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The Red River Gorge is a canyon system on the Red River in east-central Kentucky. Geologically, it is part of the Pottsville Escarpment. Much of the Gorge is located inside the Daniel Boone National Forest and has been subsequently reserved as the Red River Gorge Geological Area, an area of around 44 square miles (110 km2). It has been designated a National Natural Landmark. The 20 square miles (52 km2) Clifty Wilderness Area lies entirely within the gorge. This intricate canyon system features an abundance of high sandstone cliffs, rock shelters, waterfalls, and natural bridges. There are more than 100 natural sandstone arches in the Red River Gorge Geological Area. The multitude of sandstone and clifflines have helped this area become one of the world's top rock climbing destinations and is home to the Red River Gorge Climbers' Coalition. Kentucky's Natural Bridge State Park is immediately adjacent to this area, featuring one of the largest natural bridges in the Red River Gorge. Because of its unusual and rugged nature, the Red River Gorge features a remarkable variety of ecological zones. It is home to many plants, such as Canadian Yew, which are far from their main range. Memorial Day weekend will be here shortly. For many travelors, the first big 3-day weekend of the year affords us the opportunity to hit the road to our favorite climbing destination. Kayak and Canoe Rentals are also available in the Red River Gorge! The Red River Gorge has thousands of stunning acres of prime wilderness criss-crossed by dozens of marked hiking trails. These trails allow hikers access through the heart of Kentucky's treasured Red River Gorge. Now you can do overnight and multi-day hikes and not have to worry about how you get to and from trail-heads. Have fun and enjoy the beauty of the area. But remember to be prepared, have a plan, and don't be a victim to unneccessary accidents. Have a safe holiday and remember to save time for some Weekender places to go, things to do and people to see!

About the Cover : Get ready for a fun-filled winter. There’s nothing like a brisk walk in the fresh-falling snow to awaken your senses to the wintery outdoors events available in January. This issue features several outdoor winter events.

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601 College Street Bowling Green, KY 42101

Administration: 270-904-5000 Ticketing: 270-904-1880

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People to See at the Stucky Music Festival May 17 - May 18, 2013

Space Capone

22850 Louisville Road, Park Mammoth Resort, Park City, KY 42160 The First Annual Stucky Music Festival that is to be held near Bowling Green at Park Mammoth Resort in Park City, Kentucky, in May 2013. The festival will host 25 local bands and over one thousand tickets are anticipated to sell. This is a 2 day camping festival that celebrates green practices and community. Ticket prices vary and start at $20. For more information on ticket prices, locations, sponsorships and participating bands, please visit or www.facebook. com/StuckyMusicFestival. What is Stucky? The purpose of the Stucky Music Festival is to bring together the diverse music community of Southern Kentucky. We are hosting 25 bands in a two day event camping music festival. Concerts will begin on Friday at five p.m. of May 17, 2013 and resume on Saturday May 18, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Park Mammoth Resort, Park City, KY. As you know we are volunteering our time. The Stucky Music Festival proceeds will be split amongst the following: 40% of the proceeds benefit the Son Rhea Foundation30% will be used to kick start the 2014 festival 30% will be split equally amongst the bands that have generously volunteered to play the 2013 festival. Entertainment - LINE UP Space Capone - Space Capone's influence thrives off late 70's funk/soul/R&B with a fresh and modern twist. Still riding high off their debut album "Volume 1: Transformation" (released Spring of '08) they've already set a strong precedence in the southeast as a band that respects their influences but knows how to party at the same time. Space Capone is comprised of funky horns, chanky Page 06

electrics and a tight rhythm section all by young musicians that are all scholars of funk, jazz, and R&B. Space Capone Debuts “I Just Wanna Dance” Video Space Capone’s new video for “I Just Wanna Dance” certainly lives up to its name. With the song’s fresh blend of Funk and R&B, and the video’s old school appeal of teenage roller rinks and locker rooms, you just can’t help but want to dance along. Canago Opossum Holler The Black Shades Somaaa Lines In The Sky The Lost River Cavemen Fat Box Thee Japanese Schoolgirls Buffalo Rodeo KIC Heavy Chase Patson - One Man Band Plain Jane Mahtulu The Hungry Ears Dead Dick Hammer & the TBA Band Undead Anna Dead Leaves Technology Vs Horse Thee The The Chest Rockwell Bad People

