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In this Issue

Home, Garden and Lifestyle around Mississippi


Calendar of Events


Health & Fitness Wishlist


Starkville Eats: Healthy Options in Starkville


Soulflower Healing Arts Studio

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A Review of Commodore Bob’s Yacht Club Fitness Finds in Starkville Taste & Toast

Ditching the Chemicals: How Anyone Can Make the Change


40 Days: A Novel by Joe Lee


Making it Happen: Three Stories of Committed Action

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Made in Mississippi: Sweet Magnolia Gelato

DIY: Homemade Bath Salts


Best of Starkville 2018 Winners


6 Steps of Balanced Eating


Health & Fitness Fashion

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Go Back In Time With the Blues: Charles H. Templeton Ragtime & Jazz Festival Gardner’s Start Your Engines: 2018 Everything Garden Expo Health & Fitness Fashion

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Charles Templeton Ragtime & Jazz Festival

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Written By Joe Lee

Soulflower Healing Arts Studio: Keeping Your Mind Healthy

iki Bryant, a retired schoolteacher and licensed therapist with M a Master’s degree in Counselor Education, believes that caring equally for the mind, body, and soul is vital to achieving and main-

taining optimal health. She has tried to bring all of those components together at Soulflower Healing Arts Studio and has a loyal and growing following. “(It’s) an expansion from my private counseling practice,” said Bryant, a Grenada native who has lived in Starkville for two decades. “Inspired by the concept that as human beings experiencing life, some of those life experiences cause us to forget or feel a sense of disconnect from who we really are – which results in stress, physical disease and discomfort, anxiety, depression and loneliness.” “My professional training and experience in working with clients has shown me the power of engaging in experiences that allow us to reconnect with our sense of purpose, and to do so as much as possible in community with others significantly increases the depth and quality of the experience. Not only do we develop a healthier sense of self, but we begin to develop healthy relationships and participate in the giving and receiving of a healthy community of support.” Providing both individual and group instruction from her location at 300 Greensboro Street, Bryant offers weekly classes in meditation, journaling and yoga, as well as a variety of workshops with a focus on holistic approaches to women’s wellness. The classes include chakra balancing – the understanding of how to care for one’s energy level and decreasing stress – creative dance, creative expres-

sion, and connection with the natural world through learning about stones and crystals. Patty Seitz, who moved with her husband to Starkville from Nashville a year ago, learned of Bryant’s studio from a neighbor whose daughter teaches there. “I instantly liked Miki and knew I had found a place (to) enhance my spiritual journey,” Seitz said. “The classes I have taken so far are dealing with the seven chakra systems. I have taken two classes from Angie Taylor, who guided us in the study of energy stones and meditations that help balance the chakra systems in our bodies. I also took a class from Kaye Dorroh that approached the subject of the chakra systems with an art project and meditation. “It’s nice to have a place to go where I can study under teachers who have extensive training in this area. The studio provides other classes such as meditation, yoga and journaling. I never dreamed I would find a place like this in a small town in Mississippi, but I did and am forever grateful to Miki for having the courage to follow her dream.” “The space at Soulflower is a wonderful and safe place to learn and explore meditation and the other services they offer,” said Tammy Jones of Starkville, who has taken part in a chakra session with Kaye Dorroh as well as a Red Tent community evening. “I have found the staff to be very helpful and kind and welcoming. Starkville is lucky to have them here.” “We have multiple practitioners who work with clients on an individual basis utilizing holistic approaches to facilitate emotional, mental, and physical, balance and well-being at very deep levels,” Bryant said. “I believe strongly that by investing in your personal well-being is ultimately an investment in the greater good of humanity, which is why I feel such a strong calling to make these services and experiences available to our community. We have a big beautiful mission to accomplish.”

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Written by Courtney Cox

Commodore Bob’s Yacht Club

An Unforgettable Dining Experience


n recent years, Starkville’s local food culture has drastically grown with more and more options for various spins on southern favorites. From BBQ to burgers and upscale southern food, there are plenty of hometown options. However, for food connoisseurs, or those who simply enjoy a bit of culinary adventure, finding a place to satisfy your taste buds can be a challenge. Commodore Bob’s Yacht Club in the historic Cotton District offers a creative menu with contemporary options that profoundly meet those culinary cravings. With a regularly evolving menu and special chef’s tasting on select holidays, there is always something new to savor and satisfy. Moreover, Commodore Bob’s is nestled in the most beautiful and cozy corner of Starkville’s Cotton District where you feel as though you have stepped into the French quarter of New Orleans. The location and modest dining room offers a relaxed but romantic atmosphere perfect for both an after-work drink or an elegant dinner. In February, Commodore Bob’s offered their third annual special Valentine’s Day Chef’s Tasting, composed of eight intricately prepared courses. Each entrée displayed favorites from around the world, assembled and specially-crafted by owner Brady Hindman and fellow chefs. The goal was to bring world-renowned dishes from other countries to the table for the people of Starkville to try – and the delectable dishes did not disappoint. The dinner began with Oxtail soup made from soft meat grazed from the vertebrate and completed with earthy vegetables like green onions and carrots. The rich, savory flavor of the tender meat was topped off with a potato dumpling in a sweet sauce that together, made for a flavorful introduction.


