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The Rundown 10/12/18


Good morning Tupelo, and how ‘bout that weather? Best night of sleep I’ve had in months thanks to the cool temps. Today is Friday, October the 12, 2018. It’s the 285th day of the year and there are 80 days left. Only 19 days till halloween, so keep an eye out later today (likely tonight) for a list of haunted housed, trunk-or-treats, and other great events.

Here’s a look at the weather from WTVA – The Weather Authority:
Grab a light jacket if you are not a fan of cool crisp Fall air. This morning we have temperatures starting in the middle and upper 40s with just a few spots hanging into the lower 50s. Skies remain sunny through this morning but clouds will overspread the sky by this evening.

It’s Food Truck Friday!!!

Come on down to FairPark if you are looking to find some great mobile cooking. Today you will see local MOBILE, Brunch Box, Indulge Mobile, MS Edible Bliss, Gypsy Roadside Mobile, Fire & Smoke BBQ/Catering LLC, and a chance to do some boutique shopping in the ShannAgainS fashion truck!

If you are on the west side of town, hit up Taquería Ferrus, between Computer Universe and & Choice Pawn Tupelo.
Jo’s Cafe is out by the NMMC Wellness Center (they are across from the walking track.
If you are in Fulton today, check out Beachum’s Food Truck on S. Adams St. or SHORT BUS Cooking by Delaney’s.
Looking for food in Pontotoc? Tupelo’s own Big Bad Wolf Truck is at the 2018 Bodock Festival along with quite a few other amazing vendors.

YES!!! My Favorite Festival of the Year!

Like I said, today is Tupelo Chili Festival day, one of my favorite events of the year. $10 gets you through the gates and give you the chance to try and vote on all the awesome local businesses and individual groups making this favorite cool weather comfort food. There will also be a chili lunch special prepared by Jim Beane from BBQ-by-Jim. It’s all happening in Downtown Tupelo between Main & Troy on S. Broadway St. I’ll see you there!
On top of the chili fest, we’ve got a few other great things going on today.

Over at the Oren Dunn City Museum , the Dogtrot Heritage Festival is kicking off. Travel back in time to 1870 when Tupelo incorporated. Friday and Saturday, demonstrators will portray everyday life during Pioneer times. Friday is open to schools, groups, etc. Saturday’s list of activities include live Bluegrass music from the front porch of the Dogtrot House, Pumpkin decorating contest, Pumpkin Chunkin’ Contest, Scarecrow Exhibit, crafts and multiple activities for the kids! $5 wristbands for unlimited play on train rides and bounce houses. Contact the museum to schedule for Friday’s demonstrations. Friday: 9 AM-3 PM; Saturday: 10 AM-4 PM. Friday-$3 per student; Saturday-Free Admission

Over in Pontotoc, the Bodock Festival is happening this weekend, an all day Friday and Saturday event featuring great food, shopping, crafts, and some pretty amazing games. Not to mention the entertainment happening in the evenings. I’ll have a full line up in the Live Music section below.

It’s also Tupelo Flea Market weekend, so tonight starting at 5:00, all day tomorrow and Sunday, you can head over to the Tupelo Furniture Market for a huge variety of shopping. Don’t forget your strollers.

Haunted Hill, Tupelo Haunted Castle, Derailed Haunted House, Haunted Slaughter Plant, & Tupelo Community Theatre’s Haunted Theatre are all open tonight and ready to scare you.

Live Music

In Tupelo
Blue Mother Tupelo is at the Blue Canoe 9:30-12:00
Stars Never Sleep is at the Stables Tupelo 9:00-12:30
Jason Childers is at Steele’s Dive 8:30-12:00
The Bill Fauch Trio is at The Thirsty Devil 8:30-12:30
Bill, Melvin & Cheri are at Forklift 7:00-9:00
Midnight Louise will be performing at Queen’s Reward Meadery from 6-9 and Gypsy Roadside Mobile will be set up serving dinner.
Seed Tick Road is at Romie’s Grocery 8:30-11:30
In Pontotoc at the Bodock Festival
Mitzi Below will kickoff with National Anthem @ 6:00 PM
Rust Bucket Roadies play from 6:00-7 :00
Legends of the Blues with Special Guest Jack Curtis from 7:00-8:00
Paul Rainey Band from 8:00-9:00

That’s what I’ve got so far, I’ll add anything I see as I find it, and if I’ve missed anything, please let me know by PM, or you can comment it below.

