You’ve seen signs across the state, designating certain towns as Mississippi Main Streets, but what does that exactly mean? If you’re a lover of downtowns, historic buildings and mom and pop businesses, the answer to that question is pretty crucial. Mississippi Main Street is a statewide organization and it’s a part of a nationwide movement that has been going strong since the 80s. Its mission is to save and revitalize historic downtown districts.
The town you live in may be apart of this effort, and if so, your downtown area is probably better for it. That’s certainly the case in downtown Pascagoula where volunteers, led by Pascagoula Main Street program manager Rebecca Davis, work tirelessly to improve their downtown district.
Mississippi downtown commercial districts tend to be small, sometimes only comprised of a few blocks and intersections, but they represent the story of their respective cities and the people who formed them. Pascagoula’s downtown, centered on charming Delmas Avenue, offers boutique shopping, casual dining and warm breezes rolling in off the Pascagoula River where it flows into the Mississippi Sound of the Gulf of Mexico. With incredible sunsets and so much access to nature, it’s no wonder that the local community is given to an artistic bent.

Stay tuned! The Live Oak Arts Festival volunteer committee has begun meeting and will post vendor applications online this week. If you are interested in helping out with this year's event, please contact the Pascagoula Main Street office at 228-219-1114 or via email at
10:30 AM - Mirage 
Noon - Blackwater Brass 
1:30 - Blue Mother Tupelo 
3:30 - Johnny Sansone 
5:30 PM - The Stolen Faces

The Stolen Faces - 5:30 p.m.

Mirage - 10:30 a.m. 
Blackwater Brass - Noon
Blue Mother Tupelo - 1:30 p.m.
Johnny Sansone - 3:30 p.m. 

The 2015 LOAF Live Music Lineup!

     10:30 AM -
    Noon - Blue Mother Tupelo
    1:30 PM - Johhny Sansone
    3:30 PM - Blackwater Brass
    5:30 PM - The Stolen Faces

Adam Plitt signs his artwork
The Live Oak Arts Festival committee has announced the winner of the 2015 Festival Poster Contest as Adam Plitt, of Gulfport.

“It is an honor to have my work selected as the winner of the Live Oak Art Festival,” said Plitt. “As a lifelong resident of the Gulf Coast, I take pride in its heritage.  I look forward to attending the festival on May 9, meeting other local artist and signing prints.

At their most recent meeting, Live Oak Arts Festival committee members selected Plitt’s work from several other contest submissions. The art will be sold in advance and at the festival as a souvenir poster representing the 2015 event.

The Festival committee is currently finalizing big plans for the 6th annual event set to take place on Saturday, May 9. Volunteer festival organizers, alongside Main Street program manager Rebecca Davis, have dedicated their time on this event to promote downtown Pascagoula and the city’s heritage.

“We’re so excited about this year’s festival in downtown,” said Suzanne Ros, Festival Chair. “We’ve got a great lineup of music, as well as talented artists and food vendors. It’s going to be a fun Saturday in Pascagoula.”

Ros said she is looking forward to announcing the music lineup in the next few weeks. D’Juana Garrison, who owns Jacks By the Tracks in downtown Pascagoula with her husband Mark, was selected as this year’s Music Chair. She brings several years of entertainment booking experience to the organization.

“Since my husband Mark and I opened Jack’s in 2011, it has been our highest mission to provide quality entertainment on our little red stage,” said Garrison.

“We are constantly amazed by the many many music fans in our community and it is an honor to be a part of this year’s Live Oak Fest searching for talent beyond what we can provide at Jack’s. No matter your musical taste, you’ll enjoy the music we have lined up, from blues and funk, to Americana and jam music. We hope everyone will come out and enjoy the art, food and music.”
The Festival committee is currently accepting applications for artist and food vendor booths and will continue to do so through the end of April. Applicants may find the application on Facebook and submit to or stop by the Pascagoula Main Street Office located at 303 Delmas Ave. in Anchor Square.

The Live Oak Arts Festival is an annual cultural celebration showcasing local art and cuisine,
shopping, children’s activities, live music, a classic car show and more. Over the past five years this event has become a community homecoming. The festival helps showcase downtown Pascagoula and local businesses. For more information, call (228) 219-1114 or visit Live Oak Arts Festival on Facebook.

Don't forget! Vendors, you can still purchase 10x10 booth space at the Live Oak Arts Festival for only $40 until Friday, March 20. Booth space will be available at the regular rate after March 20 until the end of April. Reserve your spot now!
Vendors from all across the coast, and as far away as Louisiana and Florida will set up at this event, with an anticipated 4,000-5,000 attendees. The festival falls directly before Mother's Day so it is a great place to pick up a unique, locally made gift for mom, or to bring her for the day!