Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Get In the Halloween Spirit With Fun, Family-Friendly Activities

Tis' the season for spooky stories, candy galore, costume contests, pumpkin patches and more!

Cate's Farm, Highway 1217, Box #8132. Pick pumpkins, play games, enjoy warm cider and explore the Corn Maze. Open daily! Directions: (270) 823-6666


John James Audubon State Park, Highway 41 N, Henderson, KY. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Bring your little Goblins to visit the enchanted courtyard of the John James Audubon Museum for the annual Halloween Bash. Hay rides, face painting, story telling, costume contest, games, pumpkin painting, magicians, Halloween photos and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Info: (270) 826-2247


The Depot, 101 N. Water Street, Henderson, KY. Explore the creepy, the spooky and the downright strange in Henderson's history. This popular tour only takes place once a year, so you won't want to miss it! Two tours, time TBA. Info: (270) 830-9707


Downtown, Henderson, KY. 3-5pm. Community invited for safe trick or treating at downtown businesses following Halloween Parade at 5pm. Info: beth@downtownhenderson.org or www.downtownhenderson.org

Audubon State Park, Highway 41 North, Henderson, KY. 4 - 9 p.m. Bring your little Goblins to visit the enchanted courtyard of the John James Audubon Museum for the annual Halloween Spooktacular. Hayride, games, costume contest, pumpkin painting, magicians, Halloween photos, animal presentations, food, and a haunted trail produced by the Henderson County High School Drama Club. Children must be accompanied by an adult. NO pre-registration required. Cost: $2 per person, age 3 and under are free Info: (270) 826-2247

Monday, September 27, 2010

Annual Spooks & Legends Tour of Henderson Scheduled For October 16

Ghost stories and true stories of folks who met untimely death have a way of intriguing a community’s interest. And in a city like Henderson, that’s been here for more than 200 years, such tales abound.

The Depot Community Room staff has compiled some of these stories into a unique walking tour that intricately weaves the haunted folklore of Henderson with historical facts. The result is an extraordinarily (and paranormal) good time!

The tour date is set for Saturday, October 16th at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. weather permitting, and will begin at The Depot (pictured above). If the October 16th tour is canceled due to weather, the rain date will be Saturday, October 23.

The tour is FREE with refreshments provided prior to the event. Parental guidance is suggested, as some stories may contain adult content.

The Community Room Staff has added several new stories this year to this annual tour!

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.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

It's that time again! The Highway 60 Yard Sale is looking for participants - and why wouldn't you want to get involved?

This 200+ mile yard sale celebrates its fifth year in 2010 and has grown to include 8 western Kentucky counties. These include Livingston, Crittenden, Union, Henderson, Daviess, Hancock, Breckinridge & Meade counties. The annual sale will be held the weekend of Oct 1-3, 2010 along Highway 60.

Hundreds of local individuals, businesses, and groups are expected to participate this year, setting up yard sales and craft booths on their properties along the highway. This unique event allows visitors from Kentucky and surrounding states to enjoy an exciting shopping experience, while taking in the distinctive flavor of the Ohio Valley’s unique restaurants, shops, and southern hospitality. The sale will also provide an excellent opportunity for local organizations and clubs to hold fund-raising events.

In addition to the Highway 60 Yard Sale, shoppers may also want to check out the Green River Area Development District’s Arts & Crafts Festival, held concurrently at John James Audubon State Park in Henderson, along the western portion of the route, on Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3. For the past 38 years, this annual event has been delighting visitors with artisan and craftsman booths, artist demonstrations, delicious food, and live music, set against a scenic natural backdrop.


Property-Owners: You may have received a form via mail. If so just fill this out and return it to The Depot at 101 N. Water St, Suite B, Henderson, KY 42420 or FAX (270) 826-0234. If you have not received a form, call us at 1-800-648-3128 and we'll fill one out for you over the phone. Once registered you can pick up promotional signs at The Depot.

Non Property-Owners: Property owners along Highway 60 in Henderson County have offered lots for use in the 5th Annual Highway 60 Yard Sale, Oct. 1-3, 2010. Non-property owners who wish to participate in the sale are encouraged to contact the Henderson County Tourist Commission at (270) 826-3128 for a list of those offering space, either for a fee or for free.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Experience Audubon State Park's Monarch Migration Mysteries

Imagine going on a trip with no luggage; no food, water, map or compass; abandoned by your family; en route to a place that you've never been to. Now imagine that you'll never live long enough to complete your round trip. Your children and grandchildren will never live long enough to finish your trip, but perhaps your great-grandchildren might live to see your ancestral wintering grounds if they survive all of the life-threatening obstacles along the way. Now, you're beginning to experience life as a monarch butterfly.

This month you can join Audubon State Park staff for four tagging opportunities. Programs on Saturday September 18 and Sunday, September 19 begin at 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and last about 2.5-3 hours. During an informative presentation you'll learn everything you need to know to identify and catch monarchs. We'll then drive out to the Sloughs Wildlife Management Area for the weather dependent butterfly tagging portion. Since most of the program is outdoors, long pants and closed-toe footwear is encouraged. Be prepared for potentially marshy conditions.

These annual butterfly tagging programs attract families, scout troops, as well as interested community members looking to spend an afternoon away from the hustle and bustle. Tagging events like these help the community connect with nature and broaden the base of understanding surrounding these winged wonders.

During mid-September, monarch butterflies are passing through this area on their journey south in search of warmer weather and more favorable wintering grounds. At the end of their journey they'll congregate almost exclusively on 12 mountain peaks located just west of Mexico City, Mexico - almost 1500 miles away. There, nearly all of the living North American monarch butterflies come together for a breathtaking spectacle as the Mexican trees and shrubs literally drip with these colorful creatures.

