Daily Tidbit for Thursday: Celebrating a birthday today is Raquel Liles…happy birthday, Raquel!
With numerous volunteers preparing for this weekend’s 22nd Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival, Austin Greer of Clarksdale Public Works takes a break from pruning the Williams Park shrubbery to speak to Alice Barbieri about the unique park sign her husband Vic Barbieri created years ago. It was designed by artist Jason Bouldin and produced by Barbieri’s Clarksdale High School welding students to welcome visitors to the historic district where the playwright spent his childhood. During the festival, scenes from Tennessee Williams plays will be performed by actors on four historic porches. Clarksdale Garden Club members landscape the park with flowers and shrubs. Barbieri also designed the distinctive Crossroads sign at the intersection of Highways 49 and 61. Photo by Panny Mayfield
The Tennessee Williams Festival is upon us…events begin at the Cutrer Mansion tomorrow morning at 9:00 with a welcome from Coahoma County Higher Education Center Director Jen Waller, followed by a screening of Sweet Bird of Youth. There is a full slate of performances, workshops, competitions, and other events lined up for Friday and Saturday with something for everyone. Events will be held at Coahoma Community College, the Cutrer Mansion, and the front porches of the Historic District. Between events, attendees are encouraged to visit downtown restaurants and to take advantage of the Artwalk Downtown at local galleries and shops. It looks like we may have some rain push through today, but Friday and Saturday are expected to be sunny and cooler, so it will be a great weekend to get out!
The WROX Guitar Pull benefiting St. Jude is tonight at Ground Zero Blues Club at 8:00. The line-up features Kingfish Ingram, Daddy Rich, Leo “Bud” Welch, and Preston Rumbaugh…if you are unfamiliar with the term “guitar pull,” as I was, WROX owner Paul Wilson tells me that the term is derived from the jam sessions of aspiring songwriters who would pass a guitar around, trying out their new material. Come out for some great music for a great cause, plus all-you-can eat chicken bites! And don’t forget to tune in to 105.7 WROX/AM 1450 tomorrow morning at 8:40 on your way to the Cutrer Mansion for “Newsweek in Review.” Paul and I will discuss the newsworthy events of the week and fill you in on upcoming events for the weekend.
I want to thank everyone that I talked to yesterday who expressed their congratulations on my new position with the Clarksdale Press-Register. Your support is overwhelming, and I am grateful for and humbled by the trust that you have placed in me. I depend on and welcome the community’s input as we move in this new direction, and am looking forward to working with you to make Clarksdale the place we all know it can be. My door is always open, so stop by the office anytime!