Pine Belt.

41 49 43 Not a bad gig USM professor Steve Coleman has spent more than 30 years capturing images across the country – from the Olympics and Super Bowls to the ordinary, but far from mundane.

Black & White Nights Get your groove on and live vicariously through the black and white concert photography of publisher David Gustafson.

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Say cheese Photo booths, which were once the rage, are making a comeback in the Hub City – from weddings and birthday parties to social events and in eateries.

Hub City photographers were given four themes and a wild card to share some of their favorite photos – from love to kids, orange and Pine Belt. See what they came up with.


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Departments

15 LemonAid Days: Salvation Army gets help from area lemonade entrepreneurs.

10 Missoula Children’s Theatre: Area childrento star in Jack & Beanstalk. 12 Events: Summer theatre programs, festivals and fundraisers. 15 Mobile Museum of Art: A quick trip and a world of artistic enjoyment.

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96: The Signature Q&A: Mon Mussiett

Neighbors 23 Meet: Matt and Anna Bush of Hattiesburg. 24 A golden goodbye: USM bids farewell to Dr. Martha Saunders. 26 Crowning moment: Hub City welcomes Miss Hospitality contestants.

Cuisine 31 Q&A: Chef Clint Taylor of Tabella cooks it all... Italian-style.

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34 Summer Meal Change Up: Sink your chops into these chops or serve up a salad kids will flip for. 38 Wine Dining: This summer, drink pink.

28 Distinguished: Pine Belt women compete for state DYW title.

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19 Kid friendly: Pack up the car and head out to where the buffalo roam.

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– Pages 56-67 80 81 84 At right, photos by Ramona Lisa Photography, top; Lee Cave/C Studio, left and Carolyn Critz, Abbey Road Photography, right

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Mamma Mia!: H’burg Rotary celebrates A Night in Italy. Art for Heart Preview: Patrons turn out for annual AHS fundraiser. Ticket to Neverland: Stagestruck takes guests on magic carpet ride. Lifetime Achievement: PRCC inducts five into Hall of Fame. Art, music, food: Guests enjoy annual ArtWalk downtown. An apple a day: Doctors honored on their special day. Helping hands: Community Foundation says thanks to patrons. Sitting pretty: Hattiesburg Debutantes welcome new members. Voluntary thank you: FGH recognizes 175 volunteers. Nectar of the gods: New South welcomes 35 wineries. Roots Reunion: American Roots music comes home to Saenger. Laughter, Lagniappe: Petal Education Foundation brings out the ‘bugs. A USM welcome: Dr. Saunders hosts Partners for Arts reception. Fun in the park Downtown Crawfish Jam fun for everyone.


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Smile and say cheese!

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e first heard whispers of an early morning concert featuring The Flaming Lips in Hattiesburg several months ago, but dismissed the news as nothing more than rumors. No offense to our excellent crop of local musicians, but this is Hattiesburg. Stuff like that doesn’t happen here. Why would a national touring band like The Flaming Lips come here? And why in the world would they be interested in playing in a room the size of Benny’s Boom Boom Room downtown? Don’t get me wrong. Benny’s is a great venue. I’ve seen some excellent shows there – most recently singer/songwriter James McMurtry. But this was The Flaming Lips. The cosmic cowboys from Oklahoma. Much to my surprise (and pleasure), the rumors ended up being true and Hope and I managed to buy tickets during the narrow window they were made available online. The Lips, along with country boy toy Hunter Hayes and the legendary Jackson Browne, managed to shake the dust off of downtown Hattiesburg – proving once again that there’s plenty of life left in our downtown historical district. Three cheers to Ben Shemper, Arden Barnett, and all the other folks who helped make sure Hattiesburg was included on this historic jaunt. It was a concert experience we’ll never forget and thanks to Chloe Rouse who loaned me her camera when mine decided the humidity was simply too much inside the sweltering Boom Boom Room, you get to share the fun, too (see pages 52-53). Speaking of photography, there’s plenty of great examples in this, our 2nd Annual Photography issue. More than a dozen area photographers are featured in this month’s issue – including some incredible snapshots from Matt Bush, Artie Rawls, Lee Cave, Carolyn Critz, Ramona Lisa Wicht, and members of the Cameraderie Club: Ann Reeves, Ron Spencer, April Lee, Angela Gunn, and Diane Carlisle. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we did putting it together for you. Here’s to another year of great photography.

David Gustafson Publisher, Signature Magazine P.S. Don’t forget to smile.

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Happenings When life gives you lemons...

Salvation Army teaming up with kids to raise money, awareness

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here’s an old saying, ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.’ That’s exactly what the Salvation Army of Hattiesburg is hoping area residents will do. Children and youth groups are encouraged to take part in the Salvation Army’s LemonAiD summer project. “All you have to do is set up a lemonade stand sometime during the month of July and donate the proceeds to The Salvation Army to support its services for homeless kids and their parents,” said Katie Tate, director of development for the Salvation Army in Hattiesburg. The SA asks that anyone interested in the fundraising register with the Salvation Army at their office at 5670 US Hwy 49 Hattiesburg, MS 39401 or by calling 601-544-3684. Once registered, participants will receive a LemonAiD Kit in the mail. The kit includes official LemonAiD badges for stand operators; a poster to designate the stand as an Official LemonAiD Site; a LemonAiD Brochure with helpful tips; thank-you cards for customers; return envelope for proceeds and a sponsorship form. Those who have signed on to participate include Kids Rule, Sacred Heart, M&M Learning Factory, Walgreens on Hardy Street, Hwy. 98 WalMart, Imagination Station and The Salvation Army Thrift Store. According to Tate, LemonAiD funds will support The Salvation Army’s operational expenses associated with caring and servicing young children and their families. “The funds raised will also provide backpacks, school supplies, food, clothing and

after-school tutoring and mentoring,” she said. LemonAiD stands can be set up anywhere that’s convenient to its young proprietors. “You can set up your stand nearly anywhere,” said Tate. “With a little promotion, your front yard can be an ideal spot. But also consider heavy traffic areas, such as your church or in front of a store. But don’t forget to ask for permission from the store owner.” Stands don’t have to be run every day until the end of the month. “You can run your stand as long as you like,” said Tate. “You can run it one day, a weekend or an entire week. It's flexible!” Participants need to provide cold lemonade and cups. Baked goodies are optional. According to Tate, stand operators are allowed to choose the price they wish to charge for their lemonade. “This is a charity event, and it would also be acceptable simply to ask for donations,” she said. The sponsorship forms included in the official packet are a way to get friends, family and neighbors involved by allowing them to make a pledge based on the number of cups sold at your LemonAiD stand. Proceeds can be dropped off anytime at The Salvation Army from 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday – Friday or mail to The Salvation Army, 5670 US Hwy 49, Hattiesburg, MS 39401 For more information, contact Katie Tate at 601-544-3684 or email Katie_Tate@uss.salvationarmy.org.

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Missoula Children’s Theatre presents...

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n international touring project known as Missoula Children’s Theatre is coming to the Historic Saenger Theater in Downtown Hattiesburg this summer with a unique opportunity for children in the Pine Belt. A week-long theatrical experience, Missoula Children’s Theater kicks off with auditions at 10 a.m. Monday, July 9, and concludes with a public performance of Jack and the Beanstalk on Saturday, July 14. Approximately 50 roles are available for local students entering grades first through twelfth. Among the roles to be cast are Jack, mother, Milky White, the Magic Harp, farmers, merchants, The Giant, Jill, circus performers and magic beans. No advance preparation is necessary for auditions. Following the auditions on July 9, rehearsals will be held daily from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. through July 13 at the Hattiesburg Saenger Theater. The Missoula Children's Theatre touring productions are complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup. Registration is $80 to participate in the weeklong Missoula Children’s Theater experience. The final production of Jack and the Beanstalk will be presented to the public during two performances at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the Historic Saenger Theater in Downtown Hattiesburg. Tickets for the production are $5 for adults and $3 for children and may be purchased at the door. For more information on auditions and registration, call the Hattiesburg Saenger Theater at 601-584-4888. The Missoula Children's Theatre residency in Hattiesburg is brought to you by the Historic Saenger Theater.


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July 9-13, 16-20, 24-28

Summer Camps @ Hattiesburg Zoo Registration for Summer Camps at the Hattiesburg Zoo is open! Children ages 5-7 are invited to attend "Make Your Mark" during the week of July 9-13. Children ages 8-10 are invited to the same camp during the week of July 16-20. "One Makes the Difference," a new camp being offered this summer for children ages 11-13, will be held during the week of July 24-28. For more information on these camps or to register, call the Hattiesburg Zoo at 601.545.4576.

www.zoohattiesburg.com

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Shakespeare in Hollywood, brings another madcap adventure to the stage with this adventure about love, life and man’s eternal obsession with golf. For more information about SAT, contact The University of Southern Mississippi Theatre Department at www.usm.edu/theatre or call 601.266.4994. Performances will take place in the Gilbert F. Hartwig and Martha R. Tatum theatres in the Theatre and Dance Building on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus, located at the corner of Ross Boulevard and Pearl Street. Individual tickets will be available to the general public beginning June 1, and seating is reserved for all performances. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, Southern Miss faculty/staff, military and $6 for students. For tickets, contact the Southern Miss Ticket Office at 601.266.5418, 800.844.8425 or visit www.southernmisstickets.com.

www.usm.edu/theatre

Southern Arena Theatre @ Hartwig, Tatum Theatres, USM campus The University of Southern Mississippi’s Southern Arena Theatre (SAT) will celebrate its 36th season with two exciting plays performing in repertory through July 15 in the Gilbert F. Hartwig and Martha R. Tatum Theatres on the Hattiesburg campus. “The 13th of Paris” is a delightful and poignant romantic comedy from one of America’s up-andcoming playwrights. This whimsical story is guaranteed to inspire the writing of good old-fashioned love letters. Escape to Paris in search of the true meaning of love in this charming and theatrical romantic comedy. What is love? A young American takes a spontaneous vacation from his life in Chicago to the 13th arrondissement of Paris, carrying a suitcase filled with the surprising love letters of his late grandparents. He finds advice from the ghost of his Parisian grandfather who is appalled at 21st Century manners in dating, and who offers a crash course in finding real romance and listening to your heart. “The Fox on the Fairway” is a high-energy farce in which two rival country clubs compete in a golf championship with a “winner take all” prize. A tribute to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, The Fox on the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp, which begins as Quail Valley Country Club prepares to take on archrival Crouching Squirrel in the Annual Inter-Club Golf Tournament. With a sizable wager at stake, the contest plays out amidst three love affairs, a disappearing diamond, objectionable sweaters and an exploding vase. Who will win the bet? Will boy and girl find happiness? Who is the fox on the fairway? Ken Ludwig, the author of Lend Me a Tenor and