Next, the Smoked Trout Pâté and Shrimp on housemade focaccia bread was one of my favorite courses. If the rich, creamy flavor of the smoked trout pâté spread onto the light and spongy focaccia wasn’t delicious enough, the accompanying shrimp were as tender as lobster meat and seasoned to perfection. The third dish was a Taretare, featuring one of the most prestigious cuts of beef on the market – Wagyu Beef from Japan. The tartare, offset with French bread, shallots and egg, was the most unique (and experimental dish for me personally) but did not disappoint with the exceptional flavor and texture combination. The Boston sea scallops were served with tangy seaweed salad and rice that held a hint of coconut and lime, all together an exciting and complimentary flavor combination. For the fifth course, braised beef short rib was served on house-made pasta with a tomato sauce and caviar; an Italian rooted dish with a familiar yet original taste of a classic comfort food. Another first for me, the Langousteins lobsters (mini lobster tails) with cheese grits explored one of Norway’s favorite dishes. The delicate flavor and texture of lobster with light cheese grits was a homerun for me; also a favorite of the night. The final dish was simply a cut of the A5 Japanese Wagyu. Consistent with previous courses, the meat was delicately tender and nearly melted with each bite; truly a delightful treat! Finally, the perfect dessert for any meal, tiramisu, a rich Italian dessert, brought the evening to a close with its rich creamy coffee flavor. This is my dessert of choice anytime, but this was truly the most authentic tiramisu I have had. Getting to taste that level of culinary expertise and explore dishes from around the world right here in Starkville was an extra special treat and an adventure that I would confidently recommend to anyone. Be sure to look out for the next Chef’s Tasting, but in the meantime go on over and try out some of the best cocktails and food this Starkville restaurant has to offer!

Fitness Finds:

Enjoy your workout with these local studios

The Studio Barre and Wellness A locally owned and operated fitness studio. All of their instructors are American Barre Technique certified and strive to help clients tone through proper form and alignment. Their goal is to create an intimidation-free workout studio where clients can feel comfortable and confident accomplishing their fitness goals.

Downtown Martial Arts Academy A long-standing member of the Starkville community, Downtown Martial Arts Academy offers exciting classes with the perfect mix of fun, fitness, and real-world skills. Their family-friendly environment and expert, certified coaches make it easy to learn Olympic Judo and Taekwondo, along with practical self-defense. They have classes for all ages and even personal or group private training.

Tom Campbell Fitness and Sports Performance A unique and appealing workout for people from all walks of life. Every client receives a personalized training program for weight loss, strength training, general fitness, rehabilitation, and/or sports performance. Campbell has several certifications, as well as experience from being a former collegiate football player and assistant coach. At TCF there is something for everyone and it is never too late to start! March 2018 | 25

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Taste & Toast Article and photos by Divian Connor

Lime Teriyaki Chicken, Shrimp & Broccolini Lo Mein Ingredients: • 2 chicken breasts cut into cubes • 2 bundles of Broccolini/Baby Broccoli • Lo Mein Noodles • 2 cups of shrimp (peeled and deveined) • Lime Teriyaki Sauce • 1 cup water • 1/4 cup of soy sauce • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger • 5 tbsp brown sugar • 1 tbsp honey • juice for one lime • 2 tbsp corn starch • 1/4 cup cold water

Directions: In sauce pan, mix all ingredients except corn starch for the teriyaki sauce and begin cooking on meduim heat. In small cup, mix cornstarch completely until dissolved with the cold water and add to the pan. Heat the sauce while stirring until it reaches your desired thickness. If it gets too thick, add a small amount of water to thin it back out. In skillet on medium heat, add chicken and shrimp. Pour over 1/2 cup of your teriyaki sauce. Lower heat so that the sauce does not burn and cook until chicken is done. Add in cleaned and cut broccolini and cook for 6-10 minutes on low until broccolini is slightly cooked but still maintains a crunch. Serve your chicken, shrimp and broccolini over a bed of lo mein noodles add more teriyaki sauce and a squeeze of lime juice on top. March 2018 | 27

Chili Lime Shrimp Noodle Salad Ingredients: • • • • • •

4 cups mixed baby greens Shrimp 1 tsp Tajin seasoning Lo Mein Noodles 2 Limes 2-3 cups of shredded carrots

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2-3 cups of shredded cucumber 2 cups Bean Sprouts 1 cup sliced sweet peppers 1 cup fresh Cilantro leaves 1 cup Micro Greens 1/4 cup Teriyaki Sauce Ginger Dressing

Directions: In skillet on medium heat, add shrimp, teriyaki sauce, juice from one lime, and Tajin seasoning. Cook until shrimp is done. In bowl, add in your vegetables and top with noodles and cooked shrimp. Squeeze lime over the salad. Serve with Ginger salad dressing or dressing of your choice.


Cajun Chicken Spring Rolls Ingredients: • 2 chicken breasts (sliced into thin tenders) • 1 tbsp Creole Seasoning • 1 tsp butter • Sliced Cucumber • Shredded Carrots • Sliced Sweet Peppers • Bean Sprouts • Spring Roll Wrappers • Cilantro • Asian Citrus Dipping Sauce • 1 Orange (juiced) • 1 Lime (juiced) • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar • 2 tsp sesame oil • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped) • 1 tsp sugar

• 1 tsp red pepper flakes

Directions: In bowl, mix all ingredients for the sauce until well blended. Spring Rolls Add butter to pan on medium heat and add in chicken. Sprinkle over your creole seasoning and cook until chicken is done. Wet your spring roll wrappers to make them pliable. Starting in lower center, add in your fresh veggies. Top with chicken and from the bottom, take the wrapper over the veggies and chicken and tuck under. Pull in the sides. Add slices of cucumber above the first tucked roll. Continue to roll, tucking sides until roll is complete. Serve with Asian Citrus Dipping Sauce.

