• From a Fruit Cart

    Some people judge towns by their population.  Others judge them by amenities such as parks and playgrounds.  Many consider school systems and tax policies.

    I judge towns by the quality and longevity of their small independent diners and cafes.

    For 94 years, the Coney Island Café has defined my hometown of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

    Arthur Fokakis, the original owner, emigrated here from Greece in 1923.

    He got his start by selling fruit from a pushcart parked under a large shade tree near the railroad tracks on Main Street.

  • Frank's Circus

    Frances Palmer Allen Broome like most 10-year-olds enjoys a good birthday party just like the next person. But having an artsy  mother, like Abigail Lenz Allen, adds another element the mix. You never know what incredible outcome there might be. And when your birthday is on Halloween – Oct. 31 – that adds a whole other element to the party plans.

    Allen said every single year as Halloween approaches, Frances makes it very clear that she wants a carnival-themed birthday party.

  • Signature Magazine's Top Chef: Will Taylor


    What’s one ingredient that you can't live without? Greek yogurt

    What’s your favorite type of music to listen to when cooking? JJ Grey & Mofro or Widespread Panic either or is alright by me.

    If you could cook for anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?  John Daly – I feel like he’d love a Pepperjack Gyro and the stories would be great!

    What’s your favorite ethnic cuisine? Mediterranean

  • A Dose of the Holy Ghost

    A few years ago, while visiting her brother in New York City, arts council director Rebekah Stark Johnson read a news article about a Harlem church that catered to the curiosity of visitors. People from far and wide would purchase tickets to experience the soulful worship of a traditional African American gospel church.
    The familiar traditional sounds that come from the open doors of churches right here in Mississippi, accentuate the spirit that makes us unique. 

  • Homes of Hope

    The third annual Si Robertson Sporting Clay Competition to benefit Homes of Hope for Children will take place Friday, March 23, at Pine Belt Gun Club in Lumberton. Quickly growing to be one of the top skeet shooting tournaments in the state, last year’s event boasted more than 400 contestants along with top-notch food and beverages all at one of the newest private shooting clubs in the South.

  • Turn $100 Into $100K

    The chance of having an extra $100 grand doesn’t happen all that often. United Way of Southeast Mississippi (SEMS) makes that dream a close reality each year through the United Way $100K Payday fundraiser. Last year, it happened for retired Army veteran Onix Rodriguez.

  • Imbibe for a Cause

    On Saturday, Feb. 24, Canebrake Country Club will host the second annual Wine and Whiskey Festival from 5-8 p.m. Guests will be able to taste more than 100 varieties of wines and spirits from 20 vendors, sample small bites from Canebrake’s Chef Antoine and his culinary team, listen to live music and more.

  • Festival Families

    The Best of the Pine Belt Awards show kicks off a summer of excitement  at 7:30 p.m. June 2 at the Saenger Theatre.

    Each year, the competition has grown and this night of fun reveals the area’s top choices after months of online voting. It also is the official release of the June edition of Signature Magazine, highlighting the winners and the official program for Hattiesburg’s premiere cultural arts event, FestivalSouth.

  • Treat Yourself to a Night of Sweet Dreams

    Imagine yourself in a room filled with beautiful and delectable desserts from the Pine Belt’s best bakeries, restaurants, local “celebrities” and talented individuals. This D.R.E.A.M. can come true!

  • Running the Race for Kids

    The theme of this year’s race will be “I CAN!,” featuring optional mid-race challenges and a post-race carnival.
    “At The Children’s Center, we know that ‘disability’ is short for ‘discover your abilities,’” said director Sarah Case-Price, “and we are reminded of this every day when we watch, in amazement, as our little ones work hard to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.”

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