I can’t think of a more perfect night for downtown festivities than last night, May 19th. The weather was the perfect combination of refreshing winds and sunshine. Historic Downtown Laurel hosted its annual “Art Walk”. To sum up the night in a few words I would say: Fantastic local art, amazing food, and incredible music. Who knew our little town had so many talented fellas and ladies? It was wonderful to see people all over our city come together to support our community. You could find a parking spot, pull out the baby carriages, grab a delicious specialty coffee from (here), and let your feet do the walking from there. Surely to find something satisfying around each corner.
Local artists displayed their work in various places around downtown. There was artwork at Lee’s Coffee and Tea, Oak Street Place Art Gallery, Southern Antique Mall, The Jones County Library, displayed in the windows of the old Burton’s Jewelry building, and, in the newly renovated, 415 City Center building.
And if you didn’t already love that, then no worries because there was still so much in store! Hosts of great food and music last night were both downtown favorites, The Loft and City Centre Crepes and Coffeehouse. City Centre hosts an event each Thursday of the month called, Third Thursdays. Which just so happened to fall on this year’s Art Walk night. Coincidence, I think not! The tunes of several local musicians filled every street and alley. Along with their famous savory and dessert crepes, that filled our stomachs.
Then, what better way to end your night at The Loft with a late night appetizer (the Loft has THE best fried mushrooms and crawfish bread), and listening to the phenomenal local jazz musician Mr. T-Bone Pruitt out on the patio. If you guys haven’t heard T-Bone, please do yourself a favor and hear him soon. Such pure talent and fun! If it doesn’t make you want to dance, then I don’t know what will.
It was such a great night in our small Mississippi town. I find a new piece of character downtown, most every time I walk outside. I think most of us, that are surrounded by such great culture day in and day out, forget about how special our home really is.