Madisonville City Park: Beautiful Autumn Pictures

Our Hometown Has a Park to Be Proud Of!

 Madisonville City Park Sign

Madisonville City Park Sign

Two of my daughters and I spent a rainy autumn day in Madisonville (our hometown) Monday and, in spite of all the clouds and rain, came away with some pretty great pictures.

Owensboro is home now – and has been for over 10 years – but Madisonville will always have a very, very special place in our hearts. While it’s still a very small town, it has grown a lot since I was a little girl. The jury’s still out on whether that’s a good or bad thing – personally I think it’s somewhere in between.

Beautiful Tree Madisonville City Park

Great, Awesome, Beautiful, and Cool Tree

Whenever we visit Madisonville, though, one thing is almost always the same – the beautiful city park.  A lot of playground equipment I played on and even treehouses and swings my daughters enjoyed are gone, but the gorgeous layout of the land, the beautiful little lake, the Club House, Elmer Kelley Stadium, picnic areas, and walking trail are always just as we left them.

Madisonville City Park View from Serenity Path

Amazing View from the Serenity Path

And the trees! If you know anything about me, you know I’m obsessed with trees. Whether I’m driving or riding, I’m always pointing out trees that catch my eye and gushing about how “great” they are.  When my daughters and I saw the one pictured above, I initially called it “great.”  Then in the course of photographing it, I also called it awesome, beautiful, and cool.

No adjectives were spared!

Elmer Kelley Stadium in Madisonville, Ky.

Elmer Kelley Stadium in Madisonville, Ky.

If you’re from Madisonville, I’m sure these pictures bring a flood of memories to you as well. Family reunions in the picnic area, your child learning to swing where the swing sets once stood, fishing, golfing, walking the trail, and on and on. We enjoyed so many family picnics at the City Park, I can almost smell the bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Madisonville City Park, Autumn 2015

Madisonville City Park in its Autumn Splendor

Some people are kind of funny about their “home town.”  Some act like it’s kind of “beneath” them.  Not us. While we’re proud to call Owensboro  home now, we’re just as proud of where we came from – and that happens to be Madisonville, Kentucky… home to one of the most beautiful city parks in the state.

Serenity Path Madisonville City Park in  Autumn

Part of the Beautiful Serenity Path

Click through the pictures above to see just how beautiful Madisonville’s City Park is.

Madisonville City Park Club House

Madisonville City Park Club House

Christmas Events at Kentucky State Parks!

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas...

Barren River Christmas Tree

Barren River Dam State Resort Park

Since I was knee-high to a grasshopper (is that phrase oozing Kentucky or what?), I’ve loved Christmas like it was my life source.   It’s a beautiful, magical time of year when everything just seems so right.  There are so many smiles, so much beautiful music, so many colors, and SO MUCH JOY.  The air is brisk and chilly and, if we’re lucky, we even have snow.

As a matter of fact, yes, I am one of those people who LOVES winter and snow. Apologies to the summer lovers out there, but I pretty much hope and watch for snow every day from November 15th – March 15th.

I hope that this year you’ll embrace every single minute of the Christmas season and cherish every moment with your loved ones. The world is filled with a lot of ugliness right now, so hang onto every ounce of beauty and love that you can. Spend time with your family and let everyone know how much you love them and how blessed you are to have them in your life.

The Kentucky State parks are a great place for spending time with your loved ones any time of year, including Christmas. The resort parks have restaurants, meeting areas and gift shops that offer very unique gift ideas (crafts, mugs, t-shirts, toys, stuffed animals, Kentucky food, jewelry….).  Kentucky Unbridled Spirit gift cards – valid at Kentucky State Parks, the Kentucky Horse Park, the Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea – are also available in gift shops.


Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park Christmas Wreath

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park

Below is a listing of special Christmas events during December at Kentucky State Parks (all times local):

Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas

Breakfast and the Grinch, Dec. 12

Barren River Lake State Resort Park invites you to Breakfast and the Grinch. Enjoy green eggs and ham, visit with the Grinch, story time of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and make a holiday craft. Limited seating; registration required. Registration fees apply. Afterwards, stop by and visit with Santa in the holiday villa to give him your wish list. Don’t forget your camera to take pictures with the Grinch and Santa. Call 270-646-2151.


