Tony Allen of Vernon, Ala., leans on the metal railing of an indoor riding arena, black cowboy hat low on his forehead. His intent gaze follows his four-legged charge, which idly and confidently roams the new environment, investigating whatever sights and smells there are for a horse to explore.
Joe Seger is a learned man. Director of the Cobb Institute of Archaeology at Mississippi State University, a professor of religion, an authority in Middle Eastern pre-history, a holder of multiple degrees — including one from Harvard University. He is a gentleman accustomed to painstaking research and the quest for elusive answers.
The Hitching Lot Farmers’ Market Advisory Board and Main Street Columbus announce the 2009 Hitching Lot Holiday Market. The second annual event will be held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, on Nov. 21, from 7-10 a.m.
With games and food booths, costume contests for people and pets — plus a bachelor auction — Mississippi University for Women’s Oktoberfest, Tuesday, Oct. 20, promises fall fun for the whole community. Admission is free to the event on Shattuck Lawn from 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
To most people, the public library evokes images of quiet halls, mountains of books and studious librarians. But libraries can also be the setting for raucous controversy, especially relating to freedom of speech and the First Amendment. Libraries and the First Amendment, a new exhibit at the Columbus Public Library provided by the Chicago-based McCormick Freedom Project, explores the library’s role in enabling and protecting First Amendment freedoms.
The Mississippi University for Women Department of Music and Theatre is sponsoring a guest artist recital Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Artz Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church, 602 Main St., in Columbus.
Mississippi University for Women’s annual International Series will open with a screening of the award-winning Chinese documentary “Last House Standing” (2004) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in Martin Hall, Room 220, on the MUW campus.
While it may not be the actual Fab Four, the live show in Rent Auditorium Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. will be a chance to relive the sound that inspired a sea change in music and pop culture.
The Mississippi State University Department of Landscape Architecture and the Garden Clubs of Mississippi Inc. will present the 54th annual Edward C. Martin Jr. Landscape Design Symposium Wednesday, Oct. 21.
STARKVILLE — Noted British historian and author Adrian Goldsworthy will be guest speaker Wednesday when Mississippi State University’s Institute for the Humanities launches its 2009-10 Distinguished Speaker Series.
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Mississippi native Natasha Trethewey will be joined by 12 other authors in honoring the legacy of Mississippi University for Women alumna Eudora Welty during the 21st annual Eudora Welty Writer’s Symposium Oct. 22-24 on the MUW campus.
The Bukka White Blue Bluff Festival, formerly known as the Blue Bluff Festival, will be Oct.16-17 at Blue Bluff Landing in Aberdeen, on the banks of the Tenn Tom Waterway. For the second year, this free festival will feature an all-blues program, hosting some of the finest artists in Mississippi. The new Bukka White marker, which brings Aberdeen recognition as a part of the Mississippi Blues Trail, will be unveiled Friday at 4 p.m. in downtown Aberdeen.
Ponce de Leon might have been a few hundred years too early in his quest for the elusive fountain of youth. Two Columbus men may have trumped the Spanish explorer, discovering a secret or two of their own to long-lasting vitality — on courts where the crisp thwack of a tennis ball is a much sweeter sound than the creak of any rocking chair.
When it means friends, good food and dancing the night away to the music of Jesse Robinson and the 500 Pounds of Blues Band, Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry and the Black Prairie Blues Band, who wouldn’t want to have a bout of the blues?
David Allan Coe has spent a career pushing the proverbial envelope. As each new generation of “rednecks, kickers, pickers, preppies, skinheads, Deadheads, hippies and bikers” showed up to hear him, his reputation as one of country’s outlaws grew.
Among October’s many gifts are the tingling thrills and chills in anticipation of things that may go, at least gently, bump in the night.
The 18th annual Hazard Lecture Series returns to Columbus on two consecutive upcoming Mondays, Oct. 19 and Oct. 26. Featuring noted author George Thatcher of Gulfport and composer K. Lee Scott of Birmingham, Ala., the free public events designed to stimulate thought and broaden horizons will celebrate the “Voyage of the Artist.”
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.
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.
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