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wendy welch

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The Rivers and Spires Festival began in the wake

of destruction. In January 1999, an EF-5 tornado

ripped through the heart of downtown, leaving

the historic city in ruins. Citizens soon rallied behind the

rebuilding effort. In celebration of the historic downtown’s

revitalization efforts, the community decided to celebrate

with a city-wide Festival. Now, 13 years later, that dream

has evolved into an internationally award-winning event

with over six stages of entertainment and more than 100

artists performing over a three-day period. The best part

is, admission is FREE, as are most activities.

When you walk the streets of Rivers and Spires the sights

and sounds are exhilarating. There is truly something to do

for the whole family as your explore the 10 city blocks that

make up the Festival. Children love the Sports Zone and

Family Fun Zone. There are over 60 inflatables and loads

of vendors offering interactive activities and games. This

year, the Family Fun Zone will be taken over by Pirates!

Come dressed as your favorite swashbuckler and win

some great prizes.

You can even please your teenager with activities such as

Gig City Gaming and the brand-new Silent Disco. Gig City

Gaming will be held in the Underground, just off Franklin

Street. Over 80 gaming consoles will have multi-player

games running all day long. Prizes and competitions are

posted at

Men of all ages love the car shows and the Military

Appreciation Area. The Festival boasts two different car

shows each year. Memory Lane Cruisers brings classic cars

of all makes and models. Corvettes on the Cumberland will

have a wide range of Corvettes and Tri-Fives on display.

The Military Appreciation Area is home to several different

military displays, equipment, and activities. These

interactive displays will be on hand Friday night and all

day Saturday.

Ladies, you’ll love the variety that the Festival has

to offer. From Arts Galore to the Marketplace, there’s

shopping for every style. The Festival of Nations honors

the 26 countries that call Clarksville home with handson

demonstrations, cultural music and dance, as well as

culinary demonstrations. Make sure you stop by the Quilts

on the Cumberland too, inside Madison Street United

Methodist Church. Quilters will have their artwork is on

display all weekend long.

Download the festival map and with so much to do and see

at the Festival, we know you’ll want to spend all weekend

exploring. Visit the website,, to find

deals on hotel packages and travel information. We can

wait to see you April 16-18 in Historic Downtown Clarksville.

APRIL 16-18, 2015

Thurs. 5-10 p.m. • Fri. 5-10 p.m. • Sat. 10-8 p.m. • #riversandspires

Lovin’ Spoonful Café

A unique little gem in Clarksville. This place is

just like you walked straight into the 60s or early

70s, even down to the what the waitress was

wearing... It is owned by a delightful lady that

runs her own kitchen, and cooks in it just like

you’re being cooked for at home. - Darrell B.

They serve very unique brunch/lunch menu items, such as their cucumber sandwiches

with a hummus spread. It has a very laid back and nostalgic atmosphere. They aren’t

open for any other time except for lunch, but I would recommend it if you’re in the

mood for something different and casual. – bumblebeigh



The Lovin’ Spoonful is very kitschy and endearing as far as decor. You’re greeted immediately

at the door, and the service is great. All the food is made fresh daily and super

delicious! It’s family-run, and that is very apparent. This is definitely one of my favorite

places in Clarksville! - C. Miller

admits there are even more in storage, just waiting to find

their place on the wall. Your visit is not complete without

a sample from the dessert menu, where each pie is made

fresh daily and the Hello Dollies leave you feeling groovy.

Silke’s Old World Breads Bakery

& Cafe


Sometimes the most unassuming locations have the

most mouth-watering menus. Such is the case with Excell

Market & BBQ. If you’re looking for a backcountry barbeque

experience, look no further than the back of this gas station

set on an old country road. When you pull into the parking

lot, your immediate thought will be, “This can’t be right”.

The space is small, but the smokehouse is packed and the

plates are plentiful. An entire meal, including drinks and

dessert, will cost less than $10. Guests can choose between

pulled pork BBQ, ribs, and chicken. It is recommended to

come early, people line-up and you don’t want to miss out!


Set in the heart of Historic Downtown Clarksville, Edward’s

Steakhouse is the perfect location to enjoy a nice romantic

dinner for two. The calm atmosphere is complete with

high-back booths, piano bar and superior service. Guests

can enjoy specialty items each night or savor traditional

favorites like the beef medallions or shrimp alfredo.

yes, PIZZA!

