Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Education

1600 Government Street

Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Phone: (228) 818-2878

The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center is located in the historic 1927 Ocean Springs Public School Building. The Center provides a diverse set of programs and facilities for the arts. The beautiful lobby area houses the spectacular 1937 WPA tile murals painted by James McConnell Anderson and fired by Peter Anderson and now lovingly restored and protected.

Inside the Cultural Center an art gallery filled with beautiful artwork and the Ocean Springs Art Museum.

Open Monday-Saturday 10am to 6pm.

Facility Info
  • Description The Trent Lott Performing Arts Theatre is available for performances and meetings. With 393 seats, the Theatre accommodates concerts, plays, musicals, recitals and town meetings. The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center also offers seven other rooms throughout the center for workshops or gatherings! The Duckett Gallery, Paper Mache Room, HOSA Room, Performing Arts Room, VA Room, Pottery Studio, and Woodcarving Room are available for your meeting needs. Call for details & rental fees!

Join chef duo, Michael and Stephanie Paoletti, for an intimate brunch demo highlighting basic techniques of egg cookery, and preparation of some of the most popular brunch dishes, with a twist. Including mimosas and beer, this class is full of energy and hands down the best brunch on the Coast!

Please note that all Sunday Brunches will have a time change to 11 AM- 1 PM. Unlimited Mimosas/Champagne will be an additional $15.

Menus:

April 21:

  • Easter Family Brunch
  • Starter: Deviled eggs & mimosas
  • First Course: Corn Soufflé pancakes, blueberries, lemon syrup
  • Second Course: Fried Green Tomatoes, Shrimp Salad, Fennel Jam
  • Third Course: Pork medallions, Fried Egg, Green Chili cornmeal porridge
  • Dessert: Chocolate Robin Eggs in a Nest

All ages, Kids welcome $15 

May 5

  • Cinco de Mayo Margarita Brunch
  • Starter: Caesar Deviled Eggs & Michelada’s
  • First Course: Mexican Street Corn & Shrimp
  • Second Course: “Mexican Benedict”- Telera Bread, beans, Skirt Steak, Egg, Avocado foam
  • Third Course: Broiled Soft Shell Crab Taco
  • Dessert: Warm Sticky Toffee Cake w/ Banana Toffee Sauce, Mezcal Ice Cream

May 12

  • Mothers Day Family Brunch
  • Starter: Deviled Eggs and Mimosas
  • First Course: Hericot Vert Salad w/ Red Wine Mustard Vinaigrette
  • Second Course: Corn Bellini, Crème Fraiche, Smoked Salmon Roe
  • Third Course: Tomato and Crab Galette
  • Dessert: Vanilla Crème Brulee

All ages, Kids welcome $15

May 19

  • Starter: Deviled Eggs & Mimosas
  • First Course: Prosciutto & Melons
  • Second Course: Grits and Chicken Oyster Grillades
  • Third Course: Duck ‘n’ Waffles w/ Peaches
  • Dessert: Seasonal Fruit Tart w/ Citrus Sorbet 

May 28

  • Starter: Deviled Eggs & Mimosas
  • First Course: Beet & Salmon Toast
  • Second Course:  Asparagus, Brown Butter, Egg, Shrimp
  • Third Course: Fish & Grits
  • Dessert: Pink Peppercorn Pavlova w/ Mango Curd and Strawberry Sherbet
  • Instructor: Chefs Michael and Stephanie Paoletti

Please Note: If the class does not reach the minimum number required, the class will be canceled 48 hours prior. You will be notified and a refund will be issued.

Learn to draw the basic shapes and forms. Learn shading techniques using line and crosshatching.

For those who have mastered the basics, explore the use of negative spaces, perspective, understanding key values and contrasts. Build upon your knowledge of advanced shading, textures, and lighting.  Explore objects you are interested in drawing, such as trees, landscapes, animals, still lifes, etc. while learning these techniques.

Due to the small class size, each student can go at their own pace, direction, and interest.

For those interested in continuing classes, this will enable you to build your own path to improving your pencil drawing techniques!

Supply List will be emailed.

