This Saturday, Owensboro will host the 76th annual Christmas Parade, which will kick off the Christmas season for our community. Our parade is the largest Christmas parade in Kentucky.
The theme for this year’s parade is “River Front Christmas” to celebrate the new riverfront park. The parade will feature performances by our local high school marching bands, floats designed by a wide range of community organizations, and (of course!) Santa Clau Grand Marshalls will be Kathy Lowe and her children and grandchildren, in honor of Owensboro’s own Joe Lowe. Visit www.christmasparade.net for more information and check out the graphic below for the parade route.
We hope to see you there!
Obsession. Immortality. Blood. These are just a few of the fun things one can expect to encounter at the Theatre Workshop of Owensboro’s production of Dracula.
Rich with both humor and horror, this adaptation of Bram Stoker’s frightening tale revels in the magic, suspense, and lusty seduction of the original tale that started the vampire craze that still exists today.
The production is sponsored by South Central Bank and (fittingly) the Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center. A blood drive will take place today, October 25 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at the TWO Opryhouse. Those who give blood will be given a complimentary ticket to the show (or another TWO production).
Dracula opens on October 26th, with additional performances on October 27th, 28th (matinee), November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Get your tickets today (they are selling fast) by calling (270) 683-5333 or click here to purchase online.
We hope to see you there!
From the Messenger Inquirer:
The Empress has worn several names through the years and seen a lot of changes, from silent movies to talkies to live entertainment.
She’s filled with memories of popcorn and Jujubes, first kisses and cinematic grandeur for many Owensboroans.
But she’s still standing and still entertaining audiences a century after her doors first swung open.
“Thing of Beauty Is The Empress,” the headline in the Owensboro Inquirer read.
On Oct. 29, 1912, George A. Bleich opened the city’s first theater designed for movies at 418 Frederica St.
In 1906, John P. Walker had opened a nickelodeon on Second Street between St. Ann and Frederica.
And a second theater —the Tri-State Nickel-Odeon — opened a few months later, farther west in the same block.
The People’s Theatre, which opened in 1909, advertised “three vaudeville acts plus 2,000 feet of motion pictures.”
And The Orpheum, “the Showplace of Main Street,” in 1909 offered vaudeville acts as well as motion pictures, free ice water and baseball scores.
But The Empress was designed just for motion pictures, which were starting to come into their own.
“The town has been given a moving picture theatre creditable indeed,” The Inquirer opined.
“Immense crowds thronged the place” on opening night, the story said.
Designed by architect W.R. Gatlin, the Empress featured marble wainscoting, terrazzo floors, cut-glass door panes and a ladies room off the foyer, which was described as “a novelty.”
Film of the World Series battles between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Giants brought baseball fans in nightly.
The short films in the lineup that first week included “Persistency and obstinacy,” a comedy drama; “Not On The Circus Program,” described as “a splendid drama of circus life;” “His Mother’s Picture,” a railroad story; and “When Edith Played Judge and Jury,” described as “a pathetic western drama.”
The Grand Theatre down where the American Legion Post is now located offered live entertainment that week to compete with the flicks at The Empress.
There was Miss Mabel Sherman, doing a “songologue”; Mr. Lew Woods, a “ventriloquial novelty”; the Mullini Sisters, “a classy musical specialty”; and three photoplay pictures.
But The Empress put Owensboro on the map.
Movie palaces were the wave of the future, and The Empress set the standard locally.
Through the years, it wore at least two other names — The Center and The Malco.
At the time it closed, on Jan. 19, 1989 — after a showing of Bill Murray’s “Scrooged” — the Theater Historical Society of America listed the Owensboro theater as the nation’s second-oldest theater continuously showing movies.
Only the Palace in Los Angeles, which opened in 1911, was older.
Later that year, Beverly ‘‘Goldie” Payne moved her Goldie’s Best Little Opryhouse in Kentucky into the old theater.
And she continued to fill it with crowds from several states for her live shows on Friday and Saturday nights until her retirement at the end of 2008.
Now, Theatre Workshop of Owensboro owns the old theater, using it for plays and concerts.
