Local beach goers find new hotspot for dinner
Mary Clay and Gene Brooks and children, Caitlyn and Grady, Moriah Covington and Laura and Kay Wheeler just returned from vacation at Sandestin, Fla. The group was joined by Hank Wheeler on Friday, who stayed through the weekend. Monday night, the girls travelled to Panama City Beach to watch Elizabeth Skelton play in the USFA World Series with the 14U Mississippi Shockers.
While on vacation, we found a “new to us” great hotspot for dinner, Elmo’s Grill. We have been coming to the beach for years on end and I have to say, this place tops the list! The ambience is that of a fish shack - very casual with live music. It is very reminiscent of a screened-in porch. The staff is the best we have ever come to know! Very personable and friendly.
Everyone ordered something different at our table - cheeseburger, fried oysters, raw oysters, fried shrimp, soft shell crab, fried fish, steak and all you can eat crab legs. Some of us ordered a bowl of gumbo which was the best we have ever had! It was just spicy enough, using fresh seafood and tomatoes. Absolutely phenomenal bowl of gumbo!
Amazing to all of us is that Elmo’s Grill celebrated its 20th anniversary on July 4th. Why on earth no one has unearthed this little piece of heaven and spread the word is beyond me!
There was not an unhappy camper in our group. Everyone walked away full and very, very satisfied! If you hit the Destin area, or anywhere even close, it is very well worth the trip down to Elmo’s Grill - Scenic Highway 30-A, Santa Rosa Beach. Be sure when you go to make certain you take cash or a check - they do not accept credit cards. I assure you, it’s the best ambience of any place down at the beach, the best service (by far and large) of any restaurant and food that will blow you away!
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DeBardeleben-Gilmore exchange vows June 5
Mary Katherine Gilmore of Meridian and Frederick Alexander DeBardeleben V of Byhalia were married the evening of Saturday, June 5, 2010, at the First Christian Church in Meridian. The Rev. Dr. Tommy Register Sikes conducted the ceremony.
Parents of the couple are Dr. and Mrs. David M. Gilmore of Meridian and Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Alexander DeBardeleben IV of Byhalia.
Grandparents of the bride are Dr. and Mrs. Walter Marshall Gilmore of Meridian and Mr. and Mrs. Greyson M. Cummings, Jr. of Greenville.
Grandparents of the bridegroom are Mr. and Mrs. Leamon Elree Malone of Byhalia; Nita Sutherland Gilstrap of Holly Springs, and the late Frederick Alexander DeBardeleben III, of Holly Springs.
Music for the ceremony was provided by Barry Germany; Denis McLemore; Ty Maisel, violinist; Benjamin Johnson, cellist and guitarist; Charles Gates, trumpeter; Susie Johnson, flautist; Anna Milner, vocalist; Meghan Storey, vocalist; and the First Christian Church Choir, under the direction of Robbie Hales.
The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore a Paloma Blanca gown, made of French Alencon lace over silk satin. The gown had a sweetheart neckline with French cut lace. The waist was enhanced with a criss-cross shirred cumberbund of Dupioni silk. The a-line skirt featured French cut scallops of lace encircling the hem with a chapel-length train. Alencon lace, matching that on her gown, edged her cathedral-length veil. With her bouquet, the bride carried an heirloom handkerchief, given to her by the groom’s family. She wore an antique pearl braclet, a wedding gift from the groom.
Maid of honor was Laura Elizabeth Gilmore of Meridian, sister of the bride. Other attendants were Mary Pleasants Gilmore of Vail, Col., sister-in-law of the bride; and Mandy Black of Hagerstown, Ind., cousin of the groom.
The father of the bridegroom served as best man.
Groomsmen were Phillip and Miles DeBardeleben, both of Byhalia, brothers of the groom; and Marshall Gilmore of Vail, Colorado, brother of the bride. Serving as ushers were Christian Albbacin of Atlanta, Ga.; Jason Black of Hagerstown, Ind.; Chad Deweese of Atlanta, Ga.; Cliff Hunt of Memphis, Tenn.; and Christopher Pinkston of Austin, Texas.
