We’re gearing up for an eventful 2015 in Henderson, with a year full of events. Here’s a few things to check off your Henderson “To Do” list this year!
1. Decorate an umbrella. Participate in the W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival Street Strut Parade. This year’s event is set for June 13-20, with the Street Strut taking place on Saturday the 13th.
3. Enjoy a sunset on the Henderson riverfront.
4. Eat something healthy. Buy produce at the Henderson Farmers Market. Hours of operation are May through October on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8am-5pm.
5. Ride a horse. When people think of Kentucky, they think of horses. You don’t have to own a horse to enjoy their grace and power; let a staff member at Blue Moon Stables teach you the art and honor of horsemanship.
6. Go on a scavenger hunt. Find all of the hidden items in the Audubon sculptures throughout Henderson. You can download a brochure with more information here.
7. Brush up on your history. There are tons of ways to learn about the history in Henderson. One of our favorites are the Community Room’s guided walking tours, which start in April and run through November on the first Saturday of the month.
8. Read a book. Henderson’s Public Library makes the list for several reasons. This Carnegie library features beautiful architecture, an art exhibit space on the top floor and a calendar full of activities throughout the year. Been wanting to try yoga, learn about your family history or publish your own book? There’s probably a class for that!
9. Catch a fish. Try your hand at fishing at Audubon State Park’s Recreational Lake. Don’t have a fishing license? Kentucky holds an annual Free Fishing Weekend the first weekend in June.
10. Participate in a 5K. Henderson has several each year including a River Run, Turkey Trot and Reindeer Run, among others. Find out more here.
11. Eat breakfast outdoors. Each year, during the Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival, the Downtown Henderson Partnership hosts a community breakfast on the riverfront in Audubon Mill Park. Set your alarm clock Aug. 8 and come down to the riverfront to enjoy this fun, community tradition.
12. Stand at the finish line. Ellis Park Race Track offers live horse racing each summer, July 4-Labor Day. Take advantage of the free admission at the park, and enjoy a day at the track.
13. Take a hike. Visit the welcome center at Audubon State Park and pick up a map of the trails. Divided by intensity levels, there are trails for each level of hiking.
14. Relax and “wine” down. Henderson County has two wineries. Ruby Moon Winery offers tastings and also sells Kentucky cheese and crackers. Have you been wanting to learn how to make your own wine at home? They offer classes and supplies for that, too! Boucherie Winery, located in Spottsville offers a great selection of wines. You can also find them at the Farmers Market throughout the summer.
15. Go someplace new. Have you been meaning to try that new restaurant or stop at that shop in Henderson, but just never made it. Make this the year that you explore more local spots in Henderson. Whether it’s seeing a show at the Fine Arts Center or finally walking the entire River Walk. Make this the year, you do it!
What else is on your Henderson check list this year?