‘Biloxi Blues,’ swimming, running, parading and more this weekend

Center Stage Theatre celebrates the state’s 200th anniversary with its presentation of the Broadway comedy “Biloxi Blues.” 

The Neil Simon play centers on the experiences of a young Army recruit, Eugene Morris Jerome, in boot camp in Biloxi during World War II. 

Armed with his journal and a sense of humor, Eugene is determined to use his Army experiences to help his writing career. Under the command of a tough-talking officer, Eugene quickly finds out that the Army is not all dolls and USO dances as he expected.

The show opened Thursday and continues through Sept. 24. 
Visit the Center Stage Theatre website 


Museum plans drawdown for Saturday

The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum’s 32nd annual $10,000 Drawdown will be held on Saturday at the Point Cadet museum.

The drawdown is the museum’s major fundraiser of the year. It will begin at 6 p.m., with cocktails and entertainment by Hank Berumen.

The buffet, offering many special seafood dishes, will begin at 7 p.m., and the drawing will begin at 8 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the night.

A silent auction also will be featured.

Tickets are $100 each and are being sold throughout the Coast by members of the museum. They also are available at the museum, which is at 115 E. First St.

Only 500 tickets will be sold, and each ticket will admit two people to the event. Tickets must be shown at the door to enter the drawdown.

For ticket information, call the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum at (228) 435-6320.
Visit the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum website


Elsewhere: Pool party, fire and police events, Hank Sr.

Tonight, the city’s Parks & Recreation Department hosts its annual Back to School Party at the Biloxi Natatorium from 6 to 8 p.m.  On Saturday, the Community Festival Against Crime takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Point Cadet Plaza, and the Fireman’s Day Parade rolls through downtown Biloxi beginning at 10 a.m., ending at the West End Hose Co. No. 3 on Howard Avenue. Also on Saturday, registration for the Parks & Rec U8 Biloxi Soccer League is from 9 a.m. to noon at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center and the Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk and Climb begins at 6 p.m. at Fort Maurepas and finishes with an after party at Margaritaville.

Then, on Sunday, at 1:30 p.m., the Saenger Theatre will mark the 94th anniversary of the birth of Hank Williams Sr. with the showing of a documentary that celebrates the legendary country singer’s love affair with 1950’s Biloxi and the motion picture, “The Last Ride” about Williams’s final days. 
See the overall weekend lineup
See the Biloxi Community Calendar 
See a video preview of “The Last Ride”


News and notes

City Council meeting:  The Biloxi City Council will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 1:30 p.m. at the Biloxi City Hall.  To see the agenda and supporting documents, click here.

Kickball team sign ups:  The City of Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department is continuing to accept registrations for is Annual Hiller Park Revitalization Kickball Tournament set for Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Barbara Ferrill Softball Fields, 1940 Edgers Road.  Registration is weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hiller Park Office, 377 Hiller Drive. To see the flyer, click here.  To see the rules, click here and to see the registration form, click here

Podcast No. 1: In case you missed it, Biloxi Police Chief John Miller speaks about a number of issues and events in this week’s City Desk podcast.  To listen to the program, click here.

Podcast No. 2:  Sun Herald writer Jeff Clark and the city’s Public Affairs manager discuss the upcoming Hank Williams Sr. tribute at the Saenger Theater in a Sun Herald podcast. To listen to the program, click here.