Memorial Day Weekend 2019 will be truly memorable for the Mississippi Gulf Coast with three different festivals for locals and visitors alike, featuring a wildly diverse mix of music, food, arts, fun and -- most importantly -- ample opportunities to honor the men and women in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
St. Clare Seafood Fest
The St. Clare Seafood Festival is in full swing today and will continue on Sunday in Waveland. The event kicked off on Friday with a "Tribute to the Military," featuring former U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor.
This year, the parish is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
Here's the complete seafood fest schedule for the remainder of the weekend:
The fifth annual classic car show will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Food will be available for purchase at 11 a.m.
Sippiana Soul with Pat Murphy will perform from noon-3 p.m. Saturday. Saturday night's live entertainment will be Category 6, which will perform from 7-10 p.m. The festival closes at 11 p.m. on Saturday.
On Sunday, the festival will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Brett Ladner will host a corn hole tournament from 1-3 p.m.
Brandon Hogue and Kameron Jackson, a guitar/piano duet, will perform from 1-3 p.m. Foret Tradition will perform from 7-10 p.m. Sunday, and the evening will end with a fireworks show.
Food available for purchase will include boiled crawfish, cold and hot shrimp pasta, red beans and rice, fried crab claws, po-boys, fried shrimp and fish, crab-stuffed potatoes, hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos and cotton candy. There will also be a beer booth featuring Heineken, Miller Lite, Coors Lite and Lazy Magnolia.
There will be a variety of carnival rides and people can purchase tickets.
There will also be a dessert booth, silent auction and gift shop.
There is no admission fee to the event.
St. Clare Catholic Church is located at 236 S. Beach Blvd. in Waveland.
Learn more about the festival through Facebook at St. Clare Seafood Festival.
Music Under the Depot Oaks
The Alice Moseley Folk Art & Antique Museum will present Reminiscing Under the Depot Oaks with Dickey Lee, Joni Compretta, and Tim Caldwell on Saturday, May 25 from 3-6 p.m. in front of the Historic L&N Train Depot in Bay St. Louis. The event is free.
Country Music Songwriters Hall of Fame Artist Dickey Lee will present "A musical performance that tells the story of Dickey Lee’s journey from Sun Records and the birth of Rock ‘n Roll in Memphis to the Country Music Songwriters Of Hall Fame in Nashville, Alice Moseley Museum Executive Director Lonnie Falgout said.
Lee wrote such acclaimed songs as “Patches,” “999,999 Tears,” “I Saw Linda Yesterday,” “Laurie, Strange Things Happen,” “Never Ending Song of Love,” “Ashes of Love,” “Angels, Roses and Rain,” and “Rocky,” as well as such classic hits as “She Thinks I Still Care," a million seller for George Jones, Elvis and Anne Murray; “ Someone Like You," a hit for Emmylou Harris; “I’ve Been Around Enough to Know,” a number one hit for John Schneider; “The Door Is Always Open,” a number one for Dave and Sugar and a hit for Conway Twitty; “Let’s Fall to Pieces Together,” a number one hit by George Strait; and “Keeper of the Stars,” a number one hit and the 1995 Country Music Association Song of the Year by Tracy Byrd.
Dickey’s special guests will be Nashville and Bay St. Louis’ Joni Compretta and Nashville and Bay St. Louis guitarist Tim Caldwell.
Coast Chorale will present "The Best of Times In Music" with a Special Tribute to our Armed Services today, Saturday, May 25, at 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Bay St. Louis. Concerts are free - donations are gratefully accepted. Coast Chorale is a 501 (c)(3) not -for - profit Civic Choral Group. Directed by: Mr. Allen Henson. For more, go to www.coastchorale.org.
Diamondhead Memorial Day Ceremony
The Diamondhead Memorial Day Event is scheduled for today, Saturday, May 25, beginning at 11 a.m. under the Oaks at the Diamondhead Country Club Circle honoring those heroes who have preserved the freedom we enjoy today.
The guest speaker will be Rear Admiral John Okon, Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. A concert will begin at 11 a.m. and the Memorial Service will follow at 11:30.
Diamondhead has a rich military heritage with veterans from World War II to the current conflicts. The sponsors of the service are VFW Post 2880, the Diamondhead Country Club and Property Owners Association, Inc. and the City of Diamondhead. Following the service a buffet lunch will be available in the Club House. This event is open to the public.
American Legion, Legion Riders, and Legion Aux. to honor veterans for Memorial Day 2019
American Legion Post 139's Memorial Day Weekend observances begin with National Poppy Day®, Saturday, May 25 from 8 a.m. to noon in front of Walmart when members of American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 139 Miss Poppy, the twin Little Miss Poppies, and Junior members distribute bright red poppies in exchange for a donation.
The Flanders Fields poppy has become an internationally known symbol of the lives sacrificed in war and the hope that none died in vain. Each year members of the American Legion Junior Auxiliary “distribute” poppies for a donation. Poppies are never sold out of respect for the loss of loved ones in foreign conflicts.
Proceeds from poppy donations are used to continue serving veterans, active military and their families.
American Legion Post 139, Legion Riders and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 139 invite everyone in the Bay/Waveland area to their Memorial Day observance on Sunday, May 26, 2019. Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts will begin at 9 a.m. placing small flags on all veterans’ graves in all Bay St. Louis cemeteries.
At 9:30 am, the Memorial Day Ceremony will begin at the gravesite of Clement R. Bontemps in St. Mary’s Cemetery on Second Street. The Legion Color Guard will present the colors followed by a brief service. The American Legion Auxiliary Miss Poppy and Little Miss Poppies will lay the traditional wreath of crepe poppies.
The poppies used in the wreath are made by hospitalized veterans. Immediately following the service, there will be grilled hamburgers and hot dogs at the Post Home located at 701 Green Meadow Road in Bay St. Louis.
If you are a veteran who served during a conflict and would like to join the American Legion please message the Commander of Post 139 on their Facebook page, or go to the American Legion website: https://www.members.legion.org.
If you or your daughter is a descendant of a veteran and would like to be part of the American Legion Auxiliary, please contact Unit 139 on its Facebook page or call June at 228-344-0358.
Fourth Sunday at Four
Fourth Sunday at Four is scheduled for Sunday, May 26. This week features music by Fr. Ron and Friends and the artwork of Donna Martin.
The music begins at 4 p.m. followed by art and reception at 5 p.m.
Christ Episcopal Church is located at 912 South Beach Blvd, Bay St. Louis.
Jazz in the Pass
The annual Jazz in the Pass returns to Pass Christian’s Memorial Park Sunday, May 26, from noon-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
This year's band line-up includes:
• Saxophonist Jordan Chalden from noon-1:45 p.m.
• The David Knorr Quartet from 2-3:45 p.m.
• Da Real Band from 4-5:45 p.m.
• Starz from 6-8 p.m.
While the musicians are playing, visitors will be able to buy food and drink as well as browse a selection of craft vendors. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets (please leave glass containers at home).
Jazz in the Pass is organized and presented by Pass Christian Main Street.
For more information, visit http://passmainstreet.com/events/jazz-in-the-pass.
Memorial Day in the Bay
Theodore S. Price VFW Post 3253 and Auxiliary will have a Memorial Day tribute and ceremony in remembrance of the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The ceremony will be at the post home, located at 208 Third St., Bay St. Louis. The ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. The community is invited to attend.
The Country Gentlemen 10th annual Memorial Day performance
The Country Gentlemen Band will host the 10th annual Memorial Day Event at Kiln VFW Post 6285 on Monday, May 27, beginning at noon. There will be free food and entertainment. All veterans are welcome.