STARKVILLE — The French novelist who recently received one of the world’s most prestigious honors comes to Mississippi State University later this month for a week of public lectures, meetings with students and book signings, along with a personal immersion in Southern culture.
Multiple Sclerosis is a debilitating disease interrupting the flow of information from the brain to the body, impeding movement for more than 400,000 Americans. On Saturday, April 4, area walkers are asked to step out for a cure by participating in the 2009 Golden Triangle MS Walk at Propst Park in East Columbus. Registration at the park pavilion begins at 9 a.m.; the walk begins at 10 a.m.
The Columbus Arts Council proudly presents the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Saturday, March 28, at Rent Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus at 7 p.m.
Mother Nature seems to be playing some April Fool’s pranks on Columbus. The gags are all the more unexpected, since this is still only mid-March.
Since my last column I have had a birthday. It wasn’t one of the big ones; I’ll probably have to have someone come to hold my hand for that. Nevertheless, it was big enough to make me reflect on what I’ve learned in these many years — or, if I have managed to learn anything.
Where is it written that diabetic diets must be bland and limiting? With resources and products available these days, those living with diabetes — almost 350,000 in this state alone, according to The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi — shouldn’t have to sacrifice flavor.
I was asked a question the other day, sort of as one foodie to another. The question was, “Do you know what a ‘finishing oil’ is?” The questioner had heard a TV chef use this term. The chef was plattering a steak and told the viewers she was going to put a little finishing oil on top.
Willie King, whose love of community rivaled his love of music, died of a massive heart attack on his birthday Sunday, a day after performing at a special concert in Columbus.
The cast of the Junior Auxiliary Charity Ball skit this year is especially fresh-faced and energetic — which is exactly what one would expect from a lively group of youngsters ages 12 and younger. Sporting swim goggles, flippers or basketballs, 13 girls and boys ages 7-12 will perform their way across the Trotter Convention Center stage at the 59th annual event April 4.
All eyes in Mississippi State University’s Humphrey Coliseum were on a group of fourth-graders from Joe Cook Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School Feb. 28 as the pint-sized dribblers took the court during half-time of the SEC match-up between MSU and Auburn University. Showcasing basketball skills to music, the group of about 38 children brought the crowd to its feet.
The youth group of Beersheba Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Columbus recently presented more than 57 pounds of aluminum pull tabs from soda cans to Rachel and Charles Maxwell, grandparents of 7-year-old Harrison Maxwell, of the Auburn community near Tupelo, who is undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
The committee organizing Grilling On The River ’09 is putting the finishing touches on the annual Magnolia State Barbeque Championship and Food Fair to be held Friday and Saturday, March 20-21, along the Columbus Riverwalk at Ruben’s Fish and Steak House. The Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned event will benefit the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society.
Chris and I have embraced our adopted home of Columbus. We have wonderful friends, are avid volunteers, and have immersed ourselves in all the wonderful cultural events that our new home city and state have to offer. Still, people often ask if we miss New Orleans. Some days, that answer is easier than on other days.
Gardening as art? Yes, indeed. The profusion of colors, textures and shades can be as inspiring as a painter’s palette, while the process of bringing them to vibrant life on the earth’s canvas may be as painstaking as the artist’s quest to create his finest. And the fulfillment afforded to those who drink in the beauty of a well-loved garden can equal that of viewing a master’s brushstroke.
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.