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Volunteers Key To Success Of Main Street Events

By Mickey Howley

Last week a new business opened on Main Street. The Very Classy Boutique is now in the old Horan Law office at 420 North Main. They have brought a bright splash of color to a section of Main Street that is a bit drab.  Owner Marilyn Hampton, a Water Valley native, is thrilled to be open and invites all to come visit. Ms. Hampton is selling clothes, jewelry, necklaces, purses, wallets and accessories. Give them a visit and keep your money local, the payback on shopping local is especially critical in tough times and important to the community way more than you might imagine. Your dollars will keep circulating in Water Valley.

Some 53 or so days from now we will be well into spring and half way to summer. That is when the Main Street Association will be hosting on Saturday May 9th the Main Street Market Festival. As some of you might know, festivals depend largely on volunteers. Last year for Founder’s Day, Jessie Gurner had a group of volunteers pull off a great festival. This year I have been planning together with a hard working bunch as well.

One of our diehard volunteers is Becky Tatum, the real Grit Girl herself, who is in charge of the arts and crafts vendor section. If you are a crafty type of person, or the least bit artsy, consider getting a vendor space at the fest, the fee is not much for the space and you’ll be right downtown on Main Street. Contact Becky at 662.202.6822 or If you are a creative type, it will be a great venue to show your stuff.

Another volunteer is Gladne Harris of Harris Farms. She is in charge of the festival Quilt Lottery. Now I have to admit even though Gladne explained to me several times what a quilt lottery is, I still don’t get it. I’m sure if I tried to tell her about sailboat racing and the rules and why things are done a certain way she’d be as confused as I am about quilting. But maybe not, I might just have a mental block. Gladne is, and I’m glad about it, organizing the Quilt Lottery. If that is your thing, please contact her at or call at 662.832.0888.  She promised me it will be something cool to see.

Last Thursday, on a cold and rainy evening, WVMSA had a showing of The Great Gatsby.  We would like to thank all the WVHS students and teachers who came out and especially thank William Beard and his crew from the City of Water Valley.  They really put forth an extra effort in helping us before, during and after the movie.

Last week’s survey was evenly divided for older films between the decades going from the 40s to the 90s, with the current films being slightly more popular, and nobody liked early, silent films. Visit and voice your opinion on what crafts you like or wish you could do at the festival or for the Main Street Market Festival?   

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