The Listen Up! Historic Preservation Conference and Heritage Awards Luncheon is right around the corner! As you can imagine, we are all quite busy making plans for this fun get-together in Tupelo. Of all the tasks on my list, the biggest challenge thus far has been figuring out how to say “Pecha Kucha” like a Tokyo native. My friend Chris Myers took pity on me and sent me this fabulous Muppet rendition of one of my all-time childhood favorites, Manumanum. All anyone in my house had to do was hum a few bars and everyone would join in for a raucous rendition, complete with dance. Thank you Chris for this wonderful trip down memory lane. I am attaching a link to the video so you too can master this Japanese phrase for “chitchat” and not have to just cop-out and say PK (as some do).
Our Pecha Kucha event in Tupelo will be held on Monday, June 9 at 6:00 p.m. at the J.J. Rogers Building, an old cotton mill that has been purchased by local attorney Greg Pirkle and is awaiting transformation into some amazing. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $25 which will go to the recovery efforts of the Joyner neighborhood, which was hard hit in the recent tornado. We will start off with some drinks and nibbles and enjoy the soulful harmonica licks of the Blues Doctors, then get on to our speakers. Our lineup so far:
- Jennifer Baughn, Jackson
- Dan Camp, Starkville
- Steve Holland, Tupelo
- Tom Howorth, Oxford
- Stella Gray Bryant Sykes, Jackson
- Malcolm White, Jackson
Should make for an interesting evening! Hope to see you there.
For more information about the Listen Up! Historic Preservation Conference and Heritage Awards Luncheon, please visit the conference website, www.listenUPms.com.