Greenville, KY – Eat, shop, chit, chat, create, clap, finger snap! It’s time to squash and gobble! The Greenville Tourism Commission is pleased to present the 8th annual “Squash & Gobble Arts Bazaar and Fall Festival.” This signature arts and crafts event and family fall festival is set for Saturday, September 17th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. The Squash & Gobble festival celebrates and spotlights both the performing and visual arts while offering families a fun-filled FREE fall festival.
The visual arts portion of the festival will feature Kentucky artisans from across the region. A record setting 115+ artisan booths will line the downtown sidewalks with creations in jewelry, fabrics, paintings, drawings, stained glass pieces, leather goods, floral arrangements, pottery, primitive furniture and much more.
The performing arts will be celebrated with a full day of talent and entertainment! The performances this year include bluegrass musicians, dancers, painting, and thumbpicking. All performances will be on the courthouse grand veranda with the first show beginning at 9:30 am with a live speed painting performance by local artist Jeff Vincent. This is a perfect opportunity to see an artist in action and watch original creations come to life!
At 10:00 am get ready for a top-tapping good time with “The Lanham Brothers Jamboree”. This two-hour performance will include bluegrass music and a variety of songs partnered with traditional Appalachian clogging, skits and plenty of crowd interaction!
At 12:30 pm see a special children’s jazz and hip-hop dance performance by Greenville based studio Encore Dance and Owensboro’s Musick Studios. The performance will feature 20+ young dancers that will wow festival goers with their specially choreographed dance routine. This talented group is headed to Atlanta in October to compete at the World of Dance!
A special Thumbpicking Showcase featuring this unique style of guitar playing that has its roots in Muhlenberg County will begin at 1:30 pm. The showcase will feature Joe Hudson, Roger Hardin and Parker Hastings, three award-winning musicians. Hudson was awarded the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame “Horizon Award” in 2009 and currently serves as the national organization’s Director. Hastings is the considered the newest star in the world of thumbpicking having been named the 2014 Grand Champion at the International Home of the Legends Thumbpicking contest at the tender age of only 15. He was also inducted into the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame (NTPHF) in 2014 after being awarded the “Horizon Award.” To follow up his break-out first year on the thumbpicking scene, Hastings was named the 2015 “Thumbpicker of the Year” by the NTPHF. Roger Hardin is an accomplished thumbpicker as well! He is a two-time International Home of the Legends Thumbpicking Champion plus a former Indiana State and Winfield Kan Fingerstyle Guitar Champion. This trifecta of musical talent will be performing thumbpicking classics by Chet Atkins and Merle Travis to celebrate Muhlenberg County’s deep musical heritage. Thumbpicking fans should bring lawn chairs and settle in on Main Street to enjoy this phenomenal talent showcase!
The chainsaw woodcarving demonstration is also back in the 2016 festival line-up! This popular art demo will be located in the parking lot of Edward Jones Investments on North Main. Bear Hollow Wood Carvers, leaders in the chainsaw wood carving industry, will be performing 4 live chainsaw carving demonstrations at approximately 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. The tourism commission has pre-purchased the sculptures and they will be permanently placed in the Brizendine Brothers Nature Park.
New this year is a glass blowing demonstration by Louisville, Kentucky based The Glass Talisman. Glass artist Gail Oyler will be bringing this unique form of art to Greenville for the first time ever! Watch as she uses fire and heat to transform glass into custom, one-of-a-kind designs. She will also be bringing her current inventory of glass selections for attendee’s perusal and purchase.
This year’s event will also host “The Squash and Gobble Art Competition.” Artists of all ages are invited to participate in this annual event. The 2016 competition will again feature an adult division! Artists are invited to put their creative juices to good use by creating original pieces to compete for ribbons and cash prizes! Pieces may be submitted to the competition until Thursday, September 15th at Greenville City Hall located at 118 Court Street in downtown. For a complete list of rules and guidelines visit the special Squash & Gobble page at TourGreenville.com. All entries will be displayed in a tented outdoor art gallery located at The Crossing form 10:00 am – 3:00 pm during Squash & Gobble.
