Under a huge, spreading oak in East Columbus, Roosevelt Davis listens to the wood ... the cedar, bois d’arc and oak limbs and trunks he and his nephew, Tarvars Davis, have salvaged from the woods along rural country roads.
Will miracles never cease? We boiled our first garden-grown potato recently! Only one, and I undercooked it, so we could only nibble it to be sure it was edible. How exciting. Well, it is for us, anyway.
The sweet smell of pastries and soothing aroma of tomato soup filled the air last week at the Mississippi University for Women’s Shattuck Hall as camouflage-clad members of the Mississippi National Guard scrambled to hone their culinary skills.
A fad for deregulation hit our country in the mid-1980s, and whether you think this was a good thing or a bad thing, it inarguably brought us late-night advertisements for the miracle Food Dehydrator, the Ronco Automatic Pasta Maker, spray-on-hair for balding persons, the Snuggie and colon cleanse based on Biblical principles.
Columbus seems encircled by celebration these days. Weddings, graduations, major events of all sorts call for an acknowledgement and a toast before moving on to the next chapter, the next goal. It’s always fun to help friends honor a joyful moment. Too often we meet at funerals or in times of tragedy.
For years, Performing Arts Director Dawn Barham harbored the idea of hitting the road — or, more specifically, the blues trail — with her band and choral students from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus. That vision became reality a few months ago when Barham, history instructor Julie Heintz and 50-plus excited teens struck out for the fertile Delta to tap into the rich roots of America’s indigenous music at selected sites along the Mississippi Blues Commission’s official Blues Trail.
The Columbus Riverwalk will soon resonate with the Sounds of Summer, the popular music series presented by Main Street Columbus. Beginning June 4, and each Thursday through July 30 (except July 2) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., area artists will perform from a newly-constructed stage at the South end of the scenic walk in historic downtown Columbus.
MISSISSIPPI STATE — The wedding march begins, the doors open, the guests rise and here comes ... Fido, Bowser and Snowball wagging down the aisle.
STARKVILLE — Archaeologists and students from Mississippi State University and the University of Louisiana at Monroe are joining for a summer dig next month at the nationally famous Poverty Point State Historic Site.
JACKSON — The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library is proud to welcome “Museum on Wheels: A Lesson in Visual Arts” to Columbus June 1-26. Museum on Wheels is a visual arts exhibit with replicas of contemporary and classic artwork. The goal of this exhibit is to bring communities together through the inspirational power of visual art and to serve as an educational tool for local residents and students.
Sports and nationalism often clash, and did so memorably when Adolf Hitler was in power. The story of how the four gold medals won by non-Aryan Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics embarrassed the Fuhrer has often been told. Of somewhat lesser renown is the 1936 heavyweight fight between Max Schmeling and Joe Louis, of which a German radio announcer said, “It is every German’s obligation to stay up tonight. Max will fight overseas with a Negro for the hegemony of the white race!”
The public is invited to a piano and violin senior recital by 17-year-old Rachel Mast on Sunday, May 31, at 2:30 p.m. in Carrier Chapel on the campus of Mississippi University for Women. Mast, a home-educated graduate, is a piano student of Frankie Harpole, of Columbus, and a violin pupil of Salvatore Guerra, of Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The lyrics from a classic Linda Ronstadt song keep rolling through my head. “Heart like a wheel, when you bend it you can’t mend it.”
It’s that time of year again. People are returning to their roots, gathering for class reunions. May seems to be the busiest month for that, with autumn homecomings and Christmas holidays trailing slightly.
Like the famous native Mississippian of “Margaritaville” fame who inspired his name, “Jimmy Buffett,” the curious squirrel, is feeling carefree. He’s got a doting stepmom and stepdad, a comfortable place to lay his head, and all the grapes and nuts his tiny tummy can hold.
A production of “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” May 26-June 7 by Jackson’s New Stage Theatre will have a strong Columbus connection.
MAYHEW — Nash Street traces its musical roots all the way back to grade school, before bluegrass became “cool” again, when a public school teacher in Starkville organized promising music students into a folk string band.
It wasn’t so long ago that we were all fascinated with the change of millennium, jumping into the two thousands of years. There were worries: Everyone with a computer remembers that shortcuts by 20th-century programmers were supposed to mean computers would crash when they unexpectedly came across years with a first digit of two rather than of one. It’s interesting that our worries with the big date change were technological. They didn’t come to pass.
Except for the look of the vehicles steadily pulling in and out of the roadside lot, the scene at Don and Linda Beard’s open-air produce and curb market at 5731 Military Road, where Wolf Road intersects, could almost have been plucked from the fictional community of Mayberry.
What do you get when you cross 750 hard-boiled eggs with five Episcopalian women? (Drum roll, please.) You get 1,300 deviled eggs!