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TABLE OF CONTENTS events WES GOLDEN FOR COUNTY MAYOR CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCEMENT • 10 BUSINESS AFTER HOURS AT WADE BOURNE NATURE CENTER • 16 CANDLELIGHT BALL DINNER • 21 APPETITE FOR ART • 27 OFFICENOW RIBBON CUTTING • 32 CHOCOLATE AFFAIR • 34 NIGHT STALKER REMEMBERANCE TRAIL • 37 FCSC V.I.C.E. NIGHT• 39 WELCOME RECEPTION FOR APSU PRESIDENT DR. LICARI • 43 MAYOR’S YOUTH COUNCIL PANDEMIC VICTIMS CEREMONY• 50 APSU CHI OMEGA CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT • 58 GIRL SCOUTS TROUP 2434 DUNBAR CAVE PROJECT • 66 GLOBAL TROT 5K & 1 MILE FUN RUN• 72

editorials LETTER FROM THE VIP TEAM • 8 PERFECT PLANNER • 8 SALUTE TO SERVICE | MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH• 15 GRAND CAYMAN • 18 FRANKLIN STREET’S FABULOUS, FEARLESS ADRIENNE FRY • 25 5 HISTORIC HOMES ON MADISON STREET • 30 SEASIDE | FLORIDA • 47 CLARKSVILLE GUTTER • 52 ARTLINK • 55 THE ROXY REGIONAL THEATRE • 57 DESTINATION DOWNTOWN • 61 MENTAL HEALTH & FIRST AID TRAINING • 70

FROM THE COVER: RHONDA & KEVIN KENNEDY AT THE CANDLELIGHT BALL DINNER PHOTOGRAPHY BY: TONY CENTONZE

CREDITS PUBLISHER ASHLEY MYNATT MANAGING EDITOR BETHANY SIGLER GRAPHIC DESIGN BETHANY SIGLER KAYLA COOK BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT LINDSEY SIMS KAYLA COOK CONTRIBUTING WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS TONY CENTONZE LINDSEY SIMS LYDA KAY FERREE RYAN BOWIE DISTRIBUTION CHRISTIE MCKINNEY

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Letter from the VIP Team Filled with art, vibrant culture, exceptional sculptures, beautiful boutiques, and enchanting eateries, Historic Downtown Clarksville is the heartbeat of the city. It is the perfect blend of history and progress. New murals on buildings next to ghost paintings speak to an enduring spirit of creativity present in the fabric of our community. Nonprofits with downtown headquarters remind us what a kind, caring place we are. Businesses founded by innovative creatives like Cultivated Co, Journey’s Eye Studio, and DBOGallery are a constant source of fresh perspectives, breathing life into the community. Not many places have it all but Clarksville, without a doubt, does. Recently opened Fanelli’s Deli is a little bit of the Northeast nestled into a concept new to the downtown landscape, The City Market. The City Market is home to shops like The Clarksville Collection, and City Boy Country Life, but the building also functions as a breezeway. Connecting the parking garage across the street from the Historic Montgomery County Courthouse to Franklin Street, The City Market’s cut-through connection is transformative to the walkability of downtown. With the MPEC on the horizon, that is an absolute game changer! As summer approaches, the Clarksville Downtown Market is starting again, there are events in the Downtown Commons, and our entire city is already buzzing with energy in anticipation. Putting together our Destination Downtown Issue was extra special this year. We are in love with Clarksville and so incredibly proud to be part of this community! Enthusiastically, The VIP Clarksville Magazine Team

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A COLLECTION OF UPCOMING EVENTS IN OUR COMMUNITY

SPRING BLUES FESTIVAL Location | Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel Date | May 8, 2021 Time | 1:00PM-10:00PM

Friday Night Live | Summer Concert Series

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Emmalee & Nightmasters at Downtown @ Sundown

1800s Western Murder Mystery Dinner

Spring Into Summer Salutes Fort Campbell Festival

THE GREAT TENNESSEE AIR SHOW

Location | Old Glory Distilling Co. Date | June 11, 2021 Time | 6:00PM-10:00PM

JUNETEENTH BLOCK PARTY

Location | Downtown Commons Date | June 19, 2021 Time | 10:00AM-7:00PM

Location | Historic Collinsville Date | June 18, 2021 Time | 5:30PM

Location | City Hall Parking Lot Date | May 15, 2021 Time | 8:00AM-12:00PM

Location |Oak Grove War Memorial Walking Trail Date | May 29, 2021 Time | 12:00PM-9:00PM

