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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: October 11 – Reykjavík Summit Begins End of Cold War 25 Years Ago

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The Reykjavík Summit was a summit meeting between U.S. president Ronald Reagan and Secretary-General of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, held in the famous house of Höfði in Reykjavík, the capital city of Iceland, on October 11–12, 1986. The talks collapsed at the last minute, but the progress that had been achieved eventually resulted in the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union. Though the meeting adjourned with no agreement, both sides discovered the extent of the concessions the other side was willing to make. Human rights became a subject of productive discussion for the first time. Despite its apparent failure, participants and observers have referred to the summit as an enormous breakthrough which eventually facilitated the INF Treaty (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty), signed in Washington on December 8, 1987, and contributed to the end of the Cold War, which concluded with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

It’s Tuesday, October 11

Murray State Libraries’ annual book sale is Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tent City at MSU’s Homecoming Game. Browse MSU Shields along with popular fiction, academia, media and comic books at reasonable prices. View the library’s own comic book production at the tent as well.

UT’s West Tennessee Agricultural Museum on Highway 70/79 in Milan’s 13th Fall Folklore Jamboree is Saturday from 9 to 4. Parking is at Milan High School or Temple Baptist Church with shuttle buses provided. Only handicapped parking on site. Admission is $5 Adults, less for kids. See over 100 demonstrators of old time crafts.

Paducah’s Market House Theatre opens its production of the classic E.B. White tale Charlotte’s Web Thursday. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays this weekend and next. The box office number is 270-444-6828. Tickets are $6 for children, $11 for adults.

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Datebook – August 31 – Hermann von Helmholtz turns 190

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Hermann von Helmholtz was born August 31, 1821 (and died September 8, 1894). He was a German physician and physicist who made significant contributions to several widely varied areas of modern science. In physiology and psychology, he is known for his mathematics of the eye, theories of vision, ideas on the visual perception of space, color vision research, and on the sensation of tone, perception of sound, and empiricism. In physics, he is known for his theories on the conservation of energy, work in electrodynamics, chemical thermodynamics, and on a mechanical foundation of thermodynamics. As a philosopher, he is known for his philosophy of science, ideas on the relation between the laws of perception and the laws of nature, the science of aesthetics, and ideas on the civilizing power of science.

It’s Wednesday, August 31

Market House Theatre opens its 48th season with the Tony Award winning play the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee starting tomorrow night, running through September 18. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays. For tickets go online at

Fort Donelson National Battlefield hosts a living history encampment at the main unit along Highway 79 in Dover, Tennessee – open 10 to 4 Saturday and Sunday. It’s the 150th anniversary of this Confederate fort’s being built. At 11 a.m. Saturday Junior Rangers learn about journalists and artists who covered the battles. Register for this program today at 931-232-5706.

Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts opens a visual arts celebration of Bill Monroe’s 100th Birthday titled Bluegrass Roots over Labor Day Weekend. Four concurrent exhibitions open with a preview gala and artist’s reception Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The museum’s at 9th and Frederica Street. See

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Datebook: August 25 – Monty Hall turns 90

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Monty Hall was born Monte Halperin, August 25, 1921 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Canadian-born MC, producer, actor, singer and sportscaster may be best known as host of the television game show Let’s Make a Deal.  Let’s Make a Deal aired on NBC daytime from 1963 to 1968, and on ABC daytime from 1968 to  1976, followed by several syndication runs. Hall received stard on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on the Palm Springs Walk of Fame, and Canada Walk of Fame. In 1968, the Government of Canada bestowed on him the prestigious Order of Canada for his charity work. Hall received the 2005 Ralph Edwards Service Award from Game Show Congress, and in 2007, was one of the first inductees into the American TV Game Show Hall of Fame.

It’s Thursday, August 25

Saturday is Fight Against Child Obesity Day in Paducah. Futskilz Soccer Training is organizing the free event from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the McCracken County soccer complex. LBL Environmental Education staff brings information about the USDA Forest Service’s More Kids in the Woods initiative. Greater Paducah Sustainability is providing recycling information. It’s for ages 6 and up, including relay races and games.

The Union City Community Concert Association opens its new year’s offerings with a showcase of the area’s most talented young people – Fair Show-Season 2 – to the Union City Civic Auditorium Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door.

Market House Theatre’s Footlights is accepting registrations for its new trimester of classes starting Saturday. April Cochran leads the youth acting troupes for grades 1 thru 12 which meet Saturdays in the theatre classroom at 120 South Second Street in Paducah. Register through the theatre box office, 270-444-6828.

A Prairie Home Companion brings a Bill Monroe tribute to Murray November 5. See more at Thanks!

Datebook: June 22 – George V crowned 100 years ago

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George V was crowned on June 22, 1911. He was the King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from May 6, 1910 through WWI and until his death in 1936. George was a grandson of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and the first cousin of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. From 1877 until 1891 he served in the Royal Navy. On the death of Victoria in 1901, George’s father became King Edward VII, and George was made Prince of Wales. On his father’s death in 1910, he succeeded as King-Emperor of the British Empire. He was plagued by illness throughout much of his later reign and at his death was succeeded by his eldest son, Edward VIII.

It’s Wednesday, June 22

Today is the last day to reserve a spot at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art’s children’s picnic.  The picnic is this Friday from 11 to 1.  Highlights include a hot dog and marshmallow roast, folk dancing, and a performance by the bluegrass band Heaven’s Path.  Call the museum at (270) 685-3181 to sign up.