Buckhorn Lake State Park, Buckhorn

Holiday on the Park, Dec. 5

Enjoy getting ready for the holidays by visiting Buckhorn Lake. Start your visit with crafts at 1:30 p.m., followed by popcorn ball making at 3:30 p.m. Santa will visit at 5:30 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. you can enjoy a reading of “The Night Before Christmas.” Call 606-398-7510.


Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet

Holiday Dinner and Movie, Dec. 19

Bring the entire family out for a special holiday buffet at Hidden Waters Restaurant. After dinner, make a new memory for this year’s Christmas tree by making a hand-crafted ornament. Then grab a bag of popcorn and a big mug of hot chocolate and settle in for a screening of a holiday family favorite. Help Blue Licks continue a new holiday tradition with your family with good food, good memories, and a good movie! The cost is $10 per adult, $5 per child. (Price includes special buffet, drink, craft, movie tickets, popcorn and hot chocolate!) The evening begins at 5 p.m. with dinner and movie at 7:30 p.m. Call 800-443-7008 or email

E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer State Park, Louisville

Holiday Wreath Workshop, Dec. 5

It’s about that time to decorate for the Holidays!  There is no better way to create a festive look than to hang a wreath at your home or office.  Why not create your own custom holiday wreath that you will treasure for years to come?  Join our park staff as we teach you how to use vines and other natural materials to build your very own holiday wreath!  The park will provide all items needed to build and decorate the wreaths; all you need is your creativity! The fee is $10 per wreath. Open from 1-3 p.m. Registration is required; call 502-429-7270 or email Lora Sekeres at:  for more information.

General Butler State Resort Park, Carrollton

Frozen Wonderland Day and Festival of Trees, Dec. 5

The park will have your favorite “Frozen” and holiday characters: Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, Grinch, Buddy Elf, Cat in the Hat, Ralphie, and, of course, Santa Claus. Start with breakfast from 8-10:30 a.m. at Two Rivers Restaurant. Regular breakfast pricing (plus tax) will apply. Then come upstairs from 9 a.m.-noon for viewing the array of trees decorated by local businesses, civic organizations, and schools. (Note: Trees will stay on display for the month of December, but please check with the Lodge about holiday closing dates.) Along with the beautiful trees, special entertainers will be on hand to top off your Frozen Wonderland experience while visiting General Butler State Resort Park. Event activities are free and open to resort guests and general public. Call 502-732-4384.

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg

Breakfast With Santa and Frosty, Dec. 11, 12, 13, 19, 20

Hey kids! Be sure to drop by Jenny Wiley State Resort Park to visit Santa and Frosty and their friends for breakfast at the May Lodge. Make sure to bring your camera for a picture! Breakfast will be served 8-10 a.m. Adults are $8.50 and children ages 6-12 are $5.50. Children 5 and under are free. Drink and tax not included. Call 606-889-1790.


John James Audubon State Park, Henderson

Little Rembrandts-Holiday Ornaments, Dec. 4

Get in the holiday spirit with your child, ages 3-5, as we design and decorate an ornament at the museum just in time for your tree. Paints, glitter, ribbon and more. Holiday Art at the Park is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Dress for a mess. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Fee: $7. Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett Audubon Museum 270-827-1893


Kenlake State Resort Park, Aurora

Santa and Mrs. Claus, Dec. 13

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Kenlake State Resort Park on Sunday, Dec. 13, from 1-3 p.m. Children can tell Santa their wishes, enjoy making reindeer food, crafts and coloring pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Aurora Landing Restaurant will offer a special child-friendly lunch and will offer buy one adult meal and get one child’s meal free for children 12 and under.  Canned goods will be accepted for NEEDLINE, a community support group.  Bring your camera! Call 270-474-2211.


Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Gilbertsville

Breakfast with Santa and Frosty, Dec. 5

Join Santa and his friends for a conversation, pictures, and a child-friendly buffet.  This annual event is from 8-11 a.m. and also includes cookie decorating and a small gift (while supplies last). Adults $8.50; children ages 6-12 are $5.50; children 5 and under are free.  Call 1-800-325-0146.


