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AHDC annual Lifetime Achievement Awards a festive affair


Guests enjoy the buffet table at the 2008 AHDC Lifetime Achievements Awards

The highlight of the Arts and Heritage Development Council’s annual membership drive was the Lifetime Achievement Awards presentations at Emerald Hill Pace Alumni Center. The festive atmosphere of the gala event was well suited to the occasion. Splendid appetizers and refreshment accompanied by the soft chamber music played by APSU Music Dept. students graced the warm and cordial atmosphere of the evening as family, friends, co-workers and AHDC members greeted one another and mingled freely.

Friday evening, November 8th, the Arts and Heritage Development Council of Clarksville and Montgomery County bestowed its Arts and Heritage Lifetime Achievement Awards during the Annual Membership Drive at Emerald Hill Pace Alumni Center. This event is held to raise money through memberships and to honor outstanding citizen’s who have made enormous contributions in the Arts and in Heritage.

Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Johnson and Mrs. Emma Canard

Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Johnson and Mrs. Emma Canard

This year’s Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Sharon and George Mabry. The Mabrys have excelled in individual music careers and endeavors that have earned each of them success and renown in the higher echelons of professional music performance circles. The Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Riley Darnell, Tennessee Secretary of State.

Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Johnson gave the biography of each Arts Lifetime Achievement honoree. Montgomery County Mayor Carolyn Bowers gave the biography for Heritage Lifetime Achievement honoree Riley Darnell. Howard Winn was especially expressive of appreciation for the support Secretary Darnell has shown in support of the Fort Defiance Historical Park initiative. AHDC Executive Director Dianne Batson-Smith presented each honoree with their award. The Emerald Hill Pace Alumni Center proved the perfect setting for the enthusiastic and jovial gathering of honorees and an appreciative audience. «Read the rest of this article»

Christmas on the Cumberland opening ceremonies announced


Mark your calendars for the Grand Opening of the 10th Annual Christmas on the Cumberland at the McGregor Park River Walk scheduled for November 25th at 6:30 p.m.  Voted a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society for the upcoming holiday season, this year’s event theme is “All I want for Christmas” and will surely bring in more visitors to Clarksville this Holiday Season.

The Opening Ceremony will kick-off the holiday entertainment at 5:30 p.m. with Austin Peay State University Honors Brass Quintet.  Immediately following will be the holiday jazzy sounds of Hypertension.  After the entertainment and much anticipation, Mayor Johnny Piper along with City Council Members will flip the switch that will begin the official holiday season at McGregor Park River Walk. «Read the rest of this article»

Broadway’s Charles Holt to perform in local dinner/jazz benefit


Although he has performed in three of the most celebrated productions in Broadway theatre history: The Lion King, Jesus Christ Superstar and Smokey Joe’s Café, Nashvillian Charles Holt still finds time to give back to his community.

“My music is a gift from God and I want to share it with the world,” — Holt in a recent interview.

Holt will perform in a one-night only special dinner/jazz concert on Thursday, November 20 at 6 p.m. at the Emmanuel Family Life Center, 303 Fairview Lane in Clarksville. Prior to the performance, there will be a silent auction, and all proceeds from the auction will go to the center which is operated by First Missionary Baptist Church. In celebration of his gospel roots, Holt will make a special appearance, Wednesday, November 19, 2008, at 6 p.m., at the First Missionary Baptist Church. His latest CD “I Am” will be on sale both nights. «Read the rest of this article»

Lugo thanks supporters, cites support on social justice issues in Tennessee


In the aftermath of the 2008 election, Senate candidate Chris Lugo voiced his appreciation for the support given him during his campaign, and also present an issue-based letter to President-Elect Barack Obama.

“Thanks so much for your support this campaign season. Thanks to your efforts I was able to gather 9,067 votes for peace in the US Senate race. When I began in October of 2007 I did not realize how many friends I would make on the trail and how many people in Tennessee are in support of peace and real human priorities for Tennessee.” ~~ Chris Lugo

Lugo began his campaign last year in Jonesborough, Tennessee, “where hundreds of us gathered to call for an end to the production of depleted uranium weapons at the Aerojet facility in Irwin.” Lugo learned about the role that Aerojet plays in the production of depleted uranium and “how it has caused long- term health problems for our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.” «Read the rest of this article»

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