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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 2 – “Speak softly and carry a big stick” 110 years ago

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On September 2, 1901, during a speech given at the Minnesota State Fair, Theodore Roosevelt allegedly said “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” Big stick diplomacy is the idea of negotiating peacefully, simultaneously threatening military strength. Roosevelt is known to have used military muscle several times throughout his two terms, particularly in Latin America – involving the Venezuelan Affair, Cuban relations and the Nicaraguan and Panama Canals. Roosevelt described his style of foreign policy as “the exercise of intelligent forethought and of decisive action sufficiently far in advance of any likely crisis.”

It’s Friday, September 2

Amy Martin teaches Kindermusik at Lee Academy for the Arts in Paris. There are classes for newborn to 18 months children; for 18 months to 3 year olds; for 3 to 5 year olds; and a new offering for the young Child age 5 to 7. Some classes start Tuesday. Register online at Lee Academy is at 402 Lee Street.

Tonight the Jackson Purchase Friends of Bluegrass feature The Cope Brothers, Uncle Mike and The Pea Snappers and Blue Reigns. Music starts at 7:30 at the Kentucky Opry in Draffenville.

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area has a host of labor day weekend activities at the Homeplace and the Nature Station. See On Monday the Nature Station offers a Scales n’ Trails Hike from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 and later hosts a Creature Feature about the bobcat at 2:15. And remember the sunset canoe trip Sunday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for which a reservation is necessary at 270-924-2000.

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Datebook: August 18 – 55th birthday of film composer John Debney

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John C. Debney (born August 18, 1956) is an American film composer. He received an Academy Award nomination for his score for Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. John was born and raised in nearby Glendale, California, where he began guitar lessons at age six and played in rock bands in college. Debney earned his B.A. degree in Music Composition from the California Institute of Arts in 1979. In the early 1990s, Debney began to score indie films and Disneyland attractions. In 1993, he scored his first studio feature, the Disney comedy Hocus Pocus starring Bette Midler. Debney has since gone on to have a career composing scores for many films including Iron Man 2, The Passion of the Christ, Bruce Almighty, Elf, Sin City, Chicken Little, Liar Liar, Spy Kids, The Emperor’s New Groove, The Scorpion King, The Princess Diaries, and Predators.

It’s Thursday, August 18

Paducah School of Art Painting faculty Bilan Liao hosts a grand opening of her new gallery Saturday beginning at 5 p.m.. It’s at 520 North 7th Street in Lowertown. Liao’s art includes stories of her family who endured hardships during the Chinese Revolution and the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

Cabela’s King-Kat Tournament Trail Fishing Series brings Midwest catfish anglers to Prizer-Point Marina & Resort, Cadiz, Saturday. Tournament fishing is from 6:30 to 3 with weigh-in at Prizer-Point through 4 p.m. Late registration is tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m. See There’s also a kids fishing rodeo with registration from 8 to 9.

The Paris Henry County Arts Council presents The Barons Dance Band at Lee Academy for the Arts Saturday at 7 p.m. It’s a free concert, but refreshments and snacks will be sold to raise funds for the Council. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Lee Academy for the Arts is at the intersection of Crawford and Lee in Paris.

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Datebook: January 19 – Georgia secedes 150 years ago

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It’s Wednesday, January 19.

Lee Academy for the Arts in Paris offers a three-session writer’s workshop for writers age 15 and older starting Saturday February 5.  Blood River to Berlin Author Michael Freeland leads the workshop for which the fee is $99.  Contact him at See the Lee Academy for the Arts winter class schedule at

Kentucky State Police Post 01 Detective John Sims speaks about Investigating Identity Theft at the McCracken County Public Library’s Evenings Upstairs program Thursday at 7 p.m.  The library’s at 555 Washington Street in Paducah.

There’s a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Safety Class Saturday at the American Legion Post 68 on Lakeshore Drive in Kuttawa.  Pre-registration is required for the 8 to 5 class that costs $20.  Contact Alan Wade at 270-388-9799.  Keep safe while boating.  Many insurance companies recognize completing this class with discounts.

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