Hidden Gems of Mississippi

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Mississippi features many unique places that draw in visitors from around the country. Check out these hidden gems of Mississippi that are well worth taking the trip.

The Shed

Is there anything better than blues guitar and Southern barbecue? The Shed is home to pulled pork, chicken platters, and brisket that’ll make your mouth water and live music that’ll make your heart sing. Outdoor bonfires and a warm indoor dining area make The Shed the perfect spot for all seasons. Head down to Ocean Springs to see what all the fuss is about!

Hattiesburg Zoo

Kids and adults alike will enjoy an afternoon at the Hattiesburg Zoo. The Sloth Experience features a tour of the animal kitchen, participation in meal preparation, and a hands-on experience with an actual sloth, making it a must for curious children of all ages. Outside of observing the animals, a carousel, playground, and four-story ropes course are just a few activities kids and parents can take part in.

U.S.S. Cairo

The U.S.S. Cairo Gunboat and Museum is the very same gunboat that was sunk in 1862 and has the distinction of being the first ship to be sunk by an electrically detonated torpedo. The Cairo was hauled up from the depths and shipped to Ingalls Shipyard on the Gulf Coast in Pascagula, Mississippi, in 1965, where it was reassembled and restored. This time capsule is worth visiting if you’re a history or nautical buff.

There’s no shortage of things to do in and around Vicksburg if you know where to look. For a reliable and stylish ride to get you there, look no further than Blackburn Nissan.

 

Have a Very Merry Christmas in Vicksburg This Year!

Though you’re no doubt still recovering from your Thanksgiving feast, it’s time to start looking ahead to the holiday season proper. This time of year, Vicksburg comes alive in celebration of the season, and you have plenty of opportunities to take part. Here are just a few of our favorite ways to celebrate Christmas in Vicksburg.

In the evenings, it’s ideal to take a drive past all of the area’s gorgeous plantation homes to soak up their splendid holiday décor. Across the South, you won’t find yuletide beauty as you will right here in Vicksburg. If you’re looking at taking a special holiday staycation, many of these lovely plantation homes also serve as bed and breakfasts, giving you the perfect setting for an intimate and memorable weekend break.

No Christmas in Vicksburg would be complete without an afternoon with Santa himself. This year on Dec. 9, you can bundle up the kiddos and head over to the Vicksburg Convention Center for the 16th Annual Breakfast with Santa and Magical Adventure in Candyland.

From Dec. 14-16, The Warren Central High School Madrigal Dinner & Singe Feaste provides a full four-course dinner, music, and a play. You’ll want to purchase your tickets in advance, so mark your calendars now.

If you need an exciting new ride for all of your holiday adventures in Vicksburg, look no further than Blackburn Nissan!

The Best Ways to Enjoy Thanksgiving in Mississippi

Thanksgiving in Mississippi

Want to nail your Thanksgiving in Mississippi this year? We have a few special suggestions to help you take your turkey day from so-so to wow, no matter what sort of holiday you’re hoping to have.

Make it a Thanksgiving getaway

If you’re looking to take a break from the big spreads and bloated bellies that usually come with an self-respecting Thanksgiving in Mississippi, consider taking a little weekend trip. There are plenty of delightful locations right here in our home state that are ideal for a quick fall escape, like a visit to Gulfport for seafarers or a jaunt to Oxford for you University of Mississippi alumni.

Bring a cheese spread from Mississippi State Cheese

Are you meeting your significant other’s family for the first time? Looking to impress your successful cousins with a classy dish this year? Whatever you’re hoping to achieve this Thanksgiving, you can get it done with a tasteful cheese spread from the scrumptious Mississippi State Cheese company. They’re taking orders now!

Try Cooking a Classic Mississippi Dish

Mississippi has some of the best cuisine in the country, if we do say so ourselves, and we really shine when it comes to Thanksgiving fare. Try one of these delicious Mississippi favorites, like Cola Ham or a classic Southern cornbread.

From all of us here at Blackburn Nissan, we hope you have a happy, safe, and very filling Thanksgiving.

2018 Nissan Kicks Offers Fun, Versatility

Nissan Kicks

Compact crossovers are red-hot these days, and they don’t get any hotter — or, for that matter, cooler — than the 2018 Nissan Kicks. The all-new Kicks balances every consideration of what you’d want in a crossover, from tech and intelligence to style and poise. The result is an impressive vehicle that’s got quite a lot to offer.

