• Dear Santa

    Dear Santa,

    Hey, jolly old fellow. It’s been a kind of a rough year so I have a few things on my list I’d like you to get to this Christmas.

  • Concert series to feature Antsy McClain at the PAC

    Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours will perform in concert Saturday as part of Acoustic Guitar Masters Concert Series 13 at Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center.

    The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

    McClain is a singer and songwriter who infuses his material with humor and stages his shows from a fictional trailer park called Pine View Heights. He modeled the location after his childhood surroundings and experiences.

  • Introvert Chism uses art to express herself

    Jessica Chism, 32, always has been involved in artistic and creative endeavors, but didn’t put brush to canvas until about five years ago.
    Now, inspired by nature and movies, she uses painting to relieve stress and express herself, which is hard for the self-professed introvert.

    She has sketched since she was a little girl but learned she could paint after helping with a SpongeBob SquarePants mural in her son’s room. After discovering painting, within six months she completed about 30 portraits, she said.

  • Nationally known a cappella group to perform at State Theater

    Strains of a cappella music will fill the air when Street Corner Symphony performs Saturday at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.

    The show begins at 7:30 p.m. with an optional dinner before the show.

    Street Corner Symphony were runners-up on the NBC show “The Sing-Off.” The group will perform songs from the show, new songs and maybe some holiday music.

  • Embracing tradition, even fowl ones

    The great thing about traditions is they can be started at any time, modified or adjusted, and they can be shared with those who are special to you.

    They don’t have to make sense to anyone but those who participate, and even then, they don’t necessarily have to make sense as long as they are mutually enjoyed.

    Over the years I’ve probably described a few traditions my girlfriend, Rebecca Ricks, and I share.

  • Santa has new look in 'Rise of the Guardians'

    “Rise of the Guardians” offers audiences a different view of popular childhood holiday icons.

    Santa, or North, (Alex Baldwin, “30 Rock”), the Tooth Fairy, or Tooth, (Isla Fisher, “Confessions of a Shopaholic”), the Easter Bunny, or Bunny, (Hugh Jackman, “Real Steel”) and the Sandman, or Sandy, are protectors of childhood dreams, hopes and innocence.

  • Hardin County band seeks to change lives through music

    Formed by members who played in other bands as recently as this summer and who mostly knew one another, The Blue Soul Gypsys not only have meshed musically, but personally.

    “Everyone in this room is my best friend,” drummer Jeff Scott, 20, said, as he sat in the Elizabethtown office at Pandaruella Productions with company founders Jacob and Samantha Langley and band members. “These are my brothers and sister.”

  • 'Twilight Saga' comes to an end

    This Thanksgiving, I am thankful this is the last Twilight movie I have to watch.

    The last installment of the Twilight saga follows its predecessors with poor filmmaking and bad acting.

    I won’t bore you with my feelings about the films or how bad an actress Kristen Stewart (Bella) is. I’m mean, come on, Stewart. Leaning forward and breathing heavy does not equate intensity in a scene. Work on your acting already.

  • Thankful for a path and everything along it

    Like many, I’ve been counting a lot of blessings lately. In this season of thanksgiving, I’ve reflected on the good things in my life and I keep coming back to one overall theme.

    Life seems to be as it’s supposed to be.

    At this point in the path, there is peace. How lucky I must be to look over the years and see that one phase flowed right into the next, leading me to today. Phase by phase, maybe it seems trivial, but I’m thankful for each moment that led me this way and that way.

  • Dancing in the Big Apple

    This morning, most Hardin Countians will be waking up to the start of Thanksgiving dinner in the oven. But two area teenagers will wake early to the sights and sounds of the Big Apple as they get ready to dance in the 86th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

    Kendra Ball, 17, and Emalee Haynes, 14, are on their first trip to New York City and to say they are excited is an understatement.

    Both girls were giggling with excitement talking about their trip.