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Turn Your Moments into Memories … The Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area

1/3/2017 | Elaine Stevens

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    National Heritage Areas are lived in landscapes which tell nationally important stories that celebrate our nation's diverse heritage –Alliance of National Heritage Areas
    What better way to celebrate the holidays in South Mississippi than to partake of Nature’s special gifts—the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area (MGCNHA). Thanks to the dedication and commitment of the Department of Marine Resources (DMR), a new campaign has been launched which showcases the magnificence of our sunsets, natural habitats, historic homes, festivals, cuisine, and characters. It is also a celebration of the unique distinction and congressional designation of the National Heritage Areas which exist throughout the United States.
    Visit the home page of www.MSGulfCoastHeritage.ms.gov, and you will journey over six coastal counties with veteran Mississippi broadcaster, Walt Grayson, as your guide.  Your tour will not end at the conclusion of the video. In fact it’s just beginning. Navigate the various points of interests labeled Historic, Innovative, Natural, Flavorful, and more.
    Map your adventures on a detailed site map taking note of the quantity and variety of the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Areas and other fascinating aspects of South Mississippi life.  Explore historic homes and museums. Select unique culinary experiences. Attend festivals and crafts shows. Hike the greenways or boat the blueways of South Mississippi.
    The information at www.MSGulfCoastHeritage.ms.gov , visually highlighted and explained in colorful detail, will open your eyes and mind to the beauty and diversity of South Mississippi, a prime destination for everyone. Here are some holiday suggestions for the entire family.
    The holiday season brings with it annual open house receptions and celebrations coastwide at museums and historic homes which are certainly reflective of our Mississippi Gulf Coast heritage:
    •    Christmas at Charnley-Norwood House, Sunday, December 11, 2016,  2-4pm
509 Shearwater Drive, East Beach, Ocean Springs, MS - Phone: 228-523-4150

    •    Beauvoir-Jefferson Davis Home, Fridays/Saturdays in December & Christmas Eve, 6-8pm
2244 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS – Phone: 228-388-4400
     Family nights with kids classes, Santa Claus, music, photos, food, holiday lights & decorations.
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2-3pm – Crusaders for Veterans to place holiday wreaths in Confederate Cemetery.

    •    Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Saturday, December 3, 2016, Open House, 10am-4pm
386 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS – 228-374-5547
Arts & crafts, face painting, choral music, photos with Santa, refreshments, vendors and more.
Series of art workshops and featured artists’ exhibitions throughout December.

    •    Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Thursday, December 8, 2016, Open House, 1-4pm
510 Washington Avenue, Ocean Springs, MS – 228-872-3164
    Original artwork by local artists, seasonal gift items, light refreshments.

    •    Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum
115 E 1st St, Biloxi, MS – 228-435-6320
November 13 - Thanksgiving Jazz Brunch from 11-2pm
November 17 - Opening Reception for Bruce Seabolt Exhibit from 5:30-7:30pm
December 1 - "Les Guirlandes de Noel” (The Wreaths of Christmas) Different organizations, schools, or businesses will decorate a wreath and display it in the Museum for the month.
December 3 - Christmas on the Water Boat Parade – Boarding at the Schooner Pier Complex,
4 p.m., 4:30 departure to rendezvous boats and watch the fireworks.
December 10 - Christmas Open House at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum 10-4 p.m. New Year’s Eve - Oyster Ball Drop –9 p.m. – 1 a.m., Food, cocktails, live music by Qrisis.

For additional information visit www.MSGulfCoastHeritage.ms.gov
Elaine Stevens