The fall festival element of the event is all about family fun. There will be a wide variety of FREE activities for the kids at the 2016 Squash and Gobble. Some of the free children’s activities that will be available include pumpkin painting, guitar painting, pony rides, balloon twisting, petting zoo, airplane art and apple toss. Courtesy of the Greater Muhlenberg Parks & Recreation System, the 40’ long inflatable corn maze will be back for hours of play! Plus, take a turn at the ever popular mechanical bucking pumpkin! It’s FREE to kids of all ages! There will also be Side Walk Chalk Art Poole’s Pharmacy Care along with inflatables. In addition, SOAR will be offering free book giveaways and games in front of the library.
The old fashioned cornmeal-making demonstration is also back for 2016 with a gristmill stone grinder making up ready-to-buy cornmeal for attendees to purchase. Look for the demo at the corner of Main Street and West Main Cross.
A full food court will feature seasonal goodies like funnel cakes, homemade kettle corn, fried pies and roasted corn on the cob.
Maps outlining specific locations and times for all the of Squash & Gobble events and activities are available at any downtown Greenville merchant or for download here. The Squash & Gobble Arts Bazaar and Fall Festival is a great way to kick-off the fall season! For additional information contact Beth Newman at 270-338-1895 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 9/11 Memorial Committee, chaired by Greenville City Administrator Ben Van Hooser, is pleased to announce the upcoming installation and unveiling of the new 9/11 Memorial. The entire community is invited to witness the unveiling of this incredible monument on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at 2:00 pm. This date marks the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedies.
The 9/11 Memorial will find its permanent home on the southwest lawn of the Muhlenberg County Judicial Center and will soar to eighteen feet in height at its tallest point. The Memorial will house the 17-foot long box beam that fell from the North Tower of the World Trade Center following the 9/11 attacks in New York City. Elements of the structure will include a commissioned hand-carved bronze sculpture of an angered American eagle clutching a draping American flag. Two granite towers (one tall tower and one collapsing tower with a debris cloud) will depict the Twin Towers. Various elements of the sculpture will be dedicated to victims, heroes and citizens who were directly impacted by the event. Other elements of the Memorial will be dedicated to Muhlenberg’s own local first responders who daily serve and protect the community.
The 9/11 Memorial will be surrounded by a brick paver patio that will include engraved bricks containing the names of Muhlenberg County first responders who have passed away in the line of duty. These “final watch” memorial bricks will be replicated and gifted to family members of the fallen who attend the unveiling.
Polished granite plaques will also be placed in the brick patio. Each plaque will serve its own unique purpose in honoring lives and contributions.
The project has become a reality thanks to the vision, passion and commitment of local citizens and the very generous contributions of civic organizations and a personal benefactor. What these donated dollars and volunteer efforts have afforded Muhlenberg County is priceless and will stand for generations as a reminder of the event, the heroes and the resolve of the American Spirit. The Memorial is intended to honor our local heroes and serve as a constant reminder of the unity, hope, faith and American values that exist in this county, regardless of the challenges faced.
For the unveiling ceremony, South Main Street will be closed and seating for 200+ spectators will be provided. Guests are asked to bring their families, friends and Unbridled Spirit. The first 250 attendees will receive a very special gift commemorating the unveiling event. Refreshments will also be provided.
Memorial Committee Members include Ben Van Hooser, Jamie Wells, Jerry Aders, Darren Harvey, Troy Walker, Kevin Opp, Beth Newman, Martha Roberts and ex officio member Mayor Jan Yonts. Commissioned artists include Sculptor Gary Casteel of Pennsylvania and granite craftsman Leland Longstreth of Florida. Multiple local businesses have been involved in the process.
The 9/11 Memorial Committee extends a special invitation to any families within the region who have experienced a personal loss of a family member as a first responder of Muhlenberg County or from this tragedy in New York. Anyone interested in more information on the memorial or the unveiling, please contact Ben Van Hooser at 270-338-3966 or Admin@GreenvilleKY.com.
Powderly, KY – The Muhlenberg Miners & Music Festival is coming back to Paradise Park, followed by the annual Freedom Fest fireworks display! Come celebrate the 4th of July holiday in Muhlenberg!
The Muhlenberg Miners & Music Festival celebrates the county’s coal and deeply-rooted music heritage. The day begins at 10:00 am on Monday the 4th and will feature guided tours of the UMWA Miners Hall Museum, the Merle Travis home, and the Thumbpicking Hall of Fame. There will be a special presentation at 11:30 am at the Merle Travis homeplace by a local historian giving a one-of-a-kind rendition of the homeplace’s history intertwined with personal anecdotes.
