Probably you have never seen a seahorse in the wild. Even Dr. Helen Scales, who is a scuba diver and marine biologist, has only seen them a few times. The first one she saw, after many dives of looking, was “like glimpsing a unicorn trotting through my garden.” But everyone knows what a seahorse looks like, a fantastic looking creature that sparks curiosity, and it is a hit at aquariums or in oceanic picture books. Scales has satisfied many facets of the curiosity about seahorses in her book “Poseidon’s Steed: The Story of Seahorses, from Myth to Reality” (Gotham Books).
Can you hear it? Can you smell it? Can you see it? I can — fall. My Blackberry sounded at 4:18 Tuesday afternoon. I set it several weeks ago to remind me that I could end my self-imposed summer hibernation and celebrate the autumnal equinox, the beginning of fall.
As sure as Mother Nature drops tantalizing autumnal hints this time each year, Soroptimist International of Columbus can be counted on to be hard at work planning its annual style show, luncheon, silent auction and tablescape showcase. The 36th annual event takes place Thursday, Oct. 8, at Trotter Convention Center.
In many ways, houses are like women. Their names are usually feminine, inspired by flowers, or influenced by languages more romantic than ours. Even those that bear a family surname sound more genteel when the word “manor” or “mansion” is added.
Columbus’ spring Pilgrimage is a venerable and familiar friend, widely-known for its resplendent display of antebellum architecture and living history. But the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation is adding a fresh perspective with the first-ever Fall Tour of Historic Homes — and downtown loft apartments — Oct. 1-4.
Seventh Avenue Heritage Festival chair Kabir Karriem has a good feeling about this year’s big event Oct. 1-3.
I catered a luncheon for 90 recently, and the preparations went swimmingly for the most part. As is true to form for me I was totally organized for the first three days of cooking, and then I tend to sort of fall apart the last 24 hours. So, the afternoon prior to the event I had to run out to the grocery store for a couple of items I had left off of the previous list. I did the unthinkable: I went to the store without a list!
If you have never heard of Harvey Kurtzman, you have seen his work; for instance, his cover logo for MAD Magazine is one of the most easily recognized of trademarks. Kurtzman was with MAD from the beginning, and it is perhaps what he is most famous for, but he did plenty else, and it isn’t exaggeration to say that if Kurtzman hadn’t put out such prodigious and respected (and funny) work, we might not have had R. Crumb or Art Spiegelman, or Monty Python or the Simpsons.
And who said storytelling is only for children? Award-winning story performer and actress Dolores Hydock handily dispels that misconception with “True Grits: Stories of Home Cooking, Diet Detours and Southern Hospitality” Friday, Sept. 25, in the Columbus Arts Council’s Omnova Theater at 501 Main St.
The Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony will be joined Tuesday, Sept. 29, by the city-campus’ Brass Quintet for a performance at the downtown Cadence Bank plaza at the corner of Main and Jackson streets in Starkville.
The Bulldog nation and music fans of all allegiances will be out in force Saturday, Sept. 25, as a crowd estimated to reach near 30,000 fills Starkville’s Cotton District for the 10th annual Bulldog Bash. Headlining the free event sponsored by the Mississippi State University Student Association and Alumni Association is nationally-known rock band Third Eye Blind. Also performing are Jamie Davis and Soul Gravy, Sterling Y, The Flames, Red Hill City, Z-Flo and Hot Chelle Rae. Bulldog Bash co-coordinator Rob Triplett said the SA chose this year’s lineup with a strategy based off of polling, research and student responses from previous bashes.
On Saturday, Sept. 26, the Southern Breeze Region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) will host local archivist Mona Vance at 1 p.m. at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library for an introduction to primary source research.
For some of us it is not easy to get out of bed in the mornings, and some days make it seem hardly worth the effort. The other day I staggered to the kitchen intent on fixing myself a bowl of cereal with some raspberries for breakfast. I had a new box of cereal. I never expected it to be difficult to open.
Beginning Monday, Sept. 21, Mississippi State University will offer a limited-member series of 10 adult evening classes on the basics of playing the piano.
The doldrums of summer will soon dissipate, perhaps not in temperature ... yet. But, certainly the early rush of autumn activities is here to shake up our languor.
In 2006, when Tanya Wright first penned the script for a very personal film she hoped to one day make, she had never heard of Columbus, Mississippi. But while in the city to meet a business partner, the native New Yorker and Los Angeles-based actress had what one might call a Possum Town epiphany.
You won’t hear him bragging, but Nathan Best may take a prize for remarkable restaurateur stories. The affable Columbus resident with a ready smile is a past member of the O’Jays and the Fairfield Four, a Grammy winner for his part in the “O Brother, Where Art Thou” soundtrack, a pastor, a Christian supply store owner and purveyor of island cuisine at the Trinity Caribbean Café.
James Joyce’s “Ulysses” has had two big strikes against its reputation ever since it was published in 1922. One is that it is a dirty book. This is a false and silly charge. Long ago the courts decided that it could be imported into the U.S. because it is not obscene, and anyone looking for stimulation by searching for the “good parts” is in for frustration. The other strike is that it is a difficult book. This charge is more accurate. “Ulysses” is certainly not a novel that is as accessible as “Gone with the Wind,” for instance.
It’s fair time! The Columbus Fair is a community event with a long history of showcasing farm and home products. This year’s fair at the Columbus Fairgrounds on Highway 69 South begins Tuesday, Sept.15, and runs through Saturday, Sept. 19. Youth groups such as Future Farmers of America and 4-H Clubs, as well as adult groups in the area, exhibit their handmade or homegrown items which are judged for ribbon placement.
With the transfer of the fabled leather harness from father to son during pregame festivities Sept. 5 at Davis-Wade Stadium, Mississippi State University’s new bulldog mascot Champ stepped into a role he was born to assume.