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www.foxworthchiro.com Meet Dr. Drew Cefalu. He’s been practicing at Foxworth Chiropractic since 2009. Throughout the past nine years we’ve heard so many of our Madison County residents encouraging us to open a practice there. Well, it’s been a little over 3 years in the making, but that day has finally come. Dr. Cefalu will be opening our second location this September, right off of Highland Colony Parkway in Madison. We look forward to serving the Madison area with the highest quality spinal care possible.


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SEPT / OCT 2018 PUBLISHED BY The Madison County Journal PUBLISHER James E. Prince III ASSOCIATE EDITOR & PUBLISHER Michael Simmons


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Cocktails for the Crisp

Southern Shine’s Local

Days of Fall

Fashion Finds

10............FEATURE Bond Beyond Football 13.............PEOPLE The Moustache Man 17.............HOMES Modern & Rustic Living 26.............OUTDOORS Pros Hit The Local Links 31.............REALTY SHOWCASE 39 ............BUTCHER’S BLOCK

44.............DIY 3 Easy Steps to Fall Décor 47.............ARTS Celebrating New Stage’s New Season 50.............EXPLORE Madison County’s Wild Places 53.............EVENTS

Oktoberfest With a Traditional Southern Twist: Barbecue & Beer

Photo by Laurel Donahoo

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Duncan Dent, Audrey Hall, Taylor Rayburn

On the Cover: SummerHouse takes us into some modern, rustic environments.


As part of our commitment to your care and convenience, The Woman’s Clinic is growing to serve you.


Dr. Ashley Johnson Dr. Johnson is seeing patients in Jackson and Madison. Call for an appointment at 601-354-0869 or visit us online at twc-ms.com.




eptember and October in Mississippi just don’t mean what they do nationwide. While in New York it may be appropriate to put up the margarita machine and begin serving fall cocktails in anticipation for the Autumnal Equinox in September, Mississippians can expect oppressive heat and days by the pool as late as early-October. However, this offers other challenges because sleeves will invariably become necessary before October runs out. To combat that difficulty we offer a refreshing poolside cocktail that requires minimum ingredients and can quickly be retired for our followup recipe, a comforting bowl of punch. The crisp and refreshing Salty Dog is a simple, three-ingredient drink, derived from a cocktail known as the Greyhound. A passage from a 1945 issue of Harper’s Magazine suggests the drink got its name as a signature cocktail of a restaurant called the Post

House, commonly located inside bus terminals. The recipe called for one part gin or vodka, four parts canned grapefruit juice and, of all things, sugar. Tracking the drinks evolution from there is dicey, at best, but the drink we have today, the Salty Dog, packs much more of a wallop with two parts gin or vodka and three parts fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice and garnished with salt on the rim of the glass. The effect is a kind of poor man’s margarita, cold and tart and refreshing, with the salt to keep you thirsty for one more. Our next selection, a Ciderhouse Porto Sangria Punch, is a quick and easy sangria recipe that will help you ease into cooler evenings and fall weather but will still refresh on days where the temperature stubbornly stays in the 80s or 90s. It harnesses the fruits of the season, granny smith apples and pears, with enough port and rye whiskey to keep your belly warm, if needed.



OF FALL By Duncan Dent

SALTY DOG 2 ounces vodka or gin 3 ounces ruby red grapefruit juice salt Put two parts of your spirit of choice and three parts ruby red grapefruit juice into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously and strain into an ice-filled, salt-rimmed glass. For an extra salty punch put some salt on the ice and top off the final drink with a few shakes of salt as well.

CIDERHOUSE PORTO SANGRIA PUNCH 1 bottle of port fortified wine 24 ounces of apple cider 3 ounces of rye whiskey 1.5 ounces maple syrup 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced 2 pears, cored and sliced Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and refrigerate for at least 12 hours. Serve in tumblers or wine glasses and garnish with apple or pear slices. SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2018 | 7





BOND BEYOND FOOTBALL Former MSU quarterback talks about playing days, hunting and ministry. By Taylor Rayburn

Photo by Taylor Rayburn


ohn Bond, the legendary Mississippi State quarterback, is living a Mississippi dream of coaching football here in Madison County. Bond, 57, is known for leading MSU over No. 1 Alabama in 1980 by a score of 6-3, ending a 28-game win streak at the time. One of Bond’s favorite memories from his playing days is after the game when Bear Bryant entered MSU’s locker room to concede the game, telling they beat Alabama and not to let anyone tell them differently. “It was fun because we were going nuts and we were really loud, the offense was in the back left corner of the locker room,” Bond said. “Then kind of a hush went over the room and by the time we saw him standing in a folding chair and by the time he got to the end you could hear crickets. He said don’t let anyone fool you, you guys beat us.” Bond was drafted by the Browns, but did not like the locker room situation there and opted to play a year in the Canadian Football League. His football career did not end there. The Mississippi Fire Dogs, an Arena League team, was holding tryouts and a friend bet him $100 bucks he would not go try out. That team helped him connect with Irvin Favre, the famous Brett Favre’s father. However, it did not end as well as it could for him. “I ended up getting my ribs cracked when we were playing in North Carolina,” Bond said. “They call out starting lineup and the lights come down and they say ‘starting at defensive end, eight-year all-pro’ and they got like four of them. So I’m like golly we got a quick game tonight, we are going to throw it quick. Got my ribs cracked and said nope I’m done. Made some great friends though.” Now Bond tries to make every Mississippi State home football game and a couple away games and spends his time preparing game plans in his first year as St. Joseph’s head coach. At MSU, he tailgates like most fans and while he said he is a rib fan but is a fan of the basics. “Just hamburgers and hotdogs, they are easy to walk and talk with,” Bond said. “Ribs are hard to have a conversation over with licking fingers and everything.” However, Bond’s path down football was almost for not. Bond did not really like football growing up. He was a point guard on his high school basketball team in Valdosta, Georgia. His coach was also the football coach and seeing his skill asked him to try football. “It was my eighth-grade year,” Bond said. “My coach said you need to come out and play football, so I did a little that spring and he told me I needed to stick with it.”




