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The Greater Owensboro Magazine is a publication of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce with advertising and editorial content produced by the Messenger-Inquirer.

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Making Owensboro Greater

ADVERTISING Angela Mayes, Advertising Director Krystal Caudill Nic Drury Holly Hayden Sam Howard Shelby Mays Lynn Saffran

Welcome to Greater Owensboro! We have an indomitable spirit here in our community. We take pride in our safe streets where you will be greeted by smiles and hellos. But our people are not the only great thing we have to offer in our designated All-American City. We are among the Top 100 Small Cities in the United States, the

EDITORIAL Jodi Keen, Special Publications Editor Renee Beasley Jones Jack Dobbs Bobbie Hayse Keith Lawrence James Mayse Jacob Mulliken Austin Ramsey Joseph Russell Don Wilkins

Top Towns in Southern Markets that Foster Technology, and the Top Ten Communities in the U.S. for Millennial Home Ownership. Here are a few of the reasons why: • An arts, entertainment and dining scene unparalleled in communities our size • The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum that supports our musical heritage • Sports and recreational events and activities for every age and interest • A vibrant agricultural community that leads with innovation and entrepreneurship • Exemplary primary and secondary schools nationally recognized for fine arts,

DESIGN Maegan Saalwaechter

innovative technology programs and academic excellence • World-class colleges and universities with diverse programs to advance our

PHOTOGRAPHERS Alan Warren, Photography Editor Greg Eans Maegan Saalwaechter

higher education as well as workforce development and training opportunities • A downtown that is thriving, growing and expanding • Tremendous growth in the innovation, research and development sectors • Owensboro Health Regional Hospital’s iconic campus focused on patient care,

Greater Owensboro U.S.A. is published annually by the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 825 Owensboro, KY 42302

ranked in the top 2% in the nation in quality • The Owensboro Convention Center, flanked by new hotels on each side and a breathtaking riverfront park, encompassing one of the top 10 playgrounds in the world • Job growth, business expansions and income growth exceeding our peers • New transportation networks being constructed to get more people and

This edition was produced by the Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro’s daily newspaper. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without permission from the Messenger-Inquirer.

goods in and out of our community, including access to the new Interstate 165

We hope you enjoy your stay and encourage you to return for a longer visit soon!

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Candance Castlen Brake • President and CEO

GREATER OWENSBORO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE STAFF Candance Brake, President & CEO

Jack Wells, Jack Wells, Inc. • 2020 Chamber Board Chair

Susan High, Business Manager Jessica Kirk, Executive Director, Leadership Owensboro/ Talent Programs Manager

Hannah Thurman, Events and Communications Coordinator

Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce 2020

Jaclyn Graves, Membership Development & Marketing Manager

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Greater Owensboro 2020 celebrates Owensboro’s three B’s: bourbon, B E C U E barbecue and bluegrass. From our annual International BAR Bar-B-Q Festival, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s new facility and our distillery expanding production to include new spirits, the three B’s continue to define Owensboro’s present and shape our future. 2020

Lydie Boone, Administrative Assistant 270-926-1860 • chamber.owensboro.com

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AT A GLANCE

DAVIESS COUNTY

POPULATION

99,258

$48,371 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD

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19.2 minutes

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HOME PRICE

$123K

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corp., U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics


TA B L E O F

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CONTENTS

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International Center

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Higher Education

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Made in Owensboro

Local Graduates

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Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum

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Medical Profiles

Bourbon in Owensboro

Trolley Service

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Live Music

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Chamber Programs

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Smothers Park

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Businesses of the Year

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Mount Saint Joseph

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Owensboro ! Symphony Orchestra

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Our Neighborhoods

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KWC Football

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Theatre Workshop of Owensboro


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Several Chamber businesses

PHOTO COURTESY OF KENTUCKY LEGEND

OWENSBORO’S 100+ CLUB

have roots that run 100 years deep. These are just a few.

Greenwell Chisholm, 1919 In 1919, Emmett Greenwell, advertising manager at the Messenger Publishing Co., and Paul Chisholm, described as one of the best “ad men” in the city, began talking about starting their own business. PHOTO COURTESY OF GREENWELL CHISHOLM

They quit their jobs at the end of the year and opened Greenwell-Chisholm Printing Co. on Feb. 1, 1920, in the former bar of the historic Planters House hotel at 232 Frederica St., where Bar Louie is today. In 1925, William J. Earl bought Greenwell’s shares and the business became ChisholmEarl Printing Co. Then, in 1930, Emmett Greenwell’s brother, Vincent, bought out Earl, and the business reverted to its original name.

PHOTO BY ALAN WARREN

The company has grown from its roots in the printing business to include GC Promotions, GC Mailing & Fulfillment and GC Wide Format divisions. Last year, Vincent Greenwell’s grandson Carl and great-grandson Brian celebrated Greenwell Chisholm’s centennial with a major expansion. The building at 420 E. Parrish Ave. is being expanded from 10,000 square feet to about 25,000, and a few new positions will be added to the 30-plus employees the company now has. “We’re setting the stage for future growth,” Brian said. “I expect we’ll be hiring another seven or eight down the road.”

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Kentucky Legend, 1914 What’s now Specialty Foods Group, an Owensboro meat production and packaging company, began on Dec. 14, 1914, when entrepreneur Charles E. Field started Field Packing Co. with two employees butchering hogs on the riverbank and selling meat doorto-door from a single horse-drawn wagon. The company was sold several times before SFG acquired it. In 2014, SFG moved its headquarters to Owensboro. Four years earlier, SFG opened its Kentucky Legend operation line, and the brand quickly became the leading boneless ham brand in the U.S. SFG also produces Field, Fischer’s, Artisan Crafted Series, Mickelberry’s, Kentucky Gold and Scott Pete brands.

Don Moore Automotive, 1919

Don Moore Chevrolet-Cadillac after spending half a century as Short Brothers Motor Co.

In 1919, the Short brothers — Percy, Kelly and Harry — decided to start selling

In 1988, Don Jr. retired and Don III took

automobiles. A century later, that side

over the business. John succeeded

gig — now Don Moore Automotive, the

brother Don III in managing the

city’s largest dealership — celebrated its

dealerships in January 2018.

“It’s neat thinking that your family has

been doing this for 100 years,” said John Moore, Percy Short’s great-grandson.

The company now has two locations — one at 4216 Frederica St. and another

at 3232 Villa Point. There are more than 1,000 vehicles on those lots at any time

and more than 300 people working there. The current name came about when Don

PHOTO COURTESY OF DON MOORE AUTOMOTIVE

centennial in 2019.

Last year, SFG, with its 600-plus employees, was acquired by Indiana Packers Corp., a pork processor headquartered in Delphi, Indiana. But Owensboro operations have continued as they had before. Today, SFG is the county’s third-largest private employer.

Moore Sr., Percy Short’s stepson, became a salesman at the dealership in 1931.

Later that year, Moore and his stepfather

bought out Percy Short’s brothers. Moore took over as president in 1961 and

remained so until his death eight years later.

Don Jr. then took the reigns in 1969, and two years later, the dealership became

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MORE OF THE

100+ CLUB Glenmore Distillery, 1901

Glenn Family Services, 1903 Mount Saint Joseph, 1874 Old Hickory Bar-B-Q, 1918

Program serves first responders who die in the line of duty

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory’s roots run back to 1909 as Owensboro Livery & Undertaking.

Today, Nathan and Megan Everly Morris are using their Morris Family Services brand to include funeral homes in six cities in

Kentucky and Indiana. That includes Miller Schapmire Funeral Home in Hartford; Caneyville Memorial Chapel in Caneyville; A. F. Crow & Son Funeral Home in Glasgow; Watson and

Hunt Funeral Home in Leitchfield; and Holders Funeral Home in Owensville, Indiana. The six funeral homes have more than

dogs in training — one for Kentucky and one for Indiana. In 2018, Nathan Morris said, “We had 224 funerals here and more than 500 at all locations. We’ve done Wiccan services. We do whatever the family wants.” And it’s not just humans — Haley McGinnis cremates about 3,500 pets each year. Morris said that’s an important service for those families, too.

40 employees, 17 of them in Owensboro.

Cremations are becoming more common for humans too,

Haley McGinnis has evolved as cultural norms have changed.

cremations.

