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Datebook: February 6 – Battle of Fort Henry 150 Years Ago

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The Battle of Fort Henry was fought on February 6, 1862, in western Tennessee, during the American Civil War. It was the first important victory for the Union and Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in the Western Theater. On February 4 and February 5, Grant landed two divisions just north of Fort Henry on the Tennessee River. His plan was to advance upon the fort on February 6 while it was being simultaneously attacked by United States Navy gunboats commanded by Flag Officer Andrew Hull Foote. A combination of effective naval gunfire and the poor siting of the fort, almost completely inundated by rising river waters, caused its commander, Brig. Gen. Lloyd Tilghman, to surrender to Foote before the Army arrived. The surrender of Fort Henry opened the Tennessee River to Union traffic past the Alabama border, which was demonstrated by a “timberclad” raid of wooden ships from February 6 through February 12. They destroyed Confederate shipping and railroad bridges downriver. Grant’s army proceeded overland 12 miles to the Battle of Fort Donelson.

It’s Monday, February 6

The American Shakespeare Center presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” tomorrow and Friday nights as part of the Murray Shakespeare Festival. Performances take place in Lovett Auditorium at 7PM; tickets are $10, or $5 with a Murray State ID. Find a complete schedule of festival events at

The Ice House Gallery in Mayfield presents an exhibit of musical instruments made by local artists. See cigar box guitars, mountain dulcimers, drums, a lyre, and a didgeridoo, as well as paintings and photographs. The show runs through February 25. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 4:30 and on Saturdays from 10 to 1.

Flutist Stephanie Rea presents a recital of French music tomorrow night at 7:30 in the Performing Arts Hall on the campus of Murray State University. The performance will be followed by a reception of French coffee and treats. Admission is free. For more information, call the music department at 809-4288.

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Datebook: December 7 – A Date Which Will Live In Infamy

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The attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941. The attack was intended as a preventive action in order to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions the Empire of Japan was planning in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States. The base was attacked by 353 Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes in two waves, launched from six aircraft carriers. All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four being sunk. All but two of the eight were raised, repaired and returned to service later in the war. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship, and one minelayer. 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,402 Americans were killed and 1,282 wounded. President Franklin D. Roosevelt to proclaimed December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy.”

It’s Wednesday, December 7

The Ice House Gallery of the Mayfield Graves County Art Guild has its Annual Holiday Open House and Artisan Sale Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5. The artisan gift shop includes shaker boxes, carved Santas, and hand-made brooms. From 2 to 4 Sunday there’s also a reception for students from Central Elementary whose works are displayed in the classroom gallery. The exhibit “How about a little art?” is in the main gallery.

Kenlake State Resort Park hosts a Twilight Theatre Holiday Dinner Experience December 16th and 17th. Tickets are $30 per person at 270-436-2399 by next Wednesday. Enjoy holiday memories, music and Chef Bob’s menu including traditional English pudding.

Paducah Tilghman High School’s Jazz trio featuring four year old Zaren Saddler on drums performs prior to the Paducah Symphony Orchestra’s Home for Christmas Concert Saturday at 7 at the Carson Center. The Orchestra and Choruses begin their performance at 7:30. Get tickets at 270-444-0065.

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Datebook: November 21 – First Jewish Appointee to Cabinet in a North American Government 150 Years Ago

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On November 21, 1861, Judah Philip Benjamin became the first Jewish appointee to a Cabinet position in a North American government when he was appointed by Confederate President Jefferson Davis as the Secretary of War. He was also the first Jewish American to be seriously considered for nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court (he twice declined offers of nomination). Before the formation of the Confederacy, Benjamin was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives and was elected to the U.S. Senate from Louisiana, becoming the second Jewish senator in U.S. history. He was a member of the Whig party and had a reputation as a great orator. In 1850, he sold his plantation and slaves, but eventually aligned himself with the Democratic Party – dominated by the planter slave-holding elite. After the collapse of the Confederacy, he was exiled to the United Kingdom and became a distinguished barrister selected in 1872 as the Queen’s Counsel.

It’s Monday, November 21

Murray-Calloway County Ministerial Association’s 7th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner is from 11:30 to 1 Thursday at the Murray Banquet Center at 926 South 12th. At 11 there’s a nondenominational worship service. For a delivered meal or a ride, call the First Presbyterian Church by Wednesday. To volunteer or make a donation call 270-293-9490.

Mayfield’s Ice-House Gallery is accepting small art works tomorrow through December 3 for its How about a little Art Show December 6 through the 23. Submissions must be 12″ or smaller. There’s no entry fee. Price for the Annual Artisan Sale December 10 and 11. The Ice House is at 120 North Eighth.

On Friday Santa Arrives at his Gingerbread House on the Court Square in Paris for North Pole Family Fun Day, the first event of Downtown Paris Unwrapped. Games, crafts and rides complement Santa’s presence from 10 to 2. The Optimist Club’s live tree lot opens as well.

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Datebook: May 9 – Captain Blood tries to steal the Crown Jewels 340 years ago

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On May 9, 1671, Irish adventurer known as Captain Thomas Blood, is captured attempting to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London. Dressed as a priest, he convinced the Jewel House keeper to hand over his pistols. Once inside, alarms went off, chaos ensued and Blood was arrested.  King Charles was amused by the attempt and made Blood a member of his court with an annual pension.

