Ocean Springs

Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival selected as Top 20 Event

The 37th Annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival has been selected as one of Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events. 

This award winning, long standing arts festival hosted by the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau attracts nearly 400 vendors from around the continent that display everything from the finest pottery, paintings, jewelry, and sculptures to woodwork, metal work, and handmade tile pieces. 

The annual festival makes a significant contribution to developing the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a regional arts destination. The event has grown to become known as the largest fine arts festival in the state attracting an attendance in excess of 120,000 to the local area.  In 2011, the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development in partnership with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, worked to determine the economic impact totaling $23 million to the local economy confirming that the Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival serves both as a tool to bring in new revenue into the community, but also serves to enhance the culture of the region.

The Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Events publication receives extensive exposure in print media, web, and television and radio in the U.S. and Canada.  Over 1,600 newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, AAA’s and others receive the listings.  Top 20 Events are listed on the Southeast Tourism Society website at www.southeasttourism.org.  Top 20 festivals are also listed on www.travelmediapressroom.com where travel writers explore for stories in relation to destinations, festivals and events. 


Ocean Springs Main Street Wins 2015 Best Special Event Award

Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau wins “Best Special Event” Award this week at the Mississippi Main Street Association’s (MMSA) 26th Annual Awards Luncheon in downtown Jackson on June 18 for its “Snow Day” event.

In early January, the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau turned a very cold day into a fun outing for children from around the community. On January 8, the weather was just right for the Ocean Springs Chamber to turn the L&N Depot Plaza in downtown into a snow village complete with real snow, Olaf and “Frozen” cake and cupcakes. Children enjoyed a day in the snow making snow angels, snow ball fights and building their own snowmen. For many of these children it was the very first time they have experienced “snow”.

The luncheon celebrated achievements of Mississippi Main Street Communities and was presented MMSA Executive Director Bob Wilson and 2015-2016 Board President Suzanne Smith.

"This year's award winners reflect the commitment of many individuals and groups who champion what Main Street is all about - developing the heart of our communities, our historic downtowns, and enhancing quality of life for everyone," Wilson said.


Top 5 Happiest Seaside Town

In March, Coastal Living unveiled the list of the top 10 America's Happiest Seaside Towns and invited the public to vote for their favorite town. The votes have been tallied and Ocean Springs has been ranked in the top 5 among the best places to live and visit by the sea.

Ocean Springs will be among those featured in the July/August issue of Coastal Living on newsstands June 19. Nominations for the Coastal Living Happiest Seaside Towns were chosen from those named as a "Dream Town" in previous issues of Coastal Living. Ocean Springs was featured as a "Dream Town" in the November issue.

"Ocean Springs is a cozy seaside town overflowing with unparalleled arts, festivals, culture, restaurants, shops and galleries," says Margaret Miller, executive director of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau.

The Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau's mission is to promote tourism, provide progressive leadership for economic and community vitality for the greater Ocean Springs, Jackson County area and gulf coast and to enhance local culture and preserve quality of life through planned growth, diversification and beautification.

For more information, contact the Ocean Springs Chamber-Main Street-Tourism Bureau at 228-875-4424 and watch as we continue to celebrate on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/oceanspringschamber.com or www.oceanspringschamber.com.

Vendor application deadline nearing for Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival

The application deadline for exhibitor entry into the 37th Annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival is nearing.  In an effort to better serve the exhibitors to the festival, the application deadline has been moved to July 17. 

Vendors may create a vendor profile and upload necessary application information at www.peterandersonfestival.com via Zapp.  The application fee and all requirements must be met in order to qualify by the deadline. 

The annual festival showcasing more than 400 national artists, crafters, food vendors and musicians has made a transition from paper applications to online applications through ZAPP. ZAPP is an online site seen by more than 70,000 artists nation-wide. The program allows artists to directly upload images, bios and more. 

The 37th Annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival will be held in downtown Ocean Springs, Mississippi on November 7 and 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information or application assistance, please give festival coordinators Shawn Sutton or Cynthia Sutton a call at the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau at 228-875-4424.  Applications can be found at www.peterandersonfestival.com by clicking on the link under the “Vendor Info” tab.


Ocean Springs Receives M-List Mention as “Best Weekend Trip” by Mississippi Magazine

July 22, 2014

(Ocean Springs, MS) - Mississippi Magazine has announced its 2014 M-List winners chosen by its annual reader survey. Ocean Springs has been listed as an M-List winner for "Best Weekend Trip". Each year, Mississippi Magazine publishes a voting ballot in the March/April issue asking readers to weigh in on what they love best about Mississippi. The results are presented in the July/August issue on stands now.

Ocean Springs as well as Maison de Lu are included on the Best of Mississippi 2014 list. Maison de Lu's Goat Cheese Tort is an M-List winner for Best Appetizer.

The complete list of winners can also be found at www.mismag.com

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