First Thursday Artwalk

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On the first Thursday of every month, 17 downtown venues open their doors for the Clarksville Artwalk. This self-guided tour of works created by our greatest local, award-winning artists and musicians. Stops along the walk include a variety of downtown locations such as restaurants, pubs, galleries, stores and more.

This is an event you won’t want to miss. Every Artwalk has something new and exciting to offer, like the Wonderful Wizard of Oz exhibit at the Customs House Museum, and the works of Patricia Halbeck at The Framemaker on 705 N 2nd St.

Downtown Clarksville at night.

Downtown Clarksville at night.

So, if you are interested in spending this Thursday evening downtown for some fun and entertainment, the walk begins during an opening reception held at the Downtown Artists Co-op on 96 Franklin Street from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The first stop will be at Edward’s Steakhouse where you can enjoy half-priced appetizers, and it will end at Our Primitive Kountry, featuring the photographic works of H.N. James.

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To the sound of live music take walk downtown, buy a drink at the Gilroy then grab some dinner at Edward’s Steakhouse and spend the evening reveling in the culture of Clarksville. For more information about the Artwalk and a full list of venues and their featured artists, be sure to visit the Artwalk website.

 

The Alley

This week, we are highlighting one of Clarksville’s favorite places to have lunch and dinner, and that place is: The Alley. The Alley is a one-of-a-kind dining experience and scores five stars on yelp.com. It is no surprise why, once you have tried their hand-cut Belgian fries, freshly grilled hamburgers, sandwiches, crab cakes, or hash brown casserole while listening to a live band play.

AlleyThe menu is as original as the restaurant itself with items like the Gangnam Style burger, the Elvis sandwich, Dixie Chicks salad and the Suzanne Vega pie. The food is almost as famous as the people they were named after.

Amelia H. from Clarksville says that The Alley is “Clarksville’s best new restaurant.” And Doug, also from Clarksville says, “There is plenty on the menu to come back to.” If you are looking for great atmosphere, great food, and friendly service, search no more; The Alley is the place to be.

Rock & Egg Rolls, Ricky Ricardo Sandwich, and Chicken Tenders

Rock & Egg Rolls, Ricky Ricardo Sandwich, and Chicken Tenders

The Alley is also a great place to be if a meal isn’t the only thing you are searching for. Each night has something different to offer. On Tuesday there is Karaoke, Wednesday is Trivia Night, Thursday is open-mic night, and on the weekends there will always be music.

So bring everyone downtown for lunch or dinner; they also have a full bar available if tonight is the night to just hang out with friends. They are located at 101 Strawberry Alley, and you can also find them on the web and on Facebook.

The Oreo Speedwagon

The Oreo Speedwagon

Customs House Museum

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Just minutes away from Riverside Drive,  there is a gorgeous Victorian building with emerald green roofing and a steeple guarded by four eagles. Just by looking at the Customs House Museum’s exterior, you can tell that this is one of Clarksville’s historical gems; but just wait until you go inside!

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The Customs House Museum is no ordinary museum. While there are wonderful displays of items showcasing Clarksville’s history, there are also portions of the museum that invite visitors to be interactive.

Within the 35,000 feet of exhibition space, there are four permanent exhibits and a varying number of temporary exhibits. The permanent exhibits include: Becoming Clarksville: Honoring Legacies of Leadership dedicated to the historic development of Montgomery County; a Memory Lane exhibit featuring historic items from the 19th and 20th centuries; a display of one of the South’s largest porcelain collections, and the Explorer’s Gallery.

The Explorer’s Gallery is primarily designed for kids, but who says the adults can’t join in on the fun? In this gallery, everything is interactive; there is a market, a kitchen, raceways and even a Bubble Cave! The Bubble Cave is a fun and educational niche that teaches kids about geology and physics.

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Any train lovers or Harry Potter fans in the house? If so, the Customs House Museum is the place to be – especially on a Sunday afternoon! Downstairs in the Customs House, there is a huge model train that travels through places like Thomas the Tank Engine’s Island of Sodor and ride on the Hogwarts Express! Every Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. there is a real live conductor who operates the trains.

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Right now, the temporary exhibits include the Women’s History Month Exhibit, the Art of Peach McComb display and an exhibition of work by Andy Warhal, photographer of Marilyn Monroe. These exhibits will not be here for long, so be sure to make your way down to the Customs House Museum today!

There are also dozens of events that take place at the Customs House Museum throughout the year. Coming soon to the Custom House is the Traveling Exhibit of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz that will open on April 12th.

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For more information, visit their website here and be sure to cheek them out on Facebook. The Customs House is open on Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, $3 for children and there is free admission for children under six. There is free admission to everyone on every second Saturday of the month! The Museum is located on 200 South Second Street, Clarksville, TN 37042.

Captured by David Smith

David Smith is truly one of Clarksville’s most treasured artists. As a retired photographer for the Army, and a veteran of the 101st Airborne Division stationed at Fort Campbell, Smith has captured some amazing photographs during his career. His works have won a number of awards in art and photography exhibits.

This week, we would like to showcase some of his work, and the scenes of Clarksville that he has captured for us.

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Dunbar Cave

Dunbar Cave State Park is one of Clarksville’s most prized possessions. This outdoor park showcases a pre-historic cave and two walking trails. The beautiful landscape makes this spot ideal for photographs and the easy-to-navigate trails provide a great place to take a walk or go for a run. Your four-legged friends are welcome as well!