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Ditching the Chemicals: How Anyone Can Make the Change

Written by Erin Blankenship • Photos by Lauren Jamison he actual numbers are widely debatable, but T the average woman is known to come in contact with around 300 chemicals daily, 80 of those

before breakfast! Common offenders include our candles and other air fresheners, cleaning products and for sure skin care. If you are like I was three years ago, you might be completely oblivious to the fact that the products we use on ourselves, in our home and on our children, could be the very things that are contributing to why we are sick, have ongoing health problems, and even struggle emotionally. Just to give you a small glimpse into what might be lurking in your everyday products: • You know those foamy suds you get from your cleaning products and body care? It’s called sodium laureth sulfate (SLS,) and it is just tricking your brain into thinking things are getting clean. SLS is often contaminated with toxic manufacturing impurities and just not necessary. This chemical can be damaging to the skin as well as disruptive to immune and hormonal health. • Let’s talk Formaldehyde. Yep, the same stuff they embalm with at the morgue – it’s also the main ingredient in candles and smell good sprays and is known as the number one cancer causing chemical. Organ system toxicity and irritation to skin, eyes and lungs are just a couple of this ingredient’s claim to fame. • Many baby products as well as just about any skin care product contains the ingredient “fragrance” or “parfum,” which unfortunately is just a broad category that can hide thousands of harmful chemicals behind that one word. Seemingly harmless, but companies don’t have to disclose what exactly “fragrance” is, leaving consumers in the dark about potential dangers including respiratory distress, negative effects on the reproductive system, allergies and dermatitis. Yuck. Constant exposure to these chemicals causes a buildup of toxins in our bodies called “bioaccumulation.” This simply means that the more we expose ourselves and our children to these toxins, the harder it is for our bodies to break them down. Even if you feel seemingly healthy now, the use over time can cause lasting impacts on your health down the road.


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How do I know if my products need to be tossed? There is a long list of ingredients to watch out for; even in products that claim to be “natural” or “green.” To make it super simple, download either the Environmental Working Group (EWG) or Think Dirty app to research the products in your home. EWG is a comprehensive site dedicated to giving you want you need to know about what is in your cabinets and beauty bags. Search for a product or specific ingredient, and the site gives you a toxicity rating of 0-10 and a breakdown of the ingredients in that product. 0 meaning angels probably made it and 10 meaning, please for the love of all things, TOSS IT. Now that you have scanned all your products and are a little freaked out, hang with me. Is this all a little overwhelming to think about conquering? I GET IT. I get the feeling of being overwhelmed and not knowing where to start, even being a little skeptical. After a personal health struggle, my family went on a journey to start replacing the harmful things in our home. Not overnight, but one product at a time, and before long we looked around and could feel really good about every item in our medicine cabinet, every cleaner under our sink, and every product we put on our little girl’s skin. And even cooler, we felt better, got sick way less, and that health issue? Totally managed naturally. Knowledge is power, and well, once you know, you just can’t go back.


Soooo, what can I use instead? Hear me out. One. Thing. At. A. Time. You can do this! 1. Let’s start easy and toss the candles first. Grab a diffuser and some quality essential oils from a company who owns their own farms (we love Young Living,) and don’t look back. The right diffuser and essential oils can work as your home purifier, emotions balancer, and crazy kid calmer all in one. Switches that do more than one thing make top priority in our home! 2. Next, focus on your cleaning products. This stuff gets in your air and is on every surface of your home. Most of which you may have children crawling on, and let’s be honest, licking. There are a few common natural ingredients you can introduce in your home for cleaning such as vinegar, unscented castile soap and baking soda. Google a good all-purpose spray recipe and soft scrub, and you’ve already replaced SO much in the cleaning department. Not into DIY? Seriously check out Young Living’s Thieves All-Purpose Cleaner. One bottle has replaced every cleaner under our cabinet; and it’s super concentrated; so it really lasts. Oh, and my personal favorite – it smells like Christmas every time I clean. 3. Lastly, and maybe this should be first, but skin care. Did you know that our skin is our largest organ? Anything we put on our skin has the potential to end up in our bloodstream. Face wash, moisturizers, body lotions and makeup all need a good hard look at the ingredient list before making it into your skin care routine. Below is an easy and gentle measure and dump recipe you can start with. But again, if you aren’t into DIY, check out Young Living’s extensive skin care line plus clean mineral makeup, Savvy Minerals that has so many women looking for natural options throwing up praise hands in 2018. DIY Foaming Cleanser: • 1/4 cup castile soap • 1 cup distilled/purified water • 1T sweet almond oil • Clean, glass foam dispenser bottle • 5-10 drops pure essential oils (optional, but encouraged – hello skin supporting oils!) Ok, let’s recap! Unfortunately, products we use every day, often even things that are marketed as safe and “all natural,” can be toxic to our bodies and detrimental to our overall health! Now that we know, we have a responsibility to do better. Go ahead and download the EWG or Think Dirty app to check out the current products you are using, filter any new ones you might want to incorporate through these lenses (don’t just trust the labels here!) and begin ditching and switching one by one. Air fresheners, cleaning products and skin care are all great starting places that can eliminate a lot of chemicals quickly. Getting a grasp on these three areas of your home is a start you can really be proud of.

* I mention Young Living in this article a few times; so let me explain a little. This total body wellness company has a Seed to Seal standard that is unmatched, offering ethical farming practices and rigorous product testing. Having a one stop shop for all our goods has made the process of switching and ditching with our busy lifestyles totally doable. I love coming alongside others to make healthy lifestyle changes; so please reach out if you need some direction switching out your products or just want great support for the journey. Find me on Instagram @erinvblankenship or email me at Happy ditching and switching!