Funerals today are more celebratory than solemn, Nathan

Morris said. Morris Family Services’ Heroes of Public Safety

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at no cost to the family. The funeral home even has two grief

he said, with roughly half of the funerals this year including

“By 2035, we expect it to be around 70% to 71%,” he said.

Greater Owensboro

PHOTO BY GREG EANS

PHOTO COURTESY OF HALEY MCGINNIS FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY

Haley McGinnis, 1909


Nick T. Arnold Jewelers, 1902

PHOTO COURTESY OF NICK T. ARNOLD JEWELERS

In February 1902, Nick T. Arnold, billed as “The Progressive Jeweler,” opened his business with one showcase inside the Kimball Piano Co. store at Third and St. Ann streets. The Daviess County native had moved to Indiana a couple of years earlier to learn the jewelry business, but now he was back home to stay.

A lot of jewelry stores have come and gone in Owensboro since 1902. “But we’re the oldest by far,” Candy Oakes said.

Nick T. Arnold Jewelers is now run by Candy Arnold Oakes, Nick’s great-granddaughter, and her husband, Mike.

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The main store is at 3630 Frederica St., and a second store opened in 2019 in Gateway Commons. Prior to 1996, Nick T. Arnold’s was a downtown fixture for 94 years — the last 36 of them at 221 St. Ann St.

Messenger-Inquirer, 1875 In 1875, Lee Lumpkin, a druggist, miller, bookseller and veteran, launched a newspaper he called the Examiner. Two years later, James A. Munday and C.W. Bransford announced the start of their newspaper, the Messenger. After three years of circulation wars, the newspapers merged. In 1880, the Owensboro Messenger and Examiner hit the streets, and by 1883, the Examiner was dropped from the newspaper’s name. The Inquirer, an evening newspaper, was created in 1884 by George F. Haynes, John I. McFarland, Martin Mattingly, E.P. Taylor and J.J. Sweeney. In 1909, Judge S.W. Hager, a former Democratic candidate for governor, bought the Inquirer. On Jan. 1, 1929, owner Urey Woodson sold the Messenger to the Hager family, creating the MessengerInquirer. It would continue to be helmed by his son, Lawrence W. Hager, and later his grandsons, John and Larry Hager, until the Messenger-Inquirer was sold first in December 1995 to the A.H. Belo Corp. of Dallas, then in 2000 to Paducah’s Paxton Media Group, its current owner. Today, the newspaper employs about 125 people, and the impact of the Owensboro office has grown exponentially. Thirty-six newpapers in six states are put together by the page design hub at the M-I, while 20 newspapers in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Tennessee are printed on its press. And more than 60 newspapers, all owned by Paxton Media, have their ads designed in part here.

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Made in Owensboro Owensboro boasts a wealth of goods manufactured here and shipped

written by Jodi Keen

throughout the world. Just how far is our reach? It may surprise you.

SWEDISH MATCH NORTH AMERICA INC. has an Owensboro factory producing moist snuff and chewing tobacco that is then shipped and sold across the world.

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TOYOTETSU MID AMERICA'S facility supplies automotive parts such as brake pedals and radiator supports to several Toyota plants, mainly Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana in Princeton, Indiana.

MIZKAN AMERICA, INC. cooks and bottles 100 percent of Ragu and Bertolli pasta sauces — every single bottle that is available for purchase — at its facility on Ragu Drive.

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DOMTAR’S paper brands are highly recognizable. Products such as Xerox, ImagePrint and Lynx come from its Owensboro converting center and Hawesville paper and pulp mill.


MANUFACTURERS ALSO SERVING OWENSBORO Big River Rubber & Gasket Co., Inc. Big Rivers Electric Daramic, LLC Dart Polymers Hollison Technologies Kentucky Legend Key Oil Company Lee Brick & Block, Inc. ASIA-PACIFIC REGION

Metalsa Structural Products

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Modern Welding Co. of Owensboro, Inc. MPD, Inc. Omico, Inc. Rexel Southland Electrical Supplies Royal Brass and Hose Southern Tank & Manufacturing Co., Inc. Southwire Company T&W Valve and Machine Co. Inc.

HENDRICK SCREEN COMPANY’S high-quality Profile Bar metal screens factored extensively into the recent remodel of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. The company’s work can also be found at the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine facility in Minneapolis and the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago.

UNIFIRST CORPORATION’S local facility does produce

products for the company, but more notable is that every single uniform —

about 18 million annually

— manufactured by UniFirst is also processed and

distributed by its state-of-theart distribution hub, which opened in 1998.

SUN WINDOWS’ list of products is lengthy, impressive and well-known. Odds are that you’ve admired the company’s custom-built Sun Vinyl windows and SunClad wood windows and doors, since they are exclusively manufactured by Sun Windows in Owensboro and shipped nationwide.

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KIMBERLY-CLARK CORP. produces common household care products — think Kleenex tissues, Cottonelle tissue paper, Poise and Kotex feminine products, Viva paper towels and Huggies diapers — that, according to its website, are used by 25% of the global population, since they serve consumers in 175 countries.

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Owensboro Air Show

Oink for Owensboro Project

Washington DC Fly in

2019 Owensboro Christmas Card

Carnegie Medal recipient Steven Wahler

Groundbreaking for Riverfront Brio Apartment Homes

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Castlen Dog Park Ribbon Cutting

Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

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BUILD Grant awarded to Owensboro Riverport

Life Saving ribbons awarded to Owensboro Firefighters

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Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams

Chief Ealum elected president of KY Association of Chiefs of Police

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ON THE MOVE I-165 is a crucial economic

development tool for Owensboro written by Austin Ramsey

Officials in Daviess County celebrated a monumental achievement in 2019 — the official designation of the former William H. Natcher Parkway as I-165, a spur of Interstate 65, which runs from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes. Construction to upgrade the fourlane controlled-access highway has been ongoing, swapping out outdated “cloverleaf” interchanges that don’t meet interstate standards. With the official interstate designation, federal funds are now available to finish construction.

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The Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce had pushed to turn the state parkway into a federal interstate since December 2004, arguing that out-of-state businesses and industries don’t understand that parkways are virtually the same as interstates.

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“It will absolutely attract business, talent and people,” Candance Castlen Brake, the Chamber’s president, said. “If you look at Owensboro on a map and see our connectivity to an interstate, it is a gamechanger. Having actual shields on 165 is something for us to celebrate. There will now be interstate shields leading to our community — something we thought was impossible just a few years ago. This will create boundless economic opportunities and tourism opportunities for our community. This kind of success is what happens when everyone works together. Our local, state and federal transportation leaders and elected officials all have worked tirelessly on this. And our business community has been right there alongside them.”

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HOMETOWN DISTILLERY BRINGING BOURBON FANS TO OWENSBORO written by Keith Lawrence and Jodi Keen

O.Z. Tyler Distillery has put Owensboro on Main Street for bourbon lovers. In June 2019, the facility at 10 Distillery Road in northwestern Owensboro celebrated the end of its first year on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. In 2018, including the five months before it was on the trail, the distillery reported 4,817 visitors, and it’s ramping up its marketing and partnerships to promote its brand and bring in even more visitors. Each year, an average of 10,000 people visit all the distilleries on the trail, says Adam Johnson, senior director of Kentucky Bourbon Trail Experiences. That means Owensboro’s distillery should hit that level at some point in the near future. A $7 million expansion in 2017 made O.Z. Tyler the 10th-largest privately owned distillery in the world, producing

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72,000 barrels a year. With a recent expansion that increased annual production capacity to more than 90,000 barrels (or about 270 barrels a day), the local distillery is on track to be the fourth-largest privately owned distillery in the world. The facility also distills spirits for several products for parent company Terressentia, as well as Quarter Horse bourbon and Duke Spirits. The latter is particularly noteworthy: Inspired by actor John Wayne’s handwritten drink recipes, the Duke Tasting Room and John Wayne Experience featuring exclusive memorabilia is slated to open at the distillery in 2020. Late in 2019, Terressentia secured the rights to distill iconic Green River Whiskey, which hailed from Owensboro until a fire in 1918 destroyed the property and forced operations to move out of state. Green River Whiskey originally sat on the site of what is today’s distillery, and securing production rights is a big gain for Owensboro, as it means Green River Whiskey will again be distilled in its hometown. The distillery is sharing its new trail love with the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, which opened in October 2018. The two businesses are working together with Visit Owensboro to bring more tourists to town. Says Visit Owensboro President Mark Calitri, “Visit Owensboro is all-in on bourbon.”

