The Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition has undergone a lot changes since the 1970s, when Mississippi University for Women would rent a huge truck and faculty members Tom Nawrocki, Larry Feeney and David Frank would personally escort hundreds of pieces of student artwork to the prestigious competition in Jackson.
To leave a place better than we found it is a laudable goal, but one we don’t always attain. That is not the case for Casey Stephens Chudy. This week, the young wife who followed her then-student pilot husband to Columbus Air Force Base in 2004 moves on with him — and their two children born in Columbus — to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, N.C. But in her time here, the former Junior Miss from Barren County, Ken., has directly and positively impacted the lives of dozens of young women planning for college.
The big event may still be nine weeks out, but plans for the 14th annual Market Street Festival are well underway. On May 1-2, the streets of downtown Columbus will fill with live music, smiling crowds, art and crafts vendors, food and children’s activities of every kind.
Dr. Bridget Pieschel, English professor and director of the Southern Women’s Institute at Mississippi University for Women, will review the book “Golden Girls: Reminiscences of Alumnae, Mississippi State College for Women,” which she edited from oral histories of graduates from the 1920s to 1957. The monthly Friends of the Library Book Talk will be Wednesday, March 11, at 2 p.m. in the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library at 314 Seventh St. N.
Great gospel music has been a hallmark of the Tenn-Tom Chapter of the American Red Cross fundraiser for the past seven years, and 2009 will be no exception. On Friday, March 13, the renowned Ron Blackwood and The Blackwood Quartet present their “Hope for America” tour in Trotter Convention Center at 7 p.m.
The Mississippi University for Women Honors Forum Series examines the tradition and pageantry of the Mardi Gras Indians when Dr. Annette Trefzer of the University of Mississippi presents “He Won’t Bow Down: The New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians.” The presentation is Thursday, March 5, at 6 p.m. in Nissan Auditorium in Parkinson Hall on the campus of MUW. It is free and open to the public.
We all experience moments of excruciating embarrassment. Sometimes, comments so mortifying fall out of our mouths that there is no way to save face. We pray that our tongue would suddenly grow a rewind button, or for Harry Potter’s “Cloak of Invisibility,” or that anyone listening has suddenly been struck deaf. None of these things are very likely. Stupid comments are so common there is even a shorthand term for it, “Open mouth, insert foot.”
The revelry of New Orleans’ Carnival season isn’t confined to the Big Easy. On Monday, with beads and moon pies flying, Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science students celebrated Mardi Gras with a parade, a musical “second line” and a surfeit of high spirits.
Remember that beautiful weather a couple of weeks ago? Oh, it was truly glorious with the promise of spring to come. Well one day during that spell I was sitting on the front porch of my friend and neighbor, Anne, with some others while we rocked and talked and laughed and ate. From her perch on the ridge parallel to Military Road you can see straight to Alabama.
I’m not a certified empty nester. Having three kids in college who might return like bad nickels if this economy thing doesn’t turn around, makes me no more than an empty nester-in-training.
Patti Johnson loves an artistic challenge. The Columbus artist has been busy transforming a cigar box into a trendy accessory and a shell-shaped container into a stylish adornment. It’s all for a good cause. Johnson, and others like her, are gearing up for the third annual HEARTS Spring Purse and Bag Auction benefiting the non-profit after-school tutoring program.
With incredible nuance and what some might call an almost preternatural insight, Tennessee Williams crafted on paper some of literature and film’s most memorably complex and flawed characters. A few of them will be in Columbus for a visit this week. The brutish “Stanley Kowalski” and his long-suffering “Stella.” An overbearing “Amanda Wingfield,” her tragically fragile daughter, “Laura,” and conflicted son “Tom” — in one form or another, they each will resurrect the spirit of the famous playwright born in Columbus in 1911.
Oscar hype is a very big deal in many places. Not so much in Columbus, I suppose, since most of the Academy Award nominated films are not shown locally. We’ll probably catch them, after the fact, on HBO.
Longer days and spurts of warm weather signal the impending arrival of spring. With the new season will come area festivals filled with live music, good food and unique visual arts.
STARKVILLE — Combining jazz and short films, The Hot Club of San Francisco brings a unique musical and visual combination to Mississippi State University March 5.
Crammed closets got you down? Having trouble closing cabinets? Or perhaps you’re simply a fan of fantastic bargains. Well, the Hitching Lot Farmers’ Market in downtown Columbus has something for you.
As far as the Carlstrom family of Columbus is concerned, “love is still a worthy cause.” That’s the name they’ve applied to a community coffeehouse concert they have organized for Friday at 7 p.m. at the Columbus Country Club.
When it comes to bargains, the Mississippi University for Women Department of Music and Theatre can’t be beat. For a mere quarter, they are offering Brando, red beans and rice and an evening of Tennessee Williams Friday, Feb. 20, in Cromwell Communication Center on the MUW campus. As a prelude to its production of Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” Feb. 26-March 1, the department’s “Meals for a quarter in the Quarter” will include “dinner and a movie” beginning at 7:30 p.m. The original play, written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author born in Columbus, won the prestigious New York Drama Critics Circle Award in 1945. “When Tennessee Williams was a struggling artist in New Orleans, he lived for a while in a home run by an eccentric landlady who tried briefly to open a restaurant,” explained play director Brook Hanemann, of MUW. “To help pay rent, Williams passed out flyers for his landlady brandishing his own advertising slogan: ‘Meals for a quarter in the Quarter.’
Sometimes my columns read like a catalog of events in The Golden Triangle. These are the you-had-to-be-there sort of occasions that mean little to those who did not attend. Maybe I sound like I’m bragging. But, a girl just can’t help it.
I got a little feedback from my last column, something that always perks me up, even if I have ruffled somebody’s feathers. This was the good kind, though, with a follow-up story I’d like to share about the postal service “way back when.” (In fact, several people phoned with something to say about the mail service, but we have to remember that in those days there was no competition with e-mail or cheap phone calls, and there were fewer of us.)