Chamber to host Biloxi Seafood Festival this weekend

The Biloxi Seafood Festival — two days of entertainment, food, arts and crafts — takes place Saturday and Sunday on the Town Green.

A number of Biloxi businesses will serve an array of fresh seafood dishes, and local chefs will compete in the Sun Herald’s annual Gulf Coast Gumbo Championship. The annual festival is organized by the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber also will have a collection of contests and games for children, in addition to the Kiwanis Kids Fishing Rodeo.

Admission to the fest is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Those with a military ID get a $1 discount off admission.

To see the schedule of events for Saturday and Sunday, click here.

City to launch update of heritage marketing initiative

The City of Biloxi, with the help of a $50,000 Preserve America grant, is in the process of updating its heritage marketing campaign, which includes updating brochures and creating informational kiosks and signage for driving and downtown walking tours.

City Historical Administrator Bill Raymond was in Vicksburg recently to meet with the governor and national preservation authorities.

Biloxi, which was recognized by First Lady Laura Bush for its preservation initiatives before Hurricane Katrina, is one of 14 Preserve America communities in Mississippi and one of four to receive initial grants.

To read more about the project and the city’s award, click here.

News and notes

AHRC meeting: The Architectural and Heritage Review Commission meets Thursday morning at the Community Development Department auditorium. To see the meeting agenda, click here.

Diamonds forever: Tonya Hebert, the city’s FEMA projects coordinator, will be among the artists making their debut in “Diamonds in the Rough,” an exhibition at Negrotto’s Gallery in west Biloxi. A reception – with music, free food and drink, and a chance for visitors to vote for the People’s Choice Award – will be Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Eisenhower Drive gallery. Special guest will be Renny Sherman, the technical wiz behind the city’s web site.

Photo/video archive: You can see photos and video of city events and landmarks from before during and after Katrina in the city’s online image gallery. To go there,click here.