The Main Street Stationer
VOL. XXIV, NO. 6             SPECIAL EDITION            MAY 20, 2004

 


MAY 25, 1904
One Hundred Years Later
MAY 25, 2004

 

The Yazoo County Convention and Visitors Bureau

in observance of the Centennial of Yazoo City’s Great Fire of 1904

and applauding the reopening of the first section of the new

YAZOO HISTORICAL MUSEUM

invites you to a reception at the

TRIANGLE CULTURAL CENTER

TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2004

5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Entertainment and Refreshments

and Tours of the Museum

 

COME EARLY THAT DAY AND JOIN US FOR A TOUR

TUESDAY MORNING AT 10:00

Glenwood Cemetery

Call the Yazoo County Convention and Visitors Bureau at

662-746-1815 or 800-381-0662 to get your name on the list.

 

 

Report from the CVB in the Yazoo Herald for May

            This month our main focus has been the 100-year anniversary of the rebuilding of our town and the fire, which dates back to May 1904.  I think everything got off to a great start with the parade and Yazoo Fest on May 1.  Even with the rain we still had a great time. We are planning a reception for May 25 from five until seven p.m. at the Triangle Cultural Center with day tours of Glenwood Cemetery at ten a.m. Please call the CVB office to sign up for the tour.

            For those of you that are interested in seeing pictures of the fire of 1904, stop by Ricks Library to see the fire exhibit with the original photographs. Paul Cartwright and his staff have done a wonderful job.

            I hosted a tour for a group of 4-H students and their parents from Wisconsin last month.  We all had a great time.  They got to see a cotton farm, a cotton gin, and a catfish farm, and they loved every minute of it.  I would like to thank everyone who helped make their trip a pleasant one.

            Also many thanks to everyone for participating and helping with the May events. As you know, we need everyone working together to be successful in what we do in our town. Your comments and ideas are welcomed.  Please send them to us at The Yazoo County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, P. O. Box 186, Yazoo City, MS 39194.

                                                            Karen Smith, Director

 

And speaking of everyone working together, here are some excerpts from Mayor Leach’s introduction at Haley Barbour’s announcement that he was running for Governor of Mississippi.

            In 1998, I pledged to the people of Yazoo City that I would be fair and honest and that I would do everything possible to make Yazoo City a better place to live. That commitment is still there.  My vision has not changed.

            I have and will continue to support individuals who I believe can and will help this city and county.  Haley and Marsha Barbour have deep ties to this community and this state.  Haley has never forgotten his roots.  He has always maintained a home in Yazoo City or Yazoo County.

            In making this introduction I have chosen not to focus on what is good for me or a Party.  I must do what is best for the people . . . Rather than focus on how Haley Barbour has impacted our country by directing the political affairs office at the White House and leading a National Party, I want to tell you how he has impacted Yazoo City.  And, more importantly, what that can mean to Mississippi.  We know firsthand what Haley Barbour can do.

            Back in the 1980’s, and not long after the tragedy of the Mississippi Chemical plane crashing into a Yazoo City neighborhood, it became clear that the Yazoo City airport was in a bad spot.  It was surrounded by schools and growing neighborhoods. Building an airport is impossible without millions of federal dollars for most towns, so even as desperately as we needed the new facility, it was not going to happen without federal assistance.

            That is where Haley came in.  He worked with the Reagan Administration and the U.S. Senate. Before long we ended up with not only a new airport but a first class facility.  It is fair to say that this would not have happened without Haley knowing how to work with the people who controlled the money. . . .

            .Back during the Ray Mabus Administration, the state decided to have a competitive process to select one Mississippi town to try to win a federal prison site. Again, Yazoo City turned to Haley and asked him to lead the team that eventually beat out everyone else to land the Federal Correctional Institution that now employs over 300 people on the edge of our town.  Haley was able to work with the First President Bush’s Administration to get this done – again, he had the connections and ability to win this for Yazoo City and get it funded for more than $60 million.  Next, there was a chance of a second federal correctional facility that would mean a 100 million dollar project and another 300 jobs for Yazoo City.  Who did we turn to again?  That’s right. Haley Barbour.  This time Haley worked with President Clinton’s Administration and our congressional delegation to make certain that Yazoo City received another shot in the arm.