Location | Downtown Commons Date | May 21, 2021 Time | 7:00PM-10:00PM

Location | The Smyrna Rutherford County Airport Date | JUNE 5 & 6, 2021 Time | 8:00AM-5:00PM

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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Wes Golden recently announced his bid for Montgomery County Mayor. The current Health and Safety Manager for the City of Clarksville announced his candidacy on April 8th. The official campaign kickoff and reception were held at The Ruby Cora, and catered by Nicoletta’s. Golden is a Republican and a family man who has dedicated himself to the success of Montgomery County and its citizens. He has volunteered for the Montgomery County Veterans Coalition, Kiwanis, Urban Ministries, Friends of Dunbar Cave, Montgomery County Soccer Association, and the YMCA. He also served as a firefighter and licensed Emergency Medical Technician with Clarksville Fire Rescue. Golden’s wife Sara is a Vice President and Branch Administrator at F&M Bank. They have three children, Nash, Lydia and Mia.

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“ … The unprecedented growth that Montgomery County has seen, requires a comprehensive plan of action that addresses both our community’s infrastructure and educational needs,” Golden said. “As your next Mayor, I will make this my top priority, while ensuring it is implemented in a fiscally and economically responsible manner.”

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THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE BUSINESSES & INDIVIDUALS WHO SPONSORED OUR SAFEHOUSE SHOWDOWN EVENT.

WE APPRECAIATE YOUR SUPPORT OF THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY VETERANS COALITION.

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Military Appreciation Month You would be hard-pressed to find a city more patriotic than Clarksville. While officially Fort Campbell is in Kentucky, the bulk of the base both in mass and personnel calls ClarksvilleMontgomery County home. In 2020 for the third year in a row, Clarksville was a recipient of the Insurify Most Patriotic Cities award. The award is based on an algorithm and national analysis, but in Clarksville one look around is all the proof anyone needs. The military is engrained in the fabric of our community. Clarksville-Montgomery County has fantastic retention of veterans because during their service it became more than a command, this became the place their hearts feel at home. From our nonprofits like the Montgomery County Veterans Coalition, AUSA, Operation Stand Down, and others, to our stellar Veterans Service Office, Chamber of Commerce committees and community events,

Clarksville-Montgomery County loves to love on our veterans. May is Military Appreciation Month, and at VIP, we feel this is the perfect opportunity to express gratitude to them, and their families, for all that they do every day. Officially designated by Congress in 1999, Military Appreciation Month takes place every year throughout the entire month of May. 365 days a year, 7 days a week and 24 hours a day, service men and women, our friends, family and neighbors, are on call around the world, defending the interests and security of the nation. Because of our military, our veterans, and the unique world view and perspectives they bring, Clarksville-Montgomery County is a place unlike any another. All of the time, and especially this May, our hearts are filled with love, appreciation, and gratitude for our incredible service men and women.

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS AT THE WADE BOURNE NATURE CENTER

Story & Photography by Tony Centonze The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted Business After Hours, at the newly opened Wade Bourne Nature Center in Rotary Park. Sally Burchett is the Center’s Natural Resources and Programming Manager.

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“We’re so excited to host Business After Hours today,” Burchett said. “Our official ribbon cutting was on October 24, 2020. We then opened to the public in November. This is Montgomery County’s first nature center. It is meant to be a nature education center. All our exhibits are based solely on Rotary Park, and the nature and wildlife found here. So, it’s very specific to our area. We want this Center to be a great learning resource for children in our school system, as well as members of the community.”

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Story Contributed by Waterdogs SCUBA & Safety The largest of the three Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman, is all about beaches, sunshine, and laid-back island life. If you’re planning a trip to this popular Caribbean destination, here is a helpful guide highlighting some experiences you absolutely must have on Grand Cayman.

Sit on the breezy porch and sample sandwiches, salads and other delectable innovations made with locally grown produce, farm-fresh eggs, and lots of love. This place does amazing things with coconut, including irresistible coconut ‘ceviche’ and smoked spiced coconut ‘bacon’.

Seven Mile Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the Caribbean. Stretching for seven miles along Grand Cayman’s western coast, this picture-perfect stretch of sand is where you’ll find crystal clear turquoise water, palm trees lining the shore, areas to snorkel among coral and colorful fish, and the opportunity to simply relax and soak up some sunshine.

Although the menu is mostly vegan and vegetarian, Vivo is doing its part to rid the reef of its most dangerous invasive species. You can help by ordering a seared lionfish sandwich or a coconut lionfish curry. Good for the body, good for the soul, good for the earth!

