Mauldin Goes To Mississippi

Recently, SA team member Jason Mauldin ventured over to Oxford, Mississippi to speak at Ole Miss and to attend The Conference On The Front Porch at Plein Air in Taylor, Mississippi. Journalism and marketing professor Mark Dolan asked Mauldin to speak to his integrated marketing class about the benefits of deeper story telling in marketing. Everything we do at Southern Accents has a story that we are preserving, so it was an excellent fit for one of our own story tellers to be a professor for the day. We look forward to continuing a relationship with Dr. Dolan and hope to return soon to expand on our initial visit.

Just outside of Oxford is the lovely town of Taylor, Mississippi. In that small town is a wonderful new community called Plein Air. Every one of the homes there is required to have a front porch, so it was the perfect setting for a conference dedicated to the impact of front porches. We spoke with the founder of the Plein Air community, Campbell McCool, about his philosophy on the front porch. Campbell said, “the front porch lends itself to community and getting to know your neighbors, unlike suburbia where everyone runs inside and locks the door.” Some of the topics discussed at the conference included the history and cultural significance of the front porch from Ancient Greece to modern America. Other discussions included the sociological importance of the front porch, the front porch and politics, stylistic evolutions of the porch and its architectural significance and much more. Lovers of all things architectural and story telling, we knew we wanted to attend. Folks came from as far away as Texas and Canada to participate in the two day conference held in the Plein Air community chapel, which was constructed almost 100% from salvaged materials from Southern Accents! You can find out more about this conference, which will be an ongoing event, by visiting them at theconferenceonthefrontporch.com. It is great opportunities and collaborations like this that make us #digmygig. - On Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

 

 

New Restaurant to Open at Plein Air

We are really excited to announce that we have signed a lease for a new restaurant at Plein Air.  The restaurant will be called Grit and the owners describe it as sophisticated southern cuisine.  (Think Hominy Grill in Charleston; Iris in Memphis; Clancy's in New Orleans.)  They plan on being open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday brunch. The owners of Grit are Angie Sciuerezza and Nick Repon - a husband and wife team.  They formed A&N Catering about a year ago and have quickly established themselves as one of the premier catering operations in Oxford. 

Prior to forming A&N Nick was head chef at City Grocery and other John Currence restaurants.  Angie was Director of Operations for the Currence empire overseeing 6 restaurants and 300 employees. They are both very well respected in restaurant circles. 

We will begin to renovate the former Tin Pan Alley building, (mainly adding a kitchen on the back), with a target date of having Grit open by May 1.

Plein Air rocks the night with concert and fireworks

August 18th, 2014

The annual concert and fireworks show at Plein Air was bigger than ever this year. Last Saturday night approximately 600 people spread all over the lawn to listen to Mustache The Band and their fabulous lineup of country tunes, eat good food, and visit with friends. None other than James Beard award winning chef John Currence was serving hamburgers and barbecue cooked on an open grill onsite. Taylor Grocery served old-fashioned home made soft vanilla ice cream.

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Ole Miss poet in residence to live at Plein Air

June 2014

Plein Air is pleased to welcome Ole Miss poet in residence Mark Wagenaar, and his wife Chelsea, to the neighborhood. The Wagenaar's will be living in the house that Gale and Jeff Hammond graciously donated to the Ole Miss Foundation for just such purposes. Wagenaaris the winner of numerous poetry awards, including the Yellowwood Poetry Prize, the Gary Gildner Award, the Matt Clark Poetry Prize, and the Greg Grummer Poetry Award. His poems have appeared in such journals as the New England Review, Subtropics, Southern Review, American Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, New Ohio Review, and Antioch Review. He lives in Denton, Texas.

Plein Air Gets Second Lift of Asphalt Throughout Neighborhood

May 2014 Neighbors awoke to the sounds of steamrollers, asphalt trucks, and spreaders invading as the sun rose on Wednesday of last week. Lehman-Roberts, the mid-south's leading asphalt company, rolled in to put down the much needed "second lift" of asphalt at Plein Air. Typically when neighborhoods are developed a "first lift" of two inch high asphalt is poured and then at some point in the future the second lift is added. Generally the second lift is 1-2" in height and allows water to reach drains more easily, makes roads smoother, and stronger.

