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Lower Mississippi River Dispatch No. 833
~~~~~~ Wednesday, April 14, 2021 ~~~~~~~
Clarksdale, MS ~ Helena, AR ~ Memphis, TN ~ Vicksburg, MS


GOT MASK?
THEN, JUKE JOINT FEST '21 IS "ON!"

Your favorite festival returns to your second home — Clarksdale, Mississippi — the long weekend of April 15-18 in 2021. BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP. If y'all are willing to properly mask up (indoors and out, even between bites and sips), socially-distance at all times, hand sanitize often, go through an occasional temperature check and agree to stay home if you're sick... then plan now to attend this year's smaller, socially-distanced, more outdoors, limited indoor capacity, pandemic-ly modified Juke Joint Festival. TOO MANY RULES FOR YOU? Then, please wait till 2022 to attend our nonprofit event. Our musicians, volunteers, businesses and community truly appreciate your thinking of us. Thanks... y'all rock!



Go to https://www.jukejointfestival.com for full schedule of events and the incredible lineup of musicians!



Juke Joint Festival 2021
Associated Activities
at the Quapaw Canoe Company:
Thursday-Saturday, April 15-18
*Sunflower River Camping
*Sunflower River Canoe Rentals
*Canoe-Carving Demonstration & Workshop
*1Mississippi -- Can the River Count on You?
Saturday, April 17th
Quapaw Canoe Company Outdoor Stage

10:30 am
19th Street Red

12:00 pm
Stacy Mitchhart

1:30 pm
Mohead

3:00 pm
Lightnin' Malcolm

4:30 pm
RL Boyce & Como Breakdown

Sunflower River Camping
Wednesday - Sunday, April 15th-18th, 2021
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). Face masks and social distancing. For more reservations contact: John Ruskey 662-902-7841, or Mark “River” Peoples 662-902-1885.



Canoe-Carving Demonstration & Workshop
Quapaw Canoe Company
9 am to 4 pm Thursday - Saturday
Partner: Mississippi Arts Commission

Location: behind Quapaw Canoe Company along Sunflower River, at Third Street & Sunflower, opposite GRIOT Arts & Merkai Coffee Shop). Contact: John Ruskey 662-902-7841, or Mark “River” Peoples 662-902-1885. Duck-Doggie Dugout Canoe carving from 3-ton cypress log. Project supported by the 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

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 662-902-1885 or email markriver@island63.com.



SATURDAY JJF STAGES
April 17, 2021

Bluesberry Back Alley Stage
235 Yazoo Ave.

10:30 am
Captain Dirk

12:00 pm
Mick Kolassa

1:30 pm
Terry Harmonica Bean

3:00 pm
Jesse Cotton Stone

4:30 pm
Stone Gas Blues Band

Cat Head Blues Store Stage

252 Delta Avenue

10:00 am
Little Joe Ayers

11:30 am
James 'Super Chikan' Johnson (solo)

1:00 pm
Little Willie Farmer

2:30 pm
Sean 'Bad' Apple w/Lady Trucker & Artemis

4:00 pm
Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes

Collective Seed & Supply Stage
145 Delta Avenue

10:00 am
RL SUPERBAD

11:30 am
Earl 'Guitar' Williams

1:00 pm
The Blues Wizard

2:30 pm
Bill Abel

4:00 pm
Johnny Lowebow

Crossroads Marker Stage
Crossroads of Hwy 49 & 61

10:30 am
Sadie Lamp

12:00 pm
Carson Diersing

1:30 pm
Gyasi

3:00 pm
Steve Kolbus

4:30 pm
Vinnie C.

Delta Blues Museum Outdoor Stage
1 Blues Alley

10:00 am
Heather Crosse

11:15 am
Phillip Carter

1:15 pm
Reba Russell

2:30 pm
YZ Ealey Blues Band

4:15 pm
Mark 'Mule Man' Massey

5:15 pm
Ol' School Revue and DeltaRox

Hambone Art & Music Stage
111 E. Second Street

10:30 am
Harp, Hart & Bones

12:00 pm
Bill 'Howl-N-Madd' Perry & Shy Perry

1:30 pm
LaLa Craig

3:00 pm
Rev. Robert

4:30 pm
Hopeless Case Blues Band

Hooker Grocer Courtyard Stage
316 John Lee Hooker Lane (near Delta Blues Museum)

11:30 am
Sarah Levingston

1:00 pm
Butch Mudbone

2:30 pm
Jaxx Nassar

4:00 pm
Lucious Spiller

5:30 pm
Ray Cashman

Paramount Marquee Stage
258 Yazoo Avenue

10:00 am
Piano Red

11:30 am
Lew Jetton

1:00 pm
Vic Chevillon (Reno Slide)

2:30 pm
Hal Reed

4:00 pm
Hoodoo Men

Quapaw Canoe Company Stage
291 Sunflower Avenue

10:30 am
19th Street Red

12:00 pm
Stacy Mitchhart

1:30 pm
Mohead

3:00 pm
Lightnin' Malcolm

4:30 pm
RL Boyce & Como Breakdown

Stone Pony Stage
226 Delta Avenue

10:30 am
Black Lung Lucy

12:00 pm
Chris Gill

1:30 pm
David Evans

3:00 pm
Deak Harp

4:30 pm
Dicky James

The Bank (indoor stage) presented by John and Paulla Smith.
