Lower Mississippi River Dispatch No. 901 "Voice of the Lower Mississippi River" Memphis, TN ~ Helena, AR ~ Clarksdale, MS ~ Vicksburg, MS Photos & Text (c) 2023 John Ruskey Quapaw Canoe Company 2023 Celebrating 25 Years of Service to our Queen Mississippi And over 900 issues of the Lower Mississippi River Dispatch! This is Issue No. 901 of the Lower Mississippi River Dispatch... A milestone for us! We have been operating since 1998. We have delivered 901 issues since 1999. This newsletter you are reading started out as simple series of stream-of-consciousness emails to friends & family, and grew from there. If you're new to the journey, welcome aboard "River Time!" -- where the big, muddy, Mississippi River leads us back home, to Mother Earth, through the magic balance of the canoe, in harmony with the birds, the fishes, the beavers, and all of creation.
For full Juke Joint Lineup and description of all activities, and to purchase wrist bands for night time music, please go to 2023 Juke Joint Festival Homepage.
Quapaw Canoe Company Mississippi River Events & Activities Spring/Summer 2023 Saturday, April 15th Juke Joint Festival 2023 -- Quapaw Canoe Company Outdoor Stage (see below for more info) Saturday, April 22nd Community Canoe (signup on www.island63.com, click "Book my Expedition" and select "Community Canoe") May 4 – 8, 2023 Erin Mulligan Yoga Retreat (details: https://www.erinmulligan.com/events/2023-flower-moon-yoga-retreat) June 5 – 9, 2023 Mississippi River Girls Canoe Camp (learn more here: https://www.lowermsfoundation.org/summer-camps) June 12 – 16, 2023 Mississippi River Boys Canoe Camp (learn more here: https://www.lowermsfoundation.org/summer-camps) For more information contact Quapaw Canoe Company or email@example.com, John Ruskey 662-902-7841, Mark “River” Peoples 662-902-6479
Juke Joint Festival 2023 Associated Activities at the Quapaw Canoe Company: Thursday-Saturday, April 13th-15th *Sunflower River Camping *Sunflower River Canoe Rentals *Canoe-Carving Demonstration & Workshop *1Mississippi -- Can the River Count on You? Saturday, April 15th Quapaw Canoe Company Outdoor Stage 3rd & Sunflower in Downtown Clarksdale 10:30 am -- John Ford 12:00 pm -- Side Street Steppers 1:30 pm -- Ilana Katz Katz 3:00 pm -- Lightnin' Malcolm 4:30 pm -- RL Boyce & Como Breakdown All events will meet & take place street level 3rd & Sunflower in downtown Clarksdale all day 9 - 4pm every day Thursday April 13th – Saturday April 15th, 2023. For more information contact Quapaw Canoe Company or firstname.lastname@example.org, John Ruskey 662-902-7841, Mark “River” Peoples 662-902-6479, Lee Perlow 312-246-3223, or Whit Smith 870-919-6654. Sunflower River Camping Thursday-Saturday, April 13th-15th, 2023 In partnership with the Clarksdale Police Dept 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. Proceeds generated are split with our partners the Clarksdale Police Dept. 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). Reserve and pay for your spot on website www.island63.com. Canoe-Carving Demonstration & Workshop Quapaw Canoe Company 9 am to 4 pm Thursday-Saturday, April 13th-15th, 2023 Partners: Mississippi Arts Commission, Spring Initiative and GRIOT Arts Location: behind Quapaw Canoe Company along Sunflower River, at Third Street & Sunflower, opposite GRIOT Arts & Merkai Coffee Shop). Duck-Doggie Dugout Canoe carving from 3-ton cypress log. Project partner: Mississippi Arts Commission. All ages welcome. We provide instruction, tools and safety equipment. Children under 18 must be accompanied by parents or guardian. 1Mississippi -- Can the River Count on You? Quapaw Canoe Company 9 am to 4 pm Thursday - Saturday Thursday-Saturday, April 13th-15th, 2023 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 662-902-6479. For full Juke Joint Lineup and description of all activities, please go to Juke Joint Homepage. For more information contact Quapaw Canoe Company or email@example.com, John Ruskey 662-902-7841, Mark “River” Peoples 662-902-6479, Lee Perlow 312-246-3223, or Whit Smith 870-919-6654.
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Oooohhh, how I wish I could be there for the Juke Joint Festival!!! Have an incredible experience everyone. sharing the magic of music and were better than Clarksdale!! 🎹🎼🎺🎷🎻🪕🎤❤️🤗