He still stuck with basketball some, playing on a semi-pro team in Greenwood with his center Kent Hull while he was at Mississippi State and starts his day with about 30 minutes of shooting at St. Joe’s basketball court as a way to relax. Outside of football, he spent a lot of his time hunting and fishing, with his family being from the coast. His favorite fishing trips were to Costa Rica and Cabo, Mexico catching marlin and shellfish. But he said he loves the simple fishing he can do out and around Mississippi. “I love to go out here and catch trout and redfish,” Bond said. “Because you can go out and do that in a matter of a couple hours. You can be out in your boat in 20 minutes and then catch your limit and come on back. It is a ton of fun.” He said he has been fortunate to hunt on a large part of the land in Greenwood. 12 | MADISON COUNTY MAGAZINE

He said the biggest deer he killed was a 10-point, but his favorite might be a different dear he killed a couple years ago in central Mississippi. “I killed a palmetto two years ago and I got it back a couple months ago and it is just a beautiful deer,” Bond said. “Just real flat horns and I killed it up between Lexington and Shula and I walked right up on him because it was raining and he could not hear me. I was maybe 50 yards from him.” Beyond hunting, fishing, and football

another passion of Bond’s is mission work. He lost his oldest son, Andrew, in an automobile accident in 2010. His son loved mission trips and had just come back from Southeast Asia. So Bond started a foundation in his son’s name with the goal to send kids on Christian mission trips in memory of his son. “That is something that will shake your foundation,” Bond said. “We have probably sent 100 kids all over the world. It is fantastic every time we send one.”



Flora Fireman Creates Popular Wax

Photo by Taylor Rayburn

By Taylor Rayburn

One man’s solution to keep his mustache in pristine condition in Mississippi heat and humidity has turned into a business, with worldwide shipping power. John Pitts grew out his mustache in 1987, but there was one problem. He lived in the hot and humid climate of Mississippi and struggled to find a wax that held his mustache together. His mom gave him a wax that worked for his ‘stache. However, after a couple years of using it, the maker sold the formula and he was unable to track it down again. So he moved on to another one and then the same thing happened again. “My mom actually gave me a thing of wax that was my dad’s from who knows when,” Pitts said. “I used it



then it went away, you could not find it in any stores. So I used another wax I found online and then it became unavailable.” He was unable to find any waxes that could withstand the blistering heat and humidity of Mississippi’s summers. He tried this wax and that wax but none of them worked either. So he took matters into his own hands and experimented until he found a solution. That solution is the origin of Firehouse Mustache Wax. After keeping it between himself and some friend for a couple years, he went to his wife Kristine and told her he thought they could sell the wax. She, naturally, was skeptical. “He came to me and said I think we can sell this and make this an internet business,” Kristine said. “I said who is going buy mustache wax and was like that is not going to work. He proved me wrong.” Now Firehouse sells all over the world, from California to the Slavic states. They have shipped orders to Canada, the Netherlands, Russia, England, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Germany Croatia, Estonia and more. “Some places we have to get a globe out and look up where it is,” John laughed. Kristine is amazed at the dedication some of their customers have to support the wax. They post photos of customers of who have used the wax on their website and also get posts that people put up themselves on their Facebook page. Their customers brag on what John said is the difference between his wax and other waxes, that his holds in any condition.


“A triathlete asked if we could send him our logo so he could put it on his shirt,” Kristine said. “We had one guy who posted saying I was just in a hurricane and this is my ‘stache.” They sell to individuals and through retailers on major websites like Amazon. Their success is a credit to the quality of their product and the hard work the two have put in. John makes every single tin of wax himself. “We put it online and it kind of blew up from there,” John said. “We thought we would sell one or two tins a week and were really excited about that, then it got crazy. Now, we can get 200 orders week or all of sudden we get an order from Amazon and need to make 1400 tins in a week.”

Now they are at a point where Kristine has left her job at a commercial mortgage company to run the business side of things full-time. If you asked John, he would tell you she does 80 percent of the work. More importantly, they found ways to help others with their work. They donate 25 cents from each tin and 50 cents from each t-shirt sold to a different charity each year. Customers can keep track of how much has been donated on the Firehouse Mustache Wax website. This year’s donations go to Shriner’s Hospital for Children. For more information, visit www.firehousemoustachewax.com.




MODERN & Rustic


By Audrey Hall


Photos by Elish Moon




From throw pillows to decorative vases, SummerHouse transformed this modern living space with rustic elements.


utumn is around the corner and SummerHouse has all the tips and resources you need to turn your space into your rustic dream home. Mixing football season with Southern rustic aesthetic makes for home décor no family here can pass up. “If you were to poll 10 people on what encompasses ‘rustic design,’ you would most likely receive 10 different answers,” said interior designer Katy Sanders. “We see this everyday in the world of design!” Sanders navigates the ins and outs of charming pastoral décor with panache. As a designer there, Sanders is involved in custom-builds, remodels and new construction projects and work with clients across Mississippi as well as surrounding states. “When I think of rustic style in conjunction with outdoor entertaining,” said Sanders, “I think of natural, organic, and earthy charac-


teristics that are brought forth by incorporating mixed materials like stone, teak and reclaimed wood. This is really more of a curated approach where my goal is to create and collaborate with clients so that home is a true reflection of their personal style, with a flair of this or that, and not a hard label or trend.” These collaborations with clients have brought Sanders and SummerHouse several beautifullycurated spaces where the Southern pastoral appeal won over homeowners and buyers alike. Outdoor décor is no small part of this bargain. “Through working with clients over the years, I have found that many love a quick turn-around when it comes to outdoor planning,” explained Sanders. “Once summer ends and the kids are back to school, football season is here before you know it.” When pursuing the perfect outdoor vibe, home decorators must keep an open mind when it comes to fashion versus function. This is something designers know well. “Along with a strong emphasis on the overall aesthetic, I focus heavily on performance and durability,” explained Sanders.


