Community Calendar for the week of March 8, 2020


Dispatch Staff Report





Sundays at the Center -- An exhibit of Monte Brasfield's "funky birdhouses" and a talk on Art in the Garden by MPB's "The Gestalt Gardener" Felder Rushing begin with a free 2 p.m. reception at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 521 Commerce St., downtown West Point. Sale of birdhouses benefit local nonprofits.




Tuesday, March 10


Quilt reception -- The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N., hosts a public reception at noon. Kathy Willcutt of Magnolia Heirlooms is guest speaker. Quilts by area quilt makers will be displayed through April 24. For more information, contact Brenda Durrett at [email protected] or 662-329-5300.



Sunday, March 15


"St Patty's Pawty" -- This fundraiser for the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society is 1-6 p.m. at Zachary's, 205 Fifth St. N., downtown Columbus. A pet parade, live music, raffles and green beer are featured, along with food by Huck's Place. $10 donation at the door (cash only). For information, contact CLHS, 662-327-3107. For sponsorships, contact Colin Krieger, 662-329-7653.



Thursday, March 19


Story State: Fostering Innovative Storytelling -- Mississippi State's Department of Communication presents this free event about using stories to achieve communication goals at 12:30 p.m., with talks from writers, filmmakers and others in McComas Theatre on campus. Visit



Thursday through Saturday, March 19-21


"Farce of Nature" -- The Columbus Arts Council and Columbus Community Theatre present this Southern-fried farce directed by Melanie Tubbs at 7:30 p.m. nightly, plus a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, if available. For tickets or information, visit or call 662-328-2787 (closed Mondays).



Friday, March 20


Piano trio recital -- Mississippi University for Women Department of Music presents a free guest artist piano trio recital featuring Alexei Trushechkin at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall.



Saturday, March 21


Symphony Masterworks -- The Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra and MSU University Chorus Masterworks concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium in the Mississippi State campus. Free to the public.



Sunday, March 22


Rust College Choir -- St. James United Methodist Church, 722 Military Road, Columbus, hosts the acclaimed a capella Rust College Choir at the 11 a.m. service. The public is invited; there is no charge.


Trudy Gildea film -- "Trudy Gildea: The Love for the Music" premieres in two showings, at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., at the Columbus Arts Council's Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Directed by Carlos Rosales and produced by Brian Gildea, the film traces Trudy Gildea's musical roots in New York to her founding of the Columbus Suzuki Strings and beyond. Free to the public. Refreshments will be served.



Wednesday, March 25


Noon Tunes -- Main Street Columbus kicks off its spring series of live midday music at the Trotter Courtyard from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. with tunes by Jeffrey Rupp. Additional planned dates are April 1, 8, 15. For more information, contact MSC, 662-328-6305.



Thursday, March 26 through Saturday, April 4


80th Annual Columbus, MS Spring Pilgrimage -- Home, church and garden tours are featured, along with a kick-off party, Tales from the Crypt, Catfish in the Alley (music and food), a shrimp and crawfish boil, 5K run, guided walking tour, Dressing to Mourn lecture, Art of Disney, carriage rides and more. Go to or call the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau, 800-920-3533, 662-329-1191.



Friday, March 27


Black Prairie Blues Museum fundraiser -- Tickets to this museum event at 640 Commerce St. in downtown West Point are $40 and include a barbecue plate and soft drinks. BYOB; set-ups available. For tickets or information, contact Jeremy Klutts, 662-295-8361, or Deborah Mansfield, 662-275-7819. Or pick up tickets at the Growth Alliance.




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