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Datebook: February 9 – Thomas Paine turns 275

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Thomas Paine was born February 9, 1737 NS (January 29 OS) and died June 8, 1809. He was an English author, pamphleteer, radical, inventor, intellectual, revolutionary, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He has been called “a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination.” His principal contributions were the powerful, widely read pamphlet Common Sense (1776), the all-time best-selling American book that advocated colonial America’s independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and The American Crisis (1776–1783), a pro-revolutionary pamphlet series. “Common Sense” was so influential that John Adams said, “Without the pen of the author of ‘Common Sense,’ the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain.” Paine lived in France for most of the 1790s, becoming deeply involved in the French Revolution. He wrote the Rights of Man (1791), in part a defense of the French Revolution against its critics. Despite not speaking French, he was elected to the French National Convention in 1792. He became notorious because of The Age of Reason (1793–94), his book that advocates deism, promotes reason and freethinking, argues against institutionalized religion and Christian doctrines. He also wrote the pamphlet Agrarian Justice (1795), discussing the origins of property, and introduced the concept of a guaranteed minimum income. Only six people attended his funeral as he had been ostracized for his ridicule of Christianity.

It’s Thursday, February 9

Playhouse in the Park presents “Crowns” tomorrow and Saturday at 7PM and on Sunday at 2:30. Hats become a springboard for exploring black history and identity. The play’s characters use hats to tell tales about everything from flirting to funeral etiquette. Reserve tickets by calling the Playhouse at 759-1752.

A Sweet Treats Recipe Swap takes place on Saturday at 11AM at the Paducah Recreation Center. Bring fifty copies of your favorite dessert recipe to exchange. Some desserts will be available for sampling. There’s more at

The Yeiser Art Center hosts a workshop titled “Doodling with Bill” on Saturday, February 18, from 12:30 to 2. Artist Bill Ford teaches middle and high school students about the history and art of doodling. Each student will help create a group doodle as well as creating an individual work. The class fee is $25. Reserve a seat by calling 442-2453.

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Written by Matt Markgraf

February 9, 2012 at 10:55 am

Datebook: February 8 – Queen Elizabeth II Proclaimed Queen of England 60 Years Ago

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On February 8, 1952, Princess Elizabeth formally proclaimed herself Queen and Head of the Commonwealth and Defender of the Faith after the sudden death of her father, King George VI. She and her husband, Prince Philip of Greece, Duke of Edinburgh, had returned the UK after cutting short a trip through the Commonwealth, which began in Kenya. Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation was held in Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953. She’s reigned for 60 years, the second-longest for a British monarch (Queen Victoria reigned for 63 years and 7 months). During her reign, the British Empire continued to transform into the Commonwealth of Nations. She oversaw the decolonization of Africa and the Caribbean, opened the Sydney Opera House, awarded The Beatles MBE medals, received an historic visit by The Pope, and attended the Kentucky Derby. She is 85 years old.

It’s Wednesday, February 8

The American Shakespeare Center presents “The Winter’s Tale” tomorrow night as part of the Murray Shakespeare Festival. The performance takes place in Lovett Auditorium at 7PM; tickets are $10, or $5 with a Murray State ID. Find a complete schedule of festival events at

The Hopkins County Art League presents its second annual Hearts & Arts event on Friday from 6 to 9PM at Black Dog Fiber Studio. Artists from Hopkins County will showcase their work while serving desserts and coffee. $5 tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 452-9639.

Artist Tommy Fletcher gives a free demonstration on creating quick and easy dynamic portraits this Saturday from 1 to 3 at the Yeiser Art Center. Learn about capturing a likeness, using Rembrandt lighting for constructing faces, and taking monochromatic paintings to color. Reserve a seat by calling 442-2453.

Tomorrow at noon, hear “Heavenly Sight” as part of our celebration of Black History Month. See more at

Datebook: January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a U.S. federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King was the chief spokesman for non-violent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination, in 1968. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed on January 20, 1986. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000. Happy Birthday Dr. King!

MLK Day Events:

Several events will be held today around the Purchase in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. In Murray, the Woodmen of the World are holding an MLK breakfast at their office on Lowry Drive. Also in Murray, students will participate in a day of service until 5pm. In Paducah, the local chapter of the NAACP begins their celebration at 10:15 am with a march from the Robert Cherry Civic Center to the MLK Monument. A prayer breakfast in Henry County, Tennessee begins at the Quinn Chapel AME Church in Paris followed by a march to the local courthouse.

