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  • Ending my relationship ... with summer

    The end is near.

    No, not that one. The end of summer.

    The earmark, for many, was Labor Day, which each year is kind of like the starting gun for the race to autumn.

    I say bring it on.

    Summer, as I might have mentioned in previous columns, is not my favorite season, especially in years with lots of 90-plus days. Those usually translate into days with heat indices of more than 100, and that’s just wrong.

  • Dash of Class: A look at the letter 'E' — Elderberries and eggplant

    All aboard, we are back on our field trip of fruits and vegetables. As we progress down the lanes of the grocery store, one of the first stops is in the produce section. This week we have arrived at the letter E. The pickings are slim in the fruit category, but elderberry was the first to come to my mind. I remember when I was growing up and my Mom would talk about my grandmother making elderberry jelly and my grandfather making elderberry wine. I am not sure if we could even find elderberries in the produce section. They grew elderberries on their farm.

  • Miniature golf and simpler times

    Sometimes I experience small flashes of realization about how complicated I make life.

    It seems like we live in a society obsessed with being entertained.

    Not only being entertained but going to the most hip and expensive place or having the most up-to-date technology that only stays current for a year and then we just have to get the new version.

  • Radcliff will host 'Grease'-themed event tonight

    Grease is the word in Radcliff City Park North on Saturday. The musical film "Grease" (1978), staring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, will be shown at dark. The park opens at 6 p.m. and the evening will include a car cruise, best 1950s outfit contest, a hula hoop contest and concessions.

    Bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating because it it an outdoor event.

    The film is rated PG-13 for sexual content including references, teen smoking and drinking and language.

    For more information, contact (270) 351-4079 or (270) 351-4714.

  • The Chattering Magpies release a relaxation CD/DVD

    The Chattering Magpies, otherwise known as Greta Gillmeister and Lorinda Jones, released their first CD and DVD combo called “Celtic Passages.”

    The relaxation DVD was produced through a collaboration with videographer Dan Boone.

    Using a harp, dulcimer, Irish flute and whistle, the duo performs traditional Celtic music in a collection of airs, jigs, hornpipes, reels and polkas.

    Gillmeister and Jones are music therapists and knew the relaxation CD would come in handy for some “chill out” time.

  • Dash of Class: Shared recipes from a Vermont wedding

    Many of my loyal readers will remember that I have a niece who married in Hawaii a year ago Christmas and had a reception in Louisville last spring, and I had the honor, I think, of making their wedding cake. On Aug. 7, another niece married in Burlington, Vt. It was a weekend to remember and I brought home some recipes to share with you.

  • The Best: Sourdough bread and zucchini sticks

  • Elizabethtown woman returns to art that breaks rules

    Among the inspirations for the subject matter for Elizabethtown artist Sherry Pearl are her childhood and a children’s story.

    But Pearl did not arrive at her style of whimsical art through any particular course of study.

    In fact, she got there despite her studies in art.

    “I got so hung up on the rules, so one day I said, ‘Forget the rules,’” Pearl said.

    Using bright acrylic paints, the artist creates scenes focused primarily on people.

  • A melancholy telling of classic literature

    “Jane Eyre” didn't show in Hardin County theaters when it was released in March, but now is available for rental. With the story’s stong longtime following, it’s likely up for consideration in many home theaters.

    Based on the novel written in 1847 by Charlotte Bronte, the film chronicles Eyre’s time in a mysterious home and her strange relationship with its owner, Mr. Rochester.

  • Take a trip back to 1865

    “The Conspirator” was not shown in Elizabethtown on original release in April but was released for rental last week. Because of its portrayal of a historical figure connected to Elizabethtown, Judge Joseph Holt, I thought it would be interesting to review.

    The film is the debut for the American Film Company. Its aim is to produce movies from true events in America’s past, making films in coordination with historians to accurately represent the time period and historical events they represent.