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5 Random Things You Didn’t Know Were Irish 

By Meghan E. Gattignolo  Shamrocks, the color green, limerick poetry and good luck charms are all recognizable symbols of Ireland that are found everywhere on March 17. So many more things have come from Ireland or were invented by the Irish that are less well-known. Over 80 million people worldwide can claim Irish descent, making…

Through the Lens of Art: How Sharing Art Helps Veterans 

By Meghan E. Gattignolo  For one month only, experience the stories and emotional journeys of local military veterans through their artwork on display at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center. The Montgomery County Veterans Coalition, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Veterans Services, has organized a thought-provoking exhibit to help bring veterans’ stories…

Garden with Native Plants in Clarksville this Spring 

By Meghan E. Gattignolo  Plants do a lot more for us than look pretty – a fact that’s easy to forget in our busy lives. Besides the obvious life-supporting oxygen they give off, plants provide food for both people and wildlife. Native plants are even better. They connect us with a place. Plants tell a story…

Leap Year 2024: 7 Fun February 29 Facts 

By Meghan E. Gattignolo  Yes, 2024 is a Leap Year! What is Leap Year and why is it something we care about? Do you know any leaplings? Is there anything people around the world do differently on Leap Day? Read on to find out more than you could ever want to know about Leap Year.   …

Clarksville: 1884 

By Meghan E. Gattignolo  Clarksville turned 100 years old in 1884. No one alive remembered the founding of the town, and the city was growing. Several immigrants had recently moved in to do business downtown, and as a bustling tobacco town, Clarksville had become a sophisticated hub of commerce. Clarksville had a train station, a few…

14 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day 2024 in Clarksville 

By Meghan E. Gattignolo  Valentine’s Day is this upcoming Wednesday, and the weather forecast is cool and partly cloudy. Regardless of what the weather does – which isn’t super predictable around here anyway – you can still have an amazing Valentine’s Day this year. No matter how you like to celebrate, you’ll find something enjoyable from…

The Bennett Prize Returns to the Customs House Museum

By Meghan E. Gattignolo  As a strong supporter of women artists, the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center has hosted the Bennett Prize exhibit since its first award in 2019. Women artists sometimes find it difficult to make an impression on the art world. Especially in the world of figurative art, men are often given…

How Google Data Center Community Grants Work  

By Meghan E. Gattignolo  When the Montgomery County Google Data Center opened in 2019, it opened up new opportunities for Clarksville. The boost in job availability was a huge benefit, as well as the inclusion of the kind of tech jobs most Clarksville residents previously had to drive to Nashville for. Another added value for…

Clarksville: 1984 

Amid an exciting world awash in Day-Glo clothes, new technology, and iconic pop songs, the city of Clarksville turned 200 years old. When John Montgomery built his fort near a spring on a hill in 1784, there’s no way he could have pictured how sprawling Clarksville would become. In 1984, Clarksville citizens could think of…

Brenda Stein: Carving Treasures and Branching Out 

By Meghan E. Gattignolo  Nashville resident and artist Brenda Stein doesn’t know what she’d do without her trusty chainsaw. Finding fallen wood in the forest or on the side of the road is a treat for her. Raw wood is her blank canvas. The chainsaw makes it possible for her to cut found wood into…