Street Talk

Lose Yourself In Fiddlin’ Rooster’s Corn Maze

By Mickey Howley

Last Friday, in the middle of downtown, a new business opened. The Main Attraction at 405 N. Main is a coffee shop serving hot and cold drinks, breakfast and lunch.  

Owner April Pullen is behind the counter ready to fix your favorite caffeinated (or not) beverage. The iced mocha latte I had was so good it gave me one of those guilty pleasure feelings.

The regular java is wonderful: hot, dark, and robust.  Stop in and see April, get a cup of coffee, bring your laptop for free wireless, and enjoy our town’s new “Main Attraction.”

This coming Friday is the first Water Valley Studio Crawl. Starting at 6 pm, all studios and Bozarts Gallery will be open to the public.  Including the opening photography show  “Film Ends” at Bozarts Gallery at 403 N Main.

This Arts Council kick-off event will have a total of 8 venues, six of them are artists’ studios and homes to see and visit.  Overall, 13 artists will be showing their work, and they are happy to open their homes and studios to you.  

Free drinks and refreshments will be served at each stop as you “crawl” from one studio to the next.  This is a totally free and a beaucoup fun event for all.  The Water Valley Arts Council has been working hard to get together this studio opening night, and everybody is excited about it.  

Pick up a map of the Studio Crawl locations at the new coffee shop Main Attraction or at Turnage Drugs, or the White Star or get one out of this week’s paper.  On the night of the crawl, you can also pick up a map of the locations at Bozarts. This is going to be fun landmark event for everybody — so come out and enjoy the art, the fun, and the company, and you’ll be happy you came.

The city-wide power outage did not stop last Wednesday’s Farmers Market.  We put some pumpkins out on the street at the intersection of Main and Panola just to warn drivers, using them like organic traffic cones. They are a really lovely safety orange color.  

Thank goodness the Electric, Police, and Fire Departments did a great job of getting the juice back up and keeping traffic flowing. I was looking out for a massive civil unrest, but nobody else seemed much interested in creating chaos. The Farmers Market is still working, electricity or not, every Saturday until Oct. 3.

Speaking of organic things: starting this Saturday, Fiddlin’ Rooster Farm just west of town and off Hwy 32 at 393 CR102 has their Corn Maze open (one mile out on 32, left on CR102 for 1/4 mile, there on the right). Owners Rhonda and Doug Webb have been planning and then planting this maze for a year now. Their corn is up to 10 feet high, they said. You might have met Doug and Rhonda at the Farmers Market or at the Main Street Market Festival with their Cow Train ride.  

Even though they live on a farm just outside of town, they have been great Main Street supporters. Corn Mazes have been growing (no pun intended) in popularity, but this is the first one, I believe, in north Mississippi. I’m really looking forward to some fall fun in the Maze. Now, if I can only figure out how to work that GPS feature on my cell phone. Check out Fiddlin’ Rooster’s Maze and all the other events going on at www.fiddlinroosterfarm.com.

Last week’s survey is still the survey from the week before and now a bakery has taken the lead in what new retail place you’d like to see downtown. Now go again to www.watervalleymainstreet.com.

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