Saturday April 17, 2021

Multiple stages starting at 10am.

Get your wristbands now!

JJF ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

JJF ACTIVITIES

Activities run all day. Starting times are variable.

JJF EVENTS

9:30 am

Regions Bank JJFest Parade

Bring the kids, your favorite instrument or dress the part...and let's kick off the festival Delta style. 2021 Juke Joint Bride and Groom Anne Marie Pepper and Michael Rhodes, Juke Joint King Bryson Walls and Queen Piper Fondren and Juke Joint Twins Jack Fondren and Colt Fondren and Juke Joint Baby James Nelson.

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Where: Regions Bank Juke Joint Festival Parade

Starting from Regions Bank 211 East Second Street and traveling around downtown Clarksdale.

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10:00 am

JJFest Student Art & Writing Show

Writing theme for 2021 is A Celebration of Connection. Web address for submissions: tinyurl.com/JJFWriting2021 Open til 5 pm. Exhibiting works from local elementary, junior high, high school and college students. Due to the pandemic, special health protocols will be in effect. For everyone’s safety, compliance officers will monitor the number of people in the exhibit area. Also, properly-worn masks and social distancing required at all times. (Free paper masks available.) Temperature checks and hand sanitizing required at the door. We appreciate your cooperation.

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Where: #2 Third Street (corner of Third and Sunflower)

Visit our new exhibitor space for our creative students art and writing exhibit. Located at the corner of Third Street and Sunflower Avenue. (2 Third Street)

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10:00 am

Student Art & Writing Awards Presentation

Meet, greet and chat with some of our students as they receive their awards. Due to the pandemic, special health protocols will be in effect. For everyone’s safety, compliance officers will monitor the number of people in the exhibit area. Also, properly-worn masks and social distancing required at all times. (Free paper masks available.) Temperature checks and hand sanitizing required at the door. We appreciate your cooperation.

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Where: #2 Third Street (corner of Third and Sunflower)

Visit our new exhibitor space for our creative students art and writing exhibit. Located at the corner of Third Street and Sunflower Avenue. (2 Third Street)

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10:00 am

Juke Joint Festival Merchandise Sales

Festival shirt, hats and other festival merchandise.

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Where: Juke Joint Festival Headquarters

The official Juke Joint Festival Headquarters is conveniently located at 243 Delta Avenue in downtown Clarksdale (basically across the street from Nellie Mays).

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10:00 am

WRISTBAND SALES - 243 Delta Avenue

Wristband VALID ONLY Saturday, April 18, 2020, for Juke Joint Festival's Official Nighttime Music. On sale ALL DAY Saturday and at select venue doors at night (subject to change): The Bank, Club 2000, Ground Zero Blues Club, Hopson Commissary and Pete's Grill PLUS JJFest Headquarters (243 Delta Ave.) on Saturday Night. PLEASE NOTE: Sat-night Juke Joint Festival Wristbands are required for entry into all 20+ official Saturday, April 18, 2020, Juke Joint Festival nighttime music venues as well as for our Saturday daytime History Bus Tours (limited seating). Non-festival 'Related Events' organized by outside parties may require additional fees. Limited quantities available. Sales will end immediately in the case of a sellout. More information on "Wristband" page of this website.

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Where: Juke Joint Festival Headquarters

The official Juke Joint Festival Headquarters is conveniently located at 243 Delta Avenue in downtown Clarksdale (basically across the street from Nellie Mays).

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10:45 am

JJFEST Monkeys Riding Dogs

Show 1 of 4. Pontatoc, Mississippi Ghost Riders. A must see for the whole family!

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11:00 am

JJFEST Racing Pigs

FREE: Show 1 of 6

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12:00 pm

JJFEST Racing Pigs

Free: Show 2 of 6

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12:45 pm

JJFEST Monkeys Riding Dogs

FREE: Show 2 of 4. Pontatoc, Mississippi Ghost Riders. A must see for the whole family!

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1:00 pm

JJFEST Racing Pigs

Free: Show 3 of 6.

