• Dash of Class

    Editor's note: The March 24 Pulse featured a portion of this column. The entire column is running today.

  • April Fool's Day is laughing matter for theater

    April Fool’s Day is a day of practical jokes, and the Historic State Theater plans on offering the last laugh.

    “You should be working on April Fool’s Day if you are a comedian,” Louisville comedian Bob Batch said.

    Batch will headline at Comedy Caravan at The Historic State Theater at 8 p.m. Friday in a show that includes two other comedians: Tim McClendon and Brad Lanning. McClendon will serve as the master of ceremonies.

  • My Kitchen, Your Recipe: Rhubarb Crisp

    Mary Iseler of Elizabethtown has sent in two rhubarb recipes. Since rhubarb usually is available in the spring, and with spring coming on fast, she thought it was time to share these good recipes. I know, I know, this is spring, but it doesn’t feel like it as I’m typing this on March 27.

    The Rhubarb Crisp recipe has been in Mary’s family for as long as she can remember. She doesn’t know where it came from, but all branches of the family have used it, so it goes back a long way.

  • Classical guitar concert to be held at ECTC

    Classical guitarist Kevin Shank and three guests will be in concert Sunday at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    Shank retired from U.S. Army Bands and has a classical guitar performance degree from the University of Louisville. The Army Band gave Shank the opportunity to play for President George H.W. Bush, Colin Powell and Ambassador Shirley Temple Black. He is an instructor at ECTC.

    His guests include Christina Shank, Jacqueline Hawkins and Andrew Rhinehart.

  • Spring brings back neighbors

    The start of spring brings so many things back to life. Wildlife. Flowerbeds. Playgrounds.

    But my favorite part of early spring is the return of neighborliness.
    Not long after Halloween, my family and my neighbors on Park Avenue in Elizabethtown call out to each other, “See you in the spring.” And we mean it. All winter long, every morning and every evening, we’ve hurried from our cars to our homes, heads down against the bitter wind. Other than a quick wave or a Christmas greeting, we keep to ourselves through those cold months.

  • James Corbin — soldier, father, musician

    Military experiences and a love of music combine for James Corbin, who has been playing the guitar since the age of 5.

    Corbin, who grew up in a musical family, toured with the Dirt Poor Authority band a few years before going to North Georgia College and his commission into the U.S. Army. He’s a cavalry officer who has been deployed to Iraq three times.

    The Army is what brought him to Fort Knox a year ago as a reconnaissance instructor. He also attended training there when he was a young lieutenant in the armor basic course.

  • Hooray for Heroes seeks local talent

    Hooray for Heroes, an annual all-day celebration of members of the military, their families and first responders, past and present, includes a festival during the afternoon and a patriotic program in the evening.

  • Finding fortune during unfortunate times

    I’ve been sick lately.

    Physically sick and emotionally sick.

    On Sunday, March 13, a severe cold or other illness overcame me and kept me from work for three days.

    The bigger sickness — the emotional one — had come a day earlier, on Saturday, March 12.

    That’s when the latest member of our household — a rescued Pomeranian and 10-pound ball of energy named Tybalt —  got loose and was hit by a car.

    Tybalt survived his ordeal but had to have his right hind leg removed.

  • Outlaw Justice evolves

    Aiming to please their audiences, Hardin County band Outlaw Justice fires away with a mixture of country and southern rock, including covers ranging from Waylon Jennings to ZZ Top.

    “We are all deeply rooted to our music and are very dedicated to putting on a good performance,” said Mike Miller, lead guitarist and backing vocalist.

    Miller, who is from Rineyville, said the band “just sort of evolved.”

    “Everybody just knew everybody,” he said.

  • Dash of Class: Favorites of Presbyterian Women

    On Feb. 15, I was a guest of Elizabethtown Presbyterian Women in their church hall for lunch. Prior to lunch, I previewed two recipes that were to appear in my column the following week, Mocha Meringue Kisses and Cherry Dumpling Cake; and demonstrated a formal table setting. Items such as a knife rest and an individual salt cellar were items not normally used in most formal settings, but were of interest to the ladies. They brought dishes for the luncheon, and it was a pleasure for me to taste and to receive the recipes to share with you.