It’s Christmas Time in The ‘Sip

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, we now look forward to celebrating Christmas. With that comes the annual Christmas parades taking places in our neck of the woods.

While big box stores, Hallmark tv programing and some radio stations have been pushing Christmas since Nov. 1st, our small towns give Thanksgiving it’s moment in the spotlight before shifting to Christmas.

Christmas parades are a fun annual tradition that helps kick off the Christmas season and this year, all of our parades in the tip of Mississippi will be completed by Dec. 7th.

The first of the parades begin Saturday, Dec. 1, with Olive Branch kicking things off at 2 p.m. near city hall. Horn Lake’s Christmas festivities kick off later that day at 4:30 pm.

The City of Hernando will get things kicked off Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 3rd. Southaven will round things out with a big parade Dec. 7th at 6:30 p.m.

42nd Annual Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade

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Photo via Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce

Dec. 1st
2 p.m.

The parade lineup begins at Olive Branch High School and will drive down Pigeon Roost Road. Most folks will gather at Pigeon Roost Road and Goodman Rd. to watch the parade. Unlike the other parades, this event takes place in the daytime.

Be sure to stop by some of the local businesses in Old Towne after the parade. There’s everything from beer to boutiques and everything in between.

The theme this year is ” A Story Book Christmas.”

Horn Lake’s 2nd Annual Christmas in the Park

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Dec. 1st
4:30 p.m.

Horn Lake’s 2nd annual Christmas event will be held in Latimer Lakes Park beginning at 4:30 p.m. You’ll be able to stroll through the stationary displays and see Santa light the Christmas tree at approximately 5:30 p.m. Be sure to drink some hot chocolate, eat a cookie or two and listen to the caroling.

61st Annual Hernando Christmas Parade

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Dec. 3rd
6:30 p.m.

The Hernando Christmas parade takes place Dec. 3rd this year in Downtown Hernando. The start time is 6:30 p.m. The theme this year is “Winter Wonderland.” Rain date is scheduled for Dec. 10th if necessary.

The parade travels down Commerce Street and will loop around the Square.

Southaven’s 38th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights

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Dec. 7th
6:30 p.m.

The parade route begins at 2010 Stateline Rd. at SouthPoint Church. Music/dance performances will be given up to 45 seconds to perform in front of the judges’ stand, which will be located across from Dale’s Restaurant (1226 Main St.)

The Best in Show float will be awarded a spread in the 2019 Southaven Magazine.

Coffee Central will keep you fueled and refreshed

On a cold Saturday morning in November, I made my first visit to Coffee Central in Southaven, accompanied by my wife. We are frequent patrons of Starbucks, but have been searching for a good local option to visit on the weekends.

The cozy cafe has a relaxing, lounge-type atmosphere with friendly staff ready to get your caffeine fix.

Coffee Central has been in operation in Southaven since early 2017, located on Getwell Rd., just a block or so from DeSoto Central High School.

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The menu features your standard coffeehouse staples such as flat whites, lattes and cappuccinos. Cold and frozen drinks are on the menu in addition to hot teas.

I spotted a Simonelli espresso maker behind the counter, a high quality, Italian engineered espresso machine.

For being a little over a year old, the team at Coffee Central does a lot things right– which is hard to do when you are a young small business. It’s why they have a near perfect rating on Facebook: 4.9 out of 5 stars out of 89 reviews as of this writing.

They have an inviting and cozy atmosphere. The espresso was was robust and flavorful, which is hard to master. If not done properly, your espresso will have sort of a “burnt” taste to it.

The staff is very friendly and inviting, too. It was nice to see some pastries in a little bakers box beside the register. The shiplap wooden bench gave an inspired and cozy feel to the entire cafe.

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My cappuccino was made just wright. My wife’s peppermint mocha was tasty and sweet! Just the right amount of mocha and peppermint flavor.

I tried a pumpkin streusel muffin and my wife tried a sausage gravy and biscuit. The muffin was tasty– who doesn’t love streusel? The sausage gravy was a little salty, a little creamy and paired perfectly with my wife’s peppermint mocha latte.

Coffee Central is a great addition to our community. It’s a safe, family-friendly space to gather and fellowship over a great cup of coffee or espresso.

