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Datebook: November 4 – St. Clair’s Defeat 220 Years Ago

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St. Clair’s Defeat also known as the Battle of the Wabash, was fought on November 4, 1791 in the Northwest Territory between the United States and the Western Confederacy of American Indians, as part of the Northwest Indian War. It was a major American Indian victory and remains the greatest defeat of the United States Army by American Indians. The American Indians were led by Little Turtle of the Miamis, Blue Jacket of the Shawnees and Buckongahelas of the Delawares. The war party numbered more than 1,000 warriors, including a large number of Potawatomis from eastern Michigan and the Saint Joseph. The opposing force of about 1,000 Americans was led by General Arthur St. Clair, who had proved to be an able commander during the American Revolutionary War. The American Indian confederacy was overwhelmingly victorious. In proportional terms of losses to strength, it was the worst defeat that United States forces have ever suffered in battle—of the 1,000 officers and men that St. Clair led into battle, only 48 escaped unharmed. As a result, President George Washington forced St. Clair to resign his post and Congress initiated its first investigation of the executive branch.

It’s Friday, November 4th

A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor broadcasts live from Murray State tomorrow. Get tickets for the 5 to 7 p.m. tribute to Bill Monroe at, 800-745-3000 or at the CFSB Center Box Office.

Metropolis hosts a Steamboat Bicentennial Celebration tomorrow and Sunday at Fort Massac State Park. There are tow boat tours from 10 to 4. A travelling exhibit recounts the history of steam boats. Sunday there’s a dinner cruise aboard the Belle of Cincinnati for which tickets are available at 800-261-8586. See

LBL’s Fall Frolic is tomorrow at the Woodlands Nature Station. Enjoy wagon rides from 10 to 4. Go on a hike at 11:30. Hear Celtic music band Red River Breeze at 1 and 2 p.m. and there’s a Lorax Puppet Show at 3.

Tickets are $15 for the Paducah Jazz Ensemble Big Band’s Stardust Ball at the Metropolis Community Center tomorrow at 7:30. Proceeds benefit Save the Massac Theatre.

Details at Happy weekend!

Datebook: November 2 – Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Established 75 Years Ago

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The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, commonly known as the CBC, was established 75 years ago today and is the oldest existing broadcasting network in Canada. Radio services include CBC Radio One, CBC Radio 2, Première Chaîne, Espace musique and the international radio service Radio Canada International. Television operations include CBC Television, Télévision de Radio-Canada, CBC News Network, le Réseau de l’information, ARTV (part ownership), Documentary and Bold. The CBC operates services for the Canadian Arctic under the names CBC North and Radio Nord Québec. CBC/Radio-Canada offers programming in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages on its domestic radio service; in nine languages on its international radio service, Radio Canada International; and in eight languages on its Web-based radio service RCI Viva, a service for recent and aspiring immigrants to Canada. Some notable CBC alumni include: Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Michael J. Fox, Lorne Michaels, Mike Myers, Fred Rogers, Martin Short, Donald Sutherland,  and Alex Trebek.

It’s Wednesday, November 2

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra performs a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Carson Center. Hear Haydn’s Symphony Number 104 in D Major, and Beethoven’s Symphony Number 8, opus 68, c minor. Actor Fowler Black portrays Franz Joseph Haydn, The Father of the Symphony, in an interlude about the composer’s life and his melodies. Get tickets at 270-444-0065.

The Renaissance Theatre of Bethel University presents the Dickens “A Christmas Carol” Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Saturday, the 12th at 2 p.m. at the Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center in Huntingdon, Tennessee. Tickets are $15 at or at the box office.

Murray Art Guild hosts an Empty Bowls Project Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at 500 North 4th Street.

Have a soup and bread in a handcrafted bowl and with a cash donation, take the bowl home with you. Proceeds benefit Murray Needline.