At the main entrance to the beach, you’ll usually find hordes of cruise ship passengers, but if you walk a little further in either direction the beach clears out and you’ll have plenty of space to enjoy the sand in relative solitude. At Stingray City, swim with hundreds of Southern Sting rays in perfectly clear water across a large sand bar. Enjoy the memorable of feeding them by hand as you enjoy a once in a life time experience. Other attractions include: Crystal Caves, Bioluminescent Waters, and Prancing Ponies.

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Macabucas – Local Favorite located in west bay, with restaurant seating, a bar on the beach, and seating that extends into the water over the reef. Great spot to do a shore dive especially at night! Cracked Conch - This oceanfront stunner has been delighting discerning diners for some three decades. Although it sounds like the name of a beach bar, this high-concept restaurant and lounge is all white tablecloths and sublime service. There’s a more informal venue on the vast open-air deck. Perfect spot for a sunset dinner. Vivo - At the forefront of Cayman’s farm-totable movement, Vivo is all about sustainability.

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Kaibo Beach - Here’s a near-perfect beach bar, with tables in the sand, creative cocktails, and scrumptious food – ranging from conch fritters to coconut curry fish. For a rollicking good time, come for the Tuesday-night beach barbecue, with live music, Caymanian cooking and dancing on the sand. Need a lift? You can catch the water taxi from Camana Bay. Upstairs - That’s the name, as well as the location, and is a highly lauded fine-dining restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Laurence Tham. The sixcourse tasting menu is a culinary extravaganza.

Dive In

The diving around Grand Cayman is absolutely phenomenal, with something for every level of experience to enjoy. Stunningly beautiful reefs are flourishing off of the western and northern coasts. The features most prominent for divers are the sheer walls located just off the coastline where the island landscape drops steeply into the ocean bottom. Along the side of these walls are all manner of marine life which feed on the bio-systems offered by the healthy aquatic growth. Abundant fish, several species of rays, and our personal favorite, the sea turtle, can be found amongst the growth both day and night. The USS Kittiwake, a former submarine rescue ship for the US Navy, was sunk just off Seven Mile Beach in January, 2011. Purpose sunk for use by SCUBA divers, the Kittiwake continues to draw people from all over the world. Very

conveniently located at an appropriate depth for any level of diver, this vessel was recently modified by Mother Nature herself. Tropical Storm Nate in early 2017 pushed the Kittiwake onto her side but this only made the dive MORE interesting while still maintaining the structural integrity needed for some safe SCUBA experiences. On the northeast side of the island, Lighthouse Point offers a great shore dive out to see the Guardian of the Deep. Half ancient warrior and half seahorse, the mythological creature sculpted in Bronze stands an impressive 13 feet and is an easy swim out for divers and swimmers alike. He is easily seen from the surface but is best experienced below the surface while SCUBA diving down to about 60 feet. Quite the site and highly recommended.

Swimming with Horses

We tend to try horseback riding on many of our ventures and Grand Cayman did not disappoint. We participated in a fantastic beach ride which ended with a very unusual twist. The guide, an obvious equestrian of serious skill and experience, led our group on horseback out into the surf all the way past the breakers to where the horses were swimming with us holding on! On command, the horses turned back towards the shore and took us back to their well-appointed stable to end the day.

To Conclude…

The Caribbean is one of the greatest things about living where we do. Grand Cayman, specifically, is a short trip away that offers all the amenities of home in an island getaway with great weather and beautiful scenery for everyone year-round. You cannot go wrong if considering a getaway and we welcome any other questions you may have. We can’t wait to report in the next issue on some of our further adventures and hope you consider joining us sometime in the near future.


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Candlelight Ball Dinner Story & Photography by Tony Centonze The Candlelight Ball is always a glamourous event, and although this year looked a little different, it was no less dazzling. Attendees were simply radiant, and seemed to sparkle extra bright after last year’s reprieve. Spirits were exceptionally high as Austin Peay presented awards to outstanding supporters of the university. Joe Shakeenab & Khandra Smalley

“At tonight’s Awards Presentation Dinner, we are very excited to celebrate this year’s award recipients,” Nikki Loos Peterson said. “The Wendell H. Gilbert Award is being presented to Sammy Stuard, and the Spirit of Austin Peay Award is being presented to Rhonda and Kevin Kennedy. They have all done so much for the city of Clarksville, and APSU. So, on behalf of the Candlelight Ball committee, we’re thrilled to be able to honor and recognize them tonight.”

