What to Do? Taste Holiday Recipes with Homemakers
By Ro Morse
PADUCAH, KY - For the next 215 days, we'll be sharing places to go and things to do in our interesting town. This is my hometown and when I hear someone say there's nothing to do, I just don't get it. We're making a list of options and attractions and hope this helps when you're wondering what to do. If there's something or some place you want others in our community to know about, email me and we'll try to include it during this 365-day adventure . . .

Link to the previous JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER and OCTOBER postings at bottom of  page.

November 30
  Taste tried and proven recipes during the Taste of Homemaker Holidays event at the McCracken County Extension Office, 2705 Olivet Church Road today from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm.

Taste over 20 recipes from their new Homemaker Cookbook. The cost to enjoy the recipes is $10 and are available by calling 270‐554‐9520.

November 29
#149 Enjoy the glimmering lighted Christmas displays in Noble Park. Drive through and leave a donation of food or money at the Santa House.

Volunteers will be there to accept your donations that will be divided amoung the Salvation Army, Family Services Society and Paducah Cooperative Ministry. The annual Christmas in the Park is made possible by Paducah Power System. If you want to volunteer to help collect, contact Cindy or 270-575-4000. 

November 28
#148 Learn how to be prepared for emergencies and then play Bingo at the Senior Citizens Center, 1400 H.C. Mathis Dr. It all starts at 1 pm today.  

The joint efforts of AmeriCorps Members and the McCracken County Emergency Management Authority will present tips on personal and family preparedness for emergency situations. A 20-week preparedness plan and related materials will be distributed. Paul Carter, Director of the McCracken Co. Emergency Management Authority will discuss and answer questions about specific plans. Following the training is BINGO-complete with prizes.

November 27
#147 How would you like to have a totally new Christmas tree this year-all decorated and ready to place. . . and support Lourdes Hospital at the same time?

The Festival of Trees features 23 trees, including a University of Kentucky tree, an Elvis tree, and a cancer survivor of hope tree.  They will be on display until December 4th in Lourdes' Marshall Nemer Pavilion Plaza. Lourdes has kicked off the holiday season with their fourth annual Festival of Trees celebration. The Festival of Trees is a collection of Christmas trees decorated by hospital departments to raise money for the Lourdes Associates’ Christmas Giving program and the Women’s Center. The departments donate the decorations, and the community is invited to buy a ticket to win their favorite tree.  Raffle tickets are one dollar, and can purchased in the Lourdes Gift Shop. Winners will be announced at the Christmas Market that benefits Lourdes Auxiliary and Mission Project.  The Christmas Market is Saturday, December 1 from 9 am – 4 pm in the Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion Plaza.  The event is free and features more than 25 vendors with jewelry, clothing and Christmas décor. 

November 26
 Several works of art, all related to the downtown steam engine, were submitted to be voted on by the Mayor and Commissioners.  “Delivering Dreams”, a pastel by Tommy Fletcher, was selected as this year’s choice. 

The cards are $6.50 for a package of ten.  The City only ordered 100 packages so they will go fast.  The cards can be purchased, while supplies last, at the Finance Department on the first floor of City Hall at 300 South 5th Street between 8 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.  The price of the cards covers the printing charges.  The City does not profit from the sale of the Christmas cards. The inside of the card reads “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”.

 Each year the Paducah Area Painters Alliance (PAPA) selects a subject for the following year's official City Christmas Card.  The Mikado-type steam locomotive, given to the City of Paducah by the Illinois Central Railroad, was chosen last year. No. 1518, the Iron Horse, is located on Water Street next to the Carson Center and the floodwall.  The Illinois Central is the successor to Paducah's original railroad established in 1852, the New Orleans and Ohio Railroad Company.

Several works of art were submitted to be voted on by the Mayor and Commissioners.  “Delivering Dreams”, a pastel by Tommy Fletcher, was selected as this year’s choice.  The pastel show shows Santa Claus approaching the train filled with the toys.  Fletcher, a Paducah native and retired teacher, taught chemistry and coached at Heath High School for 28 years.  Even though mainly self-taught, Fletcher’s formal training was at the Paducah School of Art. 

