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Quilts of the Cumberland was the hidden jewel of the Rivers and Spires Festival

 

The Rivers and Spires FestivalClarksville, TN – The weather outside on Saturday was blustery, cold and miserable, but inside the lower level of Madison Street Methodist Church was a display of quilts that warmed the heart of any by-stander.

Quilts of the Cumberland featured more than 50 quilts, ranging from tiny miniatures to full bed-sized artworks. The variety of quilts shown in this exhibit ranged from the perfection of purple geometric pieces in French Braid to the beautiful Geisha of Winter Snow and Tea Ceremony to the shimmering fish in Retiring Fish. Other quilts featured everything from animals to clowns to romantic flower designs.

Tea Ceremony, Cherry Blossoms, Geishas of Winter Snow, and Harvest Dance by Linda Bridges

Tea Ceremony, Cherry Blossoms, Geishas of Winter Snow, and Harvest Dance by Linda Bridges

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The final day of Rivers and Spires starts off slow, but picks up in the end

 

The Rivers and Spires FestivalClarksville, TN – Due to unseasonably chilly weather and a blustery wind, the third day of Rivers and Spires looked like it was going to end with a whimper rather than a bang, the victim of the unpredictable spring weather. However as the afternoon wore on, more and more people showed up to enjoy all that the festival had to offer. “The crowd hung in even though we had monsoon winds and rains, and I think it says a lot about this festival, and how much people enjoy it” said Festival Manager Doug Barber.

These girls had a great time at the 2011 Rivers and Spires Festival

These girls had a great time at the 2011 Rivers and Spires Festival

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April showers wash out second day of Rivers and Spires

 

The Rivers and Spires FestivalClarksville, TN – The second day of the Rivers and Spires Festival opened on Friday to good weather in spite of rains earlier in the day.

Sadly, the good weather only lasted for half an hour when the first of three lines of rain showers moved through the area. To escape the rain, crowds huddled under whatever dry spaces were available including under the awnings at First Baptist Church, and various business entrances along the streets, and the Roxy Regional Theatre on Franklin Street.

Rivers and Spires Festival attendees take advantage of a break in the rain on Friday

Rivers and Spires Festival attendees take advantage of a break in the rain on Friday

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High Hopes at Rivers and Spires Festival Opening, However Bad Weather Looms for Today

 

The Rivers and Spires FestivalClarksville, TN – The first day of the 2011 Rivers and Spires festival opened with simply amazing weather. Sunny and Clear with warm temperatures. Crowds gathered to enjoy the afternoon kickoff which featured musical performances by local favorites, along with other musical talents. The Festival runs through Saturday evening.

On the Public Square Stage, the Roxy Regional Theatre opened with a preview of the Civil War Musical, which promises to be an outstanding show to see at the Franklin Street Theatre. They were followed by the urban musical duo of The Bucket Boys,  who use a collection of everyday items such as trashcans, pots, pans and street signs to crash and bang out thunderous grooves, extraordinary cadences and hip-hop, funky dance beats. The amazing Mr. Speed, a KISS cover band closed out the evening with rousing concert at the Public Square stage. The group has one goal to give the fans a realistic KISS experience. In this they totally succeeded.

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Map Out Your Plans for Rivers and Spires

 

Clarksville, TNThe Rivers and Spires FestivalTo maximize your fun at Rivers and Spires, start making your plans now. First, look at the options for parking because many streets are closed. You can get a map of where the events are by going to http://www.riversandspires.com. Make note of the streets that are closed so that you won’t waste time by trying to enter them.

Next get a copy of the schedule, again at the Rivers and Spires web site. You will note that on Thursday and Friday, opening times are in the afternoon (4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. respectively), but on Saturday, events begin at 10:00 a.m.

For almost every time slot, multiple choices are available. Look at the variety and make your list along with the location so that you don’t miss anything you really want to see. With all the activities available, it is easy to get sidetracked and miss your favorites if you don’t have a plan.

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