Although monarchs migrate every year, there is still so much we still don’t know about these magnificent insects. Monarch Watch, an educational outreach organization, developed the tagging stickers to track the monarch's journey progression and to answer some of the mysteries surrounding these unique butterflies. The sticker tags, placed on a monarch’s hindwing, each have a unique identification number, a reporting e-mail address and phone number so that tagged butterflies can be reported as recovered.

This past winter was a rough one for monarchs. According to a Monarch Watch blog, many millions of the overwintering monarchs perished over the winter months in Mexico - perhaps as many as 50% of the Mexico monarch population. Rain, freezing temperatures, landslides, and hail hit the overwintering grounds this past January and February. Naturally that means less monarchs returning to the U.S. to reproduce. Fortunately, the monarchs that survived found favorable conditions in Texas helping them on the long road of rebuilding the numbers of those lost.

Join us at John James Audubon State Park in Henderson, KY Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19 at 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. as we learn about these remarkable insects.

For more information about this program, contact Julie McDonald at juliea.mcdonald@ky.gov or 270-826-2247. For more information about the park, visit: http://www.parks.ky.gov/findparks/recparks/au/ or call 270-826-2247.

Submitted By: Julie McDonald, Audubon State Park Naturalist

Friday, September 3, 2010

Audubon Park Packs A Weekend Full of Activities for Labor Day

Audubon State Park has a packed weekend full of activities to celebrate the Labor Day holiday. Here's your last opportunity in 2010 to take advantage of the weekly campground activities.

Enjoy the cooler temperatures by getting out on the trails!

Thursday, September 2
6:00 PM Fishing Fun (for the last time this year) – Join us for a fun evening of fishing on the lake. We provide the equipment. All you need to bring is a smile and a little bit of luck. Where? Meet at Boat Dock.
How Long? 1 hour.
Who? All, children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 16 and older must have a valid Kentucky fishing license.

Friday, September 3
3:00 PM Wind Spinners – Eye-catching, colorful wind spinners will brighten up any outdoor area. Watch yours spin even in the gentlest breezes. Where? Campground Shelter. How Long? 45 minutes.
Who? All ages.

6:00 PM BINGO - Bring out the whole family and enjoy an hour of bingo! We will play a variety of Bingo games including traditional, coverall, and more. Come test your luck and possibly win a prize.
Where? Campground Shelter.
How Long? 1 hour.
Who? Adults and supervised children are welcome.

Saturday, September 4
7:30 AM Early Bird Walk – John James Audubon enjoyed walking in the forests of Wolf Hills which is now the Audubon Park Nature Preserve. Lifelong birder, Carol Gehret, will lead us along the borders of the woods where viewing is best. We will be in search of sights and sounds of the variety of birds that love the early morning hours. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them.
Where? Entrance to Warbler Road next to the Main Office.
How Long? 1 hour.
Who? All ages, but children under 10 need adult supervision.

9:00 AM Bird Banding with Scott Kramer – Scott is an Indiana Master Naturalist, Certified Interpretive Guide and federally licensed bird bander. Join Scott while he continues his ongoing conservation project of catching, identifying, banding and releasing birds at the Audubon State Park Nature Preserve. Be prepared to ‘help him out’ when he releases the birds. Be sure to bring your camera for some close-encounter pictures.
Where? In back of the Museum at the patio.
How Long? 1 hour Who? Everyone!

11:00 AM Campground Scavenger Hunt – Decorate a Scavenger Hunt Bag and set out on an excursion through the Campground. The people who find everything on the list will win a neat prize.
Where? Campground Shelter.
How Long? 1 hour.
Who? All.

2:00 PM Habitats-R-Us - The Earth has many different environments, and each of these habitats has distinct life forms living in it. Learn what it takes for them to survive. Then we will design and create our own biome.
Where? Campground Shelter
How Long? 1 hours
Who? Age 6 and older.

4:00 PM Ice Cream In a Bag - I scream! You scream! We all scream for Ice Cream! You can make your favorite flavor in a most unusual way and get to enjoy it right away. Where? Campground Shelter.
How Long? 1 hour.
Who? All ages.
Cost? Free
Sunday, September 5
12:00 PM “Fly Like An Eagle” Raptor Show - Experience how magnificent our National Symbol truly is. Discover the strength of their talons, how big they build nests, the unique sounds they make, and win a chance to dress like an eagle. Also meet, up close and personal, a cousin of the eagle.
Where? Campground Shelter.
How Long? 45 minutes.
Who? All ages Children under 7 should be supervised by an adult.

2:15 PM Labor Day Parade Preparation - Meet at the Campground Shelter to decorate your bicycles, scooters, wagons and floats for our parade. We’ll have lots of red, white and blue streamers, balloons and crepe paper. Cool lemonade will be served to quench your thirst.
Where? Campground Shelter.
How Long? 1 hour.
Who? All ages.

3:00 PM Labor Day Campground Parade – Everyone loves a parade, and you will too when you join us for a parade around Audubon’s Campground. Bring your bicycles, tricycles, scooters, motorcycles, wagons and baby strollers for a red - white & blue celebration! Where? Campground Shelter.
How Long? 45 minutes.
Who? All ages.
Monday, September 6
10:00 AM Backyard Bird Feeder - Three words that can help protect our planet: Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. You can do your part when you make a hummingbird feeder from #1 and #2 plastic bottles. Bring along an empty 20 oz or less bottle, and we will provide the rest of the supplies.
Where? Campground Shelter.
How Long? 1 hour.
Age? All.