Thursday, March 31, 2011

"After Nature" Art Exhibit Presents the World in Full Color

John James Audubon Museum presents “After Nature”, a captivating botanical show by Artist Michael Aakhus. Michael is an Artist, as well as the Dean of Arts at USI. His work has been exhibited widely and is represented in many public and private collections throughout the world. The work in this exhibition will be based on paintings and photographs inspired by travel and the natural world. A new area of exploration will be combining images of flowers with human figures taken from photo documentation done at various sites around the world. The work will continue to examine diverse cultures and landscapes with an eye to bring together many different elements in a rich tapestry of expressive color and iconography.

The exhibit is FREE to the public, everyday 10-5pm. For more information on the exhibit contact Kim McGrew-Liggett at (270) 827-1893 or

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wildflower Walk: Fun Hikes & More at Audubon State Park This Saturday

John James Audubon is usually associated with birds, but the state park named for him in western Kentucky will be highlighting wildflowers this weekend.

The annual Wildflower Extravaganza is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT Saturday at the Henderson park.

There will be three wildflower walks to identify different plants, a scavenger hunt for children, presentations and a program about landscaping for birds. Visitors will learn about the area's flowers and their historical uses.

For more information, contact Julie McDonald at (270) 826-2247 or

Friday, March 25, 2011

Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail to hit the waters of the Ohio River At Henderson, Kentucky


The Cabela’s King Kat tournament trail will hit the waters of the Ohio River at Henderson, Kentucky April 30, 2011. This is the opportunity for local catfish anglers to compete for cash, prizes and a chance to advance to the Cabela’s King Kat Classic to be held on the Mississippi River at Burlington, Iowa October 27-28-29, 2011. Be sure to check out our new website at: It's a new site with new and exciting information on our events along with special information for catfish anglers everywhere.

Weigh-In Site
The tournament weigh-in will be held at the Riverfront Park in Henderson. Tournament hours are 6:30 AM until 3:00 PM. All anglers must be in weigh-in line by 4:00 PM with a 5 fish limit per team. To help preserve the sport only live fish will be weighed in and all fish will be released after the tournament. For a complete list of rules phone or visit our website listed below.

"Please note new rules on registration".
1. Late registration will be held the day before competition at specified location from 5-7 pm. Captains Meeting/Seminar will follow at 7pm.
2. There will be no meeting, late registration or boat launch the morning of the event. Anglers will be allowed to launch on tournament water at 5am tournament morning. No fishing is allowed until 6:30am.
Registration for this event will be held at the Super 8, 2030 Hwy 41 North in Henderson.. To pre-register go on line to: or call 270-395-6774.

Sponsor and Host Lodging
The Henderson County Tourist Commission would like to welcome all Cabela’s King Kat anglers and their guest to the area and hope they take the opportunity to enjoy the many attractions in the area. For more information on the area call: 1-800-648-3128 or visit their website at: . Host lodging for the event will be the Super 8, 2030 Hwy 41 North in Henderson. For reservations call: 270-827-5611. Call soon and be sure to mention Cabela's King Kat Tournaments.

Legal Waters
Anglers may fish the Ohio River and its tributaries between Smithland Dam and the Cannelton Dam.

Bonuses for 2011
• Monster Rod Holders Bonus (Qualifying Events): To be eligible for the Monster Rod Holder bonus anglers must have at least 6 Monster Rod Holders on their boat that they competed out of. Monster Rod Holders will pay $200 to the 1st place team.
• Monster Rod Holders Bonuses (At the Classic Event): Monster Rod Holders will pay $1000 to the top placing team of the Classic if they have at least 6 Monster Rod Holders on the boat they competed out of. Also, Monster Rod Holders will award the 3rd place points team a clothing and product package.
• Rippin Lips Angler of the Year -All anglers and/or teams will be competing for points at each event for the right to be crowned “Rippin Lips Angler of the Year”. Anglers will receive points for finish at each tournament (Example -100 pts for 1st,99 pts for 2nd,98 for 3rd,etc.. We will count the top 4 finishes by each angler or team. In the case of a tie, those teams tied will have a fish off at the Classic. The winning angler or team will receive a Rippin Lips Sponsorship. They will get their boat wrapped by Rippin Lips and receive 4 paid entries in 2012 and will be required to maintain that wrap for 2 years. 2nd Place angler/team in the Angler of the Year Race will receive 3 paid entries for the following year and a clothing & product package from Tangling With Catfish. 3rd place in the points race will receive a Monster Rod Holder clothing and prize package.