Truly AWESOME old world breads made right

here in Clarksville! If you make the drive up

(and I MUST recommend that you do), they

have a wonderful little cafe that serves up some

authentic German fare, amazing sandwiches and

After you have finished your lunch, you can pick up a loaf or two to take home and then

walk it off by strolling through the neighboring antique store. - Amy C.

I was taken back in my mind to the times I spent in Germany. You see, Silke’s Old World

Breads Bakery and Cafe is as close as you’ll get to the real thing on this side of the

Atlantic without having to actually make a trip to Germany – BernardBarbour

AMAZING! One of my favorite places! Love the Fromage Sandwich, black bean soup, and

pizza! You won’t be able to resist the pastries! Yum! – Lindsay


Located in an upscaled flea/thrift/new and used

market, this restaurant has comfort food and

southern hospitality. Decorated in vintage finds,

pallets, and bucket lights, our late afternoon

lunch was served in a timely manner. One of the

daily specials was sold out, so that makes me

think it must have been good! The rueben sandwich

I ordered was piled high with meat and cheese and very good. A nice place to stop

and look around when a break is needed traveling Interstate 24 north of Nashville, TN.

– Janet702


Tucked away across the river sits the Catfish House,

specializing in none other than authentic Southern cuisine.

Since the 1970s, this family owned restaurant has been

turning customers into friends and providing quintessential

Southern hospitality. The catfish are now famous, but the

restaurant is also well known for its steak, chicken, and

pasta dishes. No Southern meal would be complete without

those unforgettable hush puppies. And don’t even think

about leaving without trying the fried pickles, hand-breaded

and served with a homemade Ranch dip.

To see the entire list of Clarksville’s variety of culinary

delights visit

Great place for lunch! Tasty sandwiches and soups. We had both specials- a chicken

salad melt with zesty tomato salad and 5 cheese potato soup, and the wings (buffalospicy).

Kid friendly, order at counter. We will go back next time we are in town.

– Foodie Mom

Write a review about our fantastic local eateries and

possibly have your name published in one of our community

guides or our website!


$ = Less than $10 • $$ = $10-$20 • $$$= More than $20

B=Breakfast • L=Lunch • D=Dinner

(pricing by average meal)

arts & entertainment



Since the early 1900’s the corner of Franklin and First has

been the cornerstone of local entertainment. Opening

in 1947, The Roxy, has entertained Clarksvillians with

first-run movies until 1980. In 1983, the Roxy Regional

Theatre was born as a live theatre and quickly became

“…the cornerstone of downtown re-development.”

In 1995, a professional company was created in order

to supply the great demand for Shakespeare, other

classics, school curriculum-based productions and

holiday shows, and to enlarge the Roxy’s outreach

services to the community.


Celebrating its 32nd Anniversary Season, Roxy Regional

Theatre patrons have been entertained with over 400

productions since its start in 1983.


The Roxy Regional Theatre Professional Theatre. All the Time.

written BY:

ryan bowie

photo BY:

sara tanguay

If you are looking for the perfect date night Honky Tonk

Angels (February 13 – March 7) and The 39 Steps (June

19 – July 3) fit the bill perfectly. Pair this with dinner

at Edward’s Steakhouse, across the street, on Saturday

nights for the perfect Dinner and Show option.

Beginning in September 2015, all focus shifts to the

start of the 33rd Anniversary Season. For details about

productions starting in September and for all other

information please visit

Don’t forget about the active duty military discount

available during all Wednesday and Thursday night,

7pm, main stage performances.

The Roxy Regional Theatre is known for its focus on

education and shows like Flopsy, Mopsy & Cottontail

(January 17 – February 7), William Shakespeare’s

Measure for Measure (March 13 – 21), and Tuesdays

With Morrie (March 27 – April 11) are a perfect outlet for

school groups and patrons.

The Roxy Regional Theatre is also a perfect outlet for

family fun. Shows like Mary Poppins (April 24 – May

23), Disney’s The Aristocats (May 29 – June 13) and The

Music Man (July 17 – August 22) are excellent choices

for the whole family.

Tickets to any of the shows

in the intimate

150 seat theatre may be

purchased online at:

Or by calling the box office at:


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