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APRIL 2014

Celebrate

Local Art & Music Look inside for the official guide to the

DOUBLE DECKER

ARTS FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY C SPIRE


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Oxford’s Newest Family Development In Town! $275,000-$425,000 4 acre park, bike/walk path to the square, close knit community association & a community swimming pool coming!

Brand new construction! Come check out these private community lake lots. Features include granite counter tops in kitchen and bath, stainless steel appliances, hand scraped floors, fireplace, crown molding, walk-in closets, and two car garages. Three lots to choose from with multiple floor plans for you to customize. Experience the beauty and serenity of Tuscan Hills, just 5 minutes from downtown Oxford!

Steeplechase is back! $349,000 - $1.5million++ All lots at Least 1.5 acres. Come pick your lot & floor plan today or build a custom home. Strict architecture covenants and community lake.

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Downtown Remodel

The Highlands

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Tuscan Hills

Outdoor Kitchens

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Magnolia Monte ss ori presents

S p r i n g i n t o Au c t i o n Bloom and Grow Fundraiser

You are cordially invited to an evening of entertainment: April 11, 2014 at seven o’clock in the evening at The Power House 413 South 14th Street • Oxford, Mississippi 38655 Music, live and silent auctions, cocktails & hors d’oeuvres. Tickets: $40 in advance, $50 at the door (includes two cocktails) for tickets/information please contact: parentsmm@gmail.com

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IN THIS ISSUE APRIL 2014

APRIL 2014

FEATURES 52 Changes in Latitude

Celebrate

Local Art & Music Look inside for the official guide to the

DOUBLE DECKER

ARTS FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY C SPIRE

DOUBLE DECKER POSTER COVER ART BY MELANIE MUNNS

Artist Lucius Lamar celebrates his move home from the West Coast with a new show at Southside Gallery this month.

70 Don’t Touch That Dial Oxford’s first radio station, WSUH, was on the air from 1955 to the 1990s, and it gave residents many reasons to tune in.

84 Village Vintner Home winemaker Terry Lee Morris loves sharing his hobby with friends.

96 House Music Thacker Mountain Radio’s house band, the Yalobushwackers, is one of Oxford’s most beloved and evolving groups.

59 EVENTS

40 The Fab 5

These five up-and-coming Oxford artists – Frank Estrada (pictured), Melanie Munns, Mike Satterfield, Kevin Waddell and Adrienne Brown-David – are making their mark, and they’re doing so with acrylics, canvas, ink, clay and wood.

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Feed the Hunger Pack-A-Thon A Night in Paris RebelTHON Dance Marathon St. Peter’s Mardi Gras Parade Boy Scout Council Breakfast Law School Masquerade Ball FCA Breakfast OHS Community Open House Tallahatchie Beauty Review Good Food Family Night Taste of Young Life Strut Your Mutt Run for Hope Half Marathon LHS Reality Fair


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Guest Letter From Visit Oxford What’s Happening April Contributors Pets of the Month In Season: Eggs Kids Page/Out and About I Am Oxford: Darryl Parker

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GUEST LETTER

Visit Oxford Director Invitation Oxford is thrilled to partner with Visit Oxford and present the 2014 Double Decker Arts Festival presented by C Spire insert guide with maps, music line-ups and more. This month, we’ve invited Mary Allyn Hedges, director of Visit Oxford, to tell you more about the festival.

PUBLISHER Rachel Malone West EDITOR Phil West DIRECTOR OF ADVERTISING Cindy Semmes MANAGING EDITOR Sonia Thompson

The Double Decker Arts Festival presented by C Spire is the highlight of the spring season for Oxford residents and University of Mississippi students. It also attracts many visitors to our charming Square each year. The festival is quintessentially Oxford, encompassing arts, music and food, and it brings our community together. Double Decker has grown tremendously since its inception in 1996. Nineteen years ago, it was just a few local art vendors and musicians performing on the bed of a pickup truck. I’ve been proud to both watch and foster Double Decker’s growth. I first joined the Oxford Tourism Council, now Visit Oxford, and the Double Decker Arts Festival team in 2008, and I have seen the festival become what it is today. Now it attracts more than 50,000 people from all over the region and offers 150 local and regional art vendors, local food vendors, a children’s Square Fair area and two days of great music. This year, Oxford’s beloved Thacker Mountain Radio kicks off the Double Decker Arts Festival presented by C Spire weekend on April 25 with musical acts preceding and following the show. On April 26, music begins at 10 a.m. Artists and food vendors set up from 10 a.m-5 p.m., and the day is finished out Saturday evening with headliners Preservation Hall Jazz Band at 7 p.m. and Charles Bradley at 8:45 p.m. Inside this issue, you’ll find a complete festival guide and map including a list of art vendors, local food vendors and the entire music lineup. Tear it out, take it with you, and enjoy everything during the weekend. I am fortunate to be a part of something so special that truly tells Oxford’s story. What an incredible way to showcase Oxford and everything our great town has to offer.

ASSOCIATE MANAGING EDITOR Emily Welly EDITORIAL DESIGN Emily R. Suber, Hallie M. Thomas STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Joe Worthem ADVERTISING CONSULTANTS Alise M. Emerson, Sheena Hagemann, Leigh Lowery, Lynn McElreath, Mary Moreton, Moni Simpson AD DESIGN Rebecca Bailey, Zach Fields, Paul Gandy CONTRIBUTORS Caitlin Adams, Joey Brent, Leslie Brooks, Meaghin Burke, Stella Connell, Melanie Crownover, Caroline Beffa Franks, Deborah Freeland, Mabus Photography, Megan Marascalco, Tom Speed, Ann-Marie Wyatt OFFICE MANAGER Hollie Hilliard COPY EDITOR Linda Jansen, Kate Johnson DISTRIBUTION Donald Courtney, Brian Hilliard ADVERTISING INFORMATION (662) 701-8070 ads@invitationoxford.com MAIN OFFICE (662) 234-4008 To subscribe to one year (10 issues) of Invitation Oxford, send payment of $50 to: P.O. Box 776, Oxford, MS 38655 or visit invitationoxford.com to pay online. To request a photographer at your event, to obtain a copy of an event photo or to purchase an announcement, email Emily at emilysuber.invitationoxford@gmail.com.

PLEASE RECYCLE THIS MAGAZINE

MARY ALLYN HEDGES, VISIT OXFORD DIRECTOR

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Spring, a time for renewal, new life.... why not welcome the season in a new home! Oxford Condominiums

408 Andalusia

4Bed/3.5Bath Attention to all details! This charming home has everything you want with maintenance-free living.

Cross Creek

One of Oxford’s best kept secrets! Very conveniently located and several great new plans to be built to your liking.

908 Highpointe 4Bed/4Bath Great deal in Highpointe! This condo is in great condition and features 3 bedrooms with 3 baths.

612 Centerpointe

4Bed/4.5Bath Beautiful Craftsman style home in popular Northpointe Subdivision. Inviting fireplace with exposed brick and open entertaining plan.