Photos by Anna Goodson Peeples



A cabin on the bluff of the Pearl River was brought to life by designer Lisa Palmer. SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2018 | 21


Designer Lisa Palmer made the living room at the cabin shine with a fresh take on everything from lighting to furniture.




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The Flora Butcher is an old world style butcher shop specializing in local animals, local artisan products and Raines Farm Wagyu beef.



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2018 Sanderson Farms Championship By Taylor Rayburn



Peter Malnati


here is only one major league sporting event in the state of Mississippi and that is the Sanderson Farms Classic held at the Country Club of Jackson. A rising stars golf tournament, it is the fourth tournament in the PGA Tour and features players mostly outside the top 50 and many of those who are coming onto the tour for the first time. That is how Steve Jest, Executive Director for Century Club Charities who hosts the event, describes the tournament. Their primary goal is to use it to raise money for charities. “The web.com Tour is the tour that is the route to the PGA Tour,” Jest said. “Fifty guys from that tour will get their PGA tour cards and we tend to see some of the veterans but a lot of the younger and newer players coming up. Our last four winners were coming off the web.com Tour.” The tournament has had a big impact on the area around the Metro. Jest said they commissioned Mississippi State University to do a study on the economic impact on the area. The result was that it brings in close to $26 million in economic activity. “It is a big deal in the state,” Jest said. “The players love the area, great restaurants and they say great things about the hospitality they get here. However, the impact it has on Mississippi was not as big as the impact the people of Jackson metro had on one former champion. Peter Malnati won the Sanderson Farms Classic in 2015. It was Malnati’s first and only PGA Tour was the tournament. “It will always be special to me for that reason,” Malnati said. “But it is special for a lot more though. The community in and around Jackson kind of adopted me.” Most players stayed in hotels but Malnati stayed at someone’s house on the course and said the family and community has taken him in and made Jackson metro a second home. “It just kind of happened,” Malnati said. “I had a friend and there was a family that adopted me and my wife for a week and we call them our Jackson, Mississippi family. We were literally adopted by a family for a week but the community as a whole has accepted me.” It is one of the things that separates this tournament from all the others. Malnati spends a lot of time on the road on the PGA Tour, so to be able to feel at home for a week with a strong community around him is one of the things that makes Mississippi stand out. “When you consider most of the people playing spend anywhere from 20 to 35 weeks on the road,” Malnati said, “to have a family make Jackson feel like home and to have one feel like home is really special.” The event is very spectator-friendly. Everyone 18 and under get in free as long as they are with a ticketed adult. Normal one-day tickets are $30 a person, which includes parking. Tickets can be SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2018 | 27




bought online through Ticketmaster or at a will call trailer. The course itself is easy for spectators as all the holes are all close to each other. Making for significantly less walking for spectators. “You don’t have to walk an entire nine holes or an entire 18 holes to get back to the clubhouse,” Jest said. “You can go up and jump

back and forth. You can stand in one spot and see four, five, six holes all in one spot.” The event, held from October 22 to the 28th, will be played for the 51st time and will feature a field of 132 players and features a 4.4 million dollar purse. The Sanderson Farms Classic also uses volunteers and those interested can find a registration

form on their website. Parking for the event is at the Northpark and spectators are shuttled over. “For Mississippi to have a professional golf tournament like this stands out,” Jest said. “It stands out, not many states have one. It is neat to be one of those 47 events on tour.” SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2018 | 29






MADISON COUNTY .......................................................................................$1,895,000 11183 ROBINSON SPRINGS ROAD

ONE-OF-A-KIND ESTATE Nestled amongst majestic hardwoods and a private lake on over 14 acres, this custom-built home features an iron-gated entrance, incredible guest house, Gunite Saltwater pool, hot tub and waterfall, a red barn for multiple uses, soaring ceilings, hardwood floors and picture windows filled with views. Open Spaces flow for entertaining from the barrel vaulted foyer, statement style Great Room, Formal Dining Room, Wet Bar, and Den. The Billiard Room or Gentleman’s Study is accented with coffered ceilings and fireplace!. The home features a gourmet dream kitchen with Imperial Commercial Cooking Center with 6 Gas Burners, Griddle, Double Ovens, and Heat Tray. Additional Upper End Stainless Appliances are included. The kitchen also boasts a granite center island, top-of-the-line cabinets and a walk-in pantry. Also included in the home are an exercise room, sauna, and steam shower. This home is close to all the Madison conveniences and truly is a dream property.



THE BREAKERS.............................................................................................................$275,000 46 BREAKERS LANE


This gorgeous waterfront property is on the wide open Ross Barnett Reservoir. This fabulous, beautifully updated condo at the Breakers is ready for you to call home. This home has been beautifully painted and updated with gorgeous designer fixtures. It is completely move-in ready. Featuring 2 BR/2 BATH, this condo includes a wet bar, fireplace and split level design.


LAKE CAROLINE..................................................................................................... $309,000 437 CAROLINE BOULEVARD


This is a beautiful 4 BR/2.5 BATH home in Lake Caroline. The kitchen has granite countertops and a gas stovetop. There are heart of pine floors in the den and formal dining area along with built-in bookcase/entertainment in the den. Country living with a nature area located behind the home make this home complete.




SUMMERS BAY................. $489,900 147 SUMMERS BAY DRIVE


Located on the Ross Barnett Reservoir next to the Yacht Club in Summers Bay, this home boasts 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths and an office. The master bath has marble countertops with a walk-in shower. Each bedroom has walk-in closets. There is a wetbar with a built-in ice maker and the kitchen has a gas stove top and gas built-in double ovens. There is an attached 3 car garage with the third car space set up to be a workshop.