Instructor: Debra Baldinger

Join chef duo, Michael and Stephanie Paoletti, for an intimate brunch demo highlighting basic techniques of egg cookery, and preparation of some of the most popular brunch dishes, with a twist. Including mimosas and beer, this class is full of energy and hands down the best brunch on the Coast!

Menus:

May 26

Starter: Deviled Eggs & Mimosas
1st Course: Beet & Salmon Toast
2nd Course:  Asparagus, Brown Butter, Egg, Shrimp
3rd Course: Fish & Grits
Dessert: Pink Peppercorn Pavlova w/ Mango Curd and Strawberry Sherbet

June 30th 

Amuse Bouche- Deviled Eggs and Mimosa
1st Course- Charcuterie Plate
2nd Course- Breakfast Flatbread: Salami, Confit Garlic, Tomatoes
3rd Course- Chicken & Waffle with Spicy Peanut Butter Sauce
Dessert- Seasonal Fruit Tart with Citrus Sherbet

July 14th

Amuse Bouche- Deviled Eggs and Mimosa
1st Course- Corn Soufflé Pancakes with Blueberries and Lemon Syrup
2nd Course- Shrimp Ceviche with Shrimp Cracker
3rd Course- Heirloom Tomato & Crab Pie
Dessert- Peach Cobbler with Blueberry Ice Cream

July 28th

Amuse Bouche- Deviled Eggs and Mimosa
1st Course- Thai Style Omelet (Khao Kai Jeow)
2nd Course- Green Mango Salad
3rd Course- Thai Sour Ribs, Rice Noodles, Cucumbers
Dessert- Bananas in Coconut Milk

Instructor: Chefs Michael and Stephanie Paoletti

Come break bread with chef duo, Stephanie & Michael Paoletti, as they give you a hands-on experience to bake a variety of types of bread. From your basic dinner roll to a loaf of bread for sandwiches, this class will make you the hero of lunches with flavor-packed bread that will surely impress. Techniques of kneading, weighing, shaping, and baking bread will be taught, and there will be plenty left to take home to break bread with your loved ones.

Breads

Challah
French Bread
Hawaiian Rolls

Instructor: Chef Michael and Stephanie Paoletti

Registration Deadline: May 29th

Come and take a culinary journey through the history of Japanese sushi with Michael Paoletti of Food, Booze & Hiccups. Learn the proper methods of sushi rice making, as well as the significance of the ingredients used by the Japanese in sushi making. Let Michael guide you through the basics of rolling sushi, while you create your own types of rolls filled with your favorite ingredients.

 Menu:

Sushi Rice
Sashimi
Nigiri
Maki Rolls: Philadelphia Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Build Your Own
Dessert Roll
Sauces: Yum Yum Sauce, Oyster Sauce

Instructor: Chef Michael Paoletti

Registration Deadline: May 29th

Art & the Audubon

The first day (either Monday, June 3, or Monday, June 17), students will be dropped off at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center at 9:30 AM for a tour and picked up from the Pascagoula River Audubon Center at 12:30 PM. Click here for directions. Students will take a guided tour down the Pascagoula River, writing observations in their journals, and gathering inspiration for the week.

The remainder of the week will be at the Mary C. We will create paintings, drawings, and projects using information and inspiration from our tour. A fantastic (and fun!)  way to integrate art and education.

*Sketchbook Provided by Instructor

**River Tour included in camp price.

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Ages: 7-11

Beginning Sewing Camps

Join us for our Beginning Sewing Camps with instructors Becky Rutz and Gloria Gaines! Learn basic sewing skills such as hand stitches, pinning, cutting, making casings, sewing on buttons, running the cord through casings and introducing the use of sewing machine. Complete 8 or more projects.

Becky Rutz has been working with community theatres for over 25 years. Mostly backstage with costumes. She started sewing as an adult over 40 years ago. She is mostly self-taught. Becky has won the MTA Best Costume Design Award alone 2 times and with her best friend and sewing partner once. She is a retired business instructor from MGCCC-JCC.

Gloria is a long time resident of the Gulf Coast. She has done costuming for theatre groups. She loves to teach the important skills of sewing while having fun doing it.