401 Bickerstaff #10 3Bed/3Bath You will not get closer to the Ole Miss campus in such a well planned condominium!

13 CR (Levee Road) 3Bed/1.5Bath Charming cottage located on a tree covered lot with a convenient location. Great investment property!

stonebridge

3Bed/2Bath Such a well planned community of carefree living. Units are selling as quickly as they are built.

300 Winner’s Circle

4Bed/3.5Bath Steeplechase is the location of this soon to be constructed dream home.

708 Ridgewood Manor

4 Bed/ 2.5 Bath Southern charm at it’s best! Close to parks, schools, and downtown!

313 Fox hollow cove

4Bed/3Bath Taylor-Greene is the location for this well-planned home. So many great features!

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Grandiose southern estate home located in Wellsgate subdivision. This home has it all!

18007 Country wood Cove

Splendid home on a quiet cul-de-sac in Wellsgate! This home has a pool, beautiful kitchen! Everything you want!

810 Brentwood Cove

Mature Crepe Myrtles line the entrance to this private estate home complete with a pool!

236 St. Andrews Circle

You have waited for this address! Absolutely wonderful neighborhood!

1605 Jackson Ave #4 4 Bed/3.5 Bath Just a minutes’ walk to the SQUARE!!

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5Bed/3Bath Space galore! This home was built by the builder for his family to reside-well done!

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Drs. Glenn Hunt, Julie Harper & Greg Patton

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McEwen’s proudly introduces our new Executive Chef, Dustin Little Come enjoy our new spring menus featuring original creations made from the finest ingredients

Reservations call (662)234-7003 or visit www.mcewensoxford.com

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what’s happening April

A sampling of important, fun and interesting events in our area. For more events, visit facebook.com/invitationoxford.

Saturday April.19.2014 APRIL

25 & 26.2014

19th Annual

Castlehill Resort 12-6pm General Admission : $45 VIP : $85

MUSIC LINEUP

Friday, April 25

6:00pm Rosco Bandana 7:00pm Thacker Mountain Radio 8:00pm The Bo-Keys CAMPUS CREEK CANNON MOTORS DOMINO’S PIZZA DOUBLE DECKER WINES HAMPTON INN-WEST HAMPTON INNCONFERENCE CENTER

TOWNEPLACE SUITES

(coming summer 2014)

THE GIN BOUTIQUE HOTEL & SPA (coming soon)

HOTTYTODDY.COM HUGHES BROWN PLLC JONES AT HOME PLLC

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS

10:00am 11:30am 1:00pm 2:30pm 4:00pm 5:30pm 7:00pm 8:45pm

REGIONS THE OXFORD EAGLE OXFORD URGENT CARE YOKNAPATAWPHA ARTS COUNCIL ZERK WILSON GOLF CARS TRUSTMARK BANK

Morgan Pennington Garry Burnside Dent May T-Bird and The Breaks The Infamous Stringdusters The Wild Feathers Preservation Hall Jazz Band Charles Bradley

Free All Weekend! THE

ART AND GARDEN SHOWS Through Aug. 2 H.C . Porter’s Blues @ Home at the University of Mississippi Museum Blues @ Home is H.C. Porter’s collection of 30 portrait paintings of Mississippi living blues legends. The paintings are paired with oral histories that give insight into the storied lives of the legends. The show’s opening reception is 7-9 p.m. April 3. The UM Museum is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Through Aug. 9 The Figure: Portrait and Bronze Works by Tom Corbin at the University of Mississippi Museum Inspired by the iconography of youth, whimsy and nostalgia, Corbin’s work includes bronze sculptures and paintings, with the female figure being his primary muse. The UM Museum is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

April 4-5 New Albany Home and Garden Show The Union County Master Gardeners sponsor their sixthannual Home and Garden Show, Wings into Spring, which includes horticulture speakers; demonstrations; and plant, yard art, lawn furniture, and garden equipment vendors. 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. April 4 and 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 5 Union County Fairgrounds, 112 Fairgrounds Circle, New Albany, Miss. 662-316-0088 or newalbanygardening.com

April 11-13

City of Oxford

800.758.9177

Purchase tickets today @oxfordbeerfest.com (tickets can also be purchased at Bikini Beer, Irie, or Joe’s Craft Beer)

April 1

Oxford’s Got Talent The talent show, designed to highlight the diverse talents of members of the community, will include dance, music and singing. 7 p.m., the Powerhouse

April 3 Miss-i-sippin’ Food & Beer Pairing The sixth-annual food and beer pairing event supports the programs of the University of Mississippi Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management at the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. 7-9 p.m., the Powerhouse oxfordarts.com for tickets

April 3, 10, 17 and 25

April 11-12 Oxford Downtown Council Spring Open House Enjoy a free Friday night concert by the George McConnell Artistic Duo and a Saturday Easter egg hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny and an egg-decoration station. All events will be held on the courthouse lawn. 6-8 p.m. Friday, McConnell Concert 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Saturday, Easter activities

April 19 Oxford Craft Beer Festival Sample from a selection of more than 140 craft beers, enjoy beer and food pairings by local chefs and experience a Southeastern Conference pizza bake-off. 12-6 p.m., Castle Hill Resort, oxfordbeerfest.com

Thacker Mountain Radio

April 25-26

Thacker Mountain Radio is a live show of music and literary readings performed in an old-time radio-hour style. The April 25 show will be held in conjunction with Double Decker on an outdoor stage. 6 p.m., Off Square Books, thackermountain.com

Double Decker Arts Festival

April 9 Prophets of Funk by David Dorfman Dance Prophets of Funk celebrates the music of 1970s funk-rock stars Sly and the Family Stone. Tickets $33. 7 p.m., the Ford Center, fordcenter.org

April 11

The Holly Springs Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Holly Springs Garden Club, includes tours of five antebellum homes, two museums and three churches. Tickets $25. 662-252-4015 or hollyspringspilgrimage.com

Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy Fourth-Annual Legacy Awards

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DOUBLEDECKERFESTIVAL.COM

10:00-11:30 a.m. only

Over 140 Craft Beers to Sample | Home Brew Sampling Food & Beer Pairings | Live Music | Food Vendors | Art & Crafts Meet Brewmasters, Chefs, Pizza-makers and more Free food samples | Free Parking

FESTIVALS, FUNDRAISERS, LITERATURE, MUSIC AND MORE

76th-Annual Holly Springs Pilgrimage

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Early Bird : $25

Saturday, April 26

SPONSORED BY

The Legacy Award recognizes individuals who exemplify the Ole Miss Women’s Council’s goals of leadership, mentorship and philanthropy. Donna and Jim Barksdale of Jackson, Miss., are this year’s recipients. Tickets are $125 and benefit the Women’s Council. 662-915-2384 or olemissalumni.com/events

Oxford’s 19th-annual Double Decker Arts Festival features more than 200 art and food vendors and a mix of both local and touring musicians. doubledeckerfestival.com

