Cruise into Old Town Bay St. Louis for Artwalk
By Echo Staff
Oct 12, 2013, 00:04
This month’s Second Saturday Art Walk in Old Town will be a celebration of Southern charm, delicious local food and loads of vintage cars here for Cruisin’ the Coast. The Oct. 12 event, featuring two popular Hot Spots plus all the nostalgic fun that rolls with Cruisin’, promises to be a Second Saturday like no other all year.
As always, the shops, galleries and restaurants will extend their hours for the Art Walk and give their guests a little something extra like special merchandise and pricing. Live music, food and drinks will add to the festivities at many stores.
The two Hot Spots - Southern Accents and Trapani’s Eatery - will add to the combined Second Saturday and Cruisin’ celebration with their unique offerings.
Southern Accents is a family-based gift shop that opened in 2010, around the corner from their current location at 125 Main St. in the handsome, historic Masonic Lodge, built in 1925. Owners Randy and Jenny Shubert specialize in quality gifts and home decor with a distinctive Southern flavor. The owners work hard to find and offer special items you won’t find just anywhere.
The Shuberts call Cruisin’ the Coast “the best thing ever invented.” The cruisers and fans of the vintage car annual event pack Old Town for a big block party. “It’s our busiest time of the year,” said Randy. On Second Saturday all merchandise will be 10 percent off.
Out of town shoppers return every time they’re in the Bay. What everybody likes are the items with Southern sayings, everything from plates and kitchen towels to wall plaques. One favorite is the saying, “Someone’s heart is always being blessed.”
Shoppers will also find framed art prints, T-shirts, candles, toys and children’s clothes, religious gift items including rosaries, Cajun and Civil War gift items.
Every Second Saturday, Jenny Shubert said, crowds include local customers and newcomers who are out having a good time. “Some of them are regulars and some are from out of town who heard about Second Saturday and come here for it. They just love it and the atmosphere here.”
Southern Accents will also have refreshments and live music.
Trapani’s Eatery is a Gulf Coast tradition in Old Town going back almost 20 years. Owners Tony and Jolynne Trapani relocated the restaurant relocated to U.S. 90 after Hurricane Katrina and returned to its original Beach Boulevard location in early 2012.
The return of the restaurant was a red letter day in the revitalization of the city following the 2005 hurricane.
The new Eatery is bigger and better than before and still serving fine food and drinks with the same lively atmosphere that has won it so many fans along the Mississippi Coast, New Orleans and beyond.
The Blue Marlin bar, on the second floor, is a popular gathering place, day and evening, with impressive views of the water from its balcony. There’s seating on the balcony as well as at tables and at the bar. The Blue Marlin is a favorite venue for private parties, luncheons, rehearsal dinners, reunions, birthday parties and business gatherings. The Blue Marlin has its own signature menu featuring items such as charbroiled oysters on the half shell, sesame Ahi tuna, crab cakes, cheeseburgers, hot wings, Royal Reds and fried calamari. Heading the list of specialty drinks served at the Blue Marlin is the Calypso Martini and the signature Blue Marlin Martini.
The Eatery’s full restaurant menu has the traditional favorites including its signature dish Paneed Trout Eatery plus fried green tomatoes topped with crabmeat and Hollandaise, hand cut steaks, seafood poboys, New Orleans style muffalatta, house salads and house specialties like stuffed soft shells, seafood platters, grilled snapper pasta, panned veal and eggplant Delacroix. For steamed seafood fans, try the Seafood Steamer with Royal Red Shrimp, Snow Crab clusters and charbroiled oysters.
For Second Saturday, there will be live music upstairs in the Blue Marlin from 7:30 p.m. till..
Also this Second Saturday, check out the Cypress Cafe, where the thought for the day is “Think Pink,” in support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation to raise awareness and find a cure for breast cancer.
Cypress Cafe owner Holly Lemoine-Raymond has several “Pink” specials, including pink lemonade and pink cupcakes to help raise money for a cure.
Over at Serious Bread, Chuck Tippit will perform from 3-7 p.m.