Munich Oktoberfest
Sep
16
to Oct 3

Munich Oktoberfest

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The Munich Oktoberfest (Munich Beerfest) is one of the most famous events and the world's largest fair. Oktoberfest 2016 will be no exception. With some six million people attending every year, it is an important part of Bavarian culture. Think Disneyland for adults. Think must do!

Munich's Oktoberfest began life as a wedding for the Bavarian crown prince Ludwig to princess Therese from Saxony-Hildburghausen (hence the name of the Theresienwiese) on October 12, 1810 and attended by the local community. Today the Munich Beerfest traditionally takes place during the sixteen days up to and including the first Sunday in October with Oktoberfest 2016 starting on Saturday, 17th September until Monday the 3rd of October.

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Drink Beer Day
Sep
28
12:00pm12:00pm

Drink Beer Day

Today is Drink Beer Day! Raise a pint and toast to one of the oldest and most popular beverages in human history.

There are hundreds of different varieties of beer, but they all fall into one of two categories—ale or lager. Historians believe that humans have been producing beer, or some form it, since the Neolithic Era. The oldest continuously operating brewery in the world is in the Bavaria region of Germany. The Weihenstephan brewery began producing beer in the year 1040. Today, the company exports fourteen different brews all over the world.

There’s really only one way to celebrate Drink Beer Day! Gather a group of friends for a beer tasting at home or at your favorite bar. Be sure to check for promotions and giveaways that might be going on in your area. Cheers!

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Dancing with Our Stars
Sep
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

Dancing with Our Stars

The Pennyroyal Arts Council and Sanctuary, Inc. present Dancing with Our Stars on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Thank you to our presenting sponsor Planters Bank for supporting this event!

The event will feature local celebrities as well as professionals. Watch our Dancing with Our Stars page throughout the summer to see as we unveil each dancing team! 

Proceeds from the event and the funds raised during the dancing festivities will support the missions of the Pennyroyal Arts Council and Sanctuary, Inc. The mission of the Pennyroyal Arts Council is to encourage, develop, and promote the appreciation of the Arts through Education, Support, Service, and Presentation. Sanctuary, Inc. is committed to the provision of preventative and restorative services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

For every dollar raised from now through the event, you're contributing to two great causes!

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International Stout Day
Nov
2
4:00pm 4:00pm

International Stout Day

ABOUT STOUT - A HISTORY LESSON

Before going into the history and description of Stouts, one must first give props to its predecessor, the Porter.

Porters, a dark ale favored among London's working classes, was first developed in the early 1700s. Street and river porters provided an eager market for this new, energizing beer. The word "stout", after the fourteenth century, had taken on as one of its meanings "strong", and was used as such to describe strong beers, such as the Porter. "Stout" as in stout porter, was the strong, dark brew London's brewers developed and the dark beer that gave us what we think of today as the typical stout style.

The first stouts were produced in the 1730s. The Russian Imperial Stout was inspired by brewers back in the 1800's to win over the Russian Czar. "Imperial porter" came before "imperial stout" and the earliest noted use of "Imperial" to describe a beer comes from the Caledonian Mercury of February 1821, when a coffeehouse in Edinburgh was advertising "Edinburgh Ales, London Double Brown Stout and Imperial Porter, well worth the attention of Families".

Guinness had been brewing porters since about 1780 and are famous for their Dry or Irish Stout. Oatmeal stout beer is one of the more sweeter and smoother of the stouts. And for proof that we live in an evolving society, there's Oyster Stout and Chocolate Stout. The first known use of oysters as part of the brewing process of stout was in 1929 in New Zealand.

Originally, stout meant "proud" or "brave", but morphed into the connotation of "strong" after the 14th century. Why on earth should this brave and strong beer style not have its own day of celebration?

From www.StoutDay.com

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Repeal Day
Dec
5
12:00pm12:00pm

Repeal Day

The turn of the twentieth century was a dark time in America. The Women's Christian Temperance Union, which had been promoting Prohibition for many years, believed alcohol was the cause of many, if not all, social ills. Mistruths like this were spread. Lines were drawn. Bars and taverns were vandalized. People were killed. On January 16th, 1919, Congress passed the Eighteenth Amendment, outlawing alcohol and ostensibly putting an end to drunkenness, crime, mental illness, and poverty.