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Things to Do: Fiddler Competition ELIZABETHTOWN - After taking a year off, the Official Kentucky State Championship Old Time Fiddlers Contest, Inc. is making its way to Freeman Lake Park on June 7th and 8th this year. This will be the 38th annual event. “We are excited about the opportunity to partner with The Old-Time Fiddlers event and keep this music alive by bringing it to Elizabethtown,” said Mayor Tim Walker. “We have brought rock and roll to the E-town area in the last several years; this gives us an opportunity to offer diversity to our community in a unique way.” The organizers said the new venue provides amazing potential to support their purpose, which is to see the purity and integrity of old-time string music live on through generations to come. There will be over 15 types of contests including, harmonica, banjo, bluegrass band, dulcimer and fiddle to name a few. The event offers over $6,500 in prize money. There is no entry fee. However all contestants must pay regular admission fee. Tickets are $7 Firday, $10 Saturday and $15 for both days. Children, ages 10 and under, will be admitted free. Free parking is also offered. The event begins Friday at 7 PM and continues Saturday morning at 10 AM with the finals Saturday night at 6 PM. May, 2013

No alcoholic beverages will be allowed on grounds.

This is a planned outdoor event, so bring your lawn chairs.In case of rain, event will be moved indoors Camping Sites will be available in Freeman Lake Park during the contest. Popup Tents allowed in designated areas Contact Sarah Vaughn at the office: 270-765-6121 The City of Elizabethtown partnered with Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau to coordinate all City sanctioned events through the City’s Events Coordinator, Sarah Vaughn. Vaughn will be the City liaison to the contest Board of Directors, assisting with volunteer and sponsor recruitment, parking and vendors. “I have been waiting for the day to announce this exciting event,” said Vaughn. “People from all over the country will be in Elizabethtown, along with local community members, to celebrate the history of old time fiddling and the tradition of simple,

honest, and hardworking lives of the first rural farmers.” Old Time Fiddlers coordinator Brent Miller, along with Steve Hall, Stage Manager and son of contest founder Jodie Hall, emcee Kevin Mudd, and the contest Board of Directors, will be working directly with Vaughn on all planning aspects of the festival. “It was very difficult to move the contest from Rough River, and we delayed it until we simply had no choice,” said Miller. “At that point, we had to set aside our sentimentality, look at this as a business decision, and find a location which offered the absolute best opportunity to be successful, because we sure don’t want to do this again. When we met with representatives from Etown, we knew this was exactly where we needed to be.” There will be over 15 different types of contests such as Harmonica, Banjo, Flat-Top Guitar, Bluegrass Band, Fiddle, and Dulcimer. This competition yields not only bragging rights for the winners, but every winner with the exception of the dulcimer will hold the official Kentucky State championship title. Musicians can enter as many categories as they choose with their paid entrance fee. For more information, visit or You can also call 270-765-6121. Page 7

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presents: The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion Saturday, May 18th, 2013 - 7:30pm Single tickets are now on sale! Theatre of Illusion is much more than a magic show. It is a magical concert for your eyes. And it is one of the largest touring illusion productions on the road. Kevin and Cindy have left a trail of accolades in their wake with more than 20 national awards, making them one of the most recognized and honored performance teams in the industry. Arts event programmers have named them Performing Arts Entertainers of the Year an amazing six times; and their peers recognized them as “the best of the best” by naming them International Magicians of the Year, joining the ranks of Doug Henning, Penn & Teller, and David Copperfield. Audiences cross over a threshold of disbelief only moments after the Spencers take the stage. The duo presents a big, high-tech stage show that combines drama, comedy, romance, and suspense with elaborate stage illusions that include dazzling special effects and magnificent set design. The Spencers feature many original illusions that you simply won't see anywhere else! Tickets purchased 10 days before the performance date will not be mailed out. They will be placed in will call for you to pick up during our regular Ticket Office hours, Monday – Friday 11AM - 6PM, or on the date of the performance. We encourage you to pick up your tickets in advance to reduce your time standing in line before the performance. For more information, visit online at

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Things To Do

Gardening COLUMBUS - Join us as we kick off our 6th growing season with "Spring Forward"--an evening of fun, food, and art to benefit Franklinton Gardens! This event will take place on Friday, May 11 from 5-9 PM at the 400 West Rich Street Arts Complex and will include food, beer, live music, a silent auction, kids' activities, and more. A diverse group of food trucks--Earth's Crust, Mojo Tago, and Freedom a la Cart--will be on site serving up great dishes, and cool treats from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams will be available to satisfy the sweet tooth. A couple varieties of beer will be on tap throughout the evening as well. Live music will be provided in part by Joshua P. James and the Paper Planes, while the silent auction will feature the artwork of local artists and gift cards donated by Jeni’s and other local businesses. Thanks goes to our event sponsors: Mount Carmel Health System, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Honda, Wells Fargo, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams,

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and the local law offices of Bricker & Eckler LLP, Thompson Hine LLP, and Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, LLP. Proceeds from the event will go to support our expanding food production and community building efforts in historic Franklinton. For more information, please contact us at 614-233-1887 or

