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Sweetbay Magnolia: The Belle of Bayhead Swamps

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ourmshome.com – Mark W. LaSalle, Ph.D. – 2024-03-02 15:30:22

SUMMARY: Sweetbay Magnolia is celebrated as an unheralded in and Atlantic coastal landscapes, distinguished from its larger Southern Magnolia cousin by its more compact size while still offering fragrant white blossoms and visually striking seeds. Unique silver-white underside leaf hairs make it easily identifiable and visually appealing, especially in windy conditions, contributing to its role as a defining element of Bayhead Swamps and pine flatwoods. Though classified as a facultative wetland plant, Sweetbay is versatile, thriving in both wet and drier soils, and is increasingly embraced in urban landscapes for its manageable size and ornamental value. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, Sweetbay supports various wildlife, pollinators and small mammals, and its leaves can be used similarly to bay leaves in cooking. Despite being less prominent than Southern Magnolia, Sweetbay is highly adaptable and valued for both its beauty and utility in natural and urban environments.

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StageStruck Presents The Little Mermaid at the Hattiesburg Saenger Theater

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ourmshome.com – Stan Caldwell – 2024-04-19 14:00:35

SUMMARY: Brenda Shows has been nurturing a love for musical theater in through StageStruck Performance Studio in Lamar County for nearly two decades. She's presenting “The Little Mermaid Jr.” at the Saenger Theater in Hattiesburg. With over 50 years in theater, Shows selects popular productions that offer numerous roles for kids. StageStruck aims to develop skills via performing arts, juxtaposing theater with conventional activities like piano or dance. The studio, serving first graders through high schoolers with tuition at $85 a month, focuses on inclusion, offering every child a part in their productions. This approach has grown participation from about 30 to 114 , supported by a doctrine of dual-casting to accommodate and backup. Shows' dedication is evident from her start in high school to founding StageStruck in 2005, prioritizing musical theater for its capacity to engage numerous participants.

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How to Celebrate Earth Day

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ourmshome.com – Judy Smith – 2024-04-19 10:45:09

SUMMARY: Earth Day, first held on April 22, 1970, has grown into the world's largest civic , uniting over 1 people in 192 countries to protect the planet every year. Originating as a movement to mobilize Americans for environmental protection, it has sparked initiatives such as the Clean Act and Clear Act, significantly boosting environmental education. A range of activities from tree planting, plastic clean-up, to promoting bee-friendly habitats, marks the celebration, emphasizing the role of community and individual actions in preserving the earth. Engaging activities for families and communities highlight the importance of everyone's participation in making a sustainable difference for future generations.

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The Sound Amphitheater Celebrates Successful Grand Opening

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ourmshome.com – omshome – 2024-04-17 15:50:13

SUMMARY: The Sound Amphitheater in Gautier celebrated its on April 12, with over 4,800 attendees. The $8 million venue is expected to substantially benefit the and the broader Coastal region economically and culturally. The , marking a significant turning point, performances by the Resurrection Choir, the Gautier High School Choir and Band, and a highlight show by KC and The Sunshine Band. , Gautier City Paula Yancey and Peachtree Entertainment Nathan Baugh, emphasized the venue's potential to boost local businesses and . Upcoming acts include Jason Isbell, Justin Moore, and Miranda Lambert, promising ongoing cultural and economic enrichment for Gautier.

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