Birds, Bugs, and More at Cool Critters Day at Land Between The Lakes

younggilaGet an up-close look at birds, bugs, snakes, turtles, and more during Cool Critters Day at Woodlands Nature Station in Land Between The Lakes, Saturday, July 11, 2015, from 10am-4pm. Event admission is $5 per person; ages 4 and under are free. All programs are included with admission.

See live tropical birds up-close, pose for a picture with a snake, touch a tarantula, and stare down a snapping turtle. A variety of live animal programs and exhibits, as well as kids’ games, crafts, visits from Smokey Bear, and other animal-inspired activities will be available throughout the day. A complete schedule can be found on the event page online at www.landbetweenthelakes.us/calendar/cool-critters-day/.

Special guests include:
• Insect Road Show with the University of Kentucky’s Department of Entomology, ongoing from 10am-4pm. Visiting Entomologist, Ric Bessin, will introduce critters such as a tarantula, giant millipede, walking stick bug, and more.
• Cool Critters of the World with the Natural History Educational Company of the Midsouth at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. Meet a fruit bat, Gila monster, Eurasian eagle, and a few other surprise critters, and discover the cool ways these awesome animals survive and how the public can help protect them in the wild.
• Beautiful Birds: Tropical & Exotic from Nashville Zoo’s Wildlife on Wheels. Alison Rihs will present a live exotic tropical birds program at 12pm. See these beautiful birds up-close, discover more about their lives in their native habitats, and find out what challenges they face.
• Radical Reptiles from the Kentucky Reptile Zoo at 2pm. Meet a variety of reptiles from around the globe and explore the diversity of the reptilian world. Learn what makes each animal unique, how it survives in its environment, and the important role it plays in nature.

Additional guests include, live reptiles and amphibians from Murray State’s Herpetological Society, aquatic animals from Murray State’s Hancock Biological Station, and more!

“If your children like animals, they’ll love Cool Critters Day,” said Nature Station naturalist, Aviva Yasgur. “Thanks to some great sponsors we will be offering two new exciting programs, Tropical Birds and Radical Reptiles. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about these interesting, exotic critters and see them up-close.”

Support for this program is provided by Murray State University’s Hancock Biological Station, Murray Animal Hospital, Prizer Point Marina & Resort, The Murray Bank, Vacation Club International, Shawnee Bay Resort, Camp-A-Rama, Taylor Family Dentistry, and Benton Lakeland Animal Hospital.

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area manages more than 170,000 acres in western Kentucky and Tennessee as part of the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture’s public lands program. Land Between The Lakes offers outdoor recreation, lake access, land management, and environmental education to over 1.4 million visitors annually. The Friends of Land Between The Lakes works in partnership with the Forest Service providing program services, funds development, and volunteer support.

To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call toll-free at 1-800-LBL-7077.

July 2015 at the Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers, KY

Super 60 ShowHere is what’s happening at the Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers, KY, in July 2015. Please call to confirm before you travel. All shows are reserve seating. Call the box office at 888-362-4223 and book your tickets today.

Pickin’ & Grinnin”
Every Thursday night this July 7:00PM
July 17 at 2:00PM
Join The Badgett Playhouse for a tribute to all those great country-themed variety shows! Featuring classic country hits, comedy sketches, a five-piece band and three singers performing the hits of such artists as Buck Owens, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Charlie Pride, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Floyd Cramer. Classic comedy sketches and corny jokes help to recreate the feel of the by-gone era of the variety show format.

The Fabulous 50′s Show
July 18, and 25 at 2:00PM
July 11 at 7:00PM
Celebrate the sights and sounds of the greatest decade ever! Take a stroll down memory lane through a time that brought us Doo-Wop, Elvis, Car Hops and the Twist. Grease your hair back or throw on a poodle skirt and rollerskate on down to the theater for a fabulous time!

Variety! Music, Memories & More
Friday nights in July 7:00PM
Friday July 24 at 2:00PM
This weekly venue celebrates music and entertainment from our country’s history both past to present! Take a stroll down memory lane! Let the songs and special moments from the past touch your life again like they did back then. Relive old memories and make new ones!

The 70’s Show!
Saturday, July 11 at 2:00PM
Saturday, July 18 and 25 at 7:00PM
Remember when music was fun?! A two-hour tribute to Disco, Rock & Roll, Singer-songwriters and a whole lot more.

The Southern Gospel Show
July 10, 12, 26, and 31 at 2:00PM
Join The Badgett Playhouse for these special afternoon Gospel Shows where the soaring vocals and talented musicians will have you singing along to your favorite gospel songs and hymns.