April 27 Gospel Choir Showcase Gospel choirs from around the state perform to benefit Good Food for Oxford Schools. 3 p.m., City Hall steps

April 28 Ellen Gilchrist Signs Acts of God Writer Ellen Gilchrist, winner of the National Book Award, signs her new short story collection, Acts of God. The book follows 11 scenarios in which people dealing with forces beyond their control somehow manage to survive, persevere and even triumph. 5 p.m., Off Square Books, squarebooks.com


Sounds of St age and Screen STARRING MARY HASKELL AND FRIENDS

April 12

Sounds of Stage and Screen Starring Mary Haskell and Friends is a musical journey featuring selections from the best of Broadway and film. The show benefits the Ole Miss Women’s Council and the Ford Center endowments. Haskell will be joined by film, television and Broadway star Marilu Henner, New York actress and singer Mary Lane Haskell, the Mississippi Delta’s Buford Family and Tupelo native and star of The Lawrence Welk Show Guy Hovis. Haskell, a former Miss Mississippi and a University of Mississippi alumna, has performed at the Kennedy Center, the White House and the Prague Symphony Orchestra and has had leads in such regional stage performances as Hello, Dolly!, The Light in the Piazza and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. The show is 7 p.m. April 12 at the Ford Center. Call 662-915-7411 or visit fordcenter .org/tickets for more information.

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Oxford University School 30 Years of Educational Excellence

Enrolling now for the 2014-2015 school year

Oxford University School • 662-234-2200 • www.ouschool.org 200 OUS DRIVE • Oxford, ms 38655

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APRIL INVITATION Oxford

CONTRIBUTORS

Caitlin Adams Caitlin Adams is a native of Columbia, Mo., but now calls Oxford home. She attended the University of Mississippi where she graduated with a degree in journalism and earned a Taylor Medal from the Meek School of Journalism and New Media. She is an avid traveler and has lived in New York City and New Castle, England. She recently moved back to Oxford from Dallas where she wrote columns for D Magazine and covered business, real estate and retail for People Newspapers. Finger painting is the extent of her artistic abilities, but she enjoyed peeking into the Oxford art scene in this issues’ The Fab 5.

Tom Speed Tom Speed is a freelance magazine writer, amateur kazooist and peanut butter aficionado. He was co-founder of the music magazine Honest Tune, and is a contributor to Blurt, Delta, Living Blues and Paste magazines, among others. His profile of Jimbo Mathus, The Education of Captain Catfish, was recently included in the anthology, That Devil Music: Best Rock Writing of 2014 by Anthem Publishing. He is the Yalobushwackers’ #3 fan.  April 2014 | INVITATION OXFORD

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Tri-Lakes Behavioral Health Center is a 57-bed acute, inpatient psychiatric facility that specializes in the stabilization of psychiatric emergencies for Adults (18-64) and Seniors (65 and up). Additionally, the center has emergency medical detoxification services for the patient in the early stages of chemical dependency treatment.

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photographed by Leslie Brooks

events Feed the Hunger Pack-A-Thon View more event photos @ facebook.com/invitationoxford.

A Feed the Hunger Pack-A-Thon was held Feb. 28 and March 1 at the Jackson Avenue Center. Feed the Hunger is a children’s outreach program that feeds starving children all over the world by packing food to send to underprivileged countries.

Ashley Shows with Katherine, Blake and Meriweather Jacob

Caleb Fox, Jim Gurley, Price and Dalton Johnson with Melinda Staples

James Burnett and Wells Prather

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Casey Hice, Caitlin Miclot, Mary Katherine Perry and Kate Redding

Jessica Bunch, Mary Bunch and Mason Watkins

Vincent Lendoiro, Stephen Stemlau, Jon Polizzi and Connor Newton

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Joey Ripplinger, Will Rogers and William Mercier

Walker Benz, Ben Frazer, Robert Cassidy, Stirling Tighe and Christian Cornell

Kaitlin and Karen Bachmeyer with Melinda Staples

Richard, Linda and Rob Coleman


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events A Night in Paris View more event photos @ facebook.com/invitationoxford.

A Night in Paris, a daddy-daughter date night sponsored by Chick-fil-A, was held Feb. 19 and 20 at the Powerhouse. The evening featured Parisian decorations, and some of the girls wore tiaras and princess dresses.

Sarah Grace, Christopher and Isabella Cummins

Rylen, Jeff and Rowan Huffington

Kate and Trey Eakins

Mary Charles and Brandon Beckett

Gabrielle, Mariah, Alice and Johnathan Millican

Becca, John and Lizzie Chapman

Juliana and Lance Felker

Scott Paul and Mary Rhodes Manley with Calloway and Ryan Toms

Sterling and Bryan Pittman

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Zoe and Tim Wilson

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Joel and Annabelle Amidon

Sarah and Stacy Harmon

Grace and Chris Gatlin


photographed by Joe Worthem

Dan, Ellie and Maddie Grace Lowery with Mike and Carlisle Tatum

Erica Sketch with Kailey and Mike Gooch

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photographed by Leslie Brooks

events RebelTHON Dance Marathon

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View more event photos @ facebook.com/invitationoxford.

The RebelTHON dance marathon was held Feb. 22 at the Jackson Avenue Center. More than 400 University of Mississippi students danced from noon until midnight to raise more than $30,000 for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis.

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Maggie Hall and Kirstie Montgomery

Samantha McBryde, Katie Cook, Claire Reid and Maggie Hall

Joanna Wu and Becca Brock

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Kelli Coleman, Alane Parris and Alexa Rowane

Jenna Spegele, Mike Townsend and Kerstin Glaess

Madi Cristina, Ashley Maiolatesi and Derek Francis

Austin Powell and John Brahan

Victoria Frame, Hannah Katherine Herrin and Jordan Smith

Osasu Adah and Elizabeth Rustom

Mackenzie Hicks and Amber Smith

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photographed by Leslie Brooks

events RebelTHON Dance Marathon

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View more event photos @ facebook.com/invitationoxford.

Ashley Farmer, Ruth Zegel and Caroline France

Savannah Scott and Makel Hutchins

Alexis Pannell, Shelby Chambliss and Caroline Willcoxon

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Abbey Greer, Katherine McPherson and Lucy Steis

Daven Aldrich, Bradshaw Hammond, Austin Wheeler, Emily Chew and Jamie Hill

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Pooja Chawla, Mary Martin and Emma Jablonski

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St. Peter’s Episcopal Church held its annual Mardi Gras parade March 4 around the Square. The parade was followed by a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper at the church.

