Celebrate Stanley Walker Day

 Celebrate Stanley Walker Day


In honor of Grand Rivers native and musical talent Stanley Walker, Sunday, June 26, 2016 will be celebrated with a concert by Stanley and friends at the Badgett Playhouse. The concert is free, but donations will be collected for Kosair Charities. Kosair Charities’ mission is to protect the health and well-being of children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana by providing financial support for clinical services, research, pediatric healthcare education, and child advocacy.

Stanley Walker
Stanley was born in Grand Rivers and started playing guitar when he was only five years old. Growing up, he listened to the Grand Ole Opry and dreamed of being there. In 1969, his dream came true when he played behind Jean Shepard. Stanley’s sound is different from any other guitarist because he tunes his guitar to straight E rather than natural tuning. His early playing resembled single string Ernest Tubb songs.

Stanley played lead guitar for Ray Smith and the Rock and Roll Boys from 1956 to 1969. With rockabilly enthusiasts, Ray is revered for his five singles released on Sun Records. Stanley played on all of Smith’s songs cut at Sun.

Stanley’s career highlights also included appearances on Hee Haw, solo recordings, and backing artists including Roy Clark, Lefty Frizzell, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Stanley has produced four country albums and was recognized in Billboard Magazine for the singles, ‘Old Easy Loving & He Ain’t Easy Anymore. Stanley was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2008.

Kosair Charities
Since their founding in 1923, Kosair Charities has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of children by providing the highest quality health care for those who have nowhere else to turn. Through support from generous donors, children who have no other source of help receive the medical attention they desperately need and deserve. The true impact of Kosair Charities is seen in the innocent young lives that have been changes.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 26 at 2:00p.m. at the Badgett Playhouse. Join Grand Rivers as they celebrate Stanley, support a great cause, and enjoy an afternoon of musical entertainment. Sponsors for this event include Grand Rivers Tourism Commission, WCCK Radio Calvert and the Badgett Playhouse Theater.


Sweet Valentines Plans in Grand Rivers, KY

Do you have something special planned this Valentines Day? Well if not let me help you make some plans you and yours will love! Here is a list of what’s happening in Grand Rivers for Valentines weekend. With events on both Friday and Saturday nights, we have your weekend covered:

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Weekend Get Aways

Enjoy the Green Turtle Bays Sweet Heart Package this Valentines day. Enjoy a romantic weekend get-away with your Sweetheart in one of Green Turtle Bays luxury one bedroom condos. Dance the night away at Commonwealth Yacht Club and enjoy the special CYC Valentine’s menu. You will also receive a romantic basket in your condo awaiting your arrival. Packages Start at $370. Find more information on the Green Turtle Bay website.

If you are looking for a romantic get away for the weekend, make sure you check out Lighthouse Landing Resort. Lighthouse Landing offers romantic views of Kentucky Lake at special winter rates. Find information on the Lighthouse Landing website.

Dinner, Dancing, and Music

The Commonwealth Yacht Club Members, Green Turtle Bay Condo guests and Transient Boat Guests are all invited to join the Saturday, February 13 party at the CYC club for a night of great food and live music. Please make reservations in advance by calling 270-362-4444 (Club) or 800-498-0428 (Resort).

If she loves music, she will love a performance of Variety! The Love Songs at the Badgett Playhouse Theater. Variety! The Love Songs is featured both Friday and Saturday nights at the Playhouse. Find more information on the Badgett Playhouse website.

The way to his heart? Make plans for a romantic dinner at Patti’s 1880’s Settlement. Patti’s is famous for their 2″ thick pork chop, yummy desserts, and for being that special place for that special someone. Call 270-362-8844 for reservations.

How about a romantic weekend at The Rose of the Lake Bed & Breakfast?! The only B&B in Grand Rivers, the guest rooms are all named for a delicate Rose and the decor is splashed with the colors of that Rose. Each morning of your stay the kitchen will be filled with the aromas of the wonderful dishes being prepared for your breakfast. For rates and availability, visit http://roseofthelakes.com/

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Don’t forget Sugar and Spice this romantic Holiday season. Why buy flowers and cards when they won’t last like the memory of wonderfully crafted sweets just for that special someone you love this Valentines? Customize your sweethearts candy box this year and make it a Valentines to remember. Phone 270-362-2362 to place your order.

Breakfast in bed is always a plus, especially on Valentines day. The Liteside Bakery and café has everything you will need to make your sweethearts Valentines morning unforgettable. (And you wont even have to clean up after cooking!)The Liteside Bakery and Cafe will be open Valentines day, Sunday February 14, 2016 from 8:00AM until 2:00PM. If you don’t mind cleaning up after cooking and you think you have what it takes to make that perfect breakfast in bed, then don’t forget the Village Market and Cafe for anything you would need to make it happen.

For the complete listing of lodging options and events, visit the Grand Rivers website.

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.

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