There are still seats available for the Saturday night live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion at Murray State. See

“Home On The Range (With My Prairie Home Companion)” – From the Rotary Club of Murray

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Many thanks to the Rotary Club of Murray for crafting this song for their October 27, 2011 meeting! Try singing-a-long and have fun!

(With My Prairie Home Companion)

Oh give me a home where Keil-lor will roam,
On the floor of the C-F-S-B.
Where we shall all see, a cast fill-ed with glee;
It’s live and it ain’t on TV.

Home, home his-to-ry.
A show we all should go see.
Mu-sic and sketch, lot’s of hu-mor to catch,
A once-in-your life place to be.

How of-ten we’ve heard, some en-cour-a-ging words;
From the sounds of Nin-ty One Point Three.
Now we can go-to view a live show,
And be in on Mur-ray his-to-ry.

Home, home on the range,
Where the cast and mu-si-cians will play.
No-vem-ber the fifth; this sure ain’t a myth.
Com-pan-ion is com-ing our way.
(Prairie Home, that is!)

Written by Matt Markgraf

October 28, 2011 at 11:18 am

Datebook: September 19 – International Talk Like A Pirate Day

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Ahoy, Matey! Today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, a parodic holiday created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), of Albany, Oregon. At first an inside joke between two friends from a game of racquetball, the holiday gained exposure when John and Mark sent a letter about their invented holiday to the American syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002. It has been speculated that the rolling “rrr” has been associated with pirates because of the location of major ports in the West Country of England, drawing labor from the surrounding countryside.

Arrr! It be Monday the Ninth of  September

Murray Calloway County Hospital hosts a day-long diabetes workshop open to all Friday at Glendale Road Church of Christ. It’s targeted to nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and other healthcare providers for whom Kentucky Board of Nursing contact hours apply. Pre-register by tomorrow at 270-762-1854. It costs $25 for non-MCCH employees.

Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College invites entries for its 2011 Juried Art Exhibit. Submit works at the Center between 9 and 4 next Monday and Tuesday. It’s open to any artist in the region. The juror is Erika Myers Bromwell, Director of the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary art. See

Thursday the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act program hosts an information meeting about the Extra Help Program. This is for those who have Medicare D or are eligible who have limited resources. It’s at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Crittenden County Senior Center, 201 North Walker Street.

Enjoy A Prairie Home Companion live in Murray on November 5. See for details.

Datebook: September 14 – Handel completes Messiah 270 years ago

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George Frideric Handel was a German-British Baroque composer, famous for his operas, oratorios, and concertos and is largely regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. One of his best-known works is his English-language oratorio Messiah, which he finished on September 14, 1741. He wrote the music in an amazingly swift 24 days, having recieved most of the texts in advance from writer Charles Jennens (from the King James Bible and the Book of Common Prayer). At the end of his manuscript Handel wrote “SDG”— Soli Deo Gloria, “To God alone the glory”. This inscription, taken with the speed of composition, has encouraged belief in the apocryphal story that Handel wrote the music in a fervour of divine inspiration. Messiah was first performed in Dublin on April 13, 1742, and received its London premiere a year later. After an initially modest public reception the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.

It’s Wednesday, September 14

The exhibition “We 3 – New Works,” opens tomorrow at Tribeca Gallery, 127 South Second Street in Paducah with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.. See paintings by Wil MacKay of Stornoway House Gallery, William F. Renzulli of Gallery 5, and Keyth Kahrs of Leaping Trout Studio – all LowerTown artists.

The 37th Annual Midway Fall Festival is Saturday and Sunday. The Festival includes antique locomotives, arts and craft exhibitors, live music and entertainments, food vendors, attractions for kids and more. See Midway is between Frankfort and Lexington.

A Chili Cook Off celebrates Freedom Friday of Christian County Salutes Fort Campbell Week. Teams start cooking at 1 p.m. Friday and booths must be decorated with a patriotic theme. Public sampling begins at 4 p.m. There’s a $50 entry fee. Contact the Hopkinsville Chamber of Commerce to see the rules and register teams.

