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Bluegrass Book Buddies

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Spring Victorian Tea to be held May 13

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Muhlenberg County Public Libraries is preparing for an event people look forward to all year.

The annual Spring Victorian Tea is coming up May 13 at 2 p.m. at Thistle Cottage.

The Spring Victorian Tea is held each year to give visitors a glimpse of what it would be like to attend a traditional Victorian afternoon tea. The event is held at Thistle Cottage, which was built soon after the end of the Victorian era. Attendees are treated to a light meal and a variety of carefully chosen teas.

“It just gives everyone a chance to experience something a little different,” library director Janet Harris said. “We try to give our guests a glimpse of what it would be like to attend an authentic Victorian tea in a comfortable, local setting.”

Harris said the library staff works hard to find a good balance between authenticity and comfort. The menu, for example, includes food the staff thinks everyone will enjoy while still being unique. “We try to serve things that people don’t get every day,” Harris said.

“We really try to make sure everyone who attends has a great time and feels like they’ve been part of something special.”

The tea also includes a hat contest. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite fancy hats, and a prize will be given away at the end of the event.

Tickets for the tea are $10 each and may be purchased at Thistle Cottage (122 South Cherry St. in Greenville). Seating is limited, so anyone interested in attending is encouraged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible.

For more information about the Spring Victorian Tea, call Muhlenberg County Public Libraries at 270-338-4760.

April 13 Chautauqua – Daniel Boone

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Muhlenberg County Public Libraries will present the next in their series of Kentucky Chautauqua programs on April 13.

Actor Kevin Hardesty will present his show, “Daniel Boone: The First Kentuckian,” featuring a script by Bo List, at Thistle Cottage as part of the ongoing Thursdays at Thistle series of programs. The event begins at 7 p.m.

Hardesty’s presentation will help separate fact from myth surrounding Daniel Boone’s life. While the intrepid explorer never actually wore a coonskin cap and was neither a backwoods bumpkin nor an epic slayer of Indians, as legend would indicate, he did play a crucial role in the foundation of our country.

Daniel Boone is widely known as a great frontiersman during the early years of our nation. A natural leader, he first began seriously exploring Kentucky in 1769 and in 1775 conducted an expedition into the Kentucky wilderness that led to the founding of Boonesboro in present-day Madison County. He was followed by other settlers who made their homes in what would eventually become the state of Kentucky.

Boone is famous for many fantastic exploits: the rescue of his daughter from Indian kidnappers; his own escape from captivity to warn Fort Boonesborough of an impending attack; leading the defense of the fort against a nine-day Shawnee siege and more. Boone ran a tavern in Limestone (now Maysville) and later served as a delegate in the Virginia Assembly. He left Kentucky for Missouri in 1799 and died there in 1820.

This program will be Hardesty’s second visit to Thistle Cottage. He previously portrayed Jefferson Davis at a 2016 Chautauqua program.

Hardesty is an accomplished actor. He has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in acting/theater from the University of Kentucky and has performed professionally in theater, film and television over the last 30 years. His credits include prominent leading roles in Biloxi Blues, Hamlet, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet as well as his work with the Kentucky Chautauqua program.

Hardesty’s script is written by Bo List, who has more than 20 years of experience as an actor, writer and director.

This is a free event, and light refreshments will be provided.

This program is part of the library’s Thursdays at Thistle series, featuring speakers, musicians and other performers once each month.

Thursdays at Thistle is provided by Muhlenberg County Public Libraries with funding from the Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation. For more information about this or other upcoming programs, call the library at 270-338-4760.

Kentucky Chautauqua is an exclusive presentation of the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and from: Christina Lee Brown, the Brown-Forman Corporation, the Carson-Myre Charitable Foundation, the Cralle Foundation, the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation, Lindsey Wilson College, Morehead State University, Paducah Bank, PNC and Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc.

The Kentucky Humanities Council is a non-profit Kentucky corporation affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, visit kyhumanities.org or call 859-257-5932.

March 16 Chautauqua Program – Grandpa Jones

Muhlenberg County Public Libraries will present their next Kentucky Chautauqua program on March 16.

Actor David Hurt will present his show, “Grandpa Jones: Country Musician and Comic,” at Thistle Cottage as part of the ongoing Thursdays at Thistle series of programs. The event begins at 7 p.m.

David Hurt as Grandpa Jones

David Hurt as Grandpa Jones

Louis Marshall “Grandpa” Jones, born in 1913 to sharecroppers in Henderson County, made his name on radio and television and as a touring musician. In the late 1920s, after hard times on the farm drove Jones’ family north to Akron, Ohio, young Louis Marshall won a talent contest using songs he’d learned while growing up in Kentucky. That led to regular radio work. By the time he graduated high school in 1931, Jones was already a busy professional musician and soon set out on the road as a touring artist with a grueling schedule. Fellow musician Bradley Kincaid, teasing the tired performer, once said, “Marshall, get up here and do the folks a number. You sound like an old grandpa.” The nickname stuck.

In the 1970s, Jones scored a job as a regular on the 1970s comedy show “Hee Haw,” where he was best known for answering the question, “What’s for dinner, Grandpa?” That job made him even more famous than his decades of touring.

Jones was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1978. He never retired and continued to perform for the remainder of his life. He suffered a stroke following his 26th anniversary performance at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry in January 1998 and died on Feb. 19 at the age of 84.

This program will be Hurt’s second visit to Thistle Cottage. He previously portrayed Lilley Cornett at a 2015 Chautauqua program. Hurt is a musician and actor who has performed at Stage One in Louisville as well as in Lexington theaters.

This is a free event, and light refreshments will be provided.

This program is part of the library’s Thursdays at Thistle series, featuring speakers, musicians and other performers once each month.

Thursdays at Thistle is provided by Muhlenberg County Public Libraries with funding from the Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation. For more information about this or other upcoming programs, call the library at 270-338-4760.

Kentucky Chautauqua is an exclusive presentation of the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and from: Christina Lee Brown, the Brown-Forman Corporation, the Carson-Myre Charitable Foundation, the Cralle Foundation, the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation, Lindsey Wilson College, Morehead State University, Paducah Bank, PNC and Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc.

The Kentucky Humanities Council is a non-profit Kentucky corporation affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, visit kyhumanities.org or call 859-257-5932.

Guyla Conway Book Signing

Recently published author and Muhlenberg County native Guyla Conway will visit the Central City library on March 2 for a read-along and signing of her new book, Where Was the Big Yellow School Bus? This book is suitable for ages 2-7 and includes interactive elements, including hidden images, discussion questions and family activities.

Conway will also visit Thistle Cottage on March 9 at 5:30 p.m. for a second book signing. A school bus will also be available during that event for families to tour.

Everyone is invited to join us to meet this new local author!
For more information about these events, call 270-338-4760.

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Newly published author Guyla Conway

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