When most people think of a juggler, images of an entertainer tossing various items through the air with precision are called to mind. However, Anita Knott makes it through each week with a slightly different juggling act.
In one hand, she is a behavior specialist for the Hattiesburg Public School District; in the other she is a mother to five children, a volunteer with her church’s youth group and last, but not least, she is wife to Cedric Knott.
Thomas Seibert of Hattiesburg rattled off the list of theatrical productions he has worked on as he thumbed through the photographs. “This is old opera stuff, like ‘Cabaret,’” he said. “’Moliere.’ ‘The Doctor in Spite of Himself.’ ‘Merry Widow.’ I don’t have many pictures of the costumes being made.”
These days, Siebert finds himself working with Hattiesburlesque, who won Best Local Stage Production in 2016 Best of the Pine Belt voting.
Fresh out of college, Suzannah Ledford had an idea of what her career and future would look like. Graduating with a degree in accounting from The University of during the course of a few years she would be headed in a complete different direction.
Ledford, a Petal native, is now the owner of Oh Suzannah’s, a children’s boutique, which features children’s clothing, embroidered items and gifts.
She got her start in embroidery about five years ago.
“It kind of came out of nowhere,” she said. “But it’s going well.”
An opportunity to do a little modeling doesn’t come one’s way often, but when it does it’s a chance not to be passed up. Just ask Sandy Nourse Carter.
Carter has lived in Hattiesburg since 1992, but grew up in the Bronx of New York City. It was while in the Big Apple that the now 70-year-old Carter had a taste of what the modeling life was all about, even if it only lasted a couple of years.
Carter explained she and a friend, Gwen Woodbury, both had good jobs at the Federal Reserve Bank in Manhattan. It was there that both women would eventually meet their husbands.
Community planner, idea generator, small business leash-holder, volunteer for every occasion and my ride-or-die best friend. That’s quite a list of job descriptions – but those reasons and many more are why I’d like to spend this month telling you more about Staci Cox.
Albert Schweitzer, French-German philosopher, once said, “In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful to those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”
On Friday nights in April and October, many Hattiesburg residents can be found downtown setting up their chairs or blankets and settling in for a night of music and fun at Live @ Five.
Sarah Newton, former president of the Downtown Association, is the creator of the Hattiesburg concert series, which was named Best Local Music Festival in 2016 Best of the Pine Belt voting. (Finalists in the 2017 voting are named on Pages 32-35 and voting in the next round begins March 1).
Michael Simeon of Lumberton, who earned instant fame in 2014 when he danced with Jennifer Lopez during his audition for “American Idol,” is still staying involved with his music.
However, his attention is laser-focused on Saturday, May 13, when he graduates from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering.
So, how does the same singer/songwriter/producer go from being a Top 12 male finisher on “American Idol” to a bookworm with electrical engineering on his mind? For Simeon, the answer is actually simple.
Tori Banks and her husband, Nathan, are planning to make a couple of additions to their business and their family. The Bankses own The Barn at Bridlewood, which was voted the Best Venue in 2016 Best of the Pine Belt voting (The nomination process is underway for the 2017 competition. It ends on Feb. 15. Visit festivalsouth.org).
With the success of the local event site at 32 Railroad Road in Hattiesburg, they are working to open a second venue in the Jackson area.
Bridget Berry, an Oak Grove native, is working to make sure every woman or man who enters her store leaves with exactly what they wanted and certain that it makes them look as good as possible.
Berry is the owner of Alterations and Formals by Bridget in Oak Grove, where she sells wedding gowns, alters clothing and creates her own custom pieces.
Watching her mother and grandmother, Berry learned to sew as a child. She made her first dress at age 7, which she said had cap sleeves and four buttons. Berry was one of four girls.