Month: September 2013

2013 Mississippi State Harley Owners Group Rally

1185254_562327393828880_1102442331_nPolish the chrome and bring your bathing suit! The Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center will be the host to the 2013 Ms. State H.O.G. Rally, affectionately known as the Great Southern HOG Rally, on September 19th, 20th and 21st.

Ride the Southern Edge of Freedom as you cruise down the beach along the Mississippi Sound that leads to the Gulf of Mexico.
From vendors to a Pirates Beach Bonfire and a poker run to a 26 mile “Bridge to Bridge” ride will delight Harley Owners from all around the nation.
Registration for all three days is only $40 and includes all events except the special dinner that will be held Saturday night. Registration ends at 4 p.m. Saturday. (more…)

Aug. 2013 – Letter from our Editor

090113I love this time of year, football season has begun and everyone is sporting their favorite SEC and NFL team jerseys, tees, and caps. The players and game strategies are the number one topic of conversation at every Coast venue and fellow “Who Dats” are primed and ready. We have included a schedule of all the games in this issue so you will know who is playing, where, and when.

Gulfport has the distinction of being one of only two locations in the entire United States that has an Armed Forces Retirement Home. GTP will take you inside this remarkable place and introduce you to some of the very special veterans who live there.

Diabetics Specialist, KC Arnold, is our Mover & Shaker for September. She owns The Diabetic Center in Ocean Springs which opened it’s doors just after Katrina. KC helps hundreds of patients stay well and in control of this menacing disease.

Did you know that Coca-Cola was first bottled in Vicksburg? Did you know that the world’s oldest Holiday Inn is in Clarkdale? Check out our Mississippi Fun Fact page and become a Mississippi trivia champion!

The Crooked Letter Brewery is the new kid on the block in beautiful downtown Ocean Springs. This little place is extraordinary! Read all about it in Taste Buds.

All This…And So Much More

Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor

Diabetes Specialist, Nurse Practitioner, KC Arnold

professioal-headshot-KC_arnold3KC Arnold was born in Rockville Centre, New York and is one of seven children. She was destined for a career in the medical field, following in the footsteps of her mother, Kay. During high school she was a volunteer candy striper at a local hospital and later worked in an ER as a receptionist. She attended the State University of New York, SUNY-Binghamton, and attained her degree in nursing. The day KC graduated from college, she was sworn into the United States Air Force and soon attended MIMSO (Medical Indoctrination of Military Service Officers).
Kay has always been her mentor and inspiration. KC’s mother was a 3 year diploma nurse from St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City. With seven children to care for, she earned her BSN in nursing and became a Family Nurse Practitioner. “I wanted to be just like her and since childhood I wanted to join the military,” KC said. KC’s father was a CPA for Grumman. The choice to focus on Diabetes came while working at Keesler AFB. In 1993, KC was transferred to Keesler AFB as an active duty Air Force nurse. She saw patients on the Medical Oncology floor and became the certified Diabetes Educator for the facility. “I had no idea at the time I had a passion for Diabetes care but something clicked,” she said. She proceeded to work on her master’s through the G.I. Bill after having completed over twelve years of service. KC earned her MSN as an Adult Nurse Practitioner at U.S.A (University of South Alabama) in Mobile. (more…)

Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport

AFRH3The Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport is one of only two facilities of it’s kind in the nation. The other facility is nestled in a beautiful part of Washington, DC and is home to some of the bravest men and women in America.
Here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we found the residents and staff of the Gulfport AFRH to be quite charming and they have lived fascinating lives. The AFRH Admissions Officer, Christopher Alexander, allowed us to spend the day and enjoy the company of some of the residents. (more…)

2nd Annual Success Frog Fest 2013

frog-logoThe 2nd Annual Success Frog Fest 2013 is ‘hoppin’ back into the Fall activities list for September 2013. The FUNdraiser kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday the 28th and runs until 5 p.m. Proceeds from this exciting day will benefit the Success community through the organization For Success. This is a non-profit, community organized event with entertainment for all ages. All monies raised will go back into the community in the form of children’s activities, beautification and more.
Meet your family and friends at the Success Civic Center at 12361 School Road in Success. Unsure about exactly where the Success Community is? Just take the Hwy. 67 exit north off of I-10 and drive about 20 minutes where you will turn right at the Frog Fest sign. If you’re in the Gulfport area, take Hwy. 605 to Hwy. 67 and head north until you see the signs. (more…)