LAKE CAROLINE......................................................................................................$799,900 127 KATHERINE POINTE DRIVE


Welcome to this beautiful, elegant home located on the main Lake of Caroline on premier gated Katherine Pointe. This home was custom-designed and inspired by A. Hayes Town with old brick, beams, and a walkthrough entry foyer. The home is an open interior plan featuring a large corner fireplace and a gorgeous kitchen that is a cooks dream. You will love all the custom cabinetry, pantry, stainless appliances with double ovens and ice maker, a vegetable sink and more. This home offers so much space for entertaining. You will love the dining/ keeping room off the kitchen and living area which leads to the unbelievable screened porch. This home was carefully designed and sited to take full advantage of the view of Lake Caroline in back and Katherine Lake in front. The garage is sized well to accommodate your large cars or boat.



SADDLE BROOK....................................................................................................... $547,000 145 SADDLEBROOK COVE


A community complete with estate size lots is the setting for this beautiful 4 BR/3 BATH home. The kitchen features a large island, a farmhouse sink, a walk-in pantry, five-burner gas stove, a pot filler and GE stainless steel appliances. There is a shiplap wall and the keeping room hosts one of the home’s two fireplaces. The family room has built-in shelving and Hickory wood flooring. The master bedroom also has wood flooring and twin master closets. The outdoor area features a 3 car garage, a fenced back yard, an irrigation system as well as a large back porch with an additional patio space and entertaining center.




This remarkable, one-owner, custom-built home is new to the market and move-in ready for your family. The gorgeous corner lot home boasts of such quality and intricate detail. It features 4 huge bedrooms with each bedroom having its very own bathroom, plus a huge bonus room upstairs. It also features two walk-in attics and tons of storage space throughout the house. There is a large screened-in porch and private back yard and an in-ground pool outside.




DINSMOR...........................................................................................................................$774,000 208 AGENCY BURN


Beautiful new construction in Silas Meadows/Dinsmor. So many unique finishes and extras: 4 BR/4.5 BATH. Custom tall cypress doors at entry. Formal dining, formal living with gas fireplace. Gourmet kitchen opens to large vaulted den with beams and wood burning fireplace. Office, spacious laundry, large pantry, convenient built-ins at rear entrance. 3 bedrooms are down including spacious master with pretty marble in master bath. Upstairs, large playroom and additional bedroom and full bath. Covered back porch with built in grill and private vast view of hardwoods. This new home has it all nestled on quiet culde-sac in prestigious Ridgeland location.


LAKE CAROLINE.......................................................................................................$314,000 113 CAMDEN COURT


Wonderful updated home in Lake Caroline with boat slips on the lake directly across the street. Welcoming front porch. 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath. Open plan, den flows to dining and gourmet kitchen. Courtyard in back with iron fence. This home is move-in ready. Come enjoy all that Lake Caroline has to offer!



LOST RABBIT.................................................................................................................. $372,500 235 N. NATCHEZ TRACE DRIVE

CLASSIC COMFORT Reminiscent of classic Charleston architecture, this 3 bedroom/3.5 bath home in Lost Rabbit takes life at a slower rhythm. With an open floor plan, the home is flooded with natural light. Ideal for entertaining, the kitchen, dining area and den flow together in one airy space. The heart pine floors have been updated with a pickled stain adding to the light. The enclosed courtyard offers more room for entertaining and has views of the water. The den features a fireplace with gas jet and the kitchen is arranged ideally for the home chef. A half bath, walk-in pantry, laundry room, reading nook and bedroom flow seamlessly off of the living area. This home features two master suites with double vanities and walk-in closets. The downstairs master has a view of the water and the upstairs master features its own porch. In addition to another bedroom and bath upstairs, there is a living space, including a wall of bookshelves. It could be used as a playroom, study, or additional room for company with plenty of space for a sofa bed or day bed. Two French doors access a large porch overlooking the water with room for outdoor living or dining.







Photos by Chris Todd




he German tradition of Oktoberfest has been around since the early 19th Century and has been one of Deutschland’s more celebrated exports. My culinary journey had me cooking in Germany for a few years, which gave me wonderful insight to the food and song prepared in tribute to King Ludwig and the good people of Munich in southern Germany. The most important ritual is the consumption of locally sanctioned “official” Oktoberfest beers. For our version we’ve incorporated our own local beers from Mississippi microbreweries with some very satisfying barbecue. Add your favorite brats, some Bavarian umpapa music and all you need are some lederhosen to complete the picture. Just as an aside, I found American brats far superior over that one’s I sample during my tenure in Germany. Have a great Autumn.

THE BUTCHER’S BLOCK By Chef David Raines

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HOPPY BBQ SAUCE BBQ SAUCE FOR BBQ CHICKEN RUB FOR CHICKEN BRISKET AND AND PORK BEEF RIBS 2 cups Chili Sauce 1 Cup Ketchup 1 can Hop Fiasco (Lucky Town Brewery) ½ cup Fanta (aka Orange Drink) 1 ¼ cup Molasses 2 ounces Dijon Mustard 2 ounces Soy Sauce 1 Tablespoon Tobasco ½ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper 2 Tablespoon Chili Powder 2 Tablespoon Sweet Smoked Paprika

Stir everything together thoroughly, pour into a pot and then bring to a simmer on the stovetop. Stir often and wait until it has reduced by about half. Check for consistency and seasoning and then chill. I usually end up with a little under a quart of sauce from this recipe.

