Summer 2013

Cover photo for summer 2013 Catfish Alley

Soloman Smith explores the wonders of a spring at Tabernacle Campground just a mile east of the Mississippi/Alabama state line in the summer of 2012.

COVER STORY: Oh, Heavenly Days
As they have done each summer for 185 years, the members of Tabernacle United Methodist Church flock to their ancient campground for a celebration of faith, family and food.

The New (Culinary) South
Starkville chef Ty Thames takes a culinary flight of fancy fueled by local farms, gardens and breweries.

Gordo in June
A small Alabama town takes to the streets for its annual celebration of chickens and mules.

A Sense of Space
West Point artist Critz Campbell’s storage-shed-turned-home isn’t just a showplace for artwork, it’s a work of art itself.

The Sweet Season
Summer just isn’t the same without the crisp, sweet taste of watermelon, and Johnny Gilmer knows it.

Break the Rules
In fashion, don’t just do what you’re told, find a style all your own.

Artist Portfolio
During her 25 years in Columbus, Monroe, La.-based artist Martha Young left her own mark of whimsy on the walls and floors of area collectors.


From the Editor


From Our Readers

Half-n-HalfA flavorful mix of good things to know and good stuff to buy

Book Review  Emma and Tom Richardson’s review of Ron Rash’s Nothing Gold Can Stay.

Avid Reader — Jessie Koonce shares a few of her favorite reads 

One QuestionFriends and neighbors reminisce about their favorite childhood swimming hole.

3 Inspired PeopleFrom tae kwon do to color, Oliver Miller, Cherry Dunn and Vickie Burris share their passions for educating and learning.

At the RootNPR’s Gestalt Gardener Felder Rushing wants us to get a little “wild” in our summer gardens.

Personal SpaceAmy Buckley has it bad, an art obsession. And it’s on display at the riverfront house she shares with her husband, Bob, in West Point

A Letter HomeJudy Bryan Mello finds her adopted “hippie hamlet” on the West Coast different, but in many ways similar, to her native prairie farm in West Point.

Seems to MeKayaking in Mississippi. Canadian Ross Whitwam finds the natives friendly, but wonders who left all the litter.

Social CallA photographic look at area events and who’s been out and about in the Golden Triangle and beyond.

Restaurant GuideGolden Triangle eateries and Miss Moon Pie’s trip to Nightingale’s Pantry and General Store in West Point.

Parting Shot