• Dash of Class: Family cookbooks keep recipes and history

    First of all, let me apologize for dropping the ball last week, and thanks to those who checked on me. I have a pinched nerve in my hip, and thank heavens and God above, it is much better. April 15, the day I started this column, was the first time I have been on my computer, other than to check my email. So, I’m back, thanks for your concern, and let’s get on with April and 2011.

  • An emergence of art: Roy Minagawa opens Gallery 31 West

    Roy Minagawa, former owner of Picassos in downtown Elizabethtown, has been an artist in the area for years but recently opened an art gallery called Galley 31 West.

    Throughout his life, he’s done projects to make money: portraits, pets, houses, landscapes, logos, signs and tourist items. Now he’s painting what he likes and said it’s like learning to paint again.

    The same is true of the art he keeps in his gallery.

    “If I don’t like it I don’t carry it,” he said.

  • Good things really do come to those who wait

    A little more than a month ago, our newest canine companion, Tybalt, was in an accident that led to the loss of one of his legs.

    When I wrote about it, I received kind and supportive messages from readers who asked me to occasionally write updates about Tybalt.

    My girlfriend, Rebecca Ricks, and I are both grateful our little buddy is still with us. But it understandably has taken some time for Tybalt to reintroduce himself as a member of the household.

  • Elvis, or Eddie, is back in the building

    A little less conversation and a lot more action will be hitting the stage of the Historic State Theater on Saturday with Elvis. Well, not actually Elvis, but pretty close.

    Bardstown native Eddie Miles will present a tribute show titled “A Salute to Elvis.”

  • Clay Underwood back in concert in Hart County

    Country music singer and songwriter Clay Underwood performs Saturday at his alma mater, Hart County High School in Munfordville.

    He described the concert, which is a fundraiser for the Munfordville Sports Complex project, as a special homecoming.

  • Former Vine Grove resident directs anniversary production of 'Crimes of the Heart'

    Steve Woodring, who grew up in Vine Grove, is directing a production of Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Crimes of the Heart” at the Bunbury Theatre in Louisville.

    The play made its world premier at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in 1979 before its run on Broadway in 1981. It was later made into a feature film staring Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek.

  • My Kitchen, Your Recipe: Friendship Cake

    One of my jobs here at The News-Enterprise is researching the 20- and 30-year histories, looking back in our archives to see what was going on in Hardin County during those years. I’ve had fun looking through the newspapers from 20 years ago because I was writing a food column for the paper in 1991. I’ve loved revisiting those recipes from 20 years ago, and there are a couple of them that I want to share again in the next couple of weeks.

  • Q & A with A Lion Named Roar

    A Lion Named Roar is an up-and-coming band with Hardin County connections.

    The band, based in Louisville, is made up of Chris Jackson (lead vocals, acoustic), Tyler Anderson (guitar, vocals), Andy Meyers (drums, vocals), Billy Grubbs (guitar), Michael Brown (bass) and Josh Brown (keys, brass).

  • Reflecting on childhood superheroes

    Heroes, we can’t help but like them. They can do things that go beyond human expectations.

    The onslaught of comic book hero movies hitting theaters this summer makes me wonder why we like these characters and, for that matter, who was my favorite superhero growing up.

  • Birds, bats, bugs, butterflies and beyond

    Elizabethtown residents Lacy and Brenda Thomas are homebuilders, and their house hunters are birds, bats, bugs and butterflies, not to mention gnomes and fairies.

    “I make fairy furniture, too,” Lacy said.

    The whimsical homes for the mythological creatures are made from fallen limbs, branches and other wood pieces.

    “He’s a big recycler,” Brenda said.