New Waveland Cinema Set to Open Soon!

UPDATE!!!  The Waveland Center is still undergoing final restoration and will be opening soon!  Stay posted for the latest news!!!


The Waveland Cinema that was damaged in Katrina is getting an overdue makeover and was set to open the summer of 2014. Unexpected issues popped up to delay the opening but we hear it is just around the corner!  The Watzke brothers, who have renovated theaters in Florida, purchased the theater in 2013. Their dedication to the old timeless art of drive in’s and family theaters is paramount.


The Watzke brothers have spent their lives in the movie theater business. Their grandfather worked as a movie projectionist starting in 1913 and their father followed. John and Charles did stints working in the projection booth before taking a break from the industry. After moving from Bay St. Louis to Ocala, Florida, after Katrina, John Watzke along with his brother took over a deserted drive-in and renovated it. It’s one of the very few drive-ins in the country today, he said. They went on to buy and renovate a few more movie theaters for themselves and other owners. Currently, the brothers are buying seats and supplies from a Florida multiplex.

‘It’s great stuff’, says Watzke. The four renovated auditoriums each will have a different theme, including one featuring Mardi Gras. Three will have the high back seats and one will be a dine-in setting with tables that will offer pizza, burgers and sandwiches. Watzke promises “a family complex,” complete with video games for the kids.

The theater will cost approximately $200,000 to renovate plus $50,000 for each projection system. Expect to pay only about $6 per movie and $2.50 per beverage at the concession, much less than the average theater. The owners keep cost down by providing in house maintenance and bookkeeping.

“We will give them the best theater they can have there and the best movies at the lowest prices with the most reasonable concession prices in the state of Mississippi,” he said. Waveland plans to support this wonderful endeavor, desperately needing something fun for our families and kids to enjoy.

World-Class Entertainment Venue in Biloxi


Chase Taylor

(228) 365-7774


World-class Entertainment Venue  in Biloxi


BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi is home to an extensive and eclectic history of music that encompasses various artists such as Muddy Waters, Elvis Presley, Jimmie Rodgers, and Robert Johnson, whose rare talent has inspired musicians around the globe. To celebrate and honor the state’s rich musical heritage, Kress Live will opened in downtown Biloxi recently in the Vieux Marche area (814 Howard Avenue) as a premier, state-of-the-art live performance venue that will host 120 local and national artists each year.

“This project started with the understanding that the culture of art and music needed to be injected back into the area,” said Chase Taylor, president of Kress Live. “We are passionate about art and music, and we will offer an experience that people will be proud of on the Gulf Coast. This building serves as such a versatile tool that will better the area as a community, better downtown Biloxi as a destination, create 40-to-60 jobs, and be recognized as a preeminent live music venue.”

The 20,000-square-foot building that houses Kress Live is a historically significant part of Biloxi’s infrastructure and has been being restored to maintain and preserve the artistic architectural character established in the early 1900’s by department store pioneer and avid art collector, Samuel H. Kress. Set in a one-of-a-kind ambiance that  showcases art and decor immersed in local cultural style, Kress Live features a performing stage with cutting-edge equipment and lighting system, as well as a world-class recording studio. The venue includes five bars, panoramic balcony systems, green room, office space, merchandise area, usable mezzanine space, and also serves as an innovative rental facility for special events.

In addition to bringing multi-genre A-list entertainment to the Gulf Coast, Kress Live is strongly committed to advocating and celebrating America’s music history by honoring the deep roots located throughout Mississippi. To give back to the community at a local level, a vital aspect to the success of Kress Live is through “Harts Full of Soul,” a foundation established to give students donated musical instruments, host music academies, and provide opportunities to record at the in-house studio. To give back to music fans at a national level, the venue doubles as a home to the “American Heritage Museum for Music,” a place where visitors can enjoy an interactive tour full of history and artist memorabilia. “

Aside from the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ in Ohio, there’re not many other places like this to see the type of history that will be found in the ‘American Heritage Museum for Music,’” Taylor said. “The museum and the foundation are special ways for us to give something back to the music community. We can’t tell stories if they are not preserved.”

