Wednesday, December 30, 2009

January Events

Henderson RC Club Field, 4946 Robards-Busby Station Rd., Robards, KY. 10am-3pm. Open radio control model airplane event. Demo flights and helicopter displays. Info: Flying Z Hobbies at (270) 521-9001 or Mike Morton at (270) 748-1493.

Ruby Moon Winery and Vineyard, 9566 US Hwy 41 A, Henderson, KY. The classes will be from 6:30-8:30 each night, for two nights The cost of the classes is $50.00 per participant and covers both nights and all class materials. After completion of the two-night course, participants should have all the information they need to start making wine. Each class will be limited to ten participants. To sign up e-mail us at or call (270) 830-7660. Info:

Henderson Fine Arts Center, Henderson, KY. Join Doktor Kaboom! for a sidesplitting original interactive Science Comedy show of spectacular (and often successful) science experiments designed to involve, excite, educate and entertain. 2:00pm. Info: or (270) 831-9800.

John F. Kennedy Community Center. 3-5pm. Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and message. Games and refreshments. Sponsored by the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation. Info: (270) 831-1261.

John James Audubon Museum, 3100 Hwy 41 N, Henderson, KY. 9:00-9:30am. Beginning to advanced artists are invited to attend the all day, monthly retreats at the Audubon Museum. Bring your own artwork and supplies , as we share and network techniques, ideas and exhibits. Throughout the year, we will offer various noon speakers, critiques, optional workshops, tours and group art trips. Potluck lunch from 11:30-12:15. Fee: $15.00. Pre-registration required. Info: Kim McGrew-Ligget at (270) 827-1893, or

John James Audubon Museum, 3100 Hwy 41 N, Henderson, KY. Presented by the Audubon Bee Association. Join us at the as the Audubon Bee Association takes you on a journey into the role of a honeybee and its importance on our community. See an observation hive from the inside out. From 1-2 pm Learn about beekeeping and the tools of the trade from 1-2 p.m. presented by and local apiarists (beekeepers) Fay Brock, Paul and Betsy Stone, and Glenn Kerr,. From 2-3 p.m. Marion Lowry and Christine Belt will present “Bee and Butterfly Gardens” – a program focusing on planning and setting up your own garden and the role that bees and butterflies play as pollinators. Handouts and posters will be available. At the conclusion of this program, honey and comb honey tasting will BEE available. Program fee: FREE. Info: Julie McDonald at (270) 826-2247 or

Ruby Moon Winery and Vineyard, 9566 US Hwy 41 A, Henderson, KY. The classes will be from 6:30-8:30 each night, for two nights The cost of the classes is $50.00 per participant and covers both nights and all class materials. After completion of the two-night course, participants should have all the information they need to start making wine. Each class will be limited to ten participants. To sign up e-mail us at or call (270) 830-7660. Info:

Jan 22-Apr 12: "FOWL PLAY" EXHIBIT
John James Audubon Museum, 300 Hwy 41 N, Henderson, KY. As 2010 marks the year of the Audubon Celebration, Audubon Museum will host several birding exhibits to honor our great artist John James Audubon. We will start the year off with an extraordinary exhibit of birds at play. Seven artists, Jim List , Gary Bertram, Mary Lou Holt, Mark Heneisen, Iris Gentry, Lynn Buckman and Sherry Wilkerson, will display their life-like birds, as John James Audubon portrayed throughout his life. Don’t miss this remarkable exhibit. Open winter hours (Jan. & Feb. Thurs.-Sun.; 9:00-4:00; Mar. Wed.-Sun.) Info: Kim McGrew-Ligget at (270) 827-1893,

Audubon Museum, Audubon State Park, Henderson, KY. Begins at noon. Friends of Audubon members and interested guests are welcome to this annual catered luncheon. Program Fee: Please contact the Park Office for registration. Info: (270) 826-2247 or

Audubon State Park, Henderson, KY. 2-3pm. Daniel Boone was a legend even before his death, but much of what Americans think they know about him is off the mark. Neither a backwoods bumpkin nor an epic slayer of Indians, Boone was an intrepid explorer and natural leader whose actual exploits amply justify his larger-than-life reputation. He played a crucial role in the exploration and settlement of Kentucky and the American west. Boone first seriously explored Kentucky in 1769 as a market hunter. In 1775, he led the expedition that founded Boonesborough in Madison County. This is the exciting story of those early days of Kentucky settlement. FREE. Info: Julie McDonald at (270) 826-2247 or

"Growing Together" Series on Display in Community Room

Pem Pfisterer Clark’s artwork is on display in The Depot Community Room from now through February 13th. The display features Clark’s “Growing Together” series and prints of homes and landmarks in Henderson. Clark has been an art instructor for 37 years and owns Pem Pfisterer Clark Productions School of Art.

Clark spent 24 years working in the tabacco industry administrating the Tabacco Price Support Program for the United States Department of Agriculture. It was out of her love for her art, and her job, that she began a five year pen and ink project following a child through adulthood and the harvest of his tabacco crop with his own child. These four works are part of the collection on display in The Depot Community Room.

