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Festival celebrates First Christmas, 10th year

Posted 12/4/2010 in Entertainment

The "glitz and glitter" of decorations, wrapping paper and bows might bring excitement during the holiday season. But if you take your family back over 2,000 years to the streets of Bethlehem, the true reason for the season can be found. That's the invitation First Baptist Church of Columbus is extending to everyone this holiday season.

A Tabernacle Christmas

Posted 12/4/2010 in Entertainment

"We hope to see many come and share a touch of history, in a church that is full of history," said Pastor Wally Armstrong of Tabernacle United Methodist Church, home of the storied Tabernacle Camp Meeting held every summer since 1828.


David Creel: Paint the town red for the holidays

Posted 12/4/2010 in Columns

I dragged out the Christmas lights this weekend and began unraveling the many tangled cords of festive little bulbs of colored joy. It took some time as I sat thinking near boxes of last year's decorations, nutcrackers from my childhood, Christopher Radko snow globes bundled up cozily in bubble wrap, and ornaments galore.


Southern hospitality: Cooking savvy and a gift for entertaining inspire Carpenter to collaborate on cookbook

Posted 12/2/2010 in Food

Stepping into Nancy and Carol Carpenter's historic Columbus home during the holidays brings to mind a more gracious time. Bay leaf wreaths at the windows and mantles dressed in swags of greenery blend with warm colors, decor and furnishings that comfortably meld the present with the past.


Rob Hardy: Punch

Posted 11/29/2010 in Columns

I am a strict and fervent teetotaler, so I might be the wrong person to review "Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl" (Perigee) by David Wondrich.



Rob Hardy: 'Just My Type'

Posted 11/29/2010 in Columns

You are looking at it right now, and if it is doing its job, you don't even notice it. It might represent a creation that has taken centuries to come to its current state of perfection, or it might be something that a dedicated specialist worked on for years and brought out a decade ago. It represents artistry directed within a circumscribed realm.


Autumn morning: Photos by Laird Bagnall

Posted 11/28/2010 in Entertainment

The serenity of a November morning in western Lowndes County inspired artist and amateur photographer Laird Bagnall to capture images with his Nikon D60 camera.

Green thumb leads to Golden Rain, deep friendship

Posted 11/28/2010 in Entertainment

In spite of a brutal summer, fall foliage has managed to produce a colorful palette in the Golden Triangle. Admirers of Lola Atkins' Golden Rain trees on Williamsburg Road in North Columbus are apt to go even so far as to knock on the door and ask for a closer look.

Y thespians prep for 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever'

Posted 11/28/2010 in Entertainment

"I love being out there and playing against my personality," said 14-year-old Mikaela Green of "Imogene Herdman," the rough and tough, cigar-totin' character she'll portray in "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." The family-friendly holiday fare will be presented by the Y Drama Team Dec. 3-4, at 7 p.m., in Joe Cook Auditorium in Columbus.


Adele Elliott: Shooting stars

Posted 11/28/2010 in Columns

Last week, a man in Black Earth, Wisconsin, was arrested for shooting his television set. Apparently he was unhappy with the outcome of the latest episode of "Dancing With The Stars." It seems that he had an issue with Bristol Palin's performance. That moment of "appliance-cide" led to a 14-hour standoff.



Starkville Holiday Home Tour features four residences

Posted 11/28/2010 in Entertainment

Tickets are on sale now for the Dec. 5 Holiday Home Tour and Tea sponsored by the Starkville Civic League.



Jeff Wilson: Fall is for planting!

Posted 11/28/2010 in Columns

On Saturdays in the fall, many of us enjoy working in our gardens, in addition to cheering on our favorite team. As the temperatures continue to drop and the rains become more frequent, fall gardening gets exciting.


HEARTS Holiday Bazaar will benefit after school program

Posted 11/28/2010 in Entertainment

What was first conceived as a nurturing outreach ministry at the Church of the Good Shepherd in East Columbus has grown in recent years into the community-wide HEARTS after school tutoring program for students at risk of falling behind in school.


Betty Stone: Count your basic blessings

Posted 11/28/2010 in Columns

Thanksgiving. It is that special time of year when, since the early days of this nation, people have given thanks for the harvests that would feed them through the non-productive winter months. Of course, it was not official until Sara Hale, editor of "Godey's Ladies Book," persuaded President Abraham Lincoln to declare and designate a national Thanksgiving Day.



Local archives works with MUW history students

Posted 11/28/2010 in Entertainment

The Billups-Garth Archives at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library recently finished working with two history classes from Mississippi University for Women on their research projects.



David Creel: Lightening up the 'tween' years?

Posted 11/28/2010 in Columns

A current conversation beginning in carpool lines and spilling over into fifth-grade homework time is less about long division and more about hair color. Yes, it's true, young ladies are living in the shadows of highlighted older sisters, moms and grandmothers, so naturally the topic comes up.



Happy Irby family to lead Columbus parade

Posted 11/28/2010 in Entertainment

The Christmas Parade for the City of Columbus is being planned by numerous volunteers, participants and Main Street Columbus. This year's parade will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, and will follow a set route throughout downtown.


Ask Rufus: Playing ball, 181 years ago

Posted 11/27/2010 in Columns

Ball games have been a part of Native American culture since prehistoric times. Early French missionaries among the Choctaw found them playing a form of stickball in 1729. Stickball in various forms was popular among almost all Indians in eastern North America. It was from stickball that the modern game of lacrosse evolved.

Floating museums: Replicas of Christopher Columbus' ships docked at local marina

Posted 11/23/2010 in Entertainment

Christopher Columbus sailed 25,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to the New World on a 65-foot ship, accompanied by nearly 30 other sailors. With little space, food stored in the gunnels and livestock kept below, sailors slept on deck and got to know each other very well.


Shannon Bardwell: Wishing for chickens

Posted 11/22/2010 in Columns

Lenora, my Prairie neighbor, asked if I could take care of their animals while she and her family ventured north in search of respite. I quickly agreed, only to find out this meant feeding horses, cats, a dog, rabbits and chickens.



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