My Old Kentucky Home State Park, Bardstown

Candlelight Christmas Tours, Nov. 27-28, Dec. 4-5, 11-12

See My Old Kentucky Home glowing in candlelight and fully decorated in brilliant Christmas decor this holiday season! Rooms in the mansion will be decorated for the holidays. Some will have 12-foot-tall Christmas trees. Stroll through the ages of Christmas as we bring out the best of My Old Kentucky Home through decoration, music, and food. Enjoy the sights, hear the beautiful live acoustic music, and enjoy Victorian-era Christmas treats such as cider, cookies and more!

Santa Claus will also be making a visit this year to read “The Night Before Christmas” for the kids, and will be waiting to hear what everyone wants for Christmas!  Children can make their own ornaments to hang on the wish tree in the mansion’s children’s bedroom. Tours are available 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children and are available by calling 502-348-3502 or sold at the door.


Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade

Breakfast With Santa and Craft Fair, Dec. 12

The park’s holiday breakfast starts at 8 a.m. followed by pictures with Santa in the Hemlock Lodge Lobby starting at 9 a.m. There will also be a build-your-own toy workshop in the Magnolia Room and a crafts fair in the Trillium Room starting at 9 a.m. Call 606-663-2214.


Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs

Santa Visit and Open House, Dec. 5

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The stockings are hung by the fireplace. Holiday lights, festive attractions, spectacular events and family traditions are just a few ways to celebrate the season at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. The park will host its annual Santa Visits the Park and Gift Shop Open House on Dec. 5. The gift shop open house will take place all day long with all items discounted 25 percent. A buffet dinner will be available 4-8 p.m. at the Clifty Creek Restaurant. Free photos with Santa will be offered 5-7 p.m. in the lobby. Music in the dining room available 6-8 p.m. Traci & Friends will play some holiday favorites and country classics. Then, Gail McEwen will perform some holiday music. On Dec. 12, the park will again offer music from 6-8 p.m. with Chris Tolliver on piano followed by an encore performance by Gail McEwen singing holiday music. Call 1-800-325-1711.


Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville

Moonlight and Mistletoe, Dec. 3, 10, 17

The Moonlight and Mistletoe Dinner will include turkey or stuffed pork loin, mashed potatoes and gravy, your choice of green beans or corn and your choice of dessert, double chocolate mousse or banana caramel pudding. The dinner, served 5-8 p.m., is $11.99 per person and does not include tax, beverage or gratuity. Santa and the Grinch will be in the lobby on these dates for photos. On Dec. 3, the Middlesboro High School Choir will be caroling in the lobby from 5:30-7:30 p.m. On Dec. 17, the Bell County High School Choir will be caroling in the lobby from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Call 606-337-3066.

{Kentucky State Park Christmas Events Continued Below…}

Rough River Dam State Resort Park Christmas Tree

Rough River Dam State Resort Park

Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Falls of Rough

Supper with Santa, Dec. 5

Grayson’s Landing Restaurant will host Supper with Santa 4:30-8 p.m. This kid-friendly buffet is $9.99 for adults and $4.99 for children. Bring your camera for photos with Santa and create your own Christmas ornaments. Call 800-325-1713.


Waveland State Historic Site, Lexington

Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ and Candlelight Tour at Waveland, Dec. 4-5, 11-12

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season at Waveland State Historic Site.  Relive Christmas of the past with scenes from the classic story, “A Christmas Carol.”  Santa will be in the parlor reciting the story, “The Night Before Christmas.” Remember to bring your camera!  Come enjoy cookies and hot cocoa while shopping for that special someone in our log cabin gift shop.  Open 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and children 6 and under are free. Call 859-272-3611.

Many state resort parks will also hold New Year’s Eve parties and dinners Dec. 31. For more information about these and other events, call your favorite park or visit

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park Christmas Tree

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park

Civil War Comes to The Homeplace

December 12, 2015 in the Land Between the Lakes Recreational Area

Civil War Books and Merch at The Homeplace
Civil War Merchandise at The Homeplace
If you’re a Civil War buff, The Homeplace in the Land Between the Lakes Recreation Area is THE place to be on December 12.

