Clarksville Artisans – Art and Festivals in Clarksville, MO
Clarksville artisans bring cultural outlet to river
A local artist demonstrates the process of glass blowing.
The small river town of Clarksville has become known as a gathering place for artists.
It continues to work toward improvement, looking for ways to bring more activities to the area.
Almost 200 years old, it holds a great deal of history, and its citizens have tried to preserve part of that history in its business district.
Culture is the best way to describe scenic Clarksville. If ever there was a small town determined to make its presence known, it has to be the small town that doesn’t stop trying.
Potters, glass blowers, artists and boat makers, jewelry makers, businesses offering Colonial decor and accessories, Native American art, antiques, bent wood furniture, baskets, fiber art, bee products, designer handbags, a photography studio, Windsor chairs and custom iron works are available.
Custom furniture makers and restorers also have made Clarksville home. The artists colony, as it’s sometimes referred as, is something to behold as visitors may watch a piece of art being created in several of the shops.
Attractions and Events
Several special events are held in the historic town during the year.
Linda Tossing of the World Bird Sanctuary shows off McGwire, a bald eagle the group uses to teach the public about the large raptors.
Thousands of onlookers gather during the cold month of January when the majestic bald eagle comes for the winter. Eagle Days are held the fourth weekend in January. Eagle viewing from the river front is a popular pastime as well as viewing live eagles, shows, and other information about eagles inside the nearby Apple Shed.
The Clarksville Regional Chili Cook-off contest is held on a Saturday in early June, an event which continues to grow in popularity and participation.
The Sunflower Festival is held in July.
A citywide yard sale is held the first weekend in August and the Applefest is held the second weekend of October. The Art Studio tour is set for November 5-6; and an Old Fashioned
Contestants prepare their prize winning recipes at the annual chili cookoff.
Christmas Celebration is in November and December. The downtown area features Christmas carols, a visit from Santa and sidewalks lined with luminaries.
The Riverfront Park is the site of several of the activities which take place in Clarksville throughout the year.
The Apple Shed is operated by the Raintree Arts Council and is the home for plays, musicals, and the fall Applefest.
Other attractions in and near Clarksville include Clarksville Museum, Elgin/Cottrell House, the Clarksville Visitor Center, Eagle’s Bluff Golf Course, Crown Valley Port House at Tievoli and Village of the Blue Rose.
Six locations are provided for bed and breakfasts and a motel accommodations that are only a stones’ throw from the river’s edge and Lock and Dam 24.