Recommended for ages 10 & up.

June 3-7 - 9AM–12PM or 1PM–4PM

June 10-14 - 9AM–12PM

June 17-21 - 1PM–4PM

Becky’s Kitchen at The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center will be offering summer Jr. Chef Camps for young food enthusiasts ages 7-14.

In addition to preparing a varied menu each week, the Jr. Chefs will be taught kitchen safety, knife skills (age appropriate), a variety of food preparation techniques, table setting and service, dining etiquette, and proper cleaning of the kitchen.

Parents are invited to dine with students the last day (Friday) of each session with a reservation and a lunch fee of $5 per guest (max of 2 guests). There is a minimum/maximum on class attendees  of 7/14.

All camps include a 9am-12pm session and 1-4pm session for each.

American Classics

June 3

Chicken and Dumplings
Farmer’s Market Butterbeans
Roasted Grape Tomatoes
Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

June 4

Pineapple Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs
Hibachi Fried Rice with Vegetables
Wonton Napoleon with Strawberry Coulis

June 5

Apple-Stuffed French Toast
Homemade Breakfast Sausage Patties
Potato Latkes

June 6

Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells
Fresh Snap Beans
Seasonal Fruit Pizza

June 7 

Sausage and Ham Jambalaya
Granny’s Creamy Coleslaw
Cheesy Cornbread
Lemon Ice Box Pie

Drawing for Teens

Students will learn the fundamentals and basics of drawing in this educational class. Learn contour drawing,  shading, and techniques to draw different textures and surfaces in this class designed for beginners. Perfect for the beginning artist, or as a refresher course for the artist wanting to improve their skills.  Materials provided, but we find that many students will prefer to bring their personal sketchbooks, as well.

Please note: this class does not cover manga/anime/cartooning

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Ages: 12-16

Intermediate Sewing Camps

Join us for our Intermediate Sewing Camps with instructors Becky Rutz and Gloria Gaines! Building on basic skills using patterns, identifying fabric, fabric selection, and additional hand and machine skills.

Becky Rutz has been working with community theatres for over 25 years. Mostly backstage with costumes. She started sewing as an adult over 40 years ago. She is mostly self-taught. Becky has won the MTA Best Costume Design Award alone 2 times and with her best friend and sewing partner once. She is a retired business instructor from MGCCC-JCC.

Gloria is a long time resident of the Gulf Coast. She has done costuming for theatre groups. She loves to teach the important skills of sewing while having fun doing it.

Recommended for ages 10 & up.

June 10-14 - 1-4PM

June 24-28 - 9AM–12PM

Becky’s Kitchen at The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center will be offering summer Jr. Chef Camps for young food enthusiasts ages 7-14.

In addition to preparing a varied menu each week, the Jr. Chefs will be taught kitchen safety, knife skills (age appropriate), a variety of food preparation techniques, table setting and service, dining etiquette, and proper cleaning of the kitchen.

Parents are invited to dine with students the last day (Friday) of each session with a reservation and a lunch fee of $5 per guest (max of 2 guests). There is a minimum/maximum on class attendees  of 7/14.

All camps include a 9- 12 PM session and 1- 4 PM session for each.

Kids' FAVORITES

June 10

Rosemary Encrusted Pork Chops
Garden Risotto
Spiralized Carrots
Decorative Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookies

June 11

Oven Fried Chicken Tenders
Mac and Cheese
Chef’s Salad with Homemade Ranch Dressing
Blueberry Yum Yum

June 12

Eggs Benedict
Dauphinoise Potatoes
Summer Fruit Smoothies

June 13

Beef and Vegetable Soup
Cheesy Biscuits
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

June 14

Shrimp Scampi
Handmade Fettuccini
Caprese Salad Kabobs
Tiramisu

Merry Marionettes Mini Camp

June 12-14

June 25-27

July 16-18

DAY 1: We will work on molding our marionettes out of red clay, as well as putting the metal connectors on them. On these marionettes, your child will be able to put as many arms, legs, heads, etc as they would like. I want to be able to let their imagination absolutely soar.