Here’s Datebook for Monday, May 9

The Purchase Players present Agatha Christie’s “And then there were None” at the Community Performing Arts Center in Mayfield, Friday at 7 p.m. Get tickets at

Murray State collects for the Paducah Stuff a Truck project to aid area flood victims. Bring new and unopened items to the Easley Alumni Center, Arcadia Drive and 12th Street –8 to 4:30 today, 8 to noon tomorrow. Bring bleach, household cleaning products, mops, buckets, brooms, rakes, sponges, paper towels, garbage bags, insect repellant and sunscreen.

The Stuff A Truck main collection site is at the Paducah Power System Parking Lot at 1500 Broadway, open 7 to 5 today and tomorrow.

Mayfield’s Ice House Gallery shows “The Out of Towners” – works by Susan French, Melanie Halliman and Carol Harlan. There’s an artists reception Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. The Gallery is at 120 North Eighth Street in Mayfield, open Tuesday through Friday 10 to 4:30, Saturday, 10 to 1.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

May 9, 2011 at 11:00 am

Datebook: March 3 – The Star-Spangled Banner becomes national anthem 80 years ago

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It’s Thursday, March 3.

Tomorrow the Ice House Gallery of the Mayfield Graves County Art Guild opens a new show titled You’Ins, featuring works by Paducah artists Todd Birdsong, Michael Crouse, Teri Moore and Randy Simmons.  There’s a reception from 6 to 8 tomorrow evening.  The Gallery is at 120 North 8th Street.

John Charles Chasteen of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty speaks at Murray State tomorrow.  His topic is a global history of cannabis.  His presentation is at 3:30 p.m. in Faculty Hall Room 208. Chasteen is a cultural historian of Latin America whose work has explored topics ranging from guerrilla insurgencies to the history of popular dance.

Ring of Fire:  The Johnny Cash Musical Show opens at the Badgett Playhouse tomorrow with a special performance benefitting an exchange student attending Murray State. Tomorrow’s show starts at 7 with half price tickets and a silent auction.  The Badgett Playhouse is in Grand Rivers.  Call for tickets at 888-362-4223.

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Datebook: February 2 – Groundhog Day

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It’s Wednesday, February 2.

Mayfield’s Ice House Gallery offers a show of photographs by the Jackson-Purchase Photography Enthusiasts Group, known as JPEG,  through February.  The Gallery is at 120 North 8th Street open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 to 1.

This month the Pennyroyal Area Museum offers an exhibit of memorabilia from the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.  A Christian Countian was among founders of this first predominantly African American Greek letter society founded west of the Appalachians which celebrates its centennial this year.  The Museum is at 217 East Ninth in downtown Hopkinsville, open 8:30 to 4:30 Monday thru Friday, 10 to 3 Saturdays.

Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle Area is temporarily closed due to poor trail conditions due to weather.  For updates Call Before You Haul at 270-924-2000 or see Alerts and Notices at

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Datebook: December 6 – St. Nicholas Day

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It’s Monday, December 6.

The Humane Society of Calloway County’s Zumba Party for the Pets starts tonight and continues the next two Mondays.  Instructors lead the fitness/dance fundraising event with salsa, rumba, and other Latin Dances starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Family Fitness Center on Chestnut Street in Murray.  $5 donations benefit the pets.

The annual Ice House Artisan Sale features handmade items for gifting at the Ice House Art Center, 120 North 8th Street in Mayfield from 10 to 4:30 Friday and 10 to 1 Saturday.  In addition to the shop inventory, artists will feature booths of jewelry and gourd art, quilted items, potter, books, and herbal products.

The Golconda Christmas House Tour is 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.  See four houses, an historic church and the Davidson Log Cabin.  Tickets are $8 at the Main Street Golconda Office at 113 West Main.  At 6, Santa Claus arrives at the Courthouse Lawn by fire truck, passing out treats with caroling, a live nativity, hot chocolate and cookies around a bonfire.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

December 6, 2010 at 10:19 am

Datebook – Tuesday, October 12

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It’s Tuesday, October 12.

The Ice House Gallery of Mayfield/Graves County Art Guild has set the deadline for submission to Impressions 2010 as Saturday October 23.  The annual juried exhibition offers cash prizes in painting, sculpture, fiber art and mixed media, photography and drawing.  Call the Guild at 270-247-6971 for an entry form.  The show opens October 31.

Sunday the Marshall County Exception Center hosts an open house with cake and punch at the facility at 198 Old Symsonia Road in Benton.  Enjoy Gospel music from 1 to 2, The Liberty Boys from 2 to 3 and Exceptional Center individuals performing from 3 to 4.

LBL’s Woodlands Nature Station is celebrating Wolf Week.  There are programs today and Thursday at 1:30 p.m., tomorrow and Friday at 3:30 p.m.  Saturday there will be Howlin’ Fun Canine Crafts from 1 to 4 p.m.  The Nature Station participates in the Red Wolf Recovery Program. See

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Datebook – September 14, 2010

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It’s Tuesday, September 14.

Novelist Michael Griffith is guest reader for the Murray State University Reading Series Thursday. Author of Bibliophilia and Spikes, Griffith’s new novel, Trophy, is coming out next year. His reading in Clara M. Eagle Gallery, 6th Floor, Doyle Fine Arts, starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. A book signing and reception follow.

Saturday brings the Gourd Patch Festival to Mayfield. Activities are centered between Regions Bank on North 7th and the Ice House Gallery at the corner of North and North 8th Streets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors offer wagonloads of gourds, honey, jewelry and more. Artists demonstrate work. There’s gourd-mobile derby at 1 p.m., an ugly gourd contest, and music, including Murray State’s marching band percussion section.

The Ballard County Health Department hosts classes in the Cooper Clayton Method to Stop Smoking. The first class meets Thursday at 6 p.m. To register call 270-665-5432. Get nicotine patches for as low as $5 per week.

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