Discoveries...America, Mississippi - Natchez is oldest permanent community on Mississippi River. Well-preserved mansions & antebellum homes make up significant portion of town's residences. The town cemetery has equal amount of history - burials include millionaires from town's past, civil war soldiers & gypsies. Vicksburg is best known for role in the Civil War, where Confederate Army suffered a major defeat. Gambling in Mississippi legalized in 1990, from riverbanks to gulf coast, waterfront-only casinos have become an important part of local economy. Southern hospitality at Dinner Bell Family Restaurant where visitors are treated to traditional round table of authentic southern cooking. Bluegrass & Gospel music in Sandy Ridge where local musicians to town preacher get together for old-time, unplugged fun & fellowship at "camp & jam" events. Mississippi Delta is catfish country. The Delta Pride Catfish co-op is world's largest processor of freshwater fish. Once small agricultural industry has grown to one of the states largest. Humphries County has World Catfish Festival with live music, catfish eating contest & crowning of Catfish Queen. William Faulkner received Mississippi's only Nobel Prize for Literature. His stories on life in South based on area around his home in Oxford, now a museum. Thacker Mountain Radio a weekly program produced for Mississippi Public Broadcasting. Each week musicians, writers, poets & performers gather in a bookstore stage to create a show unpredictable as it is worldly. Brussel Martin travels to Asia each year to evaluate & select very best bonsai trees for his business. Experienced grower, bonsai artist & teacher, Brussel's passion for the plant helps bonsai enthusiasts expand knowledge & refine artistic talents.
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