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The Fab These five up-and-coming Oxford artists are making their mark, and they’re doing so with acrylics, canvas, ink, clay and wood. by Caitlin Adams photographed by Joe Worthem

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Melanie Munns

Melanie Munns is a storyteller, but her narratives are not told with words. Her tales are told with acrylic, watercolor and sculpting clay. “I like to manipulate reality and create my own world and stories,” she said. The Florida native and University of Mississippi Master of Fine Arts graduate spends her days as special-project manager at the University Museum, but she moonlights as a painter and sculptor from her home’s spare bedroom. Her small studio means smaller pieces, but she uses the restrictions as a challenge. “People think good art is big art, but that’s not always the case,” Munns said. What her work lacks in size, it makes up for with intricate details. Her pieces, chock-full of distorted features, comical influences and bold colors, walk the line between realistic and imaginative. “They’re humorous, but in a creepy way,” she said, laughing. Munns’ art may be small in size, but it’s making a big dent in the Oxford art community. Her inventive ideas have landed shows at the Powerhouse, and most recently, she was tapped to design this year’s Double Decker poster. Her original illustration, featuring Oxford icons as balloons, is her playful take on the annual festival. It’s a break from her dark, mystical style, but the idea of selling a piece to the masses makes the hiatus worth it. “Art should be fun, and it should be for everyone,” she said. Visit melaniemunns.com for more information. April 2014 | INVITATION OXFORD

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Frank Estrada

Printmaking was merely a core class Frank Estrada took in pursuit of a degree in graphic design, but that one class managed to make an imprint on his life. “After I took that one class I fell in love with it, and everything changed,” he said. Estrada quickly switched paths, and three years later he graduated from the University of Mississippi with bachelor’s degrees in printmaking and sociology. Today, his spare bedroom doubles as his atelier, housing an etching press, chisels and stacks of cotton paper. The Memphis native’s craft goes beyond a basic T-shirt design. He uses a traditional woodcut process in which he hand-carves an image onto a woodblock and transfers that design onto paper with his signature blackand-white ink. It’s a lengthy process, but it’s the manual technique that piqued his interest years ago. “Somehow I just love the feeling of grabbing the tools and creating the image with my hands,” he said. “There’s no going back, and there’s no erasing.” Estrada uses his craft to pay homage to cultural icons – think B.B. King and Elvis – but his intricate prints are also a catalyst for social change. His pieces explore sociological issues such as race, gender and urban decay. “I’m pretty sure my point of view stirs up a little controversy,” he said. “It is what it is.” Visit frankestradaart.com for more information.

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Kevin Waddell

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In this age of Ikea and online shopping, Kevin Waddell’s handcrafted, custom furniture teems with character and history. His pieces are works of art, but they serve as much more than decorative accents. “I want people spilling spaghetti sauce and not worrying if their kid gets crayons on it,” he said. Whether a buffet, coffee table or rose arbor, each piece is functional and made for the realities of day-to-day life. It’s a sentiment that starts in his home. His own family’s dining table, an anniversary gift he made for his wife, bears scuffs and grape juice stains, and it serves as a visual time capsule of family dinners and toddler playtime. “It’s not so precious that you can’t hit it with a vacuum cleaner,” he said. This summer marks the fourth year that Waddell has operated his studio, Taylor Custom Furniture, in Taylor, Miss. His pieces, identified by clean lines and geometric shapes, rely on the natural beauty of wood. “If you’re using really beautiful things, the craftsmanship is subtle and you can concentrate on the details,” he said. His designs are everywhere, from local living rooms to the staircases in the Southern Living Idea House, but his latest project, a one-of-a-kind play kitchen for his daughter, strikes a personal chord. “I’ve even found an old faucet to stick on there,” he said with a grin. “She’ll love it.” Visit taylorcustomfurniture.com for more information.

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Adrienne Brown-David

Adrienne Brown-David doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t sketching. As a toddler, her grandmother saved paper grocery bags and panty hose inserts so she could put her crayons to work. At 3 years old, Brown-David drew a helicopter that was more realistic than most adults could ever create. At 14 years old, she had her first art show. “It’s always something I’ve done,” she said. “I can’t remember not drawing.” Years later, not much has changed. The mother of four spends her evenings sprawled out on her living room floor drawing, but she’s traded paper bags for a sketch pad and Sharpie. Her latest series, Tiny Houses, came about from a happy accident. A single sketch, inspired by the favelas, or shanty towns, in Brazil, paved the way for an entire collection that will debut this spring on the walls of City Grocery and Bouré. A step away from the large, mixed-media portraits Brown-David once painted, these small sketches are a clustered, residential version of I Spy – full of clotheslines, front porches and chimneys. “It’s like if the suburbs are crammed on a mountainside somewhere,” she said. Brown-David draws inspiration from local homes and the dwellings she encountered during her time living on the Virgin Islands, and no two of her miniscule houses are alike. “Everything is off the top of my head,” she said. “There’s no shape in mind, sketch or ruler.” Visit adriennebrown-david.com for more information.

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Michael Satterfield

Michael Satterfield, owner and founder of Satterfield’s Pottery, molds each piece of his pottery by hand, but he often gets help from a pint-sized apprentice: his 5-year-old daughter, Presley. The daddy-daughter time is his way of making the business a family affair. “She’ll put the glaze on, and I’ll touch it up,” he said. “She likes to get out there and help.” Whether they’re making a chicken cooker glazed in pistachio green or a “gumbo brown” tea pitcher, the duo enjoys creating together. Their small team recently grew, as Satterfield is teaching his brother, Scott, the trade. What started as a labor of love based in the cramped quarters of his garage has morphed into a booming business, and Satterfield’s latest endeavor brings everything together under one roof. Satterfield is in the process of remodeling an old stable barn into a hybrid space that will serve as his studio, gallery and loft. The renovation of the rustic barn is another way Satterfield’s business is all in the family. The interior wood hails from his grandfather’s farm, and the boards for the planned porch are from the Delta farm on which Satterfield grew up. The potter imagines a future in which purchasing a piece from his gallery becomes not only a transaction but also an experience. “This barn is the start of that dream,” he said. Visit facebook.com/SatterfieldPotttery [sic] for more information.

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PICNIC for a cause

Looking for a place to sit and eat during the Double Decker Arts Festival? Try the Oxford Downtown Council picnic area on the north lawn of the courthouse. The color足 ful tables, decorated by local artists, are not only a nice place to rest but also were created for a good cause. The Downtown Council will sell raffle tickets for one of the tables, and proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of North Mississippi.

