Bus celebrating ADA milestone to visit Biloxi

The Road To Freedom Bus, a traveling showcase designed to raise awareness of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, will be in Biloxi Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., south of the Biloxi Lighthouse.

The bus, which will be open for tours, features displays on The ADA Legacy Project and its efforts to preserve disability history, celebrate major milestones and educate future generations of disability advocates; an ADA quilt bearing the signatures of thousands of ADA advocates who have participated in the tour; and displays on the history of the Road to Freedom Tour.

The bus will be driven by award-winning photographer Tom Olin, who has worked since 1983 to share the disability experience and disability advocacy efforts with the world.  His photos tell the story of advocates who have struggled to make public transportation accessible for individuals with disabilities.

The Biloxi stop, part of a cross-country tour, is being hosted by Living Independence for Everyone of Mississippi. LIFE is a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment of individuals with disabilities.
Learn more about the Road to Freedom Bus


Seafood museum to unveil Moran exhibition

A new exhibit about renowned Biloxi artist Joe Moran at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum promises to offer unique insight into the master boatbuilder who later became a celebrated Biloxi artist.

The “Joe Moran Retrospective” opens Saturday from¬†9 a.m.¬†to¬†4:30 p.m. and runs through March 15 at the Point Cadet museum, and visitors will be able to see¬†original Moran artwork from private collections, family photographs, a Joe Moran-built boat model and a documentary on this life.

Moran, who died in 1999, was grandson of famed potter George Ohr, and was known for his stunning oils of everyday Biloxi scenes: schooners and shrimp boats plying the waters off the Biloxi shoreline. He left behind a trove of pencil sketches, drawings and photography.

On three occasions during the exhibit at 9 a.m.– on Jan. 28, Feb. 19 and March 11 — the museum will host “Cup of Joe,” where Moran family members will offer insight into Joe Moran’s life. The “Cup of Joe” gatherings will be in the museum’s Point Cadet Seafood Kitchen, where coffee and hot buttered French bread will be served.¬† Admission for those gatherings will be $10 per person. Reservations: 228-435-6320.

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News and notes

One for the Wold: Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will present a certificate to longtime FEB Distributing Director of Sales Tim Wold tonight during a retirement gathering at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum. ¬†Wold, a fixture at special events along the Gulf Coast, supported numerous community causes during his 28 years with FEB, a local beer distributor.


Mr. Sandman: Mayor Gilich, who directed city Public Works and Parks & Recreation crews to trim and edge medians along U.S. 90 last summer, is now tasking the leaders of those departments with cleaning up sand that has remained in U.S. 90 parking bays and turning lanes since November. Plans are in the works for the sand removal to begin in a week or so.

Reserve your seats now, Part 1: Special seating will be available for the frail elderly and individuals with special needs during the Tuesday, Feb. 9 Mardi Gras parade, but you have to reserve your seats.  Interested individuals or groups should complete a registration and return it to the Parks and Recreation office by Monday, Feb. 1. To see a form, click here.

Reserve your seats now, Part 2: The Biloxi Bay Chamber is continuing to take reservations for the annual State of the City address, which takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 16 in a Biloxi Bay Chamber-sponsored luncheon at the Beau Rivage. Doors will open at 11 a.m. Seats are $35 per person or a reserved table of 10 for $350. Reservations:  228-435-6149 or info@biloxibaychamber.org.

BHS baseball yard sale: Supporters of the Biloxi High School baseball team will hold a giant yard sale Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m. on Popp’s Ferry Road at the City of Biloxi water tower adjacent to the Margaret Sherry Library. Visitors will find exercise equipment, furniture, clothes, toys, jewelry and other items. See some of the merchandise on the BHS Baseball Facebook page by clicking here.