Thanks everyone, and have an awesome day!

Spring Tides For a Fall Hurricane


We are still seeing the effects of Hurricane Michael (https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2018/MICHAEL_graphics.php) makes landfall. Obviously, this storm differs significantly from the other big tropical troublemaker, Florence, this hurricane season. While slow-moving Florence brought torrential rainfall to parts of the Carolinas and Georgia, Michael’s main punch will be its ferocious Category 4 winds (130-156 mph) driving water onshore in the form of a storm surge that could exceed 12 feet in some places.

While I don’t know much about the shape of the continental shelf off the Florida Panhandle (the shape of the shoreline sea floor can sometimes “funnel” water and create even larger storm surges), an additional concern that comes to my meteorological/astronomical mind is the timing of the tide. A high tide that coincides with the timing of landfall only exacerbates a bad situation.

Making things potentially worse is the fact that the moon is in its “new” phase today. That means that the Earth-Moon-Sun are all essentially in a line. Since the Earth’s tides are produced by the gravitational pull the Moon (more influential) and Sun (less influential) exert on the Earth, tides tend to be higher (spring tides) when the Earth, Moon and Sun are all lined up (as they are in new and full moon phases). During spring tides, high tides tend to be higher than average and low tides lower than average.

All this sent me to look at the tide predictions for Panama City, FL — https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/noaatidepredictions.html?id=8729108&legacy=1 . Fortunately for the folks along the Florida panhandle, it would appear that Michael’s landfall (early this afternoon) will not coincide with high tide (not forecast until late this evening).

Those looking at the tide chart might wonder why there are only one high tide and one low tide shown per day at Panama City. Turns out that, while most coastal locations experience two high tides and two low tides per day, locations along the Gulf of Mexico have only one of each — “diurnal” tides (https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/kits/tides/tides07_cycles.html) .

The Rundown 10/6/18


Good Saturday Morning friends and family, and all y’all I’ve not yet met. Looking forward to a beautiful (if a bit too warm) day? Needing something to do? I’ll hook you up!

It’s Saturday, October 6th, 2018. Its the 279th day of the year, and there are 86 days left. Monday is Columbus day, so many of our area schools are out of session. It’s just 25 days till Halloween.

Our Food Trucks are in several different places today so I’ll just include them in the events that they are attending.

To Do With the Kids This Morning

Oren Dunn City Museum has a great music feature exhibit, Lee County Originals. Go next door to the Skate Park as well.
Barnes & Noble (Tupelo, MS) has Storytime “Builder Brothers: Big Plans” today at 11:00
They will also have a Hatchibabies Launch Event today to show off the newest toy in the Hatchables line. 2:00-4:00
It is also Educator Appreciation Days where Pre-K – grade 12 educators get 25% off most books, toys, games, movies, music, and more. Just ask a bookseller for details.

Can your home be a Forever Home for a pet in need? Tupelo-Lee Humane Society is having a Flash Adoption event 10:00-5:00. Intake of animals has been high this month, and their resources have been stretched thin. Come help them by taking a fur baby home.

For Everyone

Today at Noon, Faith Church is hosting “Bully Free Starts with Me” a workshop that is open to the public and will provide information, insights, a question and answer session, as well as tips on advocacy. Speaker: Marsha Walls – Child Advocate, Mental Health Therapist, Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology
Today is the opening day for Revelations Outdoors, a new and pretty awesome looking place to get your hunting, fishing, camping, and other outdoor supplies. Fire & Smoke BBQ/Catering LLC, Big Bad Wolf Truck, and

The Evergreen-Carolina Volunteer Fire Department is having its Fall Fish Fry at the Evergreen Community Center on October 6th,2018 starting at 3:30 until 7:00 P.M. Location is about 8 miles south of Mooreville on Hwy 371. Plates are $9.00 ea. All proceeds go to support the Fire Department. Come out and eat some good fish and talk to friends. All donations welcome. Please come out and eat with us. Everything will be very much appreciated.
PFLAG Tupelo and the Link Centre, along with SPECTRUM Toyota present the first every Tupelo Pride Event, a celebration of the LBGTQ community in Tupelo and surrounding communities in northeast Mississippi. Speakers will include representatives from the HRC and the ACLU of Mississippi as well as other organizations. Performers will include Godiva’s Eleganza Extravaganza. Happening at Fairpark, this family friendly and open, welcoming event begins at 2:00 and runs through 5:00. Gypsy Roadside Mobile will be there so here’s a great chance to try them out if you haven’t already.

