"Window! We've got a window coming up!" The shout is heard above bursts from a nail gun and the buzz of power saws. Everyone makes way for a trio of women in bright red Habitat for Humanity T-shirts, transporting yet another finished window frame. They hoist it up to volunteers on the second floor level, one more step in turning piles of lumber into a home for a displaced family of six.
When Mavis Daves left her home in Greenwood to move across the hall from her sister at Trinity Place Retirement Community in Columbus almost two years ago, one of the hardest separations was leaving behind her lovingly-maintained and glorious gardens. But hers is one green thumb that wouldn't give up. Daves gently lobbied for a bit of ground, any ground, so she could brighten the corner where she lives. The results are a source of beauty for Trinity residents and visitors alike.
Sarah Crowley exudes a gamine charm that belies her senior years. With a seemingly-permanent chuckle, she shares humorous tidbits of life as a jewelry addict, surrounded by tables adorned with ultramarine lapis, shimmering freshwater pearls, golden coral, jet black beads and every hue of turquoise.
Twenty musical acts, 212 crafts and arts vendors, 33 food vendors, 12 historic blocks of downtown Columbus, about 40,000 people. The numbers of Market Street Festival are adding up. Throw in another one: 11 consecutive years as a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 event.
Those who have met Nathan Best in his role as pastor of Full Armour Church in Columbus, or perhaps as their personable host at Trinity Caribbean Café, may not even be aware. But Best is a Grammy winner, as well as a Country Music Award winner.
“Every time I walked on the street, someone would ask when was I going to put the band back together,” says orchestra leader Gill Harris of Columbus. The time finally seemed right.
Something just wasn’t right about that Sunday back in February 1971. It was too warm and humid for a winter day. I was home in Rolling Fork for a weekend getaway from school and a taste of Mama’s home cooking.
Inspirational gospel artist Janet Paschal is often hailed as one of Christian music’s most soulfully versatile voices. The Christian Music Hall of Fame’s nominee for 2010 Entertainer of the Year will be in Columbus Tuesday, headlining the Columbus Christian Center’s ninth annual Ladies Banquet at Trotter Convention Center at 6:30 p.m.
It could be the concrete gargoyles protectively flanking the property entrance, or the sign declaring you’re entering Thompsonville, but one gets the feeling Killer Thompson isn’t your average Joe. But then, for a longtime corporate president with a name like Killer, that may be a foregone conclusion.
Ladies, pick up your hammers. The Columbus-Lowndes Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s are holding a Women Build event in Columbus Tuesday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Students of two Mississippi University for Women voice teachers won prizes in a singing competition held April 16 and 17 at Delta State University in Cleveland.
With vocals ranging from a “melancholic whisper to a full-blown juke joint holler” and piano chops to cry for, Eden Brent melds jazz, blues, boogie woogie and soul into a singular earthy blend.
Playwriting is a unique discipline. It gives a writer the hope of having his or her words realized by others — literally putting words into the hands of directors and the mouths of actors. It’s a truly collaborative art form, and one the Mississippi Theatre Association Festival proudly promotes.
For Eva Evans of Columbus, the past year has too often been a deep and dark place. Even when, to all outward appearances, she was holding up well. On May 6, 2009, she lost Ean, her husband of 24 years.
The Columbus Arts Council is accepting registrations for summer arts camp. Classes begin June 7, with each session running for one week.
Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Archivist Mona K. Vance officially took office as president of the Society of Mississippi Archivists (SMA) March 30 at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in Jackson.
Each year, the dancers of Ballet Columbus rehearse long hours to present a program that will uplift the audience.
“From Monuments to Mufflers,” a photograph exhibit detailing Mississippi’s unique outdoor sculptures, will show at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library from May 3 to June 28.
The Office of Community Service, Campus Recreation and the Wesley Foundation at Mississippi University for Women will package 30,000 meals Thursday, April 22, in the Stark Recreation Center to support Stop Hunger Now. The event will be held from 4-6 p.m.