November 25
#145 As part of the Myre Series, this lively and extraordinarily talented family performs at the Carson Center this afternoon at 3. It's their Christmas concert.  

You can still get tickets.  The Annie Moses Band is a Christian family of Juilliard trained musicians and award winning songwriters dedicated to virtuosity in the arts. Led by lead singer/violinist, Annie Wolaver, the Band includes her six siblings, Alex, viola, Benjamin, cello, Camille, harp/keyboard, Gretchen, violin/mandolin, and Jeremiah, on guitar and banjo. Add the veteran song writing talents of their parents, Bill and Robin Wolaver, and you have a dynamic group with roots in classical, pop, and jazz. Together, they are leading an artistic renaissance in the Church through musical excellence, strength of family, and a message of faith, inspiring all generations to join in the discipline, beauty, and excitement of highly skilled musicianship.

They are an ensemble unlike any in America today.  A blend of fiddle, jazz, and classical influences fused with soaring, folk-inspired vocals creates a sound that is both refreshing and familiar.  The Annie Moses Band is a family bringing classicism to the common man.  The music is a tapestry of Americana favorites and original tunes. Jazz re-imaginings, Copland-esque renditions of Celtic classics, Appalachian echoes, and progressive strings and vocals  make their latest album the Band’s most definitive project thus far.  They have been on PBS, CBN, and TCT.  The band has performed everywhere from Lincoln Center in NY to rural small community churches.  They call Nashville home, and tour to over 80 cities per year.

November 24
# 144 Lots of options today in Paducah: The Very Merry Holiday Fair at the Elks, Railroad Museum for Kids, Shopping Downtown and LowerTown during the day and awesome food at local eateries and Improv at the Market House Theatre.
The Very Merry Holiday Fair is going on from 10 am - 5 pm at the Elks Lodge, 310 North 4th St. 20+ vendors are there with a wide variety of items. They will have refreshments and door prizes.

Kids and adults alike enjoy going to the Railroad Museum. My grandchildren could watch the miniature trains run around the tracks all afternoon. The admission fee is $3 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. The museum is located at 200 Washington Street, across from the Carson Center. For more info, 270-908-6451 or

The Paudcah Improv Studio Series is the featured entertainment tonight at the Market House Theatre, 200 Kentucky Ave. 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm
This is a smaller, more intimate shows than they’ve done in the past, giving them a chance to try different forms of improv than what they've done in their larger shows. These shows are guaranteed to enhance your life in ways you never thought possible…or at least bring on uncontrolled laughter, which is almost always a good thing. Tickets are only $5 at the door.

Actually, there are too many options today to even try to cover. You may try visiting for a full list of what to do.

November 23
# 143 Many local businesses all around town opened at sun-up. Some opened last night at midnight and some even on Thanksgiving afternoon. Shop 'til you drop! 

Just like across the country, the Black Friday shopping frenzy in Paducah is designed to put businesses back in the black with over-the-top sales. Shopping LOCAL is sometimes a challenge but oh so important for the vitality of our economy. Shoppers save and businesses are rewarded with tons of people in their stores. When you've had all you can stand, meet friends or family at a near-by eatery and relax......take a break and go back to it.

I've only finished my Chirstmas shopping list once prior to Christmas, but I have to admit, it was one of the most relaxing holidays I've experienced. Time and energy can be focused on people instead of things if you have your list complete prior to the busy times. Soooooo - get out there and shop or wait until the masses subside and shop during extended hours at most shops.    

November 22
# 142 Thursday night line dancing, Electric Slide, local country music-how many will be spending Thanksgiving evening. 

After all that turkey and fixins, dancing to country music will be what lots of folks will be doing tonight. Traders Mall has a dance hall and live band to boot. Due South plays and it's a big time. Last Thursday they had 98 dancing the night away. The cafe that's adjoins the entertainment stage has a wide variety menu that will pleasantly surprise you. They are open from 6 - 10 pm.  

November 21
#141 One on One at the McCracken County Public Library is with Tech Specialist Brian Medlin upstairs in the Computer Lab from 1 - 2 pm.