Down in Aberdeen you can enjoy Non-stop blues music on the banks of the Tenn-Tom Waterway ath the Bukka White Blues Festival. With Ribs on the River BBQ Contest, Kids Activities, Animal Show, Kayak Rentals, Great Food & NEW this year Gator Bait Kayak Race. Local favorite food truck Jo’s Cafe will be there, as well tons of other great vendors and music events. All day today.

Live Music

It’s opening night at Prime Time Bar & Grill on McCullough Blvd. Live DJs, and Ladies get in free before 11:00. Opens at 8:00
Its Steak & Blues Night at King Chicken Fillin’ Station with songwriter Brian Harrison and Chef Mitch. Out on the back deck, enjoy a ribeye, salad, and potato while listening to some good Local Music.

Need a good burger and some killer music? Join Eric Stogner at Stables Tupelo tonight from 9:00-12:30
Have you had that ONE song stuck in your head all week? Well the best way to get it out of rotation is to belt it out at Woody’s Tupelo
Adrian’s Dream (Crawdaddy from Proximity Rule, and Erin Bristow of Seed Tick Rd) will be at Smith in Corinth
Down in Amory, Chance Stanley is at The Coffee Pot 8:00-10:00
James Pirkle is at Nautical Whimsey doing a solo acoustic session.

Have I missed an even? Please add any you know of!

Thanks everyone and have an awesome weekend!

Tupelo Pride, Fairpark 10/6/18

Yesterday, October 6th 2018 PFLAG Tupelo, Link Centre, SPECTRUM Toyota, and many member of the local LGBTQ+ community. The event was attended by more than 300 people celebrating togetherness and community spirit.

A Small Portion of the Large Crowd
Speakers included Eric Godiva White as MC, Melanie Deas of the Link Centre the events primary organizing force, as well as individuals from the LGBTQ+ Fund, the HRC Mississippi, and the ACLU of Mississippi.

Melanie Deas (left) and Eric “GoDiva” White (right) Begin the Event
Among the topics of conversation, the most mentioned were the love and acceptance of not only others, but of yourself. And while the focus of the event was Equality and LGBTQ+ community, no one was unwelcome. That included the two protesters, who respectfully stood across the street, and held signs representing their views. Members of the Event team even took them bottles of cold water.

A Sign Held by one of the Two Protesters
Vendors were on site, including artists, as well as booths selling event T-Shirts, and booths for the HRC, LGBTQ+ Fund, the The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies.

Representatives for the Sarah Isom Center at Ole Miss

Gypsy Roadside and Brunch Box Provided Great Food Truck Options

The Voter Registration Booth Served a Large Number of People With New Registrations and COA Forms

FairPark Locals Hung Flags to Show Support

Eric White Holds Up a Sign Made By an Attendee

A Group of People Hung an Equality Flag on the Statue of Elvis at Fairpark. The Flag Was Taken Down By the Same Attendees By the End of The Event.

The Event T-Shirts. If you did not get one, contact the Link Centre
All in all, the event can be considered a success, and a nice gathering showing the love and support of the Tupelo community for all it’s members.
*As a side note, the City of Tupelo had no part in hosting this event, only granting a permit, as they do with most events. As well, Our Tupelo is not associated with the City of Tupelo. We, however, fully support this event and any event that encourages community togetherness and support.

The Rundown 10/4/18

Good morning Tupelo! Today is Thursday, October 4th, 2018. It is the 277th day of the year, there are 88 days remaining. Next Monday is Columbus Day, so most of the schools in the area will be out, plan accordingly. There are 27 days until Halloween.
Here’s the WTVA – The Weather Authority forecast for the day and man, it’s going to be a rough one.

WTVA Weather
High pressure continues to build across the Deep South as we head into Thursday. This will lead to mostly sunny skies and little to no chance of rain in the coming days. We’ll start out our day with mostly clear skies and temperatures near 70. Throughout the day, we might see a few clouds here and there. But in terms of rainfall, expect none. Heat on the other hand will be plentiful. Highs climb into the lower 90s with heat index values mostly in the mid-90s.

