Another busy weekend is planned in Pass Christian.
- Tonight Pass High hosts Moss Point in a division football matchup starting at 7pm.
- Across the bridge, division leaders St. Stanislaus and Poplarville will play football for the Rock-a-chaws’ homecoming.
- Coast Episcopal will hold their annual Toast to the Coast fundraiser at 635 East Scenic Drive starting at 6 p.m for patrons and 7 p.m. for general admission.
- The Pass Theatre Project presents the Longshot Improv Comedy group at the Randolph Center at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday.
- On Saturday, volunteers Coast-wide will participate in the annual Coastal Cleanup. For details: http://www.mscoastalcleanup.org/ .
- St. Paul’s Carnival Association will hold their kick-off party Saturday at 7 p.m. at 126 Fleitas Avenue.
- On Sunday, Pineville Presbyterian Church will celebrate its 137th birthday and homecoming with an 11 a.m. worship followed by a potluck lunch. The church is located at 4476 Menge.
Another busy weekend is planned in Pass Christian.
Pass Christian officials and business leaders are gearing up for another record breaking year for Cruisin’ the Coast and have planned a community party October 10.
Over 6,000 people have pre-registered for the 18th annual event and organizers expect another 1,500 to register on-site. An additional 2,000 are estimated to take a free ride and participate without registering, said organizer Adam Pace.
Last year’s event brought thousands of visitors to town and generated a $12,000 impact on city sales tax revenue.
“This year Cruisin’ is estimated to bring a $20,000 impact to the city,” Pace said.
While city coffers benefit from sales tax diversions, Pass Christian businesses stand to benefit from the estimated $1.5 million in consumer spending that generates the additional tax revenue.
An new Friday night event is planned by Main Street to keep people in town and allow residents who are normally working to come out and join the festivities, said Jennifer Burke, executive director.
Bag of Donuts is scheduled to play at 6:30 p.m. at the pavilion.
“This is a community event with a tremendous economic impact without trash or crime,” Pace said. “We can show off our community, businesses, seafood and new harbor without any side effects.”
The weeklong Cruisin’ event started Sunday in Gulfport with a cruise in at the Hardy Court Shopping Center.
Pass Christian joins the action Thursday through Saturday as a full stamping site will live music throughout the day.
Streets will close each day of Cruisin’ from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for event traffic. Spectators can park at the harbor, on Second east of Davis, or elsewhere close to the route.
• 11 a.m. -Figure 8
• 1 p.m. – Barlow Bros.
• 3 p.m. – Al “Lil’ Fats”
• 10 a.m. – Count’s Kustoms crew visit
• 11 a.m. – N Rhythm
• 1p.m. – Cool Rays
• 3 p.m. – Boogie All Stars
• 6:30 p.m. – Bag of Donuts
• 11 a.m. – Soul Shine
• 1 p.m. – Starz
• 3 p.m. – Escalade
The cruising route will start on Scenic Drive at War Memorial Park. Cars turn north on Davis Avenue, west on Second Street, and south on Market Street where they can exit on Highway 90.
Cruisers can either drive along the route or park their cars for display. The 200-block of Davis will also be used for cruisers parking up to Port in a Storm.
Live bands will perform at the Davis Avenue Pavilion each day from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
On Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, Count’s Kustoms crew will visit. The crew star in Counting Cars, a reality television show about a Las Vegas automobile restoration and customization company that airs on History Channel.
A food court is planned for Davis Avenue next to Asian Paradise. Burke said any Pass business or restaurant looking to have a presence downtown is welcome to join.
Main Street is also seeking volunteers to assist Cruisin’ officials or work the food and beverage area.
Residents and business owners that need to access the route will be given passes to get through barricades.
For more, contact Burke by e-mail email@example.com.
As the weather cools, entertainment in Pass Christian is heating up.
With seafood festivals, homecoming, art openings and other events scheduled, there is something for every one this weekend.
Pass High will host Bay High tonight for the Pirates’ homecoming. The court will be presented at 6:30 p.m., and the game starts at 7 p.m.
Pass Christian Art Association will host an exhibit opening and reception at 5 p.m. today at the Pass Library. The annual exhibit consists of judged works by member artists.
The 38th Annual Holy Family Catholic Church Seafood Festival, formerly the St. Paul’s Seafood Festival, kicks off today and runs through Sunday on the beach front at the St. Paul Chapel on Scenic Drive.
The festival runs from 5-11:30 p.m. today; on Saturday, 11 a.m.-Midnight; and on Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Revelers will have the opportunity to taste and enjoy a variety of Gulf Coast delicacies including fried and boiled seafood, po boys, Vietnamese cuisine, grilled oysters and more.
Chef Bill Vrazel, one of the festival sponsors and church deacon, will have a booth featuring Eggplant Larosa.
Arts and crafts vendors will sell hand-painted items, jewelry, oyster shell art, hip clips, soaps, lotions, pottery, and more.
