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Community Calendar for the week of November 19, 2017


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"Decades on Broadway" -- The Columbus Choral Society presents songs from Tony Award-winning musicals from 1945-2017 at 2 p.m. at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St., West Point. Follow the choir on Facebook or visit 




Tuesday, Nov. 21 


Country Store -- This 57th annual bake sale event benefiting the Stephen D. Lee Home is 10 a.m. until noon (earlier, if sold out) at the historic home at 316 Seventh St. N. Cakes, pies, cookies, candies, cheese straws, breads, jellies and more, presented by the Association for the Preservation of Antiquities in Columbus and Lowndes County. Numbers to line up for sale before doors open may be picked up at the Lee Home beginning at 8 a.m. 




Monday, Nov. 27 


Columbus Christmas Tree Lighting -- Gather at the Old Highway 82 pedestrian bridge at the Riverwalk for the annual lighting of the city tree. Activities are 5:30-7 p.m. Contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305, for more information. 


Starkville Christmas Parade -- The Famous Maroon Band, MSU cheerleaders and floats create an old-fashioned "Caroling Christmas" at 6 p.m. downtown. Grand Marshal is Mary Ann Arnold. Find entry applications at For more information, contact the GSDP, 662-323-3322. 




Wednesday, Nov. 29 


Ron Chernow book signing -- Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow and renowned scholars hold a book signing from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Mississippi State University's Old Main Academic Center, part of the grand opening of the new Grant Presidential Library.  




Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 29-30 


Holiday Bazaar -- The 45th annual Holiday Bazaar (formerly MSU Crafts Fair) features 77 vendors open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at The Mill, 600 Russell St., Starkville.  




Thursday, Nov. 30 


Twin Kennedy in concert -- Back by demand, the sister duo from British Columbia returns at 7:30 p.m. to the Columbus Arts Council with "barn storming" fiddle, guitar and harmonies. Tickets $15 in advance; $17 at the door. Get them at, at the arts center at 501 Main St. or by calling 662-327-2787.  




Thursday and Friday,  


Nov. 30-Dec. 1 


Holiday Bazaar -- More than 90 vendor booths featuring handcrafted items are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day at the Starkville Sportsplex, 405 Lynn Lane.  




Friday, Dec. 1  


Wassail Fest -- Downtown Columbus is filled with holiday spirit as merchants serve wassail and vie for votes best Wassailmeister from 5-8 p.m. Music, activities and in-store specials add to the festive atmosphere. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305. 


"Jazz at Christmas Time" -- The W's Jazz Ensemble presents a mix of jazz standards, Christmas classics and more at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on campus. Free to the public. 




Sunday, Dec. 3 


Holiday Floral Design show -- Celebrate Christmas with floral designers Ralph Null and Terry Conerly at the Columbus Arts Council's Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Arrangements will be auctioned. Tickets are $20 in advance at the arts center or by calling 662-328-2787; $25 at the door. 


Christmas Concert -- The United Harmony Gospel Choir at Mississippi University for Women presents a concert at 7 p.m. in Carrier Chapel on campus. Free to the public. 


Starkville Tour of Homes -- The Starkville Civic League Christmas Tour of Homes from 1-5 p.m. features six houses decorated for the holidays. Tickets are $25, available at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, Book Mart and from League members, or Dec. 3 at the Starkville Library beginning at noon. For more information, email [email protected] or [email protected] 


Exhibit opening -- The West Point/Clay County Arts Council hosts an exhibit opening of paintings by Frances Hairston at 2 p.m. at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St., West Point. Free to the public. 




Monday, Dec. 4 


Columbus Christmas Parade -- The annual Columbus parade begins at 7 p.m. and makes its way through downtown. For more information about participating, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305. 




Tuesday, Dec. 5 


MUW Festival of Trees -- Students from The W compete to decorate trees on display at 5 p.m. at Cochran Hall on campus. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will stop by for photos.  


"Joy Around the World" -- Piano majors at The W present a recital of works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt as well as beloved Christmas arrangements at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall. Free to the public. 


West Point Christmas Parade -- West Point's parade starts at 6:30 p.m. and celebrates the theme "Home for the Holidays." 




Thursday, Dec. 7 


Festival of Trees Open House -- The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library hosts a Festival of Trees open house from 4-6 p.m. at 314 Seventh St. N. Enjoy live music anad refreshments while strolling through a Winter Wonderland of trees decorated by organizations and businesses. Kids can make crafts; Santa and Miz Claus will visit. Vote for a favorite tree Dec. 2-7 (noon). Call 662-329-5300 for information.



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