Get excited! It’s art festival time on the Gulf Coast


by Cherie Ward, Our Mississippi Home

And so it begins…

This weekend brings the beginning of a kaleidoscope of events that will have artists and art enthusiasts flocking to the Gulf Coast.

First up, the annual Artwalk on Saturday will kick off the arts and crafts season.

This one-day art festival is in its 31st year and is always held on Labor Day weekend.

The downtown Ocean Springs event showcases potters, painters, sculptors, mixed media artists, and musicians who partner with local boutiques, galleries, and restaurants to demonstrate their creative processes and skills on the sidewalks.

It’s a family event that will take place rain or shine from 10 am until 4 pm.

On Sunday, the city of Waveland will sponsor a Labor Day Street Fair & festival with arts and crafts vendors, food, and…

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Biloxi A to Z July 1, 2022


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This week’s report prepares residents for the weekend! Where’s the best place to watch the in ? Learn about a fireworks free zone on the beach, and get some tips on how to be safe from Battalion Chief Brian Rouse with . Also, get a weekend update, which starts with First Friday events in downtown.

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Top 10 Fireworks Shows in Mississippi


by Tamra Cater, Our Mississippi Home

As we all know, July 4th is when we celebrate our independence. For many, this means cookouts, any kind of fun on the water, as well as ! Fortunately, Mississippi is home to many fun and beautiful fireworks shows for you to enjoy this year!

1. Gulfport, MS

Where: Highway 49 and 23rd Ave, , MS

This fireworks display is free and starts at 8:45 am on July 4th. The fireworks…

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Celebrate 4th of July in the Magnolia State


by Judy Smith, Our Mississippi Home

July is just around the corner, and we’re ready to herald in the month with lots of red, white, and blue festivities, , and many events to honor .

If you don’t have your plans finalized yet, don’t worry! There are many exciting and fun events throughout the Magnolia .

Break out those flags and red, white, and blue outfits, and celebrate! Here are some…

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Where to see Fourth of July fireworks near Jackson, Mississippi

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weekend is this weekend and several cities in the Jackson metropolitan area are planning celebrations.

Below is a round-up of fireworks celebrations for the Fourth of July weekend to help you celebrate 

1. Smith Wills Stadium

The City of Jackson will celebrate the Fourth of July with a fireworks show at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at Smith…

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Celebrate with these events this weekend

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This weekend, Jackson will celebrate Juneteenth with a parade, live music, and more to commemorate the June day in 1865 when the last enslaved people in the U.S. were freed.

Juneteenth was made a federal last year and will be observed this year on Monday making this a three-day weekend to celebrate your freedom.

We’ve rounded up some of the weekend’s best…

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8th Annual Free Flowin' Fest – Beach Park Pascagoula MS


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8th Annual Free Flowin’ Fest – Beach Park MS May 7th Noon- 8pm – Live Music – at the end!

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‘Unrivaled’: The Sewanee Tigers were a team for the ages


‘Unrivaled’: The Sewanee Tigers were a team for the ages

The 1899 Sewanee football team set a record that will last forever and has now been preserved in a documentary film.

In sports, precious few records exist we can say for certain never will be broken. I know of only one.

Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hit streak, you say? It’s not likely, but it is surely possible. Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 points in a single professional basketball game? Again, not likely, but there’s always a chance a 7-foot, 10-inch version of Michael Jordan will emerge. Byron Nelson’s 11 consecutive PGA Tour victories? Even Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods could not come close. Still, such a feat is possible.

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But there exists at least one sports record, this one in college football, that will stand forever. No possible way it will be broken. The 1899 Sewanee Tigers won five football games in six days en route to a perfect 12-0 season. What’s more, all five of those victories in a six-day span were shutouts. Sewanee defeated Texas 12-0 in Austin, Texas A&M 10-0 in Houston, Tulane 23-0 in New Orleans, LSU 34-0 in Baton Rouge and 12-0 in Memphis.

Making the feat all the more amazing was the team’s mode of transportation. This was four years before Orville and Wilbur Wright flew the first powered airplane. Sewanee made the entire 2,500-mile trip by steam-powered locomotive. Eighteen Sewanee players were on the traveling roster, but only 13 actually played in the games. No wonder they were called “The Iron Men.”

You could not make it up.

And Mississippian and Sewanee grad David Crews did not have to make it up. Crews and Sewanee classmate Norman Jetmundsen spent much of the last five years researching, interviewing, writing, shooting and making a film — “UNRIVALED” — that tells the definitive story of that remarkable Sewanee team that outscored its 12 foes 322-10.

