Whew, I'm off the road for a while and so glad of it! After four days in Miami and then four in Athens, Ga., two weeks in a row, I'm thankful to wake up at home and have to plan a day here.
Two Columbus festivals are rejoicing this week. The Seventh Avenue Festival was designated as a top festival in the Southeast, and the Sam Hairston Celebration received financial backing for its musical lineup.
Grammy Award-winning artist Jason Mraz, a Virginia native now living in San Diego, will headline the Sept. 24 MSU Bulldog Bash presented by Cellular South.
A record-breaking 58 "send-off" parties will be hosted this month and in August by the Mississippi State University Alumni Association and Office of Admissions and Scholarships, as chapters around the nation welcome incoming students to the 132-year-old land grant institution.
The Lowndes County Chapter of Mississippi's First Alumnae Association will host its Annual Business Meeting Thursday, July 22, at the Columbus Country Club. The luncheon will begin with registration at 11:45 a.m. All MUW alums and friends are invited to attend. Officers will be installed to serve for the 2010-11 year.
Participants at the 2010 Mississippi State University Summer Scholars camps currently in progress have been busy writing and producing an original musical comedy to present to the public.
The Starkville Area Arts Council presents an exhibit of artwork from the T. K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability at Mississippi State University through August 31 at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership building, 200 E. Main St., in downtown Starkville. The GSDP is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Celebrity makeup artist and Aberdeen native Billy Brasfield has been busy making over another of Aberdeen's older homes, this time for an HGTV show to air in January 2011. After weeks of intense work, structurally and design-wise, the home at 208 High St. in Aberdeen will be completely staged and featured in an open house for the public Wednesday from 4-7 p.m.
Sometimes there is a pain in your heart that subsides over time but never ever goes away. On my walk today I was thinking about Nelle Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird," and her chosen seclusion for the last 50 years.
Granted, I am not Moses, and these are not exactly Biblical commandments, but when it comes to beauty, I can write the book. To follow are a few well-versed commandments that might not be carved into stone, but if followed, they might bless you with a beautiful summer.
In conversation I was surprised to find how little inconvenience was caused by Wednesday afternoon closings for the local buying public. Not that much, to hear them tell it. Folks just did a little better job of planning. It was a way of life.
By now, everyone has heard the big news: Bristol Palin plans to marry her "baby daddy," Levi Johnston. Well, everyone who cares, anyway.
Sometimes kids just need a little inspiration to try something in the kitchen. Sultry summertime offers a great opportunity to tempt them to make some simple, fun and yes, even healthy, snacks. The time together with mom or dad -- or grandparents -- can be a memory-builder, too.
An exhibition of artwork by Columbus resident Virginia Lloyd Eselin, titled "Before and After the Storm: A Retrospective/A New Beginning," is open at the Columbus Arts Council's Rosenzweig Arts Center in Columbus.
Get ready, Golden Triangle; Tri City Derby Dolls introduce roller derby.
I will be the first to admit that she was a far cry from Haley Mills in the adored Disney classic, but Lindsay Lohan did steal a few hearts in the remake of "The Parent Trap" movie a few years ago.