The cast of the Junior Auxiliary Charity Ball skit this year is especially fresh-faced and energetic — which is exactly what one would expect from a lively group of youngsters ages 12 and younger. Sporting swim goggles, flippers or basketballs, 13 girls and boys ages 7-12 will perform their way across the Trotter Convention Center stage at the 59th annual event April 4.
All eyes in Mississippi State University’s Humphrey Coliseum were on a group of fourth-graders from Joe Cook Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School Feb. 28 as the pint-sized dribblers took the court during half-time of the SEC match-up between MSU and Auburn University. Showcasing basketball skills to music, the group of about 38 children brought the crowd to its feet.
The youth group of Beersheba Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Columbus recently presented more than 57 pounds of aluminum pull tabs from soda cans to Rachel and Charles Maxwell, grandparents of 7-year-old Harrison Maxwell, of the Auburn community near Tupelo, who is undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
The committee organizing Grilling On The River ’09 is putting the finishing touches on the annual Magnolia State Barbeque Championship and Food Fair to be held Friday and Saturday, March 20-21, along the Columbus Riverwalk at Ruben’s Fish and Steak House. The Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned event will benefit the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society.
Gardening as art? Yes, indeed. The profusion of colors, textures and shades can be as inspiring as a painter’s palette, while the process of bringing them to vibrant life on the earth’s canvas may be as painstaking as the artist’s quest to create his finest. And the fulfillment afforded to those who drink in the beauty of a well-loved garden can equal that of viewing a master’s brushstroke.
The Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition has undergone a lot changes since the 1970s, when Mississippi University for Women would rent a huge truck and faculty members Tom Nawrocki, Larry Feeney and David Frank would personally escort hundreds of pieces of student artwork to the prestigious competition in Jackson.
To leave a place better than we found it is a laudable goal, but one we don’t always attain. That is not the case for Casey Stephens Chudy. This week, the young wife who followed her then-student pilot husband to Columbus Air Force Base in 2004 moves on with him — and their two children born in Columbus — to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, N.C. But in her time here, the former Junior Miss from Barren County, Ken., has directly and positively impacted the lives of dozens of young women planning for college.
The big event may still be nine weeks out, but plans for the 14th annual Market Street Festival are well underway. On May 1-2, the streets of downtown Columbus will fill with live music, smiling crowds, art and crafts vendors, food and children’s activities of every kind.
Dr. Bridget Pieschel, English professor and director of the Southern Women’s Institute at Mississippi University for Women, will review the book “Golden Girls: Reminiscences of Alumnae, Mississippi State College for Women,” which she edited from oral histories of graduates from the 1920s to 1957. The monthly Friends of the Library Book Talk will be Wednesday, March 11, at 2 p.m. in the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library at 314 Seventh St. N.
Great gospel music has been a hallmark of the Tenn-Tom Chapter of the American Red Cross fundraiser for the past seven years, and 2009 will be no exception. On Friday, March 13, the renowned Ron Blackwood and The Blackwood Quartet present their “Hope for America” tour in Trotter Convention Center at 7 p.m.
The Mississippi University for Women Honors Forum Series examines the tradition and pageantry of the Mardi Gras Indians when Dr. Annette Trefzer of the University of Mississippi presents “He Won’t Bow Down: The New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians.” The presentation is Thursday, March 5, at 6 p.m. in Nissan Auditorium in Parkinson Hall on the campus of MUW. It is free and open to the public.
Patti Johnson loves an artistic challenge. The Columbus artist has been busy transforming a cigar box into a trendy accessory and a shell-shaped container into a stylish adornment. It’s all for a good cause. Johnson, and others like her, are gearing up for the third annual HEARTS Spring Purse and Bag Auction benefiting the non-profit after-school tutoring program.
With incredible nuance and what some might call an almost preternatural insight, Tennessee Williams crafted on paper some of literature and film’s most memorably complex and flawed characters. A few of them will be in Columbus for a visit this week. The brutish “Stanley Kowalski” and his long-suffering “Stella.” An overbearing “Amanda Wingfield,” her tragically fragile daughter, “Laura,” and conflicted son “Tom” — in one form or another, they each will resurrect the spirit of the famous playwright born in Columbus in 1911.
Longer days and spurts of warm weather signal the impending arrival of spring. With the new season will come area festivals filled with live music, good food and unique visual arts.
STARKVILLE — Combining jazz and short films, The Hot Club of San Francisco brings a unique musical and visual combination to Mississippi State University March 5.
Crammed closets got you down? Having trouble closing cabinets? Or perhaps you’re simply a fan of fantastic bargains. Well, the Hitching Lot Farmers’ Market in downtown Columbus has something for you.
As far as the Carlstrom family of Columbus is concerned, “love is still a worthy cause.” That’s the name they’ve applied to a community coffeehouse concert they have organized for Friday at 7 p.m. at the Columbus Country Club.
When it comes to bargains, the Mississippi University for Women Department of Music and Theatre can’t be beat. For a mere quarter, they are offering Brando, red beans and rice and an evening of Tennessee Williams Friday, Feb. 20, in Cromwell Communication Center on the MUW campus. As a prelude to its production of Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” Feb. 26-March 1, the department’s “Meals for a quarter in the Quarter” will include “dinner and a movie” beginning at 7:30 p.m. The original play, written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author born in Columbus, won the prestigious New York Drama Critics Circle Award in 1945. “When Tennessee Williams was a struggling artist in New Orleans, he lived for a while in a home run by an eccentric landlady who tried briefly to open a restaurant,” explained play director Brook Hanemann, of MUW. “To help pay rent, Williams passed out flyers for his landlady brandishing his own advertising slogan: ‘Meals for a quarter in the Quarter.’
“Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation” exhibit and special events explore the 16th president’s legacy