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!
CRAWFORD REALTY GROUP
112 Court Street
For Second Saturday, Crawford Realty will be having live music by the Electric Sheep and refreshments. Plus, the new Daiquiri Shak just next door will be open.
A real estate professional for over 15 years, Stephen Crawford helps people realize their dreams. “I love helping people find the home that they are excited about and can't wait to move into,” Crawford said. “It is also wonderful to help sellers sell their home and move on to the next chapter in their life.”
Like many living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Crawford calls himself a New Orleans transplant.
“The Gulf Coast is no stranger to my family,” Crawford said. “My grandmother summered at her beachfront home on Scenic Drive in Pass Christian long before I was even alive. When my father had his own family he genetically passed that love on to his children. I have very fond memories of frequenting the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a child.”
Family is paramount to Crawford and his childhood memories are full of fun and adventure. Two cornerstones for the Crawfords are family values and building lifelong memories.
“I come from a loving family that is perhaps the greatest gift in my life,” Crawford said. “My father Bobby, mother Suzie, older brother Jordy, and younger sister Lacey are all my best friends. No matter where we were, as long as we were together everything seemed better.”
The family lived in New Orleans, but were pulled to the coast often.
“We started out renting a little house on the corner of Rabbit Run and North Beach Boulevard, where we would throw our cast nets in the bay over a can of cat food with holes punched in it to fill our nets with shrimp,” Crawford remembers.
Another favorite family pastime was crabbing with nets from the pier until all hours of the night and water skiing in the bay. “My Dad saw to it that my brother and I were up on water skis almost before we could walk,” Crawford said.
Crawford remembered one day his dad called the family into the kitchen in New Orleans and he told the kids to load up in the car because they were going on the ride of a lifetime.
“With the Times Picayune in hand he explained to us that he had found an interesting property located on the Wolf River that he wanted to go take a look at,” Crawford said. “So we loaded up in the white and brown family Oldsmobile station wagon. Little did I know that trip would change my life forever!”
The family arrived at an overgrown, magical, three-acre wilderness with a slightly burned and charred house. Crawford remembers a small footbridge crossing an overgrown pond with cattails that reached for the sky.
From that day on the family spent every spare moment they could at a place they called “Pass a Good Time.” With no TV, the family went on adventures to explore the woods and river systems, and rebuilt the house and pier.
Crawford went on to graduate from Ole Miss and worked for a yacht brokerage, then at Science and Engineer Associates. Later he helped create and launch Voodoo BBQ in New Orleans for the Doody group, but Mississippi kept calling him back.
“My friends thought I lost my mind,” he said.
Crawford decided to try his hand at real estate.
“It’s simple really. I have a passion for it,” he said. “It’s in my blood. My dad and I used to jump in the convertible and just drive the back roads trying to get lost. Always looking at property and learning what made it unique.”
All these years later, Crawford’s dreams are coming true by helping others live their dreams. His sister Laura introduced him to his wife Laura. The couple has two children — a son, Coerte, and a little girl named Lottye. All share a love of Bay St. Louis.
“I get paid for helping families find what my family was so fortunate to have found many years ago,” Crawford said. “This is the best job in the world. I am able to wake up every day of my life and relive the best memories of my life.”
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.
2016 Hot Spots
100 Block 200 Block
January Bijoubel Blue Rose Estates Sales
February Trapani’s Smith & Lens
March Fashion Express Starfish Café
April Life’s a Beach Heart of Old Town
May Bay Books Something Special
June Twin Lights California Drawstrings
July Face & Body Magnolia Antiques
August Antique Maison Gourmet Gallery
September The Bonner Collection Sycamore House
October Bay-Tique Mockingbird Café
November Bay Town Inn Manieri Real Estate
December Purple Banana Full Moon Clock Works
Alternates 100 Block 200 Block
O’Dwyer Realty Pink Heron Cottage
Crawford Realty The Buttercup
Bay Life 100 Men Hall
Serious Bread Alice Moseley Museum
George’s Girls Bay Emporium