Keep an eye on their Facebook page, they frequently post about special menu items and encourage reservations for parties and showers.

Once you’ve visited Coffee Central, you’ll wish they were open 24/7!

Operating Hours

Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Coffee Central on Facebook
https://www.coffeecentral.cc/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hidden Gems: NBA G-League games in Southaven

If you’re looking for something fun to do close to home, the NBA’s G-League is a great option for a cheap night out.

The G-League (formally the D-League/Developmental League) is the official minor league of the NBA. NBA teams are assigned a G-League affiliate where they can staff a team with young prospective NBA talent to develop their skills in hopes of getting a call-up to the NBA.

Major League Baseball (MLB) has a successful minor league system and the NBA is doing its best to mirror their model. The NBA has placed affiliate teams in nearby markets to serve as a launchpad for many players looking to join the professional basketball ranks. Unlike in baseball where you have Single-A, Double-A and Triple-A ball, the G-League has just one tier of teams.

The Hustle are affiliated with the Memphis Grizzlies, which makes all the sense in the world, considering they are just a short trip over the state line.

Lower-level tickets start out at $12 and the most expensive ticket is about $25– much more palatable than the prices you pay at the NBA level in the FedEx Forum.

The Hustle have a great roster this season, featuring a mix of players with regional ties and ties to the Grizzlies. The team is coached by Brad Jones, who played and coached at Lambuth University in nearby Jackson, Tenn. and later served as an assistant coach for the NBA’s Utah Jazz.

Former Arkansas Razorback sharpshooter Dusty Hannahs and former Memphis Tiger rimrocker D.J. Stephens are two players on the roster that will appeal to local collegiate fans.

The Grizzlies’ 2018 second round draft pick JeVon Carter (point guard, West Virginia University) and Japanese-born Yuta Watanabe (forward, George Washington University) both anchor the Hustle.

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I recently attended the Hustle’s opening night on Nov. 9 at the Landers Center in Southaven and had a great time.

Some things to keep in mind if you decide to attend a Hustle game:

  • Bring at least $5 in cash to pay to park (cash only)
  • You will go through metal detectors when you enter, so leave your pocket knives, pepper spray, etc. in the car

Opening night for the Hustle happened to also coincide with the season’s first Kids Club, which is an area on the floor with interactive inflatables for the kids, a team store and more. You can sign up for the Kids Club for free and you receive a free ticket to a Hustle game, a kids lanyard and your kid gets to shoot some layups after Friday night games.

The game is action packed, physical and uptempo.

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The in-game experience is on-par with an NBA game. The players are highly skilled and don’t take any plays off. They are all fighting for the right to be on an NBA roster. This game featured all the action you would expect from an NBA game: breakaway dunks, alley-oops, put-back dunks, crazy three pointers and show-stopping blocks.

The pep squad, for lack of a better name, throws out t-shirts during time outs, interacts with fans with trivia during the game and more. The usual in-game music and chant music is pumped into the arena during the game as well.

There was even a halftime performance from a world-record holding juggler who could juggle everything from bowling pins, to flying discs to tennis racquets. It was impressive.

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Besides the great game play and great ticket prices, the concession prices were price conscious, too.

Much of the menu was no more than $6 bucks, which featured pizza, chicken wings, hot dogs, nachos– the standard concession food. Plus plenty of snacks, soda, candy and beer. A refillable soda cup is $6, which is good for unlimited soda refills.

Since this was my first game, I cannot say for certain if this happens regularly, but Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace was in attendance for opening night, sporting a crimson sports jacket and sitting under the basket near the Hustle’s bench.

Grizzlies head coach J.B. Bickerstaff also made an appearance at the game later in the first half, sitting on the other side of the goal as Wallace. Former NBA champion (with the 2004 “bad boy” Detroit Pistons squad) and 2008 gold medalist Tayshaun Prince was also spotted at the game court-side. Prince is now a front office executive with the Grizzlies.

After you’ve been to one game, if you’re like me, you’ll be looking forward to the next Hustle game. If it happens to be a game you can’t make or a road game, some Hustle games are broadcast on Facebook Watch and on ESPN’s new premium streaming service, ESPN+. You can check out the team’s full schedule and broadcast schedule here. At least two Hustle games will be broadcast on traditional television on NBATV and on ESPNU later this season.

