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Datebook: November 30 – Regina Mundi Day in South Africa

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It’s Regina Mundi day in South Africa. Regina Mundi is the largest Roman Catholic church in South Africa located in Orlando East, Soweto, a populous black urban residential area within the city of Johannesburg. Due to the role it played as a place of gathering for the people of Soweto in the years before, during, and after the anti-apartheid struggle, it is often referred to as “the people’s church” of “the people’s cathedral.” In 1997, Nelson Mandela established 30th November as “Regina Mundi Day” to honor the church.

It’s Wednesday, November 30

Murray State’s Chamber Singers present Madrigal Dinners Friday and Saturday nights at 6 in Ordway Hall near the intersection of 15th and Olive. Enjoy a full meal with the singing of carols and madrigals. Call 270-809-4288 for tickets.

Saturday brings the Reindeer Run 5K to Cadiz before the Christmas parade. The run starts from Trigg County Middle School Gym at 5 p.m. and benefits Bright Life Farms. Register at or mail. Race day registration is $20.

Pullen Farm Greenhouse offers an interior plant sale of houseplants big and small from 9 to 5 through Friday. It’s also time to order poinsettias which will go on sale closer to Christmas. Take Hickory off 94 West in Murray to get there.

Adsmore House hosts a special Christmas candlelight tour Saturday from 6 to 8:30. The 1857 Greek Revival home is restored to late Victorian grandeur and furnished with its family’s furnishings and memorabilia. It’s at 304 North Jefferson in Princeton.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

November 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Datebook: November 7 – Battle of Belmont 150 Years Ago

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The Battle of Belmont was fought on November 7, 1861, in Mississippi County, Missouri. It was the first combat test in the American Civil War for Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant, whose troops in this battle were the “nucleus” of the Union’s notable Army of the Tennessee. On November 6, Grant sailed from Cairo, Illinois, to attack the Confederate fortress at Columbus, Kentucky. The next morning, he learned that Confederate troops had crossed the Mississippi River to Belmont, Missouri. He landed his men on the Missouri side and marched to Belmont. Grant’s troops overran the Confederate camp and destroyed it. However, the scattered Confederate forces quickly reorganized and were reinforced from Columbus. They then counterattacked, supported by heavy artillery fire from across the river. Grant retreated to his riverboats and took his men to Paducah, Kentucky. The Confederates claimed Belmont as a Southern victory, but it was actually inconclusive. Grant had staged a demonstration and it was beaten off. Union losses were 607 (120 dead, 383 wounded, and 104 captured or missing). Confederate casualties were slightly higher at 641 (105 killed, 419 wounded, 106 captured, and 11 missing). The most important result of the battle was simply to give Grant combat experience at commanding a large force. It also gave President Abraham Lincoln, who was desperate for his armies to attack the Confederates somewhere that winter, a positive impression of Grant.

It’s Monday, November 7

The Murray State University Jazz Band and Jazz Orchestra perform their Fall Big Band Concert tomorrow night at 7:30 in Murray State’s Lovett Auditorium. The free hour long program includes jazz and standards from the great American Songbook.

Murray’s Playhouse in the Park fundraises with “Murray Dance Stars” Friday, November 18th at the Curris Center Ballroom. Tickets are $50 for a VIP table seat, $25 for General Admission. The Playhouse seeks to meet a match of up to $7500. Get tickets from one of the stars: Lance Allison, Erin Carrico, Gale Cornelison, Tawnya Hunter, Judi Little, Dr. William Robinson or Mark Welch.

First Presbyterian Church in Murray hosts a come and go as you wish event called Ecclesiaudio, sounds for sacred spaces, Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Meditation and prayer occurs with soundscape created by Like Water, the duo Danny Granstaff and Dean Hughes of Princeton, and presenters from Nashville and Murray. The church is at 1601 Main.

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Datebook: August 24 – Treaty of Cordoba signed 190 years ago, prefacing Mexican independence

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The Treaty of Córdoba established Mexican independence from Spain at the conclusion of the Mexican War of Independence. It was signed on August 24, 1821 in Córdoba, Veracruz, Mexico. It’s the first document in which Spanish and Mexican officials accept the liberty of what will become the First Mexican Empire. In the treaty, New Spain is recognized as an independent empire, which is defined as “monarchical, constitutional and moderate.”

It’s Wednesday, August 24

The MSU Department of Music presents the University of Kentucky’s director of guitar studies Dieter Hennings, in concert tomorrow night at 7:30. Hennings’ program is open to the public in Performing Arts Hall on the 2nd Floor of the Old Fine Arts Building.

The Humane Society of Calloway County seeks pictures for its 2012 Pet Calendar. See Entries accepted through e-mail, regular mail, or in person to the Humane Society office in the Weaks Center on Poplar Street in Murray. Entries are due by next Wednesday, August 31. For more call 270-759-1884.

Through September 25, learn about the farmer’s rebellion named The Black Patch Tobacco War at Adsmore House and Gardens in Princeton. This large civil uprising in our region happened after the War Between the States when farmers fought the monopolistic activities of the “Duke Trust.” Adsmore House and Gardens is at 304 North Jefferson, open Tuesday through Saturday 11 to 4 and Sunday 1:30 to 4.

