Saturday, April 2, 2011

MRYC (Madison Ridgeland Youth Club) Baseball-Madison, Miss.

Sporting age groups range from ages four to 18.  Each team was sponsored by different businesses and organizations.

Coaches get the opportunity to talk to the team and recap on strategies before the game.  Russell vs. Adams began at 2 that afternoon.

Players take out time to practice on throws before and during the game.  Taylor, 9, was playing for The Brewers.

 Family members-including pets, come to support their favorite teams.  Red, pet of the Schwarner family, came along.

        Liberty Village Park, Madison, Miss., is located at 810 Madison Avenue and is open to the public.  The park's mission is to provide facilities and programs that better the quality of life for local residents.The kids' playground was build from the imaginations of Madison's children and built by the community. 
        Liberty Park maintains five fields for baseball and softball, along with five fields for soccer.  It also holds two volleyball courts with a 1 1/2 mile paved walking trail on the side.  To provide visitors with food and beverages, there is a well fit concession stand in the center of the the park.  This allows visitors to get easy access to drinks and food from any direction. 
        Spring Baseball, along with other sporting activites, has begun at the park. It is offered for ages 4-18.  Registration for it was in late January and early February.  All leagues have a minimum of 44 players in order to play.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Pilgrimage in Natchez

     During the Fall and Spring, for a set length of time, Natchez opens its antebellum homes and private residences for touring.  Guides and descendants of the original owners are dressed according the time antebellum era  to give visitors a visualization of the time period.  Each house is furnished with and 18th and 19th century style in Natchez.
     The Natchez Pilgrimage Group Tour Headquarters arranges all tours and ticketing to all of the Spring and Fall events during Pilgrimage.  The public homes are remain open for touring throughout the year.  The homes provide local guides that are trained and certified.  They are required for all local city tours.
     Group dining is provided year-round and on holidays in restaurants and mansions.  A dining group needs atleast 20 paying guests.  The tours also offer gospel groups, concert events, and living history performances.  Teas, cocktail parites, and dinners are also offered in most of the mansions.

Meet the Mustangs

Murrah High School hosts its annual Meet the Mustangs.  The event was organized for students from middle schools as well as elementary schools to become educated on healthy life choices and prospective extracurricular activites.

Pilgrimage in Natchez

Over 30 antebellum mansions and private residences open for visition for Spring Pilgrimage.  Visitors came from as far as Canada to see the historic establishments in Natchez, Miss.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

 A homeless citizen sits another day at Poindexter Park.  Homeless citizens have reportedly been harrased by police officers.
 The King Edward Bar, sitting under the recently built, Hilton Garden Inn, is a gathering spot for the young professional crowd, many of whom are beginning to live in Jackson.  Current employee, Talia (left) explained the new hiring positions at the bar. 
Independent photographers, Cindy (left) and Darla (right) are starting their own business in photography.  The two were out earlier that day, shooting models in Downtown Jackson.
Private institutions are having to pay more for tuition fr the upcoming school year.  In order to elevate the operating cost with public institutions, many private schools had raise their fees and tuition for the 2009-10 school year.
The Clinton Community Nature Center will be hosting their 2nd Annual Monarch Festival Week, Saturday, April 9 through Saturday, April 16, 2011.  The event was started last year to attract more locals.

Homeless in Jackson

(Brian Cullingham in Poindexter Park)
The Jackson Police Department tries to force homeless people out of downtown, which could lead the city in legal trouble.   Brian Cullingham (right) says that patrol officers in Precincts 2 and 5 tell homeless people that they cannot be downtown and tell those coming towards downtown from the north or west to turn around. In October, two officers on Segways chased Cullingham and a friend out of Smith Park when they caught the two men playing chess in the morning, he says.
Sometimes those instructions turn into harassment and eventually arrestment.  Jackson's developers and residents work together to move the local homeless population out of sight.  They do so by reporting any sightings of the homeless loitering around stores and different businesses.  Brent Cox, an organizer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi, organized a meeting of area homeless people in Smith Park, but police officers disrupted the event, saying that they could not meet there.
Cox wanted to avoid litigation but if the problem persist, then he predicts a lawsuit would be made against the city.  The city would then be violating the rights of the homeless.  Cullingham says with the police department being threatened, he has experienced fewer harrasmenta by the police and business owners.