St. Rose de Lima will celebrate its 93rd annual church festival, “Blues and Barbecue with a Twist,” this Saturday, June 29, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on the grounds of the historic L&N Train Depot in Bay St Louis.
The event will feature hours of live music, barbecue, children's games and other entertainment and vendor booths.
The festivities, emceed by Russell Fairconnetue, are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with an opening prayer and ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by a performance from the Bay Ratz Marching Battery.
After that, the fest will celebrate a "Gospel Explosion," featuring performances by the First Missionary Baptist Church Choir of Hansboro; the St. Rose Men's Ensemble; Our Mother of Mercy Liturgical Dance Group; the Unity Mass Choir of Gulfport; the Morning Star Baptist Church "Spark Mime Ministry" of Gulfport; and the St. Rose Gospel Choir.
For a "Touch of Blues," the St. Rose Blues Ensemble will perform beginning at 2 p.m., featuring members from several local bands, including the BSL Trio; the Relative Unknowns; the Electric Sheep; the Men's Gospel Ensemble and the Meanies.
There will be an open mic spot at 4:15 p.m., and the Starz Band from Pass Christian is scheduled to take the stage at 5:30 p.m.
John Pierre and the Expressions Band from New Orleans will finish out the evening's entertainment, starting at 8 p.m.
You can get an early start on the festival with the St. Rose Fish Fry on Friday, June 28, at the St. Rose Holy Spirit Center, 301 S. Necaise Ave., Bay St. Louis, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The menu includes Mississippi-farm-raised catfish, potato salad, green beans, bread and cake for $10 a plate. Deliveries are available. Call 228-467-9700 to place an order.