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Datebook: December 28 – Godfather of R&B Turns 90

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Johnny Otis was born on December 28, 1921 (still alive). He’s an American musician commonly referred to as the “Godfather of Rhythm and Blues.” The son of Greek immigrants, he grew up in the ethnically mixed neighborhood in Vallejo, California and identified himself with the culture of his black neighborhood friends. He founded his own band in 1945 and became a hit with the song “Harlem Nocturne,” followed by a long string of R&B hits. He discovered Big Jay McNeely (“Barrelhouse Stomp”), Etta James (“Roll With Me, Henry”), He also produced the original recording of “Hound Dog.” In 1958, he recorded his best-known recording “Willie and the Hand Jive.” He was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

It’s Wednesday, December 28

This Sunday St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1620 West Main in Murray opens a Free Warming Center. Its hours are 6 to 8 p.m. through Saturday March 3. The Center provides dinner and breakfast as well as lodging. No pre-registration is required, but arrival should be before 10 p.m. Call 270-753-1881 for more.

The Art Guild of Paducah meets for the first time in 2012 next Tuesday. Regular guild meetings with a program are the first Tuesday monthly — from 6 to 8 p.m. at the McCracken County Public Library. The Library’s at 555 Washington Street.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park near Cadiz hosts the Nashville band Pink Cadillac for Saturday’s Barkley Bash. The Park’s package includes overnight lodging in a lake view room, dinner buffet for 2, Barkley Bash dancing, drinks during dance and breakfast buffet for two. This is an age 21 and older event with no outside alcohol permitted. Call 270-924-1131.

Hear A Season’s Griot 2011 tomorrow at noon. See more at Thanks.

Datebook: December 27 – Darwin Embarks on HMS Beagle 180 Years Ago

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The HMS Beagle was a Cherokee-class 10-gun brig-sloop of the Royal Navy. She was the first ship to sail under the London Bridge and was best known for carrying young naturalist Charles Darwin on his momentous scientific voyage. Beginning on 27 December 1831, the voyage lasted almost five years and Darwin spent most of that time on land investigating geology and making natural history collections, while the Beagle surveyed and charted coasts. He had some expertise in geology, beetle collecting and dissecting marine invertebrates, but in all other areas was a novice and ably collected specimens for expert appraisal. The inception of his theory occurred during the fossil collecting, for example he and his colleagues noticing fossils showing that extinct species were related to current species in the same locality and that bird specimens from the Galapagos Islands were of distinct species related to places, not just varieties – thus convincing Darwin that transmutation of species must be occurring. He began notebooks speculating on variation of offspring “to adapt and alter the race to changing world.”

It’s Tuesday, December 27

Saturday, Kenlake State Resort Park in Aurora offers a Motown New Year’s Eve with dancing from 9 to 1 a.m. The Park offers packages with dinner, dance, lodging, and continental breakfast. Call 800-325-0143.

Paducah’s Yeiser Art Center near the Riverfront hosts the Wastelander’s New Year’s Eve Celebration Saturday with an open to all reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Artists showing include E.J. Abell, Paula Danby, Nancy Flowers, Kristi Hanson, Charlie Robertson, David Brown, Mark Donham, Juanita Gilliam, LaNelle Mason, Jane Viterisi, Linda Little and Nathan Brown. Enjoy the show, refreshments and live music by Tracy Badger.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park near Cadiz offers a First Day Hike at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The park naturalist leads a 2-mile hike full of scenic views and possible sightings of bald eagles, wild turkey, deer and other winter wildlife. Meet at the Park’s Fitness Center which is offering free admission for the day to its indoor pool, nautilus equipment and free weights.

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Datebook: November 16 – First Foreign Salute to the American Flag 235 Years Ago

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On November 16, 1776, American merchant ship USS Andrew Doria entered the harbor of St. Eustatius, a Caribbean island claimed by the Dutch Low Countries. The ship flew the newly designed American flag (without stars at the time). Johan de Graaff, the island’s governor, acknowledged the ship and with an eleven-shot salute from the fort, becoming the first time a foreign power salutes the American flag. The British considered this a flagrant act of provocation and demanded the governor return to Holland to explain himself. In 1781, a British fleet destroyed the merchant port, thus ending trade with the rebels.

