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Community Calendar for the week of December 8, 2013


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Christmas Tour of Homes -- The Starkville Civic League presents five homes decorated for the season, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, available at the Starkville Public Library, 326 University Drive, where refreshments will be served from 1-4 p.m.  




Tuesday, Dec. 10 


Columbus Sings "Messiah" -- This much-anticipated annual event combines regional voices and instrumentalists to perform Christmas portions of Handel's "Messiah" at Annunciation Catholic Church, 823 College St., at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Free tickets to ensure seating are available at First United Methodist Church, the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center, Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau and Party and Paper. 




Tuesday through Saturday, Dec. 10-14 


"A Christmas Cabaret" -- Starkville Community Theatre presents this entertaining musical revue at the Playhouse on Main, 108 E. Main St., Starkville, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for college students and $5 for those under 18. For more information, contact the SCT box office, 662-323-6855. 




Thursday, Dec. 12 


Festival of Trees -- The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library hosts an Open House from 4-6 p.m. featuring a "forest" of trees decorated for the holidays. For more information, contact the library, 662-329-5300. 




Friday, Dec. 13 


Wassail Fest -- Downtown Columbus lights up with festivities and music as merchants vie for the title of wassailmeister from 5-8 p.m. Cast your vote and enjoy holiday activities and store specials. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305. 




Friday through Sunday,  


Dec. 13-15 


"First Christmas" -- First Baptist Church of Columbus recreates an interactive Bethlehem marketplace, complete with merchants, soldiers and the humble stable. The event is open to the public from 6-8 p.m. on the grounds of The Shops at Brickerton on Military Road. There is no charge to attend. For more information, contact FBC, 662-328-3915. 




Saturday, Dec. 14 


Handmade Holiday Bazaar -- The Mississippi Modern Homestead Center at 402 Lake Valley Road, Starkville, hosts its second annual Handmade Holiday Bazaar from 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Homestead members attend free; non-member registration is $5. Woodland Santa will be in his Forest Workshop from 10-11:30 a.m. for photos with children. For more about the center, visit 


Columbus Christmas Parade -- "Candy Canes and Christmas Carols" is the theme of Columbus' Christmas Parade which begins at 5:30 p.m. and features the Budweiser Clydesdales, floats, marching bands and much more. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305. 




Sunday, Dec. 15 


Girlchoir concert -- The Columbus Girlchoir is in concert at Poindexter Hall on the Mississippi University for Women campus at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 


Tuesday, Dec. 17 


Musical evening -- Pianists Julia Mortyakova and Rachel Delk and tenor Zane Lynn present a Columbus Music Study Club recital at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on the Mississippi University for Women campus. The program is free to the public. For more information, contact the MUW Department of Music, 662-241-6399.  




Thursday and Friday,  


Dec. 19-20 


Dinner Theatre -- A dinner theatre production presented by Simeon Weatherby and the Dinner Theatre Staff will be held at Trotter Convention Center at 7 p.m. each night. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25, available through or by phone at 601-383-2194. The event is made possible by the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau. 




Saturday, Dec. 21 


"A Christmas for Columbus" -- Christian recording artist David Phelps joins an area-wide mass choir at Rent Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus at 7 p.m., hosted by United Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church. Artist Circle tickets are $30; general admission $20, available at FUMC, First Baptist, Fairview Baptist, First Presbyterian and Pleasant Hill Baptist churches. Proceeds benefit Loaves & Fishes, Last House on the Block and the Good Samaritan Medical Clinic. For information, visit or contact Andy Tentoni, 662-352-1844.



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