Family Friendly Events in Greenville, Mississippi

Family Friendly Events in Greenville, Mississippi

If you’re going to be in West Mississippi with your kids this summer, there are tons of family friendly events in Greenville you won’t want to miss. From paintball to bowling to Kermit the Frog, Greenville has something everyone can enjoy.

Muppets creator Jim Henson was born here in Greenville, and the city has built a permanent exhibit in Henson’s honor, which also doubles as the Washington County Welcome Center. This is a perfect stop for young kids.

Older children who like animals and the outdoors have lots of options—there’s the Winterville Indian Mounds, Oliver Alpaca Farm, the Delta Paintball Park, and more. If your family’s into cars, on the other hand, visit the Black Bayou Motor Speedway and Greenville Speedway Racing and catch a few races.

Of course, there are plenty of everyday activities to do in Greenville—Riverbelle Lanes offers bowling and other family activities, and the Nelco Movie Theater and Diamond Jim’s Arcade both have great options for families.

Whether you’re a resident of Washington County or you’re just passing through, summer in Greenville is a great time for families, so drop in on some of our city’s many exciting events!

Six Must-See Historic Sites in Greenville, MS

In the heart of the Mississippi Delta, you’ll find our little town of Greenville. This small Southern city has a big history, which has been preserved over the years and can be explored on a sunny Saturday afternoon. If you want to experience the spirit of Greenville, visit these historic locations.

Cotton Row: Back when Mississippi used to be the home of cotton moguls who amassed large fortunes, this was a thriving merchant district. It still reflects the late 19th century architecture.

First National Bank: This Neoclassical building now housing the city’s court was the first federally chartered bank in the county.

Former Levee Board Complex: What was the city’s oldest commercial structure has been renovated into the Greenville Inn & Suites.

Mississippi Levee System: This towering structure runs along the downtown waterfront and revolutionized the area, making the Delta what it is today.

Mount Holly Plantation: Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Shelby Foote used to live in this gorgeous mansion which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Nelson Street District: For a century, this has been a thriving economic and cultural hub of the community, home to numerous iconic restaurants and stores.

Which of these historic sites in Greenville is your favorite?

Delta Dragon Boat Festival

The second annual Delta Dragon Boat Festival took place last weekend, July 31 through August 1, at Lake Ferguson in Greenville, Mississippi, and just like last year it was a big hit! Lots of locals came out to enjoy the festival and watch the race.

Dragon boat racing has a long history in Chinese culture, and the Delta Festival celebrates this tradition and its Western modernization as an athletic competition. There are 22 team members per boat, and the race requires cooperation and teamwork.

The festival started Friday evening with a Chinese Gala featuring Chinese cultural entertainment and food prepared by a local chef. Last year’s race winners, as well as the winners of the Children’s Pageant, were celebrated in the Dragon Parade, which took place first thing Saturday morning.

The bulk of the event took place Saturday, with booths set up for food vendors and free entertainment like face painting, while the race was going on. It was a great family event, and we hope it will be around next year! If you’re looking for more fun events to check out in the Greenville, MS area, feel free to stop by James Ceranti Nissan and we will give you the low down!

Nissan GT-R Racers Comically Pre-Occupied

2013 Nissan GT-RNissan boasts that the GT-R is not just any old supercar—it’s “the supercar”. As one of the very fastest cars available on the market for the modern driver, the GT-R is a beautiful combination of unbridled muscle, prized Nissan technology, and unique character.

Part of the marvel and praise associated with the Nissan GT-R is its perfect balance of power and control. Despite incredibly high 500+ horsepower, the GT-R is known for superb handling. However, not all critics deem this a good thing, arguing curtly that the car pretty much drives itself.

YouTube’s That Racing Channel decided to answer those criticisms with a particularly entertaining video which we’ve included below. The video features two GT-R drivers engaging in a race during which both are pre-occupied, to say the least. As the cars speed forward on perfectly straight paths, the drivers play handheld video games, eat over-stuffed sandwiches, catch naps, and even shave.

Obviously, this method of driving is not recommended or realistic, but the video is definitely worth a watch, especially for those of us that appreciate the GT-R in all its glory! Check it out for a good laugh, and come visit us at James Ceranti Nissan!

Self-Driving Nissans in 2020

Self-Driving NissansNissan is getting a lot of attention from auto industry fans and tech gurus alike with a recent announcement promising autonomous vehicles by 2020. Yes, it’s what it sounds like. Autonomous, as in self-driving. Self-driving, as in sit back, and enjoy the ride.

In a recent press release, Nissan guaranteed market introduction of Autonomous Drive technology by 2020. In the report, CEO Carlos Ghosn explains that Nissan’s confidence in meeting that deadline stems from success in establishing the LEAF as the world’s top-selling zero-emission EV. “Now I am committing to be ready to introduce a new ground-breaking technology, Autonomous Drive, by 2020, and we are on track to realize it,” Ghosn claimed.

