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Lower Mississippi River Dispatch
"Voice of the Lower Mississippi"
October 15, 2019 ~ LMRD 745

Tonight! At Ocean Springs Library:
King Beaver Dugout Canoe Program
5:30-6:30pm, Ocean Springs, MS

Ocean Springs Library -- the public library whose walls are adorned with the art of Walter Anderson! For more information, go to Friends of the Ocean Springs Library

"6 Steps in Carving a Dugout Canoe," by John Ruskey; come find out what the other 5 steps are!

~~~ Sacred Space ~~~

“Goldenrod on Horn Island” (c. 1955), by Walter Inglis Anderson. Watercolor on paper. Collection of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art. Copyright the family of Walter Anderson

Horn Island -- Sacred Place
by Julian Rankin, Oxford American, Fall 2019



“Blue Crabs” (c. 1955), by Walter Inglis Anderson. Watercolor on paper. Collection of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art. Copyright the family of Walter Anderson

Next week-long Artist's Retreat on Horn Island is March 23-28, 2020. Reserve your place in the voyageur canoe by contacting or 662-902-7841 -- and reconnect to your inner creative spirit!

“Father Mississippi” (c. 1953), by Walter Inglis Anderson. Watercolor on paper. Collection of the family of Walter Anderson. Copyright the family of Walter Anderson


Upcoming Community Canoe Daytrips:

Saturday, Oct 19
Sunflower River, 1-4pm

Saturday, Nov 2
Sunflower River, 1-4pm

Saturday, Nov 9
Sunflower River, 1-4pm

Community Canoe Daytrips are made possible through the Clarksdale Revitalization, Inc, in partnership with the Lower Mississippi River Foundation. A community that canoes together, grooves together!


Neck and neck! PJ & Kim Townsend & Jenny McCann cross the line a slim canoe nose in front of Kevin, Caroline & Virginia Smith (Sat, Oct 5th)

Buck Island River Race
St. Francis River to Helena Harbor

See below for finishing times for the Oct 5, 2019, 1st annual Buck Island River Race, St. Francis River to Helena Harbor, 9.77 miles on the Mississippi River! Race times kept (very unscientifically) by stopwatch, starting the moment participants hit the muddy waters of the Mississippi as they exited the big eddy at the mouth of the St. Francis River. By all accounts, the race was a success! 2nd annual in works for 2020. Stay tuned for details forthcoming in the New Year.

54:35 Elmer Holmes

54:37 Adam Davis
1:03:25 Robert Cheek & Scott Shirey
1:08:40 Scott Andrews
1:11:08 Mike Beck
1:15:18 PJ & Kim Townsend & Jenny McCann
1:15:19 Kevin, Caroline & Virginia Smith
1:16:29 Paul & Tonya Mixon
1:17:01 Jeff Narvil
1:18:37 Billy Howell
1:24:35 Todd Dixon

Thanks to all who participated! Fundraiser event for the Lower Mississippi River Foundation, dedicated to long lasting stewardship of the big river through our youth.

The Mayor of Helena, AR, Kevin Smith, with twin daughters Caroline & Virginia Smith in Kevin's Blind Faith Canoe (which he paddled down the Mississippi River in 1983!)



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The Walter Anderson Museum of Art inspires discovery, imagination, and community-building on the Gulf Coast and beyond through programs, exhibitions, and outreach; and embodies Walter Anderson’s vision for societies in harmony with their environments. "Our mission is to empower lifelong curiosity and connection to the natural world through the art of Walter Anderson and kindred artists."


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Coahoma Collective catalyzes arts-driven, community-inclusive revitalization in downtown Clarksdale


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