Month: October 2012


Hello Again!

The Coast is alive with all kinds of fun and exciting things going on to kick off the holiday season. It’s a beautiful time of year, with Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner!
GTP has the inside scoop on the premiere edition of Sun and Sand, Mississippi’s Film and Music Festival. We take you behind the scenes of this 5 day, MEGA event. All the information you need is right here so you can plan your extraordinary journey into the filmmaking and entertainment industry. You can also enjoy outdoor concerts at Jones Park for two full nights with your favorite stars!
Meet Ron Meyers, a name synonymous with wonderful shows and one-of-a-kind events for the past 30 years. Most of you know him best for Christmas City, the holiday shopping extravaganza at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center every November!
And please stand with us as we honor our Gulf Coast veterans on Saturday, November 10th during the annual Veteran’s Day Parade. (Ret) Colonel Henry Cook III, who served his country for 43 years, most of which as a Green Beret, is Grand Marshal. Don’t miss this opportunity to show these brave men and women how much you care and how grateful you are for their service and sacrifice.
And remember…Please vote on Tuesday, November 6th because every vote counts.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Go To Places Monthly!
Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor


The man behind one of the region’s best loved seasonal extravaganza’s, Christmas City, is Ron Meyers. He has a long list of very successful events and shows to his credit, over one hundred and counting! However, he is most recognized for developing Christmas City which takes place like clockwork every Nov. at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi. He is a leader in the field of entertainment promotions with over thirty years of experience. Ron Meyers is a man of faith, who radiates good will and a positive vibe. Born and raised in Iowa, he is one of seven children. He learned very early on the value of a dollar and the importance of hard work. He and his wife Karen have recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They have four children and two grandchildren. (more…)

How to Tip Your Server at a Restaurant

Whereas many restaurants in the world add a set service charge to your bill, the tipping system puts discretionary power in the hands of the customer. Do you know how to use that power wisely? Ideally, good service is rewarded with good tips, and bad service is punished with bad tips. In practice, however, that’s not how it usually plays out. If you want to tip fairly, follow these guidelines. (more…)

Sun & Sand The Mississippi Film & Music Festival 2012

Wes and Bobby Benton, owners of Red Planet Entertainment, have partnered with Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, IP Casino Resort & Spav, and Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi, to bring the state of Mississippi and the Gulf Coast an unprecedented event, the inaugural Sun and Sand Mississippi Film and Music Festival. Five full days and nights of non stop excitement and fun for aspiring film makers and music lovers. The stage is set for a totally off the charts experience centered around all facets of the entertainment industry. Beautiful indoor and outdoor venues throughout the Coast will offer film screenings, educational sessions and technology demonstrations, and outstanding concerts. Beginning Nov. 7 through Nov. 11, you can immerse yourself in the fascinating world of filmmaking. It will be an extraordinary journey that you won’t want to miss, so get your tickets now! (more…)

How to Take a Volunteer Vacation

Voluntourism is not about martyrdom. It’s about making a difference, even if you’re staying at a luxury hotel. With a growing number of hotels and tour operators offering trips that give back, the experience is more accessible than ever—from stints building houses with Hands On New Orleans and four-week HIV awareness programs in Thailand with the Global Services Corps to helping orphaned children in Kenya with Micato Safaris. But the key to a successful volunteer vacation involves a few basic considerations: What kind of an impact are you looking to have? How will the project you choose benefit the local community? (The latter is of particular concern, since less reputable charities and companies that overstate responsible-travel claims are all too common.) The most efficient and reputable organizations are those whose ultimate goal is to help communities work independently, Travelers who would prefer a relatively simple, low-key project, such as conducting a wildlife survey in Costa Rica, can opt for a hotel program. For a longer trip that involves daily contact with locals, a tour operator or nonprofit may be your best bet. To help you decide where to start, we’ve outlined what to watch for, and how to continue to make an impact after you return home. (more…)

2012 Gulf Coast Veterans Parade

Biloxi, MS. – The Gulf Coast Veterans Parade will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2012 beginning at 11:00 a.m. in downtown Gulfport. This is the 12th anniversary of the Gulf Coast parade. It has been recognized by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the past four consecutive years as a Veterans Day Regional Site. The 2012 Parade will pay special tribute to the Vietnam Veterans. (more…)