Datebook: June 27 - King Louis XII Turns 550
King Louis XII reigned from 1498 to 1515 and was called the "Father of the People," known for leading France through a period of transition (La Guerre folle, aka The Mad War), domestic policy, and the messy Italian War in which he seized and lost and seized again parts of Italy.
Louis ascended the throne upon the death of King Charles VIII. He annulled his marriage with Joan of France to marry Charles' widow, Anne of Brittany. Despite the sloppiness of his Italian conquests, Louis remained popular in France for simplifying the administration of justice, protecting his lowest subjects from oppression, for financing his wars without increasing taxes, and keeping France mostly free from civil war and invasion. He was succeeded by young Francis I, to whom Louis betrothed his daughter Claude of France.
It’s Wednesday, June 27
The Freedom Fest Kazoo Band will rehearse tonight at 6:30 at Stewart Stadium. The band will perform at the Freedom Fest parade Saturday morning. Those wishing to participate must be able to hum patriotic songs, walk approximately 1 mile, and create their own red, white, and blue outfit. Kazoos will be provided. To sign up, call (270) 759-2199.
The Calloway County Public Library offers a free beginners’ computer class tomorrow morning from 9 to 11. Call the library at 753-2288 for more information and to register.
There’s a Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop on Saturday from 10 to 2 at the Homeplace in Land Between the Lakes. Prepare a dish in a 12-inch Dutch oven, then sit down for lunch to enjoy what was prepared. Space is limited. The cost for the workshop is $50. Pre-registration is required by calling (270) 924-2020.
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