From the Editor
Happy Valentines Day!
It was Pope Gelasius who originaly declared February 14 as St. Valentine's Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds' mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of February should be a day for romance. Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine's didn't begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois. In addition to the U.S., Valentine's Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine's Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Readymade cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one's feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine's Day greetings. So what will you send your Valentine this year? We want to know. Share you memories with us at any of the emails to the right. You may win a Weekend Getaway!
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Places Along The Bourbon Trail To Go
ELIZABETHTOWN - Elizabethtown is the perfect overnight destination for The Bourbon Trail Looking for something to do now that the Holiday season is over? Did you know that Elizabethtown is just a short drive from the Bourbon Trail? Elizabethtown is less than an hour from Jim Beam and Maker's Mark Distillery, two of the world's most famous distilleries. That makes Elizabethtown the perfect place to spend the night on your journey through the Bourbon Trail. Jim Beam is located off Exit 112 on I-65 and gives free tours Monday through Saturday and Sundays (March-December). You can learn about the generations of Beams that have been making Bourbon Whiskey since 1795. For more information visit www.jimbeam.com. Maker's Mark is just 45 minutes away in Loretto. They also give free tours Monday-Saturday and Sundays (March-December). You can even dip your own bottle in their famous red wax! For information visit www.makersmark.com Nearby Bardstown, offers Heaven Hill Distilleries. They are family owned and operated and their free
tours are offered Tuesday-Sunday. Visit www.heavenhill.com You can pick up all the driving directions and more information on these and all the distilleries along the Bourbon Trail in our office or by visiting our website www.TourEtown.com or visit www.kybourbontrail.com You can also see a list of all the Elizabethtown hotels on our website at www.TourEtown.com/Visitors/Stay.aspx
People to See: Mike Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN - Join the Historic State Theater as we welcome comedian Mike Armstrong to the stage presented by Zfinity. Known as Bob & Tom's favorite ex-cop, Armstrong will be the headliner, but special guests CJ Harlow & Chris Crowder will also be featured. Raised by loving parents in the conservative mid-west in a small town near Louisville, Kentucky, Mike Armstrong enjoyed a fairly normal childhood. So, what went wrong? He’s an ex-cop - the kind of cop that most people hope for when they get pulled over. “I’d stop cars and warn the speeding drivers about the speed traps up ahead.” “I think that when I quit the police department three other cops lost their jobs,” said Mike. “They simply didn’t need that many internal affairs officers anymore!” “I’ve been married so long, I don’t even look both ways when I cross the street.” Mike and his wife have a small herd of children (five). The kids are clones of their father. They’ll say and do just about anything to get attention. When a teacher asked son Christopher “…is that a lucky rabbits foot?” He responded, “…it was the only thing left in the trap… pretty lucky huh?” When the teacher called Dad to complain about the youngster’s behavior, Mike offered his true feelings… “Shut up! I’m not married to you!” Visit www.mikearmstrong.com for a preview of what's to come! To purchase tickets in advance, call the State Theater at 270-234-8258 during normal office hours of 9:30am-5pm Monday through Friday. Tickets will also be available at the door beginning at 7pm (show starts at 8pm). Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. The price is $10 each. This show is appropriate for ages 15 and up.
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Places To Go:
ooking for that perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Consider a Kentucky State Park. Resort parks are offering special events and packages in February to help celebrate Valentine’s Day. State parks provide a great place for a getaway weekend along with excellent food, entertainment, natural beauty and scenery. For more information about each park, as well as other state park events, visit www.parks.ky.gov Here is a listing of special events: Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas Honeymooners’ Weekend Feb. 10-12 Honeymooners’ weekend is a tradition at Barren River, so bring your sweetheart for a weekend of fun and romance. Friday night, become part of an interactive murder mystery and help solve the “crime.” Whoever solves it wins a free night’s lodging at Barren River Lake State Resort Park. It will be “An Evening To Die For!” On Saturday, hold your special someone close and dance to the music provided by DJ Cindy Cossey. Or, participate in couples activities including the “Not So Newlywed Game.” The 2-night lodging package at $279.95 plus tax per couple (includes lodge room, dinners, October, 2011
