One of my very dear friends has been working on organizing this year’s free Threefoot Festival this weekend in downtown Meridian: everything she does is beyond fab so we’re really looking forward to it.
There will be internationally- and nationally- recognized artists, those more locally known, and those who have never shown before. Art cars are coming in (think Orange Show-style art cars, but smaller since this is the first year, especially). There’s also a parade, and two stages with bands — and Thacker Mountain Radio Hour will happen at the Temple Theater. Also, races and a walk on Friday.
~150 vendors made up of the artists, merchants, and food.
The Budweiser Clydesdales will be there (I saw them once when I lived in Texas as a child, and kids *love* this — the way the horses are pampered is so sweet).
Oh! And among the artists, Stephanie Dwyer, who is so well-known for her bottle trees, will be showing again for the first time in several years and is making new items just for this show.
Meridian architecture is great — just running through some faves: the Art Deco Threefoot Building (built by the Threefoot family, whose surname Dreyfuss was changed to the English translation of Threefoot) and USPS building // the Meridian Museum of Art is in a former Carnegie Library // 1931 E.F. Young Hotel building // the Union Station has been rebuilt to original Mission Revival // City Hall is Beaux-Arts // St Patrick’s Catholic and First Presbyterian are both Gothic Revival // the Riley Center which I think will be open for guests is…I’m going with Romanesque // Merrehope is Greek Revival // Beth Israel is late 1960’s mod // the Temple Theater which is hosting silent films accompanied by live organ music is 1927 Moorish Revival // …and there are those great murals downtown.
The hotels in Meridian are the usual mix for that size city and I just checked: rooms still available (the HGI looks sold out but reservations open at the Hampton and others); there will be food vendors at the festival which will be fun, but if you’re away, Meridian has some nice choices (traditional Weidmann’s, *great* poboys at Seafood Express, a couple of Thai places, bbq places, tons of Mexican restaurants, a couple of fish camps, more — plus the usual chains if you’re in drive-thru mode.
Whilst ‘selling’ Meridian (seriously, I really do enjoy Meridian), also recommend:
MSU Riley Center
The Dentzel Carousel
Rose Hill Cemetery, esp Queen Kelly and King Emil Mitchell monuments
Side trip to Philadelphia, including the Williams Brothers General Store
…and the Mississippi Antique Alley event is this weekend
Bands playing at the festival include:
Hope to see you! xoxo!