The Hattiesburg Debutante Association introduced 20 young women at its annual presentation program Saturday, November 30, at the Historic Saenger Theatre in Downtown Hattiesburg.

    The Debutante Ball was held at the Hattiesburg Country Club following the presentation. The Hattiesburg Debutante Association started in 1952 as the Junior Cotillion of Hattiesburg and is celebrating its 67th season this year.

  • Welcoming Christmas

    Justin Jordan had always dreamed of living in the America Building in downtown Hattiesburg.

    When he arrived in the Hub City in 1998 to attend The University of Southern Mississippi, he and friends frequented a bar called The Courtyard in downtown with the America Building always looming in the background.

    “The Courtyard was a really big place in my growth at that time in my life,” he said, “just being there.”

    He remembers the America, a tall multi-story structure, in a dilapidated state at the time.

  • Filmsnob: be Good for GooDness Sake! Nothing like a holiday horror movie

    It’s that time of year again for the go-to rotation of tired Christmas films. Leave Home Alone on the shelf and check this out. “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale” is one of the best Christmas horrors to be released. Ever.

    The story is thrilling, interesting and exciting. Twists and turns along the way keep you constantly on your toes and the excellent cast keeps you invested. It’s a surprisingly smart take on Santa Claus and Christmas, one that doesn’t come across as a parody even though it has some well-placed humorous moments.

  • Noteworthy: Merry Christmas - Bing holds the record at 50 million copies

    After World War II, music consumption was at an all-time high with the industry making $10 million in 1945. Years of research at Columbia Records led to introduction of the new long-playing LP in 1948. While this format was introduced in both 10" (more familiar to classic 78 fans) and 12" (borrowed from the "soundtrack" records that played along with films in the theatre), by 1951 the MicroGroove 12" was the gold standard. Record company executives like Jim Conkling at Columbia saw the need to use the LP to at least try to satisfy the needs of every consumer possible.

  • Out with a bang: Look fabulous as you ring in the new year

    Hey there, fashionistas! Sorry for the hiatus! I’ve been a busy gal the last couple of months with a new job and planning a wedding, but I am happy to report that I am back! That being said, let’s jump right into this month’s column…

  • Hub City NYE Celebration at the Bottling Company

    A New Year’s Eve celebration like no other is on the calendar for Tuesday, Dec. 31, as a group of sponsors, including Keith’s Superstores, Dr. and Mrs. Jaime Jiménez, Signature Magazine, Marathon Oil, The First-A National Banking Association, and The Bottling Company throw a party to celebrate the old decade and ring in a new one in 2020.

    Both the celebration, a ticketed event, and the City of Hattiesburg’s event, free events, at the corner of Main and Front Streets are within several blocks walking distance for those who would like to take part in both.

  • Midnight on Front Street: Hattiesburg's NYE Celebration

    At the intersection of Main and Front Streets is where you’ll want to be on New Year’s Eve.

    The City of Hattiesburg, Hattiesburg Downtown Hattiesburg and VisitHattiesburg have joined together with merchants in the downtown area and throughout the city to throw one heck of a New Year’s Eve celebration from 9:30 until 12:30 a.m. Dec. 31.

    The city’s 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration - Midnight on Front Street – will feature the Hub Sign Drop, which will be followed this year by a dual fireworks display.

  • Pottery Presents: Arc clients mold unique treasures for holiday gift-giving

    The elves at the Arc of Southeast Mississippi have been very busy working to get unique pottery items crafted and ornaments made in time for Christmas gift giving and trimming of the tree.

    The Arc is a United Way non-profit organization devoted to providing community-based services to individuals with mental challenges and their families.

  • Merry Griswold Christmas

    “If you build it they will come” may be a line most remember from Kevin Costner’s character in Field of Dreams.

    But the line from the 1989 movie is also working for Hattiesburgers Abby and Brandon Thaxton with the vignettes they are building and showcasing at their downtown business, The Lucky Rabbit. This time they’ve gone over the top and blown the budget to allow their fans to enjoy a completely immersive experience in the living room of Clark and Ellen Griswold of National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation.”

  • Victorian Candlelit: Christmas tradition continues to grow

    The Downtown Hattiesburg Association, in partnership with the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood Association, will celebrate the holiday season with the Downtown Candlelit Christmas on Saturday, December 14, and Sunday, December 15. The holiday tradition is now in its 43rd year and is one of the longest-running holiday traditions in Hattiesburg.

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