The bottom line is the Hustle provide great entertainment value. Cheap parking, cheap food and cheap seats, but a great on-court product.

 

Top 15 Halloween Events in North Mississippi

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There are some great Halloween events going on over the course of the next week in North Mississippi.

Whether you’re looking for a fun ‘trunk or treat’ event, a place to watch Hocus Pocus or participate in a charity event, there’s something for everyone this Halloween season.

The list is highlighted by one of the community’s most anticipated events, Southaven’s Trunk or Treat in the Park, which drew hundreds of participant in its first year will feature food for sale from places like Chik-fil-a and the Kona Ice truck.

The Spooktacular 2018 @TCALF Church event is headlined by a Nintendo Switch giveaway.

Northwest Mississippi Community College and the University of Mississippi at the DeSoto Center are hosting its first annual event, featuring a showing of Hocus Pocus, the cult-classic 90’s Disney movie featuring Bette Middler.

And if you’re looking to spread some cheer this spooky season, stop by the Superhero Trick or Treat for Charity event, with all proceeds going towards building a new animal shelter for the City of Hernando. Bonus: free photos with Marvel and DC superheroes.

Plus, tons of city and church-hosted ‘trunk or treat’ events to get your kids their candy fix.

Note: The only order this list is presented in is chronological order. It is not a comprehensive list of all events, but a selection of 

Olive Branch Family YMCA Trick or Treat 

Oct. 25th; 5-6:30 p.m.

“You’re invited to join the Olive Branch Family YMCA for an evening of excitement at our Trunk or Treat. This free event is open to all ages and will offer many exciting activities including candy, games, and lots of fun!”

8555 Goodman Rd. Olive Branch, MS 38654
Phone: (662) 890-9622

Halloween Weekend III

Oct. 26th 3 p.m. – Oct. 27th 1 p.m.

“Boo! Come join us for Halloween! We will have “Hey Hey” Rides, a magical pumpkin patch, costume and site decorating contests, a Haunted House, arts & crafts, and plenty of Halloween-themed games! Try out candy corn witch pitch, Frankenstein bowling, and mummy wrap.”

1400 Audubon Point Dr., Horn Lake, MS 38637
Phone: (662) 280-8282

Superhero Trick or Treat for Charity 2018

Oct. 27th; 12-4 p.m.

“Back by popular demand! We had so much fun last year, we’re doing it again! Save the date Saturday, Oct 27 2018 noon-4pm for our 2nd annual Superhero Trick or Treat for Charity event at the Gale Center! We’ll have a Halloween costume contest for kids 10 and under, a cake walk with cakes & prizes, a silent auction, raffle items, pumpkin painting, slime making with the Ghostbusters, Excel by 5, and Seize the Clay will be setup! We will also have FREE photos with our Superhero team including Spiderman, Batman, Nightwing, and Super Girl , just to name a few!! Admission is FREE but any donation is appreciated. There will be food trucks on site so grab lunch with us and enjoy the entertainment!! All proceeds go to help build a new animal shelter for the City of Hernando. Hope to see you there!”

2601 Elm St., Hernando, MS 38632
Phone: (662) 429-9096

Trick or Treat TangerStyle!

Oct. 27th; 1-3 p.m.

“Calling all ghosts, goblins, princesses and superheroes! Tanger Outlets Southaven is inviting you to a Spooktacular Halloween Celebration! Join us for Trick-or-Treating at Tanger Outlets Southaven from 1 – 3 pm on Saturday, October 27th. Join us at 2 pm at the playground to show off your costume at our costume contest.

Stores and Shopper Services will provide candy to children 12 and under. Masks for children only. Look for display decals on entrance doors of participating stores.”

5205 Airways Blv., Ste. 800
Southaven, MS 38671
Phone: 662-349-1701

Maples Memorial United Methodist Church Trunk or Treat
Oct. 27th; 5-7 p.m.

“Come and trick or treat around the parking lot at Maples Memorial United Methodist church. Free Hotdogs, chili, chips, cookies and water. AND need a pumpkin? Maples has those for sale as well.”

8745 Goodman Rd. Olive Branch, MS 38654
Phone: (662) 895-2279

Church of the Harvest Trunk or Treat
Oct. 27th; 6-8:30 p.m.