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National Lager Day
Dec
10
12:00pm12:00pm

National Lager Day

It’s National Lager Day! Lager is a type of German beer that is bottom fermented and lightly hopped. It is usually stored for at least three weeks after brewing before it is served.

Lager is the dominant style of beer throughout the world, except in England where ale is the favorite style. The only real difference between ale and lager is that ales ferment and age quickly at warm temperatures, while lagers ferment and age slowly at cool temperatures. These different types of fermentation allow for a vast difference in flavor and aroma.

To celebrate National Lager Day, head to your favorite pub and enjoy a refreshing brew of your favorite lager or try brewing your own!

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Louis Pasteur's Birthday
Dec
27
to Dec 28

Louis Pasteur's Birthday

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In 1854, Pasteur was appointed professor of chemistry and dean of the science faculty at the University of Lille. There, he worked on finding solutions to the problems with the manufacture of alcoholic drinks. Working with the germ theory, which Pasteur did not invent but further developed through experiments and eventually convinced most of Europe of its truth, he demonstrated that organisms such as bacteria were responsible for souring wine, beer and even milk. He then invented a process where bacteria could be removed by boiling and then cooling liquid. He completed the first test on April 20, 1862. Today the process is known as pasteurization.

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New Beers Eve
Dec
28
12:00pm12:00pm

New Beers Eve

Come out to HBC on NEW BEERS EVE to celebrate new beers! Curious about how we make our beers? Help brew our latest small batch - an American Barley Wine - starting at noon. Mill the grain, stir the mash, add the hops, pitch the yeast - it's a hands-on event from start to finish.

 

And while you're brewing, have a pint of our new Winter Warmer - a malty brew with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. 

 

Looking forward to ringing in the New Year but still want to get to bed at a decent time? Or are you a social butterfly with lots of parties to attend on the same night? We have a solution:

 

CELEBRATE EARLY WITH US.

 

We'll be setting our clocks ahead four hours to welcome 2017 a little early! Our ball will be dropping at 8pm (although the taproom clocks will say midnight) - so you'll still have plenty of time to hit the next party on your list (or get to bed for a good night's sleep.)

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Mardi Gras - Fat Tues
Feb
13
12:00pm12:00pm

Mardi Gras - Fat Tues

The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons. From here, the traditional revelry of "Boeuf Gras," or fatted calf, followed France to her colonies.

On March 2, 1699, French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville arrived at a plot of ground 60 miles directly south of New Orleans, and named it "Pointe du Mardi Gras" when his men realized it was the eve of the festive holiday. Bienville also established "Fort Louis de la Louisiane" (which is now Mobile) in 1702. In 1703, the tiny settlement of Fort Louis de la Mobile celebrated America's very first Mardi Gras.

In 1704, Mobile established a secret society (Masque de la Mobile), similar to those that form our current Mardi Gras krewes. It lasted until 1709. In 1710, the "Boeuf Gras Society" was formed and paraded from 1711 through 1861. The procession was held with a huge bull's head pushed alone on wheels by 16 men.  Later, Rex would parade with an actual bull, draped in white and signaling the coming Lenten meat fast. This occurred on Fat Tuesday.

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National Beer Day
Apr
7
12:01am12:01am

National Beer Day

Not that we need an excuse to celebrate our favorite beverage...

"National Beer Day is a celebration of the Cullen–Harrison Act being signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 22, 1933. Upon signing the legislation, Roosevelt made his famous remark, "I think this would be a good time for a beer." The law went into effect on April 7 of that year, allowing people to buy, sell and drink beer containing up to 3.2% alcohol by weight (or 4.05% by volume) in states that had enacted their own law allowing such sales. People across the country responded by gathering outside breweries, some beginning the night before. On that first day, 1.5 million barrels of beer were consumed, inspiring the future holiday. Today, April 7 is recognized as National Beer Day and April 6 is known as New Beer's Eve."

Borrowed from Wikipedia...

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King Gambrinus Day
Apr
11
12:00am12:00am

King Gambrinus Day

King Gambrinus is credited as the first person to add hops to beer...

