Colin makes the papers...

Highway 61's youngest staff member, Colin Reid, was profiled in the Sunday, July 30 Clarion Ledger:

National Merit Program awards 43 scholarships

By Toni W. Terrett
Special to The Clarion-Ledger

...St. Aloysius graduate Colin Reid of Vicksburg will be attending the University of Mississippi this fall. He plans to major in international studies.

"I'm not sure about my career plans, but I was kind of wavering back and forth between four or five majors," he said. "I'm sort of interested in international journalism or maybe public policy or public relations."

Reid has been keeping busy this summer working at a Vicksburg coffee shop and reading two books required by the university's honors program.

Designation as a National Merit Scholar is based largely on a student's performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Reid said he remembers taking the test in both his sophomore and junior years in high school. "I had a book that was put out by a study program like Kaplan," he said.

Reid said he prepared for the test, but admits that he did not study as much for the PSAT as he did for the ACT and SAT.

More than 200 colleges and universities are sponsoring nearly 4,600 National Merit Scholarship awards this year. In September 2005, about 16,000 semifinalists were named on a state representational basis. Those students had to submit a detailed scholarship application and meet other requirements to advance to finalist standing.

Approximately 8,200 students were named National Merit Scholars for the 2005-2006 school year. In addition to college-sponsored scholarships, students were also awarded corporate-sponsored and National Merit-funded scholarships.

Come in and meet Colin before he heads off to Ole Miss.


Music and Litereature: This Friday, August 4

Mississippi author Unita Blackwell will be reading from her new book Barefootin' recently released from Crown Publishers.

She and coauthor JoAnne Prichard Morris will be signing copies of the book at the Attic Gallery on Friday, August 4 starting at 4:30 PM followed by readings downstairs in the Attic's new Highway 61 Coffeehouse.

Local musician Fred Bolm, will be performing originals and covers until 9:30 PM.

Our hours...

I received an email today from my cousin:

Zac here. I was just wondering: am I missing them or are your opening hours not posted on the website? And if not, is this planned, perhaps to invite querulous comments like mine?


We open Monday through Friday at 7 AM. We open on Saturday at 9 AM.

We close mid afternoon for now and attempt to leave about 5 PM when the gallery closes.



Full Circle Sound Check

Joanne, Nick & Julia warming up for tomorrow night...


Full circle to play Thursday, July 27

Join us here for the first of our Live Music Thursdays, this week featuring Celtic Trio, Full Circle: Joanne Ryan, Nick and Julia Blake.

We reopen at 7 and hope to leave aboout 10. Very civilized, not too loud, and there's decaf if you need it.

Sweetening the Pot...

Opening week: Some suspicious characters strike up an impromptu and extra-legal poker game using sugar, Splenda, and Sweet & Low as "chips."



Rebekah at my mother's table using the WIFI
It seems as if the time has come for HIghway 61 Coffeehouse. We are opening each day at 7 AM with a full espresso bar, and excellent brewed coffees from Batdorf & Bronson (of Olympia, Washington and Atlanta, Georgia.)

We have some signature cold and iced drinks, including the increasingly famous Frozen Mocha Mojo, a chocolate lover's dream. Also we have all natural fruit smoothies with no sugar added. They are both what some would call, "frozen concoctions that help us hang on," in this sweltering heat of one more Mississippi summer.

Next week our Live Music Thursdays begin with Celtic Music by Joanne Ryan and Nick & Julia Blake. That happens from about 7:30 to 9:30, and it should be fun.

Angie, Colin, Rebekah and I want you to come see us. And while you're here, the Attic Gallery upstairs is always worth the climb.

Let me close with this word: coffee...


A candid moment...

Artist Ellen Langford of Jackson was hanging in the Coffeehouse while we were getting some training from our coffee roaster yesterday. Here she catches us relaxing and reflecting on what we learned.

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