Monday, June 28, 2010

Celebrate July in Henderson!

Henderson has a lot to celebrate this July!

On July 3, come to Audubon Mill Park on the riverfront and enjoy the bicentennial of John James Audubon’s landing in Henderson. Major events will be held throughout the day, including live music, historical reenactments, period dancers and a costume contest. A guided walking tour of the lesser-known Audubon spots will start at The Depot at 1 p.m. Concessions will be offered throughout the morning and during the afternoon events.

Celebrate Independence Day on July 4 with live music by Keith Vincent! Enjoy Vincent’s mix of country and rock ‘n’ roll beginning at 7 p.m. at the riverfront. And who could forget the fireworks? They’ll start at 9 p.m.!

Finally, the day all the horse fans have been waiting for…opening day at Ellis Park Race Track! Head to the track on July 10 to enjoy the kick off of the 2010 season of live thoroughbred horse racing. Experience the thrill of picking a horse and watching it race to the finish line. Gates open at 11 a.m.

For more information on these events or other things to do and see in Henderson, call The Depot Visitor’s Center at (270) 826-3128 or visit

Friday, June 25, 2010

Audubon Celebration Brings Music, Food and Fun for the Whole Family!

July 3, 2010
Henderson Riverfront, Audubon Mill Park

The bicentennial of John James Audubon's arrival in Henderson will be celebrated with major events on the Henderson downtown riverfront on Saturday July 3. Completely FREE and open to the public, these events will include live music by major military, historical and bluegrass bands, historical reenactments, period dancers and a costume contest. Concession sales will be offered throughout the morning and evening events. Morning events will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Evening events start at 7:30p.m.

Audubon first came to Henderson by sailing down the Ohio River from Louisville. We will celebrate with a reenactment of his arrival 200 years ago. Audubon will arrive in a wooden skiff characteristic of the period. The Saxton's Cornet Band will be on hand to greet John James Audubon as he arrives at the downtown Henderson riverfront, near the intersection of 2nd and Water. The band, in authentic 19th- century costume, faithfully recreates the sounds, appearance and conduct of brass bands of a bygone era. Full of energy and entertaining both musically and visually, the performance will be a complete, historically accurate concert experience from the mid-nineteenth century. City and county officials, as well as a state senator and representative, will be on hand to meet and greet Audubon upon his arrival and present him with the key to the city. You won't want to miss the celebration as we welcome Audubon back to Henderson!

The reenactment will resume as Brian Fox Ellis, professional reenactor and storyteller, plays the part of John James Audubon, presenting the story of his life from a first-person perspective. Learn about his journey to Henderson, experiences in the area, and his work as an artist. Performances by the AuduBonBons and Highway 41 will provide live music; period dancers,
instructed by Elaine Benson and Debbie Dewey, will perform tap, minuet and folk dances that would have been popular during the 1800's. Elaine and Pascal Benson will also dance. Bring your dancing shoes!

Attendees who come dressed in their best 19th-century costume will compete for a $100 first prize in the Costume Contest. The costume winner will be announced between 12-1 p.m.


The Depot Community Room will be hosting a Audubon themed walking tour at 1p.m. during the celebration. Come to The Depot at 101 N. Water Street, adjacent to the park and take a tour of historic downtown and learn even more about Audubon's influence in Henderson! For more information, call The Depot Community Room at (270) 830-9707.

Monday, June 21, 2010

A Photo Guide of Things To Do in Henderson!

No need to tell you about all the fun things to do in Henderson during the summertime, we'd rather just show you!

Ruby Moon Winery, 9566 US Highway 41 A
Don't miss the annual Pirates Festival on June 26th from 3-9pm. Enjoy live music, a costume contest and a glass of your favorite wine!

Stop downtown on Water Street and let the kids play in the Riverfront Fountains. Enjoy the view and the nearby park!

No visit to Henderson would be complete without a visit to John James Audubon State Park. Located off Highway 41 North, enjoy one of the largest collections of original Audubon artworks. The park has lots of areas to hike, as well as a large lake for fishing and paddle boats.

Public Library, 101 South Main St.
This historic building is located across from Central Park. Inside you'll find the Rotunda Gallery which hosts several rotating exhibits each year. Until August, you can enjoy the current exhibit, Audubon in Cloth. These fiber artworks were created for the Audubon Bicentennial Celebration.

Ellis Park Race Track, 3300 US Highway 41
Nothing like a day at the track! Enjoy the thrill of picking a horse and watching it race to the finish line. Enjoy the concession foods and beverages. Opening Day is July 10 this year. The college laptop giveaway day is July 18, and the scholarship giveaway day is July 25!

Farmer's Market, Corner of Second and Main Streets
Farm fresh eggs are just one of the many foods you'll find at the Farmer's Market in Henderson. Other seasonable fruits and vegetables, as well as honey and eggs are available throughout the year until October. The Market is open Tuesday, Fridays and Saturdays 10am - sold out.

Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival, Downtown
First thing to know: This festival, one of the largest bluegrass events in the state, is also completely FREE! Enjoy two days of music, crafts, and children's activities. There's also a bicycle tour, Olympian pole vaulters, a new disc golf event, and we'll serve you breakfast right here in the park! This year the event will be August 13-14, with an opening performance by Patty Loveless at the Henderson Fine Arts Center on the 12.

The Riverfront, Downtown
Catch a sunset at the bridges downtown near Audubon Mill Park.

