Saturday, June 25, 2011

Mississippi Charm in Atlanta

Mississippi is the birthplace of William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams, Jim Henson and James Earl Jones, as well as dozens of other leaders in literature, film, music and sports, but it’s also the place to be if you’re looking for a great slice of caramel cake.

On June 25 at Chastain Park in Buckhead, the Mississippi Society of Georgia plans to celebrate the many aspects of the Hospitality State at the group’s third annual Mississippi in the Park.

“I think the biggest thing about Mississippi is it’s a big small town,” said event co-chair and Buckhead resident Jenny Gipson. “The first thing always is ‘How are you and how’s your mama and do you know so-and-so?’ No matter if you’re in Mississippi or somewhere else, there’s just a special connection with Mississippi people.”

“That’s what this event gives back,” added event chair Clay Peacock. “It’s an opportunity to find your Mississippi connections here.”

The group was inspired to start Atlanta’s Mississippi in the Park after seeing similar events sprout in New York and Washington, Gipson said.

The group’s efforts have also included fundraising in support of Mississippi tornado victims, and funding $1,000 scholarships for Georgia students planning to study at Mississippi universities.

Mississippi in the Park will feature live music from The Homegrown Gospel Band, Sana Blues and The Electromatics.

Organizers plan to sell catfish plates for $12 by reservation before June 17 and $15 after, but attendees also will be allowed to bring picnics.

In addition, Sugaree’s Bakery in New Albany, Miss., has donated 36 caramel cakes for the event.No Mississippi connection is required to attend this free event, Peacock said. “If you have nothing to do with Mississippi but just love catfish, you’re welcome, too,” he said.

Copy from Northside Neighbor. Caramel cake from Sugaree's Bakery. More information can be found at Mississippi Society of Georgia.

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