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A Review of 40 Days: A Novel by Joe Lee Written By Sue Minchew

n 40 Days, author Joe Lee returns to his Inovel Oakdale series with another suspenseful set in the small university town rough-

ly based on Lee’s hometown of Starkville, Ms. The clever framework of the novel is a 40-day countdown, with each of the 40 chapters numbered in descending order. Lee adds to the novel’s currency by prominently featuring various types of social media throughout with texts, Facebook, Skype, and voicemail messages playing significant roles in the plot. The novel opens with a text message from his girlfriend Dorothy to journalist Duane Key, the main character, who is about to turn 50. The much younger Dorothy texts her married lover, “We need to do something on your birthday. You only turn 40 once, handsome.” Her typo of “40” begins the countdown of numbers that Duane (and only he) begins to see in descending order as each day passes. Tension builds as Duane attempts to make sense of the visions’ meaning, growing increasingly certain that they foretell his own death. Following the advice of his best friend Rob, Duane seeks counsel from a priest, who suggests that the numbers represent the season of Lent, the last day ending on Easter Sunday. The plot centers around the complicated, interconnected relationships among the characters. Duane, a wealthy journalist and recovering alcoholic who was abusive to his ex-wife and estranged daughter, is a devoted father to his six-year old son Chad; he has fallen in love with Dorothy, a kind, understanding woman who wants a future with him and Chad. Duane’s wife Toni is a university professor who cares more for her career than her family. Currently on a research sabbatical in New Mexico, she has become romantically involved with a colleague. When Duane’s jealous ex girl friend Candi sends Toni a Facebook message warning her about Duane’s affair, Toni and Duane begin to talk about divorcing. Facing divorce and possibly his own demise, Duane becomes concerned about what will happen to Chad and Dorothy, as well as his own soul. Tension builds as he desperately tries to get his house in order before the final day/ number vision arrives. Ultimately, Joe Lee’s 40 Days is a novel of redemption that should resonate with most readers. It is a compelling page turner that I found hard to put down. The ending, while predictable, was both appropriate and satisfying.

Meet Joe and get a signed copy of 40 Days on March 8th at the Book Mart & Cafe on Main Street from 3-5pm March 2018 | 35

Made in Mississippi


Written by Richelle Putnam


ntrepreneur Hugh Balthrop has been to some pretty sweet places in his lifetime. He grew up in Washington, DC, where he ran an art gallery. Then, he married his Chicagoan sweetheart, Erica, and they ended up in another sweet place— Clarksdale, Mississippi. “She grew up in the Delta with her grandparents and went to school in Chicago,” said Hugh. “We met in DC and we decided to move to Clarksdale for work purposes and family. I was actually a home-dad for a while,” which led him to another sweet place. “Basically, I started making ice cream at home for the kids.” During this time, he read an article about Brown Family Dairy out of Oxford, Mississippi. The owner, Billy Ray Brown, is the son of the late Mississippi author and literary giant, Larry Brown. “I figured I could use this healthier version of milk that the Browns use, because their cows are grass fed and freerange roaming and it’s a family business. The children help feed the cows and I thought it was great.” Hugh wanted to do more with his ice cream. To figure out how to churn his passion into a business, he enrolled in Penn State University’s ice cream course to learn about the science of ice cream making. “I also studied under a gelato master,” he said. Gelato is churned slower, so the flavor is more intense. It is also lower in fat and in sugar and less air is pumped into it, 30 percent air as compared to 50 to 100 percent pumped into ice cream, explained Hugh. “I looked at all the ice cream machines and saw the gelato machine.” And gelato it was.


Hugh shared his creamy creations with friends and family to get honest critiques before introducing it to local restaurants. His plan was to build the business from the guest house on his property, but once the health department explained the guidelines and requirements for a food business, Hugh and Erica knew he needed another space. The Clarksdale-Coahoma Chamber of Commerce business incubator program provided the needed space where Sweet Magnolia Gelato has been churning for over six years. “Our business model is that we are a wholesaler and not a retail shop. We sell wholesale to grocery stores, coffeeshops, restaurants and scoop shops.” Gelato is heathier than ice cream, but Hugh says, “We’re not snobby in terms of flavors. We like having fun with it.” When a customer with a major restaurant in Memphis wants “Munchies Gelato,” with M & M’s, Rice Krispies and marshmallows, Sweet Magnolia fills the order. “We don’t turn anything down.” Chefs come up with really cool ideas, said Hugh. “Sometimes it’s way over the top. We did this this one salty pork gelato. Some people would think that’s a great idea, but some people wouldn’t even think of tasting it.” The response from the people who did said it was great. Other flavors come from inspiration and Sweet Magnolia’s seven classic flavors. You won’t find a set flavor list at Sweet Magnolia because Hugh is constantly testing and tasting new recipes. Thus far, he has developed over 300 swirling, velvety flavors, like Strawberry Champagne, Fior Di Latte, Espresso, and Blueberry Cheesecake. “We do classic Italian flavors, but we also like to put that Southern twist to it, whether it’s pecan, or sweet tea or watermelon or sorghum,” ingredients that are not only fresh, but locally sourced. “My wife and I travel a lot and go