"Gambrinus (/gæmˈbraɪnəs/ gam-bry-nəs), is a legendary European culture hero celebrated as an icon of beerbrewing, joviality, and joie de vivre. Traditional songs, poems, and stories describe him as a king, duke, or count of Flanders and Brabant.[1][2]Typical representations in the visual arts depict him as a rotund, bearded duke or king, holding a tankard or mug, and sometimes with a keg nearby."

Wikipedia

 

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Cinco de Mayo
May
5
12:00pm12:00pm

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo (pronounced [ˈsiŋko ðe ˈmaʝo]Spanish for "Fifth of May") is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.[1][2]

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico.[3][4][5][6] In the U.S. the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades.

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken for Mexico's Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16, commemorating the Cry of Dolores that initiated the war of Mexican independence from Spain.[1][7]   - Wikipedia

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Memorial Day
May
28
12:00am12:00am

Memorial Day

Memorial Day or Decoration Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.[1] The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, was held on May 29, 2017. The holiday was held on May 30 from 1868 to 1970.[2] It marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season,[3] while Labor Day marks its end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.[4] - Wikipedia

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Buy Dad a beer day (Father's Day)
Jun
17
12:00am12:00am

Buy Dad a beer day (Father's Day)

'A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913.[17] In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father's Day celebration[18] and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized.[19] US President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be observed by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation.[18] Two earlier attempts to formally recognize the holiday had been defeated by Congress.[18][20] In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, thus "[singling] out just one of our two parents".[20] In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.[19] Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.[18][19][20]"

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St Arnold's Day (Patron Saint of Brewers)
Jul
18
2:00pm 2:00pm

St Arnold's Day (Patron Saint of Brewers)

"To the Europeans in quest of their family history, Metz uncovers a birthplace: Saint Arnold, Mayor of the Palace a bishop who then became a hermit, the paternal ancestor and spiritual father of French Christendom.

One cannot forget that Charlemagne was a 6th generation descendent of Saint Arnold. Whenever one refers back to distant periods, the facts and myths get mixed together to create the legend."

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The Lovers - Live Music
Sep
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Lovers - Live Music

Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Amanda June made her way down to Nashville to focus on her career as a singer, songwriter and develop her artistry. Amanda has been singing since she could talk and picked up the acoustic guitar around the age of 14. Influenced by Alison Krauss, Dixie Chicks and Sheryl Crow, she knew Nashville was where she needed to be and at 18 years young she took the leap. Amanda started playing as many shows and writers rounds around town as she made herself a familiar face. "Her music stands out among most contemporary country music in the sense that it's music with passion, soul and written from personal experience. With a down-to-earth sensibility and a smooth, sweet voice, Amanda's style blends perfectly with that of Cole Vosbury, a fellow artist who also heard Nashville calling his name."

     You may recognize Cole from Season 5 of NBC's The Voice in 2013. Cole, a Louisiana native, has been staying busy since then, playing shows frequently and collaborating with other artists, such as Amanda June. Cole has been playing music most of his life. He has been perfecting his craft of guitar for 12 years and playing music for a living since age 17. Cole's style stands out among others, his soulful, intriguing and gravelly voice compliments his blues, rock, country influenced playing on guitar. After having success in his hometown playing piano bars and bar gigs with his band,  he auditioned for The Voice and while on Blake Shelton's team he placed Top 4. He went on to lay roots in Nashville while he traveled around the country to play shows with the help of William Morris Endeavor. While traveling and co-writing the past few years with Amanda June they decided to work on a duo project. The way Amanda and Cole play together is seamless, each artist's voice complementing the other's wonderfully, with no solo or break feeling forced or unnatural– a feat that few artist collaborations can boast. With a simple, beautiful melody accompanied by calm and elegant acoustic guitar arrangements to playing with a band. They won't be stopping their journey anytime soon and plan to put out a full length album. 

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The BOMB - Live Music
Aug
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

The BOMB - Live Music

The BOMB – A Hybrid of Classic Rock, Pop, and Blues fused together to create a helluva good time!” Originally formed in 2014, The BOMB hails from the fringes of Nashville. Comprised of vocalist Rick Woosley, guitarist Brandon Plyant, keyboardist Pat Haley, bassist Griffin Myers and the recent addition of drummer Chris Borders. They’ve been a relentless force in the Middle TN music scene, as featured in both the Ashland City Times and the Tennessean. Collectively they’ve performed at several famous local live venues such as the House of Blues, Franklin TN Theater, Hard Rock Café, and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. Pat Haley has toured with the likes of Three Dog Night, Steppenwolf, and Grand Funk Railroad.

