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Riverfest revs up for music, fireworks and family entertainment


co-riverfest-poster.jpgThe countdown to Riverfest is on.

Clarksville residents can look forward to free admission for this 20th anniversary of Riverfest, a music festival, art show and family-oriented celebration of the city and its waterfront. The event will rev up September 7 and 8, with the festival running from 5-11 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Pictured at right,the winning poster for the 2007 Riverfest, a design by Elizabeth Hadden, celebrates the music and the community of Riverfest.

co-fireworkspic1.jpgTwo stages offer tough choices in music. The Miller Lite stage will be the setting for performances beginning with Nashville songbird Charlotte Medley, the Confederate Rail Road, Kentucky Head Hunters and more, with a playlist of rhythm and blues, rock, reggae, country, and more. This stage also hosts children”s programming on Saturday morning, including Mountain Marionettes and for the family, Dance Academy Performances. Fireworks over the Cumberland will cap the event at 9:15 on both nights.

Promoters are hoping that the weather will cool down from the unrelenting August highs of 90s and 100s, and settle into more seasonable temps, which with the addition of cooling river breezes, will make Riverfest festivities a perfect end-of-summer event. «Read the rest of this article»

Movies and Music in City Parks


The City of Clarksville, TennesseeBack-to-back concerts and are being offered in Clarksville’s parks on Saturday August 18th, followed a week later by an animated movie feature on the 25th.

The latest Concerts in the Park will feature two bands, Shadow, a local rock band, at 6:30 p.m., and the area rhythm and blues group, Eclipse, immediately following at 7:30 p.m. at McGregor Park on Saturday. Both performances are free and open to the public. Guests are asked to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets and enjoy the evening’s entertainment. «Read the rest of this article»

Mountain Meadow Massacre tragedy unfolds on stage and screen


Film & Video

btf-two_headed-tree.jpgIn a lesser known part of American history, in the southwestern Utah landscape of 150 years ago, tragedy unfolded supposedly at the hands of a Mormon militia. The Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857 occurred when a group of at least 130 Arkansas pioneers — men, women and children — were slaughtered by raiders supposedly with ties to the Mormon Church, a link still debated to this day. The raiders were laboring under the misconception that these new settlers were somehow linked to the persecution of Latter Day Saints in the Midwest years before.

While On The Road In America this summer, I was gifted with the opportunity to see a new Berkshire Theater Festival production, Two-Headed, which has its roots in this historical tragedy. Then I stumbled upon an upcoming film, September Dawn, a Hollywood version that specifically chronicles the massacre with the usual fantasized story lines that will attempt to make the characters real when it hits the silver screen in about a month.

september-dawn.jpgIn the movie version of this tragedy, John Voight stars as a Mormon elder with two sons on opposite sides of the issues of faith and free will: follow doctrine, or follow one’s own spiritual beliefs. To kill or not to kill. And to love, even if one’s love stands on the other side of your theology. Terrence Stamp is featured as Mormon leader Brigham Young in this retelling of murders with religious ties. «Read the rest of this article»

Live Metropolitan Opera simulcasts return to Nashville


lincoln-center.jpgThe murderous mysteries of Macbeth. The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. The romance and splendor of La Boheme. It’s all coming to a theater near you (in Nashville, not Clarksville, but close enough) as New York City’s Metropolitan Opera prepares to launch another season of high definition simulcasts featuring Live from Lincoln Center performances.

Opera fans, mark your calendars: tickets sales for the 2007-08 performances start October 19, with the first performance, Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, conducted by Placido Domingo, to air on December 15.

The inaugural series last year reached 325,000 people worldwide. In the United States, some 200,000 people viewed the performances on 151 screens.   «Read the rest of this article»

David Britton to speak at Friends of Port Royal meeting


David BrittonThe Friends of Port Royal will host David Britton as guest speaker on Thursday, August 9, at Port Royal State Historic Park.  Britton is a Conservation Worker who resides at Port Royal Historic Park. For those who haven’t seen Port Royal recently, a lot of improvements have been going on there, most of them created or directed by Britton under the supervision of Park Manager Robert Wells. He joined the Park staff about a year ago, bringing  his love of history and high energy into the effort of preserving the natural history that resonates at the Park.

The event will begin at 6:30 PM. Refreshments will be served. The Park is located at  3300 Old Clarksville Hwy, Adams, TN.  For more information, call  (931) 358-9696.

