Intermittently, teasingly, autumn approaches. The nights have been cooler for several weeks. Even the days bring a frisson of winter. After a harsh, hot summer it feels good.
True story: Once when I suggested an au current chin-length crop to a certain lady, she paused, shook her head from left to right and said, "It's sounding like a bob, and I have one of those at home." Turns out she was right. Bob was her husband. Apparently, one was enough!
The Columbus Fair begins this Tuesday and I have been asked when was the first fair in Columbus? Carolyn Burns has researched the origins of the fair in Lowndes County and has found some interesting history.
As hot Southern summers wane into late August and September, young watchers who have patiently monitored vines at Palmer Home in Columbus finally hear the pronouncement: "Muscadines are ready!" And like other fans of the big grape, they fill up their shirttails with the sweet and tart fruit, to enjoy fresh off the vine.
Thomas Easterling, an English teacher at Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, won first place in the Tennessee Williams Stella Shouting Contest.
When Charles Waldron came to Mitchell Engineering Co. (later CECO Corp.) in Columbus in 1965 as general sales manager, he had no way of knowing some of the colleagues he met that year would be helping him blow out birthday candles 45 years later.
Columbus has a problem -- ninjas.
The Columbus Arts Council and Starkville Area Arts Council are sharing artistic talent this month. In a mutual exchange, each arts organization is displaying two- and three-dimensional work from the other.
On Monday, the HEARTS After-School Reading Program opens its doors to Columbus students and begin its ninth year of service to the community. The tutoring ministry for children from kindergarten to fourth grade who need that bit of extra help will focus on a yearlong theme: "Inch by Inch -- Reading is a Cinch."
One thousand bowls. That's the goal organizer Al (Alisa) Holen has set for the second annual Empty Bowls event in Columbus Nov. 6. "That's double last year's count," said the Mississippi University for Women ceramics instructor.
I love weddings -- and almost anything about them. Television shows about bridal gowns or elaborate cakes, or most especially about brides behaving badly, mesmerize me. I never tire of the angst of brides deciding between the $10,000 designer dress or the nicer one for $20,000.
My first memory associated with the exchange of currency for beauty was 20 years ago.
Dr. Gerry Jeffcoat and Bobby Cooper are pretty sure they were born a century or so too late.
Aliceville, Ala., was the site of one of the largest prisoner of war camps in the United States during World War II. Construction of Camp Aliceville began in August 1942 and the first prisoner of war arrived in June 1943.
The atmosphere was almost religious Thursday at the grand opening of the newly renovated Tennessee Williams Welcome Center in downtown Columbus.
Saturday's kick-offs heralded more than another autumn of gridiron action; they launched a fresh season of tailgating, too.
If you are like me, you take off all your clothes in order to change into other clothes, to bathe, to sleep, or to make love. You do not get naked to advance your religion, nor promote a good harvest, nor to support a political or social cause, nor gain money, nor participate in artistic display.
After two and a half years of "straight work," Michael Smith and his wife, Sabrea, look forward to sharing their restored 1878 Victorian home at 1301 Third Avenue North with visitors on the Tennessee Williams Tribute Tour of Victorian Homes Sunday, Sept. 12. They join Betty Miller, opening her circa 1900s cottage, and Scott and Helen Pridmore's circa 1880 home, both on College Street, on the 2-5 p.m. tour.
In the morning quiet, Pastor Tom Bryson can stand in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church in Columbus and marvel as the rising sun creates a rainbow in that peaceful space. The new phenomenon is thanks to a striking stained glass window designed by Joseph Beyer of Philadelphia, Pa., and installed by Beyer Studio craftsmen in August.
The life, times and works of the late Tennessee Williams will be explored in free scholars' talks Sept. 10-11 at Carrier Chapel on the campus of Mississippi University for Women.