Follow them at https://www.facebook.com/TheBOMBNashville/ andhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs22kSV1a4Tm7MYuRZ0NWuQ

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Taco Express
Aug
19
to Aug 21

Taco Express

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For the Eclipse weekend, The Taco Express Food Truck will be our guest at the patio. They serve the BEST street tacos around.

TACOS. Replicating the most popular meal in Mexico. We have the right tortillas and over 20 years perfecting our meats and salsas. TRY THEM. Satisfaction guaranteed.

TACOS. Replicating the most popular meal in Mexico. We have the right tortillas and over 20 years perfecting our meats and salsas. TRY THEM. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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Black Cat Cadillac
Aug
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

Black Cat Cadillac

Celebrate our first-ever GUEST TAP with live music from Hoptown's own Black Cat Cadillac! ON TAP WEDNESDAY: one of our all-time favorite beers from Blue Stallion Brewing Company - PATCH KIDS, a deliciously tart sour lager.

And check back often to see which beers we're pouring from other awesome Kentucky breweries through the eclipse weekend...

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LIVE MUSIC with Dale Prichard
Aug
12
5:30pm 5:30pm

LIVE MUSIC with Dale Prichard

Dale Prichard is singer/musician that covers several decades of music. Songs and artist from the 60’s Beatles, Motown (Sam Cooke), to Jackson Browne, Eagles, Elton John, to more recent music by artist such as Zack Brown, Catfish and the Bottlemen, to Many of the songs that make up the past 50 years of pop music. Attending a performance of Dale’s will take you from Jim Reeves to Jimi Henderix.

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LIVE MUSIC with Brooke McBride
Aug
4
6:00pm 6:00pm

LIVE MUSIC with Brooke McBride

Brooke McBride is a 25 year-old singer/songwriter that prides herself in writing and singing "no fluff," "no filler" just real, raw, country music. While originally hailing from the Tar-heel State of North Carolina, Brooke made the move to Nashville, Tennessee in January 2013. Originally a student of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, she transferred to Belmont University and received a B.B.A. in Music Business in May of 2014. Brooke is a 2013 Carolina Music award nominee for Best Female Country Artist, has been a featured extra on the hit ABC Television series "Nashville," and was part of a CMA Promo Commercial for the 2013 CMA Awards in Nashville. Immediately after graduating from Belmont University in 2014, Brooke released her debut EP, aptly titled, "Songs About Carolina." She and her band then hit the road touring everywhere from Massachusetts to Kansas. 
The new single, "Can't Get Away," is out November 1st 2016, and is a song about the differences (and similarities) of the demons and obstacles faced on and off the road. It is part of a new project that Brooke will be putting out in its entirety next year. 
So far this year, Brooke has played 70 shows and counting (ranging from honky tonks, fairs, festivals, clubs, weddings, private events, corporate events, etc). For 2017, she already projects to play over 100 shows. Brooke's usual set includes both originals and covers with covers ranging from Johnny Cash to Cee Lo Green. Described as "raw", "sultry", and "smokey/southern" no matter what your taste, Brooke's unique voice and storytelling ability are sure to keep you entertained all night long.

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Roux and the Willing
Jul
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

Roux and the Willing

Roux & The Willing is a trio headed by front man Kent Wells, a singer-songwriter from Western Ky. Kent spent time playing with multiple bands in Nashville for several years before meeting his wife and moving back to Kentucky. While serving in his local church, Kent met Sean Finley who started to play drums in youth praise band. Sean had been away from music for awhile before joining up with Kent to help lead youth worship. The two became good friends and decided to pursue music together, and have been trading tunes ever since. They are joined by Austin Brown on bass guitar. The name Roux comes from the base of gumbo. Kent's father has a deep passion for Creole food. Kent was born the middle child of three and was the free spirit of the family. He was given the nick name Roux from birth. The Willing comes from a biblical reference that states God will equip and the willing. We write songs about life, love, and faith. Bob Marley once said that his music is like injecting love into a broken world. We feel the same way. If we can't do something positive with our music, then what are we doing it for?

