Archive - Jan 2013 - Food and Leisure
Early Childhood Educations reforms are currently being pushed at the state level, in attempts to raise education standards and help students read at grade level throughout their time in Mississippi public schools.
The lack of sound reading skills has been touted as a top reason for high dropout rates and low probabilities of success for many students leaving schools after 12 years in this state.
â€śNoontime Music at the Libraryâ€ť comes just as advertised on Wednesday at the Bryan Public Library. Above, Justin Estes plays Chopinâ€™s â€śNocturne Oneâ€ť on the Grand Piano donated to the library by Music Coterie. The West Point/Clay County Arts Council event drew a full room to hear the hour of relaxing classical numbers. Photo by Bryan Davis
The West Point Civitan Luncheon Club was pleased to welcome Brandi Randle-Ryland, a native of West Point, to speak at Wednesdayâ€™s meeting. She graduated from West Point High School and received her Bachelorâ€™s degree from Mississippi State University in Interior Design. She has her own home based business to help with color and fabric inovations.
It will be cold and it will likely be wet all day today.
Those factors do nothing to change the fact that Clay County voters have until 7 p.m tonight to make it to the polls and choose whether Angela Turner Lairy or Kenny Fowler will be the District 16 representative in the Mississippi state senate.
Absentee ballot voting ended Saturday, and the remaining qualified votes will be tallied this evening to decide the special election.
Event coordinators hope West Pointâ€™s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration is going to be a special one this year.
January 21 will be a day of festivities, marking not only Kingâ€™s life but also the President Barack Obamaâ€™s re-election to the presidency.
â€śThis year the celebration will coincide with the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of America,â€ť said Event Coordinator Anna Hayford-Jones in a press release on Monday. â€śThe theme for this yearâ€™s celebration, according to Jones, is â€śContinuing the Legacy.â€ť
Thanksgiving and Christmas are now behind, and folks are settling back into normal routines.
Those two holidays typically bring a large spike in the number of canned food drives in any community.
Thousands of people are fed during the holiday season each year thanks to the generosity of individuals during those drives.
The Project Homestead Food Pantry in West Point, however, is in constant need of food donations and labor to help deliver and organize food products.
Now serving over 400 families in Clay County, the Food Pantry feeds over 800 people each month.
â€śTo me, Howlinâ€™ Wolf was a true Delta bluesman.â€ť
Grammy-nominated, veteran musician and Delta native Lamar Thomasâ€™ phonebook-sized historical commentary on the origins of American music contains biographies and Thomasâ€™ own feelings on just about every person who ever came in contact with the Blues.
The Clarksdale native puts American music into perspective in the vast volume.
In 2013, the Commerce Street building where â€śMcClure Furnitureâ€ť use to operate will be renovated and converted into a multi-purpose building designed to celebrate the arts in this community.
Along with other forms of art, this will be the new home of the Howlinâ€™ Wolf Museum.
The community has come together to support this project, which could lead to a significant increase in tourism and tourism dollars in West Point.
There are those outside of the community too that are going to be helping to make this endeavor become a reality.
The West Point/Clay County Arts Council is giving 2013 a classy jump start.
The first Noontime Music at the Library will be held on Wednesday, and it will feature classically trained pianist Justin Estes, who will play tunes throughout the lunch hour.
Attendees are asked to bring a lunch, and the Arts Council will provide desserts and drinks.
This relaxing hour of music will be done in partnership with the Bryan Public Library, and it will be held in the Ester Pippen room.
Estes will be entertaining guests on the grand piano donated by Music Coterie.
First Grade Church Hill student Jabari Nesbitt keeps perfect timing during the Church Hill Cherubsâ€™ performance at the West Point Rotary Club on Thursday. Photo by Bryan Davis