• remembering robin: Friends, family gather to remember Hattiesburg’s #legenderial favorite

    When Hattiesburg’s Robin Wentworth took his last breath on the morning of June 13, the Pine Belt lost one of its favorite adopted sons. 

    Just eight short months earlier, he had been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and doctors were clear that his health would soon decline.

    Refusing to give up, Wentworth continued to live his life to the fullest – making the most of his time left. 

  • Explorations in Photography

     Authentic storytelling doesn’t always need direction. For this year’s Photography feature, we let the professionals take the reins. We supplied a starting point with a list of themes and then allowed the artists to construct their own narratives. What we were given is a series of short vignettes that tell us not only about the theme chosen, but also the photographers themselves. 

     

  • DENIM DIVA

    After scrapping the idea of doing a coffee-based cocktail  in honor of one of the world’s greatest photographers, Yousuf Karsh, a Turkish Canadian immigrant, an old party favorite was remembered. Named in honor of Ben’s photographer friend who has a fondness for denim jumpsuits, July’s cocktail is nearly effortless. Don’t skimp on making your own honey lemon mix – it’s a small step that makes a big difference in this crushable summer beverage.

    1 oz          honey lemon mix*

    ½ oz        Giffard Passionfruit liqueur

  • Top Chef: Conway's Family Pub

    The Crew, Conway’s Family Pub

  • The Hub City welcomes an Irish take on Pub Grub

    It was a dreary and muggy Sunday afternoon when the Food with Friends team pulled into Conway’s Family Pub, and the rain made it the perfect weather to bond over some traditional Irish food and good company.

  • what’s in my carry on?

    Summer is upon us. If you’re anything like me, you have been bitten by the travel bug something serious. I get stir crazy in the summer and chances are I am trying to get as far away from the South as possible. So, aside from the obvious TSA requirements, what are some of my other summer travel essentials? Let’s take a look.

     

  • getting personal: Everything you always wanted to know about personal training but were afraid to ask

    While I wouldn’t say I’ve been procrastinating working on my beach body (see previous months’ forays into cycling, yoga and even dancing), the collective total of weddings, bachelorette parties and vacations I’ve been lucky enough to participate in during the past year reaches nearly to 20.  With my annual beach vacation waiting for me at the end of this month, I decided it is time to seek the help of a professional. 

  • Local Musicians ROOTED IN Hub

    The blues is Mississippi's lingua franca. It's rooted (while transferred from far away Mali) in our arable soil. Though the famous players may have left to electrify it in Chicago or orchestrate in Los Angeles, that music still and will always be identified as ours.

  • SETTLING ON SILENCE

    It seems like every Tom, Dick, and Harry with a cell phone these days considers themselves a photographer.

    And while it’s true that the built-in camera in most of today’s cell phones is better than most high-end digital cameras that were being manufactured as recently as 10 years ago, having access to a quality camera does not make you a professional photographer any more than having access to a blog makes you a professional journalist.

  • Signature Q&A: Rob Walker

    Rob Walker, 33, is a Petal native and Jones County Junior College graduate.  Walker loves fishing and kayaking on the river and you can usually find him at one of the bars in Downtown Hattiesburg. After getting his first camera in middle school, nearly two decades passed before his love affair with photography came into full bloom. Specializing in live music photography, Walker was named Best Event Photographer in this year’s Best of the Pine Belt awards. His portrait is compliments of fellow photographer Grant Hobgood.

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