On Nov. 16, TWO will throw a belated birthday bash for the historic theater, celebrating its heritage and “giving the community a glimpse of its future.”
Tickets are $75 (which includes a champagne reception), $40 and $20. Discounts are available for members.
The theater is currently being renovated. Proceeds from the birthday bash will go toward the renovations.
Stephen Coppick, TWO’s executive director, said the renovations have uncovered part of the original terrazzo floor.
When the party ends, The Empress will begin its second century.
Keith Lawrence, 691-7301, firstname.lastname@example.org
Reid’s Orchard’s annual Apple Festival takes place on this weekend (Saturday, Oct. 20th and Sunday, Oct. 21st)! Come on out and enjoy the weekend, which includes craft booths, food, carnival rides, more!
This year marks the 26th anniversary of the Apple Festival. It has grown from a yearly crowd of 3,000 to over 25,000 attendees. This community tradition truly marks the beginning of the fall season!
Starting at 6:00 PM, attendees will enjoy a hayride through the historic sections of Elmwood Cemetery, and will get to meet the people who shaped the history of this community. Tickets for the tour are $10, and and the event will run October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20.
The cemetery is located at Old Hartford Road and Breckenridge Street. Tickets are selling fast, so contact the Science & History Museum at 270-687-2732 today!
Congratulations to the Staff and Board of Directors at the International Bluegrass Music Museum on being awarded the 2012 Event of the Year Honor at the Bluegrass Music Awards! This year’s ROMP (in June 2012) drew over 20,000 people and featured such acts as Vince Gill, the Punch Brothers, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Old Crow Medicine Show!
We are so excited that this event has received the recognition it so richly deserves! AND…we can’t wait until ROMP 2013!!
On October 1, 2012, Famous Bistro (102 W. 2nd St. Owensboro, KY) will present “Oktoberfest: Celebrating Classic German Cuisine with Oktoberfest Beers.” The doors open at 6:00 Dinner Begins Promptly at 7:00. The menu?
1st Course - Pretzels with Beer Cheese and Mustard, paired with - Oktoberfest Marzen Beer
2nd Course - Roast Chicken with Spaetzle, paired with - Oktoberfest Marzen Beer
On Saturday September 29, 2012, the Owensboro Museum of Science and History will open its doors free of charge, along with over 1,400 other participating venues for the eighth annual Museum Day Live! This immensely successful program, in which the Owensboro Museum of Science and History will emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities, encourages learning and the spread of knowledge nationwide.
Inclusive by design, Museum Day Live! fulfills the Smithsonian’s mission to make cultural education accessible to everyone. For one day only, the Owensboro Museum of Science and History will grant free access to visitors who download a Museum Day Live! ticket at Smithsonian.com. Last year’s event drew over 350,000 museum-goers, and this year’s Museum Day Live! is expected to attract close to 400,000 participants.
“We’re thrilled to be part of Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day, a day that celebrates the special role and responsibility that museums hold in our communities – to create familiar, comfortable, magical learning centers where knowledge is shared and dreams are created. We especially hope that everyone will visit the Smithsonian.com link, print their ticket and spend the day at the Museum of Science and History, in Downtown Owensboro and at the new Smothers Park!” said Kathy Olson, Executive Director of the Owensboro Museum of Science and History.
The Museum Day Ticket is available to download at www.smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the official pass will gain free admission to the museum for two people. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address.
For more information about Museum Day Live! 2012 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.
In Owensboro, we are very proud of our food tradition, and on Monday, September 24th, we will have an opportunity to sample it all! Daramic and RiverPark Center present the Taste of Owensboro at RiverPark Center. This is an all-you-can-eat (ALL.YOU.CAN.EAT.) evening of excellent entertainment and cuisine samples.
Over 40 Area restaurants and beverage vendors will be on-hand to let you sample their kitchens’ best. This fabulous evening offers more than just food—there is some great music as well. The event also features a “buffet” of hundreds of items in the silent auction.
For more information and tickets, contact the RiverPark Center Box Office at 270.687.2787 (ticket proceeds benefit RPC’s educational programs).