King Fabian II, Ray Lewis
Ray Lewis has been a member of St. Fabian Catholic Church and the Krewe of St. Fabian since its inception.
The Lewis family moved to Hattiesburg from Toledo, Ohio, in 2002 for Lewis’ job. With no previous exposure to Mardi Gras, he jumped right in and became one of the members of the team to convert an old school bus into a parade float. He also serves as the DJ on the float during parades.
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.
Where we live is a special place. I know this, and I hope you know that. For that reason, the goal of this monthly piece is to give you a small glimpse into lives that are very real, sometimes complicated and a beautiful mess - all at the same time. This is Real Talk with Real People; and this month, I would like to introduce you to Scott Covington.
“Me? Are you sure you want to start off this whole thing with me?”
In 21st century life, there aren’t too many settings in which punch is served. Today, punch is strictly a church party offering. Years ago my grandmother and her friends owned elaborately decorated sterling silver and crystal punch bowls. They were brought out at bridge clubs and sewing circles and loaned out for weddings and receptions.
Those days have gone. Most punch bowls in use today are made of glass and come from the party rental store.
Jamie Farris earned a Bachelor degree from Mississippi State University, and a Master’s in Business Administration and Master’s in Public Health from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is married to Misty Farris, and they have two daughters – Abby, 13, and Madelyn, 9. When he is not working, he enjoys hunting, fishing, working out, golf and trying to educate himself on new wine or spirits for the store.
What is your idea of happiness?
At the beach with my wife and a drink
Eleven high school juniors are seeking the title of Petal Distinguished Young Woman (formerly Junior Miss) during an Enchanted Evening at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7. The program to name a successor to Annaleigh Buckley will be held at the Petal High School Performing Arts Center.
Jonathan Brannon will serve as emcee for the night, while entertainment will be provided by the Petal Upper Elementary showchoir. The annual event is sponsored by the LeBonte Club of Petal
Tickets, which are $10, are available at the door. Children under the age of five will be admitted free.
The Distinguished Young Women of Forrest and Lamar Counties (formerly Junior Miss) program will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at the historic Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg. The Distinguished Young Women program awards college scholarships to juniors in high school based on areas of scholastics, interview, talent, self-expression and physical fitness.
Forrest County Contestants
Ireland, the birthplace of writer Oscar Wilde and Guinness beer, is also home to a local chef who has made his home in Hattiesburg. Originally from Ireland, Eoin Redmond came to the United States years ago, but it was quite a while before he moved to the Hub City. Redmond is the director of Food and Beverage Operations for the Hattiesburg Convention Commission.
However, before he claimed that title, he was a chef living in New York working at a restaurant called Oceana.
Growing up, the two young girls looked up to their father, a local business owner. When they made it to college, the duo pursued the dream of owning a business of their own and graduated from William Carey University with degrees in business administration.
Hattiesburg residents Stephanie Messina and Heather Bickham are the owners of the Breadsmith Hattiesburg location on Hardy Street. Breadsmith was voted Best Bread in 2016 Best of the Pine Belt voting. Voting begins for the 2017 competition on Jan. 14 (See story on Page 33 of this issue.)