Shopping, Downtown
If you needed another reason to go downtown in Henderson, the shopping is it! Lots of specialty stores, unique gift shops, coffee shops and more await! We're here to help at The Depot Visitor's Center, so stop in at 101 N. Water St. and we'll give you a shopping guide and downtown map! Or you can download one here, thanks to the Downtown Henderson Project!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Guided Tour of Audubon Sculptures Offered

Guided Bird Sculpture Walking Tour
Sponsored by the 2010 Audubon Bicentennial Committee
Saturday June 26 - 10-11:30am
Meet in front of the Public Library

The popular downtown Audubon sculptures will be featured on a guided walking tour this month.

Guide Lou Mahon will begin at the great-horned owls in front of the Public Library and end at the Audubon statue at the riverfront approximately 90 minutes later.

Learn more about the love story of John and Lucy and the journey they made together. The tour is FREE and open to the public.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Cloth Artists Create Audubon Inspired Artworks

Audubon in Cloth
Fiber & Quilt Exhibit
Opening June 12, 2010
Rotunda Gallery, Henderson County Public Library
101 South Main Street, Henderson, KY
Sponsored by the Audubon Committee
Gallery hours: M to F: 9am to 8pm F & S: 9am to 5pm and Sun. 1:30pm to 5pm

Brenda Jones, Boston, MA

Saluting John James Audubon, sixteen fiber and quilt artists have created new works based on the birds and botanical paintings of John James Audubon. Each artist in her own style and preferred materials created cloth artworks that express Audubon’s influence.

Karen Jordan Hickson

Juanita Yeager, Guest Curator, selected the fiber artists for this exhibition. Ms. Yeager is a nationally recognized quilt artist whose works are in numerous collections including the American Quilt Museum. This exhibit is presented in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of John James Audubon’s landing in Henderson, KY.

The following fiber artists will be showing works.
1. Karen Jordan Hickson, Naperville, IL
2. Alice L. Alexander, Chicago, IL
3. Rosa Tellis, Alcoa, TN
4. Marian Hayes, Chicago, IL
5. Lenora Brown, Charleston, SC,
6. Karen R. Davis, Louisville, KY
7. Sandi Howell, Bronx, NY
8. Karimah Abduscamad, Durham, NC
9. Catherine Lamkin, Charleston
10. Valarie Poitier, Natick, MA
11. Sharon Rogers, Decatur GA 30034,
12. Brenda Jones, Boston, MA
13. Rosie Chapman, Washington, MI 48094
14. Kimberley Pierce Cartwright, Durham, NC
15. Shirley Bullock, Durham, NC ~
16. Juanita Yeager, Altamonte Springs, FL Curator
Juanita Yeager -

If you have any questions, contact: Jule McClellan, Executive Director, Ohio Valley Art League and Co- chair of Audubon Committee - 270-860-1930 or email

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Church/Organ Themed Walking Tour

The Henderson Depot Community Room is sponsoring a special walking tour that will highlight the histories of several churches in the downtown area.

Due to the large amount of churches in the downtown area, the Community Room staff has decided to divide the churches into two tours. Both tours are unique, because we are not only discussing church histories, but organ histories as well.

The first tour is set for this Saturday, June 5 at 10 a.m. in the Community Room. They will discuss the histories of several places along the way and go inside First Baptist and the Presbyterian for a closer look at their musical organs. 

The downtown walking tours take place on the first Saturday of each month, April through November, weather permitting, and begin with an overview of Henderson's rich history in the Community Room. The tour takes approximately one hour.

Organist Matthew Vanover and Nibby Priest will be playing some of the organs, and Tamara Self will speak about some of the lesser-known history of the churches.

The second church tour is scheduled for the Fall, with dates to be announced at a later time.

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 questions, call (270) 830-9707.

For more information, you can also visit their website

W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival

The W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival has become one of the largest free music festivals in the nation, drawing attendants from just about every state and many countries. The festival is a celebration of the life and legacy of Henderson resident and "Father of the Blues", William Christopher Handy. This year the festival will be held June 12-19.

Enjoy live blues music, great smokey barbecue, children's activities and much more! Here's a schedule of the bands selected to play at this year's festival!

Saturday, June 12

Central Park (Downtown Henderson)

11:30 am - Bob Minnette and the Dixieland Society

1:30 pm - Blues 4U

4:00 pm - Velveeta Jones

6:00 pm - Albert Castiglia

Wednesday, June 16
Audubon Mill Park (Henderson Riverfront)

4:30 pm - Alias Jones

6:00 pm - Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm

7:30 pm - Shirley Johnson

9:15 pm - Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers

Thursday, June 17 (Zydeco Night)
Audubon Mill Park (Henderson Riverfront)

4:30 pm - Doug MacLeod

5:30 pm - Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble
8:30 pm - Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band

Friday, June 18
Audubon Mill Park (Henderson Riverfront)

Noon – Hog Maw Blues Band

2:00 pm - Bryant-Stevens Band

4:00 pm - StellaVees
6:00 pm - Albert Castiglia

8:00 pm - Kenny Neal

10:00 pm - Tab Benoit

Saturday, June 19
Audubon Mill Park (Henderson Riverfront)

Noon - Doug MacLeod

2:00 pm - Kilborn Alley Blues Band

4:00 pm - Otis Taylor Band

6:00 pm - Magic Slim and the Teardrops

8:00 pm - Shemekia Copeland

10:00 pm - Joe Louis Walker

Other things not to miss!

On Saturday, June 12 there will be a Mardi-Gras style parade in downtown Henderson at 10am to kick off the festival. The "Taste of Henderson" barbecue will begin at 11am, following the parade. Gardeners won't want to miss the Garden Tour at 10am. For more information on these activities, visit the Handy website.

The Riverfront Fountains offer a great place for children to cool off. For other great activities to do while in Henderson, visit the Henderson County Tourist Commission website and check out all there is to SEE and DO in Henderson!