It’s Monday, January 16

The Kentucky State Police and the UK Cooperative Extension Service host a Farmer Outreach forum tonight at 7 at the Calloway County Fair Grounds meeting hall. Topics of discussion will include safety regulations, licensing requirements and driver qualifications, and new legislation in effect for Kentucky farm operations.

The WKCTC Community Chorus begins a new year of practice and performances tomorrow night at 7 in Room 109 of the Clemens Fine Arts Building. The non-audition performing group is open to anyone with an interest in choral singing. To join the chorus or to find out more, contact Norman Wurgler at 534-3219.

The Yeiser Art Center in Paducah showcases outstanding high school artwork in an exhibit called Teen Spirit. Eleven high schools and area home school students are participating in the juried exhibit, which will be on display through February 11. The Yeiser Art Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from ten to four; admission is free.

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Datebook: January 5 – Nixon Orders Development of Space Shuttle Program 40 Years Ago

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The shuttle program was formally launched on January 5, 1972, when President Nixon announced that NASA would proceed with the development of a reusable space shuttle system. The intent was to launch as many as 50 missions per year, with hopes of driving down per-mission costs. The spacecraft system was operated by NASA on 135 missions from 1981 to 2011. The system combined rocket launch, orbital spacecraft, and re-entry spaceplane with modular add-ons. Major missions included launching numerous satellites and interplanetary probes, conducting space science experiments, and 37 missions constructing and servicing the International Space Station. A major international contribution was the Spacelab payload suite, from the ESA. NASA retired the Space Shuttle last year. Until another U.S. launch vehicle is ready, crews will travel to and from the International Space Station aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft or possibly a future American commercial spacecraft.

It’s Thursday, January 5

Maiden Alley Cinema presents “Take Shelter” starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain, rated R. A man experiences bad dreams and hallucinations, prompting him to build an elaborate and expensive storm shelter in his family’s backyard. The film shows at 7 and at 9:10 tomorrow night. For additional weekend showtimes, visit

Author Nick Flynn gives a reading on Monday at 7:30PM in Murray State’s Clara Eagle Art Gallery. Flynn is the author of three books of poetry and two memoirs, one of which is being made into a film starring Robert DeNiro. The reading is free and open to the public, and a book signing and reception will follow at the Faculty Club.

The Paducah Wastelanders’ New Year’s Art Exhibition will be at the Yeiser Art Center tomorrow and Saturday from 10AM to 4PM. The show features paintings, photography, mixed media, ceramics, and sculptures. For more information, call 442-1985.

The Juke Joint Shuffle returns to 913 on Saturday at 1PM. Find out more at

Datebook: September 21 – Sandra Day O’Connor confirmed by Senate 30 years ago

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On September 21, 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor was confirmed by the U.S. Senate with a vote of 99–0.  She was the first female member of the Supreme Court of the United States and served as an Associate Justice from 1981 until her retirement from the Court in 2006. O’Connor was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. In the latter years of her tenure, she was regarded as having the swing opinion in many cases. She announced her retirement in 2005 and was replaced by Justice Samuel Alito. On August 12, 2009, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor of the United States, by President Barack Obama.

It’s Wednesday, September 21

Murray State’s Horticulture Department Fall Plant Sale is Saturday from 8 to 3 at the University’s Pullen Farm greenhouse near the Arboretum. Most mums sell for $5. Turn off Hwy. 94 or Main Street, West onto Hickory Street and follow the sign.

The Yeiser Art Center on Markethouse Square in downtown Paducah opens two new shows with a reception Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Brian Benfer explores memory, time, and physical residue in a new site –specific installation. Lily Liu creates bowl-shaped works in fiber that focus on texture, repitition and form. Both shows are up through October 22.

A decorated front line combat medic in World War II’s 82 Airborne Division, Mike Freeland reads from his novel Blood River to Berlin in Murray on Friday. Mr. Freeland’s reading and book signing is from 9 to 11 Friday at University Book and Bean on Chestnut Street.

Murray State’s annual Festival of Champions marching band competition is Saturday at Stewart Stadium. See more at

Datebook: August 9 – John Dryden’s 380th birthday

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John Dryden (9 August 1631 – 1 May 1700) was an influential English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who dominated the literary life of Restoration England. He established the heroic couplet as a standard form of English poetry by writing successful satires, religious pieces, fables, epigrams, compliments, prologues, and plays with it. He was made Poet Laureate in 1667. Dryden is also believed to be the first person to posit that English sentences should not end in prepositions because it was against the rules of Latin grammar.


