What am I talking about: slabs or falling-down houses that were severely damaged and left as eye-sores as a result of Hurricane Katrina?
You might also ask, “What do Robert Redford, Natalie Wood, Tennessee Williams, Sydney Pollack, and Old Town Bay St. Louis have in common”?
The answer to both of these questions is the 1966 movie, “This Property Is Condemned”. The movie was filmed in Old Town Bay St. Louis and “the property” in question not only survived Hurricane Katrina, but is now home to the Bay St. Louis Little Theater, 398 Blaize Avenue .
A short walking tour, starting at the Bay St. Louis Depot, features five significant buildings or locations used in the film and takes about 30 minutes. Additionally, the film is available for viewing any time before 2 p.m. in the Depot.
A frequent and well-loved sight in Diamondhead is that of the ducks and geese meandering across the road, stopping traffic in both directions, checking out whatever is on the other side. Most are either on their way north or south and have stopped for a “layover” in Diamondhead for a bit of a rest.
These feathered friends can be found at various times gathered around the churches, the Community Center, City Hall, or all around the duck pond, munching on the goodies they find in the well-groomed grasses and shrubs. Feeding the ducks is a favorite past time for residents, especially young children, and you will frequently see folks stopped, with the ducks and geese gathered all around them, clamoring for their fair or not-so-fair share of the bread and sometimes corn being handed out.
Occasionally, one of the birds will be injured somehow–maybe by another bird or other animal, rarely by an automobile. Such was the case several years ago. In passing the Duck Pond on several occasions during the same day, I noticed a goose that stayed on the ground in the same spot all day, which is highly unusual. Curious, I stopped to investigate and found the goose had an injured foot and could move about only minimally, just enough to get into the water for safe keeping at night. I started going by every day, feeding him, and having to outsmart the rest of the flock to do so. This worked well until I went out of town for a couple of weeks and enlisted the help of some friends to care for “Goosey Goose”. One of my friends was very close to a local vet and shared Goosey’s story with her. Well, the upshot was that, by the time I returned to Diamondhead, the vet had very carefully rescued Goosey, repaired his mangled foot as best could be done, and had taken him to live out his days in luxury on her farm. Many thanks to the kind vet!
So, if you are in the area, stop by the Duck Pond in Diamondhead. There is a shaded deck in addition to picnic tables. You might get lucky and see a rare “traffic backup” of four cars in both directions, patiently waiting for the ducks and geese to amble across the street!
The Hancock County Historical Societty will hold its annual Cedar Rest Cemetery Tour on Saturday, October 31. The 22nd annual tour features members in period dress portraying local citizens buried at Cedar Rest and will be held from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Hot dogs, chili dogs, homemade cookies, and punch will be served at Lobrano House just around the corner from the cemetery, 108 Cue St. after the tour. Admission is free , but donations are accepted and appreciated.
Cedar Rest Cemetery is located at 200 S. Second Street, Bay St. Louis, MS.
Located at 1050 Beach Boulevard at U. S. 90 and Porter Avenue, the Biloxi Visitors Center is a newly-constructed, 24,000 square foot facility built to resemble the Dantzler House. The Dantzler House, which was built in 1849, originally stood on this site and was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005.
Information about visitor amenities in Biloxi are available at the Center, which is also a small museum of exhibits telling the story of Biloxi, one of the oldest cities in the United States. A gift shop is available in addition to a 67-seat movie theater continuously showing a 10-minute film “We Are Biloxi”. Additionally, the center is available for private parties or corporate functions and is home to the Biloxi and Biloxi Bay Chambers of Commerce.
Stop by from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily or call 228.374.3105 for more information. Admission is free.
Ice Skating will again be available at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi from November 13, 2015 until January 10, 2016. This is the only regular ice rink between Baton Rouge and Pensacola and is the most fun you can have in 90 minutes!!!!
What You Need To Know:
90 Minute Sessions
$12 Admission include skates
Discount of $2 per skater for groups of 20 or more (must purchase with a single transaction)
There are a plethora of shops and eateries, places to stay, and things to see in Beautiful Downtown Biloxi–something for everyone–all within blocks of “The Beau” and “The Hard Rock”! Check these out the next time you are in Biloxi!!!
Gold & Diamond Exchange
Prima Donna Boutique
Adventures Pub & Spirits
The Redding House
Mary Mahoney’s Old French House Restaurant
Jazzeppi’s Ristorante & Martini Bar (195 Porter Ave.)
Desportes & Sons Seafood Market & Deli (1075 Division Street)