1 medium Onion, minced 4 cloves Garlic, minced 1 ½ tablespoons Olive Oil 5 cups Ketchup 1 can Ballistic Blonde (Lucky Town Brewery) ½ cup Apple Cider Vinegar 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce 2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard 1 cup Dark Brown Sugar 1 ½ Tablespoons Sweet Smoked Paprika 2 teaspoons Onion Powder ½ teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper 2 teaspoons Ground Black Pepper

In a pot, gently sauté the onion and garlic in the olive oil until translucent and fragrant. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot and mix well. Bring to a simmer and let the sauce reduce by about half. With a stick blender, puree the sauce to give in a smoother consistency and then check for consistency and seasoning before you chill it. Makes about a quart

½ cup Sweet Smoked Paprika ½ cup Light Brown Sugar 2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder 1 Tablespoon Onion Salt 1 Tablespoon Granulated Garlic 2 teaspoons Ground Celery Seed 2 teaspoons Ground Coriander 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

PORK RUB 3 cups Brown Sugar 3 cups Granulated Sugar 2 cups Sweet Smoked Paprika 1 cup Kosher Slat ½ Cup Onion Salt ½ cup Celery Salt ½ cup Chili Powder 3 Tablespoons Ground Mustard 1 Tablespoon Ground Ginger 1 Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper

BEEF RUB 1 cup Kosher Salt 1 cup Ground Black Pepper 4 Tablespoon Light Brown Sugar 2 Tablespoon Sweet Smoked Paprika 1 Tablespoon Granulated Garlic 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder 2 teaspoon Ground Cumin 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper






Local Fashion Finds

ailgating has sure changed over the years‌ We have gone from the back of a truck to tents decked out like a wedding reception. Having done the Zebra Tent with several really talented friends I have learned quite a few tricks to that will take your table to the next level. Start with your tablecloth. Layering fabric is so easy and cheap. I use table runners, rugs, bandanas, and fabric squares (from Walmart). The next thing you need to do is give your table some height. I use tiered serving pieces and raise them with cardboard boxes to purchase these from Hobby Lobby. I like to paint them and trim them with patterned or colored duct tape. I also love to paint little signs with saying on them to give the table a little personality. At the Zebra tent we love to change up the themes welcome our opponents to the Grove. After all, we are the Hospitality State and we can set the bar with your love for football and a good party. Mississippi

By Jane Foster

Women also love to dress up for the ballgames. This adorable T-shirt I have on is from Material Girls in Ridgeland and the cute striped blankets can be found at The Outlet in Jackson. Happy Tailgating my friends! Look up my Blog Southernshine2017.com and follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and the Liketoknowit app under Southern Shine 2017.



3 easy steps to

fall décor By Rachel Truong

Fall is here and it’s time to decorate! Follow these 3 easy steps to create a succulent pumpkin centerpiece or Fall front door décor that will last all season. No pumpkin carving necessary! The succulents will take root in the moss and eventually into the pumpkin. At the end of the season simply cut the top off the pumpkin and plant. 44 | MADISON COUNTY MAGAZINE


all you need: • Pumpkin • Spray adhesive I used non-acidic • Glue gun with glue sticks • Moss available at local craft stores • Succulent cuttings cut several days in advance to allow succulent to scab over



In sections, spray the moss evenly with a layer of adhesive. Place on the top of the pumpkin and press firmly. Repeat the process until you reach the desired coverage on your pumpkin.



Though it might seem wrong, use small dots of hot glue to adhere your succulent cuttings into the moss. Make sure you do not glue directly on the scab from the cutting. This is where roots will form.



About 24 hours after you’ve created your arrangement, begin misting your pumpkin every few days. Succulents are drought resistant, and do not require much watering. Be careful not to over water.

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Back Row: Bryn Striepe, Jo Ann Robinson, Ali Dinkins, Jessica Wilkinson. Front Row: Carolyn Choe, Annie Cleveland, and Joy Brashears Amerson

Celebrating New Stage’s New Season By Amile Wilson


ucked away in the heart of the Belhaven Neighborhood, New Stage Theatre begins its 53rd Season September 11th with Morningside, a new comedy written and directed by Mississippi native Topher Payne. Building upon previous seasons, this year’s productions are grouped together under the theme “The Power of Place,” and have an exceptionally high number of plays by Mississippians or about Mississippi. “There are so many stories about Mississippi in the movies or there are plays written about Mississippi but are not from Mississippi,” said Francine Reynolds, Artistic Director of New Stage Theatre. “There’s nothing wrong with that but I kept thinking ‘why are we not doing that ourselves?’” For years New Stage has held the Eudora Welty New Play Festival, but began to see an opportunity to include newer works throughout its regular season. “We started

this Mississippi Plays series and read two of Topher [Payne]’s plays because we really wanted Topher’s plays to come back,” Reynolds said.
 For the Kosciusko native, coming back to New Stage truly is coming home. “It’s immensely gratifying and beautifully familiar,” he said. “The most gratifying thing to me is to hand off a story to actors.” In 1997, Payne left the prestigious Idyllwild Arts Academy in California to pursue his professional career. While only 17 years old, he became part of the New Stage Theatre professional intern company. After one year as an acting intern and a second as a technical intern, he moved to Atlanta and took a job in advertising while pursuing writing professionally. Payne’s writing career blossomed and soon became a full-time job. He now has 22 published and produced plays and three television movies.

