Upcoming Trips


Mississippi Gulf Coast
Thursday, November 6, 2014

It has been awhile since we last traveled to the Mississippi Coast.  We’ve loaded this trip with a lot to see and do since we’ll be going this far.  The first stop will be to the delightful little town of Ocean Springs to visit the Walter Anderson Museum of Art.  To quote from the web site, “A visit to the Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA) is an enchanting and unique experience. The Walter Anderson Museum was opened in 1991 and is dedicated to the celebration of the works of Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965), an American master, whose depictions of the plants, animals, and people of the Gulf Coast have placed him among the foremost of American painters of the Twentieth Century; and to his brothers, Peter Anderson (1901-1984), master potter and founder of Shearwater Pottery; and James McConnell Anderson (1907-1998), noted painter and ceramist. The watercolors, drawings, oils, block prints, ceramics, and carvings by the three Anderson brothers are all represented in the museum’s permanent collection.”  As some will know, he is considered “unusual,” so plan for it.  Of course, there is also a gift shop.   http://www.walterandersonmuseum.org/

After the long ride and tour of the Anderson Art Museum, lunch will be at the sumptuous buffet at Beau Rivage Casino – another highlight of the trip.

The next sightseeing part of the trip will be to the Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi.  This Museum houses many different exhibits, many of them being pottery.  In addition, the design of the Museum area is unique.  There is still much construction work to be done but we will get to see a work in progress.  Docents or staff will give us a tour.  http://georgeohr.org/

The final site to visit is Beauvoir – The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library.  After the Civil War, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was invited by the family that owned the home and plantation to live there.  Davis stayed here until his death, working on his memoirs.  The original home is a Museum and Library.  Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of the other buildings but considerable restoration has been accomplished.  We will have guided tours of the home and grounds.   www.beauvoir.org

Details:  cost is $60 per person.  We’ll board the bus at St. John’s UMC, 7:15-7:30 a.m. and should return around 6:15 p.m.  All travelers except St. John’s Primetimers will register by calling Peggy Kilgore, 766-7230.  The deadline is Saturday, October 25.  For this group, checks should be made to UUMC with “Daytimers” in the “For” field.

As usual, St. John’s Primetimers will register by contacting the church office, 766-4594, with a deadline of Thursday, October 23.  Make checks payable to “Prime Timers.”

Payment is due upon registration. Because of the large cost of reserving the bus and other expenses, once you commit to go, there can be no refunds.  Caution:  the bus frequently fills for this type trip, so register early.