A Year in Mississippi

A Year in Mississippi

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With contributions by:

Walter Biggins, Patti Carr Black, Lottie Brent Boggan, Donald H. Butts, Bob Carskadon, Rebecca Lauck Cleary, David Creel, Sylvia Nettles Dickson, Pat Flynn, Chris Gilmer, Peggy Gilmer-Piasecki, Carolyn Haines, Ann Tyrone Hebert, C. C. Henley, Alice Jackson, Donald M. Kartiganer, Janice Marie Kraft, Francis X. Kuhn, Bill Luckett, Johnnie Mae Maberry, Debbie Campbell Matthews, Charline R. McCord, Jo McDivitt, Cheri Thornton McHugh, Thomas McIntyre, Margaret McMullan, Willie Morris, Julia Reed, Ronnie Riggs, Sid Salter, David Sheffield, Mary Sue Slagle, Seetha Srinivasan, Brenda Trigg, Judy H. Tucker, Cynthia Walker, Lawrence "Larry" Wells, Jacqueline Freeman Wheelock, Malcolm White, Diane Williams, and Richard Wiman

A Year in Mississippi presents a collection of forty essays, ten per season, celebrating significant events and traditions throughout the state. Writers showcase the background, history, and emotions of these events and traditions with special meaning. Each event shines in the spotlight, observed not only to ascertain its impact, but also to discover why it succeeds, how it contributes to and shapes a unique culture, and how it functions to bind people together.

Well-known contributors and essays of special interest in the collection include Willie Morris's "The Glory of the Game," Julia Reed's "Green Day," Lawrence "Larry" Wells's "Always on My Mind--A Blues and Civil Rights Tour of the Mississippi Delta," Donald M. Kartiganer's "Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha 1974-2016," Margaret McMullan's "Christmas in the Pass," Sid Salter's "The Neshoba County Fair: Porches, Politicians, and Pie," Patti Carr Black's "Whiskey Christmases," Carolyn Haines's "Camp Meeting," David Sheffield's "The Blessing of the Fleet," and Seetha Srinivasan's "Diwali: Hindu Festival of Lights."

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ISBN-13: 9781496811233
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 03/08/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,084,247
File size: 12 MB
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About the Author

Charline R. McCord of Clinton, Mississippi, has coedited (with Judy H. Tucker of Jackson, Mississippi) numerous books, including Coming Home to Mississippi, Christmas Stories from Mississippi, Growing Up in Mississippi, and Christmas Memories from Mississippi, all available from University Press of Mississippi.
Judy H. Tucker of Jackson, Mississippi, has coedited (with Charline R. McCord of Clinton, Mississippi) numerous books, including Coming Home to Mississippi, Christmas Stories from Mississippi, Growing Up in Mississippi, and Christmas Memories from Mississippi, all available from University Press of Mississippi.

Table of Contents

Foreword Malcolm White 3

Introduction Judy H. Tucker Charline R. McCord 5

Sources by Season and Essay 257

Acknowledgments 259

Copyright Acknowledgments 261

List of Contributors 263

Photography Credits 277

Index 281


Chula Homa Hunt Janice M. Kraft 11

The Battle for the Golden Egg Bob Carskadon 15

The Determined Debutante C. C. Henley 24

Christmas in the Pass Margaret McMullan 30

Chimneyville Crafts Festival Par Flynn 36

The Annual Lauren Rogers Museum of Art Gala: Remembrance of Things Past on Fifth Avenue Cynthia Walker 43

Whiskey Christmases Patti Carr Black 51

A Delta Hunt Thomas McIntyre 57

Way Down Yonder on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Alice Jackson 64

Wakes and Funerals of Mississippi's Past Ann Tyrone Hebert 69


Green Day Julia Reed 77

Jackson's St. Paddy's Day Parade Walter Biggins 80

After Winter, Spring Pilgrimages Jo McDivitr 84

Juke Joint Festival Bill Luckett 91

A Catfish Celebration Richard Wiman 95

Will the Circle Be Unbroken? Chris Gilmer 101

Memorial Day Mary Sue Slagle 110

The Blessing of the Fleet David Sheffield 114

Standing Appointment David Creel 120

Always On My Mind-A Blues and Civil Rights Tour of the Mississippi Delta Lawrence Wells 126


Hurricane Season Cheri Thornton McHugh 133

International Ballet Competition Brenda Trigg 138

Mississippi Blueberry Storytelling Festival: A Unique Homecoming Diane Williams 146

Performing Mississippi in Central Park Francis X. Kuhn 152

The Great Magnolia Homecoming Jacqueline F. Wheelock 157

The Story of Tougaloo Art Colony Johnnie Mae Maberry 165

Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha 1974-2016 Donald M. Kartiganer 171

The Neshoba County Fair: Porches, Politicians, and Pie Sid Salter 180

Mississippi Family Figgers Charline R. McCord 188

Reunion at Central High School Lottie Brent Boggan 194


The Glory of the Game Willie Morris 201

Fun, Food, and Family in the Grove Rebecca Lauck Cleary 206

CelticFest Mississippi Donald H. Butts 214

Mississippi Pecan Festival Debbie Matthews 220

Revival Judy H. Tucker 225

Remembering Barbershop Days Ronnie Riggs 228

Camp Meeting Carolyn Haines 233

High Cotton Peggy Gilmer-Piasecki 241

Diwali: Hindu Festival of Lights Seetha Srinivasan 247

The Lord's Acre Harvest Festival at French Camp Sylvia Nettles Dickson 253

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