Stone County Centennial – Mississippi Bicentennial Poles Update

The newest set of Mississippi Centennial – Stone County Bicentennial Poles are in place at the Stone County Economic Development Office, located in the historic Wiggins Depot. The poles celebrate Stone County’s Centennial and Mississippi’s Bicentennial, its culture and heritage. The pole project was funded in part through a Bicentennial grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the Mississippi Humanities Council.

Upcoming Events


Award Winning Artist Marilyn Ammons of Spanish Fort, Alabama, will present: COLLAGE FROM A-Z. The workshop includes creation collage papers and supplies and the use of them to finish a collage art piece. The workshop will happen on August 26, 2017, from 9AM – 3PM at Community Arts Center-Perkinston Campus, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Cost is $60 for members and $75 for non-members. Call 601 528-2343 to confirm space and additional information. Participants are encouraged to bring COPIES of “family” pics, letters, documents, travel artifacts..etc to include in your personal collage. Bring your own lunch.

BICENTENNIAL MURAL: You Are Invited to Participate!

Mural artist Kym Garraway will be painting the MISSISSIPPI BICENTENNIAL HEROES MURAL on the south wall of the Stone County Education Center (corner of Broad and First Streets) September 4-8, 2017. Community artists who would like to participate, please contact Kathryn Lewis at 228-6974505 to sign up for your time to paint. Stone High art students and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College art students will also be assisting.
Citizens are invited to come by and watch the journey. This mural is funded through a Bicentennial Grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the Mississippi Humanities Council.

Additional Centennial Poles Planned

Stone County continues its Centennial Celebration and the Mississippi Bicentennial by adding four more sets of Garden poles to honor our culture, heritage and the arts! In addition to the Centennial poles in place at Jack’s Hardware, the Bank of Wiggins, and the Stone County Enterprise, additional poles will be added for the Stone County Economic Development Partnership, the Stone County Arts Council, Stone County Libraries and Mississippi Bicentennial Poles at the Stone County Centennial Mural. Partnerships include the Stone County Arts Council, Bank of Wiggins and the Friends of Stone County Libraries. These additional poles are “an official bicentennial project made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, through support from the Mississippi Development Authority.”
Pictured: Graphic Artist Jeff Jonescentennial-poles-jeff-jones

Centennial Poles at the Bank of Wiggins

Centennial poles Bank of Wiggins

Celebrating Stone County’s Centennial! The first set of “Centennial Garden Poles” are located at the branch of the Bank of Wiggins! The Bank was one of the sponsors for the poles. Local artists painted the Centennial Poles, the Heritage poles that celebrate businesses that are at least 100 years old, and a theme pole that celebrates the business  (painted by artist Kym Garraway).

Congratulations to Stone County and the Bank of Wiggins on their 100th Birthday!

Pictured l to r: Vicky Bass, Jessica Hickman, Chelsie Black, Tammy Ladner, Jen Bowman, Ron Stanley and Bret Berger.


Telling Trees – Our Firefighters


Fire Chief Jody Hatten shared the Wiggins Fire Station story for the Telling Trees Project with recent SHS graduate and MGCCC student, Jackson Jones. The February 2016 production of “A Gathering of Heroes”-sharing Stone County’s Best – included our Stone County’s Fire Fighters.

Photo by Kim Jones

Stone County Centennial Mural


We Gather Together – SC100

Photos from the play about us – We Gather Together!

The Performing Arts Workshop for Grades 1-12

Happy 100 Stone CountyJune 20-24, 2016

Were you born to entertain? Do you love performing in front of an audience? If the answer is yes, this is the camp for you! Come join us as we rock out this summer to hits from Broadway and famous music artists in a performance sure to be a smash hit.

Under the direction of Performing Arts Director, Daisha Walker, participants will explore the basics of performing [singing, dancing, and acting]. FOR 27 YEARS WE HAVE OFFERED AN OUTLET FOR CHILDREN TO SHOWCASE AND EXPAND THEIR TALENTS!!!! Let your little star shine with us this summer as we help them find their genius. This workshop is sponsored by the Fine Arts Department of MGCCC, Perkinston Campus and the MS Arts Commission.

Registration: June 20, 2016: 8:30 a.m. [morning session] 12: 45 p.m. [afternoon session].  

Cost: $80.00 per half day participants   

*Students going into 4th grade may participate in both sessions for $150.00

*Siblings attending the workshop receive a $10.00 discount after the first child

(1st child – $80.00 and 2nd child – $70.00). Due to the limited number of participant spots, a $25.00 non-refundable deposit is required per participant.
Schedule: Morning Session [1-4th] begins at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 12:00 noon.  

Lunch for 4th graders attending all day begins at 12:00 and ends at 1:15 p.m.

Afternoon Session [5th-12th] begins at 1:15 p.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m.

Students should be dropped off and picked up in Malone Hall Lobby, Perkinston Campus.

Breaks/Lunch: Refreshments are provided (please inform us of any dietary restrictions). If the participants are attending morning and afternoon sessions, they may bring a drink and sack lunch. A supervised lunch period will be provided between 12:00 and 1:15 p.m.  
Limitations: Workshops will be limited to 50 participants per session – first come, first-serve basis.  
Exhibits: The participants will perform their show for the community at 7pm on Friday, June 24, 2016  

Scholarships: There are a limited amount of full and ½ scholarships available. We need a letter from an instructor or youth counselor demonstrating both the financial need and benefit for the child to be considered for the scholarship.

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P.A.A.W. – Application/Pre-Registration

Due to limited space and number of participants, a $25.00 non-refundable deposit is required. The $55.00 balance is due by 6/20/16. Checks should be made payable to MGCCC and mailed to: Performing Arts Workshop, MGCCC, Malone Hall, P.O. Box 548, Perkinston, MS 39573. For more information, please call Daisha Walker at 601- 928-6289 or 228-669-9747 or email:

Workshop Choices [please check one of the following]:

_______ 4th grade attending morning & afternoon sessions 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $150

_______ Half Day Performing Arts Grades 1st – 4th (8:45a.m. to 12 noon) $80

_______ Half- Day Performing Arts Grades 5th -12th (1:15 p.m. to 4:30p.m.) $80

Name: ______________________________________________________ Grade Entering August 2016: ____________

Home Address: ______________________________________ City, State, Zip: __________________________________

Phone#: Work: __________________________ Home: ________________________ Cell: _________________________

Email address: ______________________________________________________________________________________

T-shirt size: _______ YS _______ YM _______ YL _______ AS _______ AM _______ AL _______ AXL

SC100 – Fabulous Friday 02/26/2016

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The Centennial Mural Journey Begins

Elizabeth Veglia and Sandra Cassibry

Mural artist Elizabeth Veglia (left) and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) Fine Arts Chair  (right) Sandra Cassibry begin celebration of Stone County’s Centennial. The mosaic tile mural will be dedicated May 10, 2016, and is supported by a grant from the Heritage Foundation and the Stone County Economic Development Partnership (SC EDP).

Veglia, Cassibry, and MGCCC art students are  working with mural architect Rusty Ryals and the SC EDP Centennial Committee on this significant project.SC100 Logo

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