The festival also features a variety of fun and games for children of all ages. Entertainment begins tonight with live music from Starz, 8-11:30 p.m.; on Saturday live music from Gaby Tran, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., This Side of 49, 4-7 p.m. and from Dr. Rock and the Interns, 8-Midnight.
On Friday night the Seafood Festival has added a new addition to the lineup for all of the vintage car lovers in the area.
The Festival welcomes anyone with an antique car to cruise in and show it off.
On Saturday morning the Festival will host a 5K Run, beginning at 9 a.m. and a 1 Mile Fun Run, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Registration will open at 7:30 a.m.
On Sunday there will be a $10,000 drawdown. The tickets for the drawdown are on sale for $100 or $125 for an insured ticket.
Please call 228-452-4686 for a ticket.
A short walk from the seafood festival on Saturday night will be be Pass Christian’s monthly First Saturday Artwalk.
From 5 to 8 p.m., the monthly event provides the perfect venue for families to visit the restaurants and shops along Davis Avenue.
Live music will be provided by Cody Roth at 5 p.m. in Sazerac Square.
Merchants and restaurants around town will be open late with specials and deals.
• Art Alley in the Pass will artist Kathleen Johnson of Backwater Studios and photographer Amy Rogers. Gourmet samples and refreshments will also be served.
• Sara Kate Boutique will feature its new line of fall merchandise.
• Pass Christian Olive Oils and Vinegars will serve samples of its Peach Bellini made with balsamic vinegar.
• Fatsumo will serve free dessert puffs with any $10 purchase.
• The Purple Pelican will debut a new line of burlap flags
• Parker’s, Inc. has a new line of collegiate tailgating napkins and Pass Christian papergoods.
• Browse the books at Pass Christian Books and enjoy specialty coffee and teas at Cat Island Coffeehouse.
• While listening to the band on the deck of Hook, you can try their fresh coastal cuisine.
• Cigars in the Pass will have football on TV and offers its signature hand-rolled torpedo cigars at buy-two-get-one free.
• Pass Christian Soap will feature its new shampoos and conditioners in scents like sun-ripened strawberry, sugared fig and Gulf waters.
• Thou Art Gallery and Gifts will serve refreshments.
• Asian Paradise will serve $2 beers all day.
• Flyin’ Jalapeno will serve chicken or pork burritos for $5 all day.
• Port in the Storm will host karaoke at night.
The deadline to register to vote in the November 4th General Election is Saturday, October 4, 2014.
“Every Mississippian should be registered to vote,” says Secretary Hosemann. “This is a privilege that comes at the cost of countless men and women who have given their lives for our Country. You can honor their sacrifice by registering to vote today.”
Each Circuit Clerk’s Office will be open from 8:00 am-12:00 pm Saturday, October 4, 2014 to accept voter registration forms. Mail-in voter registration forms must be postmarked by Saturday, October 4, 2014.
Voters are required by law to register at least thirty (30) days prior to an election day. Voter registration applications submitted after October 4th will be processed by the Circuit Clerk, but the voter will not be eligible to cast a ballot in the November 4, 2014 General Election.
Eligible military and overseas voters are given an extended registration period in Mississippi. The deadline for our military and overseas voters to register to vote is October 25, 2014.
Registration forms are available at your local Circuit Clerk’s office. You may also download an application from the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ms.gov.
By Joe Buckley
One of my favorite dishes is okra. This vegetable is abundant at The Pass Market. It is a little late this year due to some cool weather early in the spring. Okra is a semi tropical plant that is popular around the world. The origins of the plant are disputed. Some say that it came from west Africa while others maintain that India and even south Asia are the birthplaces of this plant. No matter what the origin, okra quickly spread around the world and is enjoyed in almost every culture from the Philippines to Egypt.
The Dutch and French name for okra is “gumbo”. Now that has a familiar ring to it doesn’t it. Most of us prefer our seafood gumbo to have an okra base.
I have heard that okra came to America as seeds braided in the hair of slaves in the early 1800’s. It was a grown as far north as Philadelphia, though the greatest concentration of it was in the southeast.
Okra is best known for its “mucilaginous” or slime. This is an important part of okra. It provides the thickening for the dishes that we enjoy from it.
The seeds can be roasted and ground as a decaffeinated coffee substitute. In fact, okra seeds were the main coffee substitute used during the American Civil War in the south.
Recipes from around the world use okra as a base. Sliced and fried, sautéed, stewed, or boiled, the lists are extensive. This relative of cotton, cocoa, and hibiscus is truly a culinary super vegetable.
Not only are there different kinds of okra plants and pods, but there are different uses for each. Keep the gumbo warm!
Other Market news:
The Pass Market Wednesday, our all food market in the new pavilion on Davis Avenue, will have its last market for this season on Wednesday, September 24. Opening for the next season will be announced at a later date.
On Saturday, October 11, The Pass Market in War Memorial Park, will be closed due to Cruisin’ the Coast. This decision was made due to concerns of traffic congestion, numerous road closures around the park, and safety for the vendors and market patrons. Thank you for your patience and we will see you all the following Saturday morning in the park.