Tom Keller still remembers the day he said to his wife, Madaline, “Don’t tell our neighbors we’re gonna drive 1,000 miles to a stupid gourd show.” That was 15 years ago, not long after the one-time Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge dealer had retired following 43 years in the auto and real estate business in West Point. The couple were heading out at the time to their first gourd show, in Ohio.
Somewhere between the plain ole cuppa joe and java of old, America’s coffee drinkers became adventurous. What began in the early 1970s with start-up for Seattle’s Best and Starbucks turned into a caffeine-laced evolution that gradually spread from one coast to the other. Our love affair with the intense Italian nectar espresso — and the delectable concoctions it inspired — was on.
David Dunn shies away from the word “obsession.” “‘Passion’ sounds better,” he chuckles, “let’s say I have a passion for roasting my own coffee.”
STARKVILLE — Who doesn’t enjoy spending hot summer days splashing in a pool, fishing at the lake, playing volleyball in the sand, or grilling hot dogs on the patio?
There’s a side to Daniel Peeples you might miss on the first pass. Quiet and unassuming, the 23-year-old comes across as a reticent teddy bear of a guy. But don’t be lulled into assumptions. Put a beat or song idea into his head, and a recording camera in his hand, and mild-mannered Daniel morphs into Dirty Presley, an out-there extrovert on a mission.
Singing cowboys and gals are dusting off the songs of the old west for a unique open mic night at the Rosenzweig Arts Center Saturday, June 27. The Columbus Arts Council has invited poetic cowpokes to join in, too, with spoken word.
The public will be offered a rare opportunity Tuesday, June 23, when a special open house at the Mississippi State University Mitchell Memorial Library unveils material related to the military career and presidency of Ulysses S. Grant, a figure historians often consider one of the most complex in America’s history.
MISSISSIPPI STATE — Youth who enjoy drama, theater, music, art or literature and want to learn how computing can enhance creativity should attend the 4-H Technology and Expressive Arts Camp July 21-24 at Mississippi State University.
About 30 students are traveling on the reading railroad at Mississippi University for Women this summer.
The Wicker Center at Mississippi University for Women and the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library will host a series of reading workshops for parents at the Columbus, Crawford and Artesia libraries.
The Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society reached one of its current goals recently by raising the funds necessary to purchase new food and water bowls for all of the animal shelter’s kennels.
Steven Garner dons a smudged apron and settles at the potter’s wheel to center and shape another piece of a dream-come-true. This time, it’s a graceful bowl, to complete a set of three lipped nesting bowls destined to become a conversation-starter in someone’s kitchen. For Steven and his wife, Beverly, each completed piece inches them closer to officially opening Three Oaks Pottery, a vision they’ve nurtured for years.
The Bernard Romans Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution paid tribute to deceased members in memorial ceremonies at Friendship Cemetery May 30.
Danielle Morales clearly remembers her pounding heartbeat during the recent Caledonia High School senior awards banquet.
If there is such a thing as a “good problem,” outgrowing your worship facility might be one of them. The Columbus Christian Center is experiencing those growing pangs and looking forward with excitement to a new building to be erected on a 21-acre plot on Highway 182 East, past the New Hope Road turn-off.
Under a huge, spreading oak in East Columbus, Roosevelt Davis listens to the wood ... the cedar, bois d’arc and oak limbs and trunks he and his nephew, Tarvars Davis, have salvaged from the woods along rural country roads.
For years, Performing Arts Director Dawn Barham harbored the idea of hitting the road — or, more specifically, the blues trail — with her band and choral students from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus. That vision became reality a few months ago when Barham, history instructor Julie Heintz and 50-plus excited teens struck out for the fertile Delta to tap into the rich roots of America’s indigenous music at selected sites along the Mississippi Blues Commission’s official Blues Trail.
The Columbus Riverwalk will soon resonate with the Sounds of Summer, the popular music series presented by Main Street Columbus. Beginning June 4, and each Thursday through July 30 (except July 2) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., area artists will perform from a newly-constructed stage at the South end of the scenic walk in historic downtown Columbus.
MISSISSIPPI STATE — The wedding march begins, the doors open, the guests rise and here comes ... Fido, Bowser and Snowball wagging down the aisle.
STARKVILLE — Archaeologists and students from Mississippi State University and the University of Louisiana at Monroe are joining for a summer dig next month at the nationally famous Poverty Point State Historic Site.
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