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Community Calendar for the week of October 28, 2012


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Monday, Oct. 29 


"Battle at Antietam" -- The Hazard Lecture Series presents historian Marc L. Harris speaking on this very significant battle of the American Civil War at 7 p.m. Please note change of venue to the Heritage Academy Elementary School Students Activities Building, 623 Willowbrook Road, Columbus. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Beth Lucas, 662-386-3392. 




Through Tuesday, Oct. 30 


Decorated Pumpkin Contest -- Decorated pumpkins are on display at the Columbus Arts Council's Rosenzweig Arts Center. Bring yours. Judging takes place in multiple age categories Oct. 29 and will be announced Oct. 30. For more information, call 662-328-2787. 




Tuesday, Oct. 30  


Karges talk postponed -- Dylan Karges' gallery talk "Process of Discovery: Excavating Iron Age Israel" scheduled at the Rosenzweig Arts Center has been unavoidably postponed. For more information, call 662-328-2787. 




Tuesday and Wednesday,  


Oct. 30-31 


Haunted Horse Park -- The Mississippi State Resident Hall Association presents "Haunted Horse Park," a haunted house at the Mississippi Horse Park, 716 Poorhouse Road, Starkville, from 8-11 p.m. Admission is $5. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact the Horse Park, 662-325-9350. 




Thursday, Nov. 1 


National Day of Prayer -- All are invited to participate in observing the National Day of Prayer, at the Frank P. Phillips YMCA, 602 Second Ave. N., Columbus, from noon to 12:45 p.m. The non-partisan gathering organized by the Christian Community Committee in Prayer will focus on praying for the nation's government and the Nov. 6 elections, and for unity and purpose afterward. For more information, contact the Y, 662-328-7696. 


Gallery reception -- Come as you are to a free reception opening painter Melissa Smith's show, "Land and Water," at the Columbus Arts Council's Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., from 5:30-7 p.m. For more information, call 662-328-2787. 


Gordy Forum -- Mississippi University for Women's Gordy Honors Forum presents attorney Elizabeth Crowell of Jackson speaking on "It's My Vote: I Will Be Heard" at 6 p.m. in Nissan Auditorium of Parkinson Hall on the MUW campus. Free to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Tom Velek at [email protected] or 662-241-6850. 


Monster Freestyle Tour --  


Motorcyclists perform gravity-defying stunts in this show at the Mississippi Horse Park at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5. Children 10 and under are admitted free, with a paid adult. For more information, call the Horse Park, 662-325-9350. 




Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 1-3 


Decorative Arts Forum -- The Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation's 2012 Decorative Arts and Preservation Forum and Antiques Show takes place at Mississippi University for Women's newly-renovated Poindexter Hall. Enjoy garden symposiums, dinners, live music, free lectures and much more. For information, contact the CCHF, 800-920-3533. 




Friday, Nov. 2 


Poindexter ribbon cutting -- The public is invited to a 3 p.m. ribbon cutting at Mississippi University for Womens' newly-renovated Poindexter Hall on campus, and to tour the building and hear musical performances between 3-4:30 p.m. Other events (some free, some ticketed) of the Decorative Arts Forum are scheduled at Poindexter through Nov. 3. For more information, contact the MUW Foundation at 662-462-8439, or the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation at 662-800-920-3533.  


Bulldog Bash -- CMA-nominated artists The Eli Young Band, along with Andy Grammer, Gloriana and DJ Archnemesis, entertain at Bulldog Bash 2012 in Starkville's Cotton District. The free celebration begins at 3 p.m. with family-friendly FanFare, followed by an MSU pep rally at 5:30 p.m. and the concert. For more information, visit or call 662-325-2930. 




Saturday, Nov. 3 


Art in Autumn -- The Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity at Mississippi University for Women hosts their annual Art in Autumn Auction at 6 p.m. in the Eugenia Summer Gallery in the Art and Design Building on campus. For more information, contact the art department, 662-329-7341. 


MSMS Anniversary Gala -- The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science celebrates its 25th anniversary at Trotter Convention Center. A silent auction begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and live entertainment by students and faculty. Tickets are $75 ($130 for a couple.) Reservations requested. Contact Katie Carter at [email protected] or 662-241-7665. 




