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.
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.
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.
The storm raged and the lightning cracked in jagged, frightening bolts. The prisoner looked out the garret window at the terrifying crowd outside. They had come for him, he knew. He was injured and scared, even though the sheriff had hidden him upstairs in the new courthouse to protect him from a lynch mob. One account of the 1878 drama has Henry Wells shouting to the mob below that he was innocent and that, if they killed him, he would haunt them.
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.
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.