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MARCH / APRIL 2018 PUBLISHED BY The Madison County Journal PUBLISHER James E. Prince III

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ASSOCIATE EDITOR & PUBLISHER Michael Simmons

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LAYOUT & DESIGN Rachel Browning Truong CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Abe Draper CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Duncan Dent, Audrey Hall ADVERTISING ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Leigh Loecher leigh@onlinemadison.com 601.853.4222 ADVERTISING DESIGN Godfrey Jones

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9 ............DRINKS

30.............BUTCHER’S BLOCK

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One year later, and lots

of Flavor to Savor

Art & Festival Guide

22 ..........PEOPLE The Colorful World of Mark Millet 28.............HISTORY UFO: Unidentified Flora Object

Photo by Michael Simmons

Madison County Magazine is a bi-monthly supplement to the Madison County Journal designed to promote Madison County in an informative and positive manner. We welcome contributions of articles and photos; however, they will be subject to editing and availability of space and subject matter. Photographs, comments, questions, subscription requests and ad placement inquiries are invited! Return envelopes and postage must accompany all labeled materials submitted if a return is requested. No portion of this publication may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. The opinions expressed in Madison County Magazine are those of the authors or columnists and do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher, nor do they constitute an endorsement of products or services herein. We reserve the right to refuse any and all advertising.

36.............GOOD EATS How Sweet It Is 38.............CULTURE 44.............EVENTS 46.............WEDDINGS & ENGAGEMENTS

On the Cover: Mark Millet in his Ridgeland studio

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There’s nothing better than a cup of coffee or tea, hot or cold, to keep you going through the day. In Madison County there are several places to get your java fix, with a myriad of specialty products.

Cups has been curating Mississippi’s coffee experience since 1993. They roast and flavor specialty coffees from around the world right down the street in Ridgeland, and have 11 cafe locations throughout Mississippi. One of our absolute favorites is the Blondie, one of Cups’ longtime signature specialty drinks.

It is a combination of Ghirardelli white chocolate and caramel sauce combined with espresso or coffee and textured milk then topped with whipped cream and caramel. Served as a hot, iced or frozen beverage. Beginning this month, Cups is going to begin serving a limited seasonal drink, Chardamon Chai Tea. The Cardamom Chai Tea is a loose leaf chai tea (Indian Black Tea, ginger, clove, cinnamon, peppery awesomeness) steeped in water with a shot of a small batch simple Cardamom Syrup from Pink House Alchemy who we’re partnering with on some of our seasonal drinks this year.

At the Township of Colony Park, cool down this spring with one of Fusion Coffeehouse’s signature drinks, The Highlander. At Fusion, you do not have to worry about beating the heat because one of their most popular drinks according to owner Tripp Douglas, The Highlander, can be served hot, over ice, or frozen. The drink is a keen mix of espresso, for that kick in the pants, and is rounded out by the flavors of other ingredients that include frothed milk with white chocolate, a hint of toasted marshmallow flavoring, and a dusting of cinnamon. The frothed milk and marshmallow flavoring bring a levity to the weight of the espresso and chocolate. MARCH / APRIL 2018 | 9


Allure Plastics ▪ Alterations by Tailor Kim ▪ Angie’s ▪ Ann Taylor LOFT ▪ Another Broken Egg Café Anthropologie ▪ The Apple Store ▪ Aqua the Day Spa ▪ BankPlus ▪ Barnes & Noble Booksellers ▪ Barnette’s Salon ▪ BellaChes Specialty Gifts ▪ Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano ▪ Brooks Brothers ▪ C Spire Wireless ▪ Charming Charlie ▪ Chico’s ▪ Ethan Allen Furniture ▪ Five Guys Burgers and Fries ▪ Francesca’s Collection ▪ Free People The Fresh Market ▪ Gifts by KPEP ▪ Gingersnaps ▪ GNC ▪ Amy’s Hallmark ▪ The Headache Center ▪ The Hyatt Place Hotel ▪ Inside-Out ▪ J. Crew ▪ J. Jill ▪ Jolly Orthodontics ▪ Justice for Girls ▪ Kendall Poole Event Planning ▪ L’Occitane En Provence ▪ The Landing ▪ Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry ▪ Libby Story ▪ The Little Gym Local 463 Urban Kitchen ▪ Lucky Brand Jeans ▪ Material Girls ▪ Merle Norman ▪ Mindful Therapy ▪ Olde Tyme Commissary ▪ The Orvis Co. ▪ Oswego Jewelers ▪ Palm Avenue (Lilly Pulitzer) ▪ Panera Bread ▪ P.F. Chang’s China Bistro ▪ Red Square Clothing Co. ▪ Regus ▪ Results Physiotherapy ▪ Ridgeland Visitors Center Ruth’s Chris Steak House ▪ Sand Dollar Lifestyles ▪ Scottrade ▪ Seafood R’evolution ▪ Sephora ▪ SleepStore by Miskelly ▪ Smoothie King ▪ Soft Surroundings ▪ Solstice Sunglass Boutique ▪ Soma Intimates ▪ Starbucks Coffee Shop ▪ Talbots ▪ Traditional Jewelers ▪ Vintage Wine Market ▪ White House | Black Market ▪ Williams-Sonoma

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ARTS& FESTIVAL GUIDE 2018 A

short winter for 2017 means plenty of time to spend outdoors. This year’s Spring came early and with it another season of festivals full of fun. There are no excuses to sit indoors this year, so join us and thousands of others to celebrate some of the most ­beloved events our great state has to offer. There are many in the Metro area to choose from you don’t want to miss. This is Madison County Magazine’s 2018 Statewide Arts & Festival Guide.

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Hal’s St. Paddy’s Day Parade March 17

Downtown Jackson malsstpaddysparade.com Begun in the early 80’s by Hal & Mal’s owner Malcolm White, the Mal’s St. Paddy’s Day Parade quickly became a regional phenomenon. One of the biggest national parades that rolls around each year, Jackson turns into a sea of green and quite the spectacle of costumes, floats and parties. The area’s favorite festival hosts events all day leading up to the parade beginning at 1:00 p.m. 12 | MADISON COUNTY MAGAZINE

Ridgeland Fine Arts FESTIVAL April 7 - 8

Ridgeland ridgelandartsfest.com A host of activities encapsulates the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival held at Renaissance at Colony Park. This mustdo for Madison Countians includes everything from fine art to great music. Held in conjunction with the Sante South Wine Festival on April 7, this spring weekend is jam-packed with everything for families of all ages.

Township Jazz Festival April 21

Ridgeland townshipjazzfestival.com With the goal of increasing Jazz appreciation at heart, the Township Jazz Festival amps up for its 11th year at the Township and is one of the few Jazz-focused festivals in the state. Continually growing awareness for this genre of music, this festival seems to keep surprising by pulling out all the stops to create a family-friendly day in celebration of one of country’s most unpredictable, can’t help but move your feet, homegrown genre of music.


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Arts on the Green KidFest!

April 14-15 & April 21-22

Ridgeland kidfestridgeland.com Recently named a “Top Twenty Event,” KidFest! at Freedom Ridge Park is overflowing with fun for both the young and the young at heart. A favorite family festival, a $10 ticket will pay for an entire day’s fun. Lasting two weekends in a row, the Ridgeland KidFest will definitely make some memories for all.

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Ridgeland artsonthegreen.info St. Andrew’s Episcopal School invites you to visit their world of discovery at Arts on the Green on their North Campus. Mississippi’s most creative craftspeople visit the campus to display and discuss their creations igniting the creativity in the minds of young and old. Come to absorb or come to collect, either way, come to enjoy a beautiful spring day at Arts on the Green.