            And just recently, when empowerment zones were determined during the current George W. Bush administration, there was a move to leave Yazoo County out.  This would have had a negative impact on our county.  And we turned to Haley again and this time he worked with President Bush’s team to make certain Yazoo County was included, which really makes a difference for Yazoo City and Yazoo County people.

            We in Yazoo know that Haley Barbour gets things done and not just by working with Republicans.  He has demonstrated an ability to work with Democratic and Republican Governors and with Democratic and Republican Presidents.  He knows how to work with people.. . . .

 

Wardell Leach, Mayor, Yazoo City, Mississippi

 

 

Congratulations to the
Yazoo Community Action

Brain Drain Committee
and to the
Students of Yazoo City High School, Manchester Academy,
Benton Academy, and Yazoo County High School for their support and obvious love of Yazoo.

John Murry Greenlee, in his statement in the program of the May 17 First Annual Honor Banquet, summed it up beautifully:

Dear Student Honorees and Brain Drain Supporters:

            It has been my distinct privilege to serve as chairperson of this exceptional committee of industry leaders whose dedication to our community has been an inspiration to me and to everyone who has been involved in our collective effort.  Our goal as a committee has been:

1.      to identify the youth in our community whose past achievements have earmarked them for success, and

2.      to encourage them to return home after furthering their education to apply their knowledge and their skills to the growth and development of Yazoo County.

Our youth are our future, and we have among us the foundation for an enduring and exciting tomorrow!

            I join with my fellow community leaders in celebrating and supporting our leaders of tomorrow whom we honor here tonight.  Not only will these students be the foundation on which our future is built, but it is my firm belief that we have a legacy to offer them as they reinvest their past in order to insure the future for themselves, and for generations to come. I am sincerely grateful to everyone who has contributed to this endeavor, and I am sure that our efforts will be rewarded in shaping the Yazoo County of tomorrow.

The student honorees were asked to answer six questions about their thoughts on Yazoo and how they would like to help make things better.  Their answers were heart-warming and inspiring, with appreciation and even suggestions for improvement.  Perhaps the Brain Drain Committee and Yazoo Community Action will share those works of art with all of us.

 


The Main Street Stationer
VOL. XXIV, NO. 4              YAZOO CITY, MISSISSIPPI                MAY 1, 2004


FUN for ALL

Downtown Yazoo City
Saturday, May 1, 10:00 a.m.  

Festivities kick off with a PARADE beginning at the Triangle and going through downtown.

SEE GOVERNOR AND MRS. HALEY BARBOUR

on their inaugural float followed by cast members of the Chronicles of Yazoo in period costume . . . including the old woman who burned the town in 1904.

Inky the Clown, Jerry Clower and Willie Morris impersonators, Yazoo City High School Band and Color Guard, World War II Veterans, and many others.

ENJOY THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE GIGANTIC SIDEWALK SALE

IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE PARADE ON MAIN STREET,

AND ENJOY ALL THE FUN AND FESTIVITIES AT

YAZOO FEST ON THE TRIANGLE GROUNDS.

Parade and Sidewalk Sales sponsored by the

Yazoo Main Street Promotions Committee

YAZOO FEST 2004

SCHEDULE

Saturday, May 1 – 10:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.

FEATURING:  Vickie Domin’s Local Talent Stage (inside the Triangle with air conditioning and handicap accessibility)..

Lots of family entertainment with old-fashioned fun and games for all ages.

Antique car show, arts & crafts booths, food vendors,

kids activities and rides and good old Inky the Clown.

All above – Admission FREE

                                More Yazoo Fest on next page.

  YAZOO FEST – MAY 1

SPECIAL ENTERTAINMENT -- $2.00 Admission and Featuring

~ GOSPEL MUSIC ~

ABE – 1 p.m.- 2 p.m., KINS MEN -- 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.

DREAM LIKE LAZARUS – 4 p.m.- 6 p.m.