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“We also brought up our Candlelight Ball Committee and this year’s Co-Chairs to be recognized,” Peterson said. “We’re really focusing on COVID-19 protocols and guidelines. We’re keeping everyone sociallydistanced as much as possible, so everyone feels comfortable. And, we’re already looking ahead to next year’s Candlelight Ball. Our plan is to be back at the Omni Hotel in Nashville on March 12, 2022, where we hope to have between 650 and 700 guests.” Danielle & Davis Stack

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Kasey Naasen, Staff Liaison for Clarksville Association of Realtors’ Helping Hands Committee, greeted guests as they arrived for CAR’s annual Appetite for Art. This year’s event was held at the Silo Event Center in Hopkinsville

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”We’re raising money tonight for Montgomery County’s F.U.E.L. Program,” Naasen said. “We’re having an art auction that features original creations from students ranging in age from preschool to high school. They submitted their art work and our committee selected the pieces that will be auctioned.”

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About 115 people came out to support this year’s auction. Sandy Hester was Appetite for Art’s 2021 event chairperson. She spoke afterward. “This is my first time chairing the committee for Appetite for Art,” Hester said. “I think it went well. We raised more than $11,000, which is great for a one-night event at the tail end of a pandemic. I’m really pleased, and we are all proud to be making this donation to Montgomery County’s F.U.E.L. Program.

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“Coming up, CAR will be hosting a blood drive, then Thanksgiving for All. Then we’ll do the Salvation Army Angel Trees, and the DCS Christmas Baskets. Anyone who wants to help can find information on our website at www.clarksvilleaor.com or www.SpreadingOurSupport.com.

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Former Clarksville Mayor, Michael Carr Northington built the Victorian mansion in 1886, and in 1925, Oscar and Irene Beach purchased the home and raised their three children at the residence. Oscar operated Pan American Oil Co., now Beach Oil Company, and Irene was a nurse at the hospital next door to their home. Their son, William Oscar Beach, became a judge in Clarksville and started Beachaven Winery, with his daughter Louisa.

Bellefield O. Keese was an exceptionally talented man with very little education. Bank President, businessman and tobacconist, Keese was a self-made man. In 1852 he married Cornelia Peacher, who was the daughter of famed mill owner, Pete Peacher. Prospering in the tobacco business, Keese later became president of the Montgomery Savings Institution. Cumberland Bank & Trust currently resides in this location and has fully restored the building, even restoring the 12,000-pound font tower.

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Russell Eason Hart, who also built the Mayors Mansion in Nashville, designed this Tuscan style home for Joseph Phillips Dunlop. Dunlop co-owned Dunlop Mills on 1138 Franklin St with his brother. During World War I, Dunlop served as a first lieutenant in the Army’s field artillery. Later, the home was purchased by Jack Miller and his wife Mary Louise Perkins; together they started Perkins and Miller which was in business for over 60 years. The home was also featured in Robert Penn Warren’s novel, At Heaven’s Gate.

Built in the late 1800’s, Horace Lurton was a US Supreme Court Justice. While staying at the residence during the Civil War, Father Abram Joseph Ryan famously penned the poem “The Conquered Banner.” In 1885, John Hurst, a local grocer and businessman, purchased the home and his daughter, Sally, married Austin Peay. John Hurt’s initials are still present in the iron gates. Clarence Saunders, founder of the Piggly Wiggly, was once a salesman for Hurst.

Originally built in 1868, the home was once owned by Johnson who served as Tennessee State Representative from 1829-1845. He was appointed to Postmaster General by then US President James K Polk, and later introduced the self-adhesive stamp. Additionally, Johnson was a state court judge in 1850, and president of the Bank of Tennessee from 1854 – 1860. Lastly, Johnson was attributed with saving Clarksville from Union troops during the Civil War because of his political ties and friendship.Johnson is buried in Greenwood Cemetery.

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“Today is a ribbon cutting and open house,” Consulo said. “We now have forty small businesses in our facility, that are literally open right now. We have everything from hair spas to the Joe Padula Show, to a photography studio that specializes in newborns. So, a great variety of small businesses all throughout this 20,000 + sf building.” This venture began with Consulo’s dream of having a co-working space for small business owners. “We wanted a place where they could win and thrive,” Consulo said. “A place without the big overhead. Some places are just too expensive for start-ups. Our tenants’ electric and water are included, and we host lots of events that allow them to collaborate with other small business owners.