It’s Wednesday, November 16

Market House Theatre in Paducah presents the Alfred Hitchcock Classic Thriller with a comic twist: The 39 Steps, again this weekend. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Get tickets online at

St. Joseph Catholic School in Mayfield has its Christmas Auction Saturday at the Parish Center next to the school at 112 South 14th Street. Barbecue concessions start at 6 p.m. with the auction at 7. Christmas items, services and goods, artworks, tickets to Lady Antebellum and more are up for bid.

Tomorrow the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet holds a public meeting about the widening of U.S. 68/KY 80 in Trigg County. It will be in the Hooks Room of Lake Barkley State Resort Park from 5 to 7 p.m. with written information about the project as well as displays on hand. Information will be at the District 1 Office, 5501 Kentucky Dam Road in Paducah after the meeting.

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Datebook: September 30 – Mozart’s The Magic Flute debuts 220 years ago

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On September 30, 1791, the first performance of The Magic Flute, the last opera by Mozart made its debut, taking place at Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna, Austria. The Magic Flute is an opera in two acts composed to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. The work is in the form of a Singspiel, a popular form that included both singing and spoken dialog. For the debut performance, Mozart conducted the orchestra, Schikaneder himself played Papageno, while the role of the Queen of the Night was sung by Mozart’s sister-in-law Josepha Hofer. There were no reviews of the first performance, though the show was a great success, performing hundreds of times in the 1790s to massive crowds. Its popularity had lifted Mozart’s spirits, as he had fallen ill at the time and died a few months after, in December.

It’s Friday, September 30

Tomorrow Laughing Corpse Production Company of Nashville performs “Silence of the Hams,” a murder mystery about a serial pig killer troubling the town’s annual pig festival, at Lake Barkley State Resort Park. Tickets are $45 each for a buffet dinner and the entertainment from 7 to 9 p.m. Call 800-325-1708.

The Civil War Singers perform a concert of folk songs of the nineteen sixties, not the Civil War sixties, at the Fort Donelson Memorial United Methodist Church in Dover tomorrow night at 7:00. Admission is free.

Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham is keynote speaker for a program about running for political office and about the electoral process next week. Christian County Chamber and its partners call it a “Campaign School” from 8:30 to 2 on Saturday, October 8 at the Hopkinsville Community College Technical Center. $20 registration includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and materials for the day. For more, e-mail

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Datebook: July 8 – Coca-Cola inventor turns 180

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John Stith Pemberton was born on July 8, 1831 (and died August 16, 1888). He was a Confederate veteran and an American druggist, best known for being the inventor of Coca-Cola. His beverage began as an alcoholic cure for morphine addiction, after he’d been wounded in the Battle of Columbus, Georgia. In 1886, Atlanta enacted temperance legislation, forcing him to produce a non-alcoholic alternative. With druggist Willis Venable, they worked out a preparation that included blending the base syrup with carbonated water, and Frank Mason Robinson came up with the name “Coca-Cola.” Pemberton touted his product as a “valuable brain tonic” that would cure headaches, relieve exhaustion and calm nerves.

It’s Friday, July 8th

Woody Allen’s 2011 film Midnight in Paris plays Maiden Alley Cinema this evening at 5, tomorrow at 4, 7 and 9 p.m. and next Tuesday through Thursday at 7 p.m. Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams lead the cast of this time-travelling romantic comedy. Maiden Alley is near the riverfront in downtown Paducah.

Registration for a 5K walk supporting the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana starts at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Calloway County High School with the walk starting at 10. It’s part of a statewide effort supporting more than 90,000 adults and children living with seizures in Kentucky and southern Indiana. Make donations at the walk or at

Lake Barkley State Resort Park unveils a new 12 by 60 foot mural designed by Barb Larson at 1 p.m. Monday at the Park Lodge’s lower patio. The Friends of Lake Barkley State Resort Park donated the painting and provided painting assistance.

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the morning cram [New Orleans target practice edition]

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Trials are set to begin tomorrow for New Orleans policemen charged with killing two during Katrina aftermath.

NPR reports that six years after the alleged police brutality incident, trials will finally begin for officers charged in largest police abuse case in modern New Orleans history.

