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.

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

2015 Grand Rivers Calendar Highlights

Hunters Moon ParadeWe are putting together the Grand Rivers events calendar for 2015, and wanted to share Highlights of what we have planned. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for these 2015 Events in Grand Rivers:

Land Between the Lakes 23K, Marathon, 60K Trail Runs
Saturday, March 14, 2015 | 6:30am
This race starts at Lighthouse Landing Resort in Grand Rivers into Land Between the Lakes on the Canal Loop Trail.
Land Between the Lakes Grand Rivers Ultra Trail Run 23k, Marathon, 60k and 50 mile trail runs. Runners must pre-register with West KY Runners Club.
Hosted by West KY Runners Club.

Bluegrass Productions Top Gun Car Show Series Cruise-In
Second Saturday of each month, April – September / 3 – 8pm
Bluegrass Productions Top Gun Car Show Series Cruise-Ins. The Cruise-ins are open to all cars, trucks, tractors, and motorcycles. All makes, Models, and years of any kind are welcome to join in the fun. Entertainment, music, fun for the entire family. This is a free event with no charge to attendees or cars. Cruise-Ins take place on JH O’Bryan Ave (First KY Bank parking lot, Tourism office lot, Village Market lot) , on the Second Saturday of the month, April – September, 2015.
Visit www.topguncarshows.com for more information.

Grand Rivers 17th Annual Spring Quilt Show
Wednesday, April 22, 9am – 6pm
Thursday & Friday, April 23 – 24, 9am – 8pm
Saturday, April 25, 9am – 6pm
Grand Rivers, KY Sr. /Community Center
New and Antique Quilts on Display
View the quilts up close
Tulip patterned quilt raffle
Vendors inside and out
$3.00 per person donation accepted at the door.
Vendor and Exhibitor Information: Pat Gorbett 270-362-3377

Grand Rivers Marina Day

Saturday, August 15, 2015
Location: Green Turtle Bay Resort, Grand Rivers, KY
In this little village of only 230 households and over 600 boat slips, Grand Rivers Marina Day is a big Celebration. 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.

Kentucky’s Western Waterlands Arts & Crafts Fair
Saturday, September 5 – Monday, September 7, 2015
Location: Little Lake Park in Grand Rivers, KY
For Labor Day weekend, the place to go is the DOWNTOWN GRAND RIVERS. Original or handmade jewelry, furniture, baskets, quilts, pottery, lace, clothing, and wooden decorative items are featured along with stained glass designs, embroidery and paintings by exhibitors from nine different states. Over 100 different artisan and craftsman booths! Admission: $1.00 per person or $3.00 per car.
Saturday, Sunday – 9AM to 5PM
Monday – 9AM – 3PM

Hunters Moon Fall Festival
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Downtown Grand Rivers and Little Lake Park
For over thirty years, the village of Grand Rivers has celebrated 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, children’s Halloween costume parade and awards, children’s games and activities, live music and dance in Little Lake Park, and the big parade. Each year, the big parade is Santa’s first visit to Western Kentucky. The festival was started by the Grand Rivers Chamber of Commerce in the 1970’s as a celebration to bring together visitors and the community. Come Join in the fun!

Grand Rivers Festival of Lights

First Friday night in November 2015 through the first weekend in January 2016
Patti’s 1880′s Settlement and downtown Grand Rivers
Lights, Lights, and more Lights – decorations include over 700,000 lights in Patti’s Settlement and downtown Grand Rivers. The Festival of Lights continues through the first week of January. Lights are visable at dark each night.
Each Year Patti’s 1880′s Settlement is Transformed into a Christmas Wonderland! Outside Hundreds of Thousands of Christmas Lights glow and twinkle. While Inside the Restaurants and Gift Stores there are hundreds of trees and garlands loaded with ornaments and lights too!
Be sure to make your reservations early to eat at Patti’s. Call 888-736-2515 or 270-362-8844 for reservations. Ask Patti’s about their Private Banquet Room too. Perfect for Company Christmas Parties and Family Functions.

