Raintree Arts: Mystery Theater

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.

Winter Blues Sweet Cure 2013

There were plenty of home-made sweets to go along with the sweet sounds of Jerry Epperson and Pat Joyce as they warmed the crowd with classic jazz tunes on a cold winter Sunday. I stopped by for a set and a few sweets myself. Then I got a few pictures to share. I hope to see you all there next year. Enjoy.

Stephanie Trick to Perform in Clarksville Missouri


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!

See if you’re interested, listen to Stephanie Trick on STL Public Radio’s Cityscape June 1st program:

A discussion about the 2012 Innsbrook Institute Summer Music Academy and Festival.

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David Halen: Concertmaster, St. Louis Symphony
Artistic Director, Innsbrook Institute Summer Music Academy and Festival

Stephanie Trick: Pianist

Chili Cookoff: I like it Sunny and 75!

It was a gorgeous weekend at the Mississippi Riverfront park in Clarksville Missouri. Saturday was a perfect day for the International Chili Society (ICS) Clarksville Missouri Regional Chili Cookoff! Chili, Music, Drinks, Chili, Dancing, Snow Cones, and more Chili! I had them all!

I don’t have the list of winners with me, but I’ll get them in this post this week!

Get your recipes ready for next year. You might be cooking next to me. See you next year!

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

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.

The Apple Shed could use some Help

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.