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First Book taking applications for book distributions to children

Posted 11/23/2009 in Entertainment

The Greater Golden Triangle Advisory Board for First Book, a national organization which provides free books to children in economic need, is accepting applications for book distributions to be given to those residing in Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay and Noxubee Counties.

 

MUW’s ‘A Christmas Pudding’ makes merry with songs and readings

Posted 11/23/2009 in Entertainment

‘Tis the season for song and merriment. The Mississippi University for Women Department of Music and Theatre will deliver just that with “A Christmas Pudding,” by David Birney, Thursday and Friday, Dec. 3-4. This Christmas celebration told in songs, stories, poems and tales by Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, Shakespeare, Shaw, Longfellow, St. Luke and others takes place at 7:30 p.m. nightly in Cromwell Theatre on campus.

Stop Hunger Now offers volunteer opportunity today

Posted 11/23/2009 in Entertainment

“As I try to sum up what I’ve seen, smelled, tasted and touched in the past two weeks here in Eburru, words fall short of describing the desperation of the situation here. The livelihoods of all living in this town and surrounding area are perilous, and if conditions do not improve, death is certain for many ... ”

A Rebel goes to the Dawgs: Rivalries aside, this Rebel pup got a second chance at life through vet care in Bulldog country

Posted 11/23/2009 in Entertainment

“Don’t tell them you’re a Rebel,” Tommy Walker whispered to his son’s badly-injured dog, Tayson, as they approached the entrance to Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

 

Have a Victorian Christmas at Northport’s Dickens Downtown

Posted 11/23/2009 in Entertainment

NORTHPORT, Ala. — The streets and shops of historic downtown Northport, Ala., will once again come alive with music, children’s activities and holiday decor at the 20th annual Dickens Downtown Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 5-8 p.m.

 

 

‘American Idol’ stars to perform in Oxford

Posted 11/23/2009 in Entertainment

OXFORD — For one night only, “American Idol” stars are set to perform an array of holiday favorites at the University of Mississippi.

 

 

Anne Freeze: Recipes to remember

Posted 11/18/2009 in Columns

If you are lucky enough, your mother or grandmother had a recipe box that now lives in your own kitchen. I don’t know many cooks who actively keep one nowadays. I think the advent of instant recipes via the Internet, along with enough published cookbooks to warrant their own section in bookstores, have lessened the importance of saving passed-down recipes. And, many of these passed-down recipes have lost their relevance to today’s cook, with amounts given in pinches, or ingredients that include such items as oleo or prunes (lots of prunes in those old recipes).

 

49th annual Country Store Bake Sale transcends generations

Posted 11/18/2009 in Food

As a young girl, Jean Wilder remembers her mother baking apple crunch pies for the Country Store Bake Sale. It was only one of the delicious homemade goodies Laura Pennington made to support the preservation of the historic Stephen D. Lee Home at 316 Seventh St. N.

 

MSU’s 37th annual Holiday Bazaar to draw more than 100 vendors

Posted 11/14/2009 in Entertainment

Mississippi State University welcomes the holiday season with a two-day arts and crafts fair Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days, at the Joe Frank Sanderson Center on campus.

 

Scrooge and company sing their way through classic holiday tale

Posted 11/14/2009 in Entertainment

It’s dusk on Christmas Eve. All is cold in London’s darkening streets. As gloom settles in the accounting office of Scrooge and Marley, old Ebenezer Scrooge, that bitter miser, sparingly lights a candle at his desk. Nearby, his shivering clerk, Bob Cratchit, copies accounts.

 

Adele Elliott: Soup kitchen

Posted 11/14/2009 in Columns

Our world is so very full of need. It is overwhelming, trying to understand the vastness of poverty and suffering. Humans everywhere (and voiceless animals) are hurting. Sometimes scarcities are created by war, or natural disaster, or the unwise actions of a government. Misery may be the direct result of choices made by those most in distress. However, the causes hardly matter when the results are tragic and immense.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Class or crass

Posted 11/14/2009 in Columns

My mother was definitely a Southern mother, and I appreciate her more and more the older I get. I feel that I must apologize to the following generation, especially the young women, for spending more time and money trying to preserve my own youth and less acquiring the wisdom necessary to pass on to their generation. “ ... older women ... train the younger women ... ”

 

 

African-American genealogy sought for Chicago publication

Posted 11/14/2009 in Entertainment

Have you asked yourself, “Why can’t I find anything about my people in my county’s heritage book?” Do you wish your ancestors had left behind a narrative of their own lives, rich in details about the people, places, and things that were most important to them?

 

 

MSU offers poinsettias, flowers at Holiday Open House

Posted 11/14/2009 in Entertainment

Dozens of poinsettia varieties and novelty plants will be on display and sale at the Dec. 4 Holiday Open House hosted by Mississippi State University’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Additional poinsettia displays will be available Dec. 5 in Kosciusko and Jackson.

 

When planning holiday gifts, don’t forget the garden and kitchen

Posted 11/14/2009 in Entertainment

Mississippians may find themselves with many people on their gift lists and a small budget this year, but a few ideas and some creativity can help them give good gifts.

CAC presents ‘A Classical Ballet Holiday Gala’ to brighten holiday season

Posted 11/14/2009 in Entertainment

The Columbus Arts Council presents the award-winning Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet Theatre of Marina Medvetskaya in a “Classical Holiday Ballet Gala” Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2:30 p.m. The professional dance troupe of Russia will bring to life Tchaikovsky’s most beloved numbers from the second act of “The Nutcracker,” as well as other classical gems. They will also perform “Remember When,” a new one-act ballet to the music of George and Ira Gershwin during the festive event at Rent Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus.

For Debbie Gibson’s extended family, Sundays at the dinner table strengthen the ties that bind

Posted 11/11/2009 in Food

Once upon a time, big family-style Sunday meals were the rule rather than the exception. Aromas drifting from mom’s or grandmother’s kitchen promised delicious home-cooked dishes, hot from the oven. Children, changed out of their church clothes, romped and played, before being told to go wash up.

 

Rob Hardy: A hedgehog obsession

Posted 11/10/2009 in Columns

You may spout any praise of America, but you cannot conceal the fact: America has no hedgehogs. Not native ones, anyway. Oh, we have hedgehog hobbyists who enjoy having imported hedgehogs as pets, and even have them compete in the International Hedgehog Olympic Games (the Olympic Committee who runs the human version wants you to be sure they do not themselves sponsor or endorse the hedgehog version).

 

 

Rob Hardy: Darwin and earthworms

Posted 11/10/2009 in Columns

Charles Darwin’s name is so firmly linked with evolution that it is often forgotten that he was interested in specifics of biology. For instance, while he was fretting for 17 years over whether to publish about evolution, he was busy investigating barnacles. He was to publish an authoritative work on them. He also wrote about the geology he had seen on his travels in the “Beagle,” and did experiments on whether eggs or seeds could travel the oceans to get to new lands. He was constantly busy on other projects, constantly enquiring and doing his own research simply because he had an exemplary curiosity.

 

 

Tennessee Williams honored in New York with induction

Posted 11/7/2009 in Entertainment

The late Tennessee Williams, born in Columbus in 1911, is most often associated with the vivid plays and characters he created and twice winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. But it is the Mississippi native’s poetry which inspired his induction Thursday, and in a special service today, into the American Poets’ Corner at the magnificent Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.

 

 

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