Tiny Playhouse Project in the Pass Pauses


New South Players’ Guild Returns to Hiatus

South Mississippi · USA: The past couple of years, COVID-19 has made event planning very tricky if not impossible. And now, we are confronted with an Omicron variant, purportedly, more easily spread. In the better interest of personal and public safety, our health, wellness, and well-being, High Tea & Chutzpah is postponed until further notice. The Guild apologies for any inconvenience.

Thank you to Pass Christian Books/Cat Island Coffeehouse, Robin’s Nest in the Pass/Roberts Place Café, The J.W. Randolph Educational and Cultural Heritage Council (JWRECHC), Wendy Allard and Friends of the Pass Christian Library, Oak Crest Mansion Inn, and The Mississippi Gulf Coast Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

Without as much unconditional support, Creative Placemaking in the Pass (CPitP) simply would not be replete with the manifold and multilayered possibilities that this tiny playhouse project promised to demonstrate the four-day duration.

The Guild will be back.

In the interim, may we continue espousing Theater of the Sublime as a new model both paradigmatic and as something more hopeful and ultimately as a phenomenon ubiquitously American.

Shaninun Pittman
founder/CEO, Baristocracy™

Bookstore/Coffeehouse Gearing up to Soft Open in Gulfport

When Cat Island Coffeehouse opened in October 2013, I harbored no delusions of grandeur regarding its fate. While I neither forecast failure (colossal or otherwise), I certainly could not have predicted this or felt more under-prepared to own the degree of good success we continue garnering to date.

The moment there manifested an opportunity for expansion into Gulfport, Miss., opening another bookstore/coffeehouse initially did not occur to me, nor did such the endeavor ever appear to personify any plausible appeal.

Rather, a slightly different concept impressed quite lightly and in an instant the model emerged crystal clear – at least in my mind; surely, any #baristocratic business venture in the state’s second largest city would thrive if it were one sharply attuned and well-tailored to the tastes of locals comprising the multiplicity, variegated and diverse surrounding communities.

The cat (or shall I dare say the coon?) is officially out of the bag. We are gearing up to soft open amid Kanaval 2022 at which time it will be our absolute honor to continue serving as the heartbeat and hub of Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson counties.

South Mississippi’s Krewe of the Baristocracy will roll with us.

Shaninun Pittman
founder/CEO, Baristocracy™