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Datebook: October 18 – Moby Dick Published 160 Years Ago

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Moby Dick is widely considered to be one of the first Great American Novels and a treasure of world literature. It was written by Herman Melville and published on October 18, 1951 by Richard Bentley in London (and later by Harper and Brothers in New York). The story tells the adventure of a wandering sailor named Ishmael, and his voyage on the whaleship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that on this voyage Ahab has one purpose, to seek out the ferocious, enigmatic white whale: Moby Dick. The book is regarded (and infamous) for its stylized language, symbolism, metaphors, complex themes and meandering tangential storyline. The book was largely ignored when it was first published, and was first of several “literary failures” by Melville (see his other fantastic novels Pierre and The Confidence Man). It wasn’t until nearly 50 years after his death that the book resurfaced and eventually gained the reputation of a masterpiece.

Why read Moby Dick? See NPR’s feature.

It’s Tuesday, October 18

The Christian County Grandparent Support Group meets tomorrow at the Pennyrile Area Development District Office starting at 10 a.m. The office is at 300 Hammond Drive in Hopkinsville.

Western Baptist Hospital has its 5th Annual Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors Symposium for healthcare professionals Saturday from 8 to 3:45. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. at the Heart Center Auditorium, 2501 Kentucky Avenue in Paducah. Register by Thursday at There’s a $30 activity fee and some education credits available.

The youth of Murray’s First United Methodist Church have a Harvest Hootenanny tomorrow in the church gym at 503 Maple Street. A chili competition and meal start at 5. From 6 to 8 there’s a petting zoo, pony rides, a costume parade, carnival games and a trick or treat walk through the church. It’s open to all, $3 per person, $10 max per family for either meal or activities.

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Datebook: September 29 – Largest Dow Jones Point Drop In History 4 Years Ago

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Four years ago today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 777.68 points, closing the day at 10,365.45, the largest single-day point loss in its history. This was due to the financial crisis, mainly following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual. Though it remains the largest point drop, the largest percentage shift was October 18, 1987 – better known as Black Monday, when world markets crashed after a shift of -22.61%. If it’s any indicator as the instability of the markets and economy, most of the largest point drops and gains have occurred over the past four years.

It’s Thursday, September 29

Easter Seals West Kentucky’s 6th annual heart and soul art exhibit and auction is tonight. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, libations, and The Solid Rockit Boosters from 6 to 8 p.m. at LowerTown Paducah’s Madison Hall at 919 Madison Street. The live and silent auctions include works by local artists and Easter Seal adults and other items as well.

This year’s Kentucky Senior Games are underway in Murray and continue through Sunday. Tomorrow there’s a shuffleboard competition at noon at First United Methodist Church. Swimming begins at 8:30 a.m. at the MSU Wellness Center with games at the MSU Tennis Courts starting at 2. See the schedule at

Saturday is Hazel Day. Enjoy an open car show, a parade starting at 10 a.m., music with Great River Road from 11 to 4. The Purchase Area Antique Tractor Club displays tractors from 9 to 4. There’s a food Court and a kid’s area from 10 to 4 featuring inflatables and pumpkin painting.

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Datebook: May 4 – Freedom Rides began 50 years ago.

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Freedom Riders were civil rights activists that rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States to test the United States Supreme Court decision Boynton v. Virginia (of 1960). The first Freedom Ride left Washington, D.C., on May 4, 1961, and was scheduled to arrive in New Orleans on May 17. Learn all about the Freedom Rides this month on KET.

Here’s Datebook for Wednesday, May 4

Adsmore House and Gardens in Princeton remembers Spring 1907 with a child’s birthday commemoration through May 15. See dolls loaned by Molly Ward, and Adsmore’s quilts and other late early 20th century textiles. Adsmore is at 304 North Jefferson, open Tuesday through Saturday 11 to 4 and Sunday 1:30 to 4.=

The Family Service Society for residents of Paducah and McCracken County needs men’s clothing, especially Blue jeans, shoes and belts. The clothing room is open at no charge Tuesdays and Thursdays at 827 Joe Clifton Drive.

First United Methodist Church and the Downtown Paris Association present “Dartin’ Downtown Certified 5 k Walk/Run and 1 mile fun run Saturday, May 14. Registration starts at 7 a.m. in the church parking lot at 101 East Blythe Street. The 5k starts at 8 and the 1 mile fun run starts at 9. Registration costs $20 and benefits Relay for Life.

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Datebook: November 30 – Lucy wed Desi 70 yrs ago

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It’s Tuesday, November 30

Amy Martin directs The Paris Henry County Arts Council’s 43rd Annual Community Christmas Concert- Sunday at 3 pm at First United Methodist Church. Hear the Henry County High School Madrigals, Veazey Vocals, and “Celebration Handbells”.  A reception follows. Admission is free.  The Church is at 101 East Blythe Street.

The Jackson Purchase Dance Company presents a Holiday Dance Fest Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Murray State’s Lovett Auditorium.  The concert reunites two dancers from the Company’s original group – both are choreographers who now live and dance in Nashville.  Admission is $8 for adults; $6 students under 16.

Tomorrow Grace Episcopal Church commemorates World AIDS Day.  There’s a 5:30 p.m. candlelight walk beginning at the church at 9th and Broadway in Paducah and ending there at 5:50 for a candlelight vigil.  At 6:15 a service of remembrance includes presentations by HIV activists and physicians, the NIA dancers and local choirs.  There’s a reception at 7:30.

See a schedule of our special holiday programs at  Hear Hanukkah Lights Thursday at Noon.

Datebook – Tuesday, November 9

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It’s Tuesday, November 9.

Paris’ Downtown Unwrapped activities include a 10,000 Villages sale of handicrafts from third world countries at First United Methodist Church, 101 East Blythe Street.  Shop Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 to 5 and Sunday from noon to 5.

Murray Calloway County Hospital critically needs O Negative blood.  Give at the blood donor center at the hospital on Poplar Street or give at a blood drive tomorrow from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church on South Fourth Street near the Court Square in Murray.

Markethouse Theatre presents Bloody Murder, a spoof on the classic mysteries of Agatha Christie through November 21.  Thursday through Saturday night performances are at 7:30 p.m. with 2:30 p.m. Matinees Sundays.  There’s a matinee at 2:30 on Saturday, November 20.  Get tickets at the box office, 132 Market House Square in Paducah, open noon to 5 Tuesdays through Fridays.

See more about our series on sustainability, The Promised Land, airing the next two Thursdays at noon, at  Thanks for listening.