“I have this really wacky day job where I write those Christmas movies your mom loves!” Payne said. To compliment his steady career writing Lifetime movies, Payne’s plays have been produced in major cities throughout the county, including at the prestigious Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and Off-Broadway by Primary Stages in New York City. “I was raised in the Methodist Church,” Payne explained. “The way that I understood the world to work was based in a parable. All of my family history from a whole lot of loquacious southerners is also based in storytelling. If there’s anything unique to Mississippi storytellers, it is the delivery system of humor to land something matters.” “That is definitely what this play does,” said Ali Dinkins, a Jackson actress playing Grace in Morningside. “If you want people to pay attention, make them laugh,” Payne said. “They lean in and SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2018 | 47


now that they have dropped their defenses, now I can tell you something that matters.” “Carolyn [Choe] one of the actors calls it the Spinach in the casserole,” Dinkins said. “Just make a casserole everyone wants to eat and no one has to know it’s spinach!” New Stage is only the second theatre to produce his latest play, Morningside, and is enabling him to refine the script through the rehearsal process. “It is risky to focus on new works,” Reynolds said. “We want to be an incubator for these works.” Unlike other forms of writing, plays are designed to be read aloud, in front of an audience. Early productions such as the one at New Stage are an integral part of refining and polishing a script. As a result of this production, the published version of Morningside will be the New Stage version. “Second productions are so crucial to the life of a work, it really makes or breaks it,” Payne explained. “There are lessons that you learn from a world premiere that you really don’t get to employ until the second production and the rewrites that come from that.”
 Morningside follows the story of nine Atlanta women and their secrets (and champagne) during one unforgettable baby shower. The story strikes at the heart of what it means to be a Southern woman, balancing modern opportunity with a desire to hold onto tradition. “My cheeks hurt so bad in rehearsal from laughing so hard,” said Dinkins. For her, Morningside is a special project because she and Payne were acting interns together at New Stage. The intern company at New Stage employs and houses four early career theatre artists full time who then perform, teach, and help with both technical and administrative roles throughout the theatre. New Stage is Mississippi’s only year-round professional theatre company and has used the intern company as a means to build community engagement with theatre. “We’re out there touring shows throughout the state to 22,000 students,” Reynolds said. In many of the places that we go, some of those kids would never see a show unless we go there.” The value of a professional theatre is not just that performers are paid, but that it enables programs like the school engagement tours and year-round operations for the theatre that allows for increased audience engagement. “It’s important that we’re able to bring new things to our audiences, not just new works, but things that are new in the American theatre,” Reynolds said. “This year we’re doing Sweat that won the Pulit48 | MADISON COUNTY MAGAZINE

Ali Dinkins, Jessica Wilkinson, and Jo Ann Robinson

Ali Dinkins

Bryn Striepe, Ali Dinkins, and Annie Cleveland


zer in 2017. Not many people have gone to NY to see sweat.”
 “Every play was new once,” Payne added. “The lifeblood of our theatre are playwrights,” Reynolds said. “I playwrights to be able to come and create. We need to create a place for them.” “Professional matters in the arts because when we’re trying to recruit doctors, especially at our hospitals, it is really hard to recruit a family without being able to say you have a professional arts organization in all four arts divisions,” Dinkins added. “New Stage provides the only opportunity for us to say that. Mississippi has a wonderful arts legacy. That message cannot be communicated to people we are recruiting as business leaders and physicians unless we can prove that our artists are making a living. New Stage is the only place that can prove that in the area of theatre.” In addition to the recruitment aspects, New Stage’s professional status gives it an organizational structure that adds benefits to the educational opportunities in the state. “There are professional standards for a theatre workplace and New Stage meeting those standards train early career artists on what they have a right to expect,” Payne explains. “Having worked in education and watched education professionals try to run theatre programs, the parents are delighted by the way a former New Stage intern runs a theatre program,” said Dinkins. “Because interns have been trained to run theatre in a way that is predictable and reliable. So I feel like all the people that are our educational programs are training both through summer camp and through our internship programs are changing the scenery of our educational systems.” In addition to her work in a professional theatre, Dinkins spent some time teaching theatre in Jackson Public Schools. This year’s crop of interns includes four new actors brought in from all over the country. For Virginia native Sarah Coleman, New Stage was her first choice when she auditioned for internships. “I liked the shows that they were doing and Sharon was the most compassionate and genuine person I met,” she said. She joins Illinois native Hayden Schubert, Los Angeles native Jordan Williams and Florida native Cherry Rendel as part of the acting team that will take Pinocchio and If Not Us, Then Who? Freedom Rides to Freedom Summer into schools across the state. All cite the hospitality as one of the primary things they love about the south. Following in the footsteps of professionals like Dinkins and Payne, the four have

strong desires about what they want to do after their internships. Williams wants to be a theatre professor, while Rendel and Coleman cite the skills they are developing teaching youth classes and Schubert directing opportunities. “The great thing about a professional theatre is that we get to bring in [performers] that the community here hasn’t seen yet, the ability to introduce fresh faces,” Schubert says. “For me, it’s about accountability,” Williams said. “Even if you don’t want to come in, you have to because people are counting on you.”

“For me, professional theatre means a higher standard,” Rendel said. “It’s a sense of responsibility.” After Morningside New Stage continues the season with The Diary of Anne Frank, Hell In High Water which tells the story of the 1927 Greenville Flood, 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner Sweat and Bright Star. Other shows, including A Christmas Carol and a new musical Sweet Potato Queens by Jill Conner Browne dot the calendar along with other smaller productions and the soon-tobe-announced “UnFramed” series at New Stage’s Warehouse Theatre.




Wild places By Audrey Hall



Madison County is home to a number of “wild places,” pockets of land where you can become one with nature. Whether it’s biking or kayaking, there are plenty of places to escape. NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY This ancient roadway is one of Mississippi’s most well-known natural treasures. Its historic value is matched only by the hiking trails, cycling opportunities, and wildlife sightings available along its winding scenic route. Some of the destinations worth visiting along the Trace are: Rocky Springs, the Emerald Mound, the Sunken Trace, and Jeff Busby Park. But don’t worry – even just driving along the Trace, you may see all sorts of special sights: turkeys pecking beside the road, deer wandering between trees, and rabbits darting among the ferns.

CYPRESS SWAMP At Milepost 122 on the Natchez Trace Parkway, you can find Cypress Swamp. This mysterious bog is open daily from sunrise to sunset with a boardwalk for viewing the local flora and fauna. This swamp hike is about 4 tenths of a mile, making for between 20 and 30 minutes of exploration. Of special interest are the statuesque tupelo and bald cypress trees that make up this unique habitat. Keep a close eye out for alligators, as they are known to frequent the waters beneath the boardwalk.

