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Released May 30, 2004

LAKE SEHOY'S 'PUCCINI AND PEANUT BUTTER FAMILY PICNIC DAY' SET FOR APRIL 1

HATTIESBURG -- The Department of Recreational Sports and the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi will host "Puccini and Peanut Butter Family Picnic Day" on April 1 at Southern Miss' Lake Sehoy.
The event, which begins at 1 p.m., will feature highlights from the Steven Sondheim play Into the Woods, performed on the stage at Lake Sehoy. The event is free and open to the public.
"We want families to bring a picnic and enjoy the play, but we also encourage them to make a day of it," said Stacey Ready, assistant director for Recreational Sports.
Face-painting, balloons, and refreshments will be offered.
"Families can canoe, play putt-putt, throw Frisbees. There's something for everyone," Ready said.
Lake Sehoy, which opened March 25, is located on Classic Drive in Hattiesburg.

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WINNERS OF BEST BAR-B-Q IN THE 'BURG CONTEST ANNOUNCED

HATTIESBURG -- Strick's Bar-B-Q won top honors at the first-ever "Best Bar-B-Q in the 'Burg" contest Thursday at the Forrest County Multi Purpose Center. Strick's won $500 and a trophy, along with free entry into next year's competition.
Four teams competed in three recipe categories: wings, ribs and pork shoulder.
First-place honors for wings went to The University of Southern Mississippi's Dining Services; second place went to Strick's; and third place went to Smoke Um If You Got Um.
First place for ribs was Strick's; second place was Southern Miss Dining Services; and third place was Smoke Um If You Got Um.
First place for pork shoulder was Strick's; second place was Three Little Pigs; and third place was Smoke Um If You Got Um.
Head cook for Strick's was Ken Strickland; for Southern Miss was Hilton Washington; for Smoke Um If You Got Um was Keith Mitchell; and for Three Little Pigs was Edward Peerboom.
Also Thursday at the Multi Purpose Center, Buffalo Nickel won the Battle of the Country Bands event. The band won free recording time at Millennium Music in Hattiesburg.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR LEADERSHIP STUDIES PROGRAM AT SOUTHERN MISS

HATTIESURG -- The deadline for the Leadership Studies Program at The University of Southern Mississippi Center for Gifted Studies has been extended. The summer residential program for sixth- through 11th-graders is scheduled for June 20-25. Applications for the program will be accepted according to order of receipt. For additional information, contact The University of Southern Mississippi, Leadership Studies Program Director, 118 College Drive #8207, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001; e-mail gifted.studies@usm.edu; call (601) 266-5236 or (601) 266-5246; or visit http://www.usm.edu/gifted.

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MISSISSIPPI ALL-STATE ORCHESTRA 2004
TO PERFORM AT SOUTHERN MISS

HATTIESBURG -- The Mississippi All-State Orchestra, made up of students statewide, will congregate at The University of Southern Mississippi April 1-3 for rehearsals and workshops and will culminate their efforts with a final public performance at 11:30 a.m. April 3 in Bennett Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Mississippi All-State Orchestra 2004 is a program sponsored by the Mississippi Orchestra Teachers Association. Students auditioned regionally in Tupelo or in Gulfport.
"To be selected to perform in the All-State Orchestra is the highest honor that a Mississippi orchestral student can achieve," said Dr. Jay Dean, musical director of the Symphony Orchestra at Southern Miss. Claudio Tarris, a native of Argentina, will conduct this year's All-State Orchestra.
For more information on the program, contact Gladys Torres at (601) 408-0755.

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