The "glitz and glitter" of decorations, wrapping paper and bows might bring excitement during the holiday season. But if you take your family back over 2,000 years to the streets of Bethlehem, the true reason for the season can be found. That's the invitation First Baptist Church of Columbus is extending to everyone this holiday season.
James O. Allen remembers well 10 years ago when he and his daughter, Elizabeth Swartz, hoped to bring together an area-wide choir and musicians to perform one of the most anticipated sacred traditions of the holidays -- George Frideric Handel's "Messiah."
The notes of the French carol "Come Join the Angels Singing" ebb and swell in the First Methodist Church choir room, bringing the fragrance of the Christmas season. It's a Monday practice for the Columbus Senior Girlchoir as their Dec. 10 Christmas concert approaches.
"We hope to see many come and share a touch of history, in a church that is full of history," said Pastor Wally Armstrong of Tabernacle United Methodist Church, home of the storied Tabernacle Camp Meeting held every summer since 1828.
Sherrie and David Roberts didn't know at first what to do or where to turn. A health problem that began during Sherrie's last pregnancy two years ago had steadily gotten worse, but David's construction job fell victim to a hemorrhaging economy. There was no regular income, and certainly no insurance.
Columbus certainly appears to be wrapped in the spirit of the season. It seems that yards are decorated a bit earlier this year. Chris and I got our tree up only a few days after Thanksgiving. This is my goal every year, but not always my reality.
I dragged out the Christmas lights this weekend and began unraveling the many tangled cords of festive little bulbs of colored joy. It took some time as I sat thinking near boxes of last year's decorations, nutcrackers from my childhood, Christopher Radko snow globes bundled up cozily in bubble wrap, and ornaments galore.
Stepping into Nancy and Carol Carpenter's historic Columbus home during the holidays brings to mind a more gracious time. Bay leaf wreaths at the windows and mantles dressed in swags of greenery blend with warm colors, decor and furnishings that comfortably meld the present with the past.
I am a strict and fervent teetotaler, so I might be the wrong person to review "Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl" (Perigee) by David Wondrich.
You are looking at it right now, and if it is doing its job, you don't even notice it. It might represent a creation that has taken centuries to come to its current state of perfection, or it might be something that a dedicated specialist worked on for years and brought out a decade ago. It represents artistry directed within a circumscribed realm.
The serenity of a November morning in western Lowndes County inspired artist and amateur photographer Laird Bagnall to capture images with his Nikon D60 camera.
In spite of a brutal summer, fall foliage has managed to produce a colorful palette in the Golden Triangle. Admirers of Lola Atkins' Golden Rain trees on Williamsburg Road in North Columbus are apt to go even so far as to knock on the door and ask for a closer look.
"I love being out there and playing against my personality," said 14-year-old Mikaela Green of "Imogene Herdman," the rough and tough, cigar-totin' character she'll portray in "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." The family-friendly holiday fare will be presented by the Y Drama Team Dec. 3-4, at 7 p.m., in Joe Cook Auditorium in Columbus.
Tickets are on sale now for the Dec. 5 Holiday Home Tour and Tea sponsored by the Starkville Civic League.
What was first conceived as a nurturing outreach ministry at the Church of the Good Shepherd in East Columbus has grown in recent years into the community-wide HEARTS after school tutoring program for students at risk of falling behind in school.
The Billups-Garth Archives at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library recently finished working with two history classes from Mississippi University for Women on their research projects.
The Christmas Parade for the City of Columbus is being planned by numerous volunteers, participants and Main Street Columbus. This year's parade will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, and will follow a set route throughout downtown.
Last week, a man in Black Earth, Wisconsin, was arrested for shooting his television set. Apparently he was unhappy with the outcome of the latest episode of "Dancing With The Stars." It seems that he had an issue with Bristol Palin's performance. That moment of "appliance-cide" led to a 14-hour standoff.
On Saturdays in the fall, many of us enjoy working in our gardens, in addition to cheering on our favorite team. As the temperatures continue to drop and the rains become more frequent, fall gardening gets exciting.
Thanksgiving. It is that special time of year when, since the early days of this nation, people have given thanks for the harvests that would feed them through the non-productive winter months. Of course, it was not official until Sara Hale, editor of "Godey's Ladies Book," persuaded President Abraham Lincoln to declare and designate a national Thanksgiving Day.