Sparky Reardon Retires at Festive Plein Air Event (hottytoddy.com)

April 7, 2014

Sparky Reardon addresses crowd assembled at the Mill at Plein Air in his honor.
On March 29, more than 350 individuals ponied up $100 each to pay tribute to Sparky Reardon who is retiring as Dean of Students at Ole Miss after more than 37 years on the job.
The gala was held at The Mill at Plein Air in Taylor and proceeds went towards the Sparky Reardon Scholarship for Student Affairs at Ole Miss.

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Legendary Wedding Photographer Denis Reggie at The Mill

Oprah Winfrey called him the most influential wedding photographer in the world.  The Wall Street Journal referred to his iconic photo of JFK, Jr. kissing his new bride Caroline Bisset as, "the most important wedding photo in history."  Denis Reggie has photographed over 2,000 weddings of celebrities, royalty, and every day people.

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Wyatt Waters holds another workshop at Plein Air

October 2013

Popular Mississippi watercolor artist, Wyatt Waters, held his second workshop at Plein Air this week. The workshop was limited to ten students and quickly sold out. "Wyatt is very well known in these parts, is universally loved and respected, and when we get an opportunity to have him at Plein Air it sells out quickly" said Plein Air developer Campbell McCool.

"I am a plein air painter", noted Waters, "so to come to Plein Air and work in the open with students is almost kind of spiritual to me" Waters added. "The Plein Air neighborhood in Taylor is beautiful and offers me a number of backdrops to use for my workshops."

Massive Fireworks Show Held on Plein Air Town Green

July 2013 | Oxford, MS As part of the Plein Air Summer series, Dr. Hayden Perkins, of the Children's Dental Clinic, sponsored a very impressive fireworks show last week at Plein Air. Over 500 people picnicked on the lawn, listened to the Mustache Band on the stage, then craned their necks to watch the sky explode in a kaleidoscope of color. "That was no small show. The group we bring in from Alabama to put on the show does some of the largest fireworks shows in the Southeast", said Dr. Perkins. Choreographed to patriotic music the show lasted almost twenty minutes and could be seen and heard from several miles away.

One Montessori school closes, another opens

08/18/2009 | Oxford Eagle

The Twelve Oaks Montessori School in Oxford closed its doors in May after 10 years, but parents who want their children to have a Montessori education need not despair: a new school will soon open.

After hearing of the closing of the Montessori school in Oxford, Karyn Jankowski knew she had to do something to rectify the situation. She decided to open her own Montessori school in the Plein Air neighborhood in Taylor.

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Professional Bike Racing Coming to Taylor

06/08/2009

Plein Air Classic Slated for July 4th Weekend

Taylor, MS – Oxford Cycling is pleased to announce the inaugural Plein Air Classic, a professional bike race scheduled for the 4th of July weekend. “This is incredibly exciting news for Oxford and Lafayette county cyclers and race fans” said race organizer Chris Mogridge. The series of races will take place over a two day period and Mogridge expects it to attract several hundred of the top professional riders from around the southeastern region.

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Home and Garden Show Debuts at Plein Air

04/09/2009

Starting this Friday (Good Friday) through next Saturday (April 18), Tin Pan Alley will host the Home & Garden Show on Plein Air's town square. Featuring outdoor art and topiaries by Alice Hammell, Obie Clark, John Davis, Dudley Davis and Jeepsie Smith. Unusual and native plants, hand made wooden tables, hammocks, and lots, lots more.

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Nautilus Publishing Relocates to Plein Air

Oxford Eagle

03/10/2009

Nautilus Publishing, a custom publishing house specializing in magazines and newspaper for the healthcare, education and legal industries, has relocated its headquarter offices to the Plein Air neighborhood in Taylor. Long headquartered in Oxford, Nautilus publishes such titles as Life 101:The Magazine for College Bound Students, Working Well, The College Bound Family Calendar, Ten Minute Plays from Oxford, Bell on Mississippi Family Law and numerous others.

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