The Big Read – Circe

Check out these amazing events for The Big Read!

February 18thBig Read Kickoff with Madeline Miller (Online Event) at 6pm- Snow may keep us in, but it won’t get us down – the Big Read kicks off THURSDAY with author Madeline Miller! Join us online for a chat with the writer of “Circe” to rev up this year’s programming. The first 100 registered participants will receive a free copy of the book to be picked up at any of our partners’ locations during regular business hours. If you can’t make it, don’t worry – the kickoff will be recorded and posted for your convenience. 
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February 18th – Create your own Myth Contest entry submissions opens – Create your own myth in 1000 words or less. Open to ages 12-18. Gift card prizes! Entries can be submitted on Beanstack, via email to [email protected], or in person at the library. Winners will be announced March 12th!

February 19thMuseum After Hours: A Tale of Two Witches (Online Event) at 5:30pm – Join Alissa Keller and Martha White for a spirited discussion to compare the qualities and powers of Circe and Kate the Bell Witch. Easily the most well-known witch story of the region, Kate visited and tortured the Bell family in nearby Adams, Tennessee from 1817-1821. While her antics vary greatly from what we see of Circe, the two witches both show power and independence in their pursuits.

February 20thHopkinsville-Christian County Public Library Grab & Go Laurel Wreaths – Create your own laurel wreath! Pick up your kit at HCCPL starting at 9am for children ages 5-8 while supplies last.

February 21stO Brother, Where Art Thou? featured at The Alhambra Theatre from 2-4pm – FREE ADMISSION | RATED PG-13
Sponsored by Bolinger Appraisal & The Silo Event Center
In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.

February 25th – Gods and Monsters Book Discussion – Join Hopkinsville Community College in their zoom discussion of the background of Circe and Chapters 1-9 with Addison James.

February 25thHellenistic Art with Dr. Tony Morris – Watch with us from The Hall at the Alhambra or from Home at 6pm! Led by Dr. Tony Morris, Department Chair of APSU Art + Design with Ph.D. in Art History. The story of Circe bridges the gap between the gods and man, showing human-like fatal flaws and imperfections in immortal beings which allow us to relate to them on a personal level. The Hellenistic period cultivated the same connection, bringing a new level of naturalism and expression to the gods and heroes of the Classical age. Dr. Tony Morris leads us on an exploration of the art and architecture of the Hellenistic period.

February 27thHopkinsville-Christian County Public Library Grab & Go Herb Starters- HCCPL will have herb starter grab & go kits available at the library front doors beginning at 9am for adults while supplies last.

February 27thHopkinsville-Christian County Public Libary Grab & Go Greek Pottery – Tweens and teens can create some Ancient Greek-inspired pottery. For ages 9-18. Kits will be available at the library front doors starting at 9am while supplies last.

February 27thVirtual Writing Workshop Hopkinsville Community College’s Professor Elizabeth Burton will lead a writing workshop via Zoom at 11am.

March 2nd – Medusa Mask Crafting with Cat Lacy – Date and time subject to change! Craft your own Medusa mask with artist Cat Lacy in The Hall at The Alhambra Theatre.

March 2ndHopkinsville-Christian County Public Library on Zoom: Greek Mythology Virtual Trivia Event at 5:30pm – This program requires you to have a smart phone or computer. For ages 13-adult. Email [email protected] or sign up at the library to register.

March 4thThe Big Read: Healers of Hoptown (Online Event at 5:30pm) – This program will explore the stories and lives of natural, traditional, and medical healers of our community through the years. In Circe, the demigoddess uses her powers and her island to heal and help others. From Edgar Cayce to Dr. P.C. Brooks, Hopkinsville and the surrounding area has a long history of healing. In addition to physicians, this program will discuss holistic healers, midwives, medical facilities, and healing springs.

March 4th – Witches & Mortals Book Discussion – Join Hopkinsville Community College in their zoom discussion at 6pm of Chapters 10-18 with Addison James.

March 6thHopkinsville-Christian County Public Library Grab & Go Medusa and Cyclops – Grab an activity kit and make your own Medusa and Cyclops at home for ages 5-8. Pick up a bag at the library starting at 9am while supplies last.

March 6th – Museum-At-Home Fairy Gardens – Pick up all the fixings to make your own fairy garden at home! Kits will be available on the porch of the Pennyroyal Area Museum starting at 10am until supplies last.

March 6th – Myths of Circe with Dr. Tim Winters at 2pm – Austin Peay State University’s Dr. Tim Winters will lead a discussion about the myths of Circe.

March 8-12thChristian County Literacy Council‘s Mythical Trivia Online Challenge – Accept the challenge of answering mythical trivia questions! Answer all questions correctly and be entered in a drawing for a special Circe prize! Questions will be posted daily on the Christian County Literacy Council’s Facebook page. Like and follow them on Facebook for an extra entry!

