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2nd Saturday: Food, Fun, Music & Sidewalk Sales Galore!
By Echo staff
Oct 10, 2017, 18:29

Sonny Wright, owner of Sonny’s Cypress Café, cooks up a fresh batch of his famous Eggs Shakshuka.

The members of the Old Town Merchants Association invite everyone to join them this Saturday in downtown Bay St. Louis for the September edition of their monthly Second Saturday Artwalk.
Over the past two decades, the Second Saturday Artwalk has become one of the most popular monthly community events on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Gallery openings, shop and restaurant specials and live music make the streets of Old Town swirl with a fun, family energy.
While things are lively all day, the music and specials take place from 4-8 p.m.
This Second Saturday is a buyer’s market -- since Hurricane Nate ended the Cruisin’ the Coast fest early, many of the Old Town merchants have excess inventory which they will be selling at huge discounts. Look for sidewalk sales all over Old Town Bay St. Louis.
As usual, two Hot Spot businesses will be featured: This month’s “Hot Spots” are Heart of Old Town Vacation Rental and Sonny's Cypress Café.

109 N. Second Street
Bay St Louis, MS 39520
The Heart of Old Town Vacation Rental, a spacious 1300-square-foot cottage, nestles against the side of Antique Maison’s driveway at 109 N. Second Street.
If you have lived in the Bay long enough, you may remember that the vacation rental began as a storefront across the street from Antique Maison where the Bay Waveland School Board offices now sit. 
Ed and Sylvia Young bought the building as a fixer-upper in 1990 and moved it to its current location. Living in New Orleans at the time, the Youngs embarked on a journey that will resonate with many full-time Bay residents. After purchasing the home and making weekend trips from New Orleans for two years, the couple moved permanently to Bay St Louis in 1992. The building was fully renovated in 1995 and opened for business as a vacation rental in 2009. 
Sylvia, the property manager, has made sure that guests will enjoy all the comforts of home in her two-bedroom, two-bath, seaside-themed vacation rental. Guests will find a washer and dryer, a full kitchen, and even a crib.
Aptly named, the vacation rental is truly in the heart of Old Town, and guests will find it easy to navigate on foot to the harbor, the beach, and the local shops.
Be sure to stop by for a tour of The Heart of Old Town Vacation Rental on Second Saturday, October 14, between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Rest a spell on the new balcony and BBQ area, and enjoy the band, songs, and jokes courtesy of Sylvia and Ed. Food and drinks will be provided courtesy of the Ulman Tea Room and Garden. 
More information about the vacation rental can be found onVRBO.com/25621.

300 S. Second Street
Bay St Louis, MS 39520
Sonny’s Cypress Café is a dream come true. Literally.
Before it was Sonny’s Cypress Café, Sonny Wright stopped by the café every time he visited family in the Bay. Sonny's dream was to one day own the café and revamp it with a strong Mediterranean influence. When opportunity presented itself, Sonny and his wife Denise snapped up the building.
Recent updates include spacious seating space for over 70, white-brick walls reminiscent of Greece, black woodwork, and cloth-covered tables. The café lends itself to an Italian and Greek vibe—fitting, as Sonny’s heritage is both. 
Now, the menu: Expect a wide variety of mouth-watering choices for every meal. A favorite breakfast entrée is Eggs Shakshuka—eggs cooked in a spicy tomato sauce with sausage, onions, and peppers.
For lunch and dinner, expect traditional Mediterranean fare along with pasta dishes that rotate daily—Pasta Alla Norma, fried eggplant tossed in tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese; Pasta Carbonara, linguine with Bianco cheese sauce, bacon, caramelized onions, and peppers; and Pasta Spinach, sautéed spinach and onions with freshly grated cheese. Gary Veglia, local restauranteur, one of the cafe's first patrons, recommends the moussaka.
Guests can always find vegan and vegetarian dishes and gluten-free pasta. Classic burgers and paninis are also available. Don’t forget to leave room for bread pudding, baklava, or cheesecake.
And don’t forget the wine! Natasha Actuaymi, manager, encourages patrons to bring their own beer and wine for a cork fee of $5.
Hours are Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Sundays, a special brunch menu is featured from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking is plentiful in front of the building and along the side of the building toward the old City Park.
On Second Saturday, October 14, Sonny’s Cypress Café will provide a band on the patio from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Second Saturday crowd will enjoy appetizers from the main menu. Think hummus, stuffed grape leaves, spanakopita, and caprese. Think delicious! 
Old Town Bay St. Louis.”

Elsewhere for Second Saturday:
Gallery 220's featured artists for this month's Second Saturday Artwalk are mother-and-daughter artists Dianne Duplantis and Dodi Connor
"I was a nurse for 30 years and then moved to the Coast (in Diamondhead) a year and a half ago," Dodi said. "My mom and I … we were just inspired by the artists on the coast."
Dodi creates unique art out of vintage glass.
"I call it Inspired Glass art by Dodi," she said. "You don't have to be a really experienced painter. I took a glass mosaic class and I took it from there."
Dodi starts by creating a painting.
"I buy vintage glassware, vases, and I crush it and I lay it on the art," she said. "I put it on canvas or on driftwood that I get at Pierpont that I get at a driftwood museum.
"It's funny when I go buy this glassware, I tell them 'You don't have to wrap it, I'm going to break it,' and they get all upset.' … I use seaglass, also. I pour resin over it. When you pour the resin over the driftwood, or over the canvas, or over the seaglass … it just makes it art with dimension.
"Art to me is therapy. It's so much fun, you can't mess it up."
Dodi's mother, Dianne, also works with glass.
"My mom is 80 years old and she doesn't look it," Dodi said. "She always was creative. She is from Morgan City-Berwick, a little country town. Once I moved here, they came for a visit and bought a little condo.
"She loves creating, also. And she has a history of being a mosaic teacher. She makes mosaic at her home, she has a small kiln.
She's very competitive. She's very creative, too"
The artists will display their work and meet with the public Saturday at Gallery 220, located at 220 Main St., from 5-8 p.m.


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