Originally marketed as “The Whiskey Without A Headache,”Green River Whiskey bottles are highly collectible.

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Transportation OWENSBORO-DAVIESS COUNTY REGIONAL AIRPORT 2200 Airport Road Owensboro, KY 42301 (270) 685-4179 owb.net

Owensboro’s city-county airport offers travel on two commercial airlines and rental car services. The airport also serves as a home base for recreational pilots and freight flights and a training base for military exercises. ALLEGIANT AIR 2200 Airport Road Owensboro, KY 42301 (702) 505-8888 allegiantair.com

Allegiant Air operates roundtrip commercial flights between Owensboro to Orlando Sanford International Airport in sunny Florida.

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CAPE AIR 2200 Airport Road Owensboro, KY 42301 (314) 616-9730 capeair.com

Cape Air offers several daily commercial flights, typically aboard a light aircraft such as a Cessna, between Owensboro and St. Louis and Nashville. UBER

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Limos by Knight has been Owensboro’s premier ! limousine service since 1998. ! Its fleet of luxury vehicles ! ranges from a Cadillac ! Escalade and a Lincoln ! Town Car to 14-passenger superstretch limousines and limobuses. Limos by Knight ! also offers rentals for special events such as wedding, ! proms, birthdays and anniversaries, and it ! celebrates Owensboro with ! wine and bourbon tours. OWENSBORO TRANSIT SYSTEM 430 Allen Street Owensboro, KY 42303 transit.owensboro.org

The City of Owensboro ! operates a regular bus service Monday-Saturday (except holidays). Fares are $1 for ! adults and 50 cents for seniors, the disabled and youths; children ride for free. Tokens ! and day or month passes are also available for frequent ! riders. Exact routes can be ! found on the service’s website. TROLLEY Downtown Owensboro

Want to catch a show, tour a museum, visit Smothers Park ! or sample Owensboro’s ! famous bourbon and cuisine downtown? Don’t get bogged down trying to find the perfect parking space — let the downtown trolley take you ! where you want to go. For times and routes, SEE PAGE 58.

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Every second weekend in May, Owensboro’s riverfront draws thousands to its famed celebration of barbecue. Cooking teams vie for the Governor’s Cup, and spectators sample savory treats and enjoy live music, carnival rides, arts and craft sales, a car show and more.

The annual River of Music Party, put on each summer by the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, features four days of concerts, jam sessions, workshops and food at Yellow Creek Park. Past headliners include Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, John Prine, The Punch Brothers, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Old Crow Medicine Show.

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Diamond Lake Resort hosts an annual Boo Fest the last three weekends in October. Activities include hayrides, pumpkin painting, crafts, games and lots of candy.

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The Western Kentucky Botanical Garden presents this annual festival each June featuring hot air “Balloons Over the Garden,” a Walk and Talk, plant sale and more.

On the third Saturday of each August, First Presbyterian Church hosts a celebration of cultures that educates the public through dance, music and the arts.

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The City of Owensboro throws an Independence Day party on the riverfront that includes live music, food vendors, free activities and inflatables for kids, and a spectacular fireworks display. DAVIESS COUNTY LIONS CLUB FAIR

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The Ursuline Sisters of Mount ! St. Joseph offer their annual picnic over one weekend in September. On tap is a weekend full of arts and crafts, food vendors and a children’s tent, all with free admission.

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Christmas starts in Kentucky at Owensboro’s annual Christmas Parade. Held the Saturday before Thanksgiving and featuring marching bands, lighted floats and a grand marshal, the parade covers ! 10 blocks and is one of the largest in the area.

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Each fall, an aircraft display at the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport headlines the first night of events, and a twoday show of breathtaking aerial demonstrations is hosted on the riverfront.

The annual fair is held each ! July at the Daviess County Fairgrounds and features ! tractor pulls, rides, food, pageants, talent show and competitions.

Events list compiled by information gathered from local agencies. For specific event dates, please contact Visit Owensboro at (270) 926-1100.

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Recently renovated rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flatscreen TV, workstations, mini-fridge, microwave and coffeemaker. Amenities include complimentary breakfast, convenience store, fitness center and indoor pool.

Each room offers a flatscreen TV, mini-refrigerator, microwave, Keurig coffee maker and Wi-Fi. Suite upgrades include a king bed, sofa bed, separate living room and wet bar. The north side of the hotel offers sweeping views of the Ohio River. Hotel amenities include a heated indoor pool, fitness center, business center, dry cleaning and self-laundry service. On-site restaurant Burger Theory specializes in hand-crafted gourmet burgers and sandwiches, offers specialty bourbons and craft beers, and offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and room service.

Guest rooms offer coffeemakers, microwaves, refrigerators and irons. Amenities include free breakfast, laundry facility, outdoor pool, business center and free Wi-Fi. This hotel is a pet-friendly facility.

1018 Goetz Drive Owensboro, KY 42301 (270) 689-0939 bestwestern.com

Owensboro’s newest hotel opened in November 2018. Conveniently located near the Frederica Street exit on the U.S. 60 bypass, this 63-bed facility includes a heated indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, free WiFi, express check-in and complimentary hot breakfast for HAMPTON INN & SUITES DOWNTOWN OWENSBORO/ guests. WATERFRONT 401 W. Second Street COMFORT SUITES OWENSBORO Owensboro, KY 42301 230 Salem Drive

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All rooms are stocked with a microwave, refrigerator, flat-screen TV, coffee maker and free Wi-Fi. Upgraded suites offer a sofa bed, wet bar and partial room dividers. Amenities include an indoor heated saltwater pool and hot tub, free weekday newspaper, complementary breakfast, business center, meeting rooms, laundry service and fitness center.

Luxury suites feature a living area, walk-in closet, garden tub and commanding views of the Ohio River. Amenities include a fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool, 24-hour business center, meeting rooms, beauty salon, coin laundry, convenience store, complementary breakfast, snack shop and clothing store. On-site restaurant Lure Seafood & Grill offers seafood fare such as sea bass, catfish and chips, lemongrass snapper and a grouper Reuben sandwich.

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All rooms offer free Wi-Fi, ! flat-screen TV, coffeemaker ! and work station. Select suites also include sofa beds, a ! wet bar, microwave and two rooms. Amenities include a fitness center, pool, meeting rooms, a bistro and coin laundry.

Rooms include a work space, coffee maker, free Wi-Fi and LCD TVs, while two-room suites include a mini-kitchen, separate living area with sleeper soft, Amenities include complementary breakfast, business center, laundry service, fitness center and outdoor pool.

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TOWNEPLACE SUITES 3365 Hayden Road Owensboro, KY 42303 (270) 594-1002 marriott.com

New 102-room extended stay Marriott hotel in the Gateway Commons development at the crossroads of Kentucky 54 and U.S. 60. Includes a fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, complimentary hot breakfast, sundry/convenience store, in-room wireless internet and two meeting rooms.

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Amenities include free breakfast, laundry facility, heated indoor pool, business center, game room, fitness center and free Wi-Fi. This hotel is a pet-friendly facility.

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WINGFIELD INN & SUITES 3220 W. Parrish Avenue Owensboro, KY 42301 (270) 685-2433 wingfieldinnandsuites.com

All guest rooms feature a refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, iron and free weekday newspaper. Studio suites offer a sitting area, pullout sofa and two TVs. Amenities include an ! outdoor pool, fitness center, free high-speed internet, complementary breakfast, ! dry cleaning, self-laundry services and 24-hour ! business center. HOLIDAY WORLD & SPLASHIN’ SARAFI 452 East Christmas Boulevard Santa Claus, IN 47579 (812) 937-5264 holidayworld.com

Indiana’s famed family-friendly amusement park also offers overnight accommodations. Enjoy indoor and outdoor pools, family suites and laundry facilities at Santa’s Lodge, ! or the one- and two-bedroom options at Santa’s Lakeside Cottages. Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort ! offers a restaurant and a ! free shuttle to the park, ! while all accommodations ! are either onsite or a ! short drive away.