Swing Into Summer Every Thursday in May

Madison madisonthecity.com Located in the heart of Madison, the city puts on this event every Thursday in the month of May. Complete with rock walls, train rides, music and animals spend your Thursday evenings with your neighbors on Main Street at the Big Red Caboose. MARCH / APRIL 2018 | 13


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Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest TBA

Ridgeland & Canton ballooncanton.com With events held in two of Madison County’s finest cities, the Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest celebrates its 32nd year this year. Sunsets as colorful as an artist’s palette, blazing balloon glows, fun runs, fun flights and several balloon races keeps your holiday weekend in July packed full of family fun. If you haven’t attended this before, here’s your chance to do your part in this “fun’raiser” for The Good Samaritan Center. 14 | MADISON COUNTY MAGAZINE

Canton Flea Market May 10 and Oct. 11

Canton cantonmsfleamarket.com One of the area’s oldest and most nationally acclaimed events, the Canton Flea Market is one of the largest craft markets of the South. One of the most anticipated events in Madison County, don’t miss as artists and craftsmen line the lawn of the Historic Madison County Courthouse. Since its beginning in 1965, the Canton Flea Market is one we are proud to call Madison County’s own.

Pepsi Pops May 11

Ridgeland msorchestra.com What could be better than a night with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra on the Reservoir? Picnic in the park or attend by boat as the Maestro takes the stage. With a finale of fireworks everyone young and old has a warmth in their heart and a smile on their face.


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Jackson Rhythm & Blues August 18 - 19

Jackson jacksonrhythmandbluesfestival.com The Fifth Annual Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival takes place in Downtown Jackson inside the Jackson Convention Complex. This Boomin’ festival presents a great mix of Rhythm and Blues artists to celebrate Jackson’s rich contribution to the fabric of music. Festivalgoers will experience 30 performances on 5 stages satisfying your senses with a Boomin’ lineup, quality sound, delectable food and an engaging ambiance! Ludacris, Fantasia and Bobby Rush are all set to perform.

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A Delta tradition continues under the oaks of the Bolivar County Courthouse on South Court Street in Cleveland. The Annual Crosstie Arts and Jazz Festival, a juried fine arts show, will feature hundreds of exhibitors displaying paintings, sculpture, pottery, fabric and paper designs, hand-made furniture and jewelry. High quality handcrafts will be offered in a marketplace setting. Road races for young and old, an extensive area just for children, live entertainment, a delicious variety of regional foods, and friendly people combine to make a most enjoyable day.

The 23rd annual Double Decker Festival will be held on April 27-28, 2018. Originally inspired by the Double Decker bus that Oxford imported from England in 1994, the festival showcases Oxford as a town that supports the arts and has grown to be one of the champion events in the region. Double Decker started with the bed of an old pickup truck serving as the stage for music, and only hosted a handful art and food vendors. Today, the event is entered around the historic Courthouse Square, and boasts a crowd of more than 60,000 people. MARCH / APRIL 2018 | 15


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Hubfest April 7

Hattiesburg hubfestms.com HUBFEST is Hattiesburg’s premier arts and music festival. The annual event is held in beautiful Historic Downtown Hattiesburg and features four stages of live music, over 250 arts, crafts and food vendors, and a large children’s area. The one-day festival is free to the public, with the exception of the children’s area, which requires a $10 fee for unlimited all-day play. Over 30,000 people attended HUBFEST in 2017. 16 | MADISON COUNTY MAGAZINE

Cotton District Arts Festival April 21

Starkville cdadestival.com Held each April in the historic Cotton District in Starkville, the festival blends incredible art, music, and food into a showcase event. The festival is host to more than 125 artisans, as well as a Juried Art competition and show, Writer’s Village, Taste of Starkville restaurant competition, Pet Parade, Student Art competition, and much more.

HamJam April 13-14

Philadelphia hamjamartsfestival.com The Philadelphia Ham Jam Arts Festival is a project of the Philadelphia Main Street Association. Thousands of people will descend upon Philadelphia for a weekend of fun, arts, and BBQ. Don’t miss the talent show or Hog Wild Run/Walk.


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REALTY SHOWCASE

RIDGELAND........................................ $365,000 161 OVERLOOK POINTE

RESERVOIR LIVING This lovely, well-maintained, 4BR/3BH home features decorator touches throughout and is a must-see. The large formal dining room with custom built-in is perfect for entertaining while the comfortable living room invites guests and family to relax. Everything gets done easily in this kitchen, complete with Viking gas range and double ovens. Meals can easily be served at the eat-in bar or in the cozy breakfast area. The large, light-filled master bedroom is located downstairs and features a stylish en-suite bath with double vanities and walk-in his/hers closets. The covered, brick-paved back porch can be accessed from here and the living room. Surrounded by trees and landscaping, it’s a great place to unwind. WWW.FURRGROUP.COM ELIZABETH SULLIVAN | THE FURR GROUP 601-291-5653 | 601-273-3700 EMCCARTYSULLIVAN@GMAIL.COM

CARLTON PARKE............................. $387,000 117 CARLTON BOULEVARD

GATED SUBDIVISION This beautiful and well-maintained home is located gated Carlton Parke at end of cul-de-sac street. Lovely brick entry way flows into dining room and formal living room with fireplace. Kitchen features a nice bricked 5-burner gas range and opens to cozy eating area and keeping room. High ceilings throughout and lovely wood/ceramic tile flooring on lower level. Features 5 Bedrooms (2 down and 3 up). The master suite is downstairs and boasts a large bath with double vanities, walk-in shower, garden tub, and walk-in his/hers closets. Upstairs has 4 nice sized bedrooms, one with a full bath. Large covered outdoor living space looks onto a huge backyard surrounded by mature trees. WWW.FURRGROUP.COM ELIZABETH SULLIVAN | THE FURR GROUP 601-291-5653 | 601-273-3700 EMCCARTYSULLIVAN@GMAIL.COM

ASHBROOKE................................................. $299,000 101 HEMLOCK LANE

CORNER LOT CURB APPEAL This 4 BR,3BH has great curb appeal. Featuring covered patio, fully-fenced and 3-car garage. Sought-after open floor plan with high ceilings, split bedroom plan. Granite counters, glass tile back splash, breakfast bar, eat-in kitchen, formal dining space, heart pine floors and extensive millwork throughout. Amazing master suite with 2 walk-in closets and massive tub and separate shower. Beautiful neutral colorscheme throughout. Neighborhood pool, clubhouse, 2 neighborhood playgrounds, sidewalks and green spaces. POLLESPROPERTIES.COM AMANDA POLLES | POLLES PROPERTIES 601-278-6871 AMANDA@POLLESPROPERTIES.COM

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SAINT IVES............................... $414,900

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CUSTOM-BUILT This lovely, custom-built home features 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a huge upstairs bonus room and an outdoor living space buffered by privately-owned land filled with mature hardwoods. The kitchen seamlessly blends practicality with style, featuring double ovens, gas cooktop, 2 sinks, stainless refrigerator (it will remain with property!), new subway tile backsplash

and an eat-in bar area. With a second fireplace and a brick accent wall, the keeping area is another great spot where you can enjoy being at home. Having the master bedroom downstairs is ideal and this one’s en-suite bathroom features double vanities, separate shower, claw foot tub, and lots of storage space. A

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MADISON JEWEL This custom-built home comes with over 10 Acres and a private lake. The inside features antique oak floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, open Spaces that flow for entertaining, a kitchen with marble surfaces, an eat-at bar, mirrored cabinet doors in

second bedroom is downstairs with yet another ensuite bath and walk-in closet. Upstairs you’ll find a landing big enough to be a reading nook or game area, a huge bonus room, and 2 bedrooms sharing a jack-and-jill bath with separate vanities.

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are three secondary bathrooms with three stone baths and four secondary bedrooms. There is also an office, playroom or exercise room, and cooled storage. Wake up each morning and sit on a brickcovered back porch with a view of the front lake.

