Community Calendar for the week of August 19, 2018


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Author talk -- Harrison Scott Key presents an entertaining talk about his book "The World's Largest Man" at 6 p.m. in The W's Nissan Auditorium in Parkinson Hall on campus. The event open to the public is part of the Common Reading Initiative. 




Saturday, Aug. 25  


Forks & Corks -- This Starkville Area Arts Council fundraiser is 6:30-10 p.m. at The Mill Conference Center in Starkville. Local chefs prepare specialties for tasting. Vote for your favorite. Tickets are $75 at, or call 662-324-3080. 




Sunday, Aug. 26 


Loaves & Fishes Open House -- Columbus' Loaves & Fishes Community Soup Kitchen invites the public to see the facility and meet volunteers as it hosts a 10th anniversary open house from 3-5 p.m. at 223 22nd St. N. For more information, call 662-386-2839 or email [email protected] 


Sunday Funday -- This mini arts and music fest from 1-6 p.m. near the Parthenon on University Drive in Starkville features art vendors, kids' art activities, local music and more. 




Wednesday, Aug. 29 


Book signing -- Bill Darnell will talk about his book "One Light City" and sign copies from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Caledonia Public Library on Main Street in Caledonia. Light refreshments will be served. 


Get Swept Up -- Volunteers can sign up now to "fix up, spruce up, clean up" outdoor areas of Starkville before the Bulldogs' first home game. Register at For more information, contact The Partnership, 662-323-3322.  




Friday, Aug 31 


Black Prairie Blues Festival -- This 23rd annual fest (formerly Howlin' Wolf Blues Festival) features Jessie Robinson, Ghost Town Blues Band, and Big Joe Shelton and the Black Prairie Blues Ambassadors at Mary Holmes College in West Point. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; music begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) at, or at the Growth Alliance in West Point or Jack Forbus Insurance in Starkville. For information, visit the site or contact Jeremy Klutts, 662-295-8361. 


Night Market -- Visit open-air indy vendors, pop-up shops, artisans and food booths from 5-10 p.m. at Fire Station Park in Starkville. For more information, contact The Greater Starkville Partnership, 662-323-3322. 




Saturday, Sept. 1 


Prairie Arts Festival -- West Point's 40th annual arts festival features about 300 vendors of fine arts, crafts and food throughout downtown West Point. For more information, visit or contact the Growth Alliance at 662-494-5121.  




Friday through Sunday, Sept 7-9 


Tennessee Williams Tribute -- This year's theme is "Tennessee, Tallulah and Truman: Birds of a Feather." Enjoy the Stella Shouting Contest and more (Sept. 7) and porch plays, a movie and elegant Moon Lake Gala with Broadway actor Joel Vig as Truman Capote (Sept. 8). A special sermon and tour of Victorian homes is Sept. 9. All-weekend pass is $100, or purchase individual event tickets. Several are free. Visit or call 662-368-8591.  




Monday, Sept. 10 


Hazard Lecture Series -- The 2018 Hazard Lecture Series presents Jim Floyd, program advisor and former director of the Auburn University Canine Performance Sciences, at 7 p.m. at Heritage Academy Elementary School Activity Building, 623 Willowbrook Road, Columbus. Free to the public. A second lecture featuring World War I historian Andrew Pouncey will be Oct. 22. For more information, contact Beth Lucas, 662-327-1595, ext. 211.



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