Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Historic Holiday Display at The Depot Perfect for Children, Families

Exhibit Includes Life Size Pioneer Cabin & Victorian Christmas Display

The Depot Community Room will present their Early American Christmas exhibit in the month of December, including a special day-long celebration December 11th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This year, the staff has turned a room in the building into a pioneer cabin. (Photo shows part of the display set up.) Decked out with traditional holiday garb and several antique items, visitors can step back in time and learn how families during the Colonial period would have spent their holidays. The room contains many artifacts, including a family Bible, a hand-strung bed, quilts, tobacco twists and much more.

Those interested in enjoying a more interactive display can visit on December 11th. On this day, the staff will dress in period costumes, and there will be several activities, as well as a reading of “The Christmas Carol.”

Located in the heart of Henderson, The Depot is a replica of the original train depot built in 1901 and stands as an example of the city’s commitment to preserving the past while embracing the future. It showcases the history of the city through several stationary exhibits and a monthly rotating exhibit. Hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

For more information call (270) 826-4290 or visit www.hendersondepot.org

Monday, November 22, 2010

Tourist Commission Recieves Two Awards At Annual Tourism Conference

The Henderson County Tourist Commission received two awards in the 2010 Kentucky Tourism Council Traverse Awards for excellence in tourism marketing.

The Tourist Commission received first place in Social Media and second place for their Visitor’s Guide. Both awards were received Tuesday October 19 during the Traverse Gala held at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky as part of the 2010 Kentucky Tourism Industry Annual Conference.

Kentucky tourism businesses and marketing organizations vie for awards in 20 separate categories during the annual competition produced by the Kentucky Tourism Council. A panel of out-of-state experts judged over 240 entries from across the state for this year’s presentation of awards.

Traverse Awards for Excellence in Tourism Marketing are open to Kentucky Tourism Council and Kentucky Hotel & Lodging Association members marketing a tourism product or service in Kentucky. All entries must have been published or distributed within the past year. Each entry is judged for concept, creativity, design and how well it relates to its audience.

The Henderson County Tourist Commission is located at 101 N. Water Street in The Depot. The staff provides the latest information on events and attractions in the area, and assists with planning and coordinating new and existing events in the area to attract new visitors. In 2009, tourism was a nearly 67 million-dollar industry in Henderson County.

Photo: Executive Director, Marcia Eblen and Marketing Assistant, Jessica Heacock, of the Henderson County Tourist Commission, stand with Clay Campbell, Kentucky Tourism Council Chairman of the Board, to accept their awards.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Fishing in Henderson: Not Quite Your Normal Catch!

The Evansville Courier and Press recently included fishing in Henderson in their Highways and Byways article.

With the warmer weather, fisherman say getting bites are difficult but as the old saying goes "A bad day fishing is still better than a good day at work." We couldn't agree more! Read the full article here.

For those interested in fishing in Henderson, state licenses can be obtained at several locations. To find a complete listing, use this website. Some places on the list include K-Mart, Walmart and Rural King.

Henderson also offers guided fishing tours of the Ohio River. These one-of-a-kind trips offer all season fishing for catfish and sauger and here in Henderson...we make them pretty big! This is a perfect holiday gift idea for outdoor enthusiasts. Camo Fish Guide Service will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Call (270) 748-6077 or visit www.camofishguideservice.com

More information can be obtained online at www.hendersonky.org/fishing or call us at 1-800-648-3128 or local (270) 826-3128.

Photos are from Camo Fish Guide Service guided tours. Actual photos from Ohio River fishermen.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Audubon State Park Offers Fun Holiday Activities

*The following are a list of activities at John James Audubon State Park for the months of November and December submitted by staff member Julie McDonald. For questions, please call the park directly at (270) 826-2247. The staff will be happy to help you out!


November 2010


"Audubon’s Fabulous Fibers"
Oct.21 –Feb. 6 10 a.m. – 4 a.m.
As the brilliant beauty of the fall foliage covers the grounds of Audubon State Park, so does the colorful array of fibers in the "Fabulous Fibers" exhibit by several tri-state artists. The public is invited to the opening reception at the JJA Museum on Oct. 21st from 6:00-7:30
Museum hours: Daily 10:00-5:00 Winter hours: Thurs.-Sun. 10:00-4:30
Staff Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett Audubon Museum (270) 827-1893 kim.mcgrew@ky.gov
FREE

Adult Artists Retreat
Friday, November 12th
JJA Museum
Beginning to advanced artists, are invited to participate in the all day Artist Retreats monthly from 9:00-3:00pm. Bring your own artwork and supplies. Lunch will be potluck. Special speakers and noon programs will vary monthly. Pre-registration is required.
Staff Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett Audubon Museum (270) 827-1893 kim.mcgrew@ky.gov
Fee: $15, due the day of.