The audience is going to have fun November 5 when A Prairie Home Companion broadcasts from Murray State. See how to be there at

Datebook: September 9 – DC named after Washington 220 years ago

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On September 9, 1791, the District of Columbia was founded and named after George Washington, to become the special district to serve as the permanent national capital of the United States as permitted by Article 1 U.S. Constitution, proposed by James Madison. Shortly thereafter, the Residence Act established that this capital district would be located along the Potomac River, its location decided by President George Washington. A federal city was constructed near Georgetown and on September 9, 1791, was named The City of Washington. The newly established federal district was named The Territory of Columbia.

It’s Friday, September 9

Tomorrow the Paducah Symphony Orchestra opens its season with a gala program featuring soloist Michael Ludwig, violin, for the Brahms 1st Symphony. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Carson Center. There’s a free pre-concert reception at 6:30. Call 270-444-0065 for tickets. Also, Mr. Ludwig gives a free master class tomorrow at 9 a.m. at the McCracken County Library.

The Golden Pond Target Range at LBL temporarily closes for improvements Mondays through Fridays starting next Monday through October 1. See for possible weekend closures. The Archery Range remains open.

The Carson Center’s Annual Distiller’s Dinner is Saturday, October 29, and offers an evening with the President of Maker’s Mark, Bill Samuels, Jr. Artisan Kitchen caters the seated dinner. For reservations call 270-443-9932.

The Humane Society of Calloway County offers microchipping for $10 and custom pet ID tags tomorrow from 9 to 5 on the Courthouse Square.

Experience a live national broadcast when A Prairie Home Companion comes to Murray November 5. See for information.

Datebook: August 29 – Ishi emerges 100 years ago

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Ishi was the last member of the Yahi, the last surviving group of the Yana people, living in California. Ishi is believed to have been the last Native American to have lived most of his life completely outside the European American culture. At about 49 years old, in 1911 he emerged from the wild near Oroville, California, leaving his ancestral homeland in the foothills near Lassen Peak. Ishi means “man” in the Yana language. The anthropologist Alfred Kroeber gave this name to the man when he discovered Ishi had never been named. When asked his name, he said: “I have none, because there were no people to name me,” meaning that no tribal naming ceremony had been performed.

It’s Monday, August 29

John James Audubon State Park in Henderson hosts potter and storyteller Albert Bauman Sunday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the campground shelter. From 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday Naturalist Scott Shupe introduces his exotic reptiles at the shelter. Call 270-826-2247 for more.

Tomorrow evening at 6 Murray Elementary School kicks off a National Center for Fathering initiative – Watch D.O.G.S. – Dads of Great Students – with volunteer training. This is a Dads and Kids’ Pizza night to kick off this program. Men volunteer to work at least one day in their child’s school with educators – fulfilling roles as needed.

The 36th Annual KWW Arts & Crafts Festival is Saturday through Monday in Little Lake Park in Grand Rivers. Over 100 vendors offer handmade crafts, food and beverages. It’s open 9 to dusk Saturday, 9 to 5 Sunday and 9 to 3 Monday.

Don’t wait until the last minute to get tickets for the Prairie Home Companion show at the CFSB Center at Murray State in November. See for information.

Datebook: August 25 – Monty Hall turns 90

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Monty Hall was born Monte Halperin, August 25, 1921 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Canadian-born MC, producer, actor, singer and sportscaster may be best known as host of the television game show Let’s Make a Deal.  Let’s Make a Deal aired on NBC daytime from 1963 to 1968, and on ABC daytime from 1968 to  1976, followed by several syndication runs. Hall received stard on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on the Palm Springs Walk of Fame, and Canada Walk of Fame. In 1968, the Government of Canada bestowed on him the prestigious Order of Canada for his charity work. Hall received the 2005 Ralph Edwards Service Award from Game Show Congress, and in 2007, was one of the first inductees into the American TV Game Show Hall of Fame.

