Month: October 2013

Letter from our Editor – Oct 2013


Once again Cruisin The Coast is back and this is it’s 17th year! In the beginning the registrants numbered in the low hundreds, today they number in the high thousands and it continues to climb. Local business man, Woody Bailey, started it all in 1996 and with hard work and perseverance, this thing has become one of the biggest and most popular classic car events in the country. Read all about it here!

The Fall Muster is a remarkable experience that puts you right in the middle of a civil war battlefield with cannons and muskets blasting. Immerse yourself in the rich history of our country and the deep south by visiting Beauvior this season. Nancy Baker Faul takes you inside the house of Jefferson Davis and gives you a tour of the grounds.

The Mississippi Surge will take to the ice once again for the 2014 season in just a few weeks! Head Coach, Jef Bes, talked with me about his players and how they train and prepare all year long. We go behind the scenes at the Power Plant in Biloxi.

Meet Mr. Kevin O’Brien, the new Executive Director of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. He’s brand new to the Coast and could not be happier about representing the genius of George Ohr. Kevin has very big plans for our little museum and you can find out what is in the works in this issue of GTP.

All This…And So Much More

Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor

Kevin O’Brien, The New Executive Director of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art

Kevin-mugshot-1_9-18-2013-022-2Kevin O’Brien has brought a wealth of experience and expertise in the Art world to the Gulf Coast. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Art History from the University of Notre Dame, as well as a Masters in Fine Arts and Painting from Tulane University. For thirty years he has served as Executive Director of Art and History museums throughout America. “I have always made it a point to seek out unusual and different museum projects to be involved in. The artwork itself is very, very important but I am also extremely interested in who created the artwork. George Ohr was truly one of the greatest artists who ever lived, he was a true American Master, a genius, and way ahead of his time,” O’Brien said. (more…)

Gulf Coast Veterans Parade

1209271_538942389492141_1438524729_nGulf Coast Veterans Parade organization is pleased to announce the Grand Marshal for the 13th Annual Gulf Coast Veterans Parade as Phyllis A. Luttman, Colonel, United States Air Force, Nurse Corps (Retired). Colonel Luttman served on active duty for thirty years beginning in October 1960, two years in the Air Force Reserve and retired in January 1993.
Colonel Luttman, while serving as a Flight Nurse and Flight Nurse Instructor from 1968 to 1970, designed and taught the mandatory course to all physicians, nurses and technicians on the aeromedical equipment used aboard the various aircraft. After training at the Bird Respirator Corporation in California, Colonel Luttman assisted in the design of a baffle system used for respirators used on all aeromedical flights worldwide. She was a member of a two person team which evaluated and medically accepted the new McDonald Douglas DC-9 flying hospital, the Nightingale. Colonel Luttman was not only a member of the four person concept team to design the Operating Room (O.R.) portion of the air transportable hospitals now used worldwide, but in 1984, was selected as a Consultant and later as the Chief Consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General for O.R. Nursing serving in that role until her retirement.
This year marks the first year to have a female Grand Marshal. This year is also the sixth consecutive year that the Department of Veterans Affairs has selected the Gulf Coast Veterans Parade as a “Regional Site” location.
The parade will be held in downtown Biloxi on Saturday, November 9th, with massing of the colors at the 11th hour (11:00 AM) ceremony in front of City Hall. The parade will include all branches of active military service along with ROTC units from around the state, High School Bands, Veterans Organizations, as well as Civic and Corporate groups.
This year, there will be a “Red, White and Blue on The Green” festival immediately following the parade. Musical entertainment, food vendors and military static display exhibits will be located at the Biloxi Town Green for a fun filled salute to our Veterans.

Cruisi’n The Coast 17

Untitled-1It all began on a wing and a prayer in 1996. Challenges were many and since it was the first time out, there was much to learn. The “96” Cruisin The Coast event had 374 vehicles registered. That first group of cruisers who came to the Coast fell in love with the area and had a wonderful time. Each year registration numbers increased and word spread quickly that Cruisin The Coast in South Mississippi was an event not to be missed. “We struggled through those first few years because of organizational problems and financial issues but we never gave up. Now we have a really unique product that we are incredibly proud of,” Woody Bailey, one of the founders said. Today, Cruisin The Coast is the biggest special event in the state of Mississippi. It has garnered numerous awards over the years and is also one of the most popular automobile events in the country. Several thousand classic cars and trucks are registered for Cruisin The Coast 17, and the numbers are expected to grow even further. There are over 700 friendly, helpful, knowledgeable volunteers that staff the event each year, easily recognizable in their bright yellow shirts. (more…)

Behind The Scenes With The Mississippi Surge

38293Our beloved Mississippi Surge hockey team is hard at work preparing for their fifth season which will begin on Friday, October 25th right here at home against the Louisiana IceGators. Head Coach, Jeff Bes, works around the clock to train his team and keep them in top physical condition for the incredibly demanding schedule that lies ahead. This sport requires Herculean strength, lightening quick reflexes, and speeds up to 20 MPH on the ice. The men of the Mississippi Surge are consummate athletes, fiercely dedicated to their sport and to one another. The season consists of 56 games, 28 games are at home and the rest are played out of town. (more…)

Beauvoir The Jefferson Davis Home & Presidential Library Historical Cemetery Tours and More

FEMA_-_37532_-_Restored_Jefferson_Davis_home_^quot,Beauvoir^quot,_in_MississippiBeauvoir, The Jefferson Davis Home & Presidential Library, will be spicing up the history journals with live character reenactments on October 8, 2013 in preparation for the Fall season on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. As the last home of Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, Beauvoir holds many fascinating connections to the South’s past. (more…)