You'll have an opportunity to Brian about things like: How do I attach a file to an email?  Or how do I properly format a Word document? Or what's the best way to download a song and transfer it to my MP3 player? This time with Brian is intended for those with some basic computer knowledge to ask questions about specific computer issues, how to do certain computer tasks, and other similar questions. For more info:

November 19 & 20
#139 and #140 If you missed this performance last night, you can see it tonight starting at 7:30.

If you haven't seen this powerful musical, this is your opportunity. And if it's been a while since you've seen it, go again. It's one of those timeless musicals that you can see time and time again. 

The Carson Center, in downtown Paducah, hosts this magnificent love story that has been thrilling audiences for more than fifty years.  The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway's finest and features such classics of the American musical theater as "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "America," "I Feel Pretty" and "Somewhere." As the AP records, “West Side Story remains Broadway’s best dance-driven musical. Five decades have not dimmed the extraordinary choreography or the score that pulsates throughout.” For more info and tickets: call 270-450-4444 or online:

November 18
#138 An Annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration with Paducah Cooperative Ministry is this evening at 6:30 at United Church of Paducah, 4600 Buckner Lane.

This is a time set aside each year for ecumenical worship to thank God for the blessings our community receives through PCM - to help those in need. An offering will be taken to help continue the work of PCM. 

November 17
#137 Admission to the Bikers 29th Annual Toy Run  is one new toy or $10 per person.

All motorcyclists are welcome, as well as cars and trucks. Everyone is asked to meet at noon on Bargain Hunt Parking Lot (formerly Surplus City), 1927 Irvin Cobb Dr. Ride to Noble Park at 1 pm for the presentation of toys to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. A Bike Show will be held at the park. To be eligible for the Bike Show, motorcycle must be ridden in the Toy Run. Cars and trucks will line up behind the motorcycles. Raffles, Quilt Auction, Tattoo Contest and Appreciation Party at the American Legion for participants will be held following Run. Organizers will be collecting toys until December 17th.

Organizers are committed to the date and time for this annual event. Ann Allbritten says, "Santa rides regardless of the weather and so do we."

For more information, contact Wildman & Ann Allbritten, 270-554-7174, Sandra Lynn, our liaison at the Cabinet, 270-559-7627, or Lauren Shelton, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, 270-575-7105.

November 16
#136 Tomorrow morning is the 5th Annual Project AIDS Orphan One World Run starting at 9 am at Noble Park.

No matter from where they hail, everybody running in this 5K and Youth Run, comes out for a singular purpose, to assist children in Kenya, home to more than one million children orphaned by AIDS.

The One World Run is a corporate sponsored international 5K. While the “main event” is held in Paducah at Bob Noble Park, people from around the world will simultaneously run together for the purpose of keeping a community in Kenya healthy while keeping themselves healthy. On past race days, runners have participated from six continents, nine countries, and 18 cities. Each year, the race grows and vulnerable children in Kenya directly benefit. Because the race is corporate sponsored, all the money from entry fees goes toward humanitarian aid in Kenya, helping clothe, feed, medicate and educate African children orphaned by AIDS.

The Paducah chapter of the PAO One World 5K and Youth Run will present awards abound for participants, not just for fastest runners, but in other categories as well: fastest journalist, fastest first responder, youngest runner, fastest nurse, family with the largest number of participants, the heavyweight award, and more.  To pre-register for the race or for more information, please visit the Project AIDS Orphan Facebook page or their website at

November 15
#135 The first annual Take Back The Night Rally (Shatter the Silence, Stop the Violence) will be hosted by A Community of Women, Inc. at 6:30 pm in the parking lot of First Christian Church of Paducah, 415 Audubon Dr. 

They will gather at First Christian Church of Paducah for an evening of inspiration and empowerment. Speakers will be Captain Matt Carter, McCracken County Sheriff’s Department; Jennifer Villareal, Program Manager at the Center for Community Supports for Four Rivers Behavioral Health; Samuel "Snacks" Hawkins and Griggori Taylor, performance poets; Ali Havens, soloist; and FCC Praise Team. For more info, call 270-366-6124, or online: You can also check out their Facebook page at or their website at A Community of Women, Inc. is a non-profit organization established to promote women’s issues, increase awareness, educate, and help support efforts to provide safe havens for all. 

