HARTFORD — The Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower will host Colors Over the Confluence from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.
Guests can enjoy panoramic views of fall foliage while The Itchy Brothers Chainsaw Wood Carvers demonstrate their carving abilities. Visitors will be able to purchase completed chainsaw art.
The combined talents of Luke Harris and Donnie Johnson make up The Itchy Brothers. The former Laclede Steel employees have 30 years of experience and have created their artwork for several years at the tower as part of the Eagles Over the Confluence winter events. These two men have donated several art pieces, now on display.
“The Itchy Brothers are very talented and have brought their impressive abilities for carving animals and birds to the Confluence Tower for several years,” Hartford Project Manager Deanna Barnes said. “The pieces they create are fascinating, and people can see the process from start to finish when they visit us.”
Families are welcome at the event. There will be a pumpkin ring toss and chalk art for children. There will be booths set up by Mississippi Mud Pottery and Party on Broadway. TreeHouse Wildlife Center in Dow will also have a booth and will have their raptors on display starting at 1 p.m. Lunch will be available for purchase from The Tamale Man. Menu items include made-from-scratch chicken tamales, pork tamales and veggie tamales. Drinks and frozen tamales also will be available. This event is free to the public and tours of the tower will be available at regular admission prices.
The tower provides spectacular views of the area, including the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, from 50-, 100- and 150-foot viewing platforms.
The tower is open five days a week; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Guided daily tours are available throughout the day. Admission to the tower is $4 for adults; $2 for children 12 and younger; and children 2 and younger are free. Group rates are available for 12 or more people and reservations can be made by calling the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau at (618) 465-6676.