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.)
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Comments Off
We are pleased to announce our forthcoming alphabet-art book, ‘C’ is for Clarksville on the Cumberland.”
‘‘C’ is for Clarksville on the Cumberland highlights the history, culture, environment and geography which make up the city’s rich and unique heritage. Although the book has a target audience of children aged 4 through 10, anyone interested in Clarksville should find something worth noting in this limited-edition collectors’ book.
Featuring cover design by BLF Marketing partner Frank Lott and layout by graphic artists Mike Fink and Cindy Marsh, the book’s focal points are illustrations by 34 local artists, including Ludie Amos, Kim Balevre, Peggy Bonnington, Guy Bozard, Leslie Campbell, Melanie Dennis, Paula Baggett Edwards, Janet Felts, Leah Foote, Rob Franklin, Nada Fuqua, Bob Gandy, Lynne Waters Griffey, Jim Hancock, Brandt Hardin, Heather N. James, Beverly Jenkins, Sarah Lancia, Tamara Long, Frank Lott, Judy Morgan, Gail Meyer, Beverly Parker, Nathan Parker, Bob Privett, Billy Renkl, Kathy Robinson, Glenda Rohner, Rick Rois, Dianne Simpson, David Smith, Terry Smith, Randy Spurgeon, Linda Stolz, Cliff Whittaker and Shea Halliburton Wright.
Representing a variety of media — including watercolors, acrylics, drawings, photography, fabric art, tile mosaics, metal sculptures and wood carvings — letter categories include Aviation, Black Hawk Corn Sheller, Customs House, Dunbar Cave, East End, Forts, Governors (Austin Peay and Wylie Blount), Home Infirmary, Iron, Cave Johnson, Karst, L&N Railroad, Military, Newspapers, Old-Time Fiddlers’ Championships, Paddlewheelers, Queen City, Wilma Rudolph, Spires, Tobacco, University, Valentine Sevier, Robert Penn Warren, eXits 1-4-8-11, Yuchi Indian Culture and Zinc.
A book launch party will be held at 5:30pm on Tuesday, October 21, at the L&N Train Depot (10th and Commerce Streets). Original illustrations from the book will be available for purchase, and artists and authors will be on hand to sign copies of ‘C’ is for Clarksville on the Cumberland.
‘C’ is for Clarksville on the Cumberland books are $22.00 each (including tax), plus a $4.00 shipping and handling fee. Anticipated publication date is October 20, 2014, but copies are currently available for pre-order. Books may be reserved either online via the below button, or by mailing a check and completed pre-order form to: Clarksville/Montgomery County Arts and Heritage Development Council, PO Box 555, Clarksville TN 37041. (If you would prefer to pick up your copy instead, you will be notified by telephone or email when the books are available for pick-up.)
This project was made possible in part through the generous support of Jostens Print & Publishing and Planters Bank. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be used for community projects that highlight Clarksville’s vibrant arts activities and rich cultural heritage.
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.