DAY 2: On this day we will decorate them! Paint, feathers, glitter, etc. I will be assisting them with any gluing / cutting that needs to be done.

DAY 3: We will finish up any last-minute decorations, come up with names for their marionettes, & I will teach them how to use them.

Throughout the camp, we will also have snack time, time outs for playing and go on short walks. Please bring snacks for your child to eat and something to drink for each day. I will also be available by phone and text. I send off photos after each day in a group chat with all the parents. I try to take as many photos as possible so that there are memories to cherish later. It is likely we will also have small crafts on the side in the event that we finish early on a given day. These normally range in drawings or something else small made with the clay.

***Supplies Included

Instructor: Summer Bat

Ages: 4- 5

In this class you will not only get to bring home some delicious treats, but you will also learn about the makeup of white, milk, and dark chocolate. Learn about the origins of chocolate and how they go from cacao pod to candy bar with Stephanie Paoletti, as she breaks down the science and breaks out the chocolate.

Menu

Rolled White Chocolate Truffle
Milk Chocolate Bar
Dark Chocolate Mousse

Instructor: Stephanie Paoletti

Registration Deadline: June 12th

Eggs are one of the few ingredients that are found in every cuisine worldwide. They come in many varieties, sizes, and colors. Explore the world of eggs and their basic preparations with Michael Paoletti as he explains how chefs around the world have mastered the art of egg cookery. After this class, you will be able to cook any egg type for your family and loved ones.

Menu

Perfect Scramble
French Omelet
Over Easy, Over Medium, Over Hard
Poached
Sunny Side Up

Instructor: Chef Michael and Stephanie Paoletti

Registration Deadline: June 13th

Father’s Day Family Brunch

Amuse Bouche - Deviled Eggs & Bloody Mary
1st Course- Meat Board w/ Accoutrements
2nd Course- Fried Shrimp Biscuit w/ Arugula Salad
3rd Course- Steak & Egg Hash
Dessert- Coconut Bread Pudding in Whisky Caramel Sauce

Becky’s Kitchen at The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center will be offering summer Jr. Chef Camps for young food enthusiasts ages 7-14. In addition to preparing a varied menu each week, the Jr. Chefs will be taught kitchen safety, knife skills (age appropriate), a variety of food preparation techniques, table setting and service, dining etiquette, and proper cleaning of the kitchen.  Parents are invited to dine with students the last day (Friday) of each session with a reservation and a lunch fee of $5.00 per guest (max of 2 guests). There is a minimum/maximum on class attendees of 7/14. All camps include a 9- 12 PM session and 1- 4 PM session for each.

US of A 'Staples' (United States of America 'Staples')

9 AM-12 PM or 1-4 PM

June 17

Turkey Sloppy Joes on Homemade Biscuits
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Homemade Ice Cream Banana Splits

June 18

Swiss Steak
Homemade Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Asparagus
Peach Shortcakes with Whipped Cream

June 19 

Chicken Gumbo with Rice
Potato Salad
French Bread and Fresh Churned Butter
Crème Brulee

June 20 

French Omelet
Potato Latkes
Homemade Applesauce
Homemade Breakfast Sausage Patties

June 21

Fish Tacos with Handmade Tortillas
Pineapple Salsa
Mexican Street Corn
Churros with Chocolate Dipping Sauce

Special Sewing Projects Camps

Join us for our Intermediate Sewing Camps with instructors Becky Rutz and Gloria Gaines!

Becky Rutz has been working with community theatres for over 25 years. Mostly backstage with costumes. She started sewing as an adult over 40 years ago. She is mostly self-taught. Becky has won the MTA Best Costume Design Award alone 2 times and with her best friend and sewing partner once. She is a retired business instructor from MGCCC-JCC.

Using basic and intermediate skills special projects will be developed based on interests and skills.

Gloria is a long time resident of the Gulf Coast. She has done costuming for theatre groups. She loves to teach the important skills of sewing while having fun doing it.

Recommended for ages 10 & up.