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Things To Do: Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH) has partnered with the Kentucky National Guard and the Kentucky Horse Park to honor our service members with a fun-filled day of equine educational sessions, social recreation & all general admission horse park shows, museums and activities free of charge. “This event enables us to honor our service members with a fun-filled day of equine educational sessions and social recreation,” said CKRH Program Director Denise Spittler, who oversees CKRH’s veterans program. All services are welcome; just show proof of service upon entry of the park. Please make reservations , however, to accomodate lunch and the pony rides by emailing MilitaryAppreciationDay@GMAIL. COM Free shows & exhibits include a Spring Hunter Jumper Show , Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries, National Horse Show: Glamour and Sport, Trolley Tours, Hall of Champions Show, Horses of the World, Discounts include: Trail rides for only $17, 20% off all camp sites, FREE Trail Ride for the First 50 People to RSVP !! Go to and click Equine Theme Park link for a full list of activities included with general admission to the Kentucky Horse Park. The CKRH is providing lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Up In Smoke BBQ will serve BBQ, hamburgers and hotdogs. Lunch provided free of charge for those with a meal ticket. A guided 35-minute trail ride, suitable for first time riders, takes you along the outskirts of the park. Riders must be at least 7-years old and 4-feet tall. Weight restrictions apply. Tickets are limited and can only be purchased the day of your visit. Purchase at the Visitor Information Center before 3:45 p.m. Riders must register and schedule a ride time prior to trail ride. Rides are limited by space availability; please sign up early in the day. Page 12

Pony Rides create memories children retain forever!! Rosie’s Ponies will provide pony rides for all military children at CKRH between 10 a.m. and 3:30pm. For ages 2 -12 there is a 90-pound weight limit. MAY HORSE SHOWS AND EXHIBITS 8 am - Spring Hunter Jumper Show 9 am - Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries 9 am - National Horse Show: Glamour and Sport 10 am - Trolley Tour 10:15 am - Hall of Champions Show 11 am - Horses of the World 1 pm - Trolley Tour 1:15 pm - Hall of Champions Show 2 pm - Horses of the World 3 pm - Trolley Tour 3:15 pm - Hall of Champion Show Everyone attending the Military Appreciation Day event will receive a 20% discount for camping sites. Come out, relax and enjoy the complete resort atmosphere of the Kentucky Horse Park Campground! Our campground offers 260 spacious sites with 50/30/20 amp electric and water. All sites are 55' paved back-ins with fire rings and picnic tables. Two dump stations are provided for your convenience as you exit the park. A full service facility, our campground has many extras for your comfort including a grocery store/gift shop and two bathhouses with modern conveniences. During your stay, be sure to take advantage of our tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, cool off in our junior Olympic-size swimming pool and participate in our planned activities. The campground also has electric primitive and primitive available for those wishing for a more rustic stay. These areas are first-come, first-served, and fill quickly on special weekends. The Kentucky Horse Park Campground is pet friendly. Visit online at ww, for more detailed information and a map of the campground.

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Places to Go GRAND RIVERS - The Outlaws of Country Music will be performed at the Badgett Playhouse Saturday Nights, May 18 and 26th at 7 PM plus matinees on May 17, June 1 and 8 at 2 p.m. In this sequel to "The Sweethearts of Country Music", we celebrate the other side of country...the Outlaws, with tributes to famous "bad boys" such as Waylon, Willie and Johnny. We follow three young ladies on their different paths to success and stardom in Nashville as they relive the "Outlaws" in their lives and the music that made these kind of men famous. The show culminates in one final showcase where the "Outlaws" and the "Sweethearts" join together for one last shot at fame and fortune.

It is not necessary to have seen "The Sweethearts of Country Music" Tickets are $22.99 plus tax each. Children, 17 and under, are $17.99 plus tax. For more information, call 1-888-362-4223 or visit online at

Other shows scheduled at the Badgett Playhouse in May include: “Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Musical Show.” Ring of Fire, the ingenious Broadway production written around 38 of Johnny Cash’s most famous songs, cele-

brates the essence of an American experience. These iconic songs tell stories about a hard life lived in the heartland, about love of partner, family, home, land and God. Featuring “Ring of Fire”, “I Walk the Line” & “I’ve Been Everywhere”, plus many more, Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Musical Show celebrates the lives and stories Cash sang about in his songs. **Please note that this show does not impersonate Johnny Cash, but brilliantly uses Cash's songs to tell the story of his life. **Also, please ask us about our "Legends of Country Music" package. For a special price, you can get tickets to Ring of Fire, Hank Williams: Lost Highway & Always... Patsy Cline!!


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