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FEBRUARY 6

The First Thursday Art Walk will be Feb. 6 from 5-7 p.m. at Customs House Museum at 200 S. Second St. in Clarksville. The museum will be open to the public with free admission as part of downtown Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk.

 

Clarksville Speaks, a community outreach organization, will hold a candidate forum for county highway supervisor. Each candidate will have the opportunity to present his platform, and questions will be engaged by the audience, giving each candidate the opportunity to respond. The public forum will be Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. at the William O. Beach Civic Hall at 350 Pageant Lane. The candidates include Kevin Griffy, Jeff Bryant, Bryan Knight and Stayton Black Jr. The early voting for the county primary Feb. 12-25 with Election Day set for March 3. Griffy and Bryant will face off during the primary with Knight and Black facing off with the primary winner during the general election. This will be a free community event, and the public is welcome.

 

FEBRUARY 7

Little Explorers: Groundhog’s Day Play will be Feb. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at Explorers’ Landing at Customs House Museum at 200 S. Second St. in Clarksville. The event will be free with paid admission or membership for 2-5 year olds with an adult. Will the groundhog see its shadow? Little ones will have fun participating in activities that are associated with Groundhog’s Day. Experiment with shadow science using ashlights, cut-out animal silhouettes and your own body. Explore the groundhog sensory bin, play a game where you match the groundhog to its shadow and create a cute craft that lets you make the groundhog pop in and out of its burrow.

 

FEBRUARY 8

The Second Saturday Free Admission Day will be Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Customs House Museum at 200 S. Second St. in Clarksville. The museum will be open to the public with free admission all day as part of the monthly Second Saturday Free Admission Day.

 

FEBRUARY 14

Little Explorers: Groundhog’s Day Play will be Feb. 14 at 10:30 a.m. at Explorers’ Landing at Customs House Museum at 200 S. Second St. in Clarksville. The event will be free with paid admission or membership for 2-5 year olds with an adult. Will the groundhog see its shadow? Little ones will have fun participating in activities that are associated with Groundhog’s Day. Experiment with shadow science using ashlights, cut-out animal silhouettes and your own body. Explore the groundhog sensory bin, play a game where you match the groundhog to its shadow and create a cute craft that lets you make the groundhog pop in and out of its burrow.

 

FEBRUARY 15

Hands-On Explorers: Launch Into Fun with Catapults will be Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Family Art Studio at Customs House Museum at 200 S. Second St. in Clarksville. The event will be free with paid admission or membership for kindergarten students and older with an adult. National Engineer’s Week is observed in February. During the Middle Ages, catapults were designed for use during battles, shooting rocks and hot tar into castles. Catapults are still used today to launch jets from aircraft carriers that have limited runway space. Catapult creativity and engage with the science and engineering of catapults. Build simple catapult using craft sticks, and send pom-poms and ping-pong balls flying. Can you hit the target and knock down a tower of emoji paper cups? Experiment and make predictions using different variables in your design and projectiles – what can you do to create more force? What affects the accuracy of your launch? Each participant will be able to take home his or her catapult and either a pom-pom or a ping pong ball.

 

FEBRUARY 16

Family Fun Learning: A Salute to the Model Train Crew will be Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. in the Family Art Studio at Customs House Museum at 200 S. Second St. in Clarksville. The event will be free with paid admission or membership for all ages at parent’s discretion. Visit the Coca-Cola Café for some tasty, kid-friendly snacks and say a great big “thank you” to this group of volunteers who have kept the model trains running for 32 years. Say “thank you” by visiting for snacks and conversation about the trains with the people who maintain and run them. Since its beginning, the model train exhibit has been funded, run, and maintained solely by volunteers. The engineers are always eager to discuss ways others can help with the Museum’s most popular interactive exhibits.

 

FEBRUARY 21

Little Explorers: Groundhog’s Day Play will be Feb. 21 at 10:30 a.m. at Explorers’ Landing at Customs House Museum at 200 S. Second St. in Clarksville. The event will be free with paid admission or membership for 2-5 year olds with an adult. Will the groundhog see its shadow? Little ones will have fun participating in activities that are associated with Groundhog’s Day. Experiment with shadow science using ashlights, cut-out animal silhouettes and your own body. Explore the groundhog sensory bin, play a game where you match the groundhog to its shadow and create a cute craft that lets you make the groundhog pop in and out of its burrow.

FEBRUARY 22

The 15th Miss Black Clarksville Scholarship Pageant will be Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. at Kenwood High School at 251 East Pine Mountain Road in Clarksville. Advance tickets are $15 available at eventbright.com, and tickets at the door will be $20.

 

FEBRUARY 23-MAY 3

The 25th anniversary of the Lucy Dunwody Boehm porcelain collection will be celebrated Feb. 23-May 3 in the Crouch Gallery at the Customs House Museum at 200 S. Second St. in Clarksville. Edward Marshall Boehm, with no formal art training, started his porcelain studio in Trenton, New Jersey in 1950. The works he created were collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Great Britain’s royal family and President Richard and Pat Nixon, among others. Many of his bird figures were designed after the live animals at the Boehm aviary and gardens on the Delaware River. The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center has one of the largest collections in the Southeast. We’ll celebrate the 25-year anniversary of the collection by displaying it in its entirety with an exhibition in the Crouch Gallery sponsored by Judy and Fred Landiss, founders of the Customs House Museum’s Lucy Dunwody Boehm Porcelain Collection.