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Local outreach programs and statewide summit distinguish Owensboro’s CYP written by Jack Dobbs and Jodi Keen

Don P. Moore started CYP back in the late 1980s/early 1990s when he served on the Chamber Board along with Chamber staff member Cydney Fruge. The organization has gone through different transitions over the years with changing leadership. It was most recently revamped in late 2015/early 2016. “CYP provides the platform to connect young professionals with the community,” said Jessica Kirk, the Greater Owensboro Chamber’s Talent Programs Manager. “The organization has a great impact across the community.” These connections include various forms of community service. One of CYP’s larger achievements in the recent past has been the art installation known as the “Owensboro” mural on the east side of Visit Owensboro’s building, which was completed in August 2018 by Austin Casebolt and has since become a popular backdrop to visitors’ and residents’ photos. CYP also operates and connects with numerous community outreach programs, such as GO Vote and Girls, Inc. Kirk said

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these programs allow for CYP members to give back to the community in different ways. “The opportunity to connect with the community is by far the most meaningful (thing we do),” Kirk said. “The long-term impact is all about the relationships made while members serve these organizations. ... CYP gives individuals the opportunity to get connected, involved and give back.” An impressive feather in CYP’s cap was being selected to host the 2019 Young Professionals Unite Summit, a two-day event geared toward helping young professionals throughout the state network and build relationships. “The Summit is always such a fun way to bring together young professionals,” Kirk said, calling it “a huge honor to have this opportunity, and we were thrilled to host young professionals from the surrounding region here in Owensboro.” In a show of inclusivity, CYP membership is not limited to Chamber Members, although employees at member businesses receive a discount on the membership price. “Several employers encourage members to join, especially if they are hiring someone new to the community,” Kirk said. “CYP offers a wide variety of ways for people to be involved based on their interests. Ultimately, we want every single young professional in the Owensboro-Daviess County region to feel welcome.”

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Linking residents to service opportunities written by Jodi Keen

A new initiative was launched in 2019 in Greater Owensboro that aims to provide service opportunities for the area’s residents. Spearheaded by the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce, and creation funded by the Marilyn & William Young Foundation, Engage Owensboro pools applications from local residents and offers a onestop shop for volunteerism, board memberships and other service opportunities. The goal is to provide a more diverse, complete database for local organizations and broaden the scope of people working within them. Chamber President and CEO Candance Castlen Brake said that the Engage Owensboro initiative was launched after some residents mentioned they wanted to become involved within their community but didn’t know how to connect with groups or which organizations needed people with what skills. “We had talked over a three-year period about creating a mechanism for people to become more actively involved and more actively participate in our community’s civic

health,” Brake said. From that conversation, a connective initiative was put in motion. Residents interested in community service can log onto Engage Owensboro’s website and fill out a form specifying their interests, skills and availability. Applicants can also designate which organizations they’d like to work with. Organizations can utilize the website to communicate their needs for board members or volunteers with specific skills. From there, applicants and organizations are matched based on their shared data, and the goal is that a connection is made that will lead to fruitful partnerships and a more balanced representation of the community within local boards. “One of the leading indicators of civic health in the community is a community who feels like they’re engaged in what is going on,” Brake said. “When people feel like they’re included in decision making, in community leadership and community service, you have a healthier, more active and more vibrant community.” Jack Dobbs contributed to this story.

Connecting Members with the community written by Jodi Keen

The Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce exists to serve area businesses and strengthen Owensboro’s economic offerings. But a large goal of the group is to forge connections between its membership and the community it serves. As such, the Chamber Works Expo was born. The Expo is an annual event designed to connect Chamber Members with the community and each other. The benefits are two-fold: Participating businesses are able to network with one another, while the public is invited to learn more about area organizations, Chamber membership and local employment opportunities. The Chamber incorporates activities such as crafts, games, hors d’oeuvres and door prizes to create a lively, relaxed networking atmosphere. Early in 2018, Chamber leadership elected to hold the expo every two years. But, Chamber President and CEO Candance Castlen Brake said, 2018’s event “was so successful … we decided to do it every year again.” The goal, she said, is to promote the understanding that Chamber membership is about Greater Owensboro as a whole, and when the community succeeds, we all do.

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Gene himself opened the health food store in 1980. Now, siblings Andrew Keller and Karissa Costello — Gene’s grandchildren — own and manage the store with as much care and concern for what they offer as Gene had. And in 2018, Olivia Vancil was brought on board to serve as manager and co-owner. In addition to the quality products in the store, Gene’s Health Food also offers an organic deli serving up a variety of food options and cold-pressed juices. Fresh by Gene’s is also a popular food truck dishing out satisfying, homecooked healthy food that only tastes devilish. Gene’s Health Food is welcoming its 40th year in business in its new 8,000-square-foot facility on Moseley Street. The dine-in capacity in the deli has doubled. An outdoor seating area is in the works, and a kitchen garden supplying fresh vegetables is planned for the west side of the property.

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(from left) Wade Jenkins, region president; ! Brandon Gentry, vice president and ! commerical relationship manager; ! Jessica Smith, banking center manager

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Puzzle Pieces’ mission is to provide a safe environment for individuals with intellectual disabilities and promote independence, life skills, community access and involvement, social interaction, communication, selfworth and trust-building relationships between clients, staff and families. There was much for Puzzle Pieces to celebrate in 2019. In August, organization officials announced that the non-profit would consolidate its Puzzle Pieces and Center Piece operations under one roof at 2401 New Hartford Road by the end of 2019 and then open the Owen Autism center in spring 2020. The expansion is expected to add about 30 new jobs over the course of the next several years. Puzzle Pieces founder and executive director Amanda Owen was also instrumental in establishing the OBKY Coalition for Workforce Diversity, an initiative to identify barriers to employment for people with disabilities and to support them in their effort to find work.

(from left) Kathy Hempel, business! director; Kelly Harper, social and! community programming director;! Quincy Tutt, residential and vocational training director; and Amanda Owen,! founder/executive director

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The O.Z. Tyler Distillery has a storied past dating back to the late 1800s. The site last produced whiskey in 1993 as the Medley Distillery and then lay dormant until it was purchased by the Terressentia Corporation in 2014. After extensive renovations, the distillery was renamed for O.Z. “Ty” Tyler, co-inventor of the TerrePURE process, which is used to refine bourbon after it has been barrel-aged. O.Z. Tyler Distillery began producing Kentucky bourbon in August 2016 and recently completed a significant expansion. Added to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail in 2018, O.Z. Tyler Distillery offers facility tours Monday through Saturday. Since restarting distilling operations in 2016, O.Z. Tyler’s employee numbers h ave t r i pl e d , a nd t he d i st i l l e r y has become a leading producer of “advanced aging” spirits. O.Z. Tyler also distills and bottles spirits for brands such as Duke Spirits, Quarter Horse bourbon, and Terressentia products.

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In Owensboro’s southwest corner, Keeneland Trace is rather, well, “keen” on horse racing. Seabiscuit Loop, Palomino Place, Longshot Cove and Winning Colors Way meander around multiple lakes, bask in full sunlight and enjoy immediate access to Waymond Morris Park and the southern leg of the Greenbelt. An undisputed bonus is the spectacular view across Carter Road of incoming and departing planes at OwensboroDaviess County Regional Airport.

Griffith Avenue is the crown jewel of Dogwood Azalea, well known for its spacious lawns and southern-style mansions. In spring, thousands of motorists cruise Griffith to see hundreds of dogwoods and azaleas in full bloom. In summer, homeowners on this street invite the public to bring a chair and sit a spell while bands perform at PorchFest OBKY.

Kentucky Wesleyan College, Wesleyan Park Plaza and the Owensboro Family YMCA are highlights of this neighborhood, which is largely residential. With nearly 850 students, faculty and staff, KWC’s campus is its own neighborhood inside the Wesleyan-Shawnee neighborhood alliance. But it grows each summer as thousands of people celebrate the end of summer on the college’s doorstep during the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra’s Concert on the Lawn.

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I love to stroll around downtown, especially the riverfront! The diversity of people, the friendliness and relaxed smiles make me so proud of our community!

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Refugees apply for refugee status through the United Nations. They can spend years in

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refugees’ integration into community written by Don Wilkins

The International Center of Kentucky is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in Owensboro as a satellite office to the main branch in Bowling Green. In that time, more than 2,000 refugees from Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Myanmar (also known as Burma) have resettled here. Site director Anna Allen said the majority of the refugees are Burmese, who were the first to start calling Owensboro home in 2010.  The local office operates out of donated space inside Owensboro Christian Church. One of the jobs of the International Center is to integrate the refugees into the community with programs and activities that not only help them live in the community, but also to feel part of it.