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to different restaurants all over the country. Some of the best chefs out there, that’s what they do, and it just makes sense to want to support your local community and stimulate the economy. It was a natural idea and process for me to incorporate as many local farmers as possible.” Hugh doesn’t simply incorporate farmers into his business…he builds relationships with them. He has witnessed the harsh reality when farmers don’t get enough business. They shut down. “I saw that part of it, so I know it’s important and critical to support our local farmers. It’s always been about relationships and building those relationships and having those relationships,” he said. “There are certain people that I just can’t over to their place and pick up an order. I ask how they are doing and how their family is doing. We have to talk.” His growers include Beanfruit Coffee Company, Brown Family Dairy, Peggy’s Blueberry Farm, Indianola Pecan House, Powell & Sons, Shotwell Candy Co., The Peeples Farm, Woodson Ridge Farms, and Yalobusha Brewing Company. The sweetest thing about Sweet Magnolia Gelato is that it is a homegrown company with a community focus, taking pride in “creating local jobs and supporting our local farmers,” said Hugh. “I want folks to get behind Mississippi businesses and support all the locals, so we can all grow.”


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Written By: Katie Langley, PT, PMA-CPT Therapeutic Pilates, LLC • Photos By: Adrianne Horne

Making It Happen:

Three Stories of Committed Action


hile most of us believe our health should be a high priority, the reality is that we often fail to embody our good intentions. After New Year’s resolutions have fizzled, the extent of taking care of ourselves may have dwindled down to taking our medications as prescribed, occasionally choosing a salad over a burger, or doing an at-home plank “challenge.” Truly making our health a priority requires a conscious decision, along with commitment to ongoing action. Simply put, being the best you, all year round, takes work! As you’ll see from these three inspiring stories, when we’re willing to take the time and put forth the effort, our whole life can change for the better. Dava, a vibrant 65-year old, made a personal commitment to better health 30 years ago. Experiencing a chronic lack of energy, she visited multiple physicians, but none of them could offer an explanation or cure. Determined to feel better, she began to explore whether her diet and lifestyle might be impacting her overall sense of wellbeing. “As a Christian, I need to be a good steward of my body, because it’s truly a gift,” says Dava. She began making small changes in her diet, like cutting out Cokes and breads. Soon she switched to organic meats and started a vegetable garden with her husband. The change in diet, as well as her increased physical activity, are paying off. No longer plagued by low energy levels, Dava has added private Pilates sessions to her fitness routine so she can increase overall strength and flexibility. She comments, “I think everyone should know that you don’t have to feel bad just because you’re getting older.” While back pain becomes more common with advancing age, Brock, 19, began having severe back pain in high school. Missing months of practices and games in both high school and college sports, he grew frustrated with his pain and the negative impact it was having on his life. Although he sought medical advice and tried a variety of remedies, his efforts proved to be insufficient. Unwilling to give up the sports he loves, he continued searching for relief. He was finally taught simple, but powerful, strategies that relieved his chronic back pain. He learned more effective ways to 40 | TOWNANDGOWNMAGAZINE.COM

move his body, gained flexility in stiff joints, and increased stability in other joints. Brock has found that keeping his back pain at bay is a process, and it takes work. He states, “I fell in love with the process of getting better.” He says it’s been a huge relief over the last few months to realize that he no longer has to worry when he wakes up that he might be hurting. Now he knows he’s going to feel fine because he’s putting in the work required to move well and feel well. These days he’s motivated by improving his golf game, enjoying increased energy, and knowing that he’s doing something healthy for himself everyday that will help him now and in the future. Abby McCartney, a new mother, already sees that her future will require lots of energy! She’s making her health a priority so she’ll have the strength and flexibility to pick up and play with her growing baby without pain. Abby actively participated in private Pilates throughout her pregnancy because she recognized the benefits structured exercise contributed to a healthy pregnancy. Now, five months postpartum, health is still a priority, but her body and goals have changed. Today her commitment to fitness is motivated by the desire to increase strength, stability, and endurance, and to keep back pain at bay. Abby feels good and has the energy she’ll need to keep up with her precious little man! Making your own health a priority is a gift you give yourself. It’s an important stepping stone to the priceless reward of becoming the best version of YOU. When you make the decision... and are willing to put in the work... you will definitely reap the benefits. Just ask Dava, Brock, and Abby!

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With These Hands Article and photos by Amy Myers

e d a m e m o H Salt Bath

that time of the year to start getting back in shape, in Iingt’spreparation for Spring and Summer activities! We’re dustoff the running shoes, jumping back on our treadmills, and accepting the challenge of improving our health and fitness… And you know what that means – sore, achy muscles are in the near future. Here is a recipe for a DIY bath salt for soothing those aches and pains.

Disclaimer: Make sure you know you do not have allergies related to the ingredients listed!


3 cups Epsom salt ½ cup pink Himalayan Sea Salt ½ cup herbs and/or flowers (optional) 20 drops therapeutic grade essential oils (like lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, etc.) It’s fun to experiment with the various fragrances and benefits of oils and herbs! Mix ingredients before adding them to your warm bath. 42 | TOWNANDGOWNMAGAZINE.COM

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WINNERS Business of the Year Man of the Year Woman of the Year

Strange Brew Vic Schafer Lynn Spruill

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The Cake Box The Little Dooey Hardee’s Starkville Cafe Central Station Grill Bulldog Burger The Veranda Oby’s Lazyguys Brian Michael’s Catering Company Little Dooey Buffalo Wild Wings Jean Cafe Restaurant Tyler Commodore Bob’s Sweet Peppers Deli Stromboli’s Cookie Dough Bites Commodore Bob’s Chick-Fil-A Restaurant Tyler Zaxby’s Restaurant Tyler Restaurant Tyler The Veranda Oby’s Bop’s Umi Bin 612 Strange Brew Cappes La Terraza Bulldog Burger Co Bulldog Burger Co Lost Pizza Company Restaurant Tyler The Guest Room Commodore Bob’s Kodi Yocham- Central Station Grill Restaurant Tyler Cappe’s Steakhouse Umi Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar McAlister’s The Little Dooey Lost Pizza Thai Siam


