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2013 Heritage Home Tour of Russellville, KY


Harmony Hall

Harmony Hall

Like Clarksville, the city of Russellville, Kentucky, gained its early wealth from tobacco, and income from that crop has allowed planters in both cities to build lovely homes that dot the rolling hills of Tennessee and neighboring Kentucky.  This fall, the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council is hosting an all-day guided bus tour of a number of those historic homes in Russellville.

The 2013 Heritage Home Tour of Russellville will be held on Saturday, September 21. Departing from the Riverview Inn parking lot (50 College Street, Clarksville) at approximately 8:45am and returning at approximately 5:30pm, the tour bus will visit the following locations:

  • Parrish Heights, a brand-new two-story country home with columns, patterned after an old Greek Revival;
  • Caldwell/Orndorff House, originally built circa 1820 by Samuel Caldwell, first merchant of Russellville, and later owned by Christopher Orndorff, who was in the grist milling business;
  • O’Bannon House, built circa 1807 by Presley Neville O’Bannon, a Virginia-born Marine who planted the U.S. flag at Tripoli;
  • Methodist Temple, Methodist church erected in 1852 and renovated in 1917, with a catered lunch followed by an a capella song by Frank Walton and discussion of church history and stained glass windows by Evelyn Richardson;
  • Bibb House, built circa 1820 by Virginia-born Major Richard Bibb, an example of fine early Kentucky architecture which now serves as a museum and is currently under renovation;
  • “Rich View” Home, built circa 1938 in the Federal style, with antebellum stairway and front porch columns imported from New Orleans and Louisville, and currently owned by Lt. Col. Jack and Emily Rich;
  • Harmony Hall, built circa 1849 by Benjamin Keene Sully from bricks made on the place and said to have been so named because of Sully family members’ love of making music in its halls.

This event is made possible in part through the generous support of Planters Bank and F&M Bank.

Reservations, including lunch, are $75 (non-AHDC members) and $70 (AHDC members). Space is limited, and payment is due at the time of reservation.  We regret to say that tickets to the Heritage Home Tour of Russellville are sold out. Thank you to all of you who will be attending.

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Organizations Invited to Apply for Arts Build Communities (ABC) Grant Funds


The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council invites organizations seeking funding for artistic and cultural projects that benefit the community to apply for an Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant.

Arts Build Communities (ABC) is a program funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission and administered by the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council (AHDC) in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC). ABC grants offer financial support for arts projects in all disciplines such as dance, music, opera/musical theater, theater, visual arts, design arts, crafts, photography, media arts, literature, interdisciplinary, and folk arts.

A free grant workshop and information session for interested applicants will be held in the auditorium of the Customs House Museum (200 S Second Street, Clarksville) on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at 3:30pm. While this workshop is not mandatory for applicants, first-time applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.

Funds awarded to a single organization in this grant category range from $500 to $2,000. Eligible organizations in the counties of Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson and Stewart can apply for these grant funds. In order to be eligible, applicants must be state-recognized, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations or government entities (including public schools and libraries) and must be able to provide a dollar-for-dollar match toward the single proposed project. In addition, the proposed project must occur between August 16, 2013, and June 15, 2014. Any organization currently receiving Major Cultural Institution, Cultural Education Partnership, or Partnership Support funding for FY2014 is not eligible to apply.

Applications must be submitted online through the Tennessee Arts Commission’s eGrant system by 4:30pm (CST) on July 1, 2013. The ABC online application can be accessed beginning at 8:00am (CST) on May 31, 2013, at www.tn.gov/arts. Once there, scroll over “Grants” on the left side of the home page, and click on the eGrant button to access the ABC application. Faxed, mailed, or hand delivered applications will not be accepted.

A representative from the applying organization should be present at an open panel review beginning at 9:00am on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville to answer questions that may arise about the application or proposed project. Awards will then be announced in mid-August.

For more information, please contact Ellen Kanervo, Executive Director of the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council, at (931)551-8870 or artsandheritage@cdelightband.net.

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2013 Clarksville Writers Conference

The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council, in partnership with Austin Peay State University and the Tennessee Arts Commission, is pleased to announce the Ninth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference, being held June 6 and 7, 2013, on the campus of Austin Peay State University.

We are very honored to have as this year’s keynote speaker FRYE GAILLARD, who has written extensively on Southern race relations, politics and culture as the author or editor of over twenty books, including Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed America and The Books That Mattered: A Reader’s Memoir. Gaillard, writer-in-residence at the University of South Alabama, will speak at Thursday evening’s banquet at Freedom Point at Liberty Park, overlooking the beautiful Cumberland River and historic downtown Clarksville.

The conference banquet will be encompassed by two days of interesting presentations and valuable workshops on Thursday and Friday, June 6 and 7. Authors scheduled to speak include:

  • JANINE BOLDRIN, freelance journalist for Military Spouse magazine and author of e-book The Thinking Spouse’s Guide to Military Life;
  • BETH ANN FENNELLY, award-winning poet (Unmentionables, Open House, Tender Hooks) and co-author of forthcoming novel The Tilted World;
  • TOM FRANKLIN, New York Times bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, co-editor of anthology Grit Lit: A Rough South Reader, and co-author of forthcoming novel The Tilted World;
  • RHETA GRIMSLEY JOHNSON, journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the memoirs Hank Hung the Moon and Enchanted Evening Barbie and the Second Coming;
  • DALE RAY PHILLIPS, short story writer and author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated collection My People’s Waltz;
  • ADAM ROSS, author of 2010 New York Times Notable Book Mr. Peanut and short story collection Ladies and Gentlemen;
  • CHUCK SAMBUCHINO, editor of Writer’s Digest’s Guide to Literary Agents and author of Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript and Create Your Writer Platform;
  • ANN SHAYNE, former editor of book review BookPage and author of novel Bowling Avenue and Mason-Dixon Kitting: The Curious Knitter’s Guide;
  • GEORGE SINGLETON, author of often humorous short story collections and novels, including Stray Decorum, Work Shirts for Madmen and Pep Talks, Warnings, And Screeds: Indispensable Wisdom And Cautionary Advice For Writers.

In addition to the scheduled presentations and workshops, free manuscript consultations with two literary agents will be available to conference participants:

  • DEBBIE CARTER, literary agent with Muse Literary Management in New York City;
  • GINA PANETTIERI, literary agent with Connecticut-based Talcott Notch Literary Services.

A limited number of query letter critiques with CHUCK SAMBUCHINO will also be available for an additional charge of $25.

A complete package including all conference activities is offered, as well as a la carte options. Discounted rates are available for early registration, which is postmarked on or before May 23, 2013. (Late registration is postmarked between May 24 and May 30, 2013.) Visit the conference website at www.artsandheritage.us/writers for author bios, the conference schedule, registration information and more.

The 2013 Clarksville Writers Conference is made possible in part through the generous support of the Tennessee Arts Commission, City of Clarksville, Austin Peay State University, Dr. Howard and Patricia Winn, Gannett Foundation / The Leaf-Chronicle, APSU Office of President Tim Hall, Greater Nashville Regional Council and the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center. Additional sponsors include the Fort Campbell Officers’ Spouses’ Club, Drs. David and Jennie Beth Johnston, Dee Boaz, Jeanie Page Randall, Jean and Wendell Gilbert, and Wade and Rebecca Bourne. The conference was developed in 2005 by Patricia Winn.

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