Food Trucks

Mobile, Delicious, and Local
local MOBILE s setup at Midtown Point on Industrial with Philly Cheesesteaks & Patty Melts as the special. Big Bad Wolf Truck is at Tupelo Consignment Music 11-2 & Spring Street Cigars 6-9 Gypsy Roadside Mobile is at Best Buy out by the Mall with homemade pimento Cheesburgers and spicy crawfish nachos as their specials. Brunch Box Food Truck is in the shop for some repairs so he’s going to temporarily set up shop inside Blue Canoe today. Go show him some love.
Jo’s Cafe is in Smithville at the Trash to Treasures craft show. Share this with your friends in the area!
In Fulton, check out Beachum’s Food Truck for some oven fired pizza. They are on S. Adams St. Looking for some fish? Run by SHORT BUS Cooking beside Delaney’s Grocery.
In Pontotoc check out some awesome Japanese food at Goku Japanese Express on Reynolds St.

All this Month

On the 1st floor of City Hall, the Southern Lights Photo Exhibit is on display for the rest of the month, These are some amazing images of our community, please go check it out.
The Lee County Originals exhibit is still on display at Oren Dunn City Museum. Featuring information and artifacts on artists with Tupelo roots such as Elvis, Gene Simmons, Guy Hovis, Paul Thorn, and many others.

This Week

New water meters will be installed by McNeil Rhoads: Feemster Lake Road, Briar Ridge Road, E Main Street, N. Eason Blvd., Hillsdale Drive, Murphree Drive, Willow Road, Shady Acres Road, and Morningside Drive. Remember, all workers will be wearing identification showing them as McNeil Rhoads representatives.


It’s what we are here to do.
S.A.F.E., Inc. Northeast Mississippi will host a free community event on October 4th at Fairpark from 4-6pm. This event will help bring awareness during the month of October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This is a free and family-friendly event that will include activities for all ages. The event will include a balloon release, door prizes, a silent auction, food trucks, and games for the entire family. Music will be provided by DJ Kevin Russell. Come join S.A.F.E. to help bring awareness and prevent domestic violence.
Tonight at the Tupelo Furniture Market there is a First Responder and Law Enforcement Appreciation Supper. All Law Enforcement & First Responders are free to enter and enjoy. Everyone else is welcome to come, and donations are welcome. 6:00-8:00
October is Bullying Prevention Month, and HRC Mississippi and Toyota of Mississippi are partnering to educate our community about this vital topic. As an extension of the #LoveYourNeighbor project, we’re hosting an anti-bullying event on October 4th in Tupelo. Please join us for a community-wide training around preventing bias-based bullying with HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools program. Welcoming Schools is dedicated to creating positive school climates for students across the country. In this training, you’ll learn the roles we all play in bullying, as well as how to be an upstander, foster ally behavior, and intervene in bullying situations. We look forward to working together to make our community a safe, inclusive place for all children. The event is at the Link Centre. 5:30-8:30

Live Music

Hey, Listen!
Tim Floyd and Eric Stogner will be at The Driskills Fish & Steak in Plantersville starting at 6:30 It’s Karaoke Thursday at Woody’s Tupelo Harper and Midwest Kind are at the Blue Canoe tonight starting at 7:30
Are there any events I have missed? Please let me know in the comments below. Same if I’ve made a mistake on one of the above.
I’ve (Joshua) been battling some sort of flu like thing this week, so I’ve been short on posts and made a few errors, I do apologize.
If you have an upcoming event, please let me know, and I’ll do my best to get the word out. You can PM me, make a note in the comments, or even set OurTupelo as a co-host on Facebook events.
Thanks everyone for helping to spread the word about these events, and have an awesome day.

The Rundown 9/29/18


Happy Saturday! Today is Saturday September 29th, 2018. It is the 272nd day of the year, and there are 93 days left. Halloween is only 31 days away, so get that costume ready and stock up on candy. Get some for the kids too.


It’s Saturday in Tupelo, so that means Tupelo Farmers’ Depot is going on till noon.