breakfasts, mystery theater tickets and dance tickets for two). Call Jamie Avery at 1-800-325-0057 or firstname.lastname@example.org Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet Valentine Dinner Theater Feb. 11 - This year’s performance will be a return of Fantastical Theatricals for a cabaret performance featuring a selection of love songs. The dinner theater is one night only, seating starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $34.95 plus tax per person for dinner and entertainment. Packages are available for $129 plus tax that include an overnight stay in the lodge room of your choice, two dinner theater tickets and breakfast for two the following morning. Call 800-443-7008 for reservations. Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn Sweetheart’s Weekend Feb. 10-12 - Enjoy the tranquil setting and mountain vista with a special discounted room rate of $50 per couple on each night. There will be a special buffet Feb. 12 offering entrees of rib-eye steaks, fried catfish, fried chicken, herb roasted pork lion, mixed medley vegetables, green beans, corn, baked potatoes, garden vegetables, and various desserts. Adults are $13.99. Call 1-800-325-0058. www.TheWeekenderMagazine.com
Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill Valentines Dinner Theater Feb. 10-11 - Spend a romantic evening in the natural beauty of the Eastern Kentucky foothills. Romance that special someone in your life with dinner followed by special performance by the duet Heath Eric & Molly G. Heath and Molly present a high-energy, passionate show filled with authentic originals and unique twists on cover songs. For more info on the performers, check out their website at www.heatheric.com Show times are either evening at 6:45 p.m. Admission fee of $29.95 plus tax per person includes dinner and show. The park offers a package to include dinner, show and overnight stay in Lewis Caveland Lodge for just $120.95 plus tax for two people. Call 1-800-325-0059. Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin Valentine Getaway Weekend Feb. 10-12 Cumberland Falls has been considered one of Kentucky’s most romantic attractions for decades. Your weekend begins with a dance and DJ Friday evening, Please turn to page 15 Page 7
Things to Do : Go on a First Date (ARA) - When your grandparents started dating, chances are they knew each other already or had mutual friends. In those days, a blind date - going out with someone you hadn't met or knew nothing about - was a rarity. Today, with the boom in online dating, going on first dates with strangers is commonplace. Plenty of people find love online every year, but when you're dating a stranger, it's important to take steps to ensure the only thing they steal is your heart. Online dating, and other forms of blind
dating, require extra caution to protect your personal information from those who might use it without your permission. Joining one or more dating websites can be a great way to meet people you might enjoy spending time with. Yet, nearly half of online daters fail to verify the authenticity of a potential match before communicating. By following some basic safety guidelines, you can help ensure the experience is as positive as possible and minimize the risk of being target-
ed by cyber criminals who frequent dating sites. First, be careful what you share in your profile. Never provide your full name, phone numbers, personal addresses, or other information such as where you work. Use the website's built-in tools for contacting and communicating with other members. Be wary of requests for information like where you bank or what you are doing 24/7. And, be careful to not reveal valuable information - your mother's maiden name (a frequently used identifier
for online accounts). These warnings sound obvious, but be alert that the information doesn't reveal itself in obvious ways. Scammers might make a request for a banking recommendation, or an inquiry as to where your family is from. No matter how convincing the story, never respond. Instead, report the individual to the website's security team; there's never any reason for someone you've just met to make that request. While you're bringing new people into your life, keep an eye on your credit and financial accounts to ensure you detect fraud quickly. An identity theft protection service like ProtectyMyID can help you monitor your credit and know sooner if your identity has been compromised. ProtectMyID uses daily Internet scanning to determine if your information appears on suspect sites or chat rooms that specialize in trafficking stolen
credit card numbers. Once you've made initial contact, be smart and cautious in your communications. Don't exchange private emails or engage in texting or instant messaging until you've gotten to know the person better through the website's protected communication methods. When you're ready to talk to each other, consider doing so through an online service like Skype or Yahoo Messenger, rather than exchanging phone numbers. These free services allow you to have a voice conversation over the computer without revealing something as personal as your cell phone or land line number. When you take the next step and meet in person, always take precautions. Meet in a public place and make sure a trusted loved one knows where you will be, who you are with and how long you expect to be there. Keep your cell
phone handy and consider arranging a check in with a trusted friend. Drive your own car to the meeting or arrange for your own taxi; don't rely on your date for transportation. Adhere to the safety basics that you always have in place when you go out, including keeping personal items and your drink in your possession at all times and leaving unneeded ID like your Social Security card at home. If meeting your online date requires long-distance traveling, be even more careful and smart. Make sure someone at home knows your travel plans and schedule. Finally, if something doesn't feel right or you feel pressured, end the date immediately. Trusting your gut can help protect you from an unpleasant or unsafe experience.
