The walls are serviceable cinderblock, the carpet utilitarian blue. The room is large, brightly flushed with a fluorescent glow from panels overhead. But, when 16 dulcimer players begin strumming "Near the Cross," the setting may as well be a small, clapboard church tucked among the mountain laurels, high in the Appalachians. Such is the subtle power of the sweet music that first emerged in the early 19th century among Scots-Irish immigrants in the southern Appalachian Mountains. The fretted mountain dulcimer is the instrument of choice for the Friendly City Strummers, a group of enthusiasts that convenes every second and fourth Tuesday at Trinity Place Retirement Community in Columbus.
At its 62nd annual Charity Ball Saturday evening, Junior Auxiliary of Columbus honored the 2012 ball king and queen and celebrated volunteerism and community service.
The Mississippi University for Women Department of Art and Design Speaker Series presents Dr. Michelle Moseley-Christian, who will speak on "The Transformation of the 'Wild Woman' in the Visual Arts" Monday, April 2. The lecture will begin at 7:15 p.m. in the Mary Evelyn Stringer Auditorium in the Art and Design Building on campus.
On Thursday, April 5, the Gordy Honors Forum Speakers Series will play host to Lt. Col. Michael J. "Gibbo" Gibbons, USAFR, ret. The 6 p.m. presentation will be in Nissan Auditorium in Parkinson Hall, on the campus of Mississippi University for Women. The program is free and open to the public.
Lowndes County 4-H youth recently competed in the Golden Triangle 4-H Shooting Sports competition held in West Point March 10, with other youth from Clay, Oktibbeha and Monroe Counties. Lowndes County youth competed in air rifle, air pistol, .22 rifle, shotgun, archery and black powder. Lowndes participants won 33 first place medals, 17 second place medals and 10 third place medals.
The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library launches its April Table Talk series with a presentation by Sidney L. "Sid" Salter, journalist in residence at the Mississippi State University Libraries. Salter will discuss his recent work, "Jack Cristil: Voice of the MSU Bulldogs," the 2011 biography of the longtime dean of Southeastern Conference sports radio broadcasters.
The Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation hosts Neil White, the creator and editor of "Mississippians," "Mississippians II," and "Mississippi's 100 Greatest Football Players of All Time," at a book signing today from 10 a.m. until noon at the Tennessee Williams Home Welcome Center at 300 Main St.
By day, Brad Overby is a serious graduate student, studying diligently for his master's degree in business administration. A responsible 24-year-old who loves his wife and dog. But by night, or, frankly, any other chance he gets, he's Drift0r -- carving a path through YouTube with oddball costumes, dark humor, fake blood, buddies and, oh yes, the dog.
Flames danced in Temple Heights' kitchen house fireplace Wednesday, in spite of wilting temperatures outside. A heavy, black pot of greens hung on an iron swivel arm, soon to bubble above the open fire. An errant ember rolled onto the hearth, settling near sweet potatoes and cornbread destined for dinner. Lois Lett-Swindle quickly pushed it back to the hot ashes, using a tool typical of what a Columbus smithy might have forged more than 150 years ago. This plain one-room structure is dwarfed by the grand four-story antebellum home only a dozen steps away, but it retains a rustic character. It once was a hub of activity and intense labor, where meals were prepared for those living and working at Temple Heights.
Mississippi University for Women's Culinary Camp for Kids will again host four sessions for youth June 4-29.
The fourth annual Everything Garden Expo March 24-25 will draw green-thumbed visitors to browse the wares of 60 or more vendors, learn how to take better care of the earth, and soak up the wisdom of numerous authorities on topics ranging from pesky fire ants to landscape design.
For most of us, recycling is a matter of getting newspapers, plastic containers and glass bottles in the right bin, and then feeling pretty good about doing our small part. But in a big, blue metal warehouse on Starkville's North Montgomery Street, Habitat for Humanity takes recycling to another level.
She's tried to imagine it, but 15-year-old Charity Brand isn't quite sure how she is going to feel, standing there on the Carnegie Hall stage.
While some 12-year-olds are texting back and forth to find out what their friends will be wearing to the movies, Mary Lee is planning her working wardrobe for Madison Square Garden. On Feb. 13-14, the new Columbus resident will be one the youngest dog handlers on the famous green-carpet of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.
The Mississippi Historical Society will hold its 2012 annual meeting in Columbus March 1-3, and those interested in history are invited to participate. The focus will be the bicentennial of the War of 1812. A variety of lectures on the campus of Mississippi University for Women will examine the battle for the southern frontier, Mississippi's American Indians, the Natchez Trace and local history projects.
Mississippi State University celebrates the 134th anniversary of its founding with a birthday party Tuesday, Feb. 28. Free and open to all, the MSU Alumni Association-sponsored campus celebration will take place 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Junction. Hamburgers, chips, cookies, soft drinks and MSU ice cream will be provided, while supplies last.
The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library concludes a month-long celebration of mystery and detective crime novels with a talk by local attorney and avid mystery fan David Dunn.
Patron tickets to the Junior Auxiliary of Columbus 2012 Charity Ball will be available Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 4-7 p.m. at the Junior Auxiliary Hut located at 1000 Park Circle, next to Lee Park.
"Oh, look! This one is about a gorilla and a kitten," chimed Emma Tally to her furry companion. The 5-year-old sat cross-legged on a plump pillow on the library reading room floor. With small hands, she held up her big book, all the better for her four-legged friend to see. Turning to the first page, young Emma was soon eagerly sharing the story with Roscoe, the therapy dog. Roscoe, to all appearances, absorbed every word.
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