Oxford - Activities -

  Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, 100 University Ave, (662) 915-2787. A new performing arts center featuring a range of performances from classical and popular artists, noted speakers, and theatrical performances. The finest performing arts center in Mississippi and one of the best in the South and on any college campus. A large sculpture out front is a must see for lovers of art. The grounds also include a memorial rose garden and a smaller sculpture.
  Grand Oaks, 1603 Grand Oaks Boulevard, (at the Country Club of Oxford), (662) 236-3008. Enjoy the beautiful outdoors as you play this 18-hole golf course. Currently undergoing an extensive renovation as a Fazio-designed course.
  University Golf Club, College Hill Rd.-147 CR 1056, (662) 234-4816, 18-hole golf course and driving range.
  Mallard Pointe Golf Course, 3037 State Park Road, Sardis, MS, (662) 487-2400, (888)-TEE-MISS. A public 18 hole golf course located just outside of Oxford in Mississippi's beautiful John Kyle State Park. This has been ranked as a great public courses to play by several golf publications. And you can't beat the price. For Ole Miss students M-Th, it's less than $17 including cart. For weekend visitors, it's about $45.
  John W. Kyle State Park, 4235 State Park Road, Sardis, MS, (662) 487.1345. Features 20 air-conditioned cabins, furnished with basic kitchen equipment and bed and bath linens. All of the cabins are located near the water, have fire places and accommodate up to four people. Additionally, 2 cabins are located on the  . Each of these cabins consist of 4 bedrooms and equipped much the same as the other cabins. Reservations are required.
  Puskus Lake Recreation Area, About 10 Miles East of Oxford on Highway 30, (662) 236-6550. The Puskus Lake Recreation Area is a lovely place to enjoy the natural beauty of the Holly Springs National Forest. Those looking for an alternative to crowded, concrete recreation areas will delight in Puskus Lake's natural beauty and quiet setting. Its remote setting convenient to Oxford provides a perfect atmosphere for camping, fishing, hiking, and relaxing.
  Sardis Lake/Clear Creek, Sardis, MS (8 Miles North on Highway 314), (662) 563-4531. The Sardis Lake area offers a wide variety of recreational activities such as camping, fishing, boating, skiing, picnicking, and more. There are 32 sites available with electricity, picnic tables, grills, water hookups, etc. Campground is open year round. Reservations must be made in advance.
  Upper Sardis Wildlife Management Area, Lafayette County, MS. From the intersection of Hwy. 7 and Hwy. 30 at Oxford go 12 miles east on Hwy. 30 to sign on the right saying Headquarters, (662) 234-6125. This 42,274 acre wildlife refuge provides a natural habitat for many species. Game hunted are deer, dove, duck, quail, rabbit, squirrel, turkey, woodcock, and furbearers.
  Wall Doxey State Park, 3946 Highway 7 South, Holly Springs, MS (25 miles north of Oxford), (662) 252-4231. offers an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities in a setting rich in natural beauty centered around a 60-acre, spring-fed lake.

Major Special Events
  The Blues Symposium, February 9, 2006 - February 11, 2006 on the Ole Miss Campus, Contact Greg Johnson at (662) 915-7753. This annual event with an attendance of 500 is in its 4th year. Learn about Mississippi and the blues. Birthplace of the music and the artists. Admission is free.
  Oxford Conference for the Book, March 30, 2006 - April 1, 2006, Center for the Study of Southern Culture (on Ole Miss campus), Contact Ann Abadie, (662) 915-5993, (662) 915.5814 (fax), . Since its inauguration in April 1993, the conference has celebrated books, writing and reading; has also dealt with practical concerns on which literary arts depend. Admission is free.
  The Double Decker Arts Festival, April 29, 2006, Courthouse Square, (662)234-4680, 1-800-758-9177,  . A daylong celebration of music, food and arts on Oxford's historic square. Mingle with painters, potters and woodworkers. Sample entrees from Southern chefs. Enjoy an eclectic blend of music including jazz, funk, blues and rock 'n' roll. Admission is free.
Double Decker Festival   The Fourth of July Celebration in Oxford, July 4, 2006. A day-long event filled with patriotic speeches, music, food, children's activities, and an Independence Day parade that recognizes and celebrates America's freedom and independence. Skip the entertainment in the Grove beforehand, or at least picnic far from the stage. They allow everyone that thinks they have talent to perform, and we've all seen the tryouts for American Idol.
  Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, July 23, 2006 - July 27, 2006, Contact Ann Abadie, (662) 915-5993, (662) 915-5814 (fax),  . A popular literary event that includes six days of lectures and discussions by scholars and dramatic readings from the works of William Faulkner. Celebrate at Rowan Oak, once the home of the famous writer.
  The Thacker Mountain Radio Show. A weekly live-broadcast, which takes place in Oxford's own Off Square Books. Each week the radio show features the Thacker Mountain house band and other well-recognized authors reading from and signing their latest work. Attracts a crowd of both visitors and locals. Great pre-dinner or pre-happy hour entertainment. Highly recommended.

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