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Community Calendar for the week of November 26, 2017

 

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Monday, Nov. 27 

 

Columbus Christmas Tree Lighting -- Gather at the pedestrian bridge at the Columbus Riverwalk for the annual lighting of the city tree. From 5:30-7 p.m. enjoy music, crafts, refreshments, plus visits by Santa and Miz Claus, plus Mickey and Minnie. Tree will be lit at about 6:15 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 starkville.org. For more information, contact the GSDP, 662-323-3322. 

 

 

 

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.  

 

Grant, Lincoln events -- Public events for the opening of the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library and Williams Collection of Lincolniana at MSU include: Nov. 29, 4:30-5:30 p.m.-Ron Chernow and noted scholars' book signing, Old Main Academic Center; Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-"The General vs. the President: Lincoln, Grant and the Battle for Civil War Memory" lecture, Old Main Academic Center; Nov. 30, 2 p.m.-Ceremony opening $10 million expansion to Mitchell Memorial Library, Grant Library. Visit lib.msstate.edu/grantopening. 

 

 

 

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 columbus-arts.org, at the arts center at 501 Main St. or by calling 662-327-2787.  

 

 

 

Friday, Dec. 1  

 

Wassail Fest -- Downtown Columbus will be filled with holiday spirit as merchants serve wassail and woo votes for best Wassail Meister from 5-8 p.m. Music, activities and in-store specials add to the festive atmosphere. (The Columbus Arts Council offers a Parents' Night Out from 5-8:30 p.m. for ages 5-15, $10; register by Nov. 29 at 662-328-2787.) For more Wassail Fest 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 andmore at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on campus. Free to the public. 

 

 

 

Saturday, Dec. 2 

 

Caledonia Christmas Parade -- This festive procession begins making its way through downtown Caledonia at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Caledonia Town Hall, 662-356-4117.  

 

 

 

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 

 

Town & Tower holiday luncheon -- Town & Tower Club hosts its annual holiday luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in Pope Banquet Room on The W campus. Community Service and Campus Service Awards will be announced. Reservations requested by Monday, Nov. 27 to muw.edu/towntower. $15 payable at the door. Call 662-329-7119 for more information. 

 

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. 

 

"Real Love Shouldn't Hurt" -- A stage play by Belinda A. Rice raising awareness of domestic violence starts at 7 p.m. at Trotter Convention Center in Columbus. Tickets are $20 in advance; $30 at the door. For information or tickets, call 662-275-1457 or 662-854-1838, or email [email protected] 

 

West Lowndes Fine Arts Bazaar -- West Lowndes High School Band and Art Club join in presenting this community event at 6 p.m. that includes a Christmas program by the band and silent auction of student artwork at the school. For more information, contact WLHS, 662-244-5070. 

 

 

 

Friday through Sunday, Dec. 8-10 

 

First Christmas -- Visit a recreation of Bethlehem from 6-9 p.m. next to the Shops at Brickerton on Military Road in Columbus. Interact with marketplace merchants and soldiers and visit the stable. For more information, contact First Baptist Church, 662-328-3915.  

 

 

 

Saturday, Dec. 9 

 

MUW Choral Concert -- Mississippi University for Women choirs present holiday selections at this 8 p.m. concert in Poindexter Hall. Free. 

 

 

 

Sunday, Dec. 10 

 

"Merry Christmas, Columbus" -- This annual presentation by Fairview Baptist Church choirs and orchestra begins at 5:30 p.m. at the sanctuary at 127 Airline Road, Columbus. Free. 

 

A Star(k) Filled Christmas -- A community-wide Christmas celebration 4:30 p.m. in front of Starkville's City Hall downtown is a partnership of eight churches and features music from local choirs, a live nativity and refreshments. Free. 

 

 

 

Tuesday, Dec. 12  

 

Columbus Sings Messiah -- The Columbus Sings Messiah chorus and orchestra presents this annual concert at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Annunciation Catholic Church, 823 College St. Get free tickets for admittance at First United Methodist Church in Columbus, Visit Columbus and Party and Paper.

 

 

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