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The International Center also offers employment programs that teach refugees about the American workplace, paying taxes and budgeting. And the Center’s employment coordinator will help facilitate job interviews with local businesses for work placement. For navigating the health system, the medical program coordinator works with refugees on making doctor appointments, finding transportation for appointments and knowing the difference between over-the-counter and prescription medications. They also learn about health topics such as cancer prevention and hygiene care. In June, the International Center hosts its annual World Refugee Day event that invites local citizens to celebrate with the refugees. “A lot of clients will cook cultural dishes; the clients will do cultural dances or show off jewelry and artwork,” Allen said. “It’s when the whole community can come in and learn about the different cultures of our clients, so they can feel appreciated. It lets them know that, ‘Hey, we’re glad that they’re here,’ and this is a day to celebrate them.”

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Allen said the 90-day reception and placement program is one that assists them with obtaining a state ID, understanding household budgeting, opening a bank account and attending cultural orientation classes about American life.

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meet the team Chris Joslin Executive Director

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PROGRAMMING DRAWS CROWDS TO HALL OF FAME written by Keith Lawrence

The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in downtown Owensboro drew 35,329 people from 47 states and 15 other countries in its first year of operation. Visitors came from Australia, Netherlands, France, Canada, England, South Africa, Germany, Brazil, Ecuador, Belgium, Austria, Ireland, Israel, Switzerland and New Caledonia to visit the $15.3 million facility. The numbers included 12,000 to 15,000 who attended 36 concerts, 7,031 who paid to tour the museum and thousands of others who attended weddings, dinners and meetings in the building.

outdoor concerts downtown. “Our goal is to have a Hall of Fame induction ceremony in March,” he said. “We want it to be a night of music with the inductees playing and being interviewed and musicians who were influenced by them coming to play their music.” The latest inductees are Mike Auldridge, Bill Emerson and The Kentucky Colonels. Auldridge died in 2012, but Emerson and some members of the Kentucky Colonels are still living. Joslin said the Hall of Fame has also obtained the rights to the Official Kentucky State Old-Time Fiddlers Championship. The event, created in 1975 by the Kentucky General Assembly, was last held in Elizabethtown in 2014. Carly Smith, the Hall of Fame’s marketing director, said the contest isn’t just for fiddle players. It also includes titles for banjo, guitar and mandolin players.

Chris Joslin, executive director of the Hall of Fame, said, “we’ve been pretty bold (with programming) this year.”

“We want to revive that in 2020 or 2021,” Joslin said. “It should attract a lot of musicians.”

And that won’t stop, he said.

And, he said, “we’re thinking about having a bluegrass band contest to compete for a slot at ROMP. That should attract some

This year, Joslin said, will see three or four

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The Hall of Fame’s

outreach programs

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lessons, Bluegrass in the Schools, the Bluegrass Band Project and

open jam sessions. good bands from outside the area.”

artifacts to the museum for display.

Terry Woodward, the Hall of Fame’s board chairman, worked, pushed and contributed money for more than 30 years to get a world-class bluegrass museum in Owensboro.

“Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Becky Buller and

The first year, he said, “exceeded my expectations in many areas. I’m really happy with the shows and events we’ve had.” Joslin said with the new facility, bluegrass artists are starting to lend more of their

others have loaned artifacts to us,” he said. “We’ve seen an uptick in people reaching

out to collaborate with us. They’re starting to think of their legacy.”

Internally, the hall is also growing.

According to Joslin, the staff has grown to eight full-time employees, three part-time employees, about a dozen people who

are called in as needed and 10 consistent volunteers.

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FARM FRESH The Owensboro Regional Farmers’ Market, a beloved local marketplace, attracts

businesses and shoppers from all over Daviess and the surrounding counties to its booths.

Ask any Owensboro resident where they like to buy fresh and unique food, and the answer will resoundingly be the Owensboro Regional Farmers’ Market. Demand led to the opening of a $500,000 pavilion at Triplett Street and Parrish Avenue, and Owensboro Health Regional Hospital hosts a satellite market in the summer. From handmade gifts, home decor, wine and tons of local produce, find everything you need for your table at the Owensboro Regional Farmers’ Market.

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BIG ROOTS LAVENDER FARM These Hancock County farmers have a big presence in Owensboro. Their booth includes apparel, gift baskets, body products and bundles of dried lavender.

BROWNS VALLEY VINEYARD From August to September, you can find Browns Valley’s Marquis and Reliance seedless grapes and Chambourain and Norton red wine grapes at the market.

CECIL FARMS PRODUCE, LLC Peppers. Honey. Tomatoes. Squash. Okra. Eggplant. Sweet corn. Watermelon. This award-winning farm’s booth is your one-stop shop for a delicious meal.

HILL VIEW FARMS MEATS Savory steaks and fine-cut filets are the name of the game here. USDAgrade choice and prime angus beef are available, as are brisket, bacon, sausage links and pork cutlets.

NIKO’S BAKERY & CAFE Heavenly baked goods are Niko’s specialty, and you can find cinnamon rolls, croissants, fresh-baked bread and take-home desserts at their market booth.

REID’S ORCHARD An Owensboro institution, Reid’s serves up everything from juicy tomatoes, plump peaches and tasty apples to local honey, pure sorghum, blueberries and vegetables.

RINEY FARMS Load up on broccoli, radishes, pumpkins, tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, strawberries and more at this family farm booth.

What is your favorite product to purchase at the Owensboro Regional Farmers’ Market?

I love buying tomatoes from Riney Farms at the Owensboro Regional Farmers Market! There’s nothing like a farm-fresh tomato in the summer, and Riney Farms grows the very best. I could (and sometimes do) eat them with breakfast, lunch and dinner! All the Rineys are always extremely friendly and helpful as I pick out the perfect tomatoes from their stand. Sara Williams Riney Hancock CPAs

Cheese of different varieties (from) Hill View Farms Meats/Jim Gilles. I like to have variety, and the cheese selections at Jim’s booth has not only variety, but is all sourced from Kentucky!  It also is great to support our local agriculture community and Hill View Farms is a local business that not only supplies some of the best products available, they are involved in our community. Angie Padgett Daviess County Cooperative Extension

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SMOTHERS PARK SEES SUCCESS AS MULTI-USE VENUE written by Jodi Keen

Since its opening in August 2012, Smothers Park has designated itself the jewel of Owensboro’s

riverfront. The $68 million, three-year investment

has revitalized the downtown area, drawing shops,

restaurants and people to the banks of the Ohio. So

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LAZY DAYS CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND Ranked a top playground by a global publication, Lazy Dayz offers tree forts, elevated walkways, a lively spray pad, slides and swings. The sweet sound of high-pitched giggles echoes along the riverfront, making it tough to leave Smothers Park in a bad mood. FRIDAY AFTER 5 Friday After 5, where Owensboro celebrates summer, credits the opening of Smothers Park in 2012 with doubling the size of the crowd at its weekly music event. The benefits have been mutual: Smothers’ infrastructure has allowed Friday After 5 to increase its space for vendors and musicians. Attendees get a relaxed look at what Smothers Park has to offer and often return for fireworks, the annual air show and a sunny afternoon. JULY FOURTH CELEBRATION Fun, food and fireworks converge each year at Smothers Park in celebration of America’s independence. Smothers Park’s popularity has encouraged neighboring businesses to get in on the fun, and now July 4th activities stretch along the Ohio River from the Owensboro Convention Center to the RiverPark Center. 5K WALKS/RUNS Lots of 5K walks and runs get their start at Smothers Park, due to its large gathering space and proximity to public parking. From the annual Bridge Day race to walks that raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer, competitors get a thrill from ending their road race in view of the “Blue Bridge.”

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INTERNATIONAL BAR-B-QUE FESTIVAL A longstanding downtown event, the International Bar-B-Que Festival is still a mainstay of Second Street, but vendors, artisans, musicians and competitive efforts have it rolling toward Smothers Park, allowing attendees to partake in the festival atmosphere in a more spread-out space. OWENSBORO AIR SHOW The city’s annual air show has grown steadily each year, with more than 70,000 turning out for the 2018 show featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. More days and extra events have been added since its inception, and the 2019 event tacked on the inaugural Downtown ROMP concert at the new Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum. HOLIDAY STROLL + TREE LIGHTING Owensboro’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Smothers Park kicks off the winter season and draws crowds that then mingle and meander onto Second and side streets for the annual Holiday Stroll.

