• 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.

  • The Nutcracker: Dec, 8-9 & 14-16

    The magic and wonder of Christmas comes to life in South Mississippi Ballet Theatre’s annual production of The Nutcracker. 

  • Prologue: December

    It has become somewhat of a Christmas tradition here at Signature Magazine. For the last several years, we have reserved space in the December issue to re-publish the 1897 letter penned by veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church, editor of the New York Sun, to eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon in which he answered her question: “Is there a Santa Claus?”

  • Let your traveling spirit find a home at Avara Yoga

    There’s a saying in Yoga (don’t worry, it’s not in Sanskrit) that goes something along the lines of the postures that instill the most dread are the ones that are most needed – even instructors aren’t immune.

  • The Long of the Short Story

    As innocuous as it may seem, given the impending pressure of technology and the diminishing amount of personal time, the short story may be our best choice of literature. In just about 30 minutes, one short story can provide the necessary time away from screens and offer you the meditation you are searching for.

  • What’s in my Closet: Fashion items I am Thankful For

    I wasn’t sure where to start when writing this. Some days inspiration hits and I picture myself looking like Stephen King writing his next great thriller. You know; crazed looks and fingers moving so swiftly across the keyboard that everything around you becomes hazy and 100 percent of your focus is on writing. Some days I have to sit in my bedroom with the closet door open and stare into what seems to be a pit of black clothing.

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