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Best Paint Store Best Painter Best Pest Control Best Plumber Best Real Estate Agent Best Real Estate Company Best Roofing Company

Farrell-Calhoun Paint Patrick Quinn Northeast Exterminating “James “”Ike”” Langley- P-Trap Plumbing” Carole Gaston Coldwell Banker S.R.E. Realtors Shurden’s Roofing

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Money & Finance Best Accountant Best Bank Best Bank Teller Best Credit Union Best Insurance Agent Best Insurance Company Best Investment Firm Best Investment Firm Best Law Firm Best Mortgage Broker

Kelly Cutshall, CPA Renasant Bank Nicole Duncan Bancorp South Statewide Federal Credit Union Brian McCaskill Insurance Associates Hwy 12 Starkville ms Cadence Bank- Cate Robinson Modern Woomen of America - Barbara Coats Brown & Langston Cindy Palmer

Outdoors & Hiking Best Camping Best Kayaking / Canoeing Spot Best Park Best Place to Go for a Drive Best Place to go Four Wheeling Best Place to go Four Wheeling Best Place to Hike Best Place to Play Golf Best Swimming Hole Best View

BSA Camp Seminole Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge McKee Park Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge Mudslangers Off Road Trails Pike Farm Second Place Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge Starkville Country Club Starkville Country Club Sunrise over Wild Briar Lake

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The Poor House Horsefeathers

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Wheels & Motors Best Auto Body Repair Best Auto Repair Best Car Rental Best Car Salesperson Best Car Wash Best Motorcycle Dealer Best New Car Dealer Best Oil Change Best RV Dealer Best Service Department Best Towing Best Transportation Services Best Used Car Dealer

Advanced Collision Repair Performance Automotive Inc. Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ann Akins Bennie’s Car Wash Village Cycle Center, Inc. Parker-McGill Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers Johnny Bishop RV Barnes Crossing Auto Sales and Service William Wells Bulldog Shuttle Barnes Crossing Auto Sales and Service

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Six Steps of

Balanced Eating

Kelly White, MS, RD, CSSD, LD Mississippi State University, Sports Dietician

o matter what your nutrition and fitness goals are, eating to reach these goals, while still feeling N satisfied, is a common struggle for most people. I have had the privilege of working with people of all ages on eating for health benefits, weight loss or gain, and performance. Previously I worked at the OCH Regional Medical Center where I spent a great deal of time on outpatient nutrition counseling. For the past four years, I’ve worked at Mississippi State University as the lead Sports Dietitian. These are six steps to help you feel satisfied and full every day.

1. Eat at least 5 x a day – preferably every 2-3 hours

Aim to eat three moderate meals and two snacks throughout the day. A lot of overeating or food binges come from low blood sugar levels throughout the day often caused by skipping meals. When you overcompensate by eating too much, blood sugar levels rise, causing an overproduction of insulin, which may make you feel the need for another sugar rush. Spacing meals throughout the day also helps curb the late-night munchies, which normally consist of higher calorie, fat and sugar foods.

2. Eat a low/moderate carbohydrate diet – 1/3 of dinner plate

Choose whole grain and whole wheat products as often as possible. These products tend to have more fiber, which takes longer to digest, thereby keeping you feeling full longer. Think whole grain bread and breakfast cereals, brown or wild rice, pasta or oatmeal. Some of the starchy vegetables that fit in this category are sweet potatoes, beans, and legumes. Fruit is considered a carbohydrate, but is typically lower in calories, fills you up, and does not count as a “portion” on your plate. Eat fruit often!

3. Eat plenty of lean protein: 1/3 of your plate and as part of your snacks

Protein helps your body maintain muscle mass during weight loss and can give you all the essential amino acids (protein that helps build muscle tissue) without all the unwanted and unhealthy saturated fat. Protein also takes longer to digest, keeping you full longer and helping your blood sugar levels stay consistent. Lean choices include: white chicken meat (without skin), red meat ending in “loin” or “round,” seafood, and most fish. Low fat yogurt, milk, egg whites, and beans are a few of the lowest calorie foods with the highest amount of protein. Aim for snacks to have at least 10 grams of protein along with healthy carbohydrates and fat. Some easy ideas are: Greek yogurt with slivered almonds, one-half of a bagel with peanut butter and sliced banana, tuna and whole wheat crackers, apple with almond butter, and a high protein granola bar.

4. Use healthy fats but use them sparingly. Take out unhealthy fats and condiments.

Fat has the most calories per gram of any nutrient. However, some fats give you essential nutrients that your body can’t make on its own and you should include them in your diet in small amounts. Examples include: seeds, nuts, avocados, olives, and olive or vegetable oil. Fat sources that provide unhealthy, saturated fat, include fried foods, butter, mayonnaise, creamy salad dressings, and higher fat meats such as sausage, bacon, salami, pepperoni or bologna, and many deserts. So, while adding avocado to toast, or adding almond butter to fruit or toast is a good move, you can decrease others. Consider swapping ranch, honey mustard or special dipping sauces for barbeque sauce and save over 200 calories! Swap mayo for mustard on your sandwich and save the same 200 calories, along with a lot of unhealthy fat.


