by Hunter Dawkins, Publisher/Owner – thegazebogazette@gmail.com or hdawkins@supertalk.fm

For nine years, the stoic “Sandyman” shows up right after Thanksgiving, on the beach west of the harbor in Pass Christian.  The structure idea came from three ladies from West Second Street in Pass Christian who wanted a symbol of the city during the holiday season.

“When Sandyman was created we never knew how popular he would become,” stated Mary Bourdin, one of the citizens who put forth this idea to celebrate the holiday season in Pass Christian. “It gives us great joy to see how much everyone enjoys him and to know he is a wonderful part of our community.”

The creation of “Sandyman” each year is a community effort as Harrison County Sand Beach workers piles him up while the Pass Christian Fire Department (PCFD) then spray the symbol with water.

For the last nine years, the PCFD do this every Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Following this, friends & family of the ladies join in every year to shape him & dress him up.

After this preparation, “Sandyman” gets finished the weekend after Thanksgiving. Other than his hat & mittens, his attire is all natural, including blue crab shell buttons, oyster shell smile, pine cone eyes, Spanish moss eye-brows, yaupon scarf, tree branches for arms.

The ladies have certainly put together a symbol that is nationally recognized for the holiday season on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.