In Moss Point, folks gathered Saturday and Sunday at the riverfront park that looks out onto the lakes formed by the Escatawpa River.
The occasion was the second annual Rockin' the Riverfront festival, and it featured boat races, boat building, food, music and games for the kids.
I ventured to the festival on Sunday, and sat eating fried oysters, listening to the St. John's Missionary Baptist choir sing Gospel. It was a near perfect day. A cool breeze blew off the water, the music inspirational and the food, well, you just can't beat good, fried oysters with a little Tabasco-based cocktail sauce.
Food vendors also offered red beans and rice, sno-balls, roasted corn, barbecue, specialty coffee drinks and smoothies. During a boat race for small craft built over the two-day event, one boat sailed, the other sank.
Sitting outside on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, listening to music reminded me of Hippie Sunday Church. When I lived in Central Texas, something I enjoyed doing was moseying down to Austin to a funky little restaurant called Maria's Taco Xpress for Hippie Sunday Church.
Each Sunday, bands take the stage and play Gospel tunes - Gospel being widely defined. It could be "Amazing Grace" and "Just a Closer Walk with Thee," but bands could also belt out songs like "Spirit in the Sky" or "I Just Want to Celebrate." It's a fun, loving, welcoming atmosphere.
An atmosphere much like the one I experienced Sunday at the Moss Point Riverfront Park - warm, fun and welcoming.