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  • Country ham breakfast kicks off Saturday festival events

    Country ham, eggs, biscuits and gravy, grits, fried apples, coffee and juice. If that sounds like a good way to kick off Saturday morning before Heartland Music Festival events, Pritchard Community Center is the place to be.

    For $7, visitors can grab a freshly made breakfast before watching a parade make its way from downtown Elizabethtown or cheering on a kayak race at Freeman Lake Park.

    “This is our major fundraiser of the year,” said Jim Sullivan, Hardin County AM Rotary Club president.

  • Family Fun

    In all the fun and festivities of the Heartland Music Festival, rides for the kids provide smiles, thrills and a dizzying good time.

    Geno Rides will provide the amusement rides for the festival for the 15th year. Popular rides from the past are returning for this year’s festivities.

    On Friday, there will be limited free rides available for kids while the concert is rockin’ farther down the lake.

  • Have canoe will paddle

    From novice to expert, there’s something for anyone who wants to paddle a canoe Saturday at the Heartland Music Festival.  

    Event organizer Larry Dattilo said the 17 races will vary in length, type and skill level.

    “It’s not very cutthroat but always fun to watch,” Dattilo said.

    The race brings out veterans as well as people who have never been in a canoe.

    “They always have a good time,” he said.

  • Wet and wild Water Ball

    Warning: you might get wet watching this event, Elizabethtown Fire Chief Mike Hulsey said of Water Ball.

    The event takes place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday during Heartland Music Festival events at Freeman Lake Park.

    Three-member teams of firemen are on identical water lines. A cable is stretched on telephone poles with a ball on the cable. The goal is to use the water to push the ball in the other direction. It’s like tug of war except with high pressure water hoses.

  • Dash of Class: Cherry cheese tarts and other great summer recipes

    This month I haven’t had as many requests for recipes as usual, but Debbie Williams did ask that I reprint my recipe for small cheesecakes. May has been grill out month, and I have a great recipe for grilled vegetables. We love to do our vegetables that way.

    I know we are all looking for a way to cut calories and make the food we eat healthier. The pork tenderloin recipe helps you burn calories. Because pork is chewier than other meat cuts, you actually burn more calories while you chew. Hey, every bit helps. That is exactly what the magazine article said.

  • Arghhh...the pirates are back.

    Jack Sparrow, sorry, Captain Jack Sparrow, is back pirating the Caribbean for the fourth time in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” This time the trip is a bit different.

    There are only three major returning characters from the first three films, and a monkey. Sparrow’s beloved Black Pearl is also missing from this adventure.

  • Warning: Read at your own risk, a reality of aging may follow

    I was living my life, oblivious to a reality I didn’t want to face. I went through daily life happily in the dark about a milestone that was happening without my knowledge.

    This was until this season’s “Dancing with the Stars” and my friend Madge posted a fact I would have rather not known as her Facebook status.

    In November, Ralph Macchio turns 50. What? It can’t be.

    Then the reality set in. It was undeniable. The people in the posters lining my walls in the 1980s are now getting old.

  • Friends of Nolin Lake present summer lineup

    Heavy rains might have delayed many of this spring’s outdoor activities, but the Friends of Nolin soon will kick off a season of family-friendly events and virtually every weekend all summer long. The lineup includes several inaugural events along with past crowd favorites.

    The first-time Houseboat Hop on June 11 will feature Hardcase Band from Bowling Green jammin’ out the hits from atop a houseboat in the middle of the lake. The music is schedule from 7 to 9 p.m. CDT.

  • My Kitchen, Your Recipe: Keep clippings organized with your own cookbook

    I had an unusual call a couple of months ago. Crystal Embry of Upton called and said she wanted to learn how to cook. I was flummoxed. I didn’t know what to say. I never thought about learning how to cook, and I was really surprised someone would call me and tell me they wanted to learn how to cook. I don’t think of myself as a very good cook. I am, however, a great connoisseur of food. I love it, I’m fascinated by it and when I find a good recipe, I’m ecstatic.

  • 'Oklahoma!' sweeps into the Plum Alley Theater

    Romance, statehood and the right to put up fences all are a part of the timeless Broadway musical “Oklahoma!” on stage at the Plum Alley Theater June 2 through 12.

    “Oklahoma!” was the first collaboration of Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein, Hardin County Playhouse Director Bo Cecil said.