Pop Up Oxford was born through the idea of a Chautauqua, an adult education movement that began at the beginning of the 20th century
and brought together culture and entertainment in various formats including lectures, events and programs. Pop Up Oxford will encompass the idea of the Chautaqua movement by hosting various events, speakers, exhibits and
musical components all within a week's time.
The week-long cultural celebration will begin Sunday, January 22, with the Hotel Hop from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hotels around the Square will host a progressive food and drink tasting. The Hotel Hop will begin at the Visit
Oxford office (1013 East Jackson Ave.) and will be hosted by the Chancellor's House, which will offer fine wine and cheese pairings, followed by a stop at the Inn at Ole Miss, which will serve a hot soup and adult beverage
combo to warm you up. The Green Roof Lounge at the Courtyard Marriott will host the next stop with a tapas menu and cocktail tasting. Finally, The Coop at the Graduate Hotel will round out the evening with a mixology
demonstration and desserts.
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Participating hotels will be offering shuttle service and the Double Decker Bus will also be providing transportation to each stop.
On Monday, January 23, the University Museum, in partnership with the Fiber Arts Festival, will host a filming of "A Century of Quilts: America in Cloth" at 7 p.m. which documents several of the 100 best quilts of the
Pop Up Oxford will continue with a Pre-Art Crawl discussion with artist Charlie Buckley at Southside Gallery at 4:30 p.m. prior to the free monthly Oxford Art Crawl on Tuesday, January 24. The Oxford Art Crawl will take
place from 5-6:30 p.m. (note the special time), ending at the Ford Center for a reception prior to the performance of In the Mood: A 1940's Musical Revue at 7:30 p.m. Mini Bits at The Edison will also be hosting an
opening reception for new media artist, Mark Ramos, on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m.
On Wednesday, January 25, there will be a screening of "Sorry We're Open" sponsored by the Oxford Film Festival and "Eat or We Both Starve" and "Smoke and Ears" both by Joe York, followed by a discussion about food and
film in Oxford and how it has changed with Ron Shapiro, Joe York, Alan Arrivee and John T. Edge at the Oxford Conference Center from 5:30-7 p.m.
The week culminates with the Fiber Arts Festival kicking off on Thursday, January 26, running through Saturday, January 28. In addition to Fiber Arts Festival starting on Thursday, Thacker Mountain Radio will kick off
their spring season at Off Square Books at 6 p.m. with author Tim Gautreaux and Diane Williams with the Mississippi Arts Commission. On Friday, the Fiber Arts Festival will host a breakfast and lecture with Diane Williams
at the Powerhouse. Also on Friday, January 27, there will be a special shopping and dining event on the Square called Shop Up Oxford. Details for this event are underway.
Said Andi Bedsworth, Oxford Fiber Arts Fest coordinator, "We are so pleased that our seventh annual Oxford Fiber Arts Festival is being offered as part of Pop Up Oxford. With 16 vendors from eight states, 28 classes,
children's activities, lectures and receptions offered to celebrate traditional and modern fiber arts, there is sure to be something appealing to all ages."
Pop Up Oxford rounds out the week on Saturday, January 28, with TEDx University of Mississippi at the Ford Center from 1-4 p.m. The Ole Miss Men's Basketball team hosts Baylor University at the Pavilion at Ole Miss at 5 p.m.
"The Ford Center is pleased to be part of the Pop Up Oxford event. We welcome all who participate on January 24 to end the day at the Ford Center with a special reception and entertainment at 6:45 p.m. before our presentation
of In the Mood at 7:30 p.m. This production includes a live band on stage with singers and dancers presenting songs from the 1930s and 1940s. Help us celebrate our men and women in uniform as part of this military
appreciation event. Tickets are on sale now on line and at the UM Box Office," said Julia Aubrey, director, Ford Center for the Performing Arts.
There are additional events still being planned in conjunction with Pop Up Oxford, so visit PopUpOxford for the latest event information or call the Visit Oxford
office at 662-232-2477. Visit Fiber Arts Festival for additional information.
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