This is the last day to support your local cosplay club, the Socially Awkward Timelords cosplay club, during their Book Fair at Barnes & Noble (Tupelo, MS). Go by anytime and tell you cashier you are supporting the club. A portion of those proceeds will go to the group, and help them continue to be creative and crafty.

It’s that time again!🎃 Mask Family Farms PUMPKIN PATCH 🎃 will be opening this Saturday sept 29th at 10am and they cannot wait for everyone to come out, have some fun and see what all they have added to the farm…the corn maze, a huge jumping pad and a new members of the petting zoo are just a few things you don’t want to miss! Share the fun with friends and family!
In New Albany, a Pet Costume Parade is happing at the Tanglefoot Trail starting at 11:00.

Both Southern Housing & Comfort Homes are having a huge open house today. If you are in the market for a new mobile or modular home, go see these folks, they will take care of you.
Approximately 2.5 miles in length, the Music Bend Nature Trail snakes through the wooded area along Mud Creek and marks the spot young Elvis Presley used to swim. It’s located in east Tupelo with two entrances on Veterans Boulevard – one at the dog park; the other across from the fire station. If you haven’t visited this “hidden” gem in our community, now is the time. Join Keep Tupelo Beautiful as we cleanup the Music Bend Nature Trail and plant additional native species shrubs and trees (plants that are indigenous to our area) along the trail. This is an all day event.
Barnes & Noble (Tupelo, MS) today, have your young ones listen to “I Am Neil Armstrong” during story time. 11:00 & 3:00

Church Street School K-6th graders are encouraged to come out and audition for Elf Jr. the musical. Plenty of awesome roles and singing for everyone to have a role. 2:00

Farmhouse Tupelo present an Open Trunk Show featuring the jewelry of MADE IN THE DEEP SOUTH. 4:25-7:25

The Real Pop Culture 100th Episode Celebration Arcadia comics & collectibles Toys & Comics feat: author Lyn Seal Gibson, from The “Twisted Southern Horror Queen Horde” John Gibson Blender of Whiskey, Cars & Cigars. Live broadcasts from The Edge Radio US and Real Pop Culture. live music from Robbie Ross of Seeking 7 Seven Prize Package giveaways (including a Deadpool mask) award winning cosplay characters Batman, Red Hood, Ant Man, and The Wasp The Adrian’s Fury Dragster will be parked out front for photo opportunities! Refreshments provided while they last.
At Sportscards, they are having event 2 of the prerelease preview tournament for Guilds of Ravnica Magic: The Gathering expansion set. The format is Sealed and the entry fee is $30. 1:00-6:00

Husband and wife artists, Tim Kinard and Elizabeth Owen, have created their own pottery and ceramics business: OK Clay Shop. Please join them for the grand opening/open studio night. Parking is limited, so this will be more of a come and go type of event. There will be drawings throughout the night of those who stop by for some special gifts. 4:00-8:00

Tupelo already has some hot night time spots. Here’s a new one for you. Prime Time Bar & Grill is having a PRE-Grand Opening Kick Back tonight. They are at 2207 McCullough Boulevard, and are offering free food and drinks during the event. Must be 18 to enter, 21 to drink and have a valid photo ID. 8:00-2:00AM
Downtown Tupelo, Court Street in particular, is the spot to be tonight. Why? Secret Art Show!! These spontaneous events feature local artists and give you a chance to mingle with some great people. Starts at 8:00

Live Music Tonight

Chance Stanley is at Shade Tree Lounge from 8:00-10:00
Sean Austin is at Stables Tupelo 9:00-12:30
Bikini Frankenstein is at The Thirsty Devil 9:00-1:00
Ben Millburn and Sunglass Mustache are at the Blue Canoe 8:00-11:00
Mary Frances Massey is at Romie’s Grocery starting at 7:00
The Link Centre is having their Monthly Music Mix tonight, featuring Jazz with Michael Jefry Stevens and Brian “Breeze” Cayolle
Eric Stogner is at Kinfolks in Saltillo 7:00-10:00
Up in New Albany, its time for the Tallachie River Fest. Here’s a quick look at the music line up tonight:
5pm Cannibal Kids
6pm Forest Fire Gospel Choir
7:15pm Kali Shore
8:30pm Sundance Head

This is all I’ve been able to find so far, I’ll post any more events I come across later in the day.

