No one should have to go fishing for ideas on how to enjoy themselves when the 2002 Flying Fish Festival comes to Russellville on April 27.
Though its name might suggest otherwise, this won't be another lazy day spent on the lake. After all, Logan Countians will have bigger fish to fly.
Hometown regulars may feel like a fish out of Russellville when they see the sea of exhibits, demonstrations and events going on downtown and are hit by an overwhelming wave of culture.
For the third year in a row, the Flying Fish Festival aims to be a celebration of the arts in Logan County, and around here, there is much cause to celebrate.
Consider the local talent that will be showcased throughout the day, including painter/illustrator Alison Lyne, wood carver Frank Lyne, blacksmith Larry Cole, weavers Mike and Sam Hossom, wood carver Dick Hatterman, toy maker Randall Lythe, photographer/painter Kathy Hathcock, photographer Mark Griffin, mixed media artist Lisa Phillips, woodcrafter Robert Tucker, broom maker Richard Moore, painter Brenda Brown, artist Curran Copeland, quilt maker JoAnn Moore, artist Annette Owsley and painter Sandra Burnett.
If you think it all smells a little fishy, rest assured that these artists aren't simply fishing for compliments; though they will be showing off their best work, the participants will also demonstrate their talent and sell their wares from their post on the square.
An additional art exhibition will be held at 141 South Main Street from 12-6 p.m. featuring the likes of Nora Lacayo and Judge Kim Chalmers, WKU Art Department head.
Also, it looks like you'll need your sunglasses for more than just the springtime sunshine, as a special showing of the art of Russellville High School and Western Kentucky University instructor W.T. Stinson, entitled "Light, Time, Place," will feature an installation of artworks that "let there be light" from 12-10 p.m. at East 4th and Breathitt Streets.
During the Flying Fish Festival, cozy up to the first-ever Logan County Quilt Show at the Chamber of Commerce from 12-5 p.m., or get back in the saddle with the "Life and Times of Doc Beauchamp" display at the Saddle Factory Museum from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
"Chalk it Up" has become a mainstay of several local celebrations, and this event is no exception; kids can participate at the Parks & Rec Center from 10 a.m.-noon, as well as at the Children's Show of Collections, to be held conveniently at the same time, same place.
Saturday's festivities will definitely toy with your senses, and just when you feel you've seen it all, there's the Taste of Russellville, great songs to hear and interesting things to touch at the musical petting zoo.
Food is an art form, after all, and downtown churches will once again provide the progressive luncheon entitled "A Taste of Russellville" from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Set to begin playing at 12:30 p.m., featured will be musical sensations such as jazz great Doc Livingston, All'Most Bluegrass, the Peasall Sisters (of 'bonified' O Brother, Where Art Thou? fame), the Hayes Brothers, the RHS/LCHS Jazz Band, and the Fender Benders (who will provide the soundtrack for the 8-10 p.m. street dance).
From 12-7 p.m., leave your mark to benefit Stevenson Elementary by joining in the Flying Fish Festival mural painting at 4th and Main Streets ($2 per person) or enjoy the musical petting zoo to benefit the RHS band.
Kentucky's going a little bit Hawaiian at 4 p.m., with a hula dancing workshop provided by Nadene Bailey. You might turn out to be the "catch of the day" if you learn to shimmy those hips with the spirit of aloha.
Other special activities planned include readings and book signings by illustrator Allison Lyne (Evangeline) and Dr. Robert Troutman (The Heavens are Weeping) throughout the day and a Koan Yoga and Martial Arts demonstration next to the Main Stage at 5:15 p.m. Also, the local Red Cross chapter will be hosting an open house from 12-4 p.m.
Finally, get ready for a whale of a tale when the Fourth Street Community Theatre Group takes to the stage with one act from the upcoming production "Greater Tuna" at 7 p.m.
At any rate, Russellville's weekend fiesta will make it impossible for anyone to be bored. And just when you think it's time to get out of the water, the Flying Fish Festival will reel you back in.