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CHANGES IN

Latitude

Artist Lucius Lamar has returned to Mississippi and his most recent work was inspired by the landscape of his home state. by Stella Connell

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portrait by Anne Etheridge


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fter 20 years on the West Coast, Lucius Lamar has returned to Oxford, bringing his flair for life and his grounded sensibility regarding his surroundings and their influence on his art. Lamar shares his perspective this month when Southside Gallery opens Power Lines, a collection of landscapes created last winter at his home in Taylor, Miss. A native of Oxford and a graduate of the University of Mississippi, Lamar studied under the guidance of local artists such as Jere H. Allen and Lisa Howorth. “My first painting was with Lisa on one of [her husband] Richard’s T-shirts with my mother’s nail polish,” he said. “My second painting was a little more ambitious; it was an oil self-portrait. The nose is hilarious because it’s so awful. It was not my best work, but I had a ball doing it.” The son of former Oxford mayor Pat Lamar, he said that his mother’s love of art and music had a great influence on him. “We had a lot of interesting art in our home,” he said. “I remember the tactile quality of Theora Hamblett’s use of pointillism, William Baggett’s surreal use of watercolor,

Clementine Hunter’s depiction of the everyday, and how Eudora Welty’s photographs capture the past. We had a cool Warhol, and his graphic sensibility appealed to me. The exposure was very diverse. Art history is how I got a grasp on world history. I learned that first and was always able to relate what was going on to the art of the period.” Lamar said he gravitated toward creative outlets early on. “Writing, playing instruments and designing were all regular activities for me as a kid,” he said. “Being the youngest, I was on my own a good bit. Faulkner’s Woods, near our home, was my studio; that is where my interest in plein air painting began. The way the light sprinkles across the ground, the sounds of the birds and wind rustling, the smells, the motion of it all are all what I try to document.” Upon leaving Mississippi for California, Lamar attended UCLA, where he earned a degree in environmental design, which gave him the training necessary to launch Carina International, where he designed and produced housewares for merchants such as Target and Walmart.

“For me, it’s all about basic, good design, function and beauty, however you realize that in your life,” he said. “We designed everything in the human environment; everything from lighting to unique floor patterns was on the plate every day.” Lamar’s paintings and designs have shown in a gallery on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Calif., the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the New Wight Gallery in Los Angeles. Power Lines will feature oil-oncanvas landscapes inspired by his time in Taylor. “Out in a field, where I like to paint, there is a whole world going about its daily business of surviving,” he said. “I feel pleasantly connected to that struggle. It’s like a personal symphony. We are living out loud, yet it’s riotous in all the quiet.  I’m looking at the beauty that’s around me. I’m seeing beauty in things we normally dismiss or omit. There are some gorgeous silvery power lines running through my landscapes of Taylor. That’s a nod at how we are all connected to each other and to the land.” View Power Lines at Southside Gallery April 1-26. April 2014 | INVITATION OXFORD

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The Yocona Area Boy Scout Council breakfast was held March 3 at the Oxford Conference Center. University of Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze was the keynote speaker, and the event was hosted by FNC.

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events Law School Masquerade Ball View more event photos @ facebook.com/invitationoxford.

The University of Mississippi School of Law held its annual masquerade ball Feb. 22 at the Lyric to benefit its pro bono initiative. The program allows students to volunteer for a variety of pro bono experiences in family law, housing, wills and estates and taxation.

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The University of Mississippi chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes held a breakfast Feb. 22 at the Manning Center. Football coaches Bobby Bowden and Hugh Freeze were the guest speakers. The event benefits FCA.

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Oxford High School held a community open house and dedication ceremony for its new building Feb. 18. The new campus includes larger classrooms, a collaborative learning environment, two-story classroom wings, an outdoor amphitheater and a new gymnasium.

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The sixth-annual Tallahatchie Oxford Beauty Review for junior high and high school girls was held March 1 at the Tallahatchie Oxford building on Highway 334 and was sponsored by the Tallahatchie Oxford Women’s Auxiliary.

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IN SEASON Eggs recipes by Julie Cantrell

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lmost anyone who has tasted farmfresh eggs prefers them to store-bought. Julie Cantrell, owner of Valley House Farm in the Yocona River Valley near Oxford, falls into that category. “Our family has raised hens for about six years, so we have not bought eggs from a store in a long time,” Cantrell said. “There’s something magical about hearing the rooster crow and opening the hatch each day to discover a fresh batch of eggs. I hope I’ve taught my children to appreciate where their food comes from.” Many of Cantrell’s favorite recipes make good use of her hens’ bounty. “This custard recipe is an old-fashioned standard that came straight from my grandmother’s kitchen,” she said. “Nothing fancy about it, but it’s perfect for Easter brunch.” She said quiche is another easy standby for her family. “There are so many variations, and it can be served for any meal of the day. You toss in whatever ingredients you have in the garden, and it’s always delicious.” Cantrell recommends adding mushrooms, asparagus, leeks, sweet corn or tomatoes. Other options include browned ground sausage, crispy bacon or ham. She said the cheeses can vary as well, and it can be served with or without a crust.

Flaky Pie Crust 1½ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon sugar ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup cold unsalted butter ¼ cup ice water Mix the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add thin slices of cold butter to flour mixture. Cut the butter into the mixture to form coarse crumbs. Add water until it reaches dough consistency. (If too crumbly, mix in more water, a teaspoon at a time, until dough holds together when pressed). Press the dough into a flat disk, and cover with plastic wrap.

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Refrigerate wrapped dough for at least 1 hour. Then roll dough on floured surface to form a thin sheet. (Tip: Flour the rolling pin, too.) Press into a buttered pie plate, shaping as needed, and fill unbaked shell as directed.

Spinach Quiche 6 eggs 1½ cups whole milk ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 2 cups shredded Italian cheeses 2 cups whole-leaf spinach or kale (raw) Fresh rosemary and thyme to taste 3 slices Swiss or Provolone cheese Preheat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, whisk eggs completely. Then add milk, whisking well. Stir in salt, pepper, shredded cheese, spinach or kale, and herbs. Press Flaky Pie Crust into a buttered pie plate. (Optional: Substitute refrigerated store-bought crust, or bake without a crust.) Layer sliced Swiss or Provolone cheese on bottom of crust, and then fill with quiche mixture. Bake for 45 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean. Tip: Use a pie ring or aluminum foil to protect crust edges.

Granny Carter’s Egg Custard 4 cups milk 6 large eggs 2/3 cup sugar (or 1/3 cup agave) ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Sprinkle of nutmeg Preheat oven to 325°F. Heat the milk in a large saucepan until bubbles form around the edges. Meanwhile, in a blender or with an immersion blender, beat the eggs, sugar and salt until well blended (smooth consistency with sugar dissolved). When the milk is hot, temper the eggs by slowly streaming the milk into them while blending/whisking vigorously. Once all mixed, stir in the vanilla. Divide the custard among individual custard cups or one or two larger ovenproof dishes. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Place cups inside a large casserole dish. Fill the dish with water to about 1 inch from the tops of the cups. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour. The centers should be set so they “wiggle not run.” Remove from water bath, and cool on the counter before chilling completely in the refrigerator. Serve warm or chilled. Serves 10. April 2014 | INVITATION OXFORD

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Oxford’s first radio station, WSUH, made its on-air debut in 1955. It went off the air in the 1990s, but for more than 40 years, listeners tuned in to hear everything from The Star-Spangled Banner and Elvis to police reports and football scores. by Deborah Freeland

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an age where music is accessible on MP3 players, computers and cell phones, it’s hard to imagine a new radio station making headlines. But almost 60 years ago, the creation of Oxford’s first radio station, WSUH, was a big event. The festivities surrounding the April 27, 1955, launch attracted State Rep. Jamie Whitten, who said, “The challenge to WSUH is to carry forward the new and modern spirit.” While the broadcast was new and modern, the station’s physical location was humble and old-fashioned. WSUH began operating out of a former feed store, which sat on four acres near the end of University Avenue (where Kroger is today). Its broadcast tower, topped by a blinking red light, could be seen from most places in town. The station’s original owner was Cletus “Clete” Quick. FCC regulations allowed radio stations to name their own identifiers, and Quick chose WSUH as the station’s call letters. He chose “W” because it was a common letter

