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Datebook: January 31 – National Gorilla Suit Day

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In 1963, cartoonist Don Martin (of MAD Magazine fame) published “National Gorilla Suit Day” in the collection Don Martin Bounces Back, in which Fester Bestertester mocks the (then fictitious) concept of a National Gorilla Suit Day, and suffers a series of incredible assaults from gorillas and abominable snowmen. Subsequently, Don Martin fans have celebrated National Gorilla Suit Day on January 31. Whether or not you have a gorilla suit… go bananas today.

It’s Tuesday, January 31

The Glema Mahr Center for the Arts hosts a dinner theater production of “Almost, Maine” on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 6:30PM. The romantic comedy takes place in the mythical town of Almost, Maine, where residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected ways. Purchase tickets from the box office at 821-2787.

The Paducah Symphony Children’s Chorus is taking orders for their annual barbecue fundraiser. Entrees available for purchase include Boston butt, pork loin, whole slab of ribs, and whole chicken. Orders must be made by February 7; call the PSO Office at 444-0065.

Children ages six to twelve can learn about “The Mystery of Magnets” at this week’s WKCTC Friday Night Science event. Make magnets float in midair, go on a magnetic scavenger hunt, and learn how a magnet’s poles work. The cost is twenty dollars. The two-hour class begins at 5PM. To register, call 534-3335.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

January 31, 2012 at 11:09 am

Datebook: December 13 – Emily Carr Turns 140

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Emily Carr was born on December 13, 1871 (and died March 2, 1945). She was a Canadian artist and writer heavily inspired by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. One of the first painters in Canada to adopt a post-impressionist painting style, Carr didn’t receive widespread recognition for her work until late in life, around the age of 57. As she matured, the subject matter of her painting shifted from aboriginal themes to landscapes and forest scenes. She was one of the first artists to attempt to capture the spirit of Canada in a modern style. Her life itself has made her a “Canadian icon”, according to the Canadian Encyclopedia, for being “an artist of stunning originality and strength.”

It’s Tuesday, December 13

“Santa’s Last Blast” is on the Paris Court Square Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.. There will be free wagon rides, a trackless train, clowns, games, stories, and reindeer goats. Santa ‘s in Friday night, then Saturday 10-2 and Sunday 2-4. This is the final weekend for Trees on the Square at the Heritage Center Saturday noon-6 and Sunday 1-4.

Holiday shows continue at LBL’s Golden Pond Planetarium through December 23. “‘Tis the Season” shows Wednesday through Sunday at 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. “Christmas Story” Shows are Wednesday through Sunday at noon and 2. Admission to the planetarium is $4 ages 13 and up, $2 ages 5 to 12 and free ages 4 and under. Call 270-924-2020 for more.

Madisonville Community College’s Glema Center for the Arts shows the exhibit “Made to Be Played: Traditional Art of Kentucky Luthiers” weekdays from 9 to 4 and during performances through Saturday. The exhibit chronicles masters in the making and repairing of stringed instruments.

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Datebook: October 3 – The Dick Van Dyke Show Premieres 50 Years Ago

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The Dick Van Dyke Show aired on CBS from October 3, 1961 to June 1, 1966. It was created by Carl Reiner and starred Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore. The series won 15 Emmy Awards. In 2002, it was ranked #13 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. The premise of the show is an “inside look” at how a television sow is written and produced. It features the work and home life of Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke), he head writer for a comedy variety show. At the time of the premiere, conventional dress for most television housewives had been dresses. Since Mary Tyler Moore wore Capri pants on the show a small controversy erupted within the network, but further, Capris became a huge fashion craze in the early 60s.

It’s Monday, October 3

Lee Academy for the Arts in Paris Fall Classes includes Ann Stapp’s six class session in landscape painting in oil or acrylics starting Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday Sandee Green’s class in stained glass starts from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with three sessions. E-mail or see for details.

Aurora’s Country Festival is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy live music and flea market shopping at the KenLake Music Stage across from the Brass Lantern Restaurant. The group Girls, Guns and Glory performs 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Vendors of honey and sorghum join crafters and concessioners. See for a schedule.

Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College hosts boogie-woogie, pop, and jazz pianist Michael Kaeshammer Thursday at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $18 for this Coffee House Series Concert preceded at 6 by the opening reception of the Juried Art Exhibit in the Anne P. Baker gallery.

Datebook: September 27 – First Liberty Ship launched 70 years ago

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The SS Patrick Henry was launched on September 27, 1941, becoming the first of more than 2,700 Liberty ships.  Liberty ships were cargo ships built in the United States during World War II. Though British in conception, they were adapted by the U.S. as they were cheap and quick to build, and came to symbolize U.S. wartime industrial output. Eighteen American shipyards built 2,751 Libertys between 1941 and 1945, easily the largest number of ships produced to a single design. The SS Patrick Henry’s maiden voyage was to the Middle East. During World War II she made 12 voyages to ports including Murmansk, Trinidad, Cape Town, Naples, and Dakar. She survived the war but was seriously damaged when she went aground on a reef off the coast of Florida in July 1946. She was scrapped at Baltimore in 1960.

It’s Tuesday, September 27

The Golden Dragon Acro-Cirque D’Or Chinese Acrobatic touring company performs at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College Thursday evening. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are half price for children 12 and under. Call the box office at 270-821-2787.

Crittenden County’s Pumpkin Festival features a car show Saturday at Darben Plaza, Highway 60 in Marion. Registration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Judging is at 3 p.m. $25 entry fees benefit the Mary Hall Ruddiman Canine Shelter and Crittenden County FFA.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah begins its 5th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration Thursday at the Clemens Fine Arts Center. See the exhibition The Masks of Michoacan. There’s free admission, food and activities from 5 to 8 p.m. The Guest Speaker is Fred de Rosset of the Berea College faculty and Director of Mexico Programs for KIIS.

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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: August 17 – 100th birthday of three-time World Chess Champion Mikhail Botvinnik

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Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvinnik, Ph.D. (August 17, 1911 – May 5, 1995) was a Soviet and Russian International Grandmaster and three-time World Chess Champion. Working as an electrical engineer at the same time, he was one of the very few famous chess players who achieved distinction in another career while playing top-class competitive chess. He also developed a chess-playing algorithm that tried to “think” like a top human player, but this approach has been superseded by a brute-force search strategy that exploits the rapid increase in the calculation speed of modern computers. Playing top class chess for decades, being an eminent chess author, one of the pioneers of computer chess, and a great chess teacher in his late years, Botvinnik is widely regarded as the most influental chess contributor in the 20th century.


It’s Wednesday, August 17.

Madisonville Community College’s Back to School Bash is Saturday from 3:30 to 10 p.m. in front of the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts. Eddie and Alonzo Pennington open from 3:30 to 5 followed by PB & J from 5 to 6; Southern Drawl from 6 to 7, Library Trio from 7 to 8, Larry Grisham of the Beat Daddys from 8 to 9, and Sexstone from 9 on. Food concessions available.

This weekend Murray’s Playhouse in the Park presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The box office opens an hour before the show.

Tomorrow the National Quilting Museum in Paducah hosts an Appraisal Day from 9 to 4:30. Each 30 minute appraisal costs $50. Make appointments at 270-442-8856 or see for more. The museum is at 215 Jefferson Street.

Come visit at The Looking Glass Coffee and Curiosities WKMS Meet and Greet in Martin Thursday, August 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. Thanks!

Datebook: June 2 – Martha Washington turns 280

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America’s first First Lady, Martha Dandridge Custis Washington was born on June 2, 1731 (and died May 22, 1802). She was never referred to as “first lady” because the term was coined after hear death. Instead, she was known as “Lady Washington.” Often depicted as a frumpy elderly woman, new research into her life has evidenced quite the contrary. Martha was a spiffy dresser, assertive and a woman of independent means (with sole control over her wealth from a previous marriage and of her childrens’ inheritance). She is also described as “loving her husband madly.” She joined George on the battlefield each year to care for and provide morale for the troops. Happy birthday Martha!

