The Raintree Arts Council presented an afternoon of Mystery Theater at the Clarksville Apple Shed on Sunday March 10 2-4 PM, where 40+ members of the community enjoyed a few hours of food, drink, and entertainment.
Written and directed by the cast members, a wealthy count from a foreign land comes to Clarksville to invest in a uranium mine. But as soon as he arrives he’s pulled in all directions because of his looks, his charm, his plans and his money.
Over the next hour, murder and mystery unfold and the audience is asked to help solve the crime. The combination of food, drink, and participation theater turned a rainy Sunday into a fun day in Clarksville.
Anyone who missed the United Fund of Calumet Ice Cream Social missed more than ice cream and cake. They missed a chance to taste other delicious desserts such as pie and brownies. They missed some great music performed by local talent. They missed hearing a world-renown MC, Debra (Duvall) Peppers. They missed seeing DJ Michael Jones, who kept the music flowing for over two hours. They missed a chance to see and talk to friends, family and neighbors in a fun social setting.
Most importantly they missed seeing how a community pulls together. When the last-minute decision was made to change the venue from Clarksville City Park to the Apple Shed because of rain, it took only minutes for Linda and Bill Blakey to open the Apple Shed and prepare for the 4pm event. Mike Smith and his group made short work of setting up tables and chairs.
Members of the board of the United Fund of Calumet took on various tasks to set up for serving. Representatives of the organizations that are supported by UF of Calumet also donated time and products. The Raintree Arts Council provided the venue and equipment; Clarksville Museum, cake; Pike Pioneer, pies; and the 21st Century Community Learning Center at Clopton, cake. The following organizations donated their time and energy to help set up, clean up and serve. They include: Clarksville Athletic Association, O.A.T.S., and Clarksville Library. In addition, Orscheln donated bottled water. Everyone came through and needs to be thanked.
The community came together to support the organization that supports our community–the United Fund of Calumet.
Stephanie Trick is one of the best Stride and Ragtime piano players in the world. She calls St Louis, Missouri home, and thanks to the Raintree Arts Council she will be playing the Appleshed Theater in Clarksville Missouri on Sunday June 10th at 2:00pm in afternoon. If you’re looking for a unique Sunday afternoon a short drive from St Louis or Hannibal Missouri this is it!
The Apple Shed is a 90 year old landmark in the town of Clarksville, and the Raintree Arts Council (RAC) has been taking care of it for the last 32 years! You can’t miss the Apple Shed, just off Highway 79 at the south end of town. It’s held many roles over the years. Today it functions as a dedicated location for art in Pike County.
The Apple Shed was donated to the Raintree Arts Council by Louis Mallin and Robert Mallin, for the development of a community wide cultural center. The following features make the Apple Shed a great local resource:
120 seat staged theater
Large and small art display areas
Very large exposition area
Kitchen and food service area
The Raintree Arts Council is dedicated to providing an environment for art to flourish in rural Missouri. The RAC sponsors art and education programs; theater and music performances; and gallery exhibitions for all artistic genres, mediums, and ages. They’re here to help you perform and enjoy the arts.
If you’d like to perform or request a performance at the Apple Shed. Let us know. If you’re a performer, The Raintree Arts Council would love to have you perform. Otherwise, they’d love to hear your cultural wish-list.
The Raintree Arts Council (RAC) recently started a campaign to fund the major work needed to keep the Clarksville Apple Shed safe and sound. The Apple Shed is nearly 90 years old and its hard life is catching up with it. Major structural elements and the leaking roof need inspection and repair. The restrooms could use a renovation, and finally, a new coat of paint, inside and out, would make it look great again.
The RAC needs private donations to keep the Apple Shed in shape and asks private individuals, corporations, and family foundations to consider gifting to their cause this season. The Raintree Arts Council is not-for-profit, and your donation is tax deductible.
If interested in donating, Visit Clarsville will get help you get in touch with the right people at Raintree. Next up, a history of the Apple Shed and the Raintree Arts Council.