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in all stations east of the Mississippi River and “SUH” for its phonetic spelling of the way Southerners pronounce “sir.” At dawn on Sunday, May 1, 1955, WSUH made its on-air debut. Mitch Self was the announcer and salesman. Those who tuned in heard Self ’s mellow voice announce, “WSUH, Oxford, 1420 on your radio dial, is on-air.” Because Quick was a WWII veteran, he always followed that with The Star-Spangled Banner. WSUH was an AM station. The announcers signed on the air at sunrise every day of the week and signed off at sunset. Quick and Self ran the station successfully on a 10- to 12-hour broadcast day for six years. In 1961, Quick sold the station to Leroy and June Kilpatrick, a local couple. Their son Bobby was 10 years old at the time, and he has fond memories of WSUH. “As you entered the radio station, the secretary greeted you on the left,” Bobby said. “Behind her desk was my daddy’s office. On the right was a desk used by Tom Hearn, a

salesman. Behind his desk you entered a hallway. On the right was the control room, with a big picture window. You could actually see the announcer in the window from the little lobby. There was a lamp above the window that would light up “On the Air.” Further down the hallway was the newsroom and record storage area. We had a big teletype machine that printed the news from UPI.”

BRUSHES WITH FAME Growing up around a radio station, Bobby met celebrities of the time. When comedian Bob Hope entertained at the University of Mississippi in 1961, he gave a live interview at WSUH. “After his interview, he recorded the station ID,” Bobby said. It was played five or six times a day. For years, listeners heard Hope’s famous voice announcing, ‘Hi, I am Bob Hope. You are listening to WSUH, Oxford.’ Elvis Presley came by the station in the early 1960s. He was on his way to visit his mother


in Tupelo. He thanked my father and the DJ for playing his songs. He was nicer than Bob Hope. Daddy was the engineer at the Ole Miss football, basketball and baseball games. It was a lot of fun. I got to meet the players and the coaches. When I was in high school and as a freshman at Ole Miss, I worked as DJ at the station.” The Kilpatricks began simulcasting on both AM and FM bands in 1968. WSUH-AM and WOOR-FM were sister stations operating out of the same small building. Adding the FM band allowed the station to broadcast at night as well as during the day. Leroy died in 1972, and June was left to run the station alone. By then, WSUH and WOOR were competing with Memphis stations and were close to going off the air. Mel Chrestman, who studied broadcasting and has a degree in engineering, bought into the station in 1973. He operated it as a 50/50 partner with June for the next 13 years.

WSUH had small-town charm. They announced the daily hospital report (who was admitted and who went home), the police report (who was detained and who went home), the obituaries (read aloud), the weather, school closings, the live stock report and “Swap Shop” (local classified ads). Around 1975 the station added a mobile, remote-unit trailer to its broadcast services. The trailer was notable as the first of its kind used for live broadcasting in the state of Mississippi. Chrestman designed the unit and had it built to his specifications in Columbus, Miss. It had a PA system, microphones, a turntable to play records directly from the trailer and a little patio for interviews. “I remember going to get the remote unit. I had a 1970 Thunderbird with a trailer hitch on the back,” Chrestman said. “I pulled it all the way to Oxford. It was big and really heavy. I unhooked it and parked my car. The next morning my car wouldn’t crank. I had burned up my motor pulling the thing from Columbus to Oxford.” One important use of the unit was to broadcast local election results. “We set up in town around the courthouse,” Chrestman said. “I had several people

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The little feed store that became WSUH/WOOR shortly before it was torn down to build the Kroger parking lot around 1999. DJ Rick “Dynamize” Mize in the WSUH production room around 1980. April 2014 | INVITATION OXFORD

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working for me, and we were able to go to all the polling places. They would bring the news in, and we would announce it over the air. We would simulcast on both stations. When WSUH went off for the night, we kept broadcasting on WOOR. We stayed with it until it was all over. This was in the days when they had a chalkboard on the Square. We had booming amplifiers. When people gathered around us, we would announce the results over the PA.” In the 1970s and 1980s local businesses could buy live radio time for their grand openings or other special events. The remote unit was towed to where it was needed for the live broadcast, including Avent Park on July 4. There were side effects to being out in the weather live. If it was a hot day, the sun would hit records, and they would begin to warp while being played.

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A four-man crew covered the Ole Miss football and basketball games: Bill Burns, engineer; Lyman Hellums, color commentator; Stan Torgerson, play-by-play announcer; and Larry Grantham, on-field announcer. Rebel fans tuned in to WSUH to hear the action live. Other

“I WAS LISTENING TO THE FAMOUS OLE MISSMISSISSIPPI STATE GAME WHEN THE WINNING FIELD GOAL WAS BLOWN BACK BY THE WIND AND THE REBELS WON. I GOT THAT LIVE ON THE RADIO AND HAD TO PICTURE IT BASED ON THE DESCRIPTION THE ANNOUNCER GAVE.” —JIMMY SLEDGE, WSUH LISTENER

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networks would feed off the WSUH broadcast. Jimmy Sledge, then a Lafayette High School student and a football fan, said he tuned in to WSUH to hear every game. “During football season I was in front of the radio for two or three hours every


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Above, the team that covered Ole Miss football and basketball games in the 1960s. Front row, Bill Burns, engineer; Lyman Hellums, color commentator; Stan Torgerson, play-byplay announcer; Larry Grantham, on-field announcer; with Mel Chrestman, owner of WSUH/WOOR (back row, unidentified). Photo taken circa 1970.

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Left, some Lafayette High School students who were DJs at WSUH/WOOR. Back row, “Diamond” Dave Kellum, Rick “Dynamize” Mize and Jim “Super” Smith interview the Lafayette High School coach circa 1976.

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Former WSUH/WOOR DJs Jim “Super” Smith and Rick “Dynamize” Mize reunited at WQLJ/WTNM earlier this year.

weekend,” he said. “We had a clear signal on WSUH. I was listening to the famous Ole Miss-Mississippi State game when the winning field goal was blown back by the wind and the Rebels won. I got that live on the radio and had to picture it based on the description the announcer gave.” Chrestman hired Lafayette High School students to work part time as DJs. Rick “Dynamize” Mize, “Diamond” David Kellum and Jim “Super” Smith were encouraged by their high school drama teacher to try radio announcing. Their slogan became “WSUH: A Mountain of Music.” “In those days you had records in a sleeve organized in categories,” Mize said. “You pulled

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from the left and put back to the right. That is where you got the top-40 format. You played the A’s every three to four hours, the B’s every 5-6 hours, and your C’s played once a day. The C’s were songs that were trying to break into the top 40. Also you had a ‘Recurrent Gold’ category – songs that were no longer on the charts but still very popular. This was probably your most important category. You played two or three ‘Recurrent Gold’ records every hour.”