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Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Clarksville Parks & Recration recently hosted its annual Chocolate Affair at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center, a celebration of cocoa that features sweet and savory treats from area businesses. “We had to reschedule our Chocolate Affair this year due to Covid-19,” Kara Zahn said. “But, we’re excited to be here and already looking forward to bringing it back at its usual first Saturday in February, in 2022.” Anna Sanders & Christy Hutchison

This year’s event had to be modified a bit, for safety concerns. “It’s more of a ‘stroll’ type of event this year,” Zahn said. “Guests will walk in, grab a bag with a go container, silverware, a bottle of water and a vendor program. They’ll still be able to visit our vendors, and receive samples from everyone. Then, they can take all their goodies home to enjoy later.”

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A QR Code was included on the program which allowed this year’s guests, limited to 150 each session, down from 300 in previous years, to vote for their favorite. This year’s winners were announced at the end of the day. That information is on Clarksville Parks & Rec’s Facebook page.

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Categories included Best Taste, Most Creative Use of Chocolate, and Best Presentation. “We have Two Birds Coffee Co. back this year,” Zahn said. “We also have Culture Wine Bar, Life+Lemons=Cake, and some other exciting vendors. We’re excited to see what great treats they have brought for us.”

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Travis Electrical Service is humbled to be part of the Clarksville & Fort Campbell communities. We are deeply grateful for our service members and their families. To show our gratitude for the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice, we are proud to unveil our Folds of Honor truck. A portion of the proceeds generated by this truck’s service will be donated to Folds of Honor, an organization that funds scholarships for the children of service members who have lost their lives. We support the mission of Folds of Honor, which is “Honor their sacrifice. Educate their legacy.” Folds of Honor has a significant presence here in Clarksville, and most of the funds donated from Clarksville stay right here in our community, building up our youth, healing families in our community.

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This year’s theme was Havana. Tables were set for almost 400 guests, who were dressed in colorful Cuban attire. The evening was dedicated to Valerie Hunter-Kelly, “Our dear friend and generous supporter…We will always hold her dear in our heart and extend our love to her family.”

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Doors opened at 5:30, and the silent auction began, featuring 130 baskets and 10 works of art, all donated and available to the highest bidder. The live auction featured a variety of items, ranging from a “Morning are for Mimosas” package: everything you need for a champagne brunch, including a refurbished vintage table, or an outdoor theater package, to a master distiller day, an ultimate scuba experience, or adventure travel packages to South Africa, Argentina or New Zealand. “… this event simultaneously raises funds that support both our military and local communities,” FCSC President Crystal Garcia said. “The generous contributions made to this event will be distributed as scholarships and other financial grants throughout our community and beyond. Gary & Lettie Good

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Welcome Reception for APSU President Dr. Michael Licari Story & Photography by Tony Centonze The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a Welcome Reception for APSU’s new President, Dr. Michael Licari and his wife Kirsten, an opportunity for a meet and greet with local business and community leaders.

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“I’m really looking forward to getting the life and vibrancy back to campus,” Licari said. “We’ll be back working in person as of June 1st , and then of course we’re looking forward to Fall, when we’ll have students back in the classrooms, in the residence halls, and once again engaged in all the activities that this wonderful campus is able to provide. We’re really looking forward to that.”

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After 1-1/2 years of disruption by the pandemic, Licari is hopeful for a seamless transition back to normal campus life. “We’ll do our best to restart, there might be some instances where we have to shake people out of their complacency,” Licari said. “Most of them are in the habit of getting out of bed, putting on their sweat pants, and opening their laptops to take a class or go to work. There will have to be a redoubled effort to get that campus-life energy back. It will be some work, but everyone is very excited.

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“Kirsten and I have found Clarksville and Montgomery County to be absolutely wonderful. This reception this morning is just another indicator of how tremendous this community has been in welcoming us with open arms. Everyone has been so engaging, and helpful. It has been great.”

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“TO ESCAPE AND SIT QUIETLY ON THE BEACH—THAT’S MY IDEA OF PARADISE.”—EMILIA WICKSTEAD Story by Lyda Kay Ferree, The Southern Lifestyles Lady Photography Courtesy of Kurt Lischka and Moon Creek Studios Seaside, Florida…How I wish I were there now, and I suspect many of our readers share my desire to be sitting on the beach watching the waves roll in. The name Seaside conjures up images of pleasant breezes, sunshine, water, and pastel houses with picket fences. The last several months have been challenging ones for all of us as the COVID-19 virus changed our lives. A short while ago, many of us had not even heard of this virus. Just as our lives changed, so has the landscape of Seaside, which did not escape the virus shutdowns but now is again attracting visitors to its lovely destination. Seaside, about an eight hour drive from Clarksville, Tennessee, is a perfect summer getaway. Built on 80 acres on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, the village is located on South Walton County’s Highway 30-A. Acclaimed world-wide as the birthplace of New Urbanism, Seaside offers a thriving town center with shopping and dining all within walking distance to homes, cottages, and offices. Consisting of more than 475 cottages, many of them vacation rentals, the community has about 20 restaurants and eateries and over 40 shops, galleries, and services.