~ OLDIES MUSIC ~

THE PRIME TIME MS STREET ROD BAND – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

~ COUNTRY & ROCK MUSIC ~

BUFFALO NICKEL – 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  There will be an exhibit of photographs and other memorabilia in the Museum Room of the Ricks Memorial Library

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and sidewalk sales and other events at the library to recognize the 100th anniversary of the
Great Fire of 1904.

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SUNDAY, MAY 2, 2004, 2:00 P.M.

Miss Yazoo County Pageant – Triangle Cultural Center

 

SATURDAY, MAY 8, 2004, 5:00 – 10:00 P.M.

Jr. Auxiliary Annual CRAWFISH BOIL featuring

Yazoo native Lynn Drury – Triangle Grounds

SILENT AUCTION

 

TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2004 – Anniversary Date

Glenwood Cemetery Tour starting at 10:00 A.M.

Reception at Triangle Cultural Center – 5:00 until 7:00 P.M.

Tours of the Yazoo Historical Museum (under renovation) and the

Yazoo Blues Museum (under construction)

 

It’s amazing to sit in Kudzu Korner Market at their front table and watch the amount of traffic that can be seen on Broadway and Main. The other day I ate a late lunch and in that thirty minutes five huge trucks turned onto Main Street to deliver furniture and other items, as well as numerous other vehicles. And I’ve also noticed that there are lots of rumors flying around the streets. Have you heard any of them?

            “American Airlines is coming to Yazoo!”

            “Two men are buying all the buildings in Yazoo – and it’s not Cecil or Alan!”

            “We’ve been invaded by men from outer space!”

            All false – or mostly false.  There ARE two men, Delta Airline pilots, who have evidently become fascinated with Yazoo and its historic treasures – Steve Kamanski and Dennis Moore. While they have regular jobs (flying commercial airplanes around the world is “regular”, isn’t it?) they spend a good bit of their free time in Yazoo City, and both of their wives have been here, too.  You know these are smart, smart men because they consult with their wives before making any decisions. Since we don’t know how everything is moving along, we’ll only mention two that Steve and Denise      have purchased – the old Bank of Yazoo City and the Pugh-Blundell (Waller) house. We haven’t heard what they plan to do, but we know they have a good reputation in restoration. And the Pugh-Blundell house has already been painted – Steve wanted to make it look better for the community.  Great!

            One of the e-mails sent by granddaughter Elizabeth Martin, who is now in Army training at Fort something, Arizona, is especially meaningful to me. It was sent from home in Nashville right after Christmas:

            “Training: I’M GOING TO GRADUATE ON 15 JAN 2004!!!  I passed my final PT test, I did run 2 miles, I have my final field exercise when I get back – 6 mile hike with full rucksack on my back, 3 nights in the woods playing soldier, 9 mile hike back with full rucksack. Then I’m done.  I’ll be in Arizona on 16 Jan for 23 weeks of AIT.

            “I love every minute of training. I am so glad that I joined. I would not change a thing.  I have never been so happy in my entire life.  There is nothing like doing what I am doing.  I have found my calling and myself.”

            What a blessing to her family to know that she is so happy in the service to her country.  But we’d really rather she stay in the USA for a while.

              There are a couple of TV ads that I have enjoyed.  One shows a young woman opening an account or borrowing money at a bank and letting them know she does not think she should pay any charges for their different services. At the end the banker says, “So you don’t think you should pay for this.  Well, we don’t either.”

 After watching it for a while I thought they should do another with her praising the bank for their cooperation.  The ad went away, then came back, went away again, and now there is an ad with the female explaining to her husband what she told them at the bank and “Do you know what they said?” Husband: “Goodbye.”  Then she tells him what they said.

The other TV ad I love shows a man working amidst all sorts of equipment, etc., and suddenly calling out, “I’m all through in here for the day.  Lily, can you come in here for a minute?” He opens the door and this darling little girl comes in.  As he picks her up he says, “Hello there, Lily Bean!  How are you doing?”  The office is evidently in the home, and he carries his daughter over to see his wife.