Bearing in mind that over 90% of car accidents are the result of human error, the prospect of a self-driving vehicle is extremely attractive. Nissan’s press release illuminates the grim details, noting that more than six million crashes occur in the United States per year. In fact, car accidents are the leading killer of Americans from the ages of four to 34.

Therein lies Nissan’s motivation. As long as humans control cars, there will be collisions and accidents. No matter how hard we try, we’ll never be perfect. Nissan is planning to effectively reduce the necessary amount of input from the driver to help us stay safe on the road.

Nissan is currently working with the brilliant minds at MIT, Stanford, Oxford, and many other universities and institutions known for their technological prowess. According to the press release, testing grounds with real road conditions and geographic configurations are being constructed in Japan, and production and testing have been initialized to explore the strengths and limitations of current tech specs.

The future of transportation is right around the corner! Until then, we’ll keep driving our Nissans ourselves—come find the perfect one for you at James Ceranti Nissan!

The Art of Clay Modeling

Ever wonder exactly how full-size clay models are made for car companies?

clay model

We came across this great video from the Nissan Technical Center in Japan for a look at what exactly the process entails. From the designer’s sketches to a full model, the process can take years.

Side-by-side with digital models, the clay models are created by hand, one small piece at a time. Clay is kept in a warming over to keep it soft and the designers work fast before it can harden. The process of scraping away excess, applying plastic overcoats and perfecting the shape can take hundreds of hours for each designer.

Unfortunately after the product is finished, they often get smashed or burned to save space. Sadly, these projects only life short lives and are soon after dismantled. The designers prefer not to watch this process, and we can understand why!

We encourage you to watch this video to better understand the true art of car clay modeling. Check out our inventory page for the latest Nissan cars.

2013 Altima Awarded ‘Best New Model in Class’ by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

2013 AltimaThe 2013 Altima has done it again! Since launching in 2012, Nissan’s completely redesigned midsize sedan has received numerous awards and accolades. Recently Altima earned another title to add to its already impressive list as it was awarded ‘Best New Model’ in the $25,000-$30,000 price range by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.  

Kiplinger has been a trusted source for personal finance and business forecasts for years. Annually, the online source combs through hundreds of vehicles to award the best values in its yearly buyer’s guide. Winner of these awards are ranged by price, performance, safety, roominess, value, and driving impressions.

“The Nissan Altima has coma long way in the 20 years since it was first introduce,” said Al Castignetti, Nissan Division Vice President and General Manager. “We took great strides to completely redesign this vehicle with a number of innovative features that improve upon the driving experience while maintaining its affordability. Being honored by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance validates all of our hard work and highlights our passion for developing innovative yet affordable products.”

Find the stylishly award-winning 2013 Altima now at James Ceranti Nissan. Visit our Greenville, MS dealership for a test drive today! Learn more about Altima and other great Nissan vehicles online at www.jamescerantinissan.net.

2014 Versa Note Heading to Dealerships this Summer

2014 Nissan Versa NoteThe Nissan Versa lineup will get a dramatic new look inside and out with the arrival of the 2014 Nissan Versa Note later this year. This second-generation hatchback will be offered in a range of well-equipped trim levels with many available innovative features. CVT-equipped model are projected to achieve estimated fuel economy ratings of 40 mpg highway.

“As the entry segment is expanding with new models and nameplates, it’s not enough to offer value alone,” said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. “The new Nissan Versa Note shakes up the category by satisfying both the emotional and rational needs with features that are truly unexpected in the class – such as sleek styling and advanced innovation features like our Around View® Monitor parking assist system at an affordable price.”

The 2014 Versa Note’s exterior will be garnished with modern styling cues and the spacious interior will host a variety of amenities. The Versa Note is able to offer so much for so little, as the starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) remains at one of the lowest in its class.

For more information on the 2014 Nissan Versa Note, visit our Greenville, MS dealership in person. Watch for its arrival this summer by viewing our current inventory offerings at www.jamescerantinissan.net.

Versa Dominated Subcompact Sales of 2012

Nissan VersaA spacious interior, large trunk space, excellent fuel economy, and low starting price make the Nissan Versa a great pick for first time car buyers and for those shopping on a budget. With that being said, it comes as no surprise that the Nissan Versa has been announced as the best-selling subcompact car of 2012. This small and surprisingly roomy sedan can be found now at James Ceranti Nissan.

Powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine producing 109 horsepower, the Nissan Versa achieves an EPA estimated 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway fuel ratings. Features on the base model include a trip computer, auxiliary power outlet, adjustable steering wheel, power steering, remote trunk release, MP3 player, air conditioning, and a CD player. Options offered on higher trim levels include cruise control, fog lamps, keyless start, a back-up camera, satellite radio, and wireless cell phone hookup. The Versa is able to offer all of this with a starting price lower than other vehicles in its class.

If you are in the market for a small car that is big on space and fuel efficiency, the Nissan Versa is the right choice for you. Come test drive the Versa at our Greenville dealership today to find out why it was the best-selling subcompact car of 2012. View photos and information of the Versa or other great Nissan models online at www.jamescerantinisan.net.