It’s Tuesday, August 9.

Paducah’s Yeiser Art Center opens a special show “Remembering Sara Roush” with a gala reception Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. See Sarah’s paintings, prints, ceramic sculptures and mixed media collages – marking the pinnacle of her life as an artist and the end of her struggle with breast cancer. The show runs through September 10. The Yeiser’s on Markethouse Square open Tuesday through Saturday 10 to 4, admission free.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College hosts an open house for its Automotive Technology Program tomorrow from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at its Skilled Craft Training Center in Hickory.

Submission of digital images for entries in The Hopkinsville Art Guild’s 41st Juried Art Exhibition at Hopkinsville Community College in September are due Friday. See a prospectus at Entries may be in six categories.

WKMS offers a special $125 per ticket experience for A Prairie Home Companion at the CFSB Center November 5, including a commemorative poster, preferred parking, and post-show reception. See or call 800-599-4737.

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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Datebook: May 16 – William Seward turns 210

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William Henry Seward, Sr. was born May 16, 1801. He was the 12th Governor of New York, a United States Senator and the US Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. He was a formative Republican, loyal to Lincoln, and outspoken against slavery, which nearly cost him his life as he survived an assassination attempt on the same night of Lincoln’s assassination. When asked what his greatest achievement was, he said “The purchase of Alaska – but it will take the people a generation to find it out.” On March 30 ,1867 he successfully acquired Alaska from Russia, for $7,200,000 (2 cents per acre… which would be roughly $100 million today). This purchase was famously mocked as “Seward’s Folly.”

It’s Monday, May 16

Angels Attic Thrift Shop provides free local pickup for items like furniture, appliances, toys, clothing, books, CD’s and other recordings to sell to benefit the Angels Community Clinic. You can also drop off these items at the rear of the shop, off Arcadia Drive, Monday through Saturday 9 to 5

This week public health departments in the Purchase area conduct random and confidential door to door household surveys to assess community preparedness for a disaster. This is a partnership with the US Public Health Service and the volunteer Medical Reserve Corps to aid local response agencies determining emergency water, power, food, shelter and medical needs.

Through June 11, The Yeiser Art Center in Paducah shows a photographic documentary about a small sect of Baptist believers in Klinsty, Russia. Immanuel Baptist Church’s pastor Jamie Broome narrates businessman Michael Walker’s images made onsite in 2008 and 2010. The Yeiser’s on Markethouse Square, open Tuesday through Saturday 10 to 4.

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Datebook – March 28: Paris Commune formed 140 years ago

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The Regional Transportation Committee meets Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Pennyrile Area Development District office at 300 Hammond Drive in Hopkinsville.  Topics include prioritization and project updates.

The Yeiser Art Center hosts a Gala Opening Reception for its Fantastic Fibers 2011 Exhibit Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.  This international competitive exhibition showcases a wide range of works in the fiber medium.  See 58 works created by 47 fiber artists from around the world and the nation.  The Yeiser is at 200 Broadway in Paducah.  The exhibit runs through April, Quilt Show month.

The Dawson Springs Museum and Art Center showcases Student Art during April.  Works include those from grades 1 through 12, curated by art teacher Cindy Crider.  The museum is on South Main Street in Dawson Springs, open Tuesday through Friday 1 to 4 and by appointment other times.

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Datebook: March 16 – Samoset greets first Pilgrims 390 years ago

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It’s Wednesday, March 16.

The Yeiser Art Center hosts a free workshop on relief printingSaturday from 1 to 4 p.m.  The workshop is hands-on, open to all with or without printmaking experience, and adapted for come and go learning without having to stay the whole afternoon.  The Yeiser’s at 200 Broadway in Paducah.  The current exhibition is of prints from the permanent collection and the personal collection of Michael Crouse, curator.

There’s an American Red Cross blood drive 1 to 6 p.m. tomorrow at North Calloway Elementary School at 2928 Brinn Road.  Call 1-800-RED CROSS to schedule an appointment.

Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook author Albert Schmid of Hospitality Management at Sullivan University speaks on culinary tourism in the Commonwealth at the McCracken County Public Library.  Schmid’s presentation starts at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the upstairs community room.  The library’s at 555 Washington Street in Paducah and celebrates throughout St. Patrick’s day, including Celtic music with Dun Manus at 6:30 p.m.

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