By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Several events scheduled for late this week will highlight cornerstones of life in Oxford – the arts, the Square and the urge to help others.
At “Miss-I-Sippin’” on Thursday night, Chef Lee Craven and hospitality management students from the University of Mississippi will pair tastes of 16 brews with as many selections of fine cuisine. Tickets for the event, hosted from 7 to 9 at the Powerhouse (corner of University Avenue and 14th Street), are $35 for the general public and serve as a fundraiser for the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council.
Saturday, Oxford’s Downtown Council will hold its annual Spring Open House. In addition to special sales by many of the downtown merchants, the event will include photo shoots with the Easter Bunny at Skipwith Cottage from 10 a.m. to noon, an egg hunt on the courthouse lawn at 12:15 p.m. (followed by an egg decoration station). The Spring Open House also will feature a 90-minute Double Decker bus tour of Oxford, leaving from Skipwith Cottage next to City Hall at 1 p.m.
Also on Saturday, the Oxford Artists’ Guild will host its “Spring into Art” event on the courthouse lawn from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to offering original arts and craft items, the event will feature a free children’s collage art activity from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and live music from The Swinging Prevaricators.
On Saturday night from 7 to 9, the arts focus is back at the Powerhouse when InterACTions brings a sampling of music, dance and theater performances from around the community onto the stage. Admission is free.
Saturday’s biggest event is “The Big Event” – the largest community service project in the history of the University of Mississippi, with more than 3,000 student volunteers signed up to do work from mowing and painting to serving residents in retirement homes.
“The Big Event is a day focused on service when the students at the University of Mississippi can say ‘thank you’ to members of the Oxford/Lafayette community for sharing their space with us,” said Melinda Pullen Carlson, associate dean of students. “Not only does this event support the Chancellor’s goal of service for the university community; it will also create well-rounded and humble students.”