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    the former campus of St. Francis Xavier Academy and Convent. The Foundations intent is to provide for the Vicksburg com-munity, an area of diverse cultural heri-tage, exposure to a wealth of artists who have honed their skills and talents and are eager to share these assets through educa-tional programs. Elodie Pritchartt, a freelance writ-er and photographer, shares her story about Tommy Polk, a musician for most of his life. Born in Vidalia, Louisiana, Polk has, for the past four years, worked with Ferriday, Louisiana, Mayor Glenn McGlothin in developing the fertile music history of the town and restoring buildings that recognize this rich musical heritage. Artistic heritage also is recognized and enhanced through our areas summer pro-grams that expose young Thespians to the-atre production as they participate in the-atre workshops and cap their summer in-struction with public performances. As part of Happening at The Haven in Brookhaven, Mississippi, such young actors will pro-duce The Little Mermaid on July 19 and 20. Just completing their production, the TEEN group of Happening at The Haven performed Aladdin June 21 through 24. In our Premier Art Organizations and July Up and Coming section, we feature some of the arts programs in and around the Bluffs & Bayous reading area. While we could not possibly list all the groups, we tried to highlight some with notable programs and provide their contact in-formation for you to inquire about class-es, workshops, events, and performances throughout the year. The Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service in coordination with the Office of the Governor and First Lady Deborah Bryant, Honorary Chair of the MCVS Board of Commissioners, announced this past spring the 2012 Governors Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) Award winners. On April 16, 2012, all were toasted at an event held at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Since July is the Arts Issue of Bluffs & Bayous, we recognize Lillie Lovette

    Julythe month of our countrys birth-day celebration, the month for hot weather, the month for indoor picnics, the month for water activities, the month to recognize the amazing artists and art organizations in our readership area. So many of our towns and cities have an art community where visual and performing arts are nurtured, explored, examined, and appreciated. More and more communi-ties are recognizing the importance of art in our lives; for it traces how we live our lives and preserves this history in its mu-sic, art, and dance through the ensuing de-cades. Art, indeed, is the living history of our civilization. In Vicksburg, Mississippi, we recognize the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation, established in 1994, that operates as a nonprofit, cultural arts center located on

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    of Edwards, Mississippi, recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in the Arts and Humanities Award. Also this month, Patricia Taylor, a part-time resident of Natchez, Mississippi, com-poses jottings from her native England, emphasizing its connections to the USA; and contributor Jennie Guido visits Lake St. Johns Ducks Nest II in Ferriday, Louisiana, in order to share with us Something Scrumptious. Of course, our readers continue to anticipate and enjoy the enrichment and insight provided by the mirth and merriment of Ross McGehees and Alma Womacks reflectionsthose in this issue do not disappoint! I conclude by reminding folks about the annual Fourth of July Flotilla celebration that will take place at Lake St. John on July 7. To catch all the excitement, be sure to find friends who have lake houses or take in the view and festivities from Spokane Resortand dine out at Ducks Nest II. We have so many opportunities to find respite from the heat of July and enrich our summer by enjoying all the ways the arts embrace our life along and beyond the Mississippi.

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    p u b l i s h e r

    Cheryl Foggo Rineharte d i t o r s

    Jean Nosser BiglaneCheryl Foggo Rinehartg r a p h i c d e s i g n e r s

    Jan RatcliffAnita Schilling

    m e d i a c o o r d i n a t o r

    Adam Blackwells t a f f p h o t o g r a p h e r s

    Van OGwinElise D. Parker

    Cheryl Rineharts a l e s s t a f f

    Jennifer RatliffCheryl RinehartDonna SessionsJoAnna Sproles

    Bluffs & Bayous is published monthly to promote the greater Southern area of Louisiana and Mississippi in an informative and positive manner. We welcome contributions of articles and photos; however, they will be subject to editing and availability of space and subject matter. Photographs, comments, questions, subscription requests and ad placement inquiries are invited! Return envelopes and postage must accompany all materials submitted if a return is requested. No portion of this publication may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. The opinions expressed in Bluffs & Bayous are those of the authors or columnists and do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher, nor do they constitute an endorsement of products or services herein. We reserve the right to refuse any advertisement. Bluffs & Bayous strives to insure the accuracy of our magazines contents. However, should inaccuracies or omissions occur, we do not assume responsibility.

