Thursday, March 25, 2010

Stop and Smell the Flowers!

Wildflower Extravaganza! April 3, 2010

Join the staff of Audubon State Park as they explore the wildflowers of our area. Enjoy a leisurely walk, childrens' activities, a scavenger hunt and more!

9 —10:30 a.m. Wildflower walk - Audubon Museum - Front Porch
Learn about the traditional uses of native wildflower plants on this one-mile hike.

11 a.m.—12 p.m. Wildflower walk - Audubon Museum - Front Porch
Learn about the traditional uses of native wildflower plants on this half a mile hike.

12 —12:30 p.m. Kids Wildflower Scavenger Hunt - Audubon Museum Back Porch
In this 30 minute program for children ages 3-5, we’ll learn about shapes, colors and our local flowers on this easy paved trail.

1 —2 p.m. Making Your Yard a "Backyard Habitat” - Museum Meeting Room
Naturalist Julie McDonald takes you through the steps needed to make your yard into a National Wildlife Federation "Backy
ard Habitat." You'll see examples of the habitat components during this program and spot the components in Audubon State Park's designated habitat area.

2:30—3:30 p.m. Wildflower Walk - Audubon Museum - Front Porch
We’ll identify as many flowers as we can on this challenging 1-mile trail ranging from ridge to river.

For further questions, contact Julie at Audubon State Park: (270) 826-2247.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Gardens That Swing Tour Announced for June

The Garden Club of Henderson is hosting GARDENS THAT SWING III, This semi-annual tour will be held in conjunction with the W.C. Handy Blues and Barbeque Festival. The tour is set for Sat. June 12 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

There are eleven stops on the tour this year, many within walking distance of Central Park, where the Handy Festival will kick off that morning with A TASTE OF HENDERSON barbeque sale along with a full day of entertainment.

Tickets for the tour are $15.00 and can be purchased in advance at The Third Street House Gift Shop and Matt’s News and Gifts, both in downtown Henderson. On the day of the tour tickets will be available at the steps of the Henderson County Courthouse in beautiful Central Park. Also the club will sponsor a plant and garden item sale in the same location. Tickets can also be purchased at any home on the tour.

Gardens on the tour include:

Dwayne and Sue Baker, 630 First St.-Bluestone paths lead throughout this downtown garden gem. A great example of how much can be done in a small space.

The Preston Rose Garden, 500 N. Main-Connie and Dave Walaskay have lovely renovated a rose Garden that has been a mainstay on one of Henderson’s most cherished corners.

Herb Lane, 638 N. Main-One of Henderson’s most historic homes is ready to show off its newly revamped garden and pool area.

Leo and Gail King, 935 Craig Dr.- If you love perennials this is a must see garden. There is constant bloom from March until November.

Joe and Lewellyn Banna, 2458 Jamestown Dr.-After four years of changing and rearranging this wonderful New Orleans style garden is back on the tour.

Tommy and Rita Dempewolf, 2409 Sunset Ln.-Everything you would want in a rose garden. A formal English garden with the added beauty of the Ohio River. Spectacular!

Paul and Teena Weiland, 2307 Sunset Ln.-‘Garden of the Season Winner’. A casual garden on the river which offers beautiful sunset views.

Mark and Eleanor Martin, 2324 Green River Rd.-Roses galore!

Judy Branson,7921 Constanza Ct.- A garden that proves there is nothing a determined woman can’t do.

Bill Shields, 4599 Hwy.60 E.-Mr. Shields offered a plot of land to several of his friends who share in the planting and harvesting of this unique vegetable garden.

Jerry and Audrey Benton, 8520 Tscharner Rd,- The home of two Henderson landscape professionals. Dramatic landscaped and a pool and patio area that will delight the container gardener.

For more information, visit

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Walking Tours Highlight Historic Homes and Buildings

The Depot Community Room will begin their yearly Downtown Walking Tours in April. The tours are held the first Saturday of each month and begin at 10 a.m. in The Depot Community Room.

The walking tours highlight the exhibits in The Depot Community Room, as well as historical homes and buildings in Henderson’s downtown area.

This year’s tours will be held April 3, May 1, June 5, August 7, September 4, October 2 and November 6.

A special Civil War walking tour will also be held on March 27, in conjunction with The Civil War Living History exhibit in Audubon Mill Park. These tours will begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at The Depot Community Room.

The tours are free to the public, and take approximately one hour to complete. Tours will be held as weather permits. For parties larger than 15, please call ahead. For information, contact The Depot at (270) 830-9707 or visit

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Backpack Club Shopping Days in Downtown Henderson

These downtown Henderson businesses are supporting the local Backpack Clubs in the Henderson County School System by donating 10% of their sales on March 25 & 26. The Breakfast Lions Club will match the retailers donation.

The Backpack Clubs are managed by the Family Resource Centers in the elementary and middle schools. The Backpack Clubs make a difference in the lives of many children in our community by providing them with nutritious food over the weekend. We invite you to show your support and join our downtown retailers in this important effort by shopping on March 25 & 26.

