Thursday, October 29, 2009

Trick or Treat in Downtown Henderson Offers Safe Alternative

Put on your best costumes, and head to downtown Henderson tomorrow (Oct. 30) for some trick or treating from 3:00-5:00pm. Popular costumes this year include Michael Jackson, Harry Potter, Miley Cyrus, and vampires according to this article on Henderson is proud to provide this safe Halloween alternative that allows both children and adults to enjoy the holiday. Local businesses will be handing out candy. For adults: Although you might not have time to shop during the bustle of activities on Friday, be sure to come back downtown to the shops soon and take a look around at the great selection of merchandise Henderson businesses have to offer. You can view a full listing of stores on our website.

But, there's more than just candy. The Annual Employee Halloween Costume Contest and the Halloween parade will also take place tomorrow. To view the Halloween Parade meet at the Big Rivers parking lot on the corner of 3rd and Main Streets at 4:45pm. This article on the Downtown Henderson Project blog provides more information on these events.

Immediately following, families are invited to the annual Fall Festival at First Baptist Church. Enjoy inflatables, rides, food, and games from 5:00-7:00pm. The best part? It's all FREE!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Native American Celebration Begins at the Depot Today-Thanksgiving

The Henderson County Historical and Genealogical Society and the Depot Community Room Staff are presenting a Native American Celebration, starting the last week of October through Thanksgiving. The exhibit features Native American paintings, by local artist E. Carol Gaines, examples of Native American pottery, and a tribute to local Native American activist, Ed Hastings.
The Depot is located at First and Water Streets. Community Room hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. For more information call (270) 830-9707.

Abba's Music Bringing Tunes to Henderson

Business Spotlight
Abba's Music

Abba's Music has been involved in music for over 30 years, selling fine musical instruments, sound systems, and accessories on Main Street in Henderson, KY since 1990. Abba's M
usic provides instruments for those wishing to pick up a new hobby, and skilled musicians who want to take their art to a new level. The selection of music and sound equipment boasts some of the biggest names. The selection includes wireless mics, mandolins, synthesizers, top-brand guitars, loudspeakers and much more. For a list of their suppliers, click here.

Henderson is widely known for their bluegrass festivals. Abba's Music further prom
otes the music mentality that Henderson has become known for. So stop in and pick up an instrument and start your new hobby today.

If you're a music lover, you'll also want to start planning for next year's music events in Henderson. (Homegrown Bluegrass in May, W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival in June, and Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival in August.)


119 Main Street

(270) 826-0186

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Spooks and Legends of Old Henderson

The Depot Community Room staff is hosting the second annual “Spooks and Legends of Old Henderson” walking tour. The tour date is set for Saturday, October 24th at 2pm and 5pm, weather permitting, and will begin at The Depot. If for some reason the October 24th tour is canceled due to weather, then the next tour date will be Saturday, October 31st at 2pm and 5pm.

The tour is FREE with refreshments provided prior to the tour. Parental guidance is suggested.

The Community Room staff has added a couple of new stories to the tour, so for those who joined us last year, you'll want to participate again.

One of the tales if the murder of insurance agent Morris B. Vaughn. Read the story here on the Vaughn Insurance blog.

The Depot is located at First and Water Streets. Community Room hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm and Saturdays, 10am-2pm. For more information call (270) 830-9707.

Looking for other ghost hunting opportunities?

In nearby Evansville, the Grey Lady Ghost Tours will take place at Willard Library at 21 First Ave. Ghost tours are today at 4,6,7,and 8pm. Friday 7,8,and 9pm. Saturday 8,9, and 10pm. This legend has been featured in numerous publications as well as on the popular TV show, Ghosthunters.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sweet Peas Offers Gifts with A Personal Touch!

Business Spotlight:
Sweet Peas Gift Shop

With the holiday season just around the corner, we've found the perfect place to find unique gifts for all of your family and friends. Sweet Peas Gift Shop, owned by Jerry and Audrey Benton, offers a large selection of personalized gifts, candles, pet supplies, and so much more.

On October 24, don't miss artist, Hazel Martin, who will be personalizing key chains, ornaments and other gifts at Sweet Peas. Check out some of her work on her blog and her Facebook page. Her personalized gifts (shown below) are perfect for any family member.

3000 US Highway 60 E, click here for directions.

Phone: 270-831-9900


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Enjoy the Autumn Weather

It's that time of the year. The leaves are changing colors, the weather's getting cooler. Be sure to take the family outside to enjoy all that Fall has to offer. In Henderson, there are plenty of reasons to visit for a quiet weekend retreat or a family-filled weekend.

Enjoy hiking at Audubon State Park and view some of the migrating birds. Have a picnic at Audubon Mill Park and watch the barges in the Ohio River and the trains cross the railroad bridge. Check out Cate's Farm for the Corn Maze and pumpkin picking. Or visit one of the many art shows in the area this month. Stop by Breck's Bicycle Shop and enjoy a community bike ride through our historic downtown.

