Month: February 2011

February – LETTER FROM OUR EDITOR

You will find even more fun and informative features, covering a broader range of subjects this year. Word puzzles and brain teasers will be in each new issue and we promise some other surprises as well. Pick up a copy of GTP and you never know what you might find going on inside!
Check out the new sections we’ve added to compliment our tried and true favorites.
Red Mountain Entertainment gave us the inside story on the much anticipated February event, Top of the Hops Beer Fest Biloxi. Read all about it here!
Republican Congressman Steven Palazzo, who represents the 4th congressional district of Mississippi, took time out of his incredibly hectic and busy schedule to talk with us about his new post in Washington DC and the very serious issues facing us all.
One of our new features kicks off this month, as Pets and Their People debuts with a heartwarming story of a Coast physician and his extraordinary dogs. Also, take a trip to the Smoky Mountains in our new Travel page!
All This…and so much More
Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor

Q&A with Congressman Steven Palazzo

The Republican party of South Mississippi has spoken, and has put their ultimate faith in you.  Your leadership and guidance is what matters most.  How do you plan to implement change within our government?
“I am proud to be part of a conservative majority committed to restoring the public’s trust in government by stopping the out of control spending and working towards a smaller government that is accountable to the American people.  Two weeks ago, we voted to reduce the Congressional budget by five percent across the board and will save U.S. taxpayers $35 million. While it is a small amount compared to the debt this Congress inherited from its predecessor, it’s a signal to the American people that we are serious about reducing the size of government and restoring their trust in their elected officials.” (more…)

Dr. Eugene McNally and His Dogs

Dr. Eugene McNally has been practicing medicine on the Coast for many years.  He has a unique distinction among South Mississippi physicians in that he has always brought his “ best friend” to the office with him.  This story begins with a beautiful male Golden Retriever named Finn. This gentle, loving animal remained at the good doctor’s side, until his death last year at the age of eleven. This is a celebration of Finn’s life, that will most certainly make you smile. (more…)

The Blowfly Inn

They are finally back home after years of toil and trouble brought on by Mother Nature. The name is legendary on the coast. Locals just call it “The Blowfly”. The food is hot, fresh and delicious although it is no longer the Blowfly you may remember from your grandparents’ days. The menu has changed quite a bit since Owner Scott Weinberg took over the restaurant in 1998. He says, “When folks come in and see the extensive menu and realize how different we are from all the other restaurants on the coast, they have a tendency to come back again and again.” (more…)

THE TOP OF THE HOPS BEER FEST COMES TO BILOXI

Red Mountain Entertainment of Birmingham, Alabama and Blue Deuce Entertainment, out of Mandeville, Louisiana are partners that primarily promote concerts. Early in 2010, they decided they wanted to delve into the Craft Beer Festival business. The very first Craft Beer festival was held in 1982 in Boulder, Colorado. The hallmark of Craft beer is innovation. The brewers develop new styles, using unique twists beyond the traditional, historically familiar beer selections. Craft beer is now exploding across America and South Mississippi’s own Lazy Magnolia Brewery is making it’s mark in a big way. (more…)

Drawing with Stitches A look at Textile Artist Suzanne Weidie

Art is the ability to express beauty in symbolic ways.  Whether it is a bronze sculpture, an oil painting, or an interesting piece of hand-made paper, the ways to express the beauty around is endless.  Everyone is an artist in some way, and everyone is a patron of the arts in some way.  Most likely, we began our appreciation of art the very first time we picked out our own clothes from the closet. (more…)

Living Independence For Everyone: LIFE of Mississippi

Our country is made up of 50 individual states. Our culture values individualism and personal sovereignty. Part of the American Dream is making it on your own, or “pulling yourself up by the bootstraps,” as some rugged Americans would say. And Americans with physical and mental limitations share in that dream of independence and success.
In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became the avenue through which all people could have access to the American Dream. Government buildings were equipped with wheelchair ramps and elevators. Builders widened doorways and opened the floor plans of homes. Technologists designed phone systems for the hearing impaired. Today, even our computers can talk to us if we are visually impaired. In our state, we have an entire organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities to achieve the American Dream. (more…)