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Missoula Children’s Theatre @ Saenger Theater An audition will be held for the Missoula Children's Theatre production of “Jack and the Beanstalk” at 10 a.m. July 9 at the Historic Saenger Theater in Downtown Hattiesburg. Approximately 50 roles are available for local students entering grades first through twelfth. Among the roles to be cast are Jack, Mother, Milky White, the Magic Harp, farmers, merchants, The Giant, Jill, circus performers and magic beans. No advance preparation is necessary for auditions. Following the auditions on July 9, rehearsals will be held daily from 10 am until 2:30 pm through July 13. The Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) touring productions are complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup. For more information on auditions and registration, call the Hattiesburg Saenger Theater at 601,584,4888. The final production of “Jack and the Beanstalk” will be presented to the public during performances at 11 am and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the Saenger Theater. Tickets for the production are $5 for adults and $3 for children and may be purchased at the door.

www.Hattiesburg-Saenger.com

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nouncement beginning at 7 pm. Family, friends and business associates of award recipients are encouraged to attend the gala to meet, greet, and support the Pine Belt’s top industry professionals in sales and marketing. Guest tickets to the evening gala are $45 per person or $320 per table of eight, dinner included. Tickets are available for purchase by calling Barbara at 601-297-6940.

the Purvis Volunteer Fire Department. Vendors needed. Call 601.466.0857 or srwltw@yahoo.com

www.smppinebelt.org

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Gardening Series 12:05pm @ Lamar Co. Ext. Service

July 10-Aug. 2

Carey Dinner Theatre 7pm @ Tatum Theatre, WCU campus Carey Dinner Theatre (CDT) continues its 37th season with two shows. The first show, "Cotton Patch Gospel," ended its run June 30, and is being followed by "Sing Out, Sweet Land!" July 10-Aug. 2. Performances are being be held in the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus of William Carey University. Corporate sponsor is W. A. Warren Asphalt Paving Contractors and co-sponsor is Regions Bank. "Sing Out, Sweet Land!" was written by Walter Kerr and is a musical journey through the history of the United States. In colonial America Barnaby Goodchild, following a run in with a powerful Puritan, is condemned to sing and dance through the ages. Barnaby makes the most of it by stopping many places along the way, including a Civil War battlefield, the movement west on the Oregon Trail, early railroading in Texas, and the Roaring ’20s.. The box office opens June 4 and will be open from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. daily except Sundays. To make reservations, call 601-318-6221. Dinner is served at 7 and the performance follows. No Sunday or Monday performances on Sundays. Ticket price is $29, which includes buffet, show, sales tax and program.

www.wmcarey.edu July 13-15

Summer Fun Run Barrel Race @ Forrest Co. Multipurpose Ctr. Come out and watch all of the exciting barrel racing action at the Summer Fun Run Barrel Race held in the main arena. This is a benefit barrel race for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Free admission and plenty of fun.

www.forrestcountycenter.com

SMP Awards 6:30 pm@Lake Terrace Conv. Ctr. Sales and Marketing Professionals – Pine Belt, (SMP) will present their annual awards at a dinner gala, on Tuesday, July 10, at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg. A social and silent auction with a cash bar will begin at 6:30 pm with the Awards Dinner and Pinnacle Award An-

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July 14

Nader Fest Street Fair 9am-4pm @ Shelby Speights Dr., Purvis It’s back again ... The Nader Fest Street Fair. Free admission. Day will include entertainment, food, booths, raffle and fun jumps. All proceeds benefit

Mississippi State University Extension Service is offering a monthly gardening series at the noon hour every third Thursday of the month. The interactive video sessions will begin at 12:05 pm and will be taught by area horticulture agent, Wayne Porter, PhD. Pre-registration is required for each session. To register for a session, contact the Lamar County Extension Office at 601-7943910. Topics will include: • July 19 – ‘Grapes and Muscadines for Mississippi’ – learn recommended cultivars and how to grow in your home vineyard. • Aug. 16- ‘Drying and Preserving Flowers’ – enjoy your summer garden’s beauty during the dreary days of winter. • Sept. 20 – ‘Minor Fruits for Mississippi’ – the basics of growing unusual fruit in your garden. • Oct. 18 – ‘Build a Rain Garden this Winter’ – plant a garden this winter to help with next summer’s drought. • Nov. 15 – ‘All about Camelias’ – blooming from fall to late spring, one to fit everyone’s garden. For more informations, contact Liz Sadler, 601.794.3910, lizs@ext.msstate.edu lizs@ext.msstate.edi


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July 27-28

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DogGone Fun Agility Dog Show Hospitality Around the World

Storyland Traveling Exhibit

@ Forrest Co. Multipurpose Ctr.

@ Saenger Theater

@ Mississippi Children’s Museum

It’s back again in 2012. The DogGone Fun Dog Show. Come out and watch these amazing animals of all breeds run through the obstacle course of jumps, hoops, tunnels, and ramps. It is a great show. For more information call 601.583.7500.

Experience Southern hospitality at its finest at the 63rd annual Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant July 27-28 at the Historic Saenger Theater. Thirty-five of Mississippi's best and brightest young ladies will take the stage in competition for the title of 2012 Mississippi Miss Hospitality. The theme for this year's pageant is "Hospitality Around the Word" and is sure to entertain the audience with an authentic and unforgettable cultural experience. Tickets to the 2012 pageant may be purchased by calling the Saenger Theater Box Office at 601-584-4888 or online at www.Hattiesburg-Saenger.com.

Experience something new this summer at the Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM)! MCM’s first traveling exhibit, Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, arrived May 19 and will be presented in the museum’s Traveling Exhibit Hall until Aug. 26. Storyland is sponsored by Trustmark and Parents&Kids Magazine. Families can watch books come alive as they discover Storyland’s engaging environments. The traveling exhibit features famous characters and iconic scenes taken right out of the pages of seven celebrated children’s books: The Tale of Peter Rabbit, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, The Snowy Day, Abuela, Tuesday, and Where’s Spot? Storyland encourages families to discover that it is never too early to develop a love of reading through the realistic experiences pulled from each of the seven books. The traveling exhibit is free with paid admission to the museum. Storyland’s grand opening will be Saturday, May 19, beginning at 9 a.m. MCM Members will have the opportunity to view the exhibit from 8-9 a.m. the morning of May 19. The week of Aug. 19-26 guests are encouraged to wear their Storyland Tshirts, available in MCM’s gift shop, and receive $5 admission into the museum as we say “Goodbye to Storyland.” MCM’s mission to provide unique and exciting educational experiences is accomplished through hands-on and engaging exhibits and programs focusing on literacy, the arts, science, health and nutrition. Storyland will provide museum guests with a literacy focused educational experience unlike any other with interactive scenes from each of the seven books. For more information call 601.981.5469.

www.forrestcountycenter.com

July 19, 26

Drawdown for Hounds @ Cork Wine and Martini Bar The first Drawdown for the Hounds is a benefit to help the new Hub City Humane Society. Organizers are trying to sell 1,000 tickets for this benefit. The first drawing to get down to the final 250 tickets for those who get to attend the event is set for 6 p.m. July 19 at Cork Wine and Martini Bar. A $10,000 prize will be awarded, plus a door prize will be given for every 50th ticket pulled. The final drawing and event will take place on July 26 at Cork on Hwy. 98 West, Hattiesburg. Tickets can be purchased at Advanced Pet Care, Cork Wine and Martini Bar, Oak Grove Plaza Package Store. Tickets are $100 unless you want insurance which is $25 extra. Insurance gives you one free pull to go back in the bin. Contact Jeff Farris at 601.299.8420 for more information.

www.corkwineandmartinibar.com

July 19-21

2013 DYW program @ Temple Theatre, Meridian Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Distinguished Young Women (formerly known as Junior Miss) is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. The Distinguished Young Women of Mississippi Program for 2013 will be held at the historic Temple Theatre for the Performing Arts in Downtown Meridian July 19-201. First and second preliminary programs will be held on July 19 and 20 with the finals set for July 21. The Pine Belt has several area contestants competing. For ticket information, please call 601-678-2038 ON OR AFTER July 9.

www.distinguishedyw.org

www.Hattiesburg-Saenger.com

July 28

Hub City Poker Run All day @ Sidelines Sports Cafe This year’s Hub City Poker Run will award $5,000 for first place; $2,500 for second and $500 for third. Draw down goes from 5 pm to 7 pm after the run at Sidelines Sports Cafe (Oak Grove Road) with $10 minimum receipts from spots to be entered. Proceeds will benefit the Domestic Abuse Family Shelter. All stops open at 11 a. and close at 4:30 pm, except at Sidelines Sports Cafe. Entry fee is $100, which includes one stamp card and two wristbands to the private party at Sidelines. Entertainment and food provided to participants. Cash bar. Extra poker hand stamp card entries may be purchased for $100 each. Additional wristbands to the party are $10 each. T-shirts are $15 each. Additional poker cards are $20 each (limit two per hand.) Pick up bags with stamp card from 10 amnoon July 28 at Realty Executives, 5297 Old Hwy. 11, Hattiesburg (across the street from Sonic). For more information, call Sinnana Jones, 601.466.2805 or Debra Pace 601.310.1743.

www.tandssjones@yahoo.com

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Ernie Haase/Signature Sound 6pm @ Heritage UM Church The “Here We Are Again” tour with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound will be in Hattiesburg at 6 pm Saturday, July 28, at Heritage United Methodist Church. Seating is limited. To order tickets, call 602.261.3354 (Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). The church is located at Hwy. 98 West at Baracuda Drive, just past Newpointe.

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Pine Belt Farmers Market 3-6pm @ Town Square Park The Pine Belt Farmers & Artisans Market Alliance seeks to improve the quality of life and health of communities across the Pine Belt by promoting positive social engagement as well as cultural enhancement through interconnected local economic relationships and exciting public gatherings focusing on local food. The Market

continues every Thursday through the end of October at Town Square Park, intersection of Main & Buschman Streets. The Market begins every Thursday at 3 p.m. and continues until 6 p.m.. Every week expect to find a seasonal variety of locally grown, fresh farm produce in addition to a wide variety of dairy options, delicious prepared foods of all types and nursery plants. For more information call 601.554.6452 or visit www.pinebeltfarmersmarket.net www.pinebeltfarmersmarket.net

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USM Farmers Market 3-6pm @ Baptist Student Union The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting a farmers’ market from 3-6 pm every Monday through the end of October on the lawn of the Baptist Student Union on campus. Vendors will be given adequate space to accommodate tents, tables and trucks on the lawn located on Montague Boulevard, adjacent to the International Building. The market will open for vendors at 2 pm and set-up should be completed by 2:45 pm. In addition to a wide variety of homegrown fruits and vegetables, other items permissible for sale include flowers and plant nursery items; baked goods, honey, jellies, jams, cider and sauces; original art work -- jewelry, ceramics, water colors, oils, photography; craft items – dried flowers, wreaths, baskets, garden décor, woodwork, clothing.