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MOUNT SAINT JOSEPH OFFERS MULTIPURPOSE SPIRITUAL SPACE written by Don Wilkins

PHOTO BY DON WILKINS

For most of its storied history, Mount Saint Joseph at Maple Mount has been known as being home to the Ursuline Sisters. While that’s still true, the sisters there frequently share the space with others looking for a peaceful place to get away from their busy lives. To help accommodate those looking for a tranquil and somewhat secluded setting, the Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center was created in southwest Daviess County — about 20 minutes from Owensboro — for that purpose. According to Maryann Joyce, the Conference and Retreat Center’s Assistant Director, the modern glass facade, added in 1996, has been connected to multiple buildings, including what was the original 1874 structure of the Mount Saint Joseph Academy for girls. “In 1983, the academy shut down, and within three months, the sisters worked hard and opened it as a retreat center,” Joyce said. The dormitory rooms for the girls were converted into 50 retreat suites, many with double beds and private and shared bathrooms to accommodate almost 100 guests. Along with the suites, the Conference and Retreat Center offers sizable meeting areas for business and staff retreats as well as dining halls staffed by cooks.

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PROGRAMS AND EVENTS Escape to the Mount Weekend has become the Mount’s annual signature event in September. A trivia night is held on Saturday and quilt bingo on Sunday. A raffle for a chance at $10,000 is also part of the weekend. Throughout 2019, the Retreat Center hosted or offered 62 groups and programs. Two of the reoccurring programs are Focus on the Faith, a program that’s a book study, and the Twilight Retreat, which is topical or themedriven on issues such as cultural diversity and immigration. SPIRITUAL GETAWAY There are two chapels on the grounds — a smaller one inside the Retreat Center and the larger Motherhouse Chapel — that are available to guests and the public. The Rosary and Shrine Meditation walks are on the grounds of Mount Saint Joseph and offer visitors a chance to express their spirituality on “holy ground.” No appointment is necessary for either.


Evolve Counseling Services Evolve Counseling provides services to individuals, families, couples, adolescents, and children within the community who are seeking behavioral, mental health, and substance use services. Our independently licensed therapists are trained to treat a wide range of diagnoses and provide psychoeducation for addiction, abuse, depression, divorce, anxiety, communication issues, parenting, anger management, and grief and loss. The Capstone Program targets youth who are in danger of involvement within the court system or being removed from the home: troubled home life, substance use, trauma histories, status and public offenders, who have problematic behaviors at home, school and community. Referrals can be made through the school system, Department of Juvenile Justice, Court Designated Worker, Department of Community Based Services, or a family member/caretaker with a youth engaging in high risk behaviors. This is a home-based (home, school, and community) model of service delivery. This program utilizes therapists and case managers working with the family and youth.

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What are Community Health Centers? Community Health Centers provide access to high quality, affordable, and comprehensive primary and preventive healthcare services. They are governed by a volunteer board of directors whom are 51% patient users, making them consumer driven. Health Centers have a unique mission of ensuring access for undeserved, underinsured and uninsured people. How will a Community Health Center benefit me? Health centers offer a sliding fee scale discount program that adjusts the amount that an eligible patient owes for health care services based on the patient’s ability to pay. Program eligibility is based on income and household size in accordance with the federal poverty guidelines (FPL). Eligible patients have the opportunity to receive their medications at little to no cost through various prescription assistance programs. Enabling services are available to connect patients with necessary resources.

Health centers serve as medical home and partner in your overall healthcare. They provide a care delivery model that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety. Health centers partner with hospitals, medical clinics, specialists, testing facilities, pharmacies and other entities to ensure that the patient’s medical needs are met. About Health First Community Health Center Health First Community Health Center is a not-forprofit, federally qualified health center. We operate 7 clinics throughout 6 counties in Western Kentucky. Our mission is to serve as a focal point in the region for increasing access to primary care services and improving the health status of the residents in the communities, we serve regardless of financial status. Our dedicated team of medical professionals are commit to providing quality, evidence based care to the community.

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Following a record-setting career as a wide receiver at the University of Kentucky, Yeast played professionally for eight seasons across the National Football and Canadian Football leagues. Not long after his playing days ended, Yeast found a way to extend his football career through coaching. The Danville native and former Harrodsburg High School star had stints as the head coach at Lexington’s Bryan Station High School and Fremont Ross High School in Toledo, Ohio. He also held assistant coaching jobs at Tiffin University and Franklin College. Then Kentucky Wesleyan College came calling. Yeast was named the Panthers’ head coach on Dec. 3, 2018. Becoming a college football head coach for the first time, Yeast was aware of the challenges that awaited. “It’s a process,” Yeast said. “The thing we’re trying to do is change the culture, change the mindset, how we approach class, how we walk around campus and also how we go about our daily activities — whether it’s in the weight room, whether it’s on the practice field — and then trying to take everything we do to the game field.” According to Yeast, the

process of constructing any program begins with accountability. “You’ve really got to be accountable for everything that you do,” he said. “Our coaches and players hold me accountable for certain things, and our players get held accountable for everything. That’s the way you build it. “You’ve got to do everything the right way all the time, not some of the time.” Eventually, Yeast added, he hopes to see Wesleyan football become an integral part of the community. “We’re just trying to ingrain ourselves into the community,” he said. “That’s the way you do it. You get out and continue to do things, and hopefully, at some point, the people in Owensboro will love Kentucky Wesleyan football more than what they do now.”

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“It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “It’s very challenging, but it’s a lot of fun at the same time.” Yeast and his wife, Tori, have two children: Russ, a member of the University of Louisville football team, and Kiyah, a track-and-field standout in Indiana high school athletics.

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HIGHER EDUCATION IS ON THE RISE written by Bobbie Hayse and Jodi Keen

The sun is shining bright on higher education institutions in Greater Owensboro. Our four colleges

are expanding and investing in their — and our — future.

BRESCIA UNIVERSITY Brescia officials launched a $3 million special initiatives campaign called “Onward, Brescia! Stepping into Our Second Century.” According to the Rev. Larry Hostetter, Brescia’s President, 20 private colleges nationwide have closed since 2016 due to a declining number of 18-year-olds and mounting financial pressures. He said the university is working hard to implement new programs and adapt to students’ needs in order to counter those statistics. “If we stop moving, we die,” Hostetter said. As a result of its efforts, Brescia has experienced strong growth during the past five years. The university enrolled a record number of freshmen in 2018, and, for the fifth straight year, Brescia’s student population exceeded 1,000. Brescia broke ground on the Moore Center in early 2016 and started construction of the C.E. Field Center for Professional Studies two years later. It also opened a new residence facility — Saint Ann Hall — in August 2019. In 2025, Brescia will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Its origins started with the Mount St. Joseph Junior College for Women in 1925, and Hostetter said the university’s looking toward the future. “We are constructing another strategic plan that will usher in another era for Brescia University,” Hostetter said.

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KENTUCKY WESLEYAN COLLEGE Kentucky Wesleyan College has joined forces with top schools around the country to provide more opportunities for its students.  The school recently partnered with Emory University in Atlanta, particularly with the university’s Candler School of Theology, which has a program that KWC Assistant Professor of Religion Jim Coleman said has “for decades graduated future pastors and missionaries and educators who have deeply impacted and enriched the life of the church.” In 2018, KWC began a partnership with the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy that saves students money and shortens the amount of time it will take to receive a degree. The partnership follows in the footsteps of the University of Kentucky School of Medicine that KWC linked up with in 2017. Through this accelerated partnership with UK’s College of Pharmacy, students will be enrolled in a three-plus-four program that allows them to spend three years studying pre-pharmacy at KWC and then transfer to UK for four years while they complete their doctor of pharmacy degree. After they complete their first year at UK, they will have earned a bachelor of chemistry degree from KWC.

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WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY OWENSBORO For decades, WKU has worked with community colleges to provide students with seamless transitions for higher education options that are close to home. As a result, many of the four-year degree programs offered at WKU Owensboro are part of a transfer partnership with OCTC, including health services, psychology, management and teacher education. The latter three subjects are among the top five majors at WKU Owensboro, with social work and criminology rounding out the list.

