The Council on Aging, an informal group that meets monthly to provide a network of communication exchange for those who work with and on behalf of our older citizens, will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday at Azalea Gardens Senior Care Community for coffee and an information exchange. All service agency providers and interested volunteers throughout the area are encouraged to attend these monthly networking meetings. For more information, contact Jo Ann O’Quin, UM Department of Social Work, at firstname.lastname@example.org or the United Way at 236-4265. (March 15, 2010)
The ninth annual C.A.R.E. (Caring for Aging Relatives Effectively) Fair and Workshop will be held April 23 in the Student Union at the University of Mississippi. The daylong C.A.R.E. Fair, similar to a health fair, is a community-wide event that provides information on a wide range of aging-related and caregiving resources. Exhibitors interested in showcasing their organization need to contact Jo Ann O’Quin at 915-7199 or email@example.com or visit www.olemiss.edu/carefair. (March 15, 2010)
The Spring Garden Lecture Series, sponsored by the University Museum in association with the Master Gardeners of Lafayette County, will begin March 25.
The series, titled “Over the Rainbow,” will run for five consecutive Thursdays. Lectures will begin at noon each Thursday at the University Museum on University Avenue and Fifth Street. Topics include developing and managing a lawn, rose culture, vegetable gardening, landscaping with flowering trees and shrubs, and adding color to the landscape.
Kerry Page, sports turf manager of FNC Parks, will be the March 25 speaker and will discuss inexpensive ways to improve your lawn and keep it green throughout the summer. The series is free and open to the public. Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy these informative lectures with other Oxford gardeners. (March 14, 2010)
- Sylvester “Sugar man” Cook — 62, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Water Valley. Visitation will be held Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
- Joshua Darnell Fondren Jr. — infant son of Jessica Woodard and Joshua Darnell Fondren Sr., died Wednesday, March 10, 2010. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Spring North Cemetery in Water Valley. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
- Leland Herod — 59, of Oxford died Saturday, March 6, 2010. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church in Oxford. Visitation will be until 6 this evening at Serenity-Martin Funeral Home in Oxford.
- Carey “Pudding” Shantel McCollins — 31, died Tuesday, March 2, 2010. Services were held earlier today at Green Goshen C.M.E. Church in Water Valley. Burial followed at Green Goshen Cemetery. Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford was in charge.
- Jacquelyn Mason Smith — 50, died Tuesday, March 2, 2010. Services were held Wednesday at the Serenity-Martin Funeral Chapel in Oxford. Burial followed at Brown Chapel Church Cemetery in Taylor. Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford was in charge.
A SENSE OF PLACE — Wyatt is among several Lafayette County towns that no longer exist. While most survived until the 20th century, this town in northwestern Lafayette County lasted only a few years — although it predated Oxford and aimed to rival Memphis as a cotton port along the Tallahatchie River. (March 12, 2010, Page 3B)
A dual offensive effort by Preston Huggins and Cope Duchaine helped lift the Under-12 (boys) Earthquakes past the Wizards 5-4 in the Oxford Park Commission’s soccer league earlier this week. (March 12, 2010, Page 8A)
“We had discussed having a practice meet for a couple of years, and Coach (Scott) Kendricks said we could have the track for an afternoon,” OMS boys coach Mike Hardwick said in an e-mail. (March 12, 2010, Page 8A)
The Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library will host a free screening of “James Marshall’s Favorite Fairy Tales” at 10 a.m. Monday as its Children’s Morning Movie. For more information, call the library at 234-5751. (March 12, 2010)
The members of the Lafayette County/Ole Miss Retired Education Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at The Depot. The family of Flora McElreath Tucker will provide the meal and dessert in honor of her years as a teacher and a member of the retired teachers’ association. Don Hutson, chief administrator of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi, will talk about the hospital’s efforts to improve the health facilities in Lafayette County. Treasurer Lee Mitchell will report on the members’ due status. (March 12, 2010)
Singers from several states will make a joyful noise on Sunday at Oxford’s 30th annual all-day Sacred Harp singing in the choral room of the music building on the Ole Miss campus, located next to the baseball field.
The singing runs from 9:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Parking is available at the east end of the building (by the band hall) and near the Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Signs will lead to the spacious and resonant choral room.
The Scared Harp, a shape-note tunebook first published in 1844, contains songs sung by the first settlers in Oxford and north Mississippi. A Sacred Harp singing is neither a concert nor a performance, but a community musical event with deep roots in American tradition. At every singing, the stately ways of an earlier era are maintained. The singers sit facing inward in a “hollow square” from which individuals are called, one by one, to stand in the center of the square and lead their favorite selections from the songbook. There is no instrumental accompaniment.
The Scared Harp represents the oldest continuous musical tradition in the United States, with many songs dating from the 18th century. During the singing, a traditional observance will be held in memory of singers and other community members who have passed away since last year’s singing. Another tradition is the famous “dinner on the grounds,” a potluck feast held at noon in an adjoining room in the music building. All are invited and Oxford residents planning to attend are asked to bring a dish to help feed out-of-town and out-of-state singers.
The singing is a cultural event sponsored by the city of Oxford, the department of music and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. For more information, call either Warren and Anne Steel at 236-5356 or John and Brenda Merritt at 234-1344. (March 11, 2010)