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Third Thursday programs 4:30pm @ Main Street Books Downtown Farmer's Market kicked off with its new Third Thursday programs. These programs are presented at 4:30 pm at Main Street Books each month and are part of the Downtown Farmer’s Market. Upcoming programs include:. • July 19, Kim Conway, will demonstrate how to properly preserve tomatoes • Aug., 16, Melanie Dale, Beelicious Honey, will talk about the importance of bees in nature and the health properties of honey • Sept. 21, Anna Cagle, New Yokel Market, will talk about healthy, delicious smoothies from fresh fruits and vegetables • Oct. 18, Sandra Bender, what to plant in a fall garden • Nov. 15, Anna Cagle, New Yokel Market, will talk about preserving fermented vegetables

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Exhibitionists Mobile Museum of Art offers plenty to see and do for entire family

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ottery from Japan, abstracts from the South, graphic art by the great painters. Not to mention a vast permanent collection. That is what patrons can expect to see this summer when visiting the Mobile Museum of Art in Mobile, Ala. Each exhibit represents not just an artistic medium, but more of a cultural point of view and purpose, such as the potters of Echizen, Japan. The families there have used a unique method to make their pots for centuries. Half a world away, Tut Altman Riddick paints, sculpts, composes and writes of her rural upbringing in the Alabama Blackbelt. The genre of abstract, non-representational art is a living, vibrant form of expression for a surprisingly large number of artists in the southeastern states. Visitors can witness 37 examples in TODAY'S VISUAL LANGUAGE: Southern Abstraction, A Fresh Look. Another counterpoint to the expected can be observed in Masters of Graphic Art from the Collection of Gerald Swetsky, in which such great painters as Chagall, Goya, Matisse, and even Rockwell delve into print media for fun and profit. The museum is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday, and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Visit www.MobileMuseumOfArt.com.

Exhibition highlights The Heart of Echizen: Wood-Fired Works by Contemporary Masters Through July 29 For more than 800 years, an unbroken chain of family potteries in Echizen, Japan, has been producing utilitarian ware in what is now a designated center for traditional crafts, Echizen Pottery Village. Echizen is the only region in Japan that has traditionally hand-built wares using the coil method. The pottery is referred to as yakishime, meaning it is made without the use of any artificial glazes. The Heart of Echizen: Wood-Fired Works by Contemporary Masters highlights work from 20 potters who are masters of traditional production methods. The nature of the process results in work that reflects the fluid, chaotic nature of the fire and the accidental distribution of ash. As such, the fundamental elements of water, earth, fire, wood and air are integrated into the work, in keeping with the aesthetics of Zen Buddhism and traditional practices such as the tea ceremony, for which many Echizen pieces are created. Continued on next page

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Tut Altman Riddick Altman Corner, York Ala. (n.d.) Acrylic on canvas, left Marc Chagall French, born Russia, 1887-1985 CROSSING OF THE RED SEA FROM "THE BIBLE" 1956 Commissioned by Ambroise Vollard On loan from the Collection of Gerald Swetsky, c 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris, right

Wood-firing was historically the only means to fire clay. Gas and electricity came later. Today it has become increasingly prized by ceramic artists and collectors worldwide, as it has been for centuries in Japan. Traditional anagama (cave kiln) and the closely related nobrigama kilns are built on a slope with the fire box at the lower end. By careful placement of the work in a kiln, considered an art in itself, wood ash flows with the hot gasses from the fire, covering the pieces with a natural glaze and unpredictable coloration and textures. The task of stoking the kiln is a laborious one, requiring continuous additions of wood every few minutes, day and night. Depending on the size of the anagama, the firing may take up to 14 days, with an equal amount of time to cool. The exhibition is jointly curated by Christopher Kelly and Preston Saunders and made possible by the Japan Foundation, Echizen township, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Mass., and Piedmont College, Demorest, Ga. TODAY'S VISUAL LANGUAGE: Southern Abstraction, A Fresh Look Through September 16 "Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential." – Wassily Kandinsky TODAY'S VISUAL LANGUAGE: Southern Abstraction, A Fresh Look is an overview of contemporary abstract art that includes a variety of materials including painting on canvas and paper, drawings on paper, glass, fiber/mixed media and collage materials. The invited 37 artists have ties to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina and Virginia. All were either born, spent their youth, or made their home in the Southeast, or once studied in art schools in the region. Mississippi-born artist living in New York, Valerie Jaudon has strong feelings about creating compositions that emphasize pattern to avoid the inevitable references of painterly expressionism. Her taut post-minimal abstractions reflect her early involvement in finding a new path through pattern and decoration. Another Mississippi native, James Little also works in New York, producing paintings that maintain the context of modernism’s formal discourse, but in which he seeks to transcend formalism for what he views as a socially based perspective and a personal response to color. The exhibition focuses on works created since 1990, although the careers of many of the artists and their commitment to nonrepresentational modes of art began well before that time. TODAY'S VISUAL LANGUAGE: Southern Abstraction, A Fresh

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Look was organized by the Mobile Museum of Art. The Poetics of Abstraction: The Permanent Collection August 3 – September 23 Complementing the Museum’s concurrent exploration of Southern abstraction featuring works created between 1990 and 2012, this exhibition presents an overview of abstraction from the permanent collection. The Poetics of Abstraction has a broader timeline, and includes prints and sculpture. A special feature of this selection by Chief Curator Paul W. Richelson is the inclusion of recent additions by artists Richard Anuszkiewicz, Clinton Hill, Reuben Nakian, Harold Shapinsky, and Cora Kelly Ward. Masters of Graphic Art from the Collection of Gerald Swetsky Through September 16 The 32 works in this exhibition from the collection of Gerald Swetsky illustrate plainly that many great artists have been quite creative in graphic media. Many of the artists in this exhibit, such as Picasso, Chagall, Miro and Dali, are most famous for their work in painting but translated many important works into print media. Often, though, they followed the example of Francisco Goya, whose etching in the collection The Little Prisoner, was designed specifically as a print. Marc Chagall, whose work features prominently in this show, seems to have particularly enjoyed working in etching and drypoint as a counterpoint to his well-known paintings, as did Goya, the great predecessor of modernism. Other 20th Century giants such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse also experimented extensively in print media; both are represented by works freely executed in linocut (linoleum block). American artists in this exhibition include Norman Rockwell and Ralph Bakshi, who is best known for his animated movies “Fritz the Cat” and Heavy Metal.” I Am York. Tut Altman Riddick: My People and Places July 13 – September 23, 2012 Mobile’s Tut Altman Riddick is widely known for her involvement in all aspects of Alabama’s cultural scene. She was instrumental in founding the Coleman Center, a mixed-arts building in York, Ala., where she spent much of her childhood. A passionate collector and advocate of the arts and a writer, she brings an infectious enthusiasm to those roles as well as her own omnivorous approach to making art. This exhibition explores her career as a painter, printmaker, photographer, and sculptor. Her personal style reflects her appreciation of Southern culture, such as its strong folk traditions, and she is known for depicting the patina of age and neglect as an attribute.


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ow that summer is in full swing, it’s a perfect time to explore new and fun things when you take your children on a memorable family trip right here in Mississippi. “With our beautiful weather and diverse activities, there’s no place like Mississippi for children to broaden their imaginations and enjoy the magic of summer in the True South,” said Mary Beth Wilkerson, director of the Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division. “From outdoor activities to indoor learning experiences, there is so much to see and do across the state. The summer months are the perfect time for families to visit Mississippi.” Following is a sampling of some of the exciting attractions that you and your children can experience right in your own backyard this month and all summer long:

Jackson The Mississippi Children’s Museum is one of the state’s most popular and interesting destinations for children. With plenty of interactive exhibits and room for children to be children, the museum includes five themes of Mississippi heritage, health and nutrition, literacy, cultural arts, and science and technology. Open every day except for Monday. www.mississippichildrensmuseum.com

At the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum/National Agricultural Aviation Museum, children will find authentic, hands-on activities and exhibits to explore. Known as the “Ag Museum” to locals, you can visit any day of the week except Sunday. www.mdac.state.mus.us The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science is the perfect place for young explorers who love anything with fins, gills, fur, claws or any creepy crawly creature around. Indoor displays, including all kinds of native Mississippi fish, plus several walking trails and an open-air amphitheater provide a wonderful atmosphere for frequent special events that are held throughout the year. www.msnaturalscience.org For almost 100 years, the Jackson Zoo has been a can’t-miss attraction for locals and visitors alike. With a wide variety of wild animals, reptiles and amphibians, the zoo also features train rides and a carousel. Open every day of the week. www.jacksonzoo.org Continued on next page

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Gulfport Take a ferry 11 miles out to one of the barrier islands off the Mississippi Gulf Coast called Ship Island, and spend some quality family time on an undeveloped and unspoiled beach. While you’re on Ship Island, you can visit Fort Massachusetts that was constructed in 1868. Ferries depart from Gulfport and you can view the entire schedule online. www.msshipisland.com. The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport features interactive and entertaining exhibitions and programs for children. This is an active place with plenty of opportunities for hands-on experiences so your children will learn by doing, not just watching. www.lmdc.org

Laurel Landrum’s Homestead and Village is a re-creation of an 1800s settlement that includes 60 buildings and displays located in a peaceful, scenic setting. The General Store and Homestead Shoppe include gifts and souvenirs from days gone by. Landrum’s is a great place for your children to take a break from video games and get a glimpse of how life was in the 1800s, which puts a whole new perspective on life. Landrum’s website includes more facts and history of the place. www.landdrumscountry.com

Meridian The Dentzel Carousel in Meridian is one of the most unique places – not only in the state – but in the entire country. Originally manufactured in 1896 by Gustav Dentzel of Philadelphia, Penn., this historic carousel features hand-carved animals made of poplar or basswood. The Dentzel Factory only produced two or three carousels each year of production, and the house for the one in Meridian is the only remaining original carousel building built from a Dentzel blueprint. Located since 1909 in its same location in Highland Park in Meridian, meticulous carving and painting make this a treasured spot. The carousel is open daily from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in June and July. www.meridianms.org

Tupelo The Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo is one of those unexpected places you’ll find in this historic town that is also the birthplace of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. The openair trolley or the Monster Bison Bus rides you through the park to see everything firsthand. Exotic animals and even a petting zoo are just some of the fun things your children will enjoy while you are here. www.tupelobuffalopark.com

Greenwood The Viking Cooking School in Greenwood (also with a location in Ridgeland) is home to one of the most renowned culinary sites in the world – the home of Viking Range Corporation. The Viking Cooking School offers classes practically on a daily basis, and provides a great opportunity for you to share a cooking and learning experience with your children. www.vikingcookingschool.com

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Biloxi Once you’ve enjoyed the beaches on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, be sure to take the Biloxi Shrimping Trip. It’s a neat way to quickly understand more about the unique habitat of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Hop aboard this 70-minute boat tour that will include taking samples of live shrimp and marine life during your tour so you will see up close what swims the waters just off the Mississippi coastline. www.biloxishrimpingtrip.com Start planning your trip now, so your children or grandchildren can explore and learn more about the True South. In addition to the places listed above, the best place to begin is www.VisitMississippi.org for travel planning and location-specific information.


