Articles by Jan Swoope
Many signs of spring are obvious, announcing themselves with a bit of fanfare, longer days, warmer temperatures, budding flowers. Others enter with more subtlety, like the nuanced flavors herbs bring to our seasonal cuisine.
When dusk falls in east Lowndes County Thursday, it will signal the start of a stellar night of music under the stars. The string lights will come on, the fire will crackle in the fire pit. Steve Ellis can pause, stand back for a minute and give thanks that it’s finally come to pass. Since he reworked “the Barn” behind his home on Mac Davis Road to host concerts just in time to coincide with a global pandemic, he may have wondered if it ever would. But with the advent of vaccinations, the light at the end of the tunnel is flickering a bit brighter.
When Jimmy Baswell told his wife the time to launch the dream had come, she was on board and ready.
“I’ve always supported him starting a winery,” said Elaine Baswell. “It’s been a dream of ours for a long time, and it finally came true.”
If there’s a colorful holiday to be had, Cinco de Mayo qualifies.
Tips on flowers, FireScaping, and hands-on creativity are featured in free May Quick Bites programs offered by Mississippi State University’s Extension Service.
In another sign of optimism, thoughts of relaxing brunches spill over in casual talk of graduation celebrations and small baby showers ahead.
All are welcome to celebrate Earth Day with a Community Seed Swap Tuesday at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System.
Odds on healthy survival for four little kittens born to a feral gray tabby mother cat in Columbus went up recently. They — and mama cat — were brought into the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society on April 1.
Of all the breakfast foods I remember from good ole school days, oatmeal was the one I just couldn’t warm up to.
Friday morning found potter Cathryn Borer at her kitchen counter surrounded by rolling pins, sponges and plenty of ready clay.
Peter Cottontail will soon be making his rounds. Chocolate eggs may be at the top of our lists, but it’s safe to assume the Easter Bunny’s spring snack of choice must be carrots. We’d be better off munching on the vitamin — and nutrient-packed vegetable, too.
Sharon McConnell Dickerson’s life as a flight attendant and chef on corporate jets was always an exciting one, sending her to the skies in the company of magnates and public figures such as George and Barbara Bush and Henry Kissinger. That life abruptly ended, however, when she was 27, waking up in Chicago, suddenly unable to see.
To mark the 110th birthday of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams, organizers of Columbus’ annual Tennessee Williams Tribute, in partnership with the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Columbus), will host a weekend of celebrations Friday and Saturday.
Participating merchants in downtown Columbus are preparing to offer new spring trends, products for the home, fresh fashions and jewelry as well as good food and many other items during the Downtown Spring Open House 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 26-27.
One year ago, vocalist Jennifer Davis was eager about the upcoming Starkville-MSU Symphony Association concert, a highlight of the Orchestra and Community Chorus spring season. Rehearsals were all but done. Finishing touches were falling into place. Friends had it on their calendars. Then, the music stopped, when COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic in March 2020.
In the normal course of things, next Wednesday would find St. Patrick’s Day celebrants likely gathering at favored watering holes for green brew and beads. But we’re still beating back the pandemic, so hopefully most are being smart about keeping some distance. That doesn’t mean we can’t embrace being Irish for a day, as the saying goes.
“I’m a guy that believes God guides and God provides,” John Almond said with conviction. That faith has not wavered, certainly not since he was shocked to learn there were an estimated several thousand children in the Triangle area that had no bed to sleep in.
In like a lion, out like a lamb. So goes the folklore of March. While the month’s advent wasn’t exactly made with a roar, we hope to be enjoying mild temps and easy, breezy days ahead.
Zephaniah Gore was a seventh-grader when, at the urging of a friend, he started going to the Boys & Girls Club in Columbus after school. He didn’t know exactly what to expect, but what he discovered was a place that is opening doors to his future.
When COVID-19 forced the Mississippi State University Shackouls Honors College to take their annual classical play to radio airwaves this past fall, the response was positive. So much so that, as pandemic restrictions persist into the spring semester, the students will again present a radio drama on the air.