 

FEBRUARY 28

Little Explorers: Groundhog’s Day Play will be Feb. 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Explorers’ Landing at Customs House Museum at 200 S. Second St. in Clarksville. The event will be free with paid admission or membership for 2-5 year olds with an adult. Will the groundhog see its shadow? Little ones will have fun participating in activities that are associated with Groundhog’s Day. Experiment with shadow science using ashlights, cut-out animal silhouettes and your own body. Explore the groundhog sensory bin, play a game where you match the groundhog to its shadow and create a cute craft that lets you make the groundhog pop in and out of its burrow.

 

THROUGH MARCH 1

Serepta Jordan: From the Collection will be featured through March 1 in the lower level foyer at Customs House Museum at 200 S. Second St. in Clarksville. Serepta Mildred Jordan was born Jan. 27, 1839 in New Providence. Jordan started a journal around 1857, when she was 18. She continued writing in her journal until 1864, close to the end of the Civil War. The journal, recently restored, is featured in the exhibition, along with photos and a collection of Jordan’s personal belongings.

 

THROUGH MARCH 1

Explorations in Color: Tennessee Women of Glass will be featured through March 1 in the Kimbrough Gallery at Customs House Museum at 200 S. Second St. in Clarksville. The exhibition features more than 30 works created by seven women artists working in glass. Artists Betty Turner, Sam Simms, Tammy O’Connor, Mary Beth McClure, Yvette Campagna, Alice Shepard and Meredith Edmondson will have their glasswork on display.

 

THROUGH MARCH 1

Tom Malone: Works on Paper from the Museum Collection will be featured through March 1 in the Harvill Gallery at Customs House Museum at 200 S. Second St. in Clarksville. See works on paper by beloved Clarksville resident Tom Malone. Malone studied at Austin Peay State University from 1971-72 and continued art classes in 1974-75. The series includes 10 portraits. Malone died in 1998 as a result of an aneurism.

 

THROUGH MARCH 16

Apron Strings: Ties to the Past will be featured through March 16 in Jostens Gallery at Customs House Museum at 200 S. Second St. in Clarksville. Apron Strings: Ties to the Past reviews the apron’s role as an emotionally charged vehicle for expression with a rich and varied craft history that is still relevant today. Featuring aprons dating from the 1900s through the present, the exhibition chronicles changing attitudes toward women and domestic work. It also surveys the wide range of design and craft techniques apron-makers have used to express themselves, while still working within creative venues traditionally available to women. This is a program of ExhibitsUSA and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

MARCH 20

The Montgomery County Republican Party will hold its annual Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner on March 20 at the Wilma Rudolph Pavilion at Liberty Park. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dress will be business attire. The guest speaker will be Nashville's Dr. Ming Wang. Other guests will include U.S. Senate candidates Ambassador Bill Hagerty and Dr. Manny Sethi, as well as Congressman Dr. Mark Green. Tickets are $75 each. Call 931-648-0174 or 931-801-3564 to order by the March 10 deadline.

 

THROUGH MARCH 29

I Have a Voice: Traveling Exhibition from Tennessee State Museum will be featured through March 29 in Memory Lane at Customs House Museum at 200 S. Second St. in Clarksville. The exhibition, on loan from the Tennessee State Museum, gives a snapshot of Tennessee’s rich African-American musical heritage and its influence on worldwide music. The exhibit gives visitors a chance to hear the voices of the many Tennessee African-American men and women who made their mark on American music from ragtime to Motown.

 

THROUGH MARCH 30

Sher Fick: Imitation of Life will be featured through March 30 in the Bruner Gallery at Customs House Museum at 200 S. Second St. in Clarksville. Sher Fick brings her carefully crafted assemblages – works inspired by her spinal cord surgery. Fick was the inaugural artist at Seed Space for Experimental Art and Dialogue in Nashville. Fick was one of nine female artists in TAKE CARE: Biomedical Ethics in the 21st Century, a traveling exhibition featured at the Pool Art Fair, during Art Basel–Miami and ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI. She has exhibited in select museum, solo and juried exhibitions since 2001.

 

THROUGH MAY 5

Reimagined Lore: The Art of Tara Swalgren will be featured through May 5 in the Orgain Gallery at Customs House Museum at 200 S. Second St. in Clarksville. The animal-themed mixed media exhibition showcases the work of local artist and Austin Peay graduate Tara Swalgren. She is currently an art instructor at Madsion Street Art and Music Academy in Clarksville. Swalgren said, “I want to create these intricate and beautiful creatures that we only see and hear about in folk lore or our fantasies. I want to bring them into our reality, our view. To allow us to gaze upon something so fantastical that it can only be made through art.”

 

ONGOING

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Family-to-Family Education Program will hold a free 12-week training course to teach family members the knowledge and skills needed to cope more effectively with people with mental illness. Attend with other family members just like in a confidential setting. Gain insight into how mental illness affects a relative; take an eye-opening look inside some of today’s current brain research related to mental illness; learn how families can become advocates for better treatments for their relatives; learn about the mental illness medication issues available and the latest treatment options; learn to cope with worry and stress; and learn to focus on care for you, as well as loved ones. Many describe the impact of this program as life changing. Join the more than 200,000 individuals who have gained information, insight, understanding and empowerment. Classes will begin in January at Tennova Hospital-Clarksville. The class is free and confidential. Interested individuals must pre-register by calling Karen at 270-885-9410.

 

The Clarksville-Montgomery County Adult Literacy Council is in desperate need to appropriately accommodate one-on-one tutorial services to adult learners reading below third grade level. Anyone who has one hour to volunteer per week is encouraged to contact the Adult Literacy Council executive director Velma Jo Williams at 931-542-5046 or 931-216-0225 for an one-on-one new tutor orientation.

 

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