October 20, 2012 7:09:29 PM
Jan Swoope - firstname.lastname@example.org
After an extended period of renovation, a jewel on the Mississippi University for Women campus will soon be bustling again with student and community life and lilting strains of music. Historic Poindexter Hall, a building long at the heart of the MUW music program, will celebrate a grand reopening with events during the Nov. 1-3 Decorative Arts and Preservation Forum and Antiques Show and Sale on the university campus.
Grand reopening festivities for the structure include a free recital Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. featuring MUW students, alumni and faculty, as well as a reception and tours until 4:30 p.m.
A concert by baritone James Martin of Millsaps College begins at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2, following a cocktail attire dinner. Tickets are required. Martin will also present a free program for the public Nov. 3 at 3 p.m.
Other Decorative Arts and Preservation Forum weekend events include elegant dinners and free seminars by experts in gardening, creative design, American art and history.
All events are sponsored by the MUW Foundation and Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation. For more information, go to web2.muw.edu/index.php/poindexter.
Poindexter, which includes classrooms, teaching studios, a music library, practice rooms and a recital hall, is one of 23 buildings on the W campus listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
New state-of-the-art acoustics and a student lounge "green room" blend with new spaces created by the renovation for rehearsal, reception and performance. The building now has new mechanical systems and is fully ADA accessible, according to Jody Kennedy, assistant director of facilities engineereing. Two new elevators and access ramps have been added.
Read more about the Decorative Arts and Preservation Forum and Antiques Show and Sale Oct. 28 in The Dispatch lifestyles sections.
Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.