“Walk on the Wild Side”: Nature Programs for Toddlers
November 12 Talkin’ Turkey
Fridays: November 12, 10:00 a.m.
Museum – Bird Observation Center
Toddlers 3 – 5 years old
These 30-minute interactive programs will explore what nature has to offer. With each new topic toddlers will discover how wildlife and nature shapes the world we live in.
Wild Turkeys are now more common throughout the state than any time within the past 150 years. Give Thanks as we celebrate this feathered symbol.
Staff Contact: Julie McDonald at 270-826-2247 or juliea.mcdonald@ky.gov
Cost: $2.00 per child


“Holiday Pottery for All”
Saturday, Nov. 13
Design your holiday pottery just in time for Santa. There will be 2 sessions at the JJA Museum on Saturday, November 13th.
*Children ages 3-8, along with an adult: 10:00-11:00.
*Students ages 8 & up: 1:00-2:00.
The fee will be $15.00, which includes materials for one plate. Plates will be fired and returned to museum for pick up. Pre-registration is required by Nov. 8th.
Staff Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett Audubon Museum (270) 827-1893 kim.mcgrew@ky.gov

Holiday Crop - Thanksgiving
Wednesday, Nov. 17 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Friends of Audubon Meeting Room
Adults are invited to enjoy the company of other croppers and refreshments as we create adorable Thanksgiving pages and cards. Materials and instruction for 2 scrapbook pages and 1 card will be available for each registered participant. Or, bring your own scrapbook and materials for open crop time. Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been cropping for years, this Thanksgiving session will give you inspiration and ideas for creating perfect family-themed pages and cards.
Pre-registration is required with Beth Tompkins at beth.tompkins@ky.gov or (270) 826-2247.
Cost: $5.00

Christmas Open House
Saturday, Nov. 20 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Audubon Museum Gift Shop
Get in the holiday spirit with the Audubon Museum’s kick-off to Christmas. See our new holiday d├ęcor, shop our wide variety of unique Christmas gifts, enjoy cider, hot chocolate and homemade holiday treats and free museum tours. New holiday items include Kentucky Crafted Cedar Christmas Trees, Audubon Bird Ornaments, Cardinal Christmas Cards, Rebecca Ruth Bourbon Candy Gift Boxes, and a variety of children’s toys. Door prizes and special discounts will take place throughout the day. And, a few of Santa’s favorite elves will be in attendance for photos with kids and use their elf-expertise to wrap your purchases – for free!


December 2010


Tiny Tot’s Holiday Ornaments
Friday, Dec. 3
JJA Museum
Tiny tot’s ages 3-5 will design and decorate an ornament just in time for your tree. Holiday ART at the PARK is from 10:30-11:30. Dress for a mess. Pre-registration is required.
Staff Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett Audubon Museum (270) 827-1893 kim.mcgrew@ky.gov

Madrigal Dinner “The Great Chicken Coup”
Presented by the Henderson County High School Choral Department
Saturday, December 4
Performances from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.
Audubon Museum
Come be a guest of King James in his castle with the HCHS Chamber Choir as they present the holiday madrigal dinner “The Saga of Mordrick the Foul and the Great Chicken Coup”. Let the Renaissance come alive! Join us for an evening of entertainment, music and gourmet dining (catered by J&B Carters) as we celebrate the holiday season.
Contact: Felicia Belcher at 270-831-8876 or Felicia.belcher@henderson.kyschools.us
Ticket Fee: Must be purchased in advance (by Dec. 1) $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.