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f you’re looking for a “meet cute” story, you can’t do much better than Matt and Anna Bush. Matt, a photographer, was taking pictures at a University of Southern Mississippi football game. Anna worked as a recruiting secretary for Southern Miss football. Both were on the football field when they had their first encounter. “He kind of ran into me chasing a play,” Anna said. At the next game, “He asked me to hold his sunglasses.” Their first date was at USM’s Homecoming in 2008. They were married in December, 2011. Originally from Columbus, Anna came to USM in 2005, right before Hurricane Katrina. “I came here for deaf education and moved to audiology,” she said. “This is the only place you can get it.” The daughter and granddaughter of teachers, “That was something I knew I wanted to do,” she said, adding, “Most of my volunteering was with children.” While in high school, she had worked with Vacation Bible School and, while at USM, worked at Temple Baptist Church’s nursery. She was also involved with Pi Beta Phi, a sorority that promotes literacy, and, through them, got involved with Eagle Ambassadors. “We went to football games, met with coaches, talked with parents and were a friendly face for USM,” Anna said of working with the Eagle Ambassadors. Matt, originally from Ellisville, attended Jones County Junior College, where he had received a partial scholarship and continued to develop his photography skills. “Initially, I wanted to shoot all sports, but, eventually, I realized news was fun,” he said. From there, Matt went on to USM, but “defected” to William Carey University, graduating in 2009. Even before graduating, he had been working as a stringer for the Hattiesburg American, as well as numerous other publications, ranging from USA Today to Pointe magazine in France. He eventually took a staff position at the American in 2008. “I’ve lost count of where I’ve been published,” he said, noting that his published photographs don’t even count weddings and other professional portraits he has shot. One of his photographs was named Photo of the Year in the Mississippi Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in

2009, and he also received Photo of the Year honors in 2009 and 2010 in the Associated Press competition. After working as a photographer at the Hattiesburg American, he went to Forrest General Hospital in August, 2011, as a marketing and communications specialist, but that hasn’t slowed his involvement with photography. “If I’m not at the hospital, I’m out shooting,” he said. “I still love learning new stuff. I learn every day. It’s still magic.” One of the most interesting aspects, Matt said, has been watching the technology change since he first began shooting in high school. “I shot film in college,” he said. His first digital camera was a Sony Mavica, one of the earliest digital cameras. “It stored 50 photos on a floppy disk,” Matt said. “Now I can tweet photos from my phone. The speed now is incredible.” Switching from chasing firetrucks to a more office-oriented job has been something of an adjustment, Matt admits, but, “I enjoy doing marketing. As long as I’m still shooting something, I’m happy.” One of the big advantages with the move has been the hours, he said. “I get off at 5 o’clock and no one calls me at 3 in the morning,” Matt said. “I miss running after stuff,” he said, but the 3 a.m. calls? “Not so much.” Anna also has been making an adjustment after deciding to take some time off from work after getting married. That doesn’t mean taking a break from USM or football, though. “We tailgate every game,” she said. “I had to work every game. It’s nice now to be able to relax and enjoy them.” Anna also runs, and has been training for her first marathon, which will be held during the Labor Day weekend in Tupelo. “I’m up to about 10 miles now,” she said. “I would also like to do the Disney marathon in January. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve never been to Disneyland.” In the meantime, Anna said even such regular household chores as doing the laundry never take her far from her husband’s interest in photography. Along with the loose change, it’s not unusual to find such things as memory cards and batteries.

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a golden future... Dr. Martha Saunders leaves lasting impression on Southern Miss r. Martha Dunagin Saunders, who came ‘home’ in May of 2007 to serve as the ninth and first woman president of the University of Southern Mississippi, said goodbye to faculty, staff and students last month as she stepped down from the position she had held for five years. But she’s not leaving USM, but rather returning to the classroom as a member of the faculty at Southern Miss Gulf Coast. “After five of the most professionally enriching years of my career, I have decided to step down as president of The University of Southern Mississippi for personal reasons,” Saunders said during an April 27 press conference. “It has been an honor to serve with you as we, together, have moved our beloved university forward to record enrollments, increased private giving and exciting new building projects. I believe I am leaving Southern Miss better than I found it and look forward to being a part of its future as a member of the faculty.” While being a neighbor, mom, friend, colleague and face of USM, Dr. Saunders has also been a friend of and contributor to Signature magazine. In the May 2007 issue, she graced the magazine’s cover and shared her experiences as a mother – at home to her and husband Joe’s combined children as well as her 16,000-plus ‘children’ on campus. In December of that year, Saunders shared a Christmas story of a trip to London, England, she and Joe made, reflecting on the freak blizzard that covered the country and found them crossing a frigid English Channel. In the May 2010 issue of Signature, Saunders was the featured Sig Q&A. It was here that Pine Belt residents learned that her greatest fear is boredom, she deplores laziness and she wishes she could draw. At that time, the happiest day of her life had been May 21, 2007, the day she was named president of USM and her heroes in real life included “the employees of USM Gulf Coast who set aside their own troubles after Hurricane Katrina and focused on getting their campus reopened and salvaged the educational goals of hundreds of our students.” Saunders was featured in the January 2011 issue when she and William Carey University President Dr. Tommy King were recipients of the prestigious Hub Award, which is presented for outstanding contributions to the community, commitment to excellence and dedication to public service. Since then, Signature photographers have captured her at USM receptions, tailgate parties, groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings, and events she’s hosted at the president’s home for a plethora of

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groups – from the Hattiesburg High School Class of 1965 to Partners for the Arts patrons and the Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant contestants who travel to the Hub City each year. She’s been featured as the first colleen or queen of the Irish Italian Festival back in 2008, in homecoming parades, symphony galas and in the annual Go Gold issue each October. She and the university were featured when they hosted former United States Secretary of State Madeline Albright and other dignitaries. And in this issue you’ll find her welcoming guests to the President’s Home for a reception for Partners for the Arts patrons. This past holiday season she even shared a fun texted Letter to Santa, which showed how tech savvy she is. Saunders’ accomplishments both individually and collectively as the university’s leader are many. She guided the University’s Centennial Celebration in 2010, which resulted in a Silver Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of America. The honor, the highest given for public relations practices, was a first for the university and the second for Saunders, who added a Stevie Award for Women in Business in 2011. Also in 2010, she was the first university president to appoint an oil spill response team, and Southern Miss researchers continue to lead efforts studying the effects of the spill. Under her leadership, the University was ranked among the nation’s top 20 Most Popular Universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2011, and is recognized as one of only two Green Colleges in the state by the Princeton Review. In addition, through the course of her presidency more than $250 million in facility improvements have been realized or entered the planning stages. The president also positioned the University to better address the needs of the state, region and country. While programs in polymer science, marine science, education and others continue to attract the best and brightest minds to Southern Miss, the University’s College of Business has been ranked among the nation’s top 15 percent of business schools for two consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report, and is poised for greater success with the construction of Scianna Hall, a $33-million proposed facility, which recently broke ground on the Hattiesburg campus. Throughout her 30-year career in higher education, Dr. Saunders has taught thousands of students. "I promised to do three things,” she said. “I said I would build trust, I would build a team and I would build a campus. We have all worked really, really hard and we made it," Saunders said.


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Natalie Wilkinson, Heather Graves, Lynn McCarver, Hillary Lovinggood, Kate Stanley, Blayne Ward

Don Holmes, Jazmyne Butler, Allen J. Moore, Allie Solomon, Bailey Montgomery

Alfreda Horton, Kathy Killam, Rusty Anderson, April Woodall, Fran Jones

Dr. Joe Paul, Pam Thornton

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Wes Brooks, Norma Williamson, Kathryn McPhail

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Barbara Griffith, Mark Wrighton, Edward McCormick

Linda Dorsey, Fei Xue, Dave Davies

Patricia Brewer, Karen Shaw, George Brown, Saidul Hassam

Leslee Smith, Christi Holloway, Jennifer Boucher

Kerri Paul, Markus Jones

Mary Gregg, David Daves

Van Arnold, Sam Kinard, Aaron Green

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Hospitality Around the World 2012 Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant July 27-28 at the Historic Saenger Theater

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xperience Southern hospitality at its finest at the 63rd annual Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant July 27 and 28 at the Historic Saenger Theater in Downtown Hattiesburg. This year, 35 of Mississippi's best and brightest young ladies will take the stage in competition for the title of 2012 Mississippi Miss Hospitality – a title that comes with a ticket to travel across the State of Mississippi and the responsibility of promoting Mississippi’s economic development and tourism industries. This year marks the 15th year that Hattiesburg has hosted the Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant. The tradition began in 1949 under Governor Fielding Wright and the Mississippi Legislature. Since then, the pageant has called the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Starkville and now Hattiesburg its home. Presented by VISITHATTIESBURG, the City of Hattiesburg and The University of Southern Mississippi, the Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant offers more than $100,000 in scholarships and prizes to young women from across the state. Ann Claire Reynolds, 21, of Petal, won the title of Mississippi Miss Hospitality 2011 last July and has worn the crown with beauty and grace. Throughout her reign, Reynolds has traveled more than 30,000 miles promoting Mississippi’s tourism and economic development while serving as the state’s goodwill ambassador. During pageant week, contestants will enjoy social events, rehearsals and competitions that lead to the crowning of Mississippi’s 2012 Miss Hospitality. The theme for this year's pageant is "Hospitality Around the Word" and is sure to entertain the audience with an authentic and unforgettable cultural experience. Tickets to the 2012 Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant may be purchased by calling the Saenger Theater Box Office at 601-5844888 or online at www.HattiesburgSaenger.com. Pine Belt participants

Covington County Brittney Saulters Brittney is a 2012 graduate of Seminary High School where she finished 9th in her class. She will attend William Carey University in the fall and major in marketing. A volunteer for the American Cancer Society, Brittany is active in her home church, Cold Springs Baptist Church. Petal’s Miss Hospitality, Ann Claire Reynolds, has reigned this past year as Mississippi’s Miss Hospitality 2011.

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Petalʼs Ann Claire Reynolds, who was crowned Mississippiʼs Miss Hospitality last year, is flanked by runners-up, Mary Frances Stephens of Magee, first alternate; Stevie Farrar of Wayne County, second; Elizabeth Bailey of Neshoba County, third and Megan McBeth of Brandon, fourth.

Hattiesburg Kaylie Rowell Kaylie is a graduate of Sacred Heart High School and will attend the University of Mississippi this fall to pursue a degree in business. She served as vice president of both her senior class and the Beta Club, and also participates in service activities with the Salvation Army and Sacred Heart Church youth organizations.

Jones County Cassidi Bush Cassidi is a graduate of West Jones High School and Jones County Junior College where she was chosen for Who’s Who, received the Letter J Award and served as editor of the Radionian newspaper. Cassidi is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Laurel Morgan Musgrove Morgan is an honors graduate of West Jones High School and currently studies pre-pharmacy at Jones County Junior College. She is an active member of Big Creek Baptist Church where she is involved with her youth group and praise band.

