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Main Street Members, Supporters Will Gather Thursday At Annual Meeting

Thursday October 12, soon after the paper publishes, your Main Street Association is having the annual membership meeting. The meeting is the one time each year all association members gather, as well as all those who have helped and those who would like to participate in bringing downtown Water Valley back. 

Your Main Street group has been in action for a slightly over a decade now and the results are dramatic. New jobs on Main Street, many buildings renovated, a lot of new businesses coming in and older ones doing better. Ten million dollars of private money invested in downtown in the last decade. These are economic numbers no other town our size in the state has – not even close. It has been a team effort all along, with a “player” count, if I can use that word, in the hundreds.

So, if you have seen the other notices or not, please come out to the Pocket Park at Wagner and Main Street this Thursday evening from 6 to 7:30 pm. Bring a lawn chair if you can. It will be fun.

Maria Muldaur is a singer-song writer who is best known for her mid 1970s hit, “Midnight at the Oasis.” She has been a performing artist all her life, most of her work is in American roots music like folk and blues. Her group, “Maria Muldaur and the Red Hot Bluesiana Band” are on a tour. They are playing next Wednesday night, October 19, at the Old School Theater on South Main Street at 7 p.m. 

This is a national touring artist ensemble and they’re usually playing much larger cities. It is a big deal they’re coming to Water Valley and playing here. Plus, if you have not been to the Old School Theater, it is a great setting with super acoustics. Eddie Foster and crew rebuilt the stage and the auditorium and it is a great place to hear a concert. It will be a big night to be out in the Valley

Blue Magnolia Films two years ago made a series of short films for the Creative Economy series in Mississippi. Water Valley was the first film in the series with “85% Broken,” a film about Reiko Yamada and Snooky Williams and broken accordions. Blue Magnolia made a second film, “Yalo” about the start up of the Yalobusha Brewery, that film won the audience choice award at the Oxford Film Festival. Blue Magnolia also teaches people to make short films, they’re doing that around the state as part of the state’s bicentennial. 

They’ll be here doing their workshop in the second week of November. If you think you have the desire to make a short film, the workshop is free, but does take an intense week of your time. There are five spots for Water Valley in the workshop. Contact me at and we will get you in touch.


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