Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau staff members Stacey Bland, Lisa Konupka and Chrissy Garner made a surprise visit to the Tunica Humane Society on Friday, March 1, to introduce Sandy Williams and Gail Johnson to their new friend constructed from Southland players cards.
Spring months stacked with fun family events
March and April are shaping up to be busy months in Tunica, according to Main Street and Chamber of Commerce leaders.
Tunica Main Street’s Lynn Ryals said activities kick off with Purple Martin Day at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 15, when attendees will gather near the north end of Rivergate Park to welcome back Tunica’s favorite bird. There will be a drawing for a prize and a specially decorated cake at Jeffcoat’s Deli, Ryals said.
Tunica is designated as the Purple Martin Capital of Mississippi. Scout birds were spotted in town last week, and several new bird houses have been installed downtown.
A second event in March is garnering even more notice, Ryals reports. March 23’s bike trail ribbon-cutting and 13-mile ride has been featured in area media and is drawing bicycle aficionados from the entire region.
Restaurant touts authentic Mexican food, groceries
In mid-February, Raquell Vasquez and her mother Juana Guerrero-Montes began a venture in Tunica that the mother-daughter team hopes will become a hot spot for locals and the area’s growing Hispanic population alike.
The business, La Frontera, is a combination market and taqueria that – while still in development – will provide patrons with a variety of ethnic-themed food items, as well as fresh Mexican cuisine.
Heritage area focuses on Delta
Memphis author Shelby Foote once claimed that one could see “a hundred years of history in 20 years in the Delta.”
A 1996 National Park Service symposium concluded that “much of what is profoundly American – what people love about America – has come from the Delta.”
“The cradle of American culture,” a land of mystique, home of the Blues and the birthplace of rock ‘n roll, inspiration to countless writers, artists and musicians...all these descriptions and more make the Delta a fascinating but often underappreciated part of the American story.
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