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Fire up the grills, GOTR returns April 9-10

Posted 4/3/2010 in Entertainment

The tempting aroma of slow-cooked barbecue will soon waft up and down the Riverwalk in historic downtown Columbus. Grilling on the River, the 2010 Kansas City Barbeque Society Magnolia State Barbeque Championship and Food Fair, will draw approximately 50 teams from seven states to the area near Ruben’s Fish and Steak House April 9-10.

 

 

Southern Literary Festival returns to MUW campus

Posted 4/3/2010 in Entertainment

About 200 participants are expected to attend the Southern Literary Festival hosted at Mississippi University for Women April 22-24.

 

 

Former poet laureate to speak at MSU April 6

Posted 4/3/2010 in Entertainment

A Nobel Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate will read from his works April 6 at Mississippi State University.

 

 

SAAC seeks art for 2011 Cotton District Festival poster

Posted 4/3/2010 in Entertainment

The Starkville Area Arts Council is calling all artists to participate in the 2011 Cotton District Arts Festival Poster Competition. Artists of all ages are invited to submit their original work to be the face of the 2011 Cotton District Arts Festival.

 

 

MSU students set concert to aid food pantries

Posted 4/3/2010 in Entertainment

Three Oktibbeha County community organizations are designated beneficiaries of an April 8 Hunger Strike Charity Concert at Mississippi State.

 

 

Block party to help kick off Columbus Pilgrimage Monday

Posted 4/3/2010 in Entertainment

Blue skies and warm temperatures are on tap to greet opening events of Columbus’ 70th annual Spring Pilgrimage Monday. In addition to the first home tours and Tales from the Crypt, a community-wide block party will help launch the 13-day showcase of historical architecture, living history and unique activities.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Rites of spring

Posted 4/3/2010 in Columns

Finally, spring! After such a difficult winter, it seems the world is filled with promise and truly ready for rebirth.

 

 

David Creel: Carpe diem — and the foundation!

Posted 4/3/2010 in Columns

Webster’s Dictionary defines “foundation” as “an institution supported by an endowment or an undergarment worn to shape the contours of the body.” But women near and far know the foundation I speak of will be that flesh-toned cosmetic we just can’t live without. It is used to even out the complexion and, quite frankly, is where all makeup begins.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: The silver case

Posted 4/3/2010 in Columns

During World War II my dad purchased a small silver case in India. One side has a crude etching of India-Bombay, Delhi and Calcutta, the Taj Mahal on the other side. Dad was well known for buying crafts from neighborhood children; they flocked to our door with their wares. Dad certainly would have purchased a small silver case from a street child. I wonder about that child.

 

Rufus Ward: Common flowers native to the Golden Triangle

Posted 4/3/2010 in Columns

Spring has arrived with its vivid display of color and that has brought a question. Which of our common flowers are native to this area? That is not a question I can address from the view of a botanist, but I can address it as a historian. There are a number of early accounts that describe the flora of the Golden Triangle.

 

Rob Hardy: "Culture of Plague"

Posted 4/1/2010 in Columns

The Black Death struck Europe in the 14th century, killing hundreds of millions of people.

 

Here comes Peter Cottontail: Virginia Adair’s bunny cake heralds Easter once again

Posted 3/31/2010 in Food

“I can’t even begin to imagine how many bunny cakes I’ve made over the years,” Virginia Adair laughed lightly. With a youthful spirit belying her 81 years, the New Hope woman is still baking and decorating the whimsical cakes she first made 46 years ago. For decades, she delighted her own children and scores of families in three different states with the tasty dessert. This week, she once again shares the recipe for what some might call her culinary signature.

 

Rob Hardy: "An Entirely Synthetic Fish"

Posted 3/30/2010 in Columns

I know little about fish or fishing, but I know fisherman like to go for rainbow trout, a good fish to have at the end of your line or to have in your frying pan.

 

Local legend brings wisdom to stage

Posted 3/30/2010 in Entertainment

There is a song called “Out Among the Stars” about a boy with no money who tries to hold up a liquor store and is caught and shot and killed by the police. Bill Cooke’s favorite version of the song is done by John Starling, and his favorite lyric is dark but sheds a lot of light on Cooke’s view of the world we live in these days: “The evening news carries all the details, he dies in every living room in town.”

Historic homes, generations return for 70th annual Spring Pilgrimage

Posted 3/27/2010 in Entertainment

Pink, blue, yellow. That was the color progression of Pilgrimage dresses for little girls growing up in the Beneke household in the mid-1970s to 1991.

Wesley to present reflections of Easter

Posted 3/27/2010 in Entertainment

The reverence of the Easter season has inspired Wesley United Methodist Church in Columbus and its Associate Pastor, the Rev. Pamela Cameron, to offer a new, meditative experience for the community during Holy Week.

 

MSU literary event to feature ‘Strange Weather’

Posted 3/27/2010 in Entertainment

Award-winning Mississippi State University fiction writer Becky Hagenston will read from her new short stories next month on campus.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Good ’ol boys

Posted 3/27/2010 in Columns

Once upon a time, I was a Catholic. The churches were beautiful then. They were cool and dark, filled with flickering candles, the aromas of incense and burning wax, and life-sized statues of saints. I loved those statues, and, in the spring, placed small bouquets of pink roses at their plaster feet.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Promise land

Posted 3/27/2010 in Columns

The garden has been tilled. We mixed in sand left over from a construction job to loosen up the prairie clay.

 

 

Rob Hardy: 'The Poker Bride'

Posted 3/26/2010 in About Town

In “The Poker Bride: The First Chinese in the West” (Atlantic Monthly Press), Christopher Corbett has told the story, as much as it can be known, of one Chinese girl who came to California and was indeed won in a poker game.

 

 

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