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2:00 pm

JJFEST Racing Pigs

Free: Show 4 of 6.

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2:00 pm

JJFest History Walking Tours with Robert Birdsong

"History Walking Tours with Robert Birdsong" outside Yazoo Pass. JJFest wristband required. Limited attendance.

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Where: Yazoo Pass Espresso Bistro & Bakery

A cup of coffee with class. In downtown Clarksdale, MS enjoy a cup of coffee and a fresh baked pastry while relaxing in the cozy atmosphere of Yazoo Pass. The espresso bar and bistro serves up fresh ingredients at this welcoming breakfast and lunch spot. The warm colors and clean aesthetic provide a classy location for a breakfast meeting, lunch group, or coffee chat session in the booths, couch area, or at the community table- or stay a while and enjoy the complimentary wireless internet.

http://yazoopass.com

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3:00 pm

JJFEST Racing Pigs

Free: Show 5 of 6.

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3:45 pm

JJFEST Monkeys Riding Dogs

FREE: Show 3 of 4. Pontatoc, Mississippi Ghost Riders. A must see for the whole family!

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4:00 pm

JJFEST Racing Pigs

Free: FINAL SHOW

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4:00 pm

JJFest History Walking Tours with Robert Birdsong

LAST TOUR: "History Walking Tours with Robert Birdsong" outside Yazoo Pass. JJFest wristband required. Limited attendance.

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Where: Yazoo Pass Espresso Bistro & Bakery

A cup of coffee with class. In downtown Clarksdale, MS enjoy a cup of coffee and a fresh baked pastry while relaxing in the cozy atmosphere of Yazoo Pass. The espresso bar and bistro serves up fresh ingredients at this welcoming breakfast and lunch spot. The warm colors and clean aesthetic provide a classy location for a breakfast meeting, lunch group, or coffee chat session in the booths, couch area, or at the community table- or stay a while and enjoy the complimentary wireless internet.

http://yazoopass.com

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5:00 pm

JJFEST Monkeys Riding Dogs

FREE: FINAL SHOW Pontatoc, Mississippi Ghost Riders. A must see for the whole family!

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RELATED MUSIC

(Cover may apply.)

10:00 am

Bill Abel

Bill Abel from Belzoni Mississippi plays the raw gutbucket blues he learned from Paul Jones, T Model Ford, Cadillac John and many other blues legends.

https://www.facebook.com/Bill-Abel-192999535686/

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Where: Deak Harp Harmonica Shop

13 Third Street. Harmonica students playing.

http://www.deakharp.com

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12:00 pm

Jaxx Nassar

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Where: Ground Zero Blues Club

Clarksdale's largest real-deal blues music venue offers "live" Mississippi blues music every Wednesday to Saturday... plus special events during festival time periods. Co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman, Bill Luckett, Howard Stovall and Eric Meier, Ground Zero Blues Club will celebrate its 5th anniversary in May 2006. Besides the plethora of incredible local blues acts who have performed there, musicians from Mavis Staples and Alvin Youngblood Hart to Jerry Lee Lewis and Bobby Rush have been filmed playing there.

http://www.groundzerobluesclub.com

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12:00 pm

Steve Kolbus and Mark Miller

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Where: Levon's Bar & Grill

Steak, Catfish, Burgers Pizza, Pasta

https://www.levons.net/

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12:00 pm

Jesse Cotton Stone

Colorado-born, American highway-raised, bluesman.

https://www.cottonstonemusic.com

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Where: Deak Harp Harmonica Shop

13 Third Street. Harmonica students playing.

http://www.deakharp.com

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1:00 pm

Robin Hathaway

“Rockin’ Robin Hathaway, Clarksdale newcomer since fall 2020, is no stranger to the stage and to the blues. She has performed at various political events, concerts, clubs and festivals throughout the country, primarily in the northeast. During her professional career spanning almost 18 years, she has managed and performed with many acts of her own as well as with members of Roomful of Blues, Blue Coupe, the Blushing Brides, Big Nazo and Parliament -Funkadelic, singing on stage alongside one of her musical idols, George Clinton. Robin is also a recipient of the New England Talent Awards’ Best Female Vocalist and weaves in elements of her favorite genres including rock, funk, and reggae into her soulful and powerful blues performances.