“Civil War Comes to The Homeplace” will take place on Saturday, December 12, from 10 am – 3 pm. Visitors can stroll around the farm and see it as it would have appeared during the war years. Local historian, Susan “Ski” Witzofsky, will present War Between The Rivers at 1 pm in the Homeplace Theater.

Programs are included with paid admission:

  • $5 adults
  • $3 ages 5-12
  • free ages 4 and under.

Fourth grade students can go to Every Kid in a Park and get their 4th grade pass to get in for free!

“The farm will go forward in time and focus on the Civil War from the perspective of everyday farm families. Visitors can learn how farm families faced the challenges of keeping the family fed and clothed, and the farm operating, often with no men, draft animals, or seeds to plant a cash crop. People can also visit a Confederate encampment on the farm, talk to civilian soldiers, and learn about a soldiers’ life.” – Cindy Earls, Lead Homeplace Interpreter

For more information visit the LBL’s Official Website, click on Calendar, and go to December 12 events, Civil War Comes to The Homeplace, or call the Homeplace 1850s Working Farm at 931-232-6457.

Civil War Caps- Kentucky's Land Between the Lakes (The Homeplace)

Kentucky State Parks: 2015 Thanksgiving Day Buffets

Sweet Potatoes, Ham, Turkey, Rolls, Chicken, Roast Beef...

Rough River Dam State Resort Park's Grayson Landing Restaurant

Grayson’s Landing at Rough River Dam State Resort Park

As long as you don’t have to eat gluten free (like quite a few of us these days), the Kentucky State Resort Parks are a really cool place to enjoy a meal. I really miss sitting in my favorite State Resort Parks’ restaurants – supporting them while enjoying the view AND the locally made food.

We used to eat at them frequently but, since they don’t have gluten free options, all I can enjoy now is the coffee.

However, if you don’t have to follow a restrictive gluten free diet, be sure to keep the State Resort Park restaurants in mind when choosing a place to eat…. even on Thanksgiving!

The following is a press release from the Kentucky State Parks: 

What has 2,000 pounds of turkey, 1,500 pounds of sweet potatoes and 750 pounds of country ham? Don’t forget the 4,300 pieces of fried chicken, the 1,300 pounds of roast beef and 12,000 rolls.

The answer is the Kentucky State Parks’ Thanksgiving Day buffet at 16 of the resort parks across the state on Nov. 26.

The parks have hosted the buffet for more than four decades and usually serve about 10,000 customers on Thanksgiving Day.

The buffet will be served from noon to 8 p.m. on Nov. 26 at most parks.

The buffet will include soups, cheeses and salads for starters. Entrees include turkey and dressing, baked ham, carved roast beef and fried chicken. Vegetables include old-fashioned candied yams, country-style green beans and mashed potatoes with giblet gravy.

The cost for the buffet will be $18.99 plus tax (drink included) for adults; $8.99 for children ages 6-12; and children 5 and under are free.

Save some room for dessert! The parks will be baking 340 pies – including pecan and pumpkin.

Kenlake State Resort Park will serve the Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and General Butler State Resort Park will serve 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park will be offering a reduced buffet. Guests should note that the restaurant and lodge at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park is closed for repairs.

For more information on the Thanksgiving Day buffet and other state park events, visit



Why You Should Go to The Nature Station This Weekend!

The Answer is in the Pictures...

Beautiful Skunk at the Nature Station in Kentucky's Land Between the Lakes.
Beautiful Skunk at The Nature Station
It’s no secret that I’m completely in love with animals, birds, and trees. So head over heels in fact that I could (and do) spend hours upon hours photographing and watching them.

If you happen to also love photography and – in the words of Ellie Mae Clampett – Critters, you’ll be as crazy about the Nature Station in the Land Between the Lakes as I am.

For one thing, the Nature Station staff takes excellent care of their animals and birds. These are beautiful animals that, for various reasons, could never survive in the wild. The Nature Station allows them to live out their lives in safety with beautiful surroundings, shelter, endless amusement (mostly provided be us gawkers), and a steady supply of food.

They’re honestly as spoiled as my own cats and that’s saying something.

The Nature Station isn’t just Heaven on Earth for photographers and animal lovers – it’s the ideal setting to teach your children to respect and love wildlife.