SIMMONS ARBORETUM This 10-acre green space features small hills, wetlands, and historical sites just off the end of St. Augustine Drive in Madison. Walking trails are available for those who wish to view Mississippi’s wildlife in its natural setting. Of special interest are the trees and plants that are native to the state. You won’t find any invading species here! Signs denote each native plant and tree so that visitors are never uninformed. Also worth checking out is the “well sunken road,” a feature that Natchez Trace experts believe to be part of the original road.

BIG BLACK RIVER Well known by Mississippians for its hunting and fishing opportunities, this historic river runs through a wide swathe of Mississippi counties, including Madison forming its northern border.

During the Civil War’s epic grapple for the stronghold of Vicksburg, the Battle of Big Black River Bridge was fought along this river, which now gives birth to a great wealth of catfish. The Big Black River also feeds into the Big Black River Basin, an important part of Mississippi’s vital seat of wetlands. Catch this wild opportunity off Mississippi 16.

PEARL RIVER Home to one of the world’s oldest species of fish, the Pearl River provides a sanctuary for sturgeon and numerous other aquatic animals along with bears. The forms in Neshoba County from the confluence of the Nanih Waiya and Tallahaga creeks and its basin spread throughout Mississippi and Louisiana, into Lake Borgne and eventually the Gulf of Mexico. While the Pearl River and its basin have been altered by human hands, — like the Ross Barnett Reservoir in Jackson — it remains a necessity for Mississippi wild life, while continuing to provide for our communities, including those who rely on oyster production.

TILDA BOGUE This private property in Canton has provided the scenic backdrop to many a nature’s adventure. Those who have stayed in the historic cabin on the property proclaim the fishing to be undeniably worth the visit. Julie and Nolen Grogan’s North Madison County property has hosted foxhunts and curious visitors to the cabin, built in the 1830s.

ROSS BARNETT RESERVOIR Easily accessible, this man-made reservoir has provided fishing and recreational fun for all ages. Follow the Natchez Trace for fishing opportunities or rolling green hills upon which you and your family can picnic. Scope out the long shoreline for peaceful places in which you can invest an afternoon of fishing in the shade. Across the spillway from Ridgeland in Ranking County are parks with benches and covered spaces for more recreational fun. On any sunny day, you can find numerous boats plowing the waves and enjoying a day on the lake. SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2018 | 51




SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 Grab the whole family and head out to WellsFest! The WellsFest 5K Run & Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run will kick off the festival at 8 a.m. There will be food, children’s activities, a pet parade at 9:30 a.m., live non-stop music on two stages from some of the best bands in Mississippi, vendors and much more at Jamie Fowler Boyll Park at 1398 Lakeland Drive (next to Smith-Wills Stadium) in Jackson. The event will be a fundraiser for Growing Up Knowing: Mississippi Campaign for Teen Pregnancy Prevention. Prior to Saturday, WellsFest Art Night will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Duling Hall in Fondren; the WellsFest Golf Tournament the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 20, at Live Oak Golf Club (11200 Highway 49 North, Jackson). For more information, call 601-3530658 or visit www.wellsfest.org.

SEPTEMBER 22 The LeFleur Museum District invites you to attend Mississippi Science Fest, a special STEM themed festival! All four museums will host a day dedicated to promoting STEM subjects and increasing science literacy. Children and families will have the opportunity to interact with nationally renowned STEM professionals, engage in hands-on activities, and explore exciting experiments and exhibits. On this special day, visitors can purchase a $10 ticket that will allow you to visit ALL FOUR museums and participate in the Mis-

sissippi Science Fest! Please note that museum memberships will not be applicable on this date, as the $10 admission grants entry to all four LeFleur Museum District Museums: Mississippi Children’s Museum, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, and the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum Fore more information, visit http://www. mssciencefest.org/.

2018 WELLSFEST EVENTS WELLSFEST GOLF TOURNAMENT – Sept. 20, 1 p.m. start; Live Oak Golf Club (11200 Highway 49 North, Jackson); 4-person scramble; $400 registration fee per team, with prizes awarded for first, second, and third place, longest drive, and closest to pin; Sept. 17 registration deadline; johnbrashier@wellschurch.org or 601.353.0658. All proceeds benefit Growing Up Knowing: Mississippi Campaign for Teen Pregnancy Prevention. For more information, call 601-353-0658 or visit www.wellsfest.org. WELLSFEST ART NIGHT -- Sept. 25, 5:30-9 p.m.; Duling Hall, Fondren; preview party and buy-now section from 5:30-7 p.m., live auction from 7-9 p.m.; live music and complimentary refreshments by Babalu and Table 100; free admission; special feature – Wyatt Waters painting a still life on site that will be sold at the end of the auction. Call 601.353.0658 or visit wellschurch.org. All proceeds benefit Growing Up Knowing: Mississippi Campaign for Teen Pregnancy Prevention. For more information, call 601-353-0658 or visit www. wellsfest.org. WELLSFEST – Sept. 29, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at Jamie Fowler Boyll Park (1398 Lakeland Drive); Wells Church’s annual event includes a 5K race/walk and kid’s run at 8 a.m., a pet parade at 9:30 a.m., live music starting at 10 a.m., children’s activities, arts and crafts vendors, concessions, a plant sale and a silent auction. Free admission, all proceeds benefit Growing Up Knowing: Mississippi Campaign for Teen Pregnancy Prevention. For more information, call 601-353-0658 or visit www.wellsfest.org.


