People all over the Gulf South are hastily preparing their uni-brows and flower crowns for this Saturday's fourth annual Frida Fest in Old Town Bay St. Louis, which just happens to coincide with the Old Town Merchants Association's Second Saturday Artwalk.
Frida Kahlo de Rivera was a famed surrealist painter from Mexico who became a feminist icon nearly 40 years after her death.
Frida Fest, scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, is the brainchild of Smith & Lens owners Ann Madden and Sandy Maggio.
“Nuevo” for this year’s celebration -- the Mexican Consulate is coming to Frida Fest "with info and give-aways.
Here are just a few of the events planned for Frida Fest:
11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Taco Extravaganza at the Starfish Cafe, 211 Main St.
2 p.m.: Get Frida-fied with Connie Bourgeois, who will do braids, brows and Frida makeup in the grassy area across from Smith & Lens, 106 S 2nd St.
3 p.m.: Piñata contest at Century Hall, 112 S. Second St.
4-8 p.m.: Free wine tasting at Bodega Spirts Liquor/Parrot Head Grill, 111 Court St.
4:30 p.m. Salsa tasting contest at Century Hall, 112 S. Second St.
4:30 p.m.: Make your own little Casa Azul or decorate maracas with The Arts, Hancock County. Kids, come decoupage a little blue birdhouse or some maracas to take home. Also, come make a Frida Kahlo inspired self portrait at the Main Street Methodist Church. Grounds of Main St. Methodist Church on the corner of Main and 2nd Street.
5 p.m.: Blue Magnolia will perform at the Mockingbird Cafe, 110 S. 2nd St.
5-7 p.m. Frida photos with Glitter the Goat at Social Chair, 201 Main St.
5-7 p.m. The Mexican Consulate from New Orleans will be on hand with free Spanish books and tourism information.
5:30 p.m.: Loteria with Lugo on the patio at Smith & Lens, 106 S. 2nd St.
5:30-730 p.m. NOHA traditional dancers with Cesar & Julio Mariachi and Skinz n Bonez and Bay Ratz Marching Battery -- roaming and entertaining Old Town.
7:30: FRIDA BE YOU & ME look alike contest begins with celebrity MCs Desiree Ontiveros and Kookie Baker and celebrity judges, Lathsky Gitana and The Traveler Broads, Maloney & Fender. PLUS - very special entertainment while the judges deliberate. (registration from 5-7p.m.).
The Old Town Merchants Association (OTMA) and its members invite you to experience the Second Saturday Art Walk this Saturday, July 14. Also known as Second Saturday, the event has become a regional favorite and regularly draws visitors from New Orleans to Biloxi.
Each month during Second Saturday, two OTMA members are featured as Hot Spots, and the Arts, Hancock County and C&C Italian Bistro are this month’s picks. Between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., visitors can stop by the Hot Spots and other shops for refreshments and live music.
SPIRITS & LIQUOR
111 Court Street
Bay St. Louis
Nestled in the heart of Old Town Bay St. Louis is a new liquor store. Don’t be fooled by the small footprint - this well-stocked store has over 200 labels of wine and 250 brands of liquor.
Located in the same building as Bodega Adventure Rentals and Sales and the Parrot Head Bar and Grill, Bodega Spirits & Liquor has brands you want and prices you’ll like at a convenient location.
“We picked out our own favorites,” said owner Kevin Jordan. “If you are a regular and you want something we’ll get it.”
Jordan knows his spirits and wine. His family owns a vineyard in California that sells grapes to some of the most popular labels in the United States.
“We have a lot of great connections in the wine business and are looking forward to bringing in educators to host wine classes and tastings,”said Jordan.
Look for an upcoming schedule of classes and tastings.
Larry Main is often behind the counter at Bodega Spirits and Liquor to impart his knowledge of wines, liquors and - if needed - local fishing spots.
Truly a one-stop-shop, everything a vacationer or local could need for an afternoon of fun and food is under one roof. Bodega Liquor Spirits is also pet-friendly and Main has a stock of doggy treats and also features local pet celebrities on Bodega’s social media channels.
There are discounts for purchases by the case, and Bodega Liquor and Spirits also has a wholesale license, so they can deliver wine and spirits to local businesses.
