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Freedom Creek - all blues, all day

Posted 5/26/2012 in Entertainment

Ten years ago, Rick Asherson got his first taste of Willie King's Freedom Creek Festival, that down-home celebration held in a field behind King's humble home in rural Pickens County, Alabama. There, by a cinderblock-and-plank stage under trees strung with lights, blues fans doused in bug spray and sun screen camped in lawn chairs and danced in the dirt when the spirit moved.


Gourmet camping: from survive to thrive

Posted 5/26/2012 in Columns

Last weekend I decided, on a whim, to join my husband and my dad on one of their saltwater fly fishing trips to the barrier islands off of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. They go on these survival camping trips to Horn Island several times a year, and when they return from their adventure it takes them days to recover from the sunburn, bug bites, chaffing, and general malnourishment and dehydration. Sounds fun, huh?



From little girl to little lady

Posted 5/26/2012 in Columns

Little girls grow up way too quickly to suit us, and my niece is no exception to the rule. Recently I was honored to escort her to the makeup counter where she would be introduced to mascara applied the right way, lipstick in a shade worthy of a graduating sixth-grader, and even something to "blush" about, literally.



A juke box for The Goose

Posted 5/26/2012 in Columns

For generations of Columbians who have only hearsay to know what MSCW (Mississippi State College for Women, now Mississippi University for Women) used to be, Eugenia Summer has a tale of the days when Dr. B.L. Parkinson was president. I think it will amuse, perhaps amaze, you.



Tuned in

Posted 5/26/2012 in Columns

Deep in the heart of every writer lurks a voyeur. We are masters of schizophrenic listening. A good writer can participate in a lunch-time conversation while tuning into diners at the next table. He (or she) is an observer of human nature, body language and, most importantly, subtle inflections, the nuances of speech. There is an invisible recorder in the brain, storing away accents and tones.


Smokin' Summer

Posted 5/23/2012 in Food

Memorial Day traditionally serves as the starting pistol for a summer of outdoor smoking and grilling. How better to usher in that mouthwatering season than with a little insight from a master cook?

'Sold' on service: Young 'ad execs' promote community causes with inaugural IB exit project

Posted 5/19/2012 in Community

Two months ago, fifth-grader Jalyn Collins had never heard of guerilla marketing. Her classmate, Morgan Williams, could not imagine she would "pitch" a product to random shoppers at the mall. And 11-year-old Kevin Brown certainly had no idea what an elevator speech was. But these students at Sale Elementary International Studies Magnet School -- an IB (international baccalaureate) World School -- and their fifth-grade classmates have become pretty savvy since March. With a public exhibition Monday evening, they completed the K-5 school's first-ever IB exit project.

'Faulkner's World' offers glimpse into famed author's life in Mississippi

Posted 5/19/2012 in About Town

Photographer Martin J. Dain was one of the few who photographed author William Faulkner at Rowan Oak, the writer's home in Oxford. A selection of those images are compiled in a traveling exhibit, "Faulkner's World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain," on display at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library through June 22.

Grants bring out community's artistic side

Posted 5/19/2012 in Community

Grants can often make the difference between a project coming to fruition or languishing unfulfilled. This academic year, the Starkville Area Arts Council has awarded more than $5,000 in grants in Starkville schools to support artistic pursuits.

Mississippi Picnic in the Big Apple set for June 9

Posted 5/19/2012 in About Town

There will be a decided Southern drawl added to New York City's Central Park Saturday, June 9, when Mississippians and friends from far and near converge for the 33rd annual Mississippi Picnic in the Big Apple, presented in part by the Mississippi Development Authority.


Clearing up a few shades of grey

Posted 5/19/2012 in Columns

Many of my friends are reading "Fifty Shades of Grey." They simply can't put it down. I suppose many of us need to escape reality, if only through the pages of a bestseller. Well, never mind that, I am going to hit reality head-on with a few "grey" matters of my own.



Borrowed from the boys

Posted 5/19/2012 in Columns

Doesn't it seem like men have it easier where weight loss is concerned? It doesn't seem to take any time at all for a guy to get into tip-top shape. And don't even get me started on how quickly and easily those rascals can lose fat and gain muscle. It's quite unfair.


Pat Sansone: At The Speed Of Sound

Posted 5/17/2012 in Entertainment

Mississippi native performing with Wilco Saturday in Memphis

Go bananas: This isn't grandma's banana pudding

Posted 5/16/2012 in Food

Southerners love their banana pudding.

Miranda Lambert bringing On Fire Tour to Southaven

Posted 5/15/2012 in Entertainment

Country singer discusses whirlwind year with Dispatch's Jeff Clark


Girl power: 'Mom' nurtures 11 girls under her wing, with love to go around

Posted 5/12/2012 in Columns

"Why did the chicken cross the road?" giggled 8-year-old Stella, entertaining her house sisters and "Mom," Kara Copes, at Palmer Home for Children in Columbus. Her audience, gathered under the gazebo on a bright May afternoon, pretended to be stumped.



Adele Elliott: Exodus, part two

Posted 5/12/2012 in Columns

As a child, I was terrified of trains. I cried if our car stopped near a train track or crossing. Many songs have been written about the romantic sound of a distant whistle. I cannot relate to lyrics about the allure of a train whistle's screech. That sound pierces chills and panic into my body. To me, it is the soundtrack of horror movies.


Seattle songwriter, Texas-style fiddler combine talents Wednesday

Posted 5/12/2012 in Community

The Columbus Arts Council hosts Seattle singer/songwriter Ian McFeron and fiddler Alisa Milner in concert Wednesday, May 16, in the Omnova Theater of the Rosenzweig Arts Center in downtown Columbus.


A Stone's throw

Posted 5/12/2012 in Columns

Once upon a time, we visited. When I was a young mother we visited often with other mothers tending small children. Morning coffee with friends was not unusual. Then, children grew, and mothers went back to work.


Beautiful botanicals and the arts blend in 'Art in the Garden'

Posted 5/12/2012 in Community

If gardening is your passion, or if you just want to spend a leisurely morning listening to good music or watching an artisan at work, the Starkville Area Arts Council (SAAC) suggests Art in the Garden Saturday, May 19.


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