OCTOBER 4 Madison’s Scarecrow Festival will be held at Madison’s Center for the Arts. Madison will close down a portion of Main Street to make room for this family-friendly event. Pony rides, inflatables, live music, and food vendors will be available from 6-8 p.m. OCTOBER 11 Held on the second Thursday of May and October, the bi-annual Canton Flea Market Arts & Crafts Show is a one-day event from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This flea market is one of the largest in the South and has a storied history and reputation attracting over a thousand artists and craftspeople every year. Find this annual hallmark on the lawn of the Madison County Courthouse. OCTOBER 13 Once again for the 10th year in a row, the great automobiles and motorcycles of Europe will be coming to Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland, MS for the 10th annual Renaissance Euro Fest Classic European Auto and Motorcycle Show. Entries in the show must be twenty-five years or older (built prior to 1994) except for a selection of newer special interest autos of rare and limited production. For European auto enthusiasts, this is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the beauty of British, Italian, German, and many other European vehicles. If brands such as RollsRoyce, Volkswagen, Ferrari, Porsche, Land Rover, BMW, Alfa Romeo, Daimler, Jaguar, Norton, Ducati, Royal Enfield, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, (to name just a few) excite your senses, then you need to get all in! OCTOBER 19-20 The 15th Annual Scarecrow Cruise and Classic Car Show will be taking place at the intersection of Main Street and Highway 51. On Oct. 19, look for car show registration, Cruisin for Cash, and music. Oct. 20 will feature the Classic car caravan from Reunion Golf Club as well as the open car show with 170 awards, Hope Hollow’s silent auction, and arts and crafts. OCTOBER 25 Looking for some good spooky fun? Check out Ridgeland’s Trunk or Treat event from 6-8 p.m. at Freedom Ridge Park. Churches, schools, and other local organizations will be available to provide candy and games at this Halloween event.

MUSIC SEPTEMBER 12 Look for Mississippi native and country singer Jason Eady at 7:30 p.m. This 18+ event will take place at Duling Hall. Tickets cost $10. SEPTEMBER 13 Ardenland presents An Evening with Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Duling Hall. Doors 54 | MADISON COUNTY MAGAZINE

open at 7 p.m., with the show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $25-$49. SEPTEMBER 17 Cabaret at Duling Hall: My Way takes center stage at Duling Hall. The Frank Sinatra tribute stars Peter Lake. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the show beginning at 7:30 p.m. SEPTEMBER 22 Ardenland presents Muscadine Bloodline, Jobe Fortner and Jordan Fletcher at Duling Hall. The doors open at 7 p.m., with the show beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $12-$15. SEPTEMBER 27 Ardenland presents Ian Moore and Magnolia Bayou at Duling Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the show beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10-$15.

OCTOBER 5 Zach Williams will be performing at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison at 7:00 p.m. OCTOBER 11 World-famous Christian rock band Mercyme will visit the Mississippi Coliseum at 7:00 p.m. OCTOBER 19 Ardenland and Soulshine Bali present Michael Franti & Spearhead Stay Human Tour at Duling Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the show beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $40-$45. OCTOBER 28 Check out Louisiana native and Christian contemporary singer Lauren Daigle at Thalia Mara Hall at 7:30 p.m. Daigle’s “You Say” was the number one single on Hot Christian Songs Chart.

BOOK SIGNINGS & READINGS SEPTEMBER 22 Lemuria will host a picture book event featuring Jared Chapman’s T. Rex Time Machine on Saturday, September 22. Two dinosaurs find themselves on a wild journey through time and space, encountering such crazy obstacles as phones and microwaves. How will they get back to their era? Check out the signing and story time event at 10. SEPTEMBER 26 Author William Boyle will be signing at 5 p.m. and reading at 5:30 p.m. from his book Gravesend. Lemuria invites you to explore Boyle’s world of neo-noir told through the eyes of a neighborhood apprehensively adjusting when “Ray Boy” Calabrese is released from prison. OCTOBER 2 From Jackson’s own press comes an illustrated exploration of the rescue of historic antebellum homes and their legacies. Southern Splendor: Saving Architectural Treasures of the Old South will be available along with authors Marc R. Matrana and Robin S. Lattimore for a signing and reading event at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. respectively at Lemuria Books. On Oct. 3, Lattimore and Matrana will discuss their book at noon for the History is Lunch brown bag series at the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium in the Two Mississippi Museums. OCTOBER 3 Join Tena Clark at Lemuria Books for a signing and reading of Southern Discomfort: A Memoir. In the bestselling tradition of The Help comes a riveting, and profoundly moving memoir set in rural Mississippi during the Civil Rights era about a white girl coming of age in a repressive society and the woman who gave her the strength to forge her own path— the black nanny who cared for her. The event begins at 5 p.m.

OCTOBER 8 Join Eric Jay Dolin at Lemuria Books at 5 p.m. for a signing and reading of Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates. Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy’s “Golden Age”— spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s—when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond. OCTOBER 9 Author Wayétu Moore invites you to join her signing and reading event at Lemuria Books for She Would Be King. This retelling of Liberia’s formation combines magical realism and historical fact for an incredible debut novel and moving story. The signing is at 5 p.m. and the reading at 5:30 p.m. OCTOBER 17 University of Mississippi’s Kiese Laymon presents Heavy: An American Memoir, an exploration of the personal consequences of societal prejudice and abuse against the black body. Laymon is famous for his genre-bending techniques and is sure to inspire with this new thought-provoking memoir. Join him at Lemuria Books for a signing event at 5 p.m. and a reading at 5:30 p.m. OCTOBER 27 Stars of the HGTV series “Home Town” invite you to join them at Lemuria for a reading and signing event. Ben and Erin Napier’s memoir Make Something Good Today examines how the famous couple stays positive, celebrates their family and friends, and remains self-reliant through their own ingenuity and daily gratefulness. The signing is at 2:00 p.m. and the reading is at 4:00 p.m on October 27th.

OCTOBER 6 Join Ally Condie for a signing and reading at Lemuria Books at 2 p.m. for her new middle grade book The Darkdeep. NYT bestselling powerhouses Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs pen a new suspenseful MG series that’s Stranger Things meets The Goonies.







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