123 E 2nd Street

10:30 am
Libby Rae Watson

12:00 pm
Jordan Sledge & Night Cast band

1:30 pm
Frank 'Guitar' Rimmer

3:00 pm
Johnie B. & 'Queen' Iretta Sanders

4:30 pm
Otis 'TCB' Taylor

Travelers Hotel Stage (across from hotel)
212 Third Street

10:00 am
Southern Soul Band

11:30 am
Indysippi

1:00 pm
Pat Moss

2:30 pm
Terry 'Big T' Williams

4:00 pm
Mississippi Marshall

Wade Walton Barber Shop Stage
317 Issaquena Avenue

10:00 am
Eric Deaton Trio

11:30 am
Memphissippi

1:00 pm
Garry Burnside

2:30 pm
Duwayne Burnside

4:00 pm
Kenny Brown

5:00 pm
Andre Otha Turner Fife & Drum Band




Quapaw Canoe Company
Calendar, Spring/Summer 2021

April 2019

April 15-18
Juke Joint Festival 2021
Live Music, Sunflower River Camping, BEAM Canoe Carving, 1 Mississippi, Canoeing the Sunflower River
And much, much more!
Go to https://www.jukejointfestival.com for full schedule of events and the incredible lineup of musicians!


Wed, April 21
BEAM #9
Learning Plants for Medicinal and Artisanal Purposes
With Lindsay Kohlassa and Robin Whitfield
Sponsors: Mississippi Arts Commission, Lower Mississippi River Foundation and the Walter Anderson Museum of Art


Sun, April 25
Community Half-Daytrip - Mississippi River, 1-6pm, Helena, AR, $50 each, Mulberries in season!

Mon April 26 - Sun, May 2
Mississippi River Artist’s Retreat
in Voyageur Canoe to Remote Island


May 2021
Sun, May 9
Community Half-Daytrip - Mulberry Picking Mississippi River
From 1-6pm, Quapaw Canoe Company Clarksdale

Wed, May 12
BEAM #10
Bicycle Repair Workshop with Jean Canôt
Sponsors: Mississippi Arts Commission, Lower Mississippi River Foundation and the Walter Anderson Museum of Art

Sun, May 23
Community Half-Daytrip - Mulberry Picking Mississippi River
From 1-6pm, Quapaw Canoe Company Clarksdale


Tues May 25 - Thurs May 28
June 2021

June 14-24th
3rd Annual LMRF Summer Camp
for Mississippi and Arkansas HS age youth!
Presented by the Lower Mississippi River Foundation

Wed, June 19
BEAM #11
Last Canoe Carving Session: Duck-Doggie-Moon Goddess!
Sponsors: Mississippi Arts Commission, Lower Mississippi River Foundation and the Walter Anderson Museum of Art

June 14-17
Mississippi River Summer Camp for Boys

June 21-24
Mississippi River Summer Camp for Girls



Position Now Open:
Program Director

LMRF Program Director Job Description:

Summary
The Lower Mississippi River Foundation is seeking a candidate to manage youth and community programs based in Helena, Arkansas. This is an ideal opportunity for someone who is interested in pursuing a career in program management or non-profit management. The program director would be responsible for managing existing programs at LMRF but would also have the opportunity to expand the current programs or create new ones. The program manager would work mostly autonomously and would need to be comfortable creating their own goals and accountability measures. The board of directors will oversee the program manager and provide guidance and oversight.

Timeline
The position would start immediately and continue through early fall 2021. There is the possibility to continue the position into the fall and winter of 2021, and into the future, depending on the success of the candidate.

About the Organization
The mission of LMRF is to promote stewardship of the Mississippi River through deep engagement. The organization is currently focused on providing in-depth opportunities for members of the community to interact with the Mississippi River and develop a sense of connection to the natural world. LMRF has created and carried out several programs

Key Responsibilities

Existing Programs:

Mississippi Summer Leadership Camp
Plan and execute two, 4-day canoe and camping trips for high school students. Recruit 6-10 students to participate in each trip.

Delta Adventure Day Camp

Plan and execute two, week long day camps for middle and elementary students focused on outdoor activities and skills. Recruit 10-15 students per camp.

Community Canoe Trips

Plan, execute and advertise monthly community events that allow adults and youth to experience the Mississippi River. Recruit 10-20 participants each month

Annual Canoe Race

Plan, execute and advertise the annual canoe race and fundraiser.

Other Responsibilities:

Prepare monthly and quarterly reports to the board on the progress of programs

Keep detailed records of program participation, results and expenses


Manage relationships with local educational stakeholders and community leaders


Promote the organization through engagement with patrons online

Compensation and Benefits
LMRF offers a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience.


Qualifications
-1-3 years of experience in education or youth development
-Demonstrable experience in program or lesson planning
-Ability to work autonomously with little oversight

To Apply:
Please send 1) current resume, 2) an essay describing your interest, 3) Three references (or letters of reference) and 4) personal letter to: John Ruskey, Quapaw Canoe Company, 291 Sunflower Avenue, Clarksdale, MS 38614, or by email to john@island63.com. 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.



LMRF taking kids to the river -- week-long Summer Camp 2019


Our Dream for Quapaw Canoe Company in 2021:

"To follow the light glowing around the bend
downstream and upstream, post-pandemic;
to regain lost balance, and connection
with patience, wisdom and compassion
for our clients
for the river
for all our fellow creatures
for our mother earth"


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