Hoptown

Southern Lanes Bowling With Santa

IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME AND WE WANT TO CELEBRATE WITH YOU! On December 13th, Southern Lanes Hopkinsville is having Bowling With Santa, so come visit! They will also have hot chocolate, cookies and crafts as well as bowling.

Call and reserve your spot! Sign-up before the event and it’s $10 each child; come in the day of for $15 each child.

2020 Kentucky Barn Smoker

Join Drew Estate for the 7th annual Kentucky Barn Smoker on Saturday September 26th in Hopkinsville, KY. Engage all the senses as you witness the lighting of oak, maple and hickory on fire to cure the Kentucky seed and Kentucky grown tobaccos.

It’s all about the smoke! Kentucky Fire Cured cigars are hand crafted using authentic fire cured tobaccos from Kentucky and hearty Nicaraguan fillers resulting in a smoking experience like no other. Swamp Thang adds a naturally sweet candela wrapper that accentuates the fire cured tobaccos and reinforces the pioneering spirit of creating something truly new and original that only Drew Estate can. Learn about both at the Kentucky Barn Smoker!

Barn Smoker 2020 continues to expand the festival atmosphere that celebrates attendees love of the leaf and the Drew Estate Culture. Envisioned and inspired by Jonathan Drew to bring aficionados, brands, and local businesses to American Tobacco Farms, Barn Smoker events also serve to raise awareness for Cigars for Warriors, a 501(c)(3) charity, whose sole focus is to support the American military.

 

Bells of Freedom

In celebration of the liberation of Carentan, France—Hopkinsville’s Sister City— we invite all Hopkinsville/Christian County churches and businesses who are able, to ring their bells in remembrance.

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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]

Vintage Yard Sale Begins at Christian Way Farm & Mini Golf

Join Christian Way Farm & Mini Golf for the launch of their very first Vintage Yard Sale that will be happening all year long in the Country Store! They have acquired so many great items over the years that they can’t help but want to make them available to everyone! Farm toys, farm themed items, décor, and more! Find out more at https://christianwayfarm.com/vintage-yard-sale/.

Visit Christian Way Farm & Mini Golf Mondays – Saturdays starting at 10 AM. Learn more about what all Christian Way Farm has to offer, visit www.christianwayfarm.com.

Farmers Market Opening Day

Join the Hopkinsville-Christian County Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday, May 9th from 7am-1pm for local, fresh produce, hand sanitizer made by local distilleries, baked goods, jams & jellies.

 

Here is a list of modifications that customers can expect when they visit the Farmer Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7am to 1pm.
• If you do not feel well or you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19: PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do not come to the market – send a friend to pick up your list
• Only one member per household at the Market
• No Pets during this time
• Come prepared. Follow our Market Facebook page for updates. We will try to provide a list of available products being offered each week so you can make a list
• Customers need to wear face masks/cloths and avoid touching your face and phone
• Please do NOT bring re-useable shopping bags to the Market as we are only allowed to use new bags
• Enter the market through designated points. Our market is trying to manage traffic in a certain manner to assist with appropriate social distancing and avoid bottlenecks. There will be roped off areas so customers know where not to go and signage to help guide customers with directions and safety precautions.
• Vendor booths will be arranged differently; they will be placed to allow for the formation of single lines out from each booth (see diagram for vendor layout and location)
• Customers will see lines or spaces identified on the ground where they can form a line to wait to access the vendor they want to make purchases from
• There will also be arrows pointing away from each booth to denote a clear exit pathway
• Shop with your eyes not with your hands. Please do NOT touch any product that a vendor has displayed; allow the vendor to pick up and pack up your selections.

• Vendors will be doing their best to separate the handling of money and selection of produce. If you don’t see your vendor adhering to this, please respectfully give them a polite reminder, as these are hard times to keep up with and they are trying to minimize wait times for each customer.
• Be swift when making your purchases. If we are being honest, we all have a favorite vendor and we look forward to talking to them as much as we look forward to buying their products. But now is not the time to catch up. Please choose your products, pay the vendor and proceed to the next vendors line or exit. These are trying times for all of us, and with these added safety measures, your transactions may take longer than usual.
• Wash all produce with running water before consuming!

Hope for Hoptown: Online Art Competition

What gives you hope and inspiration during this historical time? The City of Hopkinsville and Pennyroyal Arts Council are pleased to announce Hope for Hoptown: Art to Unite & Inspire, an online art competition that is now accepting submissions. Amateur and professional artists aged 18 and older living in the greater Hopkinsville – Christian County area are encouraged to participate in this free online competition. Artists of all kinds are being asked to create work based around what gives them hope and inspiration during this historical time. Entries will be judged within three categories: written word, visual art and original music. A local panel of judges will be assigned to each category with local gift cards being awarded to the top three works in each category. A #hopeforhoptown fan-favorite will also be selected based on community voting available through the pennyroyartsarts.org website. Detailed eligibility and submission guidelines can be found online at pennyroyalarts.org under the Events tab. Competition entries may be submitted through May 31, 2020 and the winners will be announced online the week of June 15, 2020.