Strangely, as much as I enjoyed watching these ads, I don’t remember the name of the bank paying for the first one, nor do I have any idea what the second one was advertising.  There was a name, I think – Fidelity – but what it sells is beyond me.

  Don’t forget to come to downtown Yazoo City this Saturday,

and watch for more events to happen during the month of May!

 

 

 

 

 

MAIN STREET STATIONER
VOL. XXIV / NO. 3 - YAZOO CITY, MS                                                           APRIL 2004

 


MAY 2004 ALMOST HERE!

Are We Ready?

Yazoo City is without a doubt the most unusual town in America,

maybe in the world.  Those who will doubt that statement need to know

its history, its people, its tragedies, its achievements, its environment,

its surroundings, its resilience, its cooperative spirit, its brilliance,

and – yes! – its perseverance.

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            All of the above is showcased in “The Chronicles of Yazoo” which, as far as we know, is not scheduled for this year’s Centennial Celebration of the Great Fire and the amazing rebuilding of the town in less than a year.  But we are having a parade on Saturday, May 1, which will feature performers from that great musical production, dressed in costume and singing songs from Chronicles. And our current “most prominent” Yazooans, Governor Haley Barbour and First Lady Marsha, will lead this interesting trip down Main Street.

            The Yazoo Main Street Association is in charge of the parade starting at 10:00 Saturday morning.

At the same time, Yazoo Fest will start its full day of activities on the Triangle Grounds, ending at 10:00 P.M.  There will be arts and crafts, an antique car show, children’s activities, and local talent on the stage. Performing will be Abe, God Shaped Whole, Dream Like Lazarus, Prime Time MS Street Rod Band, and Buffalo Nickel, mostly gospel, some oldies, some a mixture.  There will be a gate charge of $2.00 for bands.

            Back to the parade, according to an article in the Herald, there will be local and out-of-town bands, and “the famed witch or old hag, made famous by Willie Morris’ book “Good Old Boy”, will also make her way through the streets.”  Great legend, great tourism attraction, great appeal to kids and adults alike.

            On May 8 the Yazoo Junior Auxiliary will host their annual crawfish boil on the Triangle Grounds, and the Yazoo County Convention and Visitors Bureau is making plans for events to take place on May 25.  They will host a reception, and cemetery tours are most likely to occur.  We can’t celebrate Yazoo without meeting those fascinating folks in Glenwood Cemetery!

            Again from the Herald – “Window decorations will be for the viewers enjoyment as the merchants reach back in time for a piece of history.  Neighborhoods and/or individuals wishing to decorate their homes or lawns with remembrances of the fire or the rebuilding, such as planting shrubs or flowers to beautify your grounds, are encouraged to call the Herald or Power 107-Zoo Bel Broadcasting.”


GOSPEL SINGING AT SUNFLOWER

CAROLINA ROYALTY VISITS YAZOO

APRIL 15, 2004 – 6:00 P.M.

Plenty of space will be available for gospel singing fans who want to bring their chairs (or use the bleachers) and sit and enjoy great singing, great Helton hospitality, great company. Y’all come!

 


GREAT THINGS HAPPENING DOWNTOWN

(The following article was in the first issue of The Main Street Stationer
published in June 1981.)

            Yazoo City is experiencing a new interest in things historical, and obviously doing more than just talking about it. Even before the old Main Street School became the Triangle Cultural Center many improvements had been made in our downtown area, most of them striving to follow the design of the original buildings. The fact that both sides of South Main, as well as other business and residential areas in downtown Yazoo city, are now listed in the National Register of Historic Places has probably been instrumental in renovation rather than modernization.

            It’s worth a slow stroll down Main Street just to look at what has been done by individual owners and tenants to improve their buildings and beautify Yazoo City.

            Kathryn’s of Yazoo may well have been one of the catalysts for this recent surge of “fixing up,” since Earl Barfield completely remodeled the inside of their leased building, and created the attractive awning that extends across the sidewalk to the curb. It looks sturdy and comfortable rather than sleek and modern, and blends in well with its neighborhood.

            Bridgforth, Love, Norquist and Stewart continued the trend – and set the tone – with their beautiful and tasteful exterior and interior remodeling. Their new/old look was designed by Jack DeCell, who several years later did the same for Holmes & Barrier. Both of these buildings are studies in restraint, simplicity, and austere beauty.