Autumn at the Nature Station
Autumn is Gorgeous at the Nature Station
While – as you’d suspect – we visit the Nature Station all spring and summer, autumn is truly one of my favorite times. For one thing, there are usually less people. Not that I hate people, of course, but less people means I can take all the time in the world trying to get just the right picture of the beautiful animals. Yesterday I got right down on the ground to get an eye-level picture of a skunk and there wasn’t anyone around to think I was crazy except for my husband… and, let’s face it, he’s used to it.

White-breasted Nuthatch Nature Station
White-Breasted Nuthatch
While the regular cast of characters (wolves, owls, opossum, groundhog, coyote, eagle, vultures, etc) remains the same – you’ll see different birds in the beautiful garden throughout the year. While summer finds the feeders filled with songbirds, goldfinches, hummingbirds, cardinals, blue jays, etc., autumn allows you to see birds you may not see as often, such as woodpeckers and the beautiful White-Breasted Nuthatch pictured above.

Gorgeous Owl LBL Nature Station
Gorgeous Owl!
The beauty of autumn makes a gorgeous backdrop for the pictures. For example, see the picture of the owl above? I’m crazy wild about the way her/his eyes perfectly match the gold leaf in the back.

The deer, turkey, bobcat, and the rest of the beauties wear autumn especially well, too.

Deer at the Nature Station in the LBL
How’s This For Picturesque?!
I also love the fact that, when the trees lose their leaves, the BIG nests (see below) are much more visible. So are the birds that call them home! The photographic opportunities are endless.

Nest at the Nature Station LBL
Very Large Nests Can Be Seen in Autumn
Smaller crowds also mean that you can pretty much have the Nature Station workers all to yourself. If you have a question about any of the animals, simply ask them. They think of these beautiful animals like we think of our pets – very affectionately and with a great deal of pride.

They even name them! Do I have to tell you how much respect I have for that?!?

Opossum at the Nature Station
I Love This Beautiful Opossum (Possum)
The Opossum pictured above is a pretty old girl – I didn’t tell her that, in case she’s sensitive. I just love possums – whether, like me, you call them possums or you choose to call them their more scientific name Opossums, they are really remarkable little animals.

Beautiful Deer at the Nature Station
Beautiful Deer Enjoying the Autumn Day
One of my favorite animals at the Nature Station is the Bobcat. What would you expect from a self-proclaimed crazy cat lady. I’m all about cats. Besides, as a UK fan, how could I NOT love bobcats, also known as wildcats?!

The bobcat always poses for me so beautifully, it’s like she knows how much I love her. She’s just really something special and I never get tired of watching her. In the gallery below, I trust you’ll forgive me for letting this love run amok. I remind myself of a grandparent taking pictures of a grandchild… must capture every move she makes!

My Beautiful Friend, the Bobcat at the Nature Station
My Buddy, the Bobcat
The Nature Station will close for the season at the end of November. I truly hope you’ll plan a trip and enjoy a beautiful autumn day while there’s time. I may even see you there. I’ll be the crazy lady (probably wearing something St. Louis Cardinals related!) down on the ground talking to and photographing animals.

My husband? He’ll be close by… unless it’s a skunk I’m spending time with. In that case, he’ll be safely out of “range.”

Downtown Greensburg: More Than Just Slaw Burgers!

An Autumn Day in a Historic Little Kentucky Town

Green County Historic Marker

Historic Downtown Greensburg

One of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon is to roll into a Kentucky downtown, get out of the car, and get to know every nook and cranny.  Even if it’s a downtown I’m familiar with, I never tire of the nooks or the crannies.

Greensburg is a great little historical downtown. As a history buff, I think I could hang out there for hours just sitting and imagining what it was like long ago.  That’s one of my favorite things to do in downtowns  – “picture” how everything looked as people went about their daily routines generations ago.


Old Greensburg Courthouse

Old Greensburg Courthouse

Old buildings that now house new businesses just fascinate me. I know that many of these buildings have to be repaired and maintained, but when they’re left as close to the original building as possible, it’s a beautiful thing.

Downtown Greensburg, Ky

… a Slaw Burger, Fries, and a Bottle of Ski!