Thursday, Nov. 8 


Books and Authors -- Friends of the Starkville Public Library present Romana Bridges, author of "Sweet By and By" and "Standing on the Promises," at noon in the library at 326 University Drive. For more information, call 662-323-2766.  


SAAC showcase -- The Starkville Area Arts Council hosts a free reception from 5-7 p.m. for its Holiday "Wonderland" Showcase of Art on display at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, 200 E. Main St., Starkville, through Jan. 7, 2013. All work by local artists is for sale. The winning 2013 Cotton District Arts Festival poster design will be unveiled. For more information, contact the SAAC, 662-324-3080. 




Nov. 8-11 and 13-17 


"Six Dance Lessons" -- Starkville Community Theatre's production of the Broadway play "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks" at the Playhouse on Main in Starkville is a touching comedy directed by MJ Etua. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., except Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15; $10 for students (on sale to season ticket holders Oct. 29 and to the public Nov. 3.) For more information or ticket reservations, contact SCT, 662-323-6855. 




Friday and Saturday,  


Nov. 9-10 


Ghosts & Legends -- The Columbus Arts Council, Mississippi University for Women and Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau partner to present the return of these spirited tours into Columbus' past. Buses will depart from the Tennessee Williams Home Welcome Center, 300 Main St. For more information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787. 




Saturday, Nov. 10  


Giant Possum Town Yard Sale -- This sixth annual community-wide sale at the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market from 7 a.m. to noon offers something for everyone. Civic groups, churches and individuals can rent booth space ($20) to fundraise or just clear the attic. Find booth applications at or contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305. 


Veterans' Parade -- A veterans' parade with marching units, dignitaries, floats, classic cars and motorcycles begins at the Columbus Municipal Complex, 1501 Main St., at 10 a.m., and makes its way to the Lowndes County Courthouse. An 11 a.m. ceremony features Columbus Air Force Base Commander Col. Jim Sears and a fly-over in honor of all veterans. For more information about parade participation, contact Sonic Johnson, 662-434-7067. 


Music Trail Celebration -- A celebration of three new instruments added to the Pilot Club Music Trail in Starkville's McKee Park starts at 10 a.m., with instrument demonstrations by Bob Damm, a puppet show and refreshments. Free to the public. For more information, contact the Pilot Club, 662-323-2294. 




Sunday, Nov. 11 


Symphony orchestra -- The Starkville/MSU Symphony Orchestra presents "Songs from the West and South" at 3:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Starkville. Free to the public. For information, visit 




Tuesday, Nov. 13 


Soprano recital -- Soprano Alisa Toy presents a senior recital with pianist Rachel Delk in Poindexter Hall on the Mississippi University for Women campus at 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Cherry Dunn at [email protected] 




Thursday, Nov. 15 


MSU exhibit -- A free reception for the Mississippi State Bachelor of Fine Arts Fine Art Thesis Exhibition is 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Colvard Student Union Gallery, McComas Hall Gallery and Visual Arts Center Gallery in Starkville. The exhibit is on display Nov. 13-17. For information, contact the MSU Department of Art, 662-325-2970. 




Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 15-18 


Storytelling festival -- The Golden Triangle hosts its first storytelling festival. The Columbus Arts Council presents Possum Town Tales, featuring nationally-acclaimed storytellers Sheila Kay Adams, Len Cabral and Dolores Hydock at the Rosenzweig Arts Center and Joe Cook Auditorium. The weekend also includes Homegrown Stories, Children's Story Time, a storytelling workshop, and a Sunday story luncheon for "mothers, daughters, sisters and friends." For information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787. 




Saturday, Nov. 17 


Holiday Farmers' Market --  


This showcase of local art, produce, baked goods and more from 9 a.m.-noon at the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market in Columbus comes just in time for Thanksgiving. Enjoy live music by Melvin Mordecai and children's activities by Mississippi University for Women. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305.  


Movie Under the Stars -- The Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority, and Convention and Visitors Bureau present a free screening of "The Lorax"(PG) at the Columbus Soccer Complex's Shell Oil Field at 7 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Concessions available. For more information, contact the CLRA, 662-327-4935. 




Sunday, Nov. 18 


Columbus Choral Society -- The Columbus Choral Society's fall concert, "For Love of God and Country," begins at 3 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on the campus of Mississipp University for Women. Alisa Toy will direct. Free to the public. For more information, contact Amy King, 662-328-2836.



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