Marion County Anna Morris Anna is a graduate of Columbia High School and currently attends the University of Southern Mississippi majoring in exercise science. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school and become a physician. Anna is a certified Zumba instructor and has been a swimming instructor for the past seven years.

Petal Whitley Tassin Whitley graduated from Petal High School and currently studies biological sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is a member of Chi Omega sorority where she has held the offices of Homecoming and Tailgating chairman. Whitley enjoys singing in her church praise team and teaching Sunday school.

Sumrall Maranda Hutson Maranda recently graduated from Sumrall High School with special honors and was a Mississippi Scholar. She was active in the Beta, History and Spanish clubs. Maranda plans to attend Jones County Junior College in the fall and major in nursing with plans to become a hospice nurse.

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ounded in 1958 in Mobile, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. It has provided life-changing experiences for more than 700,000 young women across the country and more than $93 million in cash scholarships at the local, state and national levels. This year’s state program is set for July 19-21 at the historic Temple Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Meridian. First and second preliminary programs will be held on July 19 and 20 with the finals set for July 21. The Pine Belt has several area contestants competing. They include Gabrielle Munn, Forrest County; Chloe Sanders, Lamar County; Madison Kolbo, Petal; Emily Humphrey, Covington County; Lydia Nunes, Jones County and Ashley Luethje, Marion County. Gabrielle Munn, the daughter of Lloyd and Jeanie Munn, has plans to attend either the University of Southern Mississippi or the University of Alabama. Her career goal is to become a psychiatrist. For her talent, she will perform a piano piece, “Phrygian Toccata.” To attend either the University of Mississippi or Southern Miss is the plan of Chloe Sanders. She hopes to obtain a degree that will allow her to be a physician’s assistant. She is the daughter of Dylan and Alicia Sanders. For her talent, she will perform “Moonlight Fantasy” on the piano. Madison Kolbo is the daughter of Jerome and Eadie Kolbo and will perform a piano solo, “Elite Syncopations,” for her talent. She hopes to attend the University of Mississippi and major in psychiatry, photojournalism or acting. Emily Humphrey is the daughter of David and Anita Humphrey. She plans on attending Mississippi College to obtain a medical degree and become an OB/GYN. For her talent, she has chosen a vocal performance of

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“El Shaddai” by Amy Grant. The daughter of Joseph and Pamela Nunes, Lydia Nunes hopes to attend either Mississippi State University or Ole Miss. Her goal is to become either a veterinarian or physical therapist. She will perform “Think of Me” by Andrew Lloyd Webber as her talent. Ashley Luethje is the daughter of Ronald and Brenda Luethje. Her plans are to attend the University of Southern Mississippi and work as a physician/surgeon. For her talent, she will perform an instrumental solo, Cadence compilation. Jessica Smith, the daughter of Mark and Debbie Smith, plans on attending Mississippi State University and major in agri-business. She will perform "The Greatest Love of All" by Michael Masser and Linda Creed for her talent. In addition to cash scholarships, DYW participants are eligible for college-granted scholarships from almost 200 colleges and universities. More than $108 million in college scholarship opportunities were provided last year, some of which included full tuition, room and board to first-class institutions. Many participants leave the program with scholarships to help them with their college educations, but all of them walk away with friendships, life skills and increased self-confidence. Distinguished Young Women strives to give every young woman the opportunity to further her education and prepare for a successful future. Distinguished Young Women is proud to have awarded more than $93 million in cash scholarships to participants at the local, state, and national levels during the past 54 years. During the 2011 program year, participants received more than $2 million in cash scholarships at programs across the nation.


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Clint’s Recipes Pinot Gringo Poached Salmon with Horseradish Crust 1 cup Panko / Asian Bread Crumbs 1 Tbsp. prepared Horseradish (not strained) 1 Tbsp. Spicy Dijon Mustard 1 Tbsp. Italian flat-leafed Parsley, chopped 4 Fresh Atlantic Salmon fillets 1 cup Pinot Grigio or other dry white wine (room temperature) Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Spread the Panko evenly onto the pan and place in a 350° oven for 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside and allow to cool for 5 minutes. In a mixing bowl, combine the Panko, horseradish, Dijon mustard, and parsley. Using your fingers, fold the ingredients together until the ingredients are mixed evenly. Note: The horseradish crust should be crumbly, not mushy. Pour the Pinot Grigio into a baking dish. Crumble a ¼-inch thick layer of horseradish crust onto the top of each Salmon fillet. Place the fillets into the baking dish with the wine, being careful not to wet the horseradish crust. Place in oven and poach the fillets for 7 minutes (poached to medium) or to desired internal temperature.

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¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 + ½ cup sugar 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract Place the chocolate chips in refrigerator for 30 minutes to harden. With a vegetable peeler or zester, remove the peel from the orange, being careful not to remove the white pith. Use a paring knife to remove any residual pith from the zest. In a sauce pan, cover the orange peels with water, and bring to a boil. Drain and pat the orange peels dry. Repeat this process three times. Place the peels in the saucepan for a fourth time. Add 2 cups of water and ½ cups sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 25 minutes. Be careful not to cook off all of the simple syrup mixture. Remove from heat, drain, and pat the candied orange peels dry. Dice the orange peels into a fine cut. Set aside. Remove the chocolate chips from refrigerator. Using a knife or blender, “Rough chop” the chocolate chips into small, irregular pieces. Remove the ricotta cheese from its container, allowing any liquid to drain off. Pat dry with a dry paper towel. In a mixer, combine the ricotta cheese, orange peels, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, and the remaining 1 cup of sugar. Using the mixer paddle, fold the ingredients on “stir” or “low” until thoroughly blended. Do not overwhip into fluffy mixture. The cannoli filling should be refrigerated. To serve, pipe the filling into room temperature cannoli shells.


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he most popular cut of pork, pork chops offer cooking convenience and meal ideas galore. However, according to the National Pork Board's new "However You Chop It?" survey, despite the variety and versatility of the pork chop, Americans limit themselves to the same type of chop and routine preparation methods. It's easy to change up regular meal choices by swapping pork chops in place of other traditional proteins. Take world champion pitmaster Chris Lilly's Grilled Pork Parmesan, which calls for pork chops, rather than chicken in a classic Italian dish and cooks it on the charcoal grill for a new summertime favorite. Whether you're trying this new recipe or sticking with an old stand-by, you can serve up the perfect chop every time by following these tasty tips from the National Pork Board: • Choose Your Cut: You have a choice in chops. Pork chops are cut from the portion of meat that runs from the pig's hip to shoulder, and can be found under a variety of names in the meat case, including loin, rib, sirloin,

top loin and blade chops. Each choice is often featured in a variety of thicknesses, number of chops and, for some, with or without a bone. You may also find chops butterflied, cubed for kabobs or pre-stuffed. Try them all and match them to your favorite recipes. • Cook Your Chop: The most important thing to remember when dishing up the perfect chop is not to overcook the pork. Whether boneless or bone-in, the length of cooking time primarily depends on the thickness of the chop, which can vary from 1/2 inch to 2 inches. For juicy, flavorful and tender pork, chops should be grilled over direct, medium heat until the internal temperature reaches 145o F. Then, let rest for 3 minutes. A digital cooking thermometer is recommended to ensure perfect results every time. For more pork tips and recipes, visit www.PorkBeInspired.com. Also, follow the National Pork Board on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PorkBeInspired, Twitter @AllAboutPork and on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/PorkBeInspired.

Grilled Pork Parmesan Makes: 6 servings Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 7 minutes

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Build a charcoal fire for direct grilling and preheat to approximately 450 o F. While grill preheats, combine dry rub ingredients in small bowl and mix well to create the Parmesan dry rub. In separate bowl, whisk eggs and stir in milk to create an egg wash. On a large plate, make a bed of panko bread crumbs. Season each pork chop heavily with Parmesan dry rub and press the seasoning into the pork chops. Then, dip each chop in the egg wash and cover both sides evenly with bread crumbs.

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Grill chops directly over the hot coals for 3 to 3 1/2 minutes on each side, until internal temperature is 145o F. Remove pork chops from grill and serve over a bed of spaghetti noodles and topped with your favorite pasta sauce. Recipe created by world champion pitmaster Chris Lilly on behalf of Kingsford charcoal. For more, visit www.Grilling.com.


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In 1975, the winemaker at Sutter Home, Bob Trinchero, had a problem while making his white Zinfandel. A portion of the wine experienced a "stuck fermentation," meaning the yeast died before all the sugar had converted into alcohol. Rather than "fix" the wine by adding more yeast, Trinchero decided to let it sit for two weeks. When he revisited the wine, he knew it would be a hit -- and Sutter Home's modern-day white Zinfandel was born. Countless imitators would soon follow. This style of pink wine remains quite popular and it will always have fans. More often than not, though, white Zinfandel and other blush wines are just too sweet. Many taste more like Kool-Aid or strawberry fruit punch than wine. True rosés are bone dry, textured, and refreshing. And they can be just as complex and food friendly as traditional wines. True rosés are made in one of two ways. In the first method, the winemaker crushes red wine grapes and leaves the juice in contact with the skin for a brief period, typically


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one or two days. She then discards the skins, allowing the juice to finish fermentation on its own. Thanks to the short period of skin contact, the wine retains some color. Here, rosé is the only goal. In the second method, rosé is a byproduct of red wine fermentation. Red wine obtains color, tannin, structure, and flavors from grape skins. If a winemaker wants to increase the skin-to-juice ratio during fermentation, she can simply remove some juice at an early stage. This pink juice can be fermented separately to create rosé. This method is known as saignée. True rosés have been a part of life in France for centuries. In the southeastern part of the country, residents and visitors alike have long recognized the splendor of pairing rosé with warm weather and coastal cuisine. France remains the source of many fantastic rosés - great examples can be found in Bandol, Tavel, Sancerre, and many other regions. When looking for French rosés, it's best to look for reliable importers, like Kermit Lynch, Beaune Imports, Weygandt-Metzler, and Robert Kacher. All four bring in a number of knockout wines.

Plenty of delightful pink wines come from outside France, as well. Across the world, more and more producers are making top-notch, authentic rosés. In the United States, some producers to look for include Alexander Valley Vineyards, which makes a splendid rosé of Sangiovese, Copain, and Ponzi. Another favorite is made by Mulderbosch in South Africa. The world is still awash in bad rosés, of course. It's still quite easy to accidently wind up with a bottle that's too heavy, alcoholic, or sweet. So if your local wine shop offers tastings, be sure to stop in when rosés are open - you might find a crisp, refreshing wine that's worth stocking up on. After all, pink wine is the perfect accompaniment to summer. So why not grab a case? David White, a wine writer, is the founder and editor of Terroirist.com. His columns are housed at Wines.com, the fastest growing wine portal on the Internet.

