Visitors Center hosts ‘Moonshine Adventure’ today

You’ll have a chance to hear storytelling and name dropping later today at the Biloxi Visitors Center when author Al Saucier talks about his book, “Moonshine Adventure,” a tome that chronicles Southern Culture and the introduction of moonshine to a worldwide audience.

Saucier, whose ancestors were among the first European settlers in the area known today as Bay St. Louis, researched three centuries of folklore and the traditions that led to the establishment of what he describes as The Southern Culture.

The author will host a book signing today from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Visitors Center.

Visitors Center manager Bill Raymond expects a lively evening of storytelling and the dropping of such notable names as Joe Kennedy and Al Capone.

Details: 228-374-3105 or email


News and notes

Smashing news: Only a shell remains of the former lumber warehouse that once served as the Public Works administration building on Delauney Street in downtown Biloxi, just north of the CSX railway. To see the photos of the progress, as posted earlier this morning on the city’s Facebook page, click here.

Trees, Part 1: The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art reports that individuals have stepped forward to sponsor five of the 18 oaks that will be replanted on the museum campus to replace trees lost to Katrina. The five trees will be planted Friday by Mississippi Power Co. volunteers as part of the United Way Day of Caring. A second planting is scheduled for Arbor Day in February. If you’d like to sponsor a tree – cost is $100 for the five-foot oak and a commemorative plaque – email Carol Messer at the Ohr-O’Keefe at

Trees, Part 2: The City Council has called a meeting for Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 4:45 p.m. to discuss the city’s tree ordinance. The council’s meeting, which will be held at City Hall, is in advance of a Nov. 18 meeting where councilmembers will hear an appeal filed regarding a developer’s Planning Commission-approved plans to remove 18 “protected” oaks from a beachfront site to make way for a Hyatt Place hotel. To see the city’s existing tree ordinance, from the online Land Development Ordinance, click here.