Thursday, October 16, 2014 Comments Off
In 1814 we took a little trip
Along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip
We took a little bacon and we took a little beans
And we caught the bloody British in the town of New Orleans
We fired our guns and the British kept a’comin’
There wasn’t nigh as many as there was a while ago
We fired once more and they began to runnin’
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico
[Johnny Horton, "Battle of New Orleans," 1959]
In November 1814, about 215 Middle Tennesseans under the command of Colonel John Cocke, former Montgomery County sheriff, boarded flat-bottom boats for a treacherous journey down the Cumberland, Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to join Major General Andrew Jackson’s 7th US Infantry Regiment in New Orleans.
This November, Clarksvillians will again gather to send Volunteer Reenactors to fight with Jackson in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of this famous battle.
In addition to troops, guns, powder, and supplies, the Militia soldiers also transported cannonballs cast at Ironmaster Montgomery Bell’s Cumberland Furnace in Dickson County that were used in the Battle of New Orleans on the 8th of January 1815.
Starting at 9:00am on Saturday, November 15, War of 1812 Reenactors from five states will be at McGregor Park to talk with visitors about weapons, uniforms, food and medicine common to the period. Then at 11:00am Clarksville can give them a rousing send-off on the Aux Arc, a 40-foot replica of keelboats that would have taken Tennessee volunteers on the long journey to New Orleans.
Those who have bought tickets for the price of a $20 “Andrew Jackson” can celebrate the successful launch over lunch with fellow Clarksvillian and Tennessee governor from 1809 to 1815 Willie Blount, Rachel and Andrew Jackson, and President James Madison. Tickets are available for purchase by check or cash through the Clarksville-Montgomery County Historical Society and Clarksville-Montgomery County Arts & Heritage Development Council or by credit card via PayPal. (Online reservations carry a $2.00 convenience fee.)
Monday, August 11, 2014 Comments Off
Come and capture Clarksville’s charm at the 2Rivers Paint-Out on Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, 2014.
From Clarksville’s natural vistas — including the Riverwalk, Dunbar Cave State Park, Upland Trail Greenway and Rotary Park — to its cultural and historical landmarks — such as the Customs House Museum, Roxy Regional Theatre, Fort Defiance, L&N Train Station and area churches — the city offers a wealth of inspiration.
We hope you will join us as a participant in this year’s event. Three top prizes and three honorable mentions will be awarded in an exhibition and art sale on the final evening.
For more information, please check out the 2Rivers Paint-Out website at www.artsandheritage.us/paintout. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, September 30, 2014. This event will be held, rain or shine, and covered areas are available.
Friday, August 1, 2014 Comments Off
Janet Felts will conduct a free workshop on Tips for Plein Air Painters in Dixon Park (Tenth and Commerce Streets) from 9:00a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 16.
This workshop is designed to prepare those unfamiliar with plein air techniques to take part in the 2Rivers Plein Air Paint-Out in Clarksville Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11.
Janet is a member of the Nashville-based “Chestnut Group: Plein Air Painters for the Land” and has helped to organize several plein air events in Georgia. She will discuss practical strategies of plein air painters — from dealing with changing sunlight angles to efficient equipment choices to preparing wet canvasses for exhibiting.
Janet, an award-winning artist who has had her work juried into several shows throughout the Southeast, started her career as a Graphic Artist and then taught high school Visual Art in both Tennessee and Georgia. She earned her associate degree in Advertising Art and her BFA in Art Education from Austin Peay State University. She earned her master’s degree in Art Education from Georgia State University.
The 2Rivers Plein Air Paint Out is sponsored by the Clarksville/Montgomery County Arts and Heritage Development Council, 2Rivers Painters, and the Downtown Artists Cooperative.