June 17-21 - 9AM-12PM

June 24-28 - 9AM–12PM

The Art of Glass Making Summer Camp

June 17-21

July 15-19

Students will begin to understand the fluid nature of hot glass by working directly with the molten material. Students will learn to apply color and shape the material with specialized hand tools. Lessons will include the steps to make flowers, hearts, birds, paperweights and more. This class will provide the students with a basic understanding of how to work with the material so that they can begin to create their own designs with their skills.

Instructor: Solange Ledwith

Class times:

9 AM-12 PM:  Ages: 9-14

1 PM-4 PM: Ages: 15-up

Coast Big Band formed in 2007. The original members had been part of other big bands including Gerald O’Neil’s Today Band. We perform big band music from the late 1920s to music published currently. The organization puts from 17 to 25 performers on stage depending on the booking, including vocalists.

We feature arrangements originally performed by Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble’, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and almost any tune in the American songbook is available. Our Blues Brothers music is a hit with the audience. We play music from the ’70s, ’80s, to today. The Coast Big Band has concerts throughout the year, performs at festivals and fundraisers, and entertains guests at wedding receptions.

What goes best with a cup of coffee in the morning? A breakfast pastry of course! Join Stephanie Paoletti of Sweet Enchantments Cakes as she teaches the techniques of Danish making, croissant rolling, and pop tart stuffing.

Menu

Strawberry Cream Cheese Danish
Chocolate Croissant
Peaches and Cream Pop Tart

Instructor: Chef Stephanie Paoletti

In this class, you will learn how to break down a whole chicken and whole fish to not only show off for your friends and family but also to save money by knowing how to do the hard work yourself. Michael Paoletti of Food, Booze & Hiccups will show you how to butcher a whole chicken and use the bones for stock, as well as break down a whole fish and create a fragrant fish fume.

Menu

Whole Chicken Butchery
Whole Fish Butchery
Chicken Stock
Fish Fumet

Instructor: Chef Michael Paoletti

Registration Deadline: June 20th

This class is an opportunity to learn the basic skills of glass making while having a skilled professional guide you through every step of the way. Each student will choose and apply the color, heat, shape, and design their glass pieces.

Spend your afternoon creating a glass piece of your choosing:

Paperweight $50
Heart $50
Tumbler $50
(Plus $5 Supply Fee.)

Classes are slotted for 30 minutes per person beginning at 9am and continuing till 5pm. People can sign up for which time they prefer.

Closed toed shoes are required. All other tools and protective wear will be supplied.

Instructor: Solange Ledwith

Ages: 18-up

Art Journaling & Altered Books for Teens

June 24-28

A slightly more advanced version of art journaling - Teens will learn to keep an art journal filled with writing, sketches, ideas, and artwork. Different phototransfer, drawing, painting techniques, and journal prompts will be given for this class. Please provide a hard backed, unlined journal, with pages that can hold a light wash of paint.

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Ages: 12 and up

Becky’s Kitchen at The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center will be offering summer Jr. Chef Camps for young food enthusiasts ages 7-14.

In addition to preparing a varied menu each week, the Jr. Chefs will be taught kitchen safety, knife skills (age appropriate), a variety of food preparation techniques, table setting and service, dining etiquette, and proper cleaning of the kitchen.

Parents are invited to dine with students the last day (Friday) of each session with a reservation and a lunch fee of $5 per guest (max of 2 guests). There is a minimum/maximum on class attendees of 7/14.

Camps include a 9am-12pm session and 1-4pm session for each.

Around the World

June 24

Stuffed Roasted Chicken and Vegetables
Ricotta Gnocchi
Chocolate Pots de Crème with Decorative Chocolates

June 25

German Meatballs with Gravy
Spätzle with Herbs and Butter
Pineapple Upside Cupcake

June 26

Croque Monsieur
Baked Ratatouille
Berry-Filled Crepes with Chantilly Cream

June 27

Fish and Chips
Tangy Tartar Sauce
Granny’s Creamy Coleslaw
English Trifle

June 28 

Marinated Chicken Fajita Kabobs
Homemade Salsa
Handmade Tortillas
Dessert Nachos

Painting for Kids

In this class, children will learn about the lives of famous artists and prominent art movements and create works inspired by their art. Educational and fun, this class was a big hit last year, and we're excited to offer it, again! Instructor: Carmen Lugo.