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Roux and the Willing - Live Music
Jul
7
6:00pm 6:00pm

Roux and the Willing - Live Music

Roux & The Willing is a trio headed by front man Kent Wells, a singer-songwriter from Western Ky. Kent spent time playing with multiple bands in Nashville for several years before meeting his wife and moving back to Kentucky. While serving in his local church, Kent met Sean Finley who started to play drums in youth praise band. Sean had been away from music for awhile before joining up with Kent to help lead youth worship. The two became good friends and decided to pursue music together, and have been trading tunes ever since. They are joined by Austin Brown on bass guitar. The name Roux comes from the base of gumbo. Kent's father has a deep passion for Creole food. Kent was born the middle child of three and was the free spirit of the family. He was given the nick name Roux from birth. The Willing comes from a biblical reference that states God will equip and the willing. We write songs about life, love, and faith. Bob Marley once said that his music is like injecting love into a broken world. We feel the same way. If we can't do something positive with our music, then what are we doing it for?

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Kentucky Craft Bash -  Hosted by Kentucky Guild of Brewers
Jun
24
12:00pm12:00pm

Kentucky Craft Bash - Hosted by Kentucky Guild of Brewers

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On Saturday, June 24th, at Louisville Waterfront Park’s Festival Plaza, the Kentucky Guild of Brewers will host it’s first annual brew fest, Kentucky Craft Bash. We’re excited to invite you to this fest for brewers and beer lovers alike to benefit Kentucky craft beer. The KGB brewfest will be the state’s largest beer festival featuring beers produced within the Commonwealth by Kentucky Craft Brewers. This event will host over 30 Kentucky breweries highlighting more than 70 varieties of beer. Not only will you enjoy the Kentucky brews you love, you will also try exclusive, experimental beers hard to find outside the fest, as well as brews that rarely make it out of the brewery’s taproom. Save the date and don’t miss the largest most exclusive taproom in the nation this summer at Festival Plaza!

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Fridays@5 Rolls Out June 23rd with Gil Gann Trio
Jun
22
1:30pm 1:30pm

Fridays@5 Rolls Out June 23rd with Gil Gann Trio

After a highly popular 2016 debut, the Fridays@5/Sounds on the Square series rolls back into downtown Hopkinsville starting Friday, June 23.  The Gil Gann Trio performs from 5-9 pm at Founders Square, sharing free music with a Louisiana blues influence that churns a unique mix of jazz, rock, reggae and funk.
 

     Food trucks from D’s Barbecue and Old Soldier Soup and Sandwich will provide dining variety during the evening, along with Tangy Roots frozen yogurt.  The beverage tent is being run as a fundraiser for the Pennyroyal Arts Council.

     “Fridays@5 was a big hit last year and we are excited to be working with Downtown Renaissance again this summer to continue the trend of more events and more people converging on downtown Hoptown,” said Parks and Recreation Superintendent, Tab Brockman.  “We’ve got a great lineup of talent for the summer.  In fact, our motto is Friday’s never sounded so good!  So, bring your tastes for music, food and beverage - along with your lawn chairs - downtown for outstanding Friday evenings at Fridays@5.”

     Downtown Renaissance Director, Holly Boggess, echoed the enthusiasm for Round 2 of Fridays@5.

     “Downtown Renaissance is always eager to partner with the organizations involved in bringing folks downtown and we enjoy working with Parks and Recreation.  The entertainment lineup is outstanding and the opportunity enjoy music, food and fun is wonderful.  This is just another chapter in the growing story of great things happening in Hopkinsville.”  

     The complete lineup of Fridays@5 events and featured entertainment is:  June 23 – Gil Gann Trio; July 28 – Murr-Vegas All-Stars (pop, dance); August 18 – Jimmy Church Band (part of Summer Salute); September 15 – Badgett Playhouse presents “Sounds of Memphis” (think Branson, MO Show).  All events are free with food and beverage offerings available for purchase. 

     For information on all Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation sponsored events, visit www.hoptownrec.com, follow Parks and Recreation on Facebook or Twitter, or call 270-887-4290.

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