Art often has transformational effects - on artists themselves as well as on the medium they choose. The roads crew explores the ever-changing Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art as we ponder such transformations. We talk with Jackson artist Darryl Anderson who has turned his life around after the discovered his unique gift for painting. And we take a look in the rearview mirror at Berry Creek Bowls in Amite County where large chunks of wood are transformed into stunning bowls. Finally, we'll head up to north Mississippi to Mid-South Ornamental Concrete where artists and craftsmen transform ordinary concrete into whimsical yard art.
Cemeteries around the state are hallowed places that tell us a lot about our history, like Cedar Hill Cemetery in Vicksburg, one of the country's oldest and largest cemeteries that's still in use today. Then we head up to Friendship Cemetery in Columbus where our national Memorial Day holiday has its roots. Down Highway 61 in Natchez, many of the state's first settlers found their resting places. Finally, the haunting story of Henry Vick at Chapel of the Cross in Madison County plays a central role in that area's history.
Music is in the air when we head up to Delta State University in Cleveland to check out some exciting developments with music education there. Then we drop in on a reunion of college station DJs from WMSV in Starkville. We look in the rearview mirror at a story we did on famed blues artist R.L. Burnside, then travel to Sciple's Mill in Kemper County where an old mill provides a backdrop for community music and dancing. Finally we enjoy the music of Delta performer Gus Mohammed, who finds his inspiration in the quiet landscapes of the Mississippi Delta.
We're in Canton where the film business is booming. We visit with homegrown filmmakers in West Point who are making quite a name for themselves. We take a look at a production of one of Willie Morris's favorite works, Good Ole Boy, filmed in Yazoo City in 1987. We revisit some coast filmmakers and their epic re-creation of "Raiders of the Lost Ark," a project started 30 years ago.
In the next edition of Mississippi Roads, we’re in Oxford where an operatic version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet had its world premiere. Then we’ll look in the rearview mirror at a story we did on about Oxford’s iconic and much-beloved watering hole, The Hoka, which closed in 1996. We’ll visit with vinyl record enthusiasts from Oxford, Hattiesburg, and Meridian.
In the next Mississippi Roads, we’re at Belhaven University which has distinguished itself as a leader in programs in arts, music, and dance. We’ll visit with Belhaven alum Joel Bomgar, a tech entrepreneur who’s making an international name for himself. We’ll also head over to Vicksburg to revisit the long-running, family-friendly melodrama “Gold in the Hills.” Then we’ll travel with abstract expressionist and Baldwyn native George Wardlaw as he returns to his home state for an art exhibit that chronicles his distinguished 5-decade career.
In the next edition of Mississippi Roads, we’ll take a look at some of the Ocean Spring’s natural and cultural wonders. We’ll attend the Mississippi Songwriter’s Festival held here each fall. Then we’ll visit with some sea kayak enthusiasts who like to explore our barrier islands. Finally, we’ll get a taste of what it’s like to keep bees right in your own backyard.
In this episode of MS Roads we’re taking a look at Mississippi’s diverse Native American heritage. We’re up in Neshoba County at the newly openedChahta Immi Cultural Center. We’ll travel to some of the important Indian Mound sites around the state and look at a new initiative to share the stories of these historic mounds with visitors. We’ll revisit a story about the much-anticipated annual Choctaw Indian Fair and travel to the Delta for a look in the rearview mirror at a story on the impressive Winterville Mounds.Then we’ll take a look at Choctaw Fresh Foods and their efforts to make fresh produce more readily available to people all over the state.
On this episode of Mississippi Roads, we’ll talk about recycling, and repurposing efforts going on around the state. We’ll visit the Midtown area of Jackson, a neighborhood that’s getting a makeover thanks to artists and community visionaries. We’ll take a tour of the Nucor Corporation in Flowood, a company that takes the idea of recycling to w whole new level. We’ll visit with theScoggins family,woodworkers down in Sandersville, who transform tree stumps into beautiful pieces of sculpture. Then we’ll visit Clarksdale where efforts to revitalize The New Roxy Theatre have given life to an old neighborhood favorite.
On this episode of Mississippi Roads, we visit Winners Circle Park and the Nature Center in Flowood where opportunities abound for family outdoor adventure. We then travel to a ropes course just down the road that builds both muscles and confidence. We revisit a story we did about the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race in Natchez. We come back down to earth and visit with some BMX Cycling enthusiasts in Ridgeland. And finally, we take to the water when we visit with the good folks at Quapaw Canoe Company, offering river adventures down the Mighty Mississippi.
Walt talks about some Jackson area restaurants. Weidmann's in Meridian is nearing its 150th year of business. We take a look in the Rearview Mirror at Peggy's in Philadelphia. Tailgating is a way of life during football season. BTC Grocery in Water Valley keeps it local.
Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, Martin and Sue King Railroad Heritage Museum, Graceland Too, International Checkers Hall of Fame, Po' Monkey's Lounge.