Sunday, June 27, 2010


This weekend I had the pleasure to do a book signing at ROMP “River Of Music Party” , sponsored by the International Bluegrass Museum. It was so much fun. They had bluegrass bands from as far away as Japan, Hungary, and Sweden. Bill Monroe would have been pleased.
One of the most interesting bands was the Professors of Bluegrass, who are all professors at Yale and their Bass Player is the Provost there.
Bluegrass is the official State Music of Kentucky, and Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky" shares with Stephen Foster's "My Old Kentucky Home" the honorable distinction of being the official Kentucky State Songs. The infectiously energetic style of dance that grew up around bluegrass and old time music is clogging, the official Kentucky State Dance.
The International Bluegrass Museum, established to preserve the history of the music Mr. Monroe created, is located 30 minutes from the little town of Rosine, Kentucky, and Jerusalem Ridge, the homeplace where he was born and grew to manhood, and where he and members of his family now rest in peace.
The International Bluegrass Music Museum is located in the RiverPark Complex in downtown Owensboro, Kentucky. As you draw near, you'll hear the sounds of bluegrass music emanating from the museum's radio station, RBI, with audio speakers taking the music to the streets. Only a few hundred feet from the museum's entrance, the sound of music drifts downstream via the mighty Ohio River, the subject of more than a few memorable bluegrass songs.
For more information on the Museum go to their website at

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Book Fair In Elizabethtown KY

Special thanks to Robert Villanueva and Becca Owsley, who helped promote the book fair held this past weekend in Elizabethtown, KY. The following is a story done on the book fair in the News Enterprise Newspaper on June 17th.

Authors with Hardin County connections will be among the dozens expected to participate in the Almost Famous Authors’ Faire, an event free to the public Saturday at Towne Mall in Elizabethtown.

The event, which wiis from noon to 7 p.m., is an opportunity to meet authors from Kentucky and neighboring states who will be available to autograph their books.

Fort Knox author Nelda Shattles Copas is scheduled to participate in the fair. Her book, “Twisted Desire,” is a murder mystery set in Bowling Green, and she was a workshop presenter at the International Mystery Writer’s Festival in Owensboro this year.

Retired from the U.S. Army, Copas earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology/criminology and a master’s degree in mental health counseling.

She later worked in a variety of roles including victim advocate, drug and alcohol treatment counselor, therapist and social worker. From these occupations she gained experience working with law enforcement personnel.

Though Kentucky author Pamela Whinnery is from Paducah, her book “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” includes entries by Hardin Countians Amy Dudgeon and Becca Owsley.
Among actress Dudgeon’s credits are appearances on TV’s “House,” “Las Vegas,” “ER” and “Desperate Housewives.”

Owsley is a features writer for The News-Enterprise.

Dudgeon’s recipe is Baked Brie while Owsley’s is Spinach, Almond and Strawberry Salad.

Whinnery’s cookbook has been used for fundraising efforts by numerous organizations. Proceeds from the sale of the cookbook on Saturday will be donated to a team from Springfield for The American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

AFAF was formed to promote authors at fairs by bringing them together with readers. Authors pay AFAF for table space at the fair and keep all profits from their sales.

For more information about AFAF, contact chairman Gary D. Drechsel at

or Almost Famous Authors' Faire, P.O. Box 16539, Louisville, KY 40256.

Robert Villanueva can be reached at (270) 505-1743.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

H.O.R.S.E.S. Inc.

H.O.R.S.E.S. Inc.

I had the opportunity to meet this week with members of H.O.R.S.E.S. Inc. This is a wonderful organization. The members are part of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center designed for individuals with physical, mental, or emotional challenges. They are a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization that is run entirely on grants, donations and with the assistance of volunteers.

Their instructors are certified by NARHA through a stringent training course and continuing education. Classes are designed for the needs of each individual. They also have a licensed Physical Therapist and offer Hippo Therapy, which is physical therapy on horseback using the horse as a tool to achieve maximum benefit for the rider.

They are expanding their services to include Speech and Occupational Therapy. If you are interested in finding out about their services, volunteering (you and your horse), or working as a licensed therapist go to their website:

to find out more about our organization!

H.O.R.S.E.S. Inc. will be participating in a booth at various County Fairs across Western Kentucky to promote their services and will be selling my cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities” at their booth as a fundraiser.

For all the horse lovers out there the cookbook has a recipe for a cookie you can make for your horse. It was contributed by Old Friends Equine, which provides a home for retired racehorses. The horse that starred in Seabiscuit lives on the farm. The cookbook also has recipes from Kentucky Derby Museum, The Red Mile, Keeneland, and the singing Cowgirl Dale Evans.