June 25, 2016

The Healing Force, Free Concert today (Friday) at McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center 1pm

Drumming, singing and storytelling will come alive at McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center in Henderson tomorrow, FRIDAY JUNE 24th at 1pm, with a **FREE** concert featuring The Healing Force, a family of performers who specialize in World Music. Experience their lively celebration of international arts that emphasizes the connectedness of the human family through music […]

Friday / Weekend Open Lines

Friday, June 24th. In the past, hot summer days meant that some enterprising youngsters in the neighborhood would set up a lemonade stand or the family would share a pitcher of iced tea on the front porch to cool off. In recent times, we usually resort to something in a bottle or can to slake […]

Meet Me In the Street Tonight

Next Meet Me in the Street Concert is Thursday, June 23 Featuring North Tower 5:30 – 8:30 along Breckenridge Street Downtown Henderson

Thursday Open Line

On this date in 1868, Christopher Sholes of Milwaukee, Wisconsin received a patent for the first practical typewriter. Produced in 1873, the Sholes machine even coined the term “type-writer.” It also featured today’s familiar but awkward placement of keys. The arrangement was specifically designed to slow down typing by widely spreading the most common letters, […]

Wednesday Open Line

A musical instrument requiring much skill to play, but with few popular outlets for performing, is the spurned accordion. During June, fans of this neglected musical instrument have been celebrating National Accordion Awareness Month, with the idea of increasing its popularity beyond polka bands. The earliest ancestors of the accordion are traced to China of […]

Tuesday Open Line

One man’s devotion to classical music led to a major advance in the music recording industry. Dr. Peter Goldmark of CBS Labs was fed up with the frequent record disc flips and swaps required to play a symphony in the then-current 78-rpm format, which held only three to five minutes per side. So he developed […]

Monday Open Line

This week 50 years ago, the Beatles’ song “Paperback Writer” topped the pop music charts in America. This ode to middlebrow writing aspirations followed by 106 years the introduction of paperback books by some earlier Beadles — the brothers Erastus and Irwin Beadle. In early June 1860, the New York City publishers issued the first […]

Friday / Weekend Open Lines

Friday, June 17th. America’s first accident insurance company was chartered on this date in 1863 in Hartford, Connecticut. It was the Travelers Insurance Company — still with us today as the Travelers Companies — and its first policies insured against loss during periods of travel only. In 1864, the charter was amended to cover all […]

Thursday Open Line

For centuries, the month of June has been the most popular choice for weddings. One of the purported reasons was that some hundreds of years ago, this time was just after May’s annual bath, so the happy couple and the guests were about as clean as could be hoped. With the ensuing advances in plumbing […]

Wednesday Open Line

With summer and school vacation almost here, children will be urging their parents to take them to the nearest amusement park. Long among the most popular features of these parks are ever more thrilling roller coasters, which trace their roots back to 17th century ice slides in Russia. In the U.S., the first roller coaster […]

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