Grand Rivers Celebrates Stanley Walker Day

RayandStanley_WalkerIn honor of Grand Rivers native and musical talent Stanley Walker, Sunday, June 7, 2015 will be celebrated with a concert by Stanley and friends at the Badgett Playhouse. The concert is free, but donations will be collected for Together We Rise. Together We Rise is a non-profit organization benefiting area foster children. The donations will go towards a fund to purchase custom duffel bags for foster children going in between homes.

When moving from home to home, or facility to facility foster children carry their belongings in a plastic bag– if they have belongings to begin with. Most of the things they carry are clothes that aren’t even theirs because in most foster facilities children share clothing. Stanley Walker Day will raise money to purchase duffel bags with special items placed inside for these children to travel with. These bags are $30 a piece and come with a blanket, pillow pal, hygiene kit, a box of crayons, and a coloring book. A team of volunteers will decorate the bags and add in a personal letter. Giving them words of inspiration and encouragement they don’t hear very often.

Help us to make a difference in the way children experience foster care here in our area. Concert time is 2:00 p.m. Join us in Grand Rivers for an afternoon of live music by Stanley Walker and friends and help Stanley raise money for a good cause.

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.

Here is a link we have started online to help raise money for the bags. Together We Rise!

May 2015 at the Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers

Sweetheart_Info-Page02022012Here is what’s happening at the Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers, KY, in May. 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.

The Sweethearts of Country Music
Friday May 1, at 2:00PM
Saturday May 2, 9 and 16 at 7:00PM
Join three very different ladies as they pursue one common goal… the elusive dream of fame and fortune on Music Row in Nashville. Along the way, these “Sweethearts” pay tribute to the ladies of country music that have gone on before them; Dolly, Loretta, Tammy and many, many more.

The Southern Gospel Show
May 2, and 5 at 2:00PM
Join us 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.

Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming
Saturdays at 2:00PM
May 9, 16, 23, and 30
Its 1945, the war is over and America’s years of prosperity are just beginning. Reverend Mervin Oglethorpe has been called to preach in Texas, and is preparing to ride into the sunset with his wife June, who is eight months pregnant. Tomorrow morning, young Dennis Sanders takes over as Mount Pleasant’s pastor.

The Outlaws of Country Music
Saturday May 22 and 30 at 7:00PM
Friday May 22 at 2:00PM
In this sequel to “The Sweethearts of Country Music”, we celebrate the other side of country…the Outlaws.

Variety! Music, Memories, & More

May 28 at 2:00PM, May 29 at 7:00PM
“Variety! Music, Memories & More” is Western Kentucky’s newest entertainment attraction! This Branson-style family show features a dynamic cast of professional singers, dancers and musicians! Reserve seating. Call the box office at 888-362-4223.

Find the complete Badgett Playhouse Schedule on the web at Schedule subject to change. Please call before you travel.

Events Kids Love in Grand Rivers, KY

Kids Fishing2 003If you are planning a family vacation or just a day out with the kids at Kentucky Lake, you may want to center your dates around one of our many kid focused events. Here are highlights and 2015 dates of Grand Rivers events that kids love:

Patti’s 1880′s Settlement Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Every Year, Patti’s 1880′s Settlement hides THOUSANDS of eggs and gives away many prizes. This is a don’t miss event for the kids. For reservations in Patti’s Restaurant or for the event time and more information call: 888-736-2515 or 270-362-8844.

Top Gun Car Show Event Series Cruise-ins
Second Saturday of the Month, April through September, 2015
Kids love cars and the second Saturday of the month April through September downtown Grand Rivers is full of cars! The Cruise-ins feature cars, trucks, tractors, and motorcycles. The day includes fun for the entire family and this is a free event. Makes a great outing for grandparents and kids and for groups that have a variety of age groups. Find information on the Top Gun website.