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Where: Ground Zero Blues Club

Clarksdale's largest real-deal blues music venue offers "live" Mississippi blues music every Wednesday to Saturday... plus special events during festival time periods. Co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman, Bill Luckett, Howard Stovall and Eric Meier, Ground Zero Blues Club will celebrate its 5th anniversary in May 2006. Besides the plethora of incredible local blues acts who have performed there, musicians from Mavis Staples and Alvin Youngblood Hart to Jerry Lee Lewis and Bobby Rush have been filmed playing there.

http://www.groundzerobluesclub.com

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2:00 pm

Lucious Spiller

Lucious Spiller was born in St.Louis, MO. At an early age, he discovered that God had blessed him with a special gift. His dad gave him a guitar when he was four. Immediately he was a natural, he started out playing in church. Lucious has performed with countless well known musicians to include Bo Diddly, Larry “Totsy” Davis, Albert King, Eddie Clearwater, Robert Cray. He has been opening act for such artists as the legendary Ritchie Havens’ Bobby “Blue” Bland and the infamous Tower of Power, Zach Brown, and many others. His music is an energized mix of new blues and old school injected with a contemporary edge. His songs are brought to vivid life by his unlimited energy.

https://www.facebook.com/BlueSpiller/

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Where: Ground Zero Blues Club

Clarksdale's largest real-deal blues music venue offers "live" Mississippi blues music every Wednesday to Saturday... plus special events during festival time periods. Co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman, Bill Luckett, Howard Stovall and Eric Meier, Ground Zero Blues Club will celebrate its 5th anniversary in May 2006. Besides the plethora of incredible local blues acts who have performed there, musicians from Mavis Staples and Alvin Youngblood Hart to Jerry Lee Lewis and Bobby Rush have been filmed playing there.

http://www.groundzerobluesclub.com

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2:00 pm

Conrad Olson and Friends

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2:00 pm

Robert Kimbrough, Sr.

Ever since I was knee-high to a duck, my dad called me “Willey Woot” and it sticks with me today. That’s what I am calling this CD. This is a mix of songs from my previous self produced CDs in the COTTON PATCH BLUES STYLE that I was raised on. That original SOUL BLUES like my Poppa played. I hope you enjoy.

https://robertkimbroughsr.com

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Where: Deak Harp Harmonica Shop

13 Third Street. Harmonica students playing.

http://www.deakharp.com

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3:30 pm

Carson Diersing

Carson is the youngest endorsee with Hohner Harmonicas. Featured on the Hohner Red Dragon Harmonica box. skateboarding with a harmonica in his hand.

https://carsondiersing.com/

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Where: Deak Harp Harmonica Shop

13 Third Street. Harmonica students playing.

http://www.deakharp.com

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4:00 pm

Heavy Suga

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Where: Ground Zero Blues Club

Clarksdale's largest real-deal blues music venue offers "live" Mississippi blues music every Wednesday to Saturday... plus special events during festival time periods. Co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman, Bill Luckett, Howard Stovall and Eric Meier, Ground Zero Blues Club will celebrate its 5th anniversary in May 2006. Besides the plethora of incredible local blues acts who have performed there, musicians from Mavis Staples and Alvin Youngblood Hart to Jerry Lee Lewis and Bobby Rush have been filmed playing there.

http://www.groundzerobluesclub.com

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4:00 pm

Gyasi

In the woods of West Virginia, in an isolated hollow, a young boy thought he was a peacock. When he realized, much to his dismay, that he was not a peacock, he picked up a guitar. From then on the sounds of him loudly playing along to the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix could be heard echoing through the hollow. Somehow placed between roaming peacocks, a family of Russian intellectuals, and parents dedicated to living off the land, Gyasi was brought up in an environment that could only be described as unique. It was an isolated world, where life felt like a time capsule of a different era. With a precociously early interest in music, dance, and performance, Gyasi found himself altogether removed from his peers growing up in typical rural West Virginia culture. From his parents he inherited a love of blues, jazz and world music, and silent movies. Through the mentorship of the Russian immigrants next door, he learned about the heroes of the British Invasion, glam rock, and psychedelia.

