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‘Listen to it’: Local man finds soul therapy giving new life to old wood

Posted 6/5/2009 in Entertainment

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.

 

‘Green Acres’ is the life for me

Posted 6/3/2009 in Columns

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.

 

Cooking in camo: National Guard members hone skills in the kitchen

Posted 6/3/2009 in Food

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.

 

Rob Hardy:‘But Wait ... There’s More’: The history of informercials

Posted 6/2/2009 in Columns

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.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Pork, parties and a portrait

Posted 5/30/2009 in Columns

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.

 

Sights and Sounds: For MSMS students, music’s past comes to life along the Mississippi Blues Trail

Posted 5/30/2009 in Entertainment

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.

 

It’s that time — Sounds of Summer returns

Posted 5/30/2009 in Entertainment

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.

 

New wedding trends have gone to the dogs

Posted 5/29/2009 in Entertainment

MISSISSIPPI STATE — The wedding march begins, the doors open, the guests rise and here comes ... Fido, Bowser and Snowball wagging down the aisle.

 

MSU faculty, students to spend June at archaeological dig

Posted 5/29/2009 in Entertainment

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.

 

 

Library to host Mississippi Arts Commission’s Museum on Wheels

Posted 5/29/2009 in Entertainment

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.

 

 

Rob Hardy: When sports and war collide

Posted 5/26/2009 in Columns

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!”

 

 

Suzuki youth concertmistress presents piano, violin recital

Posted 5/24/2009 in Entertainment

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.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Rehabilitation

Posted 5/22/2009 in Columns

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.”

 

 

Betty Stone: Spring reunions

Posted 5/22/2009 in Columns

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.

 

Little ‘Jimmy Buffett’ ... the educated squirrel

Posted 5/22/2009 in Entertainment

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.

Columbus man directs New Stage’s ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’

Posted 5/22/2009 in Entertainment

A production of “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” May 26-June 7 by Jackson’s New Stage Theatre will have a strong Columbus connection.

Sucarnochee Revue brings radio show to EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus

Posted 5/22/2009 in Entertainment

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.

 

Rob Hardy: History’s millenial worries

Posted 5/20/2009 in Columns

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.

 

‘Mom and Pop’ roadside market offers fresh produce and good company

Posted 5/20/2009 in Food

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.

 

Anne Freeze: Eggsellent food for thought

Posted 5/20/2009 in Columns

What do you get when you cross 750 hard-boiled eggs with five Episcopalian women? (Drum roll, please.) You get 1,300 deviled eggs!

 

 

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