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Tiffany Quebe Joins the Visit Hopkinsville Team!

The Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited to announce a new addition to their team, Tiffany Quebe. Tiffany will be working as the Marketing and Advertising Coordinator for the CVB team. Her commitment to serving Christian County began with her move to the region in 2010. She began working for the Christian County Chamber of Commerce in 2011 and supported the membership and military affairs programs.

Tiffany loves being able to showcase our great community and all it has to offer, whether it be to our neighbors and friends already living here or to those who are looking to visit and explore. Tiffany is ready to spread her wings and use her creativity with the CVB.

In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys creative activities such as interior design, catching up on some of her favorite TV programs, and spending time with friends and family.

Please join us in welcoming Tiffany!

Just two more months till the Eclipse

It’s just 2 months until we get to experience one of the most phenomenal sights that human eyes can convey to a brain! I just wanted to reminisce about the last 10 years since I learned that Hopkinsville was the point of greatest eclipse.  On June 1, 2007 I received the following email from Dirk Barthelow:

“I was wondering if any plans are being discussed or formulated for the total solar eclipse that will occur on August 21, 2017.”

We did a google search and found out there was indeed a total solar eclipse that was running coast to coast in the United States.  The Visit Hopkinsville Team immediately added a count down clock on our website.  We began talking about the eclipse at the various meetings and let this information slowly begin to catch on throughout the community.

Our first community meeting was held February 26, 2013 at Harper House where we had about 65 people attending.  In August 2013 we brought in Dan McGlaun, an experienced eclipse chaser to speak to a group of 130 people at the Hopkinsville Community College.  At that time Dan had experienced 10 total eclipses.

We brought in 2 more eclipse chasers Mike Kentrianakis from Astoria, New York and Xavier Jubier from Paris, France.  They gave us an overview of what it is like to view a total solar eclipse.  One thing that they said about eclipses was there are never enough eclipse glasses.

The CVB started working with businesses in Hopkinsville to order eclipse glasses.  We purchased 160,000 pairs of eclipse glasses.  Out of that the CVB has almost 100,000 pairs and the rest were purchased by businesses around town.  The CVB has been selling t-shirts that glow in the dark since March 2013.  We also have eclipse chapsticks and souvenir drinking cups.

Last September the city of Hopkinsville hired Brooke Jung as the Eclipse Coordinator.  Brooke hit the ground running and her only job is all things eclipse.  The CVB assists her anyway we can.

Wow how did 10 years pass so quickly!

New Team Member with the CVB

The Convention & Visitors Bureau is happy to announce the newest member of their team, Matthew Dickerson.  Matthew will be working as a Customer Service Representative for the Bureau.  Matthew started as a Coop Student while attending Hopkinsville High School.  He graduated from HHS last month and will continue working and attending Hopkinsville Community College in the fall.

Matthew brings with him a young prospective on Hopkinsville & Christian County and has many ideas for reaching the millenniums to our community.  In addition to working with the CVB he also works for Cracker Barrel in Cadiz.  He enjoys swimming, traveling and eating at new places in his spare time.

Welcome Matthew!

Take Kids Fishing Day

Saturday, May 27th is a fun day for kids but I think the parents have just as much fun and the kids. Bring your fishing pole if you have one or use one of ours. The fun starts at 9:00 am and goes to 1:00 pm.

An average of 700 youth and 600 adults attend the yearly Take Kids Fishing Day event at Jeffers’ Bend. Over 60 businesses, groups and organizations provide support for this event. A registration fee of $2.00 in advance and $3.00 the day of the event.  Registration forms can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce, Parks & Recreation, drive-up window at HES & HWEA.  The kids are provided a lunch, free T-shirts, and prizes for smallest fish, largest fish and most fish in each age group. Take Kids Fishing Day is held the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

 

Integrating Segregated Histories

Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County and the Kentucky Historical Society invite residents and former residents of Hopkinsville-Christian County to come and share 19th or 20th century documents and photos that relate to the county’s rich African American history or Hopkinsville’s once-thriving Jewish community.

Kentucky Historical Society staff will scan and digitize photos and other documents on site and take photographs of any small three-dimensional items people bring. These scanned items will become part of KHS and MHHCC digital collections and will be available online.

Help us better document this important part of our history!

