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A day (and night) of celebration in Pass Christian
By Echo Staff
Apr 4, 2014, 20:04

Saturday is a big day for the city of Pass Christian – the 17th Art in the Pass and the 23rd annual Celebrate the Gulf Marine Education Festival are scheduled to occur in conjunction with the downtown merchants’ First Saturday and Pass in the Night festivities.
Art in the Pass will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at War Memorial Park where fine arts and crafts will be on display and for sale from 130 artists. Celebrate the Gulf is scheduled from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the park.
After the Art in the Pass, visitors are encouraged stay downtown for great deals and specials from the downtown merchants and restaurants for Pass Christian's monthly first Saturday event Pass in the Night.
Pass in the Night is a monthly art walk and gallery open house sponsored by Pass Main Street.
* The Purple Pelican will offer a 10 percent discount to any individuals who show their programs from Art in The Pass. Personalized Easter baskets will be on sale.
* From 12-4 p.m., Thou Art will be hosting Enchanted Woodworks, 2013 SBA Innovation Award winner of educational crafts. They will be demonstrating a hands on workshop for children 7-12 years old. Brings the kids for a little fun; this is an outdoor event, (weather permitting). Enjoy refreshments and spring inventory specials.
Shops like Sara Kate Clothing Boutique will be open until 8 p.m. with special sales.
The Sara Kate Clothing Boutique is named after owner Sara Raymond and her daughter Kate. But the store’s name is more than just an homage to family, it’s a reflection of the boutique’s mission.
“Mothers and daughters can come in together and shop with me,” Raymond said.

Art in the Pass
This year's Art in the Pass will host more than 100 artists from 15 states in a two-day juried arts festival to be held at scenic War Memorial Park overlooking the Gulf in Pass Christian, Miss. The event will take place Saturday and Sunday April 5-6 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and include seafood cooking demonstrations, a marine educational program for children and live music. Admission is free.
Now in its 17th year, Art in the Pass showcases artists who work in a variety of mediums including painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, pottery, fiber arts, glass arts, woodworking and jewelry.
The featured artist for this year’s event will be “steampunk” engineer John von Walrod, recipient of the 2013 Creative Arts Award at the Peter Anderson Art Festival. Steampunk is a visual style mixing old with new, combining the practical uses of modern technology with the design aesthetic of the Victorian age. He will show his Neo-Victorian machines assembled, in his words, “from odd bits, found objects, and, to some minds, useless old junk.”
On Sunday, April 6 Rob Stinson, host of the Fit to Eat cooking show on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, will make an appearance as Art in the Pass’s guest chef. Stinson is the owner of three award-winning restaurants in Mississippi.
Entertainment will be provided around the park’s gazebo. Saturday’s performers will include local favorite Bobby Allison as well as Reggie and Sandy Murray of Nashville. Sunday’s lineup will feature Rochelle Harper and Boz of Bay St. Louis, Phil Williams of Bay St. Louis and Judy Black and the Mississippi Irish Dancers of Ocean Springs.

Celebrate the Gulf
At the 23rd annual Celebrate the Gulf Marine Education Festival, participants can enjoy lively, hands-on exhibits that highlight the benefits of a healthy Gulf of Mexico. There will be touch tanks, live animals, the Raptor Road Show/Birds of Prey, plus a fishing rodeo for youth, 12 and under.
“Celebrate the Gulf is an event designed to educate our youth about marine life and the environment,” said Jamie Miller, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. “Children are never too young to learn about our coastal resources and how to protect them. This is a great family event, and DMR is pleased to be part of it.”
Visit more than 20 Celebrate the Gulf exhibits related to the wise use, preservation or conservation of our valuable aquatic and coastal resources. Children and adults alike will get to experience everything from crawling through the ever-popular “Turtle Hurdle” to visiting a special touch tank full of marine creatures, sponsored by the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies. Participants will also participate in many hands-on activities involving native plants, birds and marine life.
A special Raptor Road Show presented by the Environmental Studies Center from Mobile, Ala., will also be offered periodically throughout the festival.
“Prizes will be awarded to the schools that send the most students to the Celebrate the Gulf event,” said Jennifer Buchanan, education coordinator for the MDMR’s Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR).
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources in association with the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) of Mississippi and the Celebrate the Gulf Marine Education Festival, will be hosting a FREE junior fishing rodeo on the western side of the Pass Christian Harbor today from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for children 12 and under.













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