Beth Rogers was delighted with her unexpected find. It wasn’t a long-lost locket, a forgotten $20 bill in a coat pocket, or even a great sale on spring shoes. No, Beth was thrilled to discover lettuce — fresh, crisp lettuce at the Hitching Lot Farmers’ Market on opening day April 25. Like most loyal market followers, for Chef Beth, of J. Broussard’s Restaurant, the new growing season couldn’t get here quickly enough.
The nonprofit Columbus Arts Council is now accepting registrations for four sessions of summer arts camps that offer children 5 to 13 diverse worlds to explore through dance, mask-making, clay, edible art, improv, creative writing, fashion design, drawing, Irish dance and folk music and more.
Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science students have one more thing to be proud of this year. The annual history program “Tales from the Crypt” received the Award for Excellence in Use of Historical Records in Grades K-12 through the Mississippi Historical Records Advisory Board.
With all due respect to the late novelist Thomas Wolfe, Caledonia High School alumni would argue that you can go home again. Many of them do every Mother’s Day weekend, maintaining a long-held reunion tradition dating back 75 years.
Our perfect spring is quickly melting into the sauna that is summer. It won’t be long before Chris and I will be forced to abandon our late-afternoon alfresco chats with the neighbors, cultivating friendships.
“If I had your hand, I’d throw mine in.” Those are the words of encouragement I gave one of my best pals a few days ago during what turned out to be a pretty somber visit. His job is going away. I had to remind him that he is super intelligent and has a laundry list of accomplishments he couldn’t fit on a four-page resumé.
As the May 5 primary elections draw near, political talk of promises and platforms escalates. Earnest candidates vying for the voter’s nod pull out all the stops to generate interest. In Starkville, the mayoral race is drawing a little extra attention — from two write-in candidates whose only real platform is the one they’re discreetly bolted to on the graceful wrap-around porch at 501 Louisville St.
“Smooth” is an adjective often associated with Jesse Robinson’s rich repertoire of blues and jazz. The “seventh son, thirteenth child, baby boy, and a preacher’s son” first picked up a guitar at 6 years old and hasn’t set it down yet.
Dr. Kendall Dunkelberg, professor of English at Mississippi University for Women, has published a new book of poetry, “Time Capsules,” with Texas Review Press. The director of creative writing will read from “Time Capsules” Monday, April 24th at 4 p.m. in Painter Hall, Room 108, on the university campus. The public is invited to attend. A book signing will follow.
One of literature’s most heart-warming classics is the inspiration for the YMCA Drama Team spring production. “The Secret Garden,” based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, will be presented by the Frank P. Phillips YMCA troupe Friday, May 1, in Rent Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus at 7 p.m.
Let me introduce you to my grandson, Douglas McRae, who is serving a 27-month assignment in Peru as a health volunteer. I thought my readers might like to know something about what it is like to do that, so I asked him to share his experiences with us. It is new to me, too. What he sent me follows.
In the South we are known for our warmth and hospitality. It doesn’t matter if someone asks for directions, or advice on where to get great barbecue, or just says “hi” as they walk through our lovely streets. In this part of the world, and especially in Columbus, we are eager to respond. In fact, we sometimes wish there were more opportunities to illustrate why we are called “The Friendly City.”
Nothing says “feed me” like 75 hungry teens bent on staying awake all night. And when it came to satisfying those robust appetites, the mood was decidedly Oriental as youth pastors Pat Davidson, Aaron Lane and Tim Bentley joined forces recently for a Wok In with their respective youth groups from Evangel Church and First Assembly of God, in Columbus, and First Assembly of God in Amory.
First, an addition to my column on coconut. Marleen Hansen has told me you can purchase lemongrass in Columbus from Lemon Grass Oriental Foods at 153 Priscella Circle (off Mike Parra Road). I haven’t been there, but I thought I’d pass this tidbit on. For that matter, Joy’s next to the Sunflower across from Lee Middle School may also have lemongrass.
Chris McDill has been creating something from almost nothing since he was “ ... old enough to have my hands on anything.”
As sunshine and mild temperatures become more consistent, Mother Earth is beginning to yield the first of what promises to be months of delicious, homegrown goodness for the table.
They’re gaudy, brash and shamelessly funny. And if you can’t tell that from the Sweet Potato Queens’ lime sequined outfits and big red hair, maybe one of the “Boss Queen’s” books — like the No. 1 New York Times Best Seller “The Sweet Potato Queen’s Field Guide to Men: Every Man I Love is Either Married, Gay or Dead” — will clarify the point.
There’s trouble brewing on the pajama factory floor, and only delicate negotiations will quell it. But while the leader of the union grievance committee and the handsome new factory superintendent square off — and fall in love — the audience can count on “The Pajama Game” to entertain with Broadway-style show numbers at Heritage Academy April 24-26.
There are days when the news seems surreal. So often we wonder if we really understood what we heard or read. “Pirates Off the Coast of Somalia.” “Airliner Lands on the Hudson River.”
Before you begin reading this Sunday’s interesting and informative “Strummin’,” you should know that I’m lucky.