Monday, November 30, 2009

Tour Henderson Homes

December 12, 10am-4pm

"Henderson Homes for the Holiday" is an opportunity to tour several area homes. Presented by the American Cancer Society, this event asks for a $20.00 ticket donation to see six spectacular holiday homes. The tickets can be purchased at Victoria's Boutique, Matt's News & Gifts, Memories Past & Present and Klassy Kids.

The tour starts at 10am on December 12 and ends at 4pm.

The following houses are on this year's tour:

321 Third Street - Tea House - Victoria's Boutique
Hosts: Mary Lynn Overstreet and friends of "Homes for the Holiday" Home Tour

222 Washington Street
Hosts: Wes and Amy Sights

622 Merritt Drive
Brad Hazelwood and Lois Wilson

638 N. Main St.
Hosts: Herbert Lane and Ronald Shelton

1027 Country Club Drive
Hosts: Roy and Becky East

504 Hickory Wood Court
Hosts: Bill and Lou Ann Clark

We hope to see you there!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Audubon State Park Recieves 3 Awards

John James Audubon State Park recently received three awards at the annual conference of the Kentucky Recreation and Parks Society. The park was awarded the Dorthy Mullen Arts and Humanities Award, the Outstanding State Park Award and the Support Award.

The following is an excerpt from the Gleaner article by Donna B. Stinnett about the awards:

The Dorothy Mullen Arts & Humanities Award essentially honors Kim McGrew, the park's art educator, who for the past 10 years has organized a three-day fall arts festival that has served disabled students in a five-county region.

"Securing grants and donations from local foundations such as the Raymond B. Preston Family Foundation and businesses such as Sureway, ensures that the festival can continue to be a free event for all schools to participate in," Tompkins wrote in her nomination.

"There are hundreds of recreational programs at our park and others that are well-run and successful by numbers and accomplishments, but they are all designed for children and adults who have no disability," she added. " We feel this festival is truly outstanding because it gives an underserved group the opportunity to attend -- free of charge -- a three day festival that celebrates their different abilities instead of focusing on their disabilities.

The full article from The Gleaner is available online here.

Be sure to come into the park and check out the activities that the staff has planned and visit the museum and gift shop. (We think an Audubon print would make a perfect Christmas gift!) The following events are planned for the remainder of the year:

Dec 5: Madrigal Dinner “Cyrano”, Audubon State Park, Audubon Museum, Henderson, KY. Presented by the Henderson County High School Choral Department. Performances from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Come be a guest with the HCHS Chamber Choir as they present the holiday madrigal dinner Cyrano. Let the Renaissance come alive! Join us for an evening of entertainment, music and gourmet dining as we celebrate the holiday season. Ticket Fee: Must be purchased in advance $15.00 per person including dinner and a show. Tickets may be purchased from any HCHS choir student or Ms. Belcher at the choir office (270) 831-8876. For more information on this event contact Felicia Belcher at (270) 831-8876 or

Dec 10: Henderson Co. Encore Student Exhibit, Audubon State Park. Henderson Co. 4th & 5th Grade Encore students will be presenting an exhibit of a series of artworks done from the classes during the fall “Audubon Art” programs. Still life art, Audubon’s Birds, portraits, collages and more will be displayed during this event. Parents, faculty and students are invited to attend the opening reception Thursday, Dec. 10th from 5:00-6:30. Exhibit dates Dec. 10th-17th

Dec 12: Santa's at the Park, Join us at Audubon State Park for a fun filled morning of holiday art and a visit from Santa himself. Parents and children ages 3-7 are invited to attend the festive event at the John James Audubon Museum. Pre-registration is required. 10:00-10:30 Optional photos with Santa ($5 each). 10:30-12:00 class time. Program fee: $5.

For more info on these events contact Kim McGrew-Liggett at (270) 827-1893 or You can also visit the Tourist Commission's website for other event information at

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Beautiful Views Year-Round at the Sloughs

For those of you who have never visited The Sloughs Wildlife Management Area, it's time to plan a trip! This paradise for hunters, fishermen, campers, hikers and nature lovers offers nearly 10,000 acres of Kentucky's finest hunting grounds. During migration, birds roam the area and land in the waters to rest on their journey. The wetlands are home to nearly 10,000 geese and 10,000 ducks during the winter.

The Sloughs contains a wide range of habitats alternating from low ridges, river bottoms, heavily wooded areas, crop fields, sloughs and wetlands. The area provides opportunities for viewing various animals, such as rabbits, squirrels, quails, raccoons, heron, deer and much more.

Bird watching and horseback riding are also permitted on all units, when open. (Horseback riding is restricted to existing interior roadways.) Wildlife observation towers are located along HWY 268 which provide public viewing and photographing of wildlife, especially waterfowl. No vehicles are permitted off of graded /graveled roads at any time.

There are several units to view wildlife, and also opportunities for hunters:

Sauerheber Refuge Habitat and trail info: A 1,775-acre waterfowl refuge houses up to 10,000 geese and 10,000 ducks winter annually. Closed seasonally November 1 through March 15. Observation platforms near refuge edge are open year-round.

Wildlife Viewing Opportunities: One can view geese, American widgeon, green-winged teal, American avocet, common snipe as well as many other shorebirds and waterfowl. Swamp rabbit, squirrel, deer, quail, raccoon, beaver, coyote, and dove are found here as well.

Jenny Hole-Highland Creek: The Creek offers sloughs, bottomland hardwoods and some brushy areas.This is Kentucky's largest Great Blue Heron rookery. Limited access by gravel roads. Primitive camping is available.

