‘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.
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.”
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.
What is your idea of happiness?
Spending time with friends enjoying life.
What is your greatest fear?
Not living up to my potential.
What trait you most deplore in yourself?
I’m perpetually hungry.
What trait you most deplore in others?
Ignorance and bigotry.
What is your most prized possession?
My associates degree from PRCC (joking).
Which talent would you most like to have?
The ability to rap.
I have been lucky to call myself a Hattiesburger for my whole life. I was born at Forrest General Hospital, and I grew up in the University Heights neighborhood. My dad worked as a police officer for the Hattiesburg Police Department, and my mom was a teacher in the Forrest County School District. The oldest of four children, we all attended Forrest County Agricultural High School and went on to become alumni at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Thanksgiving and this season of gratitude evokes memories of the family gathered around the dining room table laden with holiday favorites, children dressed as pilgrims and Native Americans or volunteers reaching out across the community to help others. For the past five years, Signature has featured the Thanksgiving traditions, complete with recipes of local families and organizations. This year we’ve pulled all that together for a neat recipe book that our readers also contributed to.
As folks around the country prepare for the bountiful meal of Thanksgiving, it seems like a perfect time for me to introduce myself. I genuinely love to meet people and I really love to share about the great work Extra Table is doing in Hattiesburg and the state.
Marlo Dorsey is director of Marketing and Communications for VisitHattiesburg and the Hattiesburg Convention Commission. Dorsey previously served as the chief marketing officer for the Mississippi Development Authority. She also served as vice president of marketing for Jones County Junior College. She earned a broadcast journalism degree from Louisiana State University and later received an MBA in executive management. She is married to Christopher Dorsey, and they have two children, Peyton and Carson.
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.
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.