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For further details on Kress Live and employment opportunities, contact Chase Taylor or visit or

Kress Live: Bringing world-class entertainment to the Gulf Coast one act at a time

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Set Sail Away offers Sailboat Charters on Mississippi Gulf Coast

Set Sail Away brings guests to the islands all summer long. They have amazing rates and even more amazing sunset cruises. Set Sail Away offers day cruises, evening cruises, island hopping cruises, as well as yacht charter cruises. Take a day trip to Deer Island, Petit Bois Island, Horn Island, Cat Island, East Ship Island, or West Ship Island. With an amazing ship experience and a crew that is out-of-this-world, it seems Set Sail Away has all the makings of an experience to remember. These Islands and sailing destinations take you back to a past time that once was enjoyed by most of America but is now rekindled on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. 





Endurance”  is a 52’ Morgan Out Island Ketch with a very spacious center cockpit in which guests can relax and enjoy sailing at it’s best.  She features three private staterooms, two heads (bathrooms for you land lovers!), a spacious main salon, large galley, and nav station.  Her master stateroom includes an in-suite private head with a queen-sized berth.  Her beam (width) is 15 feet, which provides stability and guests with “room to roam” as they cruise the Gulf waters.  She is a heavy-built ocean-going yacht designed with her passengers’ comfort in mind .


Captain Darien Hill is a U S Coast Guard licensed Master and holds a Sail Endorsement from the U S Coast Guard.  His great love for the sea has led him to over 30 years experience on all of the world’s oceans except the Arctic.  As a child, he was obsessed with anything to do with the sea.  Captain Darien’s first boat of his own came at the ripe old age of eleven years old.  He later refurbished an old sailboat as a school science project.

Captain Trachelle Hill is a US Coast Guard licensed Captain.  Her love for sailing began in the Hawaiian Islands where she and her husband, Darien, sailed to and explored the islands of Oahu, Maui, Lanai and Moloka’i.  Her sailing experience has come from several ocean crossings.  She has also sailed on the Pacific Ocean, the Chesapeake Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, the Western Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.

Contact 228-596-1670

You never know what you might experience in the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf truly has everything to experience from wildlife to islands and more. Enjoy them with Set Sail Away, an experience to remember.



CASA Press Release – April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

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Board President: Casey Favre

Executive Director: Cynthia Chauvin

P.O. Box 4112, Bay St. Louis, MS 39521

Office: 228-344-0419



For Immediate Release

CASA Paints the Town Blue to Kick Off Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month

(BAY ST. LOUIS, MS, March 28, 2014)-CASA of Hancock County will host several activities during the month of April in conjunction with National Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month. In 1983, the United States Senate and House of Representatives proclaimed April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Since then, child abuse and neglect awareness activities have been promoted across the country during April of each year.

During all of April CASA will participate in a Blue Ribbon Campaign in an effort to educate our community about child abuse and neglect. The Blue Ribbon Campaign began in Virginia in 1989 when a grandmother, Bonnie W. Finney, tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her van “to make people wonder”. The story she told to inquisitive community members was a tragic story about the abuse of her grandchildren, which ultimately led to the brutal death of her grandson. “My grandchildren had suffered and battled so much throughout their young lives that it sickened me. My life was turned into physical and mental chaos. My efforts to understand became a plea to stop abusing children. I tied a blue ribbon on my van antenna to make people wonder. Why blue? I intend never to forget the battered, bruised bodies of my grandchildren. Blue serves as a constant reminder to me to fight for protection for our children.” As part of the Blue Ribbon campaign here in Hancock County, several local businesses have also collaborated with CASA to collect donations from their customers during the month of April.

Furthermore, CASA will also hold its 1st Annual Light of Hope Event on Tuesday, April 15th at 5:30pm on the steps of City Hall in Bay St. Louis. The event is free of charge and open to the public. CASA will urge community members to take a stand against child abuse. The keynote speaker for the ceremony is National CASA Southern Regional Program Officer, Dodd White. Additionally, CASA will present three awards to Hancock County community members who have gone above and beyond to protect our most valuable resource….our children. CASA will present awards to the Outstanding Community Professional, the DHS Case Worker of the Year and the CASA Advocate of the Year.

“It’s my hope that through CASA’s efforts this April that we can bring light to this subject. Children’s lives depend on it”, states CASA of Hancock County, Executive Director, Cynthia Chauvin. It starts with making a report if you suspect abuse and for those who are interested in volunteering to help children in need, CASA definitely has a need.

CASA of Hancock County is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that utilizes trained community members to advocate for children who through no fault of their own are involved in the complex and overburdened child welfare and youth court systems. The organization relies on the communities support to continue this work.

For more information on becoming a CASA advocate or making a tax-deductible contribution please visit our website or call us at 228-344-0419.