https://gyasimusic.com/home

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4:15 pm

Brian Doroba

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Where: Deak Harp Harmonica Shop

13 Third Street. Harmonica students playing.

http://www.deakharp.com

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5:30 pm

Deak Harp

Deak Harp has been playing harmonica since he was 12 years old. His biggest early inspiration came when his brother introduced him to the music of James Cotton. Deak followed Cotton's band along the east coast for close to five years before Cotton offered Deak a job driving his van. For the next six years, Deak toured with the James Cotton blues band, eventually opening acts and playing along with "Superharp" himself.

http://www.deakharp.com

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Where: Deak Harp Harmonica Shop

13 Third Street. Harmonica students playing.

http://www.deakharp.com

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7:00 pm

Jesse Cotton Stone

Colorado-born, American highway-raised, bluesman.

https://www.cottonstonemusic.com

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Where: Ground Zero Blues Club

Clarksdale's largest real-deal blues music venue offers "live" Mississippi blues music every Wednesday to Saturday... plus special events during festival time periods. Co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman, Bill Luckett, Howard Stovall and Eric Meier, Ground Zero Blues Club will celebrate its 5th anniversary in May 2006. Besides the plethora of incredible local blues acts who have performed there, musicians from Mavis Staples and Alvin Youngblood Hart to Jerry Lee Lewis and Bobby Rush have been filmed playing there.

http://www.groundzerobluesclub.com

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RELATED EVENTS

(Cover may apply.)

9:00 am

Sunflower River Camping (Available Wednesday through Sunday)

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.

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Where: Quapaw Canoe Company

All events will meet & take place street level 3rd & Sunflower in downtown Clarksdale all day 9 - 4pm every day Thursday April 20 – Saturday April 22. For more information contact Quapaw Canoe Company or info@island63.com 662-627-4070, Mark “River” Peoples 662-902-1885 or Lena Von Machui 662-313-6220.

http://www.island63.com

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9:00 am

Canoe-Carving Demonstration & Workshop

Partner: 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). 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.

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Where: Quapaw Canoe Company

All events will meet & take place street level 3rd & Sunflower in downtown Clarksdale all day 9 - 4pm every day Thursday April 20 – Saturday April 22. For more information contact Quapaw Canoe Company or info@island63.com 662-627-4070, Mark “River” Peoples 662-902-1885 or Lena Von Machui 662-313-6220.

http://www.island63.com

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9:00 am

1Mississippi -- Can the River Count on You?

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

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Where: Quapaw Canoe Company

All events will meet & take place street level 3rd & Sunflower in downtown Clarksdale all day 9 - 4pm every day Thursday April 20 – Saturday April 22. For more information contact Quapaw Canoe Company or info@island63.com 662-627-4070, Mark “River” Peoples 662-902-1885 or Lena Von Machui 662-313-6220.

http://www.island63.com

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10:00 am

Tennessee Williams Rectory Museum

Open 1pm - 4 pm Admission is a donation of any amount Address: 106 Sharkey Ave, near First Street Website: www.tennesseewilliamsrectorymuseum.com

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Where: Tennessee Williams Rectory Museum

Dedicated to the seminal Mississippi Delta history of one of America's greatest playwrights.

https://tennesseewilliamsrectorymuseum.com

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10:00 am

Delta Blues Museum

Opens 10am to 6pm. Online reservations required. While we can accommodate many visitors in the gallery, the giftshop capacity is limited to 15. We will allow 20 people at a time (per online reservation) to come into the gallery every hour. If there is overlap, the gallery is spacious enough to accommodate. VISITATION POLICY: Friday and Saturday admissions must be made online. We will have someone outside to assist the visitor with making an online reservation. Someone will be positioned outdoors at the top of the stairs to make sure people have a reservation and a mask. If they just want to come inside and shop, they will need to wait until the giftshop can safely accommodate them. Link to online tickets: https://www.deltabluesmuseum.org/tickets.aspx

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Where: Delta Blues Museum

Since its creation, the Delta Blues Museum has preserved, interpreted, and encouraged a deep interest in the story of the blues. Established in 1979 by the Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees and re-organized as a stand-alone museum in 1999, the Delta Blues Museum is the state’s oldest music museum.

http://www.deltabluesmuseum.org

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10:30 am

FREE Livewell Fitness Studio Full body fit flow with Ashley Freeman!