ACCOLADES FOR SEASIDE Seaside was named “2015 Best Family Beach” in the Travel Channel’s Best Beach Awards 2015 and was featured on the Cooking Channel’s Emeril’s Florida, was named the “Best Beach on Earth” for families by “Travel+Leisure” Magazine and included in USA Today’s “Top 10 Best Beach Towns in Florida” in 2013 by “Dr. Beach.” The holiday town was also the primary filming location of the classic movie “The Truman Show.” Recent accolades for Seaside include “Architectural Digest” naming Seaside one of the most visually stunning locales in America. It has also been named Florida’s Best Christmas Town and one of the top 10 places to live in South Walton, Florida. “There is nothing else like it in all of Northwest Florida,” said Kerri Parker, who has lived in Seaside since 1997.

HISTORY OF SEASIDE, FLORIDA The concept of Seaside came in 1946 when the grandfather of future founder Robert S. Davis bought 80 acres of land along the shore of Northwest Florida as a summer retreat for his family. In 1979 Davis inherited the parcel from his grandfather and aimed to transform it into

an old-fashioned beach town with traditional wood-framed cottages of the Florida Panhandle. Davis, his wife, Daryl, and architectural partners toured the South studying small towns as a basis for planning Seaside. The Davises set up a lemonade stand on Highway 30A and sold to the occasional cars that came by and shared with the visitors their vision for Seaside.

SEASIDE: A THROWBACK TO SIMPLER TIMES Seaside is a comforting throwback to simpler times because the co-founder Robert Davis wanted people to be able to walk down the paths of Seaside and stop on people’s front porch for a glass of lemonade or iced tea and take advantage of a light Gulf breeze. Every street ends on a gateway to the sea. Many people attend visit Seaside to attend an event, or to shop and have dinner there, and end up falling in love with the community, eventually making it their home or summer destination. There are only 148 full-time year-round residents in Seaside. Many are empty nesters or they own a business there. Semi-permanent residents live in Seaside about six months out of the year. Then there are the many visitors who come year-round. Most of the homes in Seaside are second homes and rental homes for people in the feeder markets of Atlanta, Nashville, Birmingham, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Tallahassee, and a lot of smaller markets. Many of the visitors are from the New York area, and some have second homes in Seaside. There is an architectural code in Seaside for residential, civic and commercial areas. “This code pushes all of the elements to their farthest reach, but you feel like there is such unification because of the code,” said Kerri Parker. Typically, Spring Break is a peak time for visitors to Seaside. “We start to see Spring Breakers arrive the last week of February, and they keep coming through the end of Easter,” said Parker. “After a short break, they’re back for summer.”

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ANNUAL FESTIVALS, EVENTS, PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS Seaside is very events-minded. Wednesday concert series, weekly Friday night movies, and Seaside Repertory Movies and Summer Concert Series are popular annual offerings in Seaside. In the fall there is a Seeing Red Wine Festival and a cute Halloween Derby. In November “The Nutcracker” is an annual tradition, and in December there is an orchestra performance and Turn on the Town with massive Christmas lights throughout the town and a gigantic Christmas tree, Santa and a parade. Special programs throughout the year attract visitors. Escape to Create is a program that occurs in January and February in which artists, plein air painters, poets, songwriters and videographers practice their trade and work on their craft in the beautiful setting of Seaside. Some homeowners relinquish their home for a month for these artists. The Seaside Institute, a non-profit organization established by Seaside’s founders and dedicated to the restoration of civic life, has an academic village that features workshops associated with photography, writing, architecture and design, arts and culture.

CULINARY OFFERINGS IN SEASIDE “Airstream Row, which lines Highway 30-A where the Post Office was before its move, is extremely popular. It has changed quite a bit since 2015,” said Kerri Parker. Nothing but an Airstream can go in this limited space. For decades the vendors were at the Farmers’ Market, but now they have moved to Airstream Row with Airstreams retrofitted to serve the locals and visitors. People walk around ordering food from a variety of vendors while admiring street art. Two popular vendors are Crepe du Soleil, which specializes in crepes, and Wild Bill’s, which serves hot dogs.