November 14
#134 It's a Throw-a-thon for the upcoming Empty Bowls Project and you're invited to be part by making a bowl.

The Paducah School of Art, 409 Broadway, is hosting this bowl-making event in preparation for the Empty Bowls Project coming up in February. Anyone interested is invited to come to their workshop this evening from 4-7. They are making bowls of many shapes and sizes. If you know how to throw, there is a wheel for you. There's lots to do and it's fun to make it all happen together. 270-408-4278

In case you've forgotten or never heard of the Empty Bowls Project-it's an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger. Local artists and really anyone willing to "try" to make a bowl, make and paint over a thousand handmade bowls. Last year about 1,400 bowls were made for the project. Michael Terra organizes the event, coordinates the making of the bowls,and the day of the event, people from all around come and pay $15 to pick one of the donated handmade bowls. Local generous restaurants are there to fill the bowls with food that everyone enjoys and then we take our bowls home with us. All proceeds raised from the entry fee help feed the hungry in Paducah. It's a fun fundraising event.  

November 13
#133 If you've been looking for some fresh ideas to prepare quick and easy meals, tonight's a great opportunity to learn at Shandies Restaurant.

Presented by Paducah-Kentucky Lake Chapter International Association of Administrative Professionals, David Jones will share ways to cook easy and quick meals starting at 5 this evening at Shandies, 202 Broadway. He will focus on basic stir-fry and teach variations to give lots of options to this simple and quick process. Call Patsy Wray at at 270-441-8786 for reservations. Tickets are $12

November 12
#132 Today's Veterans Day Parade is a time to remember, respect and appreciate what these men and women have sacrificed and continue to give to insure our freedoms as Americans.

It starts at 2nd and Broadway at 11 am and travels up to 17th St. The parade is sponsored by the Parks Services Department and the Veteran's Day Parade Committee. For more info, call Parks Services at 270-444-8508.

November 11
#131 The overnight telethon ends at 1 pm today. Right after church you'll still have time to go to the Carson Center and be part of the 56th Annual Lion's Club Telethon of Stars

Listed below are the last two hours of entertainment. You may go to hear these talented musicians but the children and adults who benefit  from the tireless work of volunteers and those at the centers across our region, are the real "stars" of this telethon. The yearly success of this event is one of Paducah's finest accomplishments. A fundraiser for Easter Seals West KY and centers in surrounding states, this telecast and live event is a heart-warming, must experience yearly Paducah tradition.

11:01 am
Eric Horner

11:18 am
Reggie LaFaye

11:29 am
Ball In The House

11:43 am
Terry Mike Jeffrey

11:51 am
Aaron Loveland


12:18 pm
Reggie LaFaye

12:26 pm
Duke Mason

12:33 pm
Felix Cavaliere's Rascals

12:47 pm
Eric Horner

12:52 pm
Steel Magnolia

November 10
# 130 This is the time of year when there's no way to do all that is offered in Paducah. Here are a few of my favorites today: Church bazaars  mid-morning and early afternoon with Ain't Misbehavin' performance as part of WKCTC's Focus Series tonight, and then either to the Carson Center for the Annual Lion's Club Telethon of Stars live or home to watch on tv, computer or cell.

Rosary Chapel Christmas Bazaar, 711 Ohio St. from 10 am - 4 pm will have all kinds of Christmas decorations and gifts and of course those soup in a jar mixtures that are always great to give and get for ourselves.  Milburn Chapel Community Church Bazaar at Highway 60 and Metropolis Lake Rd. will welcome shoppers from 9 am until 1 pm. Multiple home schooling families will offer homemade baked goods, handcrafted Christmas decorations, jewelry and lots more. A Holiday Bazaar sponsored by McCracken County Extension Homemakers is going on from 9 am to 1 pm at the Cherry Civic Center. Plus they are serving a ham and bean lunch for only $5.

