Buford Jordan is ‘After 5’ headliner this evening

Buford Jordan, the storied New Orleans Buccaneers and Saints player, will be making the rounds in downtown Biloxi this evening for Biloxi Main Street’s Downtown After 5.

The event, held quarterly, runs from 4 to 8 p.m. and includes uniquely themed events at downtown restaurants and shops, especially throughout Rue Magnolia and the Biloxi Art District.

Jordan will be headlining a Shuckers & Saints Tailgate Party, where visitors will have a chance to win game tickets and prizes.  A batting cage and football throwing contests will also be offered.

“Homerun Dogs” will be served in the Magnolia Hotel parking lot, south of the Mardi Gras Museum.

Over at Gallery 782, you’ll find the opening of the free “American Pie” art show, featuring art themed to Don McLean’s music.

For more information call 228-435-6339 or visit the Biloxi Main Street Facebook page or www.mainstreetbiloxi.com.
See the ‘Downtown After 5’ flyer


Weekend preview: ‘Katrina +10’ down to the wire

This long Labor Day weekened is your final chance to see the complete “Katrina +10” multi-media exhibition at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. The six-month production, which saw its 30,000 visitor earlier this week, is open today through 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m., to 5 p.m., Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. and Labor Day, its final day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Elsewhere this weekend, Hank Williams Jr., the man who quietly donated more than $120,000 to the City of Biloxi in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, entertains at the IP, and the Shuckers continue their final home stand against Tennessee.
See the overall weekend lineup


Make plans: Fireman’s Ball to kick off milestone Fireman’s Day festivities

Fireman’s Day in Biloxi marks 125 years this month, and to commemorate the occasion the West End Hose Co. No. 3, the city’s fire museum, is turning it into a weekend-long celebration, complete with a Fireman’s Ball and Fireman’s Day Parade.

Dozens of fire trucks are expected to roll through the streets of downtown Biloxi on Saturday, Sept. 19, but the weekend will kick off with a Fireman’s Ball, complete with a 14-piece orchestra, on Friday night, Sept. 18, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Biloxi Civic Center.

William Sackett’s Dance Time USA Radio Orchestra, offering a repertoire from swing to modern tunes, will entertain, thanks to the sponsorship of Oscar Renda Contracting, the firm rebuilding the streets of east Biloxi. In fact, the firm’s owner, Rudy Renda, will serve as celebrity parade marshal for the weekend.

Tickets for the Fireman’s Ball – $15 per person or $25 per couple – are on sale now at any Biloxi fire station or the Biloxi Visitors Center.

“There is a lot of tradition in the Biloxi Fire Department, and we’re going to be celebrating that with the Fireman’s Ball and Fireman’s Day parade,” said Fire Chief Joe Boney. “It’s not just about firefighters, either. This is a chance for the community to come out and be a part of the Fireman’s Ball, to have a great time, and, of course, then there’s the parade. Everyone loves a parade, and we’ll have fire trucks from along the Mississippi Gulf Coast rolling through downtown Biloxi.”
See William Sackett’s Dance Time USA Radio Orchestra
See Fireman’s Day parades through the years
Print the Fireman’s Ball poster

Get your tickets: Seafood Museum drawdown is Sept. 19

The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum holds its 30th Annual $10,000 Drawdown on Saturday, Sept. 19.

The affair, the museum’s major fundraiser of the year, will be at the museum, 115 First St., and begins with cocktails and entertainment by Hank Berumen at 6 p.m.

The buffet opens at 7 p.m. with a host of  tasty seafood dishes, and the drawing begins at 8 p.m.  Door prizes will be awarded throughout the night.

A total of 500 tickets, for $100 each and admitting two to the drawdown, are being sold along the Coast by members of the museum, and at the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum on First Street, or at the museum store at Edgewater Mall, just outside the entrance to Belk. A silent auction will also be featured.

More info: Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum at (228) 435-6320.


News and notes

Podcasting: David Nichols, the city’s chief administrative officer, takes you inside the on-going budget talks in this week’s City Desk podcast. To listen to the program, click here.

Development report: This week’s Community Development report gets the Labor Day weekend off to an early start. Look for the report next week. To see an archive of the weekly reports, click here.

Public meetings: The Biloxi City Council, facing a Sept. 15 deadline, holds another budget session on Tuesday morning at 10: 30 at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public. To see the complete lineup of municipal public meetings held regularly in Biloxi, along with links to the meeting agendas, click here.

More parking: City Public Works crews are constructing a new public parking lot on Lameuse Street,  southwest of Biloxi City Hall, and it’s expected  to be able to accomodate nearly two dozen cars by the end of the month.  To see the intial work, click here. To see the status on the massive amount of infrastructure work now underway throughout the city, click here.

‘FoFo’ at 100: Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich marked his 100th day in office last week. For a look back at the  inaugural address, from the city’s YouTube page, click here.