Things to Do: Plan a Wedding (ARA) - Many couples are opting to cut the guest list instead of big ticket items like wedding gowns. In fact, the average wedding gown cost $1,289 in 2010, a 20 percent increase over 2009. This is no surprise to the millions who were glued to their television sets this past April during the most talked about wedding since the 1981 royal wedding of Lady Diana to Prince Charles. Many brides are now emulating the elegant lace gown worn by Catherine Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge. In addition to beautiful lace, the newest trends in wedding gowns
include color, soft sleeves, short hemlines and eco-friendly materials. Whether it is Chantilly, Alencon, duchesse, guipure, or ribbon, lace has become one of the hottest trends this year. "Designers at all price points have debuted collections featuring full frothy skirts, wildflowers and lace used in both traditional and modern ways," says Kate Campbell, department chair of Fashion & Retail Management at The Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design. "This particular trend parallels the more feminine, elegant trends we
see in fashion everywhere including more fitted and ladylike styles reminiscent of Grace Kelly and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy." While not for everyone, the use of color in wedding gowns has been growing in popularity. Rich and vibrant, or more subdued, color in bridal wear is everywhere. Some brides choose soft pastel colors, such as blush, rose or skin-tone. Others opt to wear
Like Princess Catherine or like the popular beach wedding vibrant hues of lavender, green and deep pink. Less bold brides are more likely to use hints of accent color on sashes, bows, embroidery, hems, necklines or beading. "The bride who chooses to add color to her dress is fashion forward and confident - it's not for the faint of heart," says Amber Chatelain, lead faculty for the Fashion & Retail Management program at The Art Institute of Tennessee - Nashville, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta. Another interesting new trend in bridal wear is short gowns, especially for brides choosing destination and beach weddings. While they may be short in length, these dresses are not short on style. Some offer sophisticated laces, chic feathers or multilayered organza mini-skirts. Soft sleeves are enjoying a comeback. Designers have debuted soft, romantic sleeves, including traditional cap sleeves in florals and tulle, modern silhouettes using vintage elements, sequin fringe and flutter sleeves, and romantic off-the-shoulder versions. "The softness and elegance of the sleeves in bridal wear mirrors today's general fashion trends, where designers are highlighting the elegance and beauty of the female form in very soft ways," says Charlene Parsons, who heads the fashion programs at Miami International University of Art & Design. Eco-friendly options have also increased in popularity. "There are now numerous eco-friendly February, 2012
designers whose sole business is to create wedding dresses made with earth-friendly fabrics and materials, using techniques that are in harmony with the earth," says Crystal Shamblee, department chair of Fashion Design for The Art Institute of Philadelphia. Secondhand and vintage wed-
ding dresses are another ecofriendly choice. Whatever fashion trends a bride chooses, one that will never go out of style is a gown that fits well, is figure flattering and makes the bride feel like she's the most beautiful woman in the world on her big day.
Continued from Page 07 with music provided by Radioactive Sounds. Saturday evening features a mystery dinner theater where you will help figure out “who done it?” The weekend package is $299 plus tax per couple, which includes two night’s lodging, Friday evening dance and dinner and show on Saturday. Single person price is $239. Call 1-800-325-0063. Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park, Burkesville Valentine’s Celebration Feb. 10-12 - The Friday night package for two will include one night’s lodging, dinner and breakfast, and a Chautauqua program at 7:30 p.m. featuring Kelly O’Connell Brengelman as Lucy Audubon. Saturday’s package includes one night’s lodging, dinner and breakfast and a dance featuring Klassyc Times. Call 1-800-3252282. General Butler State Resort Park, Carrollton Perfect Harmony Dinner Theater Feb. 11 Presenting “Blues Brothers Tribute Act: The Soul Men.” From their knuckle tattoos to their signature hats and sunglasses, the Soul Men impersonate Jake and Elwood to perfection. The package includes one night’s lodging Feb. 11, Saturday dinner theater and a Sunday breakfast buffet. Individual tickets for the dinner show are available. Call 1-866462-8853. Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, Greenup Valentine Getaway Package Feb. 11-12 - Treat that February, 2012
special someone to a Valentine Getaway Package featuring a dinner theater with a comedy production of “The Kentucky Marriage Proposal.” Call 1-800325-0083. Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg Valentine’s Day Getaway Feb. 14 - Enjoy an evening of romantic music while enjoying your candlelight dinner at the Music Highway Grill with Jody Conley. Jody was a founding member of the Kentucky Opry, and was a member of Exile. Serving time is 4-8 p.m. Cost is $25 per couple, plus tax and drink. Lodging package available. Call 1-800-325-0142. Kenlake State Resort Park, Aurora A Night For Romance Feb. 11 - Enjoy prime rib and shrimp for dinner while Jody Sexton plays the piano. A continental breakfast will greet you the next morning. 1-800-325-0143. Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Gilbertsville Couples Month in February Upon arrival, you will be greeted in your room with a special gift, which includes a bottle of sparkling cider. Dinner at Harbor Lights Restaurant includes a choice of special entree and desert from our Couples’ Menu. The next morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast for two again at Harbor Lights with a later check-out time. This package is based on availability thru Feb. 29. Call 1800-325-0146. www.TheWeekenderMagazine.com
Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz Sweetheart Weekend Feb. 10-11 - Enjoy planned recreation activities, and on Saturday night enjoy dinner and the annual Sweetheart Dance with live music, sweet treats and cash bar. Two-night packages feature a lake view room, activities, Saturday dinner buffet, Sweetheart Dance and Sunday breakfast. Call 1-800325-1708. Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Jamestown Sweetie Pie Valentine Dinner Feb. 14 - Join us for a special romantic dinner. Sit by a window of the park’s beautiful dining room overlooking Lake Cumberland while enjoying your choice of several special entrees such as beef filet mignon, grilled chicken with cherries jubilee sauce, port-roasted pork tenderloin with apple chutney, or coconut-dusted jumbo shrimp. Reservations are suggested but not required. Call 1-800325-1709. Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade Valentine’s Square Dance Feb. 11 - Enjoy easy-tolearn Appalachian square dancing, clogging, line dancing, twostepping, polkas, waltzes, and more. Warm-up at 6:30 p.m., and dance is 7:30 - 10 p.m. Admission is $3 per adult, and children under 12 are free. Call (606) 6632214 for more information. Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs Discounts all month for sweetheart month! 1-800-325-1711. Page 15
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