Events planned for ninth anniversary of hurricane
By Ellis C. Cuevas and Geoff Belcher
Aug 26, 2014, 19:44
The Waveland Ground Zero Hurricane Museum, located in the historic Waveland School Building on Coleman Avenue.
The Waveland Ground Zero Hurricane Museum, located in the old Waveland School Building on Coleman Avenue – the only building on Coleman to survive the storm even partially intact – will host two events this week to mark Katrina's ninth anniversary.
The first, this Thursday, Aug. 28, “Tailgating at Ground Zero” will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the museum, featuring live music and a hamburger slider cook-off between first-responder groups from Hancock County. Sliders will be $3 each, and complimentary snowballs and soft drinks will be served.
LiLi Stahler Murphy, manager of Waveland’s Ground Zero Hurricane Museum, believes the event will be an extraordinary tribute to the strength of Hancock County and its First Responders.
“With this new museum in Waveland, we now have an opportunity to not only recognize what these brave men and women did when Katrina hit, but we also want to signify what they do each and every day,” Stahler Murphy said.
Also on Thursday, she said, the museum will unveil two new exhibits; the late Solveig Wells collection of quilts made from fabric collected after the storm; and the “beach children” art of Dawn Evans.
Wells’ quilt exhibit includes 55 quilts, all made from materials recovered after Hurricane Katrina, her husband, David Wells said.
“She finished 53 of the 55 in 52 weeks,” he said.
Wells said she got the idea while walking on the beach in front of their storm-damaged home shortly after Katrina. She found some of her material on the beach that had washed away from their home.
“It was a little flash on inspiration,” he said. “She said, ‘What an opportunity – a Katrina recovery quilt.’” For more on the Solveig Wells collection, go to solveigsquilts.com.
On Friday, Aug. 29, the museum will host a Hurricane Katrina Memorial Service beginning at 9 a.m. The names of those who lost their lives will be read by various community leaders from Bay St. Louis, Waveland, Hancock County and Diamondhead.
Scheduled speakers include Waveland Mayor David Garcia, Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame, Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer, and Hancock County Board of Supervisors President Lisa Cowand.
Hancock Chamber Executive Director Tish Williams will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for the event.
Admission to both events is free, but donations are appreciated to support awareness and education efforts at the museum.
Garcia said the city will also unveil two new markers at the museum: One bearing the names of all of the residents of Waveland who lost their lives to Katrina; and another to thank those who came to volunteer their aid.