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Ages: 6-11

Meat and cheese boards have become a staple on many restaurant menus and are the perfect entertaining plate, as well as a way to try different types of meats and cheeses. Coming to the United States from Europe, we have jumped on the charcuterie train and are being more creative than ever with how to design a board. Join Michael Paoletti of Food, Booze & Hiccups as he describes the types of meats, cheeses, pickles, fruits, jams, and more that can be added to your charcuterie board. He will teach you how to pair each meat with accouterments that balance, all while creating a beautiful display for all to enjoy. Please bring with you a board or platter that you would like to build your charcuterie board on to bring home.

Instructor: Chef Michael Paoletti

Registration Deadline: June 27th

Enjoy a hands-on experience learning how to make one of the most popular cookies worldwide- the macaron. This delicate, almond-based cookie is crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and packed with flavor in the middle. Come spend some time with Stephanie Paoletti, from Sweet Enchantments, as she teaches the basic history of this delicious treat and teaches you how to make macarons with creative fillings.

Instructor: Chef Stephanie Paoletti

Registration Deadline: January 27th

Influential Women in the Arts

July 8-12

Queenie McKenzie, Yayoi Kusamen, Alma Thomas, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keefe, and more!

Campers will be introduced to influential women in the arts, and create their own paintings and projects based on the styles of these incredible artists. Students will also be provided a notebook and examples of work, so that they may record notes, and ideas to help them learn more about these art dynamos, and log their own creative ideas!

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Ages: 7-11

Introduction to Cakes

9AM-12PM

The Jr. Chefs will immerse themselves into the vast world of cakes this week. They will learn about the different types of cakes and their traditional fillings. The Jr. Chefs will create their own mini cakes such as German chocolate cake and lemon pound cake, as well as cupcakes and cake truffles.

7/8-7/9: Yellow Cake, Chocolate Cake, Red Velvet Cake, and Lemon Pound Cake

7/10: Cream Cheese Icing, Buttercream, and Fudge Icing

7/11: Cake Design

7/12: Cake Truffles and Cupcakes

Fundamentals of Baking

1- 4 PM -Afternoon

Throughout the duration of the week, the Jr. Chefs will learn the basic methods of baking including the biscuit method, the muffin method, and the creaming method. They will then use these methods to make items such as cookies, pies, quick breads, and tarts.

7/8: Muffin Method- Seasonal Fruit Muffin, Cornbread, and Chocolate Cupcake

7/9: Biscuit Method- Biscuit and Seasonal Fruit Scone

7/10: Creaming Method- Chocolate Chip Cookie, Pound Cake, and Fudge Brownie

7/11: Mississippi Mud Pie, Seasonal Fruit Tart, and Banana Bread

7/12: Family Showcase

July 8-19

This two-week Musical Theatre Camp will be under the direction of Cayson Miles!

Disney's The Jungle Book Kids - The jungle is jumpin' with jazz in this exciting Disney classic! Join Mowgli, Baloo, King Louie, and the gang as they swing their way through madcap adventures and thwart the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan. Specially adapted from the beloved film, this musical for elementary or middle schools includes all your favorite Disney tunes, like "The Bare Necessities," and "I Wanna Be Like You." With colorful characters and that toe-tapping jungle rhythm.

A fun-filled Musical Theatre Camp open to experienced actors as well as first-time performers. The camp will culminate with the production to be performed for friends, family and the general public on Friday. July 19th at 6 PM.

In this two-week camp, there will be training in stage movement, voice, choreography, and costume design. Along with rehearsals and performances, participants will receive technical training including learning about costumes, designing scenery, lights and sound.

Instructor: Cayson Miles

Ages: 6-13

Dates: July 8-12 and 15-19

Art Exploration Encore

July 15-19

Due to the popularity of this class, we are offering a second session! Children Ages 6-11 will learn drawing, painting, and collage in this class for beginning artists. This class is highly popular throughout the school year, and is now available for summer!