Free Saturday 10:30 am - 11:15 am Livewell Fitness Studio Full body fit flow with Ashley Freeman ! No equipment necessary

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Where: Delta Avenue Park

Green space on 200 block Delta Avenue

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Where: Bluesberry Cafe

Blues Berry Cafe 1st place winners 2007 Jubliee BBQ Cook Off Past Performers: Malted Milk Band, Lala , Incode, Super Chikan and The Fighting Cocks, Heavy Suga, Razor Blade, Shake it Like A Caveman, The Blind Ducks, Jeff Lewis, and many more. Good Food, Good Music, Good Drinks, = Good Times

https://www.facebook.com/Bluesberry-CAFE-245591678792724/

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2:00 pm

Tours Cutrer Mansion

The Cutrer Mansion, located at 109 Clark Street in Clarksdale's historic district, will be open for tours on Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17. We are offering guided tours at 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM each day. This Italian style villa was completed in 1916. Named Belvoir by the Cutrer family, this home and the family who lived there inspired character names and settings in several works by celebrated playwright Tennessee Williams. For more information, call the Cutrer office at 662-621-9344 or contact Jen Waller at 662-645-3555 or jenwaller05@gmail.com.

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Where: Cutrer Mansion

The mansion was built in 1916 by Memphis architect Bayard Cairnes for Clarksdale attorney J.W. Cutrer and his wife Blanche Clark Cutrer, daughter of Clarksdale’s founder, John Clark. The dapper Jack Cutrer was very flamboyant and equally famous for his legendary parties and fiery politics. Not to be outdone, Blanche often threw extravagant yard parties and opulent masked balls, usually to the accompaniment of a full orchestra or swing band. Such events often attracted a young Tom Williams, who later became the celebrated playwright Tennessee Williams, to the Cutrer home as a child. Williams most likely came to the Cutrer Mansion on parish calls with his beloved grandfather, Rev. Walter Dakin. The Cutrers and their home, which they called Belvoir, inspired character names and settings in several of Tennessee Williams’ plays including A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, Orpheus Descending and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

https://www.cutrermansion.com

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3:00 pm

Tours Cutrer Mansion

The Cutrer Mansion, located at 109 Clark Street in Clarksdale's historic district, will be open for tours on Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17. We are offering guided tours at 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM each day. This Italian style villa was completed in 1916. Named Belvoir by the Cutrer family, this home and the family who lived there inspired character names and settings in several works by celebrated playwright Tennessee Williams. For more information, call the Cutrer office at 662-621-9344 or contact Jen Waller at 662-645-3555 or jenwaller05@gmail.com.

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Where: Cutrer Mansion

The mansion was built in 1916 by Memphis architect Bayard Cairnes for Clarksdale attorney J.W. Cutrer and his wife Blanche Clark Cutrer, daughter of Clarksdale’s founder, John Clark. The dapper Jack Cutrer was very flamboyant and equally famous for his legendary parties and fiery politics. Not to be outdone, Blanche often threw extravagant yard parties and opulent masked balls, usually to the accompaniment of a full orchestra or swing band. Such events often attracted a young Tom Williams, who later became the celebrated playwright Tennessee Williams, to the Cutrer home as a child. Williams most likely came to the Cutrer Mansion on parish calls with his beloved grandfather, Rev. Walter Dakin. The Cutrers and their home, which they called Belvoir, inspired character names and settings in several of Tennessee Williams’ plays including A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, Orpheus Descending and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

https://www.cutrermansion.com

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