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Mississippi Gem and Mineral Society Show, Mississippi Scholastic Art Awards and Reunion Golf & Country Club

The 60th annual Mississippi Gem and Mineral Society show will include museum displays, crafting and learning activities for children, and booths selling fossils, gems, minerals, geodes, carvings, books, jewelry and more. Photo courtesy Mississippi Gem and Mineral Society

The 60th annual Mississippi Gem and Mineral Society show will include museum displays, crafting and learning activities for children, and booths selling fossils, gems, minerals, geodes, carvings, books, jewelry and more. Photo courtesy Mississippi Gem and Mineral Society

The Mississippi Gem and Mineral Society will hold its 60th annual show at the Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.) Feb. 23-24.

The show will include museum displays, crafting and learning activities for children, and booths selling fossils, gems, minerals, geodes, carvings, books, jewelry and more. About two dozen vendors will be at the show, including representatives of the Mississippi Petrified Forest in Flora and the Geode Gallery of Davenport, Iowa.

Jeff McCraw, owner of The Artifact Shack in Sylvarena, Miss., will display his collection of Native American artifacts at the show.

The event will also feature demonstrations of flint-knapping techniques once used to craft arrowheads and other stone tools, as well as jewelry-crafting techniques such as beading, wire wrapping and gem faceting.

The show will also feature educational displays of fossils from the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, artifacts from the Mississippi Archaeology Association and Native American tools from MGMS members' collections.

Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for students and $2 for uniformed Boy and Girl Scouts and their leaders. Children age 5 and younger get in free. The show is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24.

For more information, call 601-497-2938 or visit missgems.org.

Mississippi Museum of Art Announces Scholastic Art Awards Winners

The Mississippi Museum of Art recently announced the winning students of the Mississippi Regional Competition of this year's Scholastic Art Awards. Jurors named 98 Gold Key, 108 Silver Key and 216 honorable mention award recipients. The winning students represent 31 schools throughout Mississippi.

Maurice R. Robinson, founder of New York City-based publishing and media company Scholastic, Inc., established the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in 1923. The competition is open to students in grades seven through 12. The Mississippi Museum of Art has overseen the art component of the Mississippi regional competition for more than 60 years.

Gold Key-award-winning entries will go to New York City to enter the national competition, which consists of entrants from 80 other regions. New York City-based nonprofit organization Alliance for Young Artists & Writers will oversee national judging.

The Mississippi Museum of Art is hosting an exhibition featuring the works of the Gold Key and Silver Key winners in The Gertrude C. Ford Galleries for the Permanent Collection. The exhibit opened on Saturday, Feb. 9, and will remain on display through Sunday, March 24. A gallery of honorable mention recipients' works is available on the museum's website. The museum will also hold a ceremony and reception for the artists and their teachers on Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m.

For more information and a full list of winners by school, visit msmuseumart.org or click here.

Experienced Jackson Chefs Join Reunion Golf & Country Club

William "Billy" Kistler, executive chef at Reunion Golf & Country Club (150 Greensward Dr., Madison), recently announced the addition of two Jackson chefs to the culinary team of the club's fine dining restaurant, Kristie's, and its casual dining restaurant, Ella Jane's Pizza Pub. Tho H. Nguyen will be the sous chef for Kristie's, and Rick Traylor will be the sous chef for Ella Jane's.

Nguyen emigrated to Orange County, Calif., with his family from Vietnam in 1979. He learned to cook from his mother, and received his degree in culinary arts and nutrition from California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. He moved to Mississippi from California in 2001 to join the culinary team at Bonefish Grill in Madison. He has also served as executive sous chef and chef de cuisine at Jackson restaurants such as Walkers Drive In and Parlor Market.

Traylor grew up in the Mississippi Delta and also learned to cook from his family at a young age. He traveled the United States preparing his Lebanese-inspired dishes in places such as Nashville, Glacier National Park, Mont., Lake Tahoe, Calif., and Columbus, Ohio. He eventually returned to Mississippi and began working with James Beard award-winning chefs John Currence and Vishwesh Bhatt of City Grocery Restaurant Group in Oxford. Traylor has also worked as a chef at Parlor Market and the Country Club Of Jackson.

For more information, call 601-605-8784 or visit reuniongoldandcc.com.

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