Cemetery tour pushed back a week

The second tour of the 12th annual Historic Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour schedule for this evening has been postponed until next week.

“Because of the inclement weather, we have decided it best to postpone tonight’s tour,” said Bill Raymond, Preserve Biloxi committee member.  “The free, self-guided tour will now take place on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m.”

This year’s tour begin on Sunday afternoon with a showing of more than 500 people.

“The tour went great,” said Kay Miller, committee member and Biloxi Main Street director. “This year’s theme, “Biloxi Praise”, features those who made great contributions to seven historic church congregations.”

The tour tells the story of seven places of worship in Biloxi, and involves 10 re-enactments connected to 16 individuals. The names and re-enactors:

– Father Alphonse Ketels of Nativity BVM, portrayed by Father Colten Symmes

– Elbert Dukate and Elbert Dukate Jr. of Nativity BVM, portrayed by Edmond Boudreaux and Cree Cantrell, respectively

– Mabel Dalzell of Nativity BVM, portrayed by Kathe Newcomb

– Frances Tedesco Hunt of Nativity BVM, portrayed by Tina Johnson

– Earl Friedman and Rosa Friedman of Congregation Beth Israel, portrayed by Clayton Pennylegion and Glenda O’Neil, respectively

– Alice Smith and Rev. Henry Van Hook of Seashore United Methodist Assembly, portrayed by Brandy Mills and Bill Collins, respectively

– Maude Mae Floyd Carter of First Baptist Church of Biloxi, portrayed by Wanda Stewart

– Capt. James Maycock and Julia Guice of Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, portrayed by Boyce Deaton and Judy Guice, respectively

– Fannie Nichols of First Missionary Baptist Church, portrayed by Sharon Taylor

– Leonidas Demetrakopoulos and Nike “Nikki” John Demetrakopoulos of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, portrayed by George Yurchak and Brandi Donohoe, respectively.

Parking for the event will be at the Elks Lodge, 1178 Beach Blvd.

Added Miller: Remember to wear comfortable shoes as the tour is stretched all across the cemetery.”
See the flyer
See the program
See images from the Sunday tour


News & notes: City council, market festival

City Council meeting:  Money issues top the City County agenda today. The city will discuss borrowing $14 million to continue work on a host of projects. The meeting is the council’s last scheduled  meeting of the month. To see the agenda and supporting documents, click here.

Market festival:  The last Biloxi Community Market Festival of the season is set for Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. under the I-110 overpass off Howard Avenue.  The event will feature music, pumpkin themed activities, hourly giveaways, and community market vendors.  To view the flyer, click here