EMCC announces Pine Grove Arts Festival schedule


East Mississippi Community College’s annual Pine Grove Arts Festival on the Scooba campus kicks off Tuesday with events scheduled through April 21.

“We are really looking forward to the festival and the opportunity it provides to celebrate the visual, musical and performing arts,” EMCC art instructor and Scooba campus Pine Grove Arts Festival Chairwoman Lisa Spinks said.

Some events on the Scooba campus, including a beauty pageant, a Mighty Lion Band performance and an art exhibit, will be open to the public, while others, including events at the Golden Triangle campus, are primarily for students, faculty and staff.

Attendees are asked to wear a face mask while on campus and practice social distancing guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Mississippi State Department of Health.

Here is a breakdown of events on the Scooba campus:


The EMCC Mighty Lion Band will perform beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Keyes T. Currie Coliseum. The public is invited to attend.

The theme for the performance titled “Coronacation” will center around the novel coronavirus. The first movement will feature the melodies of “What a Wonderful World,” The Knack’s “My Sharona”— dubbed “My Corona” — and The Police’s “Don’t Stand So Close To Me.”

The second movement will open with Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry Be Happy” and will be followed by “Happy.” The performance will end on a more serious note with Disturbed’s version of the Simon and Garfunkel song “The Sound of Silence.”

The event will mark the debut of the Mighty Lion Band’s newly formed indoor marching band, comprised of about 40 members from the Color Guard and percussions, brass and woodwinds sections.

“Indoor marching bands have been going on for about 10 years around the nation but we are one of the first community colleges in Mississippi to have one,” Band Director Chris King said. “We have had a blast putting this together and the indoor marching band will probably become part of our spring lineup going forward.”

The group’s New Orleans style brass band, Southern Soul, will also perform.

The Art Department will also host a rock painting session on Wednesday on the outdoor cafeteria patio at the F.R. Young Student Union beginning at 3 p.m. Rocks and painting supplies will be provided.


April 19

An outdoors spring festival for students will take place from 3-6 p.m. between the F.R. Young Student Union and the Hawkins Building. The event will feature carnival-style games and food.


April 20

The Scooba Choral Department will present two performances of the musical “Charleston,” with the first beginning at 11 a.m. and the second at 7 p.m. Both will take place in Stennis Hall. The public is invited and there is no cost to attend.

The musical, which is a comedy, celebrates the “Roaring 20s” and is complete with gangsters, jewel thieves, flapper girls and music from that time period.


April 21

An art exhibit and reception will take place in Aust Hall from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. featuring recent works of Spinks and Brejenn Allen, a graduate of EMCC and the Chicago Institute of Art.

Spinks said the show, titled “Daze,” will include a variety of works, with much of it focused on everyday life.

“Brejenn uses really bright colors in her artwork and I will select some of my art that kind of works with hers,” Spinks said.

The exhibit will be on display weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon beginning April 12 and running through the end of May.


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