All performances Reserved Seating.
Call the Box Office at 888-362-4223
for tickets.
Find the complete 2015 Badgett Playhouse Schedule online at www.grandriversvariety.com

2015 Kentucky & Barkley Lakes Area Firework Displays

Fireworks Lake BarkleyHere is a list of Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley area Fourth of July fireworks displays. All listings are subject to change so please call before you travel.

June 27th – 9:00 p.m. – Fireworks at Bee Spring Lodge on Kentucky Lake
Phone: (270) 354-6515

July 3rd – 9:00 p.m. – Kentucky Lake Big Bang at Moors Resort
Phone: (270) 362-8361

July 3rd – 9:00 p.m. – Lake Barkley State Resort Park
Phone: (270) 924-1131

July 3rd – 9:00 p.m. – Blast Over Kuttawa on Lake Barkley at Kuttawa Harbor Marina
Phone: (270) 388-9563

July 4th – Dusk – Ameribration Celebration in Calvert City
Phone: (270) 395-7130

July 4th – Dusk – Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park on Kentucky Lake
Phone: (270) 362-4271

July 4th – Dusk – Thunder Over Eddy Bay at Eddy Creek Marina on Lake Barkley
Phone: (270) 388-2271

Happy Fourth of July! Don’t forget to join us in Grand Rivers on Saturday, August 8, for our annual Grand Rivers Marina Day fireworks. For more information on Marina Day, visit the Grand Rivers website.

Kentucky Drag Boat Association Show & Shine

KYDragBoatLogoCome join the Kentucky Drag Boat Association for a Boat Show and Shine on Friday, July 3, in Grand Rivers, KY. The Boat Show is a free event and all ages are welcome.

Come out and view the beautiful race boats, meet the drivers and get their autographs. The event time is 1:00PM until 6:00PM, and the boats will be located in Little Lake Park.

There will be a BBQ vendor in front of the Village Market and Café, and their inside deli is open until 8:00PM. Craig’s Dairy Dream is also open until 8:00PM and they serve hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, and shakes. In the park with the show there will be a hamburger and hotdog vendor.

The Kentucky Drag Boat Association also invites visitors to come to Kentucky Lake at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area on Saturday and Sunday, July 4 and 5, for qualifying rounds and drag boat races. Kentucky Drag Boat Association’s summer racing series takes place at Pisgah Bay on the north end of LBL.

Bring lawn chairs or ground blankets to Birmingham Ferry and enjoy an exciting day of racing. The heart-pounding events feature blown-alcohol boats, hydros and jet-powered boats, and flat-bottom racers skimming the water at speeds exceeding 150 mph.For more information on these races you can visit them online at: KDBA.net

Cotton’s Seafood Company Opens in Village Market

CottonCoLogoFamily owned Cotton’s Seafood Company specializing in a large selection of Florida seafood is now open in the Village Market and Café.

Cotton’s Seafood in known in Western Kentucky for their shrimp, King Crab, Snow Crab, Lobster tails, and alligator. All of these area favorites plus a selection of fresh fish and seasonal crawfish are now available at the Village Market in Grand Rivers.

The owners Brian and Yolanda Cotton founded the company in 2010. The company grew from their families love of seafood.

Natives of Florida, the Cotton family, first visited Western Kentucky in 2006. In 2009, they moved their family from Florida to Mayfield. “I felt like God lead us to this area, and this is where we are supposed to be,” said Brian Cotton, “Somethings you just know are meant to be.”

The family quickly settled into the area but noticed a family food staple missing – fresh seafood. In 2010, Brian made a trip to Florida to pick-up seafood for friends and family. The word spread, demand grew, and Cotton’s Seafood Company was born.

In addition to the retail seafood market, the Cottons also developed a wholesale business and supplied seafood to Murray State University and over 20 Western Kentucky restaurants. The business then moved from Mayfield to Eddyville and the Cottons opened a seafood restaurant. Upon opening the restaurant, the Cotton family moved to Grand Rivers. Brian grew up on Captiva Island, FL and the marinas, resorts, and number of visitors in Grand Rivers reminded him of home.
A true family company, the Cotton’s six children and niece and nephew often help out with the business.

The new Village Market location gives the Cotton family a central lakes location to serve Western Kentucky and area visitors. Closing the restaurant will give Brian and Yolanda more time and resources to focus on expanding their retail business.

The company is now open. A Fourth of July Grand Opening will include a shrimp boil in front of the Village Market. Cotton Seafood Company offers a large selection of fresh frozen seafood items. They work only with companies using no chemicals or preservatives in the seafood.

In addition to their extensive seafood items, they offer ready to prepare or catered seafood boils. Long range plans include incorporating seafood items into the Village Market Café menu, as well as refocusing on the wholesale seafood business in Western Kentucky.

The Village Market is open seven days a week. You can find Cotton’s Seafood Company on Facebook or contact them by phone: 270-804-2211.