Darrell Cunningham walks out of his home dressed in white beekeeper’s equipment. He waltzes over to his hives. He may use smoke to calm the hives, but his bees are so gentle that he may forgo this step. He starts singing, belting in his backyard, “I’d start walking your way, you’d start walking mine, we’d meet in the middle, ‘neath that old Georgia pine,” by Diamond Rio; or maybe singing one of his own singles, like his song, “Bee Man.” When he reaches for the lid on the hive, his voice softens as he greets his bees with a, “Hey, Babies! How y’all doin’?” before continuing his gentle work, chatting with the bees in a tone that can only be described as having been dipped in honey.
Richard Tucker was born and raised in Tupelo, and grew up fishing in nearby areas. This pastime turned into a passion, which soon spiralled into tying his own flies.
“It was just kind of a natural progression from getting into fly fishing and trying to learn more about the sport,” he said. “Especially trout fishing, because the flies were not readily available, and so I just tried to figure out how to do it.”
In the South, oftentimes fall and hunting season are used interchangeably. This warm and cozy recipe keeps wild game in mind, while providing standard substitutions that can be found at any local grocer.
Michael Satterfield grew up farming in the Delta, so he’s used to working hard. He went to Delta State University and was supposed to study business to eventually return to the farm, but took art classes as his electives –– because he enjoyed the classes, not for an “easy A,” he said. Well, when he found out his daughter, Presley, now 12, was on the way, he buckled down and got serious. He met with his advisor to plan a course of action.
With so much about the 2020 seeason still in the air, there’s one thing that doesn’t have to be in question: Tailgating. Sure, it will look different, but with a little planning and forethought, you and yours can still have a great time, even if the tailgate is from your own home.