Beauvoir’s Fall muster heralds the season

There’s a battle for your attention this weekend, with festivals full of costumes, games and jack o’lanterns galore, and you’ll also find an actual battle being fought on the grounds of Beauvoir this weekend, with the Jefferson Davis shrine’s annual Fall Muster.

Visitors will be able to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Civil War era Saturday and Sunday when the west Biloxi site hosts the 30th annual Fall Muster. The two-day event, taking place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., includes presentations, campground and battle re-enactments, a church service, a cemetery tour, and a memorial ceremony. General admission to the 30th annual Fall Muster ranges from $7.50 to $12.50 and free for children five and younger.

Meantime, you’ll find Halloween carnivals and other events at several sites. The city’s Halloween at Woolmarket takes place this evening, and there’s a catfish fishing rodeo at the newly-stocked Hiller Park pond Saturday.

Over at the Church of the Redeemer, at 1904 Popp’s Ferry Road, it’s the annual Fall Festival on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.¬† All ages can enjoy hay rides, face painting, bingo, cake walks, an obstacle course, silent auction, Blessing of the Pets at 2 p.m., and more.¬† Festival goers may also visit the Pumpkin Patch, a church tradition more than two decades old. There’s no admission fee, but activities have 50-cent tickets.

Elsewhere:  The Champagne & Shellfish Festival will be at the Hard Rock, Styx performs at the Beau Rivage, and Charlie Daniels Band and Jamey Johnson will be at the IP.
See a list of city Halloween events
See the Church of the Redeemer festival flyer
See the complete weekend line up


City Desk: Another hotel, fire prevention month and more

In this week’s City Desk podcast, Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard previews a new hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn, coming to Biloxi; Vincent Payne, the Biloxi Fire Department’s deputy chief for fire prevention, discusses fire prevention month; and you’ll hear a preview of this week’s Halloween events. The program was recorded this morning at City Hall.
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J.T. brings up BP money to statewide audience

“All Things Biloxi” was the general topic of a portion of SuperTalk Mississippi’s “J.T. Show,” broadcasting statewide from Beauvoir’s Fall Muster this morning. ¬†The majority of the 15-minute Biloxi segment of the program became a lively discussion about the future of the millions in BP economic damages money and how much should come to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

To listen to the segment, which begins after four minutes of commercials, click here.


News and notes

Traffic. It’s a gas:¬†Crews from CenterPoint Energy, who were installing a new gas line on Irish Hill for several weeks, are moving to Gill Avenue beginning Monday at noon. ¬†Closures will be on Gill Avenue between Judge Sekul and Robertson Street (railroad tracks) and Irish Hill to Bolton Lane and on Irish Hill between Gill Avenue and Azalea Drive. Work and land closures are expected to continue through Friday.¬† To see traffic advisories, click here.

No splish splash: On Monday, the city’s three splash pads will close for the winter.  The splash pads at Point Cadet Plaza, Margaret Sherry recreational area and John Henry Beck Park are expected to reopen during the third weekend in April, which is also Easter weekend.

Bridge issues: The Cedar Lake bridge became stuck in the open position around 2:30 this afternoon. Repair efforts are underway. Follow the city’s Facebook or Twitter pages for updates.

City Council meeting: The Biloxi City Council has its next scheduled meeting Tuesday at City Hall. To see the agenda for the 1:30 p.m. meeting, click here.