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Datebook: September 12 – Defenders Day in Maryland

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Defenders Day is a legal holiday in Maryland commemorating the successful defense of the city of Baltimore on September 12, 1814 from an invading British force during the War of 1812. It was during this conflict, the Battle of Baltimore, that Fort McHenry was shelled by the British but refused to surrender, and an inspired Maryland lawyer named Francis Scott Key composed the words to what would later become “The Star-Spangled Banner”, eventually proclaimed the national anthem of the United States.

It’s Monday, September 12

Murray State University’s Robert E. Johnson Theatre presents Sanjie, A Chinese Myth, this weekend. Lissa Graham-Schneider wrote and directs the 40 minute play, most of which is performed in shadows. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Kids in 6th through 8th grades may submit one Halloween Short Story by 5 p.m. this Friday in the City of Paducah Parks Department contest. The story must be no longer than 600 words, typed, and must begin with this sentence: “The moon was full and a mysterious fog crept up the path as the darkness of the night settled in.” See

Murray State’s Fall Fanfare Concert for Family Weekend is Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door of Lovett Auditorium and benefit music scholarships. The concert showcases light, entertaining performances by the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, University Chorale, Jazz Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and Racer Marching Band.

Listen to us at while our tower work interrupts our main service this week.


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