50 Miles of Art: Spring 2013

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Visit local artists from Hannibal to Clarksville and watch them as they work – studio tours and more!

  • Date: Saturday March 23 & Sunday March 24, 2013
  • Time: All Day
  • Where: Missouri Highway 79 – The Great River Road – between:
    • Clarksville, MO
    • Louisiana, MO
    • Hannibal, MO

Check out Clarksville’s local amenities for places to Hike, Bike, Shop, Eat & Sleep.

50 Miles of Art Starts in Clarksville this Weeeknd

The Clarksville Artist Guild Presents: 50 Miles of Art this Saturday, March 24 & Sunday, March 25.

Start your tour in Clarksville. Clarksville is the home of the largest concentration of working artisans in the region.

Cool Beans Cafe in downtown Clarksville is a good place to start with a cup of coffee, and a stroll around the Dawn of Creation boutique, conveniently located next to the cafe. Dawn of Creation has some great items on sale too:

  • 50% off all purses & wallets
  • 50% off all earrings
  • 50% off all glass art
  • 30% off prom and all other jewelry
  • Buy One Get One Free Scarve

Clarksville Glassworks and Massiglia Fine Art Studio are right up the street. Stop into the Clarksville Glassworks to watch live glass blowing. Browse their functional glass art, and jewelry. Be sure to take note of Mary Ostertag’s newly installed large format art.

The Bent Tree Gallery is right on the corner. They are celebrating their 30th year of creating rustic furnishings. Stop in to see the evolution in their work. They will be giving out origami packets of flower seeds to customers. The Bent Tree also shares space with Stacy Leigh, a local fashion designer. Be sure to check out her popular leather work.

Continue around the corner to visit the Pirate’s Cove for some unique styles at low prices; M & M Greenwell for exceptional woodworking; and the Biker Bayou for your motorbike goods.

Mike and Margie Greenwell‘s custom woodwork is amazing. A lot of their work is installed in a lot of local residences. They also have a variety of their woodworking on display in their shop. Stop in and take home a new hardwood cutting board or a turned Christmas ornament.

First Street is closer to the Mississippi River and has a number of interesting shops.

A trio of shops on First Street start with the Great River Road Pottery. Stop for some freshly wheeled kitchen and garden ware. Next door, Simpatico, the Artist Co-Op has a variety of handmade art from regional artists. Finally, stop in and say hello to DiAnne at Earth’s Heartbeat and see her hand painted Native American inspired pottery, drums, skulls, and gourds.

But wait, there’s more! Cross Howard Street on First to get to Bee Naturals for new fragrances, lotions, and potions to naturally care for your body. And just a little further down first The Windsor Chair Shop will be demonstrating steam bending techniques critical to their chair building. It’s always worth dropping in to see their handcrafted, heirloom quality colonial chairs and furnishings.

Finally head back toward Howard Street to visit Richard’s Great Stuff and BT Dove Antiques. Two amazingly unique shops that you shouldn’t leave Clarksville without visiting.

Save some time for the south side of town where you will find the Clarksville Station variety shop and critically acclaimed restaurant. The newly remodeled Clarksville Antique Center at the south end of town has 40,000 sq feet of antiques! The Eagles’ Bluff Golf Course might be a great place to let the golfers play while the more artistic explore the town.

After you’ve worked up an appetite. Have a great breakfast, lunch or dinner at any of the great eateries around town:

Snow Goose Migration Visits Clarksville

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Migrating Snow Goose

A lot of snow geese have arrived in the Pike and Lincoln county area over the last couple of days. I drove down highway 79 this morning and a gorgeous morning sky was filled with 1000’s of birds flying in their tell tale ‘V’ formation. There are even more in the fields off highway 79.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me (this image is borrowed from the web) but I hope to head out this weekend to get some good pictures. Stay tuned.

An Eagle’s Perch

DSC_1282 (532x800)I found this eagle perched in a tree just off highway 79 just north of the Clarksville Visitor Center yesterday. I’d guess there are 40+ eagles around the Clarksville Lock & Dam. Sometimes they fly across highway 79 and perch in the bluffs just north of town. Otherwise they’re fishing just south of the dam or perched in trees off Clarksville Island.

Local eagle watcher Ron told me, “A dozen eagles were diving, fishing, and aerial fighting near the Clarksville Riverfront Park yesterday during the Garden Club meeting. We had a great view from the Clarksville Visitor Center. It seems like more eagles are arriving daily on the Canadian express!”

Winter Blues’ Sweet Cure

Succulent Sounds, Delicious Sweets, & Rich Coffee to sooth your winter blues.

Sunday, January 15, 2012
2:00 – 4:00 PM

The Apple Shed in Clarksville, MO

Pat Joyce & Jerry Epperson play music.

Coffee & Dessert Buffet.

$20 Tickets available at:

  • Clarksville: Pirate’s Cove
  • Louisiana: Louisiana Flowers & Gifts
  • Bowling Green: Ingram’s Plumbing
  • Elsberry: Palmer Library
  • Raintree Arts Council web site

Mayor’s Message

Much excitement recently centered on the re-opening of Highway 79 near Ashburn, Missouri. A ribbon cutting ceremony celebrated the accomplishment and highlighted the significance the closure had on several cities along the route. Specifically for Clarksville, Route 79 is a lifeline.

The Clarksville Street and Storm Water project is progressing. Two of the busiest streets, Kentucky and Mississippi, have smooth new surfaces and much of the ditching, piping, and culvert replacement throughout town is complete. The project work should conclude soon.

On October 27, Kathy Weiss was named the Water Operator of the Year by the Missouri Rural Water Association. This well deserved honor provides Clarksville with additional positive recognition and further confirms Kathy’s outstanding accomplishments in service to the Clarksville community.

Greeting and visiting with guests in Clarksville is a true delight. Receiving follow-up thank you messages further cements the impression this amazing community makes on those who find their way here. The accolades are many and often filled with a bit of envy that should make all Clarksville residents proud.

– Jo Anne Smiley, Clarksville Mayor

History of the Raintree Arts and Apple Shed

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
  • Restrooms

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.

History of the Community Chamber…

of Commerce of course… Realizing the importance of having civic organizations which would have the welfare and advancement of Clarksville as its main purpose, a group of local businessmen organized a Merchant Association as a medium for promoting and advertising Clarksville as a desirable trading center in March, 1934.

One of the Merchant Association’s first projects was to give out a coupon for each dollar a customer spent, and on Saturday afternoons, hold a drawing at the corner of Front and Howard for various small prizes, but one prize cow! This came to be known as Cow Day and drew large crowds to town.

In 1935 the Merchants Association helped the government determine the location of the Mississippi River Lock and Dam #24. And by 1938, the Merchants Association had officially become the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce.

Over the years, the Chamber has been instrumental in bringing business to Clarksville.

  • Mississippi River Lock and Dam #24
  • Paving Highway 79, and other city streets
  • Building a municipal light plant
  • Organizing a Fire Department

Today’s Community Chamber of Commerce is open to both business and individuals. Anyone and everyone with interest in our community is welcome to join the Chamber. Stop by a monthly meeting and help discuss what you think needs to be going on in the community. They’re held at the Clarksville Visitor Center. Check back here for specific dates.