Audubon Celebration Brings Music, Food and Fun for the Whole Family!

July 3, 2010
Henderson Riverfront, Audubon Mill Park

The bicentennial of John James Audubon’s arrival in Henderson will be celebrated with major events on the Henderson downtown riverfront on Saturday July 3. Completely FREE and open to the public, these events will include live music by major military, historical and bluegrass bands, historical reenactments, period dancers and a costume contest. Concession sales will be offered throughout the morning and evening events. Morning events will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Evening events start at 7:30p.m.

Audubon first came to Henderson by sailing down the Ohio River from Louisville. We will celebrate with a reenactment of his arrival 200 years ago. Audubon will arrive in a wooden skiff characteristic of the period. The Saxton’s Cornet Band will be on hand to greet John James Audubon as he arrives at the downtown Henderson riverfront, near the intersection of 2nd and Water. The band, in authentic 19th- century costume, faithfully recreates the sounds, appearance and conduct of brass bands of a bygone era. Full of energy and entertaining both musically and visually, the performance will be a complete, historically accurate concert experience from the mid-nineteenth century. City and county officials, as well as a state senator and representative, will be on hand to meet and greet Audubon upon his arrival and present him with the key to the city. You won’t want to miss the celebration as we welcome Audubon back to Henderson!

The reenactment will resume as Brian Fox Ellis, professional reenactor and storyteller, plays the part of John James Audubon, presenting the story of his life from a first-person perspective. Learn about his journey to Henderson, experiences in the area, and his work as an artist. Performances by the AuduBonBons and Highway 41 will provide live music; period dancers,
instructed by Elaine Benson and Debbie Dewey, will perform tap, minuet and folk dances that would have been popular during the 1800’s. Elaine and Pascal Benson will also dance. Bring your dancing shoes!

Attendees who come dressed in their best 19th-century costume will compete for a $100 first prize in the Costume Contest. The costume winner will be announced between 12-1 p.m.


The Depot Community Room will be hosting a Audubon themed walking tour at 1p.m. during the celebration. Come to The Depot at 101 N. Water Street, adjacent to the park and take a tour of historic downtown and learn even more about Audubon’s influence in Henderson! For more information, call The Depot Community Room at (270) 830-9707.