• Food a highlight at Cecilia Days

    When some people think of Cecilia Days they immediately think of the food, most famously the chicken dinners. But there are other options for the two-day festivities.

    Friday night starts with a fish fry. From 6 to 8 p.m., diners can dig in to a “delicious white fish” dinner, organizer Debbie Hay said.

    The reason Hay said it tastes so good it the old-fashioned deep-frying method.

    They usually serve about 300 dinners on Friday night.

  • New activities, crowd favorites highlight Cecilia Days

    A couple of new events are on the roster for Cecilia Days on Friday and Saturday, but the festival continues to offer the annual favorites that fill the two days with music, food and fun.

    This is the 42nd year for Cecilia Days, and the success of the event, as far as festival chairman/president Greg Lowe is concerned, has more to do with who than what.

    “The key is probably the people in the community,” Greg Lowe said.

  • Cecilia Days offers "almost" talent, music for entertainment

    While enjoying the food, browsing arts and crafts or participating in activities such as an apple peeling contest, visitors to Cecilia Days can sample a variety of musical and family entertainment.

    Joni Hill, entertainment organizer, said Saturday’s lineup of musical acts is “a little different” than in the past in that there is a little more.

  • Cars roll into Cecilia Days for show, competition

    Food, music, games, arts and crafts aren’t the only attractions that will get visitors to Cecilia Days revved up.

    The festival again will hold a car show and competition.

    A variety of cars will be entered into the show at the festival with judging beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday.

    Larry Hicks, car show organizer, said the best vehicles in about 28 categories will be selected. Examples of some of the categories are Best Ford and Best Mustang, he said.

  • Concert remembers oldies

    Glen Rice Family and Friends Musical Concert Series will host a tribute to music legends at 7 p.m. Friday at Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

  • Historic State Theater invites audiences to Bates Motel

    The Historic State Theater is inviting audiences to figuratively check into an out-of-the-way motel Friday and Saturday, but guests might want to avoid taking showers.

    The Alfred Hitchcock classic “Psycho” will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee.

    “Psycho” was originally released in 1960 and stars Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh.

  • Appreciating the happiness of loved ones

    Sometimes the best times you can have are when you are creating good times for others.

    Case in point: last week Rebecca Ricks, my girlfriend, celebrated a birthday.

    As has been our custom for sometime, I celebrated the week leading up to that special day by giving her small daily gifts. Rebecca began this practice many years ago when she decided my birthday should be a birthweek, and we’ve kept the tradition for both of us.

  • The Best: Favorite summertime recipes

    I’ve been on the receiving end of lots of vegetables lately, especially tomatoes and squash; this is a good thing, because I love them.

    I’ve also been on the receiving end of several really fantastic summertime recipes too, which is another good thing because now you also get to enjoy them.

    Mary Iseler of Elizabethtown sent me the recipe for BLT Dip. She said she had been saving it for summer and the tomato season. Several folks I’ve talked to about the recipe said they’ve had this before, but I never had.

  • Dash of Class: Lunchbox-friendly sandwiches

    It’s August and school bells are ringing. No, wait, hardly any school bells ring in this generation; it is more like, and tones are toning. It seems the days of hearing bells are gone, but one thing is for sure — school lunches are a steady. Again just like bells, school lunches of days past are not in the present, but new and exciting food items can be found in the cafeterias all over the country.

  • Laughter, tears, amazing performances build a great movie experience

    Truvy in “Steel Magnolias” once said, “Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.” In “The Help,” that emotion is strong and these women are tougher than steel, maybe more like titanium.