I was always fascinated by the idea that families would gather all of their worldly belongings into one wagon, brave the elements of the unforgiving west, and race to stake their claim to something they hadn’t even seen before. I remember trying to imagine what that must feel like. I would imagine the fear of not knowing what lay ahead and the anxiousness over this potentially dangerous, one way trip.
Then I found the “Grove” at Ole Miss and didn’t have to imagine anymore! (October 8, 2010, Page 1B)
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and Second Baptist Missionary Church are bridging the racial gap in Oxford through communication, education — and football.
The two churches broke bread — and finger foods — Saturday in the Grove before the Ole Miss-Fresno State game during their annual tailgating get-together. (October 1, 2010, Page 1B)
Jordan Bankhead takes on the beloved tradition of the Grove — Oxford’s long running tradition of tailgating in style – in this week’s Oxford Generations column. According to Bankhead, if you happen to be one of those deeply deprived individuals who has never experienced this tradition, you are missing out. You should make it a point to be there sometime this football season. (September 24, 2010, Page 1B)
OXFORD TOWN – Wondering what you should wear to the Grove this year … what’s hot and what’s not? New Oxford Town columnist George Atkins (yep … a female “George”) breaks down Grove and Rebel football fashion on Page 11 of this week’s Welcome Back Rebel issue. Atkins also gives our female readers some good, practical fall fashion advice on Page 13. (August 19, 2010, Page 11, 13)
OXFORD TOWN – Youngsters and adults from across north Mississippi can get a taste of international culture, heritage, music and dance as the annual Yocona International Folk Festival completes its regional tour this Sunday with tons of events on the Ole Miss campus. Pages 7 and 12 give a schedule and details of the popular festival that closes with a moving candlelight finale in the Grove on Sunday night. (August 5, 2010, Page 7, 12)
Hundreds gathered in the Grove during the 2010 Boy Scout Jamboree to celebrate 100 years of scouting. Despite the 100 degree weather, about 300 people attended the local event. Closing ceremonies were telecast live from the national ceremony into the Grove giving scouts an opportunity to “feel like they’re a part of the national event.” (August 2, 2010, Page 1)
OXFORD TOWN – Oxford’s Fourth of July celebration on the Ole Miss campus always promises a jam-packed day of family-friendly events and this year is no exception. Page 8 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town gives you a breakdown of events so that you and your family can weigh your options and plan your assault on the town as we celebrate our independence together. (June 30, 2010, Page 8)
OXFORD TOWN – This Sunday’s (June 27) Summer Sunset Series concert featuring the Germantown Symphony directed by Ron Vernon is expected to wind down the event in classic, laid-back fashion with plenty of folks in attendance. Page 5 of this week’s issue of Oxford Town has full details, a list of sponsors and photos of the popular event that concludes this Sunday closing out one of the most successful years of the annual event. (June 24, 2010, Page 5)
OXFORD TOWN – The Sunset Series in the Grove rolls on this week, featuring a new project fronted by local musicians Brad Hayden and Dave Woolworth called The Blackbird Hour. Page 11 of this week’s Oxford Town has Kate Anthony’s coverage of one of the new bands in town that’s literally popping up everywhere. Next Sunday, the Sunset Series concludes with the Germantown Symphony Orchestra. (June 17, 2010, Page 11)
The Summer Sunset Series continues this Sunday (June 13) after a hugely successful opening performance by the Mississippians Jazz Combo last week in the Grove. YAC’s Oxford Songwriter’s Showcase had to cancel for this Sunday but the new band, The Swinging Prevaricators, is filling in. Page 8 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town has all the details of Oxford’s favorite Sunday night gathering. (June 10, 2010, Page 8)