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A lot of merchants moved, and some new merchants were brought in including the expanded Taco Bar; Bud and Alley’s, which expanded its rooftop deck—quite the sight to see; and Shrimp Shack moved onto the boardwalk now called Gracie’s Way. A new Seaside Pavilion is a popular place for folks to sit and eat. According to Kerri Parker, there are must see and do activities. Visitors must tour the beautiful sugar-white sand beach, eat at one of Bud & Alley’s restaurants, take in the sunset from Bud & Alley’s rooftop deck, grab some Royal Reds from the Shrimp Shack or dine at Great Southern, which offers fresh, home-style cooking, or one of our many Airstreams offering a variety of menu options not found elsewhere. They should rent a bike and experience streets, view and parks from that level and visit Modica Market, a little hometown grocery store; Sundog Books and Central Square Records; La Vie Est Belle (Life Is Good—specializing in cultured pearls and leather); and Perspicasity and Seaside Classic shops are special clothing stores. Amavida Coffee is a popular coffee shop, and it receives awards for its worldwide philanthropic work. Surf lessons on the emerald green waters are a big draw as well and popular with the kids.” Kerri Parker offers one must-do thing to do in Seaside. “Take time to look through the palm trees and look for what your eye is being guided toward because everything in Seaside has a purely guided sight line.” In addition to the newly located Post Office and Airstream Row with many new merchants, there are pavilions on the beach. “Obviously the beach is the main reason people come here,” said Parker. “The white velvety sand feels amazing!” Parker added that “we have built Seaside slowly and thoughtfully. A town is never finished. It is always evolving!” Seaside successfully combines a natural, elegant and relaxing beach life with amenities for everyone. It is truly the perfect “home away from home!”


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Mayor’s Youth Council Pandemic Victims Ceremony Story & Photography by Tony Centonze Recently the Mayor’s Youth Council gathered at McGregor Park to hold a memorial honoring those who lost their lives to COVID-19 in Clarksville and Montgomery County.

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“The Mayor’s Youth Council is an amazing group of young people in our community,” Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts said. “These are high school juniors and seniors from all across the county who have come together to hold this event which not only commemorates those lost, but recognizes all who have lost loved-ones during the pandemic.” Small white flags were planted and bouquets of flowers were placed at the entrance of McGregor Park. Family members in attendance were encouraged to write the names of their loved ones on the flags. “I’m a senior at Rossview High School,” event organizer Hannah Dodson said. “I saw what other cities were doing around the nation, using the white flags as a memorial for COVID-19 victims. I realized that Clarksville needed one as well. We’ve had 221 deaths as of this morning. We need this reminder, and to once again put into perspective, that these are not just numbers. Each of these flags represents a person, and a family that has suffered a terrible loss.”

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knowing that I have everything I need here with me helped mold me to manage personnel and myself.” Mathew appreciates his team, and credits them as a huge part of the company’s success saying, “With our outstanding crew, we maintain a great balance of commercial and residential work from our partnership with local home builders and homeowners alike. We do large scale commercial projects like schools and businesses, not only installing gutters and gutter guards but also exterior siding and metal trim. We even do the occasional underground drainage system. Clarksville gutter was started in 1982 and we have been involved with the company since 2001, steadily building it into what we have become today. We offer the best services across the board and stand behind our work.” “I am proud of the team we have and look forward to a continued support and service of and for the community we love and support.” Mathew is a member of the Clarksville Young Professionals, and is active in the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Better Business Bureau. He concludes by telling VIP, “I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for my wife and the community. I manage the work load and she manages the office and keeps me in tune. Together we do our best to provide for the community while making a living to be proud of.”

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Founder of ArtLink, Maria Haycraft, is quite literally the definition of bubbly. Smiling brightly, and always having a kind word to say, she seemingly effortlessly floats around our community, inspiring, uplifting, and loving others. ArtLink, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is a no cost creative arts program for the children and youth of Clarksville. ArtLink aims to provide a safe environment for young people to learn and explore their creativity through working with various mediums of art. In addition to providing creative space, Maria and her team at ArtLink love to host events.

that will help them to get from where they are in life to where they want to be.” ArtLink began as a mobile art studio touring around Clarksville, giving the opportunity for people to explore their creative sides at community events and festivals. In 2019, ArtLink added a brick-and-mortar location on Strawberry Alley, and in 2020 expanded into an even larger space across the street. ArtLink currently has both the physical and mobile studios, and Maria is always looking to expand.

