Spring Story Round-Up

March 27, 2023

March came in like a lion and is going out the same way- with a flurry of activities throughout the City Beautiful!  Here’s a quick roundup:

Black History Month Celebration at Oak Park Elementary School

On Friday, February 24th, Oak Park Elementary School hosted their annual Black History Month program which featured a variety of performances by Oak Park students and teachers. The event was preceded by a tour of the historic school by invited dignitaries such as Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee and City Council members Grace Amos (Ward 60 and Shirley Jordan (Ward 7).

Be Amazing Paper Company

On Thursday, March 2nd, Be Amazing Paper Company hosted a wine and cheese reception in celebration of local artist Adam Trest’s new stationary collection. Trest has previously worked with Be Amazing Paper Company to create one-of-a-kind stationary for the store. His new collection was unveiled during the event.

Buff City Soap Ribbon Cutting

On Friday, March 3rd at noon the Jones County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for Buff City Soap’s new downtown Laurel location. The facility serves as a production and retail space for soaps, detergent, and bath bombs. During their event, they offered free samples to guests to demonstrate their unique products.

In addition to these events, Laurel Main Street hosted its award-winning Laurel Leap event on Saturday, March 4th and its first Wine Down Downtown of 2023 on Friday, March 24th.

Nurture Our Future hosted Touch-A-Truck on Saturday, March 4th to provide families an opportunity to learn about local services and their respective vehicles.

If your Spring in Laurel hasn’t been action-packed, there’s still time to plan some fun. The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is celebrating its centennial year with a variety of events including two special exhibits. Lauren’s Legacy: 100 Years of Collecting at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art and Dale Chihuly’s Laguna Murano Chandelier exhibits are free and open to the public. Lauren’s Legacy closes on April 2nd while Chihuly’s chandeliers leave town on April 8th. LRMA will have its 3rd annual Chalk Fest event on Saturday, April 8th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The Jones County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a ribbon cutting at the Veteran’s Memorial Museum to celebrate the opening of their new pavilion on Monday, April 3rd at 11 a.m. The chamber will also celebrate the re-opening of Holi-Daze at 11 a.m. on April 19th.

Laurel Main Street will bring back the popular Crawfest event on Saturday, April 15th and have their second Wine Down event on Friday, April 28th.

What April events are you looking forward to?




The City of Laurel, established as a lumber town in 1882, is conveniently situated approximately two hours from larger destination cities such as Jackson, Biloxi, New Orleans, and Mobile. In recent years, the city has become a destination all its own thanks, in part, to its starring role in HGTV’s popular “Hometown” series. As Laurel, and interest in it, continues to grow, we are committed to providing the resources necessary to help all of our residents and businesses reach their full potential.
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