The downtown retailers that will be participating are:

J'Petals Floral & Gifts
131 First Street

Klassy Kids
320 N. Elm Street

Memories Past & Present
324 N. Elm Street

Third Street House
307 Third Street

Victoria's Boutique
321 Third Street

Simon's Shoes
100 N. Main Street

Balfour Rings & Things
121 N. Main Street

Paisley's Gifts
135 N. Main Street

Breck's Bicycle Shop
232 N. Main Street

gabbi's Boutique
137 Second Street

(pictured is Sorrelli jewelry from Third Street House Gift Shop)

Join the downtown retailers in making a difference in the lives of Henderson children!

For more information, contact the Downtown Henderson Project at (270) 827-0016.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Civil War Living History Day!

All activities will be held in Audubon Mill Park, off Water Street.

Friday, March 26

11am - 5pm: Set up company streets, tents, dig firepits, put cannons on line

Saturday, March 27
** There will also be two, guided Civil War walking tours at 10am and 1pm this day.

7am: Reveille
8am: Officers call, prayer and breakfast
9am: Call for troops
10am - 2pm: Cooking demonstrations, company drilling, tours of the camp
2pm: Artillery drills, infantry drills
3pm: "General Fighting Joe Wheeler" presentation
3:30pm: More drill demonstrations and posting guard
5pm: Meal for troops
6pm: Posting guards drill and tours of the camp by candlelight
7pm: Cannon night firing over the river
9pm: Camp closes

Sunday, March 28
7am: Reveille
8am: Church service for troops
10am: Breakfast and drilling demonstrations and tours
11am: Lunch and posting guards, demonstrations
2pm: Cannon drilling and firing
3pm: Break camp and clean up

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Community Bike Rides in Downtown Henderson

Community Bike Rides are starting up again!

The first ride of the season will be Monday, March 15 at 6 p.m. Riders should meet on the Main Street side of Central Park (next to the courthouse) and be prepared to leave at 6 p.m. The in-and-out loop will take riders down Main Street to the hospital, then across Green Street and eventually down Kimsey Lane to Larue Road. This is a relatively flat route, and there-and-back is about 10 miles. There will also be another group of riders starting at the same place and time who will ride to Zion and back, which is about 20 miles. The ride is for all skill levels and beginners are not only welcome, but encouraged!

For more info: Breck's Bicycle Shop at 270-827-5708 for more information.

Eggstravaganza at Audubon State Park

Join Kim McGrew from Audubon State Park for a morning of family fun with Funny Bunny Art, story telling with Mary Jo Huff and eggstra goodies! Dress for a mess and prepare for a great time!

The event will be held Saturday, March 27th, 10:30am -Noon. Fee is $7.00 a child, ages 3-7.

Pre-registration is required. Contact Kim McGrew at (270) 827-1893 or e-mail

Friday, March 5, 2010

March Audubon Events!

As the weather warms, a trip to Audubon State Park sounds like the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon! This years marks the bicentennial of naturalist and artist, John James Audubon's arrival in Henderson. To celebrate the Friends of Audubon, Ohio Valley Art League and the Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources have planned an exciting slate of community events throughout the year. To see details of the celebration, visit


For golfers, check out the 2010 State Parks Golf Trail Card. This "trail card" provided unlimited free green fees for the cardholder. (Don't forget, Audubon's Golf Course was voted Best in Henderson!) For more information, click here.


Creative types can begin preparing for the Creative Arts Festival held in May. For only $40, artists and vendors can rent a booth to showcase and sell their artworks. To register for the event as a vendor or artist, contact Kim McGrew, Creative Arts Coordinator, at (270) 827-1893. This event, held in conjunction with the Homegrown Bluegrass festival, starts May 14 from 5-9pm, and continues Sat. 15 from 9am-8pm! Artists and crafters will fill the courtyards surrounding the Audubon Museum, while visitors are invited to enjoy food, Kentucky crafts, childrens' activities and homegrown bluegrass music. Parking is $4 each day.


Wilderness Survival
Saturday, March 13 Noon. – 3 p.m. Meet at the Audubon Museum
Have you ever tried to make a fire without matches, find your way in the forest, or build a temporary shelter? Youth ages 10-16 will study and practice these survival skills while learning how to make use of the surrounding resources. Please call to register.

Staff Contact: Julie McDonald at (270) 826-2247 or
Cost: $5.00 per person

Saturday, March 27 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Join us for our annual “Eggstravaganza”. Bring those little Bunnies ages 3-7, for a Hoppin’ good time with “Funny Bunnies Art”, storyteller Mary Jo Huff, and more eggstra surprises at the John James Audubon Museum. Pre-registration is required.