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hen you walk into Steve Coleman’s office, you are greeted by a weathered, mustachioed man; Olympic shadows dancing across a sheer curtain; a flamingo eying you with reserve; a young girl wrapped in a cloak while silently telling you her story. These are all single moments from Coleman’s memory. Or, perhaps, Coleman’s single memories of poignant moments. Whatever the case, Coleman has spent over 30 years capturing them as well as anyone in the country. All he needs is a camera. “You’re trying to relay the message of the event from your eyes to the reader’s,” Coleman said. “And it’s something that they probably would not have noticed if I hadn’t shot that particular scene. That’s what every photographer tries to achieve. I’m not here to get glory, I’m just trying to preserve that moment as best I can.” Many of those moments are ones the average person only dreams about being present for, but for Coleman, they’ve come in spades. Taking up photography in high school, the Mobile, Ala., native transferred to Southern Miss in 1979 for his final two years of college study, majoring in photojournalism. He played tennis there and graduated in 1981 and now, after a slight detour, he is still here — still on campus. And with him, a bevy of images from political events, natural disasters, bowl games, Super Bowls, the Olympics and more. “I got involved through the photography and (my opportunities) kind of blossomed,” Coleman said. “I covered a lot of different things that people would only wish they could, so that’s been a blessing. I get to do something different every day; it’s never the same. When I get into doing this, it’s fun — it’s not a job anymore. And they pay me.” Not a bad gig. It has been a long and varied road for Coleman, who has been a permanent fixture in the photographic community long enough that it wouldn’t be a stretch to call him a historian. It was a dark room that first drew his interest, and after a long career in the newspapers business (a year and a half in Louisiana before coming back home to the Hattiesburg American until 1994) Coleman has watched and participated in the transition to a purely digital medium. Nowadays, Coleman’s schedule is a little less hectic, but he still works as a freelancer, an instructor at USM and the president of the Hattiesburg-based Cameraderie Photo Club. He shoots Hattiesburg’s Irish-Italian Festival each year and is a fixture at Southern Miss sporting events. Coleman’s longevity and success in the field boils down to a couple of things — a quiet competitiveness and a willingness to grow. “When I first took my beginner photography class,” Coleman said, “I had a Yashica — a tall, rectangular twin-reflex camera that has manual focus and everything is backwards. We had to shoot, Continued on next page

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develop and print our assignments.” Things have changed just a little bit. Coleman’s talent for photojournalism quickly opened doors, while also magnifying the difference the film-to-digital transition made for a professional photographer. Not only tabbed for work for his hometown newspapers, Coleman caught some eyes at the Associated Press — the main wire service for all news outlets throughout the country and the world. Shooting on a national scale, Coleman had to transfer photos to different locations all across the country. Back in those days, a single black and white photo took 10 minutes to transfer — a color shot, as long as 45 minutes. Now, with digital shots and the technology that comes along with them, photographers can send off 10-15 photos in about two minutes. In many walks of life, people like to stick with what they know; change scares them. It would be easy to assume that an old-school photographer would be hesitant to embrace major changes, but Coleman says that wasn’t the case at all. In fact, digital technology has made life much easier for the pros. “I didn’t resist it,” Coleman said. “I was kind of really curious about it. Digital was just starting and I didn’t quite understand it — how’d you take one photo in daylight and then take the same camera, without switching films and everything else, shoot (at night) without messing up your photograph? … That’s why we had four or five cameras hanging off of us — because we were shooting black and white, color, low ISO and high ISO. Now you can get by with one camera and three or four lenses, where as when I first started I was carrying three cameras and six or seven lenses. “I haven’t shot film in years. If I teach it I’ll (go in the darkroom). I have one next door and a little one in the back (of my office), but it’s been quiet for about four or five years now. I can’t see a need to go back to it unless my cameras die on me.” Of course, ease of use also tends to create increased popularity, and with the digital transition came a flood of amateurs that were unschooled and sometimes unskilled calling themselves “photographers.” “The general person can go out and shoot — they have a camera, they think they’re a photographer,” Coleman said. “That’s not quite

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the truth. “They put things out on Facebook or a web page and say, ‘Hire me.’ You look at their stuff and think, ‘I don’t understand; this is terrible. Why would you shoot it this way?’ Learning the old way also allows you to learn better techniques instead of just point and shoot. You learn proper composition, light, exposure and what to look for. You start developing the eye — you’ve got to see things a little bit differently.” Lest you pass off Coleman as a photo snob, the veteran has spent plenty of time helping beginning photographers find their eye. Besides teaching at the university — currently he teaches a lot of multimedia programs and graphic design — Coleman is also the president of the Cameraderie Photo Club, which provides a place for photographers from across the Pine Belt to learn and share, whether they are beginners or have spent decades in the field as pros. “It helps to mentor others,” Coleman said. “We’ve got anywhere from, ‘I know this is a camera,’ to professionals. There are about a dozen of us who consider ourselves on the professional end and can help teach the others.” The photo club holds monthly meetings and often shoots as a group while also holding photo competitions. Originally brought in a number of years ago as a guest speaker, Coleman finally found the time about three years ago to become a full-time participant with the group. And the club has benefitted Coleman just as he has assisted the rest of the group. After years as a photojournalist tasked with simply documenting daily events, he now has shifted into a more artistic mode, in part due to the influence of the photo club. It’s also been a constant reminder of why he started in photography — it’s fun. “Going to see other people’s work kind of recharges the batteries a little bit,” Coleman said. “Yeah, I remember working at the American and I was shooting so many assignments every day and it was the same routine over and over again. Everybody goes through that little bit of burnout. But sometimes when I go off to a seminar or workshop I see all these different photographs and it starts it all over again; it helps refocus what I’m there to do.”


Coleman still handles assignments from AP to this day. It’s that connection that afforded him the chance to photograph so many once-in-a-lifetime moments. In 1996, he “begged and pleaded” and ended up in Atlanta to shoot the Olympics. “I was able to meet a lot of photographers there. I met one who was Clinton’s personal photographer and worked with him a little bit. Others have won Pulitzer Prizes. It was a good experience. I think I was the only regular photographer from the state of Mississippi who got to go shoot.” Most would take that experience and call it a day, but when asked about a favorite memory, they just keep flowing. “There are lots of memories,” said Coleman, whose photos have appeared in Sports Illustrated, Time and newspapers and magazines around the globe. “Probably one that stood out was, I guess I could say, ‘I got to shoot the Pope.’ I got to photograph the Pope when he was in New Orleans. Being a Catholic … that was something that stood out. Flying through the eye of a hurricane and spending eight hours on a plane, that’s an experience that very few people get to have. The Olympics are high up there; the Super Bowls that I’ve gotten to shoot — I’m shooting for USA Today sitting in the second level on a board platform hanging over an exit ramp shooting with a 600 mm lens I’ve never shot with before until that job. Those are the moments that will always stand out.” Of course, when you do something for so long, it can become impossible to ignore the aging process, and a lot of the outlets for which Coleman’s photos have served have not aged so well. With newspapers and print publications struggling to adjust to today’s technological world, a lot of the opportunities that Coleman took advantage of have dried up. He says that there is still a healthy interest in photography around southern Mississippi, but that the professional positions have become far more competitive — something he says is often the toughest thing to learn for a young, aspiring photographer. The freelancing calls don’t come quite as frequently either. “A lot of photographer friends I have lost their jobs recently,” Coleman said. “I listened to a photographer who used to work for Time (Magazine). Years ago he’d go anywhere in the world to a Time bureau and say, ‘I want $5,000 cash right now (for a project).’ First class

(travel) everywhere he went, on location. He says, ‘Yeah, that’s only a dream land now.’ They’ve really downsized everywhere.” He hears young photographers talk about dream jobs at places like National Geographic, and tries to keep them tethered to reality. He knows there are plenty of ways to get fulfillment out of one’s work. “Everybody has a dream job,” Coleman said, “but National Geographic hasn’t called me. Or, at the time (when I was young), it was Life magazine. But even working at a small newspaper fulfilled some of my dreams — being able to go out and shoot events that I normally wouldn’t be able to. I still do it, but on a more limited basis. Now I get to teach others how to go through and do it themselves. It’s kind of a full circle kind of deal.” Through it all, Coleman has learned, changed and kept outshooting the competition. He still carries a camera with him everywhere he goes, toting a versatile 24-70 mm lens. He still loves to shoot Southern Miss athletics and sports remain his favorite subject to shoot — “Just getting that one picture that’s different and at peak action, what I try to explain to students as that ‘Wow’ moment.” He still lives by his No. 1 piece of advice — “ ‘F8 and be there.’ It means always have your camera setting at an aperture of F8 and be in the right place at the right time.” Coleman says he plans on leaving his thousands and thousands of images with the university archives, as a historical reference for future generations because, “Why else would I keep it all?” In the end, all true photographers are simply documentarians. It’s just that Coleman has done it at such a high level, across so many planes, that his work has transcended simple documentation and become pure history. But just because he may document it, Coleman’s not ready to become history just yet. “When I’m out shooting, like at a game,” Coleman said, “I’m surrounded by all these younger photographers. I always say, ‘I can still outshoot you.’ They might hustle faster and have quicker legs, but, ‘I can still outshoot you.’ It keeps me mentally young.” Coleman’s work will be featured in a month-long exhibit in August at Oddfellows Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg. The collection will heavily feature his Olympic photography to coincide with the 2012 London Olympics, with a selection of other work as well.

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legends of that time making funny faces and posing.” The two have rented both automatic photo booths and set up a live photo booth, complete with props, which they both say is their favorite of the two. They recently used the live photo booth for their Casablanca movie night at the Saenger Theatre. “It was an instant hit,” said Jason. The young entrepreneurs have also used the somewhat bulky automatic contraption at a Mad Men costume party as well as at birthday parties. “They make a great gift for someone hosting a birthday party – everyone loves to get their picture taken.” For live photo booths, Adam and Jason frequently use Daniel and Steph Photography, who provide the backdrop, lighting and bring props for guests to take advantage of during their live photo booth shoots. “In the time of Instagram, smart phones and Facebook, it is refreshing to get a professional photograph taken during a party. It’s a great way for both guests and the host to remember a significant event.” Carolyn Critz, owner of Abbey Road Photography, has recently added the photo booth as an option to her business. Critz uses a traditional photo booth for her clients to rent and so far has had great success. The photo booth has been used at numerous wedding receptions, 50th birthday parties, Sweet 16s, children’s parties, formals, semi-formals and grand openings. “Many clients choose to use the photo booth as a visual guestbook and as a scrapbook too,” she said. “Guests really enjoy the opportunity to take home the photo booth pictures as a wedding/party favor and they equally enjoy writing a message in the scrapbook for the party or local event,” said Critz. The popularity of photo booths is definitely developing and becoming a part of culture, even here in Hattiesburg. Whether it’s a live photo booth, the traditional curtain one or a permanent fixture, photo booths have become a fun way to remember the smallest or the largest of gatherings. “There’s just something about pulling the curtain and being silly when nobody is watching!” said Critz. “Stepping inside the photo booth and wearing a silly hat, glasses or striking a funny pose guarantees lots of laughs and smiles. The funny pictures are absolutely priceless.”