Clark is not only a well known artist in Henderson, but all over the world. Her work is on display in 17 countries and she’s been commissioned to display her work in some of the United States most notable landmarks, such as the President’s Oval Office in Washington, D.C.

The Community Room hours are Mon-Fri. 10.a.m. to
4 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call (270) 830-9707.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Henderson Featured in Romantic Kentucky Book

Don't think of Henderson as a hot date spot? Think again. Henderson was featured in "Romantic Kentucky: More Than 300 Things to Do for Southern Lovers." The book, co-written by Lelia W. Salisbury and Laura E. Sutton, describes some of the famous (and lesser known) romantic places in Kentucky.

The review on Google Books says this of the book: "Taking a broad view of romance, this book includes something for readers of every different lifestyle, interest, and income. You'll find everything from a bed-and-breakfast inn to a riverboat cruise to a historic Shaker village to a scenic blackberry farm."

Henderson's W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival is featured in the book, described as a date where great jazz music and barbecue make it hard to beat. We agree!

Here's a link to the Romantic Kentucky book, available at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Borders, and other national book sellers.

Want more information about the W.C. Handy Blues Festival? You can visit their website or visit the Tourist Commission's website. Next year's festival will be June 12-19, with live blues music and delicious barbecue throughout the week. The festival books some of the hottest national and local blues talent each year. The opening day of the festival is highlighted by the "Taste of Henderson Barbecue" where you can enjoy barbecue of all varieties sold by local teams and listen to great live music in Henderson's Central Park. Live music at the scenic Audubon Mill Park on the Henderson Riverfront continues every night from Wednesday evening to Saturday night. There are a host of other events throughout the week as well, including a Mardi Gras-style Street Strut, Handy Lunch Breaks at local eateries, lectures, dance classes, and much more.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dickens Christmas at the Depot

Did you know that Charles Dickens briefly stopped in Henderson in 1842, a year before he wrote "A Christmas Carol"? The Depot Community Room staff will pay tribute to Charles Dickens this Saturday, December 12 at The Depot.

The Wildwood Flowers will get us in this Christmas spirit with their dulcimer music from 10:00 to 11:30am.

 Frank Nally will bring Mr. Dickens back to Henderson from 12:30 to 1:30pm during his reading of "A Christmas Carol".

Immediately after the reading we will do a drawing for a leather bound copy of "Dickens Christmas Stories." Entries will be taken 30 minutes prior to the reading.

Later, Elizabeth Powell will demonstrate the art of lace tatting, and Alan Hedgespeth will demonstrate the art of wood carving from 10:30am to 1:30pm.

The Depot is located at 101 N. Water Street. For further information please call (270) 830-9707.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Music and Ministry at the Alice P. Taylor Candlelight Service

For 78 years, Henderson residents have been participating in the Alice P. Taylor Candlelight Service. The service, hosted by the First United Methodist Church, takes place December 6. Organ prelude by Matthew Vanhover, Director of Music Ministries at First Methodist, begins at 3:30pm and the service starts at 4pm.

The service will include area vocalists singing traditional Christmas music. In addition, the Henderson County High School Chamber Ensemble will perform several selections - among which are selected movements from Vivaldi's Gloria. The congregation will be invited to sing several favorite Christmas carols as well.

The following is a brief history about the event:

Mrs. Alice P. Taylor was responsible for the first Candlelight Carol Service in 1931. In 1951, the name was changed, by Mrs. Becky Lackey, to the Alice P. Taylor Candlelight Service in honor of the originator of the Henderson Music Club. This was to become an annual music service held early in December as a gift from the Music Club to the town of Henderson celebrating the Christmas season. From 1951-1979, Mrs. Lackey spent many hours planning this very special event in which all the choirs participated, including the high school choirs, under the direction of Tommy Tate and Virgil Diem. Mrs. Lackey requested that all churches with bells have them ringing and the choirs congregate an hour before the service to rehearse. Louise Benton played the harp while the audience assembled. For five years, until her death in 1956, Alice P. Taylor was honored with her own special seat, adorned with a big red bow and a corsage from the Music Club.

In the early 1990’s, when the Henderson Music Club disbanded, a group of former members decided to continue the service. This group included Grace Swingle, Betty Norment, Dianne Wham, Louise Benton, Dorothy Norris, and Bernice Benham. The program, which had moved from church to church in years prior, was hosted by First United Methodist Church for the most of the next 26 years. Beginning with a half-hour organ prelude, each APT Service included the high school choir, under the direction of conductors including Bob Ellis, Joyce Delling, Susan Shirel, and Felicia Belcher, as well as gifted local soloists. Dianne Wham handled the numerous details of the program alone for about 15 years until recently, when a small committee was formed to assist with the program.

First Methodist Church is located at 338 Third Street in Henderson, KY. For more information contact Matthew Vanover at or (270) 827-9831.