There’s an opportunity to double your donation to Paducah charities thanks to the Community Foundation of West Kentucky.  Donations will be matched by the foundation as part of the Fred Paxton Fund Run for Charities, which takes place on July 16th.  Find a list of participating charities and a donor form at

Market House Theatre partners with Project Hope No-Kill Animal Shelter during this weekend’s performance of “Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids.”  Following Saturday’s 2:30 performance, cast members will collect donations of dry dog and cat food, kitty litter, litter box deodorizer, bleach, and laundry detergent.  To reserve tickets, call 270-444-6828.

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Datebook: April 6- National Tartan Day

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It’s Wednesday, April 6.

Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. the Department of Music’s Percussion Ensemble performs its Spring Concert at Murray State’s Lovett Auditorium. Admission is free.

Paducah’s Market House Theatre’s Footlights youth acting troupes for grades 1 through 12 start a new trimester Saturday.  There are two class options for elementary students — a musical theatre class at 8 a.m. and a theatre games class at 9.  There’s a theatre games and comedy improv class at 10 a.m. for middle schoolers, and a comedy improv class at 11 for high schoolers.  See details at

The National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championships bring a festival to Murray State’s CFSB Center this week.  Tomorrow and Friday the festival starts at 2 p.m. with fish weigh-ins at 4.  Saturday’s festival starts at Noon with American Idol finalist and country artist Bucky Covington performing a free concert Saturday at 2:30 p.m. with 4 p.m. weigh-ins televised live on Versus.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

April 6, 2011 at 10:22 am

Datebook: January 28 – Challenger disintegrates after lift-off 25 years ago

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It’s Friday, January 28.

Magician Todd Duff has created a journey through many eras of magic as a fundraiser for  Paducah’s Market House Theatre’s Youth and Outreach Educational Programming.  Tickets are $20 for Duff’s 7:30 show at the Theatre tomorrow night.  Get tickets at

Economist and pop culture icon Ben Stein gives the 2011 Presidential Lecture at Murray State next Tuesday.  Stein’s presentation starts at 7:30 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium and admission is free.  Stein’s careers include lawyer, academic, speech writer for Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, national columnist, commentator for CBS Sunday morning, ad pitch man, novelist, actor and game show host.

Southern Illinois singer-songwriter Mark Donham plays the Listening Room Café in Nashville Sunday.  It’s at the south end of Cummings Station at 10th and Demonbreun, behind the Frist Art Center.  Donham is in the songwriter round at 6 which is followed by another at 7 and an open mic at 8.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

January 28, 2011 at 10:14 am

Datebook: January 21 – National Hug Day

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It’s Friday, January 21.

Disney’s musical Beauty and the Beast is on stage tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30  and Sunday at  2:30 in Murray State’s Lovett Auditorium.  It’s the 74th annual Campus Lights all-student production featuring live orchestral music.  Adult tickets are $10.  Tickets for Students and Children 12 and under are $7.  Proceeds benefit Department of Music Scholarships.  Reserve tickets at 270-809-4288.

Laynie Mitchell starts a new Music Time class for very young children and parents at the Murray Art Guild Mondays.  The 9:30 a.m. class costs $75.  The Art Guild is at 500 North Fourth Street.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged continues at Paducah’s Markethouse Theatre.  Shows are at 7:30 tonight and tomorrow night and 2:30 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday.  Get tickets at

Kentucky Emergency Management Region 2 Regional Response Manager Vicki Martin is guest speaker for The Pennyrile Regional Citizen Corps Council meeting Monday.  It’s at the PADD office at 300 Hammond Drive from 11 to 1.

See for event changes due to weather.  Thanks for listening.

Datebook: January 13 – Old New Year’s Eve

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It’s Thursday, January 13.

Next week the U.S. Department of Energy hosts two public inquiry meetings about its evaluation of what to do with materials expected to be generated by facility decontamination and decommissioning—as well as future environmental cleanup actions at the Paducah Site.  The first meeting is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Heath High School Cafeteria.  The second meeting is 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Emerging Technology Center at WKCTC in Paducah.

A Half Marathon Training program starts Saturday at 9 a.m. and continues every Saturday for preparing for the April 16th Murray Half Marathon.  The training program includes a group run and costs $30 for members of the Center for Health and Wellness on Poplar, where it convenes.  $60 for non-members.

This evening Market House Theatre in Paducah opens its two weekend presentation of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged.  Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays.  Get tickets at

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Datebook: January 6 – Carnival begins

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It’s Thursday, January 6 . . .

Monday is the deadline to buy tickets for the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. The event is January 20 at 6 PM at the Carson Center. First winner of The Apprentice, Bill Rancic will deliver the keynote. Tickets are 75 dollars for members and 125 dollars for non-members. Call 270443-1746.

Open auditions for the Market House Theatre’s production of The Hundred Dresses are Monday and Tuesday next week. Come to the Studio Theatre classroom at 120 Market House Square starting at 5 PM both days. Roles are available for adults and children 4th grade and up. Find out more at 270-444-6828.

The American Cancer Society offers college scholarships for childhood cancer survivors. The deadline to apply is February 1. Students must have had a diagnosis of cancer before the age of 19. They must be accepted as a full-time student to a 2 or 4 year school and have a GPA of more than 2-point-5. Visit for a full description of qualifications.