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A look at contributing photographers Signature Magazine asked five Pine Belt photographers, Matt Bush, Matt Bush Photography; Carolyn Critz, Abbey Road Photography; Lee Cave, C Studio; Ramona Lisa Photography and Artie Rawls Photography, as well as a local camera club, The Cameraderie Club, to submit photos for Signature’s July issue, which is dedicated to photography. The photographers were given five themes – children, orange, Pine Belt, love and outdoors and asked to submit photos of their own choosing and interpretation. Their photos are featured on Pages 5263.

Matt Bush Matt Bush Photography Matt Bush is a professional photographer and photojournalist based out of Hattiesburg. His photographs have appeared in many magazines, newspapers and websites around the world including NY Times, USA Today, Esquire, Fox News and MSNBC. He has been a photographer since high school and still loves the thrill of seeing a scene captured for forever. He is a graduate of William Carey University in the area of Mass Communication. His awards for photojournalism include the Mississippi Press Association BNC Photo of the Year award for Mississippi in 2009 and the AP Photo of the Year award for Mississippi in 2009 and again in 2010. Now that his schedule is not dominated by newspaper work, he has expanded his work in weddings and portraits. He is a member of the PPA and Sportsshooter.com For more information, visit www.mattbushphotography.com

The Cameraderie Club The Cameraderie Club was born in 1997 at a steak house in Columbus on a Sunday afternoon, according to the club’s first president, Brent Wallace. “We were returning from a photo weekend at Desoto State Park near Fort Payne, Ala.,” said Wallace. “I used to take 10 people on these ‘photo safaris’ through USM Continuing Education, so we traveled all together in their van. We'd shoot during the day and have a slide show at night.” He said during the meal, the group decided to form a club and Dr. Hugh Hu, USM professor, said he had the perfect name… Cameraderie. Wallace said in those days they "snail mailed" a printed newsletter and for the first couple of years the group consisted of about 5 to 10

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people and met anywhere they could find space for free. “It gained much popularity when digital came about and more people wanted to know about the new photographic medium,” he said. “It was a small, but intimate, group of very motivated photographers. Dues were $15 per year and we had speakers and programs similar to the way we do today.” Fifteen years later, the club has grown to a membership of 65 professional and amateur photographers and dues have stayed at a very reasonable rate of $25 per year. The Cameraderie Club holds two monthly meetings on the first and third Thursday. “We have many activities throughout the year such as participating in the spring and fall Artwalks, scavenger hunts downtown, and short day trips to venues like the Audubon Zoo, Bellingrath Gardens and the Lauren Rogers Museum,” Wallace said. For more information, visit www.cameraderie.clubexpress.com

Lee Cave C Studio Lee Cave, owner of Pitstop Photography and C Studio in Hattiesburg, holds an Associate of Art in Graphics and Communication and a Associate of Science in Architectural Drafting, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has been a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) for 6 years, a member of Sports Event Photographers (SEP) for 6 years and photographer for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (NILMDTS) for 5 years. In April of 2006, C Studio began as a result of Cave’s passion for photography. Known as an artistic and innovative photographer, Lee excels in his line of work. At C Studio they pride themselves in producing quality, first class photography. They’ll also capture that special moment and


offer you a unique selection of products. C Studio continues to evolve in order to offer you beautiful and contemporary photography. A boutique photography studio, C Studio has a staff of graphic artists and photographers with a goal of meeting and exceeding your highest expectations. Their products consist of modeling portfolios, seniors, weddings, babies, pets, advertisements, and much more. For more information, visit www.cstudioinc.com

Carolyn Critz Abbey Road Photography After leaving Pennsylvania more than two decades ago to join the Army, Carolyn now calls Mississippi home. Her military experience includes deployments as a broadcast journalist and broadcast electronics technician; her civilian resume includes experience in the print journalism and marketing fields. Beginning in 2006, Carolyn has been slowly, but surely, building her photography business. When she completed her service in the Army and married a native Mississippian just two years ago, she finally found the right place and time to open her own studio. Abbey Road Photography is proud to be located in the heart of Historic Downtown Hattiesburg. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the Professional Photographers of America. She also volunteers with several charitable organizations in the Hattiesburg area. Her favorite hobbies include reading, quilting and hiking. Currently, Carolyn takes pottery classes and intends to try her hand at beekeeping. Carolyn and her husband are the proud parents of two boys, two Labradors and a rescued cat named Prudence. For more information, visit www.abbeyroadphoto.com

Ramona Lisa Wicht Ramona Lisa Photography Ramona Lisa Wicht arrived on the Pine Belt scene in 2008 after relocating from St. Louis, Mo. Since that time, she has quickly embraced her inner Southern Belle, capturing images of her love for the people, personalities and natural beauty in southern Mississippi. According to Wicht, she has been passionate about photography since childhood. Though she holds a Master’s degree in counseling

and specializes in therapy with children and families, she feels that photography is her calling. “Behind the camera, my expertise in counseling gives me an edge in capturing fascinating details and relational dynamics,” she said. In her digital darkroom, Wicht devotes great time and attention to perfecting images and creating inspiring portraits. During her leisure time, she is committed to studying photography techniques and innovations to enhance her artistic style. While her favorite subjects are children, she enjoys capturing God’s glory in everyday people, places and things. “My photography illustrates contrast, intensity and true emotion,” she said. “Through composition and framing, I draw the eye to the interplay of light, color and shadow in each image.” A wife and homeschooling mother of three (with number four due this month), Wicht continually strives to achieve the delicate balance between family life and artistic pursuits. She focuses primarily on philanthropic endeavors, while creating commercial artwork and family portrait sessions. She is currently designing a studio in Hattiesburg to bring greater options and accessibility to her clients. Wicht’s photographic work has been commissioned across the country. Her passion, creativity and dedication have earned her the honor of Best Photographer of the Pine Belt in 2011 and 2012 from FestivalSouth and Signature Magazine. Her fine art images are on display at A Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg. For more information, visit www.RamonaLisaPhotography.com

Artie Rawls Artie Rawls Photography Artie Rawls was born in Hattiesburg, but has lived in Jackson and Reno, Nev. He attended high school in Phoenix, Ariz., and also attended Arizona State University where he studied Art and Architecture until 1976 when he enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi. Rawls majored in photojournalism and minored in art and graduated in 1978 with a BS degree. While at USM, he received many awards, one of which was Best in Show in 1977. Rawls worked as an in-house photographer at Forrest General Hospital for 10 years, while developing his photography business. He has had a photography studio for the past 21 years which specializes in weddings, seniors, commercial and children’s photography. Rawls has won numerous awards through the Professional Photographers of Mississippi and Alabama. In 2007 he was named Photographer of the Year and was selected to be in the Professional Photographers of America Loan Collection of the best 500 photographs of 2008. Rawls attends many seminars and conventions on photography and is a member of Professional Photographers of America, Professional Photographers of Mississippi/Alabama, Senior Photographers International and The Gulf Coast Professional Photographers Association. He is a regular contributor to Mississippi Magazine, Mississippi Weddings Magazine and Signature Magazine. For more information, www.artierawlsphotography.com

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hirty-five winemakers from around the world presented more than 100 wines during the annual New South Wine Expo. This year’s event was held at Oddfellows Gallery in Downtown Hattiesburg. See more, Page 79

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he Rotary Club of Hattiesburg held its annual "A Night in Italy" fundraiser at Southern Oaks House and Gardens. The fundraiser benefits The Children's Center For Communication and Development, which provides services for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities. The spaghetti dinner included spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert and iced tea.

Adam Sievering, Giorgi Sprow, Gwennan Richmond

Christy and Bentley Raiford

Addison and Jenny Edwards

Bob Lochhead, Mary Cromartie

Margaret Territo, Doris Gagliano, Charlene Mills

Melinda Koerber, Lacy Gray Montgomery

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Kim and Chris Townsend

Audra Cummings, Aime Spears

Conrad Welker, Bill MacLauchlan

Kimberly Collins, Jakayla Harrell, Kawanna Josepha

David, Jessica and Joy Lines

Karlene, Amelia and Bob West

James Myrick, Mileydys Acuna

Curtis Smith, David Owens, Janice Touchstone

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his year’s Art for Heart Patron Preview Party was held at the Hattiesburg home of Dr. and Mrs. Steven Farrell. The preview party is a prelude to the annual Art for Heart gala, which was held this year at the Historic Hattiesburg Train Depot. Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association.

Jim Dukes Jr., Peggy Dukes, Evan Dillard

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Jacquelyne and Brad Pittman, Terri Bell

Marty McMahan, Randy and Millie Swan, Delma Sims

Kim Dukes, Sarah Glenn

Rosi Johnson, Monica McGregor, Milton Waldoff

Shayne and Mallory Benedetto

Jennifer Wellhausen, Heather Collins, Susan Slaughter, Eve Elias

Judge Prentiss Harrell, Terry Martin, Janeil Dukes, James Dukes Sr., Janet Mitchell, Dr. Lynn McMahan

Terri Bell, Greg and Amy Garraway, Jo Ellen Martin

Ken Smith, Dr. Steven Farrell, Evan Dillard

Sabrina Malone, Dewanna Herklotz

Tammy Martin, Kelly and Clay King

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PETER PAN

Hanisee Sirmon, Mackenzie Woods, Addison Sirmon, Quinn Sirmon, Elizabeth Terry

Leigh Solomon, Lisa Hitt, Gina and Laura Grace Neese

Alex Pauli, Sarah Bial, Caroline Neese

One ticket to Neverland

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uests at the Saenger Theatre’s performance of Peter Pan had a chance to fly away to Neverland with Peter and Wendy to the place where children never grow up. The performance was staged by members of StageStruck Performance Studio. Lauren Sumrall, Kaylin Murray, Georgia Stovall, Alden Parson

Kathy and Heather Bailey

Olivia Jarman, Elizabeth Suss

Kayron Fortenberry, Betty Herrington, Noah Fortenberry

Lydia Ward, Caroline Simpson

Rebekah and Ella Segraves

Jenny, Evan and Travis Bolster

Chris and Laura Beth McCarty

Tena and David Eshols

Lucy and Terri Parker

Noah, Joshua, Julie, Nathan and Robert Pickering

Debbie Stark, Nancy Regan, Rhonda Flowers Rachel and Dru Mozingo

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Sara-Hadyn, JoJo, Banks and Glen Brady


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he beginning of a far-reaching tie between outstanding graduates and the brightest Pearl River Community College students was forged when the PRCC Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame inducted its first honorees. Sidney Malone of Hattiesburg, Dr. Thomas J. Malone of LaGrange, Ga., Jim McQueen of Hattiesburg, the late Henry Thomas of Hattiesburg and Jean Baughman Wessel of Huntsville, Ala., were honored and met with students in the inaugural PRCC Honors Institute class.