FREE ADMISSION      BRING PHOTOS      BRING DOCUMENTS

10 am – 3 pm
VIRGINIA STREET BAPTIST CHURCH

210 S. VIRGINIA STREET, HOPKINSVILLE, KY

Christian Way Farm and Mini Golf Opens April 1–and it’s a Party!

Spring is here and it’s time to open the farm and celebrate Mrs. Janie’s Birthday!
Come enjoy a day on the farm and play some mini golf.
The animals are ready to see you, including some new baby goats and baby sheep!
Since it’s Mrs Janie’s Birthday (No Foolin’) we will have some free cupcakes or ice cream ( a limited amount so come early!)
Hotdogs and other concessions will be available for purchase.
Admission is $7/Golf is $7 or a combo for $12.
We can’t wait to see you!
Looking forward:
Saturday April 15 – Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday May 13 – Scavenger Hunt with Armed Services YMCA

Kentucky Tourism names Christian Way Farm Top 10 Orchards to Visit This Fall

Fall has definitely become a favorite time for people to visit the farm.  When we started the farm in 2000 for school tours, we quickly learned the families wanted a pumpkin patch visit too.  You asked and we listened.

The farm is open daily Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays) from 10 am until dark.  The mini golf course has extended hours because the course is lit.  Please check our Hours for definite times.

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Hopkinsville Recognized as 2016 Playful City USA Community

ThPlayful Citye Hopkinsville Division of Parks and Recreation announced that the City of Hopkinsville is being honored with a 2016 Playful City USA designation for the first time ever, with the news coming during a Wednesday morning press conference held to coincide with the national release of winning cities.  The gathering of city officials was held at DeBow Park with the popular Project Playground as the fitting backdrop.  Now in its 10th year, Playful City USA is the national recognition program that celebrates cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable.

Hopkinsville is one of 257 U.S. communities and one of only nine Kentucky communities recognized as a Playful City USA by KaBOOM! for 2016.  Hopkinsville joins Owensboro, Murray, Henderson, Pikeville, Simpsonville, Tompkinsville, Williamstown and Beaver Dam as the only Kentucky communities earning the 2016 Playful City USA designation.  Hopkinsville, Owensboro and Tompkinsville are all first-time winners.

“Hopkinsville is hopping with ways to encourage no and low-cost play and to promote active lifestyles among our community in all ages and stages.  From the greenway system, to soccer and softball fields and numerous parks, we’re excited to be a part of the Playful City USA initiative to continue to celebrate these and many more opportunities to support play in our city.  We look forward to continuing to invest in our town to ensure we can exercise, play, and win as a community!”  Mayor Carter Hendricks stated earlier this week.

“Collaboration was a main criteria in the Playful City USA evaluation process and it was easy to demonstrate collaborative efforts in Hopkinsville. Big thanks are due for the effort, energy and enthusiasm our Parks and Recreation team invested creating an award-winning application that explained our community efforts.  And, thanks are also due for the many organizations and individuals taking time to provide support letters explaining Hoptown’s cooperative spirit relative to kids and play.” Parks and Recreation Superintendent, Tab Brockman, stated.

“Our city and county have so mant groups that identify children in their mission to provide safe and productive play areas.  It’s great that KaBoom! has now recognized those efforts in Hopkinsville with this national Playful City USA designation.  This award is a testament to our community’s quality of life and commitment to play.  National recognition of this caliber helps our Chamber, CVB, and EDC in their efforts to attract more newcomers, businesses, and industries to Hopkinsville.”  Brockman added.

KaBOOM! representatives identify communities across the country for creating innovative ways to bring back play and attract residents through family friendly activities.  Interactive sidewalk art, designated play spaces on trails, and the transformation of schoolyards into active play areas are just a few examples of how cities are becoming more playful.

“We are thrilled to recognize these communities that have invested their time and effors to put kids first,” said KABOOM! CEO James Siegal.  “Balanced and active play is crucial to the well-being of kids and the communities that they thrive in.  By integrating play into cities, the leaders of Playful Cities USA are working to attract and retain the thousands of families that want homes in close proximity to safe places to play.”

The designation also gives winning communities the right to display Playful City USA signs along major thoroughfares into their respective communities.  Hopkinsville leaders proudly displayed the award sign at the press conference.

To see the full list of the 257 communities named 2016 Playful City USA honorees, or to gather more information on the Playful City USA program, visit www.playfulcityusa.org.  We also encourage you to take part in the conversation on #Playability with these community and program leaders on Twitter and Facebook.