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Rob Hardy: Punch

Posted 11/29/2010 in Columns

I am a strict and fervent teetotaler, so I might be the wrong person to review "Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl" (Perigee) by David Wondrich.

 

 

Rob Hardy: 'Just My Type'

Posted 11/29/2010 in Columns

You are looking at it right now, and if it is doing its job, you don't even notice it. It might represent a creation that has taken centuries to come to its current state of perfection, or it might be something that a dedicated specialist worked on for years and brought out a decade ago. It represents artistry directed within a circumscribed realm.

 

Autumn morning: Photos by Laird Bagnall

Posted 11/28/2010 in Entertainment

The serenity of a November morning in western Lowndes County inspired artist and amateur photographer Laird Bagnall to capture images with his Nikon D60 camera.

Green thumb leads to Golden Rain, deep friendship

Posted 11/28/2010 in Entertainment

In spite of a brutal summer, fall foliage has managed to produce a colorful palette in the Golden Triangle. Admirers of Lola Atkins' Golden Rain trees on Williamsburg Road in North Columbus are apt to go even so far as to knock on the door and ask for a closer look.

Y thespians prep for 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever'

Posted 11/28/2010 in Entertainment

"I love being out there and playing against my personality," said 14-year-old Mikaela Green of "Imogene Herdman," the rough and tough, cigar-totin' character she'll portray in "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." The family-friendly holiday fare will be presented by the Y Drama Team Dec. 3-4, at 7 p.m., in Joe Cook Auditorium in Columbus.

 

Starkville Holiday Home Tour features four residences

Posted 11/28/2010 in Entertainment

Tickets are on sale now for the Dec. 5 Holiday Home Tour and Tea sponsored by the Starkville Civic League.

 

HEARTS Holiday Bazaar will benefit after school program

Posted 11/28/2010 in Entertainment

What was first conceived as a nurturing outreach ministry at the Church of the Good Shepherd in East Columbus has grown in recent years into the community-wide HEARTS after school tutoring program for students at risk of falling behind in school.

 

Local archives works with MUW history students

Posted 11/28/2010 in Entertainment

The Billups-Garth Archives at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library recently finished working with two history classes from Mississippi University for Women on their research projects.

 

 

Happy Irby family to lead Columbus parade

Posted 11/28/2010 in Entertainment

The Christmas Parade for the City of Columbus is being planned by numerous volunteers, participants and Main Street Columbus. This year's parade will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, and will follow a set route throughout downtown.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Shooting stars

Posted 11/28/2010 in Columns

Last week, a man in Black Earth, Wisconsin, was arrested for shooting his television set. Apparently he was unhappy with the outcome of the latest episode of "Dancing With The Stars." It seems that he had an issue with Bristol Palin's performance. That moment of "appliance-cide" led to a 14-hour standoff.

 

 

Jeff Wilson: Fall is for planting!

Posted 11/28/2010 in Columns

On Saturdays in the fall, many of us enjoy working in our gardens, in addition to cheering on our favorite team. As the temperatures continue to drop and the rains become more frequent, fall gardening gets exciting.

 

 

Betty Stone: Count your basic blessings

Posted 11/28/2010 in Columns

Thanksgiving. It is that special time of year when, since the early days of this nation, people have given thanks for the harvests that would feed them through the non-productive winter months. Of course, it was not official until Sara Hale, editor of "Godey's Ladies Book," persuaded President Abraham Lincoln to declare and designate a national Thanksgiving Day.

 

 

David Creel: Lightening up the 'tween' years?

Posted 11/28/2010 in Columns

A current conversation beginning in carpool lines and spilling over into fifth-grade homework time is less about long division and more about hair color. Yes, it's true, young ladies are living in the shadows of highlighted older sisters, moms and grandmothers, so naturally the topic comes up.

 

Ask Rufus: Playing ball, 181 years ago

Posted 11/27/2010 in Columns

Ball games have been a part of Native American culture since prehistoric times. Early French missionaries among the Choctaw found them playing a form of stickball in 1729. Stickball in various forms was popular among almost all Indians in eastern North America. It was from stickball that the modern game of lacrosse evolved.

Floating museums: Replicas of Christopher Columbus' ships docked at local marina

Posted 11/23/2010 in Entertainment

Christopher Columbus sailed 25,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to the New World on a 65-foot ship, accompanied by nearly 30 other sailors. With little space, food stored in the gunnels and livestock kept below, sailors slept on deck and got to know each other very well.

 

Shannon Bardwell: Wishing for chickens

Posted 11/22/2010 in Columns

Lenora, my Prairie neighbor, asked if I could take care of their animals while she and her family ventured north in search of respite. I quickly agreed, only to find out this meant feeding horses, cats, a dog, rabbits and chickens.

 

Marathon mania: Area runners revel in taking on the New York City Marathon

Posted 11/21/2010 in Entertainment

"Maybe we're certifiable, I don't know," laughs Bonnie Partridge. The "we" the irrepressible 64-year-old retired dance instructor refers to are the area runners who take on long distance-racing's Mount Everests -- the marathons. Twenty-six miles and 385 yards of challenge.

 

Moser to discuss Nobel Prize winner's work

Posted 11/21/2010 in Entertainment

A Nov. 29 event sponsored by Mississippi State University's Institute for the Humanities will feature a lecture by foreign languages professor Keith Moser on the work of 2008 Nobel Prize winner in literature, J.M.G. Le Clezio.

 

Delicate preservation work continues at Lee Home

Posted 11/21/2010 in Entertainment

Proceeds from the annual Lee Home Country Store Bake Sale -- set for Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon -- benefit the home and its local history museum right away. Jessica Shull is taking a longer view of some of the museum's holdings, especially its dresses and uniforms.

 

Jazz stand-out highlights Criss Christmas concert

Posted 11/21/2010 in Entertainment

Acclaimed jazz trombonist extraordinaire Wycliffe Gordon will be the featured artist Nov. 30 in Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium during the Criss Christmas Concert, a performance of Mississippi State's annual Lyceum Series.

 

 

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