Have you ever wanted to cook like a southern belle? Play golf like a professional? Handle a gun like Annie Oakley? (Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point.) Well, as it turns out, you can do all of that and more right here in Mississippi! Check out the possibilities below.
1. Biloxi Shrimping Trip, Biloxi
The seafood industry is huge in Mississippi, and thanks to the Biloxi Shrimping Trip you can spend the day out on the water learning everything you ever wanted to know about catching, cooking, and eating this delicious southern delicacy.
2. Viking Cooking School, Greenwood
Sure, you can take a cooking class pretty much anywhere, but in Greenwood you have the opportunity to take a class from one of the top kitchen appliance manufacturers in the nation. From themed nights to local favorites, the Viking Cooking School’s wide array of classes is sure to please everyone, even the toughest food critics.
3. Elite Arms Training, LLC, Lumberton
Perfect for those looking to gain the skills and certification necessary for safely operating their firearms, Elite Arms Training provides extensive concealed carry courses and full permit endorsement. And since the classes are limited in size (six and under), you’re guaranteed to get one-on-one attention, ensuring an in-depth learning experience.
4. The Crosby Arboretum, Picayune
Dedicated to educating the public about the environment, the Crosby Arboretum offers a variety of classes (like October’s "Table Centerpiece Workshop"), which take place year round. Even better? Most classes offer a discount for members!
5. The Museum School at the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson
In addition to perusing the many exhibitions, you now have the chance to enroll in a variety of courses at the Museum of Art’s Museum School. Offering classes for young children, teens, and adults, the Museum School’s course catalog includes everything from a graffiti workshop to photography classes.
6. Ole Miss’ Communiversity, Oxford
They say “you never stop learning,” and thanks to Ole Miss’ Division of Outreach, continuing your education just got a whole lot easier. The university’s program, Communiversity, offers non-credit classes in an array of subjects ranging from cooking and sewing to event planning, learning a new language, and even couponing. The best part? Classes are open to everyone, not just Ole Miss students.
7. Ard’s Dairy Farm, Ruth
If you’ve ever wondered what went into running a dairy farm, here’s your chance to find out. Visitors to Ard’s are given a tour, complete with hands-on activities, while learning about the farm’s cows, from their birth to their weekly milk production.
8. The Shack Up Inn, Clarksdale
Located on the Hopson Plantation just three miles from the legendary crossroads, the Shack Up Inn affords visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the state’s musical heritage all while revisiting yesteryear thanks to the virtually unchanged sharecropper shacks that adorn the property. In addition to reliving history, the Shack Up Inn holds numerous workshops and camps focusing on music, photography, and film.
9. Delta Conservation and Demonstration Center (DCDC), Greenville
Where better to learn about farming than in a state that plays a huge role in the agricultural industry? The DCDC aims to demonstrate, train, and educate individuals on topics such as soil and water conservation and Delta crops and vegetation.
10. Nike Advance Golf School (Mississippi State University), Starkville
Fore! If you’re a golf lover looking to brush up on your game then you’ll want to check out the Nike Advance Golf School. Held annually, the week-long course consists of intense training by college coaches and players, challenging course play at the Mississippi State University golf course, guest speakers, small group instruction, and a Nike amenity bag.
Have you visited any of the places listed? If so, what did you think? Know of any other trades/hobbies you can learn here in Mississippi? Tell us in the comments section below.