TIMES OF CHANGE In the mid-1970s, WSUH became a rock-and-roll station. Chrestman changed the format of WOOR from easy listening music to hard rock and then to country. When the

station went country in 1979-80, they began broadcasting all night by working in shifts. The country format was the most successful, with 78 percent of the Lafayette County audience tuning in. Chrestman and June Kilpatrick sold WSUH/WOOR to State Rep. Wayne Dowdy and his partners in 1985. June retired, and Chrestman put Oldies 95.5 on the air in 1987. The WSUH broadcast tower was damaged in the ice storm that devastated a large section of north Mississippi in 1994. A few years later, Dowdy moved the station to Tupelo. The blinking red light atop WSUH, a fixture in Oxford for more than 40 years, disappeared from the night sky.


FOR THE RECORD WSUH/WOOR launched the careers of these well-known local radio personalities. RON FRANKLIN Retired as the primary ESPN play-by play commentator for Big 12 games. Began at WSUH/WOOR in 1965 as a DJ and host of the morning program The Ron Franklin Show while a student at Ole Miss. JOHN HIGHTOWER Host of Brass, Reeds and Percussion on WLRH, Huntsville. Began at WSUH/WOOR in 1972 and worked until 1975 as an announcer and program manager while a student at Ole Miss. AVERY DUNN DJ and producer for Gospel Time on Bullseye 95.5 WOXDFM. Began at WSUH in the early 1970s. Continued on Oldies 95.5 with Mel Chrestman. DAVID KELLUM Play-by-play announcer for the Ole Miss Rebels; known as the Voice of the Rebels. Began at WSUH/ WOOR in 1976-1977 as a DJ while a student at Lafayette High School.

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RICK MIZE General manager for WQLJ Q-93.7 and WTNM SuperTalk; CMA award-winning broadcaster. Began at WSUH/WOOR in 1976-1977 as a DJ while a student at Lafayette High School. JIM SMITH Operations manager for WQLJ/WTNM. Began at WSUH/WOOR in 1976-1977 as a DJ while a student at Lafayette High School.

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RUSTY PUGH Anchor for American Family News network. Began at WSUH/WOOR in 1980 while a student at Ole Miss.

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Good Food for Oxford Schools held a family night Feb. 24 at Lamar Lounge. The event featured viewings of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and Ratatouille, with signature dishes inspired by the movies, and it benefited Good Food for Oxford Schools.

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The Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society held its 19th-annual Strut Your Mutt dog walk and parade Feb. 16 around the Square. The event benefits the humane society. For more information on upcoming OLHS events, visit oxfordpets.com.

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Village Vintner Terry Lee Morris’ favorite winery is his own. For the last 40 years, the home winemaker has been fermenting, siphoning and bottling his own label, Terry Lee, to share with friends and family. by Sonia Thompson

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erry Lee Morris made his first batch of wine in 1973, when he ordered a winemaking kit from the Sears, Roebuck catalog. “It’s something that I enjoy, that you really can enjoy,” he said. The hobby stuck. Morris, who is retired from the scrap-metal recycling business, now spends much of his time working to perfect his reds. “You can drink whites pretty quickly,” he said. “The reds have to age. I’ve been a little bit disappointed in my reds.” His friends feel differently, however. They are always happy to receive a bottle of Terry Lee wine. “I give it to people for gifts,” he said. “Most of my friends drink red, and red is the hardest to make. But it’s not like it’s bad. It’s come a long way since the first time I made it.” Part of that process is how his wine looks, as well as how it tastes. A few years ago, with the help of students in a University of Mississippi art class, Terry Lee wine became a brand. The students created designs for his wine labels and corks. Now his bottles boast labels with an image of Rowan Oak, and his corks are emblazoned with the courthouse clock tower. “I thought that was appropriate because it’s the top,” he said. For the University of Mississippi alumnus, it all adds up to the perfect hobby – something Morris said he can’t put a price on, mainly because it’s illegal in Mississippi to sell homemade wine. “People always ask me what I would sell it for, if I could sell it, and I always say $18.10,” Morris said. “That would be 18 dollars for Archie [Manning], and 10 cents for Eli.” April 2014 | INVITATION OXFORD

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“It’s exciting, and I enjoy sharing it with people.” – Terry Lee Morris, winemaker 1. Morris bought a new French oak barrel for $300 to age his reds, which gives the wine a mild oak flavor. 2. The wine during the racking and clarification process. It must be racked into a clean, sanitized container. The racking tube allows liquid to be pulled out without getting the sediment from the bottom into the wine. 3. The wine is corked with the help of a corking machine. 4. After the wine is corked, it’s dipped into boiling water and a shrink capsule is added to keep the cork in place. 5. Morris applies labels to his wine. 6. The finished product.

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The Run for Hope half marathon and 5K race was held Feb. 22 and began at the Oxford Conference Center. The race benefits the diabetes camping programs for children at Camp Hopewell, a year-round camp and retreat center outside of Oxford.

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The Yalobushwackers, the Thacker Mountain Radio house band, today is made up of Jake Fussell, lead guitar and vocals; Slade Lewis, bass; and Mark Yacovone, piano. Not pictured, Wallace Lester, drums.

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HOUSE MUSIC The Yalobushwackers, Thacker Mountain Radio’s house band, has evolved through the years to become one of Oxford’s most beloved groups. by Tom Speed

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are already gathered inside the Lyric Theatre when Jake Fussell, Wallace Lester, Slade Lewis and Mark Yacovone saunter to the stage to mark the official beginning of Thacker Mountain Radio’s first live broadcast of 2014. It’s a special occasion, with the show serving also as the opening ceremony for the Oxford Film Festival. After a brief introduction from host Jim Dees, Lester taps out a swing beat on the drums and constructs a rhythmic pocket with Lewis’ standup acoustic bass. That groove is soon decorated by Yacovone’s barrelhouse electric piano. Fussell steps to the mic to drawl out the show’s theme song, imploring home listeners to “put your hands on the radio!” This group of musicians comes together once a week to play live on the radio. They are the Yalobushwackers, and they’re the house band for the popular Thacker Mountain Radio show, which is broadcast live in Oxford and replayed across the state on Mississippi Public Radio. The show is typically held at Off Square Books, but when larger crowds are expected, it’s sometimes moved to the Lyric or other locations. On April 25, Thacker Mountain Radio and the Yalobushwackers will help kick off the Double Decker Arts Festival on the Double Decker outdoor stage. The band is nearly 10 years in the making and has evolved as its members have come and gone.

