The town of Magnolia has been celebrationg Mardi Gras for about five years, now. Magnolia is a small town with a big heart and manages to have lots of fun for a place its size on the weekend before Fat Tuesday.
It's Friday again and Walt Grayson has been out looking around Mississippi this week. Walt says old country churches have been fading away as the older members pass on and the kids move away. But Walt found one country church that is coming back, thanks, in part to damage from Hurricane Katrina.
A couple bought an old house in Brookhaven with the idea of fixing it up and turning it into a bed and breakfast. In the process they've found a lost treasure hidden for decades in some old trunks. What did they find? We find out as Walt Grayson takes us looking around Mississippi.
Walt has found some Mississippians who visit around the world -- without leaving home to do it. Amateur radio operators, or hams, have been around as long as broadcasting. They talk to friends all over the world, and every now and again small groups of them get to see each other in person.
It's Friday evening and Walt Grayson takes us looking around Mississippi. This is one of his favorite places to explore. It's a nice day trip up to Alcorn County in north Mississippi to an old almost-ghost town. And it probably would have been just a memory by now if it had not been for a group of determined folks who just wouldn't let go of the past.
Usually we travel to places you can go to and see. But this time we're visiting a place that isn't there anymore - because it burned a couple of months ago. Downtown Poplarville lost an entire block of buildings to fire just before Christmas. But the loss is more than just bricks and boards to people who live there.
For many years, the only thing growing in the Mt. Ridge community on Shiloh Road near Pelahatchie was the Mt. Ridge Methodist Church cemetery. And many years ago, the bell at the church was the only way people found out that someone had died.
The front of the Bernheimer House is sporting a shiny new look -- a colorful stained glass mosaic. But even though the look is new, the mosaic isn't. It has just been hidden by paint and the elements for years. But now the mosaic adds its shine to an already colorful town.
On the banks of the Homochitto River on Highway 61 between Natchez and Woodville, Dunbar McCurley has set up his shop and showroom, and wood pile. It all works together, as what's in the woodpile ends up in the showroom.
As you could tell Thursday, we are in the rainy season. Walt Grayson tells us the rain seems to bring out the worst in the Delta, which may have contributed to bringing out the best in some its artists. Walt explains as he goes looking around Mississippi.
Christmas lights are popping out all over. Folks at Louisville have been traveling out east of town to Bakers Acres for years to see this lighting tradition. Walt Grayson takes us there as we go looking around Mississippi.
Here in our state you don't have to go far to find something interesting when it comes to Christmas decorations. French Camp has some community lights and for the third year now they've kicked off the holidays with a community Christmas open house. Walt Grayson has more in Friday night's look around Mississippi.
Small town U.S.A., a big-size village, right there at the Ag. museum is hosting the first annual Old Fashioned Christmas in Lights. This is the kind of Christmas that, if we take the very best memories of all the Christmasses we've ever known and rolled them together, it might be something like this.
Jim Barns has been keeping the December darkness at bay for around 15 years with his lights on the lake. And this year is no exception. As usual, Jim's decorations are bigger than ever -- as they are each year.
Walt Grayson has left us one of his unusual discoveries of the past year. Back around the 4th of July, the idea was to do a story about Carole Davis, who spent the day dressed as "Aunt Sam," going around town and handing out candy. But what Walt discovered about Carole was an even bigger treat -- her art work.
Before X-Boxes, Barbie dolls, and Power Wheels, there were toys not of the store-bought variety, but the kind you made. A couple of fellows got to reminiscing about the old days with Walt Grayson and wanted to see if we remembered any of the things they remembered. He has more in tonight's look around Mississippi.
Not only is it the oldest, but most years, Greenwood's Christmas parade is the biggest. 71 years ago the first bands marched and the first floats worked their way through downtown Greenwood, and the parade still spreads Christmas spirit in its wake.
Well, if you are in Meridian, you need to go see the Trees of Christmas at Merrehope. It's a tradition that started nearly 40 years ago and has become a staple of Christmas there. Walt Grayson has more in Friday night's look around Mississippi.
Making sorghum syrup was becoming a dying art, but the younger generation has picked up on it at Mantachie High School in Itawamba County. It's new to them, but living history to the older folks in the community. Walt Grayson has more in Friday's look around Mississippi.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation is partnering with teachers and schools all over the state to try to make sure that youngsters today develop an interest in the skills necessary for us to stay competitive in the world of tomorrow.
The National Guard here in Mississippi has several teams scattered around the state whose members have volunteered to spend pretty much all of their active duty time carrying out the final honor that can be bestowed on a veteran, and the duty of a military funeral is one they don't take lightly. Walt Grayson has more in Friday night's look around Mississippi.
Nella Fay Estess loves the south western part of the United States-the grasses, the cactus and the deserts. She may have never been there but, all she has to do is step out into her yard in Belzoni to catch a glimpse. Walt Grayson has more in Friday night's look around Mississippi.
The 28th annual Peter Anderson Festival was held a week or so ago in Ocean Springs. The downtown arts and crafts fair sprang back quickly after Hurricane Katrina. Walt Grayson has more as we go looking around Mississippi.
Nature has doubled up in one Port Gibson man's grandparent's yard. A cedar and an oak tree are growing from the same trunk. And in Friday night's look around Mississippi, Walt Grayson shows us this unique thing you just don't see everyday.
Everybody has a building that has special meaning to them -- an old home, maybe Grandma's house. For the Ladner family in Hancock County, it's an old church that's still standing after Katrina -- it's just not standing where it used to be.
Walt Grayson is back with us again as he usually is on Friday, to take us looking around Mississippi, and this week he's found an unusual town. There's not another exactly like it in Mississippi, the town of Stonewall in Clark County.
It's almost time for another run of Hill Fire in Winona. Hill Fire is the series of plays where they act out stories of local people and events, and it's getting to the point that one of the biggest things ever to hit Winona is Hill Fire itself. Walt Grayson has more in Friday night's look around Mississippi.