It’s Thursday, August 25

Saturday is Fight Against Child Obesity Day in Paducah. Futskilz Soccer Training is organizing the free event from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the McCracken County soccer complex. LBL Environmental Education staff brings information about the USDA Forest Service’s More Kids in the Woods initiative. Greater Paducah Sustainability is providing recycling information. It’s for ages 6 and up, including relay races and games.

The Union City Community Concert Association opens its new year’s offerings with a showcase of the area’s most talented young people – Fair Show-Season 2 – to the Union City Civic Auditorium Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door.

Market House Theatre’s Footlights is accepting registrations for its new trimester of classes starting Saturday. April Cochran leads the youth acting troupes for grades 1 thru 12 which meet Saturdays in the theatre classroom at 120 South Second Street in Paducah. Register through the theatre box office, 270-444-6828.

A Prairie Home Companion brings a Bill Monroe tribute to Murray November 5. See more at Thanks!

Datebook: August 9 – John Dryden’s 380th birthday

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John Dryden (9 August 1631 – 1 May 1700) was an influential English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who dominated the literary life of Restoration England. He established the heroic couplet as a standard form of English poetry by writing successful satires, religious pieces, fables, epigrams, compliments, prologues, and plays with it. He was made Poet Laureate in 1667. Dryden is also believed to be the first person to posit that English sentences should not end in prepositions because it was against the rules of Latin grammar.


It’s Tuesday, August 9.

Paducah’s Yeiser Art Center opens a special show “Remembering Sara Roush” with a gala reception Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. See Sarah’s paintings, prints, ceramic sculptures and mixed media collages – marking the pinnacle of her life as an artist and the end of her struggle with breast cancer. The show runs through September 10. The Yeiser’s on Markethouse Square open Tuesday through Saturday 10 to 4, admission free.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College hosts an open house for its Automotive Technology Program tomorrow from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at its Skilled Craft Training Center in Hickory.

Submission of digital images for entries in The Hopkinsville Art Guild’s 41st Juried Art Exhibition at Hopkinsville Community College in September are due Friday. See a prospectus at Entries may be in six categories.

WKMS offers a special $125 per ticket experience for A Prairie Home Companion at the CFSB Center November 5, including a commemorative poster, preferred parking, and post-show reception. See or call 800-599-4737.

Datebook: August 5 – 100th birthday of actor Robert Taylor

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Spangler Arlington Brugh, better known as Robert Taylor, was born on August 5th, 1911 in Filley, Nebraska. Nicknamed “The Man with the Perfect Profile,” Taylor appeared in films of varying genres alongside such actors as Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, and Lana Turner. Notable works include “Billy the Kid,” “Ivanhoe,” and “Quo Vadis.” Taylor died of lung cancer on June 8, 1969.


It’s Friday, August 5.

The Humane Society of Calloway County has an Adoption and Pet ID Day at Tractor Supply in Murray tomorrow from 10 to 1.

Murray’s Make a Difference Day is tomorrow at Roy Stewart Stadium from 9 to 1. Recycle paper and cardboard, eyeglasses, aluminum cans, cell phones, ink jet cartridges, outdated prescription drugs, clothing, plastics, tin cans, and glass. Also used motor oil, A, B., C, and D batteries and books.

The Icehouse Art Center in Mayfield opens its Harvey Parker Community Show with a reception tonight from 6 to 8. Author and World War II medic, Mike Freeland will be on hand to sign his books about his experiences. The Ice House is at 120 North Eighth.

The Hotel Metropolitan on Oscar Cross Avenue in Paducah has an Emancipation Celebration fish fry tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $8.

Please join us in the CFSB Center when A Prairie Home Companion broadcasts live to the nation from the Four Rivers Region on November 5. See! Thanks!