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A Southern jewel: 2017 Pilgrimage has so far attracted more than 1,000 people from all over the world

April 6, 2017

As sunlight beat down over the magnolias in Clay County Wednesday afternoon, visitors wandered up a gravel road to Waverley Mansion. Kristie Hover — in her first year every hosting — greeted them while wearing a flowing red 19th-century style gown, pointing them toward the 200 plus-year-old magnolia tree in front of the mansion and telling them about the ghost who haunts the three-story antebellum home.

It was halfway through the 77th annual Columbus Pilgrimage,

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How to go: Columbus Pilgrimage starts Monday

March 27, 2016

Dispatch Staff Report

Schedule: 

 

■ Home Tours: $30 per person; $25 senior citizen/military; $12 Student (K-12); 10 percent discount for groups of 20+ 

■ Double decker bus rides offered when weather permits with all but Blue and Red tours; $5 with purchase of tour ticket, $8 without. 

■ For a full schedule of tours, go to visitcolumbusms.org 

 

Events in chronological order: 

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Columbus to host hundreds today in state tourism conference

March 1, 2016

The Mississippi Tourism Association will today bring its spring conference to Columbus for the first time. 

The conference — which runs today and Wednesday — is one of the largest gatherings of tourism professionals in the state and will bring more than 200 attendees to the city, according to a press release. 

Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Nancy Carpenter told The Dispatch Monday that she's attempted for several years to convince the MTA to bring the conference here. 

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Christmas Tree Bonfire set for tonight

January 4, 2016

Dry and chilly may not be the best weather forecast for some events, but it's the perfect recipe for tonight's City of Columbus Christmas Tree bonfire. 

The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Riverwalk near the Old Highway 82 pedestrian bridge. According to the forecast, temperatures will be in the mid-30s for the bonfire. 

"I think the cold weather just adds something to it," said Nancy Carpenter of the Columbus Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau,

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Change in philosophy helps CVB pursue new projects

December 20, 2015

At its November meeting, the Columbus Lowndes Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Trustees voted to purchase the Elks Club building on Main Street and the building next door to it for $400,000. 

The plan is to build a children's discovery center, which CVB officials believe will help the city attract more visitors while providing educational and entertainment opportunities for local children. 

For long-time observers of the CVB board, the move represents the first tangible evidence of a change in philosophy that started about two years ago. 

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CVB purchases Elks Club

December 1, 2015

The Elks Club building on Main Street has a new owner. 

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention & Visitors Bureau board voted unanimously in executive session to purchase the building during a Monday meeting. CVB purchased the property for $650,000, using $450,000 in cash. Frank and Dean Loftis, who own the building, donated the remaining $200,000. 

The purchase also includes the building that currently houses Musselwhite's Barber Shop. The Elks Club currently houses Wherehouse Dance Studio. 

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2015 Decorative Arts and Preservation Forum and Antiques Show and Sale

November 5, 2015

This highly-anticipated annual event brings together some of the South’s leading historians, authors, floral designers, educators, and antique dealers for three days of programs celebrating the arts, culture and rich heritage of Columbus, Mississippi.

 

November 5-7, 2015
Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., and Trotter Convention Center, 402 Second Ave. N.

 

Thursday evening, enjoy complimentary wine and cheese at the Preview Party and Antiques Show and Sale,

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Columbus to break sales tax record in ‘15

September 13, 2015

The Commercial Dispatch

 

Consumer spending is growing in the Golden Triangle.  

Each of the region's three city's — Columbus, Starkville and West Point — have seen significant sales tax revenue increases over the last five years, and the upward trajectory seems to be continuing. 

Starkville and Columbus have seen record sales tax collection, while West Point is enjoying the highest revenue in years. 

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Columbus lands 2016 rural tourism conference

June 9, 2015

The Mississippi-Alabama Rural Tourism Conference is coming to town. 

 

Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Nancy Carpenter on Monday announced the conference, which will be held Oct. 24-26, 2016, at the Courtyard Marriott. This marks the second time Columbus has landed the collaborative tourism event, Carpenter said, the first coming in 2008. 

 

The event will draw tourism professionals from all over Mississippi and Alabama,

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Visitors from Down Under tour Deep South

April 26, 2015

Columbus extended Southern hospitality to 27 visitors from Australia this past week. The group, many of them members of the Jane Austen Society of Australia, toured the first home of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams Tuesday, as well as St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Steve Pieschel and Brenda Caradine led them through the historic church where Williams' grandfather, the Rev. Walter Dakin, served as rector. 

The group, which stayed two nights in the Friendly City,

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