It was a huge, colossal, downright soul-crushing disappointment to find that Ennis’ Home of the Headhunters’ Original Slawburgers was closed. The Kentucky Headhunters put Ennis’ on the map with their popular song “Dumas Walkers.” Okay, so maybe it wasn’t “soul crushing,” but it WAS a huge disappointment.

Well, let’s all go down to Dumas Walker.
Let’s all go down to Dumas Walker.
We’ll get a slaw burger, fries, and a bottle of Ski.
Bring it on out to my baby and me.
— Kentucky Headhunters

Old Peoples Bank Greensburg, Ky

Old Peoples Bank

The Old Greensburg Courthouse (gallery below) is someplace all history lovers should visit. Just look at the beautiful HUGE chain between the columns. It’s really a fascinating building.

This chain serves as a reminder that we should never just walk past any building or landmark. Stop, look around, and appreciate what’s right in front of you.

Old Greensburg Courthouse

Old Greensburg Kentucky Courthouse

Click on the pictures below to see more of Greensburg, Kentucky – better yet, go check it out for yourself! Hopefully you can get a slaw burger while you’re in town.

Now, it’s only fitting to end the trip to Greensburg with a “slaw burger, fries, and a bottle of Ski…” right?

Baseball fans, did you know Rod Henderson is from Greensburg? Henderson was born in Greensburg and attended Glasgow High School (Glasgow, Kentucky). He then went to the University of Kentucky, where he pitched for the Wildcats’ baseball team.

He was drafted in 1992 by the Montreal Expos. In addition to pitching in Montreal, he pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1998.

I believe he is currently a professional scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates – one of the most exciting teams in baseball. Even though they’re one of my St. Louis Cardinals biggest rivals, I respect the way they play the game. Even more so now that I know they have a Kentuckian in their organization… and an ex-Wildcat, at that!

To learn more about Greensburg, check out Greensburg Online.

Greensburg, Kentucky

‘Owl Prowl’ Planned for Pine Mountain State Resort Park Nov. 28

Have I Mentioned How Gorgeous Pine Mountain State Park Is???

Pine Mountain State Resort Park

View from Pine Mountain State Resort Park

I know I’ve told you probably 3, 544. 633 times how beautiful Pine Mountain State Resort Park is – but if you’ve seen it for yourself, you know why I’m a broken record. If you haven’t seen the beautiful park set in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, I hope you’ll go soon.

The park is picturesque and downright breathtaking anytime of the year. In fact, if I could be assured of access to gluten free food in the park’s restaurant, I think a weekend at the park’s lodge – looking out at snow-covered mountains would be the experience of a lifetime.

If you’re counting, that makes 3, 544. 634.

If you love owls, the following press release from the Kentucky State Parks is right up your tree.

Pine Mountain State Resort Park Lodge

Pine Mountain State Resort Park Lodge

From the State Parks:

OwlIf you’re a night owl, or if you just want to learn more about owls, make plans to visit Pine Mountain State Resort Park for its “Owl Prowl” the evening of Nov. 28.

The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with a program on “Silent Predators of the Night” conducted by Mitch Whitaker of the Letcher County Rehabilitation and Education Center with live owls. Guests who plan to take the hike will gather at 8 p.m. in the upper lobby.

The group will drive to the old campground for the owl prowl led by naturalists from Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and Pine Mountain State Resort Park.

Guests should bring a small flashlight or headlamp (red light preferred), binoculars, and appropriate clothing for the weather. The park’s restaurant and lodge will be open and a special lodging rate for owl prowl guests is available. The event is free.

For more information, call 606-337-3066.

Pine Mountain State Resort Park has a 30-room lodge, cottages and a full-service restaurant. It also has a golf course and other recreational opportunities for guests. Pine Mountain State Resort Park is located south of Pineville, on US 25E, 10 miles north of Middlesboro.

Photo Credit: The picture of the beautiful owl is from the Kentucky State Parks.

Pictures of the Day: Moonlite Bar-B-Que Inn

They Put Owensboro on the Map as the Barbecue Capital of the World!

