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More and more each day, Mississippians are heading outdoors to enjoy our state’s gorgeous, warmer weather. 

And as we rush headlong into May, the school year is quickly drawing closer to an end. For my grandkids, that will mean as much swimming as they can possibly shove into their summer break.

The city of Oxford will soon be flooded with an abundance of beautiful artwork, creativity, and lots of great music along with a barrage of crowds at the city’s premier event of the year—the Double Decker Festival. This spring, on April 26-27, marks the 27th edition of this annual fest.

To be honest, I sometimes mourn the fact that most of today’s kids will never have the opportunity to regularly dine at a place where everyone knows their name, their favorite dishes, and their latest accomplishments (and debacles) at school and church. Sadly, they are missing out on some great memories. 

But luckily for my grandkids (and for me), there is a special family-style restaurant in the Blue Springs community called Ray Ray’s. 

Glowing Embers is a locally owned candle business that is based in Hattiesburg, MS. It is co-owned by Quiera Montgomery and DaMeka Felder. Queira is married to her husband, Kendrick Montogmery, with whom she will be celebrating their 13th anniversary in August. She came from a hard working family. Both Quiera’s mother and husband have renal disease. She has a brother, with autism, named Gregory. 

“If all of history’s musicians formed a band, Mississippi bluesmen would play lead guitar.” It’s no secret that the Magnolia State is filled with talent, but it seems to have more than its fair share of musical genius. 

To see some of the amazing talents that have hailed from Mississippi and from around the country, you’ve got to visit America at the Crossroads: The Guitar and a Changing Nation, presented by the National GUITAR Museum at the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (The MAX) in historic downtown Meridian.