            In 1976 a major project was undertaken by Mijo Lithographing when they purchased an old building in the 300 block of South Main. Wilson and Mary designed the front to remove all traces of modernization. General Design, a group brought in by a downtown merchants group, suggested colors for the exterior and recommended shutters on the upstairs windows. Jack Gold of the Mississippi Department of Archives and history, who was responsible for the National Register of Historic Places designation, advised that shutters would be all right but were not typical of the period, and said that one color of paint on the metal trim at the top of the building would be more authenic. Mijo compromized – no shutters and three colors of paint! The exterior painting was completed last summer.

            Henick Auto Supply did extensive work, inside and out, on their three buildings at the lower end of South Main. General Design gave them some engineering and exterior suggestions which they followed. At the same time they used a lot of their own ingenuity to achieve their needs and present an attractive appearance. The awning on the front is very eye-catching and actually serves three purposes, according to Chris Henick, Jr. It is nice to look at, it designates the main entrance, and it covers up an area they didn’t particularly like.

            We invite you to come downtown and see for yourself what has been done.

            Try to ignore the empty buildings, and the ones on which no work at all has been done. Focus on those on which SOMETHING  has changed – even if it’s only a little fresh paint here, a bit of wood or a few bricks added there.

            To make downtown Yazoo what it can be will take hard work and much money by some people – and a lot of encouragement from everybody else!

- 30 -

(We wonder how this article would read if it were rewritten to reflect today’s efforts.)

 

CHRISTMAS IN APRIL

SATURDAY, APRIL 24
If you can’t volunteer or contribute, then pray for it!

·         THE CVB recently arranged for a large group from Wisconsin to tour Yazoo’s agricultural treasures. They visited El Dorado Plantation with Sonny Baskin, Como Fish Farms, and other locations, as well as the Triangle.  They had called it a “4-H Club Tour” so Sonny was expecting mostly youngsters. He was surprised when more than half the tour members were adults – but probably the adults appreciated the sights and sounds and smells more than the younger people.

·         Many groups still come to Yazoo to hear the fascinating story (especially as told by Jackie Sanford) of the mean old woman who returned from her grave to burn this town 100 years ago. These groups, too, range from school youngsters to senior church groups, and they all find the legend interesting and unique.

·         Several people have visited Mijo recently to purchase that wonderful county history book, “Yazoo: Its Legends and Legacies.”  John Ellzey at the Ricks Library is a great source of information for these people who are seeking to find information on their families or on certain places.  And the library also has a wonderful display about the Great Fire of Yazoo which all should see – locals as well as all visitors.

·         First United Methodist Church recently observed 175 years of existence in Yazoo City, called “Revisiting Our Roots.”  Their folder detailed the interesting history of the church, not only of the congregation but of the buildings it has occupied since they first worshipped together in 1828.  Wouldn’t it it nice if all our historic churches in downtown Yazoo had similar folders with facts and features about their church and congregation? There are seven churches – Bethel AME, St. Mary’s Catholic, First United Methodist, First Presbyterian, Trinity Episcopal, Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist, and St. Francis Catholic – that add so much to our historic district and to our uniqueness.  It would be nice to have tours of the inside, but it would also be of interest just to have walking tours describing the churches without going in.

·         Main Street Station, now located at the front of Mijo’s, owned by Barbara and run by Paula, has interesting gifts for all ages and all occasions, and also has informals made by Burke showing scenes from the Great Fire of 1904.  Most of the churches are represented.

 

 

MAIN STREET STATIONER
MARCH -2004

 

Market on Main Street

            The recent Market on Main Street was fun – for those who spent time and effort to set up their displays to “show off” and those who attended to show their interest in and faithfulness to downtown and around Yazoo City.

            Gary Andrews, chairman of the Promotions Committee, coordinated it all, with the help of all committee members. Colon Johnson of Power 107 kept things moving and interesting; Sunflower furnished tasty refreshments, Gilbert’s Gourmet provided the delicious coffee, and Buck Coats loaned the building that held the exhibits (once fondly known as Ellis Department Store). We’d bet Cecil Cartwright helped put everything in order.

