‘Visitors’ having emotional experiences at new visitors center

Yvette Mulcahy, who greeted visitors at the Brielmaier House on the Town Green for 19 years until Hurricane Katrina came along, says she can see a big difference in the clientele in the week-old visitors center north of the Biloxi Lighthouse.

Nearly 1,900 people turned out the first week, including more than 600 on Wednesday, once word began circulating about the new center and its multi-media exhibits about the history of Biloxi and the Gulf Coast.

The largest segment of the “visitors” to the center have been from Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

“Locals looked at the Brielmaier as a place for visitors,” said Mulcahy, a hostess at the new center, “and they see this as a place for their history. In fact, it’s been very emotional for people viewing the exhibits and the videos. We’ve had to put out Kleenex.”

Of the 1,875 visitors to the center in its first week, 857 were from Biloxi and surrounding cities on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. A total of 417 visitors were from Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Alabama; and almost 200 were from north of the Gulf Coast. Thirteen visitors were from foreign countries, including Germany, France and Holland.

Hours at the center are Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no admission fee.

Shrimp Bowl revival to be headlined by Biloxi, Gulfport

The Biloxi Indians will be kicking off their 2010 football season with a bowl appearance — in the Shrimp Bowl.

The Biloxi and Gulfport school districts on Friday will revive the classic that had once been hailed as the oldest high school football game in the country.

It makes its triunmphant return as a doubleheader at Milner Stadium in Gulfport.

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