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Festivals bring wine, food and arts, benefits stock up the needy

SUN HERALD FILEThe seventh annual Live Oak Arts Festival will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdayin downtown Pascagoula.
SUN HERALD FILEThe seventh annual Live Oak Arts Festival will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdayin downtown Pascagoula.

South Mississippi will offer festivals of food and wine, and arts and crafts, as well as fundraisers for the Bacot/McCarty Foundation and soup kitchens that serve the needy year-round.

The Taste of Ocean Springs Food and Wine Festival, hosted by the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce Main Street Tourism Bureau, will start the week's highlighted activities from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at L&N Depot Plaza.

The night of elegance will treat guests to samplings of food and beverages served by more than 100 restaurants and venues. Music will be provided by the Caution Swing Bridge. Details: 875-4424.

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From 6-10 p.m. Friday, the 2016 Jolly Gala, an annual fundraiser for the nonprofit Bacot/McCarty Foundation, will be at the IP Casino Resort in Biloxi. It will feature a silent auction, raffle and music by Doctor Zarr's Amazing Funk Monster. Attire is cocktail dress or your best from the '70s. The Jolly Golf Tournament will be Saturday at Shell Landing Golf Club. The cost is $60 for a single and $100 for a couple. Details: 205-0225.

The seventh annual Live Oak Arts Festival will hit the streets of downtown Pascagoula from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. This cultural celebration will feature live music, arts and crafts, local cuisine, children's activities, classic cars and more. Live music includes performances by Oliver's Twist, The Tall Boys, Madi Copper, Mirage and Yazoo Bayou Band. Details: 219-1114.

From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, the third annual Feed the Need Fish Fry will take place at Government Street Grocery in Ocean Springs. All proceeds will go to the Lord is My Help Soup Kitchen.

The all-day benefit will feature a silent auction, cornhole tournament, a drawing and the music of Blackwater Brass, Grayson Capps, Rooster Blue Grass, Paul Kirkland and Friends. Tickets are $15 with a donation of 10 canned goods or $20 at the door. Details: 596-5198.

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