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  • Christmas spirit starts early for writer

    As the year rolls on quickly to its end, I find myself faced with the challenge of finding the time to get into the Christmas spirit.

    This might not be a problem for most; diving into the holiday season right after Thanksgiving is plenty of time for many.

    Not me.

    It really takes me quite a while to work myself into the Christmas spirit. If I had to wait until the end of November to start decorating, I probably wouldn’t even make the effort.

  • Sherlock Holmes is even better the second time around

    Guy Ritchie and the Sherlock Holmes gang have successfully created a sequel even better than its predecessor in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.”

    The film gives several nods to the original works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. First, Dr. Watson is writing the story. In most of the Holmes books, Watson is chronicling the duo’s adventure.

  • Musical group releasing Civil War CD has local ties

    A group of mostly Kentucky musicians, including a former Hardin County resident, has released a CD of Civil War compositions.

    “Hardtack & Saddlesores,” produced in Hodgenville, is a collection of original ballads and instrumentals about the Civil War with a few traditional songs included.

  • Area will host several Christmas music performances this weekend

    The Christmas season is in full swing and several musical options this weekend can start your holiday juices flowing.

    National a cappella group Street Corner Symphony will perform a concert at the Historic State Theater at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

    The group gained a national audience when they competed on NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” season two. It ended the competition as runner-up.

  • Pastor to sign copies of 'Sacred Places of Kentucky'

    A local pastor helped pen “Sacred Places of Kentucky,” a coffee table book, and is part of a book signing Sunday.

    From 2 to 4 p.m., the Rev. Roger Jasper, pastor of Living Faith Baptist Fellowship, signs copies of the book at the church, at 207 Corporate Drive in Elizabethtown. Co-author Amanda Harvey and photographers Wes and Stacy Battoclette also are signing books.

    The book contains 156 pages including photos of Kentucky’s inspirational sacred places, from large cathedrals to small country churches.

  • Classic Christmas story gets additional spirits for HCP production

    Take a classic Christmas story, add allusions to “The Wizard of Oz,” stir in what amounts to a ghostly Greek chorus and you’ll have an idea of what to expect from Hardin County Playhouse’s latest production, “A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas.”

    “I wanted to provide a spectacle,” HCP artistic director Bo Cecil said.

    “A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas” is a version of the perennially favorite story with bleaker elements and more ghosts.

  • The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear ... and watching 'Elf'

    One of my favorite things to do during the Christmas season is to watch Christmas movies.

    A basket full of them sits by my television all season long. Snoopy, the Griswolds, Santa, various reindeer, George Bailey, some wise men and a Grinch all are included.

    But one Christmas movie has trumped all others lately — mainly because it’s full of Christmas cheer, which I hear comes from singing loudly for all to hear.

  • All-star cast falls short of greatness in 'New Year's Eve'

    To follow up director Garry Marshall’s flop “Valentine’s Day,” he now adds another holiday titled film to his resume in “New Year’s Eve.”

    Half of Hollywood seems to have showed up for this one as a variety of story lines weave together to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

    The concept of a multi-story film with multiple celebrities is not new. The British comedy “Love Actually” set the bar high for this kind of movie and other films often slip under that bar.

  • Memories are featured ingredient in Nora Sweat's cookbook

    When The News-Enterprise food columnist Nora Sweat decided to compile a cookbook a couple years ago, she decided to call it “Mama & Me.”

    Sweat’s father died in 1972 and as she got older, she and her mother became closer.

    “We became more like sisters rather than mother and daughter,” Sweat said.

  • Acoustic Guitar Masters series concert to be held at PAC

    Antsy McClain and the Trailerpark Troubadours take the stage Saturday at Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

    The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is part of The Acoustic Guitar Masters Concert Series 12.

    Tickets for the Antsy McClain and the Trailerpark Troubadours concert, presented by Trinity Music Productions, are $15 and are available by calling (270) 325-3958.

    McClain stages his shows from a fictional trailer park called Pine View Heights, which is based on his childhood experiences.