OWENSBORO COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGE OCTC prides itself on its amount of degree and certification programs — over 30 — as well as its impact on the community. According to data released in last fall, OCTC enrolled up to 4,000 students for the 2019-2020 academic year, a 4.4% increase. 91% of its graduates remain in our region, adding more than $173 million to our area’s total income. OCTC has also added ambitious projects, including its Tech X program for students interested in multicraft technology.

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PAYING IT FORWARD Local graduates reinvest their

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PHOTOS BY MAEGAN SAALWAECHTER

written by Bobbie Hayse

Derrick and Allie Lindow, Daviess County Public Schools Derrick Lindow didn’t have to look far when he was searching for higher education options upon graduating from Daviess County High School. He had a good scholarship to Kentucky Wesleyan College, where his girlfriend at the time (now his wife) was also attending. His wife, Allie, also teaches within Daviess County Public Schools. Lindow opted to commute to school and live at home. This provided him the opportunity to continue working his various part-time jobs and to save on room and board. He said KWC was a good place to go to school. “I feel like I got an excellent education, and (DCPS) is a wonderful place to work,” he said. “It’s got a great reputation, it’s got great teachers in it, and you work with a lot of great people.” Lindow went to Highland Elementary School and Daviess County Middle School, and he now teaches history in one of the classrooms where he sat as a student.  “I’ve always kind of liked being here and never really had an urge to just leave town or anything,” Lindow said. “I just feel like this is a great place to live and raise our family.”

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Andrea Blakeman and Esther Lynn, Heritage Christian School For Andrea Blakeman, coming home to Owensboro meant coming home to her family and a strong, supportive community. Blakeman, who was part of the first kindergarten class at Heritage Christian School, teaches third grade there with her sister, Esther Lynn. Blakeman attended HCS from kindergarten through eighth grade, then attended Daviess County High School and went on to graduate from the University of Kentucky. After she finished college, she and her husband decided to come back home, where she was offered a teaching position at the very school that shaped her. “All of our family is from Owensboro,” she said. “The kids I graduated with always complained about living in such a small town, but I loved it and wanted to come back.”

She said there are a lot of exciting places in the world, but there is nothing like coming home to what you know, the people you grew up with and having a real sense of community. That, she said, is important. When generations come back home and live together and work together, she said, it creates more of a family and supports caring for one another. Her sister, Esther, attended Heritage from kindergarten through eighth grade as well as DCHS. After she graduated, she went to Murray State University and eventually transferred to Kentucky Wesleyan College. Lynn and Blakeman have been co-teaching third grade at HCS for the past two years. “I’ve taught my nieces, nephews, my own kids as well,” Blakeman said. “I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Trey Howard, Owensboro Public Schools When Trey Howard graduated from Owensboro High School in 2013, he knew at least two things: He wanted to stay close to home for college, and he wanted to do something to make a difference in the community he loved so well. Howard, who started his education at Seven Hills Elementary, eventually attended what was then called the 5-6 Center. He went on to OHS and, after graduation, was accepted to Brescia University on a partial basketball scholarship. For him, there was never any question as to where he would end up. “I wanted my parents to see me play ball still,” Howard said of his decision to study sports management and education at Brescia. “That was really important to me. I would have home games, and my whole family would be there. That meant a lot to me and kept me motivated to want to do good.” When Howard graduated from Brescia, he immediately applied to Owensboro Public Schools and was hired. He now teaches special education at the high school. “People have always pushed me to be great, and it just kind of motivated me to give back to people here in Owensboro,” he said. “When I was growing up, I always looked for somebody to help me become better, and I always had people around to make sure I was doing what I was supposed to and being a good person.” Now Howard wants to be that person for his students. “I’m always telling (my students) to stick with what they know they want to do, and to trust their gut,” he said. “It’s your life, and you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. Whether you’re going to be a doctor, or a scientist, you be the best doctor and scientist you can be.”

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DR. TIDWELL STRIVES TO IMPROVE THE REGION’S HEALTH written by Renee Beasley Jones

In March 2019, Dr. Jim Tidwell started a new job at Owensboro Health, as its Vice President for Population Health. Instead of dealing with one patient at a time, he’s now tasked with helping find ways to improve the region’s health.

It includes smoking, substance use and other poor health choices. When he started his new job, Tidwell was pleased to learn all the ways in which OH already works to improve public health. For example, the health system provides financial support to a regional smoking cessation program, promotes arts in healing, gives away bicycle helmets, provides child car seat safety checks and partners with various nonprofits and agencies that focus on overall well-being.

OH’s overall mission is to heal the sick and improve the health of the community. Tidwell’s new position focuses on the latter.

But much of that work is done separately by the health system’s many divisions, such as OH Healthpark, trauma services or transitional care. Part of his challenge is to bring them all under one umbrella and focus on the community’s most pressing needs.

In part, population health deals with meeting residents’ everyday physical needs — such as food, housing and transportation — because a lack of basic needs presents barriers to good health. 

The U.S. spends one-fifth of its gross domestic product on health care, Tidwell said, but it ranks 17th among developed nations on health indicators. Population health could be the tool that moves that needle in the right direction.

“It’s not something you can fix by writing a prescription,” Tidwell said. “But these are things that absolutely affect someone’s health.”

“Every opportunity we have to touch a patient and influence a patient is important to help them make better choices outside the walls of our clinics and hospital,” Tidwell said. “... Population health reaches far beyond what we consider (traditional) health care.”

Population health also extends beyond hunger or housing.

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DR. CLORE AIDING IN FIGHT AGAINST ALPHA-GAL ALLERGY

PHOTO BY ALAN WARREN

written by Renee Beasley Jones

Few people would associate an allergy to red meat with a tick bite.

an immune system reaction to red meat.

About a decade ago, however, a health care professional in the southeast noticed a pattern: Deer hunters in his area were developing allergic reactions after eating red meat, said Dr. Lee Clore, who owns Allergy and Asthma Specialists in Owensboro.

Clore specializes in treatment of alphagal — a condition many in the medical community are still learning even exists — and he’s treated hundreds of people who’ve developed this allergy. “I might see five to 10 new (cases) a week,” he said.

After consuming wild game, hunters experienced allergic reactions. They started itching, developing hives, coughing and wheezing.

He estimates up to 20% of his new patients suffer from alpha-gal syndrome, and its reach continues to spread across the Midwest and upper South.

Health professionals eventually linked the allergy to Lone Star tick bites, which can introduce to humans a sugar molecule called alpha-gal. Ticks are believed to get the alpha-gal molecule from deer, sheep and cattle. Then, when ticks bite humans, the ticks transmit the molecule, triggering

It causes an unusual allergy. With most food allergies, symptoms develop immediately after a patient eats certain foods, but with alpha-gal, it can take several hours. That delay can make diagnosis more difficult, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

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In the past, most of Clore’s patients with red meat allergies were middleaged adults. “In the last five to seven years, I’m seeing it in children as well,” he said. Reactions to alpha-gal can be severe, but Clore is not aware of any fatalities. All of his patients with alpha-gal syndrome get epi-pens to deal with severe reactions. The red meat allergy usually goes away with time. Clore recommends staying away from ticks, as well as red meat and pork. People diagnosed with alpha-gal syndrome can safely eat fish or birds. There is no vaccine at this time. With the widespread growth of the syndrome, Clore said researchers may develop alpha-gal-free livestock in the future. 

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GET UP AND GO ON THE GREENBELT

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LOCALS What do you enjoy most about the Greenbelt, and what keeps bringing you back to it?

and burgeoning business along Highway 54 get a lot of local

attention. But some of Owensboro’s best spots are far quieter and contemplative. One such place is the Adkisson Greenbelt Park.

