Often I am amazed at how country my family and friends are. My parents are members of the South Mississippi Mule and Horse Association. That's right. A group that is dedicated to mules and horses. I thought to myself, when I heard about this, only does this happen in Mississippi. I have been to a couple of these events called Mule Pulls. This is where weighted sleds are hooked up to a mule or two mules and they see who can pull the most weight. It is actually fun to see the mammoth creatures work together with their trainer who is shouting all sorts of commands. The Mule Pulls also have a variety of entertainment. A petting zoo for the kids, concerts, great food, etc... After being a witness to this spectacle, I am not ashamed of being country. Mules and Horses, great food and southern hospitality and fellowship is country. It is Mississippi. Visit the groups website at http://www.smmha.com/.
Friday, October 9, 2009
I really enjoyed our trip to the Special Collections section of the McCain Library for a couple of significant reasons. The first being that I am a huge fan of historical artifacts and history in general. It is amazing how much life has changed over the years and it is special to be able to actually hold some of the things that someone else made or journey into someone else's thoughts that was formulated so many years ago. I also enjoyed the Special Collections because of some of the Political Artifacts. I was fascinated with the Sen. Theodore Bilbo archives. The old Civil War letters were very interesting also and are personal to me with me being a war vet because I can compare and contrast things that I experienced with things that they experienced many years ago. Visit the Special Collections website at www.lib.usm.edu/spcol.
A couple days ago I went to a very interesting cultural exhibit, here in Hattiesburg, called the Calico Mall. It is nothing more than an antique store but the things that I found in there definitely enlightened me. I found several old Hattiesburg newspapers from WW1 and books that were from the early 20th century. I ended up staying there for 3 hours looking through the 3 levels of antiquity that they had. A lot of the items they have is breath taking. This little flea market is our little Museum of Southern Heritage. Visit the Calico Mall website at http://www.calicomall.com/.