• Woodworker takes on 'dying art'

    A piece of wall art in the living room of Kenneth Exler’s Vine Grove home at first glance might appear to be a painting of a train depot.

    A closer inspection reveals it is much more than that.

    Created by cutting pieces of wood in shapes of items in the image and carving out spaces in some of those shapes and fitting them together, Exler produces works of intarsia. The art form, which he said usually is done in furniture, attracted the lifelong woodworker many years ago.

  • Preparing for Christmas

    The Brown-Pusey House display for Christmas in the Park is receiving a facelift.

    Dr. Bob Clagett created the original exhibit and is restoring it. After many years of being put up and taken down, the display was in need of repair.

    Clagett spent three months working on the display, fixing and restoring the original design and has more work to do. Clagett also is creating a few extra pieces to use for hiding spotlights and to go around the sponsorship sign.

  • Becoming a reluctant cat owner

    I’m about to say something I never thought I’d say. I have a cat.

    Being a dog person, I’ve never intentionally had a cat. Sure, we had them growing up on the farm and kittens are really cute, but I’ve never had a cat in my adult life.

    Cat, as I call her, showed up one week, sleeping on my front porch. When I stepped out to see what she was doing, I expected her to run away. Instead, she came to me and wound herself around my legs. She looked thin so, of course, I fed her. She’s never left.

  • The force is strong with J.J. Abrams

    When Disney announced it acquired Lucasfilm Ltd. and the “Star Wars” franchise, my first reaction was that of Admiral Ackbar in “Return of the Jedi” — “It’s a trap!”

    I envisioned Darth Vader in mouse ears and Leia becoming one of the Disney princesses, a great disturbance in the force.

    But then a director was chosen and things looked better for the Jedi.

  • Lincoln Jamboree presents anniversary show

    Country music fans can enjoy a sampling of tunes from the last 59 years as Lincoln Jamboree presents its anniversary show Saturday.

    “We’ll be doing songs we’ve done over the years. We’ll start with 1954 and work up to now,” said Joel Ray Spowls of Lincoln Jamboree in Hodgenville.

    While the venue’s regular talent, including Spowls and the Lincoln Jamboree Gang, are set to celebrate, too, it’s the guests who will make the 59th anniversary show special, Spowls said.

  • Vickers' art reflects love of his environment

    Bruce Vickers lives his life like his craft. An environmentalist of sorts, he turns recycled items and other materials found on his land into works of art.

    Vickers has dabbled in many art forms since he retired from teaching 18 years ago. 

    “I piddle around with all kinds of art — painting, wood carving, furniture — but I just seem to like twigs and we’ve got a lot of them,” he said.

  • Band to perform at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

    Privates by Choice, a band made up of Kentucky musicians, performs at 11 am. and 1 p.m. Saturday at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hodgenville.

    The free concert, which is at the park’s visitor center patio, offers original musical scores by the band that will highlight the labors of the nation during the Civil War, according to a news release from the park.

    Privates by Choice perform a selection of newly composed acoustic/folk songs to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the war.

  • Hardin County band to perform at State Theater

    The Brian Young Band, a Hardin County band that has opened for notable country acts, offers its show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.

    Tickets are $10 for general admission and $15 for preferred seating.

    Having opened for musical acts such as Mark Chesnutt, Mark Wills, John Anderson and Tracy Lawrence, The Brian Young Band performs classic country hits, new country songs and original compositions.

  • Bestselling author holds Fort Knox signing

    Beverly Lewis, a New York Times bestselling author, will visit Barr Memorial Library in Fort Knox to discuss and sign her latest novel.

    Lewis appears at 6 p.m. Monday as part of the Authors at Your Library series. She will discuss and sign the fourth novel in her Home to Hickory Hollow series, “The Secret Keeper.”

  • Morrison Art Gallery hosts group exhibit

    Paintings and mixed-media works are part of a free group exhibit through Sept. 26 at Morrison Art Gallery on the campus of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    Various themes are explored by artists who met and studied together at Western Kentucky University.

    Morrison Art Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is in the James S. Owens Building No. 102 on the college campus.