“Come out to our Trunk or Treat! Dress up in a costume and bring a bag for your candy!”

14707 Highway 302, Olive Branch, MS 38654
Phone: (662) 890-1573

Spooktacular 2018 @TCALF Church

Oct. 28th  5:30 p.m. / 6:30 p.m.

“SPOOKTACULAR is a FREE family-friendly event that includes an amazing service, high-energy worship, costumes, games, food, and candy for ALL KIDS!

This year, we have TWO experiences to choose from: 5:30PM and 6:30PM

FREE CANDY! FREE FOOD! FREE GAMES!

After a brief service which will include giving away a NINTENDO SWITCH, Trunk-R-Treat begins in our field space, along with plenty of games and food. There will also be photo-ops as well as costume contests for kids & teens/adults. With tons of decorated cars filled to the brim with candy, this is an event your family won’t want to miss. Admission is FREE, along with food and candy as long as it lasts!

Admission is FREE, but you must be present in the auditorium at either 5:30PM or 6:30PM to be registered to win the Nintendo Switch.”

7180 Goodman Rd., Walls, MS 38680
Phone: (662) 781-2151

2+2 Spooktacular

Oct. 30th; 6-8:30 p.m.

“Join Northwest Mississippi Community College and the University of Mississippi at the DeSoto Center (5197 W.E. Ross Parkway) for our first-ever 2+2 Spooktacular! The event is free and open to the community. We’ll have trunk or treat at 6 p.m. and a showing of Hocus Pocus on the lawn at 6:30 p.m.! Bring your chairs and blankets!”

5197 WE Ross Pkwy, Southaven, MS 38671
Phone: (662) 342-4765

Halloween Costume Parade at the BJ Chain Public Library

Oct. 31st; 10:30-11:30 a.m.

“Come and join us for a special Halloween Storytime and costume parade!”

6619 Highway 305 N., Olive Branch, MS 38654
Phone: (662) 895-5900

Trunk or Treat in the Park

Oct. 31st; 5-8 p.m.

“Join us Halloween night for a fun and safe place to trick or treat! We will have moon bounces, trunks to visit, games, the Kona Ice truck, food for sale from Chick-fil-A, and more! Add this event to your calendar!”

6285 Snowden Grove Lane, Southaven, MS 38672
Phone: (662) 890-7275

Graceview Harvest Festival 2018
Oct. 31st; 6-8 p.m.

“The Graceview Harvest Festival 2018! Hayrides! Petting Zoo! Bounce House! Plenty of candy and games for the kids! Always FREE and always very family friendly.”

7660 Swinnea Rd. Southaven, MS 38671
Phone: (662) 349-0133

Trunk or Treat Cornerstone Church

Oct. 31st; 6-8 p.m.

“Cornerstone Church will be hosting our annual Community “Trunk or Treat” on October 31st! This event is always a lot of fun and it’s safe for the whole family! We will have a ton of candy this year in one of our 50 decorated trunks! There will also be prizes, live music, and an outdoor movie screen! Come join us here at Cornerstone Church this fall and get ready to have a blast!”
5998 Elmore Rd. Southaven, MS 38671
Phone: (662) 349-0216

Trunk or Treat at First Baptist Church Olive Branch

Oct. 31st; 6-7:30 p.m.

“Bring your family and come enjoy a time of Trunk-or-Treating as well as a snack. We will have a photo booth available so you can get some great pictures of your family. Invite a friend and join us at FBCOB!”

9155 Highland St., Olive Branch, MS 38654
Phone: (662) 342-4765

Trunk or Treat at Carriage Hills Baptist Church

Oct. 31st; 6:30-8 p.m.

“Carriage Hills Youth and Children’s Ministries will be handing out candy in the south parking lot. Be sure to add us to your list of Trick or Treating stops!”

8352 Farmington Dr. West
Southaven, MS 38671
Phone: (662) 342-1772

Trunk or Treat at Christview Christian Church

Oct. 31st; 6:30-8 p.m.

“Come join us for a night of free Halloween fun! Bouncy castles, face painting, popcorn, games, coffee for the adults, and more!!”

8100 Greenbrook Pkwy., Southaven, MS 38671
Phone: (662) 342-1000

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