It’s Thursday, June 2

The Humane Society of Calloway County benefits from a Dash for the Dogs and Cats Saturday at Calloway County High’s stadium at 2108 College Farm Road. There are 40 and 15 mile bike routes starting at 7:30 a.m., a 5 k run at 9 and a 1 mile dog walk at 9:30. Per event entry fee is $20.

Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College holds auditions for its mid-July production of the musical Hairspray this weekend. Saturday auditions are 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday audition hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Speak with Brad Downall or Lynn Curtis about audition requirements at 270-824-8650.

LBL’s Pisgah Bay hosts Kentucky Drag Boat Association races this weekend. Time trials are Saturday and final races are Sunday, 10 to 5 both days. There’s a $5 fee per person, free for Children under 12. Bring lawn chairs or ground blankets to Birmingham Ferry to view racers achieving over 150 miles per hour.

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Datebook: May 19 – First national park service established 100 years ago

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Parks Canada was established on May 19, 1911, as the Dominion Parks Branch under the Department of the Interior, becoming the world’s first national park service. Parks Canada is mandated to protect and present nationally significant natural and cultural heritage, and foster public understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment in ways that ensure their ecological and commemorative integrity for present and future generations. The system currently manages 42 National Parks (including seven National Park Reserves), four National Marine Conservation Areas, one National Landmark, and 167 National Historic Sites. Read more about Parks Canada on their official website.

Here’s Datebook for Thursday, May 19

Saturday’s Make a Difference Recycling Day in Murray at Roy Stewart Stadium from 9 to 1. Bring paper and cardboard, eyeglasses, aluminum cans, cell phones, ink jet cartridges, clothes, plastics, tin cans, glass, used motor oil, batteries, and books. Law enforcement agencies are collecting outdated medicines.

Families and friends of Oak Grove Cemetery on Park Avenue in Paducah are invited to spruce up the grave-sites from 9 to 2 Saturday. There will be assistance in re-leveling and plumbing headstones. They need help with landscape work, filling in low spots and up-righting fallen monuments in the burial ground established in the mid-nineteenth century.

The Glema Center Youth Chorale makes its debut performance Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College. It’s part of the Madisonville North Hopkins High School Choral Spring Concert, which is free to all.

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Datebook: February 11 – National Inventors’ Day

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Thank goodness it’s Friday, February 11.

Tomorrow and Sunday Civil War historian Kraig Lawson of Cincinnati displays his extensive U.S. naval collection at the Fort Donelson Visitor Center in Dover from 10 to 3. Admission’s free. The 50th Tennessee Infantry offers demonstrations from 10 to 4 tomorrow only. There are new exhibits to see at the historic Dover Hotel as well.

Impressionist Rich Little stars as Jimmy Stewart telling the story of his life tonight at 7:30 at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College. You’ll also hear the voices of 25 other celebrities. Tickets are $30 and $35 at the box office. Call 270-821-ARTS.

Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah presents Music @ Mac tonight with Tommy Oliverio and Brey McCoy premiering “Whoever you want it to be” show with a live visual experience created by Alex Lane. Tickets are $7 at the door at 7 with music starting at 8:30. Concessions available.

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Datebook – Monday, October 18

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It’s Monday, October 18.

Today is the deadline for Kentucky k-12 teachers to apply for an all-expenses paid workshop about teaching civics.  November 5 through 7 in Frankfort. The We the People program is sponsored by the Kentucky Court of Justice and the national center for Civic Education. Click to news of interest at

There’s Contra-Dancing with live bluegrass music and a caller tonight from 7:30 to 10 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1620 Main Street. Cost is $3 students and $5 everyone else.

The Blair String Quartet including cello, violin and viola performs tomorrow at 7:30 at Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College.  Tickets are $18 at 270-821-2787.

The Fall Mayoral Debate between Bill Wells and Butch Seargant is Wednesday morning.  The Murray Calloway County Chamber of Commerce hosts the event at Murray State’s Curris Center Ballroom, from 7:30 to 9 a.m.  Tickets are $15.

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