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‘Morocco in Mississippi’ event Thursday in Bay
Apr 23, 2013, 18:25

On Thursday, April 25, the 200 block of Main Street will be hosting “Morocco in Mississippi”, a gala event that will bring the exotic land of Morocco to the streets of Old Town.
The day will kick off at noon with a Berber Market at French Potager, 113 Main Street.
The vendors at this unique shop have been amassing treasures from North Africa and the Middle East and will have them displayed in tents on the grounds. Across the street, Gallery 220 is exhibiting Maghreb: Images of Morocco, a new series of work by Lori K. Gordon.
From 4-7 p.m. the gallery will be hosting an opening reception for the exhibition. Henna artist Aryana Ivey will be demonstrating her craft, and wine and cocktails will be served along with a chance to win a silk Berber carpet straight from Marrakech.
At 211 Main Street, Rochelle Harper and Boz will be giving a live performance at 5 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m., the Starfish Cafe will be serving a Moroccan meal. All three locations will keep their doors open through 7 p.m.. Major sponsors of the event include Gallery 220, the Sea Coast Echo and the 4th Ward Cleaver.
Two local organizations will benefit from this unique event. Six Degrees Consortium is a corporation registered in the State of Mississippi and is awaiting completion of not-for-profit status.
It is dedicated to the idea that visual art can be a powerful means of communication and cross-cultural understanding between peoples. To date, Six Degrees Consortium has worked alongside the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Mississippi Humanities Council, the University of Southern Mississippi and the Greater Jackson Arts Council to produce the Six Degrees Series, of which Maghreb is a part. Proceeds from the raffle of the Berber carpet will go to the consortium.
Starfish Cafe is a 16-week restaurant training program that provides opportunities for young adults and teenagers to explore culinary arts, gain life skills through life coaching, financial literacy, GED, and receive instruction from community volunteers. The cafe is the brainchild of the folks at Pneuma Winds of Hope, a not-for-profit ministry that incorporated in 1998.
Located at 211 Main Street in a 1920s MDAH building, the Cafe will be serving a $10 Moroccan meal that includes mint tea, sardine crostini, Moroccan chicken with preserved lemons, tahini pasta, and mint green beans. A dessert of figgy or fudge sundaes will also be available for a $3 charge.
Enjoy your meal while listening to the music of Rochelle Harper and Boz, who are donating their time and talent to make this an especially enjoyable evening in Old Town. For more information on Morocco in Mississippi and Six Degrees Consortium, contact Lori K Gordon at 228.671.6146 or lorikgordon@gmail.com. For more information about the Starfish Cafe, call Di Fillhart at 228.363.5286.


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