The Battle of Richmond Association is sponsoring a rather unique and special event during Halloween season, Professor Mortimer T. Beazley’s Travelling Hall of Oddities.
During the mid 19th century, many travelling carnivals and side shows came to small towns like Richmond, featuring spectacles supposedly from far away lands. One of the most famous was P.T. Barnum.
As a fun alternative to the scary Halloween events, Professor Mortimer T. Beazley’s Travelling Hall of Oddities will give visitors a more comedic and historic event. Oddities will include a fortune teller, Siamese twins and the notorious “Man Eating Chicken”.
The show will be held from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm and 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, October 29 & 30, at the Pleasant View House at Battlefield Park.
A wonderful weekend was had by all who attended The Bittersweet Festival in Mount Vernon Friday and Saturday. There were plenty of craft and food booths lining the street along with live music and fun activities for the whole family.
Award-winning artists Jerry Douglas and Cheryl & Sharon White of The Whites co-hosted the 21st annual International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday, September 30, at The Nashville’s Historic Ryman Auditorium.
Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Louvin had a rough summer, and it has extended into the fall.
Louvin, 83, is fighting pancreatic cancer, and a July 30 surgery was unsuccessful in eradicating the disease. Medical costs are, of course, substantial, and friends are now helping to organize a benefit concert and auction in Bell Buckle, Tenn., where Louvin lives, on Saturday, Oct. 30.
James Preston “J.P.” Pennington born in Berea, KY is an American musician, known primarily as a founding member of the country pop band EXILE. Pennington was the founding member and lead singer of the group until departing in 1990. After his leaving EXILE, he signed to MCA Records as a solo artist. There, he released two singles and one album, Whatever It Takes, in 1991. Pennington re-established the band along with Les Taylor, Sonny Lemaire, Marlon Hargis, and Steve Goetzman. For a complete schedule go to www.exile.biz
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In honor of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, the Battle of Richmond Visitors Center has opened its “Kentuckians in the Civil War” exhibit.
The exhibit consists of portraits of native Kentuckians who rose to prominence as Civil War generals, both Union and Confederate.
The first set of portraits include Federal generals Thomas Crittenden, Robert Anderson and John Buford, along with Confederates John Bell Hood, Albert Sidney Johnston and John C. Breckinridge. Other notables, such as Confederate Simon Boliver Buckner, will be added during the exhibits run. The center also received a donation of a replica of Abrahams Lincoln’s watch. The piece, donated by a local supporter, is set to 7:22, reflective of the time Lincoln died after being mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth. The center is currently open 10 AM – 4 PM Monday through Saturday, and 1 PM to 4 PM on Sunday.
The 2010 Richmond POW WOW was a huge success. Hundreds attended the three day event. Start making plans for 2011 Richmond POW WOW to be held at Battlefield Park the last weekend in September.
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Thousands attended The 14th Annual Spoonbread Festival!! During the weekend visitors enjoyed many free activities such as Concerts, Kiddie Land, Clambo the Clown, Corn Hole Tournament, Car Show, Great Food, and SPOONBREAD!
Thousands attended The 14th Annual Spoonbread Festival!! During the weekend visitors enjoyed many free activities such as concerts, kiddie land, the Spoonbread Parade, clogging, scenic motorcycle ride, antique tractor show, and SPOONBREAD!
Mallory Ervin age 24 of Lexington, KY and her father Gary Ervin age 53 of Morganfield, KY are competing on the CBS Reality Show The Amazing Race.
If you have never watched The Amazing Race it is a reality TV show in which teams of two people who are either married, related, or friends, race around the world while competing in challenges with other teams. Contestants receive clues that lead them to the next destination or direct them to perform a task, either together or by a single member. These challenges are related in some manner to the country or culture where they are located. Once the tasks have been completed teams try to arrive first at “pit stops” at the end of each leg of the race to win prizes and to avoid coming in last, which carries the possibility of elimination or a disadvantage in the next leg of the race.
Mallory Ervin competed at Miss Kentucky 2009 as Miss Bowling Green. She is a graduate of the University of the South in Tennessee with a degree in Theater Arts. Her platform was Autism Awareness and her talent was a Vocal Performance.
Gary Ervin built a company from the ground up with help from his family. He has logged over 5000 hours since receiving his commercial pilot’s license. He also wrestled and coached for the University of Central Missouri and Union County High School.
The Amazing Race was filmed in May-June 2010 and will premiere on September 26, 2010 on CBS.
The Battle of Richmond was the second largest Civil War battle in Kentucky, and it was one of the most decisive and complete Confederate victories of the entire war with the Union army retreating in disarray and chaos.
Of the 6,500 Union troops who went into battle, some 4,300 were taken prisoner and more than 1,000 were either killed or wounded. The Confederates, who were some 6,600 strong, lost only 128 men — 118 who were killed and 10 listed as missing in action.
The Battle of Richmond was fought in three phases Aug. 29-30, 1862. Those phases were at Kingston, Duncannon Lane and in the Richmond Cemetery. Much of the Kingston phase and some of the Duncannon Lane phase retain battlefield integrity and are most worthy of preservation. The battle was the second largest Civil War battle in Kentucky and the most overwhelming Confederate victory of the entire Civil War.
The United Methodist Churches of Madison County and surrounding areas hosted a Redbird Mission Street Party in Downtown Richmond in June. The proceeds are to further the work of the Redbird Mission Conference and reopen the school. May local musicians were on hand to support the effort spearheaded by local Folk Artist Jennifer Rose. Delicious BBQ was provided by Richmond Firefighter and Berea UMC Youth Leader Corey Lewis. The day was a full of good food, fellowship and entertainment.