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Roses and thorns: 11/4/12




A rose to Mississippi University for Women on the grand reopening of Poindexter Hall Friday. A ribbon cutting, reception, musical performances and tours marked the newly-renovated building's return to active use as home of the university's music department and as a community venue. Built in 1905 for Weenona Poindexter's burgeoning music program, the building was first known as "The Temple of Music." Poindexter Hall is one of 23 buildings on the National Register of Historical Places on the W campus. Looking at Poindexter from the side one notices an odd feature of the building: One half of the building is three stories tall and the other four. 




A rose to the Columbus Fire Department, particularly the staff at Fire Station 1, for its outstanding efforts in making Halloween fun for the kids. The first station has long handed out treats to the young trick-or-treaters, but by all accounts, this year's effort was particularly notable. Interactions such as these are what really affirm Columbus' slogan as "The Friendly City." 




A rose to Main Street Columbus and the sponsors and volunteers who make Market Street Festival possible. For the 14th year, the festival has been named a Top 20 Event for May by the Southeast Tourism Society. A second rose to Main Street Columbus and the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link for Sounds of Summer, the series of free concerts at the Riverwalk, which earned its second consecutive honor as a Top 20 Event for June and July from the Tourism Society. 




A rose to Nancy Carpenter and the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation for hosting "River Town!" -- the Decorative Arts and Preservation Forum and Antiques Show and Sale held this weekend on the Mississippi University for Women campus. The event included garden symposiums, concerts and scholars' talks on the impact of the river on Columbus' development and on decorative arts in the South. At the risk of overburdening MUW with bouquets, we also offer a rose in acknowledging that bringing the "River Town!'' event to campus is an effort by the university to better connect with the community.



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