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LMRD 751, Friday, Nov 22, 2019
The Lower Mississippi River Dispatch
"Voice of the Mississippi River"

Tomorrow, Saturday Nov 23rd, 3-6pm
Exhibition Opening ~ Paintings by:
Kyd Clark, Sheila Gourlay,
Hayden Hall, John Ruskey

The Cassidy Bayou Gallery

Sumner, MS

Through Dec 29th
Open Saturdays and Sundays 1-3pm

Or by Appointment:
call Langdon Clay

Make an evening of it with supper & drinks afterward at the next door Sumner Grille. Great food and ambience in historic town square on Cassidy Bayou, where 1955 Emmett Till (mis) trial took place; described in Delta Bohemian magazine as “a dining mecca for the most beautiful town in all of the Mississippi Delta, Sumner.” Call 662-833-3051 for reservations.

For more info, and preview, go to:

About the Cassidy Bayou Art and Culture Center:

Brothers Desaix and Buford Anderson founded the Cassidy Bayou Art and Culture Center in 2011.

In an interview with Walt Grayson that ran on WLBT-TV in May 2015, the brothers discussed why they were compelled to open the gallery.

“I see so many possibilities for this town,” said Buford. “You need to leave a place and come back to really see the potential.”

"When we mentioned that we were thinking about putting an art gallery in here,” said Desaix, “[people] said, ‘What are you talking about? We need a grocery store and a restaurant.’ We said, ‘We'll put in the art gallery and you'll put in those other things.' And lo and behold, we've got a great restaurant."

The Sumner Grille, which opened in 2013, was described in Delta Bohemian magazine as “a dining mecca for the most beautiful town in all of the Mississippi Delta, Sumner.” Visit the Sumner Grill Facebook page for details about the restaurant and to read what people have to say about this popular gathering place.

A main goal of the Cassidy Bayou Gallery is to promote the arts by featuring the rich and diverse works of regional artists.

CBACC is just one of the initiatives undertaken in the Town of Sumner to reinvigorate this historic community.

Sumner’s history is incomplete without mentioning the town's dark place in civil-rights history. Young Emmett Till, a 14-year-old from Chicago, was brutally murdered in 1955 while visiting his family in an adjacent county. The trial of the men accused—and wrongly acquitted—of the murder was held in the Sumner Courthouse, which has been restored to its 1955 appearance. The Emmett Till Interpretive Center on the Courthouse square opened in 2015 “to tell the story of the Emmett Till tragedy and point a way towards racial healing.” The Anderson brothers encourage visitors to explore the Interpretive Center’s website and tour the Center when in Sumner.

*Incredible Opportunity Now Open:
Business Partner for the Quapaw Canoe Company!

This is an extraordinary opportunity for anyone who both loves the water and has dreamed of running or partnering in their own business.

Purchase or partnership using well-established and successful system of operations. Great opportunity to take it & run, but also for coaching, mentoring, logistical support, and camaraderie of the Quapaw Canoe network of river rats on the biggest and baddest river in North America!

Description: Quapaw Canoe Company is now offering a partnership opportunity for someone with a strong passion for rivers, outdoor recreation, and is ready to dive into a challenging but rewarding business based in Clarksdale, Miss, (with outposts in Vicksburg and Helena, Arkansas). Visionary thriving business with incredible range: the Mighty Mississippi River from St. Louis to Gulf of Mexico; 1200 miles of free-flowing river. Quapaw Canoe Company is a small, mission-driven, dynamic business with many types of service including guiding & outfitting, outdoor education, and canoe construction. Applicant must be willing to tackle challenges and learn new skills. We will train as needed. All QCC staff share in all aspects of the work to be done. For more information about QCC, please visit

Requirements: Must be friendly and people-oriented. Must be good with kids as well as adults. Must have good communication skills, and be able to speak comfortably with individuals as well as groups. Must be a capable writer and typist. Must be computer savvy (both Microsoft and Apple systems). Knowledge of Quickbooks a plus. Ability with Social Media a plus. Must be willing to tackle challenges and learn new skills. We will train as needed. Must be a good team member, but also must able to work independently. Must be passionate about the outdoors and the American wilderness ethic. Must be physically capable of outdoor tasks (such as canoeing and kayaking) and moving heavy equipment in preparation and/or cleanup of expeditions. Must be honest, earnest and hard-working. We are all worker bees in this company; the river is the queen.

To Apply: Please send 1) current resume, 2) an essay describing your interest, 3) Three letters of reference, and 4) personal letter to: John Ruskey, Quapaw Canoe Company, 291 Sunflower Avenue, Clarksdale, MS 38614, or by email to Feel free to write at length. Feel free to send any other supporting materials to help us understand who you are and where your passion for the river comes from. Please contact above for more information. Serious inquiries only.




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