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REUNION............................................. $539,000 271 LAKE VILLAGE DRIVE

INTRICATE INSIDE Welcome to Madison’s exclusive, gated community, Reunion Subdivision. This is a gorgeous custom built two-story, 4 bedroom/3.5 bath home PLUS bonus room and children’s den and separate large office with nice custom built-ins. There are so many intricate features such as gorgeous antique pine flooring everywhere downstairs, interior brick arch/wall accents, cedar beams accenting the ceiling, kitchen with keeping room, formal foyer entry & dining room, covered back porch with built-in brick grill and nice outdoor fireplace, large fully fenced backyard, circular front drive, corner lot, custom-built ins, and fresh paint downstairs and upstairs. One of the best features to this home is that it is walking distance to beach/lake & playground/neighborhood pool. POLLESPROPERTIES.COM AMANDA POLLES | POLLES PROPERTIES 601-278-6871 AMANDA@POLLESPROPERTIES.COM

FONTENALLE...................................... $475,000 112 NOVARA TRAIL

HEART OF MADISON This new listing is boasting on a great lot with abundance of privacy in Fontenalle Subdivision with a serene view of the lake which is fully stocked! This home is a one-owner custom built with so many upgrades. It features 4 bedrooms plus a children’s den PLUS an huge keeping room. The keeping room is truly an amazing feature of this home. It is accented by a gorgeous barn door and tons of shelving perfect for books for an office or shelving for toys or anything you can imagine! The kitchen is so beautiful with gorgeous granite, a huge center island, stainless appliances including, double oven/ built- microwave, a 5 range cooktop, a HUGE walk-in pantry and again nice keeping area room with views to the lake. It is accented with soaring 11+ ceilings and brick pavers. The living room is so spacious and wide open to the living room and formal dining room area. The house is wired for surround sound and an alarm, a nice fireplace and built-ins. It leads to a screened-in porch off the back door that you will want to enjoy every evening. The porch also has a TV cable for entertaining outside.

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LAKE CAROLINE...................................... $529,000 130 CAMDEN TRAIL

NEW CONSTRUCTION Amazing new construction on Camden Lake in Lake Caroline! You will love this beautiful home featuring 4 bedrooms/3 bathrooms plus a huge bonus room! Lovely screened-in porch on the water!! POLLESPROPERTIES.COM AMANDA POLLES | POLLES PROPERTIES 601-278-6871 AMANDA@POLLESPROPERTIES.COM

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LAKE CAROLINE............................ $465,500 144 CAROLINE CLUB CIRCLE

MOVE-IN READY This home has it all and is accented with so much detail. Nothing to do but move on in. Pull up the driveway and the three car garage and nice entry courtyard greet you! Lovely double French doors open to a nice foyer. You have a nice formal dining room and huge living room with a completely open floor plan to the kitchen all which are lined with Hardwood pine floors. The living room has a nice speaker system, two great built-in shelves on each side of the gas fireplace. The kitchen is simply gorgeous. It is accented with nice stainless steel appliances which includes a double oven, built-in microwave, and gas cooktop. Off the kitchen is a bedroom plus full bathroom, a nice separate office nook, a huge laundry room, and a locker/cubby space for storage. The other two bedrooms are very roomy with a jack/jill bathroom with separate sinks and walk in closets. Each room has pine wood floors and each bathroom has granite. And don’t miss one of the best parts about this house — the backyard. The covered patio is huge and extends to the yard with a nice additional stained, concrete slab.

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ROSES BLUFF.....................................$469,900 100 DUCK COVE

RESERVOIR LIVING This is the perfect home located in premier, gated subdivision of Roses Bluff on the Reservoir. You’ve got everything at your fingertips — Reservoir living, Yacht Club within walking distance, restaurants, you name it. If you have ever dreamed of living at the Reservoir, then you should make an appointment to see this beautiful home. It has been beautifully remodeled. It features 3 bedrooms 3.5 baths with huge bonus room downstairs. Walk out onto the deck and enjoy the beautiful landscaping and reservoir water view. There is a pathway leading down to the water to enjoy so many sunsets. This home also features two bedrooms upstairs with a jack and jill bath and a sitting area in the loft with tons of built ins and breathtaking view of the water. The basement/bonus room has a private entrance thru a screened porch. The kitchen has been updated with Quartz countertops, marble backsplash, built in subzero refrigerator and a beautiful view of the water. It features a nice surround sound system, sprinkler system and gorgeous brand new designer fixtures. Roses Bluff is a gated community offering its homeowners a clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, adjacent to the Natchez Trace walking trail.

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LAKE CAROLINE...................................... $875,000 144 LAKE RIDGE DRIVE

BIG WATER Located on an acre with a boat slip, on the BIG water in Lake Caroline, this impressive 4 bedroom; 4 bathroom is a true show stopper. As you approach the plantation style feel accented with a metal roof, the deep sandstone porch offers way to a soaring great room that hosts a surround sound system, great for relaxing and taking in the views from the breathtaking wall of windows. The kitchen is immaculate. With quartz counters, a gigantic island, the most desirable appliances, and a gateway to a separate entrance, this entertaining kitchen also has a stunning butler’s pantry. There are custom cabinetry throughout the home with bamboo wood floors. Both front and back porches have sandstone flooring. This home comes with a sprinkler system and boat slip to enjoy the big lake.

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n his studio tucked behind a Highway 51 shopping center in Ridgeland, artist Mark Millet has a painting hanging. Made up of mostly reds and white space, it’s of a motorcycle rider hunched over the handle bars, barreling forward at full speed. It hangs in a shop among a bunch of bikes that belong to him and his buddies — along with old cars and guitars. Each accompanied by the smell of grease and paint and gasoline. The biker in his painting moves fast, but maintains control, similar to the way the artist spends his days. “I never run out of things to do. I always have something exciting going on,” Millet said with a smile. “I never have a dull day.” But Millet’s life was not always this way. He was already an accomplished artist before he began teaching in the early 2000s. He said teaching has added an accelerant to his life, enhancing his social skills he had feared had atrophied from his solitary work at the easel. “I got a lot of painting done in the ’90s, but I slowly figured out I did not know how to talk to people,” Millet said, half 22 | MADISON COUNTY MAGAZINE

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with a laugh and half with life-or-death gravitas. “I was like a big kid and I needed to expose myself to more things to gain awareness and continue to grow.” Millet said he slowly got his groove back as he started teaching classes, first at University Christian School in Flowood where his sons attended, which slowly expanded to two classes a week at his Ridgeland studio. “I have just been stacking up skills since I started talking to people again,” Millet said. He elaborated, avoiding the “they have just as much to teach me” cliche, giving real-life examples and applications. “People want to learn and I have the experience to teach them. But I find the more I interact with them they have their skill sets and interests that you can learn a lot from,” Millet said. “For instance, I have one student that does 5Ks and that got me out running again. Now if you keep doing that from person to person there is no telling what you could learn.” Millet now teaches at Canton Academy, where he was recruited by the promise of a large teaching space made up of


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Mark Millet does detail work on a watercolor painting.

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(Right) Millet’s favorite painting at the moment is of a Madison County cotton field he finished last fall. (Bottom) Millet used credit cards to create this road surrounded by trees. (Below) Millet captured downtown Jackson and the King Edward Hotel in this painting.

