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LMRD 677, Thursday August 9, 2018
Starting Tomorrow:
The Sunflowers are Blooming in Clarksdale!


Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival Aug 9-12th, 2018



Thursday-Sunday, Aug 9-12th:

Sunflower River Camping

Canoe-Carving Demonstration & Workshop

Paddling on the Sunflower River

1Mississippi -- Can the River Count on You?

Festival Special: Mississippi River Beaches

Also: Upcoming Aug 31st: Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibition!!!!

**Click Here for Festival Schedule**
31st Annual Sunflower River
Blues & Gospel Festival




Quapaw Canoe Company

Festival Special: Mississippi River Beaches

Aug 9, 10, and 12th

$50/person includes everything you need for the river. In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Quapaw Canoe Company, we are offering 1/2 day round-trip Summer Beach Special to some of the splendiferous ocean-sized beaches in Coahoma County. Pack sun screen, snacks, lunch, swim suit and 2 water bottles (no styrofoam or disposable plastics please!), and meet the canoe at 9am Thursday Aug 9, Fri Aug 10 -- or 10am Sun Aug 12. Back to land around 1pm (2pm Sun Aug 12). We provide everything else for safe paddling. 6 peeps min to make trip, first-come, first served. Payment in advance by check or credit card (via Paypal).

Quapaw Canoe Company is located at 291 Sunflower Avenue (3rd & Sunflower) in downtown Clarksdale. Meet there and drive your personal vehicle to landing.

Please write info@island63.com for more information, or call Mark River 662-902-1885, Lena H-Bird 662-313-6220, or Driftwood Johnnie 662-902-7841.

*Note: All ages welcome, but minors (under 18) must be accompanied by parents or guardian. Must sign waiver. 6 minimum to make trip, 10 maximum per canoe. If more than 10 we'll add on more canoes.




Thursday-Sunday, Aug 9-12, 2018:

Sunflower River Camping

Canoe-Carving Demonstration & Workshop

LMRF — Paddling on the Sunflower River

1Mississippi -- Can the River Count on You?

Summer Beach Special: Mississippi River

**Click Here for Festival Schedule**
31st Annual Sunflower River
Blues & Gospel Festival




Sunflower River Camping

Quapaw Canoe Company is offering bathroom and shower access to persons camping along banks of Sunflower River in the City Park around our facility and in other places downtown. Bathroom and shower access is $25/tent/night for 2 people, $10 each additional person/night. Bring your own tent and sleeping bags. Don’t park on asphalt drive which the police use for access. Camping is in grassy areas of City Park to north of ramp, and any flat grassy places down along the river. Please don’t block gravel road access to Canoe Company. No open fires, but camp stoves, hibachis or small personal-sized BBQ okay. No smoking (city ordinance in public places). For more information contact: Lena Von Machui 662-313-6220, Mark “River” Peoples 662-902-1885. Quapaw Canoe Company 662-627-4070 or info@island63.com.

PS: if you don't want to camp we know of a few B&Bs that still have room for guests, including my sister Jennifer who just opened up her place as an Air B&B. Send an email to info@island63.com and we will respond with full details!

Canoe-Carving Demonstration & Workshop

Location: Quapaw Canoe Company, 289 Sunflower (Third Street & Sunflower, opposite GRIOT Arts). Catfish Dugout Canoe carving from 3-ton cottonwood log. Partnership with Spring Initiative and GRIOT ARTS youth programs. This project supported by the Mississippi Arts Commission. All ages welcome. We provide instruction, tools and safety equipment. Children under 18 must be accompanied by parents or guardian. Contact: Quapaw Canoe Company 662-627-4070 or john@island63.com.


Paddling on the Sunflower River

9 am to 4 pm Thursday - Saturday (Pick your time and stay out as long as you want)

Canoe or kayak or SUP. Paddle the beautiful (and muddy!) Sunflower River through downtown Clarksdale with the “back-door view” of Red’s Lounge, The Riverside Hotel. Possible run through a Delta Wilderness with a take-out at Hopson Plantation. Meet Location: Quapaw Canoe Company, 289 Sunflower Third Street & Sunflower, opposite GRIOT Arts). $25/person includes paddles, life jackets and all necessary gear.


1Mississippi -- Can the River Count on You?

Quapaw Canoe Company

9 am to 4 pm Thursday - Saturday

In partnership with 1Mississippi - MRN - Mississippi River Network

Ongoing Exhibit and Southern campaign headquarters for the 1Mississippi River Citizen Program. Come on over and learn about how you can help protect and better the waters of America, our drinking water, swimming water & lifeblood of the nation. Become a River Citizen and join us in making the Mississippi River sparkle like the beautiful “Queen of Rivers” that she is. Contact: Mark “River” Peoples 662-902-1885 or email markriver@island63.com.

Festival Special: Mississippi River Summer Beaches

Aug 9, 10, and 12th. $50/person includes everything you need for the river. In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Quapaw Canoe Company, we are offering 1/2 day round-trip Summer Beach Special to some of the splendiferous ocean-sized beaches in Coahoma County. You pack sun screen, swim suit and 2 water bottles (no disposable plastics please!), and meet the canoe at 9am Thursday Aug 9, Fri Aug 10 or 10am Sun Aug 12. We provide everything else for safe paddling. 6 peeps min to make trip, first-come, first served. *Note: All ages welcome, but minors (under 18) must be accompanied by parents or guardian. Must sign waiver. 6 minimum to make trip, 10 maximum per canoe. If more than 10 we'll add on more canoes. Meet at base and drive your personal vehicle to landing.

All events will meet & take place street level 3rd & Sunflower in downtown Clarksdale all day 9 - 4pm every day Thursday Aug 9 - Saturday, Aug 11th, 2018. Closed Sunday, Aug 12, but we will be running the last Summer Beach Special from 10am-2pm.

For more information contact Quapaw Canoe Company or info@island63.com 662-627-4070, 662-902-7841, Mark “River” Peoples 662-902-1885, or Lena Von Machui 662-313-6220



Coming at the end of August: Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibition

At location:
Quapaw Canoe Company, Clarksdale, MS
Aug 31 - Oct 13, 2018


~Grand Opening Celebration ~
Friday, August 31st, 6-8pm

Sunflower Avenue Block Party
featuring:
James "Super Chikan" Johnson
and:

Wang Ping





Made possible by the Mississippi Humanities Council
~Presented by the Lower Mississippi River Foundation~





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The Lower Mississippi River Dispatch "Voice of the Lower Mississippi River" is published by the Quapaw Canoe Company which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary Year in 2018. Photos and writing by John Ruskey, Mark River and others. Please write info@island63.com for re-publishing. Feel free to share with friends or family, but also credit appropriately. Go to www.island63.com and click on "Quapaw Dispatch" for viewing back issues of the LMRD.