It’s true – Saturday only happens once a week. Yes, just one 24 hour period of at least 48 hours worth of stuff to do, places to go, people to see and – well, you know.
So Saturday in Meridian, Mississippi may seem insignificant to Californians or folks from New York City and beyond. Let’s just keep it our “little secret.” No need to be bombarded by those from out of state, with the exception of Alabama, our twin state, of course.
I have listed only a few events and happenings for tomorrow, Saturday, October 26, due mainly to my column word limit. Hope I haven’t missed your special goings-on.
• Meridian Youth Soccer and Premier Futbol Club
Soccer is one of the best opportunities for our youth to learn more than a game. The Jaycee Field located on Old Eighth Street Road is packed each Saturday during the spring and fall seasons. Children with sparkling eyes, bright smiles, and over-the-top energy arrive for the game of the day – decked out in uniforms, knee pads, and wearing those wonderful, but sometimes deadly, soccer shoes with cleats,
Each Meridian Soccer Association coach must have earned a minimum of the state required coaching license equivalent to the age group that they coach. The Premier Futbol Club is available for high school students to perfect their game – a traveling team; the students are introduced to like-minded high school soccer athletics all across the state. Academics are a major component – Premier Futbol Club students must maintain their grade-levels, plus increase their soccer skills to compete even on the college level. Meridian is most fortunate to have Premier Futbol available for our city high school students as well as Lauderdale County high school students.
• Meridian Activity Center, Trunk Sale, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., 3300-32nd Avenue,601-485-1812
• Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum (downtown), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Smithsonian Institute Exhibit “The Way We Worked”
• Long Creek Community’s Third Annual Zero Day, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. craft and food vendors, pony rides for children, live music.
• Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints Fall Festival, 5:30 p.m., 5805 North Hills Street, traditional activities: fishpond, cupcake walk, dunking booth, hotdogs and chili.
• MOPS Mega Yard Sale/Family Fun Day, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church, 1318 15th Avenue – with hot dogs, cotton candy, pop corn and bouncy castle for the children.
• 50th Reunion of Meridian High School Class of ‘63. When this entire group was last together, the Smiley Face had just been first created; The Flintstones, Mr. Ed, and The Dick Van Dyke Show were all popular on the “tube.” The Beatles, Roy Orbison, The Drifters, and of course, Elvis were crooning, shaking, rattling, and rolling. In Meridian, The Jokers and The Continental’s kept the music fun and alive.
At the Temple and Royal Theatres, Cleopatra, and To Kill a Mockingbird, was among the movies we all paid 25 cents to view on Saturday nights. New fangled items such as Polaroid cameras, and A T & T Touch Tone Telephones challenged our intellect and made our parents scratch their heads. Then the U.S. implemented zip codes and the whole nation wondered what could be next.
In June 1963, as we marched into Ray Stadium, wearing our cap and gown, the world welcomed us. We were the brave new faces of a new era. It was probably best that we didn’t know what was ahead of us – maybe we would have just stayed in Ray Stadium these fifty years. But, as we the MHS graduates of 1963, gaze upon the last fifty years, we know it’s been good.
To: Meridian High School Class of 1963
Welcome back to Meridian – your Deep-South home, your people and kin (familiar words from our grannies). Meridian, the Queen City, home of the Meridian High Wildcats, Northeast Junior High Bulldogs, Kate Griffin Junior High Kittens, the Reverie, Double-Good burgers, Triangle’s Chic-Steaks, Brookshire’s Cupid Delight, Wall’s Drugstore, Highland Park, Frank’s and The Spot, plus the sweetest, most special folks in the world. You are home, once again.
Anne B. McKee is a writer and storyteller. Visit her website: www.annemckee.net