Wildlife Viewing Opportunities: Great blue heron, bald eagle, prothonotary warbler, waterfowl, swamp rabbit, squirrel, deer, quail, raccoon, beaver, coyote and dove are all found here.

Public Hunting Areas: Wildlife Management Areas operated by KDFWR in the region provide a variety of game.

Info: (270) 827-2673

(2 stops) - Take US 60 West (9 miles), turn right on KY 136 to Geneva (2 miles) then turn right on KY 268 NW (6.5 miles) to Sauerheber Refuge, which will be on the left. Gas, lodging and dining opportunities available in nearby Henderson.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Give Thanks: Participate in the Turkey Trot

Each year runners and walkers gather to participate in the 5K Turkey Trot Race/Walk in downtown Henderson. It's no irony that the Trot takes place on Thanksgiving morning. The 3.1 mile race helps support local charities. What better way to give thanks? Come out and exercise before your fill up with the holiday meals.

This event is sponsored by the Presbyterian Church, located at 100 S. Main St. Registration begins at 8am, and the race begins at 9am. The course starts in beautiful downtown and includes a path along the riverfront. Enjoy refreshments, music and JT, the Trot mascot.

And remember, this is a family event! All ages are welcome to participate. Roller-bladers, skateboarders and cyclists are also invited to join the fun.

Go to the website to print off a pre-registration form.

You can also join other Turkey Trotters on their Facebook page.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Open Houses Are Perfect Place to Start Your Holiday Shopping

Several downtown businesses invite you to their Christmas Open Houses. The Open Houses, taking place today and tomorrow in Henderson, offer the perfect place to begin your Christmas shopping.

These businesses will be having their Open Houses from 9am - 5pm on November 6 & 7th: Klassy Kids, 320 N. Elm Street
Merle Norman at Third Street House, 307 Third Street
Victoria's Boutique, 321 Third Street
Homefolks Gifts, 120 N. Elm Street
Welcome Home Gifts, 213 First Street
J'Petals Floral and Gifts, 131 First Street
The Gold Mine, 111 N. Main Street

A jewelry trunk show will be held today at Third Street House Gift Shop.
Serendipity Scrapbooking located at 19 S. Main Street will have their open house on Saturday, November 7th from 1:00-5:00 pm.
Matt's Hallmark, 106 N. Elm Street will have their open house on Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8th.

The weekend of November 14th & 15th Memories Past and Present will have their Christmas Open House from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Thanksgiving weekend will see gabbi's Boutique, 137 Second Street; Breck's Bicycle Shop, 232 N. Main Street and O'Daniel's Flower Shop, 127 N. Elm Street hosting their Christmas Open Houses.

Stop in and support our local businesses, while checking off a few names on the your holiday gift list.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Audubon Bird Paintings Perfect For Any Home

We were lucky to discover this article on the DesignSponge blog about John James Audubon. The blog, which focuses on do-it-yourself crafts and interior design, discussed the growing enthusiasm by interior designers to use nature-inspired artwork in the home. The article, which discusses birds that have become extinct since Audubon’s work, also gives readers a brief history lesson on Audubon. You can read the full article here.

Plan a visit to John James Audubon State Park in Henderson, KY, which houses the world's largest collection of Audubon artifacts and offers exhibits on the artist's life. At the park, you can also explore the woods where Audubon studied his bird subjects from 1810-1819.

The museum interprets Audubon’s life through his art and personal memorabilia, framed within a timeline of world events. The Nature Center comprises three areas: a wildlife Observation Room; the Discovery Center with hands-on exhibits; and the Learning Center, where the park naturalist and art educator conduct environmental and art programs. And a giant bird’s nest is the centerpiece of the Discovery Center, with hands-on exhibits and educational programs.

Be sure to stop by the gift shop for your own Audubon bird print, postcards or other memorabilia. Park hours are March - November, 10 AM-5 PM daily and December - February, 8 AM - 4:30 PM Wednesday - Sunday.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Gleaner Covers Henderson's Spooky Walking Tour

If you missed the Spooks and Legends walking tour, The Gleaner wrote a great story about the event here. Read about the legends that spooked visitors of Henderson, Ky.

Photo © Mike Lawrence

Monday, November 2, 2009

Area Artists to Display Works During Henderson's First-Ever Gallery Hop

Henderson’s first-ever Gallery Hop will be held Friday, November 13th. Six locations in downtown Henderson will house exhibits by 18 area artists from Kentucky and Indiana.

Artworks in multiple media will be displayed, including works in oil, fiber, mixed media, watercolor and pastel. This is free and open to the public. Gallery hours will vary from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Visitors and invited to explore the following galleries in the historic district:

Image One, 114 N. Main St.: “Six Painted Ladies” Iris Gentry, Marka Kroeger, Jan Fraizer, Susie Rideout, Cathe Hedgespeth, & Sandy Barry
Hughes Building, 213 N. Main St.: “7 @ 213” Janice Greene, Julieta Higgins, Barbie Hunt, Jule McClellan, Gregory Powell, Cynthia Watson and Dianne Wham
Riverbend Academy, 145 Main at Corner of Main & Second Streets: Guest artist, Cathe Hedgespeth
Bernstein Building, 303 1st St.: “Berges on First” Carl Berges
308 1st. St.: “Chris Thomas Studio” Chris Thomas
108 2nd. St.: “Modern Matter Art” Brodie Wright & Lisa Condi

For information or a map contact the Henderson County Tourist Commission at 1-800-648-3128 or or Jule McClellan at (270) 827-3600 or