Marin and Dolores Smith

PRCC HALL OF FAME

Lifetime Achievement

Dr. Thomas Malone, Dr. William Lewis, Jean Baughman Wessel, Jim McQueen, Holly Arnoult, Sidney Malone

Sidney Malone, Dr. Cecil Burt Jean Baughman Wessel, Sofia Tent

Dr. Thomas Malone, Earlora Holden Betty and Herbert Ray Nobles

Jim McQueen, James Craig McQueen, Blair McQueen and Alan McQueen

Kent and Cindy Bass, Sidney Malone

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ARTWALK

Josie Roberts, Gracie Deans

Linda Alston, Frances Stringer, Ann Cole

Art, music, food

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his year’s Spring ArtWalk featured art, music and lots of good food as patrons of the arts visited Historic Downtown Hattiesburg. The sidewalks boasted a variety of artists peddling their wares amidst the melodic sounds of Pine Belt musicians. A variety of businesses hosted artists and their works. The Roots Reunion was held in conjunction with the ArtWalk.

Drew Walker, Katanina Dearman, Mike Buckley

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Dee Tatum, Dianne Shepherd

Deanna and Ane Chapman

Haiyan Tian, Belen Plaza


Ian and Jessica Merservy

Ashli and Charlie Galloway, Anne Marie and Kennedy Nelson

Lorne, Charlotte and Lola Phillips

Meg and Tom Puckett

Ashlyn Ervin

DOCTORS DAY

Drs. A.J. Jackson, Thad Waites, Toxey Morris, Millie Swan

Johnnie Swan, Tameika Flowers, Gloria Thompson, Andrea Jones, Millie Swan; Aubrey Hinton, L.V. Williams, Heather Taylor, Jim Lloyd, Pete Grene

An apple a day

F Gloria Thompson, Dr. Steve Stogner

Drs. Charles Hernandez, Steve Stogner

Dr. William Walker, Dr. Ralph Abraham, Evan Dillard, Dr. Art Martin, Dr. Steve Farrell

orrest General celebrated members of its medical staff during National Doctors Day. They gave a special thanks to outstanding physicians who show they C.A.R.E. for the Pine Belt every day!

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COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Alan and Melinda Lucas, Tom Mabry

Suzanne Stroud, Sheila Varnado, Betty Shelman

Ashlin and Josh Grant, Anitta and David Johnson

Hoppy Cole, Bernard Green

Cindy and Hoppy Cole, Janet Mitchell

Glenn Galey, Tocarra and Stan Causey

Helping hands Dawn Beam, Melinda Lucas

T Kathy and Lance Williams, David and Anitta Johnson

he Greater PineBelt Community Foundation held its Partner Appreciation Dinner at Southern Oaks. On hand were community leaders who help support the foundation. During 2011, the group disbursed more than $1 million in grants to non-profit organizations and charitable causes.

Kristi Pierce, Benny Waddle

Ike Armour, Ralph Simmons

Martha Yelverton, Garland Sullivan

Mark Campbell, Stephanie Stanford

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Rebecca and Josh Geiger

Lucy Parkman, Caroline Nurkin

Sharon Miles, Jim E. Swaggard

James and Martha Yelverton

Lynda Langton, Claire Corenett

Ted and Barbara Alexander


Allison and Dinah Dueitt

Carol Abraham, Martha Dearman

Ivey and Millie Swan

Sitting pretty

DEBUTANTE ASSOC. LUNCH

Alexandra Knopp, Anne Gammill, Anna Beth Higginbotham, Mary Allison Campbell, Meredith Lucas

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embers of the Hattiesburg Debutante Society recently held a luncheon and business meeting for new members at the Hattiesburg Country Club. New members will be presented during a special event in December.

Carson and Chris Cain

Heather and Alexandra Knopp

Taylor Herring, Anne Morgan Banquer, Taylor Rigney

Joanna and Lisa Bushardt

Madeline Campbell, Ivey Swan

Sherridan Dagg, Tiffany Smith, Teresa Smith, Nora Dagg

Mary Allison, Beth and Madeline Campbell

Kate and Laurie Stetelman, Joanna Bushardt

Julie and Temple Hughes

Pam and Larri Hall

Kaz and Karen Zumbro, Brenda Parker, Jillian and Donna Whittle, Rachel Parker

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FGH VOLUNTEER LUNCHEON

Voluntary thank you

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orrest General hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at which time it recognized the hospital’s more than 175 long-term, community, and studentbased volunteers. The volunteers donated more than 45,000 hours of time and service. National Volunteer Week offers an opportunity each year to recognize and celebrate the hospital’s volunteers for their loyalty and dedication.

FGH Volunteers

Joan Slay, Mack and Dot Kitchens, Martha Puckett

WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS

Diane Daughdrill, Ken and Sissy Roberts

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Angela Davis-Morris, Jane Kingsafer

Tom and Susan Light

FGH Volunteers

Marie Sykes, Barbra Brown, Daniel and Kathy Newell, Ines Flanders

Jennifer Clark, Bethanne Dufour, Allison Neville

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t a gathering of the Women Business Owners of the Pine Belt, members were treated to an evening of dessert and a presentation about gems and jewelry by Tom Light, C.G.A. at Light's Jewelers. This is a free networking organization of women who own their own businesses. Monthly meetings and special gatherings are held to support and promote awareness of women business owners and their businesses.

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Kathy Cook, Jennifer Massey, Jennifer Clark


Dasha Cowart, Allison Spangler, Mallory Blakeslee

Carl and Denise Van Coppenhagen

Ginger Collins, Michael Keehan

NEW SOUTH WINE EXPO

Brett and Yvonne McKenzie

Nectar of the gods

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he 8th Annual New South Wine Expo hosted by Purple Parrot Cafe was held at Odd Fellows Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg this year. Guests had the opportunity to sample more than 100 wines from 35 wineries in 4 states and 9 countries. Hors d/oeuvres were also served.

Denise Van Copenhagen, Misty Farris

JL Culpepper, Becky Montague, Charles Price, Virginia Culpepper, Doug Montague

Linda and Stuart Gates, Linda Smith

Lindsay Carr, Kristen Frierson

Kathy Kaufman, Melissa Lang

Riley Pittman, Chase Jordan

Fred and Bonnie Dews, Dr. Jeff Hartwig, Kristen Birson, Karen and Bill Peters

Jordan Whittle, Brett Montague

Susie Walters, Lola Patrick

Heather Underwood, Matt Garinger

Jonathan & Brandy Easterling

Sara Findley, Jane Kingsafer, Christina Sistrunk

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ROOTS REUNION

Good music

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or more than 10 years, the Roots Reunion Show, a live concert featuring local and regional musicians performing American Roots music, has been held in conjunction with the Saenger Theatre, Mississippi Humanities Council, Southern Miss Radio and sponsors. This year’s show coincided with the annual downtown ArtWalk.

Franklin and Dutchie Bryant

Mike and Lynda Patten

Clark Little, Kasey and Rachel Taggart, Roland Mitchener, Michael Simmons, Kelsey and Neil Rogers

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Sophia Stewart, Bobbie Nowak, Sydnia Cuccia

Elton and Anne Graham

Bob and Linda Brown

Becky Woodham, Janette Geddie, Merle Coats

Sherie, Kennedy and Julius McCulum

Dan and Pat Shields, Liz and Howard Fromkin

Tyler Turner, Katelyn Salley, Audrey Sollie, Dan Roberts

Kristi Bruister, Christine Boehmer

Sue Williams, Dorothy and Bobby Fennell

Chuck Stewart, John Cuccia


Brandy Fairley, Margie Hancock

Brooke and Barry Bowden, Blake Reid

Margaret Kendrick, Deanna & Allison Gardner

Mudbug fun!

LAUGHTER & LAGNIAPPE

Bob and Michelle Palmer, Don Monroe

T Nadine Coleman, Libby Everett, Robin Rector

he Petal Education Foundation sponsored its annual fundraiser, Laughter and Lagniappe at the Petal Civic Center. The event included a meal of crawfish, potatoes and corn or chicken strips for the noncrawfish eaters. There was also a live auction. Bob Palmer served as emcee, while Don Monroe worked the crowd as auctioneer.

Charley Tynes, Jennifer Martin, Brooklee Lightsey, Georgia Shows

Dolores Fairley, Donnie Walker Linda and Jerry Simon, Chance Cullifer The Cooks – Tyler Cedotal, Will Lindsey, Jonathan and Raymond Kitchens, Bill Browning

Renee Evans, Janese Kitchens

Whitley Tassin

Laura Hanson

Christi Oswalt

Lily Anderson, Sarah Rector

Logan Cofield, Kylie Harrell

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PARTNERS FOR ARTS

Ella and Aubrey Lucas

JP and Virginia Culpepper, Bebe McLeod, Georgie McMullan

Linda Boutwell Griffith, Jennifer Payne, Anita Wright

A USM welcome

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r. Martha Saunders and husband, Joe Bailey, hosted a membership reception for Partners for the Arts patrons. Encore is the designation for the group’s 15th year as they continue to support USM’s deptartments of art and design, theatre, dance and music.

Larry and Linda Smith

Buff and Anita Blount

Ashton and Janeil Dukes

Traci Stover, Jennifer Torres

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Markus Jones, Meg Jones

Bitsy Browne Miller, Wendy Farrell

Tom Price, Ben Carmichael


Ella Lucas, Kimberley Davis

Conrad Welker, Donna Runner, Bill McLeod

Suzanne Rofford, Sandry Bendy, Vicki Copeland, Barbara Ross

Conrad Welker, Dr. Martha Saunders

Amy Smith, Larry Best, Kory Chatelain

Marcia and Lewis Maynard

Virginia and Joe Tatum

Charlie and Dr. Ron Graham

Dr. Martha Saunders, Burn and Martha Ann Curry

Jean Wiesenburg, Iris Easterling

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DOWNTOWN CRAWFISH JAM

Jennifer Bishop, Debi Davenport, Monicah Brumfield, Elizabeth Nutt, Bethany Pickering

Stephen Worrel, Kevin Meyers, Kayla Russo

Ruan Soule, Randi Simmons

Heath and Amanda Skinner

Jennifer Bishop,Mike Wittman

Fun in the park

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he 14th Annual Downtown Crawfish Jam, sponsored by the Historic Hattiesburg Neighborhood Assoc., was held on the grounds of the Walthall Center at Walthall Park. The day included good food and a great musical lineup, which included The Remnants, Wes Lee, King Friday, Voodoo Kings and Soul Rebels.

Jerry, Avery, Judy, Addison, Jana-Lea, Harper and Jeremy Joyce

Cleo Lynch, Charlene Green

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Sammy Carver, Mike McElroy, Michelle Mayers, Joe Bishop, Bart Jones

Danielle Manning, Christina Perazio, Holly Lykens

Amanda Skinner, Angela and Shawn Myrick


Sumner Baggett, Jeri and Daniel Krebs, Aaron Robinson

Alia Elkhatib, Maddie Campions

Krystal Willis, Courtney Hodge, Edgar Vasquez

Caroline and Amy Harris, Seth, Mazzei and Shasta Miles Sarah Cockrell, Joseph Gadilhe

Norman, Alaynna and Adrienne Patterson, Coral and Silas Farrell

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