March 11th – Readers & Critics Book Discussion – Join Hopkinsville Community College in their zoom discussion at 6pm of Chapters 19-27 with Addison James.

March 13thHopkinsville-Christian County Public Library Grab & Go Iron-On Bags – Grab a bag with iron-ons featuring quotes from Circe available at the library front doors beginning at 9am for adults while supplies last.

March 13thMuseums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County presents Cayce Herb Workshop at 10:30am – Widely known as the father of Holistic Medicine, Edgar Cayce provided psychic readings for people suffering with health issues. Many of these readings identified herbs and other natural remedies for healing. Join them for a workshop to learn about some of the most useful herbal remedies recommended in the Cayce readings – and make one of your own!

March 16thPennyroyal Arts Council presents Creating Heroes Creative Writing Workshop at 5pm – Led by Addison James, English Professor at Hopkinsville Community College. Learn how to create effective heroes and protagonists in fiction writing, heavily based on Joseph Campbell’s theory on archetypal heroes.

Show Your Love for Hopkinsville!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner – check out these sweet ways to show your love in Hoptown!

1. Send a gorgeous bouquet of flowers to your love from one of our talented local florists! (Arsha’s House of Flowers, Creations by Tammy, Ruffled Willow, and West & Witherspoon Florist)
2. Enjoy a tasty Valentine’s Day treat from a local bakery! (Joelle’s Bakery & Café)
3. Share a delicious meal with your sweetheart at a Hopkinsville Restaurant! (Check out the full list here!)
4. Take a hand in hand stroll on the Hopkinsville Greenway Rail Trail!
5. Listen to some lovely tunes by Clay Page, a 2019 American Idol contestant, at Hopkinsville Brewing Company on February 2nd  and SOKY’s Got Talent 2018 winner Justin Cole on February 6th!
6. Attend the Galentine Floral Design Event with your girlfriends presented by Ruffled Willow and She Shed Crafting Shop on February 5th!
7. Order a Valentine’s Brushes & Bae Lovers Box from Different Strokes to include a paint setup and cheesecake for 2!
8. Learn how to make your Valentine’s Day cards shine with local artist Makenzie Russell at the Alhambra Theatre on February 9th!
9. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a little painting at Griffin’s Studio on February 13th!
10. Solve a murder mystery at Valor Hall Conference & Event Center with your significant other on February 13th!
11. Take in a live performance by Jason Montgomery at the Love & Laughs Event on February 13th at The Rustic Event Center!
12. Enjoy brunch and Dirty Dancing at the Alhambra Theatre on February 14th!
13. Roll a strike with your loved ones at Southern Lanes Hopkinsville!
14. Catch a movie on the big screen and enjoy a large popcorn at WK Cinemas!
15. Help your love show off their love of Hoptown with some swag from the Visit Hopkinsville gift shop!

2021 Hopkinsville Bucket List

Give the gift of Hoptown!

Give the gift of Hoptown this holiday season! You can find these local products that are all unique to Hopkinsville!

20 reasons to be thankful for Hopkinsville!

In Hopkinsville, we are SO thankful for…

1. Keeping the tradition alive … VIRTUALLY! The 19th Annual Turkey Trot will be held virtually in 2020 and will allow runners/walkers to complete the 5K at any location, at any time!  Visit by Nov. 18 to order your official race shirt.

2. Celebrating Native American Heritage Month in November! We recognize the entire month by paying tribute to the men, women and children who passed through Hopkinsville during the Trail of Tears. Did you know you can get your National Parks Passport stamped at Trail of Tears Park & Commemorative Center?

3. Raising a glass at Casey Jones Distillery and MB Roland Distillery! Take a tour and sample some spirits at these two grain-to-glass craft distilleries here in Christian County, then complete the Stateline Whiskey Tour to earn a unique gift.

4. Connecting with nature on the newly expanded Hopkinsville Rail Trail!

5. Spending some family time in the corn maze or sinking a hole-in-one at Christian Way Farm‘s mini golf course.

6. Dining at one of our fabulous local establishments. Christian County is home to over 120 restaurants! How many have you had a chance to sample? 

7. Browsing at one of our beautiful local boutiques and shops to help find all of your holiday needs!

8. Saluting our brave men and women. We are proud to be home to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell. Our thanks to all the wonderful soldiers who keep our country safe. 

9. Toasting to good friends and good times, while exploring the breathtaking property at Naimoli Estate Vineyard & Winery!

10. Listening to the sound of live music coming from the Alhambra Theatre!  

11. Smelling the unmistakeable scent of dark fired tobacco barns. Did you know that Christian County has more farmland acreage than any other county in the Bluegrass State?