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    Jean BiglaneAdam Blackwell

    Cheryl Rinehart

    Donna Sessions

    Anita Schilling

    Van OGwin Elise D. Parker

    JoAnna Sproles

    Jan Ratcliff

    C o n t r i b u t o r s

    on the coverWhile exploring the musical career of Tommy Polk,

    Elodie Pritchartt, a freelance writer and photographer, captured this image of the 2012 Soul Survivors

    Festival held recently in Ferriday, Louisiana.See story on pages 44 to 46.

    Columnist Ross McGehee, a lifelong resident of Natchez,

    Mississippi, owns a diversified and far-flung farm operation.

    Jennie Guido is a graduate of Delta State University with

    a Bachelors Degree in Arts and Masters Degree in English

    Education. Having lived up Highway 61 in Cleveland, Mississippi, she recently has returned to Natchez,

    her hometown, to pursue her professional career.

    Columnist Mary Emrick is the owner of Turning Pages Books & More in

    Natchez, Mississippi.

    Columnist Dr. Gary R. Bachman is an assistant extension professor of horticulture at Mississippi State Universitys Coastal Research and

    Extension Center in Biloxi, Mississippi.

    Jennifer Ratliff

    Elodie Pritchartt is a freelance writer and photographer. She is a

    native Natchezian and often writes about Natchez history and its

    characters.

    A Mass Communications graduate of Louisiana State University, JoAnna Sproles of Brookhaven, Mississippi, has more than 15 years of experience

    in managing public relations and contributing articles to newspapers

    and magazines.

    Columnist Alma Womack lives on Smithland Plantation on Black River,

    south of Jonesville, Louisiana. In addition to her duties as maitresse des maison, she is the keeper of the lawn,

    the lane and the pecan orchard at Smithland.

    Patricia Taylor is a Doctor of Naturopathy and a Consultant

    Medical Herbalist, having studied at the University of Wales and Clayton,

    Alabama. She is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists

    of Great Britain and a registered herbalist with the American Herbalists

    Guild. Taylor has a practice in her hometown in England, and she and her husband John split their year between

    there and their home in Natchez, Mississippi.

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    Southern CulturalHeritage Foundation:

    Extending Artistic Excellence throughout

    the Communitypages 50 - 51

    Join the Fourth of July Flotilla: Celebrate Faith,

    Family & Freedom!pages 52 - 53

    July 2012

    Tommy Polk: Building Dreams for a Song

    pages 44 - 46

    FEATURESTommy Polk: Building Dreams for a Song ............................................ 44-46

    Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation: Extending Artistic Excellence throughout the Community ........................................... 50-51

    Join the Fourth of July Flotilla: Celebrate Faith, Family & Freedom! ........ 52-53

    Brookhavens Drama Camp: An Encore of July Fun for Regional Students ............................................................................. 62-63

    Lillie Lovette Receives Arts and Humanities Award .................................. 82

    FAVORITESAll OutdoorsWild, Wooly, and Full of Fleas ............................................................... 14-15

    EventsJuly Up & Coming! Premier Arts Organizations ................................... 72-73

    July Up & Coming! ................................................................................. 74-80

    From the StacksA Saga of Track-racing Cyclists ................................................................... 10

    In the GardenGrowing Mint without Any Trouble .......................................................... 25

    Random JottingsMaldon Essex .......................................................................................... 36-41

    Something ScrumptiousDucks Nest II, Spokane, Louisiana ......................................