Laurel Celebrates Mississippi Bicentennial with Community Photo Stories

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Laurel, Mississippi – July 27, 2017 – Blue Magnolia Films in partnership with The City of Laurel, Laurel Main Street, The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Chisholm Foundation and local organizers, will host a FREE public screening, Saturday, July 29, 7- 9 p.m. at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, to premiere a series of photo stories, produced by local community leaders, to commemorate the Mississippi Bicentennial.

The photo stories, each three minutes in length, will celebrate the theme, “Home Is Our Heritage” highlighting the importance of Laurel’s unique heritage from diverse perspectives.

Resulting photos stories will be posted online using social media and will be integrated into downtown revitalization projects, including a “walkable” gallery, community events and a book project highlighting Bicentennial stories around the state.

Participants include: Akeem Davis (free agent, NFL), Katrina Cox (Choral Director, Maddox Elementary School), Samantha Nowicki (Lauren Rogers Museum of Art), Richard and Portland Brown (Hair World), Larry and Pamela Thomas (Thomas Pharmacy), Chris Wilson (Realtor), Joseph Cooley (Artist), Katelyn Bryant (Teacher, Maddox Elementary School) and Brooke Davis (Black Horn Productions).

Additional support provided by Laurel Mayor, Johnny Magee, Laurel Chamber of Commerce, and local caterers, Marilyn Fuquay and Rod Hollins/Hi5Eats.

 Laurel is one of ten cities elected to participate in “Celebrating Storytelling”, a Mississippi Bicentennial project that will culminate with 100 community voices by the end of the year.

Alison Fast, Founder of Blue Magnolia Films says, “Storytelling is a powerful way to pay homage to the themes that have carried Laurel from its beginnings, and will continue to guide the success stories of people who live here and make Laurel ‘home’.” 

WHAT:  Celebrating Storytellers: Home Is Our Heritage (Mississippi Bicentennial Event)

WHEN: Saturday, July 29, 7-9 PM

WHERE: The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art

WHO: 9 community storytellers 

CONTACTS: Alison Fast c. 310-497-7109/ Email: alison@bluemagnoliafilms.com 

Judi Holifield  judi@laurelmainstreet.com Tel: 601-433-3255 

LINKS: www.bluemagnoliafilms.com / FB: @BlueMagnoliaFilms

COST: Free and open to the public. 

Oak Street Salon: We’re at Your Service

Friends With a Common Dream

With over 30 years of combined experience, Oak Street Salon is the go-to house of style in the business district of Historic Downtown Laurel.  Owners, Deidra Maddox and Betty Gaudet met more than 20 years ago while working at a salon together, and have been a dynamic duo ever since. Throughout many years of working at different places in town, thOak Street Salon opened in Downtown Laureley always dreamed of owning their own business together.  Nearly three years ago, they took the plunge and opened their business on Oak Street in Downtown Laurel. Their vision for the future is simple; hold your business accountable to the reputation you have created for yourself.

At Your Service

Business owners, Deidra and Betty, take pride in the special services they provide their clients.  The pair specialize in the latest trends for cuts, colors, hair treatments, waxing, manicures, and pedicures. They also cater to their clientele by offering valet parking to those in need, booking early morning and late evening appointments, and working in walk-ins.  Oak Street Salon places true meaning behind the term “at your service.”

Oak Street Salon’s clientele spans generations.  Deidra and Betty have come to think of their clients as an extension of their own families as well.  With all the combined experience and expertise of the stylists at the salon, there is no new trend or style that Oak Street Salon can’t perfect. The key to their success is to treat everyone like family. When it comes to service, they truly believe in the benefits found in staying in touch with the younger generation, along with learning valuable lessons from the older generations as well. Oak Street Salon will always provide an open, welcoming environment for all their clientele, and look forward to their bright future downtown!

Downtown Thursdays – Central Sunbelt Summer Series

Summers in Downtown Laurel have something for everyone and this year is sure to be the best yet!

The Downtown Farmers Market

It all kicks off on Thursday, June 1st at 3:30 with the Farmers Market.  This event allows fruit and vegetable producers, local artists, crafters and cooks to bring their delightful and delicious creations directly to the public.  If you want to sample the best of homemade, handcrafted, and homegrown products, stop by and see everything this event has to offer.Get there early and get a cool cup of fresh blueberry lemonade to enjoy while you shop!  We will also host an assortment of food trucks!  The Farmers Market is located at the end of 5th Avenue in the residual parking surrounding the Jones County War Memorial. The pedestrian brick path between Library Street and Carroll Gartin Blvd., specifically.

The Laurel Farmers Market opens each Thursday in June from 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

For more information on how you can participate in the Farmers Market, click here.

Downtown Movie Night

Agape Church is also producing the Downtown Movie Night again this year! Every night after the Farmers Market, Movie Night will host hundreds of Laurelites for FREE family friendly movies. With an assortment of vendors selling food and drinks, this is a night for the whole family to enjoy!

Agape Church, in partnership with Coca-Cola of Laurel and B&C Welding and Fabrication, proudly announce the Coca-Cola Fireworks Show on June 1st in Historic Downtown Laurel! This event is ABSOLUTELY FREE so plan on arriving early to get a good space in our new location, The Backlot at Magnolia Street! The fireworks show is scheduled to start at approximately 8:15pm followed by the showing of Disney’s MOANA. Various snacks, food, drinks, Downtown Movie Night T-Shirts and raffle tickets for a custom made, gas, granite top fire pit (valued at $1600) will be available for purchase that night as well. For more information and movie schedule check out the Downtown Movie Night website www.WeAreLaurel.com.

We are so appreciative of the generous sponsorship from Central Sunbelt Federal Credit Union!

Downtown Home Town Celebration

Join us on Tuesday, May 23rd in Downtown Laurel as we celebrate the season finale of Home Town on HGTV and toast to the upcoming second season!  The homeowners from Season 1 will be in attendance for a meet and greet.  Don’t miss this opportunity to welcome your newest neighbors!

Due to inclement weather, the screening of the show will be held at the Laurel Little Theatre.  Doors to the theatre will open at 8:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 9:00 p.m.  Be sure to check our Facebook page for a complete list of downtown merchants who will be open late!

Many thanks to our generous sponsors: BancorpSouth, Magnolia State Bank, Community Bank, First State Bank, and Citizens Bank, and to the Laurel Little Theatre organization for allowing us to use their space when weather threatened the event.

Thank You for a Terrific Touch a Truck® Event!

Last Saturday, 1,600 people flooded The Brickyard in downtown Laurel for our 4th annual Touch a Truck® event!  We can’t thank you enough for supporting our downtown events and for your kind words throughout the day.  We loved seeing all the smiles this event brought to the faces of everyone who came!

There are so many exciting things on the horizon for downtown Laurel!  The Downtown Farmer’s Market will move to The Brickyard this summer.  From your generous support of Touch a Truck, we will be able to purchase shade sails for The Brickyard to make your summer shopping and future events more enjoyable.  We’ll also be able to continue with Phase Two of our downtown lighting project.  Thanks again for your support of Laurel Main Street’s events!

Thanks again to our generous sponsors!

BancorpSouthJones County Board of Supervisors |

Jones County Chamber of Commerce | Burroughs Companies | Community Bank |

Gilchrist, Sumrall, Yoder, Yoder, & Leggett, LLC | B Clean, LLC | Walters Construction |

Bush Construction | Dunn Roadbuilders, LLC | Neel-Schaffer |

Family Dental Center of Laurel & Waynesboro | Dixie Electric Power Association |

CenterPoint Energy | Mississippi Power Company | Suez Water