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several abandoned classrooms and the creative freedom in his curriculum. He starts his students off with the foundational building blocks of color and shape. “Color is something that most people understand but they don’t know they understand. I tell them that they got dressed this morning because they know what looks good. You know this shirt with these pants and the separation of a belt. It starts there,” Millet said. “And every painting you have ever seen starts as a collection of shapes. If you can think of it that way and break it down you can paint whatever you want.” Before his students realize it, they are studying the eccentricities of pop art, learning about Greek architecture, or hiking through the woods to sketch an old house. Millet says he is constantly “stacking up ideas” and mixing mediums to engage every students creativity. “For instance, if there is some art class fad we might try it. But then we always take it a step forward and think about how we can paint something interesting over it or incorporate it into another work,” Millet said. Millet has started an arts and music night where the students at Canton Academy show off their work and try to sell some of their better pieces. Kids interested in music

can form a band to perform for the evening. Millet got the idea from his days at UCS, though he has enjoyed the differences of the Canton community. “At UCS, we all knew each other and vacationed with each other because our kids went to school together. And we are all still very close friends. But in Canton, you have kids whose families have been in the area for three generations or more,” Millet said. “It’s a rare thing to get to be a part of something like that and be accepted into a group like that.” Millet said the students at Canton Academy have introduced him to music outside of his classic rock and roll roots. They’ve also made him proficient in many functions of his smart phone, including a video editing app. He said it took him three times sitting down with a student before he understood it. He now releases a minimum of three, minutelong videos a day from his classroom and other projects. “You just can’t learn something like that when you aren’t exposed to all walks of life,” he said. Millet’s schedule is kinetic and always moving. He spends his mornings at Canton Academy and afternoons and evenings at his studio

teaching painting classes and creating his own works. He does carve out time to rest every day around lunch at his home in the country. He uses painting as an important illustration for segmenting ones life and is perhaps a window into not only his teaching style, but his art as well. “People ask me what medium I like between watercolors, acrylics and oils and I say ‘well I like all three so I can like all three,’” Millet says. “That change keeps you from getting bored and cultivates passion.” It would seem that, apart from his lunches, he rarely takes time to rest. Saturdays consists of meetings at his studio with some Metro area bikers for doughnuts, coffee, conversation and planning the next ride. During the summers and times off from school, he works on the numerous projects he concocted while busy with school. He says he looks forward to the upcoming spring break and summer. Co-opting and harnessing another cliche for his own use, he said, “I just have so many ideas stacked up, I doubt I can get to them all. But I am fortunate enough to where I have gotten to a point in life where I can appreciate the journey.”

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Canton Flea Market ARTS AND CRAFT SHOW

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ississippi thrives as a state tailormade to cultivate folklore, tall tales with deep woods, dreary swamps, and miles of impenetrable brown water and eerie crossroads as a backdrop. One eerie incident in the night sky over Flora during the late-1970s is one of those, replete with recorded witnesses and a paper trail. Flashback to February 9, 1977, around 9 p.m., out in rural western Madison County. Sheriff’s Deputy Kenneth Creel and Constable James Ray Luke were in a vehicle together during the incident. They saw what was later described as 20- to 30-feet in diameter and perfectly-round with light coming out of little windows. Creel told local media he initially thought it might be an “airplane flying low.” According to an article in the Madison County Herald, the only newspaper in the county at the time, Creel says he viewed “the thing” about 200 yards away across a field before it flew right over his car “like it was being piloted.” It then hovered over the two officers between 20- and 30-feet up for about a minute. Luke would later report that he quickly rolled his window up and had trouble looking at the craft directly. “It looked like an evening star or something,” Creel said at the time. “But it kept getting brighter and bigger.” The Herald article went on to say that Creel had tried to play down the incident. However, he did not mind mentioning that it was an unnerving experience while “the thing” was hovering above them. “I didn’t get out, I wouldn’t,” he said. The Associated Press published an abbreviated version of Creel and Luke’s runin with the unidentified flying object, a few days later. A CUFOS report — the center for UFO Studies in Illinois — was filed at the time. A photocopy of the document was obtained from local attorney Pat Frascogna. He has taken a personal interest in UFO sightings since he read about the Rendelsham Forest Case involving Royal Airfare Pilots and U.S. airmen stationed at a nearby airbase in December of 1980 during the height of the Cold War. “I saw something on one of those UFO shows on the Discovery Channel or something on the Rendelsham Forest sighting and I started doing some research and it led

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me to contact some of the principals in the report,” Frascogna says. Frascogna eventually contacted two of the principal witnesses and eventually helped one of them settle a disability matter with the VA. “I don’t know what they saw but they said they were certain that it wasn’t one of ours and it sure was not one of theirs (meaning the Soviets),” Frascogna says. “And I know for sure that I haven’t seen anything like what they described at an airshow.” Flashback to the Flora incident. At the top of his CUFOS document is the name Dr. William Straka, a then-professor of astronomy in the Jackson State Department of Physics. Frascogna believes that Straka was the one who contacted CUFOS at the time of the Flora sighting. The report cites Ken Creel as the prime

witness and labeled the sighting as a CEI for a Close Encounter of the First kind, a designation for a UFO sighting that happened less than 500 feet away from the observer. It lists other observers who saw lights or shapes further in the distance as Highway Patrolmen Woodrow Bennett and Louis Younger, Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Bowering and another man, Joe Chandler. Both the document and the news clipping reported many calls made to the Sheriff’s Department and other officials concerning similar sightings. They both note that many of these calls were deemed to come from “cranks.” The document notes the color of the craft as pale blue, describing it as flat “like a pancake” with a rounded middle and emitting a high pitched tone and a sound like a “food blender.”

“This is interesting because that sounds consistent with reports of other sightings, including my clients in the Rendelsham forest,” Frascogna said. CUFOS also reports a clear night with no clouds, no radar activity reported from the Jackson Municipal Airport — which Frascogna says could be due to the craft’s low altitude. No planes were logged with the Jackson General Aviation District Office, and no conventional craft were logged for the area with the Memphis Air Route Traffic Control Center. It also reports an unattributed “emotional reaction” recorded from one of the witnesses as “I sure would like somebody else to have seen this.” A similar sighting was reported in south Mississippi between the Jayess Community and Brookhaven that was seen by a a tow truck driver. Frascogna says he remains hesitant to make any calls on what did or did not happen, but he remains fascinated by the possibilities. He has authored a chapter on the Rendelsham Forest case and hosted a conference that brought UFO scholars and skeptics to Jackson a few years back. “I can’t make the call as to what these people saw, but I do know that it is very convincing when you sit across form these serious men in suits and they say unequivocally that it was a ‘craft of unknown origin,’” Frascogna says. “Without question something happened and I would invite anyone to look into these incidents for themselves.” Creel had a similar take in 1977. “I know I’m not crazy…I always said I didn’t believe in this stuff. I don’t know what I saw, but I know I saw something. It’s just hard to describe what happened.” The question of “Are we alone in the universe?” is a daunting one and people continue to report strange sightings in the night sky. The National UFO Reporting Center lists alleged sightings dating back to the early-seventies. Four sighting have already been logged for 2018 in Rosedale, Philadelphia, Gulfport and Olive Branch. These records might not change minds, but they may be enough to convince even the most-hardened skeptics to broach the question: Are we alone in the universe?

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BUTCHER’S BLOCK

BUTCHER’S BLOCK ONE YEAR LATER, AND LOTS OF FLAVOR TO SAVOR Photos by Chris Todd

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BUTCHER’S BLOCK

It’s been one year since The Butcher’s Block debuted in Madison County Magazine, so we wanted to look back at some of our favorite recipes Chef David Raines has whipped up for us. In the March/ April 2017 debut issue, Chef Raines gave us six delightful Easter recipes he remembers from his time growing up with his family. One of those staples was Deviled Eggs, a must, he said, to have around the house. He also gave us the perfect recipe for a glazed ham, which is the centerpiece for a nice Easter meal.

DEVILED EGGS 12 eggs, boiled and peeled ½ cup mayonnaise
 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard ½ tsp apple cider vinegar
 2 tsp curry powder 1 tsp turmeric
 1 tbsp. lemon juice
 2 tsp Crystal hot sauce ½ tsp white pepper
 kosher salt to taste METHOD: Half the boiled eggs, separating the yolks from the whites. Mix the yolks with the remaining ingredients and mix until smooth. Taste filing for seasoning and adjust.
Add a very small amount of water if the mixture is too thick Fill a piping bag with the filing and fill the egg whites. (A zip lock bag with one corner cut off will work in a pinch but be careful not to make the hole too big at first) Garnish in as many ways as you like. Smoked paprika is the classic garnish but try things that will add variety to your work. Examples: Inexpensive Caviar - Crispy bacon, tasso or pancetta – Dill sprigs – crabmeat, shrimp or even lobster.

