Thursday, July 26, 2012

Folklife Events Set for August 11 to Accompany Bluegrass in the Park

As part of Bluegrass in the Park, the accompanying Folklife Festival will be held August 11 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Audubon Mill Park. 

This free educational event teaches about the rich folk traditions of western Kentucky. The event is divided into three areas: Musical Traditions, Foodways and Lifeways. The 2012 lineup is as follows:

All About Dobro – Ron Tipton of Owensboro, Ky., didn’t like the way most bars for playing dobro fit in his hand – so he created his own. The bars soon became a favorite of top dobro players around the world, including Jerry Douglas of Allison Kraus and Union Station fame. Tipton will help visitors explore the dobro, including its history, its sound and answer the question … what exactly is it?

Dulcimers and Then Some – As well as performing on stage during the Bluegrass Festival, the Shade Tree Players will be on-hand at the Folklife Festival to talk about the array of instruments they use to create their unique sound.  The dulcimer is their core instrument, but they also play guitar, ukulele, wash-tub bass, mandolin, and autoharp.

Fried Apple Pies – Children can make and eat their very own fried apple pies. Presented by Reva Mitchell and the Henderson County Cooperative Extension Office.

All Things Herbs – Need an acne remedy? Want to soften your hair? No need to make a run to the store – just look in the cupboards! Master Gardener and beekeeper Debbie Lowrance will share home beauty remedies using honey and herbs! 

Making Beeswax Candles –Bees are good for much more than just making honey. Their wax has been used for a variety of purposes since ancient times, including the production of light. Children will get to learn about the wax that bees produce and make their very own beeswax candle to take home!

Soap-Making – Lucia Felty remembers her grandmother always having homemade lye soap by her kitchen and bathroom sinks.  As a child, Lucia had been fascinated by the odd shaped chunk of soap with its unusual scent.  In 2003 she was asked by a friend to help make soap, which Lucia happily agreed.  Lucia began studying soap making and by the year 2007 Lucia’s hobby became a business.  Lucia is a member of Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild, a Certified Advanced Soapmaker, and a Juried Participant in Kentucky Crafter Arts Program.  Demonstrations will be begin at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 1:30 pm.

Made by Hand – Peter Chevalier will demonstrate making homemade post and rung chairs.

Child’s Play – Before Playstation and Wii, children entertained themselves with old-time games like checkers, chess and washer boards. Explore the ever-evolving games of childhood as presented by Mark Simmons and the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. 

Civil War Seamstress- Mary Hesner will bring her Civil War Canvas Tent, as well as articles of clothing. Hesner sews everything by hand. 

The Wheelmen – This group will bring a variety of antique bicycles and printed materials to display, and will ride the bicycles, giving a brief informational session on how bicycles evolved over time. They will also be wearing cycling clothes of the 1880’s and 1890’s.

Angel Mounds Presentation: Flint Knapping - Flint knapping is the process of making stone tools (i.e. arrowheads, projectile points, hand axes, etc.).  The ancient art of flint knapping has been around for about 4 millions years.  Flint knapping has evolved as man has evolved. Only a few small groups of people in remote parts of the world still knap as part of their daily lives. 

For more information visit or call (270) 826-3128 or toll free 1-800-648-3128.

About Bluegrass in the Park:
The 27th annual Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival is set to take place August 10-11, 2012, in Henderson, Kentucky. The festival will feature great Bluegrass music, events, and food, all in an incredible location on the banks of the Ohio River.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Ruby Moon Vineyard and Winery will host Perspectives 2 Book Signing on Saturday July 28 from 1-4 pm

Event features a book signing and sale, photographic prints for sale and live music  

Tonya Lindsey of Marion, Illinois and Patty Gowdy from Evansville, IN invite you to help celebrate their release of their second book.  Patty was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) in 2004 and this second book in the series follows a journey of friendship, hope and courage in the face of a devastating disease.  This photographic masterpiece is beautiful and poignant and a must have for anyone who has ever know anyone affected by this disease or just appreciates the triumph of the human spirit. Ten percent of the proceeds from the sell of books and photos will benefit the ALS Association.  The Perspectives 2 Book Signing will also feature live music by Andrea Wirth.  Admission to the event is free, and all ages are welcome.