 

On the inside, the Kicks is cozy and comfortable with a clean, stylish layout, Zero Gravity seats, and 93.9 cubic feet of total passenger volume that tops some of the segment’s stalwarts. For shopping and taking trips, the Kicks offers 25.3 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 32.3 cubic feet of space with the seats down. Whether it’s bringing the kids to school or running out to pick up groceries, the Kicks has you covered.

 

The 2018 Nissan Kicks is an ideal choice for the individual thanks to Kicks Color Studio, which allows you to customize your ride down to the finest detail. Not only do you have the option to select a contrast roof, but you can match it to your choice of the door handle, mirror cap, bumper accents, wheels, and spoiler. The result is a vehicle that is definitively and completely all yours.

 

To experience why the 2018 Nissan Kicks is no mere compact crossover, stop into Blackburn Nissan for a test drive.

Fan-Favorite Game Day Recipes

Game Day

Football season is here again, which means parties and celebrations with your friends and families. To fuel you and your crew as you cheer on your favorite team, you’ll need delicious snacks. To get you off the bench and into the game, try these four excellent game day recipes.

Bacon-and-Greens Salsa

For a Southern-style take on salsa, this recipe incorporates mixed greens and bacon and is best served with pork rinds, sweet potato chips, and hot sauce.

Hoppin’ John Hush Puppies

Hush puppies are the perfect handheld snack for an on-your-feet kind of game. With a mixture of peas, ham, rice, and onions, you can craft a unique take on the classic hush puppy that is perfectly crispy and will have them begging for more.

Sweet-Hot Baby Back Ribs

If you’re looking for something a little harder, you can please the delicious baby back ribs. Make sure you’ve got the time necessary for this meal: It requires eight hours to marinate and two hours or so to grill. But once you bite into that tender meat, you’ll realize that the best things come to those who wait.

Cheese Straws

If you don’t eat meat but love savory snacks, these cheese straws are quite easy to make and will fit the bill. All it takes to make these straws are flour, cheese, butter, salt, baking powder, and 10 minutes of your time well-spent.

Be creative when it comes to your game day recipes and you’ll find yourself the talk of the water cooler on Monday morning. If you want to be the talk of the office from the moment you roll up into your parking spot, stop into Blackburn Nissan and get yourself behind the wheel of a brand-new Nissan.

2019 Nissan LEAF E-Plus Will Offer 200 Horsepower

The Nissan LEAF has long been at the forefront of the EV market, and the competition is starting to look for ways to catch up and snatch its crown. To keep its sturdy grip on the throne, the 2019 Nissan LEAF is expected to offer several exciting upgrades that’ll keep folks coming back for more.

Nissan Leaf

AutoGuide last month spoke with Nissan’s director of EV Marketing and Sales Strategy, Brian Maragno, who informally announced the 2019 Nissan LEAF E-Plus. With a bigger battery on board for longer range, this LEAF is expected to crank out around 200 horsepower and achieve a 200-mile range on a single charge, making both highly efficient and exceptionally fun to drive.

With respect to performance, Maragno wouldn’t say whether the Nissan LEAF NISMO®, which went on sale in Japan last month, will make the leap to the United States. Certainly, the introduction of a stylish NISMO variant would add some nice cushion between the LEAF and its competition.

Nissan was tight-lipped about the Nissan LEAF E-Plus, but it did confirm to AutoGuide that it will be sold as a 2019 model, which means it could be arriving as soon as the end of this year. For more as it develops, watch this space and stop into Blackburn Nissan for the latest.

Upcoming Events in Vicksburg This Summer

Looking for something to do this weekend? We have your guide to some of the most exciting and family-friendly happenings around Vicksburg this summer.
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Summer Kids Film Series

Each week from now until July 26, the Summer Kids Film Series will show a fun movie at the B&B Theatres at the Vicksburg Mall. Showings take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; see listings for films and showtimes.

Tara Wildlife Summer Youth Archery Camp

 Tara Wildlife Summer Youth Camps offer a great opportunity for children from the Vicksburg area to learn important skills. One of the most exciting summer camps focuses on archery and takes place from July 29 to Aug. 2. To register your child and help turn them into a real-life Hawkeye, visit http://www.tarawildlife.com/camps/summer-youth-camps.

Legally Blonde: The Musical

For the 2018 season, The Parkside Playhouse presents Legally Blonde, the hit musical based on the 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon. The musical runs July 27-29 and Aug. 2-5, and tickets range from $10 for children 12 and under to $20 for adults. For more information, visit http://vicksburgtheatreguild.com.

