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Datebook: June 20 – Louis XVI’s Flight to Varennes 220 years ago

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The Flight to Varennes began June 20 1791. It was a significant turning point in the French Revolution during which King Louis XVI of France, his wife Marie Antoinette, and their immediate family were unsuccessful in their attempt to escape from the radical agitation of the Jacobins in Paris. Their destination was the fortress at Montmédy in northeastern France, but they were only able to make it as far as the small town of Varennes. The king’s attempted flight provoked the charges of treason which ultimately led to his execution in 1793.

It’s Monday, June 20

RecycleNow in Paducah announces its summer hours. Starting today, the recycling center will be open Monday through Friday from 7AM to 2:30PM and on Saturdays from 8AM to noon. For a complete list of recyclable items, visit

Wednesday is the deadline to make reservations for this weekend’s Twilight Theatre production of three original plays. Dinner is at 6:30 at Kenlake State Resort Park, and the show starts at 8 on both Friday and Saturday. The show runs through July 30th. For reservations, call 270-436-2399.

The Paducah Photo 2011 Exhibition will be on display at the Yeiser Art Center through July 30. The center, located at 200 Broadway, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 4. Admission is free.

Tomorrow through Sunday, the Mermet Fish and Wildlife Area of Metropolis hosts two archery tournaments: the Superman Classic and the Illinois Pro-Am Tournament. Spectators are welcome at both tournaments. Visit for a schedule of events.

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