Yes, it’s that time again. First Friday has arrived

The monthly downtown event, First Friday, takes place in the Rue Magnolia and Water Street area from 5 to 8 tonight.

The evening affair is open to the public and will feature live entertainment, area shop specials, refreshments, door prizes and a chance for event goers to win a $100 gift card to a downtown business.

Visitors will be able to explore one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques, eateries, and art galleries as they stay open for extended evening hours.  Stop in and check out the new location of Gallery 782 at the corner of G.E. Ohr and Water streets.

Elsewhere this weekend:  Cheech & Chong will perform at the Beau Rivage, Josh Turner will be at the Hard Rock, and the state’s largest arts festival, the Peter Anderson Festival, takes place across the pond, in Ocean Springs, throughout the weekend. 
See the Community Calendar
See a complete weekend line up 


Library’s Local History section to close for two weeks

The Local History and Genealogy Department at the Biloxi Public Library is closing for two weeks to allow staff to conduct a catalog of items.

Beginning Monday, the library staff will conduct a fall cleaning, inventory and reorganization of its collections. The department will resume its normal Monday-through-Saturday hours on Monday, Nov. 20.

“Our goal is to better serve the public by identifying what we have and what we need,” Librarian Jane Shambra said.  “This is something that has not been done since Hurricane Katrina.”

The closing will not affect the overall library hours, only the hours for the Local History and Genealogy Department.
See more about the Local History and Genealogy Department


Reed Guice: The million-dollar man

OK, so all of the numbers are not in yet, but Biloxi First leaders believe the Reed Guice roast Thursday night at the IP Casino Resort & Spa is going to put the Biloxi foundation’s permanent endowments over the million-dollar mark. 

Guice was the focus of attention during a fund-raising roast that included such roasters as former Saturday Night Live writer and Hollywood screenwriter David Sheffield, banker John Hairston, newspaper publisher Ricky Mathews, attorney Judy Guice and emcee Shorty Sneed. Guice ended the evening by performing in front of an orchestra.
Photo gallery: See images from the evening
Video: And Reed can sing, too

News and notes: Council meeting, police awards, cooking fundraiser 

Council meeting preview: Three issues top the City Council agenda for Tuesday night: a measure reducing the number of paid holidays for city employees, an amendment to the city ordinance involving loitering, and a new ordinance governing panhandling. To see the complete agenda and supporting documents, click here.

Police awards:  The Biloxi Police Department held its third quarter awards ceremony at the Salvation Army Kroc Center this morning.  To see images from the presentation, click here.

Fundraiser gets Gilich to cook: Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will join four other Coast mayors and five chefs from well-known restaurants for the second annual Five Course Feast at the Beau Rivage on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.  The fundraiser aims to bring awareness to the benefits of nutritious and wholesome meals. To see the lineup of mayors and their pairings, click here