By Mickey Howley
This Saturday at 3 p.m. is the third Annual Community Sing Along. It will be in the Hendricks Machine Shop building at the corner of Main and Dupuy. It is a very special event combining local musical talent and creatively using the interior space of one of Water Valley’s fine old buildings.
Last year this event won Best Special Event for all 51 Mississippi Main Street towns. That is an impressive award for such a simple concept, but you have to experience this event to really understand. The combination of the music, the great old building, and a lovely fall afternoon just makes you happy to be downtown. And it is a free event.
Also Saturday evening on south Main, Jay Gee’s is having their grand opening from 5:30 to 8:30. Stop in and welcome business owner Jessica Williams to Main Street. Great to see that building back in use and new business in it.
Later Saturday evening, at 7 pm at Bozarts Gallery will be the “Trobar Ric” reading series. Once a year the gallery hosts professional poets—last year it was the traveling Bloof Poets based out of New Jersey. This year the four poets reading hail from North Carolina, Arkansas, Indiana, and Kentucky. It promises to be an entertaining evening. And it is a free event.
Fiddlin’ Rooster Farms has their Fiddler’s Loft fall music series back in action. They are located on CR 102 just outside of town. It is great way to have fun in the hayloft, plus the desserts there are just heavenly. There is a small cover but well worth it. Music starts every Friday night at 7 p.m. until it gets way too cold.
Last Saturday on Main Street, Jonathan and Erin Sharp opened their new store calling it J’s on Main. They had a great opening day, sales were brisk and Erin says she just loved the steady stream of folks coming in the door. Stop in if you were not in that number last Saturday and see what they have to offer. Notice as well the “fresh” building facade. Pierce and Andi Epes brought back that facade to the design it had from years ago. Using old photographs and luckily uncovering much of the original lower facade that had been hidden, the building has become the brightest spot on that downtown block. It is a continuation of a solid trend in the Valley. Fixing a historic building right and bringing in a new business to downtown.
Last Wednesday there were 23 senior landscape architectural students from Mississippi State University in town. They were here as part of the Your Town program sponsored by Stennis Center at MSU and the Appalachian Regional Commission. This group was here to design a pocket park for the lot on the corner of Main and Wagner. And it is all not just outside effort coming in. This project was initiated by the WVMSA and supported by property owner Dick Marchbanks with big help from local Your Town participants Amy McMinn and Kagan Coughlin. November 7th a group of Vallians will travel to MSU to see and hear the concept presentations. Will keep you posted on the results.