 Vicksburg National Military Park Fee Free Day

If you’ve been looking for a time to take the family to the Vicksburg National Military Park, Aug. 25 is as good an opportunity as any. As one of the park’s Fee Free Days, guests can pay a visit to the park without having to pay entrance fees in honor of National Park Service Founders Day.

There’s plenty to see and do around Vicksburg, and if you need a reliable ride to get you to and from, stop by Blackburn Nissan.

Introducing the New 2019 Nissan Altima

While some competitors are moving away from mid-size sedans altogether, Nissan is committed to reinventing the segment with the all-new 2019 Nissan Altima. The new Altima, set to launch this fall, will be offered with two new engine options, available ProPILOT Assist safety technology, and the first-ever application of Intelligent All-Wheel Drive to a Nissan sedan..

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“Our goal with the all-new Altima is to re-energize the sedan segment—in terms of design, driving feel and in making advanced technologies available and affordable for everyone,” said Nissan Chief Performance Officer José  Muñoz. “We want to energize drivers, helping make their lives safer, less stressful, and more exciting.”

The 2019 Nissan Altima will be offered with the world’s first production-ready variable compression turbo inline-four, which replaces the outgoing Altima’s 3.5-liter V6. The cutting-edge 2.0-liter VC-Turbo is expected to be considerably more efficient than the V6 while offering an impressive output of 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.

“With the VC-Turbo, the driver balances the engine character through acceleration pedal operation alone. This ‘two engines in one’ is another way Altima stands far apart from all other vehicles in the segment,” said Muñoz.

The new Altima is also more stylish, more intelligent, and—with the addition of available ProPILOT Assist and Safety Shield 360 with Rear Automatic Braking—safer than ever. Other automakers are backing down when it comes to making sedans you want to drive, but Nissan is charging forward, full steam ahead.

For more information on the 2019 Nissan Altima, and to learn when you can expect it in our showroom, stop into Blackburn Nissan.

History of Memorial Day

On the fourth Monday of every May, we celebrate Memorial Day. Many of us get to enjoy a day off from work or school, and many of think of this day as the beginning of summer. But do you know the history of Memorial Day and what it truly means?

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While Memorial Day is often filled with cookouts, parades, and family get-togethers, it is actually one of our nation’s most solemn official days. Memorial Day originated after the Civil War as a day to honor those who died during the conflict. This was done by decorating graves with flowers and holding vigils to honor the deceased. When it was declared a day of remembrance in 1868 by General John A. Logan, it was called Decoration Day. After World War I, the holiday evolved to include all American military personnel who died in any war.

For years, Memorial Day was always observed on May 30th, the date of the first Decoration Day. But after the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was passed by Congress in 1968 and went into effect in 1971, the holiday was moved to the last Monday in May. In the years since, it has fallen between May 25-31; this year, it falls on May 28.

Today, communities across the country recognize Memorial Day with solemn celebrations at cemeteries that include placing flags on the graves of all veterans. If you are planning any family events this year, consider taking a few minutes to talk about the importance of the day with your family. We hope that whatever your Memorial Day celebration entails, you’ll join the team at Blackburn Nissan in taking a few moments out of your day to reflect on all the lives laid down in the effort to keep America free.

How to Get Your Car Ready for Summer

Winter isn’t the only season that requires specific car maintenance—in fact, your car has particular needs for every season. Summer is no different: there are a number of maintenance steps that you can take to better ensure that you get your car ready for summer.

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Tires

A change in outside temperatures will cause the air pressure in your car’s tires to fluctuate. As a result, you should check the tire pressure regularly, particularly at the point when seasons are changing. While you’re at it, look for any signs of wear and tear—like bulging or low tread levels—and replace your tires if they don’t appear up to the task of getting you through the summer safely.

Wash and Wax

The road salt from the winter can have some nasty effects on your car’s undercarriage if you’re not careful. To avoid any long-term damage, wash your car thoroughly and give it a good wax to protect from further scratching during the summer. Not only will a wash and wax keep your ride looking great in the sunshine, but it helps it retain more of its value should a day come where you want to sell it for a new one.

Fluids

The start of any new season is a great time to bring your car into Blackburn Nissan for an oil change and a check-up. While it’s here, we’ll be happy to take a look at all other fluids—including coolant, steering fluid, and transmission fluid. If you’re a DIY type of person, you can consult your owner’s manual to check the levels of your car’s fluids on your own, but it’s just as easy for us to take care of it when you’re in for your next service.

These are just some of the tips to consider to make sure that your vehicle is ready for the road this summer. If you need help getting your ride back into tip-top shape, just bring it into Blackburn Nissan and we’ll get you all squared away.

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