The vineyard is located at 9566 US Hwy 41 A in Henderson, Kentucky. For more information visit or call (270) 830-7660.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Deer Creek Lodge and Henderson Area Arts Alliance announce 2nd Annual "Art of the Hunt"

Orvis Endorsed Deer Creek Lodge and the Henderson Area Arts Alliance are proud to announce that the Second Annual "Art of the Hunt " will take place at Deer Creek in Sebree, KY, on August 18, 2012, at 4pm.  Last year's event included a sporting clays shoot, a wild game cooking demonstration, an Imogene + Willie pop-up shop, a silent auction, live music, dinner, dancing and more.  Admission for this year's event is $100 per person, and an additional $50 for those participating in the sporting clays contest.  Tickets go on sale Monday, June 11th, and can be reserved by calling the Henderson Area Arts Alliance at 270.826.5916. Space is limited, and last year's event sold out quickly.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Henderson Area Arts Alliance.  Founded in 1993, the mission of Henderson Area Arts Alliance (HAAA) is to ally the arts organizations of the Henderson area and to provide resources for member affiliates. HAAA also seeks to enrich the quality of life in the area, promote economic development and tourism, educate and incorporate students in the arts and humanities, and provide a wide array of programming at affordable prices. A key objective for HAAA is to provide a full season of performing arts at the Henderson Fine Arts Center, a $6.5 million facility that opened in June 1994 and houses performing arts events and visual arts exhibits. HAAA strives to enrich its patrons with culture, entertainment, and exposure to new art forms. For more information on HAAA or for donation information, please visit

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tickets on Sale July 9 for Sandy Lee Songfest in Henderson

August 1-4 Sandy Lee Watkins Songwriter’s Festival Performances Announced 
Ticket Sales Begin & Songwriters Competition Launched

Writers of blockbuster songs like Brad Paisley's "Waitin' On A Woman," Tim McGraw's "Down On The Farm," George Strait's "Troubadour," and Tanya Tucker’s "Two Sparrows In A Hurricane" will be performing in Henderson, August 1-4. 

More than a dozen Nashville songwriters will be playing their hits and telling the stories behind them, at the Third Annual Sandy Lee Watkins Songwriters Festival featuring Henderson native and award winning songwriter, Kerry Kurt Phillips and friends. (See attached Performer Profiles).  

Tickets will go on sale beginning Monday, July 9, at 10 a.m., through the Henderson Fine Arts Center box office at 800-291-3402 or through the ticket link on  All Access Passes, Party Passes or individual select events may be bought through the box office or at the door of venues as space allows. (See attached Ticketing Information & Event Schedule.) 

This year the festival expands from two days of performances to four, and will include more hit songwriters as well as up and coming young writers.  The event benefits the nonprofit RiverBend Academy, which provides instruction and mentoring for children in the performing arts. 

“Patrons of these events will not only hear the songs by these hit-makers and the stories behind creating them, but they may also hear the next big hit before it’s even recorded,” said Susie Watkins who leads the event in memory of her husband, Sandy Lee.  Sandy Lee Watkins was the Henderson County Kentucky Judge-Executive for 16 years before his sudden passing while in office. 

“Sandy Lee loved songwriters and often traveled across the country to hear them perform. He knew the writers and the history of their songs and was excited to see the first songwriters event take place in Henderson,” added Susie. Songwriters will be performing in various venues in downtown Henderson over three days with a two hour show grand finale on the fourth day at the Henderson Fine Arts Center Saturday night. (See the attached Festival Schedule). The festival is made possible by sponsors Ohio Valley Marine Service, Chase Fulcher Farm Bureau Insurance, Henderson Chevrolet Buick and GMC, Myriad CPA Group, Meuth Construction and others. 

“These shows are what we do every night in Nashville and all over the country,” says the hit making songwriter and festival host, Kerry Kurt Phillips. “ They're acoustic, small and they're intimate; spontaneous and unscripted.  Most of us don’t know what we’re goin’ to play until we play it.”   

“You don’t have to be interested in songwriting as a hobby or profession or even be a country music fan,” said Mac Neel, co- chair of the event, “You will laugh so hard your sides hurt and then hear songs that bring you to tears.” 

“Every single show is different,” added Phillips. “You get to hear what the song sounded like when the writer wrote it, before it was homogenized and pasteurized.  We call these types of shows ‘rounds’ in Nashville. Most people love it the first time they experience one and come back for more. You can meet and talk to some of the best tunesmiths in the world through events like this and support a good cause.” 

For aspiring songwriters or anyone interested in the craft, a Songwriters Workshop and Roundtable, (Sanctioned by The Nashville Songwriters Association International) will be held Saturday, August 4, 10 a.m. at RiverBend Academy. Kerry Kurt and other pro writers will answer questions about the music business, talk about how to become a better songwriter, and if time allows, critique a few songs.  

Additionally, an amateur Songwriter’s Competition sponsored by Disc Maker and Sweetwater Music will begin on July 9, and run through September. Prizes include a studio recording session and a guest performance of the winning song on the closing show of next year’s Songfest. 

For more information on the festival or the songwriting competition, go to