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[b]101 THINGS TO DO IN MISSISSIPPI BEFORE YOU UP AND DIE
by
Ellen Patrick

The following were taken from a little (and I do mean little) book titled 101 Things to Do in Mississippi Before You Up and Die, Ellen Patrick.

1. Make a pilgrimage to Elvis’s birthplace
2. Eat Mississippi Mud Cake.
3. Pilot a riverboat.
4. Spot a Sandhill Crane.
5. Tailgate at Ole Miss.
6. Stay at a haunted bed and breakfast.
7. Win at roulette.
8. Survive a hurricane.
9. Groove to the blues.
10. Pick cotton.
11. Master the art of chicken and dumplings.
12. Read The Sound and the Fury.
13. Watch the USA International Ballet Competition.
14. Leave a gift of fruit on a Gypsy Royal Family grave.
15. Snack on pecans.
16. Drink Barq’s Root Beer.
17. Go Antiquing.
18. Take a carriage tour.
19. Barrel race at the rodeo.
20. Make par.
21. Fly high at a hot air balloon festival.
22. Indulge at a watermelon festival.
23. Throw beads at Mardi Gras.
24. Catch beads at Mardi Gras.
25. Win a blue ribbon at the county fair.
26. Float down the Chunky on an inner tube.
27. Shop at a flea market.
28. Shoot craps in Choctaw.
29. Reenact a Civil War battle.
30. See buffalo in Tupelo.
31. Go shrimping.
32. Attend a powwow.
33. Catch a foul at a Senators game.
34. Bass fish on Tunica Lake.
35. See Devil’s Pinch Bowl.
36. Play stickball.
37. Drive the Natchez Trace.
38. Hear the Singing River.
39. Bark for the Bulldogs.
40. Take a Sunday stroll around Oxford Courthouse Square.
41. Help a hurricane survivor.
42. Win a catfish eating contest.
43. Stroll through the Petrified Forest.
44. Make grave rubbings at a Confederate cemetery.
45. Hike to Dunn’s Falls.
46. Search for Iron Mountain.
47. Visit Eudora Welty’s home.
48. Go to the Neshoba County Fair.
49. Walk around Emerald Mound.
50. Hear legends play at the blues festival in Greenville.
51. Have your picture made at the Friendship Oak.
52. Visit the Liberty Confederate Memorial.
53. Get pricked at the Cactus Plantation.
54. See an air race in Tunica.
55. Tour antebellum homes at Christmas.
56. Jitterbug at Jackson’s Jubilee Jam.
57. Ride in an airboat.
58. Canoe the Wolf River.
59. Learn to rain dance.
60. See the Biloxi Lighthouse.
61. Roam through the Windsor Ruins near Port Gibson.
62. Shoot an eight point buck.
63. Play the slots in Tunica.
64. See the pandas at Jackson Zoo.
65. Be knighted at McGee’s Castle.
66. Say a prayer at the grave of James Chaney.
67. See an exhibit at the Mississippi Museum of Art.
68. Party on Greenville’s Walnut Street
69. Enter a dirt track race.
70. Bike down Longleaf Trace.
71. Visit the Ole Miss Blues Archive.
72. Take a bird walk at an Audubon center.
73. Discover the art of Walter Anderson.
74. Cruise the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.
75. Cheer for the Golden Eagles.
76. Visit Faulkner’s grave.
77. Spend an entire day swingin’ on a porch. Spend two.
78. Drink sweet tea from morning ’ til night.
79. Visit an emu farm.
80. Ride the carousel in Meridian.
81. Go horseback riding at Bonita Lake.
82. See Jimmie Rodgers’s original guitar.
83. Attend a symphony orchestra concert.
84. Catch crappie at Columbus Lake.
85. See a Thunderbirds Air Show.
86. Visit the birthplace of Kermit the Frog.
87. View the Downtown Leland Murals.
88. Sail in a schooner.
89. Spot bald eagles in the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge.
90. Camp on a beach.
91. Shop at a general store.
92. See gators up close and personal.
93. Drink homemade muscadines wine.
94. Play blackjack in Vicksburg.
95. Be spooked on a ghost tour.
96. Visit the DeSoto County Courthouse while reading John Grisham’s A Time to Kill.
97. Do nothing.
98.Sing “The Thrill is Gone.â€

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Jeff "Corky" East
Class of 1960

I thank my God in my every remembrance of you, Meridian, and the wonderful childhoods some of us had.


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