Hey guys, do you like these posts? Want to see more of them? Like and share the posts, and the page so we can get the word out to more and more people, and get them to these amazing local events. I plan on making an announcement on Monday about something exciting. Heck if I finish it up, I may announce it before then and just post it Monday.

If you have an event you would like shared, or know of one, please let me know by sending me a message, tagging Our Tupelo in the event, or even setting us a a co-host!

Have an amazing weekend and an Awesome day!

The Rundown 9/28/18


Good morning Tupelo! Morning posts have been missing this week, had to work on the ole roof with all the rain. Back on schedule today.

Today is Friday, September 28th, 2018. It is the 271st day of the year, and there are 94 remaining. There are 32 days until Halloween, so keep your eyes on this page for the Haunted House Announcements.

Here’s a copy&paste of WTVA – The Weather Authority’s forecast.

We will begin with partly to mostly cloudy skies this Friday morning. And a few areas of fog will be likely, especially in our northern counties. But as we advance through the day, the fog gets out of here and most of the cloud coverage does as well. In terms of rainfall, we should stay dry. Highs will be pleasant as we will maintain a light northerly wind. Temperatures will begin in the upper 50s to lower 60s, eventually climbing into the upper 70s and lower 80s by the mid-afternoon. Skies should be mostly clear to partly cloudy Saturday morning with temperatures dipping into the upper 50s and lower 60s again. Then as we head through the day, we’ll remain mostly sunny. Again, rain will stay out of the forecast all day long with highs reaching into the lower and mid-80s. We continue to see sunshine into Sunday with dry conditions. But temperatures will heat up a bit more. We’ll start out in the lower 60s again. However, by the afternoon, we will see highs reach into the mid-80s again. Scattered showers and storms return into Monday with the inflow of humidity. Highs will be a bit cooler as a result of the added cloud coverage. We’ll begin with temperatures in the upper 60s before climbing only into the lower 80s by the afternoon. Tuesday will bring a few isolated showers and storms. But they shouldn’t be as widespread. Highs reach into the upper 80s. By Thursday, we’ll be drying out in terms of rainfall. But the heat and humidity lingers with mostly sunny skies and highs in the upper 80s. Some may even approach 90 during the second half of the work week.

It’s Food Truck Friday!!!!

Looking for some grub? Want a ton of options in one spot? Head on down to Fairpark and enjoy the tastes of our friends in their mobile kitchens. Who’s there?
Brunch Box & Fire & Smoke BBQ/Catering LLC & Gypsy Roadside Mobile & Indulge Mobile & local MOBILE & MS Edible Bliss & Big Bad Wolf Truck & ShannAgainS (the fashion truck)
Are you stuck on the south side of town? Go see Jo’s Cafe for something awesome. They are set up across from the walking track at the NMMC Wellness Center
On the west side of town? Head over to get some authentic Mexican street food with our buddies at Taquería Ferrus, between Computer Universe and & Choice Pawn Tupelo
In Pontotoc? Goku Japanese Express has you covered, they are on Reynolds St.
In Fulton? Your still good! Beachum’s Food Truck on Adams and SHORT BUS Cooking by Delaney’s Grocery are cooking some serious grub.

All this month

The Kate Freeman Clark exhibit continues at the GumTree Museum of Art
Oren Dunn City Museum presents “Lee County Originals” and featuring recording artists with Tupelo roots, including Elvis Presley, Jumpin’ Gene Simmons, Guy Hovis and others, and Paul Thorn.

Tupelo Automobile Museum is the home of some of the greatest looking cars around. Go Check them out!


Today is the last day of the Book Fair benefiting Socially Awkward Timelords cosplay club at Barnes & Noble (Tupelo, MS). Go on over, meet some great people who use their sewing, crafting, and maker skills to express themselves in a unique way. Be sure to mention that you are supporting the club when you check out.
Community Development Foundation is holding a Ribbon cutting for Fleet Equipment at 55 Wallace Rd. in Belden at 11:00


