Its summer. Its hot. Its muggy. Theres really only one solution: Get in the water. Or on the water. Or at least near the water.
Heres five things happening in East Jackson County this weekend to help keep you cool.
1. From 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, Paddlepalooza takes place at Lighthouse Park, 3621 Frederic Street. There will be demo kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, and the chance to learn basic strokes, maneuvers and rescue techniques.
Theres a YAK-SUP Paddling Challenge, and the Strawberry Moon Twilight Paddle Parade starts at 7:30 p.m. Paddlers are encouraged to decorate their kayaks for the Twilight Paddle - use glow sticks, flags, pinwheels, whatever!
In addition, its a big party, with live music, food, vendors and childrens activities. Its free and open to the public, though there are fees for workshops, the Paddling Challenge and rentals.
2. If you just want to sit on the shore and listen to some great music, bring a lawn chair and relax under the oaks at Blues at the Beach from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pascagoula Beach Park. On stage will be Lisa Mills, a South Mississippi blues artist. Her first album Blues and Ballads was recorded right here in Pascagoula. Shes played all over the world, you can catch her for free Friday at the family-friendly summer event, sponsored by Emerge Pascagoula.
The splash pad is open until 7 p.m. And you cant beat the view. Concerts are held on the second Fridays of the month through August.
3. Hear Sugarcane Jane at Hucks Cove in Gautier. Sit on the deck of this funky watering hole and look out at the mouth of the Mary Walker Bayou and the West Pascagoula River. Come by car or by boat, and dine on po-boys, shrimp or hamburgers. Sugarcane Jane, a Coast folk-pop duo, will play from 7 to 10 p.m.
4. If you wake up Saturday feeling energetic, join the 2nd Saturday Bike Ride at 8 a.m. from Beach Park in Pascagoula for a 10-mile Historic Bike Trail. Youll work up a sweat, but the group will stop at Crazy B's Coffee and Confections on Market Street for water and fruit for cyclists at no charge. Pastries, coffee and a variety of other goodies are available for purchase.
5. On Saturday morning, visit the Pascagoula Farmers Market just north of the railroad tracks on Pascagoula Street. If youre lucky, therell be some watermelons. Pick one out, take it home and ice it down - nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day.