            Alan Ramsay, owner and present restorer of the Lamar Hotel, gave interesting tours of that historic building. We doubt that Alan has definitely decided what he’ll eventually do, but he is making great strides in doing the proper and necessary repairs to the building.

            Merchants, banks, and others provided gifts for drawings, and Karen Smith and Shanitra Finley of the Yazoo County CVB were in charge of the drawings for these prizes.

            Alderman Aubrey Brent expressed to Colon Johnson and the crowd his love for Yazoo City and some of his fondest memories. Sheriff James Williams, who always attends community affairs, came and got a much-needed break from all the strain and sadness at the Courthouse.

All in all it was a beautiful and uplifting evening.


Hargon Tragedy Affects All

            Throughout the weeks of worrying and wondering about the whereabouts and status of the lovely Hargon family, we couldn’t help but be proud of the work of our Sheriff’s Department, others at the courthouse, and all of the citizens of Yazoo County. Everyone cared; everyone was deeply concerned. No one came into Mijo who didn’t inquire if we’d heard anything new, or to say something prayerfully about the family.

            The news media also seemed to be as worried as everyone else.  They weren’t just seeking stories. They were seeking answers. The fact that this became a national tragedy brought more people into Yazoo County, and more news about us, and the only thing that was bad was the actual crime that had happened. Two Fox News people – a black man and a white woman – were reporting about being at Vaughan.  She told how hard the officials were working to find answers; he told about the Hargon family being one of the nicest he had even encountered.

            Many Yazooans, like Susan and William Thompson who live right next to the parking lot where the media set up shop, were helpful, cooperative, even accommodating. Susan can brag that people from national NBC used their bathroom, and that they fed some of them every now and then.

            The funeral in Canton was a sad occasion, but also uplifting because of the grace and dignity of the family and the outpouring of love and sympathy from the entire community.


KAY TAYLOR – Trust Kay Taylor, now living in Germantown, Tennessee, to keep Yazoo on its toes. She sent us an article from the nearby Collierville newspaper about their historic photography contest. Collierville, aware of the fact that the first week of May is National Preservation Week, plans to accept entries of pictures taken years ago and also pictures taken recently of historic buildings, etc. The photos will be displayed all during April, judged and winners announced during a special Preservation Week event at Seasons at the Church on May 6, 2004.

            It sounds like a good idea for Yazoo, too.  We’ve got several people with old photographs, and lots of upcoming photographers. We might could get Marion Brown and John Langston, both professionals, to come home and judge the entries. What we’ll need is an organization, or group, to organize, promote, and coordinate it. Maybe the Main Street Promotions Committee, or the Yazoo Historical Society, or another group. They’ll have to receive and take good care of the entries.

            Back to Kay – it was great to hear from her. She worked hard for historic Yazoo when she and John still lived here. If we remember it correctly, she coordinated the first tour of our historic churches. In her note, Kay wrote, “ . . . anyway, thought of you, Yazoo, and ‘Main Street.’ Just passing it on as it’s always good to share one’s ideas that we may hear or see.”  Thanks, Kay, and please do it again!

            And, Kay, -- what is Seasons at the Church?


WALT GRAYSON – We’ve heard that “everyone loves Raymond” though we’ve never watched the show.  What we hear more often now is that “everybody loves Walt.” Walt Grayson is a former weatherman on WLBT who now travels “Mississippi Roads” “:Looking Around Mississippi.”

At the sime time Walt was shown on WLBT’s Saturday night “Looking Around Mississippi”, telling about Yazoo’s 1904 fire and rebuilding and showing pictures before and after the fire, Sam Olden was in Tupelo at the Mississippi Historical Society’s meeting. Sam, again a member of their board, gave the prayer. Walt Grayson was there to receive an award for all he does to promote preservation, etc.