This evening at 7:30, Ain’t Misbehavin’ is performed at the WKCTC Clemens Fine Art Center as part of the popular Arts in Focus Series. This is sure to be a fun and entertaining musical all about the life and times of Fats Waller and Harlem's best music at a time in history when these songs were in their prime. A five-member cast and six-piece band will keep the audience in awe. 270-534-3212 or  

Then it's time for the all night 56th Annual Lion's Club Telethon of Stars. You can go to the Carson Center to experience it all live starting at 10 pm or relax at home in front of your tv or computer/cell where Local Channel 6 covers the entire production. A fundraiser for Easter Seals West KY and centers in surrounding states, this telecast and live event is a heart-warming, must experience yearly Paducah tradition.

November 9
#129 Our national award-winning Market House Theatre in downtown Paducah's historic Market House is constantly wowing audiences with a variety of plays. Tonight it's Willy Wonka Jr. and once again the crew of actors is outdoing themselves.  

Willy Wonka Jr. is performed by local students 18-years-old and younger. Based on the book "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl, the junior version is a shortened play. Tonight's performance is at 7:30. There are other showings Thursday through Sunday and six weekday school matinee performances. Tickets are $8 for children, $14 for adults and can be reserved by phoning the MHT box office at 270-444-6828 or online  Box office hours are Tuesday through Friday between noon and 5 pm.

November 8
#128 Call ahead and be part of the Pinterest Party on Thursdays at Better Than Ever, 112, South 5th St.

This evening from 5-8 pm, you can make your own Pinterest project (s). Each Thursday anyone interested is welcome to call ahead 270-210-9512 and stop by the shop to make and take his/her own creation for only $15. Christmas gifts are especially popular now. See samples each week  at

November 7
#127 Relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy Victims are under way today in Paducah as the Purchase Rotary Clubs collect supplies at the Carson Center from 9 am - 5 pm.

Murray's Rotary Club secured a truck from Paschall Truck Lines in Murray and are leading the way in filling a large trailer with items that will be driven directly to the Rotary Club of Freeport - Merrick in Freeport, New York. The Rotarians on site there will distribute the items directly to those in need. Purchase Rotary Clubs are joining together to collect needed items and funds to assist those in need in Rotary District 7250 in New York hit hard by hurricane Sandy. The truck was in Murray yesterday - Paducah today. 

Rotary Clubs of District 6710, Murray, Paducah, Clinton, Hickman, Fulton, Mayfield, Marshall Co.are collecting supplies today at the Carson Center in the parking lot by the RailRoad Museum from 9 am - 5 pm. All the items should be in cardboard or plastic boxes and be labeled to assist with stacking in the truck, as well as the sorting and distribution of items. The items most needed are winter clothes and shoes (please box by gender and label), non-perishable food in boxes or plastic containers that can be stacked, blankets, tarps and rolls of plastic, tents, work gloves, generators, empty fuel cans, small chain saws, and hand tools. Donations are also needed to cover the $1,200 cost to deliver the items. Cash or checks made to the Rotary Club of Paducah with Hurricane Sandy Relief placed on the memo line will be accepted.  From our own experience with the ice storm, we understand first-hand what it is like to go without power for a week or more.

For more information, contact Missy Eckenberg, president, Rotary Club of Paducah - 270-9947-759

November 6
#126 There are men and women defending our country today so we can express our opinions and vote for candidates to represent us locally, throughout our state and country.

This is the day all the campaigning comes to a halt and decisions "we the people" make will shape our future. Whatever your opinion, get out there and choose the candidate you believe will best represent you. It's our privilege, our right, our duty as Americans-the best way we have to shape the future for our city, county, state, nation. Our military's men and women are fighting for this right, defending our country and putting themselves in harm's way just so we can be free to cast our votes. Let's take this privilege seriously and vote today.  

November 5
Yes, I'm suggesting this as something to do in our community (an "option" instead of an attraction). 

