Datebook: March 20 - Marian McPartland Turns 95

Mar 20, 2013

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We wish Marian McPartland a happy 95th birthday today. Marian fell in love with jazz at an early age, touring Europe during WWII entertaining troops. In 1964, she began a weekly radio program on WBAI in New York, paving the way for Piano Jazz on NPR in 1978. The long-running program featured music and guests until Marian stepped down in November, 2011. In 2004, she received the Grammy Trustees' Lifetime Achievement Award for her work as an educator, in 2007 she was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame, and in 2010 was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

It’s Wednesday, March 20

Acclaimed musician and fiddle scholar John Harrod presents “Kentucky’s Diverse Fiddling Traditions” tomorrow night at 7 at the McCracken County Public Library.  Hear the story of the old fiddlers, their personalities, their eccentricities, and their exploits.  For more information about the free presentation, call (270) 442-2510.

There’s an Easter Egg Dash tomorrow evening at Stuart Nelson Park in Paducah.  Kids ages 10 and under race with their age groups to pick up 13,000 candy-filled eggs.  On-site registration starts at 5, with the first dash beginning at 5:45.  See details at

Lake Barkley State Resort Park hosts Trigg County Civil War Days this Friday through Sunday.  The event provides an educational glimpse into life during the Civil War.  The weekend features two battles, a shooting competition, a Ladies Tea, a pageant of period attire, and more.  See a complete schedule at

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