We can’t think of anyone more deserving of the award for preservation interest than Walt. He’s been to Yazoo for Bell Road, the agricultural garden on the Triangle Grounds, to talk to Emory Hodgson about his brush with history, to promote our fund-raising calendar for the historic museum (calendars are still available and they run 18 months!), and to Glenwood Cemetery recently to hear Jackie Sanford tell the story about the fire and how it started to a group of senior sitizens. Everyone, any age, loves that story.

Keep up the good work, Walt, and always bring wife Jo with you. She remembered Sam before you did, we hear. And while we miss you talking so slowly and simply about the weather, we like seeing your shows more.


CATHERINE PREWITT – Retired Yazoo County Chancery Clerk Catherine Prewitt was honored recently in Jackson. She was one of nine women in Mississippi selected to receive an award from Governor Haley Barbour for exemplifying the “Power of One” by giving selflessly of her time and talents to make a difference in the lives of others. First Lady Marsha Barbour presented the awards to Catherine, Sela Ward, Maggie Wade, and six other Mississippi ladies. The ceremony took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Catherine, much to her chagrin (she says!), was identified as the oldest recipient! Congratulations, Catherine! We appreciate you. We missed any newspaper article about this, but got these facts from the FUMC bulletin.


GINGER JACKSON JOYNER – Ginger and Brad Joyner are operating Attala Art outside of Sallis, Mississippi. Ginger is the daughter of Charles and Penny Jackson of Yazoo, and the Joyners live and “work” in a house built by her great-grandfather. And they love it.

   They have been featured in many ways lately. Walt Grayson did a program on them (which we forgot to watch), a newspaper (was it the Clarion-Ledger of the Herald?) had a nice article, and now the Delta Business journal’s March 2004 issue has an interesting write up.

   The Joyners are a rather unique family. Brad and Ginger both make pottery, and Ginger also paints pictures. It seems they are also musical, including son Zach who has been playing the violin since he was four years old. And they especially like the blues.

   Attala Art gallery is open Saturdays from ten to four, and other days by appointment.

 

 

   JACK BALES is doing another book on Willie Morris. I’m not sure what it is, but Larry L. King will write a biographical essay and Jack is “annotating some 900 items about Willie and probably that many by him.” I do believe that if Jack Bales showcases Willie it will be an interesting book. Jack hopes to come to Mississippi to sign books and we’d love to have him here on Main Street. The book probably won’t be out until next year.

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   DAUGHTER-IN-LAW BARBARA travels a good bit, and usually brings me a bit of chocolate from places she has time to look around. The latest was a box of “Armadillo Droppings” from the Dallas airport where she had to spend about three hours.

   The story on the box was interesting: “On a ranch not far from Bandera, Texas, Old Maria was mixing pralines in the big black iron kettle on the old ranch stove when two pesky armadillos knocked over the trash can. By the time Maria had run off them rascally critters the pralines had gone on acookin’ much longer and browner than usual. When the cowboys came in for dinner and saw all them little pralines lined up in a row, Slim drawled, “Whatcha got there, Maria? Armadillo droppings?” And so a Texas tradition was born – bite size delicious dark brown sugar pecan pralines!”

   When Barbara asked me later if these new chocolates were good, I told her they weren’t chocolate but they were delicious and I’d eaten every one! I didn’t tell her what I thought of every time I ate one.


YAZOO BLUES
Delta and Bentonia Blues
Second Annual Yazoo Blues Festival

SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 2004

(Information from John Byrd at the Triangle)

            June 26 is the date of the second annual Yazoo Blues Festival to be held at the historic one-hundred-year-old building, now the Triangle Cultural Center. Starting time is 12:00 noon, so don’t be late for a day filled with excellent blues.

            Yazoo’s own Mike Holloway will be this year’s headliner. Mike grew up in Yazoo City but now resides in Nashville where he has a successful musical career. Other performers will be Johnny Horton, Bud Spires, Otha Holmes, Bill Abel, and Cadillac John, plus many more.

            The Yazoo Blues Museum should be completed enough so it can be open for all to see some of the rich blues history of Yazoo County. And there will be a VIP party at the Triangle on June 25 that will be used as a fundraiser for the event.

            Mark your calendar and make plans for a musical day at the Yazoo Blues Festival.


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