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Bay Saint Louis, MS – Jimbo Mathus and Dale Pohl will offer a month-long community (free) workshop for 20 children, ages 10-14, this June at the 100 Men Hall to educate and commemorate the Hall’s centennial anniversary. 

“A Blues Chronicle'' – with a custom-designed marionette stage - will chronicle by decade the 100 Years of the 100 Men Hall. The program will use art and music to foster a deeper appreciation for the culture, music and history of the 100 Men Hall Community and its lasting impact on Bay Saint Louis and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. 

This project is supported by the MEMBERS of Coast Electric through Operation Round Up and their Community Trust, in partnership with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation

The workshop is open to 20 students between the ages of 10 and 14 years old and will be held from Wednesday, June 1st until Wednesday, June 29, culminating in a performance to be held Thursday, June 30th.

Oxford born Jimbo Mathus, artist, storyteller and musician will be in residence at the 100 Men Hall’s Tin Shed during the entire month of June and will collaborate with Bay Saint Louis resident, Dale Pohl, artist and art teacher. 

The young artisans will learn how to create marionettes (includes clay work, sewing, and painting), construct a marionette stage (carpentry), design the set (lighting and painting), and will become proficient in storytelling and script writing as well as learn to appreciate the unique music born in Coastal Mississippi, by decade, thanks to 100 Men Hall.  

After weeks of intense studies and hands-on creativity, the program will culminate with a live performance of “A Blues Chronicle'' at the 100 Men Hall.  The performance will be open to the public for families, residents and visitors to appreciate the significance and 100-year timeline of all of the aspects that created this historical landmark. The performance will be videotaped to use in classrooms throughout Mississippi. 

To register for the workshop, contact Rachel at or call 415.336.9543.


Workshop starts:      Wednesday, June 1st

Workshop ends:       Wednesday, June 29th

When:                        Monday through Thursday from:  8AM until 12 NOON

Performance Date:   Thursday, June 30, 2022