Throwback Friday

Oxford is more than a town, much more.  It's a way of life, a place built with words that holds the heart, mind and spirit of those who call it home whether for four years or a lifetime.  Oxford is at the crossroads of Southern culture, class and cuisine.  The storied buildings around the picture perfect town square seem to hold the key to Southern culture, equally embracing learning and leisure.  In many ways Oxford is a dichotomy, simultaneously offering stimulation and serenity, creativity and calm.  Oxford is a state of mind, a gateway to some and a lifelong home to others.  It's a place where all four seasons take a firm hold, accentuated by football games, festivals and friendships.  

Oxford is full of stories that resonate with a tenor that can only be found in a town that reverberates Southern charisma and charm.  Enjoy the slices of life that follow as they are but snapshots of the town and university we so deeply love and admire.

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An elaborate party, held in September at the Powerhouse on the Friday before the Texas-Ole Miss game, featured re-creations of much-missed Oxford hangouts the Gin, the Hoka and the Warehouse, and was a way for Ole Miss alumnus and Texas native Blake Tartt to bring together his Mississippi and Texas worlds.

Houston, Texas, native Blake Tartt attended the University of Mississippi in the 1980s and has fond memories of long-gone local hangouts the Gin, the Hoka and the Warehouse. When the University of Texas Longhorns took on the Rebels on Sept. 15, Tartt decided it was time to introduce his Texas friends to and reconnect with fellow Ole Miss Sigma Chi fraternity brothers at his favorite college haunts. He also turned the parking lot of the Powerhouse, next page, into a mini Grove, complete with tents and tailgate food.

The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council helped with Tartt’s vision, and Oxford’s Ron Shapiro made his famous Hoka cheesecakes for the party. The affair brought Tartt’s Mississippi and Texas worlds together for one epic night.

“To me the best part of the party was the people,” said Tartt, above, center. “I had the Ole Miss marching band and cheerleaders there. It was my favorite part. It got everyone fired up and in the mood to party.”

It was a night Tartt said he would always remember.

“I have this deep love for Ole Miss and Oxford. It’s the most special part of my life.” – Blake Tartt