The following individuals and businesses are among this year's finalists in Signature Magazine's annual "Best of the Pine Belt" competition, held in conjunction with FestivalSouth. Voting begins Feb. 14 at www.festivalsouth.org – Congratulations to all of this year's nominees!
NIGHT TO SHINE
5-8pm @ TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH
Join Temple Baptist for a prom-night experience for people with special needs. Celebrating the uniqueness of each individual prom guest by providing an unforgettable night where they are welcomed, valued and loved, a Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older.
GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA
8PM @ SAENGER THEATER
Photos by Lee Cave, C Studio
Hattiesburg's Michael Dixon embraces life - and has from the start. Even during those days he didn't know what was next, he knew the right opportunity would come along. And he's never been disappointed.
First impressions are important. For Greg and Leigh Ann Underwood of Hattiesburg, it was most definitely not love at first sight.
In fact, Leigh Ann found herself hoping she would be out of town at times when the group of friends that included Greg got together.
The couple met through Leigh Ann’s roommate, who had known Greg from high school and eventually married Greg’s roommate.
“She went to the sister school to his all- boys school,” said Leigh Ann. “There was always a picture of him in my room.”
Cheryl Fletcher is a wedding professional, who has owned Forrest Paper and Bridal Co., a bridal and stationery boutique, in downtown Hattiesburg for 15 years. More recently, she opened Ardor Venue, a space for hosting more intimate gatherings, next door. Fletcher has won national recognition for her custom invitation design, which is one of the specialties of her boutique. When she isn't helping her brides, she enjoys trips to the beach, running, walking her German Shepherd and family time.
What is your idea of happiness?
Friends around a table eating food, talking about everything.
What is your greatest fear?
Not leaving behind something meaningful and good.
What trait you most deplore in yourself?
What trait you most deplore in others?
What is your most prized possession?
My pots and pans.
Blue moon you saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own
And then there suddenly appeared before me
The only one my arms will ever hold
I heard somebody whisper "Please adore me"
And when I looked, the moon had turned to gold!
-Rodgers and Hart
Photos by Mark Steele
Roberts family goes all in to make new midtown Corner Market location an experience for local grocery shoppers.
When the late H. David “Doc” Roberts opened his family’s first grocery store 50 years ago, it’s hard to believe he could have imagined the company’s 50,000 square foot flagship Corner Market store that recently opened in midtown Hattiesburg.