On stage, they seem well-oiled, but the band rarely rehearses. Fussell often chooses the songs just days before, sometimes sending his bandmates YouTube videos so they can learn the music. Sometimes not. The band will often try to tie the songs thematically to the occasion or the guest. This night they played Buck Owens’ Act Naturally, with its familiar refrain of “they’re going to put me in the movies,” to open the Oxford Film Festival and then played a song made popular by Woody Guthrie, who had died that week. Once, they played songs mentioned in the novels of George Pelecanos when he was a featured author on the show. They try not to repeat songs. The Yalobushwackers are as much a part of the appeal of the radio show and its longevity as the quick wit of Dees, the readings by acclaimed authors and the legendary musical guests. But though the show is now celebrating its 14th year, the Yalobushwackers were not always a part of it. In fact, in 2004, after four years of production, the Thacker Mountain Radio show suddenly found itself without a house band at all. The house band at the time, the Taylor Grocery Band, had suddenly left the show to focus on touring and recording. “It kind of left us in a lurch,” Dees said. Music had always been an indispensable part of the show, and having a house band was in the show’s DNA. Welcoming visiting

musicians and complementing author readings with music was part of the formula that made Thacker Mountain a unique part of Oxford’s creative community. “I think Thacker Mountain Radio is absolutely held together by our host and house band,” Thacker Mountain Executive Director and Producer Kathryn McGraw said. “I think that’s the thing that makes us unique and helps the consistency of the show – it’s the glue that holds everything together.” Having a house band provided a level of comfort for the audience, furthering the sense of visiting with friends and family, of cultivating a community. Left without a band, the show began operating with a patchwork band of local musicians, often including members of the Circuit Riders but never a steady lineup. Then one day, legendary musician and producer Jim Dickinson was in town and offered to help. “I’ll never forget it,” Dees said. “He said ‘I hear y’all are looking for a house band. I’d like to be the house band.’ Our jaws dropped. It was like a godsend.” Dickinson had one stipulation. He wanted Duff Dorrough, best known as the lead guitarist for the Tangents, to play with him “Again, our jaws dropped,” Dees said. The much-beloved Dorrough agreed. It was left to then show producer Jamie Kornegay to round out the band. Slade Lewis, a bass April 2014 | INVITATION OXFORD

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Top, Jerry “Duff” Dorrough, Wallace Lester, Slade Lewis and Jim Dickinson in April 2009. Below, Dorrough, Lester, Lewis and Mark Yacovone in September 2009.

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player, had been working at Square Books for about six years. “It was sort of a forced marriage,” Lewis said. Next came the hunt for the percussionist. Drummer Wallace Lester had fled his New Orleans home with his singer/songwriter wife Shannon McNally in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Just as they were getting settled in Taylor, Miss., the phone rang. “I had just gotten a new phone line installed, and the first call was from [Thacker manager] Lynn Roberts asking me if I could play on the radio show that afternoon,” Lester said. Finally, the Yalobushwackers, named by Dickinson, was complete. Dickinson molded the repertoire and infused the band with his unique brand of musical mysticism. From the beginning, the band had a strict aversion to rehearsals. “It was kind of a rude awakening for me,” Lewis said. “I’d come from a much more rigid, rehearsal kind of schedule. Then I was thrown in with these guys.” The easygoing attitude came to typify the band, which delved into barrelhouse blues tunes with a palpable, relaxed assurance. Dickinson’s ethos was to revel in the nature of live radio, the inherent spontaneity and impermanence of the performance. The band existed in that lineup for four years. Then, in August 2009, Dickinson was admitted to a Memphis hospital for heart surgery and died. “The first show without Jim, we were just kind of sitting around, moping around,” Lester said. “We didn’t really know what to do. [Mark] Yacovone came in and just started playing the piano. We didn’t even think twice about it. The decision was kind of premade.”

“Independently, each person in our house band is an incredible musician in their own right, but every Thursday they come together as a force within the show and work so well together.”

– Kathryn McGraw, Thacker producer The addition of Yacovone allowed the band to continue, with Dorrough taking the role of bandleader. One of the first things Dorrough did was rearrange Dickinson’s theme song. Dickinson had implored listeners to “put their hands on the radio” as a spoken word incantation, but Dorrough took the lyrics and applied a honeyed melody. Under Dorrough’s direction, the band’s sound became more gospel, and the Yalobushwackers began backing musicians like Charlie Musselwhite. They continued to perform songs that drew from key touchstones in American music history. Two years later, Dorrough faced health issues, and ongoing treatment kept him away from the show many weeks. Local musician

Jake Fussell was called on to stand in for Dorrough. When Dorrough died in October 2012, the band found itself again at a crossroads. At this point, bandleader duties fell to Lewis, then the longest-tenured member of the group. “I didn’t know what to do,” Lewis said. After experimenting with different musicians fronting the band each week, they arrived at the most obvious solution: Fussell. “First of all, he’s a great guitar player,” Lewis said. “But he’s a wealth of old music. He’s like an encyclopedia.” Fussell now chooses the band’s material, one of his favorite tasks. “It’s the fun part of the process because it’s challenging to come up with three new songs you’ve never played before,” Fussell said. “If you look at the numbers, it’s over almost 10 years, 250 shows,” Lewis said. “With an average of three songs per show, that’s 750 songs. We may have duplicated 20 of those, maybe 30.” The fact that the Yalobushwackers are an ongoing, evolving entity that is tightly entwined with the soul of the show is not by mistake. “I think the impression that Jim Dickinson left on our show, the legacy that he left on our show, was that his expectation was that we would have a band that represented the musical talent in north Mississippi,” McGraw said. “I think that the versatility offered by these folks is pretty amazing. Independently, each person in our house band is an incredible musician in their own right, but every Thursday they come together as a force within the show and work so well together.” Visit thackermountain.com for more information about the band and Thacker Mountain Radio. April 2014 | INVITATION OXFORD

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I AM OXFORD Darryl Parker interviewed by Meaghin Burke

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Spring in Oxford means outdoor festivals. The Oxford Craft Beer Festival is April 19 at Castle Hill Resort, and Darryl Parker is the festival organizer.

Q: What is your background? A: Oxford is my home. I graduated from Oxford High School in 1987. I studied economics at the Johns Hopkins University. After graduating, I commercial fished in Alaska for sockeye salmon. Eventually I made my way to Chicago before returning to Mississippi. I am a member of Burns United Methodist Church and am a board member of the Burns-Belfry Museum & Multicultural Center.

Q: You organize the beer festival and the Oxford Blues Festival in July. What made you want to take them both on? A: It is a lot of work, but I enjoy it. Being around good music, tasty food and friends is where I want to be. And festivals connect the community. Q: What do you like about craft beer? A: Craft breweries are usually more accessible. I love the idea of being able to walk into a brewery and meeting the owners and brewmasters. It’s hands-on and personal.

Q: What is your mission? A: To educate the public on beer appreciation and quality and to build the local beer community. Like wine, there are craft beers that pair well with food. Oxford is such a foodie town that our festival would be doing a disservice by not having the food and educational component.

Q: What events are you excited about? A: We are bringing in artisan pizza makers from Southeastern Conference towns to compete against in a bake-off. The winner will be invited to join the U.S. Pizza Team and go to the World Pizza Championship in Italy next year with all expenses paid. We will also have local chefs pairing beer and food.

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