It’s Fall, Y’all!
The DeSoto Magazine team had to shake up our usual fall stories and themes because Covid-19 was still looming over us as we planned our September issue. Football stories usually take a feature spot in our editorial line-up, but the pandemic stretched longer than any of us could imagine, and the season’s kick-off was still in question as we put the finishing touches on this issue.
Nevertheless, we found other stories that will inspire you to think about fall excursions and all the other great things happening around the South. One of the most exciting events is the opening of the Mississippi Aquarium in Gulfport. Co-editor Cheré Coen was able to get a sneak peek inside the new 80,000-square-foot facility before it opened in late August. With more than 200 species on display, the aquatic campus will be the crown jewel among Gulf Coast attractions.
Social distancing and fun go hand-in-hand with our other two feature stories this month. Cool off in some of the South’s most interesting caves and caverns as Nashville writer Tom Adkinson takes us into the natural world of stalactites and stalagmites. If you want to stay above ground, however, you will find lots of fresh air at picturesque wineries around the South. I share some of my personal favorites that will appeal to serious oenophiles as well as those who just want a delightful glass of vino while enjoying a gorgeous view.
In our cover story, Karon Warren talks to University of Memphis basketball coach Penny Hardaway about his life as a player and a coach. Hopes are high that a national championship for Memphis is in the near future.
We believe all the stories in this issue will offer you a respite from the bad news we’ve had in recent months. Fall is a new season and one filled with hope.