While touring the various sites enjoy the sweet sounds of thumbpicking during a special edition of ‘Picking in the Park,’ that will include an opportunity for thumbpickers of all ages and skill levels, to break out their guitar and join the fun!
Then at 2:00 pm make the short walk over to the Merle Travis Music Center to hear Thom Bresh, son of Merle Travis, live in concert. Thom is an incredible musician and accomplished producer. He boasts three Top 10 Records, 1976’s “Homemade Love” and “Sad Country Love Song” and 1977’s “Hey Daisy.” He is a two-time Grammy nominated producer for “Travis Pickin” by Merle Travis and “Wires in the Wood” by Thom Bresh. Thom is also an Academy Award nominated producer for “Over You” by Lane Brody from the movie Tender Mercies. He has also appeared on numerous television shows ranging from the Barbara Mandrell Show to the People’s Choice Awards to being featured on two HBO specials with Rich Little.
After the concert, take a break, grab a bite to eat and head to the Muhlenberg County Agriculture & Convention Center (adjacent to Paradise Park) after dark to enjoy Muhlenberg County’s Annual Freedom Fest Fireworks display. This traditional display is the largest in the county and will be a delight for folks of all ages.
The Muhlenberg Miners & Music Festival, Thom Bresh concert, and fireworks display are completely FREE and everyone is invited to attend thanks to these generous sponsors: Greenville Tourism Commission, Central City Tourism Commission, Muhlenberg Arts Council, Super 8 Hotel – Central City location and the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame.Concessions will be available on site (Muhlenberg Music & Miners Festival only) and don’t forget the lawn chairs!
For more information, please visit TourGreenville.com and LIKE the Greenville Tourism Commission on Facebook. The Greenville Tourism Commission is located at 112 N. Main Street in Greenville, KY. Email contact can be made at Director@TourGreenville.com. The phone number at the GTC office is 270-338-1895. Welcome to Greenville! You’re Just in Time!
Greenville, KY – What happens when free live music and happy people collide???… Greenville, Kentucky’s “Saturdays on the Square” FREE outdoor concert series! “Give it a Whirl” and attend the 8th annual series of summer concerts with a 2016 line-up featuring phenomenal performers from across the country.
As South Main Street in historic downtown Greenville is transformed into an outdoor amphitheater, the Muhlenberg County Courthouse will once again provide the stunning backdrop for each of the seven FREE concerts. The series opens on July 2nd and concludes on August 13th. Each Saturday evening musical performance will begin at 8 pm. Concert attendees should come early, bring a lawn chair, find the perfect viewing spot and then explore the historic downtown and have dinner in a Greenville eatery.
The series kicks off on July 2nd with a perennial “Saturdays on the Square” favorite, “A-Town A-List.” This Atlanta-based band is a collection of incredible young performers who have toured the world sharing the stage with mega-stars such as Bruce Springsteen, The Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder, The Black Eyed Peas, The Killers, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and more. The high-energy group offers an interactive show that will exceed expectations and deliver the perfect entertainment experience! This group has been one of the most revered bands to ever perform on the “Saturdays on the Square” stage.
Saturday, July 9th is the “Twilight Cruise-In Antique Car Show.” The event begins at 5:00pm and is the premier vintage automobile showcase for Greenville, typically attracting over 75 antique cars from around the region. The combination of antique cars and the historic vibe of downtown creates an incredibly nostalgic atmosphere that only happens once a year. “The Downtown Band” from Nashville, Tennessee, with special guest lead singer Jordan Phillips, will include a ten-piece band with a full brass section. Expect a dynamic musical performance featuring dance tunes and recognizable favorite oldie hits from across the decades! The band has been voted “Best Live Band in Tennessee” & “Top 10 Best Live Band” in the US for three consecutive years by The Industry Expert Awards. Guest lead singer, Jordan Phillips is a critically acclaimed (New York Times, Huffington Post) international touring vocalist for over 5 years. He has shared the stage with John Mayer, Kings of Leon, Faith Hill and Three Doors Down in addition to over 3 dozen network television shows and movie appearances. July 9th will be a perfect opportunity to dance the night away!