12. Driving backroads in Christian County and soaking in the scenic routes. 

13. Taking a free self-guided cell phone tour to learn more about prominent African American Historical sites and Edgar Cayce’s life in Hopkinsville.

14. Enjoying Hopkinsville’s vibrant art scene! There are so many shops where you can express your inner artist. You can even enter a design to be featured on a Downtown Hoptown Banner by submitting to the Hopkinsville Art Guild!

15. Learning the rich heritage and history told through the brand new exhibits at the Pennyroyal Area Museum

16. Racing to the finish line at Christian County’s newest attraction – Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel!

17. Exploring the beautiful clear waters from 120 feet below the surface at Pennyroyal Scuba Blue Springs Resort

18. Sipping a delicious flight at Hopkinsville Brewing Company, where Hoptown stays hoppy! Enjoy a pint of craft beer while checking out the new expansion.

19. Playing on approximately 112 acres of complex parks and recreations spaces! Get out and stretch your legs or check out at the free walking tracks at Tie Breaker Athletic Park or inside the Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex on cool brisk mornings!

20. Patronizing our lovely event venues that help create spectacular memories during life moments we hold most dear. Our unique event spaces provide breathtaking backdrops in making up the fabric of our community. 

4-H Bale Trail

Thanks to our Emerald Sponsors for making the inaugural Christian County Bale Trail a success: Planters Bank, Tentuck Farms, Sugar Creek Two Farms and Gracey Dairy Dip.

Vote for your favorite Bale on the Christian County 4-H Facebook page.

Check out this year’s un-bale-avable entries:

1. Its the Great Pumpkin, Char-Hay Brown!
Sugar Creek Two Farms
9445 Greenville Rd., Hopkinsville

2. I Scream, Ewe Scream, We’ll All Scream for Ice cream
Gracey Dairy Dip
11635 M. Long Road, Gracey

3. Hay-ppy Camper
Phillip & Angela Cantrell
1618 Windwood Court, Hopkinsville

4. Pay Day, Hay Day at Planters Bank
Planters Bank
Corner of Virginia and 14th Streets, Hopkinsville

5. “Hay”nging Flower Basket
McCourt Family
4951 Lafayette Rd., Hopkinsville

6. “Hay” Jonah, Look Out!
Southside Church of Christ Youth Group
529 Country Club Lane, Hopkinsville

7. Hay Hoptown!
Visit Hopkinsville
1730 E. 9th Street, Hopkinsville

8. Coach CaliparHAY
Christian County Extension Service
2850 Pembroke Road, Hopkinsville

9. Bill”Hay” Goat
Tentuck Farms
2270 Edwards Mill Road, Hopkinsville

10. Cow “Hay” Bunga
Billy & Lynn Garnett
1595 John Rives Road, Hopkinsville

11. Meow-O-Ween
Carol King & Marsha Parker
1388 Millers Mill Road, Oak Grove

Fall in love with Hopkinsville!

Pick a Pumpkin
Christian Way Farm & Mini Golf – Monday-Saturday in October 10:00 am-DARK

Be scared
Copper Canyon Haunted Hayride – Friday & Saturday nights throughout October – 7:00 pm-11:30 pm
Nightmares End Haunted House – Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights throughout October
Haunted Library @ Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library – October 23rd – 5:00-7:00 pm
Spooky Cemetery Stroll @ Riverside Cemetery – October 30th – 6:00-7:30 pm

Get your game on
1st Annual Trick or Treat Party @ Southern Lanes – October 18th – 8:00 am -5:00 pm

Get crafty
Fall Photography Weekend @ Pennyrile Forest State Park – October 23-25
Fall & Halloween Canvas Painting @ Griffin’s Studio – October 23rd & 24th

Read all about it
Spooky Reads Book Tasting @ Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library – October 26-30 – 9:30 am-4:00 pm

Score some sugar
Halloween Scare-A-Van @ Trail of Tears Park – October 30th – 3:30-5:30 pm
Spooky Extravaganza @ Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park – October 31st – 12:00-8:00 pm

Be entertained
Tombstone Preservation Workshop @ Pioneer Cemetery – October 10th – 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Drive-Up Movie & Treat @ Valor Hall Conference & Event Center – October 17th – 6:30-9:00 pm
Movies at the Museum @ Pennyroyal Area Museum – October 16th – 7:00-9:00 pm
Atohuna Day @ Trail of Tears Park – October 17th – 9:00 am-5:00 pm
– Harvest Praise @ Christian Way Farm & Mini Golf – October 17th – 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Torchlight Tales @ Jeffers Bend Environmental Center – October 24th – 6:00-8:00 pm

Drink it in
History on Tap @ Hopkinsville Brewing Company – October 22nd – 6:30-7:30 pm
Hoptoberfest @ Hopkinsville Brewing Company – October 23rd – 4:00-9:00 pm
Halloween Fest @ Pennyroyal Scuba Center Blue Springs Resort Inc. – October 24th – 1:00 pm
Murder Mystery Dinner Show @ Valor Hall Conference & Event Center – October 24th – 5:00-9:00 pm

WiFi Hotspots

Stay connected in Christian County!