It’s #NationalDrinkABeerDay and that means it’s time for Tupelo Craft Beer Ale Trail 2018. Join us for a progressive beer tasting in beautiful and historic Downtown Tupelo, sponsored by Clark Beverage and FNB Tupelo! You’ll begin by picking up your beer glass and event map at FNB Tupelo located at 165 S Commerce Street in Fairpark! Shop around and taste all different types of beer from different breweries at our participating merchants! Participating Merchants include: Tupelo Community Theatre, LA Green, Spring Street Cigars, Caron Gallery, MLM Clothiers, Blairhaus, The Main Attraction, Reed’s, Kermit’s Outlaw Kitchen, Tupelo Hardware, Tupelo2Go, Swirlz, About the South. After the tasting is complete, the party continues at the new Farmhouse location located at 530 Main Street starting at 7:30 PM and will be sponsored by Farmhouse and Sweet Tea & Biscuits Cafe! Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-tupelo-ale-trail-tickets-49430769763 and also at the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association office located at 108 S Broadway Street.

You’ll also find Big Bad Wolf Truck beside Spring Street Cigars tonight during the Ale Trail, 6:00-10:00

If you want something to drink, but aren’t into beer, head out to Queen’s Reward Meadery and join Brunch Box to combine food and mead. You’ll be glad you did. 5:00-8:00PM

The Link Centre is hosting two separate events tonight.

Downstairs in the Black Box Theatre, you can find Inkfest. We are so excited to welcome back last year’s UnSlam Winner, Writeous Soul to do a double feature with Asia Rainey! The closed mic list features an awesome lineup of artists who have become a part of the spoken word family through Sessions Open Mic. Get ready for an amazing night! 7:00PM-until

Over in the Reception Hall with entrance on the back side of the Link Centre across from the Police Athletic League, the Southern Progressive Alliance for Exploring Religion / Spafer are presenting a study on the Gospel of Thomas. Discovered in 1945, this event sheds light on a different view of the study of christianity. The event starts at 7, and happens again tomorrow.

Sportscards is having a Guilds of Ravnica Prerelease #1 Starts at Midnight Friday Night Entry fee is $30 Format is Sealed. This is a new feature set/expansion of the Magic: The Gathering collectable card game.

Live Music Tonight

Twenty2Seven is at The Thirsty Devil
Seed Tick Road is at Nautical Whimsey
Hannah Roye and Karly Clayton are at Sydnei’s Grill & Catering in Pontotoc
Blue Canoe has Jake Odin & The Marching Band
Legends Sports Grille in Fulton has John Major
Skip Oliver is at Stables Tupelo
Forklift has Brian Nickels
Million Dollar Quartet (Touring) is at the BancorpSouth Arena
I think I may be missing a few bands tonight, so if I find them, I’ll add them later today.

Friday Night Football

Tupelo is at Columbus
Saltillo is hosting Layfette
Shannon is hosting Caledonia
Mooreville is hosting Pontotoc Centeral
South Pontotoc is in Amory facing Hatley
Itawamba Agricultural HS is hosting Amory HS
Baldwyn is in Sarah MS facing Strayhorn
Mantachie is at Alcorn Central
Booneville is at Kassuth
Okolona is hosting Smithville
Belmont is hosting North Pontotoc

Let me know if I missed a game in the comments.

Guys, have an awesome day!

She Comes In Colors

Saw this “double rainbow” featured on Our Tupelo recently :
All The Way…
Ever wonder what it takes to make a rainbow? You need rain, you need sun and you need someone to observe it – and they all need to be in the right orientation. You are more likely to see a rainbow when the sun is low in the sky (sunrise or sunset) with the sun at your back and rain out in front of you. Because the different colors (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet) that make up sunlight travel at different speeds when moving through water, raindrops act like little prisms and cause the incoming sunlight to bend and break into its component colors. In fact, the sunlight undergoes two refractions – entering and leaving the raindrop – and one reflection before heading in the direction of the observer.
(check out this link for a more in depth explainer https://www.atoptics.co.uk/rainbows/primrays.htm)
Because red bends less than the blue end of the spectrum, you need to look at a droplet higher in the sky for the red light to hit your eye. Blue light, which bends more when moving from air to water and vice-versa, can be seen from drops lower in the sky – hence, the ROYGBV ordering of the colors (outside to inside) of a primary rainbow. (Here is a second link with even more science about how your position effects what you see when you see the secondary bow)
A double rainbow (often called a secondary bow) is a result of two reflections that occur within the raindrop. The second reflection results in a reversal in the order of the colors when compared to the primary bow.

