Datebook: July 31 - Daniel Defoe Receives a Pelting of Flowers 310 Years Ago

Jul 31, 2013

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Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe, was also a journalist and pamphleteer. The latter caused him to be arrested for libel for ruthlessly satirizing some Tories who practiced "occasional conformity." He was found guilty and his punishment... to have flowers thrown at him and to drink to his health. That'll teach him!

It’s Wednesday, July 31

Land Between the Lakes hosts the Hummingbird Festival Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 4 at the Nature Station. Highlights include hummingbird banding demonstrations, a nature photography program, a wildlife sketching workshop, a native plant sale, live animal encounters, local wildlife experts, and activities for kids. See a complete schedule of events at

Maiden Alley Cinema presents “Only God Forgives” this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Julian, a drug smuggler, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother’s recent death. For showtimes and more information, visit

Twilight Theatre’s production of three one-act plays by Charles Messina offers its final performances this Friday and Saturday at Kenlake State Resort Park. An optional dinner begins each night at 6:30, and the show starts at 8. For more information or to make reservations, call (270) 436-2399.

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