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.
And who said storytelling is only for children? Award-winning story performer and actress Dolores Hydock handily dispels that misconception with “True Grits: Stories of Home Cooking, Diet Detours and Southern Hospitality” Friday, Sept. 25, in the Columbus Arts Council’s Omnova Theater at 501 Main St.
The Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony will be joined Tuesday, Sept. 29, by the city-campus’ Brass Quintet for a performance at the downtown Cadence Bank plaza at the corner of Main and Jackson streets in Starkville.
The Bulldog nation and music fans of all allegiances will be out in force Saturday, Sept. 25, as a crowd estimated to reach near 30,000 fills Starkville’s Cotton District for the 10th annual Bulldog Bash. Headlining the free event sponsored by the Mississippi State University Student Association and Alumni Association is nationally-known rock band Third Eye Blind. Also performing are Jamie Davis and Soul Gravy, Sterling Y, The Flames, Red Hill City, Z-Flo and Hot Chelle Rae. Bulldog Bash co-coordinator Rob Triplett said the SA chose this year’s lineup with a strategy based off of polling, research and student responses from previous bashes.
On Saturday, Sept. 26, the Southern Breeze Region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) will host local archivist Mona Vance at 1 p.m. at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library for an introduction to primary source research.
Beginning Monday, Sept. 21, Mississippi State University will offer a limited-member series of 10 adult evening classes on the basics of playing the piano.
In 2006, when Tanya Wright first penned the script for a very personal film she hoped to one day make, she had never heard of Columbus, Mississippi. But while in the city to meet a business partner, the native New Yorker and Los Angeles-based actress had what one might call a Possum Town epiphany.
It’s fair time! The Columbus Fair is a community event with a long history of showcasing farm and home products. This year’s fair at the Columbus Fairgrounds on Highway 69 South begins Tuesday, Sept.15, and runs through Saturday, Sept. 19. Youth groups such as Future Farmers of America and 4-H Clubs, as well as adult groups in the area, exhibit their handmade or homegrown items which are judged for ribbon placement.
With the transfer of the fabled leather harness from father to son during pregame festivities Sept. 5 at Davis-Wade Stadium, Mississippi State University’s new bulldog mascot Champ stepped into a role he was born to assume.
The Columbus Art Council’s annual Starving Artist Show will be held Nov. 8 through the month of December at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. This popular, eclectic show features a compilation of artwork from area artists and is an opportunity for non-resident artists of the RAC to showcase their work.
The much-anticipated fourth season of Mississippi State University’s Riley Center in Meridian is off and running. Launched with a quickly sold-out appearance by B.B. King in September, the 2009-2010 season is filled with music and theatrical performances for adults as well as children.
The last living Mississippian of the 101st Airborne’s legendary World War II Band of Brothers enjoys sitting quietly on his front porch in Caledonia, listening to his birds hold court in branches overhead.
For the third year in a row, the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library will present an exhibit in conjunction with the Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes. The exhibit, titled “Tennessee Williams: Columbus Native, American Master,” displays an eclectic assortment of posters, playbills, and promotional materials, some of which are even signed by some of the most accomplished and renowned legends of the stage and screen. The exhibit will run only through the month of September.
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