Dear Hattiesburg, A love letter from Massive J

By JAMIE MASSENGALE,

Dear Hattiesburg, 

I love you. 

I would hope that everyone enjoys where they live and can embrace their community as much as I do.

This past weekend I got to witness yet another great Hattiesburg event that celebrated its ninth year. It was the annual Chili/Gumbo Cookoff at the Keg and Barrel, one of my favorite days of the year. 

I was asking people about events in Hattiesburg and what they enjoy about them. 

In Hattiesburg, we are lucky to have a lot of fun events to take part in, from Live at Five during the Spring and Fall to the Christmas Parade and everything in between (too many to name). 

Grassroots movements in the Burg are what help make new traditions. It's why things like the Crawfish Jam are recurring events and have so much anticipation. 

I can't wait until New Year's Eve to be back in the heart of downtown celebrating and watching the Hub City Sign drop again. 

Hattiesburg is such a wonderful place to show off to friends from out of town. 

I recently had friends in town from Starkville and Oxford who were jealous that we were able to go to a free jazz concert on a Saturday night at the Thirsty Hippo. 

Sure, those towns get some live music, but they don't have it like we do. 

It is a testament to the School of Music at USM as well as our musical scene here. 

I also got to share a meal at Ward’s with these friends, and that was a nice touch too, as you may know. 

Last year, my brother came to visit during HubFest weekend, and we had a great time walking around, listening to live music, seeing all the booths and going to the Lucky Rabbit and Southern Prohibition. We got to enjoy a crawfish boil to benefit Southern Pines Animal Shelter. 

Hattiesburg is eclectic and has such a great group of people who help make this community great. 

So I encourage all of my friends to embrace this town and get out and enjoy the events that are already popping up on the schedule. Invite your friends and relatives to come and enjoy them as well. Do it big! 

Sincerely, 

Jamie Massengale

P.S. Support local everything. 

 

Jamie Massengale moved to Hattiesburg in 2001 and has fallen in love with the city. He’s currently a senior at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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