Happy 2011 to all of our readers and followers! This year started off with a bang. We've put up our new Calendar of Events on our website, and there are tons of new events to celebrate this year! Here's just a few we are excited about:
• Downtown Walking Tours will resume on April 2. The tours feature historic buildings in downtown and are free to the public. Info: (270) 830-9707
• Take a trip to a simpler time of poodle skirts, drive-ins and T-Birds at the Henderson Fine Art Center's production of the Broadway musical Greece! Info: (270) 830-9800
• The Ohio Valley Birding Festival has grown over the past few years, and Henderson's location as a birding area has been highlighted in several of this year's events. On May 1, come to John James Audubon State Park for a day full of events. There will be several staff-led hikes, a hummingbird seminar and other workshops. Info: (270) 826-2247
• This year is the Steamboat Bicentennial. Henderson's location along the Ohio River makes it a perfect spot to celebrate! On May 21st, The Depot Community Room staff with team up with Ohio Valley Marine and others to mark this day. Children can enjoy a day full of activities on the Ohio Riverfront on Water Street. Info: (270) 830-9707
• Fish for free in Audubon State Park on June 4-5. Residents and non-residents can fish without a license in Kentucky. The lake at the park is the perfect place to spend a relaxing day. Info: (270) 826-2247
• The W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival will light up downtown with a community barbecue, street strut parade and live, blues music on June 11-18. Get all the details on the website www.handyblues.org.
• 2011 is the 100th birthday of Kentucky-native and "Father of Bluegrass" Bill Monroe. Several events will take place to commemorate this event. The annual Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival promises another year of great bluegrass music on the riverfront August 12-13.
• And who can forget the great Halloween activities offered each year in Henderson? There's trick or treating downtown, sponsored by the DHP and a parade following. The Audubon Spooktacular will take place again at Audubon State Park with hayrides, crafts, food and more! And the ever-popular Henderson Spooks and Legends Walking Tour promises to bring excitement to downtown.
• On November 19 and 20, prepare to laugh with another installment from the hilarious Taffy gang. The play, Taffy Christmas, written by Bob Park, will take place at the Henderson Fine Arts Center. Info: (270) 827-9240
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