Volume 12, No. 3 | September 2019

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KEEPING THE BEAT

Delta Blues Newsletter September, 2019

Director's Note

Happy Fall!
We are thrilled to report that Budget Travel named us the "Best Museum in Mississippi". Also, we were nominated in three categories of the "Best of River Travel" and were among the five finalists in all of them: Best Roadside Attraction; Best Education Center; and Best Interpretative Center - see details below!

The Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) is supporting the museum with a general operating grant of $23,100 for FY2020. Their support is vital to ongoing museum operations. We are grateful for MAC's ongoing support of the Delta Blues Museum and the arts in Mississippi. Beginning on September 28, there will be a festival or two every weekend in Clarksdale.

On October 19, during the Deep Blues Festival, we will be hosting the "Deep Blues Festival 5k Fun Run" to benefit the Delta Blues Museum. Registration forms for the run are on our Website. Please sign up to run, or just to get the t-shirt--either way, you will be supporting the Delta Blues Museum!

Click the link below for more Museum news...hope to see you at the Museum!


Shelley Ritter
Read the full Director's Note here


PROGRAMS & EVENTS

*FREE ADMISSION* ON SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE MUSEUM DAY

Delta Blues Museum will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticket holders on Saturday, September 21, 2019 as part of Smithsonian magazine's 15th annual Museum Day! Across the country, participating museums will emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution's Washington D.C. based museums. Get your tickets by downloading them at Smithsonian.com. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two on September 21, 2019. One ticket is permitted per email address.

FALL PROGRAMS & EVENTS @ DELTA BLUES MUSEUM

SEPTEMBER 21 | SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE MUSEUM DAY
Free admission with downloadable ticket, see details listed above for more information

SEPTEMBER 28 | CRUZN THE CROSSROADS CAR & TRUCK SHOW
In Clarksdale, Mississippi

SEPTEMBER 28 | DBM STUDENT BAND PERFORMANCE AT SEPTEMBER SONG FESTIVAL
In Marks, Mississippi, at 1:00pm

SEPTEMBER 28 | KOKO TAYLOR'S BIRTHDAY

OCTOBER 5 | DEAK'S HARMONICA BLOCK PARTY
In Clarksdale, Mississippi

OCTOBER 9 - 12 | KING BISCUIT BLUES FESTIVAL
In nearby Helena, Arkansas

OCTOBER 13 | SUPER BLUES SUNDAY
In Clarksdale, Mississippi

OCTOBER 17 - 20 | 2019 DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL
In Clarksdale, Mississippi, at various locations

OCTOBER 17 - 19 | TENNESSEE WILLIAMS FESTIVAL
In Clarksdale, Mississippi

OCTOBER 19 | 2019 DEEP BLUES 5K RUN/WALK
In Clarksdale, Mississippi; registration form available at deltabluesmuseum.org

OCTOBER 24 - 27 | HAMBONE FESTIVAL
In Clarksdale, Mississippi

NOVEMBER 5 | IKE TURNER'S BIRTHDAY

NOVEMBER 16 | W.C. HANDY'S BIRTHDAY

DECEMBER 16 | BILLY GIBBONS' BIRTHDAY

Click here for more details.

IN THE GIFT SHOP

Shop online in our NEW ONLINE STORE!
A whole new look and many new items... Now available: "The Birth of the Blues at Dockery Farms" via Digital Download MP3 Julia Baird (sister of John Lennon) interviews Bill Lester about Dockery's history ...Gift Shop offerings updated weekly, so keep checking back!

Visit the Gift Shop here.

THANK YOU, VOTERS!

Delta Blues Museum was named "Best Museum in Mississippi" and was declared a winner in three distinct categories in River Travel Magazine's "Best Of The River 2019" survey! Thanks to all of you who voted for us for Best Museum, Best Education Center, Best Interpretive Center and Best Roadside Attraction - see the complete list of winners at rivertravelmagazine.com.

THROUGH THE END OF SEPTEMBER...

The Mississippi River Parkway Commission is inviting motorists to travel the Great River Road during Drive the Great River Road Month, which celebrates one of America's oldest and longest National Scenic Byways every September. Visit www.experiencemississippiriver.com for details.

Drive the Great River Road Month is an open invitation to plan a fun and memorable road trip along the nearly 3,000-mile Great River Road National Scenic Byway that follows the Mississippi River through 10 states, from Minnesota to Louisiana. The unique scenic byway is a gateway to the Mississippi River Valley's great history, cultural attractions and unique recreational options. As a Great River Road Interpretive Center, we hope you'll stop by Delta Blues Museum for a visit!

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Thanks for your continued and future support!

Shelly Ritter, Director

This newsletter is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and, in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

This site is made possible through support from the Mississippi Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rock River Foundation.

DELTA BLUES MUSEUM HIGHLIGHTS
Exhibits, Events and More!

This site made possible through the support of Mississippi Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Rock River Foundation.

Support for the Delta Blues Foudation, Inc has been provided by explore.org, a direct charitable activity of the Annenberg Foundation.

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Museum Contact information

1 Blues Alley
Clarksdale, MS 38614
Phone: 662-627-6820
Email: info@deltabluesmuseum.org