MISSISSIPPI SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL 2015 SEP 16, 2015 MS Songwriters Alliance

Kickoff Party - Thursday, Sept. 17 at Boots And Spurs 

GRAND FINALE SUNDAY, SEPT. 20th  - 3PM TO 9PM  Ocean Springs Plaza

In 2010, a group of local Mississippi Gulf Coast friends were jammin’ (as musicians often do) and lamented that there was no vehicle to allow songwriters to share their original music… and the Mississippi Songwriters’ Festival was born!   Now in our 5th big year, the Festival has grown into an impressive showcase of talent – including 15 to 20 professional songwriters (many from Nashville) who generously share their work by playing at a variety of local venues ?or teaching their craft in various workshops.  Held in the picturesque art-filled city of Ocean Springs, ?the Mississippi Songwriters’ Festival is a "feast for the ears”. ?True to our mission of remaining a non-profit organization, there is never a cover charge to enjoy the shows. 
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Your adventure starts at Islander Outfitters AUG 11, 2015 PlaytheCoast

Since the Gulf Coast is an outdoor lover’s paradise, you have the opportunity to enjoy a number of recreational activities. Whether taking a sunset sail on a Biloxi schooner, splashing in the gulf at Ship Island, fishing in bountiful bayous, or soaking up rays on white-sand beaches along the Mississippi Sound, Islander Outfitters has everything you need to savor the fun in true coastal style.

 Located in downtown Ocean Springs, the 1,100-square-foot store is packed wall-to-wall with apparel, accessories and gear that complement an outdoor lifestyle. Well known names such as RVCA, Volcom, Billabong, True Grit, Oakley and johnnie-O are just a sampling of the many brands available.

 Owner Frankie Adams says his business is full of "island, beachy, West Coast, East Coast style” — a place where you can shop and take a piece of the Gulf Coast home with you.

 "We have a little bit of everything for anyone that comes in and we steadily get more and more items,” Adams says. "We got a little bit of the East Coast vibe and the West Coast vibe, and we’re bringing it to the Gulf Coast. It represents who we are down here.”

 Fishing, surfing and skateboard apparel, flip flops, sunglasses, rods and reels, surf boards and coolers are some of the items visitors can find at the shop. To help support area vendors, Adams also added a slew of Mississippi-made products such as candles, jewelry, and clothing with creative designs by local artists.

 Ready to bask in the sunshine? Swing by Islander Outfitters, enjoy the reggae tunes playing overhead, and grab what you need for a memorable adventure in Gulf Coast style.


Islander Outfitters

1306 Government St., Ste. 3

Ocean Springs, MS 39564

(228) 334-5466




10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily

Visit Our Happy Seaside Town AUG 10, 2015 PlaytheCoast

Tourists have long recognized Ocean Springs as one of the shining gems to visit on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, but this year, national magazine Coastal Living noticed that sparkle, too.


When the magazine unveiled their list of the top 10 America’s Happiest Seaside Towns in March and invited the public to vote on their favorite town, Ocean Springs ranked in the top five among the best places to live and visit by the sea. The results were featured in Coastal Living’s July/August issue.


"Ocean Springs is a cozy seaside town overflowing with unparalleled arts, festivals, culture, restaurants, shops and galleries," says Margaret Miller, executive director of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau. 


Just take a walk down Government Street on a breezy Friday or Saturday night and you will see why this artsy city has captured the hearts of longtime residents and visitors. The sound of talented musicians, the smell of restaurant cuisines, and the sight of shops galore give this downtown district one-of-a-kind charm.

One award-winning, culturally rich event that has put Ocean Springs on the map is the annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival held every November. The event, which was recently selected as one of "Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events,” has grown to become known as the largest fine arts festival in the state attracting an attendance in excess of 120,000 to the local area. 

The history of the festival dates back to 1978 when it was created to honor master potter, Peter Anderson, and to celebrate the arts community. Nov. 7-8 will mark 37 years this annual street party beckons visitors near and far to enjoy a weekend full of live music, great food, activities, and specials offered by business and restaurant owners.

However, the star of the show will be nearly 400 vendors from around the continent that display everything from the finest pottery, paintings, jewelry, and sculptures to woodwork, metal work, and handmade tile pieces. Happy shopping!

For more information about the Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival, visit peterandersonfestival.com.

Ocean Springs Website Ready for Visitors! JUN 9, 2015 Bridgette Varone

The City of Ocean Springs has endorsed a new program to allow locals and visitors to access real time information from local businesses in one convenient location. A new website, www.OceanSpringsFun.com is live on Thursday, June 4th, and is connected from the home page of city’s official site, ci.ocean-springs.ms.us/.


To access what is happening in Ocean Springs, this new website will give detailed information on not only big festivals and events, but also live music venues and special deals offered for lunch, happy hour and at boutiques nearby. All tourism-related businesses in Ocean Springs can take advantage of posting real time info to attract the seeking customer.


"We hope that our Ocean Springs businesses will take advantage of the FREE listing on this site, and consider the larger package to promote their special offers,” said Mayor Connie Moran. 


Shopping, dining, lodging, attractions, and nightlife are being promoted in the city by this pilot program offered by Play the Coast, a local marketing company that promotes local businesses to Mississippi Gulf Coast visitors. "We hope that locals will use the website and phone app as much as our guests do to find out what is going on in their city," said Arturo Barajas, local business owner and Play the Coast President. "When we all get behind one message of promoting Ocean Springs, then we all win." That common goal of promoting Ocean Springs is the reason for an endorsement by Mayor Moran and the Ocean Springs Board of Aldermen.


"This is the first phase to be launched," says Barajas. "The 'Ocean Springs Phone App' is under review to be available for free download in Apple and Android later this summer." Until then, the website is fully mobile and responsive to any screen size. The regional app, Play the Coast, is currently available for download, and includes information on member businesses along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.


For more information, contact Bridgette Varone at 228-234-4063 or bridgette.varone@gmail.com

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A New Tourism Focus in Ocean Springs MAR 18, 2015 Bridgette Varone

On Wednesday, February 18, the Board of Aldermen, with a recommendation by the Economic Development Council, approved Magnolia Studio, DBA Play the Coast to create a new tourism website and phone app for the city of Ocean Springs that will provide information about the city and it's tourism-related businesses. 

The website will include information on restaurants, nightlife, shopping, lodging, and attractions. This information will also power the coast's first city phone app. Each business will have a free listing that will allow for click to call, get directions, send email, and post to social media. Businesses will also have the option to purchase an upgraded membership profile that will show more information, including menus, specials and promotions, links to website and social media, pictures and videos, etc. There will also be a city wide calendar of events that enables the app user to add the information to their calendar and receive a reminder with one simple click.

If you are a business owner of a shopping, dining, nightlife, attraction, or lodging establishment, you are encouraged to attend one of the information sessions at City Hall. The first will be tomorrow, March 19th at 3 pm. Please make plans to attend to hear about this exciting opportunity to promote your business and the city of Ocean Springs to locals and visitors alike.

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Contact Bridgette Varone with any questions at 228-234-4063.