Scripture readers were Morgan McLeod of Jackson and Anna Dunlap of Nashville, Tenn. Richard Covington served as crucifer and Sarah Page Sikes as torch bearer. Charles (Jimmy) Jackson was the chimer of the wedding bells.
Program attendants were Nicole Boyd, Caroline Compton, Julie Covington, Semmes Partridge and Kristen Smith, all of Meridian.
Wedding directors were Sharon Busler and Donna McDonald.
A reception was held at The Riley Center following the ceremony. The guests were served by Pretty Presentations and entertained by Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster with guest appearances by Dr. David Gilmore, father of the bride on the drums and Marshall Gilmore, brother of the bride on the guitar, and Dr. Walter Gilmore, grandfather of the bride.
On Friday, June 4, the bridegroom’s parents entertained family and friends at a rehearsal dinner at Weidmann’s. The bride, attendants and other friends were treated to a brunch and spa party at the bride’s home on the morning of her wedding. The party was hosted by Lynda Bagley, Ann Holifield, Leslie Boykin, Pam McLeod, Deetsa Molpus, and Betty Simmons. The bridegroom, attendants and friends were entertained with a day of the wedding lunch hosted by Mary Hooper, Susan Ledbetter, Sharon Pratt, Karen Rush and Kathy Williamson at Northwood Country Club.
After a honeymoon to St. Maarten the couple will reside in Hernando.
Jeff Davis’ progeny visits museum
We had a thrilling guest on Saturday when Jefferson Davis’ great-great-grandson came to visit us. If ever there was a Southern gentleman it is Bertram Hayes Davis, who must be the exact image of his ancestor down to the same piercing blue eyes that gaze down from the Confederate President’s portrait. Davis came to Holly Springs for several reasons. He found out about our great museum and another reason was because his other ancestors were from Holly Springs. Bobby Mitchell had said that Bertram Davis’ great-great-grandfather was Joel Addison Hayes, who was born here in 1848. Joel married Jeff Davis’ daughter, Margaret, who was called Maggie. They married in Memphis in 1873 and their fourth child was Jefferson Addison Hayes Davis. They are all buried elsewhere. Jeff Davis and his wife, Varina Howell, had four children. During the War Between the States, one of his little boys fell off the upstairs balcony onto the picket fence and died. Lincoln also lost a son during the war and people thought both presidents were being punished because of their parts in the war.
It was an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity of meeting Bertram Hayes Davis. He is the president of the Davis Family Association based in Woodville, where Jeff Davis grew up as a boy. His family moved to Mississippi from Kentucky when Jeff Davis was about 5 years old. He was born in 1808 in Kentucky and a few months later, Abraham Lincoln was born just 20 miles away. Some people say they were half-brothers as they look exactly alike. I can’t tell one from the other until I see the mole on Lincoln’s face.
The clan meets every other year around Jeff Davis’ birthday in June and includes relatives from Jeff Davis’ siblings. They all meet at Rosemont Plantation at Woodville. The oldest member of the family cuts the birthday cake with Jefferson Davis’ sword and the youngest member eats the first piece.
The museum is welcoming guests each day from all over the world. Two of the guests lately were Winnie Moss’ nieces, who live in Memphis. They looked like Winnie and were so cute and bright. They were the children of Dodge Moss, attorney, of Memphis. The girls said that they used to be classical pianists and played duets, duos and solos for the public. Wish I could have heard them.
We kept having a distant telephone ringing and couldn’t figure where it was coming from. Finally from the ancient phone exhibit, the newest phone (a cell) was really ringing, saying it needed a new battery (it’s been there nine months).
The president of “Ducks Unlimited of America” was in last week. All of our guests are special and we try to treat them so. We appreciate all you good people who send visitors here and better still, we appreciate you coming and bringing your friends and relatives. Children who are intelligent and interested in everything love us, so bring them, too. We have a great museum and Mississippi Shop!
Two weeks ago a storm hit and killed our computer, two telephones, our printer and our credit card machine. This past week, history was repeating itself. That storm hit all around us and finally hit our cotton patch. After the storm was spent, so was the cotton patch. It was almost running, the cotton was all laid out over the ground, exhausted from the storm. However, Ira Shipp knew what do to. He built it back up again.
Come see the cotton, it is really fascinating. It’s one of our living exhibits.
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