Monday, February 21, 2011

Henderson Wins Second Top 20 Award in 2011

The Southeast Tourism Society has announced that the Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival has been designated one of its Top 20 Events for August 2011.

One of the oldest on-going free Bluegrass festivals in the United States, Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival celebrates its 26th year in 2011. This year’s festival is set for August 12-13 and features names such as The Grascals, Bearfoot, The Darrell Webb Band, The HillBenders and many more.

This year the festival pays tribute to the 100th birthday of “The Father of Bluegrass,” Bill Monroe and honors Western Kentucky’s history as a center for Bluegrass music.

In addition to two days of great music, the festivals hosts several unique sporting events, a community Breakfast in the Park and an afternoon full of activities intended to educate people about our region’s rich folklife traditions.

A family friendly atmosphere, great food, concessions, inflatable amusements and a beautiful riverfront setting make the festival a destination for all ages.

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 and

For details on Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival, visit or call toll free 1-800-648-3128.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Henderson Antique Store To Hold Open House on Saturday February 12

Memories Past and Present will be celebrating 7 years at their antique and gift shop in Henderson, KY!

"To show our appreciation to all of our faithful customers, we are planning 7 Year Anniversary Open House to be held Saturday, February 12th from 10 am to 5 pm. We'll be serving a special hot Valentine cider and lots of delicious home-baked goodies! Also, we'll have several door prizes that you will want to register for, and a free gift with any purchase! We also will have a 1/2 price table overflowing with bargains, and many new markdowns in the store!" owner Carolyn Dorsey said.

The store has received lots of beautiful antiques, gifts and vintage jewelry over the past few weeks. Mark your calendar for February 12!

For more information visit their Facebook page or you can call (270) 844-0014. The shop is located at 324 N. Elm Street, Henderson, KY.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Ohio Valley's Got Talent!


Ohio Valley’s Got Talent, sponsored by Colonels 2 College, is accepting applications for a talent show to be held at 7 p.m. on February 26, 2011, at the Fine Arts Center at Henderson Community College, 2660 South Green Street.

Auditions will be held Thursday, February 17, from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, February 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at South Middle School, 800 South Alves Street. Contestants should prepare a 90-second routine and a 90-second back-up routine. Performers chosen to compete will have access to sound equipment.

Any instruments used in auditions must be carried in by hand in one trip. If the act requires any additional equipment, a 90 second DVD should be brought to the audition. Members of the act should be dressed in performance costume as they present the DVD. Those using a backing track must bring a CD. Singers are required to sing a cappella. Performances by finalists are limited to three minutes.

The audition fee is $20 per act, and a minimum of fifteen acts will be selected to compete for the grand prize ($1000), second place ($500), and third place ($250). Viewing the auditions is open to the public for a fee of $5 per person. Auditions will be recorded and sent by WFIE to America’s Got Talent.

Tickets for the finals of Ohio Valley’s Got Talent are $15. Beginning January 21, tickets will be at Matt’s, from any Colonels 2 College board member, or by contacting Arlene Alexander at Tickets will be available at the Fine Arts Center the night of the performance.

Proceeds from Ohio Valley’s Got Talent will go to Colonels 2 College, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarship funds for Henderson County High School students who will attend Henderson Community College.

Application forms and full contest rules are available online at and at Matt’s.

Great Valentine's Day Gift Ideas in Henderson, KY

Suggestions For Him and Her (And Little Ones, Too!)

• Check out the great selection of cosmetics, jewelry and handbags at Third Street House Gift Shop at 307 Third St. The shop offers the popular Sorrelli jewelry line for those who want something that shines! Can’t decide what she’d like? Pick up a gift certificate, and let her decide. For a complete list of stores, visit our site!
• Henderson is lucky to have several wonderful florists that provide flower arrangements and shipping. Call ahead and discuss options. Although roses are one of the most popular flowers sent for Valentine’s Day, there are several other blooms to choose from.
• Because Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year, surprise her at work with a lunch date. Several downtown eateries offer lunch specials in a warm, friendly atmosphere.
• Take a look at the artwork in the Rotunda Gallery in the public library together. Currently, the gallery is displaying the nature photography of Lowry Igleheart-Keach.
• Warm up next to the fireplace at Ruby Moon Vineyard and Winery and sample their award-winning wines and gourmet cheeses.
• Plan a romantic stay at one of our Bed and Breakfasts. Find information on these and other hotels here.

• Looking for an easy dinner date? Surprise him with a home cooked meal. Or pick up barbecue from a local spot and leave the work to them. Western Kentucky is known for its smoky, full-flavored barbecue. Call ahead for carry out.
• Nothing beats a night at the movies. Now that Henderson has it’s own theater located at 406 Walker Drive you won’t have to go far to find a great film. For show times and a list of current movies visit or call (270) 212-0523.
• Shopping for an outdoorsmen? Camo Fish Guide Services offers half day and full day guided fishing and birding tours of the Ohio River. Contact Captain Paul Willett at (270) 748-6077 or visit their website for details.
• Rent a cottage at John James Audubon State Park. The cottages offer views of the lake and are furnished. Price ranges are seasonal from $80.00 - $160.00 per night. Cottages open year round.
• Stop by Matt’s News & Gifts for a card. Be sure to write your own sweet sentiment inside!

For the Kids:
• On February 4, Audubon State Park will offer children ages 3-5 a chance to make Valentine’s Day art during their Tiny Tot’s art class. Dress for a mess. For registration, call (270) 827-1893.
• The JFK Community Center will hold their annual Valentine’s Day Party on Feburary 14 from 3-5pm. Kids can enjoy arts and crafts, games, dancing and refreshments.

What other places in Henderson, Kentucky do you suggest for great gift ideas?