Below are some of our favorite pictures of this beautiful time of year. Visit our website,, for for additional information about events and attractions in our area. We hope you make it to Henderson this Fall!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Enjoy the arts and music in Henderson

October is full of art shows and opportunities to hear great Kentucky music. Support the Henderson arts by coming out to one of these events.

Around the World in Seventy-Eight Days
Rotunda Gallery (Library)
October 3 - December 18
Award winning photographers, Allen Campbell, Al Perry, Fred Reaves, Steve Martin, Kim and David Walker display photographs of people and places around the world. Meet the photographer reception is October 15 at 6-7pm.

Louisville Leopard Percussionists
Henderson Fine Arts Center 2660 South Green Street
October 17
The Leopards are a performing ensemble of approximately 45 student musicians, ages 7-12, playing a variety of instruments such as marimbas, xylophone, vibraphone, drum set, timbales, congas, bongos, and piano. 2:00p.m. 2660 South Green Street.

Aqua Venture
Henderson Fine Arts Gallery
October 23 - December 13
A regional water-media juried exhibition, sponsored by the Kentucky Watercolor Society and hosted by the Ohio Valley Art League, Deana Davis, juror. Meet the artist and award presentation Sunday, November 1, 1:30 pm.

Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen
October 23 - December 4
Audubon Museum
This is a brilliant, mixed media exhibit including 2D & 3D works of art and craft. The work represented is by Guild members throughout Kentucky. The public is invited to attend the opening reception Friday evening Oct. 23rd at 6:00pm. This event is free.

Fall Bluegrass Concert
Red Fish House in Owensboro
October 24
Kings Highway, a band from Henderson, and Men of the Week
Reds will be serving dinner, our own fried fish meals as well as a louisiann crawfish boil ,during the performances, making this a fun night of entertainment and dinner for the Owensboro community. Admittance for both shows and dinner will be $25.00. Starts at 5pm. This event will be outdoors. Bring lawnchairs.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

October's Crafts and Collectibles

This past weekend was a busy one in Henderson. With the 200 mile Highway 60 Yard Sale and the GRADD Arts and Crafts Festival in Audubon Park, there was a lot to see and do. Here are some photos from the busy week. If you missed out, be sure to come next year. As always, it's the first weekend of October!

Homefolks Hardware and Gift Shop

Business Spotlight
Homefolks Hardware and Gift Shop

Homefolks Hardware is a family owned hardware store that has been located in downtown Henderson for 23 years. They carry over 8,000 products and offer many services. They specialize in customer service and supplying those hard to find items.

Check out some of the unique, hard to find items that this store has to offer. There's plenty of hardware and repair materials to fit your needs, but don't forget about the gift shop! It's almost Halloween. Come in and check out the seasonal decorations.

120 N Elm St (street parking available)

(270) 827-5745

7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Cates Farm offers Fun for Whole Family

If you haven't been out to Cate's Farm yet this Fall, it's not too late! The farm is full of fun things for the whole family to enjoy. A row of pumpkins line the driveway, and there's plenty to explore once you've reached the top of the hill.

Enjoy old time games, such as washers and horseshoes. Take a walk through the corn maze, and afterward enjoy a bonfire, roasting marshmallows and keeping warm. You can also learn about farming and take a hayride around the farm.

While you're here don't forget to pick your own pumpkins. With a patch this big, you're sure to find the perfect one!

If you'd like to plan a visit or a field trip to the farm, information is available via phone at: (270) 827-1135 or (270) 823-6150.

Friday 5-9pm
Saturday 10am-9pm
Sunday 1-7pm

The farm is located at 8132 Pruitt Drive, off Highway 1217, 4.5 miles off 425 bypass.
Click here to get directions.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Business Spotlight: Memories Past and Present

Business Spotlight
Memories Past and Present

If you're looking for a unique place to shop, look no further. Memories Past and Present was voted Henderson's "Best Place To Buy Antiques" in 2008 and 2009. Shop owner, Carolyn Dorsey wants you to feel like a welcomed guest. Stroll through the various themed rooms and discover gifts and collectibles.

Memories' website says it best:
"Because we are constantly buying and receiving antiques and home decor on consignments, there is always something new and exciting to see. And we are always expanding our line of new gift items. From Victorian and Cottage to County style, we have a great selection for your home and gift giving - all at affordable prices."

Another wonderful thing about this shop is the large selection they offer online on their website, It's easy to see the inventory even if you can't get out of the house. With everything from vintage jewelry and glassware to pottery and quilts, you're sure to find something for everyone here!


Tues. - Sat. 10am - 5pm

324 N. Elm Street
(270) 844-0014