On Saturday, July 16th, Greenville is pleased to welcome the University of Kentucky’s modern a Capella group the “AcoUstiKats.” The “AcoUstiKats” was founded in 1993, by Dr. Jeff Johnson as a subsection of the University of Kentucky Men’s Chorus. Since its inception the group has become the premier all-male a Capella ensemble in the state of Kentucky. This group of 10 got their big break in 2013 when they earned a rare spot on Season 4 of NBC’s “The Sing-Off”. The group has capitalized on their national exposure by forming a professional vocal band. They have performed in countless venues across the United States from the shores of Hawaii to the Azalea Festival in Wilmington, NC. The “AcoUstiKats” are a must see this season!
On July 23rd, Greenville will honor Muhlenberg County’s most famous sons, Phil and Don Everly. “Now & Foreverly”, composed of singer/songwriters Jeff Boyet and Matt Newton, is set to pay tribute to one of history’s greatest-ever duos. Jeff and Matt’s journey of reproducing Everly Brothers music began in 1997 when landing the coveted lead roles of Phil and Don in “Bye Bye Love: The Everly Brothers Musical.” The musical was performed at the famous Ryman Auditorium as part of the Grand Ole Opry and their sibling-like harmony was uncannily close to the original. Following the death of Phil Everly in 2013, Jeff and Matt reunited for the first time in 10+ years to pay homage to two of music’s most prolific pioneers. From that reunion, “Now & Foreverly” was born. They now tour throughout the country bringing the songs and music of the Everly Borthers to a new generation. Don’t miss this special opportunity to give a Muhlenberg County salute to Don & Phil Everly, “The Everly Brothers”.
On July 30th, Greenville will welcome America’s #1 Zac Brown Tribute Band, “20 RIDE”! “20 RIDE” is not a wig-wearing, lip-syncing, pretending-to-play tribute. These good ol’ boys from upstate Carolina are real players, doing great music the way Zac does it. From traditional country to Caribbean rhythm to sultry ballads, “20 RIDE” brings all the best the Zac Brown Band has to offer. Whether it’s mega-hits like “Chicken Fried,” “Colder Weather,” “Toes,” “Free,” or “Highway to 20 Ride”, this tribute will cover the crowd favorites. Country fans and line dancers, “20 RIDE” is not to be missed!
August 6th, will feature “Kalimba, the Spirit of Earth, Wind & Fire”! Based out of the Pacific Northwest, “Kalimba” will be making its Kentucky debut at “Saturdays on the Square”. The group was conceived in 2011 and has since evolved into a 10-piece band with a full horn section performing hits including, “Shining Star,” “That’s the Way of the World,” “Devotion,” “Sing a Song,” “Can’t Hide Love,” “Getaway,” “Fantasy,” “Love’s Holiday,” “September”, “Boogie Wonderland” and more! In 2013, Sheldon Reynolds, former “Earth, Wind & Fire” guitarist reached out to “Kalimba” to collaborate on several ventures. According to Reynolds “Out of thousands of other bands that I have heard play, “Kalimba” is the first band that gets it like it’s supposed to be played.” “Earth, Wind & Fire” was one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially popular funk bands of the 70’s. Kalimba’s talent and passion for “Earth, Wind and Fire” magically comes through at each show.
As a truly grand finale, Greenville will welcome contemporary Christian music artist Natalie Grant to the stage! Grant is known for her soaring vocals, heart-gripping lyrics and passionate performances. She stormed onto the gospel scene in 2005 with her breakout RIAA Gold Certified album, “Awaken” and has been one of the top-selling Christian and Gospel artists ever since. She is a four-time Grammy nominee and has been named “Female Vocalist of the Year” five times by the Gospel Music Association. She has sold over 3 million records during her 11 year career and has had multiple number ones on the Billboard chart. Natalie Grant is sure to cap-off the 2016 summer series with a powerful and moving performance.
Greenville’s “Saturdays on the Square” FREE Summer Concert Series has been nominated as one of the Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s “2016 Signature Summer Festivals”. Historic downtown Greenville is ready to welcome everyone with the same spirit and atmosphere that has made “Saturdays on the Square” one of the premiere outdoor concert venues in Kentucky. Don’t forget your lawn chairs! This summer, give Greenville and “Saturdays on the Square” a whirl!
For more information, please visit TourGreenville.com and LIKE the Greenville Tourism Commission on Facebook. The Greenville Tourism Commission is located at 112 N. Main Street in Greenville, KY. Email contact can be made to Director@TourGreenville.com. The phone number at the GTC office is 270-338-1895. Welcome to Greenville! You’re Just in Time!