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Elvis. Faulkner. Kermit. Oprah. King. When it comes to arts and entertainment, Mississippi is the land of legends. Which led to an idea. What if we told all their stories together in one place? What if we could showcase the overwhelming impact of Mississippi’s creative legacy to locals and visitors alike? What if we help ignite creativity in the artists of the future? The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience — or The MAX, as we call it, will shine the spotlight on Mississippi’s statewide contributions in arts and entertainment. This $50 Million interactive experience will celebrate these legends and many more that herald from the great state of Mississippi. This is Mississippi to The Max.


Meridian, Mississippi has always been steeped in tradition, and one of the longest running traditions around is having a great lunch or dinner at Weidmann’s Restaurant. Since 1870, generations of families have gathered around Weidmann’s tables to sample some of the greatest food and beverages available. Starting with the freshest ingredients, tried and true recipes and just a little bit of tender, loving care, Weidmann’s has always specialized in high quality comfort food. With respect for the history of Weidmann’s and with an eye on the future, owner Charles Frazier has combined the best of both worlds and created a restaurant experience full of surprises and flavors while retaining the comfortable, cozy warmth that has always been a part of Weidmann’s charm.


A performing arts center, a conference center, an educational center, a major downtown restoration project – these are all accurate ways to describe the MSU Riley Center. More than just a stunning facility, the center is a special place for social interaction, enjoying the arts, engaging in lifelong learning, and stimulating community growth and development. Located in the heart of historic downtown Meridian, the MSU Riley Center opened its doors in September 2006 to offer cultural, artistic, and educational experiences like no other in the region. The multifaceted center attracts 60,000+ visitors to downtown Meridian annually for conferences, meetings, and performances. The center includes a fully restored 1889 grand opera house theater that seats approximately 950, a 200-seat studio theater, and 30,000 square feet of meeting space, including a large exhibit hall, breakout rooms, and boardrooms, all equipped with teleconferencing capabilities and built-in technical features to create the optimal meeting environment.