Gill Harris freely admits he could talk all day about the big band era.
In a Friends of the Library Book Talk Wednesday at 2 p.m., Dr. Jane Hinton-Stegal will explore the ventures and adventures of native Iowan and journalist Bill Bryson, who spent 20-plus years in Britain before returning to his native land. The free event at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N., is open to the public.
North Mississippians are urged to drop off non-perishable canned goods at any of the 17 Mississippi State University Extension offices for the Food for Families Food Drive presented by WTVA, WLOV and WKDH TV stations. The drive runs through Dec. 16.
Bob Elder — inventor, artist, world traveler, problem-solver — likes to make things. Rarefied, mechanical things; practical, labor-saving things; beautifully artistic things. Give him a challenge, and chances are, the gears will start tumbling. The 76-year-old retired mechanical and design engineer already holds patents for various widely-used components of farm, material-handling and asphalt-laying equipment. And, he’s a deft hand with stained glass and wood-cut art, as well.
“People have always been good to us, and we’d kinda like to put on a little party for our friends and fans,” says Swing Shift front man and founder Johnny Coleman. “They’ve been with us a long time.”
When I moved to Columbus from Washington, D.C., I was in Miss Emily Potts’s fifth-grade class at Franklin Academy. In Washington people had teased me about my “southern drawl.” In Mississippi they called me a “d---- yankee.” My defense was to try to talk like whoever was talking to me. (I have even caught myself lisping back at someone who lisped!)
Once upon a time, when the world was a simpler place, there were only four seasons. In those days, it was easy to understand spring and summer, winter and autumn. The seasons were sort of color-coded and clearly-themed. Back-to-school ads and photographic calendars were always embellished with falling leaves in tones of gold and rust and fiery reds. No matter where you lived, winter meant Currier and Ives-inspired snow scenes.
The second annual Festival of Trees, benefiting United Way of North Central Mississippi, opens Thursday with a Holiday Party and Auction in the Palmeiro Center on Mississippi State University’s campus. Last year, more than $20,000 was raised during this multi-event festival. For 2009, a new venue, more events, and increased participation promise an even better year.
The growing season may have come to a close, but the knowledge gained by a new crop of very young hands-on enthusiasts will hopefully last a lifetime.
As I emptied my satchel Monday, I wondered how many of my friends attend symposiums (such an educated word) and return with: homemade peppered jerky, individually-packaged cookies from famed Momofuku Restaurant in New York City, a blueberry muffin-shaped kitchen timer, Martha White blueberry muffin mix, harmonicas from the National Peanut Board and the remains of a dark chocolate, grilled jalapeno and salty peanut candy bar? (I could eat another one right now if I had one).
If the past three years are anything to judge by, savvy shoppers with an eye to the holidays will be out in force Nov. 7 for the 2009 edition of the Handworks Christmas Bazaar in Starkville.
The 2001 Nobel Laureate in Economics who also was lead author of a report on climate change that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize will speak Nov. 12 at Mississippi State University.
The Life Choices Pregnancy Care Center will host its annual Walk for Life fundraiser Nov. 7 at Propst Park in Columbus. This year’s event features a walk/run option.
Fourth- and fifth-grade MERIT students from New Hope Elementary School took a field trip Oct. 20 to learn about recycling first hand. After visiting the Lowndes County landfill, Triangle Maintenance and Columbus Scrap Metal, students took in the eye-popping sights at artist Elayne Goodman’s studio and yard, which are filled with whimsical art made with recyclables of every kind.
Bryan Public Library in West Point will host author Neil White Wednesday, Nov. 11, for Luncheon With Books. The noon luncheon is $6 at the library located at 338 Commerce St.
Mamie Cunningham, at 93, likes to sit on the front porch of her home, absorbing the comings and goings of the neighborhood. The longtime Columbus resident takes pleasure, too, in the time she spends with family members each day. It’s a joy made more special for the wheelchair-bound woman since her doctors’ recent pronouncement that she is cancer-free.
For area art lovers, one of the much-anticipated events of the year is the Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity’s Art in Autumn auction.
Lily Afshar, deemed “one of the world’s foremost classical guitarists” by Public Radio International, will bring her unique blend of Eastern and Western influences to the Rosenzweig Arts Center’s Omnova Theater Sunday, Nov. 8, at 3:30 p.m.
These days it seems that our world is filled with pain. Psychic pain is intangible and private. Who can really understand the agonizing loss of someone dearly loved? American sons and daughters are suffering, bloodily, in Afghanistan and Iraq. However, we do not need to look across the globe to find hearts shattered in ways that will never heal. (Where is Kaila Morris?)
This past weekend made six for six Great Delta Bear Affairs in Rolling Fork, a festival held to commemorate President Teddy Roosevelt’s bear hunting trip to the south Delta.