GLAZED HAM

1 Brined Fresh Ham
 2 - 20 oz cans Pineapple slices, juice reserved 1 - 16 oz jar of Maraschino cherries, juice reserved METHOD: Using a clean utility knife, score the outside of the ham in a diamond pattern. Season the ham well on all sides with salt and pepper and place in 320 degree oven. Bake for about 18 to 20 minutes per pound. While it cooks:
In a saucepan, combine pineapple juice, cherry juice, brown sugar and molasses. Bring to a simmer, stirring often and reduce until a syrup like consistency

6 tbsp Dark brown sugar 1 cup Sorghum molasses 1 Lemon Kosher Salt Ground black pepper is attained. Allow to cool and then grate in the zest from one lemon and add a few grinds from your pepper mill. In the last 45 minutes, glaze the ham every 10 or 15 minutes. A pastry brush works best and don’t worry about using too much. While the ham rests, garnish with cherries and pineapple.

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BUTCHER’S BLOCK For our May/June 2017 issue, Chef Raines celebrated Mother’s Day and Father’s Day with some of his favorite recipes. For Father’s Day, he gave us the perfect Wagyu steak recipe.

CAST IRON SEARED BONEIN WAGYU NY STRIP WITH MUSHROOM TOPPING CAST IRON SEARED BONE IN WAGYU STRIP STEAK WITH MUSHROOM TOPPER SERVED ALONG SIDE TWO DOG FARMS BROCCOLINI AND HAND CUT POMME FRITES: The Strip is simply seasoned with salt and pepper, seared in a hot cast iron skillet with whole garlic cloves and rosemary sprigs and basted with Wagyu Tallow. The Broccolini and Red Spring Onions come from Two Dog Farms and are also pan seared in Wagyu Tallow and seasoned with salt and pepper. The f lowers topping the steak in the photo are actually broccolini f lowers. Hand cut pomme frites are deep fried in Wagyu Tallow and seasoned with salt and pepper. MUSHROOM TOPPER:  1 lb. Sliced Shiitake Mushrooms, stems removed (we use Mississippi Natural) 4 tbsp Butter 1 tbsp Shallots, minced 1 cup dry white wine 1 tsp fresh chopped thyme 2 tsp fresh chopped parsley Salt and pepper to taste Melt butter and add shallots, cook for 1 minute. Then add sliced mushrooms and sauté for 5-7 minutes. They’ll release their moisture, so continue cooking till most of the liquid has been reabsorbed. Add the fresh herbs and wine and let this simmer and reduce till the wine is nearly gone. Adjust seasoning with salt and black pepper. Serve warm, drizzled over your steaks.  

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For Mother’s Day, Chef Raines gave us the perfect breakfast treat, with Soud Vide Egg Sardou with Hollandaise.

SOUS VIDE EGG SARDOU WITH HOLLANDAISE ARTICHOKE BOTTOM: Prepare the artichoke by peeling away the outer leaves, trim the stem to about 1”. Cut across the “cone” and discard, scoop out the fuzzy choke, pare down and remove all green from the base of the artichoke and stem. Cook in simmering lemon water for 3-5 minutes, or until tender. Remove from the water, trim the stem flush with the bottom, keep warm and set aside. Alternately, use frozen or canned artichoke bottoms. SOUS VIDE EGG: Place the whole unpeeled egg in the sous vide at 143 degrees F. and cook for 45 minutes. Bring a small pot of water to a simmer, then reduce the heat. Carefully crack open the egg and gently remove it from the shell. Place the egg in the pot of hot water and allow it to cook for another minute or two. Remove the egg and place it on the artichoke bottom. Top the artichoke and egg with Creamed Spinach, everyone has their own favorite recipe. Then liberally ladle Hollandaise over the top. HOLLANDAISE:

1 tsp. red wine vinegar ¼ tsp. cayenne 3 egg yolks 1 ½ cup melted, cooled unsalted butter Juice of ½ lemon Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Place vinegar, cayenne, and yolks in a medium metal bowl, and set bowl over a pot of simmering water; whisk until smooth. While whisking, slowly drizzle in melted butter until sauce emulsifies and thickens. Stir in juice and 1 tsp. water, and season with salt and pepper; keep hollandaise warm.


BUTCHER’S BLOCK For our summertime July/August 2017 issue, it was all about the grill. Barbecuing is part of southern culture, and Chef Raines gave us some of the tastiest tips to turn an average backyard day into a full-blown BBQ feast. Our favorite is the Wagyu Beef Back Ribs. Nothing says BBQ in the South like a full rack of slow-cooked ribs.

WAGYU BEEF BACK RIBS

1 slab of wagyu back ribs, membrane removed yellow mustard to coat
1 time batch of Basic Beef Rub

Apply a thin coat of yellow mustard all over the ribs. Then, sprinkle the rub over the entire surface, top and bottom. With your grill of smoker set around 230-250 degrees place the ribs in with the bone side down and cook until they are fork tender and falling off the bone. Around 4 hours. If you prefer to wrap them in aluminum foil part of the time, wait until the first 2 hours have passed. Allow to cool 10 minutes before cutting the ribs. For me, beef back ribs are as decadent as you can get. The bones come from the backside of the ribeye so the meat in between each bone is marbled, rich and juicy. In addition to the ribs, you can’t go wrong with a nice BBQ chicken.

WHOLE BUTTERFLIED CHICKEN 1 WHOLE YOUNG CHICKEN, BACKBONE REMOVED BRINE 1 gallon of water
 1 cup kosher salt
 3 sprigs fresh sage
 4 garlic cloves, smashed
 1 tbsp of whole black peppercorns 1 bay leaf

BASIC CHICKEN RUB ½ tsp cayenne
 1 tsp dried thyme
 1 tsp dried oregano
 1 tbsp granulated garlic
 1 tbsp onion powder
 2 tbsp paprika
 ¼ cup kosher salt
 ¼ cup fresh ground black pepper

Heat the brine up to a simmer and stir often to make sure the salt dissolves. Allow to cool. Add the chicken to the brine and allow to sit in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours. Pat dry and open up the chicken so that it lays flat with the bone side down. Sprinkle the rub over the chicken. I don’t usually put a really heavy layer on because I get some flavor from the brine as well but do what comes natural. Cooking at 230-240 degrees will take a little longer but I find it to be worth the wait. Place it off of the direct heat in your grill or smoker and let it cook until the internal temp reaches 165 degrees. Allow to rest 10 minutes before you dig in. The cook time on chicken varies depending on how often you open the lid. An open pit may take 4 hours while a ceramic egg may knock it out in half the time, or less, if you don’t open it too often during the cook. Butterflied birds are not only visually appealing amongst your other bbq items but they are easy to cut into pieces that way and I feel like there is no juicier end result when you smoke or grill whole birds.

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BUTCHER’S BLOCK The Fall means tailgating in the South and Chef David Raines delivered up some of his favorite recipes in the September/October 2017 issue. Keep your tent happy and full with Wagyu kabobs and Boudin balls.

BOUDIN BALLS Growing up in Louisiana, tailgating has always included walking from tent to tent, talking to friends and seeing who had the best boudin balls. These hearty snacks are simple so the winner was always someone who made their own boudin and didn’t cut any corners while doing it. The Flora Butcher is lucky enough to have beautiful milk and bread fed pigs from Wesson Mississippi and we use them to make our boudin in house. 1 -2 lbs boudin rolled into 1 inch balls 2 cups all purpose flour 1 tbsp Kosher salt 1 tsp sweet paprika 1 tsp white pepper 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp garlic powder ¼ tsp cayenne 1 tsp dried parsley 1 tsp dried thyme 2 eggs beaten 1.5 oz local milk (we use Kin Growers from Rolling Fork, Mississippi) 2 cups panko that has been pulsed in a food processor just enough to smooth it out a little Vegetable oil or Lard for deep frying (we make our own of course) Mix all of the dry ingredients together, except for the panko, in a medium size bowl. In another bowl, wisk the eggs and milk together until smooth. Add the panko to a third bowl. Line the bowls up- Seasoned Flour-Egg WashPanko. In small batches, drop the boudin balls in the seasoned flour, then move to the egg wash, keeping one hand dry, and then to the panko using the dry hand to help coat each ball. Move to a plate and let sit for a good 15 minutes to allow the coating to “set”. In the meantime, heat your lard or vegetable oil until it reaches 350 degrees. After the boudin balls have had time to set, fry them in small batches for around 3 minutes or until golden brown. Place on a resting rack to cool and then pack them for the game. I always heat mine up on the grill using an aluminum pan but off of the direct heat. Goes great with remoulade or comeback.