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Ages: 6-11

Travel Across the Americas

1-4PM

This week your Jr. Chef will learn the different food styles and cultures from different parts of North America. We will touch on different cities and their cuisines such as the Mississippi Gulf Coast, New Orleans, Miami, San Francisco, and Chicago. Your Jr. Chefs will learn some of the staple recipes and foods from the areas discussed.

7/15: Mississippi Gulf Coast- Boiled Shrimp, Corn, Potatoes, Cocktail Sauce, and Tartar Sauce

7/16: New Orleans- Roast Beef and Gravy Po’Boy, Tater Tots, and Coleslaw

7/17: Miami- Seafood Ceviche and Tropical Popsicle

7/18: San Francisco- Mission Burrito

7/19: Chicago- Chicago Deep Dish Pizza and Chicago Style Hot Dog

Eggs & Breakfast

9AM-12PM

This week we will learn the history behind eggs and how they are in every food culture across the globe. The Jr. Chefs will learn basic knife skills, how to properly cook all kinds of eggs, as well as breakfast foods such as French toast, pancakes, and waffles. They will also learn the different breakfast cuisines across the globe.

7/15-7/16: All Eggs- Scrambled, Poached, Sunny Side Up, Over Easy, Over Medium, Over Hard, Fried, and Omelets

7/17: Waffles, Pancakes, and French Toast

7/18: Shakshuka, Hangtown Fry, Peasants Frittata

7/19: Family Showcase

Painting for Teens- Mixed Media & Abstract

July 15-19

This class will focus primarily on Mixed Media and Abstract painting techniques for teens, to help navigate the world of both abstract and non-objective painting and learn to create successful abstract work. We will focus on learning to work the canvas as a whole, creating interesting shifts in color and value, mark making, and texture.

Instructor: Carmen Lugo

Ages: 11-up

Learn about the European Explorers and the Native Americans they encountered.

Instructor: History Registrar, Dennis Walker

Ages: 7-10

Are you allergic to gluten or know anyone that is? Then this family-friendly class is for you! Join Stephanie Paoletti as she teaches you the ins and outs of gluten-free baking, all while you get to make some of your own treats to bring home.

GF Fruit Muffin
GF Cookie
GF Cheesecake

Instructor:  Chefs Michael and Stephanie Paoletti

Registration Deadline: July 18th

Ole! Come see Michael Paoletti as he teaches you to make your own favorite Mexican dishes at home. There will be plenty of taco ingredients and festive music for everyone!

Menu

Homemade Flour Tortillas
Corn Tortillas
Elotes (Mexican Street Corn)
Shrimp Stuffed Chili Rellenos
Guacamole

Instructor: Chef Michael Paoletti

Registration Deadline: July 18th

Fundamentals of Cooking

9AM-12PM

In this class, your Jr. Chefs will learn basic knife skills and knife cuts. We will show them the different types of cooking- braising, sautéing, grilling, etc. They will also learn how to identify different herbs and vegetables, and how to then cook different recipes utilizing what they have learned.

7/22: Knife Cuts, Vegetable Identification, and Stocks

7/23: Braised Chicken, Glazed Carrots, and Mashed Potatoes

7/24: Chicken and Dumplings and Chicken Noodle Soup

7/25: Seared Pork Tenderloin with Grits and Bacon

7/26: Family Showcase

Explore Different Cuisines

1-4PM

Throughout the week we will explore different cuisines from different countries such as Italian, French, Asian, and American. The Jr. Chefs will learn what makes each cuisine different and learn staple ingredients to go along with each country. The Jr. Chefs will then take what they learned and cook dishes native to the different countries.

7/22: American- Cheeseburger and French Fries

7/23: Italian- Homemade Pasta Noodles and Pesto

7/24: French- Roast Chicken, Truffle Potatoes, and Ratatouille

7/25: Chinese- Sesame Glazed Chicken and Fried Rice

7/26: Mexican- Tacos el Pastor and Beans and Rice

The Mary C. & Lynn Meadows' WINGS Performing Arts present American Idol Camp

Learn how to prepare an audition, what to expect, get constructive feedback and more! Participants will also have the chance to show off their skills in a showcase at the end of the week.

