• 'X-Men: First Class' is a refreshing break from 3-D

    The best thing about “X-Men: First Class” is that no 3-D glasses are necessary. The director, Matthew Vaughn, understands every movie doesn’t work in 3-D. In fact I read he thinks “Avatar” has been the only movie released that really works in 3-D and the rest are, well, I can’t use the word he said, but you get the point.

  • Giving up the fear

    Everyone is afraid of something. But sometimes what we fear is a bit silly. Anyone agree?

    For example, one of my biggest fears is waking up in the middle of a surgery. In reality, what is the likelihood that will actually happen, especially when I’ve only had one surgery during my entire life?

    Marionettes also freak me out. They’re just creepy.

    Some people are afraid of sharks, which is especially silly if they don’t live by an ocean. Sharks in the ocean, OK, real fear. Sharks inland, not so much.

  • My Kitchen, Your Recipe


    I really enjoyed trying out this recipe for Stir-n-Roll Pizza that Barbara Watkins of Bonnieville sent me. I’m not a huge pizza fan, but my husband is, and I don’t think I had ever tried to make one from scratch. I had assumed it would be difficult, but this one was very easy.

  • Visually impressive but a little over kids heads

    Po is back as the Kung Fu Panda, but this time around he has some secrets to unravel.

    He finds out what audiences have suspected all along — he’s adopted. He tries to find the truth of who he is to gain inner peace and defeat the evil Lord Shen. 

  • The Monarchs bring 50 years of rockin' to the Heartland Music Festival

    Since releasing their first recording, “Over the Mountain” in 1962, Louisville rock group The Monarchs has seen a lot of sock hops and teen dances.

    On Saturday night they will perform the brand of rock ‘n’ roll that has been their mainstay for the past 50 years when they appear in concert at Freeman Lake Park as part of the Heartland Music Festival.

    “The group started out as a five-piece combo called ‘The Blue Angels,’” Leon Middleton, sax player and band manager, said.

  • Heartland Winds close season with tribute to American composers

    The Heartland Winds will celebrate notable works when the group performs "A Salute to American Composers."

    The concert, which closes The Heartland Winds 2010-11 season, is at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.

  • 'World-class' fireworks display to conclude festival

    The Heartland Music Festival will go out with a bang.

    As is tradition, a fireworks show will begin Saturday at dusk.

    “It’s the finale,” said Rene Bell, Heartland Music Festival chairwoman.

    Bell said the fireworks will begin immediately after the concert by The Monarchs.

    The display, put on by Zambelli Fireworks, will be accompanied by music provided by WAKY. The music will be piped from the bandstand speakers and broadcast on the radio station.

  • You'll want a slaw burger, fries and a bottle of Ski....

    Friday we can all go down to Dumas Walker, in song anyway, as The Kentucky HeadHunters rock Freeman Lake Park during the Heartland Music Festival.

    The entire festival has been renamed The Heartland Music Festival because of two weekends packed with music starting May 27 with Foreigner.

    Richard Young from the HeadHunters is excited to play Elizabethtown.

  • Clowns, horses, floats and more comprise festival parade



    A staple of the Heartland Music Festival is the Saturday morning parade.

    Floats, clowns, cars and a variety of participants make their way down West Dixie Avenue from public square in downtown Elizabethtown to Helmwood Plaza Shopping Center.

    The parade begins at 10 a.m., and the theme this year is “Education ExCELs in the Heartland.”

  • Balloon glow

    As the sun sets Friday, fires will light hot air balloons from within at the Heartland Music Festival balloon glow.

    That fire-heated air would normally rise, lifting the balloons to flight, but tethered to the ground, 10 illuminated balloons will decorate the lawn near Lion’s Pavilion at the south end of Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown for festival-goers enjoyment.

    “And they’re beautiful, of course, against the night sky,” said Renè Bell, festival chairwoman.