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Ben’s Birthday Bash at the Icehouse


dave-and-ben.JPGThe Icehouse Cafe hosted Ben Wilson’s 30th birthday bash again this year with music and a variety of other entertainment. In the packed, smoke free, Icehouse Cafe, a rowdy (in a good way) crowd, one-third of them over 50, clapped and hooted for the bellydancers, the headbanging sounds of the band, The Non-Professionals, and, pictured at left, musicians David Britton and guest of honor, Ben Wilson.

Evolution of Medusa

The Cafe event showcased ongoing displays of political and other art, including my own work, Evolution of Medusa (a.k.a. ‘Bob,” pictured at right) and a life-sized George Bush rendering with a ‘select a saying” comic strip bubble, which can be photographed. «Read the rest of this article»

‘Cooling at the Cave’ draws crowd on a sultry summer day


Cool cave

Though day was ghastly hot, well over 100 Clarksville residents came to “Cooling at the Cave” for that natural air conditioning to be found at the mouth of Dunbar Cave. Some tables had to be moved away from the cave entrance because guests were freezing there (due to the 58 degree air coming out of the cave!).

Cool guestsMany people began playing board games just as soon as they found a nice table to claim for their own for the day. They knew what they were doing because they’d done it before. People played games, listened to the band and socialized. The cookies were wonderful, the lemonade great and the helpers (Friends of Dunbar Cave) attentive, refilling my cup if I even looked like I was a bit thirsty.

Cool bandIt was a day of nostalgia for many folks; organizer Barbara Wilbur was right when she thought that this would attract a lot of people. I heard stories about how Dunbar Cave used to be. Many visitors remember the days when Roy Acuff owned Dunbar Cave and they came to the swimming pool, bowling alley, the lake with its paddle boats, and the sounds of music at the cave. «Read the rest of this article»

Cooling at the Cave Tommorow


Those lazy, hazy days of summer that we wish could always be here, are back!

A hand colored postcard of festivities at Dunbar Cave in Clarksville, Tennessee

In the days of old, Clarksvillians spent summer afternoons at Dunbar Cave gathering cool breezes emitting from the mouth of cave while enjoying board and card games, live music and a general light-hearted afternoon of fun and frolic.

On Saturday, July 28th, from 4:00PM – 6:00PM, Friends of Dunbar Cave invite you, your family and friends to participate in a delightful afternoon reminiscent of those good old days at Dunbar Cave State Natural Area, 401 Old Dunbar Cave Road, in Clarksville, Tennessee

Tables and chairs will be arranged at the mouth of the cave where you will be transported back to the time when everyone played “board” games. Checkers, Chess, Monopoly, and cards will be available. However, you may bring your favorite game to share. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments of will be available free of charge, but donations to the friends group are welcomed. «Read the rest of this article»

Community revitalization workshops underway


The Clarksville Office of Housing and Community DevelopmentThe Clarksville Office of Housing and Community Development is hosting a series of community workshops related to future development of the Red River and Brandon Hills area. The workshops will be held at the Burt School at 110 Bailey Road (off 8th Street at APSU) in Clarksville on July 31, August 14, September 4 and Sept. 18 from 7-8:30 p.m.

These workshops are designed to help determine the vision and future revitalization for both neighborhoods and will be facillitated by Nashville Civic Design Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Clarksville Office of Housing and Community Development. «Read the rest of this article»

Roxy rocks with ‘Chicago’


The Roxy Regional Theatre’s Chicago Poster, designed by Mike FinkFrom the first shimmy of a garter and stocking-clad leg, the lingerie-laden Roxy production of Bob Fosse’s Chicago romps across the stage with vaudevillian style that both charms and delights.

The show opens with a disclaimer that “all costumes have accidentally landed in North Dakota,” which literally sets the stage for a classic Fosse opener: scantily clad dancers in bustiers, garters and sex appeal moving in the exotic angular motions that characterize Foss’s distinctive choreography. The opening number, All That Jazz, sets this vaudevillian stage for jazz singer Velma Kelly’s (Harmony Livingston) arrest for the murder of her husband and sister, and introduces the city’s aspiring showgirl and newest murderess, Roxie Hart (Allyson Jean Malandra), who just offed a lying lover.

Both women land on “murderers row” in Chicago’s Cook County Jail, in the care of Morton (Kara Haynes), prison matron whose hands are greased with payola. With the wheels of justice well lubed, we are gifted with lawyer Billy Flynn (Scott Ramsey), who job is to find a way, any way, to help his obviously guilty female clients get away with murder. He’s good at it. «Read the rest of this article»

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