Paper Mache’ Santa
2 Sunday’s; Dec. 5 & 12 1:00-2:30
This 2-day workshop is designed for adults and students, 12 and older, to sculpt a paper mache’ Santa. With step by step instructions, you will be an artist in no time. Design and decorate with Christmas pa’zazz. Dress for a mess. Fee includes materials and instruction for both days: $18
Pre-registration is required by Dec. 1st. Staff Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett Audubon Museum (270) 827-1893 kim.mcgrew@ky.gov

Henderson Co. Gifted Student Reception
Thursday, December 9th
Henderson County Gifted Art students, from the 4th & 5th grades, will have their annual exhibit from the Audubon Art Programs, on Thursday, December 9th from 5:00-6:30. All students, parents and faculty are invited to attend the reception.
Staff Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett Audubon Museum (270) 827-1893 kim.mcgrew@ky.gov

“Walk on the Wild Side”: Nature Programs for Toddlers
December 10 Winter Bird Feeders
Friday: December 10 10:00 a.m.
Museum – Bird Observation Center
Toddlers 3 – 5 years old
These 30-minute interactive programs will explore what nature has to offer. With each new topic toddlers will discover how wildlife and nature shapes the world we live in.
With colder temperatures coming, we can help the winter birds who come around our homes. Learn how as we make winter bird feeders.
Staff Contact: Julie McDonald at 270-826-2247 or juliea.mcdonald@ky.gov
Cost: $2.00 per child

Santa’s at the Park
Saturday, Dec. 11 10:30-12:00
Come join the elves at the annual “Santa’s at the Park”, Saturday, Dec. 10th from 10:30-12:00, for children ages 3-7 and their families. Share the holiday activities; art, story telling and treats with Santa. Photos will be optional the day of for an extra fee. Class Fee will be $7.00 Photos with Santa will also optional the day of. Pre-registration required.
Staff Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett Audubon Museum (270) 827-1893 kim.mcgrew@ky.gov

Holiday Crop - Christmas
Wednesday, Dec.15 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Friends of Audubon Meeting Room
Adults are invited to enjoy the company of other croppers and refreshments as we create adorable Christmas pages and cards. Materials and instruction for 2 scrapbook pages and 1 card will be available for each registered participant. Or, bring your own scrapbook and materials for open crop time. Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been cropping for years, this Christmas session will give you inspiration and ideas for creating perfect holly jolly pages and cards.Pre-registration is required with Beth Tompkins at beth.tompkins@ky.gov or (270) 826-2247.
Cost: $5.00

Monday, November 8, 2010

Give Thanks! Annual Turkey Trot to Benefit Brain Injury Camp

Come one, come all! Everyone's invited to come out Thanksgiving morning for the annual Turkey Trot in downtown Henderson. The 5K walk benefits a local charity each year. This year proceeds go to the Brain Injury Camp.

Pre-registration starts at 8:00am and goes until 8:45am at the Presbyterian Church, located at 100 S. Main St. Race starts promptly at 9am.

The course extends through beautiful downtown Henderson, including the riverfront. Also enjoy refreshments, “My Old Kentucky Home” serenade, and JT, the Trot mascot. This is a family event for all ages. Runners, walkers, bikers, roller-bladers and skateboarders are all welcome.

Four award categories include overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd place for Men's, Women’s, Wheelchair and Skate divisions.

Entry fee is a free will offering. For a $25 donation, receive the 2010 long sleeve Turkey Trot t-shirt with award winning logo. Family members receive t-shirt for each subsequent $10. For more information or to download a registration form go to http://www.turkeytrotky.com or call (888) 831-1500.

Friday, November 5, 2010

W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival Named A Top 20 Event

Southeast Tourism Society Names W.C. Handy
Blues & Barbecue Festival in Top 20 Listing

The Southeast Tourism Society has announced that the W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival has been designated one of its Top 20 Events for June 2011. Top 20 Events are announced quarterly and are featured in print media, web, television and radio in the U.S. and Canada. Top 20 Events can also be found on the web sites of the Southeast Tourism Society at www.southeasttourism.org and www.escapetothesouthwest.com.

Recently celebrating its 20th year, the W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival is held in Henderson, Ky. and has become one of the largest free music festivals in the nation, drawing attendants from almost every state and many countries. Music at the festival includes a wide variety of blues styles, from gritty delta blues to smooth soul to big horn bands. The festival has been recognized in recent years by the Kentucky Main Street Program as the number one outdoor festival in Kentucky and was designated a 2010 winner of the "Top Ten Festivals" in the Commonwealth by the Kentucky Tourism Council. The event is a celebration of the life and legacy of Henderson resident and "Father of the Blues," William Christopher Handy. For more information about the festival, go to www.handyblues.org or call 1-800-648-3128.