Hurricane Lane’s Silver Linings


During the day on Friday, Lane rapidly weakened from hurricane to tropical storm as the storm encountered increased wind shear as it approached the Hawaiian Islands. In addition to weakening the storm, these shearing winds will steer the storm westward over the weekend. You can look at the 5 p.m. HST forecast track for more information.   Hawaiians, especially on the windward sides of the mountains, are not out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination. Heavy rainfall will continue to fall for at least the next 24 to 48 hours as the storm makes its turn and continues to weaken to a tropical depression. As I poked around looking for interesting information on this storm, I came across the NOAA Twitter feed, which included some really cool footage of a hurricane hunter aircraft entering the eye of then-Hurricane Lane (at Category 5 intensity) on August 22.

As I mentioned in my previous post, Lane has me reliving some meteorological memories. The video above made me think of my friend, Buzz Bernard. Buzz used to be a forecaster at The Weather Channel, and I would speak to him frequently when I was working at USA TODAY (The Weather Channel provided the data for our full-color weather map). After Buzz retired, he took up writing full-time. His first novel? Eyewall It’s a thriller that involves a hurricane hunter aircraft damaged on its way into a tremendously strong hurricane — the question is, will the crew be able to fly the wounded craft out of the storm? If you are inclined to pick up a copy (it really is a good read), you may notice a character named Robbie McSwanson. Wonder where Buzz got the name for him?

Hurricane Lane Churns Up Meteorological Memories


Hurricane Lane, currently bearing down on Hawaii, is rightfully grabbing the weather headlines and reminded me that I promised to write a blog entry about weather – hopefully to become a regular feature on OurTupelo.com.

My own experience with hurricanes takes me all the way back to before I even have memories. I was born in 1970 in Harrisburg, PA – my first home was just blocks from the Susquehanna River. The slow-moving remnants of 1972’s Hurricane Agnes dropped 15 inches of rainfall on Harrisburg from June 20 through June 24, 1972 (https://www.weather.gov/ctp/Agnes), flooded the first floor of the Governor’s Mansion (also just blocks away from our home on Logan Street) and forced my parents to evacuate and stay with family in New England.

It is tough to wrap my mind around the potential of the 30 to 40 inches of localized rainfall that will fall across parts of the Hawaiian Islands as a result of Lane’s similar slow motion.

Long after my experience with Agnes, I wound up studying meteorology (my master’s degree is from Penn State University) and making a career of it (6 years as a TV weatherman and 4 years as assistant weather editor at USA TODAY). I was relatively new at the paper in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina (which made its first landfall in South Florida on August 25 and its second devastating landfall along the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coasts) grabbed national headlines.

A few years later in 2008, with Hurricane Gustav (https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/data/tcr/AL072008_Gustav.pdf) churning in the Gulf and bearing down on New Orleans, I was assigned to cover the storm (https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-08-31-gustav-sunday_N.htm). The day I arrived in New Orleans, I attended a press conference in which the city’s mayor, Ray Nagin, determined to prevent the chaos that occurred during Katrina, said the following, “Tonight you need to be scared; you need to get out of New Orleans now.”

It was a surreal experience driving my rental car through the deserted streets of the French Quarter. The one hotel that was still operating housed mostly journalists and armed private security guards hired by banks downtown. One restaurant remained open in the French Quarter and most grocery stores were closed. Looking back, I realize that I was woefully underprepared had the storm made a direct hit on the city. Fortunately, the storm jogged to the west and produced minimal damage for New Orleans, making landfall near Cocodrie, Louisiana on Sept. 1.

Whether fleeing Agnes with my family or making the choice to cover Gustav, I’ve always been fortunate to have a place to go in the face of these storms – evacuation was always be a possibility. Riding out a storm has got to have a different feel on an island – whether it be Puerto Rico during last year’s Hurricane Maria or the current situation in Hawaii — especially for those living in flood-prone areas and unable to evacuate to safer locales. The danger simply cannot be overstated and perhaps the wording in the forecast discussion from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center says it all – “Excessive rainfall associated with this slow moving hurricane will continue to impact the Hawaiian Islands into the weekend, leading to catastrophic and life-threatening flash flooding and landslides.” Here’s hoping that loss of life and damage to property can be held to a minimum.

Do you have some experiences with hurricanes or other tropical weather to share? Feel free to comment.