Rocking the Round About in Gautier

Just as the sun starts to settle over Gautier’s 42 foot tall Hallmark statue “Natures Playground” the music is revving up. Family and friends started as soon as the road was closed at 5 p.m., staking out places for lawn chairs, situating coolers and preparing for a good time. Heads up … the Admission is FREE! Picnics are welcome, but if you don’ have the time to prepare one, you can always chow down on a couple of food trucks present.

Kids and adults alike were dancing in the streets. Even the copper creatures on the statue appeared to be rockin’ to the music. It’s a family-friendly, fun and relaxing event.

Every fourth Friday of the month, just east of Lowes and north of the Singing River Mall Property the music festival happens from 6 to 8:30 p.m. There is ample parking on the old Singing River Mall, with just a short hike to the roundabout.

The concerts are a part of a four-month series sponsored by the City of Gautier and Petro Chevrolet Cadillac. (Check out a couple of new vehicles displayed at the music stand!) The events started in August. September’s featured artist was Jamie Hyatt ( We found the artists’ talent and range of offerings to be quite refreshing. It was a nice change of pace and an opportunity to enjoy the musical talents of these gifted performers.

The City prefers to select local artists for these events, which support the community. Upcoming events are scheduled for Oct. 25 and Nov. 22. For information about the events check out the Facebook page:


Written by Brenda Lewis

Brenda Lewis is a native of Jackson County. She has attended the University of Southern Mississippi on numerous occasions, earning a BS in Architectural Technology, advanced studies in Accounting and now on a mission to finalize her Masters of Business Administration.
Brenda is an avid fisherwoman, owns her own boat, baits her own hook, cleans her own fish and cooks them. But sorry guys, she has a loving husband, daughter and 4 grandchildren. When unable to fish her spare time is spent in the greenhouse and garden, supplying fresh edibles for the family and cultivating local species and rarities.
In 2007 her team was awarded the 2007 Golden Eagle Challenge from the University of Southern Mississippi. The challenge was to create the best business plan and presentation of a viable technological business. In 2015 she was certified as a TapRoot Cause Analyst, a system used to improve performance, fixing small problems to avoid major incidents.
Having worked in a small family business since childhood she was exposed to entrepreneurship. That experience led her to her own business, tax preparation, where she served her loyal clients for 10 years. During that time, she earned the Enrolled Agent certification with the IRS, and insurance and security licenses, offering additional services to her clients.
Her employment has been in private business, government, contract and corporate settings. Mostly in management, her tasks included a variety of administrative, safety, Quality control and human resources.
“The reason I want to write for OurMsHome is I have experienced the advancements in Jackson County first hand over the past 50 years, and I feel that the county has made enormous progress. We need to ‘toot our horn’ and let the world know about our rich history and abundant natural resources.”


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