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HOOVER MARINATED WAGYU KABOBS My first experience with Louise, Mississippi’s own Hoover Sauce did not go well. With a little more effort, I grew to appreciate this sauce/marinade for what it was and it’s ability to add wonderful flavor if used correctly. I still only marinate with it for 2 or 3 hours but the act of brushing it on during cooking has left me with kabobs that are a little salty with an Asian flavor and an almost candy coating to them. The number of variations of meats, fruits and veggies are endless. These focus more on the cut of wagyu I prefer for kabobs and what is growing right down the street at Salad Days and Two Dog Farm. They share a driveway and are two of the finest produce growers in Mississippi. 1 ½-2 lbs wagyu sirloin cut into 1 inch cubes, marinated in Hoover for 2-3 hours 1 zephyr squash sliced in ¼ inch disks 1 zucchini sliced into ¼ inch disks 1 red onion cut into 1 ½ inch squares 1-2 cherry tomatoes for each kabob 1 head Salad Days bibb lettuce Use bamboo or metal skewers to make your kabobs, alternating meat and the veggies to create an eye appealing end product. As you cook to your desired temperature! Continue to brush on Hoover sauce and let it form a sticky layer on the outside of the kabob. Layer the presentation plate with bibb lettuce leaves. I like them for presentation but I also like to make little lettuce wraps as I eat the kabobs and the bibb is perfect for that.


BUTCHER’S BLOCK Chef Raines wrapped up 2017 with some Thanksgiving and Christmas favorites. What better way to end than on a “sweet” note, so here is a simple recipe to make a pecan trifle.

PECAN TRIFLE 8 oz Mascarpone Cheese, softened 1 ½ cups Whipping Cream 1 ½ tsp Vanilla Extract 1 (2-lb.) Leftover Pecan Pie, cut into 1-inch cubes

⅓ cup chocolate fudge topping ⅓ cup caramel topping ½ cup chopped pecans, toasted

Beat mascarpone cheese, whipping cream, and vanilla extract in a large bowl at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer, using the whisk attachment, 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth and firm Place half of pie cubes in bottom of a 4-qt. trifle dish or tall, clear 4-qt. glass bowl. Spread half of whipped cream mixture over pie cubes. Drizzle with half each of chocolate fudge topping and caramel topping. Sprinkle with half of chopped pecans. Repeat layers.

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GOOD EATS

how sweet it is by Duncan Dent

Photos by Michael Simmons

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he Livingston Sweet Shoppe literally captures the feeling of being a kid in a candy shop, combining the timeless thrills of browsing colorfully-sweet candy and rich chocolates next to creative varieties of popcorn made inhouse. We can’t forget their host of interesting ice cream selections either. Co-owners Patricia Williams and Cindy Hannon try to stock a variety of candies from classics like Big Chunk bars to novelty edible mustaches. Hannon said the item that really turns heads is the selection of gummies formed to look like real foods. Hannon said they try to keep a four-inch pizza and a gummy facsimile of a sushi tray in stock at all times. “They are great for parties,” Hannon said. “Kids seem to really like them, it’s just a cool thing to play around with and share.” Currently, customers can add gummy fried eggs to their bags or pick up a gummy burger if they aren’t in the market for pizza and sushi. The store keeps eight flavors of ice scream in stock at a time from LuVel, located just up the road in Kosciusko. The shop opts for classics like vanilla, chocolate and strawberry and recently have added coffee to their stable while rotating the other selections between a variety of interesting options as they become available. Ice cream can be scooped into a variety of gourmet ice cream cones made in Pennsylvania by the Cone Guys. Cones include chocolate chip cookie and M&M.

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“Right now I have been enjoying a scoop of praline pecan in a pretzel cone,” Williams said. “That contrast of salty and sweet is just ridiculously good.” They also provide a variety of malts, shakes and floats using there extensive line of retro sodas. Try their signature shake, the Dirty Cow, a delectable selection liberally decorated with chocolate and caramel drizzle with a shot of cold drip coffee mixed in. If you want to give your sweet tooth a break, the Livingston Sweet Shoppe also offers specialty popcorn made in-house. At any given time they try to maintain about four different flavors bagged and ready to go. They have classics like caramel and cheddar popcorn to the more unusual dill pickle, pizza and bacon flavors. “That dill pickle is really popular. We try to change it up. It mostly just depends on whoever was popping that day and what they felt like making,” Hannon said. At Livingston Sweet Shoppe there is something for everyone. “I really think we have something to offer for everyone. The left side is the kid’s side with all the colorful candies and things and then on the right we have all of our gourmet chocolates. I think people enjoy being able to come in and look around,” Hannon said. The Livingston Sweet Shoppe is located at 1150 Old Cedars Lane at the Township of Livingston. They open at 12 p.m. and stay open until 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday. They are closed on Mondays.

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Fairytale Favorites Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet Celebrates 25 Years

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he Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet, under the artistic direction of Jennifer Beasley, will celebrate its 25th anniversary season with a look back at favorite scenes from their original story ballets. “Fairytale Favorites” will be presented at 2 pm on March 24-25 at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center, and will showcase excerpts from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen Heart, and The Princess and the Pea. “The Princess Parade” will follow the March 24 performance with a chance to walk onstage to meet the dancers and get autographs. The March 25 performance will include two additional dance works that will highlight the versatility of the company: Jennifer Beasley’s “Classical Symphony”, an homage to the training of a ballet dancer, and “Reminiscence”, a contemporary work by award winning choreographer Leaia Alsup. The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet is a non-profit, pre-professional ballet company

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that was founded in Madison in 1992. Jennifer Beasley has been the company’s artistic director since 1997, and under her direction the company has grown from 25 dancers to 85 dancers, ages 8-18, who are all students at the company’s official school, the Mississippi Metropolitan Dance Academy. Dancers are selected for the company via audition, and as members of the company perform in MMB’s annual presentation of The Nutcracker and also in the spring performance, which varies from year to year. Past spring productions have included Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen Heart, The Princess and the Pea, Swan Lake Act 3, Don Quixote, and The Firebird “It seemed fitting to do a retrospective, ‘greatest-hits’ type of performance for our 25th anniversary,” says Crystal Skelton, MMB Executive Director. “We have created several original ballets over the years, and it was hard to choose just one to represent and celebrate

our 25th anniversary milestone. In presenting excerpts from four of our favorite fairytale ballets, we get to re-visit some of our favorite choreography, sets, and costumes, and audience members get to enjoy not just one ‘Once Upon a Time’, but four!” Both The Little Mermaid and Frozen Heart were choreographed for MMB by guest choreographer Kristy Nilsson. MMB commissioned Nilsson to create The Little Mermaid in 2014 and Frozen Heart in 2016. “Both of these ballets turned out so beautifully when we premiered them,” comments Beasley. “The choreography, sets, and costumes for both are so innovative and visually striking, and we knew that our audience members would be thrilled to again see the ballet-dancing versions of Ariel, Anna, and Elsa onstage!” Beasley and then Assistant Artistic Director Erik Kegler first choreographed Beauty and the Beast for MMB in 2005. The original presentation was at an outdoor performance at