Fill with: Lettuce, Cabbage, Onions, Carrots, Broccoli, Spinach, Kale, Cauliflower, Green beans, Beats, Peppers, Squash, Radishes, Celery, Cucumbers etc. .


Fill with: Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Corn, Rice, Quinoa, Pasta, Beans, Whole-Grain Breads, Lentils, Peas, Whole Grain Cereals, Oatmeal, AirPopped Popcorn.



Protein Fill with: Kiwi, Grapes, Canteloupe, Watermelon, Strawberries, Blueberries, Bananas, Pineapple, Mangoes, Apples, Cherries, Oranges, Peaches, Raspberries, Etc.

Fill with: Eggs, Salmon, Tilapia, Tuna, Baked Chicken, Steak, Shrimp, Lentils, Soy, Pork, Dairy Products, Nuts, Seeds. .

5. Eliminate caloric beverages! Don’t drink your calories!

Regular drinks in the form of sodas, sweet tea, lemonade, Kool-Aid, and many vegetable juices are the number one source of added and unnecessary calories to your diet. They are also the easiest to replace with similar tasting, lower calorie drinks. Consider this: If you drink one sweet tea and one soft drink daily, that equals 420 calories per day, or 2940 calories per week. It only takes 3500 calories to LOSE one pound, so if you eliminate caloric beverages you will be well on your way.

6. Eat MORE free vegetables!

Not only are non-starchy or “free” vegetables full of nutrients to help keep you from getting sick, they are also super low in calories while filling you up. Examples include: artichokes, asparagus, green beans, beets, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, cauliflower, eggplant, onions, greens, lettuce, mushrooms, tomatoes, turnips, water chestnuts, and zucchini. According to many studies, those who eat a salad (with light dressing) or veggies first on their plate, eat about 100 calories less per meal.

Putting it together:

Now that you have the key ingredients to balanced eating, let’s practice this at an actual meal. Think about your plate in thirds: 1/3 carbohydrates, 1/3 protein, and 1/3 “free” vegetables. You can always leave room for low-fat milk or fruit on the side. Here are some easy examples of three balanced meals: • • •

Salmon, wild rice, and steamed broccoli with lemon zest, low fat milk, and a bowl of strawberries; Chicken, veggie and rice bowl with fruit, and yogurt parfait; and Filet mignon, baked sweet potato, roasted asparagus, and a small cup of low fat ice cream with blueberries

Many of these options are go-to options at your favorite local restaurants. The key is to find the foods you really enjoy, and find ways to fit them in your week! Not all days are perfect, but if you can make 80% of your week pretty balanced, and leave room for 20% “not-so-much”, you will be able to stick with this plan for more than two months! You just may be able to make it a lifestyle. March 2018 | 47

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Written By Joe Lee

Go Back in Time with

the Blues

Charles H. Templeton Ragtime & Jazz Festival


he Charles H. Templeton Ragtime and Jazz Festival to go in a bluesy new direction this year with the addition of author, actor and blues performer Steve Cheseborough. “I’m a one-man band recreating the blues of the 1920s and 30s,” said Cheseborough, a resident of Portland, Oregon, who spent a decade living in Mississippi and earned a Master’s degree in Southern Studies from Ole Miss. “I will share stories, history and legends with the audience. I’m influenced by the great bluesmen and women (of that era), including Bo Carter, Ma Rainey and Son House among many others.” Now in its twelfth year, the Templeton Festival returns to Mississippi State (MSU) from March 22-24. The live performances, including sets from Eddie Erickson, Ivory&Gold, and Kris Tokarski as well as Cheseborough, will take place in McComas Hall. Seminars, silent films, and the Gatsby Gala fashion show will be held inside Mitchell Memorial Library. “This year we’re really focusing a lot on blues with Steve Cheseborough,” said Stephen Cunetto, Associate Dean for MSU Libraries and an integral part of the Templeton Festival since its inception in 2007. “We started as a ragtime festival (but) knew in early discussions that we wanted to highlight a bunch of different genres of music. We wanted it to be about early American music, not just ragtime.” 60 | TOWNANDGOWNMAGAZINE.COM

A driving force behind this year’s performances is artistic director Jeff Barnhart. A professional pianist for decades, Barnhart was hooked on early American musical styles after hearing Scott Joplin’s music in The Sting, the 1974 film starring Robert Redford. “The event – and the museum itself – does not present the music in merely historic ways, but as a living, breathing, still-evolving entity unto itself,” Barnhart said. “Through the music we can glimpse cultural, socio-political and even fashion aspects of 80-120 years ago. The music is ageless, performed by internationally-renowned entertainers and historians, and our event promises to be a true inspiration for any who experience it, no matter what their age.” The festival is named in honor of the late Charles H. Templeton, a Starkville resident who instilled his passion for ragtime music in his son, Chip. “In the 1960’s Dad had a record label, TempwoodV Records,” Templeton said. “As that project ended, he used those experiences and created a new business of buying and selling objects that showed the American Music Story from 1877 forward with Edison’s invention of the phonograph. He kept a massive collection of sheet music, recordings and instruments which tell the story of the business of music. Ragtime (from) 1899-1920 is the heart of that period defined future genres (like) blues, jazz and rock.” Templeton said the sheet music is a treasure not only for the music inside but the artwork and details on the covers. The familiar Nipper dog that graced the long-ago RCA phonograph ads – a black and white pooch with his head cocked, listening to music coming from a recording – is on display in the museum and a neat place, Templeton added, to take a selfie. Another memorable visual is the Gatsby Gala, the fashion show on March 22 which will transform the lobby of the Mitchell library into a snapshot from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic work, The Great Gatsby. Cunetto said that MSU fashion design students are hard at work creating 1920s-era apparel for the event and the reception afterward. “As Morgan Freeman said, the blues is America’s classical music. No one would be surprised if you told them you study or listen to Mozart, Bach and Beethoven, but those (composers represent) European classical music,” Cheseborough said. “Why not study and appreciate America’s classical music? That’s what we’re doing at this festival. Come join us.”