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SOUTH TRAIL Shifely Park and Hidgon Road

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(The) lake view and splash park. The Greenbelt has dynamic scenery to meet most viewers’ needs. DQ for a quick treat, farmland, lakes and neighborhoods. Justin Merritt Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Owensboro

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ACTIVITIES AMPLIFY IMPACT OF ROMP FEST written by Jacob Mulliken

The annual ROMP Fest offers a

great deal of community events, and while the main attraction of

some of the nation’s biggest names in bluegrass is certainly a draw, the bevy of vendors peddling

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EDUCATORS While it is easy to consider “vendors” to only be among those selling garments, food or various sundries, there is another aspect of ROMP’s vendor culture that is unique: The community music classes. Charles Humphrey of Songs From The Road Band spearheaded the bass workshop, discussing the importance of the instrument in music, regardless of genre, and why bass is so recognizable and critical to any ensemble. For Humphrey, the workshops are a testament to ROMP, musicians and those in attendance. “It is a complement to the festival for providing this opportunity in the ticket price,” he said. “You get these master’s courses, and the bands get the time to work with the fans. It is a complement on both sides.” Whether it be music lessons, T-shirts or deep-fried food, the vendors are as much of a part of the festival as the music, said Mike Simpson, former chairman of the board of trustees at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro. It’s about the community and seeing how the festival has grown from an idea into a “lifestyle,” he said. “What it is, it’s really not a music festival, this is an experience,” he said. “That is what I tell people. It is the interaction with people, the food, vendors — it is a complete and enjoyable experience. ... I’m such a fan of this original American art form that is bluegrass and how the museum and this festival celebrates this genre. This is not just ‘come fold your chair out and listen to music.’ It is a true and enjoyable lifestyle experience.”

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SELLERS For vendors like Robin “ROMP-Mama” Hines, Emily Bruggensthmidt and Marcy Lambert, who all work together under one white tent, the festival is simply about laughing and generally enjoying each other’s company. Whether or not they sell anything is irrelevant; it is a once-a-year family reunion of sorts where the three come together to sell homemade trinkets and just be together. “I’ve been coming to ROMP since I moved here in 2010,” Hines said. “I started coming to ROMP because I thought it would be a treat to have my family watch Steve Martin, who I saw back in the ‘70s. We had a good time. Then, each year I would meet a few more people, like Marcy, and over time we became good friends. Then I started helping them make soap and stuff. I don’t live (in Owensboro) anymore, but I come in to ROMP. I see them once a year, so ROMP is like a mini family reunion.”

MUSICIANS Some ROMP regulars, like Jerry Eicher, host of The Ol’ Hippie Bluegrass Show, got his feet wet in the ROMP scene through his relationships with vendors. Eicher, a resident of Delta, Ohio, has been coming to ROMP for seven years, not only to help his friends set up their tent shops but to conduct his interviews and generally enjoy the experience as a whole. “The Dalai Lama was asked how we are going to achieve world peace and he said, ‘More music festivals,’ “ Eicher said. “It is a totally different feel than others. I’ve been trying to figure it out myself. Is it the instruments or the people? You couldn’t do this with a rock ‘n’ roll festival.” To him, the openness and relaxed feel of ROMP naturally lends itself to becoming immersed in the experience as well as the music. “At night, you go to different campers and there will be jam sessions going on. You couldn’t do that at most festivals,” he said. “Some festivals strive for what is going on at ROMP. They want to have these moonlight jams, but ROMP has the location that they can pull it off at that little cabin community with no one around. Thursday night, we were out there until 3:30 a.m., and a couple of the food vendors were out there with us grilling and serving up food early into the morning. The people and the bands are just into it. ... It is laid back, which is a good thing. We definitely need more laid back.”


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OWENSBORO A LIVE MUSIC MECCA written by Jodi Keen

In 2018, Brand USA released a list of America’s top 10 music

cities. Among the likes of Memphis, Chicago and Detroit was

Owensboro, catching some people by surprise, but not the folks who live here. Aside from the RiverPark Center and Woodward

Theatre, there are lots of places to find live music around town.

FRIDAY AFTER 5 What originated in the summer of 1997 from the Chamber Young Professionals’ “Arts on the River” and segued into Friday night music has since blossomed into a free, bonafide summer entertainment powerhouse for Owensboro. Live music on the riverfront is now supplemented by food trucks, mobile boutiques, petting zoos and even hot air balloon visits, but the annual electrifying lineup of musicians is what keeps the crowds growing and coming back each year. This is “where the weekend begins.”

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OPEN BLUEGRASS JAMS Once a month, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum welcomes musicians of all ages and skill levels to jam at its facility. A bit of instruction is involved at the beginning, showing attendees the ropes of jamming, and then they’re turned loose to collaborate with each other and broaden their horizons. Musicians and listeners alike will enjoy this free event. RIVERFRONT LIVE Riverfront Live made its debut in 2019 as a supplement to Friday After 5 and proved so popular that its season was extended through the end of September. Held on the Riverfront Stage outside the Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront, attendees can relax on the hotel’s lawn and indulge in Burger Theory sandwiches, beer and bourbon specials while enjoying a casual evening of music on the riverfront.

A smaller affair than Friday After 5, Live on the Banks enjoys a more intimate setting, with audiences able to interact with the musicians while enjoying free live music on the Overlook Stage at the Allen Street Gazebo. PORCHFEST OBKY A local take on a national front porchstyle live music movement, PorchFest came to Owensboro for one June evening in 2018, and the next year it grew from 22 to 45 acts across 15 porches along Griffith Avenue between Frederica Street and Robin Road. Ten food trucks jumped on the bandwagon in 2019, and local nonprofit Wendell Foster received 25 percent of last year’s sales. 2019 also saw two pre-PorchFest events and one post-Fest jam session added to the lineup of festival offerings.

THE CREME COFFEE HOUSE This pretty downtown coffee establishment has expanded its horizons beyond caffeine and pastries. Open mic events and worship nights are held on occasion, and live bands take the stage of the coffee shop’s quaint courtyard while attendees enjoy a cup of joe and a night under the stars.

CONCERT ON THE LAWN Concert on the Lawn is a longstanding, beloved end-of-summer ritual for many in and around Owensboro. Each August, thousands gather on the lawn at Kentucky Wesleyan University — some in lawn chairs, some on picnic blankets and some at tables decorated for a contest benefitting a charity — to take in an evening of music provided for free by the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. The event is popular because it exposes the community to symphony music in a relaxed setting while allowing classical musicians to enjoy playing in a casual environment.

CYO BREWING Owensboro’s downtown locale for craft brews also likes to sing. Patrons can enjoy live music on Friday and Saturday nights, and management recently sought public feedback in booking its future musicians. And for those who feel the rhythm in their souls, there’s karaoke on Thursday evenings.

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SYMPHONY AIMS FOR BROADER APPEAL written by James Mayse

But the symphony also stepped outside the traditional classical canon and threw in some modern touches: The concert included music from the films “Ben-Hur” and “Spartacus,” along with the theme from HBO’s sword and sorcery mega-hit, “Game of Thrones.” Symphony Conductor and Music Director Troy Quinn wants every OSO performance to be filled with similar flair and surprises, because such a variety

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engages symphony regulars while also

iconic “Fifth Symphony” with OSO’s take

drawing new listeners.

on the Queen rock classic “Bohemian

“My philosophy is, everyone loves classical music, they just don’t know it yet,” Quinn said. Quinn said the symphony wants to lose the stereotypes often associated with classical music. The symphony, Quinn said, should not be a place where a

Rhapsody.” The mixing of genres, Quinn said, was a rousing success. “They came because of a particular interest in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ and they were blown away” by Beethoven, he said. “There is a reason it has been around for hundreds of years.”

person is expected to wear a frumpy

Quinn said those “hybrid” shows are

tuxedo but should be the place where

crafted to get attendees excited enough

listeners can applaud a particularly

to return.

exciting performance without having to worry about appearing unsophisticated.

“We have more first-timers than we’ve ever had in the history of the

When the symphony opened its 2018-19

OSO,” he said, “and it’s through the

season, Quinn combined Beethoven’s

programming.”

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Reynolds, now TWO’s executive director, said the group’s goal is to reach audiences the same way the theater reached him more than 40 years ago. “You go into a different state of being for a while,” Reynolds said. “When theater is well done, you forget you’re sitting in an auditorium and become part of the world you’re witnessing.” In the early years, TWO produced shows in different locations until it received its first permanent home at the Trinity Centre on Fifth Street. Today, the nonprofit group stages productions at Trinity Centre and the old Empress Theatre on Frederica Street.

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The theater draws audience members and participants from well outside Owensboro, and the company has won multiple awards at the Kentucky Theatre Association’s annual festival. The organization presents a combination of classic plays and more modern comedies, dramas and musicals. “We want to offer a variety of shows because everyone likes something different,” Reynolds said. Proceeds from ticket sales, fundraisers and sponsorships help stage TWO productions and maintain the historic Empress Theatre and Trinity Centre. “Part of our future is to maintain the past,” Reynolds said. “We wanted to preserve our history. Throughout the renovation process (of the Empress Theatre), I couldn’t tell you how many people came up and shared memories”

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