Thursday, March 8, 2012
Visiting gallery in Clinton
What a fun-filled weekend in Jackson, with our Marshall County teams representing us well! H.W. Byers ladies brought home the gold with a win Friday. Congratulations to them, as they did an awesome job in the coliseum!
Marshall Academy Patriots played Hillcrest Friday night in a nail-biter, with the Patriots coming out ahead. Saturday, they faced the number 1 team from the AAA division, Jackson Prep. Although they came out with the silver, it was an honor to be playing in the Overall State Championship game, which was held in the gym at Mississippi College. Many fans and family members made the trip to Clinton to watch the team play. It was an amazing ride from the first tip-off at the beginning of the season to the last.
Killing time in Clinton is an easy thing to do if you know where to go and appreciate the finer things, such as the wonderful works of Wyatt Waters. Momma, Caitlyn, Grady, Melinda and Elizabeth Skelton and I meandered down the cobbled streets to his gallery.
It is located just a few blocks from Mississippi College on Jefferson. We walked in and there he was, famed watercolor artist Wyatt Waters. Having been a fan for years and years, I was very glad to meet the man behind the paint! He is an amazing artist and a very nice man. I am not quite sure what I expected -- maybe some haughtiness because after all, he is a famed artist. Quite to the contrary, he is extremely humble and quiet.
His shop offers a wonderful array of items for sale, from original pieces of work to prints, T-shirts, coffee mugs, greeting cards and calendars. I bought one of his older calendars. He quickly explained that each scene from it can be framed and matted, and proceeded to hand sign each month.
He will soon have a website up and running which will offer the many things his gallery has for sale. It was a fabulous experience and I would highly recommend going down to his gallery if ever you are in Clinton.
We also made a couple of stops in the antique shops right up from the gallery. One was called “When Pigs Fly” and it had a very ecclectic assortment of all sorts of goodies! It was a fun stop and a relaxing way to pass the time.
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Jaclyn Houston to wed Robert Simpson III in April
Mr. John W. Houston Jr. and Ms. Jo Lynn Houston of Carriere, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jaclyn Rachelle Houston, to Robert Ross Simpson III, son of Yvonne and Robert Simpson II of Holly Springs.
The bride is the granddaughter of Mr. John and Mrs. Sandra Houston of Picayune; Ms. Cheryle Pearson of Carriere; and Mr. Philip and Mrs. Carol Knapp of Picayune.
The groom is grandson of Mrs. Dilma Simpson and the late Robert Simpson of Byhalia; and Mrs. Karita Hurdle and the late Wayne Hurdle of Holly Springs.
The future bride received her Bachelor of Science degree from William Carey College.
The future groom received his Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State University. The couple met while attending physical therapy school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where they both received a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
The couple are traveling physical therapists who are currently on assignments in Clarksdale and Shelby. They plan to continue to work as traveling therapists for at least another year or two.
An April 2012 wedding is planned in Ridgeland.
Exciting mini-history tour of Marshall County March 17
Those king-size wind waves that rolled in with March nearly blew us away last week. I’m so glad I live in a temperate zone and we can be thankful we aren’t getting ice and snow. The temperature is bearable and sometimes not too hot or too cold.
Our history tour is really exciting. Van Dorn left town after his raid on the town and took this route. Marshall County sounds like a novel, except is better than a novel. The historic route we are taking goes back to 1836 when the first white settlers came. There was one plantation after another on this now old sunken road. These settlers were mostly from Virginia. The South has something like England called “The Progenitor Factor,” when the first son received the father’s name, the farm, and the money. The second and third sons went into the ministry or the military. However, in this case, those second and third sons came to Mississippi.
Entrepreneurs moved into this part of the world and bought this land where we live now, from the United States government, who had just bought it from the Chickasaws in the Treaty of Pontotoc in 1832. The early settlers had seen the Indians growing great cotton so they brought many slaves with them to get out the cotton they planned to grow.
For the ensuing years before the War Between the States, Marshall County produced more cotton per capita than any other place in the world. Cotton was king.
Our only governor, Joseph Matthews, is from this section of the county and his plantation was here. Camp Coldwater is along this route also. It was the largest Civil War campsite in the state of Mississippi. General U.S. Grant moved into Mississippi with 64,000 troops and this is where it all began right by the Mississippi railroad built in 1857 which connected the North with the South.
The second hour will include Davis Mill where 32 Confederates died. The Federals had a huge camp there but today what used to be a vibrant, bustling community is just a shell of yesteryear. It is still fascinating to visit. The Union soldiers carved their names and units and the date on the trees that used to be there.
Then we move over to Early Grove which is on the same parallel as Davis Mill. One house there used to have its kitchen in Tennessee and its dining room in Mississippi. We might walk over a cemetery if we have time, so wear your walking boots.
We don’t invite the snakes but occasionally they show up. We will go by several churches on this historic tour.
Also, dress for the weather, bring a coat or sweater just in case. The mini tour will be March 17 from 1 p.m. until about three and a half hours later. This is a no frills tour, no rest stops, no food, on this trip. The cost is $10 per person. If the weather is inclement, the tour will be cancelled until the next week. Reservations must be made as seating is limited, call 662-252-3669.
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