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Datebook: August 23 – Jacques Cartier lands near Quebec City 470 years ago

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On August 23, 1541, French explorer Jacques Cartier landed near Quebec City in his third voyage to Canada. he had previously built a fort in this space and had returned with the goal of building a permanent settlement, despite conflicts with the natives. This settlement eventually became Quebec City, one of the oldest European settlements in North America. Today, it is the capital of Quebec and stands as one of the major cultural centers of the French-speaking world. Cartier was the first European to describe and map the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the shores of the Saint Lawrence River, which he named “The Country of Canadas”. He was the First European to travel inland in North America and claimed Canada for France.

It’s Tuesday, August 23

Four Rivers Behavioral Health and Easter Seals West Kentucky offer “Hollywood Spotlight” Friday morning. It’s at Tilghman High School Auditorium at 2400 Washington Street in Paducah and features performers and artists from McCracken and surrounding counties competing for awards and recognition. Admission is free. Doors open at 9:45; the show starts at 10.

Grace Episcopal Church hosts Ecclesiaudio, Sounds for Sacred Spaces, Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. It’s an evening of meditation and prayer using sounds/speech and music complemented by yoga practicioners and an improvisational painter. Hear Like Water of Princeton and many other instrumentalists from Nashville. The church is at 820 Broadway in Paducah.

The National Quilt Museum conducts its Kidz Day in the Arts Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. offering free admission to all. The museum’s lawn at 215 Jefferson in Paducah will host a variety of activities and free drinks and water. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy. See the schedule at

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Good Read – Pogue’s War: Diaries of a WWII Combat Historian

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Pogue’s War: Diaries of a WWII Combat Historian
by Forrest C. Pogue

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With a foreword by Stephen Ambrose and a preface by Franklin D. Anderson Forrest Pogue (1912-1996) was undoubtedly one of the greatest World War II combat historians. Born and educated in Kentucky, he is perhaps best known for his definitive four-volume biography of General George C. Marshall.  Pogue’s War is drawn from Forrest Pogue’s handwritten pocket notebooks, carried with him throughout the war, long regarded as unreadable because of his often atrocious handwriting. Supplemented with carefully deciphered and transcribed selections from his diaries, the heart of the book is straight from the field. He not only graphically – yet also often poetically­­ – recounts the extreme circumstances of battle, but he also notes his fellow soldiers’ innermost thoughts, feelings, opinions, and attitudes about the cruelty of war. Franklin D. Anderson, Forrest Pogue’s nephew by marriage, is a longtime educator. He lives in Princeton, Kentucky.

Todd Hill says:

From the war-time diary of combat historian Sgt. Forrest C. Pogue, long time Murray resident and professor at MSU. Incredible story of coming ashore at Normandy. Just after the June 1944 invasion… Highly recommended!

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Datebook: May 4 – Freedom Rides began 50 years ago.

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Freedom Riders were civil rights activists that rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States to test the United States Supreme Court decision Boynton v. Virginia (of 1960). The first Freedom Ride left Washington, D.C., on May 4, 1961, and was scheduled to arrive in New Orleans on May 17. Learn all about the Freedom Rides this month on KET.

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Adsmore House and Gardens in Princeton remembers Spring 1907 with a child’s birthday commemoration through May 15. See dolls loaned by Molly Ward, and Adsmore’s quilts and other late early 20th century textiles. Adsmore is at 304 North Jefferson, open Tuesday through Saturday 11 to 4 and Sunday 1:30 to 4.=

The Family Service Society for residents of Paducah and McCracken County needs men’s clothing, especially Blue jeans, shoes and belts. The clothing room is open at no charge Tuesdays and Thursdays at 827 Joe Clifton Drive.

First United Methodist Church and the Downtown Paris Association present “Dartin’ Downtown Certified 5 k Walk/Run and 1 mile fun run Saturday, May 14. Registration starts at 7 a.m. in the church parking lot at 101 East Blythe Street. The 5k starts at 8 and the 1 mile fun run starts at 9. Registration costs $20 and benefits Relay for Life.

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Datebook: January 4 – Front Blog Turns 1 Year Old

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It’s Tuesday, January 4 . . .

Ardsmore Gardens in Princeton are closed through February for interior maintenance. Regular operating hours resume March 1. The visitor’s center is available for rent during the closure. Call 270-365-3114.

The Yeiser Art Museum in Paducah is accepting entries for its annual Fantastic Fibers exhibition. The competition is open to all professional artists 18 years and over who work in the fiber art field. For complete guidelines and to enter online go to the-yeiser-dot-org.

Spring auditions for the Paducah Symphony Children’s Chorus and Youth Chorus are this Thursday and January 13. Students 3rd grade through 10th grade are eligible. Auditions must be scheduled in advance. Call the PSO at 270-444-0065 to set up an appointment.

No Hunting zones in Land Between the Lakes are open for archery deer hunting through January 17. Licensed hunters 16 and older may harvest deer without antlers to reduce populations. For a list of locations, visit

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Written by Matt Markgraf

January 4, 2011 at 10:12 am