The documentary will be the subject of a program on Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Overby Center at Ole Miss. A 25-minute portion of the 90-minute film will be shown followed by a discussion that Charles Overby will lead with Ole Miss Athletic Director Keith Carter along with the film’s directors.

Should Ole Miss ever be foolhardy enough to attempt such a football road trip, Carter could call on a staff of dozens to arrange the travel, feed the team, wash the uniforms, attend to its medical needs, devise game plans and so much more. Back in 1899, those duties were divided between student manager Luke Lea, who in reality served as athletic director, business manager and a lot more, and head coach Herman “Billy” Suter.

Mississippian David Crews

It is a fascinating story and a remarkable film, which includes interviews with the likes of legendary, national championship-winning coaches Nick Saban, Vince Dooley, Bobby Bowden and Johnny Majors, as well as historian John Meachem, another graduate of Sewanee, also known as the University of the South.

At one point in the film, Bowden, who has since died, sums up the Sewanee story as only he could with his folksy, down-home charm. “It’s unbelievable,” Bowden says, excitedly. “How in the world could anybody do that?”

Other factors make the achievement all the more astounding. Football, then more than now, was a brutal sport with very little protective padding and few rules to prevent punching, gouging, kicking and other forms of mayhem. Substitutions were for cowards. If you came out of a game, you were out for the duration. Often injured players stayed in the game, stumbling and dazed from injuries.

There was no such thing as a forward pass. It was straight-ahead, physical football. Only the strong survived and some of the strongest did not. Says Dooley, “There were 17 or 18 deaths one season.” The closest thing to a pass was when offensive players would pick up a ball-carrying teammate and heave him over the line.

You might wonder, as I had, why a team in the remote Tennessee foothills would embark on a such a seemingly foolhardy six-day, five-game marathon. Turns out, it was all about dollars. Vanderbilt was Sewanee’s big rival in those days and the annual trip to Nashville pretty much funded the football team. That year, there was a dispute over how the gate receipts would be divided. It went unresolved. With the Vanderbilt game canceled, Lea, the student manager, was forced to raise money by other means.

Long road trips to, say, Austin or New Orleans would eat up all the money earned from the games. So Lea essentially decided to kill five birds with one stone: one road trip, five games. Somehow, his players were up to the task.

They were not big men. The Sewanee star and team captain was Henry “Diddy” Seibels, a running back who weighed all of 170 pounds. He scored two touchdowns in the victory over Texas, despite suffering a huge gash over his left eye that was patched with plaster of paris. He never left the game.

The team’s right end, Hugh Miller Thompson Pearce, was better known as Bunny and hailed from Jackson. Bunny Pearce stood 5 feet, 3 inches and weighed in at 125 pounds. In a 1944 interview with the famous sports writer Grantland Rice, Coach Suter said of Pearce: “He was a fine end. One hundred and eight pounds of his weight was brains and heart. What else matters?”

The fifth of the five victories in six days was over Ole Miss at Memphis. Sewanee had defeated LSU 34-0 the day before. The bruises and gashes and sore muscles added up. The Iron Men rode the train overnight from Baton Rouge, sleeping in a coach car, and then took the field the next afternoon. Reported The Commercial Appeal: “As the bandaged boys in purple took their positions, Coach Suter applied fresh plaster over the cut which Seibels received in the Texas game.  The sight of the Sewanee men as they stood ready for the referee’s whistle was enough to create a wholesome respect for them.”

Despite Sewanee’s physical woes, the Tigers prevailed 12-0. On the exhausting trip, they had defeated five of the Deep South’s football powers by a combined score of 91-0. They returned to Sewanee the next day, conquering heroes and were treated as such.

They were feted by a parade, a bonfire, , cannon fire, a feast and more. Think about it: They had been gone only a week. They had won five great victories in six days. They had achieved something nobody had ever done before — or has done since. Or will in the future.

Nobody would ever be foolish enough to try.

This article first on Mississippi Today and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

22 Fun Facts About New Year’s


by Mimi Bosarge, Our Mississippi Home

2022 is almost here and it’s a time for celebration! Common traditions include attending parties, eating special foods, making resolutions, and watching . But how much do you know about the or about the different ways in which people celebrate? Here are 22 fun facts about New Year’s:

1.  When was the first New Year’s celebration?

The first New Year’s celebration was…

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Harrison County Fire Department offering firework safety tips

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It’s almost time to celebrate the start of 2022, but before we light up the night sky, the is offering firework safety tips.

Fire Chief Pat Sullivan says you have to know the do’s and do nots of the you’re handling. If you’re unsure, he suggests asking the people selling the…

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