Second Saturday ARTWORK
Over the past two decades, the Second Saturday Artwalk has become one of the most popular monthly community events in the entire region. Gallery openings, shop and restaurant specials and live music make the streets of town swirl with a fun family energy. While things are lively all day, the music and specials take place from 4 - 8pm.
Each month, two "Hot Spot" businesses take the limelight. Make sure to stop by and congratulate them!
200 North Beach
200 N Beach Blvd.
Bay St Louis, MS 39520
Ann Tidwell found her paradise in Bay St. Louis. Always an appreciator of antiques, she spied the beautiful old building at 200 North Beach Boulevard in 1997, and weeks later owned a piece of hundred year history on the Gulf Coast.
200 North Beach was built in 1903 for Sea Coast Echo Newspaper. Today, it’s still a source of what’s going on around town as you can hear locals at the bar talking about the latest news and Ann Tidwell herself visiting tables in the dining room, catching up with patrons.
For many years before Hurricane Katrina, the building housed The Old Coffee Pot at CB’s Coffee House. After hurricane Katrina in 2005, Tidwell and her family restored the structure, reclaiming original beaded boards and exposing massive wooden beams.
“We also tracked down the Birds of Paradise design of the wrought iron work that was on the balcony and continued that downstairs,” Tidwell said.
200 North Beach is a little slice of New Orleans, both in style and taste. The building looks as if it could have been plucked from the French Quarter and the menu features favorites like blacked redfish, soft-shelled crabs, seafood gumbo and oysters any way you can dream them: raw, charbroiled, rockefeller and more.
In addition to New Orleans fare, Tidwell brings a bit of her country-style cooking, like Fried Green Tomatoes and Ms. Ann’s Pecan Pie to the table.
“I owned the Bay Town Inn before 200 North Beach, but never a restaurant, so I let the chefs take the lead on the menu,” Tidwell said. “The only thing I ever served was breakfast: Bacon and eggs, homemade biscuits, pancakes and homemade jellies — a lady from Picayune would help me with. I’m from Tennessee, so it was more country style.”
Ms. Ann’s Pecan Pie is a recipe from Tidwell herself.
“Anytime in Tennessee I was supposed to make a dish, they always requested by pecan pie,” she said. “I must have made that pecan pie a hundred times. One time I made it at the restaurant and they requested the recipe to put it on the menu.”
Tidwell said, more than anything, she really enjoys the hostessing.
“I’ve made a lot of really great friends,” she said. “I love the hometown aspect of Bay St. Louis.”
Her family discovered Bay St. Louis after her husband got a job on the Coast. Her daughter Vicki Niolet who runs the Bay Emporium, decided to stay in the Bay and after Tidwell returned to Tennessee she would visit her daughter often.
“We would alway be bringing in a truck full of antiques to put in Vicki’s shop,” Tidwell said. “One day we were driving by the Bay Town Inn, and really I was crazy because it was falling down, but I got it for a steal of a deal and I’ve been living on the beach ever since.”
Tidwell sold the Bay Town Inn to Nikki Moon after Hurricane Katrina, but still enjoys the view from the beach, both from the balcony of 200 North Beach and from the front porch of her home in the 600 block of Beach Boulevard.
“This is my little part of heaven,” said Tidwell. “Most of the time I’m in my glassed in porch enjoying the view. I haven’t been able to go junkin’ and antiquing because of my knees — so lately when I’m not at the restaurant I’ve just been at home going through my own antiques.”
Tidwell is enjoying life and slowing down and bit. She celebrated 80 years recently and invited her friends to come over to her beachfront house.
“I told everybody for my birthday my present is their presence because my shelves are full,” she smiled. “Just them showing up was a gift.”
The Arts, Hancock County
Presenting ArtsAlive on March 18
Celebrating Art, Engaging Communities, Enriching Lives
Bay St. Louis’ motto is “A Place Apart” and one of the things that makes the community so unique is the strong connection to the arts.
The Arts, Hancock County is an organization dedicated to promoting art in everyday life in Hancock County. Boasting over 200 members, the organization hosts art shows, classes, events and more. Their members include visual artists, writers, sculptors, musicians, designers, culinary artists, and performing artists and membership is open to ALL artists.
This month The Arts will
host the 4th Annual
#ArtsAlive on Saturday, March 18.
"Arts Alive began in 2004 as a studio tour,” said president Martha Whitney Butler. “But now we are bringing the studio to you."
In the past few years, ArtsAlive! has undergone an extreme makeover, emerging as an arts festival that transforms Old Town Bay St. Louis into one giant art studio as dozens of artists set up demonstrations and display booths in front of small businesses and green spaces downtown.
“Thanks to our partners and sponsors, we’re engaging communities by encouraging the next generation of artists,” said Butler. “We’ve added exciting contests with cash prizes – for writers, singer-songwriters and amateur chefs.”
Arts lovers will be able to meet and greet artists, purchase their work and cheer on their favorite creative talents as they compete.
ArtsAlive will kick off with a juried show and patron party at the upstairs of 200 North Beach on Friday, March 17.
On Saturday, an all-day Artists Showcase features dozens of regional artists showing, selling and demonstrating their art at various Old Town Host locations.
“The key factor of ArtsAlive is that artists demonstrate the process of their artwork,” said Butler. “The best way to appreciate an artist is to watch them make their creations."
Exhibitions by student and professional artists will also be on display with lots of opportunities for artists of all varieties to win cash awards.
“This year, we've added a Short Film Showcase which will follow the Singer/Songwriter finale and feature short films by local filmmakers,” Butler said. “There’s also the new Lazy Magnolia Pottery Village, Serious Salsa Culinary Contest sponsored by Serious Bread, the Shoofly Flash Fiction Contest and more.”
The walkable aspect of Old Town Bay St. Louis, offers easy access to galleries, shops, and restaurants with a hassle-free parking garage (122 ½ Court Street).
“Bay St. Louis is the perfect location for an event like ArtsAlive, working hand-in-hand with the businesses of Old Town we are facilitating our creative economy,” said Butler. “We want to show off our artists, we live in an artist community. It's what makes the Bay so unique and these artists are some of our favorite characters.”
The Second Saturday Artwalk is sponsored by
Hancock Bank and Peoples Bank
with support from the Seacoast Echo.
Over the past twenty years, the monthly artwalk has become one of the most popular events in the region. Old Town stays lively all day, with many merchants and restaurants offering specials. The pace picks up from 4 – 8pm, when gallery openings and live music keep the streets humming with activity.
Each month, one or two Old Town businesses take the spotlight as “Hot Spots." Veteran Second Saturday patrons know these will be among the liveliest places to be during the event.