Friday, March 30, 2012

River Heritage Day Offering Crawfish Boil on the Ohio May 12

Ohio Valley Marine Service and the Depot Community Room are pleased to announce an additional event during their second annual “River Heritage Day” on Saturday, May 12.

In addition to the free daytime event held in Audubon Mill Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., which features hands-on educational exhibits, activities and games, the evening will feature a “come and go” crawfish boil dinner served from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the 3B’s Entertaining events barge. While docked at the riverfront, you can enjoy dinner while listening to Cajun music, provided by a local deejay. Portions of the proceeds from this dinner will benefit Riverview School.

The highlight of the free daytime event will be exhibits from RiverWorks Discovery Center, a hands-on educational exhibit from the National Rivers Hall of Fame that features giant 3-D puzzles and a working lock and dam. There will be other activities and games to help you learn and celebrate the history, culture, commerce and conservation of the mighty Ohio!

Susan Fowler, a professional storyteller, will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. to share exciting tales of how early steamboats with some famous passengers traveled down the Ohio to Henderson and beyond.

Ohio Valley Marine’s deckhand training team from Job Corps will be demonstrating proper ways to throw lines and create bumpers throughout the day, and will be offering line-throwing contests for children and adults beginning at 1 p.m.

You can learn about birds and animals that depend on the river for their homes and food. There will be a demonstration on how the river is used to turn coal into electricity, and other exhibits on river safety, commerce and conservation.

The events barge will be docked at the riverfront from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be available for free tours.

The Depot Community Room is funded by the City of Henderson through the Henderson County Tourist Commission and works closely with the Henderson Historical and Genealogical Society to provide quality history-related programming and exhibits. For more information, phone (270) 830-9707.

Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at the Depot Community Room, 101 N. Water St., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or at Ohio Valley Marine Service, 601 Second St., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsorships for this event are also available. Phone the Community Room at 830-9707, or Ohio Valley Marine Service at 826-9165 for more information.

Monday, March 19, 2012

'Gardens That Swing' Garden Tour Will Be Held June 9

The Garden Club of Henderson Kentucky will host GARDENS THAT SWING IV, June 9. The semi-annual tour is held in conjunction with the W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival (June 11-19). The tour runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., rain or shine.

The tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance from Third Street House in downtown Henderson and Maxine’s and Wildflowers in Evansville, Indiana. On the day of the tour, the tickets will be available for purchase at any garden on the tour or in Central Park where visitors can treat themselves to world-class barbecue and a day of live blues entertainment.

Gardens on the tour include:

• Jim and Anne Crafton, 726 S. Adams St.: A “Garden of the Season” winner

• Mary Jane Fulkerson, 607 Cherry St.: A charming example of how much can be done in a small space.

• Dr. Akhtar and Diane Yusufji, 4436 Deepwood Drive: Features perennials and a unique fountain.

• Nancy and Gray Hodge, 707 N. Main St.: A Henderson garden designed with pets in mind.

• Penny and Robbie Royster, 2163 Holloway Lane: Features a picket fence, swimming pool, koi pond, greenhouse and more.

• Owen and Joanne Wilkerson, 100 B. Eighth St.: This award-winning gardener does not allow health problems to deter her. See how an electric scooter and golf cart aid in the pursuit of her passion.

• Debbie and Charlie McCollom, 2829 Tippecanoe Trail: An extensive collection of shade plants and daring fence color are sure to delight.

• Rhonda Moats, 924 E. Knight Court: Learn about tilling a hillside and view a bridge built over dry creek bed.

• Rodger Brown Designs:, Thorne Ridge Subdivision: Featured outdoor spaces including outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, pavilions and patios.

For more information about the tour, please contact Marietta Peckenpaugh at (270) 860-8447. For more information about the W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival, visit

Thursday, March 15, 2012

"Blues in the Schools" Starts Next Week in Henderson

The Music Preservation Society’s "Blues In The Schools", featuring Fruteland Jackson, will be in schools throughout western Kentucky next week.

The program is an educational project for children, which teaches topics including the history of blues music, famous blues musicians, as well as writing, singing and performing.

The following schools will participate:

Monday, March 19:
8:30-9:30am – HCHS
10:30-11:30am – CLC
1:00-2:00pm – Bend Gate

Tuesday, March 20:
8:00-9:00am – East Heights
10:00-11:00am – South Heights
1:00-2:00pm – Chandler

Wednesday, March 21:
8:30-9:30am – Cario
1:00-2:00pm – Spottsville

Thursday, March 22:
8:30-9:30am – Jefferson
1:00-2:00pm – Niagara

Friday, March 23:
8:30-9:30am – North Middle School
1:00-2:00pm – South Middle School

This program is co-sponsored by LGE-KU.