• Swedish Nightingale returns to E’town

    The Swedish Nightingale, Jenny Lind, returns Saturday to the Brown-Pusey House but this time as a part of a murder mystery.

    The first time Lind visited Elizabethtown was in 1851. Documents from the Hardin County History Museum say she was under contract with P.T. Barnum to tour the United States. She performed a concert in Nashville and stopped in Elizabethtown while traveling by stagecoach on the way to Louisville. When people learned she was there they begged her to sing so she stood on the stone steps in front of the house. She sang several songs.

  • Dove Award winner headlines local concert

    Bridge Community in Elizabethtown hosts a concert by an award-winning singer-songwriter Friday night with a local musician opening the show.

    Mitch McVicker, who won Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award, and Elizabethtown Christian artist Luke Yates perform at 7 p.m. at the Bridge Acoustic Café. There is a $5 cover charge.

    In 1999, McVicker won the GMA Dove Award Song of the Year with the late Rich Mullins for “My Deliverer.” His latest album is “Underneath.”

  • Revisiting plans for the art of fishing

    Maybe it was a sign.

    Last weekend, as I’ve done for the past four years, I walked to downtown Elizabethtown to check out Via Colori, the street painting festival. For those who are unfamiliar with the free event, Via Colori features artists who paint or chalk their artwork onto the streets and sidewalks in and around the square.

  • 'The Grandmaster' puts 'art' in 'martial arts'

    Have you ever wondered who taught Bruce Lee before he became a martial arts legend? The answer is found in “The Grandmaster.”

    The film spans decades of martial artist Ip Man’s life. The story begins in the 1930s before China’s war with Japan and continues as Man travels to Hong Kong to find work as a martial arts instructor after the war. It ends as he finds a new young student, Bruce Lee.

  • 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.