?Instructor: Cayson Miles

Dates: July 22– 26

Times: 9 AM– 12 PM: Ages 6-11

Times: 1 PM-4 PM: Ages: 12-16

Everyone loves a great pie and in this class, you get to make a few to take home to your friends and family. Join Stephanie Paoletti in the kitchen as you make a variety of pies to enjoy.

Pies

Mississippi Mud Pie
Apple Hand Pie
Key Lime pie

Instructor: Chef Stephanie Paoletti

Registration Deadline: July 25th

Thai cuisine is more than jarred curry paste and instant microwaveable lunches. Thai street food is the food that Thai people hold near and dear and is packed with flavor and depth beyond any other type of cuisine. Let Michael Paoletti take you on a historical journey through the history of Thai people and their food, as you learn to prepare common food from Thailand.

Menu

Green Mango Salad
Pad Thai
Stir Fried Clams with Chili Jam and Thai Basil

Instructor: Chef Michael Paoletti

Registration Deadline: July 25th

Eggs & Breakfast

9AM-12PM

This week we will learn the history behind eggs and how they are in every food culture across the globe. The Jr. Chefs will learn basic knife skills, how to properly cook all kinds of eggs, as well as breakfast foods such as French toast, pancakes, and waffles. They will also learn the different breakfast cuisines across the globe.

7/29-7/30: All Eggs- Scrambled, Poached, Sunny Side Up, Over Easy, Over Medium, Over Hard, Fried, and Omelets

7/31: Waffles, Pancakes, and French Toast

8/1: Shakshuka, Hangtown Fry, Peasants Frittata

8/2: Family Showcase

Fundamentals of Baking

1-4PM

Throughout the duration of the week, the Jr. Chefs will learn the basic methods of baking including the biscuit method, the muffin method, and the creaming method. They will then use these methods to make items such as cookies, pies, quick breads, and tarts.

7/29: Muffin Method- Seasonal Fruit Muffin, Cornbread, and Chocolate Cupcake

7/30: Biscuit Method- Biscuit and Seasonal Fruit Scone

7/31: Creaming Method- Chocolate Chip Cookie, Pound Cake, and Fudge Brownie

8/1: Mississippi Mud Pie, Seasonal Fruit Tart, and Banana Bread

8/2: Family Showcase

Songs and Stories featuring Serabee. This free monthly concert features a national or regional songwriter in an intimate concert free at the Historic Mary C Theatre in Ocean Springs produced by the MS Songwriters Alliance.

Sera hails direct from the Kiln, Mississippi with the wandering strains of roadhouse blues and rollicking revivals psychically embedded in her songs. Irresistible, pop, country and R&B adorned in her soulful vocal presence and piano playing.
 

As a singer, songwriter and musician, the creative edge of Sera points to this soulful artist deep roots and colorful background in the American South. 

Growing up the daughter of a Pentecostal minister father (always a bluesman at heart) and singer/songwriter mother, Sera was raised on the music of Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan, Dolly, Aretha and of course, good ole gospel music.

Realizing her musical ambition at an early age, she traveled with her family’s tent revival, leading the musical praise and worship, excelling on the Hammond B-3 organ and piano. 

Striking out on her own, Sera began performing in New Orleans & Mississippi clubs where she garnered quite a local following. The soulful songstress created two independent recordings catching the attention of veteran music industry executives, Doug Morris , Gary Katz and LA Reid.

She was signed to major label Universal and Sony where she released an EP (Serabee) and had the ITunes single of the week, “Driving Me Stupid.”

She also became a finalist on the first season of “The Voice” as Serabee on Blake Shelton's team.

As a naturally gifted songwriter, with a strong commercial appeal, Sera penned the number one smash “Crazy Chick” for platinum sensation Charlotte Church in Europe and has since been writing with the hit makers in Nashville, London and New York for years.

Sera recently returned home to record her latest album, drawing on her natural ability and southern heritage and without the interruption of major label politics.

She says it will be very poignant and nostalgic, The prodigal daughter returning home from major label deals and touring the world to embrace her roots to record what she calls "the front porch songs" in a historical 1920s church turned studio in New Orleans.