Kentucky~ The Lake Barkley State Park Beach is closed because of floods and e-coli. Western Kentucky farms are now eligible for flood assistance. Brent Burke is expected to be released today.

Tennessee~ Many state schools could see pay raises.

Datebook: May 25 – Don’t Panic… It’s Towel Day

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Towel Day is celebrated every year on May 25, May as a tribute by fans of the late author Douglas Adams. On this day, fans carry a towel with them to demonstrate their love for the books and the author, as referenced in Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The commemoration was first held in 2001, two weeks after Adams’ death on 11 May 2001.  Check out the Towel Day Facebook Page.

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The Memorial Day weekend brings the Arts and Crafts show to Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park in Gilbertsville. It runs 9 to 5 with live music starting at 10 both Saturday and Sunday. Area food vendors are on hand and some craft participants demonstrate their work. There’s free admission and parking.

The Farmers’ Market of Murray – Calloway County is open at the Murray-Calloway County Fairgrounds about 2 miles from Murray off of Hwy 121 North. It’s open Saturdays from 7a.m. to 1:00 pm. Beginning June 22 the market will open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7 to 1.

Due to recent flooding, the beach at Lake Barkley State Resort Park will be closed so it can be cleaned up. The beach will not be open for Memorial Day weekend. The park will announce the reopening of the beach soon. For more information call 1-800-325-1708 or email

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Datebook: April 7 – World Health Day

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All about World Health Day

It’s Thursday, April 7.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park’s dining room and lodge will be closed Monday, April 11 due to a scheduled power outage for transformer maintenance.  The fitness center and trails will remain open.  The Cadiz Rotary breakfast will not be affected.  To donate to next week’s annual Cadiz Rotary Auction contact a club member.

Paducah’s 2011 Dogwood Trail Celebration starts Sunday with residents lighting up lawns and dogwoods with winners to be recognized Monday at 7 p.m. at a ceremony at City Hall.  The dogwood trail is 12 miles long with signs marking the route.  Get a map at or

The Glema Mahr Center for the Arts on campus at Madisonville Community College presents Southern Fried Jazz  in concert Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $18 for the musical journey for Dixieland lovers and jazz enthusiasts.  Call the box office at 270-821-2787.

We appreciate your support and invite you to our 40th Anniversary Finale event in Murray Friday, April 15.  It’s a festive 70’s evening – see more at

Datebook: March 18 – Smiley Burnette’s 100th Birthday

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It’s Friday, March 18.

Tomorrow the Paducah Symphony Orchestra performs a concert at First Baptist Church at 2890 Broadway with the pre-concert chat at 7 and music at 7:30.  The program includes Bizet’s Symphony No. 1 and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5.  Tickets are $25 adults, $12.50 students at 270-444-0065.

Hopkinsville’s Parks Department hosts its 2nd Annual Kite Fest tomorrow at 1 p.m. at DeBow Recreational Complex.  See for details.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park near Cadiz presents a comedy dinner theatre with Bill Lepp tomorrow. Lepp is a nationally renowned storyteller and five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest.  The dinner and show are $40 a person.  Call 800-325-1708 for reservations.

Henderson’s Audubon State Park hosts a wilderness survival program for youngsters 10 to 16 tomorrow from noon to 3.  Meet the naturalist at the Audubon Museum. Pre-register at 270-826-2247 – there’s a $5 per child fee.

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Datebook: December 28 – Childermas

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It’s Tuesday, December 28.

Murray Calloway County Hospital hosts a public forum for the second of its three finalists for CEO, Holly Adams, from 9:15 to 10:15 tomorrow at the Robert O. Miller Convention Center at the corner of 4th and Maple on the Murray Square. Ms. Adams is currently executive director of operations at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, in Oklahoma City.

Nine Paducah area Artists hold an exhibition and celebration in honor of Sarah Roush Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.  The Wastelander’s New Year’s Eve party is free and open to the public at 2 Street, 124 South Second Street across from the Market House, with music by Tracy Badger and Refreshments.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park’s Barkley Bash features The Southwind Band, formerly the Syndicate of Soul, buffet, and dance Friday.  The park has packages for couples available with the buffet, dance and breakfast at $249, dinner and dance packages for $140, and dance only packages $100.  Call 800-325-1708.

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