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Freedom Point at The Marina

This is a stunning photo of Freedom Point the Clarksville Marina on the Cumberland River at night. The Clarksville Marina offers all sorts of aquatic fun and entertainment offering boat rentals and water sporting equipment rentals for a fun-filled day on the Cumberland.

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Blackhorse Pub and Brewery

Blackhorse is one of the best places for dinner and drinks. As Clarksville’s only micro-brewery, it has a family-friendly dining area, a bar area, and tap room. If you are looking for a place with great food and great atmosphere, Blackhorse is the place to be.

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The Fountain in Public Square

This evening shot of the fountain in Public Square captures the essence of downtown Clarksville at night.

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The Roxy Regional Theatre

Clarksville’s original live theatre, The Roxy, was built in 1913, and has endured natural disaster, a fire and The Great Depression but continues to be the “cornerstone of local entertainment.” Each month, the theatre features professional productions like “Les Miserables”, “Grease” and “Mabry”.  The Roxy is located on Franklin and First St., to buy tickets or to learn more about the Roxy, you can visit their website.

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The Cumberland Riverwalk at McGregor Park

The Riverwalk is an ideal spot for spending a peaceful afternoon. It is a great place for walking the dog, letting the kids play on the playground, going for a run or just getting some fresh air. The 15-acre park includes a one-mile paved pathway with picnic tables, restrooms and a boat ramp. One of the largest local events of the year, Riverfest, is held here each year.

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Franklin Street

A variety of wonderful stores and restaurants are within just minutes of each other in Downtown Clarksville. This is a great spot to spend the day shopping at The Runners Hub, Mildred’s & Mables, Rogates Boutique, and so much more. Many of Clarksville’s best restaurants like Blackhorse mentioned earlier and Cloud 9 are located nearby also.

We hope you have enjoyed a preview of Clarksville through the camera lens of David Smith. You can find more of his photos at a variety of art shows and exhibits throughout the year, and you can also experience Clarksville for yourself! For more information on visiting Clarksville, simply visit the website at www.clarksvillecvb.com.

Lovin’ Spoonful

The second must-visit lunch spot this week is Lovin’ Spoonful, a classic cafe with a Southern twist. This is the place to go if you are looking for a wholesome meal that will remind you of home. Some of their signature menu items are the Chicken Casserole, Jalapeño Grit Cakes, Chili and Cucumber Salad.

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Chicken casserole and Nan’s fruit salad from Lovin’ Spoonful.

After you finish lunch, be sure to save some room! Lovin’ Spoonful has amazing deserts, but you won’t see them on the menu. The homemade deserts change each day, but I assure you, you’re in for a heavenly treat. In the winter months, there is nothing like a fresh piece of pie!

But, if you come by the cafe during the summer months, you will have the opportunity to try some of their signature seasonal salads as well as other dishes. During the summer, Lovin’ Spoonful prepares dishes with ingredients straight from a local organic garden.

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Jalapeño grit cakes, Laurie’s cucumber salad, and soup from Lovin’ Spoonful

Owner Jane Gurney originally bought the restaurant nearly seven years ago when it was an antique store. Jane decided to keep some of the authentic antique qualities of the atmosphere and continues to hang vintage paint-by-number pieces from the 1950’s and ’60’s on the restaurant walls. Even the restrooms have their own vintage themes! Walking in the door, is an experience.

“Come on down!”, says Jane. This cafe has so many wonderful menu items for everybody and provides an array of options for both veg-heads and carnivores. Lovin’ Spoonful is located at 128 University Ave., right down the street from Austin Peay State University. They are open on weekdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Silke’s Old World Breads

Silkes Old World Breads

The first restaurant feature this week is the European-style bakery, Silke’s Old World Breads. The minute you walk into the door of Silke’s, you are warmly embraced by the unparalleled aroma of freshly baked bread. It is mouth-watering.

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Silke’s has an array of delicious breads ranging from Country White to Spiced Herb and Cheese Sour Dough, Kalamata Olive, Cheese Sticks and Focaccia; the list goes on. Everything is freshly baked right there at the restaurant with wholesome and nourishing ingredients.

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Apart from the bakery, Silke’s also serves food dishes like the Fromage Sandwich and the Greek Salad above. They also make pizzas, burgers, soups and they serve breakfast!

The story of how Silke’s Old World Breads came to be is just as authentic as its menu items. Silke’s is a family-owned bakery established by Tim and Silke Tyler in August of 2000. Originally from Germany, the couple had always dreamed of having a bakery of their own; that dream finally became a reality 14 years ago, when they opened in downtown Clarksville on College St.

This place really does beat your everyday turkey and cheese!

For more information you can visit Silke’s website, or visit their restaurant at 1214 A College Street, and see for yourself!

What’s for Lunch?

It’s time for a mid-day meal again. The everyday, homemade turkey and cheese on wheat is just not going to cut it. Instead, you’re searching for unbelievably delicious food to satisfy your hunger and to stifle the unruly abdominal rumblings.

This week we are featuring two of our favorite local restaurants in town. But, we warn you, take caution when viewing the photos we have included in this week’s post; they may cause uncontrollable salivation and intense dietary cravings.

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