• What's In My Closet: 'Tis the Season

    ‘Tis the season, friends! It’s time to decorate the tree and hang the stockings with care. But, wait…Wasn’t it just summer? How is Christmas already here? This year has flown by. With the holiday season upon us, whether we want to admit it or not, it’s time to do some shopping.

  • Countdown to Midnight

    Bands – really good bands – spend years searching for a way to develop that rare, magical form of communication that allows individual members to feed off one another during a performance without ever having to speak a word.

    Dickey Betts, one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band, once compared it to an orchestra being able to perform an entire concerto – blindfolded, and in the dark.

    “When it finally clicks – IF it ever clicks – there’s nothing else like it. The band becomes one and everything else just fades away.”

  • A Tynes Family Christmas

    Margaret and David Tynes of Petal got an early start on what has become a number of Christmas traditions while on their honeymoon in Florida 38 years ago. Everywhere they travel they purchase an ornament to bring back.

    That first year the couple bought an ornament – a clear glass pear in which sits a partridge in a pear tree. Each year the ornament has a special place of honor on the couple’s Christmas tree, which up until this year has always been freshly cut. Since building this house, their tree has always been upwards of 12 feet.

  • Dear Santa Baby

    PHOTO BY LEE CAVE, C STUDIO

  • Terry Burke, the Pine Belt's own Saint Nick

    Even young children understand that sometimes during this particularly busy time of year – the holidays – that even Santa needs a helping hand at times.

    In the week’s leading up to Santa’s Christmas Eve jaunt around the world, when the crunch to get the toys made becomes maddening, Santa can’t be everywhere hearing the final wishes of good boys and girls. That’s when he recruits the help of those gentle bearded souls around the world to go out and hear those wishes.

    Enter Terry Burke, a hand-picked Santa helper in the Pine Belt.

  • Hattiesburg Native Vaeda Mann suits up for Deal or No Deal

    You’ll soon see Hattiesburg’s Vaeda Mann, an Oak Grove High School graduate, on your television screen when Deal or No Deal airs on CNBC Dec. 5. You’ll find her standing beside Briefcase No. 10. You’ll also see familiar comedian Howie Mandel as host guiding guests through the 26 briefcases. Mandel also serves as executive director for the reality TV show, which previously aired for five seasons on NBC.

    The show will air at 8 p.m. Wednesday nights on CNBC. However, on Dec. 3, there will be a special Christmas episode, which will air on NBC, where it originally debuted in 2005.

  • Orangetheory Fitness

    Back in the spring of this year, when the first of The District at Midtown's shops began to open, I heard rumor of a yet-to-be-named “orange” group exercise facility possibly becoming one the newest tenants in the development. So, when I bumped into Orangetheory® Hattiesburg's owner Scott Russell in the grocery store parking lot, identifiable by his orange-wrapped truck, I immediately requested a chance to check it out. 

  • The Magic of Emmett Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas

    When the TV special “Emmet Otter” returns to screens (and even hits the big screen) this Christmas, it is best to know that it has aged well because the producers and Muppet masterminds knew they were taking great risks with their growing family of viewers. However, The Muppets themselves were originally synonymous with using this special to push boundaries and test new ideas.

  • Jazz Brunch at the Purple Parrot Cafe

    I had never been to Purple Parrot in any capacity, and I’ve been missing out. Chef Jeremy Noffke and General Manager Dusty Frierson have created a brunch experience that is special and has a uniquely Mississippi feel. To complement the high-quality food they had for us, we were also treated to the soft Jazz stylings of a couple of local musicians. The entire restaurant felt warm and inviting as we set out on our latest culinary adventure.

  • Craft Cocktail: French 206

    A French 75 may date back to World War I (named such as the concoction was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun). Make your way no further than Front Street for a more festive take on the classic cocktail. Subbing rye whiskey for gin and grapefruit for the traditional lemon, a sweet Port wine replaces the champagne and balances out this smooth sipper. 

     

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