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Gardeners, ! s e in g n E r u o Y t r a t S

Spring is only days away and it’s time to plan your garden and get your hands dirty!


eleaguered gardeners from across the state are weary of winter and yearning to get outdoors to begin spring clean-up and planting. Thanks to the Oktibbeha County Master Gardeners and Mississippi State University, help and inspiration are on the way. The 2018 edition of the Everything Garden Expo will be staged March 24-25 at the Mississippi Horse Park in Starkville. Vendors of virtually every facet of gardening will be on hand to present the latest in plants, supplies, and techniques. “We have enlisted some of the South’s most noted program leaders to hold educational seminars on a broad spectrum of issues from controlling fire ants, to growing vegetables in boxes…and everything in between,” declared Jane Loveless, chairman of the event. She is being assisted by Jim McKell of the Master Gardeners who stressed that proceeds will be used to award scholarships to deserving students planning to pursue careers in agriculture. “We will offer programs for children and valuable information for garden professionals and hobbyists alike,” noted Loveless. The two-day Expo will fill the sprawling Mississippi Horse Park off South Montgomery Street and include almost 60 vendors. Plants and tools will be available for purchase and visitors can stroll the venue leisurely, selecting seminars and activities that most interested them. Highlights on Saturday, March 24 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m. Noted speakers on Saturday include radio personality Nellie Neal (Garden Mama) who will discuss “Cut Flowers for Home, Businesses and Communities (2:15 p.m.) and Gary Bachman, host of the award winning “Southern Gardening” TV, radio and newspaper, who will present “Growing Vegetables in Boxes.” (3:30 p.m.) At 4:45 p.m., the talented author and designer Jim DelPrince will discuss the latest in “Floral Designs From Your Southern Garden”. Other Saturday speakers include: Jim McCurdy, editor of Mississippi Turfgrass Magazine will kick off seminars with his discussion of “Sustaining the Home Lawn” (8:45 a.m.) followed by Michael Hatcher, owner of the Garden Center of Olive Branch, Miss., and a landscape architecture graduate of MSU. He will present the latest in Hardscapes in the Landscape” (10 a.m.), followed by Jason Gordon who will discuss “Tree Selection for Mississippi Gardens.” (11:15 a.m.) Highlights on Sunday, March 25 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Christine Coker, MSU professor of Urban Horticulture will present tips and techniques for “Veggie Gardening in Small Spaces” at 11:30 a.m. and Michael Seal will discuss Air Plants, Epiphytes and Bromeliads at 12:45 p.m. Richard Harkess will share planting ideas for large containers for spring, summer, fall and winter (2 p.m.) Garden Expo offers something for everyone

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Children’s activities are designed to promote a lifelong enjoyment of garden activities for youngsters. They will have an opportunity to plant seeds, meet caterpillars, and observe birds of prey. MSU Extension’s “Farmtastic” will offer hands-on agricultural activities for a broad range in ages. Doors will open at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 24 and close at 6 p.m. Sunday hours are 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Price of admission is $5. Children six and under are free. Anyone interested in a booth or more information may contact Loveless at 662-320-9574.

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6 1.Alanna Scholtes, Mitzy Johnson, Randi Kathryn Harmon, Tillery Tomlinson 2.Kaitlin Mullins, Gina Studley 3. Rachel McMurry, Shequetta Gandy, Maria Snel 4. Anne Hart Preus, Rosa Da Lomba, Missi Steinriede 5.Rachel Carrigan, Clay Richardson 6. Laurie Hersey, Amanda Henry

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DAR Essay Contest Winners Photos by Adrianne Horne • February 1, 2018






6 1. Andrew Echols, Allie Mullen, Anna Claire Heflin, Hanna Jian, Kimiya Brown, George Fox


United Way Evening of Mystique Photos by Margaret McMullen • February 8, 2018






6 1.Kari Bounds, Eric Riggs, Sheryl Abernathy and Wayne Thomas 2.Shane Miller, Kerri Mathews, Jane Poole and Jackie Bowman 3. Cindy Palmer, Leeann Turner, Stephanie Arnett, Becca Andol, Paul Luckett and April Long 4. Ray and Janice Moore 5. Eric and Lateshia Butler 6. Sidney and Mary Jane Runnels

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Columbus Arts Council Gala Photos by Margaret McMullen • February 16, 2018






6 1. Karen Arzamendi, Lynn Brown, Desiree Kriegre, and Mike Azramendi 2. Carol and Mickey Bray 3. Emily Espy, Jami Nettles and Deb Holt 4. Fred Kinder and Lillian Wade 5. Karen Cooley, Betty Clyde Jones, Tommie Mack and Qua Austin 6. Kris Davis, Rebecca Swain, Maria Dunser and Katie Swain


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Good eats do good during the 6th annual STARKVILLE RESTAURANT WEEK! Experience Starkville’s culinary treasures AND make a difference. Charity nominations open MARCH 19! Our most-voted charity during Restaurant Week will win $5000, courtesy of CADENCE BANK. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and every snack in between... in Mississippi’s College Town, community still happens around the table.




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