CULTURE Reunion Lake that year, and MMB re-staged the ballet in 2009 at Thalia Mara Hall and at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center in 2015. “Beauty and the Beast is one of our favorites, and each year that we have presented it, we have added to the choreography and enhanced the sets and costumes, so each presentation has been a fresh experience. The ‘tale as old as time’ is beloved by so many, and we knew we had to include it in our retrospective walk down fairytale lane.” The fourth and final fairytale that will be included in “Fairytale Favorites” is The Princess and the Pea, first choreographed by Beasley, Kegler, and Skelton in 2007. “Creating Princess and the Pea with Jennifer Beasley and Erik Kegler is one of my favorite memories,” recalls Skelton. “We had so much fun collaborating, and the result is a really funny, whimsical, entertaining ballet that we are very proud of.” The scene showcased in “Fairytale Favorites” will be the difficult night’s sleep that the Princess endures with the pea under her mattress, and the ensuing celebration when it is discovered that she is truly a Princess. “The joyful, celebratory ending of this ballet is a great way to end our 25th anniversary performance,” remarks Beasley. The March 24 performance of “Fairytale Favorites” will be followed by The Princess Parade, a special opportunity for young audience members to walk across the stage to meet the dancers, see sets and costumes up close, take photos, and get autographs from their favorite Princesses and Princes. Tickets for the Princess Parade will be sold separately, and include an autograph booklet, light refreshments generously provided by The Feathered Cow, Rooster’s, and The Strawberry Café, and the chance to win a hand-wired Swarovski crystal ballet tiara.

The March 25 performance will include “Fairytale Favorites” as well as “Classical Symphony” which explores the evolution of a ballet dancer’s training, from novice to professional. The ballet was choreographed by Artistic Director Beasley in 2013, and will showcase the youngest dancers of MMB through the most advanced. The March 25 performance will also present a new contemporary work by Regional Dance America award-winning choreographer Leaia Alsup titled “Reminiscence.” “Leaia created a beautiful piece that abstractly explores themes of remembrance and connection, and it aptly shows how adept our advanced dancers are in the contemporary dance style. It is a perfect piece to include in our 25th anniversary celebration,” says Skelton. Joining MMB as guest artist for the performances will be Oscar Fernandez, a professional dancer with Ballet Memphis who is originally from Spain and came to the US to train at the San Francisco Ballet School. Fernandez has appeared with MMB previously in Cinderella and The Nutcracker. Dexter Bishop, an MMB alumnus from Clinton who holds an MFA from Oklahoma City University and has danced professionally with the Missouri Ballet Theatre, will also be appearing as guest artist in “Fairytale Favorites.” Dexter currently resides in Chicago, IL and is a dancer with Winifred Haun and Dancers contemporary dance company. “It is really special to have Dexter joining us for our 25th anniversary performance because he has a long history with MMB. He started dancing with us as a young student and has since gone on to a professional career. We are very proud of him and are excited to have him with us as we celebrate our Silver Anniversary,” says Beasley.

Tickets for the March 24 and 25 performances are $20-$22. Tickets for The Princess Parade are sold separately and are $12 per child; accompanying adults do not need to purchase tickets for The Princess Parade. Each Princess Parade ticket holder will automatically be entered into the raffle for the hand-wired Swarovksi crystal miniature ballet tiara and the winner will be announced at the Princess Parade on March 24. MMB is also holding The Royal Fairytale Raffle in conjunction with “Fairytale Favorites”. A Royal Fairytale Raffle ticket purchase enters the ticketholder to win one of six generously donated prizes: a Kelly Wynne Money Maker Mini Wallet; tuition for the 2018 Mississippi Metropolitan Dance Academy Princess Dance Camp; a Kelly Wynne Mingle Mingle Mini Handbag; a Mattie Fru Fru Ballerina Princess Party; Mississippi Braves tickets and memorabilia package; and a Janet Shearer original oil painting commission. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 or 3 for $10. Winners will be drawn at the March 25 performance. Tickets for the performances, the Princess Parade, and the Royal Fairytale Raffle can all be made online at www.msmetroballet.com or by calling 601-853-4508. Tickets will also be available at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center, 4908 Ridgewood Road, on March 24 and 25 beginning at 1 pm. Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet is generously sponsored in the 2017-2018 season by The Mississippi Arts Commission, Ergon, The Gertrude C. Ford Foundation, BankPlus, Harper, Rains, Knight & Co, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi, Merrill Lynch, Eventful, Kendra Scott, Hilton Garden Inn Madison, and Table 100. For more information on MMB, please visit www.msmetroballet.com.

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EVENTS FUN-RAISERS MARCH 10 The Jackson Young Lawyers is hosting the Legal Beagle 5K Walk/Run, with registration beginning at 7 a.m. and the run/walk starting at 8:15 a.m. Visit jacksonyounglawyers.com for more information and to register online. MARCH 24 Support Down syndrome awareness and raise funds for the Lily Pad in the 6th Annual Run Up for Downs at the Madison Healthplex Performance Center. All proceeds will go to build The Lily Pad Cafe, which will employ and train young adults with special needs and equip these men and women with the tools necessary to obtain employment with local businesses so that they can not only achieve their full potential, but display to the community their abundant talents and abilities. For more info, visit thelilypadms.com.

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MUSIC @ DULING HALL MARCH 19 Cabaret at Duling Hall presents The Eclectic Guitar. Barry Leach will perform a variety of original pieces, as well as wellknown songs. Tickets cost $25.

MARCH 31 Ardenland presents Will Hoge and Hugh Mitchell, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15-$20.

MARCH 24 Ardenland presents The Mulligan Brothers and Oh Jeremiah, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10-$15.

APRIL 20 Ardeland presents Young Valley album release show, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10.

MARCH 30 Ardenland presents commedian Killer Beaz, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20-$25.

APRIL 21 Ardenland presents The Lone Bellow, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20 or $79 for VIP.


THEATRE & OPERA MARCH 24 Join the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra for the Richard and Shelby McRae Series Bravo V: Epic Elegance from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. The concert features the full orchestra with the music of Johannes Brahms and Gustav Mahler. Tickets cost $23-$65. APRIL 17-29 New Stage Theatre presents Shakespeare in Love on the Main Stage. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 17-21, April 24-28, and a 2 p.m. performance will be held on April 22 and April 29. Penniless and indebted to two demanding producers, struggling young playwright William Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps, daughter of a wealthy merchant, whose fiery passion for poetry and drama leaves her secretly longing to be an actor. Both are despondent when they learn that Viola’s father has promised her to the stuffy Lord Wessex in order to gain a title for their family. Under the veil of secrecy, Will and Viola’s passionate love affair becomes the basis of the very play he is writing—Romeo and Juliet. With opening night—and the wedding day—fast approaching, the plots race toward a parallel conclusion. Will it all work out in the end or are the two star-crossed lovers destined for tragedy? Recommended for ages 14 and older for sexual situations and mature themes related to blooming romance, theatrical ego, and mildly tortured artistic souls. APRIL 28 The final production of the season for the Mississippi Opera is Turandot, the ancient story of a cold and bloodthirsty Chinese princess. Any man who desired to wed her must first have answered her riddles. If he failed, he was beheaded! Prince Calaf, mesmerized by her beauty, vows to meet the challenge. Containing some of the most spectacular music ever written, including the famous aria “Nessun dorma,” Turandot is one of the largest productions that Mississippi Opera has ever done.