December Christmas Shows at the Badgett Playhouse Grand Rivers

VARIETY XMAS SHOW 08 058Christmas is in full swing at the Badgett Playhouse Theater in Grand Rivers, KY. Christmas shows run various dates through December 21, 2014. Call the box office at 888-362-4223 to reserve your tickets today. Many show dates do sell out. Visit the Variety Website for the complete and most up to date schedule of events.

Here are highlights of the December Show Schedule:

Variety! Christmas Spectacular
2:00 PM Matinees on December 1, 6, 13, 16, & 20
7:00 PM Shows on December 6, 13, & 20
This Branson-style Christmas revue features musicians, singers and dancers performing Christmas Classics, old and new. Variety! is the new must-see holiday tradition.

Down Home Country Christmas
2:00 PM Matinees on December 5, 12, 15, & 19
7:00 PM Shows on December 5, 12, & 19
All of your Christmas favorites with a country twang! Join the Badgett Playhouse as they pay tribute to the great country songs that always put us in the holiday spirit. Complete with a fair dose of corny jokes and stories, enjoy two hours of tributes to great country artists and their Christmas classics both past and present.

The Sander’s Family Christmas
2:00 PM Matinees on December 4, 11, & 18
In this sequel to the popular hit ‘Smoke on the Mountain’, the Sanders family returns. It’s Christmas Eve, 1941. Reverend Oglethorpe
has invited them to the Baptist church to sing and witness, getting the congregation into the down home holiday spirit before the boys are shipped off to World War II.

The Big Band Christmas Show
2:00 PM Matinees on December 2, 7, 8, 14, & 21
Holiday Tunes With A Big Band Swing! Inspired by the popularity of the regular season Big Band Show, this production celebrates Christmas with that same nostalgic sound. Hear all of your favorite holiday songs from an era of music made famous by the likes of Glenn Miller & Frank Sinatra.

Tuna Christmas
7:00 PM on December 4, 11, & 18
In this hilarious sequel to A Greater Tuna, It’s Christmas time in the third smallest town in Texas. Its wacky citizens parade across the stage in a cavalcade of eccentric personalities all played by two actors. This is a total delight for any season.

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
ONE NIGHT ONLY! December 21
Turn back the clock to the 1940s and set the dial for a double dose of holiday nostalgia. This nifty spin on a traditional favorite hearkens back to the golden age of radio when families gathered together for inspirational broadcasts and wholesome entertainment. Cleverly conceived and drawn directly from the enduring Capra film, savvy studio actors employ their vocal talents and live radio sound effects to re-imagine the much-loved celluloid tale of George Bailey’s journey of self-worth. Perfect for the whole family, revisit this vibrant celebration of simple goodwill and cheer in the face of hardship.

Make sure to include dinner at Patti’s and the Festival of Lights in your Grand Rivers visit. December is a busy month at Patti’s – Make Reservations at Patti’s by calling 888-736-2515.

Call before you travel; many show dates sell out and schedule is subject to change. All shows are reserve seating. Call the box office at 888-362-4223, or visit Variety online here.

Find the complete Grand Rivers Calendar of Events including Festival of Lights information here.

Santa’s Schedule at Patti’s 1880′s Settlement

1957671_10152917134145712_59287087917745050_oSanta’s Schedule at Patti’s 1880′s Settlement in Grand Rivers starts November 28, 2014 and continues through December 21.

Monday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Thursday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Visiting with Santa is a special part of the Festival of Lights. Each Year Patti’s 1880′s Settlement is Transformed into a Christmas Wonderland!

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!

Be sure to make your reservations early to eat. 888-736-2515 or 270-362-8844.

While visiting Grand Rivers, make sure you also include a Christmas musical production at the Badgett Playhouse on your must see list. For ticket prices and information on performances visit the Badgett Playhouse website.

For more information on Patti’s Festival of Lights and Patti’s Settlement visit Patti’s website.