Kids Free Fishing Event
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Introduce your kids to fishing with the Kids Free Fishing Tournament at Little Lake Park in Grand Rivers. The event is open to ages up to 12 years old. You may Bring your own pole – or use one of ours. Bait is provided (good old fashion worms to put on your hook). Trophies are awarded by age group. Refreshments provided.

Variety, Music, Memories and More at the Badgett Playhouse
Various dates throughout the year
Kids love live music and this Branson-style family show features a dynamic cast of professional singers, dancers and musicians! This musical production celebrates music and entertainment from our country’s history both past to present! A family friendly production, Variety! is a great way to share musical memories with your kids. Find the schedule and ticket information on the Variety! website or call the Box Office at 888-362-4223.

Grand Rivers Marina Day
Saturday, August 8, 2015
In this little village of only 230 households and over 600 boat slips, Grand Rivers Marina Day is a big Celebration. This day is all about kids and family with activities and events centered around the water. This year’s Marina Day celebration in Grand Rivers will include Free children’s water fun and activities, Live Music, and a Big Fireworks show at Dusk. Visit the Marina Day website for full information- And check back often as we update plans for the day.

Grand Rivers Hunters Moon Fall Festival
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Bring your family and help us celebrate small town community life with an old fashion fall festival. This Famous Festival feature a taste of the lakes food vending area, craft and flea market vendors, Little Mr. and Miss Pageant (Thursday Night), children’s Halloween costume parade and awards, children’s free games and activities, an animal show, and the big parade. Each year, the big parade is Santa’s first visit to Western Kentucky.
Find information on the Hunters Moon website.

Festival of Lights
First Friday in November through first week of January
Each year Patti’s 1880’s Settlement is Transformed into a Christmas Wonderland with over 700,000 lights in downtown Grand Rivers and Patti’s Settlement. Outside hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights glow and twinkle and put on a show for all to enjoy. While inside the restaurants and gift stores there are hundreds of trees and garlands loaded with ornaments and lights too! Visit Patti’s website for more information. Make sure to make reservations if you plan to dine at Patti’s.

Christmas Spectacular at the Badgett Playhouse
Select Dates in November and December 2015
The Variety! Christmas Spectacular is the new holiday tradition for many families. The show features Christmas favorites from “Rudolph” to “O Holy Night” – two full hours of Christmas music with singers, dancers, and a live band. The show closes with songs and words that reflect the true meaning of the season. Their rendition of “O Holy Night” always receives a standing ovation. Visit the Variety! website for a complete schedule.

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Patti’s 1880′s Settlement
Dates To Be Announced
Kids of all ages love to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Patti’s 1880′s Settlement. Once again, you will believe in the magic of Christmas. Make sure you bring a camera and capture the special visit.

Visit Grand Rivers with your family for memories that will last a lifetime.

Badgett Playhouse Spring Preview Series

50's Show Badgett Playhouse Grand RiversBe the first to get a 2015 sneak-peek at some of the Grand Rivers Badgett Playhouse’s most beloved shows!

February 28th through March 28th, 2015, the Badgett Playhouse wil be performing The Fabulous 50s Show, Pickin’ & Grinnin’, Variety! & The Southern Gospel Show- all as one-time Saturday night shows with a ridiculously low ticket price! Just $12.00 + tax/fee per person! If that’s not enough, for just $45.00 + tax/fee, the Badgett Playhouse will give you all 4 shows as a special bundle. Just ask for the ‘Preview Package!’

All shows feature profession singers, dancers, and a live band.

Interested in this special? Better hurry, tickets are already selling like hotcakes! These special ticket prices are available on these special spring preview shows only.

Visit the Baddgett Playhouse website: for more information and the dates of each production or call the box office to order your tickets today: 1-888-362-4223.

Sweet Valentines Plans in Grand Rivers, KY

Jetty Sunset 2Do 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:

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 14 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.

The Grand Rivers Senior and Community center will be hosting a Valentines dance February Friday the 13th, 2015 at their normal time.

Extras for Bonus Points

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, Saturday February 14, 2015 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.