On Second Saturday, July 14, Bodega Spirits & Liquor will host a wine tasting just steps from the Frida Fest look-alike competition in their Parrot Head Bar at 111 Court Street between 4 and 8 p.m.
MANIERI REAL ESTATE
501 Main Street
Bay St. Louis
Manieri is one of the most familiar family names in Bay St. Louis, and in real estate, people want a name they can trust.
The family has been in business in Bay St. Louis, in one form or another, since the 1870s. Manieri’s Restaurant was once known as one of the oldest businesses in town.
"Our roots are in the restaurant business, but at our core we are hospitality through and through," said Joey Manieri.
As a native of this area, Manieri truly enjoys meeting newcomers and sharing his love of this special place with them, which is why real estate is a perfect fit for the family.
Their team has been meeting real estate needs for over 25 years. From sales to vacation rentals and property management, Manieri Real Estate, LLC is a one-stop-shop in Bay St. Louis.
"Our Main Street location is like open house every day,” Manieri said. "We never know who’s going to pop in just to say hello. People enjoy the atmosphere we’ve created here as we strive to keep it light and easy."
Many vacationers end up calling Bay St. Louis home, and the Manieris say the real estate market, especially in Old Town, has been heating up in the past couple of years. But Manieri remembers a time before Katrina when there was barely an empty lot to build on.
“We are certainly coming back faster than after Camille. I was 16 years old and lived a block off the beach, as I do now,” said Manieri. “Believe it or not, there are still people out there who are waiting for the right time to come back.”
In the meantime, Manieri has seen lots of new people discovering the Bay.
“We have a unique thing in Bay St. Louis that people don’t come across in other vacation spots,” he said. “We’ve got an easier lifestyle, It’s more laid back, and we don’t have the traffic the bigger beach cities have. People are beginning to find out more and more about that.”
Manieri takes pride that his agency - comprised of him, his wife and two other agents - works on a different philosophy than bigger franchises.
“We are consultants, troubleshooters and problem solvers,” said Manieri. “Most people don’t realize what a good agent will do because much of it is behind the scenes.”
The agency runs dozens of vacation rentals and features about 30 long-term rentals, so whether someone is looking for a quick getaway to the Bay or a second home, Manieri Real Estate is a team - and a name - you can trust.
A Look at ‘Land and See’ at Gallery 220
Gallery 220 Main is pleased to feature the works of two local painters, Amy Kramer and Sandra Epton, for the month of July. In their show titled “Land and See”, the pair will share the spotlight in the feature window of the gallery and during the July 14 BSL Second Saturday Art Walk. Epton, known for her distinctive landscapes and Kramer known for her texture rich aquatics, create a marriage of movement across the terrain in their acrylic on canvas paintings. Rich with color, the artists take the viewer from calmness to excitement with a stylistic stroke of the brush.
Amy Kramer’s aquatic and botanical life began in her youth and continues today in her colorful and energetic abstract canvases. Inspired by her surroundings, she loves her life in the Bay. She has studied formally and informally in a multitude of art forms including acrylic, wood and clay, but she is mostly self-taught. Kramer holds an Engineering Degree from LSU and resides in Bay St. Louis. She has been a longstanding member of the Gallery 220 co-operative.
A native of New Orleans, Sandra Epton studied her craft primarily at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, but also under the supervision of professional artist around the USA and in Europe. She has worked professionally for the past twelve years with many works in watercolor, graphite, acrylics and mixed media. While she is well-known for her work with the human figure, her award-winning creations also include abstract compositions, portraits, natural subjects, and still-life. The work featured includes paintings from her series, “At the Bay”, which was recently awarded the Nell Tilton Facility Award at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art. Epton now resides in Bay St. Louis.
Meet the artists during the Old Town Second Saturday Art Walk on July 14, 2018 from 5-8pm at Gallery 220 Main. Just two and a half blocks north the beach, Gallery 220 is known for it’s lively entertainment and creative atmosphere. Over 25 local artists are members of the co-operative art gallery and encourage all to visit and see why Gallery 220 is the cool summer hangout.
For additional information, please call Gallery 220 at 228 466-6347.