Weekend Entertainment in Grand Rivers

Variety Christmas Spectacular Grand Rivers KY

Although I am a big fan of fall weather and the cooler temperatures that this season brings, like everyone else, I struggle to find things to do during my free time.

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of taking my husband and 4 year old daughter to see the Variety! Music, Memories & More at the Badgett Playhouse in our scenic little town of Grand Rivers. This was our first time seeing a show at this lovely theater and we were blown away!  What exactly is Variety! you ask?  It’s a Branson-style family show that features a very talented cast of singers, musicians and dancers.  It’s a great show for young and old alike but if you plan on bringing your energetic toddler or preschooler, I would strongly suggest the matinee show or make sure they’ve had their nap before you take them to the evening show.  Kids will love the live band and colorful costumes and the adults will love the music and tribute to our armed forces.  I dare you not to tear up during the tribute!

The show features everything from swing music to motown, oldies rock & roll to country.  You’ll catch yourself singing along to your favorites and getting goosebumps while listening to the solo artists play their instruments.  Their signature show, Variety!, already had its last showing for the year earlier this month but their Christmas shows are in full swing.  Visit their website, www.grandriversvariety.com for ticket information and show times.  I already have my tickets reserved!

So for those chilly, rainy weekends this winter, head over to Grand Rivers and visit the Badgett Playhouse and don’t forget to hit the concession stand for some hot chocolate!

I promise, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

A Taste of Grand Rivers & LBL’s Natural Beauty

Hello again!  This past weekend, my husband and I got to enjoy a beautiful light display, some crisp fall air and some delicious fall treats in Grand Rivers.

Friday night started out with a viewing of the opening night of the dazzling Festival of Lights at Patti’s 1880 Settlement.  As we walked around the beautifully decorated courtyard, thousands of colorful lights twinkled against the night sky.  Adding to the festive atmosphere, was the appearance of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus waiting to meet eager children and adults alike for a photo opportunity and a chance to share their Christmas wish list.  And to top it off, it was difficult to ignore the intoxicating aroma coming from the restaurant as the kitchen prepared their famous pork chops and impressive pies.  Too early for Christmas you say?  Not at Patti’s!

fest of lights

We couldn’t have asked for better weather Saturday to take in Grand Rivers geologic beauty!  It was the perfect day for a leisurely fall hike in LBL on the Canal Loop Trail.  Starting at the North Welcome Station, we headed south through woodlands, fields and meadows rich in fall foliage and spectacular lake views.  Stands of locust trees and hackberry trees line the paths where we encountered families and bikers also taking advantage of the cool fall weather.  Be careful not to miss the signs for the connector trails or you’ll miss a turn and end up on a 6 mile hike rather than a 4 mile!


After an afternoon of hiking, we headed to the Fudge Factory on Grand Rivers main street to sample some of their seasonal pumpkin fudge treats.  The Fudge Factory offers over 16 different flavors of fudge, all equally rich and buttery!  I’m partial to the peanut butter and of course any with pumpkin in it!  Although they are only open on Saturdays and Sundays, you can order their fudge online at http://web.grandriversfudge.com/index.html.

All in all, the perfect weekend in Grand Rivers!  Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!




Welcome to Grand Rivers

View More: http://rachaelhouser.pass.us/christine-ben

I am sad to say, I am not a native of Grand Rivers, Ky nor have I spent a lot of time in this charming little town until recently.

My name is Christine Thompson and I am the new Executive Director of Grand Rivers Tourism Commission. I lived in Paducah, Ky for 20 years, which is just a short drive from Grand Rivers.  I have been here two and a half weeks and I have been welcomed with open arms from both the business owners and residents.  The natural kindness displayed by everyone makes one even more inclined to fall in love with the town’s authenticity and charm.  And what’s to love about a small town? A small, unique, lake-side town at that!

The first thing is the walking! Everything is within walking distance.  There is only one main street where most of the shops are situated and it takes you ten minutes max to stroll from one end to another at a leisurely pace.  All the shops, boutiques and restaurants are locally owned and people greet you with genuine smiles.  From the main street in Grand Rivers, you can almost get a glimpse of the top of the masts of the sailboats lined up at Lighthouse Landing.  It’s picturesque and delightful, and with the fall foliage backdrop, stunning.

It’s fascinating to see the evolving process of a downtown development, and since I did not have the pleasure of seeing Grand Rivers transform into what it is today, I am excited to be involved in it’s continuing transformation.  Over the next year, I will experience a lot of what Grand Rivers has to offer, most for the first time.  I hope you will join me in my journey as it will be informative and fun!  There will be everything from food reviews to stories of my weekend getaways at the resorts to my hiking adventures.  I would love to read comments and encourage questions and feedback.  So if you’re thinking of making a trip out to see us, enjoy travel and tourism blogs or if you’re looking to move to a small town with a lot of character and lakeside fun and want to learn more about Grand Rivers, please check out my blog as I will try to post weekly.  Also, visit our website at http://www.grandrivers.org/ and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Fundraiser presentation of Variety Christmas Spectacular Show

VARIETY XMAS SHOW 08 058Join the Badgett Playhouse on Friday, November 6, 2015, for the Opening Night Fundraiser presentation of Variety! Christmas Spectacular. Again, this year, the Badgett Playhouse is supporting the Guatemala Project.

Tickets are only $12 for this one night only! The Playhouse is raising funds for the final phase of their project to rebuild an entire community – 22 houses and a 2 room school. This entire village will be restored with funds raised solely from the Badgett Playhouse patrons.

This year The Badgett Playhouse is also doing a silent auction ONLINE! So you can start now with bidding with the culmination on November 6th. Find the silent auction online at www.galabid.com/auction/projectguat.

If you would like to donate silent auction items or food for the brisket and fish fry, please contact Bill Minihan at bill@grandriversvariety.com.

To find out more about the Guatemala Project, vist www.projectguat.com.

To find the Badgett Playhouse Calendar of Christmas Shows visit www.grandriversvariety.com.

Christmas in Grand Rivers, 2015 Highlights

Xmas 2010 020If you are planning to visit Grand Rivers over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season, here are highlights of our special events calendar. Find the full Grand Rivers calendar of events online at www.grandrivers.org/calendar

Thanksgiving Day, Patti’s 1880’s Restaurant serves a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. Call 362-8844 to make your reservations.

Variety! Music, Memories and More will open the Christmas Season on Friday, November 6, with the Variety! Christmas Spectacular. The Christmas Production will run on select dates through December 19.

Matinees will also run on most weekends in November and December. The November and December Christmas production schedule also includes The Sanders Family Christmas, Big Band Christmas, Downhome Country Christmas and a special one-night
production of It’s A Wonderful Life radio show. 

Patti’s Settlement Holiday Festival of Lights kicks off on Friday, November 6. Two special Lighting Ceremonies will be held on the first two Fridays in November with live performances to kick off the festival. Eternal Vision will be performing Friday, November 6, and the Paducah Symphony Children’s Chorus will be performing on Saturday, November 7. The Badgett Playhouse will be performing on Friday, November 13. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be there for both ceremony nights. The lights will turn on at dusk, and the Festival of Lights continues through the first week of January. The Holiday decorations include over 700,000 lights in Patti’s Settlement and downtown Grand

On Thursday, December 3 at 4:00 PM, Emanuele Fontanini will be making an appearance at Patti’s 1880′s Gift Store: Wagon Wheel. Come meet Emanuele and get one of your favorite Fontanini items signed! Also this is your chance to purchase the 2015 Tour Figure – only available at these events!

Find the complete Grand Rivers calendar of events online at www.grandrivers.org