Did you know we have a great covered patio area with picnic tables and Wi-Fi access here at the Hopkinsville Visitors Center?

If you and your family are looking to get some fresh air and also get some schoolwork done, we would love to have you! Our free wifi information is posted on the door…come connect with us! 💻

Be sure to check out these additional WiFi Hotspots around Christian County!

Public/City Owned Properties
DeBow Park
Little River Park
Ruff Park
Tie Breaker Park
Hopkinsville Visitors Center

CCPS Hotspot Locator
1600 Mannington Loop, Crofton, KY 42217
7812 Poole Mill Road, Crofton, KY 42217
104 East Mill Street, Crofton, KY 42217
12145 South Madisonville Road, Crofton, KY 42217 – Crofton Elementary School
11994 Greenville Road, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
11507 Butler Road, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
10920 Jefferson Dais Highway, Pembroke, KY 42266
118 Maple Street, Pembroke, KY 42266
1705 Thompsonville Lane, Oak Grove, KY 42262 – Oak Grove Community Center
300 White Street, Lafayette, KY 42254
50 Railroad Street, Gracey, KY 42232
2115 Petsch Lane, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – Square Deal
115 Spain Lane, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
214 Waddell Circle, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
1201 Honeysuckle Drive, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
1111 Younglove Street, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
1600 Durrett Avenue, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – Joe Mumford Park
102 West 2nd Street, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – CCPS Day Treatment
705 North Elm Street, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – Gateway Academy
220 Glass Avenue, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – Christian County High School
9503 Eagle Way, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – Stadium of Champions
415 Millbrooke Drive, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – Millbrooke Elementary School
313 Blane Drive, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – Indian Hills Elementary School
434 Koffman Drive, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – Hopkinsville Middle School
430 Koffman Drive, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – Hopkinsville High School
403 Moores Drive, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
831 North Drive, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – Freedom Elementary School
5005 Princeton Road, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – Sinking Fork Elementary School
14405 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Way, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 – Martin Luther King Jr Elementary

Bells of Freedom to Chime in Hopkinsville on D-Day to Honor Carentan

Local churches invited to ring bells to celebrate liberation of Hoptown’s Sister City in France

Hopkinsville, KY — On June 6, bells will chime in Carentan, France —Hopkinsville’s Sister City— at 6:44 pm to celebrate the 76th anniversary of liberation from Nazi Germany rule. In Hopkinsville, 4,193 miles away, bells will also chime to honor this historic event, as local churches are encouraged to participate.

“We are so proud of our relationship with our Sister City, Carentan, and look forward to recognizing this extremely significant date and time in history,” said Hopkinsville Mayor Wendell Lynch. “We invite all churches and organizations that are able to join us, in ringing their bells.”

With a seven-hour time difference, bells will chime in Hopkinsville at 11:44 am (local time) on Saturday, June 6. The historic clock tower, which sits atop the Woody Winfree Fire Station Museum, will be rung by local clock caretaker Russ Hayes.

“The ongoing pandemic crisis has led to the complete cancellation of all our D-Day anniversary events,” Carentan Les Marais Jean-Pierre Lhonneur said. “But this does not mean that we, in Carentan, Normandy and all over France, will let these days pass unnoticed. Quite the opposite really.”

The city of Carentan has dedicated much of its city website to telling the story of what happened in their town 76 years ago and how the people of Carentan have been honoring and celebrating the liberators ever since. 

On June 6, 1944, the 101st Airborne Division began its amphibious invasion of Normandy — a high-risk maneuver code named Operation Overlord, according to a Fort Campbell Courier article on March 10, 2016. Fighting to consolidate Omaha and Utah beaches, the soldiers made their way through the town of Carentan in the days following D-Day. From June 10 until 14, the 101st suffered heavy casualties in their battle against the German Wehrmacht.

At the end of the battle, German forces withdrew and the small town was liberated from Nazi occupation.

“There was something to do,” said Co-Founder of the Normandy Victory Museum and coordinator of the Bells of Freedom event in Normandy Patrick Fissot. “In recent days, we have lost several of our veterans, such as Bob Noody or Gorges Schenkel, who both returned regularly. We had to show those who stay that we don’t forget them.”

Fissot also serves as an instructor at the high school in Carentan and chaperoned a group of 20 students to Hopkinsville last March for a week-long visit.

For additional information about participating in the Bells of Freedom event, please contact Brooke Jung, Executive Director, Hopkinsville Convention & Visitors Bureau at 270-887-2300 or [email protected].