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Freedom Creek Festival set for May 28-29

Posted 5/15/2010 in Entertainment

Willie King's non-profit organization, the Rural Members Association, announces the 13th annual Freedom Creek Festival to be held at the traditional location in Old Memphis, near Aliceville, Ala., where Willie lived before his untimely passing March 8, 2009.

 

 

Mississippi Archivists unveil Facebook page

Posted 5/15/2010 in Entertainment

The Society of Mississippi Archivists (SMA) announces the unveiling of its organizational page on the social networking site Facebook.

 

Bold print: Two, Columbus artists are among nation's notable printmakers in new book

Posted 5/15/2010 in Columns

They hail from across the United States -- Australia and England, as well. Sixty-three contemporary printmakers whose work was chosen to document in the just-released "Printmakers Today," a 256-page full color compendium on those who create "museum quality work" while translating an ancient art with 21st century vision and technical skill.

 

Adele Elliott: Bitter tears

Posted 5/15/2010 in Columns

"'If seven maids with seven mops; Swept it for half a year; Do you suppose,' the Walrus said; 'That they could get it clear?'; 'I doubt it,' said the Carpenter; And shed a bitter tear." When Lewis Carroll wrote "The Walrus and the Carpenter" in 1865, this stanza was referring to "great quantities of sand." He could not have known how many bitter tears would be shed over beach cleanup.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Finders keepers, losers weepers

Posted 5/15/2010 in Columns

While eating lunch in my car at the city parking lot across from the Baptist church, I spotted a small boy about the age of 4 walking with great purpose. He was on the sidewalk passing by "Fourth Estate."

 

 

David Creel: Sizzling style, with a bang!

Posted 5/15/2010 in Columns

Bangs are a surefire way to accessorize the season. Snip, snip, snipping is so last year and trims are passé.

 

Ask Rufus: Before Columbus Air Force Base, there was Payne Field

Posted 5/15/2010 in Columns

This weekend is the spectacular air show at Columbus Air Force Base. Several people have asked about how long an air base has been here. The answer surprised most people, as Columbus Air Force Base was not the first pilot training base in the area.

It's Market Time: Herb workshop, logo flowerpots, new construction highlight farmers' market openings

Posted 5/13/2010 in Food

The abundant beauty of spring has followed a long, hard Golden Triangle winter. And what better way to put the final exclamation point on Mother Nature's glowing transition than with openings Saturday of Columbus' Hitching Lot Farmers' Market and the Starkville Community Market?

Girl Power: Habitat for Humanity builds bond for mothers, daughters, women from all walks of life

Posted 5/8/2010 in Entertainment

"Window! We've got a window coming up!" The shout is heard above bursts from a nail gun and the buzz of power saws. Everyone makes way for a trio of women in bright red Habitat for Humanity T-shirts, transporting yet another finished window frame. They hoist it up to volunteers on the second floor level, one more step in turning piles of lumber into a home for a displaced family of six.

Retirement living doesn't stop this green thumb

Posted 5/8/2010 in Entertainment

When Mavis Daves left her home in Greenwood to move across the hall from her sister at Trinity Place Retirement Community in Columbus almost two years ago, one of the hardest separations was leaving behind her lovingly-maintained and glorious gardens. But hers is one green thumb that wouldn't give up. Daves gently lobbied for a bit of ground, any ground, so she could brighten the corner where she lives. The results are a source of beauty for Trinity residents and visitors alike.

Rufus Ward: Visions of Fort Apache and Tennessee Williams

Posted 5/8/2010 in Columns

I was recently asked if I had any information as to the name of the doctor who delivered Tennessee Williams when he was born in Columbus in 1911.

 

Adele Elliott: Release

Posted 5/8/2010 in Columns

This is the time we think about mothers and their children. It will be a difficult day for my sister and brother and I. We lost our mother only a few months ago. I handle my grief with complete denial.

 

 

Betty Stone: The minstrel show

Posted 5/8/2010 in Columns

What piqued her interest was the memory of visiting our West Point grandparents when she heard the Rabbit Foot Minstrel was coming to town.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Little big woman

Posted 5/8/2010 in Columns

Momma never wanted to stay home, not ever. We were a bit at odds about that toward the end. "Momma, gas is $5 a gallon. We can't just ride around all day."

 

 

David Creel: Thank you, Columbus, for the gift of hope

Posted 5/8/2010 in Columns

Pardon me as I stray from my usual topics of lipsticks, mascaras and bangs for this column, but last Friday morning my definition of "beauty" was expanded when the historic house we called home was destroyed by fire. The phone rang in Jackson, where I was visiting with our four dogs, Naomi, Stella, Lillian and Sophia, and I have not been the same since.

 

'A little bit of imagination': Creative jewelry maker is among Market Street Festival artisans

Posted 5/2/2010 in Entertainment

Sarah Crowley exudes a gamine charm that belies her senior years. With a seemingly-permanent chuckle, she shares humorous tidbits of life as a jewelry addict, surrounded by tables adorned with ultramarine lapis, shimmering freshwater pearls, golden coral, jet black beads and every hue of turquoise.

 

N’Awlins ‘Best Funk Band’ headlines Market Street After Dark

Posted 5/2/2010 in Entertainment

Twenty musical acts, 212 crafts and arts vendors, 33 food vendors, 12 historic blocks of downtown Columbus, about 40,000 people. The numbers of Market Street Festival are adding up. Throw in another one: 11 consecutive years as a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 event.

 

Grammy winner, former O’Jay to perform at Market Street Festival

Posted 5/2/2010 in Entertainment

Those who have met Nathan Best in his role as pastor of Full Armour Church in Columbus, or perhaps as their personable host at Trinity Caribbean Café, may not even be aware. But Best is a Grammy winner, as well as a Country Music Award winner.

Harris does it again — Big Band returns

Posted 5/2/2010 in Entertainment

“Every time I walked on the street, someone would ask when was I going to put the band back together,” says orchestra leader Gill Harris of Columbus. The time finally seemed right.

 

Roger Truesdale: Some things you never forget

Posted 5/2/2010 in Entertainment

Something just wasn’t right about that Sunday back in February 1971. It was too warm and humid for a winter day. I was home in Rolling Fork for a weekend getaway from school and a taste of Mama’s home cooking.

 

 

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