BOOK SIGNINGS & READINGS MARCH 14 The Artful Evolution of Hal & Mal’s A book signing will be held at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books for this first edition hardcover. The Artful Evolution of Hal & Mal’s is a collaboration between artist Ginger Williams Cook and author Malcolm White about the people, the place, and the history of Hal & Mal’s, an iconic institution in downtown Jackson. MARCH 19 Panorama A book signing will be held at 5 p.m., followed by a 5:30 p.m. reading at Lemuria Books for the debut novel from Steve Kistulentz. The novel spins towards a single moment, a plane crash on New Year’s Day, and then away from it, as the families of the victims navigate intertwined paths in the wake of the tragedy. MARCH 20 Anatomy of a Miracle A book signing will be held at 5 p.m., followed by a 5:30 p.m. reading at Lemuria Books for the novel by Jonathan Miles. The brilliant, provocative new novel from the critically acclaimed author of Want Not is about a paralyzed young veteran’s sudden, mysterious recovery—a stunning exploration of faith, science, celebrity, and mystery. MARCH 21 The Past is Never A book signing will be held at 5 p.m., followed by a 5:30 p.m. reading at Lemuria Books for the novel by Tiffany Quay Tyson. The novel is a compelling addition to contemporary Southern Gothic fiction, deftly weaving together local legends, magical realism, and the search for a missing child. MARCH 22 The Fighter

APRIL 7 Still Wrestling: Faith Renewed Through Brokenness A book signing will be held from 2-4 p.m. at Lemuria Books for the novel by Les Ferguson Jr. In the aftermath of a double murder, a destroyed family, and a shattered faith, Les gives hope to others wrestling with God through a dramatically different study of the Bible’s characters. APRIL 9 The Line Becomes a River A book signing will be held at 5 p.m., followed by a reading at 5:30 p.m. for the novel by Franciso Cantú. This is a beautiful, fiercely honest, and nevertheless deeply empathetic look at those who police the border and the migrants who risk — and lose — their lives crossing it. APRIL 12 Country Dark A book signing will be held at 5 p.m., followed by a reading at 5:30 p.m. for the novel by Chris Offutt. Chris Offutt’s long-awaited return to fiction after nearly two decades, Country Dark is a fierce noirinflected novel about a good man pushed by circumstance into crime. APRIL 24 Bluff A book signing will be held at 5 p.m., followed by a reading at 5:30 p.m. for the novel by Michael Kardos. From a writer who “dazzles with prose strength and style,” Bluff takes readers deep inside the fraught and fascinating world of a modern magician who becomes obsessed with magic’s dark twin—the underworld of the card cheat.

A book signing will be held at 5 p.m., followed by a 5:30 p.m. reading at Lemuria Books for the novel by Michael Farris Smith. This is a blistering novel of violence and deliverance set against the mythic backdrop of the Mississippi Delta.

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shley Blair Robertson and Charles Scott Woods III were united in marriage at six o’clock in the evening on August 12, 2017 at Galloway United Methodist Church in Jackson. The ceremony was officiated by Reverend Jerry Bruce Case, Jr. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Earl Robertson of Madison. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Maurice Fudge of Searcy, Arkansas, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter Cleo Robertson of North Little Rock, Arkansas. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Scott Woods II of Madison. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ewing Carruthers, Jr. of Memphis, Tennessee, and Mrs. Edgar Hall Woods of Madison and the late Mr. Woods of Scooba. Escorted by her father, the bride wore a custom Martina Liana gown featuring a bateau neckline with the bodice made of alencon lace with hand beaded embellishments. Her flowing skirt was made of silk English net, and her veil was chapel length with a rolled pencil edge. She carried a bouquet of white hydrangeas, Tiffany peach roses, mini white spray roses, playa blanca roses, succulents, dusty miller and silver brunia, with the stems wrapped in ivory ribbon. With it she carried a lace handkerchief that belonged to her great-great maternal grandmother, which was also carried by her mother and sister at their weddings. A second lace handkerchief was carried that belonged to the bridegroom’s paternal great-great grandmother. The bride’s maternal grandmother’s vintage butterfly pin was also attached to her bouquet. Attending the bride as matron of honor was her sister, Jayme Robertson McDonald of Madison. Maid of Honor was Amanda

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WEDDINGS / ENGAGEMENTS Hart Hoeffner of Atlanta, Georgia. Bridesmaids were Olivia Hines Bradford of Atlanta, Georgia; Morgan Vice Bruce of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Anna Leigh Dunn of Portland, Oregon; Paige Bone Hayes of Gadsden, Alabama; Lauren Creswell Jones of Memphis, Tennessee; Hannah Claire McGraw of Nashville, Tennessee; Alexandra Grace Peters of Washington, District of Columbia; Sarah Wright Ray of Birmingham, Alabama; Margaret Woods Roberts of Fayetteville, Arkansas; and Sara Abby Southerland of Birmingham, Alabama. They wore champagne colored floor length gowns featuring a wrap-style silhouette with a V neckline and halter tie designed by Joanne August. Their bouquets were white hydrangeas, silver brunia, roses, succulents, and dusty miller. The groom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen were Byron Green Burkhalter of Atlanta, Georgia; Buckner Anderson Corso of Houston, Texas; Norman Miller French of Missoula, Montana; Robert Sullivan Leis of Atlanta, Georgia; James Hampton Matthews IV of Jackson; Lawrence Lee Martin of Dallas, Texas; Kevin Charles McDonald, of Madison; Garner Arden Reesby of Houston, Texas; Andrew Hunter Roberts of Fayette-

ville, Arkansas; Charles Christopher Scott V of Houston, Texas; and Hayden Robert Worsham III of Atlanta, Georgia. Ushers were Robinson Powell Crawford, of Scottsdale, Arizona; Mark Gray McKinnon of Washington, District of Columbia; James Sanford Love Moore of Jackson; and Blake Everett Pruett of Sacramento, California. Sidney Michelle Anthony of Dallas, Texas was the scripture reader. Program Attendants were Madison Walker Marlatte of Nashville, Tennessee, and Stormie Victoria Wells of Little Rock, Arkansas, cousin of the bride. Flower girls and ringbearer were the bridegroom’s cousins, Jane Carruthers Carby of Natchez, Eleanor Grace Sturdivant and Garnett Carruthers Sturdivant of Jackson, and Walker Hyde Carby of Natchez. Walker carried the ringbearer pillow sewn by Patricia Dunn and embellished with heirloom lace from Charles’ maternal great-great grandmother. The musicians were Dr. Robert Knupp, organist, and the Magnolia String Quartet. The altar was framed by three distressed columns and urns presenting floral arrangements of callas, hydrangea, Tiffany peach roses, dusty miller, curly willow, and bells of Ireland. A collec-

tion of tall, single candle holders with greenery completed the altar area. Following the ceremony, guests were invited to celebrate at the reception held at The Railroad District in Jackson. An expansive array of food and florals were provided by Wendy Putt of Fresh Cut Catering and Floral. Deborah Simmons of Signature Occasions was the wedding planner and coordinator. Cakes by Iris created the bride’s five-tiered almond wedding cake that sat atop a glass plateau with fresh flowers underneath. The groom’s table was an assortment of his favorite cakes. Compozitionz band took the stage for a night of fun that had everyone dancing under a ceiling of hundreds of hanging roses and bubble lights. The couple left in a shower of rose petals surrounded by family and friends before being driven off in the groom’s paternal grandfather’s antique 1966 Lincoln Continental convertible. On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at The Gathering at Livingston. The couple is home in Washington, D.C. after a wedding trip to Maui, Hawaii.

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r. and Mrs. David Meyer of Madison are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Kristen Leigh Meyer to Robert Anthony Burton, son of Mary Burton and the late Mike Burton of Greenwood. They are due to wed on June 16, 2018 at River Hills Club in Jackson. After their Alaskan honeymoon they will reside in Brandon.

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r. and Mrs. Lonnie and Nicki Weaver of Oxford announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Ashlee Nicole Weaver, to Zachary Christopher Wallace, son of Christopher and Karen Wallace of Madison. The couple will exchange vows in September at North Brandon Church of Christ in Brandon. Family and Friends are invited to attend.  The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Gary and Brenda Weaver of Oxford, and Harvey and Phyllis Lovelady of Bartlett, Tennessee. Ms. Weaver attends The University of Mississippi Medical Center pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and works at Batson Children’s Hospital. The prospective groom is the grandson of Charlie and Sharon Waldrop of Madison, and Frank and Sandra Wallace of Harrisburg, North Carolina. Mr. Wallace attends The University of Southern Mississippi pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing and works at The Southern Connection Police Supplies in Ridgeland. 

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