“It’s about igniting passion and building character through creativity,” Maria says. She explains further by telling VIP, “My passion for the arts is so strong because, well, it was the arts that God gave me as a tool to help me through my lowest and worst time in my life and now I have it to use to help others so they can also use it to help them through whatever they may be going through.”

She tells VIP, “My mission and vision are really continuing to grow what we have. I’d love to be able to develop more of the programs I’ve had on the back burner that I haven’t been able to just yet because we still need more funding to make them a reality....I’d also love to have a larger facility that offers our community a collaborative creative space with resources like equipment and tools that the community may not have access to on their own but can have access to through us so they can learn to use them and create or even use them to help with things for their own advancement in life. For example, I’d love to have a product photo lab and a podcast booth and things of that nature so the creative ideas can get played out.”

“I don’t know who walks in my doors where they came from or where they are going but I can for sure tell you while they are with us they will feel like they are where they belong, they will be able to create in a safe space and explore something that will help break down walls that hold them back and build up confidence to try something

“Many people have ideas and dreams to do things but don’t feel it’s achievable because some of it seems unrealistic, at ArtLink that dream becomes a reality because we have the gear and can show you how to use it. Now that’s a life changing opportunity! That’s what we are all about.”

From ArtLink’s first fashion show event in 2012 to Chalkwalk, to now, their capacity has expanded immensely. Currently, ArtLink is thrilled to be in the early stages of developing a three-day arts festival called Artsville.

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THE ROXY REGIONAL THEATRE Story by Ryan Bowie Since the early 1900s, the corner of Franklin and First has been the cornerstone of local entertainment. The Lillian, built in 1913, was the first movie theatre in Clarksville. Following a fire in 1914, the Lillian was rebuilt in 1915 and saw thousands of patrons enjoying silent pictures. The theatre went “dark” during the Great Depression, but with the advent of Fort Campbell, the Lillian was renamed the Roxy. Following a second fire in 1945, the Roxy was completely rebuilt and became the new Roxy Theatre. A sleek exterior, featuring a new lighting called neon, beaconed movie-goers from miles around. Opening in 1947, The Roxy entertained Clarksvillians with first-run movies until the early 1980’s. The Roxy Regional Theatre, founded in 1983, has been the hub for Arts and Entertainment in Historic Downtown Clarksville for 38-years, but due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, we were forced to shut our doors March 13, 2020 for the health and safety of our staff, talent and patrons. On the verge of opening our stunning production of A Streetcar Named Desire, we made the difficult decision to temporarily postpone opening a week, then a month, then three months and then for the foreseeable future. But with the majority of our community adhering to the mask mandates, the availability of the COVID vaccine and the hard work and determination of our staff, board of directors and supporters, we are on the verge of opening Season 39 in September 2021.

show classic and new release feature films on Sunday’s at 2pm. But it doesn’t stop there! We hope you will think about the Roxy Regional Theatre as a community space that is equitable and accessible to our entire community. We encourage you to contact us about possible rentals and other opportunities to use the space as well as our options for personalizing the iconic Roxy Marquee. Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 18, 2021 as the 15th Annual Frolic on Franklin: Celebration of the Arts takes over the 100 block of Franklin Street with close to 40 local artists and artisans. Come back the next week for the acclaimed Roxy GALA, celebrating the opening of Season 39 in style on Saturday, September 25, 2021. To stay up to date with sneak peeks into our season announcements, upcoming events and showtimes, our educational programming, ways for you to get involved and local auditions please subscribe to our mailing list through our website, roxyregionaltheatre.org. You can also like us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest information. After a year and half, we are thrilled to welcome Clarksville-Montgomery County through our doors once again. We will continue to put the health and safety of all concerned at the front of planning. We look forward to seeing you at the Roxy Regional Theatre in the heart of Historic Downtown Clarksville.

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The event was originally scheduled to take place on the intramural field, but heavy rain forced organizers to move the festivities inside. Catherine Miner, Chi Omega’s Director of Philanthropy and Community Service, spoke about the event. “We had 26 teams signed up for our cornhole tournament today,” Miner said. “And a lot of great sponsors. We don’t have a total yet, but I think we have raised at least $3,000 here today. Based on all that is going on with the pandemic, we didn’t really set a specific goal. We’re just happy with the turnout we had, and that we were able to safely hold an event.” “The funds raised today, as with all our fundraisers throughout the year, will benefit Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee.” This year’s top finishers were: Preston Bostain and Zach Beerman - 1st Place, Troy and Logan Prairie - 2nd Place, and Trina Coble and Kyle Ranney - 3rd Place.

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