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The culture of the West Mississippi Gulf Coast is as diverse as its population.  Artistic creativity has swirled through Mississippi's West Coast for generations from the powerful sculpture of the late Richmond Barté to the cosmic revelations of encaustic artist Kat Fitzpatrick today; the pen of the late Stephen Ambrose wrote Band of Brothers in his office overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and Margaret Gavagnie just published her first book of poetry;  the Saint Rose de Lima gospel choir rocks the quiet streets on Sunday mornings and Heather and the Monkey King lull you with their ballads.

Sharing is essential in Hancock County and sharing slows the pace.  You have time to breathe.  We expect you to share our spectacular food.  The forces of our diverse backgrounds have stimulated the creation of culinary masterpieces reflecting the same bounty found by the early explorers.



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