Month: May 2014

May 2014 – Letter from our Editor

050114Hello Everyone!

It is such a beautiful time of year with everything in bloom and so much going on. We hope that you are enjoying all the wonderful events happening up and down the coastline because there is a wealth of entertainment out there and you don’t want to miss any of it!
Our special guest journalist, Melody Worsham, leaves no stone unturned as she explains the complexities of mental health care in Mississippi. It is a fascinating account of a very sensitive subject that is more often than not, ignored and misunderstood.
Meet a remarkable woman who selflessly and bravely ventures into the hidden world of the homeless campsites each week to bring much needed supplies and food. Lynda Favre is the founder of Shepherd of the Gulf in Gulfport. She has dedicated her life to helping those who live tucked away in the shadows. We honor her as our GTP Mover and Shaker for the month of May.
The Center Stage Arts and Crafts Show will be a delightful event with 47 vendors on hand showcasing local talent and serving up delicious Coast culinary treats. Come out and support Center Stage on May 17th so you can continue to enjoy artistic excellence in theater productions right here at home. And on May 31st, the Pass Christian Harbor is the place to be for a two day festival celebrating the best BBQ with live music that never stops!
Another school year is drawing to a close – Please drive with great caution and don’t get distracted with texts and phone calls as little ones will be out and about. Thank you!

Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor

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Billy Creel Memorial Gulf Coast Wooden & Classic Boat Show May 17-18 2014

Bout TimeThere is just nothing sexier than a man putting a sharp-edged plane to a fresh piece of wood and carefully curling away layers just the way it has been done for hundreds of years. Here in Biloxi, wooden boat builders span generations and are revered as true craftsmen.
The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum will be showcasing and lauding these artisans and their unique abilities from May 17th and 18th when the Billy Creel Memorial Gulf Coast Wooden & Classic Boat Show is presented at the Schooner Pier Complex on Hwy 90 in Biloxi.
The Saturday opening will be at 10 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. On Sunday, the doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Visitors will be able to see antique wooden boats as well as classic and contemporary water crafts. Parking is free and admission is only $5 for adults and $3 for students age 13 to 18. Kids 12 and under are free. (more…)

Mississippi: On the Road to Recovery

CPSS.logo.OFFICIALWhat makes you happy? It seems like a simple question, and it is. The answer, on the other hand, varies from person to person. But one thing the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (MDMH) is sure of is that happiness is always established in four basic arenas in our lives: Home, Health, Community and Purpose. This applies to all people, young or old, mentally ill or mentally healthy. So, when it was brought to the attention of the directors at MDMH that the state’s mental health system wasn’t designed to provide resources for people to engage in these activities, they knew it was time for a change. Mississippi is now on the road to establishing a state-wide recovery-oriented system of mental health care. (more…)

THE FOUNDER OF SHEPHERD OF THE GULF, LYNDA FAVRE

photo 4Our experiences in childhood become the foundation of how we develop into adulthood and the kind of people we become. Quite often the stage is set for the path we will follow yet we are completely unaware. Lynda Favre grew up in a loving family in Arkansas and traveled quite a bit with her two brothers and her mom and dad. In 1992 they moved to the Coast from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “I only figured out a few years ago that we were homeless up until I was about twelve years old, but as a child I had no idea what was going on,” Lynda said. She and her family lived in cars, lived with relatives and friends on occasion, and lived in campsites. It was a very difficult situation but because they were always together, it felt safe and Lynda grew up happy. She didn’t know or understand the hardships, she understood they were poor but somehow her father always made it work. “We went to school, we always had something to eat, clothes to wear, and my parents always did the very best they could,” I thought everyone lived like we did and ignorance was bliss, “ Lynda said. (more…)

Center Stage Arts & Crafts Show – 2014 Saturday, May 17th

img-promo-artShow-178x275Spring is here and Center Stage is ready to bring the community the best of all the arts have to offer. To kick off the fundraising season, Center Stage is presenting their Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday, May 17th from 9am to 5 pm, with tons of vendors showcasing the talents of local potters, painters, jewelry makers and many others that create unique items.
Center Stage Event Planner, Carol Thomas said, “Theater pulls the community together. Many people don’t realize how much money it takes to keep our doors open. We rely on our generous sponsors who provide our endeavors with the funds needed to bring the community quality entertainment.” (more…)

Draft Day

OR_Draft-Day-2014-movie-Wallpaper-1920x1440First, you do not have to be a devout football fan to enjoy this movie. And second, Kevin Costner brings it to the screen like he usually does. No surprise there.
Each year the NFL Draft gains more and more popularity with football fans across the world than years past. And with this movie, it makes the draft all the more intriguing. Draft Day (2014) follows a handful of NFL teams at the draft and the hours leading up to. (more…)

2nd Annual Pass Christian BBQ & Blues Festival

photoSummer is washing rays of sunshine over the coast and one of the best ways to enjoy it is to get out in the warmth and share good times with friends. The 2nd Annual Pass Christian BBQ & Blues Festival is the perfect place to do just that.
On Saturday, May 31st, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., the Pass Christian Harbor will be the place where it all begins. The two day festival is quickly becoming one of the “must do” events on the coast. All local arts and crafts vendors, competition BBQ teams and food vendors are urged to secure a spot for the weekend of fun and excitement. The second day of the event will be Sunday, June 1st from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature tons of vendors, lots of food and wonderful music. (more…)