Staff Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett (270) 827-1893 or
Cost: $7.00

“Spring Break Bash”
Wednesday, March 31st (ages 6-8) Thursday, April 1st (ages 8-12) 10:00-2:00
Having those Spring Break Blues-NO MORE! Visit the John James Audubon State Park. Students ages 6-12 are invited to the “Spring Break Bash”, an all-day adventure just for you. Wednesday, March 31st will be for ages 6-8, and Thursday, April 1st for ages 8-12. Artist Kim McGrew and Naturalist Julie McDonald will have the day filled with awesome art and nature programs. Bring a sack lunch. Pre-registration is required. Limited spaces available.

Staff Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett (270) 827-1893 or Julie McDonald
Cost: $12.00 (includes Audubon t-shirt and supplies)

We hope to see you there!
To read more about other Kentucky State Park events this spring, click here.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Ohio Valley Birding Festival Programs Announced!

The Ohio Valley Birding Festival will be held at various locations throughout the tri-state area, including John James Audubon State Park in Henderson, KY. Join birders and educators from throughout the region at the Tri-State Bird Festival. Learn about birds, birding, and bird habitat from some of the best birders in the field. Seminars, workshops, hikes and crafts will be available for all ages and all levels of interest. This festival is sponsored by Audubon State Park, Wesselman Nature Society, Evansville Audubon Society, and Evansville Wild Birds Unlimited.

May 1 - Audubon’s Bird Migration Walks
Programs depart from Audubon Museum. John James Audubon State Park’s Beech-Maple forest is an urban oasis for woodland and shore birds. In addition to the seven woodpecker species, several neotropical migrants make the Park their home. Species spotted on these hikes include: Eastern Bluebird, Yellow-throated Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Scarlet and Summer Tanagers, Indigo Bunting, Prothonotary Warbler, and White-eyed and Red-eyed Vireo. Share nature with your family! Bring your binoculars, field guide and notebook to identify new birds for your life list. Hours: 7:30 a.m. —9 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

May 1 - A Walk with Bluebirds
Sycamore Shelter: Audubon State Park. Discover the lives and nesting habits of Eastern Bluebirds and other cavity nesters. The Peaks will introduce visitors to their ongoing nesting research conducted at numerous parks including Audubon State Park. Attendees may have an opportunity to see eggs and nestlings inside nesting boxes. This walking tour is moderate in difficulty and mostly on concrete. Wheelchairs can likely be accommodated by use of a vehicle. Hours: 10:30-11:30 a.m.

May 1 - Create-a-Creature from Owl Pellets
Presented by Julie McDonald, Park Naturalist. Audubon Museum. Owls hunt from dusk to dawn for many different types of prey. Learn about the owl’s habits and role in nature. Discover what critters these nocturnal hunters seek out by dissecting a sterilized owl pellet. Hours: Noon-12:45 p.m.

May 1 - Bird Photography for Identification, Documentation and Fun
Talk and Walk Program. Photographing birds blends a naturalist's skill, artistic vision, and technical understanding to capture incredible moments. During this Talk-and-Walk program, learn how to find and get close to birds, where to photograph them, and the necessary equipment and camera settings to create stunning shots. Marty Jones has photographed over 275 different species of Indiana birds including many rarities and will share what it takes to capture the moments. Hours: 1 – 3 p.m.

May 2 - Hands-on Bird Banding Workshop
Presented by Scott Kramer. Come and help us with an ongoing conservation project as we catch, identify, band, and release birds from the John James Audubon State Park. Bird banding helps us understand bird migration and movements, behavior, social structure, population growth, lifespan and survival rates . This is a great opportunity for spotting early migratory birds and connecting with nature, so bring a camera! Hours: 10:30 – noon.

May 2 - Explore Raptors
Presented by Julie McDonald, Park Naturalist. Using live birds, participants will learn the characteristics of birds of prey, their role in the ecosystem, and how interactions with humans have impacted these majestic creatures. Hours: Noon - 1 pm.

May 2 - Ten White Wonders and the Stories Behind Them
Presented by Sharon Sorenson, Evansville Courier and Press columnist. Over the seasons, our area plays host to ten especially spectacular bird species. They're all white. They're all big. And they're all handsome. Some are quite common; others are quite rare; some found their way here behind an ultralight aircraft. Enjoy photos of these distinctive birds. Test your knowledge about this "colorful" topic and learn curious facts about these white birds' lives, livelihoods, habits, and habitats. Hours: 2 – 3 p.m.

For further information about specific events in Henderson, contact: Julie McDonald at (270) 826-2247 or e-mail For more information on the festival, visit the Wesselman Nature Society site. All of the programs are free.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Orchestra Kentucky Presents Beatle Madness!

Join Orchestra Kentucky on March 13, when they present "Beatle Madness."

The mission of Orchestra Kentucky is simple. To change lives, one note at a time. With "Beatle Madness," they do this by bringing back the music that changed popular culture forever. Experience original arrangements of those well-known hits and orchestral accompaniments that will amaze and entertain you.

In addition to the orchestra, there will be a 9-piece "Beatle Band" whose intention is not to look like the Beatles, but to create the sound that has not only lasted, but remained relevant for more than four decades.

You can also view the event on Facebook, here.

The show will be held at the Henderson Fine Arts Center. For addition info visit or call (270) 831-9800.