Moonlite Bar-B-Que Owensboro, Kentucky

Owensboro’s Moonlite Bar-B-Que Inn

Owensboro, Kentucky (or as we call it, “Home“) is known for many things…

  • great parks
  • birthplace of Johnny Depp
  • annual Bar-B-Que Festival
  • gorgeous Riverfront Park: Smother’s Park
  • softball tournaments

But as much as anything, we’re known for our barbecue and the restaurant that put us on the map is Moonlite Bar-B-Que on West Parrish.  Moonlite is a beautiful, cozy restaurant with decor that oozes southern charm.  I’m also pretty wild about the country store/gift shop.

Moonlite Good and Evil Pickled Jalapenos and Garlic and Ale 8

Delicious Good & Evil Pickles and Ale 8!

We actually order takeout from Moonlite more often than we actually dine in, and we never leave the country store type gift shop without some great Kentucky food – pictured above are a few “regulars” we love to return home with.


Pulled BBQ Pork takeout from Moonlite

Pulled Pork – Takeout from Moonlite Bar-B-Que Inn

We actually have three great barbecue restaurants in town: Moonlite, Old Hickory, and Ole South.  Each one is unique in its approach to barbecue, sides, and even prices.  When I hear people say that they always go to a specific one whenever they’re in town, I tell them they’re nuts…. politely, of course. You should make a point to try each one.

Each of the three has their own particular areas where they excel – categories where they’re better than the other two.

One of these days I’ll put together a review comparing each of the big three’s barbecue sauce, friendliness, prices, pork, mutton, sides….

Looks like I’ll have to do some research. Tough job but someone has to do it…..

Moonlite Bar-B-Que Inn

  • 2840 W Parrish Ave
  • (270) 684-8143
  • Website

Old Hickory Bar-B-Que

  • 338 Washington Ave (off of Frederica)
  • (270) 926-9000
  • Website

Ole South Bar-B-Que

  • 3523 KY-54
  • (270) 926-6464
  • Website

Happy Halloween from Genuine Kentucky!

In a Word, it's All About FUN

Cookies at Kroger

Cookies at Kroger

For whatever reasons, Halloween is a controversial “holiday.” You have some people who use it for bad, ugly, downright stupid behavior – and because of these morons, you have some people who declare the entire day “evil.”

As for me, I’ve always thought that (like everything else), Halloween is what you make it. I grew up in a Christian home and my husband and I have always created a Christian home for our daughters.

In this home, Halloween was always just a day of candy, make believe, and dress up. Nothing sinister. Nothing creepy. Certainly nothing evil.

Unless of course, one of her sisters stole a piece of Brittany’s candy… then things got absolutely sinister until they gave it back!

I can hear her now:

“MOMMMMMY!!! She took my candy!”

But, you have hundreds left, baby.”

“But I wanted THAT one most!!!”


There’s No Age Limit on Fun

I think of Halloween as a day that makes kids (of all ages) happy. And in that spirit, I say Happy Halloween!

Cookies at Kroger

Love this Cookie’s Attitude!

Personally, my favorite thing about Halloween is it’s another day closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas… the main events.

Pictures of the Day: Yeiser Art Center, Downtown Paducah, Kentucky

He's the Strong, Silent Type...

Yeiser Art Center Downtown Paducah

Yeiser Art Center in Downtown Paducah 

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a gajillion (made up word basically meaning countless) times – I LOVE downtowns.  Naturally, Kentucky has the best downtowns in the country and Paducah is home to one of the best.

I could spend an entire day in downtown Paducah. Morning coffee at Etcetera, followed by shopping, lunch, and more shopping. Followed by  photographing every inch of the down town and riverfront, followed by another trip to Etcetera, followed by supper and more shopping….. and back to Etcetera.

Why haven’t I actually done this? Come on, me, make it happen!

Paducah's "Five Dollars" History
Paducah’s “Five Dollars” History!

On our most recent trip to Paducah, it was unfortunately little more than a “drive by.” We did, however, allow time for a quick trip to Etcetera and I snapped a few pictures (shown here) of a good looking fella in front of the Yeiser Art Center. He was the strong silent type,  but what I loved most is the fact he was St. Louis Cardinals red.

Read more about the beautiful and historical Yeiser Art Center by clicking the link.

As for my St. Louis Cardinals… we’ll get ’em next year!

Yeiser Art Center - Downtown Paducah, Kentucky