This may sound like a crazy thing "to do" but from someone who still picks up trash along roads and sidewalks, it's a rewarding thing "to do". It gives you a little more understanding of what it takes to keep our community cleaner/neater. It does take a little more time to separate our trash but it makes a huge difference in our environment when more of us invest in recycling the trash we create. We can also volunteer to help accept, sort, bundle, etc. the stuff that is delivered. Recycle Now, 1830 North dt St. accepts our separated and unsoiled paper, cardboard, pasteboard, plastics, metal and aluminum cans, electronics, cell phones, televisions (you have to pay a drop-off fee for these), ink cartridges and rechargeable batteries on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 am-2:30 pm. It is also open and receives these items on Saturday from 8 am-noon. Learn more and hopefully consider volunteering.

November 4
If you haven't been in the Paducah Area Painter’s Alliance (PAPA) Gallery lately, be sure to stop by today as they celebrate the official beginning of the holiday season and exhibit the new winter show.

From 1-4 pm they will welcome interested guests to view art from some of the area's favorite artisans plus some of the artists will be there for you to meet. They will serve refreshments for you to enjoy as you wander throughout the gallery. For more info

November 3
#123 The Paducah Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is releasing for sale its newest Paducah creation tonight before the concert

"P Is For PADUCAH". It's a children's alphabet and art book illustrated by local artists. Contest winners in the spring defined each letter of the alphabet and local artists signed on to illustrate accordingly. Prior to the concert, original local artwork from the book will be displayed in the Carson Center lobby and offered in a silent auction with bidders announced at the close of the concert.

Being sold for $20 each, and only 2000 books printed, organizers anticipate book sales will be fast and furious. On Monday, the books may be purchased at the Symphony office, 201 Broadway or BBQ & More, Choate’s Gifts, Hank Brothers Hardware on Lone Oak Road and on the South Side, Roof Brothers, Simply B, The Learning Railroad, Wagner Wine and Spirits, and the Yeiser Art Center's Gift Shop.

Get your tickets for the PSO Concert and art auction online or for more info, call the PSO office 270-444-0065.

November 2
#122 Walk over to a Folk Party at Shandies, 202 Broadway, following the first night of the River's Edge Film Festival.

Ryan Spearman and Mike Oberst with the Tillers, plus the Dirt Daubers - all part of the evening's entertainment starting at 8:30 pm. All pass holders will gain free entrance to this event. For everyone else, it's only $5.

The Tillers got their start in August 2007 when Cincinnati friends Mike Oberst, Sean Geil, and Jason Soudrette began thumping around with some banjos and guitars and a big wooden bass. Their earliest gigs were for coins and burritos on the city’s famous Ludlow Street in the district of Clifton. The songs they...picked were mostly older than their grandparents. Some came from Woody Guthrie, some were southern blues laments, and many were anonymous relics of Appalachian woods, churches, riverboats, railroads, prairies, and coal mines.

Ryan Spearman lives to share music. He's a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, educator, volunteer radio producer, promoter, podcaster, and the co-founder of an organization (The Green Strum Project) encouraging connections between sustainability and the arts in St. Louis.

Hailing from Paducah, Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee, the Dirt Daubers have traveled the world internationally, singing loud-and-proud an eclectic mix of Appalachian, ragtime, and hot jazz standards and original music. From cowboys songs to bluegrass, Harlem jazz to honky tonk, the DAUBERS tackle it all with vim, verve and vigor.

November 1
#121 Film makers and filmgoers are a buzz in downtown Paducah this weekend.  The River's Edge International Film Festival starts this evening at 7 and is a four-day event built around the showing of quality independent film from around the world.

Maiden Alley Cinema hosts the event but there are a total of four venues during the four day festival. All locations for viewing are within walking distance of one another. Downtown Paducah offers great theater, fine and casual dining, eclectic shopping and one-of-a-kind art galleries scattered throughout its historic district, bordered by magnificently painted murals on its riverfront. Patrons can see films in a number of welcoming and comfortable locations while enjoying the pleasant fall weather before, during and after the films. Here's more info and the schedule:   



On the Net:

What to Do? Paducah Fun, Chapter 1 - JULY
What to Do? Paducah Fun, Chapter 2 - AUGUST
What to Do? Paducah Fun, Chapter 3 - SEPTEMBER
What to Do? Paducah Fun, Chapter 4 - OCTOBER

Published 06:00 AM, Friday Nov. 30, 2012
Updated 09:00 PM, Sunday Dec. 02, 2012

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