ATTN Clubs:
Catfish clubs and organizations may register with the King Kat Tournament Trail and qualify your top 2 teams from each event to fish in the Cabela’s King Kat Classic for their support in promoting the tournament trail. To register call 270-395-6774 or email at

Free Kids Fishing Rodeo
In conjunction with the tournament the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail will hold the Cabela’s King Kat Kids event at the James Audubon State Park in Henderson.. The event is free of charge and open to all youth 12 and younger. Sign up is from 8:00 AM till 9:00 AM with the Kid's event starting at 9:00 AM and ending at 11:00 AM. All children will receive a prize just for entering. Bring your favorite rod, reel and bait and show your true fishing ability. All children must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Prizes for winners will be given in two age groups, 0-7 and 8-12. The event is free to all children 12 and under with all participants eligible for a chance to win one of the six, Outdoor Promotions $2,000.00 scholarships to be awarded in October.
Outdoor Promotions and our anglers have contributed nearly $302,000.00 to the “Kids” Scholarships since 1997. We are very proud to be a part of the education process for the youngsters who participate in our tournaments as adult/youth teams and those who fish in the Outdoor Promotions “Kids Fishing Rodeos”.

Cabela's The World’s Foremost Outfitter , Rebel Yell Bourbon, Evinrude Outboards, Rippin Lips, Minn Kota Trolling Motors, Mustad Hooks, Monster Rod Holders, Tanglin with Catfish, Adventure Products- EGO Nets, Vicious Fishing, Humminbird Electronics, USCA-United States Catfish Association, WFN-World Fishing Network, Renegade Tackle, Ron Gooding Insurance, JR Mad's Famous Fish Breading, American Pro Catters and Action Outdoors Products-Catfishing Dream Team.

For entry forms or information on Cabela’s King Kat Trail phone 270-395-6774, fax 270-395-4381 or visit our website at

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pickin' & Pedalin': Bluegrass Bike Tour Gears Up For Year 8!

Pickin' & Pedalin', Henderson’s Annual Bike Tour, is held in conjunction with the annual Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival, which offers outstanding bluegrass music located on Henderson’s Ohio riverfront.

The ride begins at Audubon Mill Park, located on Water Street between First and Second Streets in downtown Henderson.

You’ll travel along beautiful, historic homes on Main Street to reach some of the flattest and best county roads a bicyclist could desire. Traffic is always light; however, all riders must always exercise caution.

Rest stops featuring bluegrass entertainment, refreshments, restrooms and SAG support will be available.

For more information on the event, visit You can sign up for our e-newsletter and we will send you e-mails with information on the ride and registration as the event draws nearer.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New Photography Exhibit Feature Kentucky and Henderson Locations

"Views of Henderson and the Commonwealth of Kentucky"
Featuring Henderson Photographers: Allen Campbell, Emily Mabee,
Fred Reaves, April Robinson and Betty Smithhart.

Exhibit dates: April 11 to June 2, 2011
Meet the Photographers Reception; Tuesday,
April 19 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.Photo by Fred Reaves

Gallery at RiverBend, 2nd Street Entrance,
RiverBend Academy, Henderson, KY.
Sponsored by the Ohio Valley Art League

Photo by April Robinson

Don't miss this great art exhibit coming in April to Henderson, Kentucky. Photographs feature Kentucky and Henderson shots. For more information, call 1-800-648-3128 or visit for details.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Audubon Park Starts Blog: Keep up on Events, Activities Throughout The Year

Audubon State Park is one of the wonderful assets Henderson offers to outdoor enthusiasts. The park, which offers fishing, birdwatching, nature trails, children's programs and much more has now started their OWN BLOG.

If you're interested in what's going on at the park, check this out. A direct link to the blog is

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Puppets, Crafts and Books at Literacy Day Event

Families in Henderson County are invited to Family Literacy Day on Saturday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The free event for children of all ages will be held at Henderson Community College's Sandy Watkins Training Center located in the Sullivan Technology Center.

There will be snacks, informational booths, free books for children and adults, puppet shows, crafts, interactive games, face painting and much more.

There will also be door prizes given away frequently. For more information, contact Samantha Sigler at 831-5142.

Story © The Gleaner.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Music To Our Ears: Rosemary Clooney Chautauqua Performance

“An Evening with Rosemary Clooney”

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Audubon State Park Museum

Join us for the Friends of Audubon theater fund raiser at the John James Audubon Museum for “An Evening with Rosemary Clooney”. Start the night off with an intriguing Chautauqua Program, Rosemary Clooney: A Sentimental Journey. (1928-2002)

What makes Rosemary Clooney’s life so fascinating, so charmed and charged with intrigue and great challenge? Her talent, her girl-next-door appeal, her love of music, art and drama and her love for her home state of Kentucky. Behind this small town girl rise to fame story is also one of extraordinary perseverance and dedication. A story teaching that it is possible to overcome any obstacle to become the best.

Music, Hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment, honoring Rosemary Clooney. She recorded with big name labels and some of the greatest musicians of her time, such as, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.

Tickets are $50 each. Tickets are available at the John James